Plan NOW for the Holidays! Starting NOW Makes Sense!
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Perhaps the number one gift of all times are flowers, any kind of flowers, from bouquets of long stemmed roses to potted plants. It just takes a moment or two to consider all the flowers you’ve seen as gifts in your lifetime and look at the myriad of reasons for giving flowers and you could almost say they are the ‘universal gift.’ Here are the top 10 occasions for giving flowers as gifts.
It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.
Culled from American Psychology Association
It’s that time of year!
While most of us love the holiday season, we can easily do without the crowds, the commercialism, and the associated pressures. In a few days many of us will be celebrating Remembrance Day, followed by Thanksgiving (for our American friends), Christmas and New Years while others may be celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. In addition to those of you who will be travelling to visit family or having family come visit you, many of us are generally involved in additional activities that revolve around work, the kid’s school events, and miscellaneous charities.There is only so much time available, so by simplifying and getting organized you can actually have some time to enjoy the upcoming holidays.
Culled from the HRTC 2009
Are you part of the two thirds of Canadian or American households that have one or more pets? If so, consider yourself fortunate, as the health benefits of pet ownership are astounding: Rover, your beloved family dog, may extend your life expectancy! In fact, recent research from the University of Pennsylvania showed that among a group of seriously ill patients, only 6% of those who owned pets had died at the end of the study period, as opposed to 28% of non-pet owners.
Good for Your Heart and Soul
Rover offers you many other benefits—besides fetching your slippers and cleaning off your dinner plate. Pet owners typically have lower blood pressure, and stroking your pet’s soft fur is calming, both for you and him. Taking him for walks gets you moving and even socializing. Dog owners walk about 300 minutes per week. Widowed seniors in particular can benefit from the companionship of a pet. And pets can bring families together and teach children responsibility.
Incredibly, dogs can even detect cancer. Dogs have sniffed out skin, lung, bladder, and colon cancer. And British researchers have found that about a third of dogs display changes in behavior when their diabetic owners’ blood sugar drops. Your pup could save your life one day.
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? A pet is a lot of responsibility, but with this responsibility comes rich rewards. Some things to consider before choosing a pet include:
If it’s time to add a pet to your family, there are many wonderful animals at your local OSPCA or ASPCA. Many pets are euthanized or die in gas chambers everyday, even puppies and kittens. Please consider adopting a pet instead of purchasing one through a breeder. Teach your children about how to care for the animal. Show them how to clean litter boxes, groom, and hold the pet. If you pick the right animal you will add a loving and longtime member to your family.
Summer with its longer days and warmer temperatures calls people to get outdoors and explore. It is prime travel season and a popular time to cook out. With all that in mind, here are 15 ideas about things that you can put in summer gift baskets for your friends and family to enjoy.