Oct 302014
Your Complete Holiday Gift Guide

In this unique holiday gift guide, I organized my most popular holiday shopping articles into five different categories. You’ll find a gift list with creative, unique holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list – whether you’re shopping for writers, grandparents, or animal lovers. I’m kicking off this gift list with something I featured on my Gifts for Insomniacs article, on my sleep blog. The SleepPhones – Wireless Sleep Headphones are a great holiday gift idea

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Sep 182014
How to Diagnose Depression – A Blood Test

A simple blood test is a new way to diagnose depression – and this test also helps doctors determine the best treatment for depression: counseling, antidepressants, or a combination of both talk therapy and medication. Sometimes the signs of depression don’t necessarily mean you’re depressed – which is why this blood test as a way to diagnose depression is important. But, sometimes feelings of anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of

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Sep 142014
The Link Between Parental Favoritism and Teenage Drug Use

Parental favoritism is linked to drug and alcohol use in teenagers (and if you’re using drugs and alcohol, you’re flirting with addiction). If your parents have a favorite child, the other kids are more likely to experiment with smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Are you the favorite child? You may have a whole ‘nother set of issues to contend with! In The Favorite Child, Ellen Weber Libby explores why parents, consciously or unconsciously, choose a

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Sep 102014
A List of Yummy Foods That Help Fight Depression

Ok, so not every food on this list is yummy – but they are foods proven to help fight depression. How? They increase the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine. What you eat has a direct effect on your mood – and certain foods can even treat depressed feelings. Depression can be caused by low serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain; these foods naturally improve mood by increasing those brain chemicals. In Meet Your Happy

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Sep 102014
Learn to Play the Flute Without Paying for Lessons

Here’s how I learned to play the flute without music lessons – I’m a self-taught flutist (flute player), and I’m the first to admit how frustrated and annoyed I get when I’m trying to learn new songs on the flute. Right now I’m working on Scarborough Fair by Calvin Custer, and it is driving me mad. The worst part is that it’s not even that difficult of a piece! Whether you’re teaching yourself to play

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Sep 052014
8 Easy Party Planning Tips for a Happy First Birthday

The first birthday is special – don’t make it stressful! These birthday party planning tips will help you organize a first birthday party without freaking out or going overboard. The Mud Pie Baby-Girls Newborn “I’m 1!” Birthday Dress is a fun way to celebrate birthday one, if you have a daughter. Or if your son likes to dress up pretty! If he’d rather something less frilly, he’d probably dig a Happy Family Superhero First Birthday Kids

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Sep 042014
11 Gifts for Animal Lovers of All Ages and Personalities

These gift ideas for animal lovers range from beautiful hummingbird pendants to a hands-on day at a horse therapy ranch. I’ve also included animal print duvet covers, Grumpy Cat gift ideas, and other gifts for animal lovers that will help you choose something perfect and meaningful. Hummingbird necklace. A Carnevale Sterling Silver Blue Mix Hummingbird Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Elements is a beautiful gift for an animal lover who also wears jewelry. I love animals but I never

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Aug 252014
How to Find a Good Washing Machine Repairman

These tips on how to protect yourself from a bad washing machine repairman are based on my experience with a Whirlpool repair. Learn how to find a good washing machine repairman, how to ensure his work will last, and how to protect yourself from a shady repairman. The washer door seal on my Whirlpool washing machine popped out, and my husband was out of town at the time. I didn’t even think of looking on

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Aug 232014
12 Gifts for People Who Love to Travel

These gifts for people who travel range from practical to sentimental, but focus mainly on practical. Finding the right gift for your traveling friends or family members depends on where they’re going, how long they’ll be away, and how they feel about the trip. A travel journal. The Valery® Vintage String Classic Leather Blank Notebook pictured is a beautiful gift for people who travel – and who enjoy writing about their experiences. I received a travel diary

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Aug 212014
Gift Ideas for Friends Getting Divorced

These gift ideas for a friend going through a divorce range from towers of happiness to tools of empowerment, and will help your friend see divorce as a beginning – not just an ending. The *Make You Laugh* Gift Basket for Women pictured is available for delivery from Amazon, and has a 100% money-back guarantee. It’s a “Woman’s Guide to Happiness”, which will cheer your friend up after the divorce is final. If you know

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