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(Family Features) Nothing pleases the senses like a home filled with family, friends and the welcoming aroma of a holiday meal.
For the majority of Americans, “the most wonderful time of the year” is also the most stressful season. In a recent survey, 90 percent of respondents said they stressed over at least one aspect of the holidays. For older adults in particular, this may be the year to slow down, take stock of the holidays, and sidestep the stressors. Doing so can pay off in immediate benefits for physical and mental health.
The Oro Valley Marketplace was set alight with the bright faces of hundreds of children and their parents, each anticipating the arrival of the big man in red himself.
(NAPSI)—Whether it’s the holidays or any occasion you want to be special, a gift that features a friend’s or family member’s favorite automotive item can be a great way to show you care—and know—about the person. For example, you can put car fanciers on the road to happiness with items such as these from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar brand:
Q. It’s the holiday season and my children are already talking about what they want and what they will get for Christmas. As a parent, what can I do to teach my children to appreciate what they receive, but also understand the importance of giving and helping others who are less fortunate?
It was a busier than normal night at the Marana Town Council last Wednesday, and it could have been an even busier session had a council action agenda item not been taken off the board. As it was, the council held the first of two public hearings over the possibility of building a new police station.
(BPT) - You can't drive it around the block. You can't wear it for an evening out. You can't watch anything on it. And chances are it won’t elicit squeals of delight when opened. But of the many gifts you can give, life insurance might make the biggest difference to those you love.
(NAPSI)—It’s a familiar scene in homes around the globe this time of year: The anticipation of the season is building and family traditions are coming alive. Children are on their best behavior waiting for Santa to arrive, mantels are decorated with monogrammed stockings, Christmas trees are filled with meaningful ornaments and decorations, parents are wrapping and hiding gifts, and lights are twinkling both inside and out. For many, these family preparations and traditions also include unveiling an Advent Calendar, a special calendar used to count down to Christmas with 25 doors or windows that house special little surprises when opened each day leading to Christmas.
(BPT) - You don’t need the juggling skills of a big-top performer in order to host a successful holiday gathering. Careful planning, time management and an eye for adding quick and easy ‘homemade’ touches will make your gathering one for the memory books, while still having plenty of time to enjoy the company of your guests. Don’t let poor planning leave you cooped up in a hot kitchen while everyone else revels in the joys of the season.
While the local retail stores have been working to get us all in the holiday spirit – to the point where all at one time the stores had Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations up, it is the time of year to start thinking about giving.
(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.
Doing good works—as in volunteering for a charitable cause—is good for you, according to a growing body of research. Those who volunteer their time and energy for any type of philanthropic activities enjoy better physical and mental health. Studies show that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life compared to those who don’t volunteer.
(BPT) - Does the prospect of holiday shopping make you dance with joy, or tremble with dread? Americans seem pretty evenly split into both categories, a CBS News poll found last year. Love it or hate it, holiday shopping has to happen – the National Retail Federation says more than 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. So why not take some steps to streamline your holiday shopping, and make it as easy and cost-effective as possible?
(BPT) - Most brides have a vision of a beautifully decorated and themed wedding reception. Luckily, it is easy to achieve the wedding decor you see in your mind’s eye with a few easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.
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Comedian, actor, singer and writer Rodney Carrington will be live in the Diamond Center for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Tickets start at $27.50 and go on sale to the general public March 29 at 10 a.m. Arizona Time through Star Tickets. Tickets are also available at the casino Rewards Center, which offers a 10 percent discount to Diamond Rewards members. Active, retired or veterans of the military who have the casino Tribute Card also receive 50 percent off a pair of tickets, offer only available at the Rewards Center. Limited VIP tickets are available; the VIP experience includes a meet and greet with Rodney Carrington, a VIP laminate, limited edition poster, and more!
Students of Mountain View High School (MVHS) recently accepted a big challenge: they want to be the kindest school in the nation.
This year saw an epic catalogue of YouTube hits. From twerking to shaking to cute kids, 2013 had hundreds of viral trends to remember— some with reverence, others with disgust and others still with sheer confusion.
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Readers of The Explorer gave plenty of families a reason to smile this holiday season, donating toys, gift cards and more than $1,000 in cash.
Is it just me, or is your Christmas card haul dwindling this year, too? During any given year, my family will typically bring in enough Christmas cards to warrant a display. We’ve been known to frame doorways with them, or hang them from shiny ribbons on the kitchen cabinets. This year is different; either the mail carrier is holding out on us or our friends have removed us from the annual Christmas card list. It’s not all in my head either.
With Christmas less just around the corner, this is about the time of year that shopping gets frenzied as gift givers everywhere go into spending overdrive. It seems there is always just one last gift to buy, or one last person to buy for. All that gift giving can be hazardous to one’s wallet, especially when your list includes large families. I learned long ago that in those situations, it’s wise to give a gift that whole family can enjoy together, rather than purchase individual presents for each family member. With that in mind, I’m sharing some of my go-to gift ideas for whole family giving. Even better news? All of these items are readily available for last minute shoppers.
A local church with more than 70 years of existence is trying something new this holiday season.