Give Yourself a Winter Glow

If it’s mid-February, it must be sleeting in New York, snowing in Boston, sunless in Seattle and freezing in South Carolina. It’s enough to make my chapped lips and blue mood crave some warm, sunny weather. But you know what’s not helping? This “bohemian ’70s” trend suddenly filling store windows again: It has me lusting for a suede fringed bag, a pair of Dr. Scholl’s sandals and a beachy, bronzed tan. Uh-oh. The first two I can have — even …

Cheap Travel Fixes for Winter Doldrums

Groundhog Day has come and gone. Winter’s still here. You’re paying holiday bills. Here are a few inexpensive ideas to keep you going until spring. Host a travel movie night The best way to save money is to stay home. How do you indulge your wanderlust from your living room? Rent a movie that transports you somewhere else. Invite a few friends and enjoy dinner and wine inspired by the movie’s locale. Here are some of my favorites. Research your …

How to Stay Warm and Save Energy

For people in much of the country, temperatures are going down and utility bills are skyrocketing up. Home heating accounts for about 45 percent of the typical American household’s energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the biggest culprits behind high heating bills is heat loss that occurs through small holes and cracks in the home’s envelope. Though seemingly small, these little escape hatches can drain up to 25 percent of a home’s heat, DOE reports. …

Holiday Blues? 7 Ways to Cheer Up

The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. Here are some things you can do …

Beat the Big Chill

This boomerina is no fan of cold weather, but she does love winter sports — the indoor variety, that is! The frosty season can’t give me too many excuses to layer on cozy sweaters, wrap up in scarves, wear Uggs, drink multiple mugs of hot chai and take hot, steamy showers. (I know the latter is bad, but hey — if that’s my worst vice, I’m happy!) >> 10 Must-Have Wardrobe Items for Women at 50+ Here’s how I survive, thrive …

Grab a Tissue-Major Allergy Season Coming

Man, this winter just keeps on giving. Turns out those record-setting, lower-than-normal temperatures we just suffered through are now going to cause higher-than-normal pollen counts starting this month. Or, as Susan Kosisky, chief microbiologist at the U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Laboratory, told the Washington Post, “Grab your Kleenex. It’s coming.” Evidently the long cold spell has given trees more time to build up pollen, which basically translates to lots of eye-watering, sneezy-wheezy misery as the weather warms and all …