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Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation



School is ending and it is time for teacher appreciation.  Our nation's teachers work very hard educating the future of America.  As the school year comes to a close (for most of us), it is a great time to show them that we recognize and value their hard work.  Below are some gift ideas for your child's favorite teacher(s).

From personal experience (being married to a teacher), I can tell you…

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Added by Lori Thayer on May 20, 2011 at 7:43pm — No Comments

What Type Of Thinker Are You, Learning About The Mind From Temple Grandin

The mind of Temple Grandin is fascinating because it works very differently from most of ours.  She is a visual thinker, thinking in pictures.  Recently there was an HBO movie about her life, starring Claire Danes, that won many awards.  The movie beautifully illustrates how her mind works.  

Why does this matter? What can we learn from Temple…

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Added by Lori Thayer on May 17, 2011 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Allergy Proof Your Home

Allergy season has arrived. The best place to start preventing allergies is at home. Here are some tips for decreasing allergens (such as dust-mites and mold) in your home.  The effectiveness of these steps will vary due to what type of allergy you or your family members have.

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Added by Lori Thayer on May 9, 2011 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Mothers Day 2011 Gift Ideas

Need Gift Ideas for Mom on Mothers Day 2011?  This is the day to step back and fully appreciate your Mother and all she has done for you.  Appreciate her with a gift that will make her feel loved. A good way to do this is to consider what is her Love Language.  Author Gary Chapman has detailed the 5 Love Languages in several books and on his website.  

Rather than getting the usual flowers and…

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Added by Lori Thayer on May 2, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Natural Weed Killer To Keep Your Lawn Healthy

Avoid harmful chemicals by using Natural Weed Killer. Stop worrying about your children and pets playing in the yard because of pesticides.

Pesticides are harmful to people, animals and the environment.  Using pesticides can actually kill soil organisms that contribute to a healthy lawn.  If you have been using harsh chemicals to keep your lawn beautiful it can take a few years for the soil to recover.

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 28, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Healthy Home: 10 Tips to Freshening The Air in Your Home


Home is where the heart is.  Sometimes it gets a bit stuffy though.  Every once in a while it seems the air in the house is stagnant and not very fresh.  No wonder with all the chemicals we get from the fabrics, paint and furniture that is in our houses.  With spring here it is time to freshen the air in your healthy home.

Read the top 10 list here.

Added by Lori Thayer on April 25, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Images To Fill Your Soul: The Milky Way From The Mountain


Sometimes we all need a little food for our soul. The majority of us live away from nature in cities and suburbs, surrounded by buildings.  Sometimes we get out to a park, enjoy some hiking or go camping but those times are often few and far between.

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 21, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Email Management: Using Multiple Gmail Accounts

This is the second post in a series about email management.  Most of us manage quite a few different email accounts which can become quite time consuming.  This series is about finding way to make the process of managing multiple accounts easier.

Gmail is a very popular free email client.  Many users manage multiple gmail accounts.  One account may be used for shopping and online signups to decrease the amount of…

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 18, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

iPhone Email Management: View Multiple Accounts At Once

Make email management easy by viewing all of your email accounts via the  feature on the iPhone or iTouch.  

These days many of us have multiple email accounts.  At the minimum we have one for work and one for personal use.  Most likely you have many for personal use and maybe even a couple for work.  It is easy to waste a lot of time logging in and going through email in each of these different accounts.…

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Feather Hair Accessories

Have you been hearing a lot about feather hair accessories lately?  Feathers seems to be a popularHair Extensions trend right now.  A headband with feathers or a hair clip or even a feather extension to add to your hair.  Etsy has quite a few options for hair extensions on their site. I particularly like this …

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 12, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Sick and Bored, What To Do?

It's frustrating being sick. If you can't sleep but have to rest what do you do?  For the first few hours it may be fun but after that it is just boring.  How do we keep the mind busy while the body rests?  

For a lucky few this isn't a problem.  They are able to sleep and heal.  Sleep is a struggle for many of the rest of us though and those hours in bed or on the couch get very long.

Whether you are a child or an adult there are lots of options though.  Some you may not be…

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 4, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Quality Time At The Family Dinner Table

Want more quality time with your family? Do you feel like you don't know what is going on with you kids or spouse?   Change this at the family dinner table.

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Added by Lori Thayer on April 1, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Dinner tonight: Beef Taco Bake

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight?  Meals that can be made from leftover ingredients are a hit with busy moms.   What about a Beef Taco Bake.  A recipe is given below.  More can be found at Food.com.

Casseroles are a great dinner option.  They generally involve a little preparation followed by some baking time in the oven.  The…

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Added by Lori Thayer on March 29, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Finding Time to Fit in Exercise

Want to start exercising but feel you don’t have the time?  Are you overwhelmedClock  with work, family, cleaning, errands and other commitments?  Taking care of a family and running a household is very demanding, whether you work outside the home or not.  There is so much going on that we run out of time before we can fit in exercise.

The first thing to do is determine where you are spending all your time.  Keep a time log for a few days to a…

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Added by Lori Thayer on March 26, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Overwhelmed By Too Many People

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by too many people? Whether you are sharing a rented house with friends or hosting family in your own house, sometimes it just gets to be too much. Sometimes you just feel the need to escape for a little bit.

How do we survive such close quarters with friends, family or even…

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Added by Lori Thayer on March 23, 2011 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments

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