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Etsy Spotlight: Galaxy Wrapping Paper!

Wrapping Paper

I’m a sucker for all things galaxy print, so I’m crazy about this dreamy star-covered wrapping paper. Etsy shop Norman’s Printery creates the paper on recycled newsprint. If covering your gifts in the very fabric of the universe doesn’t cut it for you, the shop sells a slew of other beautiful prints, like mountain ranges, maps, and stunning views of Paris. Why not make the wrapping as exciting as the gift itself? [$14, Norman's Printery]

Is The Museum Of Natural History’s Origami Tree Beautiful Or What?

The American Museum of Natural History in NYC’s annual origami tree is now up and running. Each year’s creation has a theme that resonates with the museum’s collections or features, and this year is all about the “Night At The Museum” movies, with origami models of artifacts from the movie that can be found in the museum. Origami artists both in New York and around the world expertly folded the models for the tree. I’m pretty sure that if I saw this tree as a kid my 8-year-old self would have been speechless, but even as a grown-up I’m awestruck. Something tells me I’ll be making a trip uptown to see it in person this year. After the jump, a few photos of the tree in full! [Images via AMNH/R. Mickens] Keep reading »

Two-Thirds Of Your Family Would Like You To Turn Your Dang Phone Off This Thanksgiving

Normally when I get approached by a brand with a story I could write about I’m like “meh” and just ignore it because a lot of them just want their product plugged, and that’s boring for everyone. However, there are fun ones in the mix, like a small study Eventbrite commissioned about cell phone use at holidays. They posed this statement to participants and asked them if they strongly or somewhat agreed or disagreed: “Checking phones should be banned from special occasions like Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, because it can detract from valuable shared time with family/friends.” Keep reading »

Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Cast Adorable Kids In Their “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Cover

Baby Its Cold Outside
Future Music Stars?

Idina Menzel and Michael Buble recorded a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” together, and instead of starring in the music video themselves, they enlisted two precious kids to perform in their place. With the help of some fierce dance skills and updated lyrics that are slightly less creepy than the originals, these two can get even the Grinchiest among us at least a teensy bit onboard with the oncoming madness of the holiday season. [BuzzFeed]

This Holiday Season, Please Be Kind To Retail Employees

Last night, I was in a candy shop in my neighborhood waiting for the owner of the store to cut some marshmallows for me when a woman walked in, dropped a bag on the counter (literally dropped, as in held it high in the air over the counter and then let go, letting it fall to the surface), and told the associate at the counter, “I have to return these. They’re disgusting. I tried them, and I almost vomited.” Keep reading »

Life After Dating: Splitting The Holidays

Life After Dating: Splitting The Holidays

My parents separated during my senior year of high school. That was bad enough, not because I was upset at the time about them separating, but because that first holiday season was weird — my dad was there, but only begrudgingly on my mom’s part — and once the divorce proceedings started and things got ugly, we started having to split up the holidays. My dad had moved to Madison, Wisconsin, while my mom had the house in a Chicago suburb that we’d grown up in, so it was easier for my sisters and I to do Christmas stuff with my mom. But it was a balancing act.

It got worse when I got into a relationship with my now-ex, the year I graduated from high school, because his family was intensely territorial about holidays and easily offended. So I had to see my dad, I had to see my mom and sisters, I had to see my ex’s mom and siblings, and, if possible, we’d spend time with his dad, too, but not always. Two sets of divorced parents is a pain in the ass. It’s bad when it’s two sets of parents, period, but four gets extreme. My dad has learned to work around this problem by doing family get-togethers before or after the actual holiday. Keep reading »

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