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Top 10 ways to celebrate Christmas and bask in yule tide cheer

Photo credits: Paramount/Everett/Rex Features Enjoy these Christmas activities for festive fun all month long:   See a Christmas play. I recently saw The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater in Chicago and I recommend it. Last year I saw a play about Sherlock Holmes solving the mystery of a Christmas Goose. Whatever your tastes, I’m sure that there is a holiday themed play that you’ll enjoy.   Walk around and soak up the Christmas splendor. Also, every Chicagoan should check out Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s free and a holiday tradition for me and my family.   Call-in sick…
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Smartphone fever: Should I get a new smartphone and is it worth it?

For the past couple months, I, like many of you, found the sultry iPhone 6 commercials very alluring. While my iPhone 4s is still in very good shape and serves me well, I immediately tried to calculate how many months I had until I could upgrade. Or, if I can’t upgrade, perhaps I can buy a slightly older model… or one with more hard drive space? It was then I realized that I had been duped by smartphone fever. Smartphone fever is an acute illness brought on by unchecked consumerism. I’m sure many people may have felt this fever during…
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Watching YouTube can give you the health benefits of laughter as therapy

This week, I found myself using periodic breaks to watch funny YouTube video compilations of vines, pets, or game show fails. This got me wondering about whether watching 15-20 minutes’ worth of YouTube videos was useful, or simply a waste of time (because we all know that you can’t just stop at one video!). I decided to do some digging and I’ve come to the conclusion that watching funny, or even just aww inspiring YouTube videos may be a great, and free form of Laughter Therapy! It has been known for decades now that laughter has a profound positive effect…
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Stress levels could be harming your body without you knowing

Image Credit: Dawn Willow Iceberg stress can be affecting your mental, psychological, and physical health without you even realizing you're stressed! Find out how to de-stress. People are spending more time than ever before at work, and it seems like social media is being used to replace a nonexistent social life. David Lewis, , is a psychologist whose research points towards the dangerous effects of stress below the surface that we aren't even aware of: he calls it iceberg stress. This type of stress lurks below the surface of our consciousness and affects our health, even though we may only…
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How to read free online ebooks and audiobooks on any device from your Public Library and the kindle book app

I know tons of people with tablets and eReaders who still haven’t figured out this amazing secret, so I thought I would share how you can get the latest, free novels and audiobooks for free – compliments of your local Public Library and a free book app. This is entirely legit and free, so don’t worry. While visits to the library are steadily decreasing these days due to the ebook craze, the majority of libraries have caught onto this trend. Just about any library near you actually has a virtual library that allows you to check out ebooks or audiobooks…
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Meet My New and Updated Blog!!

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been a while. This is just a quick post to say that my blog has been newly updated and will be back in full action by next week! Please check out the site and subscribe via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS. It took a lot of battling with computers and code and servers, but my site is finally back up and on track. Take a look and tell me what you think. Websites are always a work in progress. :) Te Te for now, Ta Ta for then!
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What to write about when you don’t know what to write about

(Image Credit: The Brass Glass) If you are reading this post, I assume that you have just drifted away from your empty word document in search of a magic wizard that will give you an epiphany on what you should write about. In today’s times, that magic wizard is probably Google. Fortunately I have about three things you can write about when you are stumped, have no idea what you should be writing about. Whether you are writing a blog post, an essay for class, or your dissertation, these tips are simple and easy to use. How do you think…
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