Laurie

I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband Bruce, my dog Georgie, and my cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and we've made peace with it. I'm an introverted writer and morning lark! I love school, wine, animals, God, and my Quips and Tips blogs.

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How to Survive Your First Christmas After Divorce

How to Survive Your First Christmas After Divorce

Written by on December 12, 2012 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Divorce Care Tips, Resilience with 2 Comments

The first family Christmas after getting divorced is difficult, especially if your ex-spouse wants the kids on Christmas Day. These suggestions for surviving a divorced family Christmas aren’t easy tips or secrets that will erase the pain for you or your kids, but they may help you get through the holidays. The most important thing […]

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10 Most Expensive Gifts on Amazon – and 10 Affordable Alternatives

10 Most Expensive Gifts on Amazon – and 10 Affordable Alternatives

Written by on December 7, 2012 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Gift Giving Tips with 2 Comments

A diamond necklace is one of the most expensive products that Amazon sells.[/caption] Money can’t buy love, but it can buy quality. This list of the most luxurious, expensive gifts on Amazon will help you figure out what to give a loved one, because they include the alternatives you can afford to buy. You don’t […]

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Gifts for People With Cancer – Don’t Make Them Feel Like “Patients”

Gifts for People With Cancer – Don’t Make Them Feel Like “Patients”

Written by on December 7, 2012 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Gift Giving Tips with 2 Comments

What do you give someone with cancer? These gift ideas and tips won’t make people feel like “cancer patients”, yet they encourage healing and balance. “I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom. “Just listen.  Perhaps the most […]

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Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Him and Her

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Him and Her

Written by on December 6, 2012 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Gift Giving Tips with 0 Comments

Digging through a Christmas stocking stuffed with wee holiday surprises is the best part of Christmas morning! Here are a few dozen ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers for him and her, or her and her, or him and him. The Christmas stocking is almost as important as the “real” Christmas gifts under the tree. The […]

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10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving

10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving

Written by on December 5, 2012 in Christmas Holiday Tips, Cooking & Dinner Parties with 0 Comments

An hour ago on his radio show, Steven Quinn talked about how stressful Christmas has become. With these best tips for simplifying Christmas dinners, parties, and gift giving, your holidays won’t be something to dread. These ideas will help you simplify the holiday season and make Christmas easy. One of my favorite Christmas gift tips […]

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How to Make Divorce Less Difficult for You and Your Family

How to Make Divorce Less Difficult for You and Your Family

Written by on December 4, 2012 in Divorce Care Tips with 0 Comments

There is no “one size fits all” answer, but there are things you can do to make divorce less difficult for you, your kids, and your loved ones. A study from Michigan State University shows that the negative health impact of divorce is worse for younger people, as opposed to older ones. More specifically, sociologist […]

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My Boyfriend Slept With His Ex-Girlfriend – What Do I Do?

My Boyfriend Slept With His Ex-Girlfriend – What Do I Do?

Written by on December 1, 2012 in Breakup Survival Tips, Relationship Tips, Resilience with 2 Comments

Here are three questions to ask yourself before deciding what to do after you find out your boyfriend had sex with his ex-girlfriend. Yesterday I got an anonymous email from a reader. Here’s an excerpt: “My boyfriend cheated, plain and simple. I don’t know how to deal with it. Before we got together, he had […]

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Does Journal Writing Help You Heal From Divorce? Not Necessarily

Does Journal Writing Help You Heal From Divorce? Not Necessarily

Written by on November 30, 2012 in Divorce Care Tips, Resilience with 3 Comments

Sometimes journaling your feelings after a divorce or separation doesn’t help you heal. New research tells us when writing does more harm than good after a breakup. “I think many, many therapists have a tendency to believe that journaling unequivocally is a good thing to do [after divorce or separation], especially when people are trying […]

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How I Survived an Attempted Rape in My Bedroom in the Middle of the Night

How I Survived an Attempted Rape in My Bedroom in the Middle of the Night

Written by on November 29, 2012 in Emotional Health Tips, Inspirational Tips, Resilience with 12 Comments

A guy broke into my apartment in the middle of the night and tried to rape me. Even now – years later – those words choke me up. How did I survive without getting raped? I’ve been writing and blogging for almost a decade, but I’ve never written about how I survived the attempted rape. […]

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How to Overcome Your Fear of What People Think

How to Overcome Your Fear of What People Think

Written by on November 28, 2012 in Emotional Health Tips, Identity & Life Tips, Resilience with 4 Comments

Do you sometimes feel paralyzed because of what people will think about your appearance, performance, opinions, and choices? These tips for overcoming fear of what people think are from life coach Arianna Merritt, M.Ed. “For years, I kept my mouth shut as I was too shy to speak up,” she says. “While I wasn’t afraid of […]

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