Home For The Holidays: Visiting Aging Parents

Joanne returned home after not seeing her parents for about 6 months. She found her dad is not doing nearly as well as he has been leading her to believe. Their weekly conversations were centered on talking about Joanne’s mom who had been ailing. Her dad had kept up the façade that he was taking great care of her and all was well. She found out differently. The house was a mess and had not been cleaned well in some time and needed quite a bit of maintenance as things were starting to fall apart. Bottles of pills were outdated indicating they hadn’t been taking them as prescribed. The refrigerator was almost empty of nourishing food. She felt guilty, why …

Hamsters make cute and adorable pets.

Hamsters are soft, furry and small. They make wonderful pets because they can be entertaining and educational while living in their assigned home. Hamsters are very inquisitive and curious, just watch their twitching sniffing nose, which is constantly assessing and analyzing the environment. The pet supplies needed for pet hamsters is minimal. A simple cage, some bedding and a running wheel make up the basic furniture. Add in some food and water and your pet will be content. Be sure to include a piece of wood for gnawing because this helps the hamster to prevent its teeth from overgrowing. Hamsters as pets come in a variety of sizes and colors. Pet hamsters came in many different breeds; from the Russian …

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids!

Health is a feeling of physical and mental well being. A healthy child displays a tremendous zest for life. He is energetic and undaunted by the challenges that life places before him. There is an overwhelming need to explore the world around him or probe into the secrets of life. He cannot be still or listless. He is able to tuck into sumptuous meals or climb mountains with ease. An unhealthy child on the other hand is constantly conscious of a feeling of helplessness. Life seems drab and dull and nothing interests him. Small tasks seem insurmountable and a challenge of any kind is daunting. He cannot and will not be able eat well or even enjoy the pleasure of …

Introducing a New Kitten to Your Older Cat…

So, you read somewhere that introducing a new kitten into your home could be great for your existing cat, for companionship. And you remember how much fun your cat was when she was a new kitten, and you would love to re-live those days. It is generally thought that cats thriv e better with the company of another feline, especially cats confined indoors. But before you rush off to your local cat shelter or breeder, here are a few tips to make bringing home a new kitten as stress free as possible. Choose a time when your home is not too busy and you will have time to devote to your new kitty and your existing cat, avoid holidays, for …

International Adoption – Is It Possible To Triumph from Tragedy

In the early hours of Dec 26th 2004 the Western world awoke to the unfolding horror that we came to know as the Asian Tsunami. Those of us still recovering from obscenely large amounts of food and drink from the previous day sat transfixed as we watched a horror story of biblical proportions unfold before our very eyes. The United Nations estimated that the Asian Tsunami left more than five million people homeless, including about 1.5 million children most of whom became orphaned. The outpouring of emotion from around the world was of mixed benefit as far as the region was concerned in that yes we all dug deep into our pockets and yes we all lobbied our Politicians to …

How to Make Your Own Baby Food and Save a Fortune

Baby in a highchair, mom in front with a small spoon and a jar of baby food. It looks like something right out of a parenting magazine, and it’s a scene that is played out several times a day in the majority of homes with small babies. Unfortunately, it’s also a powerful marketing image that can cost a family a great deal of money in the long run. The Convenience Factor Most parents would say the main reason for using commercial jarred baby food is the convenience aspect. After all, with the busy lifestyle many of us have today, no one has time to specially prepare a meal for each member of the family. It doesn’t have to be a …

How To Unlock The Power Of The Not So Humble Tea Light

There are two keys to using tea lights successfully. First, when you think tea lights, think quantity. A single tea light is a poor, lonely thing, pining for its fellows. Second, think containers. Glass or metal in particular completely transform the self-effacing tea light. Put them inside cut-glass wineglasses. Even inexpensive embossed glasses are transformed with a tea light inside. Enhance the effect by grouping glowing glasses on a polished tray- silver for preference, but other colors work equally well. And remember that although they are comparatively tiny, they can burn for four (or even more) hours. Put them in transparent holders. Arranged around a table centerpiece, they will provide lots of light at the table level – but remember …

How to Throw an Unforgettable Kids Birthday Party

Kids take their birthdays very seriously, and are extremely disappointed if their birthday parties are anything short of spectacular. Throwing an unforgettable kids birthday party can sometimes seem like a task better suited for a professional event planner. But with the proper party supplies, a little know how and a lot of imagination, you can throw a birthday party that the kids will be talking about all year. Before you let your inner party planner take over, make sure that throughout the process you consult with the birthday boy or girl, unless of course the party is a surprise. Kids have their own ideas of what makes a party fun, and if the kids don’t have a good time the …

70s Theme Party Theme Ideas

Travel back in time for a 70’s theme party. With wild colors and clothing, this type of party is a great way to liven up any mood. Set your theme around “Saturday Night Fever” and you’re ready to hustle. Decorations Here’s what you’ll need for a great 70’s party theme: * Disco ball * Place every mirror you have in the house to reflect strobe lights * Smiley faces * 70s TV and movie posters Dress Wear bell-bottom Levi’s or Wranglers or go all out with your leisure suit. Feather your hair like Farrah Fawcett or Andy Gibb. Give away prizes for the best dressed. Food/Drink What should you serve? Have a table with punch, both spiked and plain. Foods …

50th Birthday Party Ideas For a Sensational Celebration

Is a 50th birthday party coming up and you’re at a loss for ideas? Here are a few tips and ideas to help you get started. You can create your own invitations by drawing 50th birthday theme such as “50” or over-the-hill gag themes. A great themed 50th birthday party is 60’s memorabilia. Have beanbag chairs handy for a groovy gathering. Share old stories about the guest of honor. Be sure to include items such as a “magic bus”, peace signs, and candles luminating the room. Wear your flowered pants, John Lennon glasses and peace sign, or go all out with your leisure suit. Don’t forget your hippie wig! Have the guest of honor wear a birthday crown or Happy …

40th Birthday Party Ideas For a Sensational Celebration

Is a 40th birthday party coming up and you’re at a loss for ideas? Here are a few tips and ideas to help you get started. You can create your own invitations by drawing 40th birthday theme such as “40” or over-the-hill gag themes. A great themed 40th birthday party is 70’s memorabilia. Have beanbag chairs handy for a groovy gathering. Share old stories about the guest of honor. Wear bell-bottom Levi’s or Wranglers or go all out with your leisure suit. Feather your hair like Farrah Fawcett or Andy Gibb. Have the guest of honor wear a birthday crown or Happy Birthday hat. Be sure to complement their outfit with an “over-the-hill” cane. What should you serve? Have a …

150-Million Year Old Baby Bird Fossil/ W Hide Scraper!

I was using my metal detector in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona. As luck would have it, I never find what I am Seeking. As the day started to come to an end. I was walking back to my truck with the metal detector resting on my shoulder. I caught sight of an unusual looking rock laying on the ground. After picking up the rock I dusted the rock on my pant leg and noticed a fossilized baby bird just off center of the stone. I turned the stone over to reveal more of the bird’s body on the back of the stone. After showing the bird off to some of my friends, I decided to take the stone to …

10 Steps For Cooking-Up Family Memories

The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever. The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together. So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up …

10 Reasons Why Your Cat Loves You

There are plenty of reasons why your cat loves you. Ten of the main reasons are listed below. Enjoy! 1. You provide food – Cats love food and they love you for giving them that food. If it wasn’t for you, they’d go hungry, and of course, if it wasn’t for you, they wouldn’t get those tasty scraps of meat after a meal. Those crunchy little biscuits aren’t half bad either. 2. You clean the litter tray – You always keep their bathroom area very clean. After all, cats are very clean animals, and they’re very appreciative of the work you do in cleaning out their litter tray, as well as the area around it. Poor things, they can’t help …

12 Essential Tips To Add To Your Moving Check List

Moving means umpteen things to be done –it is not about just putting things into boxes, taking them to another place, and unpacking there. The more complicated our lives get the more the things to be done before and after moving. To make life easier and less complicated, use a “moving checklist.” This will help you move efficiently and methodically. The first thing is to write down simple facts about your destination—what kind of weather, climatic changes, urban or rural, water potability, infrastructure in new home, size of home, colors of walls, rules made by landlord in case it is a rented home—some landlords specify no nails on walls. A typical check list will have: • Inventory of goods—perishable, breakable, …

10 Ways to Save $50 Per Month: The Art of Pinching a Penny Until It Screams

1. Save up to 50% per month on convenience cleaner cloths by cutting them into half, i.e. dryer softener cloths, face cleanser cloths, etc. Savings: $5 per month 2. Find more thoughtful gifts and buy when the item is on sale, shop for birthdays and holidays throughout the year not at the time of the events. Savings: $10 per month 3. Bring your lunch to work once a week instead of eating out. Savings: $7 x 4 weeks = $28 per month 4. Don’t go to the coffee shop on the weekends. Savings: 2 visits @ $2 = $4 per week x 4 weeks = $16 per month 5. If you carry a balance on your credit card, and you’re …