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How many times have you found
yourself wishing for a few extra hours in the day?
it feels like there just isn’t enough time to get it all done.
this happens, our health is typically the first thing to take a
back seat -- then several others often follow suit.
this busy season, work picks back up, the kids head back to
school and the activities get into full swing.
help you stay healthy and productive, We are providing
a few strategies to cut time
in the kitchen, save money and eat nutritiously.
also includes a few tips on how to maximize that extra time
you’ll receive when you weave these time-saving hacks into your
It's easy to say you want to meal prep, but it's tough to
actually get started. Here's all you need to know to cook
your weekly meals in advance to save time and money and eat more
nutrictious foow. We have a
guide for meal prepping,
which is a time-saving tactic that can be difficult to fold into
the routine at first.
With these tips, I hope you
will find more productivity and an increased sense of
accomplishment in your day-to-day. If you want to share your
successes with us, we are always just a phone call or e-mail
Whether you want to visit the Great Wall of China or start your
own business, chances are you have got a dream in your life that
you’d like to turn into a reality.
The hard part is
figuring out how to make that happen!
With a little
inspiration and some direction, it is possible to
translate your dreams into achievable goals.
This month, we are sharing a road map to help you begin
your journey. You’ll
find a few tips on how to turn your dreams into solid goals.
There are also
guidelines to help you craft your bucket list … and a few words
on why a bucket list shouldn’t just be created toward the end of
One way of accomplishing your goals is by
creating a vision board
… it can be one of the most important steps on that journey.
Our information will walk you through how to do it.
Whether you are dreaming
of homeownership or a family vacation to Europe, we believe that
this can help you visualize those dreams as you translate them
to goals and then reality.
It is our hope that this information will leave you hopeful and
inspired. Best of luck
turning your dreams into goals, and goals into results!
Are you visiting somewhere fun this
your travel plans are taking you up in the air, make the trip
more enjoyable by reducing the stress of your airport
Before you embark on your big
vacation, be sure to read the information we are sharing
will help you
Travel Like a Pro This Summer.
You will find travel hacks
that include some packing tips, a few apps to help track flight
prices, ways to streamline your security experience and more.
Whether you’re a frequent
flyer or taking your annual family vacation, I hope these tips
will help you spend less time stressing about the journey and
more time enjoying your destination.
If you are traveling to a foreign country, we also have
information that will help you
Travel Less Like a Tourist and More Like a Local.
This information could help
you have a more authentic experience and a deeper appreciation
for the culture in your destination.
Five Fun Facts About Thanksgiving -- Thanksgiving is a day full of family
and friends, food, gratitude and timeless traditions.
We're sharing a few fun facts that you can share with everyone
that you know.
Purposefully Give Thanks -- Did you know that Thanksgiving wasn't
celebrated regularly until President abraham Lincoln declared
the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday? A
little-known fact is that Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned to
recognize the day for 17 years prior to it being made a Federal
Stay Organized and Clutter-Free -- Once you have simplified and
organized yorur home using the "five-bin" approach, keep it in
good shape with the tips we're providing here. They will
really help to simplify your life and your living spaces.
Declutter Your Living Spaces --
The average personal will spend a total of 3,680
hours, or 153 days of their life, searching for misplaced items,
according to "Becoming Minimalist." Typically, the
only time many of us think about decluttering our homes is when
we're getting ready to move. Whether you're moving or just
want to save time and space, we're providing information about
the five-bin approach, because it's a great way to start
simplifying your living environment.
Three Online Tax Preparation Options -- Although it's always a good idea to
consult a tax preparation professional, some people can use
online options ... we are providing information about three of
them for you.
If you don't know a qualified tax professional,
feel free to
Us and we can recommend a couple of our preferred
people who may be able to help you.
Prepare You For Tax Time --
Tax Day (April 17, 2018) is right around the
corner. For many people, taxes are stressful.
Whether they plan to complete their tax returns themselves in a
weekend or are pulling together information to give to their tax
preparer, this information will help take some of the stress out
of the process by giving you tips to get organized.
How to Protect Your Information Online --
Prevent tech-savvy thieves from stealing personal
information! This information offers several strategies to
help you protect your information when you go online, whether
it's at home or at your computer or while you are out and about
with your smartphone or tablet. If this informaton
actually helps you avert identity theft, we would love for you
Us and relay your story.
What to Do if Your Information Has Been Stolen --
Although the interconnectivity of the Web has
made it more convenient for people to pay bills, shop and other
tasks, it also makes it easier for tech-savvy thieves to steal
people's personal information. The information we have
this month delves into the topic of identity theft and cyber
data breaches. It provides tips and information to help
our clients and their relatives, friends and acquanintances
protect their information and outlines what to do if you are
Hosting Holiday Guests? Create a Great Experience for
Everyone -- Hosting guests over the holidays can be as
stressful as traveling. There's often pressure to create a
picture-perfect experience for your guests, whether they're
staying overnight or for a week. By planning ahead and
keeping them informed, you'll reduce stress and create a fun,
festive experiene for everyone. These tips can actually be
applied all year round ... whenever you have guests visiting.
Holiday Travel Tips --
Since many people take time off to visit family
and friends in other places, the holidays are the busiest time
of year to travel. It is also one of the most stressful
times to travel, with people reporting it was as taxing as
moving. These tips will help you to take the stress out of
holiday travel ... and most can be used anytime you travel.
Hunting Check-List -- We are providing this check-list to help take the
stress out of throwing your next part. Whether it's a
party during the holidays or for any other occasion, most of the
tips in this checklist will still apply.
How to Throw a Party Without Going
The holiday season is rapidaly approaching,
making now the time to start planning your holiday party.
Whether you host a holiday party every year or it's your first
one, we're providing you with some tips to help you plan a party
that is fun, festive and budget friendly.
Steps for Personal Development -- You can commit to personal growth
today once you read this information. From
setting goals to keeping a journal, these tips
are sure to help you create successful habits for
continual personal growth.
Ways to Invest in Yourself -- One of the best investments you
can make is the investment in yourself. Personal
development inclues activities that help you
improve your hard and soft skills, cultibate your
talents and tap into your potential so that you
can improve your overall quality of life.
Ways to Say Thanks -- There are many ways to
show appreciation and improve relationships with
your family, friends and anyone that you
associate with each day. When someone goes above
and beyond to help you out, acknowledge their
efforts and show your appreciation with one of
the thoughtful suggestions in this month's piece.
Your Emergency Kit -- An emergency kit will
help keep you and your family safe. We are
providing a checklist to help you assemble your
own kit. Be sure to share this information with
everyone you know ... you can never be too safe!!
Prepare for an Emergency -- More than 80% of
Americans live in counties that have experienced
a weather-related disaster. However, only 39% of
Americans have created an emergency plan for
their households. We are providing you with
information about how to develop and implement an
emergency plan ... if you need it.
Tips for Developing Better Habits -- How many of us set
goals in January, only to give up a few weeks
later? This common problem has nothing to do with
willpower and everything to do with habits --
specifically, not developing the good habits that
will help us reach our goals. We providing you
with nine timeless tips to help you improve your
habits so you can achieve your goals this year!
Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season -- For many of us, our pets are a
part of our families. You can make sure that they
stay safe during all of the holiday festivities
with these helpful tips.
Money This Holiday Season -- Don't break the bank on gifts
and decorations this holiday season! There are
many ways to save money while spreading holiday
cheer, not only on holiday gifts, but also for
decorations and entertainment.
Great Benefits of Gratitude -- Express gratitude
every day and reap the benefits! It's not always
easy in this world to be greatful for what's
going on, but here are 8 key benefits of
expressing gratitude all year round.
Ways to Express Gratitude Today -- It's easy to improve your
happiness level and well-being just by expressing
gratitude to those around you! We have 4 ways to
get you started. You'll thank us for it!
These Learning Apps Today! -- There are several really good Apps
that you can download (some for free) to your
mobile device that can help you learn something
new every day and strengthen your mind.
Stop Learning -- Learning isn't reserved for
children and college students. In fact, people
who continue to learn and gain skills after
they've graduated tend to have healthier and more
active minds as they age. This month's
information features several web sites and apps
designed to make it easy to learn something new
outside of the traditional classroom!
Ways to Use Pinterest to Make Your Life Easier -- Did you know that you can use
social media to streamline your life and make
planning almost anything easy? The popular social
media website Pinterest can help you plan
everything from home renovations to meals and
even the most special events.
Childproof Your Home -- If you are the parent of young
children, or you have young children coming to
visit with their parents, here are some tips to
make sure they stay safe while in your home.
Ways to Keep Your Family Safe This Summer -- Summer is the time for fun outside
with family and friends. However, it's also when
many accidents occur around the home. Keep your
family, friends and neighbors safe with these
Achieve Your Goals -- Stay accountable to
your goals with a little help from technology.
These apps will help you stay motivated and on
track to achieve your goals.
Your Goals in 2015! -- Make 2015 the year
that your dreams come true! Setting realistic,
measurable goals will help you achieve what
you've always wanted. Not sure how to start? Here
are some tips to set achievable goals.
||Five Tips for Writing
Memorable Holiday Cards -- Do you get writer's
block when you sit down to write holiday cards?
If you're like many people, writing holiday cards
can be a nerve wracking experience. You want your
message to be memorable, but you may become hung
up on finding the perfect thing to say. Instead
of focusing on perfection, remember the spirit of
the season and channel generosity with the five
||Grow Your Relationships
With Your Neighbors This Holiday Season -- Whether you're new to
the neighborhood or you've lived there for years,
the holidays provide a great opportunity to meet
your neighbors. What better way to get to know
the people on your block or in your building than
to bring them a small, thoughful gift to break
Ways to Pay it Forward -- Express gratitude for
everything that you have by paying it forward to
help your community. Here are some tips on how to
say "thanks" by doing a good deed for
Household Items Today! -- If you're like most
people, you probably have items in the attic,
basement, garage and closets that you don't need,
use and maybe even forgot that you had.
the Right Site to Sell Your Stuff Online --
While garge sales are an ideal way to get rid of
the stuff you don't want anymore, the Internet
may be the best place to sell valuable items that
you want to get rid of for top dollar. Here are a
few sites to help you get started.
Ways to Stress Less -- Eliminating stress
from your life not only improves your attitude,
but can have a great impact on your health.
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