1. Ever Had a Bad Valentine’s Day? Three Inexpensive Ways to Make Sure it Doesn’t Happen Again

    Inexpensive Ideas for Valentine’s Day

    A young woman woke up one Valentine’s Day and told her husband about a dream she’d just had. “I dreamed that you gave me a necklace for Valentine’s Day.” she said. “ What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight,” he said. That evening, the husband came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, the woman opened it. Inside was a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.”

    If you’ve ever had a disappointing Valentine’s Day, try making sure it doesn’t happen again by taking to heart these three creative and inexpensive ideas:

    • Rent a movie

    Not just any movie, rent the first – or one of the first – movies you ever saw as a couple. Another romantic idea is to download a few episodes of a TV show you used to watch together when you were falling in love. Dim the lights, hold hands, and think about what life was like before the only movies you watched had a G rating and a talking animal.

  2. Your Children Know You Love Them, Right?

    Ideas to Show You Care About Your Child

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for love, but the other 364 days are great for that, too. As a parent, you have the double-duty of wanting to make your spouse and your kids feel special – and all the more so on Valentine’s Day.

    To embrace your kids with Valentine’s love, try these three powerful ideas that will leave no doubt they’re the apple of your eye.

    • The power of kind words
    Despite what’s said about “sticks and stones”, words can have a huge impact on how children see themselves. Think about the potentially negative impact of a phrase such as, “You are always doing stupid things!” Or, “You act more like a baby than your little sister.” We all know that raising a child can be frustrating (our words sometimes reflect that frustration), but let this Valentine’s Day serve as a reminder of the positive power of our words. Make a commitment to use your words to develop your children’s self-esteem. Praise their accomplishments, no matter how small. Let them know you’re proud, for example, of the A+ they got on their spelling test or the improvement they’re making in whichever subject. Talk about the beautiful colors they used in their drawings. Tell them how excited you are to see them when they arrive home from school.

  3. Eat, Drink and Be Merry While Watching Your Waistline

    Health Tips for the HolidaysWith so many parties and so much great food, the holidays can be a challenging time of year if you’re trying to watch your weight and your waistline. How can you treat your taste buds without sacrificing a good time?

    Eat sensibly on the day of your holiday dinner. Be sure to have a moderate breakfast or brunch before the big dinner arrives. This will help make sure you don’t come to the main meal with a full appetite and a fuller plate.

    Eat the right appetizers. Those hot dogs in a blanket and miniature egg rolls are certainly tasty but they can really pack on the pounds. Each bite contains about 100 calories or more. Choose to eat fresh vegetables instead (without the dip, of course) or, if that’s not an option, simply limit your portions.

  4. Don’t Break the Bank to Ring in the Holidays

    Holiday Spending Keeping the holidays festive without spending a pretty penny doesn’t seem possible sometimes. Even though we’d all love to make “big” purchases, the budget isn’t always willing. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to keep your costs down without losing your holiday spirit.

    • Make a list and check it twice (at least) – Decide on a budget you can comfortably live with for food, gifts and decorations. Having a specific amount in mind will help you avoid overspending. Also, be sure to watch for coupons or grocery flyers for food items that are on sale. Keep an eye on department store sales and online offers for gifts and decorations. By planning even a week or two ahead, you can tap into sales on just about everything you might need, at discounted prices.
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  5. Happy Thanksgiving Quiz!

    Thanksgiving Family Holiday

    Before you begin reading the articles in our Blog about Thanksgiving, take a moment to see how much you know about  the holiday. Here are 5 questions to test your knowledge:

     

    1. Which U.S. President officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving?
    2. The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in what year – 1911, 1920 or 1939?
    3. The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is how many pounds – 15, 17 or 19?
    4. The holiday shopping season traditionally begins on the day after Thanksgiving. What is the name of that day?
    5. What percentage of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day – 71, 81 or 91 percent?

    And let’s ask one more question: Who can have a happier, healthier and truly thankful Thanksgiving by reading the articles in our Blog?

    Answers:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. 1920
    3. 15
    4. Black Friday
    5. 91
    6. You