[caption id="attachment_6230" align="alignleft"]i.ivillage.com[/caption]Psst! Psst! The word on the street is that spring has actually come, but keep it quiet. If winter hears about it, she may come back. Since the weather does appear to be breaking, it’s time for… You guessed it-Spring Cleaning! So you know what to do; take five minutes to grab three boxes to assist in the purging process and let’s get to work!
“My doctor told me that if my Cholesterol remains high, she is going to have to put me on medication. Do you have any easy tips for helping me to bring this problem under control? With my money stretched tight already, I really don’t need another expense of buying pills, or the hassle of taking them!”
Sincerely, Wannabe Pill-Free
Upsizing to a bigger home might be out of reach for a majority of homeowners in this depressed housing market, so many are opting to stay put and maximize their existing spaces through remodels, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
When a job loss occurs, families face new issues, such as spending habits. However, it is also a crucial time to rethink family priorities and goals. People often create goals unconsciously, but at times of income loss it is important to discuss them as a family.
About four Sundays ago, my husband and I decided that we would take our three children to the downtown Minneapolis public library after church. After circling the block a couple times we finally found a free parking space –my husband will drive around forever to avoid paying for parking! Because it was such a blustery day, we broke into a light jog to get into the building as quickly as possible. I was the first to approach one of the four glass doors and was about to open it. Just inside of the next door, stood a man-apparently struggling just a bit-trying to get the door open for me.
“Don’t worry, Be Happy” isn’t just a classic song by the great Bobby McFerrin; they are words to live by. I understand that nowadays those may be some hard lyrics to swallow. With the stock market hitting an all-time low and unemployment rates hitting an all-time high, I know that it is hard not to worry; about your future, your children’s future, and the future of the economy. However, instead of focusing on not worrying, I encourage you to focus on being happy.
In case you haven’t noticed, we are smack dab in the middle of devastating economic conditions. No sector of business is unaffected. Almost all companies are downsizing (some by tens of thousands), closing locations, or going completely out of business. Many Americans are holding their breath each work day, hoping they will survive the latest round of pink slips. Times are extremely uncertain and scary for so many Americans.
My five-year-old son, Landon, has been invited to a birthday party on Saturday. That’s the same day that my oldest daughter, Alanna, turns into an official teenager-thrilling 13. Actually, Alanna is a leap year baby, having been born February 29th, 1996. So her actual birthday only comes every four years. We often get asked on which day we celebrate her birthday when it’s not a leap year. Our solution is simple; we pick the nearest Saturday and celebrate! Often the celebration lasts for a few days, and our children really enjoy that. Whether attending a birthday party or hosting one, the costs can get quite pricey. So here are a few tips to help you keep those birthday celebrations under control.
Recently, on a day that the thermometer read well below zero, and the roads were extremely slippery, I was forced to leave home, along with my three children, to take care of necessary business. After a few hours of being out, we took 494 and headed back home. Suddenly, just ahead I spotted an SUV swerving from one side of the four-lane highway to the other.
“All my Single Ladies” has become an anthem for, well, all the single ladies around the world thanks to Beyonce. While you are waiting for a man to put a ring on it, there are some things you can do in the meantime to celebrate being single, besides gettin’ your groove on to the song.