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Holiday Giving

Recently, in what I thought would be a quick Saturday errand, I got stuck in traffic. It took me a moment to realize that the holidays are upon us. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF®), from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the five-day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/12/02/holiday-giving/

Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

By adopting a few smart spending strategies, you can help avoid overspending and decrease holiday stress. (UF/IFAS File Photo) It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/11/18/spend-smarter-this-holiday-season/

Surviving the Holiday Stress without Breaking the Bank

As the holiday season quickly approaches many people become overwhelmed with all of the activities, decorating, and shopping that needs to be completed. Here are a few tips to save energy, time and your nerves. Let’s begin with 5 Steps to Seasonal Savings: Recognize Your Seasonal Stressors:  Know your personal stressors—such as family, friends, work, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/05/surviving-the-holiday-stress-without-breaking-the-bank/

Smart Holiday Packaging

During the holiday season nothing carries good cheer and holiday spirit across the miles like receiving a package full of homemade treats. If you go to the effort of preparing food gifts, you want to be sure the contents arrive in the condition they were sent in. The first step is to pack it right. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/26/smart-holiday-packaging/

Tips for Holiday Shopping

I don’t know about you but to me it seems we just finished shopping for the holidays and they are here once again. Holiday shopping can be a whirlwind and we forget to take time to stop and think about how much we have spent until the bills arrive. Having a budget for the holidays …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/25/tips-for-holiday-shopping/

Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/11/tips-for-healthier-holiday-cooking/

A “Green” Holiday

Green Gift Giving The holiday season will soon be upon us. A “Green“ Holiday focuses on finding ways to reduce consumption by using renewable resources and reusing or repurposing objects. Practicing these principles can fit in line with holiday celebrations, making it a time of sustaining traditions as well as helping the environment. Here are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/30/a-green-holiday/

Holiday Food Prep FAQs

Have questions about safely preparing your holiday meal? Refer to this quick reference for answers to common questions this time of year: Q. Approximately how long should you allow for thawing a frozen turkey in the refrigerator? A. 24 hours per each 4 – 5 pounds of turkey. In it’s original wrapper, place the frozen bird in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/27/holiday-food-prep-faqs/

Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

It’s the season to be jolly, but for many of us it’s the season to be overstressed as well. If getting ready for the Holidays is beginning to feel like a full-time job, start rethinking your holiday plans and consider streamlining, or even scaling back, some of your activities. Following are some holiday survival tips that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/27/give-yourself-the-gift-of-time-this-holiday-season/

Inviting Wildlife to a Holiday Dinner

While youth are home over winter break, encourage them to do something fun that will attract wildlife. Nothing is more fun than watching birds or squirrels play in your yard. One way to make this happen is to provide a supplemental food source for them. You can create a special “Tree for Wildlife” in your …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/05/inviting-wildlife-to-a-holiday-dinner/

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