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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE ZGallerie! Their stuff is amazing year-round, but this holiday season its absolutely gorgeous! I’ve collected my favorite decorations in several color schemes to share with you all. A click on the picture will lead you straight to the website. Enjoy!

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE ZGallerie! Their stuff is amazing year-round, but this holiday season its absolutely gorgeous! I’ve collected my favorite decorations in several color schemes to share with you all. A click on the picture will lead you straight to the website. Enjoy!

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE ZGallerie! Their stuff is amazing year-round, but this holiday season its absolutely gorgeous! I’ve collected my favorite decorations in several color schemes to share with you all. A click on the picture will lead you straight to the website. Enjoy!

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE ZGallerie! Their stuff is amazing year-round, but this holiday season its absolutely gorgeous! I’ve collected my favorite decorations in several color schemes to share with you all. A click on the picture will lead you straight to the website. Enjoy!

 

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE ZGallerie! Their stuff is amazing year-round, but this holiday season its absolutely gorgeous! I’ve collected my favorite decorations in several color schemes to share with you all. A click on the picture will lead you straight to the website. Here’s the first batch, and there’s more to come! Enjoy!

 

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If you’ve recently fantasized about slapping a too-slow cashier or stabbing a rude party guest, you’d better read these nerve-soothing tips, pronto.

By Zoe Ruderman

This time of year can try even the sweetest chick’s patience — what with crowded stores, too many parties (and hangovers), and annoying family demands — and experts are saying this month will be a "perfect storm" of stress because of financial worries on top of everything else.

"Stressful situations increase cortisol levels and cause a dip in feel-good hormones," explains Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, author of 10 Simple Solutions to Stress. "And since women are conditioned not to express their anger in an aggressive and direct way, they deal with those hormonal changes in what seems like a more subtle manner: by getting in a bad mood." Meaning, we get bitchy. In the interest of not totally losing your shit, we suggest you read our 10 strategies for keeping cool.

1. Schedule tasks that are making you anxious — like buying a dress for a party or finishing a tough work assignment — for early in the day. If you leave them for later, you’ll spend more time worrying and end up snapping at people.

2. Take a coffee break with friends or coworkers rather than going solo. A study found that getting a caffeine fix in a group lowered stress levels. But sipping coffee alone left people feeling more stressed.

3. Bookmark these sites: CollegeHumor.com and FunnyorDie.com. According to one study, anticipating watching a funny video can reduce stress hormones by up to 70 percent.

4. Practice saying the word no. Women, being social creatures, tend to feel obligated to show up for everything they’re invited to. But saying yes to something when you don’t really want to go leaves you bitter and annoyed. Tell people you’re prepping for a presentation, then enjoy the free time.

5. Make a budget for gifts, going out, and travel. It’s a drag to do and you may not stick to it, but feeling in control of your finances helps squash anxiety.

6. Lock lips with your guy. Psychologists found that even just a little bit of physical contact is enough to lower your blood pressure and make you feel calmer.

7. Do short, high-intensity workouts. Research found they have a greater effect on stress than slower-paced exercise does. So instead of an hour of yoga, hit the treadmill on high for 20 minutes.

8. Or if you’re feeling too beat to work out, skip the treadmill and relax in the sauna at your gym (or take a steamy shower). A study found that pampering yourself — even for a few minutes — calms you down.

9. If you feel ready to snap — at the rude cashier or airline clerk — talk slower. When you’re tense, you speak more rapidly, which changes your body’s chemistry and turns you into an F-bomb-dropping machine. Talking at a calmer pace will chill you out, and you’ll be more likely to get what you want.

10. Skip the New Year’s resolutions. While you might think that giving yourself goals is a positive thing, they’ll make you feel inadequate and pressured rather than hopeful and happy. Instead, make some great plans for January.

Sources: Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Oklahoma State University; Research Quarterly For Exercise and Sport; Edwin Riley, Phd, Author of Stress Rx; University of Bristol; University of California at Irvine; Claire Wheeler, Phd, Md.

source: www.cosmopolitan.com

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Trick or Treat! Be Safe!

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Spirit Day, October 20th 2010 – Fight Ignorance

No one deserves to be made fun of for being themselves. Be smart, be kind, be human and do the right thing. Don’t be a bully. Being gay/lesbian is not wrong. Nor is being straight.

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Passion: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.

We all have a passion for something, whether we know it or not, we do. The best thing to do once we find our passion is to figure out a way to convey it, express it, show it. Music is often something that people find passion in. Whether it be the lyrics, the drum beat, the guitar solo, or the mixing of it all, almost anyone can find something beautiful to take away from a song. And that is exactly why music has become such a staple in our every day lives.

You might find your neighbor’s son’s band to be nothing but racket coming from the garage, but in reality that boy might very well be discovering who he is – yes, while giving you a headache – but still, he is becoming the man he will grow up to be. Or your daughter – maybe she doesn’t want to play the piano like she has been taking lessons to learn for the past four years. Perhaps she wants to give the guitar a try. Let her. Who knows, she could be the next Taylor Swift, or hey, it could be like that time she wanted to be an ice skater, but at least she’ll learn something new about herself. We all need to wander before we can discover, and that’s a fact.

Want to see a piece of history in the making? Support an up and coming band, Fire Eyed Cherry, as they take off on their journey just like every band before them and play their very first night club show. This band of college students began a few years ago as a bunch of kids messing around with one very important thing in common: their love for music. Chris Salazar, the lead guitarist, writes most of their music based on personal experiences, and the band recently co-wrote their first song. Elora Manzo, the group’s vocalist offers a range that many young singers could not be expected to reach while the talented Ricardo Barragan adds in rhythm guitar, Francisco Huesca backs it all up on bass, and James Beard claims to only be a temporary drummer, adding a beat to it all.

Fire Eyed Cherry will be playing at Avalon in Santa Clara, California on November 21st, 2010. This is a band that you will want to be able to say you’ve seen live, so hurry and buy your tickets online now at www.aftonshows.com/fireeyedcherry .

 

Other Resources:

Official Site: www.fireeyedcherry.yolasite.com

ReverbNation Site: http://www.reverbnation.com/chrissalazar

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