All Articles Tagged "holiday"

Right Now, You’re The Smallest Weight You’re Going To Be For The Rest Of The Year — Find Out Why

September 29th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Look in the mirror. Unless you’re on a serious health and fitness kick to get ready for 2017, according to a new study, this is the lowest weight you’re going to be for the rest of the year. I’m sure you can figure out why that is…

The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that people in the U.S. start to put on weight after the first week of October. From there, weight gain peaks immediately following the new year. After that, people try to work to get back to a size that’s comfortable for them, but it takes time.

Researchers behind the study followed the shifts in weight of around 195 American adults (and 3,000 people altogether). What they found was that around Thanksgiving, our weight increases, peaking near the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday. Also found was that weight gained between October and January can take people more than five months to shave off. Easter is the time most people can get back to the size they were before turkey, eggnog, dressing and pies spread us out. Between the months of April and November, however, is just a time of minor shifts in weight.

Everyone is different though. Just because some people pack on the pounds during the holiday season doesn’t mean that, with certainty, it will happen to you. But, as researchers noted, “weight gain in the fall and winter probably contributes to the increase in body weight that frequently occurs during adulthood.”

So whether or not you plan to stuff your face within the next few months, it’s clear that this is the perfect time to execute any new workout plans you wanted to try, or get into changing up your eating habits. That’s what Brian Wansink, one of the co-authors of the study, told Cornell University’s research facility, the Food & Brand lab. “Everyone gains weight over the holidays — Americans, Germans, Japanese,” he said. “Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, make an October resolution. It’s easier to avoid holiday pounds altogether than to lose them after they happen.”

So before you let Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas treats and New Year’s Eve drinks jack your waistline all the way up, take charge, prepare to consume everything in moderation, and don’t wait for the new year to work on the new you.

Ready, Set Decorate: 11 Stylish Christmas Tree Ideas

December 17th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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How long are you going to wait before you style up your Christmas tree–or have you already done so? One tradition my husband and I enjoy each year is picking a fresh tree we can take home. And while I have many ornaments from years past, I am always on the lookout for fresh ideas. You know a girl has to mix it up from time to time as we can’t Instagram the same old picture each year. Here are some Christmas tree ideas you might want to consider.

Classic Colorful Tree, PinterestClassic and colorful
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to bright colors for your Christmas tree – no one says you have to get too out of the box, and this is such a classic look that will get the family giddy for the holidays. Have fun adding different colors for visual grandeur. image source: Pinterest

Minimal Tree, Martha StewartMinimal tree
Sometimes we just don’t have a ton of space to put a huge tree in our homes, and on the flip side, there are many of us who don’t want to deal with the setup or cleanup. Take a look at this minimal tree idea that utilizes your wall space. image source: Martha Stewart

Rustic Tree, Home DecoratorsRustic tree
Come on, you have to appreciate a rustic look during the winter months. It pairs so well with the holidays. image source: Pinterest

White Christmas Tree, The Spontaneous Wardrobe

All white everything

If your children are grown and can keep a clean house you might want to consider going all white with your Christmas tree. All white decorations are the perfect way to bring the outdoors in; it reminds us of the winter weather to come. image source: The Spontaneous Wardrobe

Mini Tree, A Subtle RevelryMiniature tree
Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Should you not want to overdo it this holiday season, style a mini tree you can place on your table as a centerpiece. image source: Subtle Revelry

#Thanksgiving With Black Families Will Have You Cackling

November 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ve often said that there are no funnier places to be than at church or with your crazy family members. And if ever there was some type of combination of the two, it’s the Thanksgiving holiday. You, you crazy cousins, keep-it-real auntie, strong and silent type grandfather and take-no-sh*t grandmother all come together to give thanks (most likely to the Lord) for all He’s done for you and your family. And while it might seem like this would be a somber, revered occasion, the shenanigans that often ensue are not only hilarious, they’re meme and hashtag worthy. So, it was only right that Black Twitter started the #ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies hashtag.

Check out some of our favorites on the following pages.

Did We Really Drop That Much? The Lowdown On 2014 Holiday Spending

December 24th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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This time of year brings in some serious cash to stores as tons of us go into debt for the perfect gift. And then there are things like holiday decorations—both in and out of the house—that require our attention. Do you happen to have a calculator handy? This stuff can add up quickly. Here’s the lowdown on our spending habits this year.

Hurry Up, There’s Still Time! 9 Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Tips

December 22nd, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Have you finished all of your holiday shopping? With only a couple days left before Christmas, one can only imagine the number of people who are going to flood stores in hopes of finding a few leftover items they can give a loved one. While there’s nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute, it does come with its own headaches and problems. Here are some tips that will hopefully help you on your journey to a happy holiday.

African Pride: Celebrities Who Celebrate Kwanzaa

December 19th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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What are you doing the day after Christmas? If you’re like these celebrities who celebrate Kwanzaa, you’ll be lighting the kinara and celebrating in style!

How To Apply Workplace Professionalism To Stressful Holiday Situations

December 16th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Holiday/Christmas stress


If the holidays are supposed to be a wonderful time of year, why do folks test your patience? Have you ever been shopping and experienced the most ugly of attitudes? Instead of getting caught up in nonsense, make the decision to keep your calm and continue with your endeavors. Here are some tips on how to apply your professionalism to stressful holiday situations.

Stay Merry This Season: 10 Practical Tips To Stay Safe & Happy During Holiday Travels

December 16th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Holiday travel


Do you have plans to travel for the holidays? If so, you won’t be alone as AAA estimates 98.6 million Americans will pack their bags and get away by year’s end. Whether you have plans to travel by air or load up your car, it’s important to do what’s necessary in order to keep you and your family safe.

Stop Stressing Yourself Out: 9 Things To Say No To This Holiday

December 12th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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As amazing as the holidays can be, there’s always that dark cloud that hovers over the happiness of the season. Perhaps this is why so many people feel depressed or inadequate. It’s time to take charge and put an end to the criticism that comes from both yourself and others. Here are some things you need to say no to this holiday.

10 Life Lessons To Teach Your Children During The Holidays

December 11th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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The winter holidays are the perfect time to teach our children about the importance of finances and the act of giving. Sure their lives are clouded with images of big presents, Santa Claus and time away from school, but there still remains a lesson to be learned. Here are some important life lessons to teach your kids during the holiday season.