Author: Anica Oaks

How to Identify and Reduce Stressors in Your Life

Image Source: Pixabay We’ve all been there: hot, sweaty, the tight feeling in your chest, the knowledge that a mental breakdown is inevitable and the stress is overwhelming. Unfortunately, so many of us struggle to pinpoint exactly why we’re feeling this way, much less how to alleviate or avoid it entirely. A big factor in reducing stress is identifying where it’s coming from in the first place and distancing yourself from those things, so if you’re stuck in the cycle of stress, how can you escape? Be Conscious Do you know how you respond to stress? If you don’t,...

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5 Keys for Veterans to Position Themselves in the Job Market

Image Source: Pixabay If you’re leaving the military soon, or have already been discharged, you’ve probably heard that the job market is tight. Your duties in the military may not translate well to civilian business in the eyes of a hiring manager. The fact is that job searches are tough on most people, and as a veteran you’ve been off the market for a while. Here are some ways to increase your chances of being hired and make the transition back to civilian life easier. 1. Think Transferable Skills Write out a list of military training, education, and experiences...

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Headed to Paradise: How to Make Your Next Family Vacation Less Stressful

Image Source: Pexels.com   When you pictured your next vacation, you likely saw yourself relaxed and having a truly wonderful time. In your fantasy, you were miles away from work and all the stress of daily living. Then, reality set in, and you suddenly remembered your kids and spouse. Unfortunately, a family vacation can change from a dreamy getaway into a disastrous nightmare in no time. From noisy, shrieking toddlers to moody, whining teenagers, you’ll want to prepare for the worst case scenario as much as possible. Stay Organized One of the best actions you can take in planning...

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5 Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Kids for a Competitive Workplace

Image Source: Pexels.com We all want our children to achieve success in their future careers. As parents, we strive to provide them with the best educational opportunities that we can in the hopes that they’ll be ready to enter an increasingly competitive and fast-paced workplace environment. Not all strategies for preparing your child are created equally though. It’s hard enough to keep up with the latest news and information on what skills and specialties are in demand for ourselves, let alone forecast the future for our kids. To help you to get them ready and armed with the tools...

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Have a Lumpy Mattress? 5 Keys to Selecting a Dreamy Replacement

Image Source: Pexels Depending on the type of mattress one owns, it may need to be replaced every 6 to 12 years. On average, pillowtop mattresses last the least amount of time, and memory foam and latex mattress last the longest. It can be difficult to know when a mattress needs to be replaced, however. Of course, if one notices actual lumps in the mattress or springs, it is certainly time for a replacement. Other signs that the time is now are a gradual worsening of sleep habits, waking up feeling poorly rested or experiencing joint discomfort upon awakening....

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4 Great Gifts for Your Teenage Son’s Birthday

Image Source: Pixabay Every parent knows that the teenage years are the most challenging years to not only raise a teenager but to be one. With the onset of puberty and the increased difficulty in academic achievement as they leave middle school to graduate to high school, a teenager has to navigate through an endlessly dynamic landscape. These years also offer up the most intense changes in personality, physical appearance, and hobbies. When a birthday approaches, it can be frustrating to shop for a temperamental, secretive teenage boy. If you’re a parent who’s lucky enough to know your teenage...

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5 Exciting Family Activities You Should Enjoy Before Winter

Image Source: Pexels The leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors. There’s a noticeable chill in the air. The birds are beginning to fly south. There’s no denying that the end of summer is near, but there is still plenty of warm weather left for you and your family to enjoy a few last-minute activities in the great outdoors. Amusement Parks As far as exciting family activities go, amusement parks are usually at the top of the list. Whether you go to a local state amusement park or one that is world-renowned, amusement parks contain enough activities,...

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Minimal Mindset: How to Simplify Your Traveling Experience

Image Source: Pixabay Maybe you’ve heard of minimalism and it struck your curiosity. Perhaps you’ve lugged an oversized bag around enough times to realize you don’t need that much space. Maybe you’re just tired of messing with checked bags at the airport. Whatever your reason, we’re glad you’re here to learn a little more about how to minimize for your travels. My Story It was the end of a long flight to Germany and a happy reunion with an old friend. We waited at the carousel for my bag. It was one of those large rectangle boxes with the...

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Newlyweds: 5 Ways to Position Your Family Finances for Success

Image Source: Pexels “Money is either the best or the worst area of communication in our marriages.” So said Larry Burkett, world-renowned finance expert, national best-selling author and radio personality. Starting a life together as newlyweds is an exciting journey, and communicating well and making good choices at the beginning set your family up for a lifetime of financial success. Below are some ways to get started. 1. Educate Yourself TOGETHER about Personal Finance As individuals, you each bring your own experiences about money into your marriage. How your parents’ handled (or didn’t handle) money, how much money you...

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Restored Four-Wheeler: 5 Tips to Restore Your Truck to Glory

Image Source: Pixabay Restoring an old truck can be a fun project for anyone who enjoys working on automobiles. No matter what you’re starting with, enough hard work can give your truck a new lease on life. Here are five of the best tips for bringing your truck back to its former glory. Start by Removing Rust Regardless of the make, model, year and condition of your vehicle, rust is always the worst enemy in a restoration project. The best way to address the problem is to cut out all of the rust on your truck’s body at the...

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