Amanda and Patrick

Today’s Resolution: Avoid Asking “Where’s my—-?”

Can’t find your keys? glasses? cell phone? Resolve to find some permanent spots in your home or office where you will make an effort to set commonly used items. Or maybe the items are too camouflaged. Add something noticeable to them like a colorful lanyard or keychain for the keys. Put your glasses in a bright case or add a chain where they can reside around your neck when not in use. At least with a cell phone you can call yourself from another phone and follow the ring (only if it is not on mute!).

Today’s Resolution: Find a Free For All

If you are a savvy shopper you recognize the acronym BOGO (Buy One, Get One free).  Getting deals on things is something we all enjoy; it provides a feeling of accomplishment. If you have ever watched the show “Extreme Couponing,” you know what I am talking about. There are many routes for finding deals  and FREE offers for all kinds of products and services if you can spare a little time to look for them.  Plug “free stuff” or “free samples” into any search engine and start your FREE FOR ALL.

Today’s Resolution: Sharpen Your Blades

Give yourself an edge by sharpening the blades in your home. Sometimes a good sharp edge is hard to find when you need one. Scissors and knives, as many other things, need to be rejuvenated. The obvious method would be with a blade sharpener, but if you do not have that, there are some other home tricks. Try using a pair of scissors on some aluminum foil; make several cuts to sharpen the blades. For a dull blade (avoid serrated edges here), try running it over the bottom of a ceramic cup or bowl that is not glazed, or on a terra cotta pot. See what other methods you can come up with.  

Today’s Resolution: Take to the Skies

Do you prefer short pointed wings or sleek narrow ones? This is not chicken wing related. Find yourself an 8.5” X 11” sheet of paper and create a paper airplane that can take to the skies. Revise and perfect your design for the purpose of achieving distance or speed. One never knows when a challenge will be encountered for a paper airplane making competition. At least you will be ready!

Today’s Resolution: Shred for Safety

Because identity theft can be a real threat, shredding important old documents that contain account numbers and other critical information should occur regularly. If you don’t have a shredder, there are sometimes “community shreds” organized where you can deposit old forms and documents at a public location. Start gathering such items designated for a “shred,” and try to do this periodically. Even if you toss single items in the trash from time to time, make sure you have taken scissors to them.

Today’s Resolution: Go for Broke

Make a list of any broken items in your home. Prioritize and figure out what it takes to make repairs. Is it something you need now? Will be expensive to take care of? Post the list up somewhere so it is unavoidably visible. Stop procrastinating. Call the plumber, go to the hardware store, implore a neighbor; get busy and fix it!

Today’s Resolution: Rescue the Rack

Sometimes the magazine rack is spilling over to the point where you cannot ignore it any longer. Spend 10 minutes fishing through old magazines and circulars that are stacked somewhere taking up space. Throw away anything issued more than 3 months ago. Decide if you or anyone in your household actually reads the issues; if they do not, cancel the subscription. Revisit articles or look for valuable coupons that are not expired. And don’t forget to freshen up old issues that might be in the bathroom; often this is where the most reading occurs!

Today’s Resolution: Be a Bird Brain

Today's Resolution: Be a bird brain

Do you know the difference between a crow and a raven? A robin and a wren? Gather up some seeds, nuts, and fruit to attract some birds of a feather.  Do a little bird watching to get in touch with nature. Depending on what part of the country you live in, indigenous birds can cover quite a variety. Sunflower seeds and peanuts are commonly consumed items. Toss food periodically in your yard, set up an actual birdfeeder, or go to a local park with your food cache and see what flocks around you. Caution: You may attract non-feather types (squirrels) or end up with some bird “debris” on cars, patios, or your head!

Today’s Resolution: Make a Mail Call

There are people in our lives who take care of us every day and we often don’t give them a second thought. Don’t take these folks for granted. Leave your postal carrier a little surprise in your mailbox. Say ‘thanks” with a card or note directly addressed to him/her. Add some cookies or some chocolate. The gesture will be appreciated and you won’t even need a stamp!

Today’s Resolution: Enjoy the Spices of Life

Today's Resolution: Enjoy the spice-of-life

Unless there is someone in your household (perhaps you) who is an inventive cook, chances are there are probably spices in your kitchen arsenal that are rarely used or have been forgotten. Take a good look in your spice rack and choose an item or two to incorporate into your next home cooked meal. Experiment a little and see what you can turn out. Families make great guinea pigs.

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