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Stop Junk Mail With These Simple Steps

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Nowadays when we hear the phrase “junk mail”, we almost immediately think of our e-mail inbox, but one trip to a home mailbox and we’re easily reminded of how much junk mail we get on a regular basis. From credit card offers to catalogs and advertisements, our mailbox is filled with an average of 40+ pounds of junk mail per year!

If you’re concerned about our environment and would like to take steps to preserve our natural resources, there are a variety of ways to to prevent unwanted mail.

Screen Time Guidance

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We live in a digital world. That’s a simple fact, so protecting our children is a cross we need to bear. The majority of households have any number of screen devices from TVs and phones to tablets and gaming systems. It’s even common occurrence for schools to administer iPads to each student for both school and home use. Although the safety controls on the devices from school are readily in place, screen time on these tablets still requires limitation.

The Importance of Preventing Mold

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Summer rains can be a beautiful event but there are times when the rain comes hard and fast and wreaks havoc on our homes. Flooding basements and water damage to walls, carpets, drywall and possessions are no fun. The hassle of dealing with cleanup and repair is one thing, but the mold residue that can crop up and be left behind is another quite important, not to mention, threatening matter.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Combat Weeds

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By this time of our summer season, many of us have lovely, lush flower and vegetable gardens and gorgeous landscaping in full bloom. In turn, those pesky weeds grow right along side our desirable plantings so what’s an eco-friendly gardener to do when it comes to getting rid of fast growing nuisances? Here are 3 great eco-friendly ways to combat weeds.

Get Involved

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If you’re new to a neighborhood or community, you know how difficult it can be to get your bearings, make new friends and acquire the services you need. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” So whether you’ve just moved, your life is in a new chapter, or you’d simply like to open up to more experiences, creating ties to your community and its members truly offers a sense of belonging that’s worth exploring.

Teaching Responsibility

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This week we've been discussing the idea of how to teach the value of work to children. Some families may refer to them as chores. Some might refer to pitching in with household work as a life skill. No matter what you call it, is it something that your family instills? If not, the future outcome could be crippling to a child as they grow. As adults, we all know the amount of responsibility life involves, and keeping on top of it is critical. Jobs are essential elements of learning how to maneuver through life.

Giving Your Time

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In a season where it is commonplace to feel pressured to buy, buy, buy, it is important to keep things in perspective and remember the true meaning of giving. As Maya Angelou is quoted as saying, "No one has ever become poor from giving." Her meaning here, of course, was not to push your monetary spending to its limits, but to open your eyes and heart to the needs of others. Instead of a physical gift that could possibly even go unused, why not focus on how to give in order to benefit the actual needs of others? The list is endless, but often begins with sharing our time.

I'm Sorry

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Has someone ever wronged you without offering, what you thought should be, a well-deserved apology? I’m sure the majority of readers answer with a resounding “yes”! What happens when a victim of any sort of incident receives an apology? It’s quite amazing what transpires along the lines of healing. When apologized to in meaningful and authentic manner, an injured person (in terms or either emotional and/or physical) is given the opportunity by the offender to restore their dignity.

Relationship Reinforcements

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Relationships can be the most rewarding things in our lives and, sometimes, the most frustrating things all at once. Whether conflicts involve money, chores, sex or so on, the keys to resolution involve communication, honesty and a plan.

Let’s start with communication. Most often, opening up to a partner begins with body language. Listening can begin with eye contact and making sure you are actually hearing your partner. Rephrasing their comments can help keep you both on the same page in understanding the meaning of what they are trying to convey.

Clean Out the Clutter

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Clutter can be a very sneaky thing. It worms its way into our lives with material possessions, and "mind muddle". Physical clutter can, in fact, affect your mood and stress level....all in a negative way. All that STUFF clogging up your free flowing, healthy thoughts and lifestyle can really drain your energy. As possessions in your life pile up, it can turn into actual emotional chaos. Most of us can probably admit that so much of what we own has no real use and is, ultimately, unnecessary.

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