Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions on a Budget
5 New-Year, New-You Resolutions to Boost Your Wellbeing
(StatePoint) Whether your New Year’s Resolutions include eating healthier, exercising more, or devoting more time to self-care, having a plan can help you reach your goals on a budget.
New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep
(StatePoint) It’s already the time of year to reassess where the past 12 months took you and decide what you want to improve, change or start doing in 2022. Coming up with meaningful resolutions can be hard. To help simplify this process and get started toward becoming a better you, here are five things to consider working into your daily schedule in the new year:
Beat the Holiday Stress With Cheese-Pleasing Recipes and Fun
(StatePoint) It’s no secret that many people wait for a new year to commit to implementing better habits. They’ll start eating more vegetables next week, they’ll cut out wine with dinner next month, and they’ll use their gym membership next year. These are things you’ve heard before, and likely even things you’ve said yourself. So how do you make resolutions you’ll stick to?
3 Fun, Fashionable Trends for Fall
(StatePoint) It’s become an annual tradition that as soon as we bid adieu to chrysanthemums, the cornucopias and the turkey dinner, the frantic countdown to Christmas begins. From the countless holiday soirees and batches of bulk baking, to battling the crowds in a futile attempt to secure the most sought-after toy, or remembering to move the elf each night, ‘tis the season to be exhausted.
Homemade Holiday Delights That Are Guaranteed to Butter Anyone Up
(StatePoint) While comfort reigns supreme in fashion and accessories, the transition to the cooler months offers opportunities for fun, statement-making outfits for the new season. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul an entire closet. Instead, there are plenty of on-trend colors, styles and patterns that can be incorporated into an existing wardrobe for a comfortable and casual look.
How to Ensure Your Child’s Screen Time is Educational and Meaningful
(StatePoint) As we find ourselves surrounded by an abundance of this year’s “must-have” items, our shopping lists are often dictated by retail experts all claiming to offer the ultimate gift-giving guide. But there’s no need to spend a fortune or face the aggravation of competing with crowds for sold-out products. Sometimes, the most rich and memorable gifts can be created in the kitchen.
Learning to Love Cold-Weather Camping and Trekking
(StatePoint) Did you know that your child’s screen time can be educational, thought-provoking and meaningful? Here’s how to ensure that happens:
How to Bring New Life to Classic Holiday Traditions
(StatePoint) Do you identify as an outdoor enthusiast -- but only during three seasons of the year? Here are some tips and recommendations for learning to love cold-weather camping, trekking and more:
5 Unique Gift Ideas to Show You Care
(StatePoint) Bringing new life to classic holiday traditions starts with understanding the origins of how these traditions came to be.
5 Ways to Protect Your Holiday Budget
(StatePoint) When it comes to birthdays, holidays and life’s special moments, finding a gift for someone we love can be a daunting task. If you’re feeling repetitive and predictable in your gift-giving endeavors, start thinking outside the gift box and give a unique present that’s sure to delight!
Including Music in Your Holiday Traditions
(StatePoint) It may be the season of cheer, but for many, the holidays are rife with anxiety about expenses. A recent survey shows that staying on budget is Americans’ top concern this holiday season, followed by incurring long-term debt, shipping costs and being charged late or hidden fees.
Why Sharpening Your Knives Can Make You a More Proficient Cook
(StatePoint) Music is powerful. Here is how to include music in your holiday celebrations to set a joyful, festive mood and help create happy family memories.
What You Didn’t Know About The Beatles’ Final Days Together
(StatePoint) If you’ve ever desired to become a better home chef, you’ve probably spent time reading cookbooks, watching cooking shows or even taking a culinary skills course. The truth is that when it comes to improving your cooking and becoming more efficient in the kitchen, you may be overlooking a much simpler step: sharpening your knives.
Tips to Ensure a Safe, Seamless Shopping Experience this Holiday Season
(StatePoint) Whether you’re a Beatlemaniac or a more casual fan, you likely have an opinion about the band’s final days together and their eventual breakup.
Hearing the Stories of Veterans and Advocates Nationwide
(StatePoint) Despite the recent resurgence of COVID-19, many consumers are more comfortable shopping at brick-and-mortar stores compared to last year, and experts are predicting substantial retail traffic this holiday season.
Survey Shows More Americans Are Considering Electric Vehicles
(StatePoint) The years after military service can be fraught, as many veterans are dealing with both physical and invisible wounds of war. A new campaign hopes to draw attention both to the struggles those who have served in the military face and the ways veterans have overcome adversity.
5 Great Ways to Introduce Spanish-Language Skills During Playtime
(StatePoint) Americans are increasingly looking to electrify their daily on-road travel, according to a new study.
Tips for Fall Hikes That Are Great for the Mind and Body
(StatePoint) There are many benefits to introducing Spanish to your child at an early age. With over 50 million Spanish speakers in the United States, this useful skill has the potential to open social, cultural and professional doors in the future.
5 Tips to Ease the Pain of Holiday Shipping
(StatePoint) Americans are discovering the mental and physical benefits of outdoor recreation with great enthusiasm. Not only does fall hiking offer unparalleled views and breathtaking experiences, it is a great way to relieve stress and even a better way to stay fit.
5 Tips to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests
(StatePoint) Holiday plans may look different again this year. Some families will choose to host small gatherings, while others may celebrate from the comfort of home instead of traveling.
Elevate Holiday Cooking With Quick and Easy Tweaks
(StatePoint) Cooler temperatures, outings to the Christmas tree farm, game nights and holiday feasts. Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to prep your home for seasonal fun! Whether you’re hosting a big or small group of family and friends this holiday season, decorating and decluttering around the house can make party prep easier and more enjoyable for everyone. With that in mind, here are some top tips to create functional and stylish spaces that are easy to keep clean and tidy throughout the festivities.
Connecting Military Parents and Children, One Story at a Time
(StatePoint) Holiday cooking and entertaining don’t have to be overly complex to impress. Here are quick, simple ways to elevate your meals for memorable experiences your friends and family will love:
Uplifting Troops All Around the Globe
(StatePoint) For deployed service members who are also parents, being away from their kids is often the hardest part of the job.
Tips to Pick the Best Place to Relocate or Retire
(StatePoint) The ever-evolving mission of the U.S. military means service members are often on the move. As demonstrated by recent events in Afghanistan, Haiti and in the wake of Hurricane Ida, dedicated service members put their lives on the line whenever and wherever they are deployed at home or abroad.
Tips to Get Out of Sticky Situations in the Great Outdoors
(StatePoint) Whether retirement is in on the horizon for you or you are simply planning to move to your dream retirement area earlier than planned thanks to telework, there is a lot to consider when relocating.
Must-Haves for Holiday Baking and Entertaining
(StatePoint) When it comes to outdoor adventures, you never know what unexpected issues will arise. While you’re unlikely to pack a full toolbox, extra shoes or equipment due to space limitations, tape can offer quick fixes in a variety of situations, and is a must-have item to keep with your outdoor gear.
Tips for a Smart Holiday Shopping Game Plan
(StatePoint) Whether you’re a beginning baker or an experienced entertainer, having the right tools can make the process of holiday party prep faster, easier, more festive – and ensure you can achieve expert-level results. Here are a few must-haves to add to your holiday shopping list.
Entertain for Less This Holiday Season
(StatePoint) Health and safety, shipping delays and a constrained budget -- these are just some of the concerns that may be amplifying your shopping stress this holiday season.
Protect Kids by Steering Clear of Knock-Off Toys This Holiday Season
(StatePoint) The holiday season brings an abundance of feelings that may include joy, comfort, gratitude, and unfortunately, stress. Don’t let the task of entertaining friends and family break the bank or your back.
Tips to Complete Outdoor Chores With Vigor as You Age
(StatePoint) In the scramble to get your hands on the toys your children want this holiday season, experts warn that you should prioritize safety by sticking to age-appropriate toys and by avoiding counterfeit alternatives at all costs.
What Every Couple Planning a Wedding Needs to Know
(StatePoint) When it comes to healthy, active aging, it’s all about making simple adaptations. This is especially true of outdoor chores, which can put a strain on wrists and hands.
How to Send Great ‘Thank You’ Notes
(StatePoint) Planning a wedding involves dozens of decisions made under tight deadlines, as well as agreements made with multiple vendors, including caterers, entertainers and florists.
5 Ways Technology Can Motivate You to Stay Active in Fall
(StatePoint) While “thank you” notes have been exchanged since the 1400s, they remain as important as ever today.
How Creativity and Crafting Can Bring Families Together
(StatePoint) With the days growing shorter and the weather getting cooler, it’s easy to fall into a rut during the fall season. Here’s how the latest technology can support your efforts to keep your mind and body active in the months ahead.
How to Get Kids Excited About Learning
(StatePoint) The benefits of family quality time, which include positive impacts on mental health, reduced stress, promoting adaptability and more, are well understood. But the importance of creativity in families is less common knowledge.
5 Ways to Stay Busy and Active in Retirement
(StatePoint) Pre-K learning is fundamental, giving children the skills they will need to thrive in school and beyond. But sometimes kids need more encouragement to get excited about learning. Here are some tools and strategies that can help:
Top 5 Birthday Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything
(StatePoint) Many people look forward to their retirement for years. However, once it begins, they may find all the newfound free time overwhelming.
5 Hobbies You Can Pursue on Your Own
(StatePoint) We all have someone who has more than enough clothes, jewelry, artwork and overall “stuff,” that you just don’t know where to begin finding a gift they’ll need or want. The next time you need to come up with a clever birthday gift idea for them, try one of the following categories:
Great Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp As You Age
(StatePoint) Whether you simply prefer doing things solo or you have a tight schedule that makes it difficult to commit to classes at set times of the week, you don’t need to forgo the pursuit of new hobbies. Here are five activities that you can take on completely on your own:
How Playtime Can Teach Important Values
(StatePoint) Experts say that keeping your mind and body healthy through the years can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Try taking on these new hobbies to keep your mind sharp as you age:
Illuminating Ideas for Hanging String Lights in Your Backyard
(StatePoint) Playtime is not only fun, it can also be an opportunity to teach children important values and help them learn to give back. Here are three ideas for infusing a philanthropic mindset into fun.
Lost and Found: Tips for Managing Commonly Misplaced Items
(StatePoint) So, you’ve created the backyard of your dreams and love everything about it -- except that seeing your surroundings can sometimes be a challenge once the sun’s gone down. As the days grow shorter and we head into fall, it’s one of the best times of year to enhance your backyard life at night.
7 Must-Have Pantry Items That Will Elevate Your Baking Recipes
(StatePoint) In the haste to break free from your pandemic routine, you may find your new schedule overwhelming and hectic. And with that, comes the inconvenience of misplacing commonly used items. According to a survey conducted by Bluetooth tracking company Pixie, Americans spend an average of 2.5 days out of each calendar year searching for lost items.
(StatePoint) If your casual baking hobby has turned into an obsession, you’re in good company. Baking swept the nation as a way to pass the time in 2020, with an overwhelming 84% of respondents identifying as bakers in an end-of-year Packaged Facts survey of Americans.