My precious daughter is home for a season

My empty nest has been full for the holidays. As I sit down to write this, my daughter will soon be returning to university to do her honours in Psychology. She completed her degree at the end of last year,…
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Are you struggling to succeed at online marketing?

If you are struggling to succeed at online marketing, here is a list of ten points for you to think about in 2016. You may already be applying some of these strategies and principles successfully. Others, such as your SEO strategies, need to…
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A behind-the-scenes look at making a gallery wall

I have not been entirely honest about my attempts at making a gallery wall and I have decided to come clean. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what really happened: Bright idea number 1 – I decided not to use nails. I had read about how…
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A broken heart – a mother’s pain on parting

I found the poem below in a book by Shelley Bovey  The Empty Nest: When Children Leave Home.  It is a beautiful poem that describes a broken heart – a mother’s pain on parting. It reminded me of an article I read in…
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Bible verses for anxiety

There are many verses in the Bible dealing with anxiety for a very good reason – not many people can claim to be anxiety free.  Worry, anxiety, and fear can control us to the extent that it affects every move…
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Unique gifts for adult children

When your children are small, buying gifts is easy. Every toy store is overflowing with all kinds of items that would make them happy. Looking for unique gifts for adult children is harder. I like to think about what would help…
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Photo gallery wall ideas

  I am obsessed with gallery walls – whether they consist of photos, paintings, drawings or an eclectic mix of items. I have been collecting bits and pieces over the years but the final step of assembling them is the…
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When are you considered old?

In 1933 a self-help book called Life Begins at Forty by Walter Pitkin was a bestselling book in the United States. However, our perceptions about old age have changed since then as life expectancy has increased by leaps and bounds. Today,…
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Parenting Style Quiz: parenting 20-something kids

Parenting adult children is just as important as parenting little ones but it is very different. During the phase when they first move away from home, children begin to mature and start finding out how they want to live their…
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Is protein important to your diet as you age?

A recent poll (Seven Seas October 2015) has revealed that many empty nesters are eating unhealthily. They seem to lose incentive to cook meals when their children leave home and tend to rather grab a cup of tea and some…
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Can loneliness kill?

Can loneliness kill you?

Science seems to confirm what many of us perhaps feel instinctively – loneliness can kill us. A number of studies have been done over the years proving its negative effects. A study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science…
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What to do when you feel lost

When we are feeling lost, it is hard to believe that we will ever find our way again. But, it is that very feeling of being lost that is part of the process of self-discovery. As Henry David Thoreau said…
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Job opportunities for over 50s

If you have spent years raising a family and have always put the needs of others ahead of your own, it is easy to feel redundant once they grow up and leave home. The good news is that job opportunities…
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Review of Refeathering the Empty Nest by Wendy Aronsson

Book Title: Refeathering the Empty Nest, Life after the children leave Author: Wendy Aronsson Published: (2014). New York: Rowman & Littlefield Price: Hardcover $36.68 Kindle: $34.19 My Rating: 4-5 I found this book thought-provoking and easy to read. I like…
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