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Home For The Holidays: Visiting Aging Parents Joanne returned home after not seeing her parents for about 6 months. She found her dad is not doing nearly as well as he has been leading her to believe. Their weekly conversations were centered on talking about Joanneís mom who had...

Home Made Gifts, The Best Way To Teach Your Kids The Value Of The Holiday To a large extent the holidays have come to be more about materialism than the original values of peace, harmony, and faith. Advertisers hit us from all sides with messages of greed and pettiness. Every media outlet is rife with the idea,...

Operation G.I. Jingle: ďSending Them HomeĒ for the Holidays This Christmas, thereís a new kind of care package going out to the U.S. Military. Although they canít eat, wear, or stow the contents of this package in their mess kits, itís a little reminder of home that our troops can take along with...

Paying For Your Holiday Shopping By Doing Your Holiday Shopping Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us. If you're smart, whether you are first considering mystery shopping, or are a seasoned mystery shopper, this year, instead of running up the credit card bills, how about doing your ...

Planning on Doing Some International Travel Over the Holidays? [shudder]. No really, a little EQ - managing the attitude, and using the ole noggin' can make it almost pleasant! 1. Pack your patience and your Emotional Intelligence. Turn down the emotions, turn up the forethought. Example - research your...

Preparing For the Holidays: Ho Ho Ho... or Bah Humbug! Some of my clients dread the holiday season because it often represents stress, pressure, expectations, guilt, disappointment, pain, loneliness, exhaustion... and the list goes on. This is a choice. We choose who we spend time with. We...

Secrets to a Stress Free Holiday December and all the excitement that comes with it can either be one of the most pleasant times of year or one of the most stressful. Even though the holidays are a couple of months away, there are things you can do to make it an extremely...

Spend More Time With Your Family This Holiday Season: Host A Caroling Party Too often we forgo entertaining because of the mere thought of all of the preparation that is involved. And more is not better. Often we try to out do each other with lavish parties and expensive gifts. Stop and remember for a second what...

Successful Holiday Gift Giving Starts with a Plan Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the clock is ticking down as we grow closer to the holiday festivities. By now, many have either started thinking about what they are going to purchase for those on their gift list Ė...

Survival Kit for the Holidays: Grace, Gratitude and Random Acts Of Kindness If you*re like me, the holidays always have a way of sneaking in. And - like an unexpected visitor who shows up the week I havenít cleaned my home - Iím caught in a frenzy, desperate to scrape up the tumbleweeds of cat fur and make the...

Ten Great Holiday Dates Dating during the holiday season can be a special treat. Of course, in order to fully experience this you may need to re-order some priorities and make time for yourself and your own personal needs. Don't give into the temptation to put your social...

Ten Great Holiday Dates For Singles Ten great holiday dates for singles Dating during the holiday season can be a special treat. Of course, in order to fully experience this you may need to re-order some priorities and make time for yourself and your own personal needs. Donít give...

Ten Tips for a "Real" Holiday Season With the holidays just weeks away, thereís no better time to consider how to make the season less stressful and more meaningful. For those of us who would like to remember this time with gratitude and joy, follow these ten tips for keeping the ...

Ten Ways to Make It Through the Holidays Sober 1. Plan to stay sober. Every day plan to stay sober and work your plan. 2. Have a support system. If you're going to a party where you know there will be alcoholic beverages served, and you're afraid you may be tempted to drink, bring a buddy...

Ten Ways to Save Your Sanity During the Holidays 1. Set limits for yourself. If you feel overwhelmed with shopping, cooking and visiting relatives don't add more to your plate. Take 10-15 minute breaks to take e a walk, meditate, read, pray or just sit still. Don't let anyone guilt you...

The Holiday Shopping Experience - Rewarding or Traumatic? Picture this scenario! Itís December 24th, the day of Christmas Eve. On this day you should be relaxing, enjoying time with family and thinking of all the precious memories you have created throughout the year. No, wait! Itís the last...

Three Steps to Reduce Holiday Stress for Your Kitty The annual holidays can be a very stressful time for your cat. This is the time of the year when that strange tree goes up, bright trinkets are hung (but all your cat hears is ďNo, no, bad kitty!Ē when she tries to explore them), ...

Tips For Less Holiday Stress Holiday Stress? Some Tips For Having Less We all dream of having wonderful holidays. We start each day full of the spirit of the season. We look at the lovely fresh fallen snow, and marvel at the beauty of the world. But lets face it -...

Tips For Singles On Surviving (and enjoying) The Holidays Here you are, facing the holiday season alone. Have you been thinking about? *how alone and lonely you feel *excuses you can give family members as to why you canít come this year *what friends may be available to spend those long days with *how...