The Importance of Teaching Our Kids Tolerance

One of the most ‘enlightening’ messages to come out of this year’s highly controversial and oftentimes extremely heated presidential election is the need to talk to our kids about tolerance. The left is bashing the right and the right is throwing slams at the left, and most of it is unfounded and totally not true. Much of it is a spinoff of a smaller ‘fact’ that has been picked up by the media and so distorted by the time it hits the air that few people can actually say they know what is going on and why. If you just let your kids watch all the bizarre arguments going back and forth and the rampant hatred on both sides, you are doing them a grave disservice. As a parent, it’s important to use times like these as a lesson in tolerance. We may not always agree with others but we can learn to be tolerant of our differences and even begin to find some area of common ground where we can be friends. Being Tolerant Encompasses So Much Territory When you think about how hard it is to … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Push Your Career Forward

We’ve all been there; you feel like your career isn’t going anywhere and you’re stuck in the same position for too long. You tried to get the next big promotion, but the office decided to give it to someone else. Like I said, we’ve all been there at one point or another. Advancing up the corporate ladder isn’t always as straightforward as many believe. There are a lot of factors that influence your chances of getting promoted. That said, there are also creative ways to take that next step and be where you want to be in a relatively short amount of time. We’re going to take a closer look at some of those ways in this article. Pursue an MBA One of the most sure-fire ways of advancing in your career is by getting an MBA. Fortunately, you can now pursue an online MBA from reputable universities such as Northeastern University and still maintain a full-time job without a problem. Online courses – especially executive programs – are designed to help you get an MBA in as little as 12 … [Read more...]

BabyTime App Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, honest and unbiased due to compensation. My youngest brother and his wife welcomed their daughter into the world in July. I mean, I look over at my son Jake and it still boggles my mind that he's a grown man. But the idea that my baby brother is a father genuinely causes my brain neurons to misfire. There are a bevy of new products and services available to parents these days including the iPhone app BabyTime. BabyTime allows parents to track pretty much everything about their newborn from breastfeeding and nursing to sleep schedule and medications. Anything concerning the daily activity of your baby can be recorded, tracked, and analyzed using BabyTime. That activity is then readily available via a customizable pie chart, interval, or line chart graph. Use the app to alert you when your baby … [Read more...]

DIY Pedicure Gift Basket Featuring the Original Pedi-Sox®+ Giveaway

The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes the scramble for gift ideas. Some people are genuinely difficult to shop for. They seem to have everything and it's hard to find the gift that "fits". My suggestion when that happens is the gift basket. It seems a simple solution, but it can pack a holiday punch. All it takes is a basket, a few themed items, and some creativity. The best part is that the thought behind them are sure to make the recipient feel special. A DIY pedicure gift basket makes a fantastic gift for the women in your life. Treat your sister, Mom, cousin, friend, co-worker, whoever, to a little pampering. Putting together the basket is pretty easy - and affordable, too! You can easily make a few of these baskets without breaking the bank. Of course, you can add different touches to each to personalize them for each individual. I started my gift off with a dark brown basket. You can start yours with a basket or any style of container. There are some … [Read more...]

Understanding the Zika Virus and Its Effects

Understanding the Zika Virus and Its Effects I know this site is usually about giveaways and fun things, but I want to be a bit serious in this post. We’re seeing an increasing number of Zika virus infections across the United States. Studies suggest that there may be more unreported – or undetected – cases, especially since a Zika infection doesn’t always produce visible symptoms. The University of Arizona and its Public Health department are working hard to understand the Zika virus and the way it spreads. Aside from mosquito bites, the Zika virus can also be spread through sexual intercourse. This is especially true with pregnant women, with over 20 reported cases of infection so far. The virus will then be transmitted to the fetus, causing more severe problems and often leading to birth defects. While the virus itself is not new, the recent outbreaks are clear signs that it is something to be more careful about. Make sure you take the time to read the full infographic, … [Read more...]