Spring Cleanout? Beware of Seasonal Scams

After a polar-vortexing bear of a winter, spring has sprung (finally!) – at least according to the calendar. So now’s the time to prepare for scammers who spring into action, trying these perennial ploys: Home Repair Scams They may promise deals on asphalt paving, roof work or other “needed repairs” they happen to spot from their pickups or by going door to door. But beware of any “con”-tractors who then request upfront payment under the guise of having to buy materials; …

The New Jumpsuit: 4 Reasons to Own One

The jumpsuit – the iconic one-piece fashion wonder you may have worn to the disco in 1977 – is back in a big way. One need only have seen first lady Michelle Obama in a black jumpsuit on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to know that it’s cool again. But you’ll see jumpsuits in stores this spring by designers from Diane von Furstenberg to Nicole Miller. The good news is a jumpsuit can be the most comfortable, flattering, stylish …

Spring Cleaning Tips for the House, and the Soul

One of my kids, I won’t mention which one, recently saw a news report that stated there have been new studies revealing that household cleaning supplies have a greater possibility of a carcinogenic effect on individuals than originally thought! This news flash instilled immediate fear in this child and “SHE” said I’ve got to call the other two siblings; we’re going to die! She knows I use this time of year to engage everyone in a ritual we have all …

Spring into Safer Driving with these 8 Tips

Potholes and puddles and glare, oh my! As the seasons change, so do road conditions. While winter snow and ice generally prevail as far as challenging road conditions go, spring also presents a variety of challenges that can affect your travel. Stay safe on the road this spring by following these 8 driving tips from AARP Driver Safety: Spring showers bring May flowers-and wet driving conditions. Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to …

Easter Springs a Renewal of Hope

A shiny new pair of shoes, a hot cross bun, hiding colorful eggs, the big furry white bunny, the resurrection, a basket full of candy….What does Easter mean to you? Obviously, as we pass through different phases of life it means different things. As I am now 51 years old, which means I have completed several life phases, it is none of the above. It is more than something that is tangible. It is hope. Hope is a powerful thing. …

Latinos: Time to Put your Green Hats On

The sensation in most parts of the country is that winter never made it here this year. The cold season is not officially over but temperatures are almost reaching 70 degrees nationwide. This is a great indication that spring gardening season is here; it is time to get your trowel, pruning shears and rake out of the backyard shed and let’s plant some forsythias, daffodils, or why not, some fresh cilantro. The first step to take is to give a …