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Spend on a Vacation, Not a Flat-Screen

Money is tighter for a lot of people these days, and we’re having to make tough choices about where to spend discretionary income. Once all the
necessities are paid for, where are you putting the rest of your hard-earned
cash? Toward a weekend getaway, or that new outfit you’ve been eyeing? If you
picked the getaway, you’re probably going to be happier.

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Mardi Gras Cocktails

Planning to celebrate Fat Tuesday tomorrow? Here are a few popular cocktail recipes to help entertain your Mardi Gras guests!

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Finding Fragrances That Won’t Break The Bank

The trick I’ve discovered for finding affordable fragrances:  search for perfumes and eau de toilettes in stores that aren’t known for selling them. Department store prices (and even the prices at Target) tend to start above $40. The ones below all cost $28 – altogether, there are 14 affordable scents to choose from.


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Why Can’t I Floss Regularly?

One question that comes up all the time with my happiness project, and one which fascinates me is – how do people successfully make changes in their lives? Why can one person stick to a resolution, and another person can’t? How do we boost our chances for sticking to our resolutions?  For example, one small, everyday activity that I just […]

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Pancake Art

Want to make pancakes even more special than they already are? My friend Eric taught me this really fun and easy pancake trick. Drizzle  pancake batter on your griddle in the shape a letter or design. Let it cook for a minute or so, then cover the design with batter to create your traditional pancake shape. Since the letter cooks longer, you’ll get this amazing tone-on-tone effect. It’s so simple and looks amazing.

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Great Source for Party Cups

Sick of flimsy, boring plastic party cups?

Turn to Paper House Online in preparation for your next big gathering. They make my favorite customizeable "frost-flex" cups – the perfect combination of style and convenience.

I had these ones made for a housewarming party last summer, they were a total conversation peice, and we’re still sipping out of them when friends come over.

They’re unbreakable, dishwasher safe, and affordable (under $1/cup for a 12oz size, minimum order is 100 cups). The website has dozens of color, font, and image options, and they make for great gifts.

Got a favorite source for party supplies? Share it here.

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Would You Could You Read a Book on Your Phone?

I may be showing my age here, but I spend lots of my days peering at screens, large and small, and my eyes feel it at the end of the day. I am always using the handy magnifier on my Firefox browser (CTRL +), and I’m all for checking headlines and email on my BlackBerry. But, reading a book on […]

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