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The Thriver’s Edge by Donna StonehamRegardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, 2017 is likely to be a year unlike any we’ve ever experienced. America has never been more divided, and many people are feeling alienated and anxious. We can’t deny that hatred, cynicism, and misunderstanding are present, but we each have the power to transform them. The author and anthropologist Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Five Practices to Help You Thrive in Perilous Times

Let’s make 2017 the year we commit to strengthen ourselves in five key areas, so that collectively, we can create a world where we can all thrive, not just survive, during the coming year.

1. Cultivate a Strong Body

We all need strong bodies because physical strength helps to ground us. It helps keep our immunity high in times of stress so we don’t get sick. Exercising regularly, getting good nutrition each day and making sure we get sound, restful sleep gives us the energy we need to thrive and successfully manage stress and fear.

The Practice: Move your body for a half hour or more at least four times each week and for a minimum of fifteen minutes every day. Walk the dog. Use a treadmill or an elliptical while you’re reading or watching TV. Run. Swim. Play basketball. Do Yoga. Just MOVE. Get good nutrition every day. Say goodbye to fast food. Make sure you’re consistently getting at least seven hours of sleep each night and be mindful of how much alcohol you ingest. [click to continue…]

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Essential Money Tips for New Parents to Implement on Day 1Having a baby is one of the biggest emotional and financial decisions you’ll ever make in your life. Throughout the trials and tribulations that come with raising your own child, most parents agree that the benefits outweigh the costs. But, are there a few simply money tips for new parents that could make things easier?

If you’re planning on having a baby this year however, you can expect to pay over $300,000 over the next 18 years for your child’s food, shelter, clothes, education, activities, and medical expenses (just to name a few).

4 Frugal Ideas for New Parents

Don’t fret over this seemingly high cost, because there are several ways to save money on baby-related expenses without sacrificing the quality of care and clothes you provide your little one. Here are some of the many tips for new parents and ways you can save money as a new parent.

Practical Requests for Baby Shower Registry

Baby showers are great opportunities for not only sharing your joy about your new member of the family, but also stocking up on much-needed items for the baby. Although it’s fun seeing all the cute outfits and booties you can’t wait to dress up your baby boy or girl in, it’d be wise to request necessities like diapers and baby food on your registry as well.

After all, the average baby goes through 2,700 disposable diapers in its first year, which costs about $60 per month! You can lighten this financial burden by asking family members and friends to bring diapers to your baby shower (they might also throw in an adorable outfit or toy, just to make it both a practical and fun gift).

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Day Trading Strategies to Use in the Forex Market

Day Trading in the Forex market means that trades open and close in the same trading day. Positions are held for very short terms. This type of trading is also called Intraday Trading and is one of the day trading strategies that you can implement. As with any type of Forex trading, there are different strategies […]

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Smart Financial Decisions for 2017

The New Year has begun, and that means it is time to make good on the promises you made to yourself regarding your finances. It may seem difficult, but that is the thing about resolutions: they are usually hard. Whether you need to change simple habits or overhaul some financial blunders, here are some small […]

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When Should You Book Your Summer Travel Plans?

If you’re a budget traveler getting ready for your next summer vacation, one of the best ways to save money is by booking your summer travels and plans in advance. By preparing for a trip several months beforehand, you have much more flexibility over your plans – where you want to stay, which tours or […]

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7 Purr-Fect Ways for Pet Lovers to Make Money

Did you know that the U.S. pet industry surpassed $60 billion in 2015? While the biggest expense category for the pet-owning population is food ($23 billion), over $5 billion is spent on pet-related services each year. If you’re one of the 54 million households that own at least one dog or 43 million households that […]

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