All Good – May 2016

All Good – May 2016
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In This Issue
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Colour Therapy for Your Dream Homes
By Sanghita Dutta Gupta
The Caregiver’s Guide to Overcome Compassion Fatigue
By Veronica Hislop
Declutter Your Home in Under Fifteen Minutes
By Todd Haller
5 Ways to Teaching Your Young Child About Money
By Matthew Sapaula
Lovely Links
Words Of Wisdom

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Colour Therapy for Your Dream Homes
By Sanghita Dutta Gupta
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The power of colours not only changes one’s mood but also
has therapeutic powers. It is believed by many Feng Shui
practitioners that if colours are used in a proper fashion,
they will have the ability to bring positive vibes into your
home. Let’s take a look at some basic guidelines on Colours
for you to start implementing in your home which will affect
your mood and behavior and in turn majorly influence your
happiness, health and well-being.

Let’s start with some basic facts on how different colours
influence our lives. Colours can be divided into two groups
– warm colours (red, orange, yellow) and cool colours (blue,
green, violet). General factors that characterize each group
are that warm colours are warming by nature and add coziness
and warmth to a room, generally stimulating the mind and emotions.
Cool colours are known to induce a peaceful atmosphere with
a sense of spaciousness and openness. Energising colours such
as red, orange and yellow brings in warmth to a room, and blues
and purples will evoke a sense of calm. Now let’s take a closer
look at some of the major colours and their effect on the mind,
emotions, and body.


In Feng Shui, the colour red denotes the fire element. One
can use red colour as a feature wall of the living room,
dining room, kitchen, etc. It is advisable not to use this
colour as the dominant shade in the bedroom as it is a very
powerful colour. Add red to a room if you are tired or feeling
low because it is a colour of passion and high energy. Reds are
to be used in balance with calm colours.


Orange is an optimistic colour which also denotes the fire
element. Use of this colour enhances productivity, keenness,
and enjoyment. The colour keeps you lively and playful, so it
is always a good choice to use this colour in your living room
or the children’s room. According to Feng Shui, orange enhances
lively conversations and good times in your home. It’s a mixture
of red and yellow, so it imbibes the qualities of both, the energy
of red and the cheerfulness of yellow.


Yellow belonging to the fire element is also used to uplift one’s
mood. The colour yellow & its shades belong to the earth element.
In Feng Shui, yellow is the ultimate source of positive energy.
One can use this colour in any room as it has the power of adaptability,
flexibility, clarity, etc. Moreover, it is uplifting, optimistic,
and gives one the sense of sunlight indoors.


Blue is the most calming and peaceful colour to use in your home.
Blue has different shades and most of them are all used to relax
the mind, promote deep breathing and slow down the body.
Being a trust-me colour, Blue allows one to focus on the task in
hand, bringing in peace and serenity and gives us the confidence
to communicate. It is a colour of sincerity, truth and loyalty.


Green reflects a natural environment and is a relaxing and balancing
colour. Being the most neutral colour on the colour wheel, Green is
easy on our eyes and can work in any room to convey a natural, pleasing
environment. The colour Green is known to heal headaches and reduce
anxiety. It helps in concentration and aids in restful times when
stressed. You will notice that the colour green is extensively used
in hospitals as it aides in healing the mind, body and spirit.

Violet / Purple

Violet / purple is known as a colour of transformation. Also known
as a cool colour which has a calming effect on us. It is proven by
research that the colour Violet / Purple stimulates the brain’s
problem solving areas, and it encourages creativity, intuition and
artistic ability. So we suggest that one can paint the walls of the
meditation room with this colour as it creates the perfect atmosphere
for some quiet introspection. Want to colour your walls in purple,
we suggest you go for light tones such as lavender or light violet.
You can also use purple or violet shades in your bedroom for a soothing
and restful sleep.

Other than the warm and the cool colours there are some other colours
which can be used in your home with care. Some of the other colour facts are –

Pink, Grey, White & Silver

According to Feng Shui, Pink creates a calm environment, so one can
paint the walls of your bedroom in a light shade of pink for better
sleep. Pink brings strong positive energy into your environment.
Grey, white, and silver colours belong to the metal element. Grey
is a colour associated with security, reliability, intelligence and
solidarity. Sometimes the colour is also used to describe a gloomy,
sad and conservative mood. We suggest you avoid the use of too much
grey on your walls as this could lead to a dip in your mood & energy
levels. White is associated with purity. If you want to go employ
white as the principal colour, you can comfortably do so as white is
also known for cleanliness & it also opens up a room and makes it look
bigger. Silver is a colour that transforms interiors into glamorous,
graceful & sleek homes.

Once you are aware about these small but important details about
different colours, we are sure you will now go ahead & paint your
walls accordingly and bring happiness, positive energy and luck
into your abode.

This is Sanghita Dutta Gupta, working as Corporate Communications
personnel in Marvel Realtors. Here to share some guidelines on
Colour Therapy useful for your dream home. If you are Interested
to Know How Luxury Homes Can Enhance Your Green & Clean Lifestyle
With Colors then Visit

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The Caregiver’s Guide to Overcome Compassion Fatigue
By Veronica Hislop
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Whether you are a mother, daughter, grandmother, wife,
or girlfriend… Whether you are old, young, middle aged,
married, single, widowed or divorced… Chances are if
you are a woman, you will be called upon at some point
in your life to become a caregiver and nurture another
human being.

Many women who work in the workforce nurture in that
realm too. They are the nurses, teachers, social workers
and personal support workers. According to Statistics Canada
(2014) 82% of employed women work in the Health Care & Social
Service industry – that number is 75% in the US according to
Department of Professional Employees Coalition of National Unions.

The number one disease affecting women today is Compassion Fatigue –
burnout and it correlates to the nurturing care giving role.

Here are some simple ground rules for you to follow in order
not to burn out and succumb to Compassion Fatigue:

a) Learn proper breathing

b) Prioritize your needs

c) Develop your support systems

a) Learn Proper Breathing

The importance of learning to slow down your breathing and
practice meditation/relaxation is well documented.

Slowing down your breath and shifting to belly breathing
allows you to quiet the Amygdala (the stress centre of the brain).
In doing this you are able to lessen the sense of overwhelm that
you might be feeling, which in turns allows you to gain some
perspective regarding your situation or circumstance. You cannot
feel stressed if you are breathing deeply and slowly.

Breathing deeply and slowly allows you to connect to your inner
self; the wiser healthier part of you that is in tune with what
is important to you and your own life. It allows you to gain
clarity. This does not take away from the people who are dependent
on you; in actual fact it adds to the betterment of their lives,
as you are now in a place to acknowledge that you exist too.
Twenty minutes a day of slow/deep breathing is all that is needed.

“It is only when you “quiet” the brain that you can hear and
see the opportunities available to you.”

b) Prioritize Your Needs

Many women become totally immersed in the care giving role and
continuously putting the needs of those who depend on them first,
that their needs (if addressed) go to the bottom of the list.
This can result in a depletion of their own personal resources.

Prioritizing your own self care is not only necessary – it is wise.
Without doing so, energies become exhausted thereby creating a space
for anger and resentment to creep into the care giving relationship.

Some women may feel that prioritizing their own self care is selfish,
but a simple reframe of the word selfish to the phrase self interest is,
is what is needed. If caregivers are not interested in themselves and
their own self care then how can they take good care of those that
depend on them?

“Taking care of ourselves means that the people in our lives get the
best of us and not what is left us.”

c) Support Systems

Caregivers are often hardworking, competent and strong women who
continuously do for others that they not only forget that they may
need help and support, they are reluctant to ask for it. They don’t
want to look silly, or seem weak, vulnerable incompetent, they don’t
know how to ask for help and thus keep going it alone.

Taking on a broader view of support may make it easier for women to
embrace this concept. Support doesn’t’ just have to be provided in
the form of people, it can also be resources, activities or experiences –
essentially anything that grounds and relaxes us. Any action that creates
space, replenishes, inspires, motivates, validates and can provide
comfort and peace of mind can become a part of one’s support system.

In this regard, spending time petting your dog on a regular basis
(if it is enjoyable) can be classified as an activity that is part
of a person’s support systems.

“Smart women know when and how they need help and they are brave enough
to ask for help when needed.”

Mastering your mind through breath, developing healthy self care
actions and forming support systems will enhance mental health and
overall wellbeing. This not only highlights your responsibility as
a caregiver to yourself, it is the ultimate gift that you can give to
the people in your life that you care for.

Veronica Hislop Author, Presenter is the founder of Em-Powered-Solutions,
Life Relationship Coaching. She works with stressed caregivers who want
to have better inter-personal relationships with the people in their lives.

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Declutter Your Home in Under Fifteen Minutes
By Todd Haller
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Have you ever suffered from the unfortunate experience of the
feared ‘pop-in’ visit from family and friends? Then you know how
horrible it can feel to look around your house and recognize that
there’s no way you can possibly declutter your home in the time
it takes to open the front door.

When you follow these steps, you will make the most heavily trafficked
and most common public areas of your house — your kitchen, the living
room and also the bathroom — look noticeably cleaner and clutter free
in the minimum amount of time.

First 5 minutes — Gather up all the unclean dishes inside the home
and put them directly in the dish washer. Absolutely nothing says
“clutter filled home” much more than having dirty dishes all over
the house and stacked up inside the kitchen sink. Most dishwashers
and dish detergents in today’s homes do such an excellent job at
cleaning dishes that you don’t actually need to pre-wash them in
the sink anymore.

At this time you need to take several seconds to quickly wipe down
the kitchen counters, wipe down the stove top and give the refrigerator
a fast swipe or two also.

At this stage your kitchen ought to appear much improved and you
are able to move on to the family room or living room area, whichever
is the nearest to your front door.

Second 5 minutes — Get mail, publications, papers, junk mail and
sort them to get rid of the things you do not want to keep. If you
have already read yesterday’s newspapers from front to back, why are
you hanging on to it? Why hang on to any junk mail? Junk Mail is exactly
that — Junk that needs to either go in the trash bin outdoors or into
the recycle bin instantly as soon as you know what it is.

Stack magazines nicely on the coffee table and end tables and give the
tables a simple wipe down with a soft cotton cloth.

At this point you also need to do a quick check to make sure that
there’s nothing sitting on the floor — if it is, pick it up and
take it to wherever you know it ought to go. Pick up children’s toys
take them to their play area or their bedroom. Put lap tops, remote
controls, game controllers and other electronic digital devices in a
drawer, on a shelf or otherwise tucked away from view.

Since the 2 main locations guests gather are decluttered,, now it is
time to start working on the bathroom.

Third 5 minutes — The first step to decluttering your bathrooms would
be to get almost everything off of the counter top. This includes hair
dryers, deodorant, hair products, toothpaste tubes, mouthwash, etc. Put
these products need in a bathroom drawer or cupboard where they belong
otherwise the bathroom will look like a tornado swept through it —
regardless of how clean the rest of the restroom will be.

Following that, get any dirty wash clothes and towels and put them in
a clothes hamper or take them straight to the laundry room. They do not
need to be put through the washing machine now, after all, how many guests
do have that go through your laundry area?

The follow-up step to taking out all your dirty towels is to change all
of them with attractive, fresh replacement towels and wash clothes. Keep
a separate ‘nice’ set of linen, hand towels and wash clothes for this
specific purpose clean and ready to go in the linen cabinet or inside the
bathroom cabinet.

Spend a moment or two performing a fast wipe down of the bathroom sink and
vanity, finishing up with the toilet, just enough to make everything look clean.

The most best part of this plan is that once you get your habit down,
these actions could be cut down to under 10 minutes.

The most important factor to keep in mind when decluttering your home is
that you are not doing a full-on cleaning operation, you might be just
trying to declutter your home [] to
ensure that it looks good to the casual eye. Keep your decluttering
activity confined to the most public areas of the house — the kitchen,
bath and living room.
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5 Ways to Teaching Your Young Child About Money
By Matthew Sapaula
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Because very few high schools offer courses in personal finance,
the challenge of financial education for your children rests
squarely on your shoulders. The earlier you start teaching
your kids about money, the easier it will be for them to grasp
sound financial habits that can serve them well for the rest
of their life.

Children lack two things adults have in abundance: experience
and perspective.

Teaching your children about money doesn’t require you to have
a perfect track record. Your mistakes can actually serve as an
example of why a certain habit or strategy doesn’t work.

Consider these ideas to start educating your children on money

1. What is money? Children quickly learn mom and dad use money
to buy stuff, but they usually lack the understanding of where
that money comes from.

– It can be helpful to give them an example of bartering. Explain
that long ago, a person might have traded a horse for a cow. But
having money allows someone to buy a cow, even if that person
doesn’t want a horse in exchange.

– Discuss with your children about how people have jobs and work
so they can earn money to pay for a house, car, clothing,
entertainment, and other expenses.

– Make the point that money is a medium of exchange. You have
likely exchanged a certain number of hours of your time to earn
$100. You then spend that $100 on goods or services worth $100.

– Show them all the different types of money, including coins,
and explain the values.

2. Let them earn money. This is the best way to show them how
money works. Let’s dispel the misconception that money magically
appears from the ATM. Give your children small jobs to do in
exchange for money. Explain to them how your family earns money.

3. Goods and services are exchanged for money. Explain to your
child that money is exchanged for value, and that value is either
a good or a service.

Give some examples of goods. Furniture, toys, games, and food
are some examples of goods. Ask them to name a few more.

Also give examples of services. Your state pays teachers for
providing a service. Paying someone to paint your house is
another type of service. A doctor also provides a service to
his patients.

– Explain that money isn’t normally just given to an adult.
Money must be earned by providing a service through some type of job.

4. Needs vs. wants. It can be helpful to explain to your child
the difference between needs and wants. Give them a list of each.
Make a game out of it. See whether they can guess whether an item
is a need or a want.

Some examples of some needs include food, water, clothes,
home, and heat. Wants would be toys, eating out at a restaurant,
magazines, and owning a television. These are items a child can
relate to.Explain that needs always come first and sometimes there
isn’t enough money to buy everything you might want. Sometimes
you have to choose.

5. Open a savings account in your child’s name. Most banks
have special savings accounts for children with minimal fees
or none at all.

Discuss with your child why people keep their money in banks.
Explain how interest works. Encourage your child to continue
building their savings account so they can earn more interest.
Go over the monthly statements with your child so they have
the opportunity to develop an understanding of the process.
Teaching a young child about money is a great first step to
ensuring a life with minimal financial worries in adulthood.
Most financial issues can be avoided by having good habits
and an appreciation for money. Teaching your child about
finances is one of the best things you can do for them.

“Money Smart Guy” Matt Sapaula is a financial coach that has
been helping middle-class Americans learn from his own financial
challenges while serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps
and through the positive experiences of his past clients for
over a decade. Matt is a frequent guest throughout the media
and was co-host to the first personal finance reality show on
MSN Money called “The Invested Life”. As a single father he
attributes the successes throughout his life by prioritizing
a value system of faith, family… then finance. Visit his
personal blog here:

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Happy May Day

Quick guide to the celebrations and traditions of May Day
around the world, including Morris dancing, maypoles, flower
rituals and the Queen of the May.

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keep it going. Read these tips for a balanced view of
what can be a wonderful journey.

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Red Velvet and Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.

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42 mostly great ideas to make life around the home a little easier.
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Extremely useful links that will show you how to handle a
job interview, know if someone is lying to you, speak at
least two common languages, end a bad date, use Google
effectively, flirt without looking desperate, jump start a
car, remember names and and travel light.

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Words Of Wisdom
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Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds,
look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able
to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is
simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not
going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are
not going to become rich and they will never have any bank
balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply
unbelievable how happy flowers are.

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a
squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Hal Borland

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad
with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Iris Murdoch

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and
dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if
it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei

Each season has its joys to treasure, to lift one’s spirits
and bring us pleasure.

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment
Chinese Proverb

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my
senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure
is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars; you have a right to be here.

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a
blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move
you, if the simple things of nature have a message that
you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Eleonora Duse

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That’s all for this month.
Have a marvellous May!