Thanksgiving has arrived, and there will be turkey; There will be family; There will be uncomfortable conversations likely involving something political, racial or downright inappropriate. If you’re like any of us here at The Frisky, you’d gladly prefer talking about how you’ve gained weight or why you’re still single over having to endure others’ ignorant opinions about controversial news issues. Don’t want to hear about Ferguson, Bill Cosby’s “innocence” or Obamacare this Thanksgiving? Here are 20 surefire things to say to change the topic and avoid a Turkey Day buzzkill. Keep reading »
I’m not a big proponent of Black Friday shopping. I really don’t think you should do it at all, unless it’s online or it’s the kind of casual shopping that means heading to the mall in the middle of the afternoon rather than camping outside Walmart at 4 a.m. Still, people are going to do what they want regardless of what I have to say about it, and more power to you! So let’s talk about how to have the most successful shopping trip possible. WalletHub and Accenture did a little research on who’ll be pulling out their credit cards this year and which retailers offer the best deals out there.
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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]
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 »
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 »