Home For The Holidays: Happy Times, Right

This time of the year is supposed to be happy. A time when family is warm and welcoming. A time for loving and feeling loved. We watch the annual TV specials which emotionally choke us up. We watch those traditional, mushy movies like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life which bring sentimental tears to our eyes. We watch those heartwrenching Hallmark commercials which make us sob dramatically. All of these portray the ideal and they always end happily. But real life isn’t like that. Watching and listening to all the hype and sweetness reminds many of us of our losses. We think of the things we won’t have this year, or any year ever again. The holiday …

It’s Not Just About Christmas Trees and Christmas Gifts

Let kids tell you what they think of Christmas and they will speak of images full of snow, caroling, putting up Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas gifts and the irresistible magic and wonderment. For everyone else, Christmas is a whole 30 days (even more for some) of headaches and stress. This doesn’t have to be so. Who says you can’t enjoy the yuletide season like kids can? This article will give you a few tips on how to celebrate Christmas with less of the stress and more of the ho, ho, holiday fun. I bet you’ve heard this a gazillion times, but I guess once more doesn’t hurt until you take it to heart: do your Christmas shopping early. Beat the …

It’s a Sick World

It’s no joy to be sick. It’s even less joy when your child is sick. But the most unjoy is when you AND your child are sick together. That happened to my poor wife a few weeks ago. She and Little Lady, going on three years old, both had a cold — with all the sneezing and wheezing, hacking and coughing, wailing and whining required for a certificate of authenticity. Little Lady normally bubble-pops with zest and vigor. Actually “bursting at the seems, bouncing off the walls and ka-booming through the roof” would be a more accurate description. So it was quite eerie to see her mope around like the drooping leaves of a Siberian Peonies that’s been fed too …

It Pays For Single Christians To Date Other Like-Minded People

Searching for the perfect mate can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Afterall, forever is a long time. You want to make the right decision. Dating itself can be really trying. It can be hard to find the right people. What if they don’t share the same values and beliefs that you do? How do you handle that and when? Wouldn’t it be easier to know ahead of time that they are Christian, just like you? Wouldn’t it be easier to know their respect for God and other people, values and beliefs, mirrors your own? I know my own dating experiences were trying at best. My stomach used to churn before hand. I’d be so excited to meet new people, …

Is YOUR Home A Safe Home?

Do you or one of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma, add/adhd Heart disease, cancer, or respitory problems? It could be from the toxins in your home! Did you know that there are more Toxins in your home than in the outside air? Chances are, the cleaning products And hygienic products you use are making you and your family sick. In the past 10 years, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men; 82% for women – the higher rate for women is believed to be due to women’s longer exposure times to household chemicals) (Source: Center for Disease Control) So, what are some of these products, and what makes them so harmful? Lysol is a …

Is Your Child Capable of Composing Music? Maybe the next Mozart?

We’ve all heard of them. Child prodigies who begin composing music at some ridiculously young age. For instance, history reports that Mozart was writing minuets by the time he was five years old. Amazing. At five years of age, I’m not sure that I knew the difference between my finger and my thumb and I certainly wasn’t composing music. Now there is no doubt that the fact that Mozart was composing music by the age of five does not prove that any of the rest of us ever could compose music, but a number of studies conducted over the past fifty or so years indicates that most children can begin composing music as long as they are given both guidance …

Having Or Looking For A Yard Sale? Help Is Here

Are you one of those people who scour the newspapers over the weekend to find local Garage Sales? If so, you would agree that the sales are hard to read, your fingers get smeared with ink, you have no idea how to get to these sales, and quite frankly, there aren’t too many listed. Well, help is here. There is a new internet web site dedicated to you weekend warriors who are yard sale hunters. Perhaps you are the type who enjoys having yard sales. You too will benefit from YardHopper. The site http://www.YardHopper.com is by far the most well thought out, well put together national resource on the internet for locating: Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Estate Sales, Moving Sales, …

Having a Baby Shower? It’s As Easy As 1-2-3

If you are planning a baby shower, start here! Get everything that you are going to for your shower and get everything for free! Baby Shower Invitations, Guest Book, Thank You Cards, Table Decoration, and Games are all free printables, and come with illustrated instructions. This Baby Shower Party Planning Package includes: Pre-printed baby shower invitations that you can personalize, or the instructions and templates you can use for making your own, including matching mailing and return address labels Pre-printed baby shower guest book pages, and options for putting together a baby shower guest book that can also be used by Mommy-to-Be for doing her thank-you cards A baby shower table decoration idea that is easy to make following the …

Have You Lost Your Mind?!

He was fighting me every step of the way, arched back, stiffened legs and an indignant bellow. With my mind focused on securely fastening my toddler in his seat, all else was an insignificant distraction. Even when my remote became wedged between my hipbone and the carseat and locked the doors. Even when my keys, once secured in my pocket, dislodged and fell to the floor. Yes, they were all just distractions. When I accomplished the chaotic task and my son was secured in his babyseat I shut that door and knodded with the confidence of a true champion. Have you ever had one of those slow-motioned moments when you know you just did something really unintelligent? Well, the ton …

Have You Considered to Attend a Bridal Show?

Are You planning a wedding? Why not attend a bridal show? It offers you a great shopping option as a wedding consumer. At this show, you will be able to meet first hand with local vendors all in one day and in one location. You can take a friend or relative with you or why not bring your future spouse? Before you take advantage of this great opportunity you should first discuss your needs and expectations for your wedding. Write down all questions you might have, so you can be prepared to ask them right on the spot. Some of the wedding vendors will bring samples; for example, most cake vendors will bring a variety of flavored cakes for you …

Haunted Houses, Dead Tenants and a Big Tummy Ache

World renown psychic and author Jane Doherty has found herself in a very prominent position on her new reality TV show called “Dead Tenants”, which is hosted by The Learning Channel. I say it’s a prominent position because of the phenomena that separates Jane’s psychic abilities from those of other psychics. Whenever there are ghosts around Jane, she has an amazing physical reaction to them and handling it is no small feat either. The reaction Jane has is that her stomach area actually enlarges by as much as six inches around within seconds. And, Jane tells us that it’s extremely painful to her when this happens. If you watch Jane while this stomach expansion is happening, you’re going to hear …

Handling Weather Emergencies. Part 2; Home Security, Evacuation and Emergency Kits

Introduction Part 1 of this article on preparing for weather emergencies discussed forming an emergency plan to reduce the stress and worry of facing a full blown weather crisis. The focus was on safeguarding your family by planning well in advance of any threat. This, the second half of the article, looks at two things. Preparing your home to survive severe weather, and securing it in case you have to leave. Coping with evacuation or temporary isolation, and assembling one or more emergency kits. Home Security Some forms of weather related emergency are capable of destroying your home no matter what you do – floods, tornadoes and Category 5 hurricanes come to mind. But long term preparation and a clear …

Handling Weather Emergencies. Part 1; Forward Planning Makes The Difference

Introduction At some time in our lives, many of us will face an emergency. Most will involve personal illness or injury, but severe weather, including hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and heat waves, is a very common threat. Severe weather and its after effects, such as flooding, results in numerous deaths and injuries every year, together with major property damage and loss. But we are not entirely powerless in the face of these disasters – a little time and effort now will significantly reduce the risks of death, injury and property damage. It will also help you recover much faster. Planning for emergencies is complex subject, too big for a single article. Part 1 covers identification of the threats to you and …

Handling a Hurricane; Part 2 – Preparing for and Surviving an Approaching Hurricane

Part 1 of this article described some of the characteristics of hurricanes and the damage they can cause. In the days before high tech weather forecasting, well organized emergency services, and mandatory evacuation, major hurricanes resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths. Most deaths, much property damage, and significant financial loss are all preventable with sensible forward planning and early action. Let’s have a look at how you can protect yourself, your family, and your property if a hurricane crosses the coast in your area Advance Preparation for the Hurricane Season The North American hurricane season starts on June 1st, reaches a peak in August and September, and fades out over the next two months. This doesn’t mean that …

Handling a Hurricane; Part 1 – The Threat of a Hurricane – Are You At Risk?

For sustained violence, no form of weather beats a major hurricane. With wind speeds which may exceed 155mph (240 kph), torrential rain, destructive waves and storm surges which can raise sea level by 20 feet or more, their power is enormous, and they should never be taken lightly. North America can claim to be the hurricane centre of the world. Every year hurricanes develop in the South Atlantic and make their way through the Caribbean, usually growing as they move westwards. They start off as small disturbances with moderate winds and thunderstorms. Those that keep growing and develop a spiral wind pattern are classified as Tropical Storms and given a name. They will keep this name whether or not they …

Hamsters make cute and adorable pets.

Hamsters are soft, furry and small. They make wonderful pets because they can be entertaining and educational while living in their assigned home. Hamsters are very inquisitive and curious, just watch their twitching sniffing nose, which is constantly assessing and analyzing the environment. The pet supplies needed for pet hamsters is minimal. A simple cage, some bedding and a running wheel make up the basic furniture. Add in some food and water and your pet will be content. Be sure to include a piece of wood for gnawing because this helps the hamster to prevent its teeth from overgrowing. Hamsters as pets come in a variety of sizes and colors. Pet hamsters came in many different breeds; from the Russian …