Parking Lot Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season, and along with all of the fun, comes the need to be aware of your personal safety as well as that of your property. One of the most dangerous places during the holiday season is the parking lot.

Criminal activity picks up this time of year. Most of the time it is theft of property, but in some instances it can be a personal attack. People are busy running to and fro and not paying attention as they normally would to their surroundings.

Keep these following safety tips for the parking lot in mind during this holiday season to protect not only your property, but also yourself.

  • Be aware of your surrounding when shopping. Do not let anyone that you do not know to get close to you. Walk with a purpose and get to your car quickly.
  • While walking to your car, pull your key out and be ready to get in quickly.
  • Women should try not to carry over-sized purses that are easily grabbed.
  • Glance underneath your car as you walk up. Thieves have been known to hide underneath cars waiting for the owner to approach.
  • Glance in the back seat before you get in your car.
  • Try to go shopping with a friend or family member. This is especially true for women. But men are not immune to being attacked either.
  • Try to park in well lighted areas if you are shopping at night.
  • It is best if you can go shopping during the daylight hours if at all possible.
  • Do not leave valuable items in your car where they can easily be viewed. Try to put all valuables in your trunk, or at the very least, on the floorboard.
  • If you are a woman, it is strongly encouraged that you get a security guard to follow you to your car if it is dark out and you are parked far from the store. This is especially true if you happen to be in a mall parking lot.
  • Do not flash money while you are shopping.
  • Women should refrain from wearing pony tails while shopping. According to interviews with prison inmates, women with long hair are more often targeted because they can be grabbed and controlled more easily. So keep your hair tucked under a hat or coat hood as much as possible while you do your shopping.

In short, take extra care to ensure that you are not an easy target. A thief wants an easy target where they can make an easy theft, and then leave without the fear of getting caught. Keep these parking lot safety tips in mind and make yourself a difficult target. Do not become a victim.

Holiday Survival Guide – Top 10 Tips To Keep Off Those Holiday Pounds

TOP 10 TIPS TO KEEP OFF THOSE HOLIDAY POUNDS

Change your mindset – If you are already planning to fail, you surely will!

Write down your goals Before New Years – Written goals are 80% more likely to be accomplished than those not put to paper.

Drink plenty of Water to control appetite – many people mistake thirst for hunger. I recommend 2-3 liters per day for females, 3-4 liters for men.

Schedule your Workouts in advance – having a personal appointment to take care of your body makes you Much more likely not to skip your workouts. Go relieve some stress!

Keep to your Eating Schedule – skipping meals all day and eating big at night does not work the rest of the year, why would it work now?

Become More Sensitive – Having a really hard workout Before you pig out (even the day before) will make your body better able to handle excess calories.

It is only 3 Days – There are really only 3 Holiday Days, that does not give you reason to binge for 3 Months!

Have a High Fiber Snack – Before you go to eat, have something like a protein shake with flax seeds and an apple. You will be pretty full, and thus will not eat so much crap!

Be a Designated Driver – A Simple way to keep the holiday drinking to a minimum is to Volunteer to be the DD. You can still enjoy yourself, but is it not more fun to laugh at the other drunk people?

Plan your Meal Ahead – This goes for all year, but especially now. If you wait until you are hungry to find something to eat, you will almost always choose the wrong thing. There is an article on my website called the Sunday Ritual that gives busy people many strategies to have healthy food all week long.

Planning Senior Citizens Trips – The Benefits of Bus Tours

Are you retired, or planning to retire? Would you like to see the world without the hassle of preparing for a vacation?. Planning your future senior citizens trips can be hassle free if you decide to consider bus tours Read on to see how much easier it is to join a bus tour instead of planning your vacation from scratch.

The Problem With Vacations

The main problem with vacations is the preparation you have to do beforehand. All that effort put into booking flights, finding hotels, creating an itinerary, finding travel insurance providers, etc. can really take its toll, which is ironic when you remember you’re a senior trying to relax!

That’s why bus tours and group tours for seniors are gaining popularity as a hassle-free alternative to the traditional way of vacationing, particularly those planning their senior citizens trips in retirement or semi-retirement. All you need to do is find the tour package that suits your expectations, pay the price, and then follow the travel agency’s instructions!

The Advantages Of Bus Tours

The main advantage of bus tours is the fact that it’s stress-free and hassle-free on your part — the travel agencies have done all the work for you! All you have to do is to choose the package, pay up, be there in time for the bus, and then start taking photos!

Another advantage of bus tours is the cost. When you plan a vacation the traditional way, almost every move costs money. When you book your flights — money. When you make hotel reservations — money. When you take cabs to the six tourist spots you plan to see today — money!

But when it comes to bus tours, you pay a single fee for the whole package, which can last several days. What’s more, seniors bus tours often come at a discount, making the whole vacation even more affordable and enjoyable for you! Just sign the dotted line, and off you go.

How To Prepare For A Bus Tour

The first step in preparing for a bus tour vacation is choosing your destination. What part of the world would you want to see? What town or country has been on your “must-visit” list for the past few decades? Now’s the time to take your pick without having to think about work when you get back!

Next, find suitable travel agencies that have tour packages in your chosen destination(s). Choose the travel agency with the package that fits your budget and schedule perfectly. You can also check if the travel agency offers travel insurance — very important if you REALLY want to enjoy yourself!

And finally, start packing! Bus tour packages can last several days, so make sure to pack enough clothes, medicine, and toiletries for the entire trip. Take a backpack if your back is strong enough, but if you don’t mind having only one free hand most of the time, take a lighter travel case on wheels.

Don’t Believe The Bad Hype!

Most younger vacationers dismiss bus tours as “boring” and “predictable,” but they don’t enjoy the sophistication that only age can bring. As seniors, we tend to enjoy a more relaxed, more cultured pace. So leave the stress to the young ones and take that vacation you’ve been waiting for all these years!

Surfing Trips Can Be Challenging – Travel Tips for Protecting and Shipping a Wooden Surfboard

Traveling with a surfboard can be a hassle and expensive but most surfers want to surf those exotic waves on their own surfboard. Before you start your journey you will want to take time to make sure you know the extra costs and have all the logistics in place well in advance of your surfing mecca.

Some surfers choose to ship their surfboard in advance using a major shipper such a UPS or FedEx but this generally only works if the destination is a major surfing resort. The UPS Store will probably be more helpful than the UPS shipping office as far as packing the surfboard and shipping it for you. You should research whether or not to insure your surfboard and also make sure that surfboards are insurable since some specialty items are not covered by standard shipping insurance.

The other method for traveling with your surfboard is to take it as carry-on-luggage on the aircraft. With baggage fees going up higher and higher by the day you can expect to pay extra for checking a surfboard. United’s Airline’s Surfboard Shipping Policy. You should probably still have a backup plan even when checking your wooden surfboard at the airport as luggage because the airline could accidentally damage your surfboard or your surfboard could get lost on the way to your surfing destination. Airlines usually leave larger luggage behind if they have issues with space or weight on the airplane so your chances of having a lost surfboard are higher than having a lost bag even though you paid more to ship it. When you get to your destination you will still need to travel with you surfboard in a cab or rental car so be prepared an pack some bungy chords or twine and plan ahead.

If you ship your surfboard or take it on the airline you will need to obtain a good surfboard travel bag. More than a board sock is needed to properly protect your surfboard while traveling. A high quality bag can be obtained for a little over $100 and will save you time and money when considering the investment you have made into your surfboard and your surf trip.

5 Healthy Eating Tips For December

Follow these simple tips and get the healthy eating habit in the run up to Christmas.

  1. Cut down on sugar

    Tired all the time? Easy prey for every bug that’s going? Beat winter health downturn by cutting back on sugary foods, which make white blood cells less able to combat nasties. Up your intake of fresh fruit and veg to keep immunity high.

  2. Keep temptations hidden

    It’s a good idea to stock up slowly on festive goodies and spread the cost – but be sure to hide them away – well away – where you won’t be tempted before the holiday. Don’t make your careful shopping habits an excuse to turn Christmas into a month-long binge of unhealthy eating.

  3. Eat more fresh vegetables

    Serve a large mixed salad as an appetiser before the main course to take the edge of hunger and give you a valuable serving of fresh veg.

  4. Plan to eat healthily

    Keep up the exercise even though the weather is colder. Wrap up warm, and walk briskly, every day. You’re bound to be hungry when you return, so before you leave, set out a healthy snack – put soup in a pan, get wholemeal bread into the toaster ready to go, or fill a small bowl with dried fruits and nuts. Make healthy eating easy, and you won’t be tempted to reach for the cookies.

  5. Reduce consumption of booze

    Cut back on alcohol in the run up to the holiday season. When you feel like a drink, wait for a while before you begin on the alcohol, and instead pour a fruit juice or tomato juice into an attractive glass, add ice, lemon and sip slowly. It soon becomes an easy, alcohol-reducing habit.

5 Tips To Help You De-Stress For The Holidays

Let’s face it. We all live pretty stressful lives.

With deadlines to meet; presentations to create; exams to study for; raising kids; caring for aging parents; the leaking roof or broken dishwasher that need to be repaired; the mortgage or rent that is due next week; and then there’s the technology that keeps changing faster than the speed of learning, providing us with the opportunity to constantly be on call, many of us are at the point where all it takes is one more stressor for us to collapse into a ball of emotion, or worse.

I have had the great good fortune to work with first and second year University and College students for the past twenty years and this time of the year is always the worst for stress levels for both students and faculty. Even friends and family who do not work around students are beginning to show classic symptoms of stress as the holiday’s approach – moodiness, anxiety, worry, feeling overwhelmed, fatigue, eating too much or losing their appetite. The scary thing is that the person under stress often does not even realize they are experiencing these symptoms or the extent to which they are being affected by stress.

So, before preparations for the holidays begins in earnest and stress levels begin to creep ever upward, here are 5 tips that I would like to share that can help you lower your stress levels and increase your ability to enjoy the holiday season:

1) Practice mindfulness: we often move through our days performing tasks and activities while being distracted by other things. We drive while reliving conversations or planning some future event; we have conversations with coworkers while trying to think through a solution to a work-related problem; we listen to our children tell us about their day while we are mentally going over our to-do list.

Mindfulness is the act of being present, in the moment. Of focusing on what you are currently doing without being distracted by other thoughts. For someone under stress, mindfulness involves being aware of not only the situation you are in, but of how you are reacting to that situation. Are you experiencing stress reactions of fight, flight or freeze? If yes, then how bad are these reactions? By noticing your reactions as they are happening, you can consciously choose to alleviate the stress that you are beginning to feel so the stress doesn’t continue to build.

2) Self Care: anyone who has traveled on an airplane has heard the steward’s speech about applying the oxygen mask to yourself first and then to your children – basically you are being instructed to take care of yourself first before you take care of others. The same instruction holds true in real life. If you do not have the energy to take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anything or anyone else.

Self care is more than treating yourself to an occasional mani-peni or trip to the local spa. Self Care involves eating right, getting a bit of exercise every day, spending time on activities or hobbies that bring you joy.

Practicing Self Care can involve setting a weekly date with yourself to spend an hour a week doing exactly what you want to do – learn to swim, learn to paint, wander through nature, photograph beautiful local architecture, read, listen to music… the choice is yours as long as the activity excites you and is something you look forward to doing every week. Practice mindfulness during this hour, focus on what you are doing and how you are feeling while you are doing it – and on nothing else.

3) Identify how you want to feel and find ways to accomplish this: Identify your core desired feelings, tap into these core desired feelings and find ways and activities that honour them. Our core desired feelings are keys to understanding our true self. When we deny our core desired feelings, we are acting at odds with our true self and this can leave us feeling disconnected, frustrated, restless, stressed.

Identify how you like to feel – do you like to feel adventurous, creative, inspired, challenged, needed, etc – and then identify activities you can bring into your life right now to help you feel this way. Honouring your core desired feelings is a fun, effective way to begin to de-stress.

4) Delegate: A fourth way to begin to de-stress is to drop the need for everything to be done by you and only you. And while you are at it, you can also drop the need for everything to be perfect. If you are a solo-preneur, there are some magnificent virtual assistants who can provide you will all the support you need, without costing a small fortune. Eliminate the unnecessary, focus on what’s important, and delegate the rest.

5) Relax and have fun: Above all else, relax, have fun and be happy!! Take time to breathe, relax, and play. For most adults, play is something we stopped doing as part of the process of growing up. But play and fun can be awesome de-stressors. What did you enjoy doing for play when you were young – arts & crafts; riding a bicycle; video games; swimming; skating; reading; writing; drawing – whatever it was try it again. Or find a new activity that is playful and fun – kick through a pile of leaves, build a snowman, dance like no-one is looking, start that hobby you have always wanted to do. Tie play and fun to your core desired feelings and double the impact these activities can have on bringing joy to your life.

How do you relax and de-stress for the holidays, or anytime through the year?

6 Tips For Spending Wisely This Holiday Season

When holiday music is piped into malls and festive themes accompany some hard-to-miss sales, it’s no wonder people are compelled to overspend during the holidays. Here are six helpful tips to keep help keep your holiday spending in check this season.

1. Start with a list. Even Santa knows it’s wise to make a list (and check it twice!) in preparation for the gift-giving season. Make a list with everyone you plan to buy for. Be sure to include family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and anyone else in your life you would like to remember with a gift. Next, set a budget to guide your purchases. If the math doesn’t add up-you have too many gifts to buy and not enough money to go around-pare down your list or reduce the amount you can spend on each person.

2. Comparison shop. Your holiday dollars will go further if you do your homework before pulling out your wallet. Online price comparison engines can help you identify where to find the best deals. Shopping online can be a real time-saver, too, but be mindful of shipping charges. You’ll also want to watch for upcoming holiday sales and plan your shopping excursions accordingly. Black Friday is not the only time you can find deals during the season.

3. Avoid overspending on a credit card. Naturally, credit cards offer the convenience of buying now and paying later. The “pay later” scenario only works in your favor if you’re able to zero out your balance before the next billing cycle. If you don’t pay down your charges for months on end, interest accrues and suddenly that $30 gift has snowballed into an unwieldy sum. If you need to rely on credit to spread the cost of holiday purchases over a few months, factor in estimated interest charges when you make your budget. Or better yet, avoid the credit trap altogether by spending within your means.

4. Keep your savings on track. Saving should be a regular part of your monthly budget. If you’ve worked with a financial advisor before, stick to your savings plan instead of putting your financial future on hold. If you haven’t worked with a financial professional before and don’t yet have a plan for growing your nest egg, give yourself the gift of financial advice this year. A qualified financial advisor can identify strategies to help you achieve your financial goals.

5. Give sentimental gifts that don’t cost much. When you’re in stores, it’s easy to get distracted and start to ignore your budget. Don’t buy into the notion that the price tag of a gift indicates its ultimate value. The best gifts are not necessarily the most expensive. In many cases, a thoughtful, sentimental gift can mean as much or more than an expensive object.

6. Remember to put people first. In our consumer-centric society, it’s easy to get carried away with material things. It’s important to stay focused on what truly matters about the season-spending time with the people who mean the most to you. It doesn’t cost anything to take some time away from the hustle and bustle and savor the special moments that come with the holidays.

Holiday Weight Loss Tips – How to Lose Weight During the Holiday Season

I love the progress I have made so far to lose weight and burn off excess fat but my greatest challenge now is how to lose weight during the holiday season and not fall back and gain the weight I have successfully lost. The holiday season is usually a period of weight gain because of the overabundance of food, parties, and tempting treats as well as the increased stress and busier schedules that goes with the holidays. Here are some holiday weight loss tips to help you during the holiday season.

With the right healthy foods and some discipline, you can make it through the holiday season without adding excess weight; feel livelier, healthier and happy. The weight loss tips you will read here will help you lose weight during the holiday season and you start the New Year with your desired weight size and keep it throughout the New Year.

Tip 1: Practice eating slowly during the holiday season

The first holiday weight loss tip you should know to lose weight during the holiday season is to practice eating slowly. Most times we hurriedly eat our food during the holiday season to catch up with several appointments and events lined up for us. Do take time to slowly eat your food. Recent research showed that people who eat their food slowly are more likely to eat less than those who quickly wanted to finish their food.

Tip 2: Eat more fruits and vegetables

Some people will advice you to eat some food and avoid some food but my advice is that you should eat more to lose more. How? Eat more of low calorie food to lose weight during the holiday season. Some researchers found that overweight people who eat more of lower calorie foods lost more weight than those who simply reduce their overall calories. Eat more fruits and vegetables. One secret to lose weight successfully during the holidays is to reduce grains consumption and increase greatly on fruits and veggies. You will discover that as you eat more of fruits and veggies, the more you will crave them and the less you will eat fatty and greasy foods, the more you will lose weight.

Tip 3: Drink Oolong tea or other green tea to kill sugar cravings

Drinking oolong tea stimulates your body to burn fat for energy. Drink a cup of Oolong tea in the morning, afternoon and before bed to help stave off sugar cravings and energy slumps. Drink a cup of Oolong 30 minutes to 1 hour before your usual daily walk or workouts.

Tip 4: Discipline your self to stick to a food plan

If you want to lose weight during the holiday season, you must do a positive self-talk every day to stick to a food plan. To lose 1 pound, you must burn 3,500 calories per week. So stick to a daily calorie loss of 500 to achieve 3,500 in 7 days. By the end of the holiday season, you must have lost roughly 5 pounds minimum instead of adding more weight like other people.

Tip 5: Know the foods that make you fat

What foods make you fat? By now you should know them. There are certain foods that may cause weight gain in some people. These are trigger foods which make us to overeat. Once you identify the foods that make you gain weight, you must do everything possible to avoid them during the holiday season.

Yes. It will surprise you to know that a simple weight gain of 5 pounds during the holiday season may not seem like much for you to worry about but it could develop into a more serious health problems in the New Year if not quickly addressed. We hope this holiday weight loss tips will help you to lose weight during the holiday season.

Best Place to Buy Cheap Airfare

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Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree – Top Holiday Tips

For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas tree is the start of the holiday season. Don’t drop the ball (excuse the pun), on this all-important tradition. Follow these simple tips by America’s Christmas Tree Growers in order to find the perfect tree for your family this year:

Choose a tree lot that will either let you cut down the tree you choose yourself, or will let you watch them cut it to ensure its freshness. In the event you must purchase a pre-cut tree, be sure to ask where it was shipped from and when it was cut.

When searching the lot for a good tree, don’t disregard ones with flattened or ill-shaped sides. Mother Nature tends to leave one side very full and the other flat. Put your tree in a corner or against a wall to hide any imperfections.

Remember, trees always look bigger out of doors with the sky as their ceiling. Be sure to measure your ceiling height correctly before leaving home, as well as door widths and room sizes to ensure that the size and width tree you choose will actually fit once you get it home!

Look for trees with pliable needles. If they snap or bend easily or pull off the branch with little effort, the tree may have been picked days or weeks earlier and won’t hold up to the heat indoors and lose its needles quickly once its decorated.

All evergreens shed needles from the inner branches on a regular basis, so don’t worry if a few fall off when you pick up the tree or shake it. Check to see if your tree retailer offers shaking service to help clear these loose needles from the inside of your tree before taking it into the house.

If possible, have your tree baled in plastic tree netting to make it easier to get home and set up.

Once you’ve chosen your tree and got it home, it’s time to take proper care of it to ensure that it will last throughout the entire holiday season.

Here area few tips on how to care for your family’s new Christmas Tree:

If you are not planning on putting your tree up immediately, cut about a half inch off of the trunk and set it in a bucket of water until you’re ready to take it inside.

When you’re ready to bring your tree inside, cut another ½ inch off of the bottom of the tree trunk, then place it in the tree stand with enough water to cover the entire diameter of the tree – about one quart of water for each inch of diameter stem. Be sure to keep the water at this level to ensure freshness. A trunk that is allowed to seal over will dry quickly and lose its needles before Christmas ever arrives.

Be sure that you check the label on your tree stand to make sure it can accommodate the size tree you have chosen.

The best tree preservative is plain water. No need for added chemicals.

Keep your tree away from all heat sources. Turn down the heat in that room if at all possible t keep your tree moist and fresh.