The Best Housewarming Gifts to Bring a First-Time Homeowner 

If you have a friend who recently went through this process themselves, they’ll probably want to celebrate as soon as it’s over. One of the best ways that you can help to celebrate their success and achievement is to bring them a personalized housewarming gift. It doesn’t need to be expensive — just something to show that you’ve been thinking about them and want to join in the celebration of their success.

Cut Through That Empty Feeling

If you’ve ever realized that a chronic, unpleasant feeling in your life is emptiness, you’re not alone. With the advent of globalization and open borders comes freedom, and people are moving around more than ever before. Trips across the ocean are cheaper than they’ve ever been, jobs regularly move to new cities, and families that used to live within a single block are now spread around the globe. On an individual level, it’s now easier than ever to ignore our feelings, and distract ourselves with a potent cocktail that includes but isn’t limited to work, social media, food, alcohol and drugs, and shopping.

11 Unconventional but Awesome New Year’s Resolutions

Research has shown that people tend to keep resolutions when they’re SMART, an acronym made up by the time management gurus at FranklinCovey that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Resolutions fail when they’re too vague or based on other people’s perceptions and ideas rather than your own. This year make positive resolutions that you’ll actually achieve. Here are some ideas for unconventional but awesome New Year’s resolutions.

9 Apps for Mindfulness

As we find ourselves busier and busier, it’s easy to get caught up in the enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction that comes from being continually occupied. Our smartphones are with us every second of the day, and there’s always something new to check out on Instagram or Facebook, which only serves to heighten our experience of daily life passing us by faster than we can experience it. One of the ways that people have started to push back against the constant encroachment of technology and social media into our lives is through the practice of mindfulness.

Top 12 Crystals Every New Age Hippie Needs

If you’ve ever been inside a natural food store or a yoga studio, you’re probably familiar with crystals. They’re often found for sale in stores like these, or in dedicated crystal shops which are chock-full of every crystal under the sun, as well as books and other tools that will help you harness their power. Crystal healing is practiced by many people and is thought to be particularly effective because of the crystal’s naturally repeating chemical structure, which is believed to help our intentions repeat and intensify.

10 Tips to Get the Most out of a Parent-Teacher Conference

In the America educational system, parents and teachers meet at least once a year to have a parent-teacher conference, to discuss the unique needs of each child, and how they can work together to help the student achieve success. While the intention of these meetings is to foster communication, many parents await them with trepidation because they’re unsure of their role in their child’s education, and don’t know how to get involved.

Back-to-School Tips for a Stress-Free Start

For many parents, August is just one long lead up to the beginning of school, which can be stressful if you have a new student in the family, or just a kid prone to worrying about new things. Starting school can be a fun experience — you just have to plan ahead, and know what will help your child succeed in a new grade, or even a new school.