travel tips

6 Last Minute Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling at peak holiday times can be chaotic. By thinking ahead and making a few adjustments, you can save yourself frustration and enjoy the journey. Here are a few travel tips.

Make a “last check” list a few days before your departure.
Add items such as “water plants”, “turn down the thermostat” and “arrange for mail delivery”. No matter how much of a seasoned traveler you are, you can easily forget important items when your mind is skipping ahead to your travel.

Place your documents, phone, medications and keys in a secure place in your carry-on bag.
If …

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Christmas card

Creating Cards and Posters

You can make collage, poster, social media graphic and photo cards. Try it yourself. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can be creative.

Every year, I still like to send real paper Christmas cards. Yes, I also send out some email cards but there is something about the tradition of mailing them that I enjoy.

The cards that I like receiving most include a newsletter of family events and a photo. I have friends living far away and sometimes years pass before we get a chance to see each other. The annual ritual keeps us in touch.

This …

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Clean closet

How to Make Over Your Closet

The best way to sort a closet is to pull everything out at once. A Hefty sack can be used to stuff inside the clothes you no longer wish to keep.

By: Stefania Shaffer

Let’s face it. We are regular people who do not live the lives featured in glossy magazines. We aspire to be neater, but to achieve this optic we would need to subsist on six interchangeable outfits of monochromatic khaki and white. What about winter clothes? What about navy blue? How can we whittle away our wardrobes to better suit the life we lead?

After moving …

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elderly hoarder

How to Care for an Elderly Hoarder?

When I said yes to the job of caring for my elderly mother, I had no idea I was also saying yes to care for a house that had been equally badly neglected.

By: Stefania Shaffer

Have you ever passed by one of those houses where the crooked garage doors are barely holding themselves together over the heaping bulge behind them?

Then one day, on your usual stroll of the neighborhood, those garage doors are popped wide open for the whole world to see. You shudder and gasp aloud. You don’t want to linger for too long because it …

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arthritis pain

Reduce Arthritis Pain Naturally

A natural method to reduce arthritis pain, improve movement and quality of life can in many cases avoid joint replacement.

A quick test to see if you are suffering with osteoarthritis needlessly…

My biggest bug bear is when people suffer needlessly. I had pain and restriction in my knees with osteoarthritis for 7 years. When I stumbled on the solution it took me 3 months to resolve the pain and stiffness entirely! Nearly 20 years later I am still pain-free and have no physical restrictions.

Since then I have worked as a Physiotherapist specializing in osteoarthritis treatment. I frequently

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nursing facility

5 Common Traits of Terrible Nursing Homes

The best nursing homes have the best staff to resident ratios. Substandard nursing homes will try to cut costs by hiring fewer employees and nurses than they really need.

Moving a loved one into a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions for a family to make. This choice can be even more stressful when families have to worry about inadequate care or nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, these problems are all too common. In fact, a 2000 study by the U.S. House of Representatives found that elderly abuse occurred at 1 in 3 nursing homes. According to …

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medical alert

Not All Medical Alert Systems Are Alike

The best medical alert systems address risks with reliable devices that can connect seniors with help, keeping them safely independent. has done a full review of  69 medical alert devices that run on cellular-enabled base stations and that connect you to an independent central monitoring center.  Here are just a few of their findings.

To get a complete picture, we encourage you to visit their site.

* Not all devices connect you directly with a monitoring system where employees are trained to assess what help to send. Some operate more like long-distance walkie-talkies that either connect you to your …

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Around the Word in Cocktails

We’ve got 16 delicious cocktails, both alcoholic and non. Read on and become the well-travelled mixologist you know you can be.

Stop everything and dig out your cocktail shaker immediately – we’ve got 16 delicious cocktails, both alcoholic and non, which will transport you all over the world and back, and all from the comfort of your own bar stool (if you don’t have one, get one.)

Kick back like you’re on an all-inclusive holiday on a beach in Puerto Rico with a classily coconut Pina Colada or climb the picturesque mountains of Peru to get your hands on …

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Pets Are Part of Your Family

Animals give us so much. Pets can help ease stress, decrease the risks of depression, and provide a consistent source of love and affection.

Nearly every morning that I go for my walk, I meet a new neighbor. Actually, if it wasn’t for the dog on a leash, I would probably just pass by with a quick “hello”. It’s the dog that looks at me and comes forward “smiling” and wagging his tail. I can’t help stopping and inviting him to come and sniff my hand.

This morning I met Calvin and his master Steve. Although they live only a …

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Disabled Americans

Americans With a Disability

One in five Americans has a disability and needs assistance. A shocking statistic that should make each of us question who is helping these people.

The 56.7 million people in the US with a disability, look to their family, friends and community for assistance in coping with their daily activities. Some require help just to perform personal tasks such as showering and brushing their teeth.

Another disturbing piece of information is that people with disabilities are more likely, than those without disabilities, to report having poorer overall health, less access to adequate healthcare and more engagement in risky behaviors such …

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Vacationing With a Baby in a Rented Home

This is your vacation time; it’s supposed to be enjoyable. Here’s why staying with a baby in a rented home is better than staying in a hotel:

Being a parent is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Not too long ago I could list a number of scary things that I’d done that was worthy of posting to social media.   I’ve pushed a few boundaries, and tested a few people’s mettle and their patience, but it all pales into insignificance when compared to the task of raising a teeny tiny version of myself.

Nothing prepares you.  …

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setting boundaries

Setting Boundaries With Your Partner

By: Kim Buck, MBA

Having boundaries with your husband or partner is really critical if you want to live a joyful life together. As women, we really struggle in this area of our lives. Most of us believe that we aren’t entitled to have boundaries with our husbands/partners and most of us have been raised this way.

I believe we continue to receive opportunities to set boundaries for ourselves until we establish them. It is never too late to establish boundaries and it is never too late to teach your husband or partner how to treat you. Having boundaries with …

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Parent’s Guide to Greater Mindfulness

No child is easy, that’s for sure. To be a better parent, you have to consider all aspects of yourself. Everything that makes you goes into your parenting.

By: Sean Grover, LCSW

Every year, I attend a celebration at a culture center in my neighborhood; it’s one of my favorite days filled with music, dancing, art and poetry. Children giggle and run through the halls, old friends discover one another, hugs and kisses abound.

One year, by the third hour, however, sounds and shapes start to blur. My good vibe melts away. I start to feel dizzy . . …

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Aging in Your Home

Plan for the future today to help you live the life you want tomorrow. If you are like many, aging in your own home and community is your future vision.

Aging in place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able.

Planning Can Help You Achieve This Goal

The earlier you start planning, the more prepared you will be to respond to changes that may occur as you age such as changes in your health, mobility …

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Grief and Coping With Loss

People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. Most people who experience grief will cope well. Others will have severe grief and may need treatment.

Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it’s part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.

How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you …

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