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10 Great Gift Ideas For Fathers Day
What do you get for the man who has always been there for you? You want it to be something special, something he hasn't gotten before, something that he will cherish. It cannot be the tired old gift of after shave lotion or soap on a rope. Not this year!To start your idea list, think about the things you used to do or still do together. Think about the "firsts" he added to your life; the first baseball game, the first boat ride, how he helped you get your balance on your first bike, how he showed you it was fun to play the piano, your first hunting or fishing trip. Make a list of the things he does now or things you've hea...(related: Holidays)


10 Holiday Sober Savers 2004
1.) BEGIN NOW !!!Don't save your shopping, decorating, cooking, wrapping, and cleaning for the last minute. That is too much pressure for anyone. This is the year to be organized, so you'll have time to enjoy the season in sobriety. If you can't get something done, just let it go with no regrets.2.) Attend your meetingsStart preparing NOW. 'Tis the season! Don't let social invitations distract you from recovery.You'll find a meeting invaluable when you happen to come up against a trigger or some craving. If you start feeling down, or really don't feel like going to a meeting--THIS,is when you really do need to go. That hour of your time may sa...(related: Holidays)


10 Reasons Santas Broke This Year
1. Santa Spends More Than He MakesSanta's paychecks are nothing to sneeze at, but he stays focused on his next raise. (Yes, of course Santa gets a raise each year!) He has no idea what it costs him to live the Santa life. He doesn't track his earnings nor his spending. Santa's got to provide for his reindeer, his horse and his North Pole home - just like the rest of us.2. Santa Has No Emergency Acco...(related: Holidays)


10 Steps To A Relaxing Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Family, friends, good food ? and no presents to buy. To ma...(related: Holidays)


10 Stress Free Tips To Pamper Mom This Mothers Day
Mothers Day is the day we set aside each year to show appreciation to our own mother and to the mothers in our lives that we love. Traditionally Mothers Day is the big "Flowers and Chocolate" day. While most moms do enjoy lovely flowers and chocolate, below are some ways that we can pamper mom with gifts and activities that she will remember for years to come.1. Give Her a MassageTreat mom to a relaxing massage. Besides just feeling good massage offers many benefits to your body such as reducing stress and anxiety, improves ci...(related: Holidays)


10 Tips For More Meaningful Holidays
No matter how many lists you make, cards you send, gifts you buy, or packages you wrap, there will be things you intended to do this holiday season that won't get done. If yo...(related: Holidays)


10 Tips To A Stress Free Holiday
"The stress-free way to enjoy the holidays is to plan, take one step at a time, and have a sense of humor." Beth TabakCan you feel the holiday jitters beginning? Suddenly there it is right around the corner. Relax! Take time to plan well now and ease into the holidays with a big smile. Grab a journal and pen, and let's get started.

  • Reminisce over previous holidays- In your journal create a column for What Works and another for Not That Again. Under What Works list the activities that bring you joy, come naturally, and click into place. Under Not That Again list your challenges. Jot down the things that drain your energy and bring you down. What can you do to delegate, dump, or change the items in the Not That Again column and embrace more of the activities in the What Works column? What changes need to be made?<...(related: Holidays)

    10 Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day
    Memorial Day is a day for remembering those who have laid their lives in the nation's service. Memorial Day has also become a popular time for Family Reunions and Get Togethers as it is preceded by a weekend. Here are some ways to celebrate the patriotic spirit of this day:1. Donate to families of soldiers who are wounded or have lost their lives.2. Observe the National Moment of Remembrance. The Moment occurs on Memorial Day, 3 PM, local time, f...(related: Holidays)


    10 Ways To Keep Your Expectations From Making You Crazy This Christmas
    Christmas is a wonderful time! Everyone is full of good cheer, the milk of human kindness and 20 pounds of candy. All gifts are given with love, are exactly the right size, are exactly the right color, or exactly the right thing for exactly the price you could afford. Right?Well, if YOUR Christmas seems to fall short every year, here are some ways to keep your sanity and enjoy the unexpected joys that the season brin...(related: Holidays)


    12 Things That Make Life Worthwhile!
    Happy New Year! Around the world, this is a time of renewal, celebration of new opportunities, and great optimism. Please accept our best wishes for a year of peace, joy, and success.And, note that any time of year is a great time to re-commit to the things that are most important. Our highest values and our dearest aspirations need constant attention, constant renewal, and constant reinforcement. Life has a way of di...(related: Holidays)


    15 Ways To Create Some Extra Holiday Money
    Originally this was going to be a list for my two teenagers but some of these ideas are better suited to adults with a valid driver's license and a bit of know-how. Some of these take a bit of planning and organizing, but most of them could be done on a fairly spur of the moment case by case basis. The great thing about a lot of these ideas is that you're spreading holiday cheer by helping to make someone else's otherwise stressful and overwhelming to-do list a little bit easier. Who wouldn't pay to have someone come do a few of these things for you? Mostly, what's important is that you remember to provide a quality item or se...(related: Holidays)


    2 Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas
    Did you know that you can make your own Halloween costumes without spending lots of money? You many already have many of the supplies needed to put these together. Here are 2 neat Halloween costumes that you can make yourself:SkeletonAll you need to make a skeleton costume is a black sweat suit or a black turtle neck and pants, a piece of chalk, white fabric paint (preferably glow-in-the dark, or uv reactive), and an image of a skeleton. Find a graphic; something used to create simple children's halloween crafts, or black and white clip art will work well.Lay out the sweat suit, with the skeleton image along side it, for reference. Use the chalk to draw a simple skeleton on the front,...(related: Holidays)


    2 Quick And Easy Halloween Crafts
    Making Halloween crafts can really get you into a festive mood for this spooky holiday. Here are 2 fun and easy craft ideas:Tin Can LanternsDid you know that you can easily create Halloween lanterns out of those old tin cans? Use cans that have a smooth surface to accurately display your designs. All you need to complete this ...(related: Holidays)


    30th Birthday Gift Ideas
    Choosing a birthday gift for a friend about to turn thirty years old can be a challenging task. You want to honor the special day with a unique gift, but not necessarily draw attention to their age. After all, thirty is the pivo...(related: Holidays)


    5 Most Popular Styles Of Christmas Ornaments
    Traditionally Christmas ornaments were bulbs of all the same color which were placed randomly throughout your Christmas tree. Over the past few decades, Christmas ornaments have developed into elabor...(related: Holidays)


    5 Things Your Christmas Table Should Not Be Without
    Christmas dinner probably the most elaborate and complex dinners you will have to prepare all year. Chances are there will be many friends and family members attending so you will want to make sure everything is just right. In order to help you do this, I have compiled a list of 5 things which your Christmas dinner table should not be without. I...(related: Holidays)


    5 Tips To Reduce Holiday Depression
    As the holidays approach each year, more and more people suffer from Holiday Depression.Some experts blame it on factors relating to nutrition. Nutritional experts believe that depression is caused by the excessive sugar and fatty foods coursing through our bodies.Other experts believe that depression is caused by the lack of natural sunlight that promotes a condition called SAD. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) SAD reduces the amounts of endorphins distributed in our brains. Experts in psychology maintain that many people look back over the year and see themselves as failures. Another year is behind you and your personal goals have not been achieved.Whatever the reason you feel is the cause of your depression, the following 5 simple tips are guaranteed to h...(related: Holidays)


    5 Ways To Having The Happiest Valentines Day Ever (even If Youre Alone)
    The thought of Valentine's Day conjures up romantic evenings, a candlelight dinner, and long walks with your loved one. It is, without a doubt the most romantic day of the year. So how could you possibly be expected to enjoy Valentine's Day when you're alone? Well, while it might not be all hearts and flowers, you can still spread the message of Valentine's Day: Love.Over the years, I've interviewed numerous people and asked them what their favorite Valentine...(related: Holidays)


    5 Ways To Lose Those Holiday Blues
    What a great time of year! It's a time to be thankful for what we have and enjoy all the festivities that mark a renewal of our hope and faith in the "system" that will carry us toward a bright new year.Right? So if this is such a wonderful season, how come so many of us wind up in Yucksville? It may have something to do with losing our rational map about the time we made the turn at the Grotto of the Great Pumpkin. Let's see if there isn't something we can do to help brighten up this holiday season just a bit.1. Focus the real reasons we're celebrating.It doesn't make any difference ...(related: Holidays)


    50 Ways To Acknowledge Your Employees Before And After Labor Day

    For most people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer, back to school, and another long weekend. Deep down however, when we stop for a moment and reflect as we often do on bank holidays, we all know that Labor Day is, in reality, meant to signify a time to recognize the achievement, struggle and determination of the working man and woman.

    Here are 50 ways ...(related: Holidays)

    7 Tips For Defusing Holiday Stress
    KNOW THYSELFThe first key to creating a peaceful holiday season is identifying those holiday traditions that you ENJOY and those that you don't. When you spend your precious time and energy on activities that you don't find rewarding, you are destined to become FRUSTRATED and cranky. So go ahead and be honest with yourself before the season even starts. Make a list of every possible holiday "obligation" that you can think of. Your list might contain (but not be limited to) the following:- send greeting cards- bake holiday goodies- decorate the house- shop for gifts- wrap gifts- make the holiday meal- attend church services- go caroling- volunteer- visit ex...(related: Holidays)


    7 Tips On Giving Chocolates To Your Valentine
    Every year millions of people exchange chocolates on February 14th for Valentine's Day. This trend has grown very popular in recent times, especially with the rise of quality chocolates (...and the number of chocoholics). Still, even in these modern times there are a few things you need to consider before you run out and grab a chocolate gift.Fresh chocolates are the best to getSome of the larger chocolate candy makers make their chocolates for the "busy season" (December through February) as early as summer time. That means that some of the packaged chocolates you can purchase are several months old. Also, some o...(related: Holidays)


    9 Fantastic Formulas For A Stress Free Holiday!
    The holidays are officially here. And so the season for giving begins. Warm loving intentions, thoughtful giving and stocking stuffing take over.It's a wonderful time of year, but with all the activities, excitement and family obligations taking place at the same time, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed and even a tad bit gloomy. Here are 9 simple steps to relax, let go and really enjoy a truly happy holiday!1. Reflect on what an inspiration you are to others. The time you spend, the love y...(related: Holidays)


    A Christmas Tradition - Vintage Ornaments
    Traditional hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments never seem to go out of style. There is something...(related: Holidays)


    A Dash Of Cinnamon, A Pinch Of The Past, A Smidgen Of The Future
    Close your eyes and remember December, the smell of cinnamon in your mother's or grandmother's kitchen and the warm scent of dough baking in the oven. Imagine opening the oven door and, with assistance, taking out the heated cookie sheet. Devour the cookies, small works of art, with your eyes: Fudge Brownies, Gingerbread, Nut Rolls, Painted Cookies, Suga...(related: Holidays)


    A Diamond Christmas 2004!
    When Archduke Maximillian of Austria bestowed a diamond ring on Mary of Burgundy in 1477, giving a diamond as a symbol of love and commitment was birthed. Prior to this only royalty wore diamonds, believing they symbolized strength and courage. The root of the word diamond comes from the Greek word "adamas", which means unconquerable". Other folklore surrounding diamonds links them to Cupid, whose arrows were said to be tipped with diamonds.A diamond is an exceedingly rare item. Over 250 tons of ore must be processed to come up with just one 1-cara...(related: Holidays)


    A Harvest Halloween
    To take advantage of the last days of autumn, we planned an outdoor Halloween party at our family farm. This gave us an opportunity to bring our friends together in an informal setting before the hectic holiday season.The kids grew excited as we drove past the harvested fields of rural farmland, the grazing cattle, and brimming roadside stands. The sights and smells of the country awoke their spirits of adventure and they burst from the car as soon as we stopped at the end of the dirt road.As they explored their surroundings, the adults began to set up. Our party centered on t...(related: Holidays)


    A Medieval Story For Valentines Day, Bonne & Charles
    The general word on the Internet is the first Valentine card was sent in 1415. It's not accurate and it's not true. The particular Valentine was written in mid-February of 1416; it was on vellum, not card stock; it's not the first Valentine card; and no one knows if it was sent.Charles, Duke of Orleans, who was in London, England, wrote the Valentine that all of the Internet declares, and that fact is true. He had a wife...(related: Holidays)


    A Mothers Day Prayer! Mamma Whispered Softly!
    Patty Lovelace Country MusicVerse #1Through the back window of a 59 wagonI watched my be...(related: Holidays)


    A Mothers Keepsake
    A mother's bracelet is a personalized bracelet that celebrates the most important woman in your life, mom. It makes for the perfect gift for many gift occasions from birthdays and anniversaries to mother's day and gifts to the new mom.A Mother's bracelet is a top gift idea for any mom. Mom's enjoy gifts of all sorts ? candy and flowers to drawings and breakfast in bed. A Mother's Bracelet is a gift that will last a lifetime. A mother's bracelet is a gentle reminder of the most...(related: Holidays)


    A New Look At Labor Day
    A day to reflect on the accomplishments of working people: That's been the proud tradition since the first, unofficial, Labor Day back in 1882.But, one of labor's greatest accomplishments has gone largely unrecognized. Since the end of World War II, working people have bought up a huge chunk of big business. They now own a piece of just about everything in business, from multinational corporations to small companies that build mini-malls in their neighborhoods.It may be the greatest economic transformation since the Industrial Revolut...(related: Holidays)


    A Priceless Birthday Gift
    Kelly was a very wealthy Hollywood actress, who was used to a posh lifestyle. She lived in a multimillion dollar home in Beverly Hills. She had all sorts of people she paid to do things for her, such as her personal chef, her aerobics trainer, her gardener, her maid and her masseuse. She spared no expense to take care of her wants and needs.Kelly was a great actress and had been nominated several times for Golden Globes and Academy Awards. She seemed to have everything she w...(related: Holidays)


    A Resolution Worth Keeping
    New Years Resolutions: Making them is a tradition -keeping of them is usually optional. That's unfortunate, because some of the pledges we make in those moments before the calendar changes are wonderful things to aspire to - spending more time with our children, exercising regularly, stopping a bad habit like smoking - or considering chocolate one of the main food groups. Yet, this is the one time of th...(related: Holidays)


    A Simple Little Holiday Plan
    The Thanksgiving leftovers have all been eaten and the gift-buying season has shifted into high gear. Remain calm and prepare yourself for the most jam-packed month in the calendar year. There are a small percentage of you who may actually have completed your to-do list long before everyone else. (If this is you, then kick back and relax.) The rest...(related: Holidays)


    A Thankful Thanksgiving
    You may be wondering why I would call this article a Thankful Thanksgiving. Aren't all Thanksgivings Thankful? Unfortunately, no. As a person who has experienced over 70 Thanksgivings, I recognize that being thankful is something that we have to work at, even on Thanksgiving.If your home is like most, your Thanksgiving day will be very busy, with either traveling to where you want to go or preparing your home to have others over for the day. Either way, that can be very hectic and emotionally trying, which doesn't lend itself to preparing your heart to be reflective and thankful. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled weekend in America. Airports are full, and not always providing much r...(related: Holidays)


    A Valentines Day Story
    Valentine's Day...the day of love right? Many years ago, 22 to be exact, I was a senior in high school. Just prior to Valentine's Day our student council representative got on the intercom during morning announcements and told us about an upcoming fundraiser. Student council was going to sell carnations for an entire week...(related: Holidays)


    Advantages Of Online Greeting Cards Over Paper Cards - Part I
    After some recent reports it seems that 90% of all people buy many greeting cards. Only the American people buy 7 billion greeting cards every year. in the UK the rate is about 2 billions in one year. So, if the cards purchased only by this two count ryes were aligned end-to-end they would stretch around the...(related: Holidays)


    Advantages Of Online Greeting Cards Over Paper Cards - Part Ii
    So, let's review a little what we said in the first part of this. Greeting cards are a very popular item which people buy in high numbers. But the problem is that the making process of them is using a lot of energy and it's polluting the nature.I will try to show you the best healthy way for you to send your thoughts to your loved ones.The best solution of all are new invented and popul...(related: Holidays)


    Alone For The Holidays?
    Being alone is a challenge for many people. This challenge may loom especially large during the holidays if you are single or newly divorced and without family around you. Holidays are a time to share love, and many people end up feeling depressed when they do not have people around with whom to share love. If you are in this situation, what can you do to make the holidays joyous rather than depressing?The key phrase here is SHARE LOVE. Too often people think in terms of getting love rather than giv...(related: Holidays)


    An Easy Gift For Many Occasions
    It can be very hard to find that one perfect gift for someone. How many times have you pondered over what to buy for a 36th birthday or an 18th anniversary?Chances are, that you've been thinking way too hard!...(related: Holidays)








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    It?s Time To Start Thinking About Mothers Day
    Mother's Day is approaching fast. This year it falls on Sunday, May 8th, so you still have time left to come up with the ideal gift for your Mom. And don't forget that Mother's Day is an ideal day to honor any woman in your life, not just your Mom. So don't forget your wife, your grandmother, your daughter, your mother-in-law, your niece or even a favorite aunt. With a little thought and planning now, you can avoid rushing out to buy the usual flowers and candy that you give year after year. Buying the perfect gift does involve some thought, but it is precisely this thought that will make her realize just how much you love and appreciate her. So consider her likes and dislikes, her inter...(related: Holidays)

    Outside The Box Gingerbread Houses
    Beyond trees and wreaths, there are few symbols of the holidays so well venerated as the gingerbread house. Throughout the country, gingerbread house displays and contests attract everyone from culinary architects to kids who love to savor the decorations. Visit Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine's Holiday House Tour held every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, where among other ideas, you'll learn first hand from Frank Isganitis, Gingerbread House Architect and LimeRock Inn co-owner, tips on creating your own award-winning gingerbread houses. The Holiday House Tour is...(related: Holidays)

    What Causes Holiday Stress?
    The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration when friends and families get together to share food, fun, gifts, and love. They are supposed to be a time of giving, caring and connection when we celebrate important and meaningful events.Why, then, are they often so stressful and what can we do to make them more fun and peaceful?Changing the holiday season from stressful to peaceful depends upon one thing: INTENT. Your intent is whatever is most important to you in any particular moment or situation.At any given moment, we are always in one of two intents. Put in simple terms, it is either more important to you in any given moment to:1) Be loving to yourself and others, or2) Get love and approvalYour intent determines your behavior and your feelings. Let'...(related: Holidays)

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