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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 ...
Your grill is clean, the coals are hot, the sun is setting and your guests are hungry. It's barbecue season and you are almost ready. Remember when having a barbecue meant serving hotdogs, hamburgers and maybe some corn on the cob and potato salad? This summer, add a few simple adjustments to your menu and your barbecue can become a seasonal event that offers international flair or gourmet flavor. Try some of these barbecue menu ideas and surprise your summer dinner guests.   Go Greek Shish kebabs can be a little time consuming to put together but they are a colorful, festive menu ... 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 ...
If you are young at heart and work hard to keep of the rest of you from aging, don't forget about your brain. Your body may be in top condition but if you don't bother to exercise your mind muscle, it can become as flabby as a stomach without sit-ups. Without consistent challenge and exercise, your brain is more likely to show signs of aging such as memory loss and a decline in overall brain function. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle choices that benefit the rest of your body can also help age-proof your brain. The following tips can help keep your memory sharp and perhaps even protect y... 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 ...
Airplane tickets may be more expensive these days, but we all know that paying more for a seat in coach class does not make the seat any more comfortable. Tight accommodations in the coach cabin can mean you need to be a gymnast to fold your body into the space available. While you can't do anything about the size of your seat, you can make yourself more comfortable by creating a small survival kit to bring on the plane.     Compact Comfort Pack a small bag to store in the pocket of the seat in front of you so that it is accessible throughout the flight. If the kit fits in th... more ...
Eating while traveling offers a great opportunity to try foods and flavors you've never tried before. Sampling local cuisine is one of the best ways to meet locals and gain insight into an area's culture and customs. However, even travelers with an adventurous spirit and daring palette can run into trouble if they throw caution to the wind when eating on the road.       Be Alert Assess the situation before you take a bite. It isn't always possible to be picky when eating on the road. Often you need to eat whatever is available, especially when travelling in less... 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 ...