• Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    The work week begins anew tomorrow, albeit with more excitement in the center. Don't do any major chores, but do lay out your work clothes for the next few days now. Take a few minutes to accessorize your party outfit.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Sitting on your yoga pillow waiting for enlightenment to come your way may not be the best use of your psychic energy. You have created a warm atmosphere in your home with candles that do not overpower and comfortable furniture to relax on, invite new friends over to expand your universe with bright conversation.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Perfect matches are your special gift. Redoing the guest room in ecru, white, sage and light blue is in your
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  • Ides of March

    Alison Groen is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks

    Everyone knows the Ides of March as the day Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. But what makes March 15th an ides? Ides is actually the singular form of the word. Ides according to the Roman Calendar, was the day of the full moon each month. Most months that meant an ides was actually the 13th day, but its the 15th of March, May, July and October. It also marked the first day of spring for the Roman calendar.

    The Ides of March was also special to the Romans in that it was the day of the year that the new Consuls (two leaders of Rome) took office. The Consuls would rule jointly for about a year. This is how they kept each other in check. This makes Julius Caesar's assassination being on the Ides of March even more auspicious. It definitely showed that the Roman elite didn't want him as a ruler.

    The Ides of March is special to me not for these reasons but because its my birthday. I've always known

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  • I Can't Get Rid of My Stuff

    2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven't officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

    This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I can't get rid of my stuff."

    I Can't Get Rid Of My Stuff

    If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
    9 common myths about clearing clutter.
    Test yourself: Do you have clutter mentality?
    Fighting clutter? Go shelf by shelf.

    How about you? Do you ever have trouble moving clutter along its way out of your home? Have you found any good strategies?

    You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I'll make a special call for suggestions.

    If you're new, jump in right now,

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  • Today's post is quite a treat! Here are some first-rate suggestions by Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware's Helpful Hardware Man. He's put together a list of energy saving tips for Tipnut readers to help us cut back on energy usage and save some cash in the process.

    Top Ten Energy Saving TipsTop Ten Energy Saving Tips Hi everyone, this is Lou Manfredini, Ace's "Helpful Hardware Man". I know in today's world we are all trying to save the planet and save money, and I have a way to do both. By decreasing our own energy consumption, we can drive down our monthly bills and be more eco-friendly at the same time-what's to lose?

    Here are my top 10 tips on saving energy:

    1. Service your heating system every year. It will help your system operate much more efficiently and only costs between $75 - $100, a cost you'll more than make back in energy savings.
    2. Install a programmable thermostat. These units cost between $40 - $100 but make a huge difference. You can program your thermostat to lower the temperature in your home while you are at work
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  • The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree-- is now available. To give you a little taste of what it's like, here's the first chapter, The Introduction:

    Book cover

    So here's the deal.

    I am a bit of a serial dater, so over the years many friends have encouraged me to chronicle some of my adventures in dating --even though most of my relationships have been normal and uneventful. Since those don't make interesting stories, I don't really talk about them. The best stories come from the more unconventional relationships and I have quite a few of those because I like playing there.

    My adventures in dating didn't jumpstart my writing about my life, rather it was an encounter I had with a woman I hadn't seen in a few years. We bumped into each other at a party and before I could answer "How are you doing?", she asked "Are you married, yet?" A lot of people ask me that and I always feel I have to have a quip ready: one that seems

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  • 14 March 2012

    This previous weekend was filled with surprises; I was able to meet with my Mom who lives 4000 miles away and I discovered a new vehicle in which one can utilize to find inspiration. After meeting my Mother at the historic Eastville Inn, located in lower Virginia I started the three hour drive back home. The sun was setting and a golden glow immersed the landscape. Although it is still early spring, the countryside came alive, and the view from the car was of a dancing countryside.

    Further up the road I saw a myriad of typical billboards; auto insurance, local venue choices, and an antique shop ad. For the reader unfamiliar with my historic pattern, one must know that I am not an antique store personality. However, my recent resolution has been to try as many new things as come across my path; the antique store was only twenty feet off of my highway path home, so I decided to stop in. It was 4 o'clock and the store closed in less than an hour's time. "No bother I mused

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  • Make your home feel more like this Irish cottageMake your home feel more like this Irish cottageIt's always fun to decorate your home in honor of upcoming holidays, and all that green in honor of St. Patrick's Day is fun and cheerful. I started to wonder what a traditional Irish home looks like, for those of us who might maybe take our holiday decorating a little too seriously. And what I found was absolutely gorgeous and inspiring. Here are 5 items to help you achieve that romantic, windswept look in your kitchen.

    Get this look in your kitchenGet this look in your kitchen

    Farmhouse TableFarmhouse Table1. Farmhouse Table
    Where do families eat in traditional Irish kitchens? At a sturdy wooden farmhouse kitchen table. I love how the unfinished wood looks.
    Buy this table

    China Hutch China Hutch 2. China Hutch
    It's pricey, but this hutch would be a piece you could pass on to all your red-headed Irish grandchildren. It's traditionally for china, but you could use it to display and store whatever you want.
    Buy this china hutch

    Related: Hollywood Blvd - Home decor inspired by our favorite movies

    Cast-Iron Skillet Cast-Iron Skillet 3. Cast-Iron Skillet
    Even if you can't afford a big piece of furniture, you can create a similar,

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  • We all have the need for home repair or remodeling and expansion at one time or another. It may be as simple as a toilet replacement or as complex as a room addition. Whatever it may be, we will need to have a contractor come to our home and perform work. What I have put together here is a simple guide to finding, meeting, reviewing, and choosing the right contractor for your project.

    Getting Quotes:

    The first thing we need to do is find contractors who specialize in the type of project you have. I suggest going with a company who specialize in the work you need done. Handyman services are ok for some things, but if it involves plumbing, electrical, drywall, paving, roofing, or carpentry, go with a company that specializes. Some projects require permits, and a specialty contractor knows the ropes as to how and who to go through to get the ball rolling. Internet searches for a contractor can be useful, but they can also be frustrating. Most of the time, the contractor who is

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Shortbread takes about 25 minutes from bowl to out of the oven. Chocolaty cinnamon dip takes half that time to make and melt. Serve the dip from a big mug surrounded by shortbread fingers and watch the smiles pop out on the faces of your sorority sisters. Just be careful not to get chocolate on your costly textbooks.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Daily Grind Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Accommodating your partner as you move in together after years of living single means you must be able to talk and listen to one another. There is no time like the present to have one of those conversations.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Personal Astrology Profile

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Cull your shelves of books and knick-knacks you no longer want or need. Donate the books to the local
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  • 9 Ideas Coming to a Kitchen Near You

    By Pangaea | Houzz.com This year, the driving force behind what we want in our kitchens is our need for calming spaces and improved functionality to reduce stress in our busy lives. All of these trends either make our kitchen-related tasks easier, or they aesthetically move the look just a little more in a minimal direction.

    If you are getting ready to build or remodel - or even if you just want to freshen up your kitchen a bit - here are 9 features to consider for your dream kitchen.

    Related: See More Kitchens at Houzz 12 Ways to Enjoy Your Kitchen More This Year What's Ahead in Kitchen Faucets and Fixtures What's Ahead in Kitchen Appliances

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