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Ten Big Holiday Films and the Family Member to See Them With

Before this column takes a break for a few weeks, we bring you a quick peek at ten of the big movies around the Bay this holiday season and share an inkling of who you might want to bring along (if you really, really have to). See you in the New Year!

Ask A Vet: How to Teach Your Kid to Interact with Dogs

Big Dog Little Kid

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Seven Favorite Things: Locally-Made Holiday Cards from Hello! Lucky

There's no time like the holidays to really go the extra mile. Sure, the gift is important, but the card is where you can really get sentimental (or just be an endearing smart-ass). Top off each of your well-wrapped gifts with a lovely little note from Hello! Lucky.

The local team of artisan letterpressers really know how to kick up the kitsch when it comes to Christmas cards. Take a peek at our favorites and stop by their SoMa digs (977 Howard at 6th) or a local retailer to pick some up. 

Your Holiday Detox (and De-Stress) Guide

Biking the GG Bridge

By now, the holidays are in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner. Our stress levels start to rise as we race against the clock to finish everything from last minute holiday shopping to last minute sprucing and prepping for grand holiday dinners (and for most of us, it’s way more than just ‘sprucing’).

Throw in trying to make New Years plans and all of the sudden, it doesn’t seem like the most wonderful time of the year anymore. That’s why we are suggesting a holiday detox plan.

Holiday Spa Escape in Sonoma

Raindance Spa The Lodge at Sonoma

We’re in the final holiday crush. Sure, it’s important to get that shopping done, but a little rest and relaxation can make finding the perfect gift oh so much easier. If you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, a nice warm soak in Sonoma maybe all you need to make the season a little more soothing.

Are You Ready for the Holiday Bike Challenge?

Winter Riding by RAPHA

For most of us, our workout regimen goes out the window during the holiday season. Long bike rides are replaced with more couch time and TV watching; sprint workouts with cookie eating.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Or so says Rapha Cycling Club.

Look of the Week: Our Favorite Reusable Shopping Bags

Whether you love or hate the new law, paying 10-cents for a shopping bag is now part of life in San Francisco.  

The smart solution? Invest in a few awesome reusable bags that work for your lifestyle. From sturdy wool & recycled sailcloth carryalls (#3) to insulated, lightweight and packable grocery totes (#1), here are a few of our favorites.

The Most Coveted Gifts to Give This Christmas

The Des Jardins

When only the paramount present will do.

Bay Area Holiday Hotel Deals

North Block Hotel Lobby

For many people, this time of year is for spending time with family, opening presents, and eating more sugar cookies then your stomach can hold. However, for others, it's a time to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays to take a vacation. For those looking for the best of both worlds, we've put together this round-up of area hotels that are mixing the holidays with vacation. 

Secret Recipe: Cindy Pawlcyn's Santa's Little Helper Margarita

7x7 asks Bay Area chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Handcrafted cocktails make any occasion festive, but during the holidays when Napa chef Cindy Pawlcyn entertains, she mixes them up by the pitcher so she has more time to enjoy her friends.

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