Resolutions To Achieve In The New Year

Resolutions To Achieve In The New Year
by Julie Hunt

Resolutions To Achieve In The New Year
Resolutions To Achieve In The New Year

January 1st rolls around and there are resolutions up the wazoo – which no one seems to keep.
Society instantly asks to you recognize some glaring personality flaw – on the spot. Without any planning, preparation or foresight you go for it! You pick something monumental to fix. You never start small or say, “I promise to water and care for the house plants!” Instead you pick something that’s been plaguing you for months or even years. The infamous, “I promise to quit smoking” or “…lose twenty-five pounds.”
Failing miserably, you’ve fallen off the wagon by January 21st. Statistically speaking, less than 10% of women who commit to lose weight, stop smoking, stick to a budget, get a new job, or be a better person will actually accomplish what they said they would on January 1st.
So, why fight it?
Perhaps you should give chocolate, “2006 Honorary Food Group Status” where you can indulge in delicious, delightful, smooth, and creamy morsels that keep your head, heart, and tummy pleased. The reality is most women are cutting out an entire “chocolate food group” that has four times the antioxidants of green tea and it releases endorphins, which makes you feel happier.
Here are 7 totally awesome ideas to women who want to succeed and feel like a million bucks all year long (despite what 90% of the population does – or more accurately has failed to do by now) Now you can finally stop berating yourself for what you promised to do… should’ve… could’ve… or or haven’t done.
The Top 7 Fool-Proof Resolutions:
1. Rekindle your inner imp. Who says the “better” you is your stuffy self all prim and proper? When you let out the silly, sassy, playfully mischievous, and audacious girl you truly show your true colors. You can accomplish anything.
2. Be non committal. Play with marvelous ideas for a bit. Half of the stuff we say we will do, we never actually plan on really doing it. All these promises we feel we should, must, or are obligated to do got completely trashed within the first week. Try stuff on for size before commit. You can do anything set your mind to… once you really want to. Play until you feel the time is right. Get FREE tips that prove You Don’t Have To Do Anything at www.shesite.com.
3. Live in a land of conundrums. Slow down and pick up the pace. Try yoga and drink triple lattes. Let your childlike wisdom shine. Try “modern urban rustic” décor. Be a modern minimalist multitasker. Drink nonalcoholic beer. Experiment with the extremes and see what marvelous moments you come up with.
4. Be unrealistic. Think bigger about the world than you ever have before. Go outside your comfort zone. Dream beyond your expectations. You have miraculous abilities to accomplish all you desire so passionately dream… dream… dream – in vivid technicolor – until you have considered every imaginable possibility that thrills you.
5. Steal resources. Why recreate the wheel? Just find all the people around you who have achieved the same or similar goals. Find out what worked for them – and what didn’t. Try their solutions on for size. Add plenty of personal modifications so the color, style, and habits fit you like a glove.
6. Throw your arms up. Give in and give up. It’s the stress and strain that’s got your panties in a bunch. Without it you can do some pretty fierce stuff. You always got great results in the past when you were free flowing, energized and in the moment. Let go and see what happens.
7. Be selfish. Give yourself unadulterated permission to think about you and only you! Be incredibly opinionated and resolute about what feels wonderful – then go for what you want. Allow yourself to connect with your true desires, wants, and needs. Toss out societal expectations and indulge in what makes you smile!
And if you want to start with a clean slate – don’t worry. There’s still time to come up with the perfect “anti-resolution” for the Chinese New Year on January 29th!
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Happy Card Playing Day

Happy Card Playing Day

Happy Card Playing Day
Happy Card Playing Day

Date When Celebrated : Always December 28

Card Playing Day is the perfect time to spend an hour or so playing cards with family and friends. And, it arrives at just the perfect time of year…….. a few days after Christmas. The holiday hustle and bustle is over. The kids are getting bored of their new toys. It’s time to turn to card games for a calmer, relaxing, and more slow-paced form of fun and entertainment.

Enter the world of card games. Cards have survived for centuries as a form of  “play” and entertainment. Sure, there are a few serious gambling types among us, who view cards a serious “business”. To most of us, card games are just ….games.

Spend the day playing cards with family and friends. If you have kids, make sure to play some age appropriate card games with them. You’ll find its quality time with the kids that will  create many warm memories.

Happy Card Playing Day
Happy Card Playing Day

Happy Card Playing Day. Now “go fish”, “hit me”, “double”, and “I’ll raise you two!”.


Origin of Card Playing Day:

We found no factual information about the origin of Card Playing Day. We did not find any information on the creator of this special day.

Happy Card Playing Day
Happy Card Playing Day

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Happy National Fruitcake Day

Happy National Fruitcake Day

Happy National Fruitcake Day
Happy National Fruitcake Day

Date When Celebrated : Always December 27 th

National Fruitcake Day celebrates the rock hard, fruit filled holiday cake. While fruitcake was popular in the 40’s and 50’s, we are not sure if anyone has ever eaten this weighty, gooey, sugar laden cake.

Scientists have been unable to penetrate deeply into a fruitcake, and therefore, have failed to uncover its exact composition. Its density has also hampered their ability to use carbon dating to identify the age of a fruitcake. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that some fruitcake are hundreds of years old.

It is very appropriate for National Fruitcake Day to be celebrated shortly after Christmas. Once the holidays are over, it’s time to get rid of your fruitcake. Giving a fruitcake is a Christmas tradition for many. It is also believed that recipients will re-wrap the fruitcake and give it to someone else. Who knows how many years, or decades, a fruitcake has been passed along? Ultimately, the trick is to make sure you give away the fruitcake before the holiday season is through. Otherwise, you get the joy of storing it, until the next fruitcake-giving season.

Happy National Fruitcake Day
Happy National Fruitcake Day

On National Fruitcake Day, those with a sweet tooth can celebrate by eating a slice or two. Otherwise, we suggest you use this day to give your fruitcake to someone….anyone.

Note: Our research failed to find any information that suggests this is an official “National” day, which requires an act of congress. Sure, you may argue that there are a few fruitcakes in congress. But to date, none of them has sponsored a bill to create or declare a national Fruitcake Day.

 

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Begin the New Year Get Organized

Begin the New Year Get Organized

by Kerry Flinders

Begin the New Year Get Organized
Begin the New Year Get Organized

Here we are, facing a brand new year filled with endless possibilities. I don’t know if you’re the type of person who makes New Year’s Resolutions or not, but I have a resolution for you that you should put on your list, whether you have a list or not.
Get Organized!
Being organized is a terrific feeling. Being organized helps you in so many ways.
When your spaces are organized you can find things easier, eliminating needless stress from looking for items you can’t find. Also, when your spaces are organized you spend less time cleaning, since everything is in its perfect place.
When your schedule and time are organized you can find more time for yourself, for your kids and for your Life.
Being organized helps me to take on my daily life, filled with family, work and social activities easily. Being organized helps me to not only keep up with my life, but it allows me to enjoy it more.
That’s why I feel that even if you are not the type of person who makes New Year’s Resolutions you should definitely make “Get Organized” something you add to your schedule this year.
How do you get from one of the most unorganized people you know to being a super organized individual? Here are some tips:
1. Make a “master list” of all the areas in your home, life, and schedule that need organizing help.
2. Put your list into some kind of order listing the most important things that need to get organized asap first and the things you are just hoping to get organized, but aren’t that important last.
3. Take out your planner (electronic, paper, calendar, anything) and start adding all of your items from your “master list” to your schedule. If you schedule all the items right into your planner you have a much higher probability of actually doing them.
4. Dedicate the first several months of this New Year to your plans on getting organized. It is nearly impossible to get organized over night. Be realistic with your time frame and realize that this might take you several months to finish.
5. Each time you cross off another item from your schedule that pertained to your “master list” pat yourself on the back and feel good about your efforts.
Remember that being organized is an ongoing process. Not just for you, but for everyone, including myself. Once you organize an area of your home, or your office, or your time you have to be aware that there are forces at work all around you that will try and throw your organization out of whack. Someone will come along and misplace an item you organized. Sometimes that someone is you.
So once you get yourself organized be sure that you put some effort in to staying organized. If you don’t put in the effort, you will once again be faced with an unorganized life before you even realize it.
So seize this New Year by the horns and make this the year you Get Organized!

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Thoughts for a Happy New Year

Thoughts for a Happy New Year
by Gerri D Smith

Thoughts for a Happy New Year
Thoughts for a Happy New Year

“Live each day so that you will neither be afraid of tomorrow nor ashamed of yesterday.” – Author Unknown
H-ope
A-spiration
P-rosper
P-recious
Y-earn
N-etwork
E-ager
W-isdom
Y-esterday
E-loquent
A-dvertise
R-eward
1. To face the coming year’s problems use HOPE, faith, and your trust in God and His wisdom to guide you to the future that’s right for you. You can create your own future by focusing your thoughts on what you wish to accomplish. Know that you are responsible for everything that happens in your life – both good and bad.
2.  Make it your ASPIRATION to achieve something worthwhile. Learn a new skill, or seek greater knowledge in areas you don’t now have. Seek and master new ways to do something that’s already been done -and- do it better! Use the power of purpose by giving whatever it is you desire the highest amount of your attention. This determines how successful you will become.
3. Make a concentrated effort to improve, grow, and PROSPER. Increase your financial security. Dare to be happy. Exercise and stay in good health. Keep a positive attitude. Do whatever it takes to improve your personal and business image. And know that your relationship with giving is the spiritual source of your true prosperity.
4. Treat your life, family, friends, and others you meet as a PRECIOUS gift to be enjoyed, and of great value. Regard them with a love that is special and – it will all come back to you. Send forth good and it multiples. Honor every one you come in contact with today, tomorrow, and make it an ongoing behavior. This too, is paid back to you by the Universe.
5. To YEARN is to express compassion. In this coming new year, experience it and show compassion for those less fortunate then you are. Offer ways to help others whenever and wherever you can. Give only good. The more you give of yourself, the more comes back to you. It may help make this a better world.
6. Learn to NETWORK and link to other like-minded individuals; whether it’s in an educational, business, or social setting the benefits can add to your growth and success. Celebrate and share your abilities so that you can attract more of the same.
7.  Be EAGER to learn new things. Opportunities are all around you. Having an intense passion or desire to find new opportunities is the sign of an enthusiastic person. This desire comes from God. In order for you to find new opportunities, always move toward your goal with a spiritual awareness.
8. WISDOM – the ability to make well thought out decisions comes from maturity and understanding. In any given situation, it is wise not to judge until all facts are understood. Be open to understanding another’s point of view. Do you look at the world with a positive or a negative vision?
9. YESTERDAY is a day that has just passed. Now you are free to live in the present. Use each new day wisely and full of gratitude for every hour, every minute, and every second. Set goals for each day and take specific actions that will help you accomplish them.
10. ELOQUENT. Are you confident, persuasive and effective in the way you communicate? When speaking with others how would you rate yourself? Are you always voicing negative opinions? Or, are you positive in expressing your thoughts?
11. ADVERTISE. For those in business, always make the positive features and benefits of your product or service known. Appeal to the emotions of your prospective client. Give quality service and products so that your self-esteem is strengthened and your reputation is valued.
12. – In the coming new year, here’s hoping that you will REWARD yourself for any successful personal and business achievements. Improve your skills where and when needed. Change any negative habits, and always follow His guidance in all things you attempt to do.
May this New Year bring you many blessings of good health, dreams to come true, prayers to be answered, and gratitude for all. Remember: “Life is a series of new beginnings and in every ordinary moment there are a thousand miracles to behold.”

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President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday

President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday
By Joe Davidson
President Obama busts a move with Santa Claus

President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday
President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday

President Obama wowed Saint Nick with his dance moves Thursday night at the National Christmas Tree Lighting. (Associated Press)
President Obama, a.k.a. the boss-in-chief, decided to give federal employees a holiday present a little early. He issued an executive order Friday giving them the day after Christmas off.

“All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day,” the order says. Exceptions may be made “for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.”

RELATED: How the Dec. 26 day off affects pay, leave and more for federal workers

There was no indication if Obama was swayed by an online White House petition urging him to make the day a holiday. The petition said:

President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday
President Obama makes Dec. 26 a holiday

“Federal Employees have dealt with pay freezes and furloughs over the past few years. Giving federal employees an extra holiday on Dec. 26th, 2014 would be a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce. Some bases are forcing their employees to take leave or LWOP because of base shut-downs on this day. This is also consistent with past practice. President Obama provided a full-day Monday Dec. 24, 2012 and a half-day off on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. President George W. Bush provided a half-day holiday on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2002, as well as several full days off the day before or after Christmas: Tuesday, December 24, 2001, Thursday, December 26, 2003, Tuesday, December 24, 2007, and Thursday, December 26, 2008. We urge President Obama to issue an executive order.”

Happy holidays.

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Shoppers Gift Basket Idea

Shoppers Gift Basket Idea

Shoppers Gift Basket Idea
Shoppers Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ cushioned insoles
  • ~ directories for local malls
  • ~ gift certificates (get a lot of small ones for different stores)
  • ~ tote bag to carry home purchases
  • ~ parking pass
  • ~ list of babysitters or volunteer to baby sit
  • ~ coupons

 

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Shoppers Beware – ‘Tis The Season
by James H. Dimmitt

It’s the number one complaint from consumers and it only takes a moment for you to become a victim. While you search for holiday bargains, identity thieves are searching for targets – unsuspecting consumers. Here are some tips to help you safeguard your identity and other valuables:
1) Protect your account numbers – Most stores only print the last four or five digits of the charge account on your receipt. However, some stores haven’t caught up with technology. If the merchant makes an impression of your charge card, be sure to ask for any carbons that are part of the receipt. “Dumpster divers” can lift account numbers from discarded carbons to steal your identity and your account information.
2) Protect Your Social Security Number – If you are asked to provide a SSN when making a purchase, challenge the cashier as to why they need this information. Request that some other form of ID be used instead of your SSN. There is no valid reason for them to request this information. You provided it when you applied for your account so they should already have this on file.
However, if you’ve opened a new account, don’t be surprised if the cashier asks to see some form of picture ID, such as a driver’s license. Don’t view this as an imposition, remember that the store is actually taking steps to protect you – making sure that you are the account holder.
3) Keep an eye on your charge cards and receipts – Don’t let your charge card leave your sight. Most cashiers will keep your card so that they can verify the signature on the receipt. However, sometimes they simply swipe your card, then hand it back to you or put it on the counter for you to retrieve. Check that the card you’ve been given back is yours and not someone else’s. Occasionally, mistakes can happen, especially when the store is busy.
Also, make sure that you take your receipts with you. You’ll need them to verify your purchases when your bills come in January and February.
4) Watch for pickpockets – Professional pickpockets love the holiday shopping season. Open backpacks, large shopping bags and unstrapped purses are a pickpockets dream. “Be wary of the distractions around you, because that’s what the pickpockets like. They usually work in teams,” said Edward Gross, a Chicago police officer. “They usually work in teams. For example, one of the team members fakes a fall and when an innocent person tries to help that’s when the other pickpocket lifts the victim’s wallet.”
5) Use a credit card and a secure site when shopping online – Paying by credit card is the safest way to pay online. It protects your legal right to dispute charges for goods or services never received, never ordered or misrepresented.
When you get to the merchant’s payment page, the “http” at the beginning of the url address should change to “https” or “shttp”. This is a sign that the site is encrypting or scrambling your credit card information as you send it to them. Many browsers will even alert you of this via a pop-up window. Whenever possible, print and keep a receipt of your online transaction in case you need it later.
Happy Holidays!

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Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer

Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer
by Jeffrey Strain

Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer
Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer

After all the gifts have been purchased and placed under the tree, that is the time that many remember in a panic that the stockings over the fireplace still need to be stuffed. Holiday budgets have most likely been spent and there isn’t a whole lot of extra money available. Even with a limited budget, there are a number of quality stocking stuffer ideas that are both practical and will bring a smile to to faces of the little ones.
If you are at a complete loss of what to get, take a trip to your local dollar store and walk the isles. There should be a large selection of goods at a price that is right for you to choose from which should quickly fill up the stockings. In addition, consider the following Christmas stocking stuffer ideas that can have a dual benefit:
Batteries: Instead of wrapping up the batteries with the gift, separate them into stocking stuffers. Since you’d need to purchase them anyway for the toys, they aren’t an extra expense. By separating them out, you make a start on your stocking stuffing and the kids will love them because they can start playing any electronic devices they received.
School Supplies: Here is another practical stocking stuffer that you’d have to purchase in the future for your kids anyway. You kill two birds with one stone by getting them the school supplies they need and filling up the stocking a little more.
Disposable Camera: With all the activity going on during Christmas day, you probably don’t have the time to take pictures and document the day. Let your children do it for you. They’ll have great fun taking photos from their own unique perspective that will add to any photo album.
Art and Craft Supplies: Again, these are supplies that you are likely to need for other activities in the future. Kids love to create and any arts and craft materials make great stocking stuffers. Coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, markers and paints all fit the bill and can be used for other activities long after Christmas is over.

Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer
Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer

Mini Games or Card Games: Travel size editions of their favorite games or card games that can be played in the car are another good stocking stuffer. The kids can play these on their own, but they have the multiple benefit that they can be used in the car to keep the children occupied during any holiday trips you make.
Christmas Letter: You might want to consider writing a Christmas letter to your child telling him or her all the fun things you remember from the past year. This doesn’t cost any money, can become a lovely Christmas tradition and will be a gift that the child will treasure long after Christmas is over.
By taking a little time to consider stocking stuffers, you won’t need to spend a lot of money to fill those socks over the fireplace mantle while still bringing smiles to the faces of your children when they peak inside.

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Christmas Gift Without Spending Money

Christmas Gift Without Spending Money
by Janice Wee

Christmas Gift Without Spending Money
Christmas Gift Without Spending Money

Christmas is just around the corner and you are flat broke. There are so many gifts to give. People you really want to pamper, but you don’t have the money to buy decent gifts for everyone. So what do you do?
Well, you can make your own gifts.
1. The Pet Rock
Remember the pet rock craze? You can make little pets out or rocks easily.
Just take a large, smooth pebble. Stick on a pair of eyes. Glue some felt below. Write a message on the felt and you have a personalized Christmas gift.
2. Cookies
Are you good at baking?
Well go bake several batches of cookies using your best cookie recipes. Do a variety of cookies. Then decorate them. Some with M&Ms some with icing sugar, some with nuts, others with raisins.
Put them into little plastic bags. A few of each type of cookie in each bag. Tie the bag with a pretty ribbon. Make small, pretty cards and write a personal message on each of them. Stick the cards to the outside of that bag of cookies. Each bag of cookies makes a delightful gift for Christmas.
3. Flower gifts
Do you have a garden? Do you live near a place where wild flowers grow abundantly?
If you can pick some flowers, you can make pressed flower bookmarks. I used to do those as a kid. You arrange the flowers on a piece of white blotting paper. Put another piece of blotting paper over the flowers and put heavy books over the blotting paper to press the flowers for a few weeks. Once dried and flattened, these flowers can be glued onto book marks, photo frames and anything you might want to give as a decorative gift.
4. Handmade jewelry
You can make jewelry for the women in your family using wooden beads or even paper clips. Bracelets and necklaces are the easiest to make as all you have to do is to string the beads up and tie the loose ends together. Use a strong elastic cord for the beads so the bracelet is stretchable and can be put on or taken off easily. As for paper clips, with a pair of tweezers and some cheap plastic beads, you can make attractive paper clip earrings. Read http://www.independantlife.com/How-to-make-paper-clip-earrings.htm for the details on how.
5. Are you good at crafts like crochet?
You can make an adorable bookworm bookmark. Start off with the long string part of the bookmark. Just to simple chain stich using thick wool thread until you have a 15 inch long crochet chain. Then do 3 treble crochet stitches into each chain stitch for the last 30 chains. It would curl up into a cute curly bookworm. Stick on 2 eyes on the head and make a tassle at the other end of the chain. Once you get the hang of it, you could make these bookmarks in colorful wool to give away as Christmas gifts.
Need more gift making ideas?
Besides making your Christmas gifts, you can get pretty impressive gifts by spending time instead of money. http://www.christmas-giftshop.com/freechristmasgifts.htm shows you where you pay for the gift by participating in surveys, instead of forking out money. If you are worried that your loved ones know that is a free gift, then go for the free gift card offers. Use the gift cards to buy Christmas gifts and no one would be any wiser.

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Happy 2015 Christmas Holiday

Happy 2015 Christmas Holiday

 

2015 Absolutely Christmas Holiday
2015 Absolutely Christmas Holiday

Ah! Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas has both a strong religious and traditional meaning. It has a certain feel, all to itself, that you usually do not feel at any other time of the year. It creates within us, a sense of kindness and concern for fellow man. At no other time are we more generous and giving. It creates a sense of family and belonging.

Everyone comes home for the Christmas holiday. It is a time of family and giving. It is truely a time that comes but once a year. Christmas is celebrated in most countries around the world!

And so, we invite you to ride along. Join us in celebration of the magic, the wonder and the spirit of this holiday season.

From all of us at Holiday Insights, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous Christmas holiday season, and a prosperous New Year!

We’ve been good this year and we know you have been too! So, we hope Santa’s bag is stuffed full of goodies for all of us.

Did you Know? Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” on December 19, 1843.

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Want to have some real fun? Give the Twelve Days of Christmas to someone. It’s a great way to find the Christmas spirit for the giver, the receiver and everyone around them. The daily gift can be something your already have around the house. they can cost almost nothing. Or, you can hire a twelve man Drum and Bugle Corps to perform on the last day. Have 12 days of Christmas fun!

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