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5 new Christmas traditions to try The holidays are all about family and traditions.  Every family and culture has their own unique traditions that they hold dear.  I have a big family and there are a few things we do every year without fail, most of which involve eating and of course a little drinking.  The kids love all of the sweets and chocolate, the things they have to normally do special things to get are available at their fingertips all holiday long.  Eggnog which they call, Christmas milk, and hot chocolate are some of their favorite drinks.  And bashfully, I admit that I'm one of those nauseating people that usually put up their Christmas tree the week after Halloween!  I really can't get enough of the lights and all the Christmas flare. I've been searching for a few new Christmas traditions to incorporate this year with my family.  I think its...

How Happy People Stay Happy Sometimes happy people get a bad rap.  They're considered the eternal optimists, and aren't able to see the world for how it really is, and are therefore not essentially capable of seeing or thinking realistically.  I think we can agree that most of that thinking is rubbish considering that happiness is for the most part, a choice.  During the holidays, many people go through the Holiday Blues for several reasons.  But there may be a few things you can do and practice to try and keep calm and happy. Having one bad day doesn't mean all is lost.  We're human, right?  Humans are complicated and life is complicated.  There's going to be many things along the way that come up and threaten our happiness.  If you're not feeling it one day, remember that tomorrow is a new day and full of possibilities, and that means you get...

Happy Fall Ya'll There are a several key times in the year that make me super excited.  And if you're anything like me, you may concur with these dates.  Naturally, we'll start by mentioning the beginning of the year,  just before Easter, the start of summer when it's not extremely hot,  but the breeze lets you know its beach time, and right now, as we approach Christmas; in the fall season when the breeze changes to a cooler temperature and you can almost smell the cinnamon in the air.  This is my fun season.  Christmas will sneak up faster than you think.  Can you believe there's only 68 more days left in 2016! Since this weekend is Halloween, I thought you might like a few Halloween Must Do's: Watch a Halloween Movie- Many networks have launched their lineup for Halloween, with their regular shows adding some Halloween flare, to offering the classic Halloween...

Angry Mom’s Response to Daughter I am an angry mother that I should have to talk my daughter down from a self-diagnosis of ADHD. And if it weren’t that condition, it would likely be something else. I understand that this is a very serious issue for some who are dealing with accurate medical diagnosis of mental conditions and subsequent treatment programs, but for many people, young and old, it is just a place to be stagnant; a place where things are ‘just so’ because quite frankly they are out of your control. Nothing you can do about it if you have a condition right? How can you change where you are right now if there is something ‘wrong’ with you? A medical diagnosis that lists all of the symptoms that you struggle with, and at the end of reading the list would put anyone in a depressed state. We have all...

For a couple weeks now, I have used and heard these three words over and over, "are you OK?"  I started many conversations with the same.  It's true that when times of trouble and turmoil come, most humans feel the yearning to help and console each other.  Doesn't it sometimes feel that we are our highest and best selves when all we have to rely on is each other? In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the destruction it left behind, so many families are trying to put back the pieces.  It's been almost two weeks and many families in New Providence, Bahamas are desperately waiting for their power to be restored.  There's been crippling devastation not only in the Bahamas, but in Haiti, Cuba and the United States.  It's heartbreaking to watch such tragedy. Although, "things aren't things", as Bahamian's would say, we must remember how resilient human beings are and how...

You know this word well, it's the word that chances are you've heard or read over and over in the last few years.  People talk about it, and it's all the rage right now, kind of like how yoga, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO is.  It's that other 'G' word- Gratitude and it makes some of us very anxious. I, like some of you have read several self-help motivational books that ooze the word-gratitude.  I've watched the secret-part 1 and part 2, and attempted to read the second book.  Ok, I did read the second book and it was quite process orientated.  I like structure, so having a guide on how to practice gratitude was good for me.  But what if you're not like me, and feel very overwhelmed by the endless to-do lists that life throws your way.  I get it; I have a very full life too.  Honestly, even I couldn't...