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I love gathering and curating ideas and resources that enhance and enrich life. With the ever-expanding amount of information we have access to, finding what may be applicable to us can be overwhelming.  It can be very helpful to have someone do the research, gather information and share what they found on a topic.  Most of the topics being explored here can be of interest and useful to people of all ages. Click on “Start… Continue reading

Take Steps Now to Reduce Holiday Stress

When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind first? Twinkling lights? The merry faces of children? Or… is it stress? Does planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the December holidays stress you out? In a recent article published by allonehealth.com, “Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a ‘lack of time,’ 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a ‘lack of money,’ and 51… Continue reading

For Thanksgiving: Free Online Resources to Entertain the Whole Family

Thanksgiving and a long weekend can be a challenge in terms of keeping the family occupied while they are out of school and off work. It can also be a challenge when one or more of the parents needs to make the Thanksgiving meal, and they need to find quiet activities that children of all ages can do with a minimum amount of supervision and a maximum amount of interest to keep boredom at bay.… Continue reading

Simple Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I love fall decorating in my home. It adds warmth and coziness before the rush of Christmas or other holiday decorating. It can be simple and inexpensive, and other family members can get involved. Here are several ideas to try or to inspire you to think of additional things you can do right now. 1. Outdoor Display Decorate the front yard with harvest-type items like a hay bale, pumpkins, gourds, etc. You can arrange seasonal… Continue reading

What is Holding You Back From Retiring When You Feel Ready?

Suppose you are eligible to retire from your job – you are eligible for Social Security payments and have worked enough years to qualify for a good pension (if there is one with your employment). Financially, you could do it. And yet you don’t. Can you identify what is holding you back? I recently had a conversation with someone in that precise situation. As we talked, she was able to identify several things that were… Continue reading

Apple Cider – Fall’s Delicious, Variable, Healthy Beverage!

Warm Apple Cider a favorite fall beverage for many of us. The natural apple flavor is often seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and other fall-type seasonings to make a cozy treat. First, let’s answer this question: What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Basically, apple cider is unfiltered and contains some pulp or sediment, leaving it appear cloudy rather than clear. It also has a shelf life of 7-10 days. Beyond that, it… Continue reading

Fall Spices: Tasty and Good For Us Too!

Fall and certain spices just seem to go together – we use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in many favorite fall drinks and foods. But they offer more than great flavor – they have health benefits as well. Spices have been used for centuries; in recent years we are rediscovering their health/healing aspects in addition to the taste enhancements. Here are some ways to use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and the health benefits they… Continue reading

The Scents of Fall – Create Your Own Projects

Ah, the scents of fall! If you are a big fan of essential oils, fall is a great time to incorporate them more into your life. Body/beauty products are a great way to start. You can make your own blends using cinnamon and ginger, or adding more woodsy scents like fir and eucalyptus. These products are easy to make yourself and have a lot of room to be customized. Here’s an expanded list of scents… Continue reading

Using Planners and Journals to Make Fall/Autumn Most Enjoyable

Now that we are into a new season, it is a good time to reflect on your regular routine and what you anticipate in the coming few months. Even if you have not used a daily planner before, now is a great time to start creation a fall journal and planner routine. Fall truly is the season of comfort and change. The weather gets cooler, and you want to get warmer and cozier in your… Continue reading

The Benefits of Elderberries Throughout the Year

During the flu/cold season, I posted “What are Elderberries and What Can They Do for Me” . The focus was on how they help during the winter. For many people, elderberry is their go-to to ward off or shorten flu and colds. But there are many other benefits of elderberries. The benefits of this unique fruit can be gained all year-round. Before I get into that, I must tell you why elderberries have come to mind… Continue reading

Need More Clarity, Creativity and Focus?

I am finding this time of the year, end of summer leading into fall, particularly overwhelming. The year is more than half over (can that possibly be?) and my intentions and goals are way behind where I wanted them to be. There are multiple events and of course the usual fall holiday anticipations to consider and prepare for. What about you? If you ever experience times of overwhelm – when you have so many things… Continue reading