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The Perfect Little Gift for ANYONE on your List!

We’ve searched Etsy looking for the cutest and most unique handmade items for your stocking stuffers or daily Hanukkah gifts. From kids to adults, this is the time to order from Etsy. I’m an adamant “No Christmas Until After Thanksgiving” girl, but due to the numbers of orders most Etsy sellers encounter during the holidays, it can be a stressful time of year for them to fill orders, especially since there’s usually only one person making the products. It’s better to order early and not worry about gifts arriving in time, especially since Hanukkah actually begins on Thanksgiving this year (Happy Thanksgivingkkah by the way) and is just a week away. Let sellers know you need the item ASAP, most will accommodate or you can pay extra for expedited shipping. Whatever you personally celebrate, these presents are sure to please this holiday season!

Kids:

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These adorable finger puppets from Eight Little Fingers offer a zoo animal for each finger. Great for imagination, play or story telling, these are an adorable option for young kids to encourage education and fun at your fingertips!

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Avoid heavy bowling balls and hard items that might go flying with this soft felted penguin bowling set from emhocollections! Beyond cute, they make a fun game to play on a table top… and they don’t make a lot of noise, so there’s no threat of a headache when your kids play over and over… the only noise you’ll hear are cheers of joy.

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This crayon wallet (from OurLittleMesses) also encourages creativity, which is so incredibly important for young kids. Easy to travel with, it’s also great for fast art projects on napkins or paper place mats in restaurants. They say that “creativity is intelligence having fun,” so give a gift that encourages so much more than just scribbles. TIP: My mom and I used to play a game called “Doodle” where we’d take turns jotting a seemingly thoughtless scribble onto a piece of paper, then the other person has to turn it into a “real” drawing. It turns drawing into a fun and creatively stimulating game!

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This I spy watermelon toy from ThoseGreathouseWomen is great for keeping kids busy on long road trips or when waiting in line. It’s small enough to fit in their hands, and they can spend hours shaking the bag to sift through and reveal all the items hidden inside (list of items sewn onto the back). It’s like a portable treasure hunt!

Women:

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Any woman deserves to feel like a queen, and this “Queen of awesome land” cell phone case from RetroLoveCases will remind her with every phone call. Not too girly, this fun case is perfect to give to a girlfriend whether you’re romantic or just friends, girl or guy gift-giver. Just make sure the phone it fits on is the same one your recipient has!

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This bowtie necklace from Minxshop is a fun way to achieve the “menswear” trend that is really popular right now. A nod to something that can either be dressed girly or nerdy, this bow tie necklace ensures that a girl will always have the opportunity to “class it up” instantly.

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These convertible mittens from capturedimagination eliminate the timeless question: “Gloves or Mittens?” Now, you don’t have to pick! Avoid the awkward mobility issues commonly associated with mittens by simply flipping the mitten part over to reveal mid-finger gloves beneath to keep your fingers warm while you’re able to text or use your phone without sacrificing heat or style!

Men:

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This collapsible shot glass from MAGICreBEL is sure to keep your guy warm in a less conventional way this holiday season. It’s also a fun novelty, a James Bond-esque gadget that fits right on a key chain to ensure that you’re always prepared to “take a shot.”

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Hey, even men get cold! This slouchy hat from cobblestonefibers will keep any guy’s head nice and warm while he’s running around, and may even build his confidence when he makes heads turn! It’s simple and you can even say it was handmade with love… just not by you.

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Guys love fun toys that have multiple uses. This working harmonica flash drive from BackyardBrand fits the bill, giving him a fun musical instrument to play with as well as a way to back up files. Even I have to admit, it’s a pretty nifty little gift that I myself would love to get! (The shop itself has a couple of NSFW (Not Safe for Work) images. Though they don’t show anything distasteful, it may be embarassing in some situations, so follow the direct link to the item if you plan on ordering in mixed company.)

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Okay, this is just too cool… a speaker made out of an old Altoids tin from SouthCoastDesigns! Is your phone or MP3 speaker just too quiet? Want to share your music with the world? This speaker is small enough to easily fit in a pocket, and will just make you feel really cool when you slip it out to everyone’s surprise and plug your device in.

Parents (or parent figures):

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This beautiful collection of six premium white teas from purposedesign will literally make your gift recipient feel all warm inside. This collection includes such delicate and intriguing flavors as “Blueberry Thrill,” “Mt. Fuji Pear,” and “Snow Maple.” These are definitely not teas that you could find at your local grocery store!

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This sweet heart mug from KennyMud would make any Grinch blush. Clever use of the handle and a thoughtful cutout give the illusion of a heart on the side of the mug. It’s unique and definitely a conversation piece.

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This modern cuckoo clock from ObjectIndustrialArt will update a room while still maintaining the classic silhouette. It doesn’t make the “cuckoo” sound, which can be a blessing depending on the person. However, it’s beautiful and will be a great addition to any home! Love it.

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This book safe from SecretSafeBooks is a very cool gift for anyone and piques everyone’s interest in secrets and the pursuit of cleverly hiding things—a book safe! A book safe looks like any unassuming book in a shelf, but opening it revels a hollowed out center for keeping little keepsakes or even money. No one would suspect a book…

Treats:

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The holidays are a great time to let go and just let yourself enjoy decadent treats, like these Tiffany blue macarons from LeBonbonLA! If you don’t already know, macarons (not macaroons) are a delicate French cookie with a really pleasant airy texture, and they use almond flour instead of normal flour. They are extremely temperamental and hard to make, but also very trendy right now. This set of vanilla coconut macarons look delicious and beautiful.

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These sugar plum lollipops from BOSSGirlsInc turn the famous literary holiday treat into a real lollipop that both kids and adults will enjoy. Whether visions of sugar plums are dancing in your head, or you just saw the Sugar Plum Fairy in a local production of the Nutcracker, you’ll love these violet confections.

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I’ve saved the best for last… the dessert on everyone’s lips: the Cronut! You don’t have to live in New York to try this sensational sweet, you can order a dozen Cronuts from OhSooooSweet and be the hit of any holiday party!

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5 Ways to Instantly De-Stress During the Holidays

For some, the holidays are an exhilarating mix of adrenaline and shopping. Some feel that it’s a type of marathon they’ve been training for all year, and meet it with a wild exuberance that is both hypnotizing and slightly terrifying. For most, however, the joys of the season can quickly become mixed with extreme stress. The noises, the parking, the crowds can all lend a lot to a very tense time of year. On top of the shopping situations, you can also have to deal with family drama, burned baking attempts, and bills. SteerList wants you to add the following things to your to do list so you can unwind ASAP.

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1) Stop and breathe. It sounds obvious, but because breathing is second nature, you may not realize when you’re allowing yourself to get worked up to the point of hyperventilating. When you start to feel your heart beat start to rise, take a deep breath through your nose and exhale through your mouth. I recommend a count to five for each to regulate it, but you may have to adjust that for your personal comfort level. It should feel calming, not like you’re suffocating! Repeat three or four times.

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2) Close your eyes. For most, our eyes are the way we take in information, so when you’re feeling overwhelmed, shut out all the things that may be sending you into a panic. Super long line at the mall? Don’t have a meltdown, simply shut your eyes for a little bit and let yourself calm down without the stimulation.

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3) Run yourself a bubble bath or take a long shower. There’s something about bathing that makes us stop and do nothing but relax… mostly because we’re surrounded by water. Unwrapped presents can’t bother you and bills simply have to wait. Lean back in your tub or let the hot water cascade down your back, and just let your problems float away with the steam.

4) Stress means tensing up without even realizing it. If you’re standing in line and you realize your shoulders are up to your ears, let them fall. Take time to roll your neck and shoulders, and shake out your arms and legs.

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5) Take a walk. Walks have been proven to help people clear their minds, relax, and let themselves be distracted by nature. Sometimes our holiday drama can just build and build in our minds, but as soon as we step outside, we see a world outside ourselves. Problems will seem smaller and solutions become more obvious when you give you allow yourself time to decompress.

Adding these tips to your free SteerList app are crucial for your sanity this holiday season. If you’re going somewhere you know will be stressful, add a tip or two among your regular list of things you need to do. In addition, you eliminate the stress of forgetting or needing to remember things from the store, SteerList is here to make the holidays easy with our location-based app that reminds you of what you need to do as you go!

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Seasonal Food to Put You in the Spirit (and Fill Your Home with Heavenly Smells)!

There’s something nostalgic about the tastes and smells we encounter during this time of year. Smell alone can bring back vivid memories and feelings of warmth, happiness and family. We scoured Pinterest for some of the best recipes that can turn your house into a veritable potpourri of delicious smells.

Roasted Nuts

There’s a reason “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is a lyric in a holiday song, the nutty smell is absolutely delicious (especially mixed with the spicy aroma of cinnamon)! When I lived in Boston and experienced my first-ever snow, I remember walking in the Common and smelling  the comforting scent of roasting nuts mingled with the crisp freshness of a new coat of snow. These cinnamon sugar almonds from Something Swanky are fast and easy, and will quickly fill your home with that very same smell I encountered during my very first walk through the snow.

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Freshly Baked Bread

Is there any better aroma than the smell of bread baking in the oven? No. There is not. Except maybe new baby smell, but that doesn’t count. Baking bread means not only that your house will smell homey but you will get a warm treat when it’s done! This beginner bread recipe from About.com is perfect for a first-time bread maker.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Known as a secret weapon used by real estate agents everywhere, this is a seriously powerful aroma. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic throwback to delicious smells of special occasion bake-fests. Of course, you could go to the store and buy that pre-made stuff that you just throw in the oven, but if you plan on eating these after they’re done, it’s probably best to at least put in the work so you can appreciate them even more! You can’t knock a classic, which means two words: Toll House. The best chocolate chips cookies of all time.

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Hot Apple Cider

If you’re like me and not a huge fan of apple cider, adding caramel for this amazing caramel apple cider recipe from DIY Cozy Home makes the prospect heavenly. What is more seasonal than the smell of cinnamon and apples? Apples add a fruity sweet scent to the pungent smell of cinnamon that makes this juice warm you inside and out.

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Gluten Free, Vegan, or Vegetarian Guests for Thanksgiving? Easy.

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Thanksgiving is coming up, which means you’re probably already starting to think ahead to your menu and the delicious food you’re going to make. However, finding out that your son’s new girlfriend is vegetarian or the neighbors have a gluten-free diet can send you into a panic, frantically redoing the whole menu and cursing the diet Gods for sending these people to your dinner table.

Take a deep breath. It’s not as scary as you think.

As a vegetarian, I can say that most people with special dietary needs understand that it’s not all about them, but do appreciate being thought of. Even though you may have encountered one or two cranky ones on a dinner where there was nothing for them to eat (Can you really blame someone who’s really hungry and can’t eat anything?), the average person understands that you wouldn’t go to a dinner expecting the whole thing to be catered just to him or her. The secret is in the sides.

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Vegetarians:

You don’t have to throw out a turkey just because a vegetarian is coming. Even though I’ve encountered those fabled “preachy vegetarians” who may make a comment or two, most understand that a turkey is part of the tradition. You don’t have to exchange a turkey for a tofurkey, though if you pick up some Hickory Smoked Tofurkey sandwich meat (available at most chain grocery stores, pictured above draped on a paper turkey to give an authentic effect) or some Morning Star Farms products (just heat and serve), it could be very appreciated. On the whole, most Thanksgiving sides are vegetarian or could be vegetarian with a few tweaks. Vegetables like string beans are easy, and you can moisten mashed potatoes with milk instead of chicken stock (if that’s how you usually do it). On the note of beef or chicken stock, simply substitute vegetable stock if applicable. If you want to score points though, you could make (or buy) a vegetarian “main dish.” Quiche or an egg puff is good because it includes protein (eggs, cheese), or a vegetable pot pie could work too.

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Vegans:

There is a difference between vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarians don’t eat meat (though some eat fish, that’s a personal choice that you can clarify by simply asking your vegetarian guest before the meal) and vegans don’t eat any meat or animal bi-products. This means no eggs, no milk, no cheese, no butter. Stock up on vegetable sides and prepare them mindfully. It’s especially good to make something that contains beans or peanut butter because that will be the main protein.  Vegan desserts are sometimes hard because they often require substitutions, but here’s a fun trick: Soda cake. Simply pick up a package of cake mix (read the ingredients to make sure, but most are vegan, Duncan Hines recommended) and a can of soda (take one or two sips for 10 oz.). The soda replaces the eggs and oil in the recipe! Just mix and bake according to the instructions. Warning: Cake can come out sticky!

Gluten-Free 101:

I’m not very familiar with the gluten free diet, but this article from Mayo Clinic breaks it down nicely. On the whole, meat is gluten free, though it may vary depending on what you add to it. A traditional turkey should be fine, but if you want to do anything fancy or just want to play it safe, simply take a cut and cook it separately for your gluten free friend’s needs. Vegetables are usually good to count on.  From what I understand, the toughest part of a gluten-free diet is bread and dessert. Huffington Post has a great article that lists the best gluten-free breads that you can order or get from a specialty store, and this recipe for a twist on a flourless chocolate cake looks so good, people who can eat gluten may even want to try it!

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As a final note, adding some “vegetarian” or “gluten free” place cards in front of special dishes will also be a good idea so there are no surprises. Also, be sure that the guests with special diets get the first chance at the dishes meant especially for them. Keep in mind, and note to your party, that where there may be eight dishes total, there may only be three or four that guests with certain diets can eat. I’ve been to a lot of parties where there was a vegetarian dish, but other people had eaten it all! Just be considerate, and your guests will be thankful for the effort.

Use SteerList as your grocery list app so you don’t forget to pick something up from the grocery store. You can also use it to remember notes (like that list of things not gluten free) or save tips to it.

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Need Ideas for Dinner Tonight? Make Your Own Pizza!

SteerList has got you covered for dinner tonight. The best part? Your kids do half the work! Pizza night can be super fun and super easy, especially with this no-yeast pizza dough recipe. Pick up some toppings and get ready to bake!

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The first part of pizza night is to make your dough. Of course, you can probably buy crust from your local grocery store (Pillsbury makes one) but I personally recommend this easy recipe from cooks.com for fresh dough!

Dough (Good for about two large pizzas):

2 ½ cups flour

2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil

¾ to 1 cup water

Simply mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet. I recommend mixing the water and oil together before adding it to the dry ingredients because if you add the oil separately, it balls up. If the dough seems stiff, add a little more water. After adding your toppings, bake at 400 degrees for 15-25 minutes.

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 For the toppings, you can pick up your kid’s classic favorites and encourage them to try new vegetables or toppings you don’t normally get on pizza. Two examples I love are peas and almond slivers. Where else can you get a pizza with almonds on it!? Things like that make pizza night special. The nice thing about pizza night is also that you don’t have to have a whole pizza with one topping… if your child is unsure of whether or not they will like a certain topping but still want to try it, just top one slice. You can also experiment with different cheeses, like feta or ricotta. Don’t forget the sauce! Don’t just use plain tomato sauce, Spaghetti sauce can work in a pinch.

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Divide your pizza dough into “personal pizza” sizes and put pre-chopped toppings into bowls (or mini muffin tins) so your kids can access them easily. Roll out the dough and roll up the edges to make a crust, and add a layer of sauce, then let your kids do what they want. If you have extra dough, you can even try to make a dessert pizza!

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A Spooky Handmade Halloween

If the word “Halloween” fills you with giddy joy, then just taking a look at our spooky Etsy haul for inspiration will definitely make you want to try on your Halloween costume just one more time. They’re great just to look at and get ideas from, but if you plan on ordering be sure to do it soon! It may be too late for some sellers, so be sure to message them to see if they can get it to you by October 31st, or make a note to the seller at the time of purchase.

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These silhouette lanterns from RedHandPrims add just the right combination of soft candle light and chilling profiles. The set includes Frankenstein and his bride, a witch, and Nosferatu. Great for creating a path or display on your front porch!

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 This stamp pumpkin ads a touch of vintage to your holiday décor and can stay on your table from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Very cute, whimsical, and we especially like how seller EdelweissPost lists “magic” as one of the materials used.

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AllisonHopeDesigns brings us this fun and colorful wreath perfect for Trick-or-Treaters. If you’re tired of the common black-and-orange color scheme commonly associated with Halloween, try this festive one reminiscent of New Orleans.

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No house can truly be creepy without some candlesticks. Seller 6miles includes this set of three candle holders in three various sizes. Appropriately worn and black, these will add the perfect touch of an abandoned (and haunted, of course) mansion.

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A costume can be as simple as a really great accessory. If you’re still searching for a Halloween costume that’s appropriate for work without being over-the-top, check out this statement spider web hatfrom BatcakesCouture. You can be the spider or a play on the term “black widow,” or even just use it as a great conversation-starter. Fashionable, dark, and spooky all in one.

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Just like the spider hat, a  great mask is a simple way to get in the spirit of the holiday. If blood and guts isn’t your thing, you can opt for a beautiful mask like this one from SignatureArtWorks. The black and red moftif is perfect for Halloween, but if you’re not into the gothic look, there are tons of masks to choose from.

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“Pick your poison’ is a commonly use phrase at any party on All Hallow’s Eve. This black rimming sugar immediately turns any drink from “everyday” to a creepy and tragically beautiful concoction. Seller dellcovespices also has lots of other fun things to rim your glass with.

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Don’t worry, these wine and Mexican chocolate gourmet lollipops from BOSSGirlsInc aren’t alcoholic. Whether you’re heading out with a group of other moms for trick-or-treating or are throwing a big party, lollipops with interesting, more “grown up” flavors is a great way to bring back the old fun of candy on Halloween.

As always, remember to download our free organizational app, SteerList, to help you pull off your perfect Halloween night!

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Emergency Mode: Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

As we enter cooler weather, we all know that the sick season will be shortly upon us. Instead of panicking when it hits your home, get the over-the-counter things you might need ahead of time so you can tuck your little one in right away, instead of dragging them around with you from drug store to drug store. Also, this is a good time to go through the medicine cabinet and add anything that’s expired or you need to get rid of to your SteerList to do list app (so you remember to stop and get new the next time you pass CVS or Walgreens). Besides, when kid sniffles hit, we know it’s only a matter of time before mommy and daddy ones follow.

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The first major tip for a cold is to rest as soon as it starts. Pushing yourself or your child to muscle through it can make it worse in the long run. Kids don’t always know when they’re really feeling bad until it’s in the thick of the cold, so when they say they feel “ok” it could mean that it’s just not crippling yet. Though you may hate taking time off work or having your child miss school, just think of it as saving them from more time out in future. Your child may conquer his or her cold in one or two days if you take care of it right away, as opposed to what may become three or four sick days later. Tuck them warmly in bed and insist that they rest, even if they say they’re fine.

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 The second step is liquid, liquid, liquid. Vitamin C is a big power player in getting over a cold, so invest in some orange juice and oranges. It’s best to get the vitamins right from the source. Also, tons of water. I mean a LOT of water.

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To help relieve congestion, have your child breathe in steam. They can do this during a shower, in a bath, or just with a mug of hot water. It will ease congestion which will immediately make you or your kids feel less groggy. Heat packs on your forehead can also help ease the tension For a sore throat, an old home remedy is tea with lemon and honey, but WebMD advises against caffeine that might dehydrate you when you’re sick, so try to use herbal tea. If your kid won’t drink it, then you can try gargling with warm salt water. For mommy and daddy, they say that a little shot of bourbon or whiskey in your tea can help, but not too much alcohol.

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Even if you or your child doesn’t feel like eating when sick, insist on a few bites of something. Your body is spending a lot of energy fighting off the bad things going on inside it when you’re sick, and proper nourishment is what will give your body strength and more energy to keep on fighting. Even if it’s just soup and crackers, make sure you and your kids eat something.

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