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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Give Greeting Card Gifts #Lovepop

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If you're like me, when it comes to choosing greeting cards you put a lot of time and effort into finding the ideal one. You try to find one that looks good (image is everything, right?), expresses the right sentiment, and will mean a lot to the recipient. With the sheer number of cards, it can be quite a task. 

That's why when I was delighted to find out about Lovepop greeting cards and share them with you. Lovepop cards are elaborate 3D paper sculptures designed by naval engineers using cutting edge software slicegami™ and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form kirigami, which is the folding and cutting of paper into ornamental shapes.

They are more than just cards; they're gifts in envelopes.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In the Moment: Say No to Toddlers & Smartphones

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My granddaughter was about a year old when she started looking at photos, watching videos and listening to music on her mommy's phone. In fact, by the time she was 2 years old, she could swipe better than I could and knew the ins and outs of the phone's galleries and games. That's why when I became aware of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, I had to check it out and share it with my granddaughter, Autumn.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit for the New Year

With the start of a new year, it is important to reflect back on the prior year, assess what went well, what didn’t and decide where you want to go next. It takes a lot of mental toughness, self-love, and discipline to create the life you want. Simply coasting along on cruise control reacting to life can lead to victim mentality and stagnation, which is something I have experienced first hand. Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD, a New York City-based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and clinical director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services shares some key ways to get mentally fit for the new year so you - and I! - can move forward successfully.

Keep reading for the 6 tips...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making a decision to return to school

Whether we want to admit it or not the year is almost over. That's right - newsflash, right? - 2016 is coming to an end. Many of us will review the year and decide on what went well and what didn't; some of us will plan for the new year with renewed goals and commitments, and still others will begin a new chapter in our lives in the form of returning to school.

In fact, yours truly may be soon pounding the books again and going for a master's degree in creative writing. I have wanted to get a master’s degree for quite some time, but have been putting it off for one reason or another. Common story, I know. I was going to go back to school after my oldest graduated from high school - that was in 2009. Then I was going to go back to school when my youngest started school - that was in 2012. Now, I really don't have a good reason I just keep putting it off. I know it's time to stop delaying it and buckle down to get started. (Between you and me, I found an online program - that includes residency - that is probably going to work for me.) 

There are a lot of people who desire to further their education or begin a new career. I know writing is not a field everyone is interested in. For instance, a good friend of mine has been considering getting into medical billing, which is an occupation that I've heard can be fairly financially rewarding. In fact, GW offers an online mba in healthcare management that could be a good fit and a move in the right direction for her or anyone considering a career change in the medical field.