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Life management expert and bestselling author Brook Noel says historically more than 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by late February because most people view resolutions as another pressure in an already pressure-filled life.

For that reason, Noel was generous enough to give one lucky Marvelous Girl reader a copy of her book The Make Today Matter Makeover! The first person to email about the giveaway will win Noel’s book.

Whether you want to curb your caffeine cravings, stop procrastinating or really reduce stress in 2010, Brook Noel is hosting a FREE 5-day Facebook Workshop (Jan. 11-15) based on her popular online course Transforming Resolutions Into Reality.

Here’s a quick outline of the program:
DAY 1: Ready, set, Goal!
Brook shares the crucial formula for creating a successful goal. Participants will apply these principles to choose a goal for 2010.

DAY 2: Visualize Success
During day two, Brook shares how seeing is believing when it comes to goal-work. Participants will learn the science behind visualizing and affirming a goal and begin to create a visual goal map.

DAY 3: From Vision to Plan
With our goal firmly in mind, we turn our attention to creating an overall big-picture goal plan to takes us from point A to point B.

DAY 4: The Goal Zoom-lens
During day four, participants continue to work with their goal plan and learn how to create manageable monthly, weekly, and daily steps to guide them toward success.

DAY 5: Action, Attitude and Energy
During our final lesson, Brook shares how attitude, action, and energy lead to long-term success and provides tips for maintaining motivation and high-energy as participants get ready to embark on a journey to make their goals a reality!

Brook Noel is a bestselling author and life management expert whose Make Today Matter Program has helped more than 160,000 people make significant changes in their lives. or

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Amazon has some great last minute magazine deals.  Click Here to see all offers.  Here are just a few..

$5.00 1-Year Subscriptions

This Old House, Health and Southern Living

$8.00 1-Year Subscriptions

Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar

This is a great inexpensive gift for those who are hard to buy for.

There’s only five days until Christmas, and if you’re a last-minute shopper then look no further.  Here are some marvelous gifts for the mom, sister, daughter, grandmother or best friend in your life, under $50:

Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs ($14.99/each or $49.99/all five) – Help your loved ones live better with an at-home program that works!! For stress reduction, weight loss, quitting smoking, etc, Hyp-Yoga opens up the body and calms the mind with expansive, full-body poses and deep breathwork, making the gentle hypnosis (on topic of choice) that follows incredibly effective. The Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs each include 10 minutes of yoga poses (with pictures included for guidance), followed by a hypnosis session. There are 5 CD editions: Freedom from Emotional Eating, Sleeping Better, Learning to Flow (Stress Prevention), Increased Energy, and Living in the Present Moment. For purchasing information, click here.

Meltology self-heating spa mitts ($30/2 pair) and socks ($30/2 paris) – It’s like Botox for your hands and feet!  Soyaffin™ serum drenches hands and feet with long lasting moisture protection to lock in results for younger looking hands.  Natural, moist heat helps lotions absorb deeper than ever, while Soyaffin™ Serum inside the liners leaves your hands and feet feeling relaxed and pampered.  To learn more about  Meltology products, click here.

Yak Pak Nobu Hobo bag ($45) – The Nobu bag is the biggest hobo offered in the Yak Pak collection, with the Megu coming in right behind it.  The Sabrina is a more petite version of the hobo and also comes with an adjustable tied shoulder strap.  Ranging from just $25- $45, all the hobos are made with a soft cotton twill exterior and a shiny satin interior and come in a plethora of stylish prints that are classic to the Yak Pak look.  To find a retailer near you, click here.

Vanitymark Dr. KISS ($12) – This hydrating lip balm (in a cute pill case) has a natural tint thanks to a pinch of the ingredient found in the mood lipsticks of our past. Kukui Nut Oil and Vitamins A, C & E give a healthy, antioxidant-full and moisturizing hug to keep lips soft and smooth, and sweet vanilla and peppermint give this lip balm a yummy taste and minty zing. Great for anyone who likes their lips!  To find a retailer near you, click here.

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries ($18) – A political gardening handbook that calls up images of Mao Tse-tung and Che Guevara.  The focus is on illicit activities, where individuals are inspired to enhance their communities by reclaiming garbage-strewn vacant lots, empty flower boxes, and neglected street-side strips of dirt.  Click here to purchase the book.

Can you believe it?!  It’s only $5 bucks!  It’s true: a full year of O, the Oprah Magazine is just $5.00.  Hurry and go to before December 19th to subscribe!

This would make a great gift.

Lauris Faith believes that, in large measure, we are responsible for the life we have, and that the choices we make shape and mould us into the persons we are.  Little did she know that Reggae music would be a source of salvation in her life.
Like many parents, her relationship with her son Damon was tested during his “Teenage Years”. After a period of estrangement from her younger son – which lasted far too long – a wonderful reconciliation occurred. And as they grew closer, they found ways to communicate and relate and a new mother son relationship was discovered. This relationship had blossomed and matured due to the lyrics they had found together in Reggae music.
Years later, Damon suggested she write down her thoughts and share what was on her mind. So she did and found that she enjoyed writing immensely.
The resulting book, My Life I Make, is a living legacy to her children and an example for others about the pleasures and wonderful gifts a parent can give to her children while alive. It is a collection of 65 thought-provoking, inspirational pieces based on the philosophy that each of us is responsible for the choices we make in life.
Lauris says that it is true that in some cases there may be little room to make choices; but there is always a choice to be made, even if it is how to approach the fact that the choices are limited.
She has learned that it’s not wise to worry about things you have no way of changing. She says you just have to constantly try to recognize the things that can help you become a better person.
“We take our chances in life and we live with the results of the decisions we make. Life owes us nothing – it is up to us to do the best we can with whatever gifts or trials life puts in our path,” she says. “We need to be grateful for whatever we have.”
In two words, her writing dispenses effervescent hope. Her book captures her personal, contemporary “Prodigal Son” experience and allows people to experience and benefit from the heightened knowledge that comes from relating to her sons using the lyrics of Reggae music as a starting point.  It has allowed her to express and sharpen her “philosophy on the run” perspectives on life.

For more on Laura’s book, click here.

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The items topping your teen’s wish list this holiday are probably Wii games and an iPod, but how about giving the best gift of all: Adventure through imagination!  Here are a couple novels that are sure to reach Twilight and Harry Potter popularity with your teen this holiday as well as an advice guide for teen girls:

The Hole in the Sky, by Barbara Mahler ($20.95):  An unusual visitor leads 13-year-old Kaela and her cousin on a fantastic journey to a cursed land where they find beauty, adventure, strange and magical friends, and deadly enemies.  The key that unlocks the curse lies hidden in the mystical butterfly breath, but to uncover it, Kaela has to overcome her grief from her mother’s death and face her deepest fears before time runs out. (My 15-year-old niece loved this book!)

For more on the The Hole in the Sky, click here.

Rebel Stone and The Ghost Whisperers, by Walter Rouzer ($18.95):  Rebel Stone and his parents temporarily relocate to a grey stone castle overlooking the Mississippi river, but they are strictly forbidden to enter one room during their stay – a master suite sealed shut for more than 100 years. No stranger to paranormal events, Rebel is confronted by the dark forces within the mansion. Rebel eventually befriends the Ghost Whisperers, twin girls living in the mansion, and begins attempting to free their spirits, but is swept along an extraordinary adventure.

For more information on Rebel Stone and the Ghost Whisperers, click here.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence, by Carrie Silver-Stock, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. ($14.95):  Girls love secrets. In many ways, teen girls are trapped by the cult of secrecy that exists today. It is as part of this cult that so many girls hide their depression, eating disorders, pregnancies, and sexual relationships. Secrets Girls Keep by teen expert Carrie Silver-Stock, shows teens that when they help share their stories, they begin to break down the walls and ensure better and safer choices for their futures. Many girls today struggle with feelings of low confidence, loneliness, rejection, and depression and then look to unsafe sex, drugs and alcohol for comfort and answers.

For more on Secrets Girls Keep, click here.

Check out the latest book from author Wendy Walker, available Sept. 1.