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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
(the number one toy kids love to use on flights -- Loom Bands)
If you’re thinking that an iPad or some other digital device is a good distraction for kids who are restless on airplanes, think again. It turns out that the best toys are pretty simple and well-known from the days when their parents were children. Forbes Living shares the best toys for kids on airplanes.
Child educators and psychologists from
research on children aged two to ten on an two hour airline flight. The
children were given electronic gadgets like iPads and some rather simple toys
such as Loom Bands and Playdoh. They learned that the children were much more
engaged with the simple toys and with some interaction from parents for the
duration of the flight. Parents switched the toys after a period of time and
the child was became interested in that one. The top 10 toys in order of
Loom Bands, Playdoh, Lego, Top Trumps, Uno, Usborne, Activity Cards, Magnetic travel game, Aquadoodle!, Finger puppets, Sticker book
Forbes Living suggests grabbing a few of these games from the store before leaving on a flight of any length. They are affordable and fun. And if we think back on our youth, we will remember having hours of fun with some of these simple toys. Several of them do not take much space in an under the seat bag. As easy as it seems, playing movies on a laptop or electronic tablet is not all that great for keeping children’s minds occupied when confined in a small space like the airline cabin. Break out the easy toys and relax a little.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Forbes Living has reported on the complexities and hassles of a fully planned and staged wedding. The headaches and stress may not be for everyone. And there are those who may feel that a wedding is supposed to be about two people's love and devotion for each other, not whether Aunt Gertrude can stand Cousin Bernie's rude behavior, or whether Uncle Frank belches at the table. That's not what it's supposed to be about. So, many couples are opting for the romantic notion of throwing off social convention and protocol and running off to elope. Some exotic resorts even offer wedding packages performed under a quaint gazebo overlooking the ocean, or some other striking venue. However, one does not want friends and family to feel snubbed for the rest of their lives in the process. Here are some pointers for making it a "socially correct" elopement.
Forbes Living has some tips for would-be elopers so that they don't irreparably hurt anyone's feelings.
The Forbes Living TV show recommends that, unless it's a totally spontaneous whim while on vacation, the parents, at least, should be informed beforehand. Upon returning, a party can be organized for some of those who would otherwise have been involved in a traditional wedding ceremony. If you elope in an exotic paradise, some gifts from that locale would go a long way toward soothing any hurt feelings on the part of those who would have stood up during a formal wedding. They say that when you marry someone, you also marry that person's family, so after you revel in a totally private, secluded wedding and honeymoon in some tropical eden, don't forget to reach out to those who feel they should have been part of your joyous day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Nothing can be more shocking than having to clean the hair off of the drain every other day and realizing it is yours. It leaves us wondering how we can stop what seems like the sudden mass exodus of our pride and joy.
Forbes Living learns how to fight the agony of thinning hair with some suggestions from health experts.
Eat more food with zinc, protein, iron and vitamin B12. These are leafy greens, lean meat, nuts, beans and fish. There are many easy recipes for all of the above.
Give your scalp a massage. Don’t just stand in the shower, shampoo and rinse. Really massage your scalp which increases blood flow and helps the shampoo do a better job on your hair.
Lessen the amount of styling products being used. This especially important for people that color their hair and use blow dryers, straightening irons or other implements.
Visit a health food store and buy a supplement that helps hair grow. There are a few on the shelves.
Get a check up from the doctor to see if there are any deficiencies in the blood as this is sometimes where hair loss can stem from.
Forbes Living suggests relaxing more. Stress can cause hair to fall out. Try meditation, yoga (it’s doing good things for combat veterans), and rhythmic breathing.
If nothing works, talk to a doctor or dermatologist to see if there is something else to be done.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A new book is out which states that one can go to the beach, not get in the water and stress melts away. Forbes Living takes a look at why the seashore is one of the best places to relax.
When we are exposed to the calmness of the ocean, our minds take a cognitive and emotional break – so to speak. The vast blue sea relaxes it, puts it in a meditative mode as they happy thoughts seep in. Brain images of people who are close to water show the brain filling up with feel-good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin. The stress hormone coritsol lessens and the human feels fine. Scientists have actually proven that the color blue helps us focus better. And since the ocean is mostly blue, we relax and are able to be more creative and emotionally sound. Forbes Living reminds readers our bodies are 60% water and our brains are 75% water. So it makes sense that water-based therapies are helping people work though trauma, stress and depression. If sitting on the beach or swimming in the water is not your idea of relaxation, sit in a restaurant of coffee house near it and reap the same benefits. If the ocean is someplace one longs to be on the weekend, jump in! Mother Nature’s resources are there to make it better.
Friday, July 18, 2014
We are midway through the summer. What can families do together that is affordable and fun? Where can they go to find something to do when the weather is not cooperating? Forbes Living suggests finding a goldmine at the public library.
Almost every city in the country has a public library. Some have shortened days but are nonetheless still open. Inside – a world of family entertainment can be found.
Many local libraries offer discounted tickets to local museums. Grab tickets for everyone and go exploring in another time and place.
Rent a movie or two that everyone will enjoy. Recent flicks are on the shelves as well as the oldies.
Search for ancestors, dig through old family records and photographs and find something new not known.
Some libraries have telescopes in which members can use to gaze into the sky and see what’s there. Explore this new world.
Audio books are great to take on long road trips. They are also fun to listen to at home. Forbes Living TV suggests renting an classic and having a discussion about the characters and plot.
Sort through the variety of self-published magazines libraries have to offer for interesting topics. A favorite subject is pets and another is crafting.
Pick up a flyer with groups meeting there or scan the list of classes offered. There are so many fun things in the local library. Why not see what they have to offer today?
Thursday, July 17, 2014
You know it’s almost time to go back to school when the sales start, discount codes arrive in email and school uniforms are on store racks. Forbes Living shares some tips on how to save money on back to school needs.
Shop early. Even if the school district has not sent out a list of needed supplies for the year, hit the discount stores early for the widest variety and the best prices. Stock up.
If your state offers a tax-free weekend on school supplies, wait until then to stock up.
Do your kids need some cool new duds to start the school year? Go online and check out some of the fashion resale stores like thredup.com and moxiejean.com. Cool styles can be found for less than the department or boutique stores charge.
The Forbes Living talk show also uses smart phone apps for favorite stores to find special sales, coupons and discount codes for back to school items.
True fashionistas though will find creative ways to re-purpose clothing from previous seasons. Fashion is evolving and will come full circle with some modifications. Take advantage of scarves, hats, leggings and other ways to turn some cast-offs into something very cool. There are a myriad of ways to save money on back to school needs. Use all of them!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
There is always time to find ways to save more money, especially during the summer when everything seems to slow down. Forbes Living shares a few examples of where to find some extra dough to sock away.
Review cell phone bills and policies to see if there are any savings to take advantage of such as less usage or getting rid of replacement insurance.
Automate bill payments and automate savings deposits. Too many people do not trust banks and merchants when it comes to automated bill payments. The theory is if there is a billing mistake or service issue, there is no recourse since the bill has been paid for the month already. But making a late payment costs money. As for savings, the expression “out of sigh out of mind” comes to the forefront. If it’s automatically deposited every month, it won’t be spent.
Forgo plastic. Use cash instead. Determine how much cash is needed for the week and withdraw that on Saturday or Sunday morning. Instead of regularly swiping a debit or credit card spending more than wanted, use the cash on hand instead.
Wait before spending hard-earned money on something major like a new TV. Wait 30 days and then ask if it’s a must have or want to have. Forbes Living also believes it may go on sale.
These are easy ways to save money every day, week and month.