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To Be or Not to Be in a relationship? 10 reasons to celebrate being solo

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

To Be or Not to Be in a relationship? 10 reasons to celebrate being solo

Attention, unmarried people of America: You can splurge on a fancy new wristwatch without having to explain yourself. You can stay out till 3 a.m. without having to phone home. You can leave the toilet seat up. In fact, there are many, many ways that single life rocks, though you may forget that fact when your relatives are grilling you about settling down. Not only do you have the freedom to do anything you want — it’s also the best time in history to be flying solo. The marriage rate has declined nearly 50 percent since 1970, according to the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, and right now, there are approximately 100 million single people in the U.S. And there’s strength in those numbers: “Today’s choose-to-be single people differ from the poor-me types of past generations; there’s less of a stigma attached to being single,” says Jerusha Stewart, author of The Single Girl’s Manifesta. “They are traveling, buying homes and doing everything they want to — you don’t have to get married anymore to live your life with style.” Want more specifics on why you should celebrate being single? Here, 10 fascinating benefits to being unmarried:  Read...

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Write To-Do Lists in Different Colors for a Systematic Workflow

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

Write To-Do Lists in Different Colors for a Systematic Workflow

When you are writing your to-do list, keep a four-color multipen handy and use its colors to make a visual, systematic list. Productivityist’s Mike Vardy has a color-coded system for capturing tasks on paper, which you could easily replicate on a whiteboard or any other analog system. Here’s what each color represents: Green: Things that are associated with professional work or development. A lot of these tasks are “heavy lifting” items, and they will require greater deal of will to make sure that they’re done right…and not just done. …read...

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Will My Relationship Last? | Women’s Health Magazine

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

Will My Relationship Last? | Women’s Health Magazine

Getting cold feet before your wedding is usually just brushed off as nerves, but new research suggests it might be a really bad sign. When it comes to newlyweds, gut feelings predict future relationship happiness better than self-reported feelings, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers from Florida State University recruited 135 couples who had been married for less than six months, then surveyed them twice a year for four years. First, they asked the individuals to report on their relationship satisfaction and any problems they were having. Then, they measured their gut-level feelings about their bond by flashing a photo of their spouse on a computer screen, followed by a positive or negative word (like “awesome” or “terrible”). The researchers measured their reaction time as they pressed a button indicating whether the word they saw was positive or negative. So what does all that button pressing have do with your bond? Read...

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Martha Beck’s Guide to Intimacy – Oprah.com

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

Martha Beck’s Guide to Intimacy – Oprah.com

Beware the Overshare: Why You Shouldn’t Always Open Up Your new friend confides something very personal. Do not—repeat, do not—second that emotion. Martha Beck on how to manage people who play fast and loose with intimacy. Boris came to me at the behest of his new girlfriend, Cecily, whom I’d known for years. Since most people dislike being pushed to see any sort of adviser, I expected Boris to be reticent, if not downright hostile. How wrong I was! After a few minutes of chitchat, Boris himself raised a very personal issue. “I know why Cecily’s confused,” he said sheepishly. “We’ve been dating for months, and we still haven’t slept together.” “Okay,” I said cautiously, not wanting to disrupt a delicate moment. “You see,” Boris said, looking at the floor. “Ten years ago I had a cancer scare. My, um, prostate. It turned out to be benign, but mentally, it affected…you know.” Eyes still averted, Boris described his sexual difficulties and the vicious mockery he’d endured from his former wife. I felt terrible for Boris but also secretly pleased that he’d felt safe enough to divulge such personal information. The next day, Cecily called to thank me. “Boris seems happier,” she said. Then her voice dropped. “You know, ten years ago…” She repeated Boris’s prostate story, including all the gory details. “I know we have a really special connection,” Cecily said, “because Boris shared that with me on our very first date.” Read...

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3 Easy Paper Cut Christmas Cards (Templates & Instructions included!)

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Easy Paper Cut Christmas Cards (Templates & Instructions included!)

This post was written by Ronnie @ Home Life Abroad.  This can be a fun activity for kids!!! Try making the cards and let us know what you think. Making your own Christmas cards is a fun and frugal way to personalize your Christmas greetings. Just imagine the pleasant surprise of receiving a unique, hand worked card instead of the usual Xmas cards on sale! I made these 3 easy Christmas card designs this year to give to my friends. Each comes with its own template – easy to print and then cut as directed. Enjoy them, give the cards away, and be …read...

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3 DIY Christmas Trees

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3 DIY Christmas Trees

I have been looking for some simple and elegant but frugal decor for my hall table. As always, the best way to get something you want, is to DIY. For the table decor, I decided to make some golden mini Christmas trees. They are really easy to make and give your house some Christmas spirit. Color combinations for these DIY Christmas trees are endless. Just find the ones that go with your overall decor. In general, the materials you need for the DIY Christmas trees: Cone bases. The cheapest way to have a cone base, is to make it yourself. Use cereal boxes (the graphics on the inside of the cone), cardboard or poster boards. The advantage of DIY cone bases is that you can choose the exact size you want. If you prefer to buy them, different cone bases (styrofoam, cardboard, etc.) are available in craft stores. …read...

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10 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift

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10 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift

  I really enjoy gift wrapping – different papers, ribbons and gift tags always make me happy! This year I have decided to use gold/white Ikea gift wrapping paper I also used for my DIY Mini Christmas tree craft. Haven’t decided on the ribbon and gift tags, so I have to keep looking. If you need some inspiration for this Christmas, check out these 10 creative ways to wrap a gift. 1. Red gift paper with …read...

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Christmas Gift Advice From Around the Web

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Christmas Gift Advice From Around the Web

A look at tips from personal finance bloggers about what to buy everyone on your list. I am done with my Christmas shopping — DONE. I didn’t want to be rushing around at the last minute trying to buy gifts and putting myself at risk of overspending just to cross items off my list. It appears that I am in the minority, though. Nearly 90% of shoppers recently surveyed by RetailMeNot.com said they still have presents to buy. So if you’re among those still needing to make some holiday purchases, I’ve rounded up loads of great gift ideas from some of our favorite personal finance bloggers. …read...

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How to Keep Santa on a Budget

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How to Keep Santa on a Budget

These tips will help you keep holiday spending under control. Well, duh. Hard to believe anyone needed a study to figure that out. This year has been particularly stressful because of the abbreviated three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m getting a bit anxious because two of my three children still have not checked in with their Christmas lists. Yes, I still ask my grown kids for wish lists. I’ve always thought lists are an effective holiday budgeting tool for the whole family. They help stressed-out parents stay organized and on task; they help kids learn to set priorities; and they help everyone keep from overspending. (And now that my kids are older and can include Web links to some of the things on their wish lists, it makes shopping a whole lot easier.) Americans seem to need all the help they can get at this time of year to keep from busting the budget. In a survey by Capital One Bank, 74% of those interviewed said they were likely to prepare a holiday spending budget, but nearly half weren’t completely confident that they’d stick to it. For shoppers who need moral support, there’s no lack of practical advice. For instance:   …read...

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The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

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The Other-Worldly Architecture Of Avoriaz, A Ski Resort In France

All I want for Christmas is a trip to Avoriaz. I had never heard of this place before finding it on Alastair Philip Wiper’s site; the ace photographer has been documenting the French ski resort for years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The more I read about it, the more I want to go. Avoriaz was built in the 1960s—the brainchild of Olympic downhill gold medalist (and local) Jean Vuarnet, who teamed up with a developer and brought on a trio of newbie architects—Jacques Labro, Jena Jacques Orzoni and Jean-Marc Roques—to create a somewhat mysterious, fantasy-inspired getaway nestled in the hills outside the town of Morzine.   …read...

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