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More Egg Nog Please! Handling Holiday Financial Stress

December 16th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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The holidays may be about family, giving thanks, happiness and all of that good stuff but that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t go through some rough times. Top of the list is that sinking feeling you get spending all that money to put a nice meal on the table for everyone and gifts under the tree. That harsh reality right there can turn someone’s seasons greeting into the nightmare before Christmas.

Holidays can be kind of a depressing time as many will attempt to buy happiness they can’t afford. So what are we suppose to do? Here are some ways to handle holiday financial stress that will hopefully lift your spirits.

Are You Wasting Money This Holiday Season? Take Our Quiz!

December 16th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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With the holidays so close, one has to wonder if all of our shopping efforts are really paying off. Sure you have probably scooped up some awesome gifts for people but does that automatically translate into deals on your end? Have you been paying attention to what and when you buy, or have things been spur of the moment? To help keep us on track for the remainder of the shopping days here’s a little quiz to see if you are wasting money this holiday season.

Gift-Giving At The Office: Secret Santa Etiquette Tips

December 12th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The infamous Secret Santa gift exchange at the office could be intimidating for some and fun for others. As a way to get employees together to celebrate the giving spirit of the season, gift exchanges have become the norm at the office. If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for someone in the office and not sure how to contribute, maybe these rules of thumb can help you navigate the gift-giving process. Here are a few tips of etiquette when looking for the perfect gift as an office Secret Santa.

How You Should Really Spend Your Holiday Bonus

December 11th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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There’s nothing quite like working your tush off year round to receive a holiday bonus. It can make the blood, sweat and tears worth it. As we could all use extra money in our pockets this time of year we still have to be careful not to blow it all at once. It’s extremely easy to do so. Who wants money that’s here today and gone tomorrow?

For this reason we should all be smart when it comes to our finances at the end of the year, using anything extra to get ahead of bills or seasonal debt. Here are some tips on how you should really spend your holiday bonus. We got some help with this advice from Cornelia Shipley, a nationally recognized life mentor, strategic planner and executive coach.

What’s Your Number? Holiday Tipping Etiquette For All The People You Should Be Gifting

December 9th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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How are you with tipping? Do you abide by that traditional (or even expected number), or do you do your own thing? Heck, do you even believe in tipping? While there has been much speculation about why blacks do and do not tip , it really boils down to a personal choice an individual must make.

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s good to have some understanding about common practices. Here’s a rundown on holiday tipping etiquette you might want to keep in mind.

Staying Job-Focused During The Holiday Season

December 2nd, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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How are you faring one the job with the holidays in full effect? Let’s rewind that — How are you doing in the productivity department with the holidays upon us? It can be a real challenge to keep your concentration as you go from your regular schedule to one with tons of vacation and time away from the office. With that said, it’s up to you to stay focused and not fall into the trap of slacking off. Here are some tips on staying job-focused during the holiday season.

Jobless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless: How To Deal With The Holidays While Unemployed

November 22nd, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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Being unemployed just flat out sucks regardless of the time of year it happens. But can put a serious damper on plans during the holidays. As if there wasn’t already pressure enough to make gift purchases and provide great memories for our households, now we must deal with the fact that our source of income is now a thing of the past.

So does that mean that those without employment can’t enjoy the holidays like everyone else? Most definitely not as it is more about family and less about things — no matter how many Hallmark cards and product commercials come our way. Here are some pointers on how to deal with the holidays while unemployed that will hopefully help make it a better one for you and yours.

Love To Entertain? Here’s How To Prep For The Holidays

November 14th, 2013 - By jade
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The holidays are just around the corner and of course, it’s the only time of the year where you will have tons of guests! In this episode of Home Savvy, we’re showing you how to prep your home for the holidays. We gave the lovely couple, Jason & Kelli Brazier a home makeover to show you how to make a few necessary holiday adjustments in your home. Make sure you watch the full episode to find out how you can win a $200 Gift Card to The Home Depot.

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Never Forget: Sybrina Fulton Talks About First Holiday Without Trayvon And More

December 29th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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Ten months after her son was killed, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says she’s ready for justice to be served in 2013. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about her first holiday season without Trayvon, her thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and her hopes for 2013:

This year has been bittersweet. The bitter part is that I lost my baby boy. The sweet part has been the show of support that we have received from our community and from the world. We are thankful. 



This is our first holiday season without Trayvon, and I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time. I’m an emotional rollercoaster. Trayvon loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. He always looked forward to those holidays. But while I am sad I’m reminded that I have another son that I’m trying to help get through not having his younger brother around.

Sybrina continues to ve a very strong woman. You can read the rest of the touching message over at ESSENCE.

9 Steps To Get Focused For 2013

December 28th, 2012 - By C. Cleveland
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Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.

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