Make your wishes known

Have you had “the talk” with the significant people in your life?  Do they know what you would want to have happen if you become terminally ill or injured, and you can’t make decisions for yourself?  I urge you to share this information with your loved ones and to find out their wishes as well....more

Relationship advice for real people

Last week, my daughter had to interview me for a school project. One of the questions she asked me was, “How do you maintain a healthy relationship?”   Here are the relationship tips I gave her.  They’re based on my 20-year marriage, but I think they’re equally applicable to other types of relationships....more

Maintain your weight and your budget? Here's how...

One secret that helps me maintain my weight is that I never buy bigger clothes.  When I start to feel like my pants are too tight, instead of buying a bigger size, I cut back on the snacks for a few days until they fit right again. I never have to adjust my weight by more than a pound or two at a time, which is easy.   I only buy new clothes when my current clothes fit. This very simple strategy can help you be aware of your weight, save you some money, and keep things from getting out of hand.    ...more

Weight Loss Tip- Snacking

I'm sure you've heard about the importance of portion control, and hopefully you've got this under control at meal times.  You also need to exercise portion control when snacking. Here's the secret:  Never eat out of the box or bag. ...more

Say no to paper Christmas cards

Cross posted at A little step towards Green ...more

Live theater - a forgotten joy

Cross posted at Life at the Moment ...more

Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning goes up in the winter as more people use heaters and fireplaces, though any gas appliance can cause a hazard. Many carbon monoxide poisoning incidents kill multiple people, sometimes whole families.  At least 19 people have died in the last week from carbon monoxide poisoning. ...more

Make your donations count: smart charitable giving

To get the most good out of your donations to non-profits, you need to know how much of your donation will go to the program you want to support vs. how much will go to overhead, such as administration and fund raising.  Check out Charity Navigator.  This is a FREE website that has information about thousands of charities and can tell you how much each one spends on their programs vs. overhead. You don't want to be paying someone's outrageous salary with money that you had intended to support a cause you believe in. ...more

Fighting Hunger: Local and Global

Last night, I sat down to a dinner table laden with more food than our family could possibly eat. This morning, our refridgerator is overflowing with left overs.  Not all families are as fortunate. In fact, more than 10% of Americans do not have enough to eat. If you're looking for a way to impact hunger in America or abroad, here are a few ideas: 1. Volunteer at a local foodbank. They always need help with things like packing donated food. ...more

The cost of raising a child

The average cost of raising a child to age 18 (not including college) is well over $100,000 per child according to the US Department of Agriculture. See complete info here.  This is something every couple should think about before deciding to have a child, or #2, etc.  Can you really afford to feed, clothe, house, and pay for health insurance for that child?  ...more