6 Ways to Fix a Sexless Marriage Before It's Too Late

When you first meet someone and pass the courting stage you will probably enter a period where you enjoy sex at every opportunity you get, this could be daily or twice daily.  However, every couple experiences a reduced need for sex as the relationship becomes more comfortable.  This does not mean the love has gone, rather that the time available has reduced.  Commitments at work and at home will often drain you physically and emotionally leaving very little time Read more

What to Do if Your Teenager or Young Adult Has a Drug Problem

Drug addiction can happen at any age, and nobody is exempt from the risk of becoming an addict. Teenagers may become addicted to drugs for a number of different reasons, whether they started trying a drug simply to experiment or have fun or as a result of more serious underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If your teenager is using drugs and continues to use them despite the real risks of harmful consequences, you may need Read more

8 Surprising Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

We humans need our sleep. Most of us feel at our best when we have had around seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We then wake up full of the joys of life, ready to face the world. It is a different story if you haven’t slept well. You wake up feeling like death, hollow-eyed and groggy, and then spend the rest of the day fighting to stay awake. Everyone has a few bad nights here are there, usually when kids Read more

Women’s Guide to Anti-Aging Skin

You can never start too early to prevent your skin from showing signs of ageing. What you need is the right skincare and lifestyle tips to send them packing. Here are some tips to help you save face. Pack Your Moisturizer No matter what moisturizer you use, anything that will soften your skin will go the distance to giving you supple skin that is less likely to show wrinkles. However, there are some ingredients that will make your skin even softer, Read more

You say microwave. I say macrowave.

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When we moved into the new place, the microwave, toaster oven AND coffee pot decided to die – like a mass suicide – all within the same week. We just got around – well, Nick just got around – to buying a new one today. Upon taking it out of the box and using it for the first time, this is how the conversation went (Nick from the kitchen, me in the bedroom at the end of the hall – yeah, we were yelling back and forth): Read more

Recommended on Netflix: TV Series

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I’m not a huge fan of movies on Netflix. To me, the choices are pretty slim and what movies are available are those you have either seen a hundred times on The Hallmark Channel or simply passed on the first time around. But! I do love the TV series they have on there – all those shows you saw advertised at one time, got excited about, said “I’m definitely watching that when it comes out this fall (or summer)!” and never actually got around to watching even the pilot episode of a single one. Well, Netflix lets you redeem yourself! Read more

8 “Vintage” Cooking Tips and Tricks

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While going through an old tin of recipes my grandmother collected during the 1960s and 1970s, I came across a list of “Cooking Potpourri Tips” that she had compiled. In meticulous handwriting it said:

“Like most space-age homemakers, I have a rather full schedule. Below I have written some handy tips for other busy homemakers.”

Space-age or not, these are some goodies: Read more

Are “junk food laws” a bit unsavory?

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I just finished reading a TIME article that discussed the results of the first study covering the effectiveness of so-called “junk food laws” in schools. According to the study released online in the journal of Pediatrics, “laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity.” May? Oh, that’s encouraging. Read more

Getting Ready for Winter in Maine

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We just received our first four cords of wood for winter, with two more coming this afternoon. That means a lot of stacking and grumpiness from the peanut gallery. What can I say, we live in Maine. Winters are bitter and looooooong. Take a peek at the awesomeness that is pre-heat:

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How can you miss your Olympic event?

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The story of the Egyptian wrestlers missing and thereby forfeiting their matches because they showed up late is really quite depressing. Supposedly they were unaware that the events for that day were at a different time from all previous events. In a world fueled by smartphones, GPS and mobile apps, there is simply no excuse for such a costly mistake. Beyond that, where the hell were their coaches? Was no one paying attention to the schedule? If I were one of these unfortunate athletes, you better believe there would be some kind of body slamming going down. Someone would be wearing the podium. Read more

Crunchy Onion Burgers Recipe

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If you love to grill, here’s a fun and tasty twist on traditional burgers – crunchy onion burgers. Made with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and French’s original French Fried Onions, they are full of robust flavor and literally melt in your mouth when grilled right. Read more

Salve, Mercurochrome & Robitussin – The Cure-Alls of the 1970s

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Little Aless is still sick, which caused me to pause and reflect today. Growing up, there were three products that made everything better. From cuts and bruises to sore throats and coughs, my grandmother was always “administering” (I use this term lightly) one of these products in or on me when I was hurt or sick:

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