EXPANDING THE PARAMETERS OF YOUR DECEMBER HOLIDAY

As I write this post, it is one week before Christmas. For many people, the entire focus of the past month has been on preparing for that day as the culmination of the season. Often they start the hustle and bustle the day after Thanksgiving – shopping, decorating social events, etc. Then by the day or so after Christmas or at least before New Year’s Eve, it’s all over. Decorations down, focus on recuperation and… Continue reading

Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, Part 3

NOTE: In two earlier posts, Transforming Your Life With New Experiences and Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, Part 2,  I wrote about experiences in prison ministry with the Timothy’s Gift program. This post is about a more recent visit, this time to Florida prisons. The earliest post reflected a week-long tour to prisons in Ohio, the second to Arkansas.  I am part of the support team. This is a Christian ministry and that is… 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