Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year.
The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.
When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December.
Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side.
Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.
With November rapidly galloping towards a close, the nights are starting to get very, very chilly in many corners of the US. In some regions, frost is already on the ground.
What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them?
Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home.
Location, location, location!
Are your home energy bills high? If the answer is yes, consider participating in Home Performance with Energy Star.
The holiday season is here, and in no time family and friends will descend upon your home for divine meals and holiday cheer. Now isn't the time to panic, there's plenty of time to prep your house (and your family).
Teens who stay up late are more likely to have lower grades and more emotional problems, a new study suggests.
Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
You absolutely can recycle them, but did you know that there are also tons of other things you can do with them?
The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling.
As baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members.
Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches.
Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.
College students in search of a good night's sleep may want to put some distance between their pillow and their cell phone, new research suggests.
Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.
Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.
Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.
Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.
Buying, and living in, an older home can be totally charming. But along with the quaint comes the antiquated.
As fall sets in, many families begin thinking about Halloween: the costumes, the decorations, the parties and, of course, the trick-or-treating. Although rubber spiders, plastic bats and other ghoulish creatures are part of the fun of the holiday, real pest invasions can be quite a fright.
The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.
Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.
There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin.
If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space.
New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.
Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.
A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips.
The use of color in a room can change it dramatically.
Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious
These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.
You might think of it primarily as that thing on the dinner table you use to add some flavor to your food, but the uses of salt extend far beyond that.
With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.
Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.
Bedbugs -- tiny, flat parasites that hide where people sleep -- are notoriously tough to kill, but scientists say they think they've uncovered new clues about why these bloodsuckers are so hardy.
Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?
A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.
Parents who discipline their teenagers with a hostile brew of screaming, cursing and name-calling may ultimately be doing far more harm than good, a new study reveals.
It's time to crack open the cooler, break open the BBQ grill, and jump into the pool - summer's goodbye bash is on your doorstep.
How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures?
Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue? Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way.
We all have them and we all hold onto them for whatever reason. We know they have to be good for something!
A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.
A hot bath can be just the thing, right? Most of us have to settle for pretty basic models if we even have room for a bathtub at all, but we're allowed to dare to dream.
When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.
According to the US Census Bureau, the average size of a home in the United States has grown by 50% in the last 40 years, even as households are actually 15% smaller.
You’ve unboxed your new computer and are a ready to enjoy the faster processor, better display, and shiny new keys – but what do you do with your old computer? Here are six uses for your old computer.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a looming issue in the news for years as bees die off in growing numbers for reasons that aren't always apparent.
If you pay for garbage service, getting that monthly bill can sting, especially with prices rising across the US in response to rising costs for handling fees.
Stomach pain is a common childhood complaint, and now a new study suggests it may place some kids at higher risk for anxiety disorders or depression as adults.
A good relationship between grandparents and their adult grandchildren can provide a psychological boost for both generations, according to a new study.
This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.
Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.
There are ways to have a tolerable night's sleep without air conditioning in one's bedroom. Here's how.
About 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every day for choking on food, according to a new report, despite education campaigns and other prevention efforts.
Check out these top six picks for the most delectably-scented flowers you can find.
These DIY cleansers are air-friendly and get the job done.
By now, pretty much anyone who's thinking of buying a plug-in electric car knows the Federal government offers an income-tax credit to help reduce the effective cost.
Place and race influence healthy life expectancy at age 65, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
While we hear stories about people's gardens producing so much zucchini that they fill neighbors' cars with it as a prank, an increasing number of gardeners are experiencing lower yields of fruits from their gardens.
Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone.
Basil is the quintessential garden plant -- equally happy to sprawl out over the expanse of a walled-in plot or flourish in a box on the window sill.
There is no feeling quite like eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine. Growing tomatoes isn't hard, but there are definitely some tricks to the trade.
Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests.
When workplace stress spills over into your personal life, your family's well-being can also suffer, new evidence suggests.
Happy people: What in the world is their secret? Are they wired differently? Do they come from a different planet? Or are they just luckier than us "normal" ones?
Fireworks add sparkle to Independence Day festivities but they need to be handled with care -- and by adults, a prominent group of U.S. surgeons says.
Newer-generation "active" video games give a slight boost to children's physical activity levels at home, according to a new study.
Safety experts have long warned that all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, pose serious threats to kids, who may not have the strength or judgment to safely operate the bouncy, heavy machines.
When children head off to outdoor camps this summer, they need to be protected from ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, experts say.
Cats fastidiously clean themselves with their tongues and teeth on a daily basis. But sometimes your kitty needs to be introduced to soap and water. Here are some tips for making the experience less traumatic for you and your furry friend.
What are the odds that we'll actually get sick by going swimming in a pool?
Children, teachers and health workers are among those at greatest risk for catching and transmitting flu-type infections based on the amount of contact they have with others, a new study finds.
If you have a baby who's learning to talk, you may feel the need to chatter incessantly to boost her vocabulary, but a new study says another factor is crucial: the ability to provide non-verbal clues.
Breast-feeding, a practice already linked with many health benefits, could help a child become more upwardly mobile as an adult, British researchers report.
Despite the introduction of pitching limits in youth baseball, throwing injuries requiring surgery are increasing at a dramatic rate in the United States.
It's true that college students tend to pack on extra pounds, but women are more likely to be troubled by that weight gain than men, according to a new study.