The general gift-giving rule is if the present is meaningful and useful for most anyone, then chances are it is an excellent idea. When buying a gift for family or a good friend, choosing something to take to their birthday lunch or graduation dinner is not that hard. … Read more
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Sure, if you have a dog that has ever been around you when you are eating something that smells good, you have probably seen him beg for a bite. This is not a good idea – especially when you are eating processed foods. The best thing that you are able to do for your dog is to give him or her organic things. This includes everything from the food that your dog eats every day to the supplements that you need to give. After all, when dogs used to roam around in the wild – they only consumed organic things.… Read more
Debt is becoming a common part of life for the average American as consumers are now spending thousands of dollars on credit and debit card, auto loan, tax, student loan, medical and residential mortgage debt each and every month. Data shows the average household owes more than $15,000 in credit card debt, which is just a portion of the debt landscape, and with relatively high-interest rates across the board, the situation is unlikely to improve in the short term.… Read more
Whether you are a full-time global nomad or a traveler enjoying the perfect vacation, we all want to stretch our travel dollars. Saving money allows us to extend our journeys and pack more fun and activities for our getaway, or better yet have money left over for the next adventure!… Read more
There is nothing better than having a nice and cold low-fat ice cream when you are out having a picnic with your family. Of course, one of the biggest problems with enjoying this sweet treat during a picnic is that many people have found that their ice cream melts before they ever get the chance to enjoy it. This is simply unacceptable and not something that you have to put up with. Don’t fret just yet – this does not mean that you have to simply give up on the idea of ever enjoying a nice ice cream during the warm weather while out at picnic ever again.… Read more
If you're currently living on a tight budget, you're not alone. More people than ever are living from paycheck to paycheck. If you need to free up monies to pay off debt or need to feel a release from the endless stress of your monthly obligations, there are many ways aside from the usual methods.… Read more
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people wanting to lose weight is that they either don’t have time, or it’s too much work. Basically, many people want to lose weight but don’t always have the motivation to do the work. That being said, I want to share with you some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help you reach your goal in the easiest way possible. Trust me, some of these things you already do in your daily routine. The everyday Chicago lifestyle, as they say!
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You know how they say less is more? This is how it works. By adding just a little exercise in the day, you start shedding the pounds and toning up.
Switch out the junk food for delicious, healthy alternatives. If you find yourself reaching for the snacks, try something like yogurt. I got into the kick lately of eating tomatoes like apples. Next thing I knew, I was down 6 pounds!
Take the dog for a walk. He could use it, and so could you. Let’s face it, walking a dog can make your otherwise boring walk a little better. If you can’t get your hands on a dog, pop your earbuds in and listen to your favorite music.
Break your food intake down. We’ve all been told since the dawn of time that we need 3 square meals a day to keep a healthy lifestyle. But, you can actually split it into 6 smaller meals throughout the day. So if you get hungry every 2 hours, eat every 2 hours!
Get yourself an app to help you count your calories and sodium intake. If you consider how many calories you need to eat and how many milligrams of sodium, you can keep track of what you eat by scanning barcodes and the app does all the work. By the way, you should try cooking with more spices instead of salt. All the top chefs do it and it will help you retain less water.
So there you have it! Minor changes that won’t kill you to make, and you can actually improve your lifestyle and help you lose weight. Even if you don’t think you have time, as said above, these are done in your everyday routine so you won’t have to worry about finding more time. Quick, easy and great steps to be a better you!