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10 Unique Star Wars Gift Ideas

By |March 8th, 2019|

10 Unique Star Wars Gift Ideas

The Star Wars sage is one of the most epic movie sagas of all time to adults and kids alike. Since the holidays are just a few months away, we’ve curated 10 of the coolest and unique Star Wars themed gifts that you can get for anyone on your life who lives and breathes Star Wars – or maybe for yourself.

 

Start the morning right

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Start each morning with this R2-D2 coffee press. Or maybe give it to someone on your gift giving list and combine their love of coffee and Star Wars.

Featured Product: Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press

 

A strong force

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Got a friend who’s a health nut? Get this light saber immersion blender and amaze them with its strong force in making their morning smoothies!

Featured Product: Star Wars Darth Vader Light Saber Handheld Immersion Blender

 

For the most loyal person in your life

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Ask anyone who they think is the most loyal character in the Star Wars saga and you will most certainly get the same answer everytime, Chewbacca! Keep them safe while looking cool as ever with this car seat belt cover.

Featured Product: Star Wars Chewbelta

 

“Buy this you must”

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For the avid cook, get this nice wood cutting board with embossed with Yoda’s wisdom. A definite must-have!

Featured Product: Star Wars Cutting Board

 

For the meanest baker

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A silicone Darth Vader oven mitt? Yes please! They will surely make some Vader hand gestures after getting cupcakes out of the oven.

Featured Product: Star Wars Darth Vader Silicone Oven Mitt

 

An awesome travel buddy

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This R2-D2 car charger is the best travel buddy for any Star Wars fan! You’ll feel like you’re flying an X-Wing everytime!

Featured Product: Star Wars R2-D2 USB Car Charger

 

A timely gift

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They’ll relive this epic scene everytime they check the time! Maybe scream “Nooo!” when they realize that they’re late for an appointment too.

Featured Product: Star Wars Vinyl Clock

 

Who loves Monopoly?image1A great gift idea for both kids and adults who love playing Monopoly! A fun time shared with friends and family is always time well spent.

Featured Product: Hasbro Monopoly Game – Star Wars 40th Anniversary Special Edition

 

An epic night light!

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Get this Millennium Falcon LED lamp for anyone who needs an amazing cover-up for their fear of the dark.

Featured Product: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lamp

 

Lastly…

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Get the DVD box set for you or for anyone in your life who loves to binge-watch the whole saga almost like a tradition!

Featured Product: Star Wars – The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI

Sources:
amazon.com
thinkgeek.com


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Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

By |February 12th, 2019|

Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

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The main issue with decluttering is that we think that we have to tackle the big things in our house first. While it’s still one step to get rid of things that we no longer want in our house, it’s still counterproductive. Think about it, you declutter big items today, then lo and behold, you’re overwhelmed with clutter a week later. This is because we tend to take what small clutter can do to our house for granted. Things that are in plain sight but you never really pay attention to, extra items that you have in your drawer that you just don’t care for since “it doesn’t take up much space”. Small things cluttering up your home is like an army of ants, one ant might seem small, but when they team up, boy, are you in for a world of pain!

So here’s what you need to do, gather up small items that are unwanted, beyond repair, out of date, outgrown, or ultimately unnecessary – and you’ll be surprised with how much your house is transformed! You don’t necessarily need to throw these things out. Ones that are not expired or unmendable can be donated or re-homed. Impulse buys that are totally new and unopened can be gifted or sold online. Check for items on the list below and put them in bins so you don’t accidentally throw away items that are still good for donation, re-homing, selling or giving away as gifts. What do you know, maybe you’ll get to cut back on Christmas shopping before December arrives!

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1. PURSES AND HANDBAGS

  • Old receipts
  • Old planners
  • Expired credit cards
  • Expired membership cards
  • Expired discount cards
  • Expired vouchers
  • Store reward cards you don’t use
  • Unknown keys
  • Keys for old locks

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2. MAKEUP

  • Dried up nail polish
  • Nail polish you haven’t worn in 2 years
  • If you have a lot of nail polish, test them out and donate those that are very similar in color, or ones that you know you will never wear.
  • Foundation bottles you’ve been trying to get last bit out of for past couple of months. If you’re keeping one of them because it’s discontinued but is a good shade match, transfer the contents in a small 3 ml or 5 ml container. That should be enough for using it as reference.
  • Multiple half used emery boards that are older than your cat
  • Lipstick you never wore because it’s too light for you but looked good on the ad – I’m looking at you MAC Salmon and Saint Germain!
  • Multiple hairbrushes
  • Multiple tweezers
  • Perfume bottles you’ve had open for over 5 years. Yes, perfume goes bad. Especially when you store them where they get direct sunlight or in a warm and humid place. You’re welcome for that bonus tip, by the way!
  • Perfume that you know you will never wear. Say, someone gifted you with perfume that’s just has too much floral notes for your liking – ditch it.
  • Dried up mascara. You’re actually supposed to open a new tube every few months, so I don’t know why you still have that.

Makeup samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
Foundation or concealers that just not the right shade for you. Don’t stow them away and wait for them to go bad before getting rid of them. Give them away to friends and family who you know will be able to use them or donate them to a women’s shelter near you.
Makeup brushes you never even used.
Old makeup sponges. You don’t want acne now, do you?
Old eye shadow you’ve been keeping since college
Blusher or bronzer that turned out to be patchy or too glittery for your liking
Brow products that are too reddish or are just not the right shade
Tubes and pots of lip balm that don’t really do anything for your lips

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3. PAPER

  • Old bus, train and plane tickets
  • Old movie tickets
  • Old theater tickets
  • Extra photo prints
  • Junk mail
  • Old birthday cards that are of no sentimental value to you
  • Old calendars
  • Old diaries
  • Magazines. While we’re at it, cancel subscriptions to those that you don’t really read.
  • Newspapers
  • Finished notebooks
  • Out of date letters
  • Take out menus – maybe keep some that you order from on the regular
  • Product warranty for stuff you no longer have
  • Electronics manuals – you can get them online
  • Furniture manuals
  • Paper bags
  • Expired contracts
  • Old party and wedding invitations
  • Save the date cards
  • Parcel collect cards
  • Flyers
  • Old lottery tickets
  • Old coupons

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4. BOOKS

  • Cookbooks that you never use – you can get tons of recipes online now anyway
  • Old guide books
  • Books you never finished or are just not good reads
  • Worn out books
  • Out-of-date reference books
  • Books for hobbies you no longer follow
  • Finished activity books
  • Telephone directories
  • Old brochures
  • Old catalogues

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5. CLOTHES

  • Gloves missing their pair
  • Gloves with holes in
  • T-Shirts with holes from moths or ants
  • Torn jeans that are beyond repair
  • Promo shirts that you won’t ever wear even around the house
  • Tacky promo caps
  • Bags that are beyond repair
  • Caps and hats that you no longer wear
  • Old prescription glasses
  • Scratched sunglasses
  • Sunglasses that you no longer wear
  • Broken umbrellas
  • Badly stained clothes
  • Leggings that have lost elasticity
  • Sports bras that have lost elasticity
  • Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  • Waterproof clothing items that are no longer waterproof
  • Hand me downs you never really wanted
  • Other clothing items that are beyond repair
  • Extra buttons
  • Broken belts
  • Threadbare sweaters, ponchos and mittens

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6. UNDERWEAR

  • Socks missing their pair
  • Socks with holes in them
  • Socks that have lost elasticity
  • Hosiery with runs in them
  • Bras with the underwire poking through
  • Underpants you would not wear on a bad day
  • Used and abused underpants – let them go!
  • Old worn out pajamas

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7. SHOES

  • Shoes that are beyond repair
  • Shoes that not longer fit or never did fit comfortably
  • Sneakers/trainers with holes in
  • Multiple flip flops
  • Odd shoes
  • Snapped shoes laces

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8. BATHROOM

  • Foot and body scrubs that you never use
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Expired medicines
  • Expired vitamins and other supplements
  • Soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner you never use
  • Body lotions you’ve had opened for who knows how long but never use
  • Old bath lillies and bath sponges
  • Mouldy bath toys
  • Hand creams you just hate the smell of
  • Worn out or stained towels
  • Aftershave you’ve had open for more than 2 years
  • Bubble bath, bath salts and essential oils you’ve had open for more than a year but never use. Yes, they go bad too.
  • Broken or rusty hair clips
  • Dull razors and razor blades
  • Old sunscreen products
  • Old bath mats
  • Near empty bath products
  • Skincare samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
  • Skincare products that irritated your skin one way or another
  • Skincare items that you’ve been using but doesn’t really do what they claim to do.

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9. CLEANING

  • Forgotten cleaning products under the sink – we all have them
  • Vacuum cleaner fittings that don’t fit your vacuum cleaner
  • Old room and linen sprays
  • Old mops
  • Old or dried up shoe polish

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10. FOOD

  • Expired food packets & canned goods
  • Expired spices
  • Expired or almost-empty condiments
  • Expired flour and baking ingredients
  • Expired sweets and chocolates
  • Expired junk food at the back of your cupboard
  • Old cooking oil
  • Food items in your freezer that you know you will never eat
  • Expired teas and old coffee

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11. KIDS

  • Kids artwork and crafts. Take photos of them if you’re finding it hard to let go of them.
  • Old school work
  • Old school letters and forms
  • Outgrown clothes and shoes
  • Outgrown rain gear
  • Outgrown school shoes and uniforms

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12. TOYS & SPORTS

  • Electronic toys that don’t work even with new batteries
  • Board games with missing pieces
  • Finished colouring books
  • Finished sticker books
  • Finished activity books
  • Video games for consoles that don’t work
  • Game consoles that are beyond repair
  • Old party balloons
  • Mouldy soft toys
  • Dirty rubber or silicone toys that are beyond the toughest scrubbing action
  • Broken sports rackets
  • Balls with puncture holes
  • Inflatables with unmendable holes

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13. KITCHEN

  • Broken kitchen tools
  • Cracked crockery
  • Food mixer fittings for food mixers you no longer own
  • Extra match boxes and lighters
  • Old aprons
  • Multiple corkscrews
  • Multiple can openers
  • Multiple peelers
  • Rusty cutlery
  • Pan lids that don’t fit any of your cookware
  • Pans with missing handles
  • Saucers with missing cups
  • Chipped coffee mugs
  • Empty jars you are never going to use
  • Cracked mixing bowls
  • Cracked glasses
  • Can openers that no longer work
  • Specialty kitchen tools that you never use
  • Old chopsticks from takeouts
  • Water bottles with missing caps
  • Rusty sieves
  • Damaged non-stick cookware

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14. STATIONERY

  • Finished glue sticks
  • Run out markers or pens
  • Leaking pens
  • Bits of wrapping paper
  • Broken staplers
  • Broken hole punchers
  • Rusty pencil sharpeners
  • Broken crayons
  • Stickers that no longer stick to anything
  • Old bubble wrap
  • Old used envelopes
  • Broken ring binders
  • Worn out document boxes
  • Old rubber bands

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15. ELECTRONICS

  • Dead batteries
  • Broken watches
  • Busted light bulbs
  • Camera fittings for cameras you no longer own
  • Broken flashlights
  • Old broken cameras
  • Old mobile phones
  • Record and video tapes and vinyl you can no longer play
  • Old phone chargers
  • Data cables that no longer work
  • Earphones that no longer work
  • Scratched DVDs and CDs
  • CDs you never listen to
  • Old cables for broken electronics
  • Old cables for electronics you no longer have
  • Cracked phone cases
  • Phone cases that you no longer use
  • Old software CDs

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16. BEDROOM

  • Bed linen with tears you cannot mend
  • Threadbare blankets and throws
  • Duvet covers that don’t fit any duvet that you own
  • Hair dryer fittings for hair dryers you no longer own
  • Pillow cases that don’t fit any pillows that you own
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases with tough stains that can no longer be removed
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases you no longer use
  • Old candles that you haven’t lit in years
  • Old shoe boxes
  • Old jewelry boxes
  • Broken alarm clocks
  • Old, dirty pillows and duvets that are beyond any special cleaning
  • Broken hangers in your closet

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17. CHRISTMAS

  • Broken Christmas lights
  • Broken Christmas baubles and other Christmas decor

Getting a few of these items out of your home little by little each day makes a lot of difference. You’ll find that what will be left in your home are those that really matter and those that are really useful to your everyday life.


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Digital Declutter

By |February 4th, 2019|

Digital Declutter – Do you find yourself overwhelmed with digital clutter?

Clutter in your computer and mobile devices creeps up on you faster than you think. It affects your productivity, causes undue stress, not to mention eats up your storage space. Take a look at some of the items that you need to get rid of for a more organized digital life.

Digital Documents

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Go through all the documents saved in your computer, as well as the ones saved on your cloud storage and delete the ones that you no longer need. Organize the remaining ones in properly named folders and make sure that each individual files also have file names that are apt for what the file really is. There’s nothing more frustrating than looking for a contract in a sea of contract files that are named contract1, contract1(1), etc.

Images

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Same with digital documents, go through your photos and delete the ones that you no longer need, as well as duplicate images. Name them properly and organize them in folders depending on what works for you. It could be by location and date if you travel a lot, by subject type if you take a lot of still life shots – whatever will make it easier for you to streamline your photos.

Mobile and web applications

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Check your mobile and web apps to see if they need to be updated. Delete the ones that you don’t have any use for to free up precious storage space.

Email

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Unsubscribe from any newsletter, email list or product update subscriptions that you no longer need to get updates from. This is also true if you don’t really check your email all that often. Maybe you actually stay updated to product releases or sale announcements from a certain brand or store because you follow them on Instagram. So it goes to say that you don’t really need to double up on notifications from them.

Social Media

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Take a look at the groups, pages and people that you follow. Do they post content that is actually useful to you? If you find yourself just scrolling past their posts 90% of the time, or if you find that the content that they post only bring about negativity and rude comment sections, maybe you’re better off unfollowing groups, pages and people.

YouTube Subscriptions

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If you are subscribed to YouTube channels that don’t really post useful content, or maybe the quality of the content that they post are not what they used to be, unsubscribe from these channels. Channels that only drive negativity and topics that do not really benefit you in a positive way do not deserve to stay in the list of channels that you are subscribed to.

Basically, what you should be looking to get at the end of a digital declutter is bringing more zen in your life, finding yourself being more productive in the long run, and the added bonus of saving yourself from the risk of slowed down devices due to storage filled with things that you don’t really need.


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The Aftermath: What tasks should you prioritize right after you move in to your new home?

By |January 28th, 2019|

The Aftermath: What tasks should you prioritize right after you move in to your new home?

Success! You have moved in to your new home. I hate to be a buzzkill but you still have a lot of things to do. Here’s a helpful guide on the essential things that you need to do right after you move in to your new home.

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Get the bug spray out

The perfect time to spray for bugs is right after you move in to your new home, before you start unpacking. Spray any areas that might have bugs in them, like cupboards, cabinets, the bathroom and under the sink.

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Set up the beds

After a long day of moving and unpacking, you will definitely want to look forward to having a comfortable bed to sleep in. Let’s face it, you might even want to take a quick nap in between unpacking your stuff, right?

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Unpack the kitchen

Another essential part of getting your home set up, especially for the following day is to unpack the kitchen. If you have too much kitchen stuff, just get the essentials out – appliances, cookware, dishes and utensils that you use on a regular basis.

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Groceries

This is just a quick task and it’s an opportunity for you to take a quick break from unpacking. Have some coffee while you make a list of what you need to stock up your fridge and pantry. Get the essential items that you’ll need over the next few days. It would also be a good idea to plan meals that you can either cook quickly or leave on the stove while you unpack more boxes. Another tip is to meal prep for the next few days so all you have to do is heat them up.

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Set up shelves in the garage

If you already have seasonal items, baby clothes, camping gear, and other stuff packed away in bins to be stored in your garage, it will be convenient to have shelves ready for them to be stacked in, right? You will have cleared up tons of space in your home after doing this.

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Change of address

Write this task down on a sticky note and stick it on the fridge or have an alarm set up so you won’t forget to do this part. Check out our blog about who you need to notify about your change of address.
New school

After unpacking the essentials, it’s time to make sure that your kids are set up for their new school. Apart from registering, you need to shop for school supplies. If you move in the middle of the school year, it would still be like the first day of school for them, sit them down to ease any “first day” concerns that they might have.

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New doctors

If you didn’t get around to doing this before you move, do it after you’ve settled in a little bit. It would probably help if you were also able to secure any records from your old doctors to make the transition easier. Start looking for a new pediatrician, dentist, ophthalmologist, etc., and schedule any necessary check-ups or appointments.

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Sort out your new budget

Apart from any change in your rent or mortgage, as well as utility bills, you would also need to consider different due dates for payments and changes in prices of other things that you spend on since you will need to shop at different stores if there are no generic stores around your new place. Make sure to plan out your new budget and timeline.

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Meet your new neighbors

While there are neighbors who are quick to come over and introduce themselves (some will probably bring you a housewarming gift), it’s important to be proactive and introduce yourself. Doing this shows them the nice, approachable, and friendly neighbor that you truly are.

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Celebrate!

Once you’re all settled in, it’s time to celebrate and bring some positive, fun energy into your new home!


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How to stop taking things personally: What taking things personally can do to you and how to stop this behavior.

By |January 22nd, 2019|

How to stop taking things personally: What taking things personally can do to you and how to stop this behavior.

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Being sensitive to the words or actions of other people is a sign that you have low self esteem. When you take things personally, you also tend to interpret things that are said or done by other people in a negative way. They might be in small actions that people do or don’t do like greet you or smile at you and you take it as an insult on your part. Taking things personally may cause you to feel inadequate, ashamed, or even unnecessarily angry at yourself or other people. It’s dis-empowering and can worsen your self-esteem. Recognizing this behavior and taking steps to stop it will help you build your self esteem.

Taking things personally is a reflection of your own insecurity and continuing this behavior reinforces your negative thoughts about yourself. This will not do anything good in the long run because having a negative thoughts about yourself leads to you having a distorted perception of reality. Words or actions that are deemed as playful banter by everyone else might come off as a personal attack in your point of view. Perhaps you feel that it exposes your mistakes or flaws of which you feel ashamed. This can be very problematic, especially if you base your worth on the approval from others or if you are a perfectionist. The importance of recognizing this behavior will pave the way to how you can stop taking things personally.

What steps can you take to stop taking things personally?

    • Not everything that people do is about you.

Consider that when someone who is rude might have their own issues. They might be having a bad day, going through a rough period, or it might just be their the way that they are. It’s important to know that rudeness is not okay and it’s not your fault. While you do deserve to be treated with respect, remember that people aren’t always nice and this is something that you can’t control. Keep this in mind and be kind to yourself instead.

  • Ask yourself what else someone’s comment or behavior might mean.

If someone doesn’t greet you or reciprocate a smile from you, it doesn’t automatically mean that they don’t like. Think about what else their behavior might mean. Maybe that particular person did not see you or maybe they have something on their mind so they’re kind of spaced out while they were passing you. Another situation is if someone states a comment that to you might come off as a criticism. It’s important to consider that not all criticisms are personal attacks. There are people that really do genuinely want to help you.

  • Take comments in a constructive way.

When you are being criticized, ask yourself if there’s any truth to what the person said about you and what you can learn from it. Instead of reacting in a negative way, take the lessons and let the rest go. Even if it wasn’t said in a nice way, you can still learn something. Always look at criticisms as an extra perk for you to learn something. Always take the high road and look at what positive things you can take from each criticism.

  • Take a different perspective.

Again, keep yourself centered by realizing that not everything is about you. Ask yourself how an unbiased outsider would see a particular situation. Could you just be misinterpreting the reality of the situation? Is it really as negative as negative as you perceive it to be? Think about how another person would react if they’re in the same situation as you are.

  • Take a different perspective.

Again, keep yourself centered by realizing that not everything is about you. Ask yourself how an unbiased outsider would see a particular situation. Could you just be misinterpreting the reality of the situation? Is it really as negative as negative as you perceive it to be? Think about how another person would react if they’re in the same situation as you are.

  • You can’t please everyone.

Let go of trying too hard to get everyone to like you. No matter who you are or what you do, there will always be people who will dislike or criticism you. You can’t change other people and all you can do is be yourself. Remember that as long you are not hurting anyone, you shouldn’t think negatively about yourself.

  • Let go of trying to be perfect.

This is a common struggle for a lot of people. Always remember that It’s okay to make mistakes and to have flaws, it’s part of being human. Making mistakes is a part of learning, and when you limit yourself to doing certain things because you’re afraid that you might make a mistake, you’re only limiting yourself to any possible personal growth that you might achieve.

  • Keep in mind that you are not defined by your mistakes.

This is also true of other people’s criticisms towards you – they don’t define you. Your worth is who you are as a whole person despite your mistakes or what other people might think about you.

  • Your self-worth does not depend on anyone.

Realize that your self-worth all depends on you. It does not and will never depend on what others say or think about you.

Like any personal issues, realizing and admitting to yourself that you have this behavior and that you need to stop it is the first big leap. You really do need to put in effort and be persistent and centered for you to be able to stop taking things personally, especially when it’s something you’re used to doing. It’s important to keep in mind that it will all be worth it. You will gain more than what you lose. You will have more self-esteem and you will see that you will have a better quality of life and a more positive outlook which is always rewarding.


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How to make talking to your kids easier

By |January 14th, 2019|

How to make talking to your kids easier

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Kids are masters of conversation, or at least some form of conversation. They’re imagination run so wild and they have a myriad of stories. Not to mention their tendency to ask so much questions to make your head spin. Talking to kids can be really challenging especially when you can’t find the right words to help them understand the lesson that you’re trying to teach them or how to get them to simply listen. In these situations, it helps to have effective phrases that we can use to achieve our end goal without getting frustrated or unnecessarily causing a negative reaction from both you and your kids

Phrases to avoid conflict

“I need you to” or “You need to”

When we make our requests sound optional unnecessarily causes a power struggle. Saying, “Do you want to pick up your toys?” is good IF you really want to give them an option not to do it. Of course you want your kids to learn how to clean up after themselves, so instead of giving them an option, we need to be more clear about what we want them to do. Try saying, “You need to pick up your toys, please.”.

“At the same time”

Using the word “but” can complicate already tense conversations. It can hurt your child’s feelings as it often means that you negate whatever came before the word “but”. Saying “Im sorry, but…” comes off as, “I’m sorry, but not really.” to the receiving end. Using the phrase “at the same time” will validate both what comes before and after it as coexisting truths. Try saying, “I’m sorry that you’re upset. At the same time, running away is not safe for you.”

Phrases to avoid assuming

“I see”

Stating your observations as you come upon a problem helps to prevent you from placing blame or making assumptions. This way, everyone will be more open to resolve the issue because they are aware that you’re starting from an unbiased place where you’re trying to understand what’s happening and not instantly placing blame on anyone. An example is saying, “I see two children who want the same toy.”. Describe what you’re seeing in a completely non-judge-mental manner. This way, you can then invite your kids to help you with the rest of the details of the situation without having to feel like they have to defend themselves from any ensuing blame.

“Tell me about”

You can use this phrase to avoid making any assumptions. Whether it’s to try to understand a fight between two kids or to have your child talk about their drawing. It’s better to ask for the child’s input rather than jump to assumptions. Saying, “What a nice fish!” might cause your child to close off any future of exploring their artistic side when you slam it with that comment about what was actually their version of a mermaid. So instead, try saying, “Tell me about your drawing.”. As for conflict resolution, try saying, “Tell me about what happened.” instead of jumping right in with, “I can’t believe you pushed him!”. This is especially true when the hitting was actually the result of an hour of teasing and taunting.

Phrases to reinforce independence and self confidence

“I love to watch you” or “I love to listen to you”

Positive reinforcements help motivate good behavior and positive self-perception. Simply letting a child know that you are watching them and enjoying them can go a long way in building their self esteem and confidence. Say things like, “I love watching you solve your puzzles.” or “I love listening to you play the piano.“.

“What do you think you could do”

Our time is so precious. We juggle a lot of things at the same time. As adults, we have already come across a lot of problems that it can be tempting to just swoop in and fix every little problem ourselves. This doesn’t bode well for letting kids have a sense of ownership and independence. Saying things like, “What do you think you could do to take care of the spilled juice?” or “What do you think you could do to make your friend feel better?” not only invites children to come up with a possible solution, but also reinforces a sense of ownership.

“How can I help”

Of course there are times when kids clearly needs our help. Maybe the problem is too much for them to handle and solve themselves. In these instances, we want to make sure that we are there to help them and not to rescue them and make everything go away. Try saying “How can I help you with your homework?” or “How can I help you with this broken glass?”. Offer them assistance without taking away their responsibilities.

Phrases to reinforce independence and self confidence

“Help me understand”

Saying “Help me understand” instead of instantly accussing and saying, “Explain yourself.” communicates that you don’t understand, but you want to understand. Say things like, “Help me understand what happened.” or “Help me understand your brother’s toy broke.”.

“What I know is”

There are times when our kids tell us things we know are not true. Maybe it’s flat out lying, a complete misunderstanding or just the usual magical thinking. It’s important to remember not to jump to saying, “You’re lying!” or “That’s a lie!”. Doing this will only make them shut down or become defensive. Calmly starting with saying what we know is true avoids argument and overreaction. Say things like, “What I know is that there were four brownies here when I left.” or “What I know is that toys can’t fly on move on their own.”.

Phrases to acknowledge and reaffirm

“I’m sorry.”

We make mistakes too. Sometimes our imperfections are the best starting point for important learning opportunities. Apologizing for our mistakes and shortcomings shows kids how to make appropriate apologies. It also teaches them that we all make mistakes. When kids see us acknowledge and apologize, they learn that they can and should do the same.

“Thank you.”

Acknowledging good deeds or good results is always important. We want to know our hard work is appreciated every day, so it’s only natural that our children would want to know that their effort is noticed as well. Say things like, “Thank you for listening to me.” or “Thank you for picking up your toys. I know you wanted to do other things first. I really appreciate you doing this.”. Always end things on a positive note.

Lastly…

“I love you.”

These three should come easily and frequently. With our words and with our actions, our kids should know that through thick and thin, we ALWAYS love them unconditionally.

Before, during and after any challenging situations with our kids, we should always make sure that they know that they are loved, no matter what happens.


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Keep your home safe: Top things that you must do before leaving for vacation

By |January 8th, 2019|

Keep your home safe: Top things that you must do before leaving for vacation

Leaving your home for a number of days or weeks means having to anticipate anything and everything that could go wrong. Make sure that you do these steps before leaving your home for that awaited vacation trip.

 

Security

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If you have a an alarm system installed in your home, make sure that it’s all set up before you leave. Lock all windows and doors, and install deadbolts on your doors as an extra security feature.

 

Turn the water off

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Prevent any possible water damage before you leave for vacation by turning off your entire home’s water supply. This way, you’ll avoid any possible water damage, like frozen pipes, water damage from leaking water heaters or a possible burst in your water pipes.

 

Adjust your thermostat

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Since no one will be around, set your thermostat to a temperature that will give your furnace or central air a bit of a break, depending on the season.

 

Put a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries

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You can easily put a hold on your mail while you’re away on vacation. You can fill out this form online or a card at the post office. If you have newspapers delivered to your home, make sure that you contact the necessary person to stop the deliveries while you’re on vacation too.

 

Ask someone to water your plants

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Have a friend or a neighbor stop by your house to water your plants. This is especially important for your indoor plants if you will be away on vacation for more than two weeks.

 

Pets

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Make arrangements for your pets. If you’re planning on boarding them, make sure that you make reservations a few weeks in advance, especially if it’s peak vacation season. Otherwise, have a friend or neighbor check on your pets and feed them while you’re away.

 

Notify your bank

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See to it that you notify your bank about going away for vacation lest you find yourself going through the hassle of having your bank-linked debit or credit card flagged for suspicious activity.

 

Bills

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It’s a good idea to set up auto pay to cover your bills while you’re away on vacation. This way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of catching up on unpaid bills or having to go online and pay bills while you’re on vacation.

 

Unplug electronics

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Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they’re turned off. Unplug the television, coffee maker, computers, microwave oven, etc before you leave the house for vacation.

 

Food

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Plan ahead. Should you buy any perishables a week before you leave for vacation, make sure to just buy enough for that week’s consumption. This way, you’ll avoid coming back to spoiled or rotten food items when you come back from your trip.

 

Clean

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Lastly, clean your house before you leave for vacation. You wouldn’t want to come back to a messy home. Take out the trash, wash the dishes, finish most of the laundry if you can, wipe down kitchen counters and vacuum the floors and curtains.


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8 things women over 40 should get rid of

By |January 2nd, 2019|

8 things women over 40 should get rid of

Along with all the wisdom and life experience, most women over 40 have surely accumulated loads of other stuff. While some of these items will stand the test of time, there are some things that over time just reduces themselves into nothing but clutter.

 

Expired Makeup

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Let’s get this out there first before any other things. Using expired makeup is not good for the skin. So it goes to say that you should throw them out. They’re not doing anybody any good. If you have shades of eye shadow, lipstick or blush that you can’t let go of because they’re your holy grail, and are discontinued, what you can do is to swatch them on a piece of paper so you can keep them for comparison. As for items that have some sentimental value attached to them, say your first high-end makeup purchase, take a picture, it will last longer and will not clutter up your vanity.

 

Shoes that hurt your feet

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It’s high time to get rid of shoes that hurt your feet or give them blisters. It doesn’t matter how cute they are. You can donate them or sell them for the extra profit. Free up some space in your shoe collection for ones that do not hurt your feet.

 

Bras that don’t fit

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You should have a clear understanding of your true bra size by this time, so toss the ones that have lost elasticity, have underwires poking out, or are overall just not a good fit. If you’re still unsure about your correct bra size, get fitted at a store that you trust. Give that part of your wardrobe an overhaul and get bras that fit!

 

Bridesmaid dresses

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If your bridesmaid dresses look like that’s the only purpose that they’ll serve, maybe they’re a little tacky or are just not versatile enough to be re-purposed for anything, get rid of them. These days, the trend is wearing those infinity dresses, but let’s face it, most of the weddings that you’ve been a bridesmaid at before weren’t lucky enough to have had this trend going on at the time. Free up some space in your closet, otherwise, you’ll see yourself at that scene from the movie 27 Dresses!

 

Flimsy plastic chairs

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You take pride in your outdoor space, and you want your guests to feel at home. So don’t make them sit on flimsy, rickety plastic chairs! Invest in some sturdier outdoor furniture that will last for years, provided you take good care of it.

 

Wire Hangers

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Clear out the wire hangers from your closet and replace them with wood or cloth ones. Wire hangers can wear out the shoulders of your shirts because of the material and the thin surface of the hangers.

 

Clothes that are too small

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A lot of people keep clothes that are too small for them no matter how much space they take up in the hopes that they might fit into them someday. Donate your clothes or sell them for extra profit. You’ll free up loads of space in your closet and if you do end up losing weight down the line, you can reward yourself by buying new clothes.

 

Supplies from abandoned crafts and hobbies

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While there’s nothing bad about trying out a new hobby or starting a new craft project and not finishing it, But if your untouched craft supplies end up cluttering up your home, it would be best to get rid of them.

Freeing up space in your home also means freeing up space in your life and opening up the door for new opportunities to come in as you see yourself transition into a life without any reminders of a cluttered and unorganized life.


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Classy and Affordable Housewarming Gift Ideas

By |December 31st, 2018|

Classy and Affordable Housewarming Gift Ideas

From cute little trinkets to totally useful gifts, this list will definitely have something for the pickiest friend on their housewarming party. You’ll even want to shop for all of these to keep for your home!

An adorable ring holder

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Help keep their sparkling valuables secure or for that newly-engaged friend!

Featured Product: Umbra Zoola Elephant Ring Holder

A gift for the senses

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Get this set of four aromatherapy candles in display-worthy designs to add to your friend’s boho-chic home.

Featured Product: IMMIGOO Set of 4 Natural Soy Wax Aromatherapy Candles

Or go flameless

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A safer option with this set of three flameless LED candles for the ultimate clutz.

Featured Product: Better Homes and Gardens LED Flameless Pillar Candle Set

A classy decanter

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Get this elegant decanter for the friend who loves their vino.

Featured Product: Decanter with Stand

A perfect pairing

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Get one other friend to buy this faux-marble cheese slicer to pair well with the decanter.

Featured Product: Fox Run 3841 Marble Cheese Slicer

Stay chilled

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A marble wine cooler to keep wine and game nights oh so chill.

Featured Product: Crate and Barrel French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler

A tea-rrific gift

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Get this glass and stainless steel tea infuser for your tea lover friend. Maybe add a tin of their favorite loose tea leaves or tea mix to complete the perfect present.

Featured Product: Vivreal Home Glass Teapot

For the coffee lover

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A beautiful copper french press that they wouldn’t need to hide in the cupboard.

Featured Product: Bodum Chambord Shatterproof Copper French Press

A bottle of richness

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Get a bottle of really good olive oil for the aspiring masterchef.

Featured Product: Morgenster South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A set of greenery

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This set of faux succulents is the perfect addition to the home of that friend who just can’t keep any plant alive.

Featured Product: Winlyn Set of 5 Assorted Decorative Faux Succulent

A touch of rock and roll

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This personalized amp doormat is the perfect gift for the Brian May in your group!

Featured Product: Personalized Amp Doormat

A family welcome

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Another option is this doormat with a more classic approach of personalization.

Featured Product: GiftsForYouNow Water-Resistant Personalized Doormat

Now don’t you want some (or all) of these in your home too?


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