Your Guest Room Checklist

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Here’s to holiday hospitality! Welcome friends and family to your home with help from our Guest Room Checklist.


The holidays are upon us and that means houseguests. Whether it’s cousins, in-laws, kids-home-from-school or your hometown bestie, you want them to feel cozy and comfortable. Our Guest Room Checklist is here to help you organize and accessorize any space to make everyone feel welcome.

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From Halloween Pumpkins to Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Tackle those back-to-back fall holidays with festive ideas, crafty tips and playful ways to help friends and family celebrate. Here’s how to stretch decorating ideas — and dollars, from Halloween pumpkins to Thanksgiving turkeys.


Paint Those Halloween Pumpkins

Carved pumpkins can last only days, so consider decorating Halloween gourds using paint or markers to create ghoulish faces. Better still, use craft glue to attach paper, fabric or dried leaves in rustic, fall-theme or family-focused designs. Then your pumpkins can continue to star in holiday home decorating plans right through Thanksgiving!

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Time to Start Holiday Shopping

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What to Buy

Before It Snows

Here’s some jolly news: People are buying next-year’s Christmas gifts before they even take down their decorations. Sources as diverse as digital marketer Bazaarvoice, consultancy firm Deloitte, and finance site Credit Karma report that holiday shopping now spans months… and months! July, August and September have become hot months for holiday shopping for some cool reasons. If you love planning ahead – and the joy of anticipating happy surprises – then you’re definitely one of us. Here’s our FAQ on scoring celebration-worthy finds before the leaves fall from the trees.

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A Dancer in the Family: Tips for Raising Happy Ballerinas

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It starts with a creative dance class, gymnastics birthday party or perhaps tickets to The Nutcracker — and pretty soon your little one can’t stop twirling. Bring on the dance classes, bobby pins and an astonishing amount of laundry and driving. We’ve got some creative tips for raising happy ballerinas while keeping the rest of the family feeling great, too.

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What’s Your Shop O’Clock?

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What’s the best time to shop? Is retail therapy better with a morning bagel or do you prefer to do your online shopping in your Saturday sweatsuit? At Zulily, it’s always shop o’clock and we love dishing on great deals, fashion trends and all kinds of fabulous. That’s what The Find is all about!