2014 Holiday Gift Guide

pbtWe want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Since the holidays are just around the corner, to help prepare you to find the perfect gift for those on your list, we’ve assembled our annual Holiday Gift Guide. A special thank you to those of who sent in your holiday gift ideas and suggestions for this season.

If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual holiday gift guide features a wide variety of gift ideas in the categories below:

 

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Helping a Loved One Heal After Heart Surgery

shutterstock_90369310When someone close to you has any type of surgery, your automatic reaction is to help them in some way. You may send flowers, balloons, cards or other gifts, which are sure-fire ways to cheer up anyone that’s been sick, but sometimes you want to do something more. There is a lot to do when a heart patient comes home from the hospital, so if you want to help with the recovery process, here are some ideas.

Medical ID Bracelets

After surgery, the patient will need to have some kind of medical ID in case of an emergency. Dog tags or a medical card in their wallet will accomplish that, but sometimes they feel bulky or like they are in the way. To avoid this complaint, MedicAlert has come up with a cute bracelet that is perfect for a patient recovering from surgery. Their product catalog includes bracelets for men or women made of sterling silver, 14 carat gold or crystal. There are multiple styles including beaded, chains, charms, leather and pendant, so you are sure to find one that will fit the patient’s style.

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Dating after Divorce: Tips for Parents

t_dauberBy Toby G. Dauber

There are few family events more difficult or disruptive for children than divorce. Children are invariably confused and frightened by the threat to their security, parents try to do everything they can to provide stability and reassure the children that they both will continue to love them and provide for their well-being. But then, some months later, just as children are getting used to the changes in their lives, a new development often threatens their still-precarious sense of balance: Mom or Dad starts dating.

“There are several reasons that a parent’s dating may exacerbate a child’s anxiety,” explains parenting specialist, Toby Dauber of Morris Psychological Group. “After the divorce, children may have come to feel even closer to a parent than they were before.  They may see dating as a betrayal of that bond or they may fear that a new person will replace them in the parent’s affection.  Also, many children, even if they don’t express it, continue to nurture the hope that their parents will get back together and dating may be the blow that destroys that fragile, but sustaining dream.”

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Surviving the In-Laws at Thanksgiving

About-Diane-Gottsman-Etiquette-ExpertThanksgiving is approaching, which means family will be coming to visit. While you may be on fabulous terms with your in-laws, finding it difficult to spend extended periods of time together is not uncommon. So, how do you make it through a visit from your in-laws?

Diane Gottsman is a national modern manners and etiquette expert, sought out industry leader, accomplished speaker, author and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas.

Some of Diane’s tips to help you make the most of your time with your in-laws:

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Coffee’s Positive Effects on Our Health

shutterstock_129132683-1While many of us cannot imagine Monday morning — or any other morning for that matter — without a steaming hot cup of coffee by our side, coffee can do much more than get us going and boost our energy. While coffee has traditionally been thought of as a stimulant that can make us nervous and jittery if we overindulge, it turns out regular coffee consumption is linked to some impressive health and fitness benefits. Consider the following:

Coffee and the heart

Studies have been unable to find a direct link between drinking coffee and an increased chance of developing heart disease, the Mayo Clinic reports. In fact, most research has found that consuming coffee on a regular basis leads to a reduced chance of early mortality, as well as a possible decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, notes Heart MD Institute, a meta-analysis by researchers in China looked at over 20 studies that involved more than 400,000 subjects. After examining the data, they concluded that drinking coffee does not increase a person’s chances of developing arterial disease. Conversely, women who consume about two cups a day have a decreased risk.

Coffee and type 2 diabetes

Interestingly, coffee also seems to help prevent type 2 diabetes. People who regularly drink coffee have a lowered risk of developing the health condition, As WebMD notes. After looking at nine studies on coffee’s effect on type 2 diabetes, researchers concluded people who drink six or seven cups a day are 35 percent less likely to get the disease. Granted, this is a large amount of coffee, even for the most devoted java lover. Fortunately, the studies also found that drinking four cups a day leads to a 28 percent lower risk. Generally speaking, the researchers felt the naturally-occurring minerals in coffee like chromium and magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels.

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Easy-to-Use, Non-Invasive Solution to Help Minimize Wrinkles

image001JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow prevents the one thing creams, Botox or even plastic surgery can’t fix: sleep wrinkles. Of course, sleep patterns are habitual and can be difficult to change. By providing true support to the head and neck in both back and side sleeping positions, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow provides comfortable sleep while minimizing facial contact and are left where they belong – on your skin. The way that the pillow is positioned also diminishes puffiness, and under-eye bags.

Invented by a leading plastic surgeon, Goesel Anson, MD, FACS, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, a product of JuveRest LLC, is the new definition of beauty sleep. Its multi-patented design helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles caused by recurring facial compression from pillow contact during sleep. The pillow was also engineered to provide true support of the head and neck in back and side sleeping positions, providing for comfortable sleep while minimizing facial contact.

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Top 6 Natural Strategies to Keep Skin Healthy

By Holly BellebuonoWomen Healers of the World Cover 9781629145891By Holly Bellebuono

Adapted from “Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine”

Chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes can be itchy, annoying, and even debilitating, but there are natural ways to address these issues successfully, without resorting to steroid creams or prescription medications. Be aware of the foods you eat and incorporate these herbs into your daily routine for healthy, itch-free skin.

Here are top recommendations for maintaining healthy skin anywhere on the body.

Support the liver. An unhealthy liver may contribute to chronic skin diseases. Normally the liver metabolizes wastes such as spent hormones, toxins, and old cells, and sends these wastes through the digestive system. But if the digestion and/or the liver are compromised, these wastes are not metabolized properly, causing allergy and disease. Care for the liver using dandelion root drinks or tincture, and milk thistle seed tincture. Known affectionately as “hepatics,” these herbs have long been used to support a healthy liver (hepar is the Latin word for liver).

Stay hydrated with herbal teas. Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is great for helping the body flush toxins–and it’s even better when the water is infused with healthful, nutrient-rich herbs. Some herbs, such as stinging nettle and oatstraw, provide calcium and other minerals that help the skin stay healthy; find them at your local health food store or grow nettles in a rich, shady area of the yard or garden. Be sure to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or tea daily.

Use soothing herbs topically. My inspiration for the Sage Wound Ointment in the book Women Healers of the World comes from Native Nations women, including Cherokee naturopathic physician Jody Noe, who infuses fresh sage leaves in oil for skin relief. Other herbs to use include red cedar, thyme, comfrey, and yarrow. Chop 1 cup of fresh leaves into 1 cup of olive oil and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain, reserving the oil, and add ¼ cup chopped beeswax. Pour into a jar and allow to cool; smear this ointment on chronic skin patches and areas that have become infected.

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6 Steps to Take if Your Child “Hates School”

RespectYourChildren-FrontCoverBy Jay Fitter MFT

Is it normal for a child to come home from school miserable? Or to act deeply unhappy in the morning and drag their feet to the point of almost missing the bus? Or how about a kid who suddenly develops stomachaches in the middle of the school day, and this happens repeatedly?

Some parents would say yes, it’s normal, and simply attribute this behavior to kids’ desire to play, sleep in, socialize, and run free. However, it’s important for parents to respect the fact that the child is trying to communicate something important, albeit in an indirect way.

Perhaps you have a gifted child who is bored at school, or a child who had a scary incident on the bus. Rather than making an assumption or writing it off as normal kid behavior, here are some tips that will help you uncover what’s really going on.

Listen well; don’t dismiss; pay attention.

In general, if a child says I don’t like school, listen to them. They probably have a very legitimate reason for their perspective. This may not seem like a big deal from the parents’ point of view. But the child’s feelings could be the result of a threats from a bully, rejection from a boy or girl, or schoolwork that is either boring or overwhelming. There’s also the possibility that they believe their teacher doesn’t like them.

Remember your own youth.

Try to remember that some of the time, kids won’t tell their parents the real reason, so they make up other excuses. You probably did this yourself. Part of the reason behind this is that children believe parents won’t empathize with them, that they’ll just say to toughen up, or offer another simple solution. Parents need to realize that there was a time when they were kids and may have felt the same way. So, resist making judgments.

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Tai Chi Preserves Strength, Helps Heal the Body

Tai Chi ExerciseTai chi is among several kinds of Chinese martial arts that have gained popularity in the U.S. Its origins are unclear, but its health benefits are well-documented and not just for mixed martial arts enthusiasts. Modern use of tai chi is known to help maintain or improve overall fitness and flexibility. And as most physicians recommend, movement is key to overcoming a variety of ailments, both physical and emotional.

Reporting on findings from the National Health Interview Survey, Medical Daily says about 250 million people worldwide regularly practice tai chi. In China, it’s common to see groups of tai chi adherents practice in parks during the early morning hours. In the West, it’s often recommended as a physical therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine for patients with Parkinson’s or cardiovascular disease.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Pink Beauty Products Giving Back

Pink and oh-so-pretty!  Here’s a roundup on a few beauty products that are giving back for Breast Cancer Awareness Month next month!

  • jane iredale celebrates seven years of partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer® with the launch of Smell the Roses Hydration SprayOne hundred percent of profits from the sale of Smell the Roses Hydration Spray will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer® in support of women affected by breast cancer. This moisturizing facial spritz features organic Rose Damascena Flower Water which is an excellent skin tonic and cleanses the skin, calms inflammation and reduces redness without disturbing its natural protective shield. The refreshing and uplifting rose fragrance de-stresses and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing. Smell the Roses is recommended for any skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin, but may also be used as a moisturizer for oily skin or to wet makeup brushes to create precise lines. ($29 at janeiredale.com)
  • Supersmile will donate 20% of their NEW Crystal Collection Toothbrush in Pink Diamond sales during the month of October to the SHARE Breast Cancer Charity. The new Crystal Collection Toothbrush features a slim, lengthened Lucite handle, ergonomically shaped with a series of indentations to guide hand-positioning to the ADA-recommended 45˚ brushing angle, as well as 5 tufted rows of soft, rounded nylon bristles.  These elements of unique and improved design yield the softest, most thorough brushing experience yet. ($15 at supersmile.com)
  • FragranceNet.com will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation each time one of the products below are purchased (individual hi-res images available): Vera Wang Truly Pink, Lacoste Love of Pink, Gap So Pink and Lacoste Joy of Pink (Pricing varies, FragranceNet.com)
  • G.M. Collin skincare donates $2 of each sold product of Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules to Pink Ribbons Inc. The Daily Ceramide Comfort system is a replenishing and nourishing skin care supplement in practical single dose capsules that protects the skin against environmental elements and reduces the skin stress and irritation while improving hydration. ($95 at GMCollin.com)
  • DECLÉOR will be launching DECLÉOR Sensorial Travel Collections during October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For the 8th consecutive year, DECLÉOR will donate (10%) of net proceeds of the Sensorial Travel Collections sold during the month of October to Cancer and Careers, a program of CEW Foundation.  Each exclusive skincare program includes five full and travel-sized DECLÉOR products, housed in a large zippered travel pouch, that provide unique benefits targeted to a specific skin-type. The Sensorial Travel to the Orient Collection features products that hydrate the skin, while the Sensorial Travel to the Mediterranean Collection is specifically designed for anti-aging benefits. Each set features an AROMESSENCE™ Serum, made from 100% pure and natural essential oils sourced from around the world, and 4 additional corresponding products that together offer a skincare program to treat, protect and repair the skin, while addressing the skincare concern from within. ($69 at DecleorUSA.com)
  • suki® ultra-protect™ body balm: 100% of proceeds from October sales of this product will benefit Breast Cancer Action (www.bcaction.org), an organization whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer. This healing, therapeutic multipurpose balm is an essential hydrator after daily exfoliation, and provides all-day moisture, relief & suppleness for everywhere you need it:  dry stretch marks, sore, chafed, cracked & damaged skin, eczema patches, even mom’s bellies & baby bottoms! This balm works precisely because of its unique texture that doesn’t run off skin (it’s more dense than greasy salves), providing the moisture barrier that dry, sensitive, troubled skin needs, & long-wear support to shield you from environmental stressors. ($27.95 at sukiskincare.com)

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