A Salute To Our Veterans

Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Considering how much our veterans give up to serve our country, it’s impossible to express our thanks in a single holiday. This week, we want to salute our veterans and find ways we can honor them for their service.Nov7.png

History Of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was initially called “Armistice Day,” which commemorated the end of World War I. In 1954, Congress renamed the holiday “Veterans Day” to honor all American veterans, living and dead. The role of American veterans extends far beyond what many people realize. This article and short video from the History Channel explores why we celebrate Veterans Day and how much we owe to our veterans.

11 Ways To Celebrate Your Veterans

If you know a friend or family member who has served the United States in the armed forces, Veterans Day is a good time to give them a call or buy them lunch. If you don’t personally know any vets but would like to honor our veterans, there are plenty of ways you can do so. From sending a care package to supporting veteran-owned businesses, here are a few ways you can support veterans at home, at work, and year-round.

Support Charities That Help Veterans

Our veterans go through so much in service of our country and many of them do not have extended family or support groups to come home to. Fortunately, there are a number of wonderful charities that exist to help veterans who are going through hard times. This article lists some top-rated charities you can donate to in order to help veterans in your community and across the country. It also offers some advice for making your donation really count.

Bonus: Patriotic Songs For Veterans Day

There is something about music that conveys things words alone can never manage. Here are a few great songs that honor our incredible veterans.

 

Thank you to all who have served to protect this country. We honor you and your sacrifices.

 

Tim

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The Perfect Strategy to Start the Holidays

Halloween is basically opening day for the holiday season. Now we’re in for a tidal wave of holidays and parties, all within a few weeks of each other. Do yourself a huge favor and start preparing for the holidays now — both physically and mentally

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8 Easy Ways You Can Get Ahead Of Holiday Stress

Sure, the Black Friday sales are great, but do you really want to wait until a week before December to start on your holiday shopping? And how many times have you pulled out the decorations only to find an ornament broke while in storage? Waiting until the last minute is a surefire way to add unneeded stress to your holidays. Here are a few simple strategies to make the holidays a little easier.

Speed Clean Your Home For The Holidays

Whether you’re planning a big party or having the in-laws over, now is the time to make sure your house is holiday-ready. ClutterBug the organization queen has a whole video covering all the fine details you may overlook when preparing for holiday company. She even has the perfect speed cleaning checklist to prepare your home for the whole season.

Remain Calm During The Hectic Holidays

The holidays are often full of love, hope, and family. They can also be incredibly stressful. It’s a big responsibility to make holiday magic for your family, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed from now until St. Patrick’s Day. Take a breath and check out these strategies for keeping cool and enjoying a stress-free (or at least a stress-reduced) holiday season.

Just For Fun: Best White Elephant Gifts

The saying “it’s better to give than to receive” definitely applies to white elephant gifts! The coming season is full of gift swaps, so while you’re getting your holiday shopping done early, be sure to stock up on some wacky white elephant gifts so you’re ready for the office party.

Here’s to successfully surviving the holiday kickoff,

Tim

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble …

We’re approaching the final weekend before Halloween. Are you ready to hit the town and scare yourself silly? Or maybe you’ll be hanging out watching some Halloween classics at home. Whatever your plans for Halloween, we have some great tips for helping you have a scary good time.Oct26

Best DIY Halloween Decorations

Decorating for Halloween has reached the same level as decorating for Christmas, and if you really want to wow the trick-or-treaters this year, you need to step up your game. Jack-o’-lanterns and fake cobwebs only get you so far, but putting together an enchanting house of horrors doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Scroll through these killer DIY Halloween projects to find your perfect decorations.

Crazy Clever Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

So, you forgot to make a costume — again. Now your sister’s Halloween party is this weekend, and you cannot show up as a bedsheet ghost — again. Never fear! Costumes don’t have to be intricate to be memorable. Go simple and clever with these amazing costumes you can put together in minutes.

20+ Best Halloween Treats

Decorations and costumes are great, but what really makes Halloween truly memorable are the treats. Add something sweet and scary to your Halloween with spooky spider brownies or a brain cheese ball. With patience and a little bit of imagination, your Halloween spread becomes a real house of delicious horrors.

Just For Fun: This Black Cat Wins At Halloween

The internet is full of great Halloween costumes, but the best costumes are found on the Instagram account of a cat named Willow. Just last year, she was Pennywise from “IT,” a Porg from Star Wars, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s costumes.

Happy Halloween!

Tim

Ready to Become a Morning Person?

Despite what you may have heard, early birds aren’t necessarily more productive than night owls. It’s all about how you allot your most productive hours. Since few people have the luxury of sleeping in late, it’s important to prioritize the morning hours. This week, we have some tips to turn any night owl into a morning person.

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5 Morning Routines Of Highly Effective People

How do you create the best morning routine? You start by learning from the best. Would your mornings be better off if you wrote your to-do list the night before, like former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault? Or do you need time to exercise a little before starting your day? Take a look at the morning routines of some of the most successful people in the world, and think about which ones would work for you.

The Best Alarm Clocks
Being startled awake by the blaring screech of an alarm clock gives some people the jolt of adrenaline they need to hop right out of bed. Other people may respond better to a wake-up light that simulates the rising sun. If the alarm app on your smartphone just doesn’t cut it, check out these great alarm clock suggestions from The Strategist.

11 Weird Tricks to Help You Sleep

The secret to a successful morning routine starts hours before your alarm goes off — preferably at least eight hours before. A good night of sleep can mean the difference between starting your day off on the right foot and rushing out the door at the last minute. If you struggle to fall asleep at night, these clever tricks might be just what you need.

 Just For Fun: Up At Dawn

The best part about starting a good morning routine? Sometimes you’re able to watch the sun rise. Check out some of these amazing early morning views from around the world.

To waking up on the right side of the bed each morning,

Tim

Here’s Why Fall Should Be Your Favorite Season

There’s something perfect about fall. Gone is the sweltering heat of summer, yet it’s not quite time for the long, dark nights of winter. Fall offers something special that you won’t find during any other season. Here are a few ways you can fully embrace the fun of fall with your family.

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A Taste Of Fall

Thanksgiving is still several weeks out, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to start cooking tasty fall favorites. Apples, pumpkins, and butternut squash are all favorite menu items this season. Why not serve up some flavorful butternut squash risotto or surprise your family with John’s Three-Layer Apple Cake after dinner? You can try your hand at all of these recipes and more as you look for a new favorite dish in Martha Stewart’s fall cookbook.

Spice Up Your Home For Autumn

Not into the spooky Halloween decor? You can still give your home a touch of seasonal flair. Invite fall inside with dry wheat wreaths, get playful with acorn lights, and learn new ways to use pumpkins beyond jack-o’-lanterns and pies. Good Housekeeping has tons of fall decor and craft ideas you can use to add some pumpkin spice to your home.

Favorite Fall Activities

With school and holiday planning filling the schedule, it can be tempting to let your family just lounge on the couch in their free time. Keep your family inspired with some great fall activities. Not into apple picking? Maybe eating apple cider doughnuts is more your style. And did you know that you can still plant flowers long after spring has passed? Create new family memories with this ultimate fall bucket list.

Just For Fun: Beyond Lattes: Best Pumpkin Spice Treats

Don’t be embarrassed to love pumpkin spice. It’s delicious! And it’s really only available until peppermint flavoring takes over in December. Relish this true fall flavor with special pumpkin-spice-flavored snacks.

May we all fall in love with fall,

Tim

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

With Halloween only a few weeks away, October tends to be a time when we’re more accepting of things that scare us. Many people go out of their way to find things that frighten them by taking trips to haunting houses, catching a scary movie, or reading a horror novel. To get into the spirit of things, we’re taking a closer look at fear, including where our fears come from, how we can overcome them, and why fear might not be so bad after all.

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Where Do Fears Come From?

Fears don’t make sense. Yes, being afraid of large, wild animals may keep you from being eaten by a bear, but not everyone shares the same fears. You may be terrified of flying while your sister can name off the best places to eat in airports across the country. We all experience different levels of discomfort or fear when exposed to certain stimuli. Understanding the psychology behind these fears can help you learn how to overcome them.

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears

Fear can serve a function. In situations where you are in real danger, fear can save your life. But some fears, like the fear of rejection, don’t protect us from real harm. In fact, certain fears prevent us from putting ourselves out there and enjoying life. This article outlines simple strategies you can employ to overcome your fears and live a more courageous life.

What Fear Can Teach Us

We spend a great deal of time trying to overcome our fears. To an extent, it is valuable to conquer unreasonable fears that can harm us. A fear of public speaking can prevent you from giving an important presentation at work, thus jeopardizing your career path. But fear does sometimes serve to protect us from harm. Author Karen Thompson Walker explores the connection between fear and imagination and suggests that learning to better read your own fears can help you make smarter choices and more successfully prepare for disaster.

Just For Fun: 21 Unusual Phobias

Being afraid of spiders or public speaking is pretty common, but have you ever met someone who’s afraid of otters? What about newspapers? Check out these unusual phobias you’ve probably never heard of. Warning: You may discover a phobia you didn’t know you had.

Here’s to not being afraid of the dark!

Tim

Why Is 24 Hours Never Enough?

So much to do, so little time.

Each day, we wake up knowing what we need to do and how much time we have, but rarely do we seem to get everything done before we have to call it a day. There’s just too much to do! If you have already mastered the art of organizing your time, please tell us your secrets! And if you’re still trying to make sense of your schedule, this week’s batch of articles may be able to help.

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7 Tips For Managing Your Schedule Like A Pro

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you worked hard, but you have nothing to show for it? Yeah, we’ve all been there. It’s agonizing to watch your day slip through your fingers, knowing you’ll be twice as busy tomorrow as a result. The first step to addressing this problem is creating a routine. Here’s some expert advice on managing your schedule.

Make Sense Of Your Family’s Schedule

Managing your own schedule is hard enough. Trying to coordinate the schedule of multiple people with work, school, extracurricular activities, doctors’ visits, and every other family event is nearly impossible. When you have a busy family, it’s only a matter of time before the calendar becomes a chaotic mess of notes and missed appointments. Here’s a strategy to help you manage your family’s schedule and master a balancing act that would impress a tightrope walker.

Productivity Apps To Organize Your Life

Technology is supposed to help us be more productive — when we aren’t busy watching cat videos online, of course. There’s a wealth of tried-and-true apps that can help you organize your schedule and manage any area of your life. To-do lists got you overwhelmed? Try Trello! Need to make time to work out? MyFitnessPal can help. These apps won’t magically bring order into your life, but they can certainly help.

 Just For Fun: Daily Routines Of Famous People

Some people claim learning to manage your schedule is the secret to unlocking your true productivity potential. We don’t know if this is true or not, but if it is, maybe we can learn something from the routines of history’s most creative individuals.

Here’s to successful scheduling,

Tim