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Binge Drinking: A Health Risk Plagueing American Youth

Risks of Teen Binge DrinkingFor millions of people around the world, having a drink or two on the weekend is one of lifeís small pleasures yet booze can quickly become a problem when we overindulge. Statistics show that not only are more Americans drinking, they are also consuming more copious amounts of alcohol and our health is paying too high a price for having a good time. Did you know that binge drinking has been related to a host of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease and STDs? Read More

Volunteering for Life

Volunteering is good for you and good for others.My original plan was to volunteer at the assisted living where my Grandmother used to live. I thought this would be a great way to give back to the community she loved, that had helped her so much. When I called them they told me they didnít accept volunteers because of liability issues. I was disappointed and at a loss, I really wanted to do something to honor my Grandma. Being in the healthcare field for the last 10 years, I have always enjoyed working with people and thought it would be great to be able to connect with them without having to worry about getting my work done. Read More

Positive Thoughts for a Positive Life

Think Positive, Be PositivePositive thinking is powerful enough to change a personís day. When you are having a bad day, have you ever noticed that everything seems to go wrong at once? Itís almost as if one thing feeds off the next. In a way this is exactly what is happening. Our brains are more powerful than we can ever imagine and we actually have the power to shape the outcome of our day. By thinking happy thoughts and having a more positive outlook on things, we are able to control what kind of day we are going to have. Now does this mean that nothing bad is ever going to happen? Of course not. But the way we react when something bad happens will determine what happens next. Read More

Failing Doesn't Make You a Failure

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely. ~ Henry FordI figure I can easily tell you I stretched everyday this week and that I feel wonderful and relaxed. Truth is, I failed at this challenge miserably. I swear for me, this was harder than giving up electronics. The first two days went great and my daughter and I stretched every morning and it did feel wonderful. Then the next morning we were running late and didnít have time to do it. That night I fell asleep on the couch and upon peeling myself off, in the middle of the night, to drag myself to bed there was no way I was going to stop to stretch. Unfortunately I then came up with an excuse every morning and every night. Read More

Dude, your breath stinks!

Dude, your breath stinks!Have you ever been talking to someone and their breath smells so bad? You actually could smell it from across the room and caught yourself wincing as you noticed them starting to make their way toward you. Have you ever had your own breath smell so bad you can smell it yourself? Iím pretty sure my 16 year old sister is the only one bold enough to tell me ďyour breath reeksĒ. I wonder how many times I have been talking to someone and they canít wait to get away because, letís face it, my breath smells sometimes too. Read More

Truly Grateful for Grace

For by Grace We have been SavedWhat does that mean? I sit here reflecting on the many changes I've had over the past several years, I have to only think of them in a positive light. I would not be the person I am today if I experienced things in any other way. All the things that came as a blessing - new skills, jobs, new love, friendships, growth, deeper connections. All the things that seemed terribly painful at the time - heartache, loss, sadness, divorce, detachment, and feeling isolated. I look back on the choices I made in each moment - to choose with an open heart or to choose based on fear. Read More

Never Too Old to Begin Again

It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George EliotI recently was introduced to a lady with an interesting story and a great ambition and drive for life. She is now 74 years young and still building a life that she started recreating at the age of 68. With only one 2 hour beading class she has grown a business that has, over the years, grown from a hobby to a company that has sold over 2,000 necklaces and holds 15 - 20 craft shows a year. Roz has gone from being a technophobe to creating a website, email marketing, and all the social media platforms for her business and through it all, become a business woman. She reinvented herself after 68 years and is a great example that it is never too late to follow your dreams and passions. Read More

Bye Bye Bed Bugs

Bounce bed bugs right out of your home!Bed bugs are becoming a growing problem all around the United States. If you live in an apartment you can almost bet you will get them if your neighbors get them. Unfortunately, the neighbors on the other side of the wall from us were not the cleanest people (not to say you only get bugs if you are dirty) but they had all sorts of bugs. They had to move a while back and the apartment complex gutted their apartment to remodel it. This proved to be a nightmare for us as all those little creatures felt they needed a place to go. As you can imagine, I threw a fit and the apartment complex started sending some bogus pest control company to come and spray every week. Anyone who has used any of these small companies knows that they donít work for crap. I wouldnít doubt they are spraying water just to gain more weekly business. It was time to take matters into my own hands as things were getting worse. Read More

The Luck of the Irish

Luck of the IrishThis time of year we see the phrase ďluck of the IrishĒ everywhere. I never gave much thought to this phrase before but in all reality the Irish never had very much luck. These are a people that survived famine, war, starvation and prejudice. Therefore this luck must be referring to an inherent luck referring to a people that always land on their feet when bad things happen. The Irish are strong people with a high sense of family values. They rely on each other and survive together. This some would say is what luck is all about. Read More

Elderly Drivers: Worse Than Teens

Should elderly people be allowed to drive?I recently read a very disturbing news article about a man in Los Angles who is just about to turn 101. He was backing out of a parking space near a school when he miscalculated and backed onto the sidewalk and ran over 11 people, including 9 children. He has a valid driverís license and says he is very sorry. Unfortunately sorry doesnít always cut it in these cases. Thank God no one died in this instance. Read More

The Dangers of Drinking Soda

Glass of sodaIt is no secret that soda contains alarming amounts of sugar and has absolutely no nutritional value what so ever. The soda companies are the number one user of refined sugar. Each can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Thatís over 100% of the recommended daily allowance a person should have in a day. Even though itís no big secret how bad soda is, it still makes up ľ of all drinks consumed in the US each year. Soda has been called many things such as, toxic, poisonous, lethal and venomous. It is linked to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease and many more health problems. If we take a look at the main ingredients in a soda, it will give us a better idea of just how bad it really is. Read More

Making the grade

Making the grade in school.Along with fall come not only shorter days and cooler weather but the dreaded piles of homework and loss of any type of social life you may have had over the summer. Thatís right, school days are back again and that means itís time to focus and get things in order. Half-way done with my bachelorís degree, I have taken many classes over the years and I can tell you first hand itís not easy to succeed. Especially if you add children and/or a job to the mix. Read More