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Gratitude: Is it good for them – or you?

Gratitude is good for you. Yep. That statement almost makes it seem selfish, doesn’t it? Here’s the thing: Gratitude is selfish and selfless at the same time. People who take time for themselves to reflect on the events, people, or things they appreciate actually reduce stress hormones and could reduce the effects of aging. Which means you can have a good time and remember it longer.   Others benefit from gratitude, too. Well,it stands to reason that if you are having a good time and remembering it, others will have a…

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How to Keep Your Financial Footing During Tough Times

A major cash flow storm can have lasting impacts on your family finances. And since some costs are hard to predict, even well-prepared money managers are thrown off course by unexpected financial circumstances. Job loss, long and short-term disability leave, education, emergency repairs, medical expenses, and other concerns can make the family budget a little shaky. Fortunately, creative cost-cutting solutions can help restore balance, easing the impact of life’s unexpected financial blows. Every dollar should have a job, and effective money management is important. But lean times call for an even more focused financial approach. When exceptional challenges arise, your dedication and commitment to reduced…

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by Mike Petrucci, shopping, Hallothanksmas Money Management Uncategorized 

It’s Hallothanksmas season – merry trick or turkey!

Happy Hallothanksmas! Yes, it is that time of year. Department stores juggle the upcoming event of Halloween with fall decorations, Thanksgiving accessories, Hannukah and Christmas bells and baubles. It is a chaotic crash site  of celebration, with piles of candy corn mixing with tiny chocolate Santas. Nervous consumers fear that each sale on holiday fare is the last one, so they pile their carts with mini-lights, mennorahs, scarecrows, and sleighs. There is so much candy my teeth hurt just walking down the aisles. It is Hallothanksmas in all its glory. It’s…

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12 Ways Honeybees Can Teach You About Home

In my previous life, BBLE (Before Big Life Events), I kept honeybees. The honeybee was, and still is, one of my deepest passions, and each time I see one it makes me smile. Honeybees are social creatures with their lives centered on their home. The recent focus on the honeybee and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has caused more Americans to learn about – and appreciate – the hard-working insect. They are magical bits of sunshine, and we need them more than you know.  Every time I visited the honeybees, I came…

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The Death and Life of My Sourdough Starter

Sourdough bread was not a part of my childhood. My mother was a wonderful baker who created fluffy baking powder biscuits and delicious cookies every day – the house smelled like a pastry shop when we came home from school. But she rarely made bread. In the 60s, Wonder Bread was the star of the bread world. My mother was frugal yet trendy, and our school lunches started with white bread sandwiches cut into triangles and wrapped in crisp waxed paper. As an adult, I held my own in the kitchen, but never really…

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