Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Forbes Living Shares Travel Tips for the Spring

For those who are living in colder climates and dealing with a lot of snow and ice, Forbes Living found some travel tips for spring and the following months.

Spring break is not just for high school and college kids. Adults can take advantage of the airfare pricing we found too. It’s time to start dreaming of warmer climes and making active plans to get there.

Airfare and travel experts caution prospective travelers from booking Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday flights. Instead, book them from Tuesday to Saturday or Wednesday to Sunday. Savings reached when flying on a weekday versus a weekend can amount to 50 percent or more. (That’s more money to spend at your destination.)

Thinking about going the Europe or Asia? Keep these dates in mind:
March 12 – airfare is cheaper by 15 to 30 percent than the days that follow it. This is the last day of the winter season.
May 15 – same deal as above. This is the last day of the spring ticketing season.
August 23 – This is the start of the fall season when airfare prices are less expensive than summer prices.

Readers who want to travel internationally should consider shopping for airfare five months ahead of time, as a rule. Tickets should be purchased about a month and half before departure. Forbes Living TV encourages readers to also check out airfare comparison websites such as Hipmunk, FareCompare and Kayak. All of them provide fare alert email services. Happy trails.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Forbes Living Shares Successful Weight Loss Tips

Powerful protein for breakfast

If weight loss and wellness are on the 2015 resolution list, Forbes Living has some successful tips we’ve learned and used over the years.

Have some protein with your breakfast. This does not mean having a half a glass of milk with cereal. It means having an egg in the morning, adding almonds to cereal or enjoying a low-fat breakfast sandwich with egg whites and cheese which can be warmed up in the microwave. The extra protein will help keep hunger at bay until lunch time.

Eat a decent lunch. Enjoy a sandwich made with veggies, low-fat cheese and whole wheat bread. Add a piece of fruit to round it out. Salads are good too as long as they are not loaded with fatty foods and extra dressing.

Snack on something you like. Eat a bite size brownie. Nibble on a 100 calorie bag of natural, unsalted almonds. Relish a stick of low-fat cheese. All of these will help one feel satiated and satisfied.

Forbes Living TV recommends adding some brown rice or whole wheat pasta with a 3 ounce piece of lean meat, chicken or fish. The healthy carbs contain fiber which aids in weight loss.

If the work day has been long and stressful, have a half glass of wine. A little alcohol is good for the heart, mind and soul. But overindulging in it can add fat from the sugar it contains and lead to over snacking.

We use these tips every day and one of our writers has lost almost 50 pounds in the last year. Healthy eating leads to healthy living which results in a happier, healthier, stronger person. And we wish that for every person who reads this article.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Forbes Living Chronicles the Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know

Got kids? It is more than likely that there are quite a few Internet acronyms that you may have seen but have no idea what they mean. Forbes Living shares them with you and offers some other sources for learning more.

Today’s teens are constantly connected to digital devices and are more susceptible to a friend or stranger’s request for something the parent would object to. Acronyms such as LOL and OMG are pretty common and almost everyone knows them. But do you know what ISWN or GNOC means? Neither did we. When we found out we were shocked. Below are some of the terms very parent needs to know:

UWSN – I Want Sex Now
GNOC – Get Naked on Camera
NIFOC - Naked in front of computer
PIR - Parent in room
1174' - Party meeting place
CID - Acid (the drug)
Broken - Hungover from alcohol
420 – Marijuana
(L)MIRL - Let's meet in real life
WTTP - Want to trade pictures?
TWD - Texting while driving

When we were teens it was not uncommon for a parent to walk into a bedroom to see what the kids were doing. The only place for a private phone call was in the bathroom. Today, kids have their own smart phones and many more ways to reach out and touch each other.  Forbes Living TV suggests learning more about the acronyms kids use when communicating. Click here.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Forbes Living and Why We Need Pets in Our Lives

Stress Buster

Pets bring more to our lives than just happiness. They bring peace of mind, security and improve our health. Forbes Living shares why we need pets in our lives.

A warm, purring cat on your lap can lower stress and blood pressure. The companionship of a dog can ease loneliness. Watching a fish swim relaxes the mind. Those are just the three most popular pets in the country.  Imagine what an iguana can do.  Researchers now have proof that our pets affect our health. In fact, the experts found that pets profoundly change the biochemistry of our brain.

Researchers in South Africa found that when people stroked and spoke to their dogs, it doubled the level of oxytocin in the blood. Oxytocin increases maternal instincts. The activity with pets also raised levels of beta endorphins, the natural painkillers runners crave, and dopamine – known as the “reward” hormone.  To add more credence that pets are great for everyone’s health – serotonin levels raise to healthy levels when pets are around and we interact with them.  

It is easy for us to understand why pet therapy dogs and pet assisting dogs, as well as other pets, can be a panacea for those who manage chronic health and mental conditions daily.  Forbes Living suggests adopting a pet from an animal shelter. The rewards for the animal and the owner double and it’s good for everyone.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Best Foods to Beat Belly Fat from Forbes Living

eat more red apples

We don’t know about you, but we overindulged during the holiday season. Our bellies are a little more bulging now.  So we perused some great websites on the Internet to find out how to get rid of it.

Off, off belly fat. We want out flat tummies back again. Forbes Living shares the best foods to beat belly fat with readers.

Medical professionals call belly fat “visceral fat”. If one carries too much of it, it can contribute to heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and liver disease. We don’t want any doctor to tell us or you we have any one of those medical problems. See below about what to eat to get rid of belly fat.

Reduce sugar and carb intake. These two items can add extra padding.
Eat plenty of red fruits. The darker the better as it is more effective in turning off obesity genes.

Eat some eggs. They contain a nutrient called choline which can turn off the genes that cause belly fat.

Healthy fats like olive oil in small amounts can curb hunger for hours. Spray some on a salad, cool the eggs in a little of it or sauté some tomatoes in it.

Oats, rice and other fibers work with your gut’s bacteria to turn off the diabetes genes. We at Forbes Living TV suggest have some oatmeal for breakfast and maybe some brown rice for dinner.

None of these are all that expensive. So indulge and enjoy to beat belly fat.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Save Your Eyes Tips from Forbes Living

Anyone who works on a computer all day will tell you it is no fun to look at any screen when are home from work. The glare from the monitor makes eyes sore. Eye strain makes eyes weary and teary. Forbes Living shares some tips to save your eyes.

Nearly 95 percent of Americans spend two or more hours each day using a personal digital device. That is almost one-third of adults. And some of us spend nine or more hours per day on tablets and smart phones. All of this time staring at smaller, brightly colored screens creates digital eye strain. Sixty-one percent of Americans also says they experience eye problems that include dryness, irritation and blurred vision.

Reduce eye strain with these suggestions from Forbes Living TV:
  • Sit farther away from the computer monitor
  • Invest in a pair of glasses with an anti-glare coating
  • Reduce the amount of time spent using personal digital devices at the end of the day and before bed
  • Try using the 20/20/20 rule. Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look at something at least 20 feet away

Encourage children of all ages to do the same. Be their example and set devices down and away from meal tables, bedside tables, and any family time. Your eyes are valuable and you will need them for the rest of your life. Spoil them today.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Forbes Living Shares the Financial Resolutions We All Need to Make

The New Year is in its infancy and there is no better time than now to jump on the resolution bandwagon. Forbes Living offers some suggestions for making 2015 the year of personal finance success.

A survey conducted by Fidelity Investments found that those who made financial resolutions at the start of 2014 felt they were better off financially than those who did not. Let that be a good start point for the following resolutions:

Resolve to review financial statements every month. Whether you do this online or with the paper documents sent in the mail, it makes sense to comb through the line items. You may just find some fees which have been added which were not there.

Resolve to save more for emergencies, retirement and that one special item (a great safari trip, a new car, first home, etc) There are many ways to save money each month from setting up automatic deposits to manually adding the amount to a savings account.

Resolve to pay off debt and dispose of unneeded credit cards. Forbes Living TV knows that you can live with two and maybe even three credit cards. Also, cut up and toss out store credit cards.

Resolve to bank smarter. Find a bank with better fees or no fees, use an online bank, and break up with any bank that steals your hard-earned money for their unnecessary charges. 

Resolve to spend less every day. Ditch the expensive to-go coffees in the morning and make your own at home. There are an abundance of options. It is also a time-saving task since you won’t feel rushed getting to the coffee shop, waiting in line and rushing to work.

Resolve to not stray away from financial resolutions. It is very easy to be swayed by good deals, cool vacations and other things. But won’t it feel great to know that you accomplished your personal financial goals?

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