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Archive for November 2015

6 Reasons To Avoid Shopping On Black Friday

About 12 years ago, I decided to shop on Black Friday. I got the paper, wrote out a list, decided what stores to go to. I got up at 4:30 in the morning, picked up a friend and fought for parking spaces and stood for hours in lines, surrounded by throngs of people to acquire my deals. About 8…

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Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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A Minimal Approach To Holiday Obligations

For most of us, the Christmas season has become two months of stress and busyness wherein we work, plan, shop, attend parties, host parties, bake, cook, wrap… and BOOM! It’s over.  We then switch to “aftermath” mode, a dreary several weeks of cleaning and organizing, punctuated by pondering creative ways to serve leftovers from the…

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Simplify The Holidays, An E-book

Why are some people able to smile, anticipating the holidays with joy in their hearts, while others are facing them with tight chests and anxious minds? Why are some people able to get their shopping done, presents wrapped and cards sent by Dec. 1, while others are staying up past midnight on Christmas eve trying…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

  This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series   Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you…

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Simplify The Gifts This Holiday Season

  Welcome to my mini-series about Simplifying The Gifts This Holiday Season The more you can simplify, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the holidays. Are you ready to make this happen? Before we dig in, I have to warn you about something that’s critically important. And not paying attention to this will virtually…

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5 Signs That You Should Embrace Minimalism

Guest post from Oskar Nowik, author of Growthzer.com. The minimalism movement is growing in popularity while more and more people seek for a way out of the world of oppressive excess. If you’re asking yourself whether you should become a minimalist, this article will show you a few signs that will help you make the right decision.…

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