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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 ...
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 ...