Elfster Blog http://blog.elfster.com Birthday & Holiday Party and Gift Exchange Ideas Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How To Practice Gratitude For Greater Health & Happiness http://blog.elfster.com/2018/10/15/how-to-practice-gratitude-for-greater-health-and-happiness/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:00:30 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10446 ‘Tis the season to give thanks , and it turns out counting your blessings is actually good for you. Tina B. Tessina, PhD, a California-based psychotherapist and author of  It Ends with You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction , tells us,  “Happy people have an easier life, bounce back from problems, and generate love. Research demonstrates we are hard-wired to focus on problems, which creates physically and emotionally damaging stress.” But Dr. Tessina has seen clients improve their well-being by changing their behavior. “Practicing gratitude helps you notice good things, reduce...

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Halloween Candy Trivia, Fun Facts and History http://blog.elfster.com/2018/10/08/halloween-candy-trivia-fun-facts-and-history/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:00:47 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10019 According to History.com, Halloween , an American holiday celebrated every year on October 31, originated in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). Over 2,000 years ago the Celts occupied what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and parts of France and Spain. November 1 was the beginning of the Celtic New Year. They believed that on the night before the New Year, the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. The Celtic priests, or Druids, built huge sacred bonfires...

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Fall Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back http://blog.elfster.com/2018/10/01/fall-hostess-gifts-that-will-get-you-invited-back/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:00:20 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10499 The weather is getting crisp and the days are getting shorter. It’s time for the new school year, new football season and Halloween. With all of the social gatherings on the calendar this time of year, we’ve rounded up some ideas for what to bring the host or hostess to make sure you get invited back year after year! Tailgate Supplies It’s football season, and that means it’s tailgating time ! Don’t show up empty-handed to your next big tailgate. Instead bring something to...

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Books to Hook Your Middle Schooler on Reading http://blog.elfster.com/2018/09/24/middle-school-book-list-to-hook-your-child-on-reading/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:30:22 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10344 I’m a life-long reader. I was that kid who couldn’t put a book down. In sixth grade alone, I tore through every book Agatha Christie ever wrote. When I had kids, I just assumed I’d given birth to fellow readers. Imagine my surprise when, as my boys entered elementary school, they preferred (gasp!) playing at the park with friends to being holed up with a book. When my oldest was in third grade, I was so grateful when Harry Potter fever hit...

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The History, Traditions, Beers & Fun Of Oktoberfest http://blog.elfster.com/2018/09/17/history-of-oktoberfest/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:00:33 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10273 Oktoberfest is much more than an almost 200-year-old party tradition. In 1809, Princess Therese Charlotte Luise von Sachsen-Hildburghausen was on the short list to become the bride of Napoleon Bonaparte. Crown Prince Ludwig, destined to become King Ludwig I of Bavaria, however, fearing that Napoleon would force him to marry a French princess, quickly chose Princess Therese as his German bride. On December 21 through 24, 1809, he visited Hildburghausen and chose Therese over her younger sister, Luise, who was...

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How To Beat The End Of Summer Blues http://blog.elfster.com/2018/09/10/how-to-beat-the-end-of-summer-blues/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:06 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10298 Sure, summer fun is over, but no need to get down-hearted. September is a month full of possibilities—the start of new school year, the beginning of fall, with our favorite holidays just around the corner, a time when a hint of promise floats in on cool evening breezes. We asked a few experts why they love September and how we can make the most of it. Here’s what they told us: Set a goal. Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at...

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Useful Gifts For College Students: Creating the Ultimate Care Package http://blog.elfster.com/2018/09/03/useful-gifts-for-college-students-creating-the-ultimate-care-package/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:00:50 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9612 While it might not be as exciting to focus on useful gifts for college students over entertaining ones, in the long run, your college student will thank you. After all, when college students are off on their own for the first time, they’ll likely forget about those little things that used to be available as needed, like salt and pepper shakers or a fridge to hold perishables. Parents who don’t want their kids living off Ramen for the next four...

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The History of Labor Day http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/27/the-history-of-labor-day/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 19:45:05 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10014 What’s Labor Day really all about? It’s the first Monday in September and the last hurrah of summer. The last BBQ , last camping trip, last pool party before the kids are back to school and work gets busy again. But what is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it? The History of Labor Day Labor Day is rooted in the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s. Laborers worldwide found steady work in factories and mines—but worker...

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How to Make Back to School More Fun http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/20/how-to-make-back-to-school-more-fun-for-kids/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:30:41 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10296 It’s hard to think of anything more universally loved by kids than summer vacation. Camp, swimming , long, unscheduled days with friends—and, let’s be honest, parents who are a little bit more relaxed about screen time for a couple of months. As we say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, how can we help make back to school more fun for the whole family? Get Your School-Year Groove Back Amanda Carman, a teacher and owner of Excited2Learn suggests planning fun activities...

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How to Beat the Summer’s Almost Over Blues http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/13/how-to-beat-the-summer-is-almost-over-blues/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:00:46 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10307 Summer is not over yet, there’s still a few weeks left to lounge in your unicorn pool float or spend the day munching on nothing but ice cream and rosé. Enjoy every moment you can of these last few weeks, but know that the end is in sight. To ease the pain we all feel this time of year, we’ve come up with a few ways to beat the summer’s (almost) over blues. Plan a Staycation Vacations are an amazing end-of-summer tradition, but...

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The Art Of Japanese Gift Giving http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/06/japanese-gift-giving/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:00:28 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9674 I met my husband while teaching English in Japan many years ago. Last summer, we took our sons to Tokyo and Kyoto to see the country we’d fallen in love with. Before we’d even left Shinjuku Station, my boys were fascinated by the world’s greatest vending machines—and the mountains of beautifully wrapped treats and souvenirs on display at every train station and department store. The gorgeous boxes made even simple mochi treats seem like something special. The Etiquette of Japanese...

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Gift Ideas for a Long-Distance Relationship: So Close Yet So Far Away http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/30/gift-ideas-for-a-long-distance-relationship-so-close-yet-so-far-away/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:00:03 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9659 Any couple who has tried it knows how challenging long-distance relationships can be, and sharing thoughtful presents is a good way to keep the spark alive. Some of my best gift ideas for a long-distance relationship occurred when I was in the military. It used to take a lot to keep my relationship going with my significant other, and I was constantly looking for clever ways to stay connected. I wanted to find a way to not just tell him...

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Summer Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/23/summer-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:36:32 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10253   It’s wedding season and for many of us, that also means it’s anniversary season. It’s time to celebrate the one you cherish most and show them how much you care, today and everyday. For many of us anniversaries can creep up, so plan ahead, set a yearly reminder in that calendar and make this time of year a time you focus on you and your special someone. From a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride to a personalized game with...

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10 Best Science Fiction Classics – An Anytime Gift Guide http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/16/science-fiction-classics/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:00:25 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10016 Almost everyone loves a good book. Here at Elfster , books are some of our favorite gifts. So, without further ado, here is our guide to the top 10 classic science fiction novels of all time, suitable for giving year round. First, what qualifies a science fiction book to be considered among the “best?” Ideally it uses a great story and well-developed characters to explore concepts about, well, everything: society, race relations, religion, technological advancement, space, time, humanity’s place in space...

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Bday Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend: Make Her Birthday Special http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/09/bday-gift-ideas-for-your-best-friend-make-her-birthday-special/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:00:54 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9730 I gave one of my greatest birthday gifts for my best friend when I was just a kid. On her 8th birthday, I got her a “best friends” necklace. You might remember the kind. It was actually two necklaces, connected by one heart, that you could split in half and share. To this day, we both still have our halves, even if they are a bit weathered from time. That’s the great thing about bday gift ideas for your best friend —even if what you gave them...

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