Blog Posts by GALTime.com

  • Create Key Curbside Appeal

    by GALTime.com Home Expert Tina Gleisner
    First impressions are critical. This is true when it comes to buying a house. Too often, buyers who do not like the appearance of a property at curbside will refuse to even look inside. Here is what you can do to motivate all potential buyers to step inside.

    House Exterior - The house should appear to be well cared for, i.e. buyers today want a house that is ready to move into with little or no repairs needed. They want to focus on the move process versus fixing up a new house. If you are consistent in repairing and maintaining your home, you won't have to much work to prepare for selling your house. If not, roll up up your sleeves and prepare to work to increase your chances of selling and the price you will get.

    • Make sure all exterior trim (shutters, window sills, corner boards and trim around your doors/windows) are in good repair.
      • Check shutters, window sills and trim around the windows
      • Inspect the
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  • Bare With A Flair: Decorating "Down There!"

    By GALTime.com Style Expert Kerri Winick of Celebutante Sisters

    When it comes to grooming our lady parts, women wax, shave and trim. Now, there's a new trend in below the belt beauty…you can vajazzle your vajajay!

    Vajazzling is a form of bikini wax. After hair is removed, stick-on Swarovski crystals are applied below the belt. Whether it's a special occasion, or you just want to get your glow on, many salons offer an assortment of designs for your jewels. Shimmer and shine with hearts, butterflies, flowers…and more! Or, place your own pattern "down there" with an at-home tattoo.

    Even celebrities are decking out their girly parts. Jennifer Love Hewitt spilled the beans about her love affair with these crystal creations on the George Lopez Show.

    So…how are those teeny tiny crystals applied? How long will these daring designs last? We went straight to the experts! Completely bare spas (based in New York City) have been vajazzling for years with their completely bare

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  • Teen Drinking On Rise Again. Parents:WAKE UP!

    by GALTime.com Parenting Pro Michele Borba, Ed.D.
    After almost a decade of a decline in teen drug abuse, a new survey out this month shows a marked and troubling upswing in youth substance abuse. While there are some encouraging stats, the overall findings should make every parent keep an even closer eye on their child and not only in our own homes. Case in point, this little factoid: The study found that the place where teens are most likely to encounter drugs is at parties and other social situations. While that may not seem shocking, what concerns me is that kids tell us that many parties are not adult supervised and in some cases it's the adults who are the suppliers.

    The survey was done by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and called the "MetLife Foundation Attitude Tracking Study." involving hundreds of Americans teens. Here are highlights that every parent should know:

    Alcohol, ecstasy, and marijuana use are increasing:

    • Number of teens in grades 9-12 that used
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  • All Natural Chocolate Brownie Power Bars

    by GALTime.com's Camilla Saulsbury
    ADDING MORE NATURAL PROTEIN: (1) Soy powder (e.g., Bob's Red Mill All Natural Soy Powder: Add up to 1/2 cup to the recipe. It adds 3.3 extra grams protein per bar, no added fat or carbohydrates; (2) Nonfat dry milk powder: The bars are still vegetarian, but not vegan, with this addition. Add up to 2/3 cup to the recipe. It adds 1.3 extra grams of protein per bar, not to mention added calcium and vitamin D (for a mere 13.3 calories, 0 g fat, and 2 g carbohydrate per bar).




    2 cups raw almonds (skins on)
    1 pound pitted soft dates (I used 2 8-ounce bags Sunsweet Pitted Dates)
    2 tablespoons cocoa powder (not Dutch process) OR raw cacao powder (for strictly raw eaters)
    1/4 cup raw wheat germ (toasted is fine if you are not strictly raw)
    2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal)

    Place almonds in a medium bowl. Fill bowl with cold water (preferably filtered, but tap is fine) to cover the almonds. Let the almonds soak for 3 to 4 hours. Drain the

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  • Nine Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

    By GALTime.com Contributor Tamara Walker, MomRN

    Sneeze, sneeze, sniffle, sniffle, cough, wipe nose, and repeat. So begins the annual allergy season. Springtime is here and for many kids that means a few months of runny noses, teary eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Springtime allergies are caused by the increased pollen in the air from grass, weeds, trees, and flowers blooming back to life after being dormant all winter. Pollen may help bees make sweet honey, but pollen is anything but sweet for kids who are allergic to it. For allergy sufferers, the body responds to pollen with an overproduction of mucous, itching, and inflammation of the nasal passages and sometimes the lungs.

    Springtime allergies can often be mistaken for a late winter cold and parents can have a difficult time distinguishing between the two. But there are some important differences that can help you determine whether your child has a cold or allergies.

    Cold symptoms generally include these symptoms:

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  • GREEN Cleaning Solutions You Can Make Yourself

    By GALTime.com Contributor Tania Reuben, Pure Natural Diva

    It's been a long, cold winter. Are you getting ready to tackle your winter dust bunnies? In just a few minutes, you can mix up your own cleaning solutions with ingredients you likely have in your pantry already.

    You'll save a lot of money, reduce your toxin exposure and be kinder to the environment.

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    ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
    This recipe will make 4 - 28 oz bottles.

    13 1/4 cups of Water (1 hot)
    1/4 Cup of Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap - I like Citrus for the All Purpose Cleaner.
    1/4 Cup of Borax
    1/4 Cup of Vinegar
    Mix the hot water with the borax until it dissolves. Add the remaining water, vinegar & Castile Soap. Use a funnel to pour the solution into the four bottles.

    GRANITE CLEANER
    This recipe will make 2 - 28 oz bottles.

    6 cups of Water
    1/3 cup + 1 tsp of Alcohol denatured or regular
    1 Tbs of Castile Soap - I use almond.
    20 Drops of Essential Oil - Citrus

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  • Roses 101: Time To Prep The Precious Plants

    by GALTime.com Contributor Jeannie Hanson

    My dad was a backyard farmer, as was his father before him and my Irish great-grandfather before him (although he had an actual farm!). I remember my grampa's deep, narrow lot in San Francisco where he grew corn. My dad grew asparagus and planted fruit trees and corn in Southern California; my mom canned. My brother and I sold avocados door to door. Small wonder I fancy gardening. It's my heritage!

    Now, farming is a highly practical activity … you grow something you can use at home or sell at the marketplace. It's a straight-up activity. Gardening for fun, however, is another thing. My dad had strong opinions about roses … too hard, too fussy! Well, as I've become a more experienced gardener, I've found that this isn't true. Sorry, Dad. Roses are actually quite hardy, having strong root systems that can keep them growing thru quite a bit of abuse. Treated smartly, they can be quite disease resistant. They are also incredibly

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  • 4 Areas To Save Big On Your Grocery Bill

    Homemade food can be surprisingly easy and a huge moneysaver. GALTime.com contributor Elizabeth McGuirk of Frugally Blonde says start with these 4 food categories:

    One of the ways in which I save the most money on my grocery budget is by cooking the majority of my family's food from scratch. In today's society where the focus is usually on quick and convenient, making foods from scratch could seem impractical. However, with a little practice and planning, homemade food can be surprisingly easy and is a huge moneysaver. I would estimate that each homemade item that I make costs about a third of its prepared price in the store - some even less. So dust off your pots and pans and try some of these ideas!

    Bread - A bread machine makes baking homemade bread a no-brainer. You can layer your ingredients in the machine and three or four hours later have a fresh loaf of homemade bread. You can also use the "dough only" cycle to make rolls, shaped breads, and even pizza dough and

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  • 25 Real Ways to Save on Taxes

    Filing taxes can be complicated enough, but it can be even tougher if your life is up in the air or if you're going through a life transition. So, we turned to financial experts Ginita Wall and Candace Bahr of the Women's Institute for Financial Education (Wife.org) for their tips to save your sanity and get you what you deserve:

    Taxes are, unfortunately, a part of every financial decision. Like it or not, Uncle Sam's greedy fingers reach into your pocket with every paycheck and each dollar of investment earnings.

    These tax tips are excerpted from Ginita Wall's booklet "150 Ways to Save Taxes Through Life's Transitions."

    The booklet includes tax tips for eight major life events, including going to school, beginning a job, becoming a family, business ownership, divorce, and retirement, plus bonus sections on tax troubles and year-end planning.

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    Education

    1. Withdraw penalty-free from your traditional IRA to pay higher education expenses for yourself, your children,
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  • 5 Secrets To Stay Connected With Your Teen

    by GALTime Contributor, Parenting Pro Michele Borba, Ed. D.
    Last year your daughter was so sweet, suddenly she has an "attitude."

    Two months ago your son was your best bud, now he treats you like you're totally "uncool."

    Welcome to the world of parenting a teen. Throw out any of those child-rearing manuals you've used in the past. For these ages you need a whole new perspective. Mark Twain offered one of most ingenious solutions: "Put them in a barrel," he said, then and nail it shut until they turn nineteen. Only then should you let them out."

    Here are a few more realistic (and legal) tips I shared on the TODAY show that might help you save your sanity and stay connected with your teen. The trick is to find the one solution that works best for you and your teen and then keep on using it until it becomes the common bridge that helps you stay connected.

    1. Know They're A Little Bit Crazy. If you think you suddenly have an alien in your midst, applaud yourself. You're

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