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...

Sep 142009
Thanksgiving Gift Ideas - Beyond Wine, Pie, and Gift Baskets

These Thanksgiving gift ideas go beyond the classic gifts of pumpkin pie, mulberry wine, and Thanksgiving gift baskets (though gift baskets are my first choice for Thanksgiving Day!). These tips will help you be creative when you’re giving gifts on Thanksgiving because they include turkey cages and novelty ties. Before the tips, a quip: “On Thanksgiving Day, all over

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Sep 102009
Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas to Encourage Wellness and Balance

Spas, massages, pedicures, and manicures are NOT on this list of healthy gift ideas! If you want to encourage wellness and balance, you need to get a bit more creative. “Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t

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Sep 082009
6 Ways to Create Success That Lasts a Long Time

Short-term success is fleeting — you want to create success that lasts a long time. These six tips for making success last will help you stay on top of your game – after winning it! These tips were prompted by a reader who asked a question on my Overcoming Fear of Success article: “I have

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Sep 062009
Seasonal Depression Disorder - How Light Therapy Helps

Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder (seasonal depression or SAD) includes light therapy. Light lamps for seasonal depression are easy, inexpensive, and effective. These tips for using light therapy can help you naturally reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. “People with SAD suffer from a lack of sunlight – they are literally ‘in the dark,’”

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