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10 Tips For Surviving The Holidays

The holiday season can bring mixed emotions for many. For some, it’s their favorite time of year. For others, it brings feelings of sadness and loss. Seeing old friends and family members may be exciting or may bring up memories of disappointments. Did you ever get together with your family and notice you’ve all of a sudden become that 13 year old teenager again who’s arguing with your parents or siblings? Or perhaps you find yourself looking at a sibling and thinking for the first time in 20 years, “mom always loved her better”. Sometimes, when we see family...

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10 Must Try Spa Treatments

If it were up to us, we’d have at least one spa day booked at all times. There’s nothing like a full day of relaxation to rejuvenate your senses, and considering the amount of flash sale sites offering deals at spas these days, treatments are available to the masses at (more) affordable prices. Alas, we’re not all made of money or time, so beauty treatments become few and far between, but oh so cherished. So, to help you prioritize and only spend on what’s worth your time and money, we’ve put together a list of 10 beauty treatments to...

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Budgeting For The Holidays!

The joyful holiday season can often turn into a nightmare for many shoppers due to overspending on gifts, holiday entertainment and maxed out credit cards. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With some careful planning and strong will, you can keep your budget intact and experience the true spirit of the holidays. Below are some tips from advisors to help you along the way. 1. Plan Ahead Determine your budget for holiday spending at least one month in advance. This includes gifts, greeting cards, postage, shipping costs, wrapping paper and other supplies, the Christmas tree, decorations, holiday...

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8 Places You Forget To Clean!

Your bed is always made, toilet bowl polished, and coffee table styled just so, but is your house really clean? Filth can quietly build up in unexpected places, from the decor to the appliances. Read on to discover the most overlooked spots to clean — and to learn how you can get them back in tip-top shape in time for the Holidays. 1. Coffeemaker If your morning java is starting to taste funky, it’s probably because your coffeemaker is in need of a cleaning. Hard-water deposits and brewing residue can take over your machine if you don’t wash it every...

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Approaching Parenting Differently!

Do you sometimes feel challenged in your attempts to be a more peaceful parent in a society that’s less than compassionate towards the differences and struggles of parents and children?  Many parents are surprised about the tensions that arise amongst friends and family when they choose to parent in ways that differ from the norm.  Have you sometimes felt harshly judged for your choice to be patient and supportive at a time when your child expressed their raw feelings?  Did you often hide your exhaustion for fear of being judged to be your own worst enemy for not sleep...

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The Key To My Happiness!

What’s the secret to my success and happiness? I cut out of my life people who are toxic. There’s an old myth that frogs will pull down other frogs trying to escape a pot of boiling water. That’s likely the stuff of folklore, but the dynamic is real: In everyone’s life, there will always be people who will resist, threaten and sabotage the possibility of self-improvement. This general group of people — whom we can safely call “toxic” — might resent your progress for any number of reasons. Perhaps they think you’ll no longer be in their life if...

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Kareem’s 18 Month Update

Kareem has officially started pre school and it’s going fantastically! It’s a pre school that is screen free and incorporates a lot of creative play and physical activity! He gets to spend time socializing with other kids and it has helped a lot with hitting his developmental milestones early! Kareem’s favorite meals are Indian style butter chicken, pasta and fruits (strawberries, peaches, blueberries and bananas). He also loves cheese and crackers. <—- Lunch Time: cheese, crackers, turkey, cherry tomato, red peppers and cucumbers. He has officially stopped toddler formula, except on occasion and now drinks almond milk, cow’s milk...

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10 Best Kept Secrets For Buying

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan. Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved...

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