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  • 4 Ways to Start Accepting a Breakup You Didn’t Want
    You didn’t want to break up, but it happened. You can’t accept the breakup and heal overnight, but you can ease into acceptance. These tips on how to accept a breakup when you want to stay together will help you surrender to reality, heal your heart, and move into a fresh new season of life.
  • 10 Thoughtful Gifts for a New Mom After a C-Section
    These gifts for new moms after a c-section will lift her spirits and help her heal. The road to recovery after a c-section can be long and tiring; these gifts will give a new mom energy and help her heal after surgery. They’re based on advice from ob-gyns, family doctors and moms who have experienced cesarean surgeries.
  • How I Convinced the Bank to Reimburse My Money After My ATM Card Was Stolen
    My ATM card (I bank with TD Canada Trust) was stolen. At first the bank refused to reimburse the money stolen by the thieves. I wrote an appeal letter to the bank, asking them to reconsider their decision…and, thankfully, the bank reimbursed the stolen money after all.
  • Are You an Introvert? A Test for Introverted Personality Traits
    Find out if you’re an introvert with this quick test for introverted personality traits. You’ll be surprised by what you learn about the habits and characteristics of introverts! You’ll find two different introvert personality tests in this article – but I suspect you’ll know fairly quickly if you’re an introverted person. Actually, chances are that you’re a mixture of introverted and extroverted personality traits.
  • How to Say No When Someone Asks You for Money
    Saying no isn’t easy, but it’s almost always a mistake to lend money to friends or family members. These tips on how to say no nicely when someone asks to borrow money will help you kindly, firmly, and lovingly decline their request.
  • 20 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Someone Terminally Ill or Dying
    What do you give a terminally ill cancer patient, a family member who is dying, or someone who is coping with end of life issues? I gathered an assortment of gifts and ideas that are comforting, inspiring, and practical. These gifts make life brighter and easier for a terminally ill patient, help you as the gift giver cope with the idea of dying from cancer, and include heartfelt messages of love and support.
  • When Your Boyfriend Has No Ambition or Motivation in Life
    You love your boyfriend, but he has no goals or motivation for his future. How do you fully love and respect a guy who isn’t ambitious about work, school, or anything important in life? These tips are inspired by a reader who asked for relationship advice about her boyfriend. He isn’t ambitious or interested in a future, career, goals or even more than a part-time job.
  • 17 Gift Ideas to Help With Healing and Recovery After Surgery
    This gift list includes helpful ideas and practical tips to help all patients heal from all types of surgery. I’m recovering from my second orthopedic surgery in less than a year, and have learned the best gifts for patients. No matter what type of surgery your friend or family member underwent, you’ll find something to […]
  • How to Find Peace of Mind After Putting Your Dog to Sleep
    You are normal if you’re filled with regret and guilt after putting your dog to sleep. How do you find peace of mind? You can’t change the past, and deep down you know you made the right decision. It was time for your dog to stop living, but you can’t live without your dog. For […]
  • Do Horses Heal Grief? How Equine Therapy Works
    Equine therapy isn’t a new way to help with the grieving process; it’s long been known that horses can heal grief, trauma, and emotional pain. But will equine or horse therapy work for you or someone you love?
  • Comforting Ways to Cope When You Feel Old and Alone
    You’ll find the best advice for coping with being alone when you’re “old” in the comments section below! My tips are pretty good (if I do say so myself 🙂 ), but my readers’ comments are so thoughtful, helpful, and comforting. You’ll see you’re not alone. My readers were searching for tips on how to […]
  • Trusting God Despite Your Unanswered Prayers
    The only thing worse than unanswered prayers is a clear “No” from God. These tips on how to trust God even when He doesn’t answer your prayers will help you cope with the silence and loneliness that can accompany unanswered prayers.
  • Surviving a Situation You Can’t Change
    Sometimes you can get a new job, leave a bad relationship, or even move to a new place. But how do you survive a situation you can’t change? These tips won’t make your problems disappear, but you’ll see you’re not alone. And you may find some strength and hope for your journey forward.
  • Are You Struggling With Guilt and Grief After Your Pet’s Death?
    You are not alone if you accidentally hurt your beloved furry friend or animal companion. Coping with guilt after your pet dies is more common than you think, even if you chose to put your furry friend down for health reasons. These tips on how to cope with guilty feelings after your pet dies will show you that you are not alone, and help you heal.
  • 10 Tips for Staying Focused at Work When You’re Distracted
    These tips for staying focused at work are especially helpful if you’re distracted by problems at home. Not only do you owe it to your job and fellow employees to leave your problems at home, staying focused at work can give you a healthy “time out.” Sharpening your work focus may be just the distraction you need – and that’s what these tips are all about.
  • 7 Ways to Start Preparing for College Today
    College prep isn’t just about choosing classes and paying tuition. These tips on how to prepare for college will help you go back to school with confidence, security, and ease. I included information about financial loans, textbooks, courses, clubs, living accommodations, and ways to stay healthy at college.
  • 6 Ways to Cope With Being a Foster Kid
    If you’re a foster kid – or even a foster parent – my tips for dealing with feelings of helplessness, shame, and loneliness will help you cope. It’s hard to be in foster care, even when your foster homes are supportive, your foster parents kind, and the system good to you.
  • How to Cope With Guilt When Your Dog Kills Squirrels
    One of the hardest parts of owning a hunting dog or a terrier with “ratter” lineage is seeing your dog kill a squirrel. I never dreamed I’d say “My dog killed a squirrel” – nor did I realize how guilty and sad I’d feel.
  • 15 “Thank You” Gifts for Family Caregivers
    Sometimes words aren’t enough. These gifts for caregivers will help you express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to someone caring for a loved one. My work with with the Alzheimer’s Society inspired me to research a list of thoughtful thank you gifts for caregivers.
  • 20 Cheerful Gifts for People With Alzheimer’s or Dementia
    These 20 gifts and ideas for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of cognitive disorders will bring a splash of color and cheer into their lives! Caregivers will love these gifts, too. These ideas make life happier, easier, and brighter for everyone. The Fun Dogs Wall Calendar is the least practical, most cheerful gift idea […]
  • 30 Delightful Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything – Updated!
    Older men and women have everything they need; the best gifts help your older parents and grandparents feel close to you. These gifts for elderly mothers and fathers, aging parents and creaky grandparents will make both you and them happy as pie. Or birthday cake, I should say, with two scoops of ice cream!
  • 20 Sympathy Gifts for Someone Who Lost a Grandma
    Here, you’ll find a variety of sympathy gifts to offer comfort and support after the loss of a grandmother. I also included sympathy messages and ideas for condolence cards and funeral or “celebration of life” books. The Willow Tree Forget Me Not is a lovely sympathy gift for a coworker or friend. The Willow Tree figurines are […]
  • 40th Birthday Gift Ideas That Will Surprise and Delight Her
    Turning forty is a once-in-a-lifetime event! These 40th birthday gift ideas for women will add a dash of fun, creativity and playfulness to this celebration. Even if she isn’t excited about turning forty, she’ll be surprised and delighted by one of these thoughtful and unique gift ideas. The Anuschka Hand Painted Leather Handbag is first on […]
  • How to Stay Close to Your Grieving Spouse
    No matter how long you’ve been married, you and your spouse will grieve differently after loss. Your husband may withdraw after a death of a family or friend, or withdraw from you emotionally and physically. These tips for staying close to your grieving spouse will help you stay close through the stages of grief. Grief […]
  • What to Say and Do After Your Boyfriend’s Mom or Dad Died
    What do you say after your boyfriend’s dad or mom died? These thoughtful tips will give you practical ways to help and comforting things to say. Supporting your boyfriend may feel awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s important to look past your own pain so you can be there for your boyfriend.
  • Making a Career Change at 40? 10 Things You Need to Know
    These cautions and tips for changing your job when you’re over forty will help you decide what step to take first. Making a career-changing decision at 40 is easier with these practical, inspirational Blossom Tips. When you’re changing your career at 40 or any age, you must believe that you WILL land on your feet! Hold on […]
  • 5 Sleep Tips for Introverts and Light Sleepers
    Introverts are more sensitive to sleep disruptions, so my tips on how to fall asleep are geared towards specific personality types. People with introverted personalities have different sleep patterns than extroverts. Did you know your personality significantly affects your ability to sleep soundly all night? I didn’t, until I started searching for tips on how […]
  • The Powerful Benefits of the Best Types of Incense
    Many people use incense in prayer, worship, and healing. Burning good incense can have surprisingly powerful benefits for your mind and spirit! Heres how different types of incense – frankincense, white sage, myrrh – can reduce stress and calm anxiety. An important thing to remember is that burning low-quality incense can be harmful to your […]
  • How to Know if You Should Put Your Dog to Sleep – A Vet’s Advice
    Deciding if it’s time to put your dog to sleep (euthanasia) is agonizing. Here, a veterinarian describes how to know when it’s time to say good-bye. These guidelines are from Marie Haynes, a veterinarian who had to put her own dog to sleep. This veterinarian shares her story of putting her dog to sleep, and offers information about pet euthanasia.
  • 30 Famous Introverts and Celebrities Who Are Loners
    This list of celebrity loners and famous introverts include several big names that will surprise you! Included is a test for introverted personality traits, in case you want to see where on the introversion spectrum you stand. Here’s a quick way to tell if you’re an introvert or an extrovert: “If there is an emergency, do […]
  • 3 Ways to Cope With Difficult Parents
    Learning how to deal with difficult parents will fill you with peace and happiness. You won’t be under their emotional or spiritual control, and you’ll find your own source of meaning in life. These tips are for adult children who are ready to start moving past their unhappy or difficult childhoods. Below, I share how I survived […]
  • How to Live Fully When You’re Scared to Die
    Death is scary because it’s unknown, dark, and sad. You are normal and healthy if you’re scared to die! But if you let your fear of dying ruin the gift of life, you’ve already started to die. In this article I share a few ideas on how to get over your fear of dying. I […]
  • How to be Happy When You Can’t Have Kids
    Here’s the truth: there aren’t any quick tips or easy fixes for happiness in a childless life. But, my ideas on how to be happy when you can’t have kids may help you see things in a new light – especially if you haven’t chosen a childfree life. Let’s start with one of my favorite […]
  • 36 Profitable Ways for Teens to Make Money Today
    Teenagers, you want to start earning money today! I get it. These money-making tips go beyond the traditional, slow “how to find a job” ideas you find when searching the internet. These profitable ways for teens to make money will take you a step further, and make your job more interesting and creative. I started […]
  • Comforting Your Boyfriend When a Family Member Dies
    If your boyfriend is grieving and pushing you away, he is normal. This is a natural response to grief – especially if your boyfriend’s family member died unexpectedly. These ideas for comforting your grieving boyfriend will help you understand what he’s going through and show you how to console him through his grief.
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Moving to Africa
    Yes, you should move to Africa! I lived in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 years – and I don’t regret a minute of it. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid when you’re moving to Africa, 3 tips from expats living overseas, and a list of things to take to the African continent. Moving to Africa was […]
  • How to Deal With Money Problems After Your Husband’s Death
    Learning how to get financial help and deal with money problems after your husband dies is the last thing you want to think about! But, it’s important to start taking small steps and start managing your financial debt. “Some women feel they’re not ‘smart enough’ to understand financial issues after a spouse dies,” says money expert […]
  • How to Cope When You Want Your Old Life Back
    How do you cope when your new life has begun, yet all you want is your old life back? These ideas for starting over will help you see your new life differently, and perhaps even help you stop wanting to go back in time. Earlier today, I wrote an article called When You’re Forced to […]
  • Surviving Sadness and Depression After Breaking Up
    After a breakup, you may feel like you’ll never survive the sadness and depression. I know how lost and empty I felt when my relationship ended. I thought my heart would never heal. I believe I’d find someone to love me…and I didn’t think I had any love left in me to give someone else. […]
  • How to Help an Alcoholic Sibling Who Doesn’t Want to Be Helped
    Your sibling’s struggles with alcoholism leave you feeling lost, helpless, and afraid for the future of your family. These six ways to help an alcoholic brother or sister are inspired by a book called Sober Siblings, and they may give you insight into your sibling’s drinking problem. If you’re struggling to decide what behaviors to accept from […]
  • How to Stop Feeling Homesick When You’re Traveling Alone
    When you’re a woman traveling alone, you’re bound to feel homesick! You’re not alone, my friend – read my tips for overcoming homesickness and tell me how you’re feeling in the comments section below. Sharing your thoughts will help you cope with feeling homesick and lonely when you’re in a whole different world. And, don’t […]
  • Is Your Marriage Over? 7 Truths You Need to Face
    When you’re struggling with the “is my marriage over?” question, you may find yourself veering from “yes, our relationship is done” to “there’s still hope for our marriage!” in the space of minutes. How do you know if your marriage is over or if it’s going through a natural down cycle? “In my work doing […]
  • Are You Ready to Adopt Another Cat?
    Should you adopt a new cat or kitten after the death of your own cat? If you feel guilty, sad, or confused about getting another cat or even buying a kitten from a pet store, you’re not alone. Here are a few things to help you decide if you’re ready to adopt a furry friend. […]
  • Healing Your Heart When You Miss Your Cat
    The pain and sadness you feel after your cat’s death may surprise you. When my kitty Zoey died, all I could think for days was, “I miss my cat.” If you’re missing your cat like I miss mine, you’ll find these tips helpful. I collected eight ways to cope with the grief of a cat’s death, […]
  • 10 Surprising Research Findings About Beauty – She Blossoms
    You’d be surprised what makes a woman beautiful – and it’s not all lips, hair, size, or shape! Here’s what the research shows about women and beauty. We’ll start with an unfair assumption about attractive people, and finish with tips on what to do when you feel ugly and sad. First, the bad news: “Attractive […]
  • 7 Money Mistakes Women Keep Making – and How to Stop
    If women are just as “money savvy” as men, why are there more wealthy men than rich women? Because women make the same money mistakes over and over! Here’s what you need to know about the foolish financial decisions you make – plus ways you can start making good money choices. The first tip – […]
  • How to Be Beautiful From the Inside Out – She Blossoms
    These beauty tips aren’t about plastic surgery or weight loss, fashion or fitness. Instead, here’s how to be beautiful from the inside out by Blossoming into the woman God created you to be. This is the type of beauty that will last forever because it touches your heart, soul, and spirit. “You are 20% more […]
  • How Do You Cope With the Death of a Pet You Love?
    It’s a myth that “time heals all wounds.” Nothing will erase your grief, but these ideas will help you cope with the death of a beloved pet. Here, you’ll find comfort and hope in two unusual pet loss stories, plus help coping with your grief in healthy ways. Coping with your pet’s death is different […]
  • 7 Reasons Why You’re More Beautiful Than You Think
    These reasons you’re a more beautiful woman than you think are inspired by two authors of books about women and beauty. I also sprinkled several quotes about beautiful women throughout the article – not only to help you see yourself more clearly, but also to help change how you think about yourself. For as you […]
  • How to Survive the Grieving Process After an Unexpected Loss
    Feeling empty, exhausted, and like you never want to get out of bed is normal when you’re in the grieving process. Here’s what I learned from a grief workshop I recently attended – I was inspired to share these ideas for recovering from loss by a widow who not only lost her husband, she lost […]
  • 7 Tips for Finding a Mentor to Help You Succeed at Work
    You’ll find business success faster and more interesting if you learn how to find a mentor at work. Scaling upwards is easier when you have a hand up – and when you help your mentor succeed at work, too. These tips for finding and starting a mentoring relationship will help you achieve your life and […]
  • How to Handle Father’s Day When You’re Fighting With Your Dad
    These five tips for dealing with a difficult dad on Father’s Day will help you see him in a different light. You may not be able to stop fighting with your dad forever or heal a long-standing family rift, but you can find ways to treat him with respect. After I wrote When You Miss Your Dad […]
  • 7 Unexpected Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely Right Now
    Trust me: you’re not the only one who is feeling lonely! Here, you’ll discover something a trillion times better than the usual tips for people living alone. I actually wrote that article a couple years ago. It’s fine and I even include the link below…but this is better 🙂 This article is for you – and it’s […]
  • 7 Ways to Overcome Food Cravings and Stop Mindless Eating
    These strategies are from The Hunger Fix – a book that offers tried-and-true tips on how to stop mindless eating. Even better, Dr Pam Peeke also offers advice for overcoming food cravings that go right to the heart of the problem. “Among women who binge eat, 83% were abused as children,” writes Dr Pam Peeke in The […]
  • A Life Coach’s Advice for Overcoming Fear of What People Think
    Do you feel paralyzed and anxious because of what people think about you, your appearance, performance, opinions, choices? Here’s how to overcome your fears and insecurities; these tips are from life coach Arianna Merritt, M.Ed. “For years, I kept my mouth shut as I was too shy to speak up,” she says. “While I wasn’t afraid of […]
  • Help and Hope for Living Alone After Your Husband’s Death
    These practical tips and ideas will help you figure out how to live alone after your husband dies. Adjusting to life after years of marriage is one of the biggest transitions, most stressful transitions you’ll ever experience.
  • How to Deal With Problems in Your Family
    You love your family members, but sometimes they’re frustrating and aggravating! These six tips on how to deal with troubling family problems will help you get along with your siblings, parents, or other relatives. Learning how to handle toxic family problems is complicated because of the strong emotions we feel towards our relatives. “Family quarrels have a […]
  • 5 Signs It’s Not Too Late to Fix Your Relationship
    Is it time to walk away or keep moving ahead? The key to learning how to fix a ruined relationship is to learn essential truths about restoration and reconciliation. These five signs will give you insight into your relationship, yourself, and your partner. You may hear echoes of your own relationship in this reader’s comment: “I feel […]
  • Comfort and Prayers for the Loss of a Beloved Dog or Cat
    Believing in heaven or an afterlife doesn’t erase the intense pain of a dog or cat’s death, but it can help. These prayers for pet loss will comfort and help owners cope with the death of their dogs or cats. “No one can say how long we will mourn pet loss,” writes Gary Kowalski in Goodbye, Friend: […]
  • How to Live Well With Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS)
    Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) is a rare congenital malformation; here’s how 21 year old Arianna is living with this condition, plus important medical facts about the symptoms and treatments of KTS. In this article, Arianna describes what it’s like to live with Klippel Trenaunay syndrome as a young woman. “Klippel Trenaunay syndrome is very uncommon and not […]
  • 15 Unusual – and Affordable! – Gifts for Men on Valentine’s Day
    Unusual gifts are a creative and fresh way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with guy you love. These unusual gift ideas for men on Valentine’s Day revolve around toys, tools, and food. What man doesn’t love toys, tools, and food? These Valentine’s gifts are unique because they range from remote helicopters to baconnaise to thoughtful little details that […]
  • 80 Ways to Show Your Love Without Spending Money
    These meaningful ways to show love to someone you care about are easy and affordable. Whether you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts or anniversary ideas, you’ll find something that floats your Love Boat here! I wrote this article for a reader called Simon, who left this comment on 10 Things to Talk About With Your Girlfriend: “Hey girl, […]
  • 5 Practical Tips for When You Feel Lonely on Valentine’s Day
    You’d be surprised to learn how many people feel lonely on Valentine’s Day – even if they’re in a relationship. These tips for coping with the loneliness and disconnection will help you get through February 14 – and the rest of the year. In When You Have Nobody to Love on Valentine’s Day, I shared more […]
  • How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Into Grad School
    Most Master and PhD programs are competitive and difficult to get into. Here’s how to improve your chances of getting accepted into the graduate school of your choice. These tips for applying for graduate level studies are from my own experience – they’ll help you complete your application and get accepted into the grad program you […]
  • 137 Things to Do When You’re Bored
    Boredom isn’t fun or exciting – but, luckily, you can do something about it! This list of things to do when you’re bored at home, school or work will distract and entertain you. I have a billion things I love do when I’m bored, and they all include the letters B. L. O. G. Blog, think […]
  • How to Deal With Your Girlfriend’s Weight Gain
    These tips are inspired by a guy whose friends tease him because of his “fat girlfriend.” Are you struggling with your relationship because of your girlfriend is gaining weight? Here’s how to love her through thick and thin… “My girlfriend is actually very interesting and funny, and I think I love her,” says Mr X on […]
  • 6 Things to Consider Before Lending Money to Your Adult Child
    Financial loans between family members can cause conflict, rifts, and debt…and they can also be a show of trust, encouragement, and support! Here’s what you need to know about lending money to your adult child – and how to protect yourself from a financial disaster in your family. This article was inspired by a reader […]
  • Protecting Yourself From a Stalker Who Won’t Leave You Alone
    How do you stop someone from stalking you? These tips on how to deal with a stalker will help you stay safe. Learn how toprotect yourself, whether you’re being stalked by your ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, a former coworker, or someone you met online. Even if you only think you might be stalked, it’s important to learn how to deal with stalking behavior.
  • Are You Ready to Quit Drinking? 10 Benefits of Staying Sober
    Let’s be honest: getting and staying sober isn’t easy. But if you focus on these ten benefits of quitting drinking alcohol and spirits, you’ll find it easier to control the urge to drink alcohol every day. At the end of this article I also included two excellent resources on how to stop drinking and start […]
  • How to Get Through the Day When You’re a Grieving Widow
    When you’re grieving, they tell you to take it “one day at a time.” But how do you get through the next hour? These tips and prayers for grieving widows are from Kathleen, who lost her husband after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Read Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore HickmanIf […]
  • Help Starting Over in Your 60s After Your Husband Dies
    “When one person is missing, the whole world seems empty.” How do you start over as a woman over 60, after your husband dies? There are no easy answers or quick tips. My thoughts on how to start over won’t solve all your problems, but they may bring you a measure of comfort and peace.
  • 14 “Sleepytime” Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep
    These are the best gift ideas for people who suffer from insomnia (insomniacs) or who have trouble falling asleep. People who can’t sleep struggle with health issues, compromised immune systems, and grumpy moods. Giving the gift of better sleep will help insomniacs think more clearly and feel much happier!
  • 15 Good Ideas for Your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
    Ready to fill your shoebox? Here’s a list of Operation Christmas Child ideas for gifts, plus a current list of what not to include in childrens’ shoeboxes. Last year, my Little Sister (we’re matched through the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization) filled a box for a 12 year old girl. Here’s what I learned from that experience, […]
  • 5 Doctor-Approved Tips for Overcoming Depression at Christmas
    Feeling depressed at Christmas is normal, even for people who aren’t depressed at other times of the year. These tips for coping with depression over the holiday season are from Dr Harold Levinson. “Depressed people don’t always respond well to holidays and vacations where others appear happy and life seems beautiful,” says Dr Levinson. “This contrast […]
  • How to Find a Career to Fit Your Introverted Personality
    If you want to love your job, you need work that matches your introverted personality traits. Here’s how to find a career for introverts, plus a link to a handy-dandy personality test for introversion. “I am a severe introvert,” say GG on Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People. “Actually, I have severe social anxiety, more than anything. […]
  • 6 Reasons You’ll Love Volunteering as a Big Sister or Big Brother
    Are you wondering if you should volunteer as a Big Sister or Big Brother? Here’s my experience as a Big Sister, plus a few thoughts that might help you decide if volunteering as a Big is worth your time. My Little Sister and I went to the Big Brothers picnic in Vancouver today. My husband is a Big Brother, […]
  • How to Know if You Should Drop Out of College
    Is dropping out of college the right decision for you? Here’s how I decided if I should stay in my two year MSW (Master of Social Work) program. My decision-making strategy – and the end result – may help you know if you should drop out of college. I loved the first semester of my two […]
  • 30 Home Based Business Ideas With No Start Up Costs
    Want to work from your home as a drop shipper or a party planner? Here are 30 home based business ideas, to help you figure out how to make money on the side without paying start up costs. If the idea of a home based business is new to you, read The $100 Startup: Reinvent the […]
  • How to Get Over Stage Fright – 6 Best Tips for Introverts
    Getting over stage fright is more difficult for introverts because we aren’t naturally comfortable in the spotlight. As an introvert and a flutist who wants to play music in front of people, I’ve been forced by the beast to find the best tips on how to get over stage fright. In 8 Ways to Overcome […]
  • 8 Ways to Overcome Anxiety When You’re on Stage
    The worst part of stage fright or an anxiety attack on stage is that it’s often unexpected, which means it can horribly blindside a musician. Here are 8 ways to overcome an anxiety attack will help even the most fearful musicians deal with stage fright. When I wrote How to Deal With Performance Anxiety and Play […]
  • Getting Over Him When You Can’t Let Go
    Starting over after a breakup or divorce is one of the most difficult and painful things you’ll ever do. But take heart, for you will get through this! You’ll let go, heal, and feel happy again. Letting go of someone you love is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do – but healing […]
  • 6 Ways to Find Peace After a Breakup
    These tips for finding inner peace after a breakup are better than anything research or science can prove, because they’re from actual people who found peace after losing someone they loved. These tips are inspired by a reader who said these very important words to her husband. He was cheating on her, and she needed […]
  • How to Adjust to Being Alone
    Sometimes the worst part of loss is learning how to be alone. After you’ve been part of a couple for years – or even decades – it can feel impossible to learn how to live as a single woman. In How to Emotionally Detach From Someone You Care About a reader commented on a tip […]
  • Sample Contract for a Family Loan – Easy Yet Legal
    In my article about lending money to a boyfriend, a reader asked for a sample contract for a family loan. Whether you’re lending money to a boyfriend or a family member, you need to get the details of the financial agreement in writing. Here’s what my reader wrote on What to Do When Your Boyfriend Asks […]
  • How to Love and Live With an Alcoholic Boyfriend
    Living with an alcoholic is painful and scary. These tips on how to love a boyfriend who drinks too much will help you live with the reality of alcoholism. The more you know, the better able you’ll be to get the support you need. “My boyfriend has had problems with drinking too much for over five years,” writes […]
  • How to Be Single and Wildly Happy
    Being single doesn’t mean nobody wants you; it simply means you’re waiting for the right person. These tips on how to be happy when you’re a single woman will help you find peace, joy, and freedom. “I enjoy and love my company but being a single woman does make me sad at times,” says Barb […]
  • How to Deal With Performance Anxiety and Play Your Best
    These five tips on how to deal with anxiety will calm your spirit. Performance anxiety is a common problem for musicians; not only does it prevent us from playing our best on stage, it robs us from the joy of performing music. And yes, we should be enjoying the time we spend playing music for […]
  • How to Love Yourself When You Don’t Feel Good Enough
    Your search for “how to love myself” is how it starts. These 7 tips for loving yourself will help you feel happier, healthier, and more hopeful – especially when you don’t feel good enough. Your relationships will improve and you’ll have the strength you need to face whatever comes your way. On How to Increase Self-Love […]
  • 10 Natural Ways to Ease the Pain of Ulcerative Colitis
    During my last flare up, I spent hours researching natural remedies for ulcerative colitis symptoms. Here’s what I found: the 10 best ways to naturally ease the pain of colitis, plus links to helpful resources, books, and products. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis a month before my long-planned trip to Jerusalem, Israel to meet […]
  • How to Know if You Should Adopt a Dog Today 
    Adopting a dog? This guide will help you decide. Included are reasons for dog adoption, how to know if you should adopt a dog today, a list of the six most common dog diseases, and information on pet insurance. These tips for adopting a dog are inspired by a reader’s question about getting a new […]
  • Blossoming FAQ and Answers – Laurie’s Blossom Blog Series
    You found Blossoms! Here are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about my Blossom blog series, plus links to all things blossoming in my life. First, I have to share a quote I just found about blossoming. I don’t love it, but I’ll share it anyway…“They blossomed, they did not talk about blossoming.” That’s from […]
  • How to Write a Strong Cover Letter and Get That Job
    These three sample cover letters will help you get the nonprofit job offers you want. Plus, seven valuable tips on how to be more “hireable” to employers. When you’re searching the internet for “sample cover letter”, you’ll get lots of templates. Don’t use them! The worst thing you can do is use a boilerplate cover […]
  • 7 Ways to Make Peace With Infertility 
    They say it’s easier to learn how to find peace when you call yourself “childfree” instead of “childless.” I say female and male infertility is painful no matter what label you give it. Painful, but not permanently disabling…unless we give it that power. These tips for finding peace whether you’re childfree or childless – or […]
  • What Introverts Need to Know About Going On Mission Trips
    Going on a missions trip can change your life and perspective. But, mission trips can be exhausting for introverted people! Here are the most important things introverts need to know about going on a missions trip, inspired by my volunteer work in Haiti. I recently spent a week with Mission Possible, serving on a medical […]
  • 3 Ways to Meet New Friends – Help for Widows
    The most difficult part of being a widow is different for everyone, but meeting new friends is often at the top of the list. Here are three ways for widows to make friends while grieving and transitioning into widowhood. From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You by Miriam Neff is a book that may […]
  • How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth When You Sleep
    Here are a few tips on how to stop teeth grinding at night, so you can sleep without hurting your jaw. Also included are the causes and side effects of bruxism – plus three different types of mouth guards for teeth grinding – so you have lots to chew on. Pardon the pun. Bruxism or teeth grinding occurs when […]
  • How to Sleep in a Noisy Hospital – 8 Tips for Patients
    The irony about hospitals is that you’re supposed to heal, but it’s hard to sleep! These tips for sleeping in a hospital are for patients who want to heal fast and furious. Plus, here’s a brief summary of research showing how sleep disruption affects a patient’s healing process. First, the bad news: research from Brigham and Women’s […]
  • 11 Solutions for People Who Want to Stop Snoring
    Snorers, you can get good zzz’s without waking the whole house! These tips, remedies, and solutions for people who want to stop snoring will decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve your sleep quality. Some sleep doctors say a Doctor’s Nightguard Advanced Comfort is the most effective long-term sleep solution for people who snore, but it depends […]
  • A Complete Guide to Bed Bugs: Signs, Traps, and Remedies
    Here’s how to know if you have bed bugs, two different ways to kill bed bugs (a homemade bed bug trap and a natural organic spray), and an easy treatment for itchy bed bug bites. The most common sign of bed bugs is bites on your body, which cause itchy welts and often appear in a […]
  • 4 Foolproof Blogging Tips for Women Over 40 – Day 4
    When I started blogging eight years ago, I jumped right in without thinking twice. Here are my most important blogging tips, geared towards women over 40 who are just beginning to blog. In Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates From a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes, Becca Ludlum gives you tips […]
  • How to Blog: Best Practices and Resources – Day 3
    Learning how to blog is an ongoing process – and it’s much easier when you get these “best practices” under your belt. Blogging, social media, website design, and content creation are new to us women in midlife! We didn’t grow up on smart phones and iPads, and the learning curve can be steep. Speaking of […]
  • Overcoming Obstacles When You’re Starting a Blog – Day 2
    Congratulations – you decided to start blogging! Here are several tips for overcoming the obstacles you will inevitably face. Starting a blog is fun and challenging…but it can also be frustrating and annoying. I’m always reading a book about blogging or search engine optimization; currently, I have Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, […]
  • How to Blog About Something You Love
    You want to blog about your love for lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) with the world? Awesome! Here’s the first of my Four-Day Series on how to blog about something you love. These tips are geared towards women over 40, but are applicable to all ages and most genders. In Starting a Successful Blog When You […]
  • 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself
    Even if you aren’t in the “when it’s over” relationship category, here are seven tips on how to take care of yourself. This is the most important time to give your body, mind, and soul the juice it needs to rev up again. Here’s what happened to Tina: “The other day he came over for a […]
  • How to Get Over Depression
    There is no magic formula for how to get over depression, but this information will give you insight into why you feel depressed. If you’ve been struggling with depression for awhile, talk to a counselor or doctor. Here, you’ll see you’re not alone…but to really learn how to get over depression, you must talk to a […]
  • 10 Fitness Gifts That Encourage Health and Wellness
    These fitness gift ideas aren’t just for the “gym rat” in your life – they’re perfect for regular people who want to sprinkle a little health and wellness into their lives. The first gift is perfect for the young and fit, or even the middle-aged and not-so-fit… In my quest to collect fitness gifts that go beyond […]
  • Volunteer Work in India – How to Make It Amazing
    My teenage niece texted me, saying she’s off to do some volunteer work in India. “How do I make it amazing as it could be?” she asked me, knowing that I lived in Africa for three years and have traveled a fair bit. First, read books like India Travel Survival Guide For Women by Shalu Sharma; […]
  • How to Be Happy Without Kids – Inspiration From Lesley
    Are you saddened by your life as a childless woman? Here’s one of the best tips on how to be happy without kids: connect with other women who have experienced infertility. “I am now in a place where I can say that childlessness has proved to be my biggest gift because without it I wouldn’t […]
  • A Medical Intuitive Describes How Energy Healing Works
    Learn what to expect from an energy healing session, from Medical Intuitive Susan Lee Woodward. She shares how her healing energy can affect your mind, body, and soul. However, you might find a session of energy healing more interesting if you didn’t learn what to expect. “The first time I went to a Reiki session, […]
  • 10 Benefits of Yoga Poses for the Grieving Process
    Did you know there are specific yoga poses that help ease the grieving process? Learn about the emotional and physical health benefits of yoga for the grief process. Grieving causes physical pain in your body; these yoga poses relieve stress and promote healing in your mind, body, and soul. In Yoga and Grief: A Compassionate […]
  • Coping With the Loss of a Loved One – 4 Tasks of Mourning
    These tips for coping with the loss of a loved one – whether it’s a family member, close friend, or even a beloved family pet – are based on the four “tasks of mourning.” In Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Dr William Worden describes the four […]
  • Dealing With Grief After a Massive Heart Attack
    When someone you love dies from a massive heart attack, dealing with grief is the last thing on your mind. Here’s a simple yet powerful way to cope with the grieving process. It’s called a “grief sanctuary”, from a book called Honoring Grief: Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal. If you haven’t written anything […]
  • How to Stop Living in the Past
    This simple three-fold process will help you learn how to stop living in the past. I also share the three most painful experiences I’ve experienced, plus three ways I put the past behind me. A message such the “For I Know The Plans I Have For You” Inspirational Poster is one of the best tips on how to […]
  • Prayers for Peace and Comfort After a Terrorist Attack
    Terrorist attacks hit us hard. These prayers for peace and comfort are a collection of sympathy messages and support for survivors from people all around the world, via Facebook and Twitter. “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and […]
  • Why You Should Get a Master of Social Work (MSW)
    If you’re asking “should I go to grad school?” and you’re considering a Master of Social Work (MSW) program, you’ll find my experience helpful. I earned my MSW as a mature student or adult learner – I was in my early forties when I started and completed my grad degree. A reader asked what I […]
  • How to Write a Goodbye Letter to Someone You Care About
    Writing a letter that says goodbye to someone you care about isn’t easy, but it can bring healing. My tips on how to write a goodbye letter are based on my experience with a variety of losses and inspired by a reader’s comment. A goodbye momento, such as Willow Tree Shine, is a lovely way to […]
  • How to Survive Chronic Fatigue at Work
    Sometimes it’s a relief to get a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, because you have a reason for your exhaustion. These tips for surviving chronic fatigue at work are for people with very mild forms of chronic fatigue syndrome. In Healing Is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses, […]
  • What I Do When I Feel Ugly
    The Uggers are good at one thing: repeating “you are ugly” and “Nobody likes you” until you believe it. Here’s what I do when I feel ugly; these tips for dealing with the Uggers might perk you up even on your worst days. In Hello, Beauty Full: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You, Elisa Morgan helps […]
  • What Your Halloween Costume Says About Your Personality
    What does your Halloween costumes say about your personality traits? If you look behind the “trick or treat” mask of these costumes, you can see right into people’s thoughts, dreams, and personality… I’d dress up as a gypsy with the Retro Bohemian Babe Gypsy Halloween Costume, without a doubt. I love the idea of being […]
  • A Holistic Approach to Hospice and Palliative Care
    A combination of therapies works best – there isn’t just one holistic approach to hospice and palliative care. This list of different types of holistic therapies will help you create a care-based program for loved ones. In Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions, Karen Whitley Bell shares […]
  • Easy Home Remedy for Shingles – Homemade Oatmeal Bath
    One of the best home remedies for shingles is an oatmeal bath. This recipe for a homemade oatmeal bath is a soothing and easy way to reduce the pain and irritation of shingles. After the bath, apply a healing ointment such as the Shingles Treatment Cream formulated for shingles recovery. It’s made with Manuka Honey, […]
  • 6 Ways to Stop Stress Eating Late at Night
    Do you need to quit the late-night binges of chips, ice cream, or chocolate? These tips on how to stop stress eating late at night will help you get a handle on your midnight munchie compulsions. Chewing sugarless gum works for me. Simply Gum – Assorted Natural Chewing Gum is all-natural gum made from just six ingredients. […]
  • How to Find a Psychology Job in Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Need help finding psychology jobs in the city of Vancouver and area? Here’s a list of 17 organizations that are hiring; their websites list a variety of social work jobs and other types of jobs in psychology and healthcare. Bookmark this post, and start working your way through the list. I created this list after I […]
  • Adopting a Dog – Tips for Women Over 60
    A reader is hesitant to adopt a dog because she’s over 60. Will her dog outlive her? These tips for women over 60 will help you decide if adopting a dog is right for you. You can never learn too much about dogs! In The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We […]
  • How to Deal With Your Money Problems
    These practical and emotional tips for dealing with money problems will help you cope with the stress of financial debt. Some of my suggestions are practical tips on how to deal with money problems; others are emotional ways to flow through this stage of your life. In The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial […]
  • 10 Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Coworkers
    These ideas for good Secret Santa gifts for coworkers will help you figure out what to give for Christmas. Whether you love or hate shopping, these tips will make it easy to be Santa to your coworker! I also included a few holiday messages for the Christmas card. A Sterling Silver Personalized Name Necklace with […]
  • How to Know What Job You Should Have   
    You spend most of your life at work, so answering the “what job should I have?” question is important! Here’s how I found the right job for me – it’ll help you move forward. Plus, I share new research on what to take in college (but you don’t have to go to college to find a […]
  • How to Help Someone With Depression
    You may feel helpless and lost when a spouse, friend, or family member is depressed. These suggestions for helping someone with depression include practical tips and emotional support. Reading books like Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue will increase your understanding of what depression is. One of the best ways to be […]
  • How to Quit Your Job and Find a Career You Love
    Wanting to quit your job is one thing, but actually handing in your resignation is another! These tips on how to quit your job and find a career you love will help you move forward in your career. If you don’t know what you want to do, read Get The Job You Want, Even When […]
  • Help Surviving the Loss of Your Pet
    Losing your dog or cat is deeply painful, and you’ll miss the unconditional love and loyalty your pet gives. Here’s help for surviving the loss of a pet, inspired by a reader’s request. In How to Survive the Loss of Your Pet, I share a wide variety of coping strategies from veterinarians, grief experts, and […]
  • Gifts for Parents of Kids With Cancer
    It’s hard to know what to do or say, but you can help ease the pain of childhood leukemia with these gifts for parents of kids with cancer. A practical gift for parents is Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer by Danielle Cook Navidi. The recipes are dedicated to children undergoing cancer treatment and recovery, […]
  • Caring for Elderly Parents? How to Get More Energy
    These tips on how to get more energy when you’re caring for elderly parents aren’t about eating well or getting enough sleep. You know that already! Rather, they’re practical and helpful suggestions for making changes in your life that will increase your time and energy levels. I can’t give you enough information in this article, which […]
  • How to Stay Positive When You’re Sick
    These ways to stay positive when you’re sick are inspired by the Parable of the Hospital Window. If you’re coping with a chronic illness such as colitis, cancer, Crohn’s, or celiac disease, you’ll find inspiration and hope here! I’m dealing with a nasty case of ulcerative colitis right now, and my bunion is acting up. […]
  • Turkey Costume Ideas and Tips for Thanksgiving
    These turkey costume ideas include pilgrim and football referee turkey hat costumes, and they’ll make your Thanksgiving more fun and interesting! The Men’s Roasted Turkey Hat is a quick and easy turkey costume idea. Well, it’s not really a costume – it’s more like a Thanksgiving accessory. As far as turkey hats go, you can’t beat this one! […]
  • How to Forgive Yourself
    To make peace with yourself and live a joyful life, you need to learn how to forgive yourself. These steps towards forgiving yourself are inspired by a counseling session I recently observed (I’m a counselor in training). In Forgiveness: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life, Sidney B. Simon and […]
  • 12 Beautiful Gifts for Your Wife at Christmas
    The best gifts for a wife at Christmas make her happy and make shopping easy for you. Save time and please her with these gifts for wife at Christmas – you’ll pamper her without spending hours in the shopping malls. The Solid White 10K Gold Natural Fiery Opal English Victorian Trilogy Ring is first on my […]
  • Is Trifexis a Safe Flea Treatment for Dogs?
    Before you get the flea treatment Trifexis from your veterinarian, find out if it’s a safe flea treatment for dogs. Here are two stories of what happened when Trifexis was prescribed to dogs. I have given my dogs Bayer Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs with much better results, because of what happened when I gave my dog Georgie […]
  • How to Choose a College Major
    Choosing what to major in when you go to college can be confusing, even if you know what you want to be when you graduate. Here’s how to choose a college major, based on my experience getting three university degrees. Are you uncertain about choosing a career path? Read The Art of Work: A Proven […]
  • 5 Ways to Deal With Adult Dyslexia at Work
    These tips on how to deal with adult dyslexia symptoms includes a Dyslexia Checklist and Symptoms of Adult Dyslexia. This easy-to-read summary will help you learn how to deal with adult dyslexia at work and in everyday life. Have you tried turning your adult dyslexia symptoms into an advantage? In The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden […]
  • How to Choose a Hairstyle for Women Over 40
    These tips on how to choose a hairstyle for women over 40 are practical and stylish, and include a fantastic “before and after” picture of one of Diane Keaton’s best hairdos. No matter what hairstyle you choose, you want healthy shiny hair. Argan oil is what the salons recommend, such as Hydrating Argan Oil Hair […]
  • Caring for Elderly People With Lewy Body Dementia
    Here are 10 tips for taking care of elderly people with Lewy body dementia, from a woman whose parents were both diagnosed with dementia. Her mother had frontal lobe dementia. One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read about dementia is Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt. It’s a powerful memoir that […]
  • 10 Awesomely Cool Gifts for College Students
    Since the majority of college students feel stressed about finances, most of the ideas on this list of gifts for college students are thoughtful ways to relieve anxiety and worry. For instance, a “Cool for College” Amazon Gift Card via Email allows college students to buy anything from textbooks to Twizzlers, laptops to laser hair […]
  • Smokin’ Hot Gifts for Pipe and Cigar Smokers
    These gift ideas for people who enjoy smoking pipes and cigars are perfect because they include a variety of possibilities. Best of all, we start with a quip from pipe smoker Mark Twain… “It’s easy to quit smoking,” said Mark Twain. “I’ve done it hundreds of times.” It may be easy to quit smoking pipes […]
  • How to Make Your Hair Grow – From Biotin to Bear Grease
    Hair loss can be a side effect of a bad perm, prescription medications, or a genetic disorder. These tips for making your hair grow are inspired by a reader who is taking medications that cause hair loss. Pura d’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo is a natural preservative anti-hair loss formula with organic igredients, no sulfates […]
  • Sleep Eating Disorder – Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments
    Eating while sleeping is a rare but serious sleep disorder. Here’s what sleep eating disorder is, why sleep eaters are compelled to eat in the middle of the night, and how sleep eating disorders differ from nocturnal eating syndrome. “It’s the most frustrating, defeating feeling to know that you’ve done it again,” says Donna, a sleep […]
  • How to Exercise Your Dog in Hot Weather
    These 10 tips on how to exercise your dog in hot weather will help you find the balance between keeping your dog active and avoiding heat stroke. Pictured is a GoPet TreadWheel For Small Dogs – it looks like a hamster wheel, but it’s actually a type of dog treadmill. At first glance, this seems like a […]
  • How to Forgive Yourself for Not Protecting Your Dog
    Don’t face this alone. These thoughts on how to forgive yourself when you didn’t protect your dog from an accident or death will help you cope. I gathered tips from dozens of readers who commented on my article about dealing with guilt after causing a dog’s death. In I Will See You in Heaven, Jack Wintz shows […]
  • Cremation Urns for Your Dog’s Ashes
    Finding the right cremation urn can help you grieve your dog’s death. Here are several types of pet cremation urns for dog ashes, and a parable that explains why dog is man’s best friend. The AngelStar Pet Urn with Frame, says “Forever in Our Hearts” is a functional urn that holds the ashes of a beloved […]
  • What to Say and How to Help Someone With Cancer
    When someone you know has cancer, you feel helpless and powerless. Here’s what to say and how to help someone with cancer – these practical and specific tips are from a writer and cancer survivor. “When everyone else flees, be the one who stays,” writes Regina Brett in Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the […]
  • Gifts for Quadriplegics, Paraplegics and People in Wheelchairs
    This list of gifts for paraplegics, quadriplegics, and other people in wheelchairs range from practical ideas to encouraging gifts. These ideas are inspired by the most common health conditions and problems that paraplegics and quadriplegics face – from depression to chronic pain. The best gift you can give is something encouraging and life-giving. A High Quality […]
  • 5 Signs You’re a Toxic Friend
    Most of us can recognize a bad friendship fairly quickly, but we may not know if we ourselves are toxic friends. These signs you’re in a toxic friendship will help you see yourself more clearly. In Toxic Friends: A Practical Guide to Recognizing and Dealing with an Unhealthy Friendship, Loraine Smith-Hines describes different types of […]
  • Gift Ideas for Your Sister – Nifty and Thrifty
    Whether you need nifty or thrifty ideas – or both – these gift ideas for sisters will help you find the perfect way to say Happy Birthday or Bon Voyage. These gift tips will help you figure out what your sister likes, so you can feel good about the gift you’re giving. One of the best […]
  • How to Start a Food Truck Business
    Here’s how one entrepreneur figured out how to start a food truck business. She started by sharing her Christmas baking to is now the owner of a mobile bakery. Coni Brigner tells us how she started her food truck business – right from coming with the idea and business plan for Sweets on the Streets. […]
  • Natural Sleep Remedies for Sleepless Nights
    Could sleepless nights be a thing of the past? These 10 natural remedies for sleep from doctors, psychologists, and my own research on how to sleep better. I know of what I speak – if I don’t get a good night’s sleep, my ulcerative colitis bursts into flames. And it’s not pretty. The SleepRight Side […]
  • How to Get Rid of Bunions and Ease Foot Pain
    A bunion on foot (hallux valgus) can cause severe foot pain. These tips on how to get rid of bunions will help ease foot pain. After a year of terrible bunion pain, I found two ways to get rid of bunions and be pain-free. If you can’t afford to get a foot orthotic from a […]
  • Sympathy Gifts for Dog Lovers After Their Dog Died
    A dog’s death is heartbreaking. These sympathy gifts for dog lovers will help people through the grief after their dog died, and show how much you care. A thoughtful gift for dog lovers is a garden pet memorial stone that says “In Memory of a Faithful Friend and Companion.” The memorial stone can be kept indoors or […]
  • Wearing What You Want to Work – Whoopi Goldberg
    Consider Whoopi Goldberg’s clothes. Do you wear what you want to work? Are you criticized for your clothing choices? Take Whoopi’s advice; she is genuinely a woman who isn’t well-behaved. “Normal is in the eye of the beholder,” says Whoopi. Even if there is no golden standard of “normal”, there may be a cost associated with wearing whatever you want […]
  • Get Well Soon Messages and Gifts for Cancer Patients
    These gifts and “get well soon” messages for cancer patients will help with healing and energy. We found a wide variety of practical gifts and ideas that are thoughtful and helpful. An Alexander Del Rossa Microfiber Fleece Bathrobe is a practical gift for a cancer patient. The best gift ideas for cancer patients come from the survivors themselves – and […]
  • How to Comfort a Friend Whose Mom Has Cancer
    Our friend’s mom was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her brain. These tips on how to comfort a friend whose mom has cancer are from him. He shares what to say and do when your friend’s mom has cancer, and what not to say or do. A Willow Tree Figurine – “My Sister My […]
  • “Happy Retirement” Gifts for Coworkers or Family
    These ideas and gifts say “Happy Retirement!” with creativity and enthusiasm. Since many of us are retiring younger, these gift ideas are geared towards a fun, fresh start in life. If your retiree is hesitant about retirement, remind her that the world is full of amazing things to do besides work. Retirement is a gift that […]
  • How to Study When You Can’t Focus
    It’s a common problem for college students: you have to study for the exam, but you’re stressed and distracted. Here are six tips on how to study when you can’t focus, to get you through exams. Read How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by […]
  • The Grieving Process After the Death of a Child
    These suggestions on how to help a friend through the grieving process after the death of a child are sadly inspired by a six year old boy who recently drowned in a creek in my neighborhood in North Vancouver. These tips are geared towards people like me, who have no idea what to say or […]
  • How to Deal With Guilt After the Loss of Your Dog
    Feeling guilty is normal after the loss of a dog. Here’s how to deal with guilt after putting your dog down or somehow causing your dog’s death. If you accidentally hurt your dog – or you put your dog to sleep and you regret it – you’ll feel terribly guilty. This is normal – but […]
  • 17 Gifts to Help Her Heal After a Mastectomy or Breast Surgery
    These gift ideas for mastectomy patients are inspired by a oncologist’s instructions for healing after breast surgery. A single or double mastectomy is traumatic; give her gifts that help her recover and heal. Mastectomy care packages, pillows, and gift bags are just a few of the ideas on this list; every gift is related to the breast […]
  • What to Pack for a Beach Resort Vacation
    Here’s a complete list of things you to pack for a vacation at a beach resort, from practical beach items to non-essentials you’ll be so glad you brought! This packing list will ensure you don’t forget anything – because even “all inclusive beach resorts” don’t supply everything. They will sell you what you forgot to pack, but […]
  • What You Need to Know About Cheap RV Living and Retirement
    These tips for RV (Recreational Vehicle) retirement are from a couple who retired four years ago. They offer an inside peek into cheap RV living. My interview below won’t tell you all you need to know about RV retirement. Read So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? by John and Kathy Huggins to learn about […]
  • 5 Surprising Secrets for Coping With Childlessness
    If you’re one of a million women coping with childlessness, you know there are no quick or easy tips on how to be happy. Not being able to have kids is devastating. Here’s how my husband and I cope with being a childless couple – we didn’t choose not to have children, but we are […]
  • How to Treat a Dog’s Scratched Eye
    Here’s how my veterinarian treated my dog’s scratched eye, plus tips for dealing with eye scratches in dogs. Georgie has been to the vet twice for eye-related problems: once for a scratched eye, and once for an eye infection. I researched how to treat dog eye injuries and symptoms of cornea or retina problems in […]
  • How to Write an Appeal Letter to a Bank
    Here’s the appeal letter I wrote to my bank to appeal their decision not to reimburse my checking and Visa accounts after thieves stole my credit and debit cards. You can use this as a sample appeal letter, especially if you need tips on writing an appeal letter to a bank about a student loan, […]
  • How to Wrap Awkward Gifts With Stuff You Have at Home
    After you read these 8 creative tips for wrapping gifts, you’ll know what you need to wrap even the most awkward gift (eg, bikes, skis, Hawaiian vacations). For example, a treasure hunt is a great way to “wrap” a bike. You can create clues that will lead the gift recipient to the treasure. Before we […]
  • Benefits of Not Wearing Underwear – A Surprising Health Tip
    Here are a few reasons – health benefits – of not wearing underwear. Sometimes you need to give your family jewels a breath of fresh air, especially if thong underwear is your undergarment of choice. If this article doesn’t convince you of the benefits of not wearing underwear, why not have some fun with your undies? […]
  • How to Cope With the Guilt and Grief of Rehoming Your Dog
    The grief and guilt of rehoming a dog or giving your dog away is intense and sad. I understand how you feel because I had to rehome my own dog. Here’s how I coped with the guilt and grief I felt and still feel. Below, I share a letter my newly-adopted dog Tiffy wrote to her previous […]
  • 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students
    This list of the highest paying jobs for college students will help you find work – I suspect you haven’t considered at least half of the jobs on this list. Plus, here are tips on how to get hired and things to remember when you’re looking for work as a college student. Learn how to get […]
  • Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone
    Introverts have unique strengths and abilities – as you’ll see in this list of the best jobs for introverts. I also included a quick personality test for people with introverted traits, to help with your job search. “I’m glad you researched these career possibilities and job types,” said Zora in response to 10 Highest Paying Jobs […]
  • Good First Jobs for Teens
    This list of good first jobs for teens was inspired by a comment on my article about teenagers finding work and making money. I started working when I was 12 years old (yes, babysitting). I saved my first $1,000 when I was 14 years old, and bought my first car (a 1982 Ford Mustang) when […]
  • How to Find a Job in South Africa – Tips for Expats
    Are you looking to find a job in South Africa? These tips for expats who haven’t yet moved overseas are based on my experience working in Kenya, Africa for three years. The Big Guide to Living And Working Overseas: 3,045 Career Building Resources by Jean-Marc Hachey has the largest available list of US NGOs (with more […]
  • How to Sleep After Breast Cancer Surgery
    Sleep is one of the most important ways to recover after a mastectomy. These tips for how to sleep after breast cancer surgery are from women who recovered from double and single mastectomies, research studies, and breast cancer recovery forums. Listening to jazz music helps with recovery – and silence is crucial after a mastectomy. […]
  • 4 Ways to Stop Hating Your Life
    My tips on how to stop hating your life are based on the reasons I used to hate my life. It hasn’t been easy – it was a long road from “I hate my life” to “I love my life.” I hated my life because I didn’t any control, I was constantly told what to do […]
  • 5 Tips for Letting Go of Someone You Love
    There are no “one size fits all” tips on letting go of someone you love after breaking up. Here are several ways to heal your heart when you have no choice but to leave a relationship behind. When I wrote 75 Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love, I interviewed life coaches, counselors, and grief coaches on […]
  • Teacher Appreciation Ideas for the End of the Year
    At year end, you need fresh ways to thank your teacher! This list of teacher appreciation ideas includes thank you notes, teacher appreciation poems, and creative quotes that express gratitude for your teacher. The Teacher “I Teach” Jumbo Tote for Teachers says, “I teach, so I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, […]
  • The Favorite Child is Less Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol
    At book club recently, we discussed what it’s like to be the favorite child. I wish I’d seen this research then – it shows that parental favoritism is linked to drug and alcohol use (and if you’re using drugs and alcohol, you’re flirting with addiction). If your parents have a favorite child, they may be […]
  • 12 Gifts for People Who Love Animals
    These gift ideas for animal lovers range from beautiful hummingbird pendants to a hands-on day at a horse therapy ranch. I’ve also included animal print duvet covers, Grumpy Cat gift ideas, and other gifts for animal lovers that will help you choose something perfect and meaningful. A Sterling Silver Multicolored Dragonfly Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Elements is a […]
  • Dog Cancer – Signs and Treatments
    Here are the most common signs of cancer in dogs, treatment options for dogs with cancer, and how to prevent your dog from developing cancer. You’ll also learn a few tips from the “dog cancer vet”, Demian Dressler. In The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity, veterinarian […]
  • Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother
    This collection of lovely, thoughtful sympathy gift ideas to honor the loss of a mother will help you express your support and compassion to a friend, coworker, or loved one. The Willow Tree Forget Me Not is a lovely sympathy gift for a coworker or friend – all the Willow Tree figurines are so beautiful. They speak […]
  • How to Find a Washing Machine Repairman
    Learn how to find a washing machine repairman and make sure his (or her) work will be good. Here’s my experience getting a Whirlpool washer fixed, to help you protect yourself from a bad repair job. The washer door seal on my Whirlpool washing machine popped out, and my husband was out of town at the […]
  • 20 Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery Gifts
    After breast cancer surgery, the best gift promotes healing. These breast cancer surgery recovery gift ideas range from healing yoga for breast cancer to mastectomy bras, and all the gift ideas for breast cancer surgery recovery are based on an oncologist’s instructions for post-mastectomy healing. The Yoga for Breast Cancer DVD for Patients and Survivors is very […]
  • How to Help Your Mom Move to an Adult Group Home
    Whether your mom is coping with dementia or schizophrenia, these tips for helping parents move to adult group homes might help you survive the transition. My mom has schizophrenia, and is facing a difficult move to a group home. This is the first time she’s lived with other people, and it won’t be easy. If […]
  • How to Know When to Put Your Dog Down
    Veterinarian Marie Haynes describes the most important things to look for and how to know when to put your dog down. She also shares her experience with putting her own dog down at home, and offers help for healing the grief of losing your dog. Are you confused about putting your dog down? It’s natural and expected to […]
  • How to Meet People When You’re Travelling Alone
    Meeting people has never been a problem for me when I travel alone, so when one of my readers asked for tips, I jumped at the chance to write this article! In The Solo Traveler’s Handbook, Janice Leith Waugh shares a comprehensive “how and why” of solo travel. She shares real solo travel stories, and […]
  • How to Become an Independent Teenager
    Here’s a list of ways to stop your parents from being overprotective so you can become more independent. I wrote this for a teenager who asked for help with her mother. “I am 14 years old and my mother in particular is very controlling,” says Michelle on How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You […]
  • How to Find Health Information for Refugees in Vancouver
    A Vancouver-based website provides health information for refugees from other countries, to make it easier to get medical care in British Columbia. “Refugees already have so many barriers. There’s the barrier of language, cultural barriers, living below the poverty level,” says Dr Martina Scholtens, who created “Refugees generally come from a huge background of […]
  • How to Ask for Help When You’re Depressed
    Asking for help for depression can be difficult, but it’s the best way to move past your helpless, hopeless mood. Here’s how to reach out and get the help you need. “Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting.” – Kay Redfield Jamison. You may be depressed if your feelings of lethargy, sadness, isolation, and […]
  • 6 Foods Proven to Help Treat Depression
    These foods are not only proven by research to help treat depression, they’re also yummy. Certain foods increase serotonin and dopamine in your brain, which has a direct effect on your mood, thoughts, and energy levels. In Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Level, Loretta […]
  • Signs of a Burnout at Work
    The longer it takes to recognize a burnout at work, the harder it’ll be to bounce back. These signs of work burn out will help you recognize what you need to do to take care of yourself. Your emotions, relationships, cognitive abilities, and physical health will tell you what you need to know. Those four […]
  • 5 Ways to Help Kids Cope With Homesickness at Summer Camp
    Feeling homesick is normal for kids at summer camp, but it’s more fun if you can overcome it! These five ways to overcome homesickness will help kids, parents, and camp counselors. I went to Camp Timberline last weekend, and remembered the homesickness I felt as a kid at camp in the summer. I went to […]
  • How to Teach Your Kids to be Independent
    At what age can you start teaching your children independence? Find out here – these parenting tips are from Angela England, founder of Untrained Housewife and author of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less). “Our children are tough, resilient, and creative because we encourage them to try new things,” says Angela. “My husband […]
  • How to Help Your Kids Cope With Stress
    What is stressing your kids out? Here are three common sources of stress, plus practical tips parents can use to help kids cope with stress. These tips are from Sandra Blackard of the Language of Listening®. “I believe the top three sources of stress for children of any age are external pressure to perform, too little […]
  • 3 Ways to Stop Being Paralyzed by Self-Doubt at Work
    If you’re reading this, you’re probably a woman who doubts herself at work. Women are more likely to be paralyzed by self-doubt on the job, self-criticism even when colleagues praise them, and fear that they’re not good enough at work. Here’s what Lisa Bloom writes in Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in […]
  • Causes of Gurgling Noises and Stomach Problems in Dogs
    Diarrhea, stomach making noise (gurgling), and no appetite are all signs of upset stomach in dogs. Here’s how to deal with your dog’s stomach problems, based on my experience with my terrier Georgie. Georgie’s tummy was upset for almost a full year before I finally figured out what was wrong. Her stomach was making weird, […]
  • How to Stay Focused on What Matters at Work
    These tips are from Peter Bergman’s 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (my newest all-time favorite life and business book). It’s a game changer! But, since I’m featuring quips from moms who weren’t well-behaved this month, I’ll lead with a quote from the author of The Happiness Project: “What […]
  • How to Find the Perfect Job Without Taking a Career Test
    These tips aren’t for job hunting, resume writing, or career test taking. Nay! I believe finding the perfect job is about aligning your personality, education, skills, passion, abilities, and life purpose with the money making possibilities in your environment. My first tip is to read The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the […]
  • How Veterinarians Decide if Euthanasia is the Right Decision
    You don’t feel qualified to decide to put your pet down, so you talk to a veterinarian. How does the vet know it’s the right decision? “One great myth of veterinary practice is that the veterinarian somehow knows ‘the right time.’ Part of that belief, I’m sure, is the client’s understandable urge to escape the […]
  • 3 Signs You Have a Phobia
    One out of eight Americans has a phobia or irrational fear of something, but not every fear is a sign of a phobia. Sometimes phobias are irrational and illogical; other times there may be a logical cause of the irrational fear. Many phobias lead to panic attacks, which are extremely frightening for both the person […]
  • How to Help a Friend Cope With an Unhappy Marriage
    On my article about unhappy marriages, a reader described her friend’s toxic relationship and asked for ways to help her friend cope. “My friend’s husband is a liar, a cheat, and a thief,” says Ria on When to Give Up on Your Marriage. “They have children together and she will get angry, but take him back […]
  • Funny Quotes From Kids About Love and Marriage
    These thoughts on love from kids aren’t just funny – they’re perfect for wedding speeches, anniversary toasts, and even birthday cards! Whether you’re looking for a funny quote to accompany a 40th birthday gift or a wedding toast, you’ll find something to make someone smile in these quotes. These children’s quotes about love range from […]
  • Should You Move to the Country or Stay in the City?
    Your husband wants to live in the city; you want to keep your city home. How do you keep your marriage intact and get what you both want? These tips are inspired by a reader who commented on my article about knowing if your marriage is over. She says: “I have been married 27 years. […]
  • Can You Heal From Anorexia Nervosa? Tayla’s Story
    Healing from anorexia nervosa is a lifelong process for most people. In this article, Tayla describes her experience with an eating disorder – including how she recovered. Thin is Grace Bowman’s memoir of life with anorexia nervosa. An extraordinary story, it is also a common one — is there a woman in the western world […]
  • How Are You Coping With Infertility?
    On my article about depression when you can’t get pregnant, a reader asked how to connect with other women coping with infertility. Here are a few ideas… I don’t have an infertility forum, and I didn’t want to start a thread about coping with infertility on my fertility Quips and Tips blog because it’s too […]
  • Aboriginal Social Work Assignment – My Diary as a Cultural Artifact
    The most interesting and controversial social work assignment I’ve completed so far in my MSW coursework at UBC  is the Cultural Artifact presentation. It was for First Nations Issues (SOWK 510) – and it represents the first time I emailed a university instructor to discuss her grading procedure. I didn’t care about receiving a “B” on […]
  • How to Stop Begging for Love After It’s Over
    Your relationship is over, yet you find yourself begging for love. Worse, you keep begging him to come back and start fresh…and you hate yourself for it. “I feel ashamed to admit it but I am begging for love,” says Girl25 on 8 Signs He Doesn’t Love You. “I’ve asked for him to recall how we got […]
  • Types of Psychological Disorders – From Anxiety to Personality
    The DSM-IV lists more than 200 mental disorders or mental illnesses in psychology, grouped under 16 categories. This summary describes the category of mental illness, and offers examples of different types of mental disorders. Anxiety Disorders People diagnosed with anxiety disorders typically struggle with either fear or anxiety as a major symptom. Examples include obsessive-compulsive […]
  • How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout – 4 Tips for Emotional Health
    Paid or volunteer caregivers who are depressed, anxious, or exhausted will not be able to take good care of their loved ones. These tips will help you avoid burning out as a caregiver. As the population ages, more family members are providing caregiver help – and not all can afford to hire a paid caregiver. Taking […]
  • How to Recover From Being Hurt in an Online Relationship
    These tips are inspired by a reader who was lied to and hurt in two online relationships. Recovering from the pain of betrayal by someone you met online isn’t easy, but it’s possible if you learn how to focus your thoughts. Healing is about recognizing how worthwhile, lovable, and valuable you are. You deserve better […]
  • 5 Types of Toxic Coworkers – From Bullies to Narcissists
    Toxic coworkers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. If you know the type of toxicity you’re dealing with, you’ll be better able to cope with difficult people at work. For an in-depth description about working with toxic people, read Toxic People: 10 Ways Of Dealing With People Who Make Your Life Miserable by Lillian […]
  • How to Know If You Have an Eating Disorder
    If you obsess about what, when, and how much you eat, do you have an eating disorder? Here are a few signs of unhealthy eating habits, to help you know if you have anorexia or bulimia nervosa. These signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder could help you recognize an eating disorder — […]
  • Help for Depressed Teenagers
    If you’re a teen struggling with depressed feelings, you need to know two things: 1) you’re not alone; and 2) depression is a treatable health issue. These tips for depressed teens will help you find ways to cope. Teenagers don’t always realize that depression can often be easily and effectively treated. Feelings of helplessness and […]
  • How Does Anorexia Nervosa Start?
    Learning how anorexia nervosa starts is one step towards effective treating this eating disorder. This information about how anorexia starts includes insight into how a person with anorexia thinks. “Currently, we don’t have very effective means of treating people with anorexia,” said Walter Kaye, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Program at […]
  • When Your Mom Has an Eating Disorder
    When you think of eating disorders such as bulima or anorexia nervosa, do you think of your mother? If you do, you’re not alone. Here’s why moms struggle with eating disorders, and what you can do to help. Perfectionism is common trait of women with eating disorders, and mothers aren’t immune! Exploring the causes, signs, […]
  • Family Therapy for Teenagers With Anorexia Nervosa
    The best treatment for teenagers struggling with anorexia nervosa is family therapy, not individual psychotherapy. Here’s why family therapy is a better treatment for a teen’s eating disorder than individual therapy is. “Family therapy” occurs when parents of teenagers with anorexia nervosa help to interrupt or treat their children’s eating disorder. Family therapy is twice […]
  • 5 Different Types of Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Counselors
    This list of different types of psychologists, therapists, and counselors will help you choose a career in counseling. Included here are clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pastoral counselors. I’m in my first year of my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) at UBC (the University of British Columbia). My goal is to counsel people […]
  • How to Make a Good Decision About Anything
    Can’t make up your mind? Here are five simple decision-making strategies to help you decide about anything life brings to you. Maybe you’re not sure if it’s time to say “I love you” – or how you should propose to your girlfriend. Or, maybe you’re confused or even paralyzed about buying a cell phone, car […]
  • How to Decide Where to Go on Your Next Vacation
    Sometimes it’s easy to decide where to go on holiday – our last vacation was in Jamaica, where we celebrated my friend Gayle’s 50th birthday party. Other times, you know you want to get away…but you have no idea where in the world to go. Bruce and I recently decided to go to Peru, after […]
  • How to Include Your Dog in Counseling Sessions – Tips for Therapists
    My long-term career goal is to include my dog in my counseling sessions with clients. If you’re a therapist who wants to use your dog in couseling, you’ll find my research helpful! Counseling can be greatly enhanced with pet therapy dogs; these animals are known to improve the therapist-client relationship by encouraging a strong social […]
  • When Your Wife Maxes the Credit Cards and Depletes Your Bank Account
    What happens to a marriage when your wife almost bankrupts you? A husband describes how he survived financial infidelity in his marriage and offers tips for couples in similar situations. “The worst thing I ever survived was the financial infidelity of my wife, which to this day remains a life-changing experience,” says Ray. “When it […]
  • How to Stop Worrying About Stuff You Can’t Control
    Here’s a round-up of the best ways to stop worrying – plus links to helpful websites about being happier, enjoying life, and finding inner peace. Worry destroys the moment (and your life is made up of moments!), depresses your mood, and can evolve into obsessive thinking patterns. Worrying puts you at risk for mental illness […]
  • 10 Travel Gifts to Make the Trip Exciting and Comfortable
    Whether the trip is to Vancouver in Canada or Zanzibar in Tanzania, these travel gifts contain all your world traveler needs to make the trip both exciting and comfortable! The Valery® Vintage String Classic Leather Blank Notebook is a beautiful gift for people who travel – and who enjoy writing about their experiences. I received a travel […]
  • 10 Signs of Flirting You Need to Be Aware Of
    Reading nonverbal cues is an important part of knowing how to flirt and be flirted with. These signs of flirting will help you see who is attracted to you and who isn’t. Not only are there specific signs of flirtatious behavior in men and women, there are actually five stages of flirting. The ten signs of flirting below are […]
  • How to Survive Your First Christmas After Divorce
    The first family Christmas after getting divorced is difficult, especially if your ex-spouse wants the kids on Christmas Day. These suggestions for surviving a divorced family Christmas aren’t easy tips or secrets that will erase the pain for you or your kids, but they may help you get through the holidays. The most important thing […]
  • 10 Most Expensive Gifts on Amazon – and 10 Affordable Alternatives
    This list of the most luxurious, expensive gifts on Amazon will help you figure out what to give a loved one, because they include the alternatives you can afford to buy. You don’t need to give an expensive gift to celebrate a special occasion, but it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Especially since dreams have […]
  • Comforting Gift Ideas for People Who Have Cancer
    Finding the right gift to give someone with cancer is easier when you have a list of comforting ideas to choose from. These gift ideas and tips won’t make people feel like “cancer patients”, yet they encourage healing and balance. This “Believe” Pendant is a message of hope and faith. The best gift you can […]
  • Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Him and Her
    Digging through a Christmas stocking stuffed with wee holiday surprises is the best part of Christmas morning! Here are a few dozen ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers for him and her, or her and her, or him and him. The Classic Christmas Stockings – Cute Santa’s Toys Stockings is a traditional take on the more trendy […]
  • 10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving
    An hour ago on his radio show, Steven Quinn talked about how stressful Christmas has become. With these best tips for simplifying Christmas dinners, parties, and gift giving, your holidays won’t be something to dread. These ideas will help you simplify the holiday season and make Christmas easy. One of my favorite Christmas gift tips […]
  • How to Make Divorce Less Difficult for You and Your Family
    There is no “one size fits all” answer, but there are things you can do to make divorce less difficult for you, your kids, and your loved ones. In Divorce Care: Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce, Steve Grissom and Kathy Leonard offer daily reminders that encourage, inspire, and brings hope to […]
  • What to Do After Your Boyfriend Sleeps With His Ex
    Here are three questions to ask yourself before deciding what to do after you find out your boyfriend had sex with his ex-girlfriend. If you know you want to break up, read Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward Thomas. You’ll learn five steps to leaving and healing: Step 1:  Find […]
  • Does Journal Writing Help You Heal From Divorce? Not Necessarily
    Sometimes journaling your feelings after a divorce or separation doesn’t help you heal. New research tells us when writing does more harm than good after a breakup. “I think many, many therapists have a tendency to believe that journaling unequivocally is a good thing to do [after divorce or separation], especially when people are trying […]
  • How I Survived an Attempted Rape in My Bedroom
    Surviving an attempted rape doesn’t make it easier to talk about…but it does make me feel strong. Here’s the story of how a guy broke into my apartment in the middle of the night and tried to rape me. Even now – years later – those words choke me up. How did I survive without […]
  • Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff
    What do you give someone who has everything? These gift ideas are creative and varied, and will help you find the perfect gift for people who don’t want more stuff to clutter up their homes. The 10k Yellow Gold Pink Sapphire and Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace is the most elegant, prettiest gift idea on this list. […]
  • How to Handle Bad News From Your Doctor
    Your life won’t be the same after a doctor’s diagnosis. These tips for coping with bad news from your doctor are from writer, speaker, and college professor Donnell King. “My wife and I were blessed with a special needs daughter who required a lot of care – she was hospitalized 22 times in her first four […]
  • How to Help Your Partner Cope With Your Cancer Diagnosis
    Sometimes being diagnosed with a disease like cancer is more bearable than learning about your partner’s diagnosis of a terminal illness. Watching someone you love become sicker and sicker – knowing that death is coming – is one of the worst things to bear. Here’s what J says: “Hi Laurie, I met the nicest woman […]
  • A History of Family Allowances in Canada – Emphasis on Inuit Peoples
    Learning the history of family allowance benefits in Canada was even more fascinating (and depressing) when I researched how the Inuit and Indian peoples were affected. Not much good news here, I hate to report. Oppression, marginalization, powerlessness, and even “dog tags” or discs with numbers instead of people’s names are the themes of family […]
  • 4 Ways to Recover From Disappointment
    The first major disappointment I faced in life was not getting into graduate studies at Cornell, 20 years ago. My most recent disappointment is not getting a practicum placement now that I’m in grad school at UBC (I’m getting my Master’s of Social Work). That was two months ago. And I’ve had lots of — […]
  • When Your Friends Are Pregnant and You Can’t Conceive
    My friend just announced her pregnancy; I’m happy for her, but sad for us. Here’s how I deal with the sadness and frustration of not getting pregnant. We can’t have babies, and aren’t pursuing fertility treatments. I’m usually okay with my childless life – I’m all about Blossoming in all seasons of life, after all! But sometimes […]
  • How to Help Teenage Girls Who Are Being Abused at Home
    It’s not easy to help girls and teenagers who are experiencing abuse or oppression at home, but it is possible if you recognize the power you have. You may have a lot less power than you’d like, but you may have more power than you know. Here’s an excerpt of an “anti-oppressive practice” paper I’m […]
  • How to Hold on to Hope When Life Seems Hopeless
    Here are five ways to hold on to hope even when despair and hopelessness threatens to overwhelm you. Yes, you can stay hopeful when life seems hopeless! Everything you do requires hope – starting a business, getting married, sending your kid off to kindergarten or college. Staying hopeful in the midst of doubt and uncertainty is […]
  • 9 Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Looking Young
    How do you keep your skin looking young naturally? These skin care tips don’t cost money; they’re from “America’s Favorite Dermatologist” Dr Tess Mauricio. A bestselling skin care product is Red Serum’s Advanced Dermatology Vitamin C Serum + Hyaluronic Acid and Dark Spot Remover. It’s a topical skin care set for reducing scars, wrinkles, and age […]
  • How to Survive the Holidays After a Loved One Dies
    The holiday season can be heartbreaking when you’re mourning the death of a loved one. How do you get out of bed – much less buy Christmas gifts, go to parties, and experience “the joy of the season” – after someone close to you dies? When my grandma died, all I wanted to do was […]
  • How to Successfully Adapt to a Major Life Change
    Major life changes include breakups, family deaths, job loss, and even the loss of a pet who was always home waiting for you. These tips for adapting to a major life change apply to most situations. If you’re facing a major life change, I highly recommend Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with […]
  • Support Group for Couples Who Can’t Have Children – Social Work Paper
    We can’t have children, and I keep thinking about starting a support group for childless couples in Vancouver. I got the idea because I have to write a paper for one of my social work courses. The more I work on this paper (which isn’t 100% complete, and which is due in three days), the […]
  • How to Find Happiness in an Unhappy Marriage – Tips From a Chaperone
    These tips for being happy when you can’t leave your spouse are inspired by a woman who was married to a gay man for over 30 years. Cora felt she couldn’t leave her husband because people would talk. This was back in the 1920’s, during Prohibition, underground jazz groups (speakeasys), and corsets. Oh – and […]
  • 8 Gift Ideas for a Friend Getting Divorced
    These gifts for a divorced friend will help her see the divorce as a new beginning – not just an ending. You’ll find ideas ranging from towers of happiness to tools of empowerment. “The Ex” Skewer Set with Unique Black Holder and Tray is a gift for a friend getting divorced that’s a bit on the […]
  • White Elephant Gift Ideas and Tips
    Here’s a list of 14 White Elephant gift ideas for holiday parties at Christmas, plus the rules for the gift exchange. I describe how a White Elephant Gift Exchange works so you know what you’re getting yourself into — and I also share a list of really bad ideas for White Elephant gifts. If you […]
  • 6 Ways to Get Out of a Boring Conversation at a Party
    These tips on how to end those boring conversations at dinners or parties aren’t about rushing away. Rather, these tips are meant to help you enjoy talking to anyone about anything. My husband (pictured) pointed out that it’s possible to get stuck in a boring conversation with an employee or neighbour – not just at […]
  • 12 Ageism Scenarios for Social Workers – Including Reverse Ageism
    These scenarios encourage students to think about and discuss ageism; they’re from our anti-oppression presentation for social work class (I’m a first-year MSW student at UBC). In our group presentation, our goal was to encourage our fellow students to think about how older people are represented and treated in society. Further, we discussed how young […]
  • 17 Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes – From Cheese Penguins to Devils
    I rounded up these 17 ideas for appetizers and recipes for party snacks because I’m throwing two parties soon and don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute! Plus, November is Party Month on Quips and Tips 🙂 The recipe for the Cream Cheese Penguins is at the bottom of this article – it’s […]
  • 16 Christmas Party Themes for Work or Home – Meaningful and Fun
    Here lies a wide variety of themes for Christmas holiday parties – funny, meaningful, traditional, interesting, and yummy. We’ll start with Operation Christmas Child and end an Ugly Christmas Sweater or Pantsuit party theme (which I admit isn’t very original…but it is funny!). Christmas is the focus for these holiday ideas, but they can be […]
  • 20 Jobs for People Who Love to Party (Extroverts!)
    If you’re an extrovert who is energized by attention and excitement, why not find a way to get paid to party? These jobs include professional clown, cruise ship entertainer, and elementary school teacher. If you don’t know what job suits you, read Career Match: Connecting Who You Are With What You’ll Love to Do. Shoya Zichy and […]
  • How to Plan the Perfect Party for Your Dog
    They don’t call dogs “fur babies” for no reason! These tips for planning your dog’s party (birthday or not) will help you celebrate with waggy tails and happy howls. Life’s too short to be serious about parties. These doggy party tips will help you cover all the bases! If your dog is turning a year old, […]
  • November is Party Month on Quips and Tips – Party Tips, Ideas, & Jobs!
    Quips and Tips features a different theme every month; November is party tips, party plans, and even party jobs. ‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving parties, Christmas parties, and New Year’s parties. And, ‘tis the season for cleaning up the messes parties make – both emotional (“I can’t believe I said that to my boss!”) and […]
  • 5 Work Out Videos That Work to Tone and Tighten the Flabby Bits
    These are my favorite work out videos (fitness DVDs) because they work to tone flabby muscle and burn floppy fat. Here, I focus on ballet, yoga, Pilates, strength training, and boot camp. I don’t have the time, energy, or money to go to the gym – all my exercise takes place at home in front […]
  • Unique Gifts for Men – Birthdays, Anniversaries, or Holidays
    These unique gift ideas for men will help you think like a man, which involves getting inside his head and heart! Whether he’s your husband, boss, or brother – these gifts are good for all the men in your life. Driving the blue beater is my husband Bruce (pictured), who loves fast cars. We can’t […]
  • How to Meet Friends When You’re 40+
    On my article about meeting friends after moving to a new city, a reader asked for friend-finding tips for people over 40. I’m not sure if I’m the best or worst person to ask, because meeting friends has been a struggle for me for the past 7 years! In Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide […]
  • 20 Birthday Gifts for Women Turning 40 – Plus Retro Gift Ideas
    There’s a gift for every woman on this list of the best gifts for women turning forty – even if she’s not thrilled to be facing her 40th birthday. The Mulco Unisex “Bluemarine” Stainless Steel and Light Watch pictured is both a pretty and a practical 40th birthday gift idea. It’s timeless, and perfect for any 40 […]
  • How to Get Good Grades in Graduate School
    These tips for getting good grades in grad school are from my experience as a MSW (Master of Social Work) student. I learned how to succeed without studying 24 hours a day. Getting good grades in grad school is easier than you think! One of my favorite blogs is Cal Newport’s Study Hacks – I […]
  • What to Do After the Divorce Papers Are Served
    Here are five things to do after the divorce papers are served and your marriage is officially over. You might not see it yet, but this ending could be the start of a fresh, vibrant new life for you! “Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy’s staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong […]
  • What to Give Your Husband for Christmas – 9 Creative Gift Tips
    These Christmas gift ideas for husbands are creative because they range from free passes to financial freedom. But, my favorite gifts for husbands are toys (and my husband definitely agrees!). If your husband is a wine enthusiast, read 6 Christmas Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers. These creative Christmas gift tips don’t include alcohol or food… “One […]
  • 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Food and Beer
    These 10 gift ideas for dad at Christmas are all about grilling (or bbq-ing, if you’re Canadian), smoking meat, drinking beer, and fishing. If your dad loves food and beer, then you’ll find the perfect Christmas gift for him here… Beer making kit “While a six pack would be appreciated and used right away…even better […]
  • Woof Woof! 14 Gifts for Dog Walkers
    These gift ideas for dog walkers range from practical (heated insoles) to pretty (a dog paw print necklace). I also included several of the best gifts for dog lovers – because I’m willing to bet your dog walker is a big fan of all types of dogs! A Sterling Silver Black and White Diamond Dog […]
  • Sample Policy Brief: The Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) in Canada
    Here’s a sample policy brief for social work students, policy writers, and social workers. I’m an MSW student at UBC; this policy brief was for my graduate-level Advanced Canadian Social Policy class. My instructor didn’t give us a sample policy brief, so I researched “How to Write a Policy Brief” and read a few dozen […]
  • How to Find a Practicum Placement in Social Work – BSW and MSW Students
    If you’re a BSW or MSW student, you may need a practicum placement to complete your social work degree. When I was an MSW (Master of Social Work) student at UBC (the University of British Columbia) in Vancouver, I was one of the last BSW and MSW students to find a practicum placement. I wrote […]
  • How to Write a Self-Identity Paper for Social Work Class
    Social work instructors assign cultural self-identity papers because self-reflection and self-knowledge is key to a good practice. Here, I share my self-identity paper for Social Work 505 at UBC (the University of British Columbia). Feel free to ask questions or make comments below – I welcome your thoughts! If you’re considering going back to school, […]
  • 6 Gift Ideas for Guitar Players – Beginner and Experienced
    Guitar player gift ideas, ranging from guitar tool kits (a must-have for every guitar player) to trendy guitar accessories, there’s a gift for every guitarist here. Guitar players can be hard to buy for because they usually have loads of music, a couple of guitars and lots of musical books already. These gift ideas are perfect for […]
  • 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Owners
    My dog Georgie helped me pick out the best Christmas gifts for dogs and their owners. Her doggy nose knows how to sniff out the best holiday treats! First, a quip to put in the card: “My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can.  That’s almost $7 in […]
  • 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers and Bloggers
    The best Christmas gifts for writers and bloggers are things that inspire and motivate. These gift ideas encourage aspiring and professional writers to keep writing; they include wooden wall signs, books about writing, and tickets to see published authors. Here’s a writer’s quotation to write in your card when you give one of these gifts: […]
  • I’m Being Harassed at Work – Who Do I Tell?
    Q: The janitor at work keeps harassing me. I’ve caught him a couple times watching my butt when I’m walking up the stairs to going into my office, asking to marry me. I’ve also caught him staring at me a lot. When I stopped talking to him, he’s more vex than me. Plus he called […]
  • How to Know If You’ll Regret Not Having Children
    On 5 Surprising Secrets for Coping With Childlessness, a reader asked how to decide if she should have children. She’s weighing the pros and cons, but doesn’t know for sure what to do. “My husband and I married last year at the age of 42 – this is the first marriage for both of us,” says […]
  • How to Know if You Should Hide Your Husband’s Money
    This article was inspired by a reader who won’t stop giving money to his daughter. She asked for help deciding if she should hide her husband’s money… “My husband is constantly lending money to his step daughter,” says Sam in response to Sample Contract for a Family Loan – Easy Yet Legal. “I have tried to […]
  • What Happens to Your Ex-Husband’s Social Security Benefits
    After the divorce, asked a reader, what happens to my ex-husband’s social security benefits? Here’s what my research tells me… “I was married for 21 years,” says Jill in response to How to Manage Money After Divorce. “Will I still get my ex-husband’s social security if I change my name back to my maiden name?” Yes, according to […]
  • Is the First Year of Marriage the Hardest?
    A reader asked about how to be married on 4 Ways to Create Love and Peace in an Unhappy Marriage. Here’s her question, and my thoughts on the first year of marriage… “My husband and I have been married for just over a year,” says Michelle. “I recently told him I feel emotionally empty and […]
  • Sample Thesis Proposal – Master of Social Work (MSW)
    On my recent blog post Should You Go to Grad School for a Master of Social Work (MSW), a reader asked how to write a thesis proposal for the social work application. So, here is the thesis proposal I wrote when I applied to UBC (the University of British Columbia) a few years ago. My MSW program […]
  • How to Write an Appeal Letter to Your Bank
    Here’s a sample appeal letter to a bank, for you to use if you are unhappy with your bank’s decision. Writing an appeal letter to a bank may take time and effort, but it could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars! Q: My bank card was stolen, and the bank won’t reimburse the […]
  • How to Talk to Your Mom About Living With Your Boyfriend
    Hello, awkward conversation! A reader asked me for tips for talking to her mother about moving in with her boyfriend, and here’s what I said… First, her question: “I was raised with Christian values, and pre-marital sex is not something my mom agrees with,” says Anya on 5 Signs You Are Ready for a Relationship. […]
  • How to Cope When Your Dog Has Cancer
    When your dog is diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have to make several difficult decisions about treatments, and possibly say good-bye before you’re ready. You’re not alone. “I have a beautiful 8 year old Bernese mountain dog named Beans,” says Sam on How to Find Peace of Mind After Putting Your Dog to Sleep. “When he was […]
  • How to Work With a Coworker You’re in Love With
    This relationship advice is for a reader who is involved with a married coworker. Her story may help you figure out how to work with a coworker you’re in love with. “I’m emotionally involved with a married coworker,” says Rita on How to Prevent Problems When You’re Dating a Coworker. “We have been physical but never […]
  • 4 Tips for Settling Into a New Job
    If you’re starting a new job after being unemployed for a long time, you need to read these tips from a therapist, writer, and mom! This is a guest post from Heiddi Zalamar, who says, “I was very apprehensive and unsure of myself when I started my new job, even with my degree and licensure.”
  • Should You Get Plastic Surgery…or Let Yourself Blossom?
    This article was inspired by a reader who asked if she should accept her face the way it is, or get plastic surgery. Here’s her comment… “I was born good looking,” says Belle on How to Love Yourself When You Don’t Feel Good Enough. “When I was a teen, something unfortunate happened to my face, […]
  • How to Move Past Your Old Problems
    Here are a few ideas for moving past old relationship problems, inspired by a reader who commented on my article about marriage. “My wife is unhappy and depressed, and keeps bringing up our old problems from the past,” says Ron on 5 Tips for Finding Balance in a One Sided Relationship. “I don’t want to lose […]
  • How to Help Your Daughter Leave a Manipulative Man
    On Why Does He Do That? Inside the Mind of an Abusive Man, a reader asked for help with her daughter. She’s in a relationship with a manipulative, controlling man. Shelly says, “I think my daughter is in a manipulative relationship. I haven’t heard from her in about twelve months, and am afraid she might be […]
  • When Your Husband Uses Money to Control You
    Money is a powerful force in a relationship, especially when husbands use money to control their wives. If you’re being controlled by your husband’s money, you need to think about making in your life. “My boyfriend of almost 10 years is always making excuses for everything he does and then blaming me,” says Alison on Why Does […]
  • How to Be Financially Independent for Stay at Home Moms
    How do you become financially independent if you don’t work outside the home? These tips are for stay at home moms who know the importance of financial independence, but aren’t sure how to achieve it. If you need ideas, read How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business. You can use Etsy to sell anything you […]
  • How to Work From Home Without Getting Distracted
    I accomplish far more when I work from home than when I go to the office, no doubt because of my experience as a successful freelance writer. You can’t make a living writing if you’re distracted at home! These tips are inspired by Sam, an accountant who wants to know how to work from home […]
  • How to Stop Compulsive Eating
    These tips on how to stop compulsive eating are inspired by a reader’s request for help. I struggled with an eating disorder for years, and finally worked through my compulsion to eat mindlessly. In 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Susan Albers shares a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing your body […]
  • How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job
    It’s vital to stay positive when you’re looking for a job because it increases your chances of getting hired. Who wants to hire a negative, depressed, miserable employee who can’t bounce back from a setback? What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers is the most popular book for people looking […]
  • How to Choose a New Career When You’re Over 40
    Making a career change when you’re 40 or over is both exciting and terrifying; the secret to successfully choosing a new career is to get comfortable with the idea of taking risks in life. And, you need to follow through at every step of the way. “Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily […]
  • 3 Reasons to Sign a Prenuptial Agreement Before You Get Married
    Should you sign a prenup? The Money Couple was once against prenuptial agreements, but now believe they’re necessary. Here are their reasons couples should sign a prenuptial agreement before getting married. “The reality is that 50% of marriages end in divorce,” say Scott and Bethany Palmer, authors of First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A […]
  • What to Do If You Know Your Friend’s Boyfriend is Cheating
    The only thing worse than knowing your friend is being cheated on is being cheated on and not knowing it! Here’s what to do if you know your friend’s boyfriend is cheating… Here’s what Xena (not her real name) asks: “A friend of mine has a great boyfriend. She’s been cheating on him for a […]
  • How to Buy a Used or PreOwned Mini Cooper
    I’ve bought 7 used cars, and know how to buy a car! These tips are geared towards buying a preowned or used Mini Cooper, but can be used for any car purchase. If you’re buying a car, it’s good to have a copy of a used car buyer’s guide. We have this year’s Lemon-Aid New and […]
  • How to Get Money for College
    Here are five tips on how to get money for college, plus links to jobs and job search tips for college students. I learned how to get money for college the hard way – I have two undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree! Paying for college is a financial challenge, but you can do it. […]
  • What is Most Important When You Want to Lose Weight?
    A personal fitness trainer explains why diet and a positive sense of self is 70% more important than exercise when you want to lose weight. “When it comes to changing the size and shape of your body, exercise is only 30% of it,” says New York City-based certified personal trainer and boot camp instructor Ariane […]
  • Easy Mens’ Costumes for Halloween – Homemade
    These ideas for easy men’s Halloween costumes will help you get dressed for the party faster than you get dressed for work. You don’t have time to make an ornate costume, but you can still be creative with the stuff you have at home! Amazon’s Men’s Dark Knight Costume isn’t a fast easy Halloween costume for men that […]
  • How the Law of Attraction Can Help You Get Money
    Is money and the law of attraction is a load of baloney? Maybe, but you won’t know if these ways to attract wealth into your life will work unless you try them! Or read them, at least. Seriously – I think you should try these tips for a month, and see if anything in your […]
  • 12 Small Ways to Get Healthy That Make a Big Difference
    How do you get healthy when you’re out of shape? By making small changes that add up to big health improvements. These small ways to get healthy make a difference because they work together to create change that lasts. If you’ve read any of my health and fitness articles, you know that I lost weight […]
  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Motivation and Finish College
    You want to graduate, but don’t feel motivated to go to school. These motivation tips are for students who need inspiration to keep going – whether you’re applying for grad school or halfway through your degree. Here’s what M. said: “[Applying to graduate school] has been very frustrating and confusing and at times I have even decided […]
  • Is There an Easy Way to Stop Drinking? 8 Ways to Drink Less
    These tips on how to quit drinking will help you stay sober; they’re from people who struggle with alcoholism or problem drinking. The best way to battle this addiction is to learn how others quit drinking – and then find what works for you. I always feature a book at the top of my articles, so readers […]
  • 10 Reasons to Forgive Yourself
    Are you tired of beating yourself up for the mistakes you made? These reasons to forgive yourself for what you’ve done will help you move forward in peace. I’m reading Love Has Wings: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs and Fall in Love with Life, and I love it. It’s about accepting yourself, your life, and […]
  • When Your Coworkers Complain About Your Clothes
    Do your coworkers complain about what you wear to work? Here’s how to deal with coworkers who don’t like your clothes and are causing problems for you at work. “My fellow female employees are much older than I am, and they constantly make comments about the fact that I like to wear heels and skirts to work,” […]
  • Scholarship Essay Sample – How to Get Money for College
    How do you get a scholarship for college or university? By writing an excellent personal essay! This sample of an essay for a scholarship application is what I wrote for the Abbott IBD Scholarship, offered in part by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. The Abbott IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) Scholarship Committee gave this […]
  • Sample Field Placement Request – MSW at UBC
    Even if you’re not going into a Master of Social Work (MSW) program at UBC in Vancouver, this Sample Field Placement Request will help you clarify your career goals and point you in the right direction. Are you going into social work or counseling? Read On Being a Therapist – it’s an inside look into a counsellor’s deepest […]
  • How to Quit Your Job When You’re Scared
    Maybe you’re scared to quit your job because you don’t have a new job, you need the money, or you don’t want to disappoint your boss (that’s me! I’m not your boss…I’m the person who is scared to quit her job because of what her boss will think). If you need a change but feel […]
  • Does Psychotherapy Work? 3 Tips for Analyzing Your Psychotherapist
    For psychotherapy to work, you have to choose the right psychotherapist. These tips will help you analyze your therapist before jumping into weeks or years of expensive counseling. “Soon after I became a psychotherapist, I realized I could not become the type of therapist my schooling had trained me to become,” writes Manhattan-based therapist Jonathan […]
  • Should You Borrow Money From Your Parents? When to Say No
    If your parents want to give or loan you money, should you take it? Here’s what happened when a reader’s rich mom loaned him money. “My mother is a very wealthy woman, and she offered to support me for the rest of my life, so I could write,” says Rolf on Should You Lend Your […]
  • Why Doing a Good Job Won’t Get You Ahead at Work
    Being a good employee – doing a good job at work – isn’t enough to get you promoted or help you advance up the corporate ladder, says psychologist Albert Bernstein. Here are Bernstein’s tips for getting ahead at work. “One of the most damaging illusions that people hold about whatever occupation they happen to be in […]
  • How to Stop Hating Yourself
    These suggestions for overcoming your self-hatred, practicing forgiveness, and learning how to stop hating yourself will help you move forward. Like everything worthwhile, the time you put into it will be worth it. My first tip for overcoming self-hatred and forgiving yourself is to read books about self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and freedom.  Healing Your Emotional Self: A […]
  • 4 Ways to Deal With Selfish One-Sided Friendships
    These tips will help you deal with a variety of one-sided friendships, including bad friends, friends who talk behind your back, and friends who never call or make an effort to hang with you. Here’s what one of my readers says about a one-sided friendship: “I wanted to be friends with her so badly that I compromised […]
  • How EMDR Therapy Helps When You’re Stuck in the Past
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps people who feel stuck in the past. The foundation of this therapy is unprocessed memories, which cause negative emotions and reactions in the present moment. “EMDR therapy targets the unprocessed memories that contain the negative emotions, sensations, and beliefs,” writes Dr Francine Shapiro in Getting Past Your Past: Take […]
  • How to Live Without Your Dog
    If you think you can’t live without your dog, you’re not alone. These tips for surviving your dog’s death are inspired by a question from a reader. Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski is an excellent resource for coping with the death of a dog. Here the […]
  • How Much Should You Tell Your Fiancé About Your Past?
    You’re in love, but you’re worried your fiancé or partner will leave or think less of you if you tell him everything about your past. If so, you’re not alone… “This month I am getting married to my fiancé,” says Shefali on How to Make Your Second Marriage Successful. “Should I tell him about my previous […]
  • 11 Creative Ways to Celebrate and Honor Your 40th Birthday
    The day you turn forty is the day you’ll really start to Blossom! This isn’t your typical list of 40th birthday celebration ideas and things to do. These ideas will show you how to celebrate your fortieth birthday in meaningful, fun ways and create memories that will last the rest of your life. Are you ready to […]
  • 20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers
    How do you say thank you to a great teacher? I’m a teacher who has received many gifts from students and parents. These gift ideas for teachers are my favorites — I originally wrote this article at Christmas, but these gifts are awesome any time of the year. The Sterling Silver “A Teacher” Mobius Circle with […]
  • Tips From the Dragons’ Den – How to Attract Business Investors
    Need venture capital from a business investor? These tips are from Robert Herjavec’s book Driven. He’s one of the stars of CBC’s Dragons’ Den – he’s an honest, smart, motivated, encouraging businessman. “Greed combined with a lack of understanding of basic business principles has destroyed many dreams of pitchers on Dragons’ Den,” writes Herjavec in Driven: How […]
  • Most Popular Money Articles, Financial Tips and Goals
    Here’s a quick list of my most popular money articles, financial tips and goals. Money is fascinating – especially if you know how to control it and not let it control you. One of my best money tips is to read, read, READ financial books until you’re ready to write your own. The Millionaire Next Door: […]
  • Most Popular Breakup Articles – From Cheating to Closure
    My articles about breaking up are the most popular, because moving on after giving your heart and soul to someone is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Below are my four most popular breakup articles; they range from cheating to closure. I’ve always had a hard time getting over men, even though I’ve […]
  • Most Popular Personality Articles and Tests for Introverts
    My most popular personality articles are about introverted personalities. We introverts thought we were weird, but it turns out we’re just rare 🙂 These personality articles in this post are popular because they reveal how personality traits affect our lives, careers, relationships, and even how we handle money. Check ’em out – and tell me if […]
  • 5 Ways to Overcome Depression When You Can’t Find a Job
    If you’re depressed because you’re unemployed, you’re not alone. Here, therapist and writer Heddi Zalamar offers tips for fighting the blues when you don’t have a job and are worried that you’ll never work again… First, did you know that we’re ALL entrepreneurs – even when we work for someone else?  A few years ago, […]
  • 6 Tips for Winning a Blogging Contest From a Finalist
    If you want to win a blogging contest, you have to take it a step further than “just” blogging! These tips and strategies will help you win first place in any blog contest – or any writing contest, for that matter. To win, you need skill, discipline, and organization. Here, a blogging expert outlines six […]
  • When You Can’t Think of Anything to Say
    Connecting with people – especially when you can’t think of anything to say – is essential at work, school, and everywhere! These tips will help you be more outgoing, friendly, and “connectable” with everyone you meet. Ideally, you need to find the balance between being who you are and knowing how to connect to people when […]
  • Invited to a Thanksgiving Potluck? Ideas for What to Bring
    It’s not just about what you bring when you’re invited to a potluck on Thanksgiving – it’s how you can help! These Thanksgiving tips will help you show your gratitude and make your hostess’ job much easier. The first tip for when you’re invited to a Thanksgiving potluck is to remember how BIG a job it […]
  • What is SAD? Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Depression
    Here’s an easy-to-understand definition of what Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is, plus the most common symptoms and tips for treating this type of depression. NatureBright’s Light Therapy Lamp is an inexpensive, nontoxic, non-invasive way to treat SAD. Since it doesn’t involve taking antidepressant medication, you won’t risk the negative effects of drugs or natural supplements interacting. It’s […]
  • Family Fights at Christmas – Tips for De-Escalating Conflict
    The little things can cause big family fights at Christmas; these tips for de-escalating holiday conflicts  may not end all your family fights, but they can help make Christmas more enjoyable. My favorite tip for family fights at any time of the year is to accept your relatives for who they are. Uncle Homer belches […]
  • Thanksgiving Diet Tips – Easy, Delicious Ways to Cut Calories
    Cutting calories at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be complicated, boring, or stressful! These Thanksgiving diet tips range from the 80/20 rule (delicious ways to cut calories) to pedometers (easy ways to burn calories). “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and […]
  • Travel Tips for People Visiting Africa – From a Canadian Ex-Pat
    Are you living, volunteering, or going on vacation in Africa? These tips will help you travel to Africa; they’re based on my experience living and teaching in Nairobi, Kenya for three years. Get a travel guide such as Lonely Planet Kenya Travel Guide. A print guidebook to Africa is better than online, because of power outages […]
  • 12 Easy Ways to Save Money for Christmas – Start With Un-Spending
    These 12 easy ways to save money for Christmas are inspired by my husband. We’re trying to save money so we can buy Christmas presents, and we need to figure out where to start. Him: What do you want for Christmas this year? Me: Um, I dunno. What do YOU want for Christmas this year? […]
  • What to Pack for an All Inclusive Resort Vacation at Christmas
    Merry Christmas – it’s time to pack for your Caribbean all inclusive resort vacation! Whether you’re going to Cuba or Costa Rica, Jamaica or St Bart’s — there are a few essentials to pack for your all inclusive holiday. These packing tips range from reusable ice cubes to yoga mats, and are perfect for trips […]
  • When You Never Feel Full and Can’t Stop Eating
    The more you eat, the hungrier you get, right? Here are a few non-diet tips for people who can’t stop eating and never feel full no matter how much they eat. I’m currently reading A Course In Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson. I’ll write a full article on […]
  • How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates
    Do you live in a dry Saskatchewan climate? Here’s how to protect your skin in dry weather and cold climates. Skin dries out if it’s deprived of water; this dryness often causes itchiness, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as “winter itch.” “Most of us experience dry and itchy skin from time to time, […]
  • How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween
    This is our first Halloween with our dog; when I received these tips from the SPCA on how to keep pets safe on Halloween, I knew right away that I had to share them! “Loud noises can cause animals to panic putting both pets and children in danger,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of Community […]
  • 5 Tips From Women Who Are Happy With the Way Their Bodies Look
    If you want to be happy with the way your body looks, you need to learn from real women who love their bodies! These tips are from This is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes by Roseanne Olson. This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes is a collection […]
  • How to Handle Parents Who Interfere in Your Relationship
    What do you do when your parents try to break up your relationship? These tips on how to handle parents who interfere in relationships are inspired by a reader’s question… “My boyfriend and I moved in together after six years – we asked for their opinion and they said that they were uncomfortable but okay […]
  • How to Lose Weight When You Hate Sweating or Can’t Exercise
    These tips on losing weight are for people who can’t exercise or hate to sweat…or both! They’re inspired by a reader who has health issues that prevent her from exercising and burning calories. “I have Parkinson’s Disease and had a heart attack six months ago,” says Win on Need Exercise Motivation? Top Tips for Working […]
  • Extreme Halloween Decorations and Tips for Halloween Parties
    These extreme Halloween decorating tips for October 31 parties include blacklight, skeletons, skulls, coffins, and bloody bathmats – and there’s something for every Halloween party host or hostess here! Before the Halloween tips and tricks, a quip: “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween.” ~ […]
  • Teen Girl Halloween Costume Ideas
    These ideas for teen costumes for Halloween aren’t your typical Lady Gaga or Twilight costumes. Get original! Original doesn’t mean dressing up like a movie star, pop singer, or even a Harry Potter book character. It’s about being creative and original – about finding ideas that most people wouldn’t even think of. The Zombie School […]
  • 8 Reasons Home Workouts Are Better for Weight Loss Than Gyms
    The key to losing weight with home workout DVDs is to find the right ones! Here are 8 reasons working out at home is better for weight loss than going to the gym, plus several workout DVDs I use and love. In the Best Yoga DVDs, I highlighted Baron Baptiste’s workout DVDs. I still like […]
  • 7 Smart Ways to Get Rid of Credit Card Debt Forever
    Tired of living under the burden of your monthly Visa or MasterCard bills? Put just ONE of these smart ways to get rid of credit card debt forever into action, and you’ll be halfway there. One of the most popular books about paying off debt on Amazon is Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ […]
  • 8 Money Laws to Boost Your Bank Account’s Bottom Line
    The only bottom I want boosted is my bank account! These money laws range from financial beliefs to basic facts about money; they’ll help you boost your bank account’s bottom line. First, here’s an interesting quote from a book with the coolest title, How to Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Get In To […]
  • Exercise Tips for Extroverts, Introverts, and Neurotics
    You probably already know that your personality traits directly affect your health and happiness levels! These exercise tips for extroverts, introverts, and neurotics will help you achieve your fitness goals – whether you want to lose that last 20 pounds or run a marathon… The key to losing weight and getting fit is to find […]
  • Going to a Costume Party? 11 Creative Ideas From Your Closet
    Finding a creative costume for a costume party doesn’t have to be stressful or frustrating! These costumes ideas are fun and easy. Here’s what one reader says: “I rarely buy costumes because I think that it’s much more fun and creative to make your own,” says Brandi, who loves wearing an “Eve” costume of “Adam […]
  • How I Finally Lost 20 Pounds After I Turned 40
    I struggled with 20 to 30 pounds of extra weight all my life. It wasn’t until after I turned 40 years old that I finally lost that last 20 pounds – and here’s how I did it. Most women gain weight as they reach age 40, and they also gain weight after getting married. The […]
  • 6 Ways to Take Control of Your Finances
    Show your money who’s the boss with these six ways to take control of your finances. The best way to deal with the scary world of debt and bills is to learn how to take control of your money. These steps towards financial freedom for women are from Lois Frankel’s Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: […]
  • When Your Stepson Won’t Repay the Money He Borrowed
    Are you caught between a stepson borrowing money and a wife enabling him? These tips are inspired by a reader who lent his stepson money and can’t seem to get it back… “Help! I have a stepson who is 34 years old,” says Gerry on Should You Lend Money to Family Members? “Jack grew up […]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy at College – From A’s to ZZZs
    If you want to get A’s at college, you need to get your ZZZZs! Here are a few easy ways to stay healthy at college, and avoid the flu, feelings of depression, and even weight gain. “College is the best time of your life,” said David Wood. “When else are your parents going to spend […]
  • 10 Best Foods for College Students – From Bean Dip to Berries
    The best foods for college students improve memory, heighten thinking skills, boost the immune system, and keep students fit, focused, and fabulous. “Mother Nature’s foods and natural medicines are more powerful than any drug in the prevention of brain diseases,” says naturopath Michelle Schoffro Cook. Most of these foods are proven to directly increase brain […]
  • How to Handle Relatives Who Get Drunk at Family Gatherings
    Do your relatives drink too much and get intoxicated at family gatherings? These tips are long-term strategies for coping with addicted family members. They’re inspired by a reader who is fed up with her alcoholic relatives… “I have a few family members who are alcoholics but, none of them will admit it!” says J. on […]
  • How to Be You When Your Family Wants You to be Someone Else
    How to you stay true to yourself when your family wants you to be someone you’re not? By digging deep, and finding the strength and courage you need to accept yourself. Because the more comfortable you are with yourself, the more comfortable your family will be. These tips are inspired by a reader’s comment: “My […]
  • How to Handle Problems With Your Mother
    Here are the four most common “mom problems” my readers struggle with, plus a few ideas on how to handle problems with your mother. “Family quarrels are bitter things.  They don’t go by any rules.  They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” ~ […]
  • 4 Peace-Loving Ways to Embrace Miserable In-Laws
    How do you handle in-laws who ignore you – or are hurtful? These tips for visiting miserable relatives are inspired by a reader’s question on my article about difficult parents. If your mother-in-law, father-in-law, or other family members ignore you or get under your skin in the worst possible way, read Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies […]
  • How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent to Help You Buy a House
    A good real estate agent can give you invaluable tips for buying a house! Here are my tips for finding the right real estate agent to help you buy the right home… “Even if you had millions of dollars to spend on a new house, you’d probably still have to compromise on something,” said our real estate […]
  • Do You Act and Talk Like Your Mom – and Hate It? How to Stop
    Ready to distance yourself from your mother and figure out who you are? These tips for women who act and talk like their moms (and hate it) are inspired by a reader’s comment… “Do you think the mother-daughter relationship HAS to be fixed in order for the daughter to be in a functional and happy […]
  • What to Do When Your Daughter Says She Hates You
    These tips on what to do when your daughter says “I hate you” will help mothers cope. I interviewed psychologists, therapists, and parenting experts on coping when your daughter says she hates you. Parenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter by Lucie Hemmen is an excellent […]
  • How to Live in Peace With Your Mother
    What do you do when you can’t be in the same room as your mom, much less be friends? Here are a few tips on coping with a mother who is moody and unpredictable. “I’m 45 lost my job 18 months ago; and until May, struggled along as best I could,” says P. on How to […]
  • 3 Ways to Turn Your Life Around
    Has your life gone off the rails? Don’t worry – you can pull it together! Take a deep breath; here are three ways to turn your life and regain control of the situation. One of my favorite books is Refuse to Choose! A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by one of my favorite […]
  • What to Do When You Can’t Take Care of Your Dog
    Are you finding it impossible to take care of your dog? These options for pet owners range from doggy daycare to dog fostering through rescue organizations; I wrote this for a reader who can’t care for her dog. “I have a two year old jack russell terrier called Mailo,” says A. on Should You Give Your Dog […]
  • What to Do When You’re Struggling With Life as a Military Wife
    If you love your husband but hate what deployment is doing to your marriage, you may find comfort and support in these tips for military wives. Don’t give your husband’s job in the army, navy, or US Marines Corps power to destroy your relationship. These tips are inspired by a reader’s comment… “I have been […]
  • When You Find the Truth on Your Husband’s Computer
    What do you do when you find your husband’s secrets – the ugly truth – on his laptop computer, phone, or Facebook page? Here’s one reader’s dilemma… “My husband asked for advice here [on Quips and Tips] and I found it backlogged on the computer,” says K. on How to Stop Thinking About the Other […]
  • How to Take Control of Your Anger Before it Destroys You
    How you control anger depends on the root of your rage. Here are a few tips on managing angry feelings, to help you figure out why you’re enraged  and how to control your anger. Anger Management for Everyone: Seven Proven Ways to Control Anger and Live a Happier Life by Raymond Chip Tafrate and Howard Kassinove […]
  • How Should You Dress Up on Halloween? Girls Costume Ideas
    If you’re wondering how you should dress up on Halloween, check out these costume ideas for girls! They range from Harry Potter’s Gryffindor to a box of popcorn, from “What are little girls made of?” to the Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter. Before the tips, a quip: “When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck […]
  • How to Say No to Your Boyfriend
    These tips for standing up for yourself will help you learn how say no to your boyfriend – and make you stronger and sexier to both him and you. Don’t let your boyfriend push you into doing things you don’t want to do. And, she (like all of us!) needs to learn how and where to […]
  • 10 Steps to Changing Your Life – Getting From Here to There
    Whether you want financial security, a strong relationship, or a healthy body – these steps will change your life. Inspired by Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics and one of the most successful businesswomen in America, these tips will help you move forward with confidence and peace. “Don’t limit yourself,” says Mary Kay […]
  • How to Get Good College Grades When You’re Stressed About Money
    These tips for college students stressed about money are inspired by a reader. He asked how to get good grades when he’s worried about his college loan debt… “How do you get better grades when you’re stressing about money?” asks M. on How to Get Better Grades for College Students. “I have academic goals but […]
  • Should You Tell Your Boyfriend About Your Eating Disorder?
    Getting help with an eating disorder often involves telling people. But who? Here’s what happened when one of my readers told her boyfriend about her eating disorder… If you’re struggling to overcome an eating disorder, read Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. It’ll show […]
  • How to Enjoy Your Money – Tips for Penny Pinchers
    I’m not just a penny pincher – I hate spending money! I’m tired of being frugal, so I collected tips for enjoying money for savers and penny pinchers — people like me. Are you too cheap to enjoy your money? Instead of treating yourself, do you hold on to every penny with both fists? “The truth […]
  • How to Cope When Your Husband Puts His Work First
    Does it seem like your husband loves his job more than you? If he puts his work first, you may feel lonely and sad. But you may feel better knowing you’re not alone…. “I am 27 and have been with my husband for nine years, married for three,” says Angela on How to Know if Your […]
  • How to Stop Choosing the Wrong Man to Love
    Before you can stop choosing men who aren’t good for you, you need to figure out why you’re attracted to them in the first place. These tips are inspired by a reader who said, “I’ve been in an unhealthy relationship for over a year and a half,” says C. on Dating After Divorce – 3 Things […]
  • What to Do When Nobody Will Hire You
    If you feel helpless, frustrated, and discouraged because you haven’t worked for months, read my tips on what to do when nobody will hire you. They’re inspired by a reader’s comment… “I have been unemployed for two years and I have been on over 187 interviews both face to face and telephone,” says Sam on 10 […]
  • Halloween Ideas – A Round Up of Tips for October 31
    This collection of ideas for Halloween (October 31) includes costume exchange parties, food and book character costumes, and Halloween tips for dogs and cats. When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween. ~ Author Unknown  The best part of Halloween is finding new, creative, spooktacular ideas […]
  • Best Reasons to Exercise – 10 Weight Loss Motivators
    You know you should exercise, but finding motivation is hard. Here are the best reasons to exercise and weight loss motivators – they include a smarter brain, better mood, and deeper, sounder sleep. My absolute favorite type of exercise are the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs. But, they stopped sending me exercise DVDs to review, so I’ve […]
  • Strategies for Investing Money for Long-Term Growth
    These tips are from a Financial Post article – they’re the best strategies for investing money for long-term financial growth (not to get rich quick). Reading an article about investing money for financial growth long-term isn’t as effective as reading books like The Little Book That Still Beats the Market. Learn how successful investing can be made […]
  • How to Fix a Credit Card Error on Your Visa or MasterCard
    Knowing how to quickly repair a credit card error will protect you from credit fraud or even identity theft. These tips for fixing Visa or MasterCard mistakes are from a financial guru who’s “been there, done that.” I left my Visa at the SPCA three weeks ago, when I used it to buy my dog. […]
  • How to Help a Friend Get Out of a Bad Relationship
    Is your sister or friend going out with the wrong guy? Here are five ways to help a friend get out of a bad relationship. When you want to help someone, you need to make sure you’re not enabling or overstepping your boundaries. Reading books like The Enabler: When Helping Harms will help you set […]
  • 5 Ways to Save Money Every Month While Paying Off a Big Mortgage
    We’re doing both: saving money every month and paying off a big mortgage! These aren’t the little “stop buying lattes” money saving tips – they’re the big-concept ideas. Some financial experts recommend paying off the mortgage before spending money on vacations, cars, or boats (my dream). But we don’t want our $300,000 mortgage to prevent us […]
  • 5 Ways to Encourage Someone to Save Money
    How do you encourage someone – a child, partner, pet – to save money? Here are five awesome ways to help loved ones save money, inspired by a reader’s question… “My boyfriend and I are both seventeen, he’s going away to university in August,” says Tiff on How to Stop Money From Causing Relationship Issues. “He only […]
  • 7 Ways to Stop Eating at Night – From Blindfolds to Gum
    One of the best ways to stop eating at night is to put a blindfold on. Sounds crazy, but it works! My other tips for curbing night-time eating are easier to chew… Tim Ferriss’ most recent bestselling book is The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. It’s an excellent […]
  • Moving Back In With Your Parents? 5 Ways to Ease the Pain
    You don’t want to move back in with your parents, but it makes financial sense. These tips for moving home as an adult will help you transition smoothly – they’re from “The Money Couple” Scott and Bethany Palmer. “Whatever your reason for heading back home after college, you are not alone – not by a long […]
  • Signs You’re Ready to Adopt a Dog
    Should you adopt a dog? When you’re ready, you’ll recognize the signs. Here are a few things to consider before adopting a puppy – these are the signs I knew it was time for us to adopt a puppy to “replace” the one we lost. We’re reading books like How Dogs Think: What the World Looks […]
  • Best Movie Quotes – Famous Film Quotations From Then and Now
    Whether you’re looking for the best movie quotes for inspiration or a funny birthday card, you’ve come to the right place! These famous film quotations range from Jaws to The Pursuit of Happyness. Here’s one of my absolute favorite movie quotes: “It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. […]
  • Easy Cures for Common Health Problems – From Leaks to Gas
    Got gas? Urinary leakage? Here are 16 easy cures for common health problems, ranging from unexpected gas to ugly warts. Many womens’ health problems – adult acne, memory loss, snoring – can be cured easily and quickly. These 14 easy cures for minor health hassles are from doctors, for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s — […]
  • Career Ideas for People With Introverted Personality Traits
    Introverts get energy from being alone, which is why they’re more often writers and less often teachers. Here are a few career ideas for people with introverted personality traits, plus a test for introversion. Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz is an important read for introverts who are searching for […]
  • How to Manifest a Big Paycheck With the Law of Attraction
    I’m researching the law of attraction and money, to see if The Secret lives up to its promises. Here is what I’ve learned so far, starting with the easiest, most effective tip. It’s something simple that very few people do. “Write a short positive affirmation that states your money goal,” says the positivity guru who […]
  • Animals Mourn, Too – How to Help Your Pet Cope With Death
    Yes, dogs and cats mourn after their furry friends die! Here are a few ways to help your pet cope with the death of their furry friends. These tips are especially important if you’re noticing changes in your pet’s activity level, food intake, or general health. “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I […]
  • Is Quitting Healthy? How to Know When to Give Up on Your Goals
    Yes, quitting can be healthy – and giving up on your goals is sometimes the best, smartest thing you could do. If your goals are so unrealistic and unachievable that they cause insomnia, stomachaches, and headaches are other physical and emotional symptoms of stress, then you need to consider quitting. “We’re socialized that we must always […]
  • How to Enjoy Your House Guests
    Summer is house guest season if you live in a coastal gem of a city like Vancouver, BC! These tips on how to enjoy your guests when you’d rather book them into in a hotel are from me. An introvert who hates making small talk when she wakes up and loves her daily routine. And I’m […]
  • How to Help Kids Cope With a Pet’s Death
    I devoted a chapter on how to help kids cope with a pet’s death in my pet loss ebook. I interviewed pet loss experts, grief counselors, and veterinarians; here are a few of their tips for kids and pet loss. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, […]
  • How Debt Increases Self-Esteem – The Upside of Financial Debt
    Going into financial debt for school or a business doesn’t feel good, but it can actually your self-esteem and empower you to achieve great things! The upside of debt is that it can help you get what you want out of life! “Debt can be a good thing for young people – it can help […]
  • How to Find the Light at the End of the Tunnel
    I need these tips for overcoming despair, defeat, and discouragement more than anyone! Here’s how to find the light at the end of the tunnel, inspired by my frustration and helplessness as a blogger who used to make lots of money from her sites, but now makes little bits of money… But first, a quip: […]
  • Top 10 Articles About Separating Money From Emotions
    One of the best ways to create financial security is to separate your money from your emotions. Why? Because your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs directly contribute to your behavior…which directly affects how much money you earn and spend. “What money means to each one of us individually is always just under the surface,” writes Ron […]
  • How to Get an A on Your Final Exam or Any Test at School
    These quick tips on getting As on your final exams or school tests are for students who weren’t born with the ability to absorb information quickly and easily! If you’re like the majority of us, you have to work at getting A’s on your exams and tests. “You don’t understand anything until you learn it more […]
  • How to Turn Your Dreams Into Achievable Goals
    Ready to rock your life? These tips for turning your wildest dreams into goals you can actually achieve are inspired by a fellow writer. She has a lofty dream and isn’t sure how it’ll become reality… “I’d love to run a women’s retreat center somewhere beautiful and warm for women who were victims of violence…long-term […]
  • Words of Comfort When Your Heart is Broken
    This collection of words of comfort will lift your spirits and heal your soul. When your heart is broken, you need warmth and companionship – and the embrace that says you’re not alone. “When I lost my husband, I felt as if I did not want to go on,” said Kerry on Starting Over in Your 60s – After […]
  • Wear a Bikini With Confidence! 9 Easy Summer Fitness Tips
    Yes, you can wear a bikini confidently this summer. These easy tips for summer fitness are from personal trainers and fitness instructors – and they’ll help you reach your weight loss goals before bikini season hits. “When it comes to changing the size and shape of your body, exercise is only 30% of it,” says […]
  • Best Ways to Cope With a Personal Crisis – From Boxing to Inertia
    Building resiliency is the best way to cope with a personal crisis – and that’s what these tips are all about. If you’re resilient, you bounce back from problems faster. You get stronger, better, and happier than you ever were before! These tips for coping with personal crises will help you build resiliency; they’re my […]
  • What to Do When Nothing is Good Enough for Your Mother
    If you have a critical mother, nothing you do will ever be good enough to make her happy. Here are a few ideas for responding to moms who make you feel like you aren’t good enough. “I have an extremely overbearing and sensitive mother,” says L. on How to Cope With Controlling Parents. “She blows up […]
  • How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself and Get Out of Your Own Way
    Self-sabotage is when you put obstacles in front of yourself. Self-sabotaging behavior means you set yourself up to fail – sometimes without even knowing it. What makes things trickier is the fact that the signs of sabotage and self-defeat aren’t the same for everyone. The results of self-sabotaging behavior, however, are similar: depression, despair, defeat, and helplessness. […]
  • Have You Created Something That Makes a Great Gift?
    If you created something that makes a great gift, here’s your chance to promote it for free on my gift giving blog, Quips and Tips for Giving Gifts! How will you promote, describe, advertise your product? By writing an article about it for my gift giving blog. The idea behind Quips and Tips for Giving […]
  • What Makes You Laugh? 5 Easy Ways to Laugh More
    What’s the funniest thing you heard today, that made you lol? What makes you laugh? If you haven’t smiled or laughed today, you need these ways to laugh more. Before the tips, a quip: “I have six locks on my door all in a row.  When I go out, I lock every other one.  I […]
  • 10 Reasons to Laugh Instead of Cry When Life Throws a Curveball
    Why is it better to laugh instead of cry when life throws a curveball? Because laughter equips you to take that curveball and fire it right back. These proven health benefits of laughter include increased endorphins, a strengthened immune system, and extra oxygen coursing through your veins. Some researchers believe laughing is as good as a […]
  • 13 Long Term Weight Loss Strategies From the Health Gal
    Fast weight loss isn’t the answer – these long-term weight loss strategies are effective, but they take longer than you may like. They’ll help you lose fat for good, thought! One of my favorite tips for long-term weight loss is from Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible […]
  • 7 Ways to Get a Better Workout at the Gym in Less Time
    These tips for getting a better gym workout in less time are from personal trainers, strength coaches, and boot camp instructors. Even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes to work out, you can get fit fast! First, here’s a tip from trainer and nutritionist Ariane Hundt: “Pure coconut water is a great source […]
  • 5 Things That Make Life Meaningful – Beyond Having Children
    I’ve always wondered what makes life meaningful, and now that I’m 41, I decided it’s time to make a list of things that add meaning to my life. Not children, though – we don’t have kids. I watched “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (okay, not with them), I’m more enchanted than […]
  • 9 Strange Addictions and 13 Even Stranger Treatments
    These strange addictions range from being addicted to popsicles to an obsession with rhinoplasty. The treatments are even more unusual! How do you know if you’re addicted to something? “Generally, if the behavior interferes with your career, relationships, finances, or health, then it’s no longer normal,” says New York-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert. If you’re struggling […]
  • The Best Way to Cope With Stress
    The best way to cope with stress is to change distress (bad stress) to eustress (good stress). Here are 10 real-life examples of managing stressful situations by flipping them upside down. “A natural and common response to stress is to try to resist it,” says Dr Jay Winner, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life: […]
  • How to Know When Not to Loan Money to Someone
    These signs will help you know if it’s smart to loan money to someone you’re close to – a friend, partner, family member, or coworker. I wrote this because a reader said… “People who do not lend money to friends are selfish, period,” says E. on Should You Lend Money to Family Members? Warnings and […]
  • Breast Cancer Survivors Share Secret Benefits of the Big C
    Some breast cancer survivors say they’re glad they got (and beat) breast cancer. Here are a few secret benefits of breast cancer from survivors, oncologists, and radiologists… “Because of my mother’s struggle with breast cancer when I was 16, I always felt like I had two B-sized time bombs sitting on my chest, just waiting to […]
  • Easing the Heartbreak and Pain of Your Cat’s Death
    How do you survive the great loss of your cat’s death? There are no easy answers here, only wisdom from other cat owners who miss their beloved felines. Here’s what a reader said: “My husband and I just had our 14 year old cat, Kordell, put down last Tuesday,” she wrote on When Your Cat Dies – […]
  • How to Help Your Elderly Parents
    How do you support elderly parents who need help, but won’t accept it? These tips are inspired by a reader who is wondering how to help her mother who is too proud to ask for help. Here’s what she says, on How to Cope With Difficult Parents: “I am wondering how to help my mother find […]
  • How to Turn Your Life Around
    Yes, you can stop being a loser! These tips for turning your life around will help you figure out how to take responsibility for your relationships, career, and goals. Take the first steps towards happiness, health, and even excitement about where your life is going! These tips, nudges, and ideas will get you movin’ and […]
  • Losing the Weight Without Losing Your Mind – What You Need to Know
    Trust me: losing the weight without losing your mind is easier than you think! I lost a ton of weight (like, 30 pounds on my five foot frame) and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought. Here’s what you need to know about losing weight without losing your mind… “If I had my druthers, […]
  • Why You’re Not Losing Weight on the Weight Watchers Diet
    It’s not a big surprise that you’re not losing weight on the Weight Watchers diet, as you’ll see with these scientifically proven reasons diets don’t work. Maybe instead of trying to lose weight, you can focus on accepting your body the way it is and looking thinner in the clothes you have? “The beauty of […]
  • Starting a Relationship With Someone Who is Leaving the Country
    How do you decide if you should start a relationship with someone who is leaving the country or moving overseas? Here’s one reader’s dilemma and a couple tips from me, which you may not agree with… “I really want to ask her if she wants to try again…but I know this is going to end […]
  • Natural Eczema Treatment – An Easy Oatmeal Bath Recipe
    The best way to treat eczema naturally is to relax in a skin-soothing bath of oats! This easy oatmeal bath recipe will help soothe your skin problems. Some foods cure you when you eat them; other foods cure you when you sit in them. If you’re hesitant to make your own oatmeal bath, you might try […]
  • Vegan Diet Plan – 5 Meals to Make Veganism Healthy and Easy
    I bet you didn’t think a vegan diet plan could be delicious AND nutritious! These five meals are the foundation of a healthy, easy veganism lifestyle. First, a quip: “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of […]
  • How to Win at Scrabble Without Cheating
    Yes, you can win every Scrabble game – without cheating. These five tips on how to win at Scrabble will make you a better player of this word game that everyone loves. You’ll be the Scrabble player everyone hates to play! If you don’t have the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (Fifth Edition), it’s time to […]
  • Retinal Detachment Symptoms – From Floaters to Eye Surgery
    Floaters and curtains are symptoms of retinal detachment; the result can be eye surgery. Here’s how to recognize the signs of a detached retina before it’s too late. The quicker you recognize it, the faster you’ll be able to treat it — and it’s critical to get medical attention from a specialist at the earliest sign […]
  • How the Sun Causes Skin Cancer – and How to Prevent It
    A dermatologist explains how the sun causes skin cancer, and offers tips for cancer prevention in the summer sun. Preventing skin cancer isn’t just about putting sunscreen on – it’s about knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. “It’s estimated that we accumulate more than 50% of sun damage before the […]
  • How to Ask for a Raise at Work – First, Determine if You Deserve One
    Knowing how to ask for a raise at work is easier if you actually deserve one. These tips will give you the confidence to get that raise. “Someone receives a promotion, gets an important assignment, makes a major discovery, or moves into the president’s office. ”He’s lucky’,’ an envious person remarks….but in reality, luck or […]
  • 5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips That Cost Less Than $200
    These tips for front yard landscaping will help you beautify your yard while spending less than $200. Hiring a landscaper isn’t necessary if you’re looking for quick and easy yard beautification – and you don’t mind hauling a bit of soil! “If you want anything done well, do it yourself. This is why most people laugh […]
  • Food Costumes You Can Make at Home
    Lots of people want to be food for Halloween, and this list of food costumes you can make at home will help you stand out from the buffet. These food costumes range from beef tacos to food on the floor of a movie theater. A food costume doesn’t have to be hard to make – […]
  • How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub – A Natural Face Cleanser
    Not only is homemade facial scrub natural and chemical-free, it also contains your favorite ingredients! These tips on how to make a natural face cleanser will guide you through the process of making a scrub you’ll love. With the astronomical prices of organic and chemical-free products, learning how to make your own scrub will also […]
  • Toilet Training a Cat – Why and How to Train Your Kitty
    Why is toilet training a cat a good idea? Because you want to say good-bye to stinky kitty litter forever! How do you train your cat to use the toilet? With these toilet training tips… But first, a quip: “Intelligence in the cat is underrated.” ~ Lous Wain. One of the best ways to challenge your […]
  • Things to Consider About Changing Your Name After Divorce
    Before deciding if you should change your name back (or completely rename yourself!) after your divorce, read these pros and cons of changing your name. Like everything in life, changing your name after your divorce has both upsides and downsides…“It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to […]
  • Adults With ADHD – 9 Ways to Organize Your Life and Time
    If you’re an adult with ADHD, you know the effects of disorganization and lack of focus. These ways to organize your life and time can change how you live – and how you achieve goals! Before the tips, a quip: “I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting . […]
  • 11 Reasons You Don’t Want to Be a Movie Star
    Think it’s fun to be famous? Think again! These reasons you don’t want to be a movie star reveal how fame stops and blocks peace and joy. Being famous isn’t all glamor, glitz, and glee… If you’re convinced you want to be a movie star, read How to become a celebrity: Building a career in […]
  • LASIK Vs PRK Laser Eye Surgery – What’s the Difference?
    LASIK and PRK are two different (but similar) types of laser eye surgery. Here you’ll learn what the difference is, and why different surgeries are better for different people. If you’re thinking about getting laser eye surgery, it’s crucial to get two different opinions from two different clinics. I went to LASIK MD in Vancouver, BC […]
  • How to Heal From LASIK or PRK Eye Surgery
    PRK or LASIK are safe forms of eye surgery, but recovery can be tricky. Here’s how to heal from the side effects of LASIK or PRK laser eye surgery. I had PRK laser eye surgery, and healed quickly and painlessly. The short-term discomfort of getting and recovering from laser eye surgery is worth the long-term gains! […]
  • How to Help a Pregnant Dog Give Birth to Puppies
    It’s both thrilling and scary to have a pregnant dog! Here’s how to help your dog when she’s giving birth to her puppies – plus signs of problems for both mom and puppies, which means it’s time to call a veterinarian. To learn more about pregnant dogs, read Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder’s Guide to Care […]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Pack a Light Carry On Bag for Air Travel
    Your flight is booked, and it’s time for packing that carry on bag for air travel. If you don’t want to check your luggage, here are eight easy ways to pack light and fit everything into your carry on bag. Between bag size and weight restrictions, checked baggage fees, and air travel regulations, it’s admittedly […]
  • 5 Protein Rich Foods for Healthy Hair and Skin
    What does protein do? This isn’t just a list of protein rich foods for healthy hair and skin – it’s a description of how protein increases our hair, skin, and body health. These tips are from doctors and medical estheticians, as well as a dermatologist who wrote a book about improving aging skin. “Protein can […]
  • 6 Things to Consider Before Resigning From Your Job
    Is it time to quit your job? Here are several important things to consider before you resign from your current job and start looking for new work. If you haven’t read Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich?, now is the time. It’s an excellent career resource, and […]
  • Staycation Ideas for Women Over 50 – Yes, You Can Escape at Home!
    Finding fun staycation ideas can be tough – you want to balance adventure and relaxation! These ways to escape at home are perfect for women over 50 (or 40, 60, 70, or 80…). Sure, money is low and gas prices are high – but that’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to much-needed time to […]
  • How to Know if It’s Time to Get Another Dog
    If your dog died suddenly, you may still feel shocked and confused. Here’s how to know if it’s too soon to think about getting another dog. A reader recently shared that her dog suddenly died, and she’s struggling to decide if it’s too soon to adopt another dog. “I lost my 9 month old boxer puppy […]
  • A Facelift Without Surgery – 6 Tips for Ageless Skin
    You don’t need to get surgery to look like you had a facelift! These tips for ageless skin start with step one: realize the difference between how your skin looks (extrinsic skin age) and how old your skin really is (intrinsic skin age). The second step is figuring out how to lower your extrinsic skin […]
  • Backpacking Checklist – 10 Packing Tips for a Hiking Trip
    Use this backpacking checklist to make sure you have everything you need, whether you’re hiking in the Himalayas or Honduras. A list like this contains all the packing tips you’ll ever need for a hiking trip – you won’t forget anything at home. Before the tips, here’s one of my favorite quips: “Twenty years from now […]
  • Dull Skin, Be Gone! 7 Natural Ways to Brighten Dull Skin
    Tired of dull skin? Want a vibrant, healthy skin tone? These seven natural ways to brighten dull skin will freshen and plump up your skin from the inside out. These skin care tips are from dermatologist Julia Hunter, of Skin Fitness Plus in Beverly Hills, CA. “Your appearance is affected by the internal effects of […]
  • What Is Minimalist Living? 5 Simple Ways to Live Simply
    First you ask what minimalist living is. Then, you watch your energy and happiness skyrocket by pursuing simple ways to live simply! It’s as easy as that: define minimalism, then find ways to simplify life. These tips for living simply will help you flow into a more relaxed, happier state of being. Before the tips, a […]
  • Why Should I Exercise? How Exercising Affects Every Part of You
    I got tired of asking “Why should I exercise?”, so I researched how exercising affects how I look and feel. If you’re wondering why you should exercise, you gotta read how exercising helps your brain, body, soul, and relationships… Before the tips, a quip: “The only way to keep your health is to eat what […]
  • Square Foot Gardening – 5 Tips for Growing Plants in Small Spaces
    If you want a garden but don’t have space, you need these tips for square foot gardens. Learn how gardeners of all thumbs grow plants, veggies, and fruits in small spaces and containers. Have you convinced yourself that you don’t have enough space, time, or agricultural know-how to grow your own fruits and vegetables? Square […]
  • Can’t Afford Jenny Craig? Help Losing Weight For Free
    Who can afford Jenny Craig? Not me. If you need help losing weight for free, don’t miss these “best of the best” weight loss tips. I lost 20 pounds without spending money on Jenny Craig, Lululemon clothes, gym memberships, Pilates classes, or expensive kitchenware. Before the tips, a quip: “A woman’s health can be judged […]
  • Is Paying Off the Mortgage Early A Good Idea? It Depends
    Sometimes paying off the mortgage early is a good idea, and sometimes your money is better spent elsewhere! Here are six questions to ask before committing yourself to being mortgage-free within the next couple of years …. “With consumer revolving debt balances declining nationwide and home values flat, some homeowners are considering paying off their […]
  • Need Exercise Motivation? Tips for Working Out at Home
    If you’re like me, you need exercise motivation daily! Check out these top tips for working out at home — they’ll help you stay motivated to keep exercising and lose the flab. “I am pushing sixty.  That is enough exercise for me.” ~ Mark Twain. I wish all I had to do was push my […]
  • How to Stop Spending Money You Don’t Have – Find the Right Friends
    If you want to stop spending money you don’t have, you need to find the right friends. These tips for friends and money will help you stop spending money while keeping your friendships intact. Before the tips, a quip: “Given the choice of friendship or success, I’d probably choose success.” ~ Sting Luckily, with these tips […]
  • How to Find New Friends After Moving to a New City
    These tips on how to find new friends after moving to a new city may help. And if they don’t help with finding new friends, you can tell me what would help in the comments section below! Before the tips, a quip: “I’ll lean on you and you lean on me and we’ll be okay.” […]
  • For a Paperless Office – 5 Free Online Organization Tools
    These free online organizational or software productivity tools will help you create a paperless office, which will reduce waste and save money. Plus, here are tips for making the most of these online organizational tools – some of which may surprise you. But first, a quip: “The technologies which have had the most profound effects on […]
  • How to Stop Your Dog From Barking, Jumping Up, and Digging
    Learn how to stop your dog from barking, jumping up, and digging with these easy, effective dog training tips. You’ll learn how to stop your dog’s unwanted behaviors: jumping on strangers (or anyone), digging in the backyard, and barking. Before the tips, a quip: “Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but […]
  • How to Take Care of a Rabbit – From Adoption to Bonding
    Wondering how to take care of a rabbit? Look no further! These tips for pet bunny rabbits (or rather, rabbit owners) make rabbit care easy. From finding a pet bunny rabbit to feeding your rabbit the right snacks, these tips include rabbit hutches, rabbit food, rabbit health, and general rabbit care. Before the tips, a quip: […]
  • How to Plan a Birthday Party for a One Year Old
    Birthday party planning for a one year old is special for both parents and kids (but mostly parents!). These tips for a happy first birthday party start with the party dress and end with cleaning up after the party. The tips are quick and easy, and will help you plan a first birthday party that will […]
  • Lose Weight While Breastfeeding – 6 Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Tips
    Losing weight while breastfeeding is safe and perhaps even easy – if you have the right tips! These post pregnancy weight loss tips range from what to eat to when to work out. “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” ~ A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh. I have a lifetime commitment […]
  • 5 Easy Ways to Add Healthy Nutrients to Your Diet
    Many people believe that switching to a healthier diet means only eating bland, boring food that will leave them feeling hungry and unsatisfied. The truth is that there is plenty of healthy, tasty, filling foods; it’s just a matter of finding them and knowing what to do with them.: “I feel about airplanes the way I […]
  • Bringing Home a New Puppy? 6 Puppy Training Tips
    It’s so exciting, bringing home a new puppy! But you need puppy training training tips, even if all you want to do is play and cuddle. These training tips will help you find the balance between enjoying your new puppy, and teaching your puppy important obedience behaviors. Before the tips, a quip: “It is a […]
  • How to Declutter Your Home and Be Clutter Free
    The first tip for learning how to declutter your home is to focus on why you want to be clutter free! Once you realize that clutter decreases energy, saps creativity, and creates chaos, then you’re more likely to declutter your home on an ongoing basis. These tips for decluttering your home are from Pat Heydlauff, an […]
  • 8 Ways to Declutter Your Office
    Why declutter your office? Because piles of papers, books, file folders, and old memos decrease productivity and costs money. Learn how to declutter here. If you declutter your office, you’ll decrease stress and increase productivity. These easy tips for eliminating paper clutter will keep your office neat and organized. “Clutter is stuck energy.  The word ‘clutter’ […]
  • 5 Ways to Survive a Midlife Crisis for Women
    Of course women can experience a midlife crisis – and they can learn to enjoy their 40s, 50s, and beyond! Here are a few ways to turn your midlife crisis into a positive experience. Are you experiencing the emotional highs and lows of menopause or perimenopause? Or waving goodbye to grown children heading off to college? […]
  • Feeling Overwhelmed, Too Much to Do? How to Manage Time Effectively
    If you’re feeling overwhelmed because you have too much to do, it’s time to learn how to manage time effectively! These time management tips are for people who are so stressed, swamped and overwhelmed that they can’t seem to accomplish anything at all. Believe it or not, it’s possible to get more done by doing less […]
  • How to Negotiate a Salary Increase – 4 Negotiation Tips
    Knowing how to negotiate a salary increase can help you achieve your career goals. These negotiation tips are crucial, and they aren’t just for negotiating a raise. Negotiation plays a very important part in our lives. We negotiate in the workplace, at home with family members about who does the dishes, with children about curfew, […]
  • 5 Tips for Solving Problems in Dysfunctional Families
    If your family is dysfunctional, these tips for solving family problems will help you create a happier, healthier home life. Do you feel dissatisfied with family life? Do you find yourself spending less and less time with your spouse and kids? Or avoiding extended family members? You’re not alone. Families are complex, and having a happy […]
  • How to Delegate Tasks at Work – and What Not to Delegate
    Do you struggle with delegating tasks at work? The first step is figuring out how to know what to delegate, which is what these workplace tips are all about. “A resistance to delegating can be a reflection of your own securities about being replaceable. If you can train others to do what you do, you’ll […]
  • 5 Tips for Choosing the Right College or University
    Going to the right college or university can make or break your future! These five tips on how to choose the best college will help you sort through all the possible schools and programs. These tips will help you figure out the best college for you — which may be different than the best school […]
  • 7 Easy Ways to Treat Adult Acne, Pimples, and Blemishes
    Let’s face it: adult acne sucks. But there are easy treatments for pimples and blemishes! These ways to get rid of acne and skin blemishes are natural and easy remedies that will help keep your skin healthy. In a world full of airbrushed celebrities, made-up models, and millions of ads promising to fix our appearance, […]
  • How to Stand Up for Yourself – 6 Tips for Speaking Up
    If you have trouble standing up for yourself, you’re not alone! These tips will make speaking up at work and home easier. Yes, you can say no to unreasonable requests from friends, relatives and colleagues. “Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, or perhaps later in life, […]
  • Look Beautiful Without Makeup – 5 Fun, Creative Beauty Tips
    Being a beautiful woman isn’t about age-defying moisturizer and mascara! These creative, fun beauty tips will help you look beautiful without makeup – and you won’t have to spend hours getting ready to leave the house. “I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld. The first and most […]
  • How to Beat a Traffic Ticket – 7 Tips for Fighting Fines
    Knowing how to beat a traffic ticket doesn’t just save money on the fine, it keeps insurance costs low. These tips for fighting fines aren’t just about hiring traffic ticket specialists or paralegals; they include what you can do to beat your speeding ticket in traffic court. “While many people instinctively want to ‘beat the […]
  • 5 Fun Workouts to Burn Off Your Love Handles
    To lose weight, you need fun workout routines and the best exercises for love handles! Well, not all fitness experts agree that certain exercises can target love handles, but they all know that fun workout routines can help you lose inches everywhere. If you’re having fun, you’ll keep exercising. “Pilates is anaerobic exercise, so you […]
  • 3 Types of Exercise for Maximum Calorie Burn
    These exercises burn the most calories for permanent weight loss; they’re from a fitness article I recently wrote for a health magazine. I interviewed personal trainers and fitness experts, and learned the best ways to set and achieve weight loss goals. Here’s what one fitness trainer said about losing weight: “Mixing up your exercise routine […]
  • Dr Oz’s Weight Loss Tips – Best Times of the Day to Lose Weight
    Dr Oz’s weight loss tips rang from the best time of day to eat fiber for weight loss to the best time of day to exercise, so you boost your metabolism fast. At certain times of the day, our bodies burn more calories. These weight loss tips from Dr Oz show that circadian rhythms are […]
  • How to Convince People to Say Yes – 5 Persuasion Techniques
    Knowing how to convince people to say yes to your requests will make your life blissful! These five persuasion techniques will help you ask for what you want — and get it. “There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” […]
  • What is Residual Income? How to Make Money Without Working
    Learn what residual income is – it’s how I keep my Quips and Tips blogs going! Here’s how to make money without working. These tips for creating residual income streams aren’t just about blogging. They include a financial expert’s advice on making money with other sources of passive income, such as vending machines or rental real estate […]
  • 5 Tips for Taking Control of Your Personal Finances
    Do you need to take control of your personal finances? These tips range from “learn how to negotiate” to “get everything in writing” – and they’ll help you get where you want to be. First, here’s a big money mistake many of us make…”One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made around money is allowing myself […]
  • Should You Get Another Dog After Your Dog Died?
    Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding if it’s time to adopt another dog. On Dealing With Guilty Feelings When Your Cat or Dog Dies, a reader left this comment: “I lost my 9 month old boxer puppy today to a seizure, and I’ve been feeling really guilty about it…as much as I […]
  • How to Get Motivated to Exercise – and Stay Motivated!
    Knowing how to get motivated to exercise – and stay motivated to exercise! – is the first step to achieving your weight loss goals. Well – setting weight loss goals is the first step to achieving your weight loss goals – and that’s what these tips are all about. Before the tips, a quip: “I […]
  • 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women Who Love Chocolate
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  • How Yoga Helps You Lose Weight and Gain Energy
    Research shows that people who do yoga are more likely to lose weight than people who do other types of exercise. Yoga and meditation to lose weight isn’t just about humming “om” and watching the fat melt away. Yoga Sweat DVD for Weight Loss with Julie Schoen is 100% guaranteed to help you lose weight. This yoga […]
  • Tried Everything to Lose Weight? 10 Things You Need to Know
    If you think you’ve tried everything to lose weight, think again! Here are 10 things you need to know about weight loss – from vegetarian diets to 100 calorie snack packs. Before the tips, a quip: “I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something,” says Julia Cameron, […]
  • Best Power Yoga DVDs to Increase Energy and Fitness
    Here are my favorite yoga DVDs, plus tips for choosing the best yoga DVD to achieve your energy and fitness goals. Doing yoga at home is easier and more efficient than going to yoga class – and far less expensive! One of my favorite yoga DVDs is Baron Baptiste’s Power Yoga Level 2 – my husband […]
  • How Do You Make Life Better? 7 Tips for a More Interesting Life
    These tips for a more interesting life range from wearing red cowboy boots to setting life goals – and they’ll answer your question about making life better. Before the tips, a quip: “Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson. The beauty of this quip is that […]
  • New Year’s Eve Gift Ideas – 7 Ways to Celebrate the New Year
    These New Year’s Eve gift ideas will help you express love and gratitude – and celebrate the New Year! One of these gifts focuses on New Year’s Eve parties; most revolve around a fresh start and new beginnings. Before the tips, a quip: “Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors, and […]
  • What to Get Your Wife for Christmas – 12 Gift Ideas She’ll Love
    There’s something on this list for every woman, and for every husband who wants to give his wife a Christmas gift that shows how much he cares. These Christmas gift tips are inspired by my own husband’s struggle every Christmas season…he never knows what to buy me, and I’m beginning to feel sorry for him. […]
  • Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas
    Shopping for last minute Christmas gifts? You’re not alone! Use these tips to find Christmas gift ideas at the supermarket, grocery store, or gas station (for they’re often the only places open for last minute Christmas gifts…but times are changing!). “It’s Christmas Day. You’re en route to the family gathering and the only place that’s […]
  • 6 Ways to Deal With Stress at Christmas – Tips for Families
    One of the best ways to deal with stress at Christmas is to look at your family with different, wiser, more compassionate eyes. That’s what these tips for families are all about – and they don’t just apply to the Christmas holidays! Before the tips, a quip: “Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go by […]
  • What You Need to Pack for an All-Inclusive Resort Vacation
    Here’s a complete list of things you need to pack for an all-inclusive vacation at a beach resort, from practical beachwear to essential travel documents. This packing list will ensure you don’t forget anything – because even the ritziest all inclusive beach resorts don’t supply everything. Here’s a tip from a well-travelled reader: “Take your own re-useable ice,” says […]
  • How to Relax When You’re Getting a Massage
    Does the thought of getting a massage make your muscles tense up? Here’s how to relax when you’re getting a massage, so you can get the most out of your visit to a registered massage therapist. The Complete Book of Massage is a bestselling massage book on Amazon, probably because it’s a comprehensive guide with step-by-step […]
  • Christmas Gifts for Dogs and Dog Owners – From Chews to Kongs
    Your search for Christmas gifts for dogs and dog owners ends here! These holiday gift ideas for pet owners who love their dogs will help you find the perfect Christmas gift… Before the tips, a quip: “My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can.  That’s almost $7.00 in […]
  • New Christmas CDs – Holiday Music for Christmas Parties
    These new Christmas CDs include traditional and current holiday music for Christmas dinners, holiday parties, and cross-country road trips to visit family and loved ones. “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale. These Christmas music albums range from solo performers to the cast of the most […]
  • Avoid Holiday Weight Gain – 10 Christmas Weight Loss Tips
    Avoiding holiday weight gain is one of my yearly Christmas goals! Check out these ten Christmas weight loss tips; they’ll help you enjoy Christmas without feeling bloated, fat, or fatigued. Before the tips, a quip: “Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it?  You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth […]
  • How to Beat the Winter Blues – From SAD Lamps to Brain Games
    The winter blues (and blahs) are here – but not to stay! These tips on how to beat the winter blues range from SAD light therapy lamps to brain games. Why live with feelings of sadness and fatigue when you don’t have to? Before the tips, a quip: “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration […]
  • 6 Christmas Gift Ideas for People Who Love to Drink Wine
    My favourite Christmas gift idea for someone who loves wine is an erasable silver felt marker, specifically for writing your name on your wine glass at a party. It was the hit of the last party I went to! Finding a Christmas gift for a wine enthusiast is easier than you think. My husband and […]
  • 9 Ways to Make Christmas Dinner Easier and Less Stressful
    These tips for making Christmas dinner less stressful and easier are simple and fun. They work best if you can round people up – a spouse, family member, or friend. Don’t do everything yourself! Before the tips, a quip: “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living […]
  • How to Make Christmas More Meaningful
    If Christmas  commercialization is getting you down, these tips for making Christmas more meaningful will help you find joy in the holiday season – whether you’re mourning loss, coping with a major life change, or just tired of Christmas shopping. “I hate Christmas,” says Jessi on How to Overcome Depression on Christmas. “Too commercialized, too expensive, […]
  • 10 Best Christmas Movies – From A Christmas Carol to Scrooged
    According to my Twitter and Facebook polls, and my search for the bestselling Christmas movies on Amazon, these are the 10 best Christmas movies of all time. The most popular Christmas DVD on Amazon is The Original Christmas Classics family movie collection. It includes seven original Christmas movies for kids: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty […]
  • 6 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas – Creative, Unique, and Easy
    These homemade Christmas gift ideas are creative and unique, as well as easy and inexpensive. I’m not “crafty” and don’t want to make homemade gifts for Christmas – but I do want to save money. So, I gathered tips for saving money on Christmas gifts – none of which involve shopping for craft supplies, loading glue guns, […]
  • Different Types of Goals – Self-Improvement Vs. Performance Goals
    The best way to achieve your goals is to know the different types of goals you can set and work towards. It’s not enough to just “have goals.” Here, I describe the difference between self-improvement (mastery) goals versus performance goals. Luckily, it’s more interesting and easier than it sounds. This research describes different types of […]
  • SmartPhones for Christmas – The Best Holiday Gift Phones
    I want a SmartPhone for Christmas, and am researching the best holiday gift phones. Here’s a summary of the top Smart Phones on the market: Apple iPhone 4, BlackBerry, Google’s Android smartphone, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Nokia’s smartphones, and Samsung’s Android Phone. Knowing which smart phone to buy is a huge financial decision — so if […]
  • Best Video Games for Christmas – Holiday Gifts for Gamers
    This list of the best video games for Christmas range from Wii Party to Halo. You’ll find holiday gifts for gamers of all ages in this summary – and if you don’t find the best Christmas video games here, you’ll at least learn what’s most popular on Amazon! One of the most popular (best?) video […]
  • 8 Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas – From Appetizer Plates to Zumba
    Healthy Christmas gift ideas don’t have to be boring! These gift tips range from funky appetizer plates (not my best idea) to Zumba (yeah, man!). These holiday gift tips are for all ages, and will help you figure out what to buy your loved ones this Christmas – and maybe even help them achieve their […]
  • 10 Most Popular Christmas Movies – Romances and Comedies
    These popular Christmas movies are pop culture-oriented – not your traditional Christmas holiday classics. Some of these holiday romances and comedies contain hints of Charles Dickens and Dr Seuss (who wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas), but they’re mostly a modern perspective on the Christmas season. For instance… “We’re gonna need champagne for 250 people, […]
  • Christmas Movies for Kids – Family Movies for Christmas Holidays
    These Christmas movies for kids aren’t just for kids! This list of family movies for the Christmas holidays includes everything from Charles Dickens to Jim Carrey to Charlie Brown. “Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem,” said Linus Van Pelt […]
  • Best Christmas Movies – Classic Holiday Movies at Christmas
    This list of the best Christmas movies consists mostly of classic holiday movies, but also includes some romance, family and Disney Christmas movies. There’s a holiday movie for everyone – even Grinches and Scrooges! “Blast this Christmas music,” said The Grinch. “It’s joyful and triumphant.” ~ from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss’ How […]
  • Weight Loss Shortcuts From Dr Oz – From Apples to Gym Bags
    Dr Oz’s weight loss tips are easy and fast – which is why they’re called weight loss shortcuts! They’ll help you lose one pound a week or 52 pounds a year – which is the best, healthiest way to lose weight. “The key to weight loss is to elevate your metabolic rate as much as […]
  • Turkey Costumes and Ideas for Dressing Up on Thanksgiving
    Want to dress up for Thanksgiving dinner, a school event, or work? d Read Turkey Costume Ideas and Tips for Thanksgiving – it’s a much better, updated version of this article.  s These ideas in that article include pilgrim, Indian, and football referee turkey hat costumes, and they can make a family or community gathering more fun and meaningful. Those […]
  • Heart Healthy Diet Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner
    These heart healthy diet tips for Thanksgiving dinner will help you enjoy a heart smart holiday season! Eating healthy can be delicious if you follow the right diet tips…… Before the tips, a quip: “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and […]
  • How to Decide if You Should Give Your Dog Away
    If you’re thinking about giving your dog away, here are several things to consider. Surrendering a dog is painful, but could be the right decision for you and your family. We sadly gave our dog away yesterday…it was the right decision for us, but we’ve been crying ever since. The following tips will help you decide […]
  • Corporate Gift Ideas for Business Clients and Colleagues
    These corporate gift ideas range from understated and elegant (a classy set of fountain pens by Bulow) to personal and familiar (a beautiful cashmere scarf for men or women). Pictured is an Executive Business Card Holder by H&K Steel Sculpture – it’s a creative and functional corporate gift idea. There are many different options to choose from […]
  • 5 Tips on Dealing With All Types of Dog Behavior Problems
    No matter what type of dog behavior problems you have, these tips will help! Most of these solutions revolve around dog training, because that’s often the root of dog behavior problems. Before the tips, a quip: “I talk to him when I’m lonesome; and I’m sure he understands,” said W. Dayton Wedgefarth. “When he looks […]
  • How to Telecommute – 5 Tips for Working From Home
    If you know how to telecommute successfully, you’ll save time, money, and energy. You’ll get more done in less time – and you may even be happier and healthier! But not everyone agrees that telecommuting is valuable. “When employers analyze their bottom line, they find that teleworking seldom provides value,” writes Howard Levitt in “Telecommuting […]
  • 8 Ways to Pay Off Debt When You Have a Low Income
    A commonly asked question for people who don’t make a lot of money is, “How do I pay off my debt when I have a low income?” The bad news is there is no easy way to pay off your financial debt when your earnings aren’t high. The good new is that it is possible! […]
  • 4 Types of Goals You Should Set for Your Life
    Knowing what goals you should set for your life is the first step to achieving them – and being happy! Here are four types of life goals, plus a few goal setting tips. “One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” ~ Sidney Howard. Goals require sacrifice and […]
  • 6 Ways to Get Out of Credit Card Debt
    Making a long-term plan for paying off your credit card debt is the first step to being debt free. The second step to getting out of debt is simple: ”There are plenty of ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn.” ~ Paul Clitheroe. […]
  • 5 Diet Plans to Help You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals
    Yes, you can lose weight and keep it off – especially if you find the diet that works for you. It takes time and experimentation to find the weight loss strategies that work for you, but it’s worth it! “All the popular diets can help you lose weight because they provide almost identical calorie intakes,” says […]
  • Best List of Horror Movies – From Dracula to Psycho
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  • How to Feel Beautiful No Matter What You Look Like
    No woman, no matter how beautiful she is, feels beautiful all the time. Here’s how to feel beautiful no matter what you look like – without botox, plastic surgery, or dieting. One of the best ways to learn how to feel beautiful no matter what you look like is to educated yourself about real human […]
  • How to Not Snore
    You want to know how to not snore tonight, because you’re disrupting your sleep (not to mention your partner’s!). These tips for snoring are effective for a wide range of bodies and sleep disorders. Sleep disorders — including snoring — have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea in particular can cause swings […]
  • Inexpensive Halloween Ideas – Cheap Halloween Tricks and Tips
    These inexpensive Halloween ideas are tasteful — not tacky! Cheap Halloween tricks and tips don’t have to include plastic junk, unless of course you’re deliberately planning a tacky Halloween party or costume 🙂 Before the tips, a Halloween quip: ” ‘Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and breathe out Contagion to this […]
  • Classic Storybook Character Costumes for Halloween
    From the traditional Mary Poppins to the Evil Winged Monkey from the Wizard of Oz, these classic book character Halloween costumes will give you lots of ideas to choose from! Kicking off this list is Evil Winged Monkey from the Wizard of Oz. In the original Wizard of Oz novels, the winged monkeys were intelligent monkeys […]
  • SmartPhone Options for New Phone Owners
    My husband asked, “Which SmartPhone should I buy?” so I researched the options of the top Smart Phones on the market: Apple iPhone 4, BlackBerry, Google’s Android smartphone, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Nokia’s smartphones, and Samsung’s Android Phone. There is a dizzying array of special features and options that each smart phone offers, which can be overwhelming! And, […]
  • How to Improve Your Skin Naturally – The Best Foods for Healthy Skin
    Knowing know how to improve your skin naturally involves eating the best foods for healthy skin! These foods contain protein, which decreases skin problems and improves your appearance. These tips are endorsed by doctors or medical estheticians, as well as a dermatologist who wrote a book about improving aging skin. “What you eat can clear your skin, firm your nails, […]
  • Best Quotes About Goals – From Traveling Light to Dreaming
    The best quotes about goals will remind you to be strong, stay true to your dreams, and focus your energy on your target. Achieving your goals takes thought, effort, persistence, and passion. To get what you want out of life, pick a few of your favorite quotes about goals and read them every morning, noon, […]
  • 5 Tips for Achieving Your Career Goals
    Are you confused about where your career is going? These quips and tips for achieving your career goals will bring clarity – they’re from Stephen Cline, MBA. “One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” ~ Sidney Howard. It’s all good to say “I want to […]
  • Ideas for Halloween Costumes for Couples
    These costume ideas for couples on Halloween will inspire you, but they won’t overwhelm you with complicated crafts, sewing, or costume-making. You don’t have get complicated to create a classy Halloween costume for couples! Here’s the quip that always makes me think of telling stories on Halloween: “Clothes make a statement.  Costumes tell a story.” ~ Mason […]
  • How to Use Coupons to Save Money – The Beginner’s Guide
    Knowing how to use coupons to save money isn’t my cup ‘o tea, but this writer knows what she’s talking about! This beginner’s guide to clipping coupons is a guest post by SEO consultant Ann Smarty. “A lot of people don’t bother collecting coupons because they just don’t understand how much money they could actually […]
  • How to Cope With Being Alone – When You Feel Lonely
    Feeling lonely is normal – we all struggle with loneliness sometimes. But feeling lonely most of the time is bad for your health, so I gathered a few tips on how to cope with being alone. Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude is a boldly honest and elegantly written memoir about living alone. It’s the first […]
  • How to Find the Right Halloween Costume
    Tips on how to find the right Halloween costume, plus a description of a Halloween Costume Exchange party. Finding the right costume for Halloween is a labor of love! If your search for how to find the right Halloween costume includes expensive elaborate ideas like the one shown in the picture, here’s a forum that […]
  • Are Your Relatives Toxic? How to Deal With Family Problems
    Learning how to deal family problems doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s worth the effort. Why? Because your health and happiness is at stake! And so is the health and happiness of your family. You can’t change your family, but you can change how you deal with them. These tips on how to cope with toxic family […]
  • 5 Safe Diet Plans for Healthy Eating and Weight Loss
    These safe weight loss diets include the Zone, Mediterranean, Volumetrics, Atkins, and South Beach diets. I interviewed health experts to get the pros and cons of each diet plan. “All the popular diets can help you lose weight because they provide almost identical calorie intakes,” says nutritional biochemist Shawn Talbott, PhD, author of The Cortisol […]
  • Halloween Party Food Tips – From Cookies to Pumpkins
    Not just pirate decorations! These ideas for Halloween party food, decorations, and trick or treating on October 31 range from gothic skull lamps to bags of skeleton bones. Before the tips, a quip: “At first cock-crow the ghosts must go; Back to their quiet graves below.” ~ Theodosia Garrison. Graveyards are more of an outdoor Halloween […]
  • Examples of the Five Love Languages – From Affirmation to Touch
    These examples of the five love language examples start with words of affirmation and end with physical touch. Learn how to express you love in tangible ways… These love language tips are from writers – some have been married for decades, others are single. Some are parents, and others don’t have kids. A little bit […]
  • 8 Money Saving Tips for College Students – Beyond the Basics
    If you’re a college student with the usual financial concerns, you need these money savings tips! They go beyond the basics – they’re from financial advisor and author Randy Loren. “Success produces success, just as money produces money.” ~ Diane Ackerman. The more you save money, the more money you’ll have to save! Achieving your financial […]
  • Help – My Weight Loss Program Doesn’t Work! 10 Weight Loss Tips
    If you need help with a weight loss program that doesn’t work, check out these ten weight loss tips. They’ll help you set and achieve your weight loss goals; these tips are from celebrity fitness trainer Amy Cheryl. She was once an obese teenager of over 200 pounds on a 5′ 4″ frame – so she […]
  • How to Cope When You Feel Too Stressed to Study
    Stress will ruin your ability to learn, which will ruin your grades. Here are 6 ways to cope when you feel too stressed to study. These stress management tips are about better time management, because stress is caused by feeling out of control. The more in control you feel – especially if you need to learn how to study when […]
  • How to Use Your Credit Cards Rewards Program for Realistic Rewards
    Your credit card’s rewards program can be very beneficial – if you’re realistic about spending money! Here are several tips for using credit cards to your advantage, without going into credit card debt. “If you think rewards credit cards are an easy way to earn free stuff, do not open one,” says Ann Smarty, who […]
  • Girls Halloween Costume Ideas
    It won’t take you alot of time to find the right Halloween costume for your girl with these ideas! These girls Halloween costumes range from broken dolls to sugar and spice. The pink Supergirl Halloween costume is the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages — and if you have time and sewing skills, you could do it yourself […]
  • Boys Halloween Costumes – From Apes to Zombies
    These boys Halloween costumes are a mixture of homemade (Nightmare in a Closet) and store-bought (Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars). There’s something for every boy here. The Chimpanzee Boys Halloween Costume is awesome not only if your boy likes monkeys, but also if you live in a cold climate. This costume will keep him snug […]
  • What Are the Best Brain Vitamins? 10 Brain Improvement Tips
    The best brain vitamin may be the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils (especially DHA). But, these ten brain improvement tips go beyond taking supplements! These activities will help fight age-related memory loss and improve overall brain health. Before the tips, a quip: “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.” ~ Thomas […]
  • How to Set Financial Goals That You’ll Achieve
    These tips for setting financial goals will help you get rid of debt and organize your future finances. It’s time to get on the right track, isn’t it? “When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.” ~ Nido Qubein. There’s nothing less […]
  • Break Free From the Past – 75 Ways to Move On With Your Life
    There is no best way to break free from the past that works for everyone – you need to try different things until you find what works for you. And, you have to let Mother Nature do her job (let time heal!). My most popular article is How to Let Go of Someone You Love because […]
  • Best Pilates DVDs, Plus 4 Tips for Choosing a Pilates Workout DVD
    One of the best cardio Pilates DVDs is Keeping Fit With Andrea Metcalf. These tips for choosing a Pilates workout DVD will help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals… Before the tips, a quip: “Nothing will work unless you do.” ~ John Wooden. Have you found a workout that works for you? The […]
  • Top 10 Healthy Foods for Students – Food for Brain and Immune Health
    These healthy foods for students range from walnuts to rosemary. These foods increase memory and cognition, improve overall physical health, boost your immune system, keep you lean and sexy, make you feel healthier and happier…all of which will help you achieve your college goals! Before the tips, a quip: “Mother Nature’s foods and natural medicines are more […]
  • How to Reduce Stress by Managing Your Time Better
    Managing your time better can help you reduce stress – and be more productive, creative, and happy. These time management tips will reduce workplace stress, help you manage your time better, help relieve anxiety and stress. Managing your time wisely is empowering because it gives you a sense of control, which relieves anxiety. And, good time management […]
  • Ideas for Extreme Halloween Decorations for October Parties
    These ideas for extreme Halloween decorations for October parties range from easy homemade decorations to elaborate store-bought Halloween haunted houses and graveyard scenes! There’s something for every Halloween party-thrower here… But before the Halloween tips and tricks, a quip: “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween.” ~ […]
  • Examples of Smart Goals – From Specific to Timely (SMART)
    These examples of SMART goals (goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) are from my work as a freelance writer and blogger. I created and run several “Quips and Tips” blogs – in fact, that’s how I earn my living! I love to write, and I especially love to achieve my financial goals […]
  • How to Get a Better Life – 5 Steps to Happiness and Fulfillment
    Do you hate your life – or are you bored with your relationships? Here are the first steps towards getting a better life, and finding happiness and fulfillment. “Getting a life is hard to define,” writes Robert Pagliarini in The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose. “You know […]
  • How to Overcome Social Anxiety for College Students
    Some college students think they’re shy and socially awkward when they’re really just introverts. These tips focus on introverted personality traits, rather than social anxiety as an emotional or mental health issue. Take this quick, easy test for introverted personality traits if you aren’t sure whether you’re an introvert. And remember: “If you have anything really valuable to […]
  • Tips for Shy College Students With Introverted Personality Traits
    To succeed, shy college students need to see their introverted personality traits as a strength! Also, remember that shyness, social awkwardness, and introversion aren’t the same thing. They’re often confused because they’re related to each other, but they’re different. Some college students think they’re shy or socially inept when they’re really just introverted. If you […]
  • Set and Achieve College Goals – 5 Goal Setting Tips for Students
    To set and achieve college goals, you need to go beyond “I want to get good grades”! These goal setting tips for college students will increase success, satisfaction, and smiles. 🙂 Before the tips, a quip: “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, […]
  • Kids Scared of Halloween? How to Reduce Fear on October 31
    It’s normal for kids to be scared of Halloween – after all, it’s a scary time! But you’ll want to know how to reduce fear on October 31 if your kids are too scared to enjoy trick or treating (or too scared to answer the door for other kids who are trick or treating!). Before the Halloween tips, […]
  • 5 Best Foods for Healthy, Young-Looking Skin
    A commonly asked question for dermatologists is “what are the best foods for skin”? Here, a doctor shares her tips on eating for healthy skin. You can improve an uneven skin tone by eating certain foods. These tips for improving your skin are from doctors and dermatologists, and they don’t just affect how you look, they […]
  • Stop College Weight Gain – 6 Weight Loss Tips for College Students
    You can stop college weight gain and avoid the “freshman 15” (which affects more than freshman college students!). These weight loss tips for college students will increase your exercise motivation and help you enjoy school while staying slim and trim. 🙂 You know that old quip that “nothing tastes as good as feeling slim feels”? Well, it’s […]
  • 6 Easy Tips for Succeeding at College
    You know that dealing with stress and developing good study skills are the best tips for succeeding as a college student. But wait, there’s more! Here are six college tips that will take you a long way. “The single most underutilized resource at college is the office hour, now available in-person, by e-mail, or by […]
  • How to Lose 20 Pounds With the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs
    One of the best ways to lose 20 pounds is the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs. I love Lara Hudson’s yoga – but the boot camp DVD is probably the best way to lose 20 pounds. What else do you need to lose weight? Perseverance. “You’ve got to say, if I keep working at this and want […]
  • 5 Ways to Solve Problems at Work – From Personality to Goals
    Knowing how to solve problems at work is the best way to achieve your career goals! These job success strategies include finding the job that suits your personality, coping with difficult coworkers, and improving your work environment. But before the tips, a quip: “One of the most insidious myths people believe in the workplace,” says […]
  • Creative Costume Ideas for Women
    These creative costume ideas for women are super easy to make at home – most of them are are do it yourself (DIY) women’s Halloween costumes. Party King’s Day Of The Dead Halloween Costume for Women celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. This is a creative costume idea for women because it’s a colorful and cheerful […]
  • How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You Live at Home
    These tips on how to deal with controlling parents will help you see your situation differently. The first thing to remember when you’re coping with parents – and you live at home – is that you can’t change them. You can only change how you respond to them. “Giving up hope is one of the healthiest, most life-affirming […]
  • Want to Lose 30 Pounds? 4 Easy Tips for Weight Loss
    Of course you want to lose 30 pounds – who doesn’t? These easy tips for weight loss are from Chris Alex, who runs a popular weight loss website about losing weight naturally. Here’s what she says about weight loss and achieving goals: “A lot of people set goals as a way of achieving things. Many […]
  • 10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries – Eat Cheap and Healthy
    I’m excited to share these ten ways to save money on groceries because they helped us pay our mortgage within six years! These tips for eating cheap and healthy are from us — a frugal married couple who is now happily ensconced in a new home. We plan to pay off our new mortgage in six years….and believe me, setting and achieving financial […]
  • Couples Halloween Costume Ideas – Tell the Story of You
    The first of these couples Halloween costume ideas is my favorite, because it tells the story of one of my favorite movies: Juno. Some of these couples Halloween costume ideas are inspired by store-bought costumes. Why waste money on two Halloween costumes when you can make them at home, quick and easy? Before the tips, […]
  • How to Save Money for College – 5 Long-Term Money Saving Tips
    Saving money for college doesn’t happen overnight. These long-term money saving tips will help you avoid taking on huge student loan debt. Even if you have to apply for a student loan to pay for college tuition and books – the less money you spend during the academic year, the more money you’ll have to either […]
  • 20 Unique Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes for Women
    These unique “do it yourself” Halloween costume ideas for women range from starving artist to tea bag. All the Halloween costumes on this list are creative and interesting – yet you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make them! Admittedly, the Wonder Woman Super Hero Costume isn’t exactly the most unique do-it-yourself Halloween costume for women […]
  • Best Ways to Save Money Fast – 8 Quick Tips for Saving Cash
    If you need quick tips for saving cash, you can’t afford to miss these “best ways to save money fast.” Even if you only try fourof these money saving tips, you’ll get your personal finances on track! “If you only implemented the three R’s – reduce, recycle, reuse – in your kitchen, you would save money.” ~ […]
  • How to Stick to Your Decision to Leave Your Marriage
    Sticking to your decision to leave your marriage is almost as difficult as deciding to end the relationship in the first place. These tips for letting go of a toxic relationship will give you strength and courage to stay the course — even when it gets bumpy and scary. “Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them […]
  • Want to Manage Money Better? 7 Tips From Lois Frankel
    Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, offers money management tips that will help you pay off your debt, stick to your budget, and solve other financial problems. “Many of the characteristics that make women uniquely feminine are the very same behaviors that prevent them from becoming financially independent,” writes Lois Frankel in Nice Girls […]
  • 5 Ways to Change How You Think About Money
    The best way to break bad money habits is to change the way you think about money. Go beyond budgets and brown bag lunches, and stop struggling to stick to your budget. Before the tips, a quip: “Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have got a little, it is often easy to get […]
  • Are You Addicted to Shopping? How to Stop Emotional Spending
    If you’re addicted to shopping, you’re meeting your emotional needs by spending money. These tips will help you overcome your shopaholic tendencies. “I used shopping to avoid myself,” writes Avis Cardella in Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict. “I used shopping to define myself. And at some point, I realized that I was no longer […]
  • 16 Creative Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home
    Cigarette girls, flappers, Christmas gifts, and gypsies are a few of the creative Halloween costume ideas for women on this list. You can make most of these costumes at home, but I included a few links to Amazon as well. You may not have time to get too creative before October 31 hits! A Vampiress […]
  • Twilight Halloween Party – 7 Tips for Twilight Costumes and Parties
    A Twilight Halloween party will make October 31 unforgettable! These tips for Twilight costumes, parties, decorations, and invitations will help you plan a Halloween you’ll never forget… Before the Halloween tips, a quip: “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t […]
  • The Credit Repair Kit for Dummies
    You’re not alone if you need to improve your credit report or credit score! The Credit Repair Kit for Dummies is a book that is desperately needed by many people in debt. The good news is that using credit cards can improve your credit rating and help you get out of debt. These tips for managing credit […]
  • How Vision Boards Help You Achieve Your Goals
    Vision boards can help you achieve goals – but it’s not as easy as slapping a few pictures up on your wall! These tips will help you create the type of vision board that can help you achieve any goal you can think of. “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have,” […]
  • 8 Ways to Pay Student Loan Debt
    You can never have too many ways to pay off your student loan debt! My husband and I both paid our student loans off within four years of graduation – you can, too. These tips are from Freedom Debt Relief — and they’re tips I wish I knew back when I was burdened with student loans. Before […]
  • How to Set and Achieve Fitness Goals – 5 Tips for Fat Loss
    Increase your exercise motivation with these tips for setting and achieving fitness goals! You know that old quip that “nothing tastes as good as feeling slim feels”? Well, it’s true – and here’s the first tip for fat loss: “I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” ~ Marsha Doble. If you […]
  • 5 Extroverted Personality Traits That Help You Succeed at Work
    Some personality traits of extroverted people help them succeed at work. Here what they are – and the best part is that introverts can adopt these qualities without changing their personalities. “We all use both our introverted and extroverted skills, but we are hard wired to be more one than the other,” says psychotherapist and author […]
  • 7 Cheap Ways to Lose Weight and Save Money on Your Workouts
    These are the cheapest ways to lose weight and save money on your workouts – because making money, saving more money, losing weight, and keeping the weight off are some of my favorite topics! Achieving goals isn’t about being rich and skinny (but wouldn’t that be sweet) — it’s about being financially comfortable and physically healthy. And that’s what […]
  • How to Overcome the Pain of a Bad Breakup
    These five tips on overcoming the pain of a bad breakup will help you find happiness again. If you’re ruminating or obsessing, you won’t heal from the break up. You need to focus on health and recovery. I wrote 3 Powerful Secrets and 75 Tips for Healing Your Heart because I needed to learn how […]
  • Best Ways to Save Money on Summer Holidays – 7 Travel Tips
    Your goal of paying off your debt doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vacation! These travel tips include the best ways to save money on summer holidays, whether you’re going to Disneyland, Europe, or the closest lake.   Before the tips, a quip: “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed […]
  • Reach Money Goals Faster by Choosing Your Friends Carefully
    Choosing your friends can help you reach your money goals faster – or stop you from reaching them at all! Your friends affect your financial prosperity, whether you’re paying off credit card debt, saving money for a home mortgage loan, or scraping enough money together to start your new business. These tips will help you recognize which […]
  • 10 Ways to Get Luckier in Life and Love
    Hard work will help you achieve your life goals, and a little luck can’t hurt! These ways to be luckier at work and in your love life will help you learn how to be lucky… because good luck is a skill that can be developed. Before the tips, a quip: “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. […]
  • 23 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Handle Money
    If your kids weren’t born with natural money skills, don’t fret! These 23 quick tips for teaching financial literacy will help your kids learn good money habits and achieve financial goals. “How are learning to a ride bike and learning about money similar?” asks Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave. “Both involve kids being ACTIVE participants.” […]
  • How to Deal With Harassment at Work
    No matter how you’re being harrassed on the job, these tips will help you figure out how to deal with harrassment at work. I wrote this for a reader who is being harrassed by her coworker. To learn more about dealing with difficult coworkers, read Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the […]
  • 6 Ways to Make Money Saving Tips Stick
    There’s a big difference between knowing about money saving tips, and actually turning them into good financial habits! These six ways to make money saving tips stick can help you achieve your financial goals … Before the tips, a quip: “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed […]
  • 5 Smart Ways to Save Money
    What makes these ways to save money different? They range from tapping the brains of frugal people to implementing one money saving tip a month. A small income or budget doesn’t have to slow or stop your financial growth. “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.” ~ […]
  • 5 Steps to Your Last House Payment
    The faster you pay off your mortgage, the more money you’ll have for…whatever you want! Here are the steps we took towards our last house payment. “Focusing on paying off the mortgage has [several] benefits, both financial and emotional,” writes John Heinzl in “The Best Investment? Paying Off Your Mortgage” in The Globe and Mail. […]
  • 5 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget
    The first step to financial freedom is sticking to a household budget, because it helps you control your money (as opposed to your money controlling you). If you can’t stick to your budget, give these tips a try — they’ll help! Before the tips, a quip: “It is pretty hard to tell what does bring […]
  • Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents
    A parent asked me about giving her 13 year old teenager $50 a week for an allowance. Since I’m no expert on teens and money management, I asked the creator of KidsSave for her input. Here, Karyn Hodgens offers some practical tips on giving teens an allowance… This was my reader’s question: “I give my 13 year old $50 […]
  • Stop Mindless Munching – 9 Tips for Healthy, Mindful Eating
    It’s easier than you think to stop mindless munching – but you do have to think! Chew on these tips for mindful eating; you’ll slim down and feel great about your size and shape. Before the tips, a quip: “Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~ Hannah More. Instead […]
  • 5 Ways to Make Work Better – From Lava Lamps to Self-Awareness
    These tips for making work better begin with lava lamps and end with self-awareness – and they will make work better for you by increasing job satisfaction, helping you enjoy your workday, and solving problems at work. “Getting a promotion at work is not as great as many people think,” says Chris Boyce, an economics and […]
  • 10 Tips for Achieving Financial Goals – Beyond “Use Cash”
    Do you want to save $100 a month, pay off your mortgage, start a homebased business, or take a dream vacation? No matter what your financial goals are, you have to change your relationship with money so you can move into financial abundance. As Helen Gurley Brown said, money doesn’t buy happiness, but it lets you be […]
  • Inexpensive Anniversary Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents
    These anniversary gift ideas are perfect for elderly parents who don’t want you to spend a lot of money. Instead of giving them an expensive, boring plate or picture frame for their anniversary – especially if it’s a 50th wedding anniversary! – give them a service or an experience. Here, several Baby Boomers share their […]
  • 8 Tips for Getting a Great Performance Review at Work
    Getting a performance review to be proud of is more complicated than showing up on time, These tips for getting a great performance review at work may be your ticket to a promotion or raise… Before the career tips, a quip: “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.  If your ideas are any good, you’ll […]
  • 6 Smart Ways to Use Your Income Tax Refund
    Should you save or spend your income tax refund? Here, “the Money Couple” offers six tax refund tips to help you achieve your financial goals. You can use your refund in all of these ways, or combine these tips to create a unique way of spending your income tax money. “More than half of all Americans will […]
  • Setting Money Goals – 6 Tips for Saving $500 a Month
    If you tried setting money goals and failed, maybe it’s because your goals didn’t match your money personality. These tips for saving $500 a month are from life coaches; they’ll help you meet your money goals… Before the tips, a quip: “I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living […]
  • 6 Tips for Negotiating Conflict at Work
    Difficult coworkers may be the number one cause of workplace conflict; these tips for negotiating conflict at work will help you smooth difficult relationships. Are you after a job promotion, a raise during your next employee evaluation, a better work environment? Maybe you’re an introvert who’d rather work alone – which means you need to read […]
  • How to Recover From a Home Foreclosure – 4 Survival Tips
    Selling your house can be painful; losing your home because of foreclosure is heartbreaking. Here are tips for surviving and recovering from a home foreclosure. “We’re meeting with lots of couples in this situation and seeing the stress this huge upheaval can cause in a relationship,”  say “The Money Couple” Scott and Bethany Palmer, authors […]
  • Tips for Finding a Great Real Estate Agent to Buy a New Home
    To find the real estate agent who is helping us buy a new home, I followed specific steps that worked like a dream! If you’re in the market for a new home, these tips for picking a great realtor will help you find someone who will not only work hard for you, but who you’ll love working with… Before the […]
  • How to Repair a Bad Credit Rating After Paying Credit Card Debt
    If you’re debt free thanks to good financial planning (such as debt consolidation), you may now wonder how to repair your credit report. These tips for repairing a bad credit rating are based on a question from a reader who worked with a credit counseling service to pay off her debt… “Four years ago I turned […]
  • How to Help Your Wife Cope With Cancer
    These tips for helping your wife cope with a cancer diagnosis are from two men whose wives have breast cancer. In this post, author Marc Silver interviews John W. Anderson, who wrote Stand By Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men. “Men have an irresistible urge to ‘fix things,’” says Silver, author of Breast Cancer […]
  • Can’t Pay Your Bills? Combine Your Debt Into One Monthly Payment
    Debt consolidation makes paying your bills easier, whether it’s credit card debt, medical care costs, mortgage payments, and so on. Here’s how to combine all your debt into one monthly payment. “Debt is a serious problem that can sneak up on you,” say the financial experts at “The first step toward controlling your debt […]
  • 9 Steps to Achieving Your Dreams and Moving Forward in Life
    Remember the dreams you had when you were a kid? These tips for moving forward in life and achieving your dreams will revive those dusty old goals. To make your dreams come true, you gotta give something up – whether that’s time, energy, recreation, sleep, or socializing with friends. If you need a unique way […]
  • 6 Ways to Increase Your Financial IQ and Attract More Money
    The more you know about personal finance – your financial IQ – the greater your chances of attracting more money into your life! Here are six practical ways to learn more about money so you can create wealth and security. “Women will always be dependant until she holds a purse of her own.” ~ Elizabeth […]
  • 7 Pet Memorial Gifts and Ideas for Saying Goodbye to a Dog or Cat
    These beautiful, touching pet memorial and gifts include engraved stones, urns, and online tributes to lost pets, to help you remember and say goodbye to a beloved dog or cat. Here, pet owners share how they immortalized their beloved animals and describe different types of pet memorials, ranging from personalized pet memorial stones to beautiful urns […]
  • 6 Ways to Deal With Financial Stress
    If you’re dealing with debt or a financial crisis, you need to reduce your stress level before you can effectively manage your money problems. These are effective, expert-endorsed tips for lowering your financial stress level – which will help you solve your money woes. Read The Cure for Money Madness: Break Your Bad Money Habits, Live Without Financial Stress–and […]
  • How to Set New Goals When Your Old Goals Aren’t Working
    Deciding to set new goals when you can’t or don’t want to achieve your old goals can be surprisingly difficult! These tips for setting new personal or career goals focuses on how to let go of your old goals without guilt, shame, or embarrassment. First, here’s one of my favorite quips about setting goals: “If […]
  • Signs It’s Time to Re-Evaluate and Set New Goals
    Are you stuck on old goals that you can’t achieve? If you’re re-evaluating your career or personal goals, these five tips for setting new intentions will help. Setting “intentions” is a great way to re-evaluate and achieve your goals. Setting intentions seems less rigid and more open to healthy changes in direction. If you’re stuck on old goals, you’re not […]
  • 8 Ways to Save Money on Pet Care Costs – From Shots to Grooming
    How much does it cost to care for a pet? A lot! These tips for saving money on pet care costs will help you balance saving money with caring for your dog or cat. In other words, these eight ways to save money on pet care costs will keep your dog or cat healthy and […]
  • What People Skills Do You Need Most? 7 Ways to Connect at Work
    Yes, you need people skills to achieve career goals – but what are they? These seven ways to connect at work will help you get a job promotion, build better relationships with colleagues, or earn more than $75,000 a year as an entrepreneur. No matter what your career goals are, you need people skills. You […]
  • Couples Weight Loss – 6 Tips for Losing Weight Together
    The best couples weight loss help is here! These six tips for losing weight together will help you set and achieve your weight loss goals. You’ll slim down, tone up, and get to know your partner in a whole new way — and enjoy doing it. My husband and I do Pilates, core fusion, and various […]
  • 6 Tips for Helping Your Spouse Through Financial Difficulties
    Credit card debt, steep mortgage loans, and large medical bills are financial difficulties that cause stress for married and common-law couples. These tips for helping your spouse through money problems can help strengthen your marriage – even in the worst of times. Surprisingly, an overly supportive husband or wife can have a detrimental effect on […]
  • Sad Breakup Songs – Music to Make Breaking Up Easier
    Can sad breakup songs make breaking up easier? This break up music contains readers’ suggestions from my “best songs for broken hearts’ article. If you’ve just broken up with someone you love, these sad breakup songs may help you feel better… “Those are all good songs to break up by, but obviously, the person who wrote the […]
  • Anti-Aging Foods – Mostly Proteins – That Reduce Skin Problems
    What foods reduce skin problems? Protein is the best anti-aging food for your skin. These tips are endorsed by doctors and medical estheticians, including a dermatologist who wrote a book about improving aging skin. “What you eat can clear your skin, firm your nails, and give you better looking hair,” says Dr John La Puma, author […]
  • Best Valentine’s Day Gifts – Creative Ways to Express Love
    The best Valentine’s Day gifts depend on your partner’s personality! These creative ways to express love range from romantic getaways to rubber duck races. You’re sure to find a romantic way to say “I love you” here… Before the tips, a quip: “When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from […]
  • How to Make Conversation – 6 Tips for Introverted Personalities
    The art of making small talk can be baffling and even frightening for people with introverted personality traits! Here are six tips for making conversation for introverts plus a bonus tip for being more likeable. “In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.” ~ Marcus Porcius Cato “The Elder.” When you’re making small talk, you don’t […]
  • 10 Best Things to Do in Maui – From Whale Watching to Hana
    These things to do in Maui are a list of the tours I took and adventures I had on that amazing Hawaiian island. I just returned from two weeks on Maui, and I’m already planning my second vacation there. This list of the best things to do in Maui includes some of my favorite activities, plus […]
  • 10 Reasons to Stay at the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas in Hawaii
    My two week vacation in Maui was my best holiday trip ever – I stayed at the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas in Hawaii. They’re great if you’re looking for vacation condo rentals – and here are 10 reasons why! “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head […]
  • Why Couples Break Up – 10 Types of Relationship Problems
    All couples face problems in their relationship, but not all problems lead to breaking up. These reason why couples break up will help you see your relationship differently. If you’re worried about your relationship, read Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. It’s helped thousands of couples find the love they need and solve different types […]
  • Romantic Honeymoon Getaways in Maui – 10 Honeymoon Tips
    A romantic honeymoon getaway in Maui is the perfect way to end the wedding rush! These honeymoon tips revolve around a condo hotel – I’m staying at the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas as I write this, and think Maui could be one of the most romantic destinations in the world! Before the tips, a quip: “I […]
  • 8 Tips for Losing Weight on a Beach Vacation in Maui
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  • How to Get Back With Your Ex After a Breakup
    Breaking up isn’t always forever! These five tips on how to get back with your ex after a breakup will help you see your relationship in a new light. Getting Back Together: How To Reconcile With Your Partner – And Make It Last is a solid, comprehensive guide you can count on to get your relationship […]
  • 6 Tips for Running on the Beach – in Maui, in Vancouver, in Africa
    Running on the beach is one of the best aerobic exercises because the sand creates resistance, which makes you work harder. These tips for running on the beach are from my own experience here at the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas – I’m on a two week vacation, and the first thing I did this morning […]
  • 5 Financial Goals Couples Should Never Set
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  • How to Find Cheap All Inclusive Vacations to Maui and Hawaii
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  • How Your Money Personality Can Help You Save Money
    Here are several questions to help you determine your money personality, plus four ways your money personality can help you save money. Your personality affects how you think about money – especially your saving and spending habits. These money tips go beyond being a “saver” or a “spender” – it’s about knowing how your personality and childhood affects your ability […]
  • Coping With Angry Ex-Wives – How to Make Your Remarriage Successful
    These ways to cope with your husband’s angry ex-wife can improve your marriage — and improve your relationship with your partner’s ex-spouse! On my article about making your second marriage successful, a new wife described her husband’s angry first wife and asked for help. Here are my tips for dealing with bitter, angry ex-wives… Before the […]
  • How to Save More Money – 5 Tips for Creating Wealth
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  • How to Save Your Marriage Without Couples Counseling
    Couples in unhappy marriages may be reluctant to try marriage counseling for a variety of reasons, such as lack of money. These ways to save your marriage without counseling will help. Read How to Save an Unhappy Marriage Without Couples Counseling – it’s better because it’s an updated, new, and improved version of this article. And remember: “In […]
  • How to Save Money on Christmas Shopping
    Even if it’s at the last minute, it’s not too late to put these Christmas shopping and money tips to work! Here, “The Money Couple” offer seven ways to get your Christmas gift list under control without spending a whole boatload of money. The holiday season doesn’t have to bring heavy credit card bills or financial […]
  • Teaching Kids about Money at Christmas – Tips for Parents
    Christmas is the best time to teach kids about money. These tips for parents are from Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave (a unique kids’ saving program that puts kids in charge of their money). “The biggest challenge I face regarding Christmas spending and kids is sticking to my budget,” says Hodgens. “This is a recent phenomenon for […]
  • Tips for Introverts – 6 Ways to Reduce Christmas Stress and Anxiety
    Holiday stress affects everyone differently – in fact, some people don’t find Christmas stressful or anxiety-provoking at all! Others, such as introverts who aren’t used to the socializing and hubbub the holidays bring, may find Christmas challenging. These tips for people with introverted personality traits will help reduce Christmas stress and anxiety, and make the […]
  • 6 Signs You’re Not Eating Right for Your Body Type
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  • How to Trust Your Husband After an Affair
    Can you trust your husband after an affair? It depends why he cheated and how you found out about the affair. It’s difficult to rebuild trust in marriage after an affair, but your bond may become stronger. Trusting your husband after he cheated on you is “easier” (! it’s never easy!) if you know you’re not […]
  • Romance Tips – Easy Ways to Show Your Love
    My husband found an easy, effective way to show his love for me; it melts my heart every time! It’s the first on my list of romance tips – they work for sweethearts who want to say “I love you” to new boyfriends or girlfriends, or for spouses who’ve been married for years. Before the tips, a quip: “I love you […]
  • How to Spend Less at Christmas – Money Tips for Couples
    Spending less money at Christmas is possible with these tips from “The Money Couple” themselves! The holiday season doesn’t have to bring heavy credit card bills or financial stress – that’s no way to start the New Year. Before their tips, a quip: “What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without […]
  • 10 Tips for Safe, Fast Online Christmas Shopping
    The earlier you start your Christmas shopping, the happier and wealthier you’ll be! These tips for finding the best holiday gifts online will help you set and achieve your shopping goals for the season. “I don’t wait for moods,” said Pearl S. Buck. “You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it […]
  • Kindle as a Christmas Gift – A How to Guide for New Users
    If you’re giving Kindle 2 as a holiday present (it’s now available in Canada), these “how to use Kindle” tips will help you and your gift recipient! This wireless reading device can be a great Christmas gift idea – if you know how to use it Kindle is perfect for people who travel or college […]
  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents or Grandparents
    If you’re searching for gifts for elderly parents or grandparents at Christmas, you’ll find creative ideas here. Many of these gift ideas for grandpa and grandma are based on my own experience buying gifts for my in-laws and grandparents. The Sterling Silver Engraved Picture Heart Locket is a beautiful gift for a grandma because she can carry her […]
  • Get Unstuck and Find Happiness – It’s Never Too Late!
    It’s never too late to get unstuck and find happiness in your life. A reader recently asked me for help getting unstuck, and my tips for her apply to all aspects of life: marriage, relationships, career, and goals. Here’s an excerpt of her comment on my article about letting go of love: “I met my […]
  • How to Stop Obsessing About Your Ex-Girlfriend or Ex-Boyfriend
    You’ve been through a relationship breakup, and now you can’t control your obsessive thoughts about your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend! This breakup advice includes practical ways to stop obsessing about a lost love, based on a question from a reader. Here’s what he said on my How to Let Go of Someone You Love article: “I still […]
  • Helping Someone Survive Their Child’s Death
    Nothing can take the pain and grief away. These suggestions for surviving a child’s death are inspired by a reader whose brother died. He wanted to know what to do and say. Below are the suggestions I gave a young man who asked for help. He wanted to know how to help his parents survive a […]
  • 20 Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Teacher
    You’ll find the best teacher Christmas gift ideas in this list – they’re creative but not expensive. Don’t worry if you don’t know what your teacher likes, because there’s something here for everyone! Your teacher is probably great, since you’re searching for a gift for him or her. When I was a teacher, my favorite Christmas […]
  • 6 Creative Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts
    Stop wasting your money on store bought Christmas gift wrapping paper! These are more fun and creative ways to wrap your presents, and they’re FREE. Before the tips, a quip: “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas,” said Kin Hubbard. If you give a kid a useful Christmas present, he […]
  • How to Cope With a Difficult Mother-in-Law
    These strategies for dealing with difficult mother-in-law problems are inspired by a reader’s question. Her mother-in-law is causing all sorts of problems in her marriage, and she doesn’t know how to cope. One way to cope when your mother-in-law doesn’t like you is to read Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law by Deanna Brann […]
  • Reducing Caregiver Stress When Caring for Elderly or Ill Parents
    If you’re taking care of elderly parents or an ill loved one, you’re probably stressed! These tips for reducing caregiving stress are from teacher, caregiver, and author of You Want Me to Do What? – B. Lynn Goodwin. “Caregiver stress can be degrading and demoralizing,” she says. “Avoid the downhill spiral. Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Take care of […]
  • Before You Sell Your House at a Loss – Conducting a Short Sale
    If you’re a homeowner who has to sell your house at a loss (a short sale), you need to protect yourself with this information! These tips about short sales are from Ethan Ewing, president of “Many home owners are putting off a sale until prices recover. But some owners must sell at a loss,” says Ewing. […]
  • Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Caregiver
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  • Best Workout DVDs – 10 Minute Solutions Exercise Videos
    The best workout DVDs are the 10 Minute Solutions exercise videos. I own eight different 10 Minute Solutions workout DVDs; here’s a brief description of the ones I’ve tried. 10 Minute Solution: 5 Day Get Fit Mix is one of my favorites – this workout DVD has totally ramped up my weight loss and fitness levels.  I love working out with […]
  • Organic Thanksgiving Dinner Tips
    These tips for an organic Thanksgiving dinner range from how to read labels to increasing the use of natural soy. Eating organic at Thanksgiving dinner is easier than you think! These natural turkey dinner recipe tips are from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). “On Thanksgiving Day when Americans give thanks for the abundance […]
  • 8 Tips for First Time Home Buyers – Credit Reports and Mortgage Loans
    If you’re buying a home for the first time, you need these tips about credit reports, home mortgage loans, interest rates, finances and the cost of home ownership. First time home buyers are in an exciting stage of life, but they also have to have their wits about them… “Home ownership remains a good investment and a big part […]
  • How to Find Freedom After Heartbreak
    Moving on after splitting up with someone you love is especially difficult when you don’t have relationship closure. These six tips for finding freedom after heartbreak will help you move on after a relationship breakup — especially if you’re not ready to let your ex go. “Sometimes the partner ending the relationship doesn’t quite know themselves why they […]
  • How to Get Over a Breakup When You Don’t Have Closure
    Getting over a breakup is always painful, but healing is harder when you don’t have closure. These tips are inspired by a reader who can’t accept that her relationship is over because she and her ex didn’t have closure. The most important thing to remember about getting over a break up is that you’ll never […]
  • 7 Tips for Connecting With Your Spouse
    On my “How to Survive an Emotional Affair” article, a reader asked for ways to save her marriage and reconnect with her husband. Here are seven tips for rebuilding your relationship by connecting with your spouse… First, here’s marriage advice from Ann Landers: “All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the […]
  • 7 Ways to Tell If Your Husband is Cheating on You
    “Is my husband cheating on me?” is a question I’m often asked. So, you’re not alone if you’re wondering the same thing! Recently, on my 10 Ways to Improve a Bad Relationship article, a reader asked for ways to tell if her husband is cheating on her. I rounded up a few tips to spot cheating spouses – which […]
  • How to Leave Your Husband
    Leaving your husband and ending your marriage may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do – even if your relationship is unhealthy or even abusive. But, it may be the only way to create the life you want. If you’re confused about leaving your husband, read Contemplating Divorce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Deciding Whether to […]
  • Extrovert and Introvert Love – Loving Different Personalities
    Extrovert and introvert love is different, but not impossible! Here are tips on loving different personalities — because introverts and extroverts can fall in love and build strong relationships. These tips for introverts and extroverts will help them love each other despite their different ways of thinking and being in the world. “We all use […]
  • 7 Tips for Couples Staying at Youth Hostels in Europe
    My husband and I are staying at the YoHo International Hostel in Salzburg, Austria; here are my tips for couples staying at hostels in Europe (one of my “what I wish I knew before I stayed at a hostel” blog posts). Before the tips, a description of hostelling from YoHo itself: Hostelling describes a new style of independent […]
  • Why People Snore and 6 Ways to Stop Snoring
    Why do people snore? For different reasons – and these six ways to stop snoring reflect six different causes of snoring. Right now, I’m exploring Austria with my husband (we’re making our way up to the Czech Republic) – and his snoring is worse here! I don’t know if it’s because I’m suffering from jet […]
  • 7 Remedies for Jet Lag
    Don’t let jet lag drag you down for days – check out these jet lag remedies. They’re natural cures to help you adjust to traveling through different time zones, so no more jet lag for you as a traveler. Remember that sometimes there’s just no remedy for jet lag. In fact, I’m in my hotel room […]
  • How to Hire a Personal Fitness Trainer – What to Look For and Why
    You may want to hire a personal fitness trainer to increase your motivation to exercise, get a healthy fitness plan and achieve your weight loss goals. These tips on how to hire a fitness trainer will help! Before the tips, a quip: “I am pushing sixty,” said Mark Twain. “That is enough exercise for me.” My […]
  • How to Save Your Marriage After Infidelity and Trust Your Spouse Again
    Yes, you can save your marriage after infidelity. Learning to trust your spouse again can be a long process — but it is possible to reconnect. These tips on saving your marriage after emotional infidelity are based on reader questions and answers on my Tips for Surviving an Emotional Affair article. Regarding emotional infidelity: “It’s […]
  • Getting a Payday Loan? How to Avoid Borrowing a Paycheck Advance
    Money problems can make people consider getting payday loans, or borrowing a paycheck advance. Payday loans are small, short-term loans with high interest rates, which makes them a bad idea; here are eight ways to avoid borrowing a paycheck advance. “When many people get into a financial bind, they go to a payday lending store […]
  • Kids’ Halloween Ideas – Candy Shopping and Halloween Parties
    Should kids’ spending money go towards Halloween candy shopping, parties, or costumes? These Halloween ideas are from Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave — she helps kids learn to take charge of their money. “The best lessons are learned in the context of kids’ everyday lives,” says Hodgens. “So let’s use Halloween as an opportunity to […]
  • 4 Different Types of Divorce – The Pros and Cons
    This summary of four different types of divorce will help you know how to get divorced. Self-representation, divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, and traditional litigation are described here – as well as the advantages, disadvantages, and approximate cost of each type of divorce. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist […]
  • How to Save Christmas Money Before the Holiday Season
    Even if you only have a month to save Christmas money, it’s not too late to budget for the holiday season! These tips for saving money range from redeeming credit card awards to buying holiday gifts in bulk. “These savings, which amount to at least $750, are almost enough to pay for holiday shopping in […]
  • Signs of Eating Disorders in Teens – From Perfectionism to Purging
    Perfectionism and purging are two signs of eating disorders in teenagers. Here’s how to recognize anorexia, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder – or confirm what you already suspect. There is a huge difference between an eating disorder, which is a psychological disorder requiring diagnosis and treatment, and simply being concerned with healthy weight loss in teens, […]
  • Thanksgiving Gift Ideas – Beyond Wine, Pie, and Gift Baskets
    These Thanksgiving gift ideas go beyond the classic gifts of pumpkin pie, mulberry wine, and Thanksgiving gift baskets (though gift baskets are my first choice for Thanksgiving Day!). These tips will help you be creative when you’re giving gifts on Thanksgiving because they include turkey cages and novelty ties. Before the tips, a quip: “On Thanksgiving Day, all over […]
  • Going to a Potluck on Turkey Day? Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
    These Thanksgiving dinner ideas are perfect if you’re invited to a potluck on turkey day and don’t know what to bring. Also included are tips on choosing the right wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Before the Thanksgiving potluck tips, a quip: “The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for […]
  • How to Find the Right Brain Games and Brain Exercises
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  • 6 Weight Loss Tips for Teens – From Fat Blasting to Dr Oz
    These teen weight loss tips start with a fat blasting dance mix, and end with weight loss wisdom from Dr Oz. “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time,” said Mark Twain. It’s not glamorous or exciting to lose weight. If […]
  • Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas to Encourage Wellness and Balance
    Spas, massages, pedicures, and manicures are NOT on this list of healthy gift ideas! If you want to encourage wellness and balance, you need to get a bit more creative. “Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t […]
  • Getting Started on Your Taxes – 9 Ways to Pay Less Income Tax
    It’s never too early to get started on your income taxes and find ways to pay less tax on the money you earned last year. To make tax filing in April easier, don’t ignore your income taxes now (especially if you’re self-employed — use income tax software to make filing easier). Here’s how to get started […]
  • 6 Ways to Create Success That Lasts a Long Time
    Short-term success is fleeting — you want to create success that lasts a long time. These six tips for making success last will help you stay on top of your game – after winning it! These tips were prompted by a reader who asked a question on my Overcoming Fear of Success article: “I have […]
  • The Best Times of the Day to Eat to Lose Weight
    To get fit, you need to know the best time of the day to eat and exercise. Research shows the worst time of the day to eat is at night, and the best time of day to eat is before 6 or 8 pm. Before this research, many people thought the total number of calories eaten […]
  • Seasonal Depression Disorder – How Light Therapy Helps
    Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder (seasonal depression or SAD) includes light therapy. Light lamps for seasonal depression are easy, inexpensive, and effective. These tips for using light therapy can help you naturally reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. “People with SAD suffer from a lack of sunlight – they are literally ‘in the dark,’” […]
  • Best Ways to Lose Weight – 8 Lessons From My Skinny Husband
    I lost weight after I got married – most (and husbands) wives gain weight. These best ways to lose weight are from my skinny husband… I struggled to lose weight for decades. Literally. When I got married, I lost 20 pounds. I learned these healthy eating tips are from watching my skinny husband eat and […]
  • What to Talk About on the First Date
    If you’re wondering what to talk about on the first date, check out these five tips for making conversation. These aren’t just tips for dating new partners; they’re effective conversation starters for anyone: established couples, work colleagues, and casual acquaintances… Before the tips, a quip: “No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation,” writes […]
  • 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Memory and Concentration
    Improving your memory and concentration means never having to hunt for lost car keys again. These brainy tips range from memory vitamins to cognitive games… This is a guest post from Alex Colket, the creator of His site features over a hundred brain fitness games, all designed to improve memory, concentration, clarity of thought, and brain […]
  • 7 Tips for Refinancing a Home Mortgage Loan
    These tips for refinancing a home mortgage loan include information about credit scores, monthly budgets, and the benefits of paying off your mortgage early. “With mortgage rates still in the low 5-percent range, it is a great time to refinance a home,” says Ethan Ewing, president of “By following these suggestions, homebuyers can be […]
  • How to Get Better Grades for College Students
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  • Tired of Money Problems? 9 Easy Ways to Save Money at Home
    Welcome to the club if you’re tired of money problems! Here are several easy ways to save money at home – they’ll help whether you want to pay off debt, save money to buy a house, put money towards your kids’ college tuition, or ensure you have enough money for retirement. Before the tips, a quip: […]
  • 8 Tips for Increasing Productivity at Home
    These eight tips for increasing productivity at home will help you get more done in less time, which will give you more free time to do what you love! Before the tips, a quip: “Productivity is never an accident,” says Paul J. Meyer, author of . “It is always the result of a commitment to […]
  • How to Stop Winter From Drying Your Skin
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  • 13 Tips for Easy Halloween Costumes, Parties, and Pets
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  • Games to Improve Memory, Thinking Skills and Brain Health
    These five brain games can improve memory, thinking skills, and overall cognitive health – and they’re also fantastic birthday or holiday gift ideas! Each game is endorsed by a doctor or cognitive health expert. “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public,” […]
  • 7 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Spending
    These seven ways to save money on school spending not only help you achieve your financial goals, they’ll help your kids learn the value of a dollar! “On average, according to the National Retail Federation, a family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend about $549 preparing for school each year,” says Ethan Ewing of […]
  • 15 Beautiful Halloween Costumes for Plus Size Women
    You don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful! These plus size Halloween costume ideas and shopping tips will help you find the right outfit for October 31. You’ll look awesome and feel comfortable in your Halloween costume. The Deluxe Designer Collection Anne Boleyn Costume Dress and Headband is a gorgeous gown from the Henry the VIII period. It’s […]
  • 10 Ways to Avoid College Weight Gain – From Dorm Snacks to Yoga
    You won’t gain weight at college with these tips. Four are from a college student who graduated without gaining an ounce, and six are from me (I lost 25 pounds after getting married). These tips for not gaining weight at college will help you avoid the freshman 15. I’ve included info about a series of DVDs […]
  • 5 Signs of True Love – How to Know When It’s the Real Thing
    Are you in love or lust? Is it true love or infatuation? Here are a few signs of true love, to help you decipher the difference between the two. If you’re still wondering if you’re in love or addiction, you may find Is It Love or Is It Addiction? helpful. The answer to the “is […]
  • 6 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt After College
    If you’re a college student with a student loan, you may be facing huge amounts of debt after you graduate. These six ways to avoid student loan debt will help you repay the money you owe. The roots of education are also expensive…and hopefully the end results are worth it. Here’s one of the best tips […]
  • 7 Tips for Achieving Your Goals in College or University
    It’s not too late to achieve your goals in college, even if you’re in your last semester. These tips for achieving your goals in college or university will help you succeed – whether you want to improve your grades or find a new club to join! Before the tips, a quip: “Give me a stock […]
  • Need a Good Costume? Throw a Halloween Costume Exchange Party
    A Halloween costume exchange party is one of the least expensive ways to find the perfect costume for you, your kids, and even your pets! It’s also a fantastic way to get rid of your clothes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s…and it’s eco-friendly. First, here’s a funny Halloween quip: “Halloween was confusing,” said Rita […]
  • How to Save, Invest, and Earn More Money
    These articles include everything from tips on saving money to how to earn more money, and feature a financial expert’s best ways to invest money. Before the tips, a quip: “The rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you.” – Katherine Whitehorn. I make this […]
  • How to Stop Procrastinating – 5 Tips for College Students
    You know procrastination makes everything worse, yet you can’t stop. Here’s how to stop procrastinating – these tips for college students will help you get a grip on your assignments and schedule. In Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy provides the 21 most effective […]
  • 20 Best Horror Movies of All Time – From Saw to Young Frankenstein
    The newest, most popular horror movie kicks off this list of the 20 best horror movies of all time. Whether you want to get scared for Halloween or your birthday, this list of horrific movies will help you choose what to watch. I’ve included classics (The Exorcist), mysteries (Sixth Sense), scary chick flicks (The Witches of […]
  • Halloween Ideas, Props, and Activities for October 31
    Need some scary and fun Halloween ideas? Here are several props, activities, and stuff for October 31 – from Jack O’Lanterns to scary skeleton decorations! Before the tips, a quip: “Open a Halloween savings account early, so you have lots of cash to spend on the latest cool Halloween items,” say the creators of the […]
  • 5 More Tips for Saving Money on Medical Care Costs
    This is the second half of a list of ways to save money on medical care, here on Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals. The first article is called “5 Tips for Saving Money on Medical Costs”; all the tips are from Ethan Ewing of Before the tips, a quip: “The only way […]
  • 5 Tips for Saving Money on Medical Care
    The only thing worse than being sick is spending money you don’t have on your health! Here are five tips for saving money on medical care costs, from one of my favorite financial experts: Ethan Ewing of Before the tips, a quip: “They claim red meat is bad for you…but I never saw a […]
  • How to Stop Criticizing Yourself
    Is your inner critic stopping you from living fully, taking healthy risks, believing in yourself? These ways to stop criticizing yourself are from transformational coach Gini Grey. Her tips range from acknowledging your inner critic to centering within yourself. In The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions, Christopher K. Germer teaches […]
  • How to Create Extra Income – Making Money With Passive Earnings
    Learn how to create extra income, with these tips for making money with passive income. Here, a financial expert and author describes seven steps to creating extra income without doing a lot of extra work. Brandon Wilkins is the author of Getting Rich is Simple…But It Ain’t Easy. “My favorite form of passive income would have to be rental […]
  • Tips for Kids, Their Allowance, and Going Back to School
    Should kids spend their allowances or any money they earn (or are given) for back to school costs? These tips for kids, their allowance, and going back to school are from Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave. Before her tips, a quip: “By giving kids an allowance, you teach that child to work for money rather […]
  • Why Food Makes You Feel Happy
    Registered Dietitian Crystal MacGregor explains why food makes you feel happy – including why sick people crave chicken noodle soup, why emotional eaters are hooked on certain foods, and why people love comfort food. “Different types of food makes men and women feel happy in different ways,” says MacGregor. “Women preferred snack-related foods such as […]
  • How to Help When Your Boyfriend is Depressed
    How do you help a boyfriend who is depressed? How do you act, and what should you say? These tips are for girlfriends who aren’t sure how to cope with depression in their relationships. If you think (or know) your boyfriend is depressed, read Is He Depressed or What? What to Do When the Man You Love […]
  • Halloween Theme Party Ideas – 5 Themes to Choose From
    Don’t know what type of theme party to throw this Halloween? Here are five theme party ideas to choose from – they’re from a professional event planner, and they’ll kick your Halloween party up a notch! Before the party tips, here’s a quip for your Halloween invitation: “Calling all Goblins, Ghosts, and Freaks of the night!!! Creep, float or […]
  • 10 Natural Beauty Tips From the Makeover Experts
    If you’re looking for natural beauty tips, don’t skip over these suggestions from the makeover experts at Makeover Media. You don’t need cosmetic surgery or skinny jeans to be attractive! “Nature says to a woman: ‘Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected, that is essential.’” ~ Pierre Beaumarchais. It […]
  • Solving College Problems – 8 Tips for Staying Healthy at College
    Problems for university or college students can range from financial debt to relationship issues. These tips for staying healthy at college don’t cover every possible scenario, but they will help you avoid the flu, the H1N1 virus, and even feelings of depression and anxiety! The healthier you are, the better your college experience will be — […]
  • Credit Card Fees – Best Ways to Save Money on Credit Cards
    Paying credit card fees is a waste of money! Learn the best ways to save money on credit cards such as Visa and American Express. Here are seven types of credit card fees and how to avoid them. “Studies show that people spend more when paying with a credit card than with cash, so they […]
  • Manage Medical Debt – 5 Ways to Pay Health Care Costs
    Are you drowning in debt because of medical bills? Here are five ways to manage medical debt and pay your health care costs, from financial planning enthusiast and writer Clark Chambers. “In the ongoing recession, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills and mortgage,” says Chambers. “Expensive medical bills go unpaid because they take a backseat […]
  • Men’s Halloween Costumes – From Bob Marley to Mad Hatter
    These 10 men’s Halloween costumes you can make at home include Bob Marley and Mad Hatter. Good costumes for men who don’t have time to make an elaborate costume. In the photo is my husband Bruce in Jamaica, “dressed up” as Bob Marley. How’s that for a men’s homemade Halloween costume idea? You can’t really tell […]
  • Men’s Halloween Costumes – Pirates, Vampires, Superheros
    These men’s Halloween costumes include pirates, vampires, and superheros. Men’s Halloween costumes can be quick and easy to pull together, especially with this list and description of hundreds of costumes for October 31. Before the tips, a quip: “I see my face in the mirror and go, ‘I’m a Halloween costume? That’s what they think of me?’” […]
  • Money Saving Tips for Kids Going Back to School
    Going back to school doesn’t have to be expensive! These money saving tips for kids going back to school are from Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave – a unique kids’ saving program that puts kids in charge of their money. Before her tips, a quip: “Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be […]
  • How to Stop Cheating on Your Spouse
    Yes, you can stop cheating on your spouse! It’s time to choose to start moving into the freedom that faithfulness and honesty will bring you. “When he’s late for dinner, I know he’s either having an affair or lying dead in the street. I always hope it’s the street.” ~ Jessica Tandy. These tips will help you […]
  • The Benefits of Taking Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Oils
    Knowing the benefits of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids will help you stick to a fishy diet. Here’s a quick summary of how DHA-3 fatty acids and fish oil affects your brain health. I recently wrote an article for Health magazine about keeping your brain healthy as you age – it’s scheduled for the September issue. Because […]
  • Creative Halloween Decorations for Parties on October 31
    Searching for creative Halloween decorations for parties on October 31? Look no further! Here are several ideas for Halloween parties, plus a list of homemade decorations. Before the tips, a quip: “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of […]
  • 13 Homemade Halloween Costumes for Couples
    Here’s a list of homemade Halloween costume ideas for couples, plus links to Halloween accessories and ideas on Amazon. If you need couples Halloween costumes on October 31, look no further. You don’t need to be crafty or creative to make a costume for two! Bruce and I went to a Goth Halloween Party a […]
  • Easy to Make Halloween Costumes for Non-Crafty People
    From Mona Lisa to an outlaw, these easy to make Halloween costumes are perfect for people who don’t like crafts! Finding costume ideas you can make at home is one of the best parts of Halloween. These costumes are for women and girls. If you need to make a Halloween costume for a man or […]
  • 6 Ways to Help Family With Money Problems
    A reader asked for advice on helping family with money problems. These tips will help your family deal with debt and other financial problems – without lending money. Lending money to loved ones is risky and doesn’t always end well, which is why it’s better to find other ways to help family with money problems! If you’re […]
  • Overcoming Financial Ruin – How to Succeed After Bankruptcy
    Declaring bankruptcy will give you a fresh start and allow you to start pursuing your financial goals in a new way. These four ways to overcome financial ruin are from prosperity adviser and author Paula Langguth Ryan; her tips will set you on the road to recovery and help you achieve your financial goals. One of […]
  • Where Should I Invest Money – Real Estate or the Stock Market?
    If you’re lucky and have extra money to invest, here’s help for deciding if you should invest in real estate or the stock market. These tips for creating financial abundance are from Travis Freeman. Before his tips, a quip: “October:  This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks,” said Mark Twain. “The […]
  • What is an Emotional Affair? Cheating in Your Heart
    There’s a world of difference between emotional affairs and friendship. An emotional affair can ruin your marriage. These signs of “cheating in your heart” are from Dr Phil McGraw. If you think emotional cheating is a problem in your marriage (ie, your spouse has a close friend of the opposite sex), read The Emotional Affair: How […]
  • What to Do With a Bad 401K – From Performance to Fees
    Is the 401K that your company offers bad? What happens to your 401K if you change jobs? These retirement tips are from financial expert Rick Rodgers. Before the tips, a quip: “Retirement is wonderful,” said Gene Perret. “It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught.” Retirement – and doing nothing – is even more wonderful […]
  • How to Cope With Guilt After Your Cat or Dog Dies
    How do you stop feeling guilty after your dog or cat dies? Many pet owners experience extreme guilt even when they didn’t cause their pet’s death. If you’re struggling with grief and guilt because of the circumstances surrounding your dog or cat’s death, read Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet. […]
  • Help Figuring Out Your Finances for Widows
    If you need help figuring out your finances because you’re a widow, these three tips and five common money personalities will help.  Figuring out your financial situation after a spouse dies is difficult — and may be the last thing you want to deal with! But, it has to be done. Here’s what money expert Pam Stearns says about […]
  • Help Buying a New House – 10 Tips for First Time Home Owners
    If you’re buying a new house or condo, these ten tips for first time homebuyers are a must-read! They’ll help you figure out mortgage rates, interest payments, credit scores, financial budgets, and insurance costs… Before the tips, a quip: “One only needs two tools in life,” said G.M. Weilacher. “WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.” […]
  • 4 Ways to Rebuild Your Finances After Bankruptcy
    If you’ve survived a major losses, here are four ways to rebuild your finances after going bankrupt or losing everything you own. You’re not alone if you’ve lost money – many of us are struggling to rebuild our savings or recoup investment losses! These financial tips are from prosperity advisor and author Paula Langguth Ryan. […]
  • Quick Tips for Your 401K – Withdrawing Funds and Paying Taxes
    These 401K tips focus on withdrawing funds, taking loans, and paying taxes on your 401K after you retire (or before you retire, if you need to cash your 401K early!). Financial planner Rick Rodgers cautions investors to think twice before breaking into established 401K plans… Before his 401K tips, a quip: “When a man retires and […]
  • How to Be Happy After Splitting Up With Your Boyfriend
    If you think you’ll never be happy after splitting up with your boyfriend, you’re wrong. You will laugh and open your heart again! But first, you need to get over him. These tips on how to be happy after splitting up with your boyfriend range from not taking revenge to empowering yourself by taking control […]
  • How to Handle the Finances After Your Husband Dies
    If you’re a widow left to handle the finances after your husband dies, you may feel overwhelmed and frightened. Many women don’t know how their husbands manage the money, household bills, and other financial tasks. Here, money expert Pam Stearns describes how to understand and handle your finances… “It’s very common for women to feel both […]
  • Hiking Information – 10 Things to Pack for a Hiking Trip or Mountain Vacation
    You don’t need hiking poles for a hiking vacation in the mountains, but they can make your hike easier. Here are ten things to pack for a hiking trip or mountain vacation — plus an explanation of why hiking poles are helpful. Before the tips, a quip: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace […]
  • How Decluttering Your Home Decreases Financial Debt
    These tips for eliminating clutter will help you achieve your financial goals – because decluttering your home decreases financial debt. Here’s what prosperity advisor Paula Langguth Ryan, author of Bounce Back From Bankruptcy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Back on Your Financial Feet, says about financial debt and a cluttered home… Before her tips, a quip: […]
  • Bad Credit Report? How to Raise Your Credit Score
    Don’t fret if you got a bad credit report – change it! Here’s how to raise your credit score and stop it from destroying your applications for your credit cards, mortgage loans, and more. “Your credit score not only affects your interest rates on a mortgage or auto loan, but credit reports also might be viewed by […]
  • How Good Debt Helps You Achieve Your Financial Goals
    Knowing what good debt is, how to get into good debt, and how to manage various aspects of good debt will help you invest wisely, save money, and pay off your bad debt. To achieve your financial goals, you need to get into good debt and avoid bad debt — which is what financial expert Charles Sizemore explains here. “Debt is not […]
  • How to Diversify Your Investment Portfolio – Tips for Newbies
    Knowing how to diversify your investment portfolio is the first step to financial security – and even wealth! A financial expert, Mark J. Aubry, explains what diversifying your portfolio means, and shares three investment tips. Before the tips, a quip: “Diversification is the closest thing to a free lunch.  You might as well eat a lot […]
  • How to Get Enough Money to Retire in 10 Years
    If you’re retiring in ten years or less, you need to have enough money – and these 10 tips will get you there. Before the tips, a quip: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese saying. Don’t worry if you didn’t start planning for […]
  • How to Avoid Rebound Love and Start Fresh
    Are you worried about falling in love for the wrong reasons? These tips will help you avoid rebound love and start a healthy relationship with someone new. “When you’re on the rebound, your new relationship isn’t about itself,” writes J.M. Kearns in Better Love Next Time: How the Relationship that Didn’t Last Can Lead You to the […]
  • How Compound Interest and Simple Interest Rates Work
    This simple, easy comparison of compound versus simple interest rates includes two tips for maximizing the benefits of compound interest. Financial expert and author Adam Goodman also describes two surprising facts about compound interest… Before the tips, a quip: “Many of the biggest and most far-reaching investments we make in our lives are investments that […]
  • Reasons You Can’t Stick to Your Budget, Plus Budgeting Tips
    Don’t know why you can’t stick to your budget? Here are the most common reasons people break their budgets, plus budgeting tips from financial expert Harrine Freeman. Before her tips, a quip: “A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.” – William Feather. One way to stick to […]
  • Money Mistakes Women Make – 3 Tips for Fixing Financial Blunders
    Women make different money mistakes than men; these money management tips for women will help you get a handle on your personal finances. These tips for fixing financial blunders are from Lisa Caputo, Founder, Chairman and CEO and Linda Descano, CFA, President and COO of Women & Co. “Research shows that women are taking on a larger role in financial decision making, functioning […]
  • How to Take a Buyout From Your Company – Tips for Negotiation
    What do you do if your company offers a buyout? These tips for negotiation are from finance expert Charlene McNary, who who took a buyout from Chrysler. Not only does she describe how to take a buyout, she explains how to deal with increased income tax levels and what to do after your buyout is signed, sealed, and delivered. “Depending on the […]
  • Why Do You Need Life Insurance? 3 Tips for Buying Life Insurance
    Here are two reasons you need life insurance and three tips for buying the right type of life insurance. There’s no need to be confused about riders, captive agents, or the difference between temporary and permanent life insurance! These tips for buying life insurance are from finance professional Ryan Pinney, of “Life insurance is one of the […]
  • How to Get a Small Business Loan
    Getting a loan for your small business may be the first step to making money from your home-based business!  These tips for small business banking are from finance and banking expert Michael J. Harris of Aperture Capital. “Know not only your banker, but also a few other members of the local office, including the Regional Vice President,” says Harris. […]
  • How to Succeed After High School – Survival Secrets for College Students
    These secrets for college survival are from psychologist Lauren Saler, who focuses on how to achieve academic and social success after high school. Her tips for college students will make the transition from high school to college successful and enjoyable! Before the tips, a quip: “A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”  ~ W.H. Auden Here’s a […]
  • Sending Your Kid to College – Tips for Surviving College for Parents of Freshmen
    If nervous about sending your child off to college, check out these tips for surviving college for parents of freshmen! They’re from a psychologist who specializes in helping new students adjust to school and achieve their college goals. These tips will help parents establish a healthy balance between being involved and supportive — but not too involved. […]
  • Short-Term Versus Long-Term Investments – The Pros and Cons
    Making money on financial investments is challenging for even the most savvy investors! A finance expert explains the pros and cons of short-term versus long-term financial investments. “If you want to earn high returns, be prepared to suffer grievous losses from time to time,” says William Bernstein, author of The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for […]
  • How to Fix Mistakes on Your Credit Card Bill
    Were you charged for an item on your Visa or MasterCard that you didn’t purchase? Here’s how to fix a mistake on your credit card bill and ensure you don’t have to pay for stuff you didn’t buy! “Always review credit card statements carefully,” says Ethan Ewing, president of “Be sure you recognize every […]
  • 5 Types of Divorce – How to Get Divorced Without Money Problems
    Choosing the right type of divorce can help divorcing couples avoid money problems. These five divorce options will help separated or divorcing couples prepare financially and emotionally to end their marriage. “Divorce can be very costly, depending on the method it’s done,” says certified divorce financial analyst Lisa Decker. “There are several options for divorce settlement available, some of which […]
  • Solving Problems With Your Stepchildren – 5 Ways to Bond
    Creating good relationships and connecting with your stepchildren can be tough, but there are ways to solve step parenting problems! These tips for connecting with stepchildren are based on insights from a psychologist and a parenting specialist. Before the tips, a quip: “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths,” said Mark Twain. “No man […]
  • Investment Tips – How to Bounce Back From a Bad Financial Investment
    Bad financial investments are part of investing money and achieving financial goals – and so is bouncing back from bad investments! These investment tips are from financial planner Laura Mattia, who describes when you should sell a bad investment and how to overcome a financial decision you regret. “Since making my own bad investment decision, I have […]
  • Money Tips and Savings Accounts for Teenagers
    The teenage years are the ideal time to learn money tips, such as the different types of savings accounts! Here, Jill Russo Foster describes emergency funds, compound interest, and the importance of paying yourself first. Before her tips, a quip: “If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance.”  ~ Al Bernstein […]
  • When Your Introverted Personality Traits Make You Unhappy
    If your introverted personality is causing problems at work or home, you need to learn what the problem trait is. Then, you can decide if you need to “fix” it or accept yourself the way you are. “I’m an introvert at heart,” said Hollywood movie star Roy Rogers. “And show business – even though I’ve […]
  • 3 Steps to Improving Your Relationship With Money
    If you want to achieve your financial goals, you have to have a good relationship with money! Here’s how wealth coach Belinda Fuchs defines it, including specific steps to improving your relationship with money. “People who have a poor relationship to money feel poor no matter how much money they have in the bank,” says […]
  • 7 Money Management Tips for Teens
    These money management tips for teenagers are from Randy Loren – a financial advisor, author, and speaker who specializes in teaching teens about budgets, investing, and saving money. “As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you are happy to hear that the phone is for you.” – Fran Lebowitz. […]
  • How Do You Talk to Your Children About Cancer?
    These tips will help parents tell kids about a cancer diagnosis. Knowing how to talk to your children about cancer may be one of the the most difficult parts of being diagnosed. When my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, her first thought how she’d tell her family members. These suggestions for talking to kids […]
  • Investment Tips for Women – How to Take Charge of Your Money
    These investment tips for women will help you take charge of your money and manage financial stress. They’re from financial advisor Barbara King, who also explains why many women aren’t eager to deal with personal finance. Before her tips, a quip: “We [wealthy people, wise investors] simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be […]
  • Got Marriage and Money Problems? Advice From a Money Expert
    If you’re struggling with marriage and money problems, take a peek at this advice from a money expert. Carla Morelli is the founder of a money management firm; here, she describes how marriage and money problems can be resolved. “Many married couples are reluctant to talk about money – whether it’s one partner in the […]
  • 3 Ways to Build Enough Confidence to Date Wealthy Men
    These tips for dating wealthy men aren’t superficial – they’re about increasing your self-confidence and cultivating your independence as a woman. “Like with anything in life, there are specific steps you can take to boost your self-esteem and walk comfortably in the world of wealth and power,” says author and dating expert Veronica Monet. Here, she […]
  • Fixing Bad Credit Scores – 3 Tips for Rebuilding Your Credit
    Do want to fix your bad credit score? These tips for rebuilding your credit will help you cope with major debt; they’re from Chris Scully, financial expert and president of CarePlus Financial. Before his tips, a quip: “Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.” – Henry […]
  • Keep Your Credit Rating Good – Avoid These Common Credit Card Mistakes
    You want to keep your credit rating good so you can get home mortgage loans and better interest rates! Here’s how to avoid two common mistakes that destroy your credit rating, from Chris Scully, financial expert and president of CarePlus Financial. Before the tips, Scully describes how long it takes to rebuild your credit: “According to the Fair […]
  • 5 Tips For Picking and Investing in Stocks for Smart Investors
    These tips for picking and investing in stocks are from smart investor and author, Praveen Puri. Here, he describes the difference between foolish gambling and wise investing. “Investing in stocks is one of the best ways for people to build wealth over the long term – provided that they approach their investments like a business, […]
  • 10 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Financial Planner
    Here, a financial educator tells you what you need to know before you hire an investment consultant or advisor to plan your financial future. He shares the questions to ask a financial planner, and tells you what to watch for when hiring someone to advise you about your money. “It is important to talk to […]
  • 5 Easy Ways to Get Out of Debt
    These easy ways to get out of debt will help you solve money problems and achieve your financial goals. These tips for creating financial abundance are from money expert Courtney Kostelecky, who teaches regular “Get Completely Out of Debt” seminars. Here’s what he says about debt: “Debt – whether it’s good debt or bad debt – can be […]
  • How to Teach Money Management Skills to Kids
    This info about how to teach money management skills to kids (including kids’ allowance tips) is from Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave – a unique money saving program that puts kids in charge of their money. “The easiest way to teach children about the value of money is to borrow some from them.” – Anonymous. Borrowing money may is […]
  • Tips for Cutting College Costs – Parents of College Students
    Parent of college students, these tips for cutting cutting college costs will help you achieve financial goals (can you say “retirement”?)! These money tips are from financial planner Marc R. Hill. “If you’re the parent of a high school student you may soon be faced with a very tough decision,” says Hill. “Should you continue funding your retirement […]
  • 3 Ways to Use Credit Cards and Get Rid Of Debt
    Using credit cards doesn’t have to mean going into debt; in fact, you can use credit to get rid of debt! These tips for managing credit card accounts – including how to improve your credit score – are from Ken Lin, CEO and Founder of Credit Karma. He also shares two things you might not […]
  • Should You Cancel Your Old Credit Cards? The Pros and Cons
    If you have old credit card accounts (such as a Visa or MasterCard from your college days), you may be wondering if you should cancel them. Here are the pros and cons of canceling old credit card accounts — they’re from Ken Lin, CEO and Founder of Credit Karma. He also reveals two surprising tips about your credit cards… […]
  • Buying Mutual Funds – 3 Tips for Diversifying Your Investment Portfolio
    These tips for buying mutual funds and diversifying your investment portfolio are from financial expert and author Charles Sizemore, of Sizemore Capital Management. He’ll help you avoid the common money mistakes many investors make! Before the tips, here’s a quip about investing your money: “October:  This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in […]
  • 4 Tips for Facing Financial Fears
    Do you – like many people – fear making investments,  managing your money, or teaching your kids about debt or credit card management? These tips for facing financial fears from money expert Tom Duffy will help! First, a quip about money from a financial powerhouse: “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score,” says […]
  • 7 Tips for Creating Financial Abundance for Women
    If you’re a woman who wants to create financial abundance, these tips for debt control will help you create wealth that you’ve only imagined! These success strategies are from financial experts Lisa Caputo, Founder, Chairman and CEO and Linda Descano, CFA, President and COO of Women & Co, a comprehensive financial website for women. Before their tips, a quip: […]
  • If You Want to Retire Early – How to Maximize Money for Retirement
    Retiring early and having enough money to live comfortably is a dream come true for many! These tips for maximizing are from financial planner Rick Rodgers…he also offers a tax tip about social security income that most people aren’t aware of! Before the tips, a quip: “Retirement:  It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you […]
  • How to Get Out of Credit Card Debt When You Can’t Make Minimum Payments
    If you need to know how to get out of credit card debt when you can’t  make the minimum payments on your Visa or MasterCard, don’t panic! These credit card debt tips are from the CEO of; they’ll help you manage your debt. “On your credit card, you want to charge only what you can pay off in full every […]
  • Examples of Passive Income – How to Earn Money on the Side
    These examples of passive income are from a financial expert and author who knows how to earn money on the side. Brandon Wilkins is the author of Getting Rich is Simple…But It Ain’t Easy! Here, he describes how to make money with passive income and multiple streams of income. “The rule is not to talk about […]
  • Breaking Free From Emotional Eating
    These tips will help you learn how to stop overeating, mindless eating, and emotional eating. Dr Talia Witkowski, who once struggled with a food addiction, shares her thoughts on breaking free from emotional eating. For more info on eating disorders, read Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth. She outlines her proven program for resolving the […]
  • Types of Real Estate Investments, Due Diligence, and Financial Risk
    Investing in real estate could be the most profitable way to create financial abundance – especially if you do due diligence and are aware of the risks! Here are several types of real estate investments, as well as a caution about financial risk. Before the tips, a quip from billionaire Warren Buffett: “Why not invest […]
  • 9 Tips for Choosing a Bank for Home-Based Business Owners
    Even if you already own a home-based business, these nine tips for home-based business owners will help you choose a bank. Entrepreneurs, these tips will help you develop a great relationship with your banker… “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” – Bob Hope. Not necessarily, Mr […]
  • How to Cope When He Says He’s Not in Love With You
    You won’t find magic for making the pain disappear when he says “I’m not in love with you anymore”, but you will find comfort and healing in these 10 tips. Take a deep breath, and know you are not alone. I feel your pain, and I know what it’s like when someone says they love […]
  • How to Save Money When You Earn a Teacher’s Salary
    If you have a low-paying job (teacher, social worker, childcare worker) these tips for saving money on a teacher’s salary will help you create abundance. These budgeting tips are from teacher Danny Kofke, author of  How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary. You may not earn a huge salary as a teacher because it’s definitely […]
  • 7 Money Saving Tips for Extroverted Personalities (Party Animals!)
    Extroverts love to party – and are less likely to save money than introverts. These money saving tips for extroverted personality types will help them save more money, spend less money, and still enjoy life! Before the tips, a quip: “A quiet personality sure isn’t what you need to attract attention,” said Bill Budge. Nope […]
  • How to Use Your Graduation Gifts to Pay Student Loan Debt
    If you’re graduating from university or college, you may get a few cash graduation gifts. These tips for using your graduation gifts to pay down your student loan may seem boring, but I can almost guarantee that you’ll never regret being debt free… “Putting graduation gifts to good use helps start your independent financial life on the right […]
  • 4 Types of Good Debt That Create Financial Abundance
    These four types of good debt (student loans, home mortgages, medical bills, and business debt) can help you create financial abundance! Bad debt that brings money problems; good debt can help you achieve your financial goals. First, a quip about debt: “One of the greatest disservices you can do to a man is to lend him money that he can’t pay […]
  • Are Sunless Tanners Safe? The Best Tanning Lotions and Gels
    A dermatologist tackles the “Are sunless tanners safe?” question, and describes the best tanning lotions and gels. Self-tanning is not only safe and effective, it can keep you from burning your skin to a crisp in the sun! Self-tanners can help prevent skin cancer (by reducing your time spent in the sun), keep your skin wrinkle-free, and reduce age […]
  • How to Lend Money to Family Members Without Getting Burned
    Here are five things to do before you lend money to a family member, friend, or coworker. These tips will help you avoid the pain of loaning money to people you care about. Be careful about loaning money to family, because money is the root of many family problems. Lending family money can be helpful […]
  • Signs of Emotional Problems, Plus 3 Steps to Emotional Freedom
    Not all emotional problems are easy to recognize, especially since different people experience different emotional health issues in different ways! These signs of emotional or mental health issues include three steps to emotional freedom, plus links to Judith Orloff’s books on emotional healing. “Feelings are like waves: we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one […]
  • Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Vacation
    Don’t let money stop you from enjoying your summer holidays! These tips will help you enjoy summer without spending a lot of cash – and I’ve included a few tips for breaking the summer boredom blues. Before the tips, a quip: “You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a vacation….enjoy the […]
  • 7 Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland or Disneyworld
    Don’t let financial stress wreck your summer plans! These tips for saving money at Disneyland or Disneyworld will help you enjoy a getaway without blowing your long-term financial goals. Before the tips, a quip from the creator of Mickey Mouse himself: “Disneyland is a work of love,” said Walt Disney. “We didn’t go into Disneyland […]
  • 7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries
    Want to save money on groceries? These money saving tips for the kitchen will cut your restaurant and grocery stores costs in half…and you may even drop a few pounds while you’re at it. Before the tips, a quip: “I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.” ~ Joe Louis. Cooking with wine isn’t a […]
  • 7 Tips for Spending Less Money at the Grocery Store
    These tips for saving money by spending less at the grocery store will keep you healthy – and help with weight loss, too! You’d be surprised at how the little things add up to cost you a lot of money… Before the tips, a quip: “A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will […]
  • Solving Financial Problems – How to Pay Off Debts Fast
    Finding solutions to your money problems often involves paying off debt fast! These six tips for paying off your debt are from an expert who specializes in creating financial abundance. Before the tips, a quip: “Credit buying is much like being drunk,” says Joyce Brothers. “The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift….The hangover comes the day […]
  • How to Keep Your Job Secure – 8 Tips for Getting Ahead at Work
    How do you keep your job secure in an unstable economy? If you’re worried about losing your job, these long-term career tips for getting ahead at work may help. “In the face of rising unemployment, the best thing workers can do is be financially and professionally prepared for possible job loss,” says Ethan Ewing, president of If […]
  • Borrowing Money to Invest – 4 Tips for Achieving Financial Goals
    Borrowing money to invest in stocks or bonds (leverage) can be a secure, effective way to achieve your financial goals. These four money tips are from a financial expert and author… “The most conservative of professions – the government employee or the tenured professor – which the attract the most risk averse among us, are ideally […]
  • How to Cope With Children Who Are Energy Vampires
    Do you feel drained and tired after spending small amounts of time with your child? These ideas for dealing with kids who deplete your energy will help you cope… Instead of focusing on the “energy vampire” label for your child, read Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley. Learn The […]
  • Easy Office Workout Tips – 9 Tips for Getting Fit at Work!
    These office workout tips will help you get fit at work. Staying fit will become easier with these fitness and exercise tips! Achieve your weight loss goals with these tips from Jay Cardiello, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.  will keep your blood flowing and muscles strong, even if you’re stuck at a desk all […]
  • How to Overcome Perfectionism
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  • 10 Quips and Tips for Mother’s Day
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  • 7 Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt
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  • 8 Tips for Filing and Paying Income Taxes
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  • 5 Tips for Attracting More Money Into Your Life
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  • Best Ways to Work Out With Pilates Fitness DVDs
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  • 7 Unusual Ways to Save Money – Tips for Spending Less Cash
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  • 7 Important Tools for Personal Growth and Self-Development
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  • 9 Ways to Be More Assertive
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  • How to Break Up With Someone You Care About
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  • How to Get Out of Credit Card Debt – 10 Tips for Paying Off Your Visa
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  • 5 Easy, Effective Tips to Shed Pounds for Good
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  • How to Sleep When Your Partner Snores
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  • 4 Ways to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
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  • 6 Tips to Make Buying a House Easier
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  • 3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles to Your Goals
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  • How to Practice Yoga Without Getting Hurt
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  • 6 Steps to Filing for Bankruptcy and Protecting Your Financial Future
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  • The Best Anti Aging Tips to Help You Feel Good and Look Better
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  • Solve Your Money Troubles – 6 Tips for Dealing With Debt
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  • 6 Money Saving Tips for Weddings – Bridal Bargains to Spend Less Money
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  • Packing and Travel Tips for a Trip to Kenya, East Africa
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  • 7 Ways to Save Money When You Refinance Your Mortgage
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  • 11 Tips for Preventing Identity Theft
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  • How to Enhance Your Natural Beauty – 4 Fun, Easy Tips
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  • Save Money on Home Heating – 7 Ways to Lower Your Winter Heat Costs
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  • The Mediterranean Diet – The Healthiest Way to Lose Weight
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  • 10 Best Ways to Save Money and Build an Emergency Fund
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  • 5 Successful Dating Tips for Men and Women
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  • 8 Tips for Great Dating for Single Men and Women
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  • How to Be a Good Husband to Your Wife
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  • 9 Online Dating Tips for Singles 
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  • 4 Tips for Using Credit Cards Without Going Into Debt
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  • 5 Best Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
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  • 10 Steps to Creating an Action Plan and Achieving Your Goals
    Here are 10 steps for creating an action plan – because a plan is the best way to get what you want out of life. Are you hoping for a job promotion, more money, or a new house? Create an action plan. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” ~ Babe Ruth. […]
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    These diet tips for weight loss are from a dietitian and author. Here, Amy Hendel shares her best tips for losing weight, including info about the Mediterranean Diet, emotional eating, and healthy lifestyle plans. “I think the core elements of the Mediterranean diet are the best solution to long term health and weight loss,” says Amy Hendel is […]
  • What Your Favorite Dog Breed Reveals About Your Personality
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  • 7 Tips for Buying Women’s Walking Shoes Online
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  • 5 Ways to Set and Achieve Goals at Work
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  • The Pros and Cons of Bootcamp Workouts and Dance Fitness
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  • 5 Tips for Asking for a Raise
    Negotiating a raise will help you achieve your career goals, and possibly improve your boss’s perception of you! These tips on successfully asking for a raise can also help you figure out your own job performance. “A lot of women have difficulty asking for raises,” writes Jennifer Barrett in The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making […]
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  • How to Get a Promotion at Work – 7 Ways to Work Your Way Up
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  • The Zone Perfect Diet – Weight Loss Tips From Dr Barry Sears
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  • 14 Health and Fitness Tips From a Personal Trainer
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  • 6 Ways to Save Money on Fitness and Weight Loss Equipment
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  • 7 Tips for Setting Goals for People Who Hate Goal-Setting
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  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money When You Earn $500 a Week
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  • How Your Period Affects Your Libido and Mood
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  • Signs and Treatments of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
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  • Dealing With Grief at Christmas – 5 Tips From a Baby Boomer
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  • How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
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  • 10 Tips for Beauty from the Inside Out
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  • How to Make Midlife Changes in Your 40s and Beyond
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  • 10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work
    Do you keep setting the same goals year after year? It’s time to change. These ten reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t work are from Laura Berman Fortgang, life coach and author of Living Your Best Life. “New Year’s Resolutions don’t work even though you set them year after year,” says Fortgang. “In fact, 23% of us break […]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Green
    A green home can help you stay healthy! These easy ways to make your home eco-friendly are from Debbie Wiener, interior designer and author of Slob Proof! Real-Life Design Solutions. Her green tips can have a direct affect on your mood and disposition: “If you suffer from seasonal mood disorders including stress, anxiety or depression, bring full spectrum light […]
  • 10 Ways to Save Money at Christmas – Holiday Gift Shopping Tips
    These ways to save money at Christmas will reduce holiday stress. Use these holiday gift shopping tips to make your loved ones happy without spending a lot of money. Don’t let expensive Christmas presents set you back thousands of dollars — that’s bad for your budget goals and your health. Before the money saving tips, a quip: “Money, if it does […]
  • 5 Tips for Building a Healthy Body Image
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  • Romantic Holiday Gift Ideas for Christmas for Him or Her
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  • A Dietician’s 5 Tips for Losing Stomach Fat
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  • How the Miami Mediterranean Diet Works
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  • 8 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Caregiving
    These caregiver support tips will help both family members and hired caregivers cope with stress. These eight ways to cope with caregiver stress are from a caregiving expert and author of a book about asking for help (which decreases caregiver stress!). “Do you find it hard to ask for help? Do you do everything yourself?” asks Peggy Collins, a […]
  • Seasonal Depression Disorder – Natural Remedies for SAD
    Seasonal depression disorder is aka seasonal affective disorder, SAD, or the winter blues (in non-extreme cases). These natural remedies for SAD or seasonal depression disorder are from Dr George Pratt. “There are many causes of seasonal depression, such as grieving the loss of a loved one, a cherished home or possessions, or a relationship,” says Dr […]
  • How to Improve Your Marriage – 7 Tips From a Relationship Coach
    Learning how to improve your marriage can be as simple as ignoring the Golden Rule. These tips are from relationship coach Karen Card, author of How to Get More Love – 40 Tips to Make Love Work. Before her tips, a quip: “Infatuation is when you think he’s as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as […]
  • Tips for Achieving Weight Loss Goals
    These tips for achieving weight loss goals will help you slim down and keep the weight off! Amy Hendel is a health expert and author of Fat Families, Thin Families. Here, she shares how people lose weight for good, with success strategies from real people. First, a great quotation from actress Valerie Bertinelli: “I’ve come to the realization […]
  • What to Do Before Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner
    If you’re wondering what to do before cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner, here are six decisions to make. These holiday tips will make your holiday meal easy and delicious, reduce your stress level, and help you get organized for Thanksgiving! Before the tips, a quip: “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of […]
  • 11 Conflict Resolution Tips for a Healthy Marriage
    Successful marriage conflict resolution is about fighting fair in marriage, which is what these tips are all about. Resolving conflict involves disagreeing and discussing in healthy, constructive ways. These conflict resolution tips in this article are from marriage and family therapist Heather McKechnie. “All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the […]
  • 10 Tips for Singles Who Are Nervous About Dating
    If you’re single and nervous about dating (or you hate dating), you’ll find at least one way to enjoy “date night” in these tips! They’re from psychologist and author Paulette Kouffman Sherman, PhD. “My boyfriend used to ask his mother, ‘How can I find the right woman for me?’ and she would answer, ‘Don’t worry about finding […]
  • What to Look for When Dating – 7 Tips for Successful Dates
    What do you look for when you’re dating? These tips for successful dates are from a relationship coach who helps couples strengthen their romantic relationships. Mary Jo Fay, author of The Seven Secrets of Love: Unlocking the Mysteries Behind Truly Great Relationships and creator of the Signal 4 Singles Program, shares her tips for great dating here… Before the […]
  • What is the Atkins Diet Plan? One Way to Achieve Weight Loss Goals
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  • Best Weight Loss Tips at Christmas – 7 Low Fat Dinner Ideas
    The best weight loss tips at Christmas are those that make food delicious, filling, and gorgeous! These low fat dinner ideas are from dietitians and health writers, and include mouth-watering turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. You can enjoy these foods at Christmas dinner without gaining weight. In fact, these tips could actually help you lose […]
  • How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business
    How do you turn your hobby into a career? Here’s how five female entrepreneurs did it – they went from hobbyist to small business owner. If you want to start selling your craft, service, or project, these tips will help you create, produce, and venture out into your own business! “You can’t force a Wildly Improbably Goal […]
  • Tips for Choosing a Name for Your Baby
    These tips for choosing a baby name will make one of your first jobs as a parent less frustrating and time consuming! These baby-naming tips are based on a formula from The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book. “Many parents have come to us over the years completely confused, not knowing where to start in finding a name for their baby,” […]
  • 5 Ways You Can Help a Friend Who is Grieving
    Some friends need practical help when a loved one dies; others need a shoulder to cry on. Knowing how to help a grieving friend cope with death, loss, or major life problems is an important part of friendship. A Water Bell Fountain is a creative alternative to a bouquet of flowers as a sympathy gift. It’s a beautiful […]
  • 10 Tips for a Lifetime of Love and Happiness With Your Partner
    Creating a lifetime of love and happiness with your spouse or partner is alot less difficult with these tips! Here, Dr Sue Johnson — author of Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love — focuses on building strong marriages, based her work with emotionally focused therapy (EFT). “You think love is illogical, random and mysterious, […]
  • Exercise Health Benefits – 10 Reasons Why Working Out is Good for You
    I’m a writer who works out at home almost every day, and I often write about the health benefits of exercise. Here are ten reasons why working out at home or in the gym is so good for you. These tips will keep you motivated to achieve your health and fitness goals! Before the tips, a quip: “I don’t really need buns of […]
  • Accepting Your Body Shape and Size – Say “This Is Who I Am”
    Here’s how to accept your body shape and size by saying “this is who I am” – and meaning it! These tips for accepting your body are from photographer Rosanne Olson’s 54 women in her book, this is who I am. In this book, Olson included each woman’s thoughts about her body, appearance, and a negative body image. Here’s […]
  • 3 Creative Ways to Relieve Stress and Relax
    Check out these fun, creative stress busters – because finding the most unusual ways to relax is the best way to deal with everyday stressors. Here are two ways to bust stress to start: wear an eye patch when you’re feeling irritable, and get out your hula hoop! Both will lower your blood pressure and help you […]
  • How to Reduce Stress at Christmas for Kids
    These tips for reducing stress at Christmas for kids will help ensure a positive experience for the whole family. Stressed children at Christmas can not only ruin the holidays for them – it can affect the whole family. Plus, the after effects of holiday stress can for weeks after after all the gifts are unwrapped and the […]
  • Volunteer Work at Christmas – 6 Tips for Giving Time During the Holiday Season
    These tips for volunteering with a charity or nonprofit organization will help you organize your ideas for volunteer work at Christmas. Giving time during the holiday season can improve your physical and emotional health — make you grateful for all you have. And of course it’s a great way to help your community! Before the tips, a quip: “Kindness is the […]
  • Easy Thanksgiving Day Dinner – 9 Tips for Holiday Meals
    Enjoy an easy Thanksgiving Day dinner with these tips for holiday meals! Here are nine ways to make Thanksgiving easy, based on my years of experience cooking for family and friends… Before the tips, a quip: “How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age,” said Sir John Templeton. “Thanksgiving […]
  • Top 10 Hollywood Movies About Strong Women
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  • 10 Games, Foods, and Products for Burning Fat and Losing Weight
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  • How to Cope With Your Pet’s Death – A Veterinarian’s Help
    Two veterinarians describe how they coped with their pets’ death; their words of wisdom may help you say good-bye, grieve, and heal after your pet dies. “Death…is not more than passing from one room into another,” said Helen Keller. “But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room, I shall be able […]
  • Scary Halloween Party Decorations – Skeletons, Blood, and Gore
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  • What to Do When Your Dog Dies
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  • 18 Ways to Stay Slim at Christmas
    Instead of using the traditional Thanksgiving feast as a kick-off to a holiday eating frenzy that lasts through the New Year, take Dr Ann Kulze’s advice about staying slim at Christmas. First, a quip from Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea […]
  • How to Roast a Turkey in 7 Easy Steps
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  • Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter
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  • Career Advice for Helicopter Pilots From an Aviation Teacher
    If your career goals include flying a helicopter for a living, check out this interview with aviation teacher and writer Helen Krasner! She offers career advice for helicopter pilots — and she’s the author of The Helicopter Pilot’s Companion. By the way, her book isn’t geared towards female pilots, nor is it just for helicopter pilots. Before her […]
  • Halloween Safety Tips for Children – How to Trick or Treat Safely
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  • Plastic Surgery Addiction – The Inside Scoop From a Surgeon
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  • 7 Tips for Throwing a Spooktacular Halloween Party
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  • How Birth Order Affects Your Relationships, Career, and Life
    Here’s how your birth order (first-born, middle child, youngest) affects your life, relationships, and job. Birth order research shows that certain personality traits are connected to birth order – which can change your goals (and how you achieve them!). Our parents and siblings change how we see ourselves, how we see life, and how we cope with stress. Dr Kevin […]
  • 10 Best Wedding Movies – Romances and Comedies
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  • Natural Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
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  • 10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women
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  • Creative Homemade Female Costumes for Halloween
    These creative homemade female costumes for Halloween are easy to make – you may already have everything you need in your closet, basement, or garage! I’ve collected ideas from real women who’ve actually made and worn these costumes, and they’re much more creative and interesting than those you buy in a store (not that there’s anything […]
  • 13 Tips for a Green Halloween
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  • Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home – Help From an Interior Designer
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  • How to Lose 20 Pounds After You Turn 40
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  • 37 Best Songs for Broken Hearts and Sad Breakups
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  • 10 Unusual Facts About a Man’s Body
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  • Halloween Costumes for Dogs and Cats, Plus Pet Safety Tips
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  • 9 Scary Halloween Movies – From Mummies to Dawn of the Dead
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  • How Food Affects Your Skin’s Appearance
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  • Best Creative Halloween Costumes for Girls and Women
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  • The Truth About Why Married Men Cheat on Their Wives
    Marriage counselor Gary Neuman explains why men cheat – and it’s not because the other woman is more attractive. The best way to prevent husbands from cheating in marriage is to know why they stray from their wives. “[My boyfriend] had slept with a woman that weekend,” says Seattle-based life coach Sarah Cline in Brangelina proves […]
  • How to Get Healthy Skin – Stop Pimples, Acne, and Wrinkles
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  • 10 Tips for Creating Your Own Luck – No Lucky Charm Needed!
    Put away your lucky charms – these tips for creating your own luck will help you achieve whatever goals you set in life. And, you’ll have more fun than simply carrying a lucky charm around! Before the tips, a quip from Lucille Ball: “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and […]
  • 10 Tips for Surviving When Your Relationship Ends
    One of these tips will help you survive the end of your relationship. Try two or more, and you’re almost guaranteed health, wealth, and happiness! If you think you’ll need a buffet of tips, read 3 Powerful Secrets and 75 Tips for Healing Your Heart. I wrote it because I needed to learn how to let […]
  • 7 Steps That Will Bring You Closer to Your Professional Goals
    Whether you want to start your own business, get a college degree, or create multiple income streams — these steps to achieving your professional goals will help you get there. Before the tips, a quip from Canadian Grammy-award winning singer Shania Twain: “I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing […]
  • Your Big Five Personality Traits – From Neuroticism to Extroversion
    Your personality affects every goal you have in life: personal, professional, financial, and even spiritual. Learn how your Big Five Personality Traits (conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, extroversion, and openness) affect your career, relationships, family, and even your health. Before the tips, a quip: “From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from […]
  • 15 Meaningful Ways to Say “I Love You”
    Giving someone you love chocolates and flowers is fine – but even better is finding more meaningful ways to say “I love you” to your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. These 15 ideas for expressing love – these tips are both romantic and practical. You might start with a romantic quotation, such as “I am like […]
  • How Innocent Friendships Turn Into Emotional Cheating
    When an “innocent” friendship causes problems in a love relationship, it’s emotional cheating. This description of emotional cheating includes tips from psychologists and marriage counselors. Emotional cheating can be difficult to wrap your mind around. It’s not a physical affair; it’s a meeting of the mind and heart — which is why it’s called an “affair of […]
  • Love Addiction – 7 Signs of Addictive Relationships
    What is love addiction? These signs of addictive relationships will help if you’re wondering if you’re in an addictive relationship. They’ll help you figure out if you’re in an unhealthy relationship — and if you should leave your partner… Before the tips, a quip: “Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really […]
  • 5 Most Popular Articles About Introverted Personality Traits
    Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, this list of articles about introverts and introverted personality traits will help you understand introversion. Generally, introverts are much more comfortable relating to others one-on-one instead of in large groups. This can be a disadvantage at work, school, or even home because extroverts seem like they’re getting all the attention! Though introverts […]
  • How to be a Successful College Student
    Being a successful college student involves finding the balance between having fun and studying hard. Academic success doesn’t come naturally for all college students; these tips for success will help students recognize the signs of academic and personal struggle. The sooner problems are recognized and solved, the better! College students who don’t cope well with the challenges […]
  • Body Confidence – 10 Ways to Love Your Body the Way It Is
    Increasing your body confidence will make you happier and sexier! These ways to love your body the way it is are inspired by women are confident in their bodies, who have fully accepted their bodies, minds, and selves. If you’re struggling with self-esteem and self-acceptance, read This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes […]
  • 8 Types of Plastic Surgery for Women
    Here’s a summary of eight different types of plastic surgery for women, from tummy tucks to dermabrasion. I’ve also included interesting facts about cosmetic surgery from a doctor. For instance, did you know that in large doses, Botox is a toxin that can cause botulism? That’s from Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health – which […]
  • Tips for Improving Body Image When You Feel Ashamed
    These tips for improving body image are directly from real women, and they’ll help you tap into your natural beauty, no matter how much shame you feel. All these quips and tips are from the book This is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes by Roseanne Olson, and they have the power to […]
  • Are Men Happier Than Women? Research About Male and Female Happiness
    Psychology research shows that men are happier than women — and there are at least five measurable reasons for the differences between male and female happiness levels. If you think your husband is happier than you are, you’re right! “Men come closer to fulfilling their aspirations, are more satisfied with their family lives and financial situations, […]
  • 5 Tips for Letting Go of Someone You Will Always Love
    When you have no choice but to leave a relationship behind, you need to change how you think. These tips for letting go of someone you love will help you find freedom from the past. These tips are inspired by a reader who asked for help detaching and letting go of someone she cares about (her husband), […]
  • 10 Tips for Improving a Bad Relationship
    Yes, you can make a bad relationships better – especially if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in. These tips for fixing relationship problems will help you fall in love all over again! “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the […]
  • Top 10 Foods to Boost Your Immune System
    You don’t need to buy herbal supplements to boost your immune system! Here are the top ten foods that boost immunity, from red cabbage (which I grate on every salad I make) to avocados (guacamole, yum!). Before the tips, a quip: “Mother Nature’s foods and natural medicines are more powerful than any drug in the […]
  • 10 Brain Fitness Tips to Reduce Memory Loss
    These brain fitness tips will fight age-related memory loss and improve overall brain health. Plus, these cognitive exercises are easier — and more fun — than you think! “Men forget everything; women remember everything,” said comedian Rita Rudner. “That’s why men need instant replays in sports. They’ve already forgotten what happened.” The more brain fitness exercises you […]
  • Study Tips for Adult Learners and Mature College Students
    Achieve your goals at school by setting yourself up for success! This help for adult learners and mature students includes tips on improving study skills. Read The Mature Student’s Study Guide by Catherine Dawson. If you’re going back to school after a few years — or a few decades — in the workforce or at home raising […]
  • Baby Boomers See No Benefits of Aging – But There Are Lots!
    Research shows baby boomers do not embrace getting old and see no benefits of aging. But, the secret of healthy aging is to focus on the benefits of getting older. The most thorough research study ever conducted in the United States shows that the older we get, the happier we are. Some say that baby boomers […]
  • 3 Anti-Aging Secrets and One Myth About Supplements and Aging
    These natural anti-aging tips are from recent research, and they can slow the aging process. These tips range from anti-wrinkle lotion (which is from a naturally occuring substance) to running your little heart out… Before the tips, a quip: “Sugar is the worst thing for your skin. Every doughnut, candy bar and soda adds to a toxic […]
  • 14 Tips for Saving Money on Organic Fruit and Vegetables
    Saving money on organic fruit and vegetables is easier with these 14 tips for saving money…trust me, you don’t have to pay extra for natural food! “To qualify for organic certification, farms have to be pesticide-free for three years and must avoid synthetic inputs such as pesticides and antibiotics, as well as the deliberate use of GMOs, […]
  • Increase Your Body Confidence While Reading Women’s Magazines
    These tips for increasing your body confidence will ease the effects of reading women’s magazines — because, ironically, the magazines that are intended to empower and educate women may lead to more health and self-image problems than they solve! Luckily, you don’t have to trash your favorite women’s magazines yet. Your perspective, attitude, and lifestyle packs more punch than all […]
  • How Antioxidants Neutralize Free Radicals – 20 Foods That Slow Aging
    A simple explanation of how antioxidants neutralize free radicals, plus a list of 20 foods that slow aging. Learn why “you are what you eat” is more than a cliche… “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ~ Lucille Ball. How can you live honestly and […]
  • 7 Tips for Reducing Wrinkles and Rashes
    These tips for reducing wrinkles and rashes are from Dr Julia Hunter of Skin Fitness Plus in Beverly Hills, CA. “Your appearance is affected by the internal effects of the foods you eat,” says Dr Hunter. Your diet affects much more than your weight; it affects your skin, hair, and overall appearance! Before her tips, a quip from a […]
  • How to Manage Stress and Depression – Relaxation Techniques
    If you know how to manage stress and depression, you won’t completely eliminate stress from your life — but you will be happier and more peaceful! These coping tips will help you make the best of a bad situation — and they include five ways to turn bad stress into good stress. Before the tips, a quip: “Life is not orderly,” […]
  • 8 Natural Remedies for Depression – No Drugs or Doctors
    These natural remedies for depressed feelings include herbs, supplements, foods, and lifestyle changes. Treating depression naturally depends on the cause of depression. Neuro Clarity #1 All-Natural Brain function booster is a holistic blend of Super Ginkgo Biloba complex with St John’s Wort and Bacopin. It supports mental clarity, focus, memory and more – and it comes with a 100% […]
  • 7 Reasons Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women – Genes to Hormones
    Men lose weight faster than women because of genes, emotional eating, hormones,  estrogen, and comfort foods. These reasons why men shed weight quickly are from a dietician and include healthy weight loss tips for women. “Why is it that a woman only has to look at a decadent dessert to feel the pounds creeping on, […]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Fix Damaged, Frizzy Hair – Plus Myths About Shampoo
    Damaged, frizzy hair is a sign of your overall health – so the first way to get healthier hair is to stop yo-yo dieting. These tips for healthy hair include several myths about shampooing your hair. Before the tips, a quip about plastic surgery from Jamie Lee Curtis: “The fraud is, plastic surgery doesn’t work. […]
  • How to Improve Your Body Image With Positive Thinking – Gratitude Therapy
    Different women improve their body image and self-confidence in different ways; one effective method is positive thinking or an “attitude of gratitude.” Gratitude therapy, a component of positive psychology, goes further than making life more enjoyable and positive. Gratitude therapy can include positive affirmations, which can increase self-acceptance. Here’s my experience as a participant in a gratitude therapy experiment, plus tips […]
  • Natural Ways to Cope With Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms
    These natural, effective ways to cope with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) range from black cohosh to chasteberry herbal remedies. Did you know that severe premenstrual symptoms include anxiety, social withdrawal, and joint pain? Even the “not as bad” premenstrual syndrome symptoms aren’t exactly a walk in the park: crying spells, depression, and acne flare-ups. “Women complain about PMS, but I think of […]
  • How Personality Traits Affect Your Fitness Goals
    Your personality traits affect your fitness goals, which can lead to increased or decreased weight loss. The key to achieving your fitness goals is to find an exercise plan that suits your personality and lifestyle. Here are a few tips on personality traits and fitness goals, plus how to find the exercise plan that works for you. Why is knowing your personality traits so important when […]
  • Anti Aging Tips for Women – How to Look Younger, Feel Great
    These anti-aging tips for women will work for men, too! Here’s how to look younger and feel young again from, Cheryl Forberg, the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Her anti aging tips are simple and effective… “The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in […]
  • 6 Tips for Surviving Stress at Work
    Surviving stress at work is crucial because learning to deal with workplace stress will help you achieve your career and personal goals! These tips for surviving stress at work are effective, easy, and practical. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a […]
  • 5 Ways to Improve Bad Skin
    These five ways to improve bad skin include easy anti-aging foods and skin care regimens to keep your face looking healthy and youthful. By the way, there’s a difference between how your skin looks (extrinsic skin age) and how old your skin really is (intrinsic skin age). To improve bad skin, keep both your extrinsic and your instrinsic skin age young! […]
  • 7 Ways to Avoid Dating Disasters
    These first date ideas will help you avoid disasters, achieve your relationship goals and actually enjoy the dating process! Before the tips, a quip from radio psychologist Dr Joy Browne: “People will tell us everything we need to know about them in the first 15 minutes – most of us just don’t pay attention to the information we […]
  • How to Feel Full Without Overeating – 5 Satiety Tips
    These five satiety tips will help you feel full without overeating. These tips for feeling full faster are based on ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to: Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy, by Dr John La Puma. “The Gluttons dig their own graves with their teeth.” – James Howell. And, Peter […]
  • Organic Beauty Products – Tips for Buying Natural Makeup
    Using organic beauty products can keep you healthier – but you can’t just buy any old beauty products! These tips for buying natural makeup include organic hair dyes, eco-friendly bath products, and natural body waxes. Before the tips, a quip from eco-writer Adria Vasil — the author of two books about the environment and an […]
  • Secrets From a Skinny Girl – 5 Tips for Losing 20 Pounds
    These secrets from a skinny girl aren’t from me; I worked hard to lose those last 20 pounds! These weight loss tips are from a magazine article — and the skinny secrets they shared were so suprising, I just had to write about them. They changed how I view exercise and food. Before the tips, a quip from Ellen Degeneres: “You […]
  • 55 Travel Tips for Women – From Packing to Sightseeing
    These practical travel tips for women are from my journeys through Egypt, Israel, Africa, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and Costa Rica! Whether you’re moving overseas to Africa or taking a day trip to California, these travel tips will help you handle money, health, socializing, and more. Before the tips, a quip from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will […]
  • 10 Ways to Be More Positive at Work
    Do you dread going to work? Check out these ways to be more positive at work. They range from digging up your latest, greatest accomplishments to taking pride in your appearance. Before the tips, a quip: “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine,” says motivational […]
  • 8 Signs of Stress – From Tension Headaches to Premature Aging
    Stress affects people in different ways, but there are common symptoms of stress that keep appearing. Here are Dr Oz’s eight common symptoms of stress, plus tips on reducing stress and anxiety. He discusses tension headaches, insomnia, skin problems, and more… “Excess stress can almost age a person overnight,” writes Peter Hanson in The Joy of Stress. If you […]
  • How to Find the Right Blue Jeans – Make Your Bottom Beautiful
    Knowing how to find the right blue jeans is all you need to make your bottom beautiful! These tips will help you wear the right jeans for your body size and shape, and highlight your assets while downplaying your weaknesses. Before the tips, a quip: “Blue jeans are the most beautiful thing since the gondola,” said fashion […]
  • How to Prevent Acne – 10 Pimple Fighting Tips for Better Skin
    Learning how to prevent acne isn’t just for pimply teenagers! These pimple fighting tips will improve your skin…and perhaps even make it glow. Before the tips, a quip from actress Madeline Kahn: “Time goes by and every day you do get a little older,” Kahn said. “In my case it’s been an improvement.” There’s a lot […]
  • Weight Loss Secrets for Fat Loss
    These weight loss secrets for fat loss were a surprise to me – and you may find them surprising, too! They should help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals because they include info about healthy diets, exercise programs, and slimming down – and all ten weight loss secrets are based on recent scientific research. First, though, an inspirational […]
  • Money Tips for Married People – Creating a Win-Win Financial Life
    Since money is a major source of tension for married people, creating a win-win financial life will improve your marriage! These money tips for married people are from Dr Judy Kuriansky, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Healthy Relationship. Before her money tips, a quip: “I could write my own check, but I like him (husband) to give it to me. […]
  • How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty – for People Pleasers
    Learn how to say no without feeling guilty with these tips for people pleasers. Instead of struggling with resentment because you keep saying yes, learn how to stand up for yourself and say no… “My husband usually gets what he wants, but that don’t mean I don’t put up a battle. Better than I used […]
  • Diamond Tips – Cool Things You Need to Know About Engagement Rings
    These tips about diamonds aren’t necessarily things you need to know when you’re buying an engagement ring, but they’re very cool!  Whether you’re investing in Canadian diamonds or deciding which engagement ring to buy for your girlfriend, you’ll see diamonds differently after reading these diamond tips… First, a quip from Elizabeth Taylor about diamonds and…vegetables… “This diamond has so […]
  • Should You Cook a Meal on the First Date? 10 Tips for Tapas
    These tips for cooking on your first date will make your evening fun, interactive, and interesting. Cooking together will help you get to know each other in a whole new way! Cooking a meal on your first date can help you figure out what’s important to you in a potential partner. Even if you’re dating after divorce, […]
  • 8 Fitness Myths and Fat Loss Tips From a Personal Trainer
    These fat loss tips are from personal trainer Fawn Gill, owner of InBalance Fitness on Bowen Island, BC. Here, she dispells the most common fitness myths and offers exercise tips. Fawn is an instructor who teaches Pilates, co-owns a gym, and placed third in the Masters Category (she’s also a female bodybuilder!). She’s no Dolly Parton, who says, “I’d love […]
  • Dealing With Depression in a Relationship
    Your partner’s depression may involve emotional distance, lack of interest in love and intimacy, and exhaustion. These tips for dealing with a partner who is depressed may help you cope. “In these 20 years of work among the people [in Calcutta], I have come to more and more realize it is being unwanted that is […]
  • 9 Natural Ways to Increase Your Sex Drive
    The best tips on how to increase female sex drive are about improving your self-concept and physical health. If you don’t feel good about your body, you won’t enjoy special times with your husband. The health benefits of healthy sexual intimacy include stronger bones and muscles, less stress and depression, better memory and a stronger immune system. Some doctors even […]
  • Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men? 10 Reasons Men Die First
    The reasons why women live longer than men include ignoring weakness and disinterest in health matters. These reasons men die first include tips for living a longer, healthier life — for both men and women! One reason women have longer lifespans is simply that men don’t take as good care of their health. They can be sicker than sick, but […]
  • What Happy Couples Do – 7 Secrets of Great Marriages
    What do happy couples do? You might be surprised at these seven secrets of great marriages — such as the fact that a husband’s emotional engagement is the single most important factor in a healthy marriage. Before the tips, here’s a quip from a famous mystery writer: When someone remarked to Agatha Christie about her being 15 […]
  • 7 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship
    Unhealthy relationships make you sick, sad, and insecure – and sometimes you’re blinded to it all. These signs of relationships that aren’t healthy will help you see your problems in a new light. “The fact is, I had become addicted to David, and now his attention was wavering,” writes Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. “Addiction is […]
  • 7 Communication Tips for Women at Work
    These communication tips for women at work will help you resolve issues with coworkers, move ahead professionally, and get comfortable as a career woman or a woman in leadership – without being overbearing or offensive. Before the tips, a quip: “Bitch is a terribly mean and sexist word…I don’t deserve it,” said Barbra Streisand. “Men can become involved […]
  • 10 Best Quotations About Achieving Your Goals From Famous Women
    These motivational quotations about achieving your goals are from famous women in history, from Anais Nin to Zora Neale Hurston. Each comes quip comes with a life tip…. “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin. […]
  • 10 Workouts That Boost Your Metabolism – From Capoeira to Nia
    If you’re bored with your fitness routine, you won’t stay fit. These workouts to boost your metabolism range from high impact to creative movement – they include Bhangra aerobics, Capoeira, and Nia. “I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing,” said Marsh Doble. She also quipped, “My idea […]
  • 7 Anti-Aging Foods – Tips to Slow the Aging Process
    Yes, anti-aging foods can change how you look and feel! These tips for slowing the aging process include foods that decrease bad cholesterol, reduce stored fat, and fight disease (all of which helps slow the aging process). Plus, these healthy foods help fight biological aging – which means you’ll look and feel younger. Before the tips, a quip: […]
  • What to Talk About on the First Date
    These easy first date conversation starters will help you avoid those awkward silences and uncomfortable moments. You can relax and enjoy your first date if you keep a few things in mind… The most important thing to remember is that the happier and relaxed you are, the more you’ll enjoy your date. And if you’re […]
  • What to Wear to Work – 10 Business Casual Clothing Tips for Women
    What you wear to work has a huge effect on your self-confidence, your work relationships, and even how often you get promoted at work. These tips for deciding what to wear to work are inspired by Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. “Research shows that about 55% of your credibility […]
  • Office Politics – 9 Secrets to Increasing Your Influence at Work
    No matter where you work, you’ll deal with office politics. The sooner you learn how to play the game, the more influence you’ll have at work – and in your own career. These tips for making work better will help you deal with office politics, get along with difficult coworkers, and improve your job performance. Before the tips, […]
  • 10 Tips for Successful Second Marriages
    If you want your 2nd marriage to be successful, you have to un-learn the bad habits you learned in your first marriage. These tips for remarriages will help with the “happily ever after” part. Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts: Nine Questions to Ask Before – and After – You Remarry by Les Parrott and Leslie […]
  • 8 Strategies for People Who Hate Their Jobs
    You spend at least eight hours a day at work; when you hate your job, it feels like 80. These tips will help you change your working environment, and maybe even help you love Monday morning… These tips focus on creating a better workplace or working environment. If that doesn’t appeal to you, read Happier Than […]
  • 10 Best Reasons to Exercise – From Clear Skin to More Energy
    These ten best reasons to exercise your body range from clear skin to increased energy levels, and they’ll help you achieve your fitness goals – especially if you post them on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or on the dashboard of your car! “I don’t exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, He would have […]
  • Tips for Delegating Successfully at Work
    These tips for delegating successfully at work will further your career – especially if you’re in a management position. If you’re drowning in a mountain of paperwork, piddly tasks, and unanswered mail…then it’s time to tune up your employee management skills and achieve your career goals! “A resistance to delegating can be a reflection of your own securities about […]
  • 6 Foods That Prevent Mood Swings and Stabilize Emotions
    Food can lift your mood in surprising ways – and eating healthy doesn’t have deleterious side effects! These foods will help prevent mood swings and stabilize your emotions. What you eat affects how you look and feel. The bonus: buying fresh, delicious veggies and fruits and preparing them with care and attention – along with a nice glass […]
  • How to Solve Money Problems for Women – 7 Tips
    For women, knowing how to solve money problems can be as simple as reading Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich! These money management tips for women are inspired by the smart, financially successful Lois Frankel… “Many of the characteristics that make women uniquely feminine are the very same behaviors that prevent them from becoming financially independent,” […]
  • How to Be More Assertive at Work – From Asking to Negotiating
    You need to know how to be more assertive at work because it’ll get you more money, improve your relationships with your coworkers, and increase your self-confidence. These assertiveness tips will help you ask for what you want — and get it. Before the tips, a quip: “Exploit the remarkable power of asking. Telling can be […]
  • 11 Ways Men and Women Manage Money Differently
    Are women socialized to save money, and do men make riskier financial investments? Yes, according to Lois Frankel’s ways men and women manage money differently! Knowing how males and females view money can help you achieve your financial goals as a couple — especially if you’re husband and wife. “What gets women in trouble when it comes to getting and […]
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Aging – What the Research Shows
    These facts about getting older aren’t just interesting – they’d be great in retirement speeches, anniversary toasts, or even wedding speeches! Aging research shows that getting older improves your personality traits and improves your happiness levels. “At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is […]
  • Good Debt Versus Bad Debt – Suze Orman Explains the Difference
    The difference between good debt and bad debt involves needs versus assets. Not all debt is bad! Suze Orman – author of Women and Money and other personal finance books – explains the difference between good debt and bad debt. A woman wrote to Suze Orman in the July ’08 issue of Oprah Magazine, saying that she owes $20,000 […]


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    The grief, loneliness, and regret of saying goodbye to a beloved dog or cat is surprisingly painful. You never “get over” the loss of a…