Lifestyle

If you tend to cringe when you open your utility bill each month, you probably need to be more proactive about how you use energy at home. Small, simple changes in every day habits can mean big savings, especially if you are consistent. Try some of these tips and you may be able to look at your next utility bill with your eyes wide open.       Lower the Lights Turning off the lights when you leave a room and only using the light you absolutely need seems like common sense but many people leave lights blazing throughout their houses as if every night was a party. Consider in... more ...
If you find you that you have extra space in your house and extra room in your heart, you may want to consider getting a pet. Caring for a pet has been linked to improved health and mental well being and animals everywhere are waiting for a human family. All you need to do is choose.   Make a Match Are you a dog lover? Do you have a passion for birdsong? Consider carefully before investing in what may be a very long-term relationship with an animal. A dog may live 12 years while a cat may live 20 and a bird may last several decades. Assess your lifestyle. Do you really have room for a ... more ...

5 Fun Group Dates
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When you are first dating, being in a group can be easier than being alone together. If you are in a group, others can fill in awkward gaps in the conversation and give you time to get comfortable with your date. Group dates also give you a chance to see how your partner interacts with others. Is he polite? Is she warm? Here is a sampling of casual settings and activities that will engage a variety of couples.       Give Back Organize a service project for the group. You can volunteer to paint a school, collect clothes for the homeless or work at a food bank. Community serv... more ...

Boomer Sports
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Once upon a time, when people reached 50 years old, golf was just about the only sport anyone played. If golf wasn't an option, people could still try bocce ball, shuffle board or checkers. Times have changed. The baby boomer generation is known for being physically fit and remaining athletic and active. Boomers are training as triathletes, marathon runners and mountain climbers in greater numbers than any generation before them. Most boomers can look forward to decades of participation in sports and fitness activities, but bodies do change and boomers can stay active longer if they listen... more ...

Dates With A Purpose
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Dating is usually about having fun or getting to know each other better. Have you ever thought about helping others while you date? There are dozens of ways you can share your passion for giving back and help your community as a couple. Pitching in on a service project gives your date a focus and a purpose while working together can help you know each other better. Here are few dates with purpose you may want to consider.     Share Your Passion Do the two of you enjoy writing, painting or gardening? Most schools and youth programs are eager to have volunteers lead projects for st... more ...
For many people, driving a car is a way of life and a lifeline to stay connected with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, fatal car accidents are more common for older drivers, particularly those 70 and older. It is clear that as we age, some of us lose the skills we need for safe driving. It’s important to be aware of these changes in ourselves, our parents and other loved ones to ensure well-being for every driver on the road.     What Changes Several physical changes occur as we age that directly impact our driving ability. Neck stiffness may make it difficult to turn ... more ...
Organic gardening can seem intimidating. You want fresh flowers or nutritious fruits and vegetables but you don't want to use pesticides or other chemicals that can end up on your dinner plate. Some common garden supplements can poison animals or pollute groundwater. How do you tend a successful and plentiful organic garden without synthetic help? Follow these basic tips to give your garden a solid start.     Simply Soil A successful garden begins with great dirt. Pick a sunny spot where your plants will get at least six hours of direct sun each day. Remove rocks and other ob... more ...
The temperature is rising and summer is in full sizzle. When the mercury goes up and it seems too hot to even move, you and your date can cool off with a trip to a local body of water or even by staying close to home to play. Whether you live near an ocean or use the hose to make a waterfall, water dates can add a splash of adventure to your dating routine. Use your imagination and impress your date by suggesting one of the following outings and take advantage of summer in full swing.   Parasailing Fly high and share an over-water adventure that neither one of you will forget. Parasail... more ...
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 ...