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Coloring Books for Adults – Really?

REMEMBER TO COLOR INSIDE THE LINES! If you’re working at keeping your brain sharp with word puzzles and Lumosity brain games, take it to another level because life’s not all about words and numbers; it’s also about color, balance, symmetry and design. So put away your crossword puzzles and Sudoku and pick up your crayons.  Or if you’re a grown-up, your colored pencils. There’s a whole new mind-challenging playground out there for you: coloring books. You might want to...

AT HOME: Organizing Your Kitchen

  MAKING ORDER, ONE STEP AT A TIME. Getting organized seems to be an on-going problem for everyone, no matter how big or small our homes.  If you have lots of space, it doesn’t guarantee that everything is put away for optimum use.  It seems there’s no end to disorganized people in the world.  Any wonder?  The stuff comes at us faster than we can ingest, digest, decide what to keep and what doesn’t add to our lives.  We...

AT HOME: Do It Yourself Frustration

  ASSEMBLY REQUIRED A few months ago I needed a dresser for my guest bedroom.  I did not want to spend a lot of money so I checked out a few online sources.  Too expensive and costly to ship.  Then, I checked out  Overstock.com and the magic words “free shipping” caught my attention.  I looked at dressers in all sizes and made of different woods.  I narrowed down the possibilities based on size, color, wood type and price and...

AT HOME: Repurposing Ironing Boards and More

  IRONING BORED! After a few days of bad weather, I decided to catch up on some ironing.  I have never owned—and never will own—an ironing board, simply because it is such a dreadfully ugly item.  I iron on a towel-padded kitchen counter.  Just because something is functional, doesn’t give it an automatic pass for being visually unappealing if it’s in your home.  Why, I wondered, in all these years, hasn’t anyone redesigned a decent-looking ironing board? I went...

Replanting Your Live Christmas Tree

  HOW TO OVERCOME HOLIDAY ARBOR GUILT: Does it bother you that your cut Christmas tree has such a short life, decorated only for a moment but then discarded and trashed after the holidays?  There might also be a lot of time involved to find a proper (and legal) disposal area for a cut tree.   If instead, you want to purchase a tree you can replant in your yard with family after its short indoor use, it takes some...

Leftovers? Try Recycling

Recycling Leftovers to Reduce Food Waste Remember the time you opened the vegetable drawer in your refrigerator and there were things GROWING in there? Creepy, unrecognizable tendrils of alien things and maybe some dusty mold?  Eew.  You probably scooped it all up and threw it in the garbage contributing to the growing levels of food waste. Or if you’re a solid citizen and recycle food, you carried the fridge drawer out to the backyard and dumped it into your...

Crafting Your Way to Better Mental Health

“Crafting” is a term referring to all sorts of handiwork—knitting, woodworking, even cake decorating.  According to a recent CNN report, crafting is more than just a hobby; it can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain.  In other words, you might want to consider crafting your way to better mental health. Pass the knitting needles Crafting has been proven to ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from the types of damage caused by the aging process....

It’s a Wrap! Beautiful Gifts Made Easy

Some of us have been holiday shopping since July.  Our closets are filled with the perfect gifts, but now comes the bad part—we have to wrap them.   If you’re like me, you still have gift wrap nightmares from years past. That shiny foil paper you fell in love with at Stop & Shop was a whopping $12.50, but you figured the sight of a stack of silvery gift boxes was worth the price.  When you got it home, you found...