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Start a New Valentine's Day Tradition -- Ideas from around the world

Are you fretting over the impending holiday? Perhaps you've procrastinated getting your sweetheart a gift. Maybe you're still looking for that special person with whom to share your life. Valentine's Day can be stressful! Let's explore Valentine's Day around the world and gather some ideas to fill this day with love. In Denmark, many young people celebrate Valentine's Day by sending their loved ones flowers. Instead of the red roses we associate with the holiday in the US, they exchange snowdrops, a lovely white flower. The Danes also have a lovely tradition of penning poems for their loved ones. In the tradition of gaekkebrev, a young man gives a poem to the lady he admires, and the lady has to guess...

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Kick the Winter Blues with Hygge!

This will make you rethink February  Do you have a case of the “winter blues?” Are you feeling tired, moody, or have a case of cabin fever? You're googling “SAD -- Seasonal Affective Disorder” and self-diagnosing on WebMD? Internet searches suggest all kinds of generic tips like: eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep at night, turn on ultraviolet lights and exercise more.  If you want to feel better, you’ve heard it all until suddenly you stumble upon……Hygge!   Now the more you read about Hygge the more you'll wonder where this Danish lifestyle has been all your life (or at least that is how I felt when I first discovered it).  Danish dudes and dames enjoy their long dark...

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A Pinterest-Worthy Linen Closet in 30 Minutes or Less

You have all seen the linen closets we’re talking about. The matching wicker baskets that are all labeled with matching calligraphy lined up perfectly on the shelf. The apothecary jars containing travel sized toiletries for guests. The towels folded as neatly as a department store’s display.   Well covet no longer, and get to work, people!   We've accumulated the essential steps to make your linen closet organized and presentable.   Step one is purge. If you are like the rest of us, you have been disappointed with sheets that felt great in the store but terrible after a few launderings (see our solution to that problem!). Or you love bright white towels but they've developed a grayish yellow tinge you...

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10 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Cozy

  With cold weather around the corner, here's a list of tips to keep you cozy at night! We help you enjoy the #sleepofyourdreams!    1) Hot water bottles, popular in the UK but for some mysterious reason not so in the US. My fellow Americans, we can learn something about cozy beds from our friends across the pond!  Here's a heart-shaped water bottle that also tells your partner how you feel!   2) Cozy up with flannel sheets in the winter, or (borrowing another trick from the Europeans) just a flannel flat sheet between your top sheet and bedcovering = yummy!  Read more about how to choose the right flannel sheet for you here.     3) A fluffy...

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Company's Coming! Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Room

If overnight guests are due to arrive for the holidays, don't panic. We've rounded up a few ways to keep the guest room cozy, inviting, and above all, comfortable!   First impressions count! The guest room doesn't need to be fancy, but cleanliness is a must. Shine up all surfaces and windows--the winter light has a way of highlighting streaks. Good Housekeeping suggests to take a good long look at the guest room as your guests will view it. Lie on the bed or sit in the chair and see if you spot any wayward dust bunnies from that vantage point. This way you can avoid the ultimate embarrassment: guests discover those cobwebs you overlooked from the doorway.   We know that all sleepers prefer different temperatures at...

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