Last Minute Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Christmas is right around the corner. Time to brave the crowded parking lots, the cheery holiday Muzak, the frazzled salespeople, and the even more frazzled shoppers as you search for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. And if you’re the type of person who likes to put off the holiday madness until the last minute, you’re probably starting to feel the crunch. But don’t panic! Here is a list of last-minute gift ideas for that book lover on your shopping list. Most of the items here are $50 and under and can be easily found in major bookstore chains or in chain discount stores like Target and Walmart. [Read more...]

7 Easy Ways to Personalize the Holidays

As we gather around our homes and give thanks for the year’s blessing the holidays season is kicked into full gear. This is one of my favorite times of year when we think about peace, of how fortunate we have been during the past year and how we can help others who may not have had our good fortune as the year comes to a close. Unfortunately the holidays can also be a very hectic and very impersonal time of year when so much of the season has been commercialized. But there are some simple and enjoyable ways to personalize the holiday season this year. The following ideas give you seven great ways to make your holidays personal and share that joy and creativity with you friends, co-workers, neighbors, and loved ones.

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Holiday Shopping Hacks

The holidays are coming and ’tis the season for long lines, bad traffic, crowded stores and that mad rush for the last minute gifts for the people on that “I have no idea what on Earth to get this person” part of your shopping list. This year, holiday shopping does not have to be a chore; instead, make your holiday shopping an enjoyable experience by using some creative approaches to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. To get started, here are some great tips and ideas for holiday shopping that will help you de-stress the season and get something for everyone on your list that will not end up being tossed like last year’s fruitcake. [Read more...]

Surviving Thanksgiving: 10 Handy Tips to be Thankful For

FallVeggiesWith fall in full force, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will be here before we know it. While the holiday season is kicking off, it can be a great time of warmth, compassion, family memories, and reconnecting with loved ones. Unfortunately; however, it can also be a very stressful time full of last minute shopping, hectic travel, lost directions, awkward parties, and a lot of juggling to fit in all of those events and last minute appointments. As hectic as it can seem, with a little planning and these 10 simple tips you can sit back, relax, and keep your sanity during the Turkey Day chaos. [Read more...]