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Featured Household Hints and Tips

Clothing Household HintHousehold Tip #1 - Clothing that Fits Right is a Fashion DO! - It's known as the "double bubble" syndrome, and we see it everywhere! It happens when a woman's bra is at least one size too small, resulting in bra cups that overflow. Ill-fitting clothes are a fashion no-no, whether it's pants that are too long or short, skirts that are too tight or jackets that are too friumpy.
Resist the temptation to not buy one size larger clothes simply because that's not the size you "usually" wear. Sizes vary between clothing designers, so stick to what lays nicely on your body. Repeat it like a mantra: Smooth lines, smooth lines, smooth lines. . . Check out the latest in stylish plus size clothing that fit with smooth lines and has a stlish appeal for any woman who wants to look her best.

Fitness Household HintHousehold Tip #2 - Walking Fitness Training Exercise to Get in Shape - Recent research results could hardly be clearer: Taking a walk is one of the best ways to take charge of your health. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (February 11, 1998) showed that walking briskly for half an hour just six times a month cut the risk of premature death in men and women by 44 percent. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine (January 8, 1997) reported that men 61 to 81 years old sharply reduced their risk of death from all causes, including cancer and heart disease, by walking two miles a day. Other research has shown similar results for women.

Besides the well-documented health benefits, the beauty of walking is you can go at your own pace. If you are new to exercise or recovering from injury or childbirth, you can aim to walk for 20 to 45 minutes four or five days a week at the good fitness walking speed of three miles an hour. When (and if) you want to power up, you can take longer walks and work up to walking each mile in 15 minutes or less. Learn more great fitness and exercise tips for women, new moms, and and the entire family

Dog Training HintHousehold Hint #3 - How to Improve the Family Dog's Behavior - Sometimes the way we say goodbye to a dog stresses him, making him think he’ll never see us again. Some experts recommend that you not tell your dog when you’re leaving; just come and go as you please. If that feels too weird to you, try toning down your farewell, substituting a casual goodbye and a casual greeting upon arrival. If that doesn’t help, try not saying hello or goodbye at all, sending your dog the message that coming and going is totally unremarkable. I would try casual hellos and good-byes first: dogs certainly notice when their people leave, and it seems polite to say “goodbye” and “hello” to mark the rhythms of your day.

Some people get a lot of fun out of a big greeting from their dog when they return home each day. It’s wonderful to know someone who jumps around acting thrilled every time you come home, but it’s important to make sure your dog doesn’t use your return as an opportunity to bark, jump on you and generally misbehave. Don’t fall into the trap of giving your dog a “treat” that lets him break normal house rules: you’ll only be starting something you’ll have to fight later on. Find more dog training tips and advice about stoping your dog from barking and other bad dog behavior.

Beauty Household HintHousehold Beauty Tip #4 - Shaping Your Eyebrows Correctly - The perfect eyebrow starts above the inside corner of your eye (over the tear duct), and ends at the outside corner, above your eyelashes. Eyebrows should have an arch: in nature, it’s rarely where it should be, which is a frustrating commentary on standards of beauty. Ideally, the arch happens over the iris, the colored part of your eye. It should be gentle, so if you’re planning to reshape your arch, take it very, very slowly. Do a hair or two a day, and err on the side of caution. Hasty eyebrow plucking can give you a surprised look that lasts for weeks.

Many women pluck their eyebrows with tweezers. Some wax them, but wax is tricky because it’s hard to get an accurate shape. The eyebrow experts say never, never to pluck your eyebrows from above, but always to pluck from the bottom of the brow. I say, if you have some wild or stray or bushy hairs growing above your brows, feel free to pluck them. I did it once, and nothing bad happened to me. Find more free beauty tips like this household beauty tip on proper eyebrow plucking.

Money Saving Household HintHousehold Hint #6 - Household Money Saving Hints & Ways to Save Money - 1. Going out to dinner once a month instead of twice can save at least $500 a year. You know you've been eating out too much lately when your child says "Mom, why is the oven door hot?"
2. Instead of buying expensive bottled water, use a water filtration system such as one from Brita or Pur. It turns your free tap water into the same pure water you're buying at the store. Evian spring water, by comparison, costs $21.19 a gallon. And you thought gasoline is expensive! I'm saving $250 a year.
3.Break the McDonald's / Pizza-Hut / Taco-Bell / Kentucky-Fried Chicken habit. My family was spending over $40 a week, which was over $2,000 a year.
4.If you have a $3.00 a day Starbuck's habit like I did, cut it down to 4 days a week. Save $500 a year.
5.When shopping for the sack lunch or the kid's lunches, those individually packed snacks and drinks look so convenient. Buy juice in bulk and use a thermos. Buy fruit and cheese in bulk, and use your Tupperware. Snack-size chips cost twice as much as filling a plastic bag from a big bag of chips. You get the idea. Save hundreds of dollars a year.
6.Every night, put all the change and dollar bills from your pocket or purse into a change jar (do they still make piggy banks?). Save maybe $1,000 a year.

Learn more basic techniques about investing your money the right way, money saving tips, tricks and advice about the best ways to save and increase your income.

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