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Toss traditions, try new ones

November 30, 2010 --

Traditions: When is it Time to Change?
by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer

I’ve been reading articles and stories about how other women minimize the stress of the holidays. Even television shows hit on this, sharing simple timesaving tips and ideas. Wrapped up in all of the hub-bub of the holidays, yet trying to keep things simple, I’ve find one hitch as to why we women get hung up: Too much tradition.  Tradition is a beautiful thing if it doesn’t overwhelm you. But with traditions come a lot of expectations. And with failed expectations come a lot of stress and guilt.

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Five ways to get kids to open up, confide in you

November 29, 2010 --

by Jean Tracy
NW Writer
KidsDiscuss.com

Discover how this mother gets her children to share their thoughts and feelings.  My cousin, Ann, is an expert at getting her kids to talk. Because they confide in her she is able to guide them. What is Ann’s secret?

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90 Million overweight cats and dogs?

November 28, 2010 --

Obesity Epidemic Threatens Fido, Fluffy, Too
By Health Day News

THURSDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) — Before sharing your Thanksgiving leftovers with your pampered pets, take note: The obesity epidemic in the United States is enlarging cats and dogs, not just their over-fed owners. Overweight pets are a serious health issue today, experts say. About half of the nation’s companion animals — some 90 million cats and dogs — are tipping the scales, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

“As a practicing veterinarian for almost 20 years, I’ve never seen this many overweight pets,” said Dr. Ernie Ward, author of Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter — A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives. “We’re witnessing the super-sizing of America’s pets before our very eyes.”

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Shopping Alert: Beware of 15% return gift fee

November 27, 2010 --

Below is a consumer alert that has gone viral and has been confirmed by Snopes (read here): Please read and be advised during your shopping:

BEST BUY ALERT:

If you purchase something from Wal-Mart, Sears, etc. And you return the item with the receipt, they will give you your money back if you paid cash, or credit your account if paid by plastic. Well, I purchased a GPS for my car: a Tom Tom XL.S from ‘Best Buy’. They have a policy that it must be returned within 14 days for a refund!

So after 4 days I returned it in the original box with all the items in the box, with paper work and cords all wrapped in the plastic.. Just as I received it, including the receipt.

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Video: The (crying) baby wisperer?

November 26, 2010 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

I saw this video on USA Today on a pediatrician who quieted a crying bay within seconds. They way he does it makes you scratch your head in disbelief (watch the video). His answer is to make babies sleep on their sides. Yet, letting babies sleep on their side (on their own) has been discouraged by the same USA Today a few years ago and yet no mention here.

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Local girls make little dresses for Africa

November 25, 2010 --

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Shopping small and local this holiday season

November 24, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

The National Retail Federation reports that 138 million people plan to hit the stores on Friday. Black Friday has become the Super Bowl of shopping days. You can bet that a whole lot of people will spend a whole bunch of money at the big box stores, buying the latest electronic gadgets, video games, clothing, and small appliances.

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Giving in to the early Christmas madness

November 23, 2010 --

(Almost) Giving in to the Madness
By Jen Rouse
The Short Years

Oregon Blog

Every year, for the past couple of years, I have written a grouchy post about how Christmas is encroaching on Thanksgiving’s territory. About how people put up their Christmas lights earlier and earlier, how stores push their big retail bonanza right back to the beginning of November, practically skipping Thanksgiving altogether. If it’s mentioned at all, it’s just a as a prelude to the big shopping day. And get this? This year some stores are actually staying open on Thanksgiving itself, so people can get their pesky thankfulness and togetherness out of the way and then move right onto the main event: consumerism!

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Make your own laundry soap, less money down the drain

November 22, 2010 --

by Brittanie
Oregon Mom
Cupcake Kisses ‘n’ Crumbs
 

The new year is fast approaching..  and I am NOT ready! One of our goals for the year is reducing/eliminating our debt. We have been following the Dave Ramsey plan (although I haven’t been very good lately) and it is working, slowly but surely. We could probably do it a little faster if I were working outside the home, but neither my husband or I think putting the kids in daycare for me to work is worth the financial benefit and the loss of being with the kids all day would be very hard on all of us, just not worth it right now.  So I do my best to save in ways I can, and no not just clipping coupons! Thought I would share them over the next couple weeks as some of us prep for new years resolutions! I’ve posted about some of those ways before but some are new and I don’t want anyone to miss the old ones either!

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Sneak peak at ‘Nose Job’ an added advantage

November 21, 2010 --

Computer imaging software gives patients a fairly good idea of how they’ll look after a “nose job,” and the majority value the preview process, a new study finds.  The “morphing” software, used by plastic surgeons since the 1990s, appears to improve patient-doctor communication, surgeons involved with the study said.

“Having an image of an individual in front of you and manipulating that nose on the screen is better than [the patient] showing me pictures of 15 other women’s noses she likes,” said Dr. Andrew Frankel, senior study author and a plastic surgeon at the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, Calif. “It’s her face and her nose.”

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