Best deals for Black Friday and After….A Must Read if you want the Best Deals!
As we approach December, the holiday season is getting into full swing, and that means that it’s time to look for some of the best shopping deals of the year. Some of the best deals of the year are found around this time, particularly during the Thanksgiving weekend and through until the 26th of November. Whether you decide to take advantage of the Black Friday rush sales, or want to wait a little longer to do your holiday shopping, this guide will help you to find the best deals, including examples of how you can do your holiday shopping from the convenience of your own home. Black Friday 2017 Black Friday officially starts on November 24, but sales typically continue until Sunday and sometimes even up until Monday the 27th of November. Millions of shoppers around the world hold off on their big ticket purchases for Black Friday, hoping to take advantage of huge discounts on popular products, especially tech items like computers and cell phones. All of the leading consumer electronics retailers, such as Best Buy, offer heavily discounted items for the Black Friday weekend. They have a heavy leaning on modern tech when it comes to their best […]
How Being Thankful Is The Key To Happiness: Tips For A Healthy Mind
By: Stacy Pellettieri, LCSW-R “It is not happy people who are thankful; It is thankful people who are happy.” I’m not really sure who it was that came up with this inspirational quote but it’s hanging on canvas on my wall right next to my front door so I know someone did! Why my front door? So everyday before we leave the house we are reminded to be thankful. I know that the idea that gratitude can lead to happiness is often met with skepticism. I regularly hear people say to me, “Oh, so I just think about good things and suddenly I’m not depressed anymore?” Kind of like that, yes! I wouldn’t say the transition from depressed to happy would be “sudden,” actually it would be more of a gradual transition, but a real transition nonetheless. You can argue with me all you want, but there’s a science to this theory. You see, the brain is full of chemicals. And yes these chemicals determine mood. The neurotransmitters in our brain are constantly firing off different levels of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Serotonin is the chemical of mental relaxation. Too little serotonin is known to cause anxiety, […]
Consequences for opting out
Long Island represents one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, and one of the most populated areas by total numbers. Encompassing areas that make up some of the key residential and even political areas of the country, Long Island is often a good benchmark to use when looking at attitudes towards everything from pop culture, to education. It seems fitting then that Long Island has been one of the key battlegrounds for the movement against common core testing. Earlier in 2017, it was reported that almost 100,000 students from the Long Island public school system had opted out of state English Language Arts exams. These students make up more than 50% of the total student body eligible for the exams. The region again made the news in March of this year, when more than 90,000 students opted out of Common Core math testing. It is clear from the statistics that there is shared concern regarding standardized testing in New York State. Parents, teachers, and the students themselves, have openly spoken about a perceived lack of validity in the common testing. Opponents to Common Core also feel the standardized testing can take away the ability of schools […]
How to Handle Stress Around the Holidays
The holiday season is a time when family and friends should be able to come together, relax, and reflect on the year that has been. However, for millions around the world, the holidays can be a time of stress where a lack of preparation could soon derail the spirit of the season. Staying grounded during this time of year is important, and there are some simple and effective steps that anyone can follow to limit or completely eliminate holiday stress. Head into the Holidays with the Right Mindset Some people dread the holiday season and the stress that it can bring. Approaching the holidays with a negative mindset will take the fun and joy out of the holidays, and will lead to subconscious decision making and negative outcomes. Plan to enjoy the holidays and keep the bigger picture in mind. Having a positive attitude is sometimes seen as a cliché, but it’s actually a highly effective way to manage stress, and there’s scientific evidence to suggest that priming your brain for positive experiences will help you to get the most out of any situation. Take Breaks Often and Maintain Focus Although it seems like the holidays should be a time […]
Spotting the Signs of Autism in Children
In the past few decades the rate of autism diagnosis has grown dramatically. In the 1980s, the prevalence of autism was generally recorded as 1 in 10000 children. Today, 1 child in every 88 is diagnosed with the disorder. Thanks to a deeper understanding of the condition, and a wider medical consensus on the warning signs, parents and caregivers can now learn to recognize the signs and take appropriate intervention steps. For any parent that is worried about the development of their child, understanding the key warning signs will ensure that the right treatment can be given. Early diagnosis and proper care will ensure the best quality of life throughout childhood, adolescence, and adult years. Early Signs of Autism That Can Appear Before 12 Months Autism can be diagnosed at an early age, often around the first year of a child’s development. Although the condition can be highly varied between sufferers, the following signs are generally considered to be indicators that autism spectrum disorder exists. The more signs that are present, the more important it is to observe behavior and consult with a medical professional. Lack of Gestures and Common Interactions Developing children share common characteristics before they learn to […]
Where to See Christmas Lights 2017!
Jones Beach Magic of Lights – Wantagh November 17 – December 31, 2017 This much-anticipated event is back this year with all of your favorite holiday characters and the spectacular tunnel of lights. Pile the family into the car and drive through 2.5 miles of light displays with animation that will capture the imaginations of young and old. Bayville Winter Wonderland – Bayville November 24-January 1, but dates/times vary. Captain Bay’s Yo-Ho Holiday Light Show with a pirate-themed light show tells the story of the pirates’ first Christmas. Santa’s Toy Factory Fun House boasts bright florescent-colored walls that can be seen in 3-D with glasses. Wander through a tricky hall of mirrors and then to Santa’s workshop as you listen to the sounds from the North Pole. Other attractions include Blizzard Bay’s Arctic Skating Adventure, Holiday Express Train Ride, and Magical Meeting with Santa. Festival of Lights – Freeport Woodcleft Ave. December 2, 2017, 7pm This unique event showcases festively decorated boats. Boat owners go all out with lights and decorations in this parade along the Nautical Mile in Freeport. Homes along the parade route also join in with backyards adorned with lights. Bundle up for some FREE […]