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What’s Love Got To Do With It? With Ray W. Lincoln

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If you enjoyed our fall speaker, Ray W. Lincoln, you may want to attend this seminar with your spouse.

 

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Melissa’s Creative Gift Ideas

Creative Gift Ideas

​Growing up in my house, the easiest way to guarantee NOT getting a specific present on Christmas Day was to ask for it. My mom took pride in planning and buying her own set of gifts for us kids, not just taking our lists to the store and throwing items in the cart. The good part was we always got creative and thoughtful presents, even it if wasn’t what we necessarily wanted.
​But now that I am the one filling up the space under the tree, I’ve inherited the same aversion to buying whatever someone asks for. I love Christmas shopping, but I put a ton of pressure on myself to come up with great ideas.
​Over the years, I’ve managed to collect (or steal!) some themes that help make gift giving easier. Maybe you’ll get some inspiration too.

1. The “combo” gift: Pair two smaller gifts together in a funny, punny or creative way. A few years ago, I made the “Hangover-hangover” combo, which was “The Hangover” DVD and a bottle of that person’s favorite alcohol. Or try the “Bedtime” combo for new parents: a bedtime story book for baby and a bottle of wine and movie for after baby goes to sleep.

2. Photo gifts: These are especially great for grandparents or great-grandparents who constantly say they don’t want or need any presents. On even years, we give calendars with photos of our kiddos. On odd years, it’s coffee mugs. But there’s so many options now, including iPhone cases, playing cards, canvas bags or even bobble heads.

3. The gift of time: Combine movie tickets with a coupon for “free” babysitting. Or make a batch of freezer meals for your relative who always seems too busy to cook. Think about what each person on your list really needs to make life easier, then offer to do it! This gift is usually cheap, ultra personal and fun. (Is it just me or is doing other people’s chores always more fun than your own?)

4. Gift of the month club: Buying into a “of the month” club is usually really expensive. But creating your own can be inexpensive and a great way to show someone you care all year long. A while back I gave my brother a “Candy of the Month Club.” I tried to remember to look for unusual or interesting candy wherever I went. For their college graduation, I gave my brothers a “Care Package of the Month Club” membership, good for a random box of stuff delivered to their dorm each month. What about a “Small Toy of the Month” for your preschooler or “Book of the Month” for your excited new reader? You could even buy all 12 months at Christmas, so you won’t need to do much else the rest of the year.

5. The personalized pop culture gift: I stole this idea from my uncle, who for years would send us movies he had taped off of cable movie channels along with long letters about why he had chosen those movies for us. Why not give everyone in your family a movie or TV show along with a note explaining why you think they’ll love it? An IPod shuffle (which is under $50 on Amazon) is cooler if you download a few choice songs onto it. Even a short inscription in a book makes it that much nicer.

6. The tradition gift: Choose a gift your loved one would enjoy, then give them a variation of that gift each year. It’s not lazy or repetitive if you put time and thought into each one. I would love if someone gave me a new pair of pajamas every year. You could treat your best friend to a “date” or your husband to a new pair of shoes.

7. The creative gift card: OK, even the best gift giver can run out of inspiration or time. If you’re going the gift card route, try to package it in a fun way. For several years, I’ve paired gift cards for teachers with inexpensive but cute mini wallets. One year, my brother put a (slightly boring) grocery store gift card behind a ridiculous framed photo of himself. He let my cousin think his present was the portrait before finally pointing out the card. We laughed and laughed.

Your ideas! What creative gift idea do you have? Share with the group.


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Dr. Ian’s Portion Guide for Healthy Living

Dr. Ian’s Portions Guide-From the Rachel Ray Show

How much is too much? In this world of super-sizing, it is often difficult to know what an appropriate portion looks like. Take a look at this guide from Dr. Ian K. Smith. He includes measurements and a physical equivalent to make it easy to control portions, even in restaurants! you may also like his book The Fat Smash Diet that uses these ideas for weight loss. Get a your school year started off right!

Grains

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Bagel 3″ Diameter Hockey puck
Biscuits 2 1/2″ A little smaller   than a hockey puck
Bread (Slice) 2 Slices 1 CD case per slice
Brown Rice (Cooked) 1/3 Cup Hockey puck
Brownie 1 Ounce/ 2″ x   1″ Small post-it pack
Cakes/Baked Goods 1 Ounce 1/2 Deck of cards
Cereal Flakes 1 Cup Baseball
Chocolate Chip   Cookies 3 Small cookies Diameter of the   opening of a paper towel roll
Hamburger Bun 3″ Diameter Hockey puck
Hot Dog Bun 1 Bun 1 Bun
Pasta (Cooked) 1/2 Cup Light bulb
Plain Pancake 1 Pancake CD (compact disc)
Rice (White, Cooked) 1/2 Cup Light bulb
Taco 1 Taco shell CD
Tortilla chips 12 Chips
Tortillas 2 at 6″ each 1 Saucer (6″ in   diameter)
Fruits and    Vegetables

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Apple 1 Small apple (60   Cal.) Tennis ball
Asparagus (Stalks) 1/2 Cup 6 Stalks
Baked Potato 1 Potato Computer mouse
Carrots 1 Cup 12 Baby carrots
Cauliflower   (Florets) 1 Cup 8 Flourets
Cherries 15 Cherries (60   Cal.)
Corn (on/off cob) On cob (1 stalk)-   off (1/2 cup) Light bulb
Fruit Medium sized fruit Baseball
Grapes   (Medium/Small) 1/2 Cup 16 Grapes
Salad Greens 1 Cup Baseball
Spinach (Raw) 2 Cups 1 1/2 Baseballs
Strawberries 1 Cup 12 Strawberries
Vegetables (Cooked) 1 Cup 1 Baseball
Fats and Oils

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Butter or Spread 1 Tbsp Poker chip
Mayonaise 1 Tbsp Poker chip
Oil 1 Tbsp Poker chip
Salad Dressing 1 Tbsp Poker chip
Meats, Fish, and    Nuts

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Almonds 1/4 Cup 12 Almonds
Bacon 3 Slices
Eggs 1/4 cup 1 Large egg
Fish 3 Ounces grilled 1 Checkbook
Ground Beef 3 Ounces Deck of cards
Hot Dogs 3 Ounces 1 Hot dog
Hummus 2 Tbsp Golf ball
Lean Meat or Poultry 3 Ounces Deck of Cards
Peanut Butter 2 Tbsp Golf ball
Pistachios 1/4 Cup 24 Pistachios
Sausage 1 Ounce Size of your thumb
Turkey Bacon 3 Slices
Dairy and Cheese

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Cheese 1 1/2 Ounces 3 Stacked dice
Buffalo Mozzarella 1 Ounce Ping pong ball
Frozen Yogurt 1/2 Cup Light bulb
Ice Cream 1/2 Cup Light bulb
Milk (Skim or 1%) 8 Ounces / 1 Cup 3/4 Height of a soda   can
Yogurt 1 Cup Baseball
Yogurt (Plain,   unsweetened) 8 Ounces 3/4 Height of a soda   can
Snacks

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Black Olives 10-15 Black olives
Chocolate Covered   Raisins 15 Chocolate covered   raisins
Chocolate Covered   Strawberries 5 Strawberries   dipped in 1 ounce of melted chocolate 5 Strawberries;   Poker chip of melted chocolate
French Fries 2 Ounces 10 Fries
Popcorn 3 Cups 1 Tennis ball   canister (loosely packed)
Beverages

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Alcohol Beer – 12 Ounces
Wine – 5 Ounces
80 Proof Distilled Sprit – 1.5 Ounces
Iced Coffee 8 Ounces 3/4 Height of a soda   can
Orange Juice 8 Ounces / 1 Cup 3/4 Height of a soda   can
Smoothie 8 Ounces 1/3 of a tennis ball   canister
Soda 8 Ounces / 1 Cup 3/4 Height of a soda   can
Miscellaneous

Quantity / Measurement

Physical Equivalent

Apple Sauce 1 Cup 1 Cup
Mashed potatoes 1/2 Cup 1/2 Tennis ball
Pizza 2 Slices 4″ Wide at   crust x 6″ Long/Slice