Holiday stress? Tame it naturally!

submitted by GNC, Newtown

The holidays are a wonderful time of year shared with family and friends. Unfortunately, they can also be a hectic time filled with chores, deadlines and responsibilities. If you’re one of many who feel stressed and anxious this time of year, here are some natural remedies to help put the fun back in the holidays.

L-THEANINE – This is an amino acid found in green tea. It promotes a subtle, relaxed mood without causing drowsiness. L-theanine reduces the feel and perception of common, everyday stress while allowing you to carry on throughout the day without any sedative effect. In fact, studies indicate this supplement can actually improve cognition and attention.

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Wealth accumulation of homeowners

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors recently wrote an article in Forbes magazine outlining the difference in wealth accumulation between homeowners and renters. The difference is astounding. According to data collected in 2013 by the Federal Reserve, a typical homeowner’s net worth was $195,400, compared to $5400 for a renter.

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It’s comfort food time… keep those carbs in check!

submitted by GNC, Newtown

As we head deeper into fall, many of us begin to enjoy a variety of foods that go perfectly with the colder weather. Most of these foods are higher in carbohydrates compared to those eaten throughout spring and summer.

You can still enjoy many of these delicious treats while lessening the weight gain associated with them.

We’ve all heard the expression “a calorie is a calorie.” This refers to the premise that carbohydrate, protein and fat calories are equal in terms of their effect on body weight.

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Bucks County real estate update

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

It’s impossible for national and regional statistics to tell you the full story on the many factors surrounding our local real estate market. Consumer sentiment and confidence have much to do with where we stand, and the statistics we’re seeing year-to-date and year-over-year are very good for Bucks County overall.

Low interest rates continue to keep affordability up for buyers, which is also good news for sellers. To really grasp current market conditions, it’s important to look at and track history.

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Love or an addictive relationship? (Part II of II)

submitted by Holly Smith, National Life Coach, Counseling and Consulting Group, www.coachingaddictivebehavior.com

Although the relationship might begin well, once the honeymoon stage ends problems can begin to surface. The toxic dynamics emerge, and neither party can experience real happiness. Of course both people will likely ignore these facts, especially if they are unaware of the true nature of their malady.

They continue on with one another in a state of forever “push and pull” because both share the same fear; the fear of being alone and or the fear of intimacy.

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Your most important choice in retirement

submitted by Mark Byelich, CFP®CDFA™AIF®, Financial Consultant, Managing Partner, Attleboro Wealth Management, www.attleborowealth.com

Social Security is probably the most important decision a married couple will make about their retirement. Many people believe the question is simply a now or later option when, in fact, a recent article reported that there are 567 ways to collect Social Security, (bankrate.com: http://www.bankrate.com/financing/retirement/567-ways-to-collect-social-security).  Further, a recent study by Boston College suggested these strategies represent more than $10 billion in unclaimed Social Security benefits.

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Are you armed and ready for cold and flu season?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place, such as the following:

Sambucus Elderberry Extract – In numerous clinical studies, elderberry extract demonstrated potent anti-viral properties. It is particularly effective against the flu virus because of its ability to prevent it from reproducing in our bodies.

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Big changes in home buying effective October 3rd, 2015

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

If you’re buying a home and getting a mortgage to do so, or if you’re selling a home to a buyer that needs to obtain a mortgage, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has instituted new rules designed to protect the consumer, which go into effect on October 3rd and can significantly impact the closing process.

The most impactful change is that now the Buyer must receive and review a new form called a Closing Disclosure no later than three days prior to the closing date.

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Love or an addictive relationship? Part I of II

submitted by Holly Smith, National Life Coach, Counseling and Consulting Group, www.coachingaddictivebehavior.com

An experience in having unhealthy relationships can be empty and unfulfilling. Most of the time the relationships started out blissfully (like a drug). There were large amounts of chemistry, coupled with merging – the perfect combo for disaster.

Losing ourselves in them, people forget their identity or worse yet, never create one. Toxic partnerships can allow us to adopt another’s values and lifestyle. This happens, why? The reason is simple; a person does not know who they are in the first place.

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Are there nutritional gaps in your diet?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Most people don’t get enough of the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients required for optimal health through diet alone.

You can fill in those nutritional gaps and create a strong foundation for better health with these four core products:

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