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Making 2019’s Resolutions Last

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on Making 2019’s Resolutions Last | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

In One Year and Out the Other—Making 2019’s Resolutions Last

New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to motivate yourself and make positive life changes. However, sticking to resolutions like new diets or spending habits can take some serious dedication. Here are a few tips to help your resolutions last all the way until 2020:

  • Start resolutions early. When setting a resolution for 2019—such as losing a certain amount of weight or saving a specific amount of money—don’t wait until it’s too late to get started. Instead, focus on what you can do now and on a regular basis.
  • Make your resolutions as specific as you can. While a simple resolution like exercising more may seem like a good idea, it’s easier to follow through if you have clear goals. Make a schedule for when, where and how you’ll accomplish a specific resolution.
  • Go one step at a time. Resolutions should last for the entire year, not just for a week or a month. Don’t try to overexert yourself early in the year by doing too much too quickly—instead be sure to stay consistent and take your resolutions one step at a time.
  • Find a friend or family member to work on your resolution with. Completing your goals with a partner can help you stick to your schedule. Plus, a little friendly competition can help you stay motivated!
  • Know when to take a break. Although it’s important to work on your goals regularly, remember to pace yourself and take a break every now and then. That way, you’ll be able to come back to your resolutions with a relaxed and refreshed mindset.

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Eat Well, Live Well: Recipe Book

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on Eat Well, Live Well: Recipe Book | Posted in Live Well, Work Well
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Beware: New Year = New Fad Diets

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on Beware: New Year = New Fad Diets | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

Jan. 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Americans, a “new year, new me” mentality. In fact, according to Business Insider, getting in shape is consistently the most popular New Year’s resolution in the United States. While making lifestyle changes, as approved by a doctor, is not a bad thing, turning to a fad diet to achieve a resolution of getting in shape is not ideal or healthy.

What’s a fad diet?

Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it:

  • Claims to help you lose more than 1-2 pounds per week
  • Promises that you’ll lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program
  • Bases its claims only on “before and after” photos
  • Limits your food choices and encourages you to only eat a specific set or type of food

What are the dangers of fad diets?

Fad diets can lead to things like gout, poor athleticism, heart disease and—ironically—poor, long-term weight-loss control. If you’re looking to get in shape or lose weight this year, make lifestyle changes that encourage portion control, exercise more, avoid empty calories and eat a well-balanced diet. Keep in mind that forming healthy dieting practices now will keep you on track with your long-term weight-loss goal.

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2019 Live Well Planner

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 Live Well Planner | Posted in Family Health & Safety

These days, you may feel overwhelmed with all the health information available to you. However, there are really only a few basic tips to keep in mind for your optimal health. According to experts, leading a healthy lifestyle can help you achieve total wellness and keep costly, chronic conditions at bay.

Living a healthy lifestyle, though, is easier said than done. That’s where the Live Well Planner comes in. The Live Well Planner provides you with the tools you need to feel and live healthier than ever before. Each month features exercise, diet and overall wellness articles, while each week provides you with plenty of space to plan your meals, log your workouts, plan your daily activities and appointments—or all of the above!

Each week also offers a “Tip of the Week” designed to help you stay on track and includes a section where you can write down your goals for each week. As an added bonus, the last page of every month will feature two healthy, easy and delicious recipes for you to try. The nutritional information for these recipes are also included. Staying organized, planning your days, workouts or meals, and having access to wellness information and healthy recipes is a great way to get yourself on track to achieve your wellness goals.

However, please remember that you should speak with a medical professional before you begin a diet and fitness regimen. You and your doctor together can decide the best diet and fitness plan, plan reasonable goals and establish a safe, tenable timeline for you to achieve your wellness goals.

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Top 100 Viral Videos of 2018

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on Top 100 Viral Videos of 2018 | Posted in U-Tube

2018: Year in Review

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on 2018: Year in Review | Posted in U-Tube

By ANNE MOST December 21, 2018

2018 was a year marked by political tension in a number of parts of the world and threats to freedom of the press—but was also a year in which people made powerful stands for equality and united in response to natural disasters.

The political divides of 2017 continued as the second year of the Trump Administration was met with ongoing strains between the left and right. In the United Kingdom, Brexit continued to move forward, but not without confusion, political infighting and a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May’s ability to lead.

controversial Supreme Court seat was filled, but what many will remember the words of lasting impact by Christine Blasey Ford.

The nation mourned together following the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. But many young activists took a stand against the NRA and thousands marched on Washington for gun control legislation.

The border wall remained a debate, while some asylum seekers were met with tear gas, and many were separated from their families.

People voted in record numbers in the 2018 midterm elections, and women and minorities made history after winning congressional and gubernatorial elections.

France won the World Cup, the Eagles won the Super Bowl and records were broken at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Watch the video above for a look at the biggest moments of 2018.

Source: time.com

30+ Things To Do This January

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on 30+ Things To Do This January | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The new year kicks off with a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including Winter Restaurant Week, action-packed sporting events, new museum exhibits and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation’s capital and plan your visit today.

Free Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts – Jan. 6
One of DC’s premier art museums opens its doors for free every first Sunday of the month. Visitors are granted access to NMWA’s extensive collection of seminal work by female artists, which includes pieces by Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherman, Judy Chicago and many more. Current exhibitions that can be explored without spending a dime include Rodarte and Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words. The museum will also host a fascinating tour entitled “Fierce Women” from 1-2 p.m.
12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Jan. 8
The defending Stanley Cup champions will continue their quest for back-to-back titles with an early January matchup against the rival Philadelphia Flyers. Alex Ovechkin, on a searing goal-scoring pace again this year, will look to light the lamp along with fellow star forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. Goalie Braden Holtby will look to stop Claude Giroux and a potent Flyers offense. Make sure to rock the red to this one.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Iliza: Elder Millennial – Jan. 10
This stand-up comedy star has already sold out Friday night’s show, so grab tickets to this Thursday performance as soon as you can. Iliza rose to fame by being the only female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She had great success with the Truth & Iliza podcast, which gave way to a late-night show on Freeform. Now, Iliza has an acclaimed Netflix special and headlines comedy festivals. Don’t miss her unique brand of hilarity at Warner Theatre.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Jay Pharoah – Jan. 11
You know Jay Pharoah. He spent six years on Saturday Night Live and did absolutely unforgettable impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z and Kanye West. He’s also done head-turning voice work on Bojack Horseman and Family Guy. The riveting stand-up performer will bring his immense talents to a special sit-down show at 9:30 Club, the legendary DC venue.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Winter Restaurant Week – Jan. 14-20
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) curates two Restaurant Week promotions per year, and you’re in luck: one is right around the corner. Dozens of DC restaurants will participate, offering up multiple-course and prix fixe meals ($22 for lunch and brunch, $35 for dinner). Sign up for RAMW’s Restaurant Week mailing list to stay in-the-know on participants, deals, booking a table and chances to win special diner rewards.

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons – Jan. 15
The Wizards’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game is a holiday tradition, presenting a great opportunity to enjoy some matinee basketball inside Capital One Arena. John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz will take on stars Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Each team is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, making for an exciting afternoon matchup.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

38th Annual MLK Parade – Jan. 21
DC honors the late, great Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual parade that brings the entire community together on the holiday that celebrates the Civil Rights leader. Community activists, performers and civic leaders will all be on-hand for this event that aims to prolong Dr. King’s legacy and everlasting message of peace. The parade concludes with a community fair at the Gateway Pavilion.
11 a.m. | Free admission
Parade begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE & Good Hope Road SE, concludes at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE

‘New Nature’ by Marpi – Through Jan. 13
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibition that will have you viewing nature in an entirely different light. New Nature features digital and nature-like creatures and plants that respond to your gestures and actions, as well as insects, landscapes and planets. The responsive technology combines with music to create a full-on sensory experience. This is the first large-scale solo exhibition for the artist Marpi.
Bookings available from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘The Wiedmann Bible’ – Through April 28
The Wiedmann Bible is the longest illustrated Bible in the world, featuring 3,333 images. German artist Willy Wiedmann wanted to provide a visual narrative of the Bible, using the distinctive style of Polycon to communicate the book’s many stories. You will see the influence of other styles in Wiedmann’s work as well, including Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
Museum of the Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Celebrating New American Gardens’ – Jan. 31 – Oct. 15
The U.S. Botanic Garden, the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the country, celebrates new American gardens in this fascinating exhibit. Experience the latest and greatest in public gardens, which showcase plant collections, provide beautiful public spaces and highlight the changing of the seasons. Gardens created and renovated in the last five years are the focus, which means you will see only the height of creativity and innovation.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘It’s Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family’ – Jan. 31 – Nov. 23
The mint family of plants is larger than you think. While Mentha (peppermint and spearmint) and Salvia (sage) get a majority of the attention, rosemary and coleus are also prevalent members of the species. In total, more than 230 genera and 7,000 species make up the mint family, which means you have a whole lot of plant-learning to do at this new U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit that opens at the end of the month.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘Judy Garland: A Star is Born’ – Jan. 8-26
One of the biggest Hollywood stars in history receives a musical tribute at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Judy Garland was a queen of the Golden Age in Hollywood, known for her beautiful voice and unforgettable roles in The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Signature Theatre favorites will sing some of her most famous songs, including “Get Happy” and “Over the Rainbow,” during this two-and-half-week engagement.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

WIT Road Show – Jan. 10-27
The Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) for three weeks of special programming. WIT will perform company ensembles filled with improvised brilliance in the form of comedy and stirring musical numbers. The company will also debut a new production entitled, “Fourth Estate,” a comedy that centers on the much-maligned media.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

‘Cartography’ – Jan. 11-13
The subject of migration is artistically rendered through dance, film, map-making and sound sensor technology in this groundbreaking production from author and illustrator Christopher Myers, director Kaneza Schaal and New York-based company Arktype. Cartography will take you from rafts on the Mediterranean to cargo trucks to border checkpoints, revealing the trials and tribulations of youth migrants that face uncertain futures while constantly in motion.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: ‘Taking Up Serpents’ – Jan. 11 & 13
As part of the American Opera Initiative Festival, the Kennedy Center presents this new hour-long opera born from a collaboration between composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye. Taking Up Serpents details the story of Kayla, who’s been estranged from her preacher father and bitten by one of his snakes. Kayla’s subsequent journey causes her to reflect on her upbringing, her faith, her family and her destiny. Soaring compositions weave the 25-year-old’s epic tale.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas – Jan. 12
This additional offering of the American Opera Initiative Festival features three world premiere, 20-minute operas staged in a concert performance with a small chamber orchestra. You will be able to glimpse the future of opera through these short but endearing compositions from rising stars. A Q&A with the artists and creative teams of each piece will follow the performances.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: ‘Cinderella’ – Jan. 15-20
After a sterling adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017, Matthew Bourne returns to the Kennedy Center with an inventive take on a classic fairy tale. Bourne’s Cinderella is set in London during World War II, where Cinderella falls in love with a handsome RAF pilot before the two are separated by the Blitz. You’ll have to see the show to find out how the rest unfolds, but you’re sure to see jaw-dropping production design and video projections in this vivid telling of an essential story.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘School of Rock’ – Jan. 16-27
Based on director Richard Linklater’s classic 2003 film starring Jack Black, this acclaimed musical production will capture the imagination of the entire family at the National Theatre this January. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn’s hilarious foray into substitute teaching at a prestigious school sees him turn his class into an earth-shattering rock band. The play will feature every song from the movie, 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s very first kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
The National Theatre, 1621 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

‘Admissions’ – Jan. 16 – Feb. 17
From the same writer of the best-selling play in Studio Theatre history comes this compelling tale that satirizes white privilege in America. Bill and Sherri are headmaster and dean at Hillcrest, a New Hampshire boarding school they’ve spent 15 years working to diversify. However, morals are put to the test when their son, Charlie, is denied entry to an Ivy League school. Charlie’s drastic response puts Sherri in the unenviable position of publicly breaking down an oppressive system while privately working to secure its privileges. This thought-provoking production promises to be a highlight of the season.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

‘Kleptocracy’ – Jan. 18 – Feb. 24
The seeds of troubling current events are planted in this world premiere drama at Arena Stage. A collapsed Soviet Union is ruled by the Oligarchs, hyper capitalists who want to ruthlessly reform Russian markets and open them to the world. The group’s leader is confronted by a young Vladimir Putin, who has his own plans for securing unquestionable power. Find out how modern Russia came to be in this of-the-moment production.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ – Jan. 23 – March 10
The Fats Waller Musical Show is going to bring a whole lot of boogie-woogie to Arlington’s Signature Theatre. You’ll be transported into the Harlem of yesteryear for an energetic, feet-moving celebration of big band music through the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller. The Tony Award-winning musical production will feature songs like “Honeysuckle Rose” and “The Joint is Jumpin’”. Performers will include Signature regulars such as Nova Y. Payton and Iyona Blake.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

American Ballet Theatre: ‘Harlequinade’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 3
Marius Pepita’s 19th-century ballet, filled with rollicking comedy, is retold by American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky. Co-produced with Australian Ballet and featuring music from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the production offers two acts, as Harlequin battles for his love, Columbine. Expect world-class dancing, fun costumes, colorful sets and plenty of slapstick laughs.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘Nell Gwynn’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 10
Nell Gwynn emerges from the streets of Drury Lane into the king’s court. The quiet orange seller steps onto the stage of the Restoration theater and dazzles none other than Charles II. Nell is then brought to court as one of Charles’ favorite mistresses, leading to a dazzling and funny tale of a woman discovering how amazing she truly is. The play was adored in London last season and the Folger Theatre is the perfect setting for its Shakespearean zaniness.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Diplo – Jan. 17
One of the most dynamic forces in modern music, Diplo is an international superstar who has worked with the likes of M.I.A., Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Santigold and many, many more. He’s the founder of the famous Mad Decent block parties, has multiple Grammy nominations, garners millions of streams per year and starts a dance party as well as anyone on the face of the planet. Echostage is the ideal venue for Diplo’s talents.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Bobby Sanabria MultiVerse Big Band: ‘West Side Story Reimagined’ – Jan. 18
The illustrious score of West Side Story, one of the most successful plays and films of all-time, is beautifully reimagined by percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his acclaimed MultiVerse Big Band. The jazzy, adventurous and touching music of Leonard Bernstein’s tale is brilliantly interpreted through Sanabria’s vibrant take on Latin jazz.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

National Symphony Orchestra: Renée Fleming sings Schubert – Jan. 18 & 20
Renée Fleming is one of the world’s most celebrated sopranos and she’ll return to the renowned Kennedy Center to pay tribute to Franz Schubert and some of his most esteemed compositions. Among the highlights: orchestrations of Schubert classics, music from Rosamunde and Berio’s Rendering, a piece based on Schubert’s uncompleted 10th Symphony.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Panic! at the Disco – Jan. 20
Panic! at the Disco is led by singer/songwriter Brendon Urie, who formed the band with childhood friends in Las Vegas in 2004. Urie is now the only official member of the band, which has been churning out hits since it rose to fame in 2005. This year’s Pray for the Wicked is one of the project’s most successful releases yet, featuring the smash hit, “High Hopes”. Capital One Arena should be packed for this one.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

A$AP Rocky – Jan. 20
A$AP Rocky is one of the best rap artists of the decade, a performer who has garnered critical adulation while maintaining a loyal fan base. Whether it’s releasing his own albums, like this year’s acclaimed Testing, or guesting on another artist’s track, A$AP Rocky always leaves an impression. He’ll bring his lively stage show to the state-of-the-art The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

NSO Pops: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (film with live orchestra) – Jan. 22-24
John Williams’ epic and treasured score will be performed live as the second installment of George Lucas’ initial Star Wars trilogy is screened at the Kennedy Center. Return of the Jedi is considered by many Star Wars fans to be one of the best of the series, and the experience of watching the movie while its powerful score is performed in front of you makes for an incredible evening.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy – Jan. 25-26
Fresh off an acclaimed turn as Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, Brandy will unite R&B and symphony music in enthralling fashion at the Kennedy Center. The performances will mark the first time that the singer has collaborated with a live orchestra. The Grammy Award winner will sing numerous hits from her illustrious career.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music for Young Audiences: Banda Magda – Jan. 26-27
The whole family can take a trip around the globe with Banda Magda, an award-winning group that combines jazz improvisation and South American rhythms. Songs will be sung in six different languages as the band zooms through a set list that will include selections from their new album, Tigre. Audience participation is also on the docket, so get ready to groove.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Neko Case – Jan. 27
Indie rock singer-songwriter Neko Case released one of her most acclaimed albums this year, Hell-On, and now brings her irresistible voice and songs to the stage of the Lincoln Theatre. Case’s solo career now stretches more than 20 years, and she is one of the founding members of The New Pornographers, one of the most critically adored rock groups of the same time period. Saturday night’s show sold out, so grab tickets to this Sunday night performance as soon as possible.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Teach Your Kid The Value Of Money

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on Teach Your Kid The Value Of Money | Posted in Lifestyle

Raising a financially literate child doesn’t have to be difficult.

In a world of credit cards, online banking, tax codes, investments and retirement plans, keeping up with money can be tough for adults, and even more so for kids.

So, for the many parents who want to teach their kid economic ideas and prepare them for their financial futures, where the heck is the starting point?

We asked financial experts to break down the best ways to actually teach kids the value of money. Here’s their advice:

Make sure money isn’t “invisible” to your kids.

Chris Whitlow, CEO of financial wellness benefits provider Edukate, described money as “an emotional issue” and “very much a contact sport.”

“It’s like if you were to read academically about football and then go out and try to play football,” Whitlow told HuffPost. “The act of reading about and playing it are two different things.”

That’s why it’s important for families to speak openly about finances when possible ? like their budget, for example ? to encourage questions from their kids and to set them up to be better prepared in their financial future. This means taking a minute after swiping your debit or credit card to explain that the little thing in your wallet is not the source of limitless money.

Whitlow also noted that money conversations with kids are opportune times to discuss the difference between “what you need to have to function in life and what you want to have in life.”

Consider letting your children have some money to work with.

One way to teach kids about money is to simply let them have it, and cash is a great start.

“Cash is a tangible object,” said Gwen Tulin, founder and artistic director of Brain Arts Productions, a group that runs birthday parties, camps and other events that incorporate financial literacy with the arts. “You see it’s there and then it’s not.”

She suggested that caretakers take a few minutes to grab cash from an ATM and pick one store in which they’ll regularly use that money in front of their kids.

“It helps make the idea crystallize in somebody’s mind,” Tulin said. “Then, you can move on to more abstract concepts, but cash is a foundation.”

If you’re uncomfortable letting your kids have actual money, get creative. Whitlow told HuffPost his family made bills featuring one of his kids’ faces that she was able to earn for various tasks.

“It allowed her to do the things we asked at home ? some of them were emotional, like how she interacted with her siblings,” Whitlow said. “But those bucks had a very tangible utility to them.”

“We’ve made money into a foreign language. 401(k) and 529, those are tax code language, and why would we expect the average person to understand the tax code language?”- TANYA VAN COURT, CEO AND FOUNDER OF GOALSETTER

There are also options for parents who are OK with letting their kid manage finances on a spending card. The app BusyKid allows parents to manage their children’s chores, pay them, and put that money on a reloadable Visa card for the kids to use, so they’re the ones seeing the balance adjust with every purchase and every chore.

“I think of it as a kid’s first job with direct deposit,” said Gregg Murset, CEO and founder of BusyKid and a certified financial planner.

The platform also allows kids to buy fractional shares of stocks, if that’s a skill you’d like them to learn early on.

Don’t get overwhelmed with financial language.

Tanya Van Court started Goalsetter, a saving and giving platform for kids, as a way for families to better celebrate birthdays and holidays with their little ones without racking up a bunch of plastic toys that are hardly used. The founder and CEO gets why many parents are intimidated to even start a conversation about money with their kids.

“We’ve made money into a foreign language,” Van Court said. “401(k) and 529, those are tax code language, and why would we expect the average person to understand the tax code language?”

Van Court wasn’t taught financial basics as a kid, so she made sure to introduce it to her own children. To help other families do the same, Goalsetter offers an Urban Financial Dictionary that explains financial terms and associates them with movies, TV shows, song lyrics and more.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, which promotes angel investing for women and non-binary femme entrepreneurs, noted that it’s important to introduce kids to other economic ideas and to associate money with their lives as adults.

“We’re getting better at having kids think about entrepreneurship,” Oberti Noguera said. “We can talk to kids like, ‘Hey, if you’re interested in start-ups, you can get a job and climb the ladder. You’re actually going to be building wealth and you’ll be able to invest.’”

Don’t forget to explain that money can be a powerful tool to help others.

When talking about money with your kids, you don’t want to leave out the fact that some people are more privileged than others. BusyKid incorporates a list of charities to which kids can donate, and Goalsetter breaks down three different ways in which it lets kids categorize their goals: saving for the future, saving for things and experiences, and sharing with others. The last designation encourages kids to pay it forward with money they’ve earned.

“We not only want the lessons about allocating your money toward things that are important to you,” Van Court said, “but also giving back to other people that don’t have much stuff.”

As Whitlow pointed out, there’s no perfect way to teach kids about financial topics. What you’re aiming for is to “create a certain sense of vigilance about money” so kids will be prepared for their future.

Parenting is harder than ever, and there’s no one way to do it right. So on November 2, HuffPost Life will convene a community of people trying to figure it out together at our inaugural HuffPost Parents conference, HOW TO RAISE A KID. In advance of the event, HuffPost Parents will publish stories on topics that matter deeply to parents of children who are starting to navigate the world on their own: bullying; sex, consent and gender; money; their digital lives; and how to raise compassionate, self-sufficient, creative, emotionally intelligent children. In short — kids who aren’t assholes. View the event site here and be sure to follow HuffPost Parents on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter, How Not To Raise A Jerk.

Source: huffpost.com

10 Steps to a Clutter Free Life

January 3rd, 2019 | Comments Off on 10 Steps to a Clutter Free Life | Posted in Lifestyle

Ours is a culture of abundance. Even in this time of economic recession – most of us have more ‘stuff’ than we really, truly, need. Clutter, whether it be too many tasks on our agenda, too many thoughts pulsing through our minds, or too many belongings in our homes, seems to be a societal epidemic. When we slow down a bit and take notice, however, we find that more stuff actually creates more stress. Additionally, the state of having too much stuff to care for, clean, and manage means less time for connecting with family and friends, taking care of yourself, and nurturing your soul and creative spirit.

Reducing physical clutter in the home creates a sense of calm, and allows energy to flow freely throughout. New possibilities emerge and creative solutions to old problems seem to appear from nowhere. Here are some things you can start doing now to make it happen:

1. Designate one spot for all incoming mail/paperwork and go through it daily.

2. Unsubscribe from email newsletters, blogs, and retail email lists that no longer interest you. Its YOUR inbox, after all.

3. Before purchasing anything, from new socks to a new smartphone, ask yourself: “Do I love it?” and “Will I use it?” Think twice unless the answer to both questions is a resounding “Yes!”

4. Commit to clearing clutter from one area of your home each day for a week and schedule ten minutes daily to do it. Start with something totally feasible, like your coat rack or medicine chest.

5. Meditate for five minutes each day. This will help de-clutter your mind and give you the clarity to keep what’s essential and part with the rest.

6. Eliminate clothing from your closet and dresser that hasn’t been worn in the last calendar year.

7. Find a home for clutter-prone items, you know, the things that wind up on the kitchen table, living room floor, and bedroom dresser. Designate a place for them and make a habit of putting them there, every single day.

8. Create clutter-free zones in your home. The entryway is a great place to start. If there is clutter in the entrance, 98% of the time there is clutter throughout the house. The kitchen table is another good choice. Keep what you love and use, recycle, donate or toss everything else. Be ruthless!

9. Use “maybe” boxes. If, in the course of de-cluttering, you’re not sure what to do with an item, put it in the maybe box. Note the date on the box and store it out of sight. If you don’t go looking for those items within six months to a year, it’s time to get rid of those things.

10. Evaluate your commitments. Most of us are over-scheduled, which is it’s own form of clutter. Make sure your commitments are reflective of your values and your priorities. Say no to new commitments without guilt and drop whatever commitments no longer serve you. Your life needs space for free flowing energy, just like your home.

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