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Table Setting Etiquette 101 and Why It Matters

When it comes to every night meals after a long days work you may be lucky to find a few clean forks for your kids to eat with and that’s perfectly okay, but when it comes to setting up your table for the holidays why not use the special occasion get a little fancy with it? Proper table setting and other etiquette techniques date back as early as 17th century, so why not use those timeless techniques for your most festive meals. Experts will tell you that etiquette is a Read More >

The Importance of Self-Care

Are there some days where you just feel so tired and burnt out that you don’t want to tackle anything on your never-ending to-do list? This can happen to anyone and often happens to everyone at least once or twice in life. Luckily there are ways we can better care for our bodies, minds, and spirits without taking too much time away from our busy schedules. Here are a few ways you can start on a path to taking care of yourself just a little better, helping you live and Read More >

Back to School: Time to Manage your Time

As summer comes to a close and you adjust to your kids heading back to school, you might begin to realize that all the things you had to do and remember have suddenly tripled. The more kids you have, the more you have to do and remember. The days of only worrying if your kids are fed, clean, and safe throughout the summer has now turned into a full time micro-management job of making sure your kid does all his/her homework, studies for tests and quizzes, has enough Read More >

Tipping the Balance from Procrastination to Productivity

Procrastination can rob you of productive moments in your day. If you are not living your life to the fullest, you are shorting yourself of valuable experiences and opportunities. The number one underlying cause of procrastination is fear. Fear of rejection or failure, fear of the dramatic changes to your life if you succeed and nothing is ever the same again, fear of what others will think, and more. When you hear people say the only thing standing in your way is you, Read More >

The Benefits of Gratitude

In another blog post last month, I wrote, “Being thankful for things is a crucial feeling that can actually reprogram your brain to process information differently. The more grateful you are, the more you appreciate your life and loved ones, the happier you will be on a deeper, lasting level.” Since then I have made it a point to be more grateful for basic things in my life, as well as spread gratitude to others in an effort to somehow calculate my results. Here are a Read More >

The Benefits of Giving

Being thankful for things is a crucial feeling that can actually reprogram your brain to process information differently. The more grateful you are, the more you appreciate your life and loved ones, the happier you will be on a deeper, lasting level. The sight of beautiful, sparkly boxes adorned with ribbons and bows of all shapes, sizes, and colors, is something we’re all familiar with. A gift can be time or a material possession given by one person to express Read More >

A Call to Get Beyond the Noise

Spending time in the still quiet has been shown to restore the nervous system, help us sustain energy, condition our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to our increasingly chaotic environments. Let's face it—modern life has gotten very noisy. To keep up with grind, recent studies suggest it's beneficial to take time for deep silence. Spending time in the still quiet has been shown to restore the nervous system,  help us sustain energy, condition our minds to be Read More >

Lifestyle Management: Time Management to Prevent Stress

When your list of tasks has become overwhelming, and time seems to grow ever shorter, it's time to employ a personal concierge service.   More than just an errand service, a personal concierge will help you manage your lifestyle--whatever it may be.  Whether you are a small business owner, a full-time homemaker and parent,  a busy professional, or anyone who carries more than they can handle, a personal assistant can help you manage your time and reduce stress. A key Read More >

6 Tips for Coping with Sandwich Generation Stress

The Sandwich Generation, a term coined by social worker Dorothy Miller in 1981, describes people, usually women, in their 30's, 40's and 50's who are primary caregivers to both their children and their aging parents. Miller recognized the stress involved in being ‘sandwiched’ between the generations on either side of theirs, both of which require family care. The American Psychological Association reported that almost 40% of people ages 35 to 54 years old said they Read More >

5 Modern Day Activities that Waste Time

Today's modern age is filled with activities and opportunities to waste time. Learning to pick out those time-wasters can make it significantly easier to avoid them, and that means time spent on the activities that really matter. Here are some of my top time-wasting activities: 1. Virtual Socialization On the train heading into Boston recently, the seven people sitting around me all had their faces glued to their smartphones. One of them even appeared to be Read More >