Instead of just going online and searching for peak holiday weekend travel days, I'm sharing my insider tips for how you can make it home for the holidays, score a beach vacation and avoid those seasonal mark ups.
One potential solution to transforming the holidays from stressful to joyful is the application of identified communication skills that have been researched and shown to facilitate changing difficult relationships.
There are many reasons why we suffer from holiday stress, but one of the reasons is we unknowingly put undue pressure on ourselves with unrealistic expectations that generally revolve around family, friends, time management and spending.
Even if you've done it before -- chances are you could always use an extra tip or two.
We've come up with a list of alternative bedroom activities to put you in the holiday spirit!
With the holiday season coming, many people give themselves permission to stuff not only a turkey, but also themselves. When an attitude of overindulgence prevails, how do you summon the strength to say "no" to the extras?
Many kids on the autism spectrum find it difficult to navigate the unstructured nature of the holidays, while at the same time they don't seem to get enough recreational or creative opportunity. Here are a few ideas that just may shake things up a little, and keep us all from experiencing the post-holiday crash.
There is nothing like being sick to make you focus on what is important and what you want out of life.
Sometimes it's really the smallest of things that can make a difference. Kindness towards others can be a simple as a smile or holding the door open for a stranger. Why not make an affirmation to complete one random act of kindness a day?
It is only when my little daughter Noora excitedly asked if I was cooking musakhan, mistaking the leftover turkey for chicken, that I realized that my chicken musakhan recipe can be adapted for leftover turkey.
With Christmas, New Year's Eve, and holiday parties fast approaching, we all need to make an extra effort to stay in control and not to overindulge. There is no reason to give your body desserts that have no nutritional value when you can benefit from every bite by making your own desserts with natural ingredients.
Holiday stresses are well-known to all. The problems are many. We have high expectations for a holiday time where everyone is together, happy and getting along. How to you rise above this and keep your stress in check?
At the risk of being too honest, I'll admit that after years as a child and baby photographer I still have days where I'm faced with a fussy baby or a family with three hyper boys and I'm not sure how I'll get through the photo session. But as long as you are having fun, you will get great pictures.
How is it that we so easily deny ourselves kindnesses and pleasures because we underrate the value of the occasion, or our own value? I've caught myself buying such tiny treats as scented soaps, and then storing them in the closet for when guests arrive. Why do I hesitate to give myself the pleasure?
I've had at least three relationships break up right before Christmas, so for those of you heading into the holidays à deux, take this quiz to see if your relationship will survive.
Like Scrooge himself, I need to go back in time in order to understand my appreciation of the story. Long before cell phones, Buffy and fully receded hairlines, I once played Tiny Tim in a touring production of the show with Theatre New Brunswick.