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Spring Cleaning Tips to Get You Motivated and Save Time and Money

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Prior to modern amenities such as the vacuum cleaner, March was considered the best time for dusting and sweeping since it was warm enough to open windows but not warm enough for insects. If you dream of clean but are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that must be done, here are a few tips that may help. Don’t be a weekend warrior! Pace yourself! Your house isn’t going anywhere; take the whole month! Map out your plan of attack on a monthly calendar. Walk through each room with your calendar and write in the specific chores to be done per day. Week 1: Kitchen/Dining Room Week 2: Living Room Week 3: Bedrooms/Closets Week 4: Other (Attic, Mud Room,...

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Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

It’s been said that people’s #1 fear is public speaking and #2 is death (people would rather die than speak in public). For most people I know (there are those few crazy exceptions), public speaking and death are both way outside their comfort zones. There are many other things that are outside our comfort zones that feel just as scary as public speaking or death. My friend (let’s call her Marge) would rather die than go to a movie by herself. This is an activity I have found very enjoyable. I like going whenever the mood strikes me. I don’t have to coordinate my schedule with anyone else. I don’t have to share the armrest, and there is no debate about whether or not to butter the popcorn (by the way, the answer is always YES). Marge says she...

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MyFitnessPal … A Real Eye-Opener

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69% of adults age 20 years and over are overweight. Well, last year at this time, I was part of that 69%. I ate what I wanted, did what I wanted, and used every excuse in the world to justify my weight.No problem I told myself; I’ll just exercise, and the weight will just fall off like I’m 20 years old again … NOT. Then my daughter told me about a free app for my smartphone that would make it convenient to count my calories called MyFitnessPal.MyFitnessPal allows you to enter the names of foods or scan barcodes to find items in a large database of over 3 million foods or select foods from a list of most frequently eaten foods. MyFitnessPal also tracks different exercises so that when...

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Sticking With Your New Year’s Health Goals: Making the Investment

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

As the New Year begins, most people are in the process of trying to improve themselves and their lifestyle in the form of their New Year’s resolutions. According to a University of Scranton survey published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, two of the top five most common resolutions are health-oriented. The most common resolution among all is to “lose weight,” with “staying fit and healthy” coming in at fifth most popular. Both of these goals are major lifestyle changes that require a serious commitment in order to be successful. That commitment ultimately comes to the person undertaking these challenges, and an effective way to set the year up for success is to invest time and some money into the things that will assist in achieving those goals. First, and arguably most important, is a visit to a physician....

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Help Support United Yorkie Rescue

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Two years ago, I was looking to rescue a dog. In my research, I came across the United Yorkie Rescue (UYR) website. The United Yorkie Rescue was founded on August 05, 2002.The United Yorkie Rescue’s mission statement is: To take in as many stray, abandoned, or surrendered Yorkshire terriers or Yorkshire terrier mixes as possible, providing we have available and appropriate foster homes, and provide them with foster care, behavior screening, rehabilitation, and health care, with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving forever homes. To educate the public about the nature and behavior of the Yorkshire terrier and the duties inherent in being a responsible pet owner, which include spaying and neutering all companion animals. To help all who are interested in experiencing the joy of owning Yorkshire terriers as canine companions. On the website, I found...

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Things to Consider When You Are Eligible for Medicare and You Have Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Many people become eligible for Medicare coverage while they are working full-time and have employer-provided health insurance coverage. The question often arises—how will my group health plan coordinate with Medicare? The answer is found in the plan document provided by your employer. You should read your group health plan carefully when determining which Medicare benefits are best for you. Some group health plans will automatically adjust the amount of benefits paid on a claim to reflect what Medicare would have paid on the claim. If you do not sign up for Medicare, you can be responsible for that amount. For example, let’s say a claim is $100 and Medicare would normally pay $80, leaving you with a $20 balance. The group health plan may pay the additional $20 that was not covered by Medicare. If you did not sign...

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