The Magic of Magic Words: Teaching Kids- and Grown Ups- To Say “Please” and “Thank You”

In my line of work, I have to deal with children every single day.  What I do is not for the faint of heart, that I can say with certainty.  In the middle of all the shushes and tests of patience, I always remind them to use the magic words "Please" … [Continue reading]

Please Pass the Tissues: Kids and the Common Cold

The common cold is like a bad birthday gift that keeps on giving! And back-to-school time means colds are not far behind. But there are ways to prevent the spread of cold germs, and teaching your kids to practice good hygiene can go a long way to … [Continue reading]

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Guilty.  That’s what I am.  Yes, I’m guilty of once again daydreaming at work. For the longest time, I’ve had this job-dissatisfaction bug pester me.  It’s not something I can easily shake off, I’m afraid. At some point in your career, you just … [Continue reading]

Three Tips to Prolong the Life of a Washing Machine

Your washing machine is an expensive appliance that should last many years. Just how long it lasts, however, depends partly on how well you take care of it. For more info about what you can do to prolong the life of your washing machine, read the … [Continue reading]

How to Teach Your Kids the Value of Money

Money doesn’t grow on trees.  That’s one fact which even most adults find hard to grasp.  Left and right, you’ll find people haphazardly spending their money as if they’ve just won the lottery.  They buy gadgets like there’s no tomorrow, and drown … [Continue reading]

Blueberry Pancakes and Yoga

Image courtesy of Ohmega1982/ Getting up in the morning is, for some of us, a very daunting task.  If you often find yourself struggling just to lift a leg up from the comforts of your bed, well you’re pretty much not alone. … [Continue reading]

Midday Musings

Blank My mind is blank Can this pass as poetry? I seriously doubt that. My mind is blank, but at the same time, a million things are going around in my head. Talk about irony! A swirl of emotions envelops my being, takes … [Continue reading]

Bali High at the Hyatt

Flossing has become a daily habit for me.  Last night though, flossing proved to be a somewhat challenging stunt, as I had more bits of food stuck between my teeth.  This was because I just came from the Balinese Food Festival at the Hyatt Regency … [Continue reading]

Making Home Improvement Challenges Easier

When you do home improvements to your home, it takes time, makes a mess, and can be frustrating. However, it does not have to be so frustrating. With some careful planning, it can be a lot easier and less frustrating. The first thing to do, if … [Continue reading]

Top 4 Reasons to Eat Red Rice

Centuries ago, torture meant being fed to the lions or being burned at the stake.  These days, torture means slipping into a pair of skinny jeans after a night of wild partying and careless binge eating.  Nothing is more difficult than trying to fit … [Continue reading]