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Habits that Make You Look Older

Wednesday, Mar, 30 2016

From five habits that make us look older.

1. Drinking alcohol
Whether it's wine, beer or a cocktail, regularly consuming alcohol can leave you with unsightly bags under your eyes. The solution: Cut down on the booze, drink more water and sleep more to get rid of that puffiness naturally.

2. Exercising too much
If you over-exercise or do the same exercise day after day, you will build up just one part of your body, while other parts wear down and make you look older. This is especially true for runners. The solution: Cross-train and do core workouts.

3. Drinking through a straw
The constant puckering of drinking through a straw will cause fine lines and wrinkles to form around your mouth, just as they do when puffing on a cigarette. The solution: Drink directly from the glass, can or bottle.

4. Sleeping on your face or on the same side of your body
Both of these sleeping positions can cause lines to form. The solution: Sleep on your back, and if that's not possible, use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction.

5. Not wearing sunglasses
When you skip the sunglasses, you not only expose your eyes to damaging UV light, but also the bright light causes you to squint. And that squinting deepens the wrinkles around your eyes. The solution: Always wear your sunglasses in bright sunlight. No excuses!

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Tuesday, Mar, 29 2016

When baby boomers were newlyweds, 80 percent knew how to make a roast for Sunday dinner and hem a pair of pants. Today, less than half of newlyweds know how to do this. Life skills that we once took for granted are rapidly becoming specialized abilities. No one is teaching the kids how to sew on a button or sharpen a knife. Instead, we now hire people to check the oil in our car, clean our house, cut our children's hair and make the family birthday cakes. Here are some life skills young adults lack:

1. Driving a stick shift
Since more than 90 percent of all cars sold in the United States today have an automatic transmission -- compared to just half in 1950 -- most young adults have no clue how to shift gears manually. What's a clutch?

2. Cooking from scratch
While moms in the '70s made homemade brownies, today's moms are more likely to grab a box of brownie mix or buy them at the bakery.  And when they do cook, they use ready-made ingredients, such as chicken stock, tomato paste and pie crusts.

3. Simple carpentry
When did schools stop offering shop classes? We no longer make a bookcase, end table or kitchen table in the basement utility room. And assembling your own Ikea furniture doesn't count as making it yourself.

4. Sharpening knives
When a knife becomes dull, do you sharpen it yourself or pay a professional to do it--or just buy a new one? It's a simple skill to be able to sharpen a knife, but one that is definitely declining, thanks in part to no-dull guarantees on some knives and free knife-sharpening events at many big box stores.

5. Home maintenance
Can you replace a broken bathroom exhaust fan? Ever changed the refrigerator light bulb? What do you do when a door hinge becomes so loose the door is in danger of falling off? Young adults are more likely to call a handyman to the rescue. In the 1970s, more than 70 percent of men learned basic home repair skills from their dads; today, that number is just 40 percent.

6. Mending
Whether it's a missing button, a hem or a split seam, most baby boomer women could fix it in a minute--either by hand with a needle and thread or using their sewing machine. When schools stopped teaching home economics, buttons stopped being sewn on and split seams just got bigger--unless you knew a tailor. Clothing is so cheap now, it's actually less expensive to buy it than sew it at home so kids have little incentive to learn how to sew.

7. Cursive writing
While boomers learned penmanship in the third grade, practicing each letter over and over, young adults never had those lessons. They learned to print and type instead, and if they did learn cursive, many have forgotten it from lack of use. After all, who writes anything by hand anymore?

posted by: Kathy Keene 3 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

How do you de-stress?

Thursday, Mar, 3 2016

 Meditation? Yoga? Drinking? We found an article from Prevention Magazine about 7 ways to relieve stress.

    Soothe yourself through music.
    Breathe through your belly.
    Relax your muscles.
    Put on a happy face.
    Laugh, lots.
    Whine to a friend (within limits).
    Use aromatherapy.

posted by: Kathy Keene 4 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Wednesday, Mar, 2 2016

What's the most unusual job you ever held? Peanut inspector? Horse wrangler? How about a backup dancer for a female impersonator? asked more than 2,450 workers to share the most interesting or unconventional jobs they held during their careers.
    Actor for haunted house
    Bingo announcer
    Rodeo clown
    Drawbridge tender
    Eye glass buffer
    Fingerprint analyzer
    Glass sculptor
    Hot rod builder
    Interpreter for government agency
    Jelly doughnut filler
    Karate instructor
    Lifeguard at nude beach
    Military role player (played Iraqi citizen for military sensitivity training)
    Note taker for college students
    Ocean scuba guide
    Phone psychic
    Quiz writer for competitions
    Rescue squad for pets
    Stand-in bridesmaid (for weddings where the bride didn't know enough people)
    Telemarketer for a cemetery
    Urinalysis observer
    Voice-over specialist for movies
    Window washer for skyscrapers
    X-mas tree decorator
    Youth boot camp instructor for juvenile offenders
    Zoo artificial inseminator

posted by: Kathy Keene 4 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

How Long Will Frozen Food Keep?

Tuesday, Mar, 1 2016

    Frozen dinners -- three to four months
    Ground beef and turkey -- three months
    Bacon, unopened -- one month
    Roasts -- six to twelve months
    Whole fish -- five to six months
    Fish fillets -- four to five months
    Shellfish -- four to six months
    Whole chicken or turkey -- twelve months
    Chicken or turkey pieces -- nine months
    Cooked poultry -- four months

posted by: Kathy Keene 4 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

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