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Getting it there: Happy holiday shipping The holidays are usually pretty hectic, and the last thing you need is to stress over shipping your holiday gifts. With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping. These tips from FedEx will help you ensure the safe and timely delivery of your holiday packages.

Smart packing tips • Use new, sturdy boxes with the flaps intact, and do not reuse boxes. Select a box that is large enough to accommodate the proper thickness of cushioning material. • Wrap items individually with cushioning material and center them in cartons away from other items and away from the sides, corners, top, and bottom of the box. • Choose cushioning of appropriate density and thickness, and use enough to fill all void spaces in your shipping container. Position at least two inches of bubble wrap, peanuts, or other packing materials on all sides, and use a heavy-duty tape designed for packaging. • Double-box fragile items with 3 inches of cushioning in and around the smaller box. • For odd- or irregular-shaped items, be sure to wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions.

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Smart shipping tips • Send your gifts ahead. If you are traveling this holiday season, take the hassle out of carrying wrapped packages with you by sending your gifts ahead of your arrival. • Ship early in the season. This will allow you to avoid the lines and provide you with a greater selection of shipping service options. Take advantage of FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, and FedEx Express Saver and 2Day services to save money on your shipments.

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Recipe for a safe and crumble-free sweet treat If you’re sending cookies or other sweet holiday gifts, make sure you pack them properly so that they don’t arrive as crumbs.

Ingredients:

With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping. Bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, plastic grocery bags or other packing materials

Directions: • Place the baked goods in a sturdy container lined with plastic wrap or wax paper. Layer wax paper between the baked goods, using crumpled paper to fill in any void spaces. • Secure the lid of the container to the body with tape, to keep it from accidentally popping off. • Place the container in a sturdy corrugated cardboard box, and use packing materials to cushion the container tightly in place. • Shake the box – if you can feel or hear any movement, add more cushioning.

Baker’s notes: • Don’t forget to include a card or sheet of paper with the shipper and/or recipient’s contact info on it. In case the shipping document gets lost, this information will help get the package to its destination.

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Guest lists: The magic number By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer The holiday season is fast approach i ng, a nd t h is yea r, you’re going all out and hosting your first party ever! You’ll need a date, time, and location for the party first and then you can start work on the guest list. Creating a guest list is not always as simple as it sounds. You’ll need a magic number, and for that, you should look to the type of party you are having and where and when you are having it. Having a formal dinner party late in the evening for 100 adults and kids in your small home might not be such a good idea, especially if you’re planning to do all of the work yourself. Formal dinner parties are usually intimate affairs involving adults only. An afternoon buffet-style party catered locally at a nearby banquet hall, on the other hand, might just warrant 100 invitations to people of all ages.

knows each other. Don’t invite three couples you hang out with regularly and one you see every now and then and expect everyone to have a great time. Chances are the one couple will feel left out, especially when the conversation veers toward events everyone else has shared together. Watch out for potential conf lict. If your great uncle and grandma can’t be in the same room for more than 10 minutes without fighting, chances are they won’t be able to do so at your party. Invite one or the other or neither. In fact, you might want to opt for the latter and leave both names off the guest list to avoid accusations of favoritism. No, it won’t be easy, and you’re likely to receive a few calls about it, but it could save you a lot of trouble later. Who wants their holiday party to be remembered for the big scene caused by a couple of people who couldn’t get along? Playing favorites is never a good idea with party invites, so do your best to avoid it. Invite your whole work team rather than just a select few, unless you are having a really sma l l a f fa i r w it h just t he closest of friends. In that case, it might be best to invite the co-workers with whom you have the best rapport. Just make sure you invite ALL who meet the criteria. You wouldn’t want to slight someone and create tension at the office. Thin k ca ref u l ly about t he names you w rite dow n on you r g uest l ist a nd ma ke certain you select the right ones. One wrong choice, like a supervisor few people get along with, can wreak havoc on the party dynamics.

Because the holidays are one of the busiest times of year, not everyone you invite will be able to attend your party, so shoot for a slightly higher number and have a backup list on hand. If you’d like to make dinner for 10 people, invite 15 just to ensure you have a decent crowd. You don’t want to cook for 10 and wind up with only three guests at your dinner table. Provide an RSVP date on the invitations, and should more people decline than accept your invitation, get out that backup list and extend a few more invitations. Just make sure you are discreet about it. You do not want word to get out that you had a backup list and so-and-so was on it. That could lead to no party fast. Never lose sight of the party With magic number in hand, dynamics, and once you have you can move on to the tricky a rough guest list in place, go part – determining whom to over it a few times to make sure invite. To keep the conver- there aren’t any potential consation f lowing, try to invite flicts or issues. Cross off the people with common interests names of anyone who might and make an effort to intro- not fit or gel with everyone else. duce everyone. Should your Put some thought into your party be limited to your closest guest list, and your party is friends, make sure everyone sure to be a rousing success.

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Christmas trees to activated service members and their families. Since the program began in 2005, Trees for Troops has delivered more than 100,000 trees to troops stationed at more than 60 bases around the world. Here’s how you can help spread holiday cheer to military families:

Make a donation Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, to help fund the Trees for Troops program.

Buy a tree Find a Trees for Troops Weekend location or a tree farm near you. You can purchase a tree to donate to Trees for Troops.

Buy an ornament or t-shirt

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When it comes to pets as gifts, think gift certificate By Sharon Bouchard Feature Writer / Photographer We’ve all seen the television commercials showing an adorable little puppy poking its head out of a package under the Christmas tree. Such a picture can melt the heart of the most hardened Scrooge.

“A puppy is not a toy or a throw away. They are for life!” Steve Mason, Mainely Puppies

Perhaps your four-year-old child has been teasing for a puppy and you can just picture the sparkle in their eyes when they see their new pet on Christmas morning. Such heart warming scenes lend t hemselves to catchy advertising for pet food, but the adorable puppy is not always the most practical Christmas gift to put under your tree. “Christmas in most homes is a pretty hectic time,” said Steve Mason of Mainely Puppies in Oxford. “Introducing a puppy into the home can be pretty traumatic for the animal and should be done when the home is calmer.”

A gift certificate might be a better alternative, allowing time for the new pet owner to decide what type of dog or cat is a good match for the home and family. The American Kennel Club recommends prospective new dog owners research the breed and the breeders. Temperament, sociability, and what size the cuddly little puppy will be as an adult are important factors. Consider the environment the puppy will be living in such as an apartment or a home with a fenced-in yard.

If the breed is known for being high strung, it’s best that the new pet is not put in a home where it will be alone all day while its owners work and go to school. Until a puppy understands its boundaries when they’re in the home alone, crate training or a baby gate are good alternatives. The AKC website, www.akc.org has three questions you should ask yourself before you purchase or adopt a dog. 1. Have I found the right breed to fit into my lifestyle and home? 2. Will I have enough time to spend training, grooming, and exercising? 3. Am I willing to spend the resources to ensure the best future for the dog? If you do decide to get a puppy, whether it’s a Christmas gift or not, obedience training is recommended. Find a reputable trainer or check out some of the online training videos. Mainely Puppies has a link to several videos on their website at www.mainelypuppies.com. Adopting a pet takes consideration and is a humanitarian thing to do, but Lucille Larsen, manager of Responsible Pet Care in Norway, agrees with Mason.

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“Christmas is not the best time to bring a pet into the home,” said Larsen. “It takes a little time for the pet to adjust to the new environment and, remember, cats and dogs will see the Christmas tree and presents as something to investigate.”

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Cooking: Bring decadence and ease to the holiday season There’s no question that chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. From snacks and baked goods to desserts and drinks, the flavor of chocolate signifies a sweet treat and a chance to indulge. This holiday season, the pastry chefs at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts have developed delicious recipes that take chocolate to the next level and prove decadent doesn’t have to be difficult. Thanks to Chef Edward Leonard, certified Master Chef and vice president of culinary education for Le Cordon Bleu, his special recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Torte will help anyone create the perfect centerpiece dessert for any holiday party or great edible gift. “This year, we’re seeing great new chocolate desserts that incorporate other flavors that make the perfect indulgent treat for the holidays,” said Chef Leonard. Le Cordon Bleu pastry chefs recommend giving your chocolate dessert a seasonal flair by creating new flavors with unique ingredients, such as: • caramel • salt • herbs and spices • beer • espresso powder • a variety of nuts These ingredients will quickly help your dessert become a family favorite and stand out from the crowd at parties. Students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts learn the foundational techniques necessary to develop the skills to create exceptional dishes. Regardless of your comfort in the kitchen, a delicious chocolate dish provides a great opportunity to create a decadent dessert that will make for a memorable holiday meal. “If you are looking to learn how to create new desserts or want to brush up on your culinary skills, I encourage you to attend a Le Cordon Bleu MasterChef class,” said Chef Leonard. “Our campuses around the country host hands-on classes where foodies can experience a class with a professional Le Cordon Bleu instructor.” To learn more about Le Cordon Bleu, visit www.chefs.edu.

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Making a list when holiday shopping can help you avoid spending more than your budget allows. Rather than be caught off guard, carefully make your shopping list and include everyone you intend to gift. Purchase one or two extra generic gifts just in case something comes up. It is much easier to afford holiday giving when you can divide your budget by the number of gift recipients rather than having to add on gifts after the fact. Also, in the event that you are left with extra gifts that were unnecessary to purchase, you can return them after the holidays and use the money to treat yourself to something nice or donate the gift or the returned funds to someone in need. (Metro)

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you will catch a Christmas tune or two. Some stations, in fact, play not hing but Christmas music throughout the month. We all have our

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Christmas”? Take this quiz and see what else you know. Match the tune to the right songwriter.

1) “Blue Christmas”

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Nick-of-time tips to make your home holiday ready As you prepare to celebrate t he hol iday s, welcoming loved ones into your home is a highlight of the festivities. You may eagerly look for ward to gathering w ith family and friends, but is your house holiday and houseguest ready?

Prepa r i ng you r home for holiday guests doesn’t have to be t ime consuming or costly. By focusing on areas that receive the most guest traffic, you can create a fresh, w elc om i ng env i r on ment w it hin budget. The home i mprovement e x per t s at Lowe’s recommend updating five key spaces:

1. Entryways Start by making a great first impression and setting the mood by en ha nc i ng t he ent r y way a nd i mprov i ng curb appeal. By adding a new doormat and painting the front door an inviting, rich jewel tone, you’ll be sure to make a statement year-round about the personalities inside your home. Nex t, step i nside a nd consider lighting upgrades. The foyer is the perfect spot to add a dramatic pendant light

or cha ndelier to welcome guests with a warm glow. Add some festive holiday decor by layering a centerpiece of paperwhites – a fragrant, fastgrowing seasonal f lower – paired with pinecones on a foyer table to create a look that combines two popular seasonal standbys. Roomier entryways can benefit from a decorative urn filled with a va riet y of greens. Heap colorful ornaments on top to create a “holiday topiary.”

2. Kitchens The kitchen is the hub of the home, especially during the holidays. Giving this room a refreshed look can be quick and easy, regardless of budget. Painting is one of the simplest, most cost-ef fect ive ways to completely change the look of a space. Experiment with rich, food- and spice-inspired hues that will provide an appealing backdrop for holiday decor and remain relevant when the seasons change. It’s easier than ever to change t he look of c ou nter tops and cabinets. W hile you’re swappi ng out k nobs a nd drawer pulls, consider giving tired laminate countertops

a coat of paint. Add a new backsplash in ceramic tile or natural stone, or go quick and easy with peel-and-stick metal tile that evokes the look of classic tin.

3. Guest bath / powder room After the kitchen, the guest bath or powder room will likely see the most holiday traffic. These rooms – usually smaller than master baths – will benefit from a simple decluttering. Quick updates like adding new cabinet hardware and coordinating accessories like soap dishes, lotion dispensers, toothbrush holders, shower curtains, and towels are easy ways to refresh these small but important areas. The holidays are also a great time to update items you can enjoy for the rest of the year, such as lighting and faucets, new mirrors, paint, or wallpaper.

4. Guest bedroom A f ter days f i l led w it h festivities, your guests will appreciate a com for table plac e to re st . G et g ue st bedrooms ready for visitors by clearing out closet space, adding f resh ly laundered

bl a n k e t s a nd pr ov id i n g plent y of pillows. Keep in mind the importance of a variety of lighting options in this room. A bedside table lamp may be great for night-time reading but overhead lighting will be helpful when dressing, apply ing ma keup or wrapping last-minute gifts. Simple decor projects like new area rugs and window treatments can have a big impact on the room. If the guestroom is small, adding some decorative mirrors can help the area feel more expansive. Updating the old ceiling fan can dramatically alter the look of any space, plus aid in airflow. Finally, polish off the holiday look with in-season flowers or plants – they're welcoming and warm and make a great gift to send guests home with once their visits end.

5. Living room

Guests will also congregate in the living room. Fortunately, some si mple cosmet ic c h a n ge s g o a lon g w a y toward ma k ing t his room w a r m , c om f or t a ble a nd inv iting. Changing accent pillows, throws and window t reat ment s to sea sona l patterns a nd colors a re a great way to start.

Wit h some creativ it y a nd planning, you can get your home read y to welc ome holiday guests – just in the nick of time. (BPT)

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For teachers, school nurses and coaches T he role models i n you r child’s life are often the people who would benefit most from a pampering present. Help them indulge in some relaxation by packaging up a basket of spa-inspired items. Moisturizing beauty products with seasonal scents – such as the Softsoap Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum body washes – will keep skin smooth and g low i n g t h r ou g hout t he s e a s on’s f e s t i v i t i e s a nd conjure up images of favorite winter memories.

For cooking and baking enthusiasts For your favorite foodie, consider giving some fun and affordable kitchen tools, such as ninja gingerbread cookie cutters. If your loved one is known for their savory cuisine, consider purchasing an assortment of spices to add to their favorite dishes. Likewise, a new cookbook will help inspire creativity for the cook in the kitchen and add a dash of excitement to their regular recipe routine.

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Bundle w ith a lush loofah, m i n i ma n icu re a nd ped icu re k it, facia l ma sk a nd lotion for a basket filled with items that will give them the opportunity to treat themselves to a little “me” time. Homemade treats and photo collages are also great gift options.

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For travel lovers For those on your list who love to hit the road and explore new territories, consider gifts that will make their travel more enjoyable. Passport covers, camera accessories, travel journals, or a mini alarm clock are all great options that won’t break the bank. You can also give them items that will remind them of their explorations. Put together a gift basket of exotic chocolates and shelf-safe foods to remind them of their favorite flavors from abroad. Or you can remind them of one of the best parts of travel – the feeling of relaxation and getting away. Body washes w ith a refreshing scent, such as the new moisturizing Softsoap Citrus Splash & Berry Fusion, will transport recipients to warm days and exotic locales. Combine with a selection of personal care products, such as facial masks and moisturizers to help them transform their bathroom into a mini-vacation abroad.

For the kiddos W hen purchasing gifts for very young children, look for brightly colored toys that play music or offer an interactive element. Stuffed animals, baby blankets and clothing are great options as well.

For adolescents, teens and in-betweens It’s hard to stay on top of the trends most pre-teens and teenagers are in tune with. Instead, opt for something you know they’ll enjoy. Consider giving a gift certificate to a movie theater or popular store where they can purchase electronics, clothing or sporting equipment. If you have your heart set on a tangible present, remember to request a gift receipt, just in case. To learn more about the full line of scented body washes from Softsoap, visit www.Softsoap.com or www.facebook. com/Softsoap. (Family Features)

Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Thursday, November 22, 2012


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