Aug 252014
 
How to Find a Good Washing Machine Repairman

These tips on how to protect yourself from a bad washing machine repairman are based on my experience with a Whirlpool repair. Learn how to find a good washing machine repairman, how to ensure his work will last, and how to protect yourself from a shady repairman. The washer door seal on my Whirlpool washing machine popped out, and my husband was out of town at the time. I didn’t even think of looking on

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Aug 232014
 
12 Gifts for People Who Love to Travel

These gifts for people who travel range from practical to sentimental, but focus mainly on practical. Finding the right gift for your traveling friends or family members depends on where they’re going, how long they’ll be away, and how they feel about the trip. A travel journal. The Valery® Vintage String Classic Leather Blank Notebook pictured is a beautiful gift for people who travel – and who enjoy writing about their experiences. I received a travel diary

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Aug 212014
 
Gift Ideas for Friends Getting Divorced

These gift ideas for a friend going through a divorce range from towers of happiness to tools of empowerment, and will help your friend see divorce as a beginning – not just an ending. The *Make You Laugh* Gift Basket for Women pictured is available for delivery from Amazon, and has a 100% money-back guarantee. It’s a “Woman’s Guide to Happiness”, which will cheer your friend up after the divorce is final. If you know

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Aug 212014
 
How to Help Your Mom Move to a Group Home for Adults

Whether your mom is coping with dementia or schizophrenia, these tips for helping parents move to adult group homes might help you survive the transition. My mom has schizophrenia, and is facing a difficult move to a group home. This is the first time she’s lived with other people, and it won’t be easy. If you don’t know much about coping with mental illness, books such as The Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Dr

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Aug 132014
 
10 Early Retirement Gift Ideas

Finding the right gift for someone retiring early is different than gift giving for someone retiring “on time” or as scheduled. These retirement gift ideas are intertwined with quotes about retiring that you can include in the card. Let’s start with the infamous Dr Seuss… You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr Seuss is an awesome “bookend” retirement gift idea, because Oh the Places You’ll Go! is the gift most often

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Aug 072014
 
How to Appeal a Bank's Decision About Your Account

Here’s the appeal letter I wrote to my bank, TD Canada Trust, to appeal their decision not to reimburse my checking and Visa accounts after thieves stole my purse and stole my money. Phew! That’s a mouthful. If you need tips on writing an appeal letter to a bank about a student loan, mortgage application, or business loan, please let me know in the comments section below. I was parked at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

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Aug 072014
 
How to Relax During a Massage

If you can’t relax during a massage, you won’t reap the benefits of getting massaged – such as lower blood pressure, prevention of colds, enhanced skin tone, and reduced anxiety and stress. These tips on how to relax during a massage will increase your emotional and physical health. One of the best ways to relax during a massage is to wear Wireless Headphones, such as the ones pictured. This way, you don’t feel the need to make

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Aug 042014
 
Journaling Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

When breast cancer survivors journal to cope with chemotherapy, they experience an increase in health and wellness. Here’s what researchers found when breast cancer survivors wrote about their deepest fears and the benefits of a breast cancer diagnosis, plus tips for journaling. A Paperblanks Hardcover Sketch Journal will be my next journal – my current journal is the Great Artists Sketchpad (at the end of this article). It’s unlined, which I love because I can doodle when I don’t

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Jul 022014
 
Pet Loss - How to Deal With Anger at the Veterinarian

If the loss of a pet was due to veterinarian negligence, you’re enraged! These tips for dealing with anger at the vet after a pet’s death are inspired by a reader who lost her cat. It’s important to know that anger doesn’t vanish overnight, and there are no “quick tips” for dealing with angry feelings after pet loss. I recommend reading books like The Gift of Anger: Seven Steps to Uncover the Meaning of Anger and

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Jul 012014
 
10 Gift Ideas for Back Surgery Patients

After the stress of back surgery, patients may feel discouraged and exhausted. These gift ideas for people healing from back surgery are based on recovery tips for different types of spinal injuries and surgeries. Every “back surgery gift” is supported by a tip for healing from a spinal cord surgeon. A thoughtful gift idea for back surgery patients is a Mini Fridge for ice, water, and juice. Whether they’re healing from a spine fusion, a

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