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December 6, 2019
Twenty years ago, a pair of sisters within the throes of motherhood decided to start a small floral decor business — something they could do with ease out of their homes and that offered flexibility and a creative outlet, as their children played together nearby. However, a year later in 2000, it was evident that...
In last month’s edition, I expressed in this space my enthusiasm about diving headfirst into the festivities of Christmas immediately following Halloween. Although I feel absolutely no shame, I realize that for some, that’s a fighting philosophy. One simply mustn’t prematurely get themselves wrapped up in the merriment of the holiday season. Well, it’s Dec....
With humor and honesty, Heather Land shared stories of marriage, divorce, dating in her 40s, raising children and all the other ups and downs life has brought her way. “If I can get up here and do comedy after what I’ve been through, you can work your 9-to-5 and still have hope,” she said before...
The holiday season often becomes about to-do lists, gifts, decorations, food and events — many of which are done to put a twinkle in others’ eyes. Making it look effortless is part of the charm, too. So, as things get checked off lists, it’s time to take a festive break with these holiday cocktails made...
Ah, the holidays. Already? How did we get here so quickly? For some, this is a cherished, happy, family-filled time of year. For others, the holidays can be a bit of a gray cloud over our heads. They have been both for me through the years. But no matter where I have been in my...
While the gear, clothes and toys kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it organized is essential for health, safety and even fun. Here are eight tips to clean up the clutter: Provide bins: Organize toys, art supplies and games. While clear bins make it easy to identify contents, colorful bins are visually...
When we’re thinking about shopping for holiday gift-giving, too often we’re blinded the big, flashy possibilities: TVs, gaming systems, smartphones or the splendor that is a home 3-D printer. That’s why the Her Hacks Team is her to ask, whither the gadgets, Gidget? There is a whole wonderful world of gadgets out there that go...
When we’re thinking about shopping for holiday gift-giving, too often we’re blinded the big, flashy possibilities: TVs, gaming systems, smartphones or the splendor that is a home 3-D printer. That’s why the Her Hacks Team is her to ask, whither the gadgets, Gidget? There is a whole wonderful world of gadgets out there that go...
When we’re thinking about shopping for holiday gift-giving, too often we’re blinded the big, flashy possibilities: TVs, gaming systems, smartphones or the splendor that is a home 3-D printer. That’s why the Her Hacks Team is her to ask, whither the gadgets, Gidget? There is a whole wonderful world of gadgets out there that go...
When it comes to planning for winter weather, what to wear is a huge component — especially in the Midwest, where Mother Nature can keep you guessing. Luckily, braving the elements and staying warm doesn’t mean you have to kick your fashion sense to the snow-covered curb. A few local experts offered their insight on...
Hosting house guests during the holidays? For happier guests and hosts alike, you’ll want to be sure you’re equipped to accommodate all your over-nighters. Here are a few pointers: Special considerations You’ll likely know of any special considerations you will need to make for individual guests, but if you aren’t sure, ask in advance. For...
Work-life balance refers to balancing time for work and other areas of life, such as social time, self-care, family, leisure, etc. Without it, we become overwhelmed with stress, which can lead to poor health, poor productivity and, in general, unhappiness. Why are we always striving for this balance and never achieving it? Can we ever...
One of the most frequent questions that I am asked about caregiving is, “What should we do differently for the holidays when we are caregiving?” This is difficult because we place so much importance on tradition for the holidays. Our expectations typically are very high with the ultimate “Norman Rockwell” holiday as the goal. I...
I wish I could sit here and tell you how to entertain for the holidays, but I have to be honest with you. I am not a good host. I am not really creative at this point in my life. I don’t love when a lot of people are coming over. I am not a...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a list of 23 common fraud schemes on its “Scams and Safety” web page, including credit card theft. How does this happen? The thief makes small purchases with your stolen credit card number and sees if they go through. If they do, they hit your account for bigger purchases....
The holidays can be a great and joyous time for students returning home to see family and friends. Final exams are over, and students do not have to worry about schoolwork. This also can be a very stressful time. Coming home to a parent’s home after months of freedom leads to adjustment and required flexibility...

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