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Traffic is a nightmare, the house is a wreck, the bills are due and you have a deadline looming at work. Every day is full of worries that can weigh on you, cause your blood pressure to rise or completely overwhelm you. Fortunately, there also are many ways to treat stress. If you poll your friends, you'll find that everyone has their own way of handling the strains of daily life. Some people swear that meditation will alleviate anxiety while others rely on exercise, prayer, therapy or medication. If you think you need help to control the stress in your life, you may want to consider herb ... more ...
The temperature's rising and it isn't surprising that you feel the urge to have fun in the sun. Warm weather inspires us to take the streets, hit the beach or cool off with a stroll down to the ice cream shop. If you are looking for great summer date ideas, grab a partner and try some of the options listed below.       Cruise the Town Nothing says summer like cruising in a convertible with the top down. Let warm breezes run through your hair and allow the sun to burnish your skin. Enjoy the thrill of an open ride with someone who loves the fresh air. Take your date ... more ...
Hiring a building contractor can seem intimidating and overwhelming. You need a professional who you can trust to do demolition and construction on one of your most valuable possessions: your home. Construction can be a lengthy and stressful process and it's critical to find a contractor that you trust as an expert and that you like as a person. You can head off a lot of problems by thinking ahead and following a few vital tips.     Don't Settle Finding a good contractor is like finding a good date. You need to find someone who is a match. Find someone who has done projec... more ...
The first step toward a comfortable retirement is to stop worrying about whether you will have enough money saved and simply begin saving. While it is true that the earlier you begin saving the more secure your financial future will be, it is never to late to start building a retirement nest egg.   Pay Yourself First Before paying any bills or splurging on restaurants or vacations, take a percentage of every paycheck and put it toward your retirement savings. If you "pay yourself" as if your retirement account is as important as any other bill, you will never miss an opportun... more ...

Dates for Dog Lovers
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If you think your dog is a good judge of character, perhaps you should consider taking him with you on your next date. Who would be better qualified to check out a potential mate than your furry best friend? You may want to introduce your pooch to your date to get a better sense of whether your date will be compatible, or simply to add a dimension of fun to your outing. Observe how your date treats your pet. Is your date allergic to dogs? You may want to move on. Does your date cringe when your wet-nosed pal comes too close? Is he patient when your muddy pup paws his trousers? If you find some... more ...
When the spring sun begins to shine brightly, the dust bunnies under the bed become easier to see. The truth is, while you can spring clean any time of year, an annual spring spruce-up is a tradition. The arrival of the season is a great reminder to sweep out the cobwebs and do the little jobs that never seem to get done.       Dust Up Get the ladder and dust all the ceiling fans, chandeliers and the frames above windows and doors. Use an old cotton sock on your hand and wipe thoroughly. You'll be amazed at how much dust collects above eye-level.   Squeaky Clean ... more ...
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 ...

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 ...
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 ...