Monthly Archives: November 2018

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If you find yourself getting sad on Sundays — what many like to call the “Sunday scaries” — you’re far from alone. According to one poll, more than four out of five Americans reported feeling depressed and anxious on Sunday evenings. As the final weekend day comes to an end, people start preparing their evening, and looking toward the next week with anxiety and stress.

It’s common to think about how we’re going to make it through Monday at work. Maybe you feel anxious about not having projects done. Maybe you’re preemptively worried your boss is going to tell another joke about his wife and expect us to laugh.

We can’t control the things our bosses find funny, but we can band together with our coworkers and do a few things to make life around the office easier. Here are three of those things.

Change the coffee culture

Most offices use a basic coffee set-up. Every morning, someone fills the dirty old Mr. Coffee carafe with water, places coffee grounds in the machine, and hits a button to start brewing. The coffee is always there, but it’s rarely good. Sometimes it’s even stale and has the the texture of motor oil. If that sounds familiar, then your office needs a crash course in how to make coffee. Upgrading the coffee equipment can be cheaper than you realize, and even if it’s not, your bosses still might find it a worthy investment.

That doesn’t mean you should go to your supervisor’s office and demand a full-service coffee bar in the lobby of your office, but it does mean you can ask for a higher quality of coffee than what you’re currently receiving. Some offices do well with single-serve machines that allow employees to choose from a variety of flavored pots and brew their own cup of coffee. Other offices stick with making a pot of coffee in the morning but decide to order better beans from a mail order coffee subscription club. A fresh hot cup of coffee can provide both certain health benefits as well as a good mood about getting to work in the morning.

Create fun incentives

After Congress passed tax cuts in late 2017, many businesses responded by giving their employees one-time bonuses rather than long-term pay raises. While it is a nice temporary boost in morale, it is not necessarily enough to sustain positivity throughout the office. Employers can provide something else in the form of a fun incentive that motivates the office to work harder.

This is another suggestions that will work best if you gather a few coworkers to make the suggestion together. You don’t want your superiors to feel like you’re ganging up on them, so make sure to sound as friendly as possible when you suggest something like a monthly raffle for employees who meet certain goals. The goals could be something related to the job, or it could be something random like “People who wore blue on Friday.” It’s best to mix things up and make everyone feel like they have an equal chance of winning cool prizes like gift cards to local restaurants or gift baskets full of chocolate.

Schedule a party

When all else fails, throw a party — but be careful how you do it. You want the party to be as inclusive and fun as possible. Your coworkers will probably want the party to have alcohol, but check with your office and human resources department first to determine if booze is allowed on the premises. Some offices would have no problem with its employees running down to a liquor store Woodbridge, NJ, while other offices would be horrified by the merest mention of mixed drinks at work.

If there’s no alcohol allowed, then you can adjust and use that money for food instead. Get a cake decorated with a message, even if the message is something silly like “Congratulations on surviving winter!” Coworkers can bond over just about anything if there’s cake.

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No matter how many children you have at home, you want them as happy as can be.

That said you may find it a challenge at times to make them happy if you can’t afford to go away on a trip or two during the year.

Sure, many families go through difficult times when it comes to money and other issues.

With that in mind, are you looking for deals throughout the year so that your family can get away when needed?

If the answer is yes, there is a very good chance you will put a smile on your child’s face.

What Plan Do You Have for Your Child?

Although there can be a lot of fun stuff to do around the home, you and your child can’t be there 24/7.

With that being the case, come up with some destinations where you think your child would be happiest.

For instance, what if you scored Disney tickets for you and your child? Can you imagine the look on his or her face when you tell them you are off to Disney?

A trip to Disney World offers you and your child a whole world of excitement.

Among some of the fun things to think about:

  • Seeing all the famed characters in their costumes.
  • Taking in all the rides.
  • Watching some spectacular shows.
  • Having your child interact with other kids in attendance.
  • Reliving some memories of your own if you went to Disney World with your parents.

Given all Disney World has to offer, it is pretty safe to say your child will have no issues with going there.

Now, how best to go about planning the visit?

Don’t Wait Until it is Too Late to Make Reservations

You could clue your son or daughter in or make it a total surprise. Either way, don’t wait until the last minute to make your plans.

That said schedule such a visit out as far in advance as possible.

This means look now for airline reservations and hotels if not going until next year.

While you can get away in some cases with a last-minute hotel or even a rental car, do not take chances if you need to go by air. Not only can you miss out on preferred flights, but it can cost much more waiting too late to book airline travel.

It is also important to work around your child’s schedule when it comes to school.

Many families do go to Disney World and other such attractions during the school year. That said you may decide to wait when your child is out for summer recess or on a break at the holidays.

In waiting to go when your child is free of school, you have one less worry on your plate.

There are many reasons to take a family getaway.

More times than not, the best reason is the smile it will put on your child’s face.

So, is it time to start booking a trip and seeing the excitement your son or daughter will exhibit?

Chances are they will be counting down the days with you until it is time to leave.

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The holiday season is upon us which means it’s to shop for the men in your life once again. Little ones tend to be easier to buy for—a toy truck or action figure tend to go a long. But the older they get, the more difficult it is to find something men want but don’t have. If you’re unsure what to gift the special men in your life, here are a few suggestions they’re bound to love.

Hunting gear

For the outdoorsman in your family, you can’t go wrong with something from a hunting and outdoor store in Jasper, AL. They’ll have everything he needs from fishing gear to hunting bows. You can opt for some insulated socks or ammo to fill his stocking, or a large cooler for the back of his pickup. And if you’re still not sure what items he’d enjoy, pick up a gift certificate so he can choose for himself.

Subscription boxes

Subscription boxes are all the rage and what man wouldn’t love a box of goodies delivered to his door every month? Each box will be packed with theme items depending on the type you purchase. One such service is Loot Crate, a “geek” subscription box that curates some of the best items from current pop culture. For example, your Loot Crate box might contain a Star Wars tee shirt, a MineCraft backpack and a Batman comic book. The surprise is half the fun because you never know what you’re going to get.

If your man isn’t into pop culture, you’re sure to find a subscription box tailored to meet his interests. Some popular subscription boxes curate packages with themes of clothing, shaving, vaping, electronics, outdoor gear, and more.

Video games

It’s no surprise that most men love video games. If the man in your life already has the latest gaming system, chances are he would love a new game or even some extra accessories, like controllers so his friends can join in. If he is still playing on a GameCube, though, do some digging and see if he actually enjoys playing retro games or if he’s secretly wishing to level up. The great thing about gaming is that it has its own culture, so if you need help selecting a gift, the guys and gals behind the counter at the gaming store will most definitely have your back.

Biker accessories

If your guy is a biker or even a biker at heart, why not pick him up some accessories from your local Harley-Davidson dealership? Some fun items include new leather saddlebags or a traditional Harley Davidson vest. Most stores even carry full lines of branded clothing from tee shirts to biker boots. If you’re feeling especially generous, you can buy him that new motorcycle he’s been eyeing. You may never have to shop for him again!

Beer

It doesn’t get much more “manly” than beer. In fact, recent studies show that men who drink beer are more fertile than those who abstain. But even if virility isn’t his goal, chances are he would still enjoy a case or two of some fine craft beer. And if he’s more of a simple guy, a case or two of his favorite brand will still be a big hit. You can even make it a themed gift basket by combining a six pack with a bag of pretzels and a freezable mug if you’d like to spruce the gift up a bit.

Buying a gift for the man in your life should be fun, and that’s exactly what these ideas are. Always remember that it’s the thought that counts, so as long as you try to tailor your gift to match your man’s taste, chances are, he’ll absolutely love it.