Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Jun 072010
How to Set and Achieve Fitness Goals – 5 Tips for Fat Loss

Increase your exercise motivation with these tips for setting and achieving fitness goals! You know that old quip that “nothing tastes as good as feeling slim feels”? Well, it’s true – and here’s the first tip for fat loss: “I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” ~ Marsha Doble. If you

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Jun 042010
Handling Family Problems - 6 Ways to Cope With Toxic Relatives

You love your family, but the problems seem endless. Use these tips to cope with family problems caused by siblings, parents, or other relatives. Before the tips, a quip: “Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others,” wrote Mignon McLaughlin. “Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness

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May 312010
The Extrovert at Work – 5 Personality Traits of Extroverted People

These personality traits of extroverted people are geared towards extroverts at work, and will bring insight and understanding to employees and bosses. Here’s what a personality expert says about introverts and extroverts: “We all use both our introverted and extroverted skills, but we are hard wired to be more one than the other,” says psychotherapist

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May 282010
7 Cheap Ways to Lose Weight and Save Money on Your Workouts

These are the cheapest ways to lose weight and save money on your workouts – because making money, saving more money, losing weight, and keeping the weight off are some of my favorite topics! Achieving goals isn’t about being rich and skinny (but wouldn’t that be sweet) — it’s about being financially comfortable and physically healthy. And that’s what

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May 242010
How to Overcome the Pain of a Bad Breakup and Be Happy Again

These five tips on overcoming the pain of a bad breakup will help you find happiness again. If you’re ruminating or obsessing, you won’t heal from the break up. You need to focus on health and recovery! These tips for overcoming breakup pain are based on questions from readers, who often ask me how to heal

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May 222010
Best Ways to Save Money on Summer Holidays – 7 Travel Tips

Your goal of paying off your debt doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vacation! These travel tips include the best ways to save money on summer holidays, whether you’re going to Disneyland, Europe, or the closest lake.   Before the tips, a quip: “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed

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May 172010
Reach Money Goals Faster by Choosing Your Friends Carefully

Choosing your friends can help you reach your money goals faster – or stop you from reaching them at all! Your friends affect your financial prosperity, whether you’re paying off credit card debt, saving money for a home mortgage loan, or scraping enough money together to start your new business. These tips will help you recognize which

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May 132010
23 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Handle Money

If your kids weren’t born with natural money skills, don’t fret! These 23 quick tips for teaching financial literacy will help your kids learn good money habits and achieve financial goals. “How are learning to a ride bike and learning about money similar?” asks Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave. “Both involve kids being ACTIVE participants.”

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May 102010
Harassment at Work – 9 Tips for Dealing With Difficult Coworkers

These tips for dealing with harassment at work range from exploring your options to collecting objective evidence that you’re being harassed. Here’s what one reader asked: “What tips do you have for dealing with sexual harassment at work?” asks Tana on my Dealing With Office Politics article. “I’m being harassed constantly by one of my coworkers,

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