Fall in love with yourself so you can find a man who will fall in love with the REAL youI know you say you're looking for a loving and committed man to share your life, but I have to ask...have you found yourself yet? I know you've heard this before and it sounds trite, but everyone says it for a good reason. If the answer to the question is no, beats me, or who cares...then you probably have a few steps to take before you're going to attract Mr Right. Here's what I propose: stop focusing on him and start focusing on you.
This is especially true if you're a woman dating over 40. You have your career, friends and family pretty well figured out. I'm betting you do quite well as a single gal. It's also likely you have spent decades taking care of others and are not used to - or even unable to - think of yourself first. Also, you've soaked in more gunk than a sponge sitting in a sink for a month that's never been squeezed out. (Gross analogy, but purposeful.)
You are filled with unfulfilled relationships; twisted body image; ideas of how men are and should be; doubts about
Fall in love with yourself so you can find a man who will fall in love with the REAL youI know you say you're looking for a loving and committed man to share your life, but I have to ask...have you found yourself yet? I know you've heard this before and it sounds trite, but everyone says it for a good reason. If the answer to the question is no, beats me, or who cares...then you probably have a few steps to take before you're going to attract Mr Right. Here's what I propose: stop focusing on him and start focusing on you.Read More »from Why You Might Want to Stop Looking for a Man
- R B | At Home – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 4:14 PM EST
Our first edition of " Happy Homes U.S.A." for 2012 is now airborne! We normally circulate the hard copy version locally before we prepare the national edition [which is where the link at the bottom of this page will guide you]. We're asking for story donators from each of the 50 states. Please, keep the stories relative to something about your home improvement experience. Short and sweet, ok?Read More »from "Happy Homes U.S.A." : the Newsletter for Private Homeowners & Homerenters Nationwide ...........
For the month of February 2012, we're looking for story donations about home improvement experiences from the people of California and Massachusetts. As usual, when we don't get story donations which are consistent with our criteria for inclusion in our newsletter: "Happy Homes U.S.A," we fill in those gaps with other home maintenance and improvement information which is pro-home enjoyment and anti-home fraud.
Criteria for Submission for Happy Homes U.S.A.
The donated story must:
1. be about your own home experiences whether you rent or own the home
2. not entail a condominium compound or
sneezing girlby Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Healthy Child Healthy World
Is there a link between the environment and illnesses such as pediatric cancer, asthma, allergies and behavioral problems? According to the scientists and doctors who advise Healthy Child Healthy World, the answer is yes.
For example, we believe it makes sense to reduce children's exposure to chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), which last month the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) acknowledged has a "biological plausibility" for causing breast cancer.
"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."
But many say that the links between theRead More »from What the National Children’s Study Means to You
Spray bottle By Woman's Day Staff
"Help, I ran out of... "
Just used up the last of your cleaning products? Before you dash off to the store to pick up more (and lose the motivation to mop your floors or finish dusting), reach for these kitchen staples, suggests Leslie Reichert, author of The Joy of Green Cleaning. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Instead, use: Olive oil, white vinegar and lemon juice
How it works: The olive oil nourishes and prevents the wood from cracking, while the acidic vinegar cleans.
Helpful hint: Combine ¼ cup of each; pour some onto a soft cloth. Spritzing the solution directly onto furniture can discolor it.
...fabric refreshing spray
Instead, use: Vodka
How it works: Both items are odor-eliminating ethanols. The spray is distilled from petrochemicals, the vodka from grain.
Helpful hint: To avoid an alcohol odor, mix the vodka in a spray bottle with equal parts water. Never use near an open
Time marches on with these classy calendars.
2012 Animal Calendar Set
2012 Animal Calendar Set
Unlike Matt Damon, you don't plan to buy a zoo. But you can still spend every day with your favorite woodland creatures and barnyard buddies, each detailed with two months of the year.
Available at fredflare.com, $15.
Linda & Harriett Letterpress Calendar
Linda & Harriett Letterpress Calendar
Pull double duty with whimsical letterpress illustrations that can be used as postcards.
Available at lindaandharriett.com, $30.
Pam Lostracco Mountain Calendar
Pam Lostracco Mountain Calendar
No need to spend seven years in Tibet. Just one will do, in the form of Pam Lostracco's Mountain Calendar, inspired by her travels through Thailand and Laos.
Available at etsy.com, $30.
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Sarah Pinto Polka-Dot Planner
Hello, sunshine and summertime fun, courtesy of a bright yellow appointment book. Oh, happy day, month, and year.
Available at sarahpinto.com, $20.
- Astrology.com | At Home – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 1:55 PM EST
Use Your Sun Sign's Element to Refocus After the HolidaysRead More »from Use Your Sun Sign's Element to Refocus After the Holidays
Now that the holidays are over, it's time for life to return to normal ... right? Sometimes it's not that easy. After all, your old routines may not suit the 2012 version of you.
This new year brings fresh energy that encourages you to revamp your career, relationships and day-to-day living. Explore what really motivates you according to your sign's element (Fire, Earth, Air, Water) -- and get back to basics in 2012!
Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
You power through the post-holiday blahs by adopting "just go for it" as your personal motto. Rather than dwelling on what needs to be done, simply dive in and take action! Uranus's positive influence helps Fire signs start this year with a fresh perspective. An experimental attitude creates a sense of freedom, and your unique ideas have great value right now. Furthermore, Venus brings a certain sweetness to help you get along well with others. Take a chance and announce your fabulous ideas -- you'll be surprised at how supportive
I don't know about the rest of you guys, but since I turned 55, it has been a weird world. It's almost like I don't exist in this world of youth. For example if I go to get a hair trim, I end up with a full blown cut. And I do not mean in a good way. And what happened to jeans, OMG I can't fit in any of them. And look ladies I walk 2 miles every morning and exercise at least 5 times a week. Of course I am not a size 4 anymore, but we can blame that on aging. We need to revolt. I just want to say...hey I am a person. I may not be in my twenties or thirties but I still want to look good. Since not all of us oldies can afford a face lift, tummy tuck, or whatever, we still are here. HELLO. Oh well I have said my piece, good luck ladies of my age and Good Luck.
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 12:41 PM EST
How to paint like a pro...I recently visited a creative and talented friend in her new home. She and her husband had decided to paint their bathroom walls, and it was . . . well . . . a mess. They had splashed paint everywhere and left spots unfinished. My friends had done their best, but what they didn't realize is that painting isn't easy. There are a lot of strategies that you can use to get the perfect painted finish, whether it be on a wall or on furniture. The secret to flawless painting is not just about being tidy or touching up - it's also about choosing the right tools and painting in the right temperature. So before you pick up that paintbrush, read these 10 tips for how to paint like a pro:Read More »from How to Paint like a Pro: 10 Tips to Get You Started
Find the right color
1. Take the time to find the right color
Selecting the right color is more than just picking a chip - it can set the tone for a room or item.
How to choose the right color
Use the right paint finish
2. Know the paint finish you'll need
There are different finishes for different applications. Matte (flat finish) is typically used for
8 of the best IKEA hacks...One of my new year's resolutions is to get into better shape. With that in mind, I've been looking for a stand-up computer desk this past week and have seriously been considering an IKEA hack since what I'm looking for is hard to find. In my search for inspiration, I came across some amazing IKEA hacks that I just had to share. From pimping your Billy book case into something that looks as good as any custom job to a pretty pendant lamp DIY, see below for 8 of the best hacks for your IKEA buys!Read More »from Home Decor on a Budget: 8 of the Best IKEA Hacks!
Pimp your Billy
1. IKEA Hack Customized Bookcase
Turn your IKEA Billy bookcase into an amazing customized marvel in 10 easy steps!
Planter Turned Pendant
2. IKEA Hack Pendant Light
Using the IKEA Hemma hanging light cord, you can drill a hole on the top of a planter, pull the cord through, and voila! A five minute hack! Can you say pendant light for under $10?
Related: 21 ways to decorate with a can of spray paint
IKEA Hack Coffee Table
3. IKEA Hack Coffee Table
This rad coffee table can be used by using IKEA's Vika Lerberg stands and a wooden board.
- This Old House Magazine | At Home – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 11:22 AM EST
killer houseRead More »from Danger on the Homefront: 4 Ways Your House Can Kill You
We love our homes. They provide us with warmth, shelter and, best of all, security. That's why it's so darn shocking when they turn against us. Like it or not, a house can be a virtual arsenal of lethal weapons. Whether its poisonous gasses, fiery flames, rabid bats or electrocuting appliances, even the sweetest Colonial Revival can be as armed and dangerous as Rambo on a bad day. Here are 4 ways our home sweet homes can take us down. -Keith Pandolfi
See more ways your home can be deadly at thisoldhouse.com.
1. Uncontrolled Electrical Currents
If old Ben Franklin only knew the careless way some of us deal with electricity these days, he would've kept his discovery to himself. Whether it's overwhelming a frayed extension cord with holiday lights, or exposed outlets like the one taped to a conductive metal support in this flood-prone basement, home electrocutions account for around 1,000 deaths each year in the U.S alone. At the least this homeowner could have used a GFCI receptacle so
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