Currently Browsing: Lifestyle

Tips to beat the holiday blues

Tips to beat the holiday blues
We’re supposed to look forward to the holidays and hope that they will be a time of happiness, friendliness, fellowship, and harmony. Yet often our anticipation and excitement turns into feelings of depresion, commonly called holiday blues. Symptoms can include headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems, and unnecessary conflict with family and friends. Part of what happens in the holiday season, in terms of mood changes and anxiety, may occur because of the stressfulness of holiday events. Overdrinking, overeating, and fatigue may also cause it. The demands of the...
read more

August Is A Great Month To Plant More Seeds

August Is A Great Month To Plant More Seeds
August is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be as productive as your major early spring plantings. Late summer is the time to plant these vegetables and herbs. Beans: Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop. Early August is the last practical sowing date. Suggested variety: Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop Cucumbers Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of...
read more

8 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

8 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning
Even if you have an AC, reducing your need for it will save both energy and money. 1. Close your windows. It may seem counter-intuitive, but on hot summer days, opening the windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. When night falls, if the air outside is cooler than inside, open windows wide, particularly those oriented toward prevailing winds so you can take advantage of cross ventilation. This will allow cool night air to circulate, and prevent a good deal of the sun’s heat from reaching indoors. Be sure to close them – along with blinds and shades – before the sun hits...
read more

Unstick Your Stuff

Unstick Your Stuff
• Remove pesky price stickers – with vodka. The alcohol in vodka dissolves the adhesive on the sticker. Pour a little on a clean cloth, then dab on to sticker. Let sit for a minute, then gently rub the sticker with the cloth and it should come right off. • Slide a drawer smoothly with a candle stub. First remove the drawer and wipe the two wooden rails that support the drawer with a damp cloth to remove any dust, dirt or wood shavings that might be making the drawer stick. Next, rub the candle stub over the rails to apply a thin layer of wax. It should now slide smoothly. • Get rid of...
read more

Clutter Bust Your Home

Clutter Bust Your Home
To be a clutter buster you’ve got to be able to identify which items are truly clutter, and which are not. Clutter can be insidious, because it can be almost anything, from obvious trash to the most expensive antiques. The same object that may be clutter for one person is most certainly not for another person. Here are five guidelines to use to decide if something in your space could be CLUTTER. 1. Clutter Can Be Anything – Cheap Or Expensive, Sentimental Or Throw Away Know what is, and is not, clutter. Many people’s preconceived notion of clutter is true trash and cheap junk that we don’t...
read more

« Previous Entries