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How Good Posture Can Make You Happier

3 Quick Ways to Improve your Mood and your Posture Have you noticed that you slump or hunch over when you’re feeling down? And you do the opposite – stand up straight and tall – when you’re feeling good? Studies show that your mind (or mood) influences your body (posture). Vice versa – your body language influences your confidence and energy. Once you realize this, you can make it work to your advantage. Here’s what you should know:   How good posture looks and feels, and what you can do to improve yours. Go to a site such as www.acatoday.org and search read more...

Tech Help For Seniors…4 Tips to Help

4 Tips to Help Seniors Adjust to a new tech purchase Older adults are one of the fastest growing segments of the online community. Do you know a senior (or are you one yourself) who’s interested in computers/tablets/smartphones but doesn’t know where to start? Here are some of the best resources:  Look for beginner computer classes at your local library, senior center, college/university or computer store.  Check out (or ask someone to look up) www.seniornet.org. For a membership fee, this non-profit offers online courses and instructor-led workshops at learning centers in the U.S. and other countries.  Search for “computers” at www.aarp.org for articles on all read more...

Prebiotic vs. Probiotics. . .What’s the Difference really?

Are Prebiotics and Probiotics Really a Big Deal? Did you know there is new research suggesting that your gut microbiome produces over 75% of your serotonin (the happiness hormone)? Wait!  What is the gut microbiome? The gut microbiome is a vast ecosystem of organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and protozoans that live in our digestive pipes, which collectively weigh up to 2kg (heavier than the average brain). It is increasingly treated by scientists as an organ in its own right. Each gut contains about 100tn bacteria, many of which are vital, breaking down food and toxins, making vitamins read more...

Organizing Your Home (the Living Room)

Need quick tips for organizing your home? Let’s start with a living room checklist: Remove everything on the floor that doesn’t belong there. Kids’ toys go back to their rooms. Return food items (half-eaten snacks?) to the kitchen. De-clutter the coffee table and other flat surfaces. Group your framed photos. Consider a creative wall display. Put similar objects (like TV remotes) in one place. Purge the magazines and assorted papers. Place relevant items on a rack or in a bin. Add an attractive wastebasket. Cut your favorite collectable collection by at least half. Put the rest in storage and rotate read more...

Top Advice for Busy Parents Preparing to Sell Their Home in a Competitive Market

7 Tips for Busy Parents Selling their Home With careers, school events, spilled milk and skinned knees, being a parent is challenging on a daily basis.  When you throw selling your home into the mix, life can feel overwhelming.  How do you prepare your home for sale, much less stay on top of cleaning for showings?  Follow this advice to give your home a competitive edge, even when you’re busy. Talk with the kids.  Sometimes children don’t understand about selling a home and moving.  Even those who are old enough to understand can find the process upsetting.  One of the read more...

3 Tips for Settling in a New Home

A new home is a new adventure — one that comes with a lot of excitement and often a good bit of stress, too. Once you have the keys in your hands and your furniture in place, you may think the hard part is over, but in many ways it has just begun. Now you’re given the challenging task of turning a house into a home. Some parts of settling into a new home come naturally, while others require thought and planning. Here are three tips to help make settling into your home quick and painless. Decorate by decluttering: You read more...

6 Surprising Food Safety Tips

6 surprising food safety tips with titleFood safety tips that may surprise you You probably learned some basic food safety tips from your parents or in school. But here are some important rules you may not know about. The order you shop in matters: Food safety starts at the grocery store. Pick up frozen and refrigerated items last, then move to checking out. Peeling isn't washing: Even fruits and veggies you peel should be washed before eating, since it’s very easy for bacteria to transfer from the peel to the part you’ll eat. Toast flour if you're not baking it: We all love raw cookie dough, but read more...

Avoiding LinkedIn Scams

Avoid linkedin scams with title LinkedIn Scams Coming Around Again Savvy as we may be about online scams these days, scammers are always coming up with new ways to swindle the unsuspecting. Some of the latest are on the job-hunting and networking site, LinkedIn. Scammers want to infect your computer with malware by having you open links or files – including fake job applications. Here are some ways to keep your data safe. Accept connections carefully. Look over accounts to see if they look real, before simply accepting the connection request. Fake account warning signs include not having a photo and little to no personalization or read more...

5 Thoughtful Questions for Your Next Interview

5 thoughtful interview questions with titleHere are 5 great questions to pull out for the  next interview you go on Landing a job interview is cause for celebration. But are you prepared for the dreaded, “Do you have any questions for us?” With this list, you will be. • What is a typical day like for the person in this position? • What metrics will be used to measure performance? • What are some of the short-term and long-term goals for the growth of the company? • What are advancement paths for someone in this position? • What is the corporate culture like? Now that read more...

Home Heating Hacks

home heating hacks with titleThese Helpful Heating Hacks can save you a bundle As temperatures drop, the heating bill rises. Before the shock of your first higher-than-average bill, here are some things you can do to your house to make sure you’re not wasting money. Keep Heat Inside – Close the fireplace flue or damper tightly when you’re not using it. Replace worn weatherstripping around windows and doors. Add caulk or foam sealants around your electric outlet boxes. These small measures can add up. Adjust Temperatures – Lowering the thermostat by only 2-3 degrees can make a big difference. Having a programmable thermostat is even better since you read more...