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The best gift doesnt come in a box, it is the box

After tracking down the perfect toy only to see the kid abandon it to play with the box instead, what parent hasnt thought: Why didnt we just give them the boxes instead?If you have, youre not alone. One in seven parents report their kids played longer with Christmas present packaging than the toys inside, according to the 2012 Ribena Plus Play Report.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:29:22 GMT
Sugar rehab: New treatment for not-so-sweet addiction

Sandie Leonard couldnt wait to get her next fix. She would wake up with cravings and search her hiding spots when she felt low in her kitchen, her car, her desk at school.Leonards drug of choice? Sugar.Little Debbie was my best friend, she said, adding that she ate at least box a day of Swiss rolls, fudge rounds or cupcakes. She was always in my car with me.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:51:00 GMT
Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones parody top pop hits in holiday medley

Jimmy Fallon brought the holiday spirit Thursday night when he and Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones gave fans the gift of parodying pop hits by Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj, among others.On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host joined Jones and The Roots in a powerhouse medley that began with a take on Meghan Trainors All About That Bass.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:35:24 GMT
Black Friday shoppers flock into stores

Four out of 10 American shoppers are starting their holiday hunt for bargains today on Black Friday. Videos of crushes in stores are already popping up online. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:17:00 GMT
Woman finds grandmother's lost ring in amazing 'God wink' coincidence

Every once in a while, a normal, everyday situation suddenly turns into a life-changing event or divine coincidence. Author Squire Rushnell calls these "God winks," and one TODAY viewer, Tyler Wynkoop, shared his experience with a God wink in Alliance, Ohio, when his grandmother experienced something amazing.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:07:00 GMT
Black Friday survival guide: 7 apps to help you shop

If you're planning to brave the crowds for Black Friday shopping, download these apps to help keep track of your spending, locate your family, and easily use loyalty and rewards cards.1. ParkmobileUse your phone to pay for parking at private and public parking lots, airports, stadiums and even on the street.Download the appfor iPhoneDownload the app for Windows Phone2.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:05:00 GMT
Bobbie's Buzz: 5 beauty products for the holidays

TODAY style editor and all-around professional girlfriend Bobbie Thomas shares some unique finds and fixes to keep you glowing through the holidays, whether you're staying home or traveling.1.Make your lip color last longerDuring this social season, it's all too easy for that pretty red lipstick you finally dared to wear to end up on someone's cheek, white shirt or, of course, on your own teeth.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:55:00 GMT
Stuck with Thanksgiving leftovers? Make turkey soup, Southwestern shepherd's pie

Is your fridge packed with leftover turkey, potatoes and vegetables galore? Tired of just eating them as is? Turn those classic holiday dishes into brand new meals that are simple and delicious! Here, chef and authorSara Moulton is sharing her recipes for turkey soup with escarole and Parmesan stuffing dumplings and skillet Southwestern shepherd's pie.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:54:00 GMT
'Days of Our Lives,' keeping daytime weird for 50 years: Check out 7 great OMG moments

Soap operas may seem like an endangered species on daytime TV, but NBC's "Days of Our Lives" is still going strong (and wacky) after 50 years on the air. Millions have tuned in every weekday since the first episode aired on Nov. 8, 1965, to follow the sudsy stories of love, heartbreak and family ... and meanwhile been treated to some truly "what the heck?!" moments.Like what?

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:53:00 GMT
Can Taylor Swift defeat Spotify and get people to pay for music?

As the public battle between Taylor Swift and Spotify rages on, kids still can't stream "Shake It Off" and other music stars like Jason Aldean are pulling their own songs off the music-streaming service.Sadly, this can't be solved with a dance-off. Swift might only be 24 years old (and feeling 22), but she's fighting for a classic format that her parents listened to growing up: the album.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:51:51 GMT
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