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5 Ways to Keep Rodents out of your Car this Winter

rodents in your carUse these hacks to keep Rodents out of your Car Forget snakes on a plane, you're more likely to find mice in your car! Even if you park in a garage, pesky rodents can chew up wiring, cause fluid leaks, and other serious damage. Here's how to keep them out. Avoid parking in places where rodents live such as wooded areas and tall grass. When parked in a garage, open the car's hood. Rodents enjoy warm, dark areas like this. You can also use steel wool to plug holes that you think mice are using in the garage. Don't keep read more...

Three Steps to Staying Positive this Holiday Season

young couple enjoying morning coffee by the windowStay Positive this Holiday Season The holidays can get a bit stressful.  You've got end of year deadlines.  Let's not forget a few extra family gatherings to squeeze in. How can you fight the stress and stay positive? Try these 3 steps to staying positive this season.  These practices are good for your health, will enhance your creativity, and have residual effects on other people. Remember, the first step to positive thinking is to be be kind to yourself. We say terrible things to ourselves that we wouldn't say to others.  Don't believe it?  Check out this video. Treat yourself with care, even if you read more...

6 Packing Hacks to Simplify your Holiday Travels

Woman sitting on her overfull suitcaseDon't Sweat Holiday Travels with these Packing Hacks Make the most of your suitcase space. That way, you can take less and travel with less stress this holiday season. 1. Stuff underwear and socks in shoes. If you're going to do this one, make sure your shoes smell fresh. 2. Roll clothes like t-shirts, instead of folding them up. Here's a quick tutorial to on rolling without wrinkling: 3. For items that don't roll, fold and file them from front to back instead of stacking. 4. Use packing cubes to organize by size, style or type of clothing.  These are read more...

Credit Union Or Bank: Which Is Best For You?

Businessman and decision makingChoosing a Bank or Credit Union is easy with this breakdown There are two options when it comes to storing your money: credit unions and banks. Credit unions are non-profit organizations that exist to serve a certain community. Banks are for-profit enterprises that have more physical locations. It's important to consider your specific situation when deciding which to use. Customer service: Members own credit unions and they usually emphasize personal engagement. Credit unions are non-profit organizations. They tend to be more focused on their community members versus banks. But, banks are more likely to have 24/7/365 phone support with more flexible read more...

Organizing Your Home (The Bedroom)

Keep your bedroom organized7 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Catch up on our previous organizational tips! You spend almost one-third of your life in the bedroom. This should be a place of rest and relaxation. It’s worth investing time to make it as stress-free and easy to navigate as possible. Hang artwork on the walls. Choose decorative pieces that can hang. Avoid cluttering up dressers and nightstands with clunky items. Use storage space under the bed. Buy clear, flat plastic bins and tuck away out-of-season clothing and shoes you don’t wear on a regular basis. Depending on a bed’s height, you might also be able read more...

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...