Guide to a Stress-Free Holiday
‘Tis the season…to have a nervous breakdown? Get tips and advice on how to manage holiday parties, family feuds, travel hassles, and more.
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Make it through the holidays without combusting with this handbook of tips.
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From setup to cleanup, a step-by-step guide to hosting a sophisticated yet deceptively simple party.
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From family mediator Laurie Puhn, simple phrases that will help you avoid arguments.
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What to know so that your flight is as calm and friendly as the skies you’re flying.
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Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo (wanderlustandlipstick.com) offers her sanity-maintaining must-haves for holiday travelers.
- An efficient carry-on bag. Look for one that’s roomy enough for essentials but small enough to fit in the overhead bin, like the Timbuk2 Checkpoint bag ($250, timbuk2.com).
- A bulky outfit for the plane. Save space in your suitcase by wearing your heaviest clothes and shoes en route. Bundling up will also keep you warm on a
chilly flight and help you avoid exceeding the baggage weight limit for checked pieces.
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- Noise-canceling headphones. When you want to sleep, drown out crying babies and other distractions with these earphones. If you travel a lot, they’re especially worth their cost.
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