Your, your spouse and your children all have your own -- very packed -- schedules. Juggling the multiple schedules doesn't have to be a nightmare. You can get this all under control. The first thing you'll need is a calendar so everyone's information is all in one place. You can use a paper calendar to hang in the kitchen or try an online calendar (there are plenty of free ones to try). Once you have a calendar, add everything to it: holidays, games, appointments, birthdays, etc. As soon as something new comes up, add it immediately to the calendar. You want to add five basic pieces of information for each event: who, what where, when and how. Once you have your calendar, check it daily and use it to plan ahead. Let it be your guide when scheduling new appointments, so no one day gets too hectic (or any more hectic than it need be). You can also use your calendar to get a sense of people's workloads and where you can find some efficiency. Do you notice that the same spouse is doing all … [Read more...] about What are some tips for making a family schedule?
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It might seem easy, but reducing solid waste is no small feet. Learn more. Check out these green pictures! Photos.com/Thinkstock If we lived in the Middle Ages, trash would be scattered and piled on the streets just outside our homes. Fortunately, we live in times that are much more civilized and sanitary. Our refuse is securely and tidily contained in garbage bags, canisters and dumpsters. Sanitation workers pick it up and ferry it off to be processed and sent to a landfill, where it will be buried underground. At that point for most of us, our garbage (defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, as "solid waste") is out of sight and out of mind. But just because we don't think about our trash once it leaves our homes or offices, doesn't mean it doesn't continue to exist -- and build up. In fact, solid waste in the United States is growing at a rapid rate. The EPA estimates that each American produces 4.6 pounds (2 kilograms) of garbage a day. In 1960, our … [Read more...] about What are the challenges of reducing solid waste?
If you feel like you're always on the run, you may benefit from effective time management. Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Thinkstock Time. You never seem to have enough of it. You wake up tired and rush through a day of missed deadlines and late appointments. Then you work late because you're trying to play catch-up, all the while missing out on quality time with your family and friends. Once you make it home, you crash into bed, only to repeat the same cycle the next day. This seems to be the typical pace of life for many working people, but some experts believe that it can't be kept up continually without consequence. Whether it's by way of increased stress and depression or less time spent with loved ones, you may eventually pay a price for trying to fit too much into your schedule. And these issues can lead to further problems. For example, stress can lead to health conditions like high blood pressure, while a poor work-life balance may cause relationship troubles [source: … [Read more...] about What are the best time management techniques?
Holiday Noshes Image Gallery Don't feel like throwing a full-on party this year? Host a casual open house instead. See pictures of holiday noshes. ©iStockphoto.com/shironosov Unless you entertain all the time, hosting a get-together can be intimidating. The good news about having an open house around the holidays is that some of the hard stuff has already been taken care of for you. People know what to expect, so you don't have to come up with a complicated, creative theme, and laying on the glitz will almost never look tacky. It's the holidays, and a few decorations and an open heart are sure to put people in a festive mood. Casual Entertaining Because there's no specific time for dining and other activities, an open house is a casual approach to having people over. The control you lose by not keeping everything on a strict timetable allows you more latitude in what you serve and how you orchestrate your gathering. The dynamics can change quickly, too, depending on the … [Read more...] about How to Host a Holiday Open House
If you love to head out to the theater to catch a holiday-themed rom-com, you’re out of luck this movie season, unless you consider your love for Viola Davis in Widows a rom-com. On the small or streaming screen, though, there are a multitude of options to put on in the background whilst wrapping presents or gnashing your teeth over increasingly mounting holiday bills. The Hallmark Channel is still the champ in this regard, offering a month’s-plus worth of holiday-themed romances. Close behind is Lifetime, taking a break from its usual true-life dramas to offer a slate of perfectionist businesswomen getting swept off their feet by hunky small-town old flames. But there are a few newer players in the game: After Netflix’s success with A Christmas Prince in 2017, this year the streaming service not only offers a sequel to that movie (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), but a few more options, continuing the momentum of its run of popular summer rom-coms. And … [Read more...] about Watch out for mistletoe and snowballs: Navigating this year’s crop of holiday romance TV movies