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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 ...
Ovarian cancer is a silent killer, and it is often not detected until the disease is in its final, fatal stages. Early detection of the disease can mean the difference between life and death. Being an advocate for your own health, and knowing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, is critical to timely treatment.       Silent Killer Ovarian cancer can be difficult to detect because the cancer originates deep within the pelvic cavity. According to the Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer begins in the ovarian tissue in cells on the outside of the ovary, in the egg-producing cells,... 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 ...
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 ...