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Here’s to the new year…
May it bring more joy and success
And less grief and regret.
To our dreams…
May we never stop believing in them
And taking the actions that will make them a reality.
To our friends and loved ones…
May we take the time to let them know
How much it means to us
To have them in our lives.
Let us encourage more and criticize less,
Give more and need less.
And whenever we can,
Let us create harmony and peace.
To new beginnings…
Let us start fresh, right now,
To make this the very best year ever.
A very Happy New Year to all of us!
By Joanna Fuchs
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Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? I usually don’t (except for losing weight but that’s really a new month’s resolution), but I’m going to do one this year that may become a tradition.
I found this on my new addiction, Pinterest. Find an empty jar, add notes of all the good things that happen to me throughout the year and read them at the end of 2013. I have a jar and it is ready for some slips of paper. Should make for an interesting read next New Year’s Eve.
Here’s some help in making resolutions and ideas for resolutions and making your 2013 better. Good luck and Happy New Year!
It’s great to make resolutions, but how do you make them stick?
29 Ways To Make 2013 Better is geared towards those in their 20s but many of the suggestions could be for everyone.
Eat better, lose weight! This is one resolution that a lot of people make. Every. Year. Many of these you may already know, but this article has them all in one place.
Funny New Year Resolutions! Because not all resolutions need to be serious.
33 New Year’s resolutions — times three has 33 resolutions in three categories – job search, career development and personal resolutions.
Getting a better night’s sleep! Enough said.
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Well, shit! The apocalypse didn’t happen which means Christmas will still happen in a couple of days. Do you have all your shopping done? There have been years that I’ve shopped on Christmas Eve and there have been years that I was done the first week of December and then calmly walked around the mall on Christmas Eve to see if I could find a great deal for myself. However, if you are still looking for some ideas for small gifts, here’s a few links to help you out.
Organizing Homelife has a list of over 125 cheap stocking stuffers ideas.
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Have some time to make some quick homemade gifts? Texas Cottage has 10 gifts in a jar that you can do. Or, maybe someone loves your cookies. Put the dry ingredients in a jar, add the recipe on a tag, pretty it up with a ribbon and you have another gift.
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Everyone needs some TLC. Not the network. Tender, loving care. I was involved in a secret Santa gift exchange this year and I included some bath salts. I used this recipe from Canadian Living and made two jars. It’s super easy as the ingredients are equal parts epsom and course salts. (To make it even easier, just use epsom salt.) One jar of bath salts had lavender pure essential oil added to the salts and one bottle had no oil added in case they didn’t like that scent. 2 jars and I was done in less than 5 minutes. A lot of recipes I looked at also included the option of food colouring so that the salts have a nice tint. I didn’t out of personal preference. Some sites thought it was a great idea, others didn’t like adding food colour because of the chemical aspect or because some people add too much and the user ends up with colour on their skin.
Hope you have found some quick and easy ideas to help ease some of the stress of the holiday season.
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May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.
Wilfred A. Peterson (The Art of Living)
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pharo
When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things-not the great occasions-give off the greatest glow of happiness.
There’s more, much more, to Christmas
Than candlelight and cheer;
It’s the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all year.
It’s thoughtfulness and kindness,
It’s hope reborn again,
For peace, for understanding,
And for goodwill to men!
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Admit it. Sometimes booze helps with the holiday cheer. Here’s 28 Huge Bowls Of Holiday Booze To Help You Appreciate Your Family from BuzzFeed.
And, I know you know, but don’t be greedy with the booze, share and drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or have a designated driver and remember, the holidays will be over soon so you can get back to some normalcy and catch up on your rest.