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Thank your wedding guests with thoughtful favors

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Thank your wedding guests with thoughtful favors

If you're getting married, remember that thoughtful wedding favors can really set your special day apart. This detail is too often overlooked, but it is crucial to acknowledge the time and money your guests have invested in celebrating the start of your new life. Show your appreciation with a special gift that will always remind them of your wedding day.  There's something memorable about any occasion like wedding, baby or bridal shower, birthday or anniversary party that sends you home with a special treat. Favors are often arranged as part of the place setting, allowing them to do double-duty by...

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How to throw a stress-free bridal shower

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How to throw a stress-free bridal shower

Do you have the privilege of being the maid of honor at your best friend or sister's wedding? Although this is a big responsibility, the bride-to-be trusted you with the job. One of the main duties of the maid of honor is to help throw a bridal shower, which is an activity that can be drama-free if you follow these helpful tips: Keep the bride's personality in mind: "Unless the bride you're coordinating for loves surprises and is up for anything, run your ideas by her and get her thumb's up before proceeding," suggests Nikki Haritatos, designer and event planner for...

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Craft beer now more popular than Budweiser in the U.S.

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Craft beer now more popular than Budweiser in the U.S.

Craft beer fans rejoice (or, alternatively, traditionalists despair)! The past decade or so has seen an astronomical rise in the popularity of craft beer in America, and now the independently crafted beverages have reached a milestone in their slow creeping domination of the American market. According to the Washington Post, Americans now drink more craft beer than plain Budweiser, with the craft industry shipping 16.1 million barrels in 2013 compared to Budweiser's 16 million. Although this figure doesn't include Bud Light sales, it is still representative of a shift in taste that points to a generational divide. According to Anheuser-Busch's...

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5 winter beers to try this season

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5 winter beers to try this season

As the seasons change, so does what we want out of a beer. Gone are the days of light, crisp lagers and wheaty hefeweizens — it's time for dark, heavy brews with seasonal ingredients and spices, perfect for drinking while warming your feet by the fireplace. Known as winter warmers, these beers have what it takes to stand up to the cold weather, namely, strong dark flavors and alcohol levels that are sure to keep you warm: Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale, 5.9% ABV, Boston, MA: Named for the generous and hospitable business owner in A Christmas Carol, this beer is chock full of...

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Crush holiday stress with these 5 simple drinks

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Crush holiday stress with these 5 simple drinks

If you're like many Americans, chances are you're already starting to feel the first tremors of what will become the earthquake of holiday-season stress. With all the obligations, expenses and logistical struggles of the holiday season, it's no wonder that many people turn to alcohol to escape from all the pressure. However, if you want some healthier options that won't leave you hung over and vaguely ashamed the next day, try sipping some of these naturally relaxing beverages throughout the day: Cherry juice: This lip-puckeringly tart drink has been shown to increase the duration and quality of sleep, helping you rebuild your...

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