Bring your family closer together, act like a team.

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON NEWS BREAK As early as Kindergarten, we are taught that families vary in size, shape, and dynamic. As society evolves, this is becoming even more of a reality. What was once thought to be the traditional family, almost no longer exists. For some, family gatherings are becoming a thing of the past. Screens are replacing intimate moments with our loved ones, and we can’t even spare a few moments to call for a chat. Families aren’t always shared by blood. In fact, most people today will find that they are closer to non-relatives than strangers they have known their whole lives. Your best friend becomes your sister, your neighbor your cousin — and, there’s nothing wrong with that. Families are the core of our existence, and while none of them are perfect, we should cherish what we have. Not everyone has a family. Not every family has our backs. Whether big or small, near or far, if you do have a family, you should realize just how lucky you are, and you should allow that blessing to drive you. Don’t make the mistake of taking your loved ones for granted. Don’t let misunderstandings cut the tithes that were so […]

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Staying Productive During the Holiday Season

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Previously Published on News Break Relaxing in front of a toasty fireplace, we sip on hot chocolate and sing with our eight-year-old daughter. She has just discovered Karaoke for the first time and seems to be the next rock superstar, ready to make her big break. The holidays are for reconnecting with loved ones, spending time with family and rekindling the friendships we almost lost to the turbulence last year. It’s a time of great joy, warmth and spirit — but also a time of great stress and distraction. We must find time to relax for the first quarter. Yet, we must also stay productive in preparation for the upcoming new year. With the power to ultimately make or break first-quarter results, we should not reflect on our achievements, tally up our successes or equate our long, hard days we spent in the office to the growth of the business. Instead, we should begin planning for the future, set new objectives and give ourselves a head start. We can dwell on what went wrong, or we can point out what we did right. Reflecting will get us nowhere, it’s the action that changes lives. Whether we’re still in the office or out […]

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Welcoming A New Baby – And A New You …Based on your Personality Type!

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TO NEWS BREAK When expecting to have a newborn, we may soon find that our emotions are all over the place. We’re happy. We’re scared. We may have become stressed, or we simply can’t wait — and, ultimately, we know that our lives are surely about to change in ways that we could never have expected. Even if this isn’t our first rodeo, there’s no debating that a newborn affects one’s personality and may even affect the family dynamic in a major way. Not only are we bringing a new life into this world — one we will have to care for, love, teach, feed and clothe — but we are also getting a great opportunity to assess our current state of being and to find personal growth in our own lives, as well. Some of the negative obstacles that may be triggered by the weaknesses of each personality type: Bad Time Management Resistance to the New Environment Distractions & the Inability to Concentrate Detail Overload Intolerance, Rage & Aggression Fear, Stress & Insecurity Overpromising Responsibilities Taking Things Too Seriously Not Taking Things Serious Enough Exhaustion & Depression Wearing One’s Self Too Thin Overanalyzing Situations Worrying Too Much […]

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Could reinventing family fun serve as a lifeline in Chuck E. Cheese’s current bankruptcy case?

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PUBLISHED ON MEDIUM Home. Where a kid can be a kid. Growing up, a kid was a kid when climbing through plastic tubes, jumping into a lagoon of colorful balls, happily watching animatronics malfunction, eating pizza, and — of course — exchanging our hard-earned tickets for spider rings and bubble gum wristwatches. Over the years, our favorite birthday venue would transform before our very eyes, serving a newer generation and doing away with our bless-ed jungle gyms — all while adding touch screens into the mix. And, then… COVID struck. Amidst national shutdowns and closures, Chuck E. Cheese would go on to see its greatest transformation, yet. Concerned that virus would linger on the surfaces of old tickets and gaming devices, the company decided to go contactless and instead target families at home, while relinquishing the torch to good old Pasqually through the launch of a secondary pizza and wings business. Although many locations would remain open, capacity would be limited throughout the pandemic. Overhead remained. And now, the entire franchise is facing bankruptcy. Protecting customers at the pinnacle of the pandemic Initially, most Chuck E. Cheese locations remained open but shortened their business hours to abide by local laws […]

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How newborns change your DISC personality

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON DISCINSIGHTS BY PEOPLEKEYS Fall has finally arrived – and so have those babies we’ve had our watchful eyes on all year! There may not have been a baby boom, but it sure did feel like there was. Didn’t it? Your sister had a baby. Your neighbor had a baby. Your co-worker had a baby… even you and your wife had a baby! And diapers aren’t the only things about to change. Our personalities change through life experiences, and like our newborn family members, we tend to look at the world totally different. Things we thought were once important just seem to be trivial anymore. If you’re a “D” personality… You may find yourself wanting to control everything. You feel you are that baby’s lifeline and he depends on you, so it’s no wonder you wouldn’t trust anyone else to make decisions on his – or your – behalf. You want everything to be right and to keep your little treasure happy, safe and protected. You’ll also be impatient. Your baby may show early signs of advancement, and you’ll want to run with it. You will expect more from your baby from the beginning. You’ll want […]

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Wearables for Good Improves the Lives of Children

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TO TMC NET’S WEARABLE TECH Child-friendly “Wearables for Good” is what UNICEF, ARM  and frog are calling both Khushi Baby and SoaPen, winners of the 2015 Wearables for Good Challenge. Each team, led by joint collaborative Indian-US teams, will have their designs come to life through manufacture, mentorship and a $15,000 prize. Earlier this month, winners were named for the May 2015 launch of The Wearables for Good competition. Sparked by the release of the UNICEF Kid Power Band, three superpowers in technology have teamed up to continue creating wearables for children. The world’s first WEARABLES-FOR-GOOD presents a mission to keep children active through adventure and physical activity, as they collect points to unlock therapeutic food packets to be delivered to severely malnourished children around the world. Adoption of this technology has inspired a trend in wearable innovation. A challenge that quickly drew over 2,000 registrants from over 65 countries around the world is now considered one of the “World’s most inclusive technology and designs challenges,” focusing on wearables and what they can do to make our planet a better place. Enter Khushi Baby, a wearable necklace that stores immunization records for the last two years of a […]

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Heirloom Registry Brings New Life to Family Histories with #NoMoreStuff

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Previously Published to TalentZoo’s Digital Pivot A social campaign with the hashtag “NoMoreStuff” has taken off to introduce families to a new concept that will keep the bloodline flowing proud long after this holiday season. In an attempt to provide an alternative for holiday shoppers, Heirloom Registry has kicked off a fourth leg of a campaign that completely challenges Black Friday shoppers using the hashtag “WhiteFriday.” The goal is to pass along family spirit, as opposed to commercialized products with no meaning and that may even be returned the day after Christmas. This alternative encourages families to bond over family history on the “day after,” instead of rushing out into dangerous environments to buy more “stuff.” A service from Houstory is a record of a family’s heirlooms with stories being documented through the easy-to-use Web portal. Families will be able to inexpensively upload and document the story of family heirlooms, tag them for discovery, and share their amazing histories with extended family and friends. This site allows users to download and print heirloom documentation for their personal records or to keep directly with the heirloom itself. “Instead of waking up earlier and earlier on Friday, battling the traffic and fighting the crowds […]

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The First ‘Smart’ Teddy Hits the Markets

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Previously Published to TalentZoo’s Digital Pivot Ted…Snuggles…Teddy Ruxpin…The Care Bears. We all fell in love with these popular teddies because they had minds of their own, they spoke to us, and they “wanted to be our friend.” While Ted’s fictional role in two movies allowed him to completely speak his mind and interact with humans as Snuggles did in laundry commercials, most of our other furry friends were one-way speakers and nothing more than a novelty. We could tell our teddies all the secrets in the world, and they would never tell. They had no other function aside from a pull string or the flip of a cassette tape. After a while, the novelty wore off. Enter “My Smart Teddy Bear.” ​Hutoma, a manufacturer of smart toys, gives a “portable brain to everyday objects” and announced yesterday, October 8, that it is changing the one-way conversation and launching a Kickstarter campaign aimed at releasing its Smart Teddy Bear — the “first toy powered by deep learning neural networks that can be programmed by parents using simple text files containing sample conversations.” Basically, Hutoma is giving life through artificial intelligence in making our next-generation pals a little more realistic. Due to the sensitive […]

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Stupid Cancer’s Instapeer App supports young adult cancer victims via “Social”

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON EXAMINER Stupid Cancer. That’s what it is. We hate that it exists. An organization has created a name for itself based on this ideal. Stupid Cancer is a “dominant youth cancer non-profit in the US,” and they have recently created a product that will change the way we turn to others for support in the fight against cancer. Stupid Cancer has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new mobile health app, “bringing one-on-one peer connection into the 21st century for 20 million Americans affected by young adult cancer.” This set-to-be awesome mobile app is calling itself Instapeer, and it’s free! According to the Institute of Medicine, we have a lack of peer support when it comes to the long hard battle we are faced with once diagnosed with Cancer. The more you have to be positive about at this time, the more likely you will recover faster. The lack of support and a positive outlook on a personal level, can “be a barrier to better outcomes for cancer patients. Connecting with someone who has already walked in your shoes can be a bridge to positive thinking, community, resources and much-needed support.” When one has Cancer, it isn’t […]

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