December 2016
    the be merry issue
 
The holidays are here

The holiday season has come once again. The little reminders are popping up, one by one, earlier and earlier in the year. Whether it's the surge of advertisements reminding you...


Five ways to make sure you pick the best gift

Not to toot my own horn, but I'm a pretty good gift giver. I know many people who would not make that claim, always at a loss for what to get for their friends and family when t...


Walking in a winter wonderland

There is nothing quite like stepping outside on a cold winter's night; the air so frigid it takes your breath away while nipping at your cheeks. When you're able to breathe agai...


Five activities to get into the festive spirit

That time of year has come again! And despite the fact that Christmas has been encroaching on your shopping trips since October, even the biggest curmudgeon is sure to feel the ...


Festive food facts:

"Oh bring us some figgy pudding, oh bring us some figgy pudding, oh bring us some figgy pudding, and a cup of good cheer."

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" epitomizes a sig...


Decorate with your heart

Decorating for the holidays can be a chore -- especially if you are like me. I love different themes, so we have four trees, which means four times the work (but oh so much fun)...


'Tis the season:How you can make a difference this holiday season

As we transition from one season to another, social expectations are abundant. From holiday decor and dinner gatherings to gift giving and staying warm on chilly nights, financ...


Building your wardrobe, part two: To the extremes

Last month, we dove into building, caring for and feeding your main wardrobe. This month, I wanted to focus on keeping our extremities toasty: hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and...


A family of picky eaters

My aunt and her two children recently came to stay with me for a long weekend. I'm a single woman living in a one-bedroom apartment and gave up the bedroom to make sure that...


'Tis the season (to be reading)

Christmas books come in many shapes, sizes, and genres; below, we've featured a few in romance and mystery to keep you reading through the holiday season and winter months. Like...


Lots of laughs, lots of heart:

One great thing about the holiday season is how it brings families together. One occasionally not-so-great thing about the holiday season is how it can be a bit uncomfortable to...