Protect Yourself from Holiday Shopping Scams

Even though the highly publicized retail data breaches have involved off-line brick and mortar stores, this doesn’t mean that security is high with online shopping. Scammers and hackers are waiting for you in more ways than you know, such as:...more

5 Survival Tips for Last Minute Shopping

Still have some holiday shopping to do? You are not alone. According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have gifts, food, décor and/or other holiday items to buy. This means the mall and stores are “cray cray” right now....more

"Santa Wouldn't Put THAT In My Toys..."

"Santa wouldn't put lead in my toys mommy, so don't worry." That was my 5-year-old interrupting a conversation with my husband about a company which tested a toy tiger that contained over four times the legal limit of lead. "What are you putting in my toys Santa?!" ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Those on a Shoestring Budget

ShawnTe Pierce  writes about beauty, fashion, food, wine, and other lifestyle topics for her blogs Fashion's Sense and  Sunshine and Rain. ...more

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Unique Holiday Gift Ideas: 5 Sneaky Ways to Gift like a World Traveler without Leaving Home

Between family obligations, work deadlines and countless potluck parties, the holidays are often unavoidably stressful. At least finding the perfect gift for every coworker, cousin and overly generous neighbor on your list doesn’t have to be!Use these clever sites to literally give the world this holiday season (well, almost) – all without leaving your couch. Each of these travel-inspired eCommerce sites lets you shop globally sourced products, from paintings to pasta: ...more

Holiday Shopping Ideas for the Bookworm in Your Life

Ho ho ho, Bookworms!‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! If your loved ones are stumped on what to give your glorious bookish self, I’ve made them a handy dandy guide including some fun things on my own personal wish list. Ready?!...more

8 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care and filled with lots of fun goodies to make children cheer!   Finding the perfect stocking stuffers can be a bit time consuming and costly.  We’ve compiled a list of some unique items that will surely bring lots of smiles Christmas morning. 1.Toy Smith Melting Snowman.  Watch this little guy melt right before...more

Procrastinating on Holiday Shopping? Tips to beat the last minute lines

When most people think about last minute holiday shopping, they think of one thing – long lines. Is it worth standing in any line at all during the holidays?Did you know that, technology is streamlining last minute holiday shopping for people like you?PayPal Payments Expert Jennifer Hakes predicts that long holiday lines will end in the next five years in certain markets. Find out how in her interview with me. ...more