Aug 132014
10 Early Retirement Gift Ideas

Finding the right gift for someone retiring early is different than gift giving for someone retiring “on time” or as scheduled. These retirement gift ideas are intertwined with quotes about retiring that you can include in the card. Let’s start with the infamous Dr Seuss… You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr Seuss is an awesome “bookend” retirement gift idea, because Oh the Places You’ll Go! is the gift most often

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Aug 072014
How to Appeal a Bank's Decision About Your Account

Here’s the appeal letter I wrote to my bank, TD Canada Trust, to appeal their decision not to reimburse my checking and Visa accounts after thieves stole my purse and stole my money. Phew! That’s a mouthful. If you need tips on writing an appeal letter to a bank about a student loan, mortgage application, or business loan, please let me know in the comments section below. I was parked at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

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Aug 072014
How to Relax During a Massage

If you can’t relax during a massage, you won’t reap the benefits of getting massaged – such as lower blood pressure, prevention of colds, enhanced skin tone, and reduced anxiety and stress. These tips on how to relax during a massage will increase your emotional and physical health. One of the best ways to relax during a massage is to wear Wireless Headphones, such as the ones pictured. This way, you don’t feel the need to make

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Aug 042014
Journaling Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

When breast cancer survivors journal to cope with chemotherapy, they experience an increase in health and wellness. Here’s what researchers found when breast cancer survivors wrote about their deepest fears and the benefits of a breast cancer diagnosis, plus tips for journaling. A Paperblanks Hardcover Sketch Journal will be my next journal – my current journal is the Great Artists Sketchpad (at the end of this article). It’s unlined, which I love because I can doodle when I don’t

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Jul 022014
Pet Loss - How to Deal With Anger at the Veterinarian

If the loss of a pet was due to veterinarian negligence, you’re enraged! These tips for dealing with anger at the vet after a pet’s death are inspired by a reader who lost her cat. It’s important to know that anger doesn’t vanish overnight, and there are no “quick tips” for dealing with angry feelings after pet loss. I recommend reading books like The Gift of Anger: Seven Steps to Uncover the Meaning of Anger and

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Jul 012014
10 Gift Ideas for Back Surgery Patients

After the stress of back surgery, patients may feel discouraged and exhausted. These gift ideas for people healing from back surgery are based on recovery tips for different types of spinal injuries and surgeries. Every “back surgery gift” is supported by a tip for healing from a spinal cord surgeon. A thoughtful gift idea for back surgery patients is a Mini Fridge for ice, water, and juice. Whether they’re healing from a spine fusion, a

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Jun 272014
10 Thoughtful Thank You Gifts for Caregivers

Whether you want to say thank you to a paid caregiver or express gratitude to a family member who is caring for a relative, here are the most thoughtful thank you gifts for caregivers. Inspiration for gift ideas came when I helped facilitate caregiver support groups for the Alzheimer’s Society in Vancouver. One of my favorite thank you gift ideas is the Willow Tree Just for You figurine (pictured). I love these carvings – I have two of them. I’m

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Jun 232014
10 Really Good Book Club Ideas

These book club ideas will revitalize your meetings, whether you’re reading nonfiction books, novels, poetry, classics, or award winning Pulitzer prize-winning authors. Included is an invitation from an author who wants to be present at your next book club meeting! Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue has been my favorite book to discuss at our meetings. I love this book because there’s so much to talk about, and the characters are so interesting. Not to mention the

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Jun 222014
How to Compost at the Office - 6 Easy Steps

The kitchen at work may seem like an odd place for an indoor compost bin, but learning how to compost at the office saves money and affects the environment in positive ways. Businesses create more waste than homes, so office composting can make a huge difference – especially with these six easy steps. The Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin, available on Amazon, holds a gallon of waste. It’ll fit on top of the kitchen counter in your office,

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May 272014
How to Cope With Toxic Family Relationships

You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family. These tips on how to cope with toxic family relationships are inspired by a reader – and adult woman – who doesn’t want to talk to her mom anymore. On my article about solving family relationship problems, a reader said she decided to completely cut ties with her mom. Her mother constantly criticized her and her boyfriend, tried to

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