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Kids

Pass the Gratitude

Pass the Gratitude

A family activity for the Thanksgiving table

Parental responsibility No. 425: teaching your kids that Thanksgiving is more than a long weekend bookended by parades and leftover pumpkin pie.

Get the message across with a gratitude jar. Before the turkey is served, gather your pilgrims and ask them what they’re grateful for. Write down each gem on a slip of paper (Mom and Dad, you do it, too) and tuck the notes into a jar.

When setting the table for your fall feast, use the jar as a centerpiece of riches to share with family and friends.

And because not everyone is so fortunate, we’re using our bounty to spread the word about Future Fortified. More than 200 million kids don’t have diets with enough essential nutrients — and Future Fortified wants to change that.

Join us on Twitter this week (#thankfulforthefuture) and share what you’re thankful for.

So we can build a better future for all.

Our friends at Future Fortified have created a message template to help get your family’s gratitude jar started. Find out more about their effort to rid the world of malnutrition at futurefortified.org.

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Holiday

How to Pose for a Picture

How to Pose for a Picture

Expert Tips for Looking Good in Photos

Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.

You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.

Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.

Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.


Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to easydoesit@dailycandy.com.

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Holiday

How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Tonight will probably be filled with bad decisions (that last glass of champers, for starters).

Ring in 2011 with at least a little dignity by avoiding the drunken late-night ponytail. You can stay classy all night long with the perfect messy bun, courtesy of NYC’s Fox & Boy salon (and one of our favorite how-to videos of the year).

Because even if you want to be a hot mess, your hair doesn’t have to be.

Not feeling the messy bun? Try out the around-the-head French braid, modern beehive, or pinned-up curls (for shorter hair).

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Food & Drink

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Dinner Smarties

At your last mealtime gathering, you did everything right: big, pricey steaks; fancy-schmancy china; stimulating conversation cards (what’s your animal soul mate?!).

No wonder the whole thing was so awkward.

Next time, take a cue from Tamara Reynolds and Zora O’Neill, the hilarious Astoria-based hostesses with the mostest behind Forking Fantastic: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party.

In today’s video, the gals, who’ve been hosting wildly popular Sunday night shindigs for six years, walk us through dinner party faux pas — and they’re not what you’d expect (the tips or the ladies).

You’ll feel so inspired, you’ll start planning another soiree immediately.

Just don’t bring your sexy panda friend.


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