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3 Tips for Keeping Your Yoga Mat Clean

3 tips for keeping your yoga mat cleanKeeping yoga mats clean can be a breeze, not an actual breeze, but pretty easy You don’t leave your yoga pants unlaundered week after week, right? The same should be true of your yoga mat.  In fact, here are 4 reasons why you should clean your yoga mat regularly: Prolongs the life of your mat Helps you avoid having to use harsh cleaning methods that break down the mat surface Makes for a pleasant class experience for everyone because, well, phew! For your own health--keeps you from re-infecting yourself after a cold or flu bout Luckily, a yoga mat is read more...

How to Sleep On a Plane and 4 Other Travel Hacks

how to sleep on a planeHow to Sleep On a Plane to Travel in Comfort • Turn your neck pillow around with the open part in back so your head won’t bob forward while you sleep.  This works on all modes of travel, not just planes. • Skip alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from the beverage and food carts. • Use an eye mask to block light. • Listen to white noise (try TMSoft's White Noise app) to drown out passenger and plane sounds. 4 Other Travel Hacks to use this summer The everywhere answer: Infinity scarves give you infinite options. Use one as a blanket when you’re cold, read more...

5 Customer Service Tips that Give Real Results

5 customer service tips that give real resultsCustomer Service Tips that Really Work! While calling customer service may make your stomach sink and your palms sweat, there are simple ways to help make sure your next call to a help line or returns counter is less stressful and more successful.  Be Prepared  Gather all the documentation you think you’ll need before you begin. Err on the side of over-preparing so you won’t  be even more frustrated by having to make the same trip or call a second time. It's always a good idea to scan those documents into a PDF in case you need to provide copies to the read more...

3 Shower Organization Hacks and other tricks to organize your new bathroom

Shower organization with titleOrganize your bathroom and reduce your morning stress level Bathrooms can become cluttered and hard to clean because they tend to be heavily used by everyone.  On the worst days, you might find yourself digging through sticky, over stuffed drawers for a hair tie, stepping on sprung bobby pins, and fruitlessly trying to find a full bottle of shampoo.  Here are some ways to organize your shower and the rest of the bathroom to make mornings run smoothly for the whole family. Shower Organization Hacks. . . Streamline your morning routine with these clever organization tips that don't create lots read more...

Pre-Qualified versus Pre-approved, which is better?

which is betterPre-qualified or Pre-approved, which is Better when Buying Your First Home? You can get a “pre-qualification” letter from a lender fairly easily after a 10-minute phone interview. However, you are in a stronger position to buy if you get a “pre-approval” letter, which means the lender has verified your income in terms of employment, funds on deposit, and your credit history. Pre-approval may take a few days to a few weeks but it’s worth the effort since it tells the sellers you can get financing.  It's a powerful weapon when it comes to negotiating the price you want, so it’s worth it read more...

Mindful Gratitude: 8 Ways to Cultivate It

8 ways to cultivate mindful gratitudePracticing mindful gratitude can have huge benefits, here's how to be more grateful We would all rather be happy if given the choice. In some cases, our state of happiness can be a conscious choice we make to focus on the positive things in our lives. Learning to cultivate gratitude in your daily life is a surprisingly effective way to improve your health and overall happiness. The benefits of mindful gratitude can be huge. Studies show that people who are more grateful sleep better, feel healthier, have higher self-esteem, have more energy, and experience less stress. Staying grateful isn’t always read more...

Could It Be A Cold? Or is it Something Else? Should I go on that showing?

could it be a coldAre you sniffling through a showing?  Could this be a cold? Or is it allergies?  Or something worse? Beyond common cold symptoms, the body is excellent at communicating when something's not quite right. Here are several surprise symptoms that could indicate you might have a cold – and a few signs you may have something else.  It could be a cold if: Your senses of smell and taste aren't up to par. You are thirstier than usual. You feel muscle aches and pains in unusual places, such as the scalp. You have particularly vivid or unusual dreams. You find it read more...

The RIGHT Way to Use Child Car Seats

the right way to use child car seatsChild Car Seats are a part of life, are you getting the most out of yours? It is in your kids' best interest (and the law!) to properly use car seats. Even if you're taking a quick drive down the street, here's what you need to know: Choose a car seat that best fits a child's weight, size, and age as well as your vehicle's design. Learn how to use the seat you purchase. Look for a car seat label that notes the seat meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Don't use a car seat that is read more...

House Plants for Every Room in Your New Home

houseplants for every room in your new homeHouseplants can create a sense of calm and increase your indoor air quality in your new home! House plants can do far more than simply spruce up the way a home looks. Certain plants wield certain benefits – and many thrive better in some rooms than in others. Put your green thumb to work and get these plants growing where they serve you best! In the living room: The peace lily removes mold spores in the air and is relatively low maintenance. Though it can adapt to low light, placing it in a well-lit area will keep it flowering almost nonstop. Colorful read more...

5 Financial Tips For College Graduates

5 financial tips for college gradsCollege Grads, and many young adults, will benefit from these 5 Financial Tips! As the price tag on a college degree continues to skyrocket, it's become increasingly important that recent college grads are financially savvy. Instead of gifting an inspirational book to the young adults in your life this graduation season, pass these tips on instead. Tip 1: Don't ignore debt. Get a plan in place as soon as possible to pay off credit cards and loans. Pay AT LEAST the minimum due every month, and make extra payments when possible. Put extra money toward those debts that carry the read more...