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Take some time out to have some fun with your kids!  Here are some helpful suggestions and ideas!

1. Build an amazing couch cushion fort!

2. Celebrate an eco-friendly Valentine’s day together.

3. Here’s a whole list of fun winter time activities for you to enjoy.

4. Parent Magazine has a large collection of activity ideas for you to pick and choose from.

5. Do you have a tiny chef in your family?  Encourage his/her culinary passion with these baking recipes for kids.

6. Want to play games with your kids and have them learn at the same time?  Check out PBS Kids for a good start.

7. And eHow has an article on how to have more family fun on a small family budget.

What are your favorite ways to have fun with the kids?

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Love it or loathe it, it is Valentine’s Day again this Saturday.  I have collected some places for you to visit whether you are sharing time with someone special or wish Valentine’s Day would crash and burn.  Don’t forget to leave me a comment to say hi and let me know you were here!

1. iVillage/BlogHer present Valentine’s Day and You: A Love-Hate Relationship

2. AskMen.com paired up with Cosmopolitan magazine to bring you the gifts that won’t make him gag.

3. Lovingyou.com’s 7 Days of Long-Distance Relationship Romance

4. One man’s Valentine confession: Why I hate Valentine’s Day- on MSN

5. A Valentine’s Day Guide for Singles- MSN

6. Learn the History of Valentine’s Day from The History Channel

7. Kids’ activities for Valentine’s Day– Kaboose

8. Love Poetry.com- Both classic love poems and submitted love poems

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This article was found on Monster.com.

Make Your Mark to Reach the Executive Suite

Plenty important, say headhunters, career coaches and management-development professionals. “You have to arrange your own discovery,” one executive search professional explains. But short of establishing your own vanity press and putting out books on topics you know something about — assuming, of course, you have a book’s worth of hot ideas in you — just how can you get the visibility in your field that will lead headhunters and other talent scouts to your door?

Here are a few possibilities:

  • Get Out of Your Office: Go to conferences, speak up in discussions, have people notice your ideas. Choose your meetings and conventions wisely, where you’ll be likely to meet people from different levels in your industry. Don’t view the time as a play day away from the office, but rather as a time to showcase your own competence and style. Read and think about the theme of the conference or seminar before you go so that you have some intelligent things to say there.
  • Get Quoted: Find friends of friends or family members who write articles about business or your field. Come up with some fresh ideas and get yourself introduced to somebody who is writing relevant articles and might quote you.
  • Speak Up: Volunteer to give talks anywhere there are people to listen — in your community, at your college or in your industry. Have something novel to say — you can’t tell who might be around to quote you.
  • Study Your Favorite Trade Magazines: Consider how you might get mentioned by someone else, or consider writing something yourself for one of those publications. Or get the annual Writer’s Market, a bible of who’s accepting articles on which topics in every kind of publication. Chances are you could find 20 or more likely publications. Some will pay well and some will pay in reprints, but money is not the issue here — what counts is just getting your name out there so some headhunters will want you on their prospect list.
  • Go to Events: Whenever something’s happening in your community or in your industry, go — whether you want to or not. Being seen and heard often can give you the visibility you need to be perceived as a leader, someone to watch.

But What If All This Visibility Isn’t Your Thing?

Well, here’s the rub — being visible, enjoying the limelight and having valuable things to say about the state of your industry, your community and the world are a major part of life at the top of the executive heap. Being honest with yourself about whether you really want to do that is an essential part of your own self-assessment and career management. If doing these five things sounds like an intriguing challenge, then you’d probably enjoy the extracurriculars of senior management. If you find yourself recoiling at the thought, then that tells you a little something about whether you’d be better off planning your career a different way. Life at the top is not necessarily about who is the best or the most talented — it’s largely about who enjoys the art and science of self-promotion. Only you can know if that’s you or not!

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Every Monday I am going to try to post links to sites and articles having to do with relationships.

1. First, you may want to take this Relationship Satisfaction Test from Psychology Today.  It will help you determine what areas are your strengths as a couple, and what areas you could use some improvement on.

2. Bond with your sweetie like never before with these 25 Ways to Get Connected.

3. Looking for a Valentine’s Day idea?  Try this.

4. Don’t have a date for V-Day?  That’s okay.  Me neither!  And I am happy about it.  No, really!  If you don’t think you can be happy being single, read this iVillage article to start you on your way.

5. On an interesting note, I saw on MSNBC.com that researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that extra estrogen may make some women stray.  Feeling the pull?  Read about what could be going on (besides reaching your threshold for the number of your hubby’s dirty socks that can’t seem to make it to the hamper.)

6. Think it is time to break it off with your significant other?  Don’t know how?  It may pay to read this first.

7. The FDA has recalled many products containing peanuts.  Keep your family safe by keeping in the know.  Bookmark this page from the FDA that gives you a list of all of the recalled products and then check back often.

Tomorrow is Home on Tuesday.  Check back for list articles and/or links to help you with your home, garden, and automobile!

The New Weekly Schedule:

Relationships Monday

Home on Tuesday

Working Wednesdays

Fit & Healthy Thursdays

Fun Friday Lists

Stress-Free Saturdays

A Spot of Sunday Creativity

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There are some great websites out there for helping you live your life to the fullest.  This blog features many of these through its posts.  However, there are other websites out there that I would like to share with you that you might find interesting, as well.  These sites will be listed on Fridays, five at a time.  Called Five for Friday.  Enjoy!  And don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think. 🙂

1. Lost in Books – This is actually my other blog that I began this month.  But I will tell you why I want to share it with you (other than just to let you know about it).  I am an avid reader and I have started this blog in order to review and share books I have read, to challenge myself in my reading, and to learn about books from others.  The book blogging world is a wonderful place and I invite you to participate if you enjoy reading- if not with my own blog, than with any of the many others out there.

2. 43 Things – If you don’t know about 43 Things, I can’t wait for you to discover it!  43 Things allows you to list your goals, share your progress, and cheer each other on.  The members here love to cheer each other on and it is a terrific motivational tool.  Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, you can list them and keep track of your progress with entries until you have reached your objective!

3. PatientsLikeMe – PatientsLikeMe is a kind of social networking site for those with chronic illnesses, from multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia to post-traumatic stress disorder (and if your illness is not listed, you can add it!)  You can keep track of your symptoms and treatments, track changes in your condition, find other patients, and learn from their experiences with different treatment options, medication dosages, and more.

4. Words that have different meanings in British and American English – Wikipedia’s list of words that can mean completely different things depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on.  Everything from “beaver” to “checker” to “tailback”.

5. The Daily Green –  A consumer’s guide to green living- from fuel-efficient cars and solar water heaters to green beauty products and “green cuisine”.

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1. Give your friends and family a break and don’t tell the same story at every get together.


2. Do 5 minutes of exercise every day. You can do that during a commercial break for American Idol.


3. Every time you buy something new this year, donate something old to charity.


4. Compliment someone every day- maybe they are wearing a color that compliments their eyes, maybe they cooked you a delicious meal, maybe they actually remembered to put their towel back on the rack after their shower, maybe they simply combed their hair today. Let them know you noticed it. 🙂


5. Go paperless. Sign up for online bill paying. You can sign up for automatic draft with your checking account or you can sign up for an e-mail that informs you when it is time. You will be saving the environment and could be saving yourself money by never being late for a payment. Plus, it’s completely free.


6. Save money by doing swaps. Hold a clothing swap with your friends. Someone’s “I’m over that” could be someone else’s “I am so into that”. Sign up for a book swap online. Paperbackswap.com even lets you have 3 free credits when you list 10 books you can swap. All you pay for is postage to send your books.


7. Pencil in one night a week to have a family dinner together. No BlackBerry, no IPods, no friends over, just you and your family. You can cook or have a pizza delivered. The point is to savor your time together. One night out of seven is completely doable.


8. If you have to have a store credit card (ex. from Sears or Kohl’s), then resolve to use the card for the discounts only, not as a credit card. Purchase only what you would if you were paying in cash. Then you can pay off the card in full every time you use it instead of spending a headache of money due to high interest rates.


9. Spend one minute every day cleaning or organizing something in your home. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish for only 60 seconds of your time. It takes longer than that to read this list.


10. Tell those whom you love that you love them. Time is short and we never know what tomorrow will or won’t bring. If something happened to you, would they know for sure how you felt about them?

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This was first published at Marc and Angel Hack Life.

  1. Be Attentive to Others and Never Stop Listening
    Self-centered people are usually unlikable.  When you’re involved in a
    conversation, it’s important to focus more on the other person and less
    on yourself.  If you genuinely concern yourself with others and listen to them closely, you’ll make scores of friends with little effort.  Remember, everybody loves a good listener.
  2. Compliment People Who Deserve It – Go out of your
    way to personally acknowledge and complement the people who have gone
    out of their way to shine.  Everybody likes to hear that their efforts
    are appreciated.
  3. Make Yourself Available and Approachable – If people cannot get a hold of you, or have trouble approaching you, they will forget about you.  Your general availability and accessibility
    to others is extremely important to them.  Always maintain a positive,
    tolerant attitude and keep an open line of communication to those
    around you.
  4. Speak Clearly so People Can Understand You – Most
    people have a very low tolerance for dealing with people they can’t
    understand.  Mystery does not fuel strong relationships and likeability.
  5. Never Try to Be Someone You’re Not – All people have the subconscious ability to detect bullshit
    Even academy award winning actors slip up every now and then.  Fake
    people are not likeable.  Ask yourself this: If you don’t like who you
    really are, why the heck should I like you?
  6. Address People by Their Name – People love the sight and sound of their own name, so make sure you learn to remember names.  Use them respectfully in both oral and written communication.
  7. Mirror the Person You’re Conversing With – You can mirror
    someone by imitating their body language, gestures, movements and
    facial expressions during a one on one conversation.  The other person
    will unconsciously pickup on the familiarity of your mirrored actions,
    which will provide them with an added sense of comfort as they speak
    with you.  The more comfortable you make them feel, the more they will
    enjoy being around you.  
  8. Always Ask to Help… and Help When Asked – Everyone
    appreciates the gift of free assistance and those who supply it. 
    Highly likeable people always spare time for others, regardless of how
    busy their own schedules are.  Remember, helping people get what they
    want is the #1 key to getting what you want.
  9. Never Get Caught Lying – Everybody stretches the
    truth at times, but everyone hates a liar.  Ironic, isn’t it? 
    Regardless, understand that your credibility and likeability will get
    crushed if you are caught telling a lie.
  10. Say “Please” and “Thank You” – These 2 simple
    phrases make demands sound like requests and inject a friendly tone
    into serious conversations.  It can mean the difference between
    sounding rude and sounding genuinely grateful.
  11. Use Positive Language (Body and Verbal) – You can
    use positive language skills to exhibit yourself as a helpful,
    constructive person rather than a destructive, disinterested one.  Positive body language
    involves the act of maintaining eye contact while speaking, using hand
    gestures to accentuate important points, leaning in closer while
    someone else is speaking, smiling, and mirroring the person you’re
    involved in a conversation with.  Positive verbal language
    concentrates on what can be done, suggests helpful choices and
    alternatives, and sounds accommodating and encouraging rather than
    one-dimensionally bureaucratic.
  12. Smile – Everyone likes the sight of a genuine
    smile.  Think about how you feel when a complete stranger looks into
    your eyes and smiles.  Suddenly she doesn’t seem like a stranger
    anymore, does she?  Instead she seems warm and friendly, someone you
    wouldn’t mind being around for a little while longer.
  13. Keep Unqualified Opinions to Yourself – If you
    don’t have all the facts, or you’re uneducated on the topic of
    discussion, it’s in your best interest to spend your time listening. 
    Unqualified opinions just make a person sound foolishly arrogant.
  14. Provide Tangible Value – Don’t just follow in the
    footsteps of everyone else.  Figure out which pieces of the puzzle are
    missing and put them in place.  When you add tangible value, you
    increase your own value in the eyes of others.
  15. Respect Elders, Respect Minors, Respect Everyone
    There are no boundaries or classes that define a group of people that
    deserve to be respected.  Treat everyone with the same level of respect
    you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you
    would have with your baby brother.  People will notice your kindness.
  16. Make Frequent Eye Contact… but Don’t Stare – There’s little doubt that eye contact is one of the most captivating
    forms of personal communication.  When executed properly, eye contact
    injects closeness into human interaction, which leads to likeability. 
    The key is to make frequent eye contact without gawking.  If you fail
    to make eye contact you will be seen as insincere and untrustworthy. 
    Likewise, an overbearing stare can make you appear arrogant and
    egotistical.
  17. Don’t Over-Promise… Instead, Over-Deliver – Some
    people habitually make promises they are just barely able to fulfill. 
    They promise perfection and deliver mediocrity.  Sure, they do deliver
    something.  But it’s not inline with the original expectations, so all
    it does is drive negative press.  If you want people to like you,
    forget about making promises and simply over-deliver on everything you
    do.
  18. Stand Up for Your Beliefs Without Promoting Them
    Yes, it is possible to stand up for your beliefs without foisting them
    down someone else’s throat.  Discuss your personal beliefs when someone
    asks about them, but don’t spawn offensive attacks of propaganda on
    unsuspecting victims.  Stand firm by your values and always keep an
    open mind to new information.
  19. Make a Firm Handshake – There is a considerable correlation between the characteristics of a firm handshake (strength, duration, eye contact, etc.) and a positive first impression.
  20. Keep Your Hands Away from Your Face – Putting your
    hands on your face during a conversation tells the other person that
    you’re either bored, negatively judging them, or trying to hide
    something. 
  21. Dress Clean – “Clothes and manners do not make the
    man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”  Henry
    Ward said that, and he knew exactly what he was talking about. 
    People will always judge a book by its cover.  While a stylish dress code is not absolutely necessary, it can drastically alter another person’s perception of you.

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