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December 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family

 

The holidays are always a hectic time for families. Thanksgiving rolls around, then before you know it you are running all over town gathering gifts and planning dinners and then BAM! Christmas is here... and then it's over. What just happened? The kids are occupied at least for a…

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Added by Clarissa Nassar on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Late Santas

dgtree In my house, we are late Santa’s. Every year, since we’ve started a cash-only life, we start Christmas shopping as soon as the second check of the month hits. Some years it’s been in the teens and others pay day has been dangerously close to the 25th. It always works out though and everyone gets most of what they want Christmas Day.

I’ll admit, in the past I got a little…

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Added by Cristie Ritz King on December 22, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Bullying and The Village Approach

A million years ago, when I was a teacher, I was on the school’s Behavior Management committee and we worked on a new school wide plan to curb some not so lovely behaviors. We didn’t call it anti-bullying and we didn’t purchase some published kit that costs thousands of dollars. We just set about creating standards and lessons that emphasized empathy, kindness and self-esteem and we did it in a way that encompassed the entire community in a uniform way. The expectations for behavior were…

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Added by Cristie Ritz King on December 22, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Stay On Your Radar This Holiday...Shop Local

Getting caught in the vortex of internet shopping? We all know how last minute holiday shopping goes…the anticipation of arriving home to see the very packages with gifts we hoped would be there on time.  Or, the flip side… the ones still stuck in the Post only to show up post holiday. Waiting for wayward packages from really who knows where?  And possibly, not at all can be a huge bah humbug!  My town has a charming shopping district with beautiful gifts for everyone on my list.  Here are…

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Added by Liz Lynch on December 18, 2013 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Holiday Parties: What to Wear

Are your holidays as chaotic as mine?  Balancing work and family is hard enough and then throw in gifts to buy, house to decorate, parties to attend...it just gets nutty, no?  One of the hardest things for many of us is deciding what to wear to holiday parties?  A dress? If so, with tights?  Pants..with what shoes?  I get texts, emails and facebook messages from client upon client asking all of these questions.  I am here to help and have highlighted a few of my favorite ways to get styled…

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Added by Carly Walko on December 18, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

What to do when "Mom-Guilt" strikes...

I missed making Gingerbread Houses in my daughters first grade class the other day.  It was the first--of what I can only assume will be several--class parties that I've missed since becoming a mom almost a decade ago. There was just no way on earth for me to make it work, so I arranged for my super cool little sis to take my place. 

But that didn't stop mom-guilt from riddling my body.  

For those of you who have yet to experience what a case of "mom-guilt" feels like, I can…

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Added by Chrissy Fleming on December 16, 2013 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Kid Friendly Activities for Winter Break

The holidays are upon us which means the kids will soon be home for winter holiday break.  With the way the holidays fall this year, most school districts have a nice long break.  While some rejoice, others are already wondering what they will do to keep their kids occupied when the thrill of the new toys wears off.  Here are a few ideas to help you out.

5 Day Trip Ideas for Winter Break:

1.  From December 21 through January 1 (closed Christmas), …

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Added by Beth Keklak on December 16, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Holidays, working out and nutrition? How to keep the holiday 10 at bay

I know it is easy to gain the holiday 10 lbs. But you CAN get around it. Commitment to your workouts (even if they are 30 minutes a day) and proper nutrition will save the day! Your nutrition is the key in this equation. Lots of junk will bloat you, pack on empty excess calories and make you feel like garbage.  No one wants that during the holiday season. 

For you, for your family and for your sanity, there are some easy rules to follow to keep these pounds at…

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Added by Lori Sawyer on December 16, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Holiday spending -- what's enough and what do kids REALLY want

Between grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, we've heard "So what do the kids want from Santa this year?" quite a few times.  Worrying that we will have 26 more Matchbox cars to trip over, 17 DVDs and books (well, actually there's no limit on the number of books that can come into this house!), 6 long-haired dolls, another Disney stuffed animal or three, or 4 more massive firetrucks to add to our growing collection of toddler-emergency-vehicles, I have politely…

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Added by Alix Hayes on December 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Holiday spending -- what's enough and what do kids REALLY want

Between grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, we've heard "So what do the kids want from Santa this year?" quite a few times.  Worrying that we will have 26 more Matchbox cars to trip over, 17 DVDs and books (well, actually there's no limit on the number of books that can come into this house!), 6 long-haired dolls, another Disney stuffed animal or three, or 4 more massive firetrucks to add to our growing collection of toddler-emergency-vehicles, I have politely…

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Added by Alix Hayes on December 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Keep Your Holidays Healthy

Here are some tips on maintaining your health during the holiday season:

Don't do too much. Give yourself some time to relax.

Share the workload. Let everyone play an active role; make the holidays a family affair so you're not burdened with all the work. Establish priorities. If you can't do everything, say no to some demands on your time.

Simplify your life. Be less elaborate this year. Relax your housekeeping and holiday preparations.

Continue to exercise.…

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Added by Hackensack Meridian Health on December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments

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