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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 09:35 pm

The year’s best children’s books

Books open a world of discovery in ways even the coolest toys can’t achieve. This season, tempt a kid to turn off the TV and find an adventure in words and pictures on a printed page. These accl...
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 11:42 pm

Color, technology and hippos help the holidays shine bright

One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is driving around the neighborhood taking in display upon display of festive lights. Decorating one’s home is a pleasure all its own, an annual a...
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 08:16 pm

The perfect Christmas tree does exist. Here’s how to bring it home

Want a Christmas tree that’s more than just a reason to dust off old ornaments? Start by considering an overall color scheme, says Michelle Workman, a Los Angeles-based interior designer who has...
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 01:37 pm

Ecowise gifts hit the road

Conserving resources, eating organic, using non-toxic cleaning products and recycling everything humanly possible – it’s 2010 and it seems like every household has gone green. The next ste...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 09:13 pm

From a full-blown electric vehicle to a set of spark-plug cufflinks, auto enthusiasts will get a charge out of these car-crazy gifts.

Auto aficionados tend to be a breed apart from mere motorists. No, motor oil does not course through their veins, but their interest in all things vehicular runs much deeper than that of the average d...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 02:02 am

Nonprofits ask their community for a helping hand

Give what’s in your heart. It’s a phrase that, when applied in the figurative sense, precisely summarizes what most social service agencies ask of their donors, hoping that in those hearts...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 01:55 am

Grab the shredded coconut, old photos, sequins and a trusty glue gun and get ready for a Christmas to remember

Reluctant to dig out the same old, tried-and-true holiday decorations that helped usher in the aughts?Indulge. It’s time to switch up that worn-out Christmas routine. Head to the craft store ins...
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 04:03 am

Throwing a party dosen’t have to be expensive or wasteful. Here are some simple tips to make a holiday shindig ‘green’ without spending a lot of dough.

Arriving at Pat Smith’s home for her holiday party, one might think her little tree, perched on a table and adorned with a delicate strand of lights, is an homage to “A Charlie Brown Chris...
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 01:55 pm

Slow cooking is perfect for the annual holiday pot roast, but this year turn it up a notch

The assortment of counter-clogging cookware you need to braise, bake or warm a holiday menu can be replaced by this year’s one must-have appliance: the slow cooker. This trusty tool, which cooks...
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 01:55 am

The best gadgets for the (geeky) bookworm on your list

Amazon Kindle $139.99The latest generation of the Kindle makes it easy to lighten the load in a backpack or briefcase. Owners can carry up to 3,500 eBooks in the device – which weighs less than ...

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