10 DIY Easter Ideas To Get You Ready

10 DIY Easter Ideas To Get You Ready

Decorating for the holidays should be fun for the entire family. Whether you and the kids love edible projects or you’re more of a crafting household, there are plenty of Easter ideas that will get the house ready for a festive, vibrant holiday. These can’t miss craft projects will be a hit with guests and friends during your celebrations this year. 1. Make a Beautiful Easter Egg Wreath Buy a ready-made grape wood wreath from the craft store. Before you dye the eggs, hollow them out with a paper clip. The kids will have plenty of fun by picking the dye colors. Attach the eggs to the wreath with a glue gun. 2. Make Your Own Chocolate Easter Bunnies Invest in one or two plastic Easter bunny molds (you’ll find plenty on the internet or in craft stores). Temper 1 1/2 to two 2 pounds of milk or dark chocolate (yes, chocolate chips work) and then pour the liquid chocolate into the plastic molds. Pour the excess chocolate back into the bowl, and tap the mold to remove air bubbles. Clean the edge of the mold with a knife. Repeat this process two more times. Clip the mold closed so the chocolate seals together. Voila! 3. DIY Metallic Easter Eggs The kids will love to make centerpieces with this shimmering Easter idea. Hollow out eggs first, and then using metallic craft paint, carefully paint the eggs with copper, silver, and gold craft brushes. Make a drying rack with an old polystyrene takeout container and toothpicks. Set them around the mantle, in a basket, or in a clear vase for...
How to Best Combat Credit Card Fraud

How to Best Combat Credit Card Fraud

As we head into the holiday season, your credit and debit cards are probably going to see a lot of traffic as you buy gifts for your friends and family. While identity theft is a widespread issue, taking some basic fraud protection steps will allow you to shop confidently and securely throughout the holiday season. If you’re traveling, you can also do small things to protect yourself in big ways without worrying. Online Security Measures Cashing in on hot, online holiday deals is tempting to do anytime. However, while you’re out of the house, it’s best to avoid logging into secure sites or entering credit card payments while you’re on a public network. Unencrypted, or open, networks are just that: open for anyone to access. That makes it easier for people who are paying attention to get a peek (even if it’s over your shoulder) at your data. Also, before you check your email or even surf the web, confirm the name of the local network at the coffee shop or library with an employee to make sure you’re using their vetted network. You don’t want to mistakenly hop onto a free Wi-Fi network setup for a phishing or hacking scheme. Way back when you set up your home network, you likely had to enter a password to get online. That encryption is a vital level of security between you and outside sniffers who are looking for personal information. If your home Wi-Fi hasn’t been secured, contact your service provider or a networking professional to update your router settings. Travel Tips for Safe Travels Credit cards make it easier...