Thursday, August 31, 2017

Get Ready for Royal Fun with Princess Peppa!

 Brand-New Peppa Pig DVD, “Princess Peppa,”
Arrives October 10, 2017 with Limited Edition Plush!

Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa, debuting October 10, is packed with 12 magical “peppasodes” from the top-rated Peppa Pig TV series seen daily on Nick Jr.!

In the new DVD, preschoolers join Peppa and her little brother George as their bedtime story turns them into “Princess Peppa” and “Sir George the Brave”! Together, they meet a wizard, encounter a scary dragon and celebrate a huge party! The fun continues with a visit from the tooth fairy, a trip to a castle and a special drive to find a rainbow’s end!

Each Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa DVD also comes with an “oinktastic” surprise – a limited edition princess Peppa plush, for even more imagination-inspiring play!

Street Date:                October 10, 2017
MPAA Rating:             NR (Not Rated)
Genre:                         Family
Screen Format:           Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:                         English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:                     English SDH, Spanish
Run Time:                   63 mins   
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Five Ways to Plan an Inexpensive Christmas

The holidays are right around the corner, and it is high time to think about how to budget your spending. Otherwise, it can quickly and easily get out of control. 

There is nothing fun about spending January and February paying off holiday bills. If you're ready to have a fun and inexpensive holiday season, keep reading to learn more.

Make Ornaments, Cards and Gift Tags

If you’ve ever been to a fancy holiday store, you can see how ornaments can cost upwards of a hundred dollars per piece. It must be nice for those with the resources, but for most of us, we’re lucky to make it through the holiday without having to take out a loan. 

Certainly, this is a fun time of year for everyone, but spending wisely will make it much more enjoyable. One way to do so is by making your own ornaments. 

Plus, you can get the family involved and create lasting memories. One idea is to use Christmas rubber stamps on your cards, ornaments and gift tags.

 Here’s one option:

·         Cut card stock into the shape of a star
·         Punch a hole at the top of the star
·         String it with holiday-colored yarn
·         Press your Christmas stamp into the star
·         Use glue to add sparkle such as glitter, rhinestones and pearls
·         Hang the homemade ornament on your tree or along your mantle

Think of Where to Spend Your Holiday

The best location for holiday gatherings is at someone’s home. Perhaps this year you and your relatives can decide on a place to meet that is close enough to handle the largest number of friends and relatives. 

You don’t have to go anywhere fancy to have fun. There is plenty of fun to be had around a large table with good people. 

Another option is to have your gathering at a park. Get everyone involved in planning and execution to ensure a flawless outcome.

Save on Christmas Gifts

One of the most expensive aspects of the holidays is buying gifts. You are inundated with advertisements of a wide variety of cute gifts, and let’s face it—you want to buy them all.
But, then, reality kicks in afterwards. To save some money, it is best to start shopping early. The last-minute rush will make you tempted to buy things you can't afford. 

Another thing to avoid are all the gifts you buy for yourself. Admit it, when shopping for others, it's hard to resist picking up a few things for yourself. During this time, remind yourself that you will be receiving gifts from others. 

You can also offer a service as a gift such as washing your neighbor's car, baking your famous lasagna for someone or volunteering to babysit for a friend. The gift of your time and talents are always appreciated.

Christmas Food

During the holidays, there is so much pressure to keep up with all the parties and seasonal baking. Food plays a major role in it all. 

There isn't any question our mouths start to water at the thought of homemade apple pies and golden roasted turkeys and hams. Yet, all the food and eating out can put a serious strain on your budget.
The way around this is with a bit of planning. For starters, figure out all the food you need to make during the holiday season through New Year's Eve. 

If you haven't, start buying some of your spices now. It is also helpful to create a master list of ingredients. Then, shop grocery sales each week to buy them when they are on sale. 

In addition, the best time to use your coupons is in November and December. If inviting friends over for dinner, you might consider a potluck.

Holiday Travel

If you are traveling during the holidays, here is how to save some money. 

·         Fly on the Holiday. This is the day most people are at home. So, you can get the best fares with fewer crowds. The most expensive times to fly are before and right after the holidays.

·         Book your flight at least six weeks in advance.

·         Shop each airline individually. Third-party travel sites don't always list every available deal.

·         Save money on checked bag fees by traveling with a carry-on and shipping your gifts.

·         Drive, take the bus or train for domestic travel.

In Conclusion

During the holidays, your eyes may be larger than your wallet. Instead of going broke, stick to a budget and make a plan.


3 Ways To Soar As You Relaunch After A Divorce

When your divorce is finally final, how do you begin again? The transition can be liberating for some, daunting for others. Mixed feelings – anger, relief, sadness, joy, fear and uncertainty – are common and may take time to sort out.

Meanwhile, the clock on your new life is ticking, and regardless of your emotions, it is time for a freedom-inspired relaunch, says Jacqueline Newman, a Manhattan-based divorce lawyer and author of Soon To Be Ex: A Guide to Your Perfect Divorce & Relaunch

The divorce proceedings – all the time spent with your attorney and in court,  all the hours burned while considering highly emotional and financial factors, from the impact on your children to the division of assets – put a big part of your life on hold, not to mention a major strain on it. And now with the difficult process over, Newman says, it is important to focus on creating a brand new you.   

“The last umpteen months have been about your kids, your ex, and your divorce,” says Newman, “thus, a little ‘me’ time is in order. Here is an opportunity to be free from having to answer to anyone but yourself. So live your life to its fullest.”

Newman’s message is that divorce does not have to be the worst thing that could have happened to you. There are silver linings as you begin to take control of what you can, and she offers three tips on how to relaunch after a divorce. 

     •    Treat yourself.  Right out of the divorce gate, buy something meaningful for yourself. Lose the guilt your ex made you feel for spending on clothes or expensive shoes. Your gift could be something symbolic and therapeutic that fires a shot back at your ex. “I would absolutely recommend you buy yourself a divorce present of some kind,” Newman says. “You deserve it. One woman I represented was constantly mocked by her husband during their marriage for being flat-chested. It is easy to guess what she bought as soon as her cash payment cleared.” 

   •      Embrace singlehood. This does not mean you have to hug your first post-divorce dinner partner. It means embracing a new stage of discovery, with the different, interesting people you meet while dating becoming part of your growth.  Newman recommends online dating as a way to “relearn how to date.” Many newly divorced people feel insecure about dating, but Newman suggests learning about people outside your comfort zone. And rather than trying to focus on finding Mr. or Mrs. Right, Newman says, “Give yourself some time to look around and meet different types of people. You may learn something that can broaden your perspective on life. If you can start seeing relationships not as the goal but as opportunities for growth, then you can start being more accepting with the outcome of each relationship.”

   •      Expand your freedom.  Use your new windows of time to catch up with friends you have not seen. Newman recommends Facebook as an easy way to reconnect. On weekends when the ex has the kids, strengthen your friendship circle and broaden it. Explore and re-discover yourself. Pursue new hobbies or renew ones you did not have as much time for in marriage. Advance your career. “Your post-divorce life is offering you a chance to go after the promotion you have been dreaming about,” Newman says.
By doing the things you long wanted to do, you can find the new you.  

“You are free to be who you are without judgment from a spouse,” Newman says, “and to do whatever you want. Learn to love yourself.”

About Jacqueline Newman
Jacqueline Newman, author of Soon To Be Ex: A Guide to Your Perfect Divorce & Relaunch, is the managing partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP, a New York divorce law firm. Ms. Newman has been an expert commentator on various television and radio shows, and she has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, USA Today,, Yahoo Parenting, Woman’s Day,, The New York Post, and The Huffington Post.


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Getting Your Teen Through High School and Beyond is a guide for parents that educates them about most of the possible challenges their teen will face in high school (and college). This book offers parents structure and scripts for situations such as: car use, setting a curfew, love and sex, participation in sports, coming of age rituals, computer and cell phone use, sibling rivalry, how to fit in if you don’t use drugs and alcohol, and what to do when your young adult abuses alcohol or other substances, and may also have a mental health issue. A variety of contracts based on family values are provided so teens will know the expectations and the consequences for choosing not to follow the guidelines.  
  1. Your teen does NOT know how to get himself/herself through middle school, high school or college.
  2. Teens have no way to predict what’s around the corner.
  3. Drugs/alcohol will hurt the development of your child’s brain.
  4. Serious mental disorders can be triggered by the use of drugs/alcohol during the teenage years, even the use of marijuana. 
  5. The word “NO” does NOT mean “maybe”.

About the Author: Dr. Ann Schiebert has spent twenty-five years working with teens, young adults andfamilies in the areas of chemical dependency, codependency, dual diagnosis and trauma. She is the creator of Preemptive Parenting, and the author of the Let’s Make a Contract Series. The first two books. in the series are Let’s Make a Contract: Getting Your Teen Through High School and Beyond and Let’s Make a Contract: Getting Your Teen Through Substance Abuse. A Doctor of Clinical Psychology, she
works at a clinic in a major HMO in Walnut Creek, CA, and in its emergency department and hospital as
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