How Happy Are the Holidays For Your Kid's Childcare Provider?

The holidays can be a very hard time for those in the childcare business. It seems like the last few weeks leading up to Christmas become more and more stressful. It also feels like this is the time of year when our clients forget that we are just like they are. ...more
OMG - I was a child care provider when my sons were young, this was exactly what happened with a ...more

There Is No Muslim War on Christmas

During the years I worked as a community advocate for Muslim organizations, I often listened to conservative talk radio.  In early 2003, while listening to one of the local hosts, I decided to call in to counter the misinformation being said about Muslims. I did get through. I did counter with facts and statistics. The host disconnected the call and said, on air, that the screener would be fired if I ever got through again....more
If only we took the time to read, hear, interact, and learn. Thank you for sharing.more

Living at the Peak: How to Experience Bliss in Everyday Life

When we say “peak experience”, we know what that means. Many of us have had genuine peak experiences in the most commonplace events and surroundings—while riding on a train, during a moonlit night, or listening to beautiful music.Image via Shutterstock...more
Practicing the TM technique twice a day is definitely the game changer that makes ...more

I'm Single and Childless and You Don't Want My Christmas Card

The other day, I had a bit of spare time on my hands and was feeling quite antsy. My sister asked: “Why don’t you write your Christmas cards?” I busted out laughing. “Single people without children don’t write Christmas cards.” I then went on to explain what said Christmas card might look like: Me by myself smiling at the camera. The letter? Dear So-and So,...more
You, my friend, need to see my holiday series! I've got the answer right here. ...more

How to Survive the Holiday Travel Rush Like a Pro

With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, we are all feeling the pre-holiday scramble to get organized. While planning for the holidays can be a hair-pulling experience, travel expert Julie Loffredi reveals some tips and tricks that can even help procrastinators feel ready for the trip ahead....more
Good tips! I'd add that if you're taking gifts and gift bags, pack them separately, along with ...more

I'm an African American Woman, But I'm Also Muslim

To look at me you see a black woman. I’m not wearing any coverings, no hijab. My name although ethnically Arabic may or may not reflect my religious beliefs so most people do not know my religion until I tell them. I don’t pray five times a day but I do pray and during communal prayer services I am often brought to tears. Image Credit: Maks Karochkin, via Flickr...more
Ask Deedra Thank you for taking the time to read it. My mom wears full hijab and I am concerned ...more

8 Toxic Thoughts to Let Go of & What To Replace Them With

Realize that nothing in the world can provide you with peace and happiness.-Swami ParthasarathyBeing the romantic that I am, I often like to think about going back and giving my younger self some kind of advice, some little bite of wisdom that might change the past. For instance but not limited to: "that guy is going to turn out to be a total loser" or "black pleather pants will look really silly in your school picture."...more
I think we can all relate to some of these - 3 for me - and it is nice to get some insight on ...more

Be Less Miserable This Holiday With These 5 Handy Substitutions

When I was a kid, I felt no stress: Christmas was my favorite time of year. The season started with shopping for a new dress to wear to church and to holiday functions. Next came the trifecta of pageantry: the church choir concert, the elementary school choir concert and then the church holiday play, which was followed by a cookie exchange and presents for the Sunday school teacher, the choir director and anyone else who guided my soul that year....more
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10 Creative Ways to Give Back to Others This Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year, especially when you have children. It’s so much fun to celebrate the holiday through their eyes and experience the magic of Christmas as a child yourself all over again. Having said this, I also think with all our joyful celebrations, we can easily lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. ...more
This is a great list! I would also add, "Let someone who seems frazzled (or is shopping with ...more

10 Things That'll Make Your Next Flight Better

I travel often, mostly by air. I’ve taken a few cross country road trips that lasted way too long, so I prefer to get there quickly. Here are a few tips I’ve learned through my travels to make your next flight go smoother....more
stephliebold I really suggest finding the largest one you can carry. I have been stranded a few ...more