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Unique gifts for nurses

Nurses are a unique bunch. You love to give back to others, and don’t really expect much in return. But for the holidays, you should expect at least a little something. If you’re not sure what to ask for, direct your friends and family to this article!

We put together some ideas of fun gifts for nurses, nursing students, assistants, or anyone else in the medical care field. We know how much you all do for others throughout the year, the holidays are your chance to get a little something in return.

Many of these items are just plain fun, others are relevant to the nursing profession. Let us know if you receive any during the holidays by commenting below!

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Nurse Clipboard
Sure, it looks a bit nerdy, but once you’re on the job and need to be taking notes while walking around, while also having a few extra papers stashed away you will love this thing. Be careful, your coworkers may want to steal it.

Travel Mug
Early mornings, late nights, long days, nurses know the pains of lack of sleep and exhausting hours. Grab this travel mug which keeps coffee hot for up to 8 hours!

True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
This book is great for students or those just starting out.

Aeropress
If you need something a little stronger than that watered down coffee from the communal pot, get the Aeropress. Just add your grounds and hot water, push down, and you’ve got fresh coffee!

Art Prints
You need a little motivation before and after a day of work. Grab a few of these nursing inspired prints to put around the house.

Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul
Everyone needs a little inspiration now and then, especially nurses. This book has 101 stories of appreciation and wisdom for nurses.

Otterbox
Running around on the job is not safe for delicate smartphones. Put your phone in an Otterbox to prevent cracked screens.

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Nurse Buttons
Add a little fun to your scrubs or bag with these nurse pins. Give a few to nursing friends as well.

Ok nurses! Which of these gifts are you going to ask your friends and family for? Or better yet, which are you going to give to your fellow nursing friends? Let us know in the comments below! And feel free to leave your suggestions as well.


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How to get in the holiday spirit

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The holiday season is officially upon us. No matter where you go, you’ll see some sort of reminder that celebrations are forthcoming. There are Christmas tree lots on every other corner, dreidals and menorahs for sale, festive treats, red and green colors, and that never ending bell-ringing.

Whether you like it or not, there’s almost no way to avoid that holiday cheer (unless you don’t leave the house all month long). You might as well get in the spirit! We’ll give you a few tips on how to start enjoying the holidays rather than dread them or feel stressed.

Get on that Santa hat, put on some tunes, and start baking some cookies!

How to avoid holiday stress

This is one of the biggest reasons people don’t like the holidays. Stress can come from many things like having to think of gifts for friends and family, hosting them at your home or going out to holiday parties, and spending money.

If you’re worried about spending too much, try doing something a little different this year. Let all your friends and family know that you would prefer to do a food exchange. You cook or bake something for everyone, and they do the same in return. There’s a lot of love that goes into making food, and the thought is there, plus it is relatively light on the wallet to bake cookies or make some treats for everyone.

If you are tight on money, let everyone know you’d prefer not to receive gifts this year. That way they don’t feel obligated to purchase something for you and vice versa. This article has tips on how to tell your family you don’t want to exchange gifts this Christmas.

Another cause of stress is hosting friends or relatives. This time of year is when everyone is traveling to stay with family. A few days with family members is usually OK, but any longer and we start to feel stressed out. If you’re having family coming into town and are having them at your home, make sure to plan some activities to get everyone out of the house. You can lend them your car or have them rent one to do a day trip.

How to enjoy the holidays

Now that you have some ideas for avoiding stress, here are some tips for enjoying the festivities.

  1. Find time for yourself- Get out of the house on your own and unwind.
  2. Don’t create an action-packed schedule, leave room for relaxation
  3. Don’t take on too much responsibility, learn to delegate
  4. Don’t leave everything until the last minute (especially shopping)
  5. Set aside a day for decorating
  6. Bake some treats you wouldn’t normally make
  7. Treat yourself!
  8. Show gratitude to your friends and family


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How to enjoy the holidays (without going crazy)

The holiday season is upon us, and boy are we excited! Halloween just came and went, now we get to look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukah. It’s no wonder this is the “Most wonderful time of the year”.

But for many of us, we greet the holiday season with a sense of dread. We think about the money we’ll be spending, all of the relatives and guests we’ll have to host and see for multiple days on end. And don’t forget about all the cooking, decorating, and preparation that goes on.

The holiday season doesn’t need to be stressful, but many of us have let it become just that. Here are some ways to start enjoying the holidays this season without going crazy.

  1. Limit or forgo gifts
    You don’t have to do this, but if buying gifts and receiving them makes your heart race and your palms sweat, maybe this is a good year to start this tradition. Now, it’s harder to do with kids, because they all want tons and tons of gifts. It may be best to ween them off the gifts slowly. If you have very little kids, order a box of toys on eBay and save yourself the hassle of going to the crowded mall. Your family and friends my call you a Scrooge or cheap for doing this, but if it helps relieve some stress, then it’s worth it. Ask friends and family not to give gifts, and if they must they should abide by the 4 gift rule.
    Not only will this help limit the stress of thinking of and buying gifts for others, and receiving things you don’t really need, it will also help you feel relieved when you look at your bank statement on December 26.
  2. Pay attention of bad holiday habits
    This is a tough one, because certain traditions and routines are a staple of the holidays. Many of us don’t stop to think “Why am I going to the mall and stressing myself out just to buy someone a bottle of perfume I don’t even know they’ll like?”
    Think about what caused you stress last year. Was it going to visit family? Was it stuffing yourself for Thanksgiving? Think about these habits and routines that occur during this time of year. Once you acknowledge them, you can start to work on them.

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  1. Set aside “me” time
    You need some time to yourself. If you have family staying at your home, or went to go stay with family, or even if you just need to get away from your own family, do it. Maybe you just need to sit in the park with a nice book, go for a run, take a walk. Whatever it is, do it. It will allow you to reset and feel calm enough to get back into the rush of the holidays.
  2. Say no
    It’s ok to say no sometimes, but many of us feel a sense of guilt when we do. If you have too much on your plate, and a friend asks you to go shopping with them, just let them know this isn’t the best time and that you’d love to reschedule for another time. Saying yes to everything will only continue to add stress to your busy holiday schedule.
  3. Savor little moments
    Stop and take in the holidays. We spend too much time rushing around: the mall, the store, buying a tree, decorating, running to get new Christmas lights, buying last minute gifts, cooking. Many of us don’t stop to take in the holiday season. Sit down with that cup of eggnog or hot chocolate and savor it slowly. Take a stroll down 5th Avenue South here in Naples and enjoy the decorations.
  4. Get some sleep
    It’s never a good idea to run on empty. Sure, it adds hours to our day, but it takes away from our health and well being. Many of us end up grumpy or in sour moods which can ruin the day. It’s best to set a time to sleep and set an alarm for 8-9 hours later if you’re worried about keeping a set schedule.


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Fun Family Christmas Movies

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The kids can’t wait to open presents, and you probably can’t wait to see if you got a little something yourself. What do you do on Christmas Eve to keep everyone occupied and away from the gifts? You could go out, but that’s what everyone is going to do so don’t be surprised if places are crowded. What about the park? That’s a great idea, but only if you’re in a place where the weather permits. So if you want to stay indoors, you can pop in a movie or bring on up on Netflix or another streaming service.

Here are some great Christmas-themed family-friendly movies to watch with everyone.

Elf
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (IMDB)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. (IMDB)

The Santa Clause
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (IMDB)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (IMDB)

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus. (IMDB)

Prancer
A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding. (IMDB)

The Year Without a Santa Claus
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind. (IMDB)

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (IMDB)

It’s a Spongebob Christmas
It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” is a SpongeBob SquarePantsepisode from season eight. In this episode, Plankton turns everybody in Bikini Bottom naughty by feeding them his special Jerktonium fruitcakes all in an effort to get his Christmas wish. (Spongebob Wikia)

Christmas Who?
Christmas Who?” is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Sandy tells SpongeBobabout Christmas traditions, and he then tells everybody in Bikini Bottom about Christmas. (Spongebob Wikia)

Christmas- Themed Episodes of the Simpsons

A Christmas Story
Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. (IMDB)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (IMDB)

Home Alone
An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (IMDB)


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Tasty Christmas Treats to Get you in the Spirit

Christmas is a time for family, festivities, and, our favorite, FOOD! Who doesn’t love walking in to the smell of fresh baked Christmas cookies? Or cooking the holiday ham? Maybe you have your own family Christmas traditions. It’s always fun to make those good ol’ recipes, but it’s also fun to change it up and make some new items. Here are some delicious Christmas recipes we think you should be trying this season.

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Christmas Crunch
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A perfect treat while you wait for dinner or snack on while the kids open presents.

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Gimmesomeoven.com
It’s a spicy take on the traditional Christmas beverage.

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No Bake Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecakes
Cookingclassy.com
No baking? Count me in!

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
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Bet you can’t wait to make these.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles
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Combining two of the classics of Christmas: cookies and eggnog.

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Krispie Treat Christmas Trees
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These are too cute not to try and make.

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Kahlua Hot Chocolate
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The hot chocolate for adults.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
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Ok, these aren’t really a treat, but they’re sweet and delicious.

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Oreo Peppermint Bark
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Oreos AND peppermint? What could be better?

Reindeer Cupcakes
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These are perfect to make with the kids!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Salty, sweet, and just a touch of festivity.


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5 Great Gifts for Senior Citizens

If there’s that senior in your life, they deserve something great for the upcoming holidays. They have been through so many, they have surely received enough gifts and had their fair share of unused ones. You want to make yours special, you want it to be meaningful and useful.

It’s tough buying gifts for someone else. Sometimes you want to just get something you like, that you think they might enjoy. It’s a strategy, but maybe not the best one. You need to get to know them and what they like. If you find something that they have been wanting, but maybe didn’t want to go out and get, then you’re golden! But it can be hard to find out what they want without asking. We have some ideas to help you shop around for that senior in your life. If you don’t have a senior relative or friend, you should participate in a senior gift drive in your area. There are always many seniors each year living alone or in a nursing home that don’t have anyone to celebrate the holidays with. Check out your local newspaper or news websites to see what is going on in the area for Christmas and Hanukkah.

 

Photo Throw Blanket
Combine the heartfelt moment of a photo, but the utility of a blanket! No longer will a photo just sit on the shelf to be glanced at, Costco and other photo centers now offer the ability to customize a throw blanket with a photo.

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Tablet or Kindle
Who doesn’t love a good book? Nowadays, many of us read them on tablets or Kindles. You are able to access thousands of books without leaving your home. Getting a senior a Kindle will allow them to access all these books, and you can set it up to feature large print for easier reading. A tablet is also a great idea to keep them busy. Spend a few hours getting them used to the system and download some fun games, and Skype to keep them in touch with loved ones.

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Gift Basket
Don’t just get any old gift basket, get one filled with all their favorite things! Maybe they are a coffee nut. Grab a custom coffee basket featuring a mug, coffee samples, chocolates, and cookies. Maybe they enjoy charcuterie, then you can get them a platter of delicious meats and cheeses. Whatever their tastes or preferences, there is a gift basket for it.

Grocery Store Gift Card
Even if your senior is not living independently, many senior living homes offer trips to the local grocery store. Grab them a gift card to that store so they can stock up on their favorite foods and snacks without the guilt of spending.

A Trip
If they are able to travel, get them tickets to their favorite spot, or send them on a cruise for the winter! Who would hate a cruise during the snowy days of December or January? If they are unable to travel and you live out of town, plan a surprise visit! Show up and surprise them with love and gifts, then take them out to their favorite restaurant. An experience is always a memorable gift that is hard to forget.


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Winter Decorations for the Holidays

Yeah, we know, Thanksgiving hasn’t even passed and we’re already talking about December. But c’mon, it’s called “the most wonderful time of the year” for a reason! Who doesn’t love the holiday decorations? There’s Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and just winter in general. We love getting in the spirit with lights, garland, ornaments, and DIY decorations. Here are some of our favorite decorating ideas to help get you in the holiday mood.

40 Christmas Decorating Ideas
40!? I can’t even think of 10. You will have more ideas than you know what to do with. Ideas include using old Christmas cards, and getting the kids to help decorate. (Lifehack.org)

DIY Woodland Sign

Make this fabulous DIY Winter Woodland Sign for the upcoming holidays! Tutorial by Blooming Homestead for www.livelaughrowe.com #diy #woodland

Make this fabulous DIY Winter Woodland Sign for the upcoming holidays! Tutorial by Blooming Homestead for http://www.livelaughrowe.com #diy #woodland

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DIY Stocking Hangers

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10 Inventive Christmas Tree Themes

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Snowman Door

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Resolutions for Seniors

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Christmas is behind us, New Year’s is ahead!  Which means it’s just about time to come up with new resolutions.  But what to resolve yourself for?  Different things are important to different people!  If you’re heavier than you’d like, your biggest resolution may be to lose weight.  If you want to be more intellectually stimulated this year, you might resolve to read a book a month.  What if you’re elderly or infirm, though?  What kinds of resolution can you make to stay positive and healthy and happy?  A few years ago, a retired teacher and widower named Mary Carol Herwood from the Buffalo, NY area wrote a great article to that effect for Yahoo!  Sure, it was for New Year’s 2010, not 2014, but things haven’t changed that much in four years, and she really did have some great suggestions.  She writes regularly for Yahoo!, including some great movie reviews, so you should definitely check out some of her other content.  But for this time of year, this is the article we’re interested in.  We can’t put the whole article here, you’ll have to read it on Yahoo!, but here’s our favorite of her suggestions to get you started!

“I will make plans more often to call a friend to take in a play or a movie, stop for a bite to eat and chit-chat about this and that.”

This one is our absolute favorite, as maintaining friendships and connections with others into old age is, in many ways, one of the absolute most important things to an elderly person’s continued well-being.  It can be very easy to fall into the trap of letting this part of your life go as you age, as family and health issues take up more and more of your time, but the elderly are just as in need of companionship, friendship and fun as any of us!

“I will read at least one book each month.”

Reading is a wonderfully effective and fun way to keep one’s mind sharp, and has also been proven to be an excellent deterrent to the development of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.

“I will not make any New Year’s Resolutions in 2010.”

Replace “2010” for “2014” here, but the point stands.  If you feel happy and satisfied with everything in your life, then mission accomplished!  So what better resolution to make than to have no resolutions to make next year?

Read the entire article HERE, and a happy early 2014!


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Extemely Unusual Christmas Trees

Just one week until Christmas, so let’s have a little fun!  Everyone tries to have fun with their Christmas trees when they decorate them.  We know someone who decorates their tree with only white lights, bulbs, and Hallmark Star Trek and Star Wars spaceships, so it looks like a science fiction space scene!  But what about people who want to go even further, and just make something 100% unique?  This gallery is for them!


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Christmas Shopping for the Elderly

Buying gifts for your elders is never easy.  Odds are, your tastes are quite different than theirs, they may not be able to use some gifts because of health issues you’re unaware of, and what might seem like a great present to you might be completely inappropriate to them!  To help you out in this fun but sometimes stressful time of year, we’ve compiled a bunch of articles that we’ve found that are just packed with great gift ideas for the elderly in your life.

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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Retirees

EXAMPLE: Dance lessons. These offer an opportunity for great exercise and great fun. Your recipient will also meet new people, and for married couples, it’s a wonderful way to rekindle the romance. (Husbands: Get the hint! This works better than jewelry, and it’s a lot cheaper. I can personally attest to the success of this gift.) Dancing is also rated highly as an activity to keep you mentally sharp in your later years.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Senior in Your Life

EXAMPLE: Smartphone — Phones are not only important for keeping the social connection—a necessary ingredient for quality of life—but also are crucial for senior safety. Many smartphones of today offer large buttons, photo speed dial, visual rings and more.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Tickets to Performances  For elderly people on fixed incomes, tickets to films, live theater, and concerts are often beyond their reach. A gift of tickets, especially to see a favorite actor, play, or performer, is often a special gift. Gift cards in multiple denominations for movies can be purchased from Fandango ‎ and directly from many movie chains. Tickets for current theater and concert offerings can be purchased from Ticket Master.

8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents or Grandparents

EXAMPLE: A memory quilt  Creating a quilt out of baby clothes, army uniforms (if your grandparent or dad served in the military), wedding dresses, and other unique clothes or heirlooms is a very special gift. Quilts are practical and meaningful Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or elderly parents, especially if you make it yourself – or you make it with them!

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Hire a maid: One of the things you can do for the elderly one this Christmas is to hire a maid to look after them, this maybe for a short while but it would surely mean a lot to them, and in the case where you can afford it why not engage the services of a nurse to cater to the old one, especially this period of Christmas celebration. There are maids you can hire for few days just to look after your old ones.

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents & Elderly Seniors

EXAMPLE: Terrarium  Flowers die, and a houseplant can require frequent tending. A terrarium, however, makes a lovely, elegant gift. With its own tiny ecosystem and landscape, it’s an unusual gift that will be treasured and, if made correctly, requires minimal (if any) care. They’re typically available at florists and can also be purchased online (e.g. Gothic House Terrarium with Live Plants). Or, if you have the time, make your own.