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Mosquito Repellents: Which Ones Truly Work?

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By Ellen Blake Do you know which mosquito repellents actually work? Most people do not. The marketing labels on these products can be super convincing, but sometimes promise unrealistic results. Here are the facts. Effective Mosquito Repellents Mosquito repellents that work well: DEET A repellent with DEET tells mosquitos to buzz off. Get one with

Still Hot…Just Comes in Flashes Now!


by Ellen Blake   News flash about menopause At this very moment I am hot, sweaty and to be perfectly honest, kind of disgusting. True, it is summer in Texas which can be unbearable under the best of circumstances, but the extreme weather is not the reason I am an overheated mess. The

Guide to Food and Fun in Europe for the Solo Traveler

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by Ellen Blake Europeans seem to love their food, history, art and architecture. Can you blame them?  An abundance of rich stories from the past help us understand their lives today. When you travel to Europe, what is your focal point? When traveling alone you have the luxury of planning a trip

Rage Yoga: The New Trend in Yoga

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by Ellen Blake More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude. Traditional yoga is peaceful, quiet and zen. It's benefits include an improved immune system, enhanced mood and relief from pain and stress. But this type of yoga isn't for everyone. Some feel it is too slow or that it

You Can Start a Brilliant Career at Any Age

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by Ellen Blake   In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal called, "It's Never Too Late to Start a Brilliant Career", these words of wisdom from Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher and author of Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement were quoted:   "Our obsession with

Nap Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure


by Ellen Blake I've always liked a good nap when I have time. That's not to say I don't feel guilty about laying down for a snooze mid-day, but I do it anyway.  A 30 minute catnap seems to reenergize me for the rest of the day, Recently I heard that

The Grandparent Economy is Serious Business

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By Ellen Blake Grandparents are an eager to spend demographic. Think about it -  Most grandparents light up when you ask about their grandchildren. My friends share stories and pictures readily and often, and are willing to spend abundantly on the grandbabies even when they really cannot afford to do so.No matter

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