6 Ways to Create Good Habits

Want to work out more frequently? Eat more veggies? Track your spending? In honor of National Self-Improvement Month, here are six ways to incorporate good habits into your life. 1. Commit to 21 days. Experts say it takes at least 21 days to create a habit. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, your new habit will be much easier to sustain. 2. Do it daily. Consistency Read more ...

How to Kick a Bad Habit And Make Better Choices

Whether it’s biting nails, drinking too much soda, overspending or smoking, most people have a habit they’d like to kick to the curb. Here are four tips on how to say sayonara to your vices so you can kick a bad habit and make better choices. 1. Replace the bad habit with a good one—or at least one that’s more benign. It’s easier to change a mental pattern than to reconstruct it entirely, Read more ...

Healthy After-School Snacks for Every Day of the Week

The After-School Snack Dilemma: How to Incorporate Healthy Foods into Your Kids’ Snack Schedule One thing I have learned after more than 15 years of parenting school-age children: after-school snacks are a big deal. My three girls are in college now, but I still have a 15-year-old son at home who would snarf down a bag of Doritos and a two-liter bottle of Pepsi if I’d let him. I quickly Read more ...

Celebrate National S’mores Day With a Twist

Nothing says summer like a classic s’more, and August is an appropriate month to celebrate this delicious campfire staple. Get your jumbo marshmallows skewered—August 10 is National S’mores Day! First, a few fun s’mores facts: The first printed record of the s’mores recipe appeared in a Girl Scout handbook 86 years ago in 1927. Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows Read more ...

6 Survival Tips for Parents of New College Students

Eighteen years never seems so short until the day you move your child to college. When I moved my oldest daughter into her dorm five years ago, I was determined to stay upbeat and excited for her big transition and send her off on a positive note. But truth be told, I was a mess. Every time I turned around, I swear she looked three again. And yet, here was my beautiful 18-year-old, ready to Read more ...

Ways to Save When Traveling in the Off-Season

How to save money when you visit Europe this fall! Summer is a popular time for Americans traveling to Europe as they take advantage of warm weather and time off from school. But if you can’t squeeze in a trip across the Atlantic over the next month, don’t rule out Europe altogether. Autumn is the perfect time for a stroll through Paris or a visit to one of Rome’s gelaterias. October Read more ...

Summer Survival Guide for Mom

Summer is officially here and you have a few months before the next school year begins. If you’re like most moms, the next several weeks will likely include entertaining your children (and their friends), possibly entertaining your neighbors, and in the midst of that, finding a few moments for yourself. So what’s a busy mom to do when she’s staring at two full months of fun and entertainment, Read more ...

6 Creative Uses for Paper Towels

Paper towels are a must-have in the kitchen for cleaning up spills, but did you know they come in handy for a few other things as well? Here are six creative uses for paper towels that can help you get through a day, and even save you a few bucks. 1. Keep greens and herbs fresh. Lettuce, herbs, chard and other greens tend to wilt in the fridge. Add a moist paper towel to the bag you keep them in Read more ...