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Spring has sprung and the buds have bloomed. Cold, dreary weather will soon be nothing but a memory and longer daylight hours will give you plenty of time to poke around the house. The arrival of spring is as reminder to conquer chores that only need to be done once or twice a year.   Filter Switch When the warm breezes blow, let them remind you to change the filters in your heating and air conditioning system. Filters become packed with dust as heat blasts through them during the winter season. At a certain point, the filters become blocked and can no longer do their job. Change your ... more ...

Spring Garden Tips
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The crocuses and buttercups are blooming and it's time to dust off your tools, shake out some seeds and wake up your garden. The way you prep your garden in spring can influence how it looks all through summer. Follow some of these straightforward tips now and your garden will pay you back with a fresh, bountiful look you can enjoy for months.   Sharpen Up If you haven't touched your trowel or clippers since fall, check them for dullness or rust. If you keep them in an outdoor shed, they may be rusty from exposure to damp weather. It's easy to sharpen clippers and shears wi... more ...
Please, turn on your magic beam. Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream. When the Sandman ignores your invitation, you may find yourself tossing and turning as you struggle to fall asleep. Try as you might, your eyes just won’t stay shut. Perhaps you are the other type of insomniac, the kind who falls easily into slumber only to wake up a few hours later, wide-eyed and unable to return to sleep. Either way, your real dream is to sleep like a rock and wake up refreshed and ready to greet the day. If don’t know why your sheets end up in a tangle each night, you made need some tips in "s... more ...
Travelling can be an excuse to eat badly and fall out of your fitness routine. Whether you are on the road for business or pleasure, it's easy to return home packing a few extra pounds, as well as your suitcase. If your hotel has a fitness center, you probably have a choice of treadmills, elliptical machines or even a pool. But if the gym is packed, or your hotel doesn't offer this amenity, it's time to be creative. These simple tips can help you stay in shape while on the road and ensure that you return home without flight flab or travel tummy.   Bring Your Workout Even if... more ...
Hearing loss can happen any time, but it is more common in people as they age. You may not even realize you have hearing loss. It's possible that you have adapted your work and social life so that you only frequent situations where you can hear easily. Sometimes it takes friends and family to point out that your hearing isn't as sharp as it used to be. Do they ever ask you why you shout into the phone or blast the TV volume?     How It Happens Hearing loss can occur gradually, or it can happen suddenly through an injury. It may be genetic or the result of long-term exposu... more ...

Feed Your Brain
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Your brain is hungry and it has two words for you: "Feed me." You already know that a balanced diet is key to maintaining your weight and general well being. You know that calcium strengthens your bones, iron enriches your blood and fresh fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of health for your entire body. These general rules will also benefit your brain health but research shows that particular foods can target the brain and improve concentration, memory and circulation to ward off the deterioration that may accompany aging.   Go Fishing Salmon is back on the plate in... more ...

Great Outdoor Dates
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Taking your date outdoors automatically makes it seem more adventurous and more relaxed at the same time. Sometimes sitting across the table over a meal can be awkward as you stare eye-to-eye and struggle to find conversation. Being on the move is energizing, making it easier to converse. Sharing an activity in the fresh air takes the pressure off and guarantees you have something in common to talk about. An outdoor date can have a specific destination, be sports-oriented or be as simple as a stroll along the beach. Whatever you choose, being outdoors will breathe fresh air into your next date... more ...
Whether it's a nagging ache or a recurring itch, everyone has physical complaints that are irritating but may not warrant a doctor's visit. For relief, sometimes you need look no further than your own kitchen pantry. Here are five common head-to-toe health complaints that can be helped with home remedies and common sense. Always seek a doctor's advice to address serious or chronic symptoms.   Cold Sores This unattractive malady can precede a cold or appear alone. Using sunscreen or protective lip balm on lips and other areas where cold sores usually appear can help prevent ... more ...
What do you like to do in your spare time? Maybe you dabble in the markets, tinkle the ivories or putter in the garden. Most of us have a hobby that gives us pleasure but favorite pastimes can also bring us income. Don't take your skills and knowledge for granted. Not everyone can do what you can do and there are those who will pay you for your talent. Think about what you like to do and with a little effort, you can turn that spare time into spare cash.     Music No matter what instrument you play, there are markets for your talent. If you are particularly adventurous, pick ... more ...
Whether they are high and mighty or ordinary folk, humans can find it hard to be faithful to one partner for a lifetime. Studies show that many reasons may contribute to why people cheat, including education level, income and religious background. While certain patterns exist, the fact may be that the reasons for infidelity are as varied as relationships themselves.   Animal Instinct Researchers sometimes say that being with a single partner for life may not be a natural condition for humans. Many mammals, after all, have multiple partners throughout life as a way to spread their DNA a... more ...