Jan 202015
How to Survive Turning 40

Here are a million (more or less) tips on how to survive turning 40, inspired by my soon-to-be 40 year old boss and the parable of the Acre of Diamonds. Whether you’re surviving your fortieth birthday with literal diamonds or metaphorical ones, you need to dig deep. If you’re anxious, scared, or not thrilled about turning 40, pamper yourself with something beautiful. Since diamonds is the theme of these tips on how to survive your

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Jan 132015
12 Gift Ideas for Someone Who is Dying

This list of gift ideas for someone who is dying includes practical items, as well as whimsical, funny, and comforting gifts that will help you think outside the coffin. My favorite gift idea on this list is the Photo Family Tree Wall Decal, pictured. If your loved on spends quite a bit of time in bed, this might be a beautiful visual reminder of her family and friends. When you visit her, you could bring new pictures or

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Jan 062015
How to Find a Church After Being Hurt by Church Leaders

These seven tips on how to find new a church are inspired by a forest parable, and based on my experience being hurt by the church leaders. We’re searching for a new home church in Vancouver because of the negative experiences in our previous church. We haven’t found a home church yet, and are trying to enjoy the hunt! If you’re looking for an in-depth discussion of what makes a church healthy, read Nine Marks

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Jan 022015
10 Gifts for Parents of Kids With Cancer

You can help ease the heartbreak of childhood leukemia with these gifts and tips for helping parents. Coping with leukemia in children is painful, but it is easier to bear if you’re not alone. My friends’ child was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and I’ve been searching for ways to help them. A practical gift for parents is Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer by Danielle Cook Navidi. The recipes are dedicated to children undergoing

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Dec 082014
15 Birthday Present Ideas for Your Wife

These birthday present ideas for your wife symbolize the things you love about her, to make shopping for quick and easy. These presents include a variety of ideas that represent a wide range of personalities and lifestyles – from hobby chef to writer to adventure traveler – which will help you buy the perfect gift for your wife. One of my favorite birthday present ideas for a wife is the Handpicked Ultra-Luster White Cultured Freshwater Pearl

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Dec 042014
15 Small Gift Ideas for All Occasions

For men and women, coworkers or spouses, friends or family – these ideas for small gifts are unique because they come with reviews from people who actually purchased the gift. These small gift ideas range from classy pocket watches (a traditional token of appreciation) to gourmet sauces and whimsical socks. How cute is the “Frog Grog” Frog Figurine Wine Bottle Holder? This is one of those small gift ideas that people wouldn’t think to buy

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Nov 282014
7 Ways to Help Your Aging Parents Manage Their Money

These ways to help elderly parents manage their money are inspired by Kyle, a 42 year old husband and father of three. He cared for his mom in the final year of her life – even though both he and his wife worked full-time. Quicken Deluxe 2015 is one of the best ways to help your aging parents manage their money is by getting and staying as organized as possible. Quicken is by far the most

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Nov 212014
20 Practical Gifts for Cancer Patients

These practical gift ideas for cancer patients will help with healing and increase energy to fight the disease. Practical gifts are thoughtful, helpful ways to support someone diagnosed with cancer – especially if he or she is getting chemotherapy for lymphoma, leukemia, sarcoma, or other types of cancer. The best gift ideas for cancer patients come from the patients themselves – and that’s the foundation of these practical gifts. Writer Linda Klonsky asked her friends

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Nov 172014
10 Thanksgiving Gift Ideas for the Hostess

Here’s a creative spin on your traditional Thanksgiving gift ideas for the hostess, to make your gifts more meaningful! Peggy Williams shares a theme-based list of 10 gift ideas, ranging from local Thanksgiving offerings to fanciful holiday gifts. The Simply Charmed – Set of 6 Shoe Boutique Magnetic Wine Charms is a new gift idea on Amazon, and it’s perfect for any holiday dinner. This is a fun and whimsical gift idea at Thanksgiving because it

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Nov 142014
How to Deal With End of Life Issues

From a Health Care Proxy to an Ethical Will, here are several tips on how to deal with end of life issues. Attorney and author Jo Kline Cebuhar shares her advice on end of life planning, based on her hospice work and experience with a series of losses – beginning with widowhood at age 28. “Losing loved ones, working with hospice patients, and now writing about death and dying has helped me appreciate the true

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