Lifestyle

Whether you’re moving into a new condo or are looking to sell off the “empty nest” you raised your children in, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to get rid of some of your personal belongings. The process of downsizing before a move, however, can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining! Will you be moving into a smaller space in the near future? By following these simple tips, you can make the transition as stress-free as possible. Simply Get Started As with many things in life, the hardest part of downsizing is simply getting s... more ...
With age, our hormonal urges to mate and masturbate tend to decline. The old adage is true, however: it’s important to “use it” so as not to “lose it!”  Why Masturbate? Whether you’re dating, single, or in a relationship, masturbation remains one of the best and most pleasurable ways to maintain good sexual health. If you’re single, regular masturbation will keep you healthy and sexually engaged until you meet someone new. Even if you have a partner, medical issues or mismatched libidos may make masturbation an appealing or necessary alt... more ...
As the days grow longer and warmer, the spring sun begins casting its rays upon the dust bunnies lingering under our sofas. Spring cleaning can be hard work! Decluttering the home, scrubbing out old stains, and dusting surfaces are rarely easy tasks. By following a few pointers, however, you can increase the effectiveness of your seasonal tidying, resulting in visible improvements that will last for months to come.  Plan Window-Washing Around the Weather Many of us mistakenly clean our windows in direct sunlight, hoping to illuminate the dirt and grime we’re seeking t... more ...
Though action films and rom-coms can be great date-night entertainment material, sometimes we all crave a little realism in our lives! Online subscription services like Netflix make it easier than ever before to enjoy documentary films of all varieties. Whether you’re fascinated by history or have a passion for the true crime genre, there’s an excellent documentary out there with your name on it. For Sports Fans: Hoop DreamsReleased in 1994, Hoop Dreams is widely acknowledged as one of the best documentaries of all time. Filmed over the course of five years, the film prov... more ...
Since the 1980s, the percentage of Americans living in multigenerational households has been on the rise. As recently as 2014, nearly one-fifth of Americans were living in homes with two or more generations under one roof. In addition to elderly parents moving in with their children, baby boomers are increasingly seeing their adult children return to their family homes. In both the U.S. and Canada, over a third of adults under the age of 34 now live with their parents; in Europe, nearly half of those under 29 still live with Mom and Pop. Whether you plan to open your home to an elderly pa... more ...
Though fiction novels can make us laugh and bring us to tears, perhaps no literary genre is as powerful as the autobiography. Narrating the stories of their own lives, autobiographical writers have the opportunity to depict the human experience in its most authentic form. Are you in the mood to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Pick up one of these timeless autobiographies to begin an unforgettable literary journey. 1.) Night - Elie Wiesel Perhaps no piece of writing so plainly captures the horrors of the Holocaust as well as Elie Wiesel’s autobiography Night. Shi... more ...
Visiting a German Christmas market is an unforgettable experience. Those who have the opportunity to travel to Deutschland during the holiday season can visit one of the hundreds of markets located around the country. In cities like Nuremberg, locals and international guests alike peruse stands selling snacks and handcrafted goods. Visitors are often found sipping on spiced mulled wine and munching on juicy sausages and sweet, gingerbread-like Lebkuchen. Is your budget too tight or schedule too packed to visit Germany this winter? Don’t despair! The ever-growing popularity of German... more ...
With Black Friday and the subsequent holiday shopping season just around the corner, the time for generating holiday gift ideas is already upon us. Though some people are easy to shop for, most of us find it difficult to track down the “perfect present” for everyone on our list. Does your gift-giving mind go blank when you think of your sister, neighbor, boss, or son? If so, these simple tips just might spark some new ideas!  Do Your Research In the past, many of us purchased gifts based on the off-hand remarks we remembered others making. Today, due in large pa... more ...
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, November is the perfect month to turn inwards and reflect upon the many blessings we have in our lives. Studies have shown that those who take the time to be thankful sleep better, have stronger immune systems, and feel more energized on a daily basis. Don’t limit your expressions of thanks to just the holiday season, though! Follow these simple suggestions to begin integrating gratitude and generosity into your daily life.  Be present, loving and respectful in your daily interactions with others.  Gratitude doesn&rsqu... more ...
This month, aspiring writers from around the world will be participating in National Novel Writing Month. Often abbreviated as NaNoWriMo, this fun writing event, which runs for the duration of November, challenges wannabe-authors to write 50,000 words in 30 days or less. Participation is open for all and free of charge. If you’ve always wanted to put that one story in your head on paper, now is the time to do so! It’s not too late to get started. Whether you’d like to write a science-fiction novel or your own autobiography, NaNoWriMo offers just the right amoun... more ...