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The Magic of the Winter Solstice

Print PDF. . The Winter Solstice this year will occur precisely at 12/22/2015 at 4:48 am.  The “magic” is that this is the one day of the year that has either the shortest (northern hemisphere) or longest (southern hemisphere) amounts of sunlight depending on the hemisphere in which you live.  When I go to work […]

Brown Sugar Mighty Minnie

Mighty Minnie

Print PDF. . Because this is the time of year when those baking supplies go on sale, it is a perfect time for this Mighty Minnie. Around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday lots of baking items go on sale.  Until I learned this tiny trick, I bought brown sugar only to find that several months later it […]

Pumpkins Are Not Just for Halloween

Print PDF. . One of the things that I love most about the different seasons is the different foods.  For example, when I think of autumn, I think of foods such as apples, cranberries, gingerbread, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. For this article I want to provide some info about pumpkins because pumpkins are always on […]

November Tasks and Tips Intro

Print PDF. . Have you ever completed a MAJOR QUICK CLEAN of your home when you know someone will be stopping by and you do not want them to see your house all in a mess?  You can avoid conducting a super power cleanup by being proactive and work short bursts of pickup and cleaning […]

Gifts of Experience: Make Memories

Print PDF. . I am all about making memories and spending quality time with family.  If firmly believe that the majority of people spend most of their lives WANTING something.  Many people even sit back and WAIT because they hope something will happen.  All of us will only pass this way one time.  I want […]

Why Making Memories Is Important

Print PDF. . My goal with this post is that if I provide information about what has happened in my life to cause me to believe that making memories throughout my lifetime is absolutely critical, that you will make the correlation about why making memories is important in your own life.  You will find your […]

Happy 80th Birthday Social Security

Print PDF. . Franklin D. Roosevelt (affectionately known as FDR by the common public), the only US President to serve 4 terms, presided over two horrific and devastating crises that occurred in the United States: the Great Depression and World War II.  He held office from November 1932, when he defeated republican Herbert Hoover until […]

Best Way to Clean Windows

Print PDF. . Although everyone has their own idea of how frequently to wash windows, this article is based on washing them two times each year: at the end of winter and at the end of summer. Of course, if your windows get dirty more often, you will need to wash them at the end […]

National S’Mores Day

Print PDF. . If you decide to have a picnic or during one of your camping trips or even over your barbeque grille in your back yard, why not incorporate National S’Mores Day?  Although apparently the Girl Scouts created this recipe in 1927, I love the press release that was issued by Hershey Chocolates in […]

Creative Ways to Re-Purpose Empty Jars

Print PDF. . I have a cupboard full of a variety of legumes: black-eyed peas, black beans, red kidney beans, navy beans, barley, lentils in a variety of colors, pinto beans, navy beans, tapioca, etc.  However, rather than keeping them in the plastic bags they come in, which makes finding the type of legume that […]

Sales Tax Holiday 2015

Print PDF. . Sales tax holidays were initiated in New York State in 1997 to offer its residents temporary relief from paying sales taxes on certain items.  Following the Empire State’s lead, 8 more states began offering their own tax-free holidays.  Sales Tax Holidays were offered primarily in August to help families with kids a […]

10 Tips to Increase Your Savings

Print PDF. . I suspect that you probably work really hard to earn each paycheck. After you pay your mortgage and bills do you have the money that you need? I wish I would have learned years ago to put my money on “autopilot” and to pay myself first.  It is easier than you think. […]

15 Minute Deep Clean Blender Project

Print PDF. . I use a variety of “Mighty Minnies” as organizational techniques. Rather than cleaning an entire room in one swell foop, I schedule a variety of 15 minute times and complete just one item for each of those 15 minute increments. For this Mighty Minnie, I thought I would detail how I clean […]

How Colors Affect You, Part 5

Print PDF. . The final article in the How Colors Affect You Series is below.  I hope you found the information that I provided over the past 5 weeks informational and helpful. PINK   Alexander G. Schauss, the Senior Director for American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research (AIBMR), published an article detailing research that […]

National Blueberry Month

Print PDF. . July is National Blueberry Month.  Did you know that early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk? Native Americans also made tea from blueberry roots, and used blueberry syrup for coughs. They called blueberries “star berries” because the blossom end of each berry – the calyx – forms a […]

July Tasks and Tips

Print PDF. . One tool that you can use to get, and stay, organized is to schedule tasks; some are only done once every year, and therefore, I attach those tasks to monthly Tasks and Tips.  Even if I only complete some of the tasks and preparations or awareness campaigns, I am still farther along […]

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week Trivia

Print PDF. . Hello and happy summer!  In recognition of Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (June 26 through June 29), I thought it would be fun to provide some fun trivia. Watermelon is Very Healthy and Versatile It is low in calories: a one-cup serving has only 48 calories. It is a great source of Vitamins […]

Steps to Avoid Identity Theft

Print PDF. . It is a fair guess that you may have heard about the recent massive hack attack, the largest hack attack in history of government computers.  Four million, or 80%, of all current and previous federal employees potentially had their personal information stolen.  Nearly every government agency was affected by this breach.  The […]

Fresh Herbs – Fruits and Veggies Month

Print PDF. . To continue with last week’s blog entry, another way capitalize on fresh fruits and veggies from street markets during growing season is by using some of the techniques below: I get fresh culinary herbs from street markets for a variety of things and to put a twist on some recipes during summer: Caprese […]

Herbs: Mint Methods

Print PDF. . Mints of all varieties are herbs.  There are more than 30 species and it is abundant in the summer.  In fact, I was given a huge bunch of the herb by a co-worker last week because she knows how much I love mint.  I got a variety of perks out of the […]

Karma Has No Menu: Setting Goals

Print PDF. . This month’s motivational quote is about achieving your dreams by setting goals for yourself. As mentioned last month, my granddaughter is helping me with motivational quotes for each month.  Not only does she come up with the motivational quote, but she also selects the photos to illustrate the quote!  That is Sami holding […]

National Fruits and Veggies Month

Print PDF. . If you have kept up with my blog entries, you will know that I am a huge advocate of locally grown foods and farmers’ markets to save money and yet put healthy food on my table. Keep in mind that there are 2 types of “farmers’ markets”: Street Markets and Public Markets.  […]

Before, During, and After a Hurricane

Print PDF. . Hurricane Season is from June 1st through November 30th in both Atlantic and Pacific Ocean regions.  To be classified a hurricane, the storm must have sustained winds of at least 74 mph and may gust up to 200 mph.  A hurricane may cover areas up to several hundred miles and generate torrential rains […]

Check Out National Dairy Check-Offs

Print PDF. . To follow up with my post from January 1, 2015 in which I described what check-offs are, June is National Dairy Month and there are a variety of check-offs in many states that will help us, the consumers, to save money, provides recipes, and a wide variety of information. A Quick History: […]

How Colors Affect You, Part 4

Print PDF. . Last month I continued the journey with Part 3 to show how much colors affect everything that we all do.  In order to cover the colors of the rainbow, this section will be a bit long. The final part to How Colors Affect You will be posted on July 6th and will […]

June Tasks and Tips

Print PDF. .     One tool that you can use to get, and stay, organized is to have a game plan.  Even if you only complete some of the tasks and preparations or awareness campaigns, you are still farther along then you were prior to using a game plan. In my own case, I […]

National Vinegar Month

Print PDF. . Although I’m not a meteorologist or scientist, I do know that the weather I’ve seen in recent years has become significantly more extreme and it is becoming more violent: colder winters, hotter summers, more frequent hurricanes and tornadoes, and the list goes on and on. From my own lay-person perspective, it is […]

Older Americans Month

Print PDF. . Older Americans Month was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, when only 9 percent of the population at that time (189,240,000) had reached their 65th birthday.  At the time, there were few programs to help older Americans and one third of the American population lived in poverty. According to the Administration […]

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day

Print PDF. . Please take some time this holiday weekend to remember our military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.  Freedom truly is not free.  It comes at a very great cost.  I work at a Veterans Affairs medical center and what truly baffles my mind is that many of the […]

Cut Your Air Conditioning Bill

Print PDF. . As I have worked to cut costs on my day-to-day living, I found a really cool way (no pun intended) in cutting my air conditioning bill almost in half. Delmarva nicely provides a variety of tools that you can use to show how much energy you use. In a book that I […]

You Can’t Have a Rainbow . . .

Print PDF. .     Beginning in May, I will provide a motivational quote each month and also a photo.  This quote: “You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain” fits perfectly with a photo that we took during our Hawaiian vacation last year.  This was the view off our balcony.  Almost every day, a […]

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