Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year. Follow these steps to ensure you decorate your home safely during the winter holidays. Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations are marked for proper use Outdoor electrical lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Inspect all lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage before using Exercise caution when decorating near power lines. Keep…

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10 Lovely Thanksgiving Traditions We’re Stealing for Ourselves

Most of us already have our “ways” of doing Thanksgiving — ways our mother did it, ways our extended family did it, ways our neighborhood did it. Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself well to trying out new things, but sometimes the situation calls for new decisions — you can’t make it home for Thanksgiving, for example, or you have a family now and want to start traditions of your own. So what can you do to heighten, deepen, and extend Thanksgiving to its most memorable end? We dug through reader comments over the years and pulled out 10 Thanksgiving traditions worth…

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Get Stress-Free Time With Friends by Hosting a “Crappy Dinner Party”

Dinner parties are a great way to gather your friends for a little quality time, but planning dinner parties can be a real source of stress. To cut down on anxiety but still break bread with your besties, consider what The Kitchn calls a “crappy dinner party.” A crappy dinner party takes the focus off of things like place cards and puts it back on what really matters: catching up with those you hold dear. Click the link below to see the guidelines, but the crappy dinner party philosophy is very “come as you are.” There are no hostess gifts,…

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10 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Whether you’re at the mall, at a party, or on a train or plane, you can stop yourself from getting sick and out of shape. Learn the easy ways to stay well all season long. Beat germs, stay well The holidays are one time of the year when you really want to feel your best. But they’re also a minefield of health woes, from cold and flu bugs to party hangovers. Beyond getting the flu vaccine, there’s a lot you can do to help your body weather the season. This is how to keep healthy—and merry—as you shop,…

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Stress Management

You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. What you can do to manage stress Move your body frequently—don’t sit for more than an hour Make…

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Build Muscles, Lose Weight by Adding Strength Training to Your Workout

Most exercise programs consist of aerobic conditioning, flexibility exercises and strength training. In strength training, you add resistance to a particular movement to overload your muscles, which makes them work harder and become stronger. Strength training can offer many benefits, including increased muscle tone, strength, endurance and bone density. Strength training also improves balance and coordination and decreases the risk of injury when you are active. As we age, we lose muscle mass, which decreases metabolism, so establishing a strength program will not only increase muscles, it will boost metabolism. Finally, a strength program will make daily activities such as doing the laundry or yard…