Q: The dining table in my apartment isn’t very big, and I’m hosting my boyfriend and his parents again for Christmas this year (we just decided!). I want the dinner table to look good, and not to be so crowded with decorations that there isn’t room for the food and our wineglasses. What are simple and really fast ways to put together a holiday table? A: The holidays are one of my favorite times of year, and I enjoy hosting friends and family for dinner.
Q: Please help us with a big argument. We recently got married, and this is our first Christmas tree together. My husband thinks he knows how to put lights on a Christmas tree, but he does it all wrong. My mom spent a lot of time to hide all the strings and made sure the lights were evenly distributed. My husband just wraps the tree with lights and you end up just seeing three stripes of lights. He thinks that’s good enough because that’s how they did it in his family. Who’s right?
Q: Here comes another holiday season, and I’m dreading it. Years ago, I mentioned to somebody how much I liked a particular black-and-white, spotted cow mug I found at a yard sale. It went with the black-and-white theme of my kitchen. Then somebody gave me some cow salt-and-pepper shakers, and now I can’t get past a birthday or Christmas without getting as gifts spotted cow cups, plates, calendars, figurines, T-shirts, hats, aprons.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".