With the days of late summer fading out, you’re starting to police the yard and deciding what to tackle once cooler temperatures prevail. Before the first leaf falls (if you live someplace where the seasons noticeably change), you can start ridding the deck of spent potted flowers, prepping a fresh patch of ground for bulb planting, clearing yard debris, cutting back shrubs, touching up the porch paint — you get the picture.
It’s no surprise that outdoor air pollution, be it car tail pipe or factory fumes, smog, or the ozone, can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms (not to mention allergens from grasses, trees, and the like—you get the picture). But, did you know that the air inside your home can be more contaminated than the air outside? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your home’s inside air quality and help you breathe easier.
From work deadlines and travel to family commitments, life as you know it has created little mounds of chaos inside a much-beloved-but-sometimes-neglected house.
Sound familiar? Spring’s here, so let the de-cluttering begin.
Life is a balancing act (in a three-ring circus, it can sometimes seem – whether at home, at work, or, yes, most times, both!). The change of seasons means a flurry of new activities and schedules, plus holiday planning, entertaining and shopping bearing down.
Holiday time often means excess. From food to gifts, the pressure to purchase is all around us, whether it’s hyped in the media (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) or in the stores (who among us hasn’t been assaulted by the “Fragrance Police”?).
If you’re chained to your desk at work with few breaks, and lunch is more “al desko” than “al fresco,” you are a Desk Potato.
You excel at work, routinely seeing projects through successfully. Now how about project-managing your work stress in the same way?
From eye strain to neck and back aches – stress finds its way to each of us daily, especially at work. Whether we’re fixated nine to five (and then some) in front of a computer or handling a heavy load on a warehouse floor, sometimes our bodies must say, “when.”
Backyard barbecues and pool parties . . . lawn games and ghost stories around the fire pit . . . Picture-perfect weather and longer days give family and friends the ideal opportunity to be active or simply relax “out back.” But as this good-time vibe pervades, it’s still important to be vigilant where fire and water are close by (especially if children are around).
While creating a budget (and sticking with it) takes time and discipline, it can be empowering. With a budget, we become aware of how much money we’re bringing in, where it’s going and what adjustments we need to make to reach our financial goals. These tips from U.S. News and World Report and personal finance blog Wise Bread simplify the process of creating a budget.