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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 ...

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 ...