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Season of Giving Presents

Season of Giving

While it’s getting down to the wire to give to a Christmas charity, it’s never too late for giving. Donate to one of these organizations that works year-round.

UNICEF strives to help children around the world all the time. Learn more about them and give this holiday season!

It’s not too late to adopt your kids a pet for Christmas! Help an animal or just give at the American Humane Society.

Adopt an animal with the World Wildlife Fund and teach your kids about protecting them around the world.

Make-A-Wish International helps give joy to sick kids around the world all-year. Donate today!

Direct Relief helps people around the world, particularly in emergencies, like Ebola. Deliver a world of good!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works to treat and cure the diseases that hurt our kids most. Help them operate.

The United Nations Foundation has campaigns to help people around the world. This holiday season, choose a good cause.

Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety

This week on social media, we gave you helpful holiday safety tips for staying safe this season.

Make sure you carefully inspect holiday lights each year and throw out old or damaged lights that could cause fires.

Holiday Lights

Fresh trees are best for avoiding fires. Fake trees should say they’re fire resistant.

Christmas Trees

 

Always turn your holiday lights off when you leave the house and go to bed.

Outdoor Holiday Lights

 

Never connect more than one extension cord together. Use one long cord. Connecting extension cords increases the risk of fires.

Tangled Cords

 

Never keep open flames near your trees, garland, wreaths, or fabric decorations.

Candles and the Holidays

 

Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. They can ignite and burn suddenly and intensely, causing worse fires.

Holiday Fireplace

 

Be careful with fire salts that change your fire’s color. Keep out of the reach of children, they can contain heavy metals.

A Fire During the Holidays

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Christmas Breakfast and Coffee

Healthy Christmas Breakfast

While most of your holiday food is pretty standard, seize the unique opportunity for family Christmas breakfast with these recipes.

First up, is a cozy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal that you can make ahead in your slow cooker.

Pumpkin Spice Slow Cooker Oatmeal + A Double Giveaway!

 

These Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti are a great breakfast treat with coffee, and make good gifts.

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti
Image and Recipe via Pinch of Yum

 

These Savory Breakfast Pizzas are quick to make, and sure to be a family hit.

Savory Breakfast Pizzas
Image and Recipe via 7970 Miles

 

These Linzer Muffins are perfect for the holidays and will be good made in advance or the morning of.’

Linzer Muffins

 

This Berry, Banana, Quinoa, and Steel Cut Oats Bake can be made in advance and is healthier than coffee cakes.

Berry Banana Steel Cut Oats and Quinoa Breakfast Bake

 

This Asparagus Quiche has a secretly healthy crust, and your family will never know.

Asparagus Quiche
Image and Recipe via Tasty Kitchen

 

These Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes look fancy and tasty, but are healthy!

Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

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Holiday Charities

Holiday Charities

Each day this week, we gave you some great holiday charities options to give back this holiday season.

First up was Card Aid, which offers a range of Christmas cards, all of the profits of which go to different charities. You can buy packs, or, better yet since they’re located in the U.K., you can even choose e-cards. Especially great for businesses.

Doing all your shopping online? No need to go out in the cold this holiday season to give to the bell ringers, you can donate to the Salvation Army online too!

You can give money, a toy, or host an event to give to Toys for Tots and make kids’ Christmas dreams come true.

Trees for Troops is an organization that you can donate to easily online to provide a Christmas tree to a military family in time for the holidays. Help today!

Donate to Make-A-Wish for the holidays. One child used his wish to go on a toy shopping spree for the hospital that treated him. One wish can touch many.

The Holiday Project helps spread the cheer with visits to people in nursing homes and hospitals. Join in!

Samaritan’s Purse helps you buy Christmas gifts for people around the world that will actually change lives.

Christmas Treats

Healthy Christmas Treats

This week in food, we gave you healthy Christmas treats and desserts to make for your holiday and office celebrations.

First up was a quick 100-Calorie chocolate treat, Chocolate Peppermint Patties.

Chocolate Peppermint Patties

 

A batch of these Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars makes a great holiday gift.

Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

 

This Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce is a lightened version of the classic.

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

 

Make these Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème for a sophisticated take on holiday dessert.

Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème

 

Make this homemade, moist and delicious Christmas Fruitcake for your celebrations.

Christmas Fruitcake

 

If you’re addicted to these Starbucks’ treats, these Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars will be your new go-to.

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

 

This Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream satisfies all of your holiday cravings at just 263 calories.

Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream

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Feeling Sick with the Flu

Flu Week

This week was National Influenza Vaccination Week, so we gave you handy tips and facts about the flu each day.

The most important thing to remember for flu season is to get your shot! The sooner you and your family are protected, the better. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot, especially kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

You should be getting your yearly flu shots as soon as they become available, ideally by October. Getting vaccinated later though is still better than not at all and can decrease your risk.

You probably have the flu if you have these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

If you get sick, and it’s not an emergency, stay home and avoid contact. You can infect others 1 day before symptoms and up to 5 to 7 days after you get sick.

Stay At Home

 

If you have difficulty breathing, fever with a rash, dehydration, pain in the chest, severe vomiting, or sudden dizziness, you should go to the doctor.

Flu Symptoms

 

Young kids, the pregnant, people 65 or older, and those with medical conditions are at a high risk of flu complications. Make sure you go to your doctor in these cases.

Taking Care

 

When treating it at home, rest, drink plenty of water, and take over-the-counter meds for your fever and cough.

Taking Flu Meds

 

You can also find tips for when you’re sick and healthy soup recipes on our Pinterest!

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Making the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week on social media in food, we gave you some Cooking Light recipes to make use of all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.

First up was Cranberry-Hoisin Turkey Buns, a tasty take on a Chinese sandwich.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

Try making these Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos with homemade mole sauce.

Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos

 

Try using up your extra sides and turkey with Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes.

Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes

 

If you’re looking for something lighter for dinner tonight, try this Asian Turkey Salad with your leftovers.

Asian Turkey Salad

 

Make this Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza with your leftovers instead of takeout tonight.

 Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza

 

Try these Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa for a spicy leftover meal or snack.

Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa

 

Make this hearty Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding to use up the last of your holiday meal.

Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding

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