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Aug 27th


Use Foil for Less Toil

Use Foil for Less ToilI was watching the Monique show one night, which featured female comedians from the film the ‘Queens of Comedy’.  As they reminisced about the ‘good old days’ and their humble beginnings doing stand-up comedy tours, one of the ladies recalled—and then demonstrated—how she cooked her food when no microwave was available in her hotel room.  Her secret was aluminum foil and the hotel iron.  Yes, Sugar, she’d serve up the grilled cheese sandwiches like a pro, by holding the hot iron on each of the sandwich for a few minutes:  turns out that aluminum foil handles more than just oven-duty and leftovers.   My Aunt Alice, also frugal shopper (it runs in the family), loves foil too.  She recently emailed me some more tips on using aluminum foil in unconventional ways, and I thought I’d share them.

"Towers of Flowers" bring new heights to Macy's Flower Show

Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis store showcases a towering floral spectacular

In partnership with Bachman’s for over 47 years, the Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with spectacular presentations of lush gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the world. Blooming in unison despite the various climates from which they originate, the show offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy these magnificent blooms together in an unexpected setting.

Thou shalt not lie: Learning life’s hard lessons

Thou shalt not lie: Learning life’s hard lessonsOne of my three little blessings told a lie.  In fact, my child told a series of lies over a couple of days before confessing, under threat of further negative consequences (I won’t go into further details; just use your imagine, then multiply by two).  It all started when the child took something without permission (a bunch of candy-she was authorized to take a few pieces).  Although that was bad enough, when we asked the child about it, there was complete (convincing) denial (imagine that!).

My husband and I saw the lying as an even greater offense than the first.  We tried to get our young lawbreaker to understand an important lesson: if you develop a reputation as a thief and liar, then no one will trust you, nor will they believe what you say-even when you decide to tell the truth.   While we recognize that all kids and adults lie to varying degrees, we want to help our young ones to learn the value of truthfulness and integrity, and practice living by those standards.

Get your deck ready for spring and summer

Get your deck ready for spring and summerAs the days get longer, there's nothing like barbequing and entertaining friends on your deck. But before you pass out those invitations, make sure your deck has weathered the winter and is ready for its seasonal duty.

The abuse a deck surface takes from the weather, foot traffic, barbeques, and food and drink spills can create both surface and structural problems.

Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood

Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood Gardens are a source of beauty. They are also a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Something as simple as hearing songbirds in the morning can help you start your day on the right note.

While your neighbors spend the season trying to grow a uniform lawn, why not elicit their envy by creating your very own Garden of Eden? A little pruning and some wildlife-friendly additions will make your garden stand out for neighbors as well as native birds and butterflies.

Hmong American Partnership participates in the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Hmong American Partnership participates in the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection WeekHmong American Partnership (HAP) along with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations celebrated the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 6–12, 2011.

During NCPW, groups nationwide shared tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams.  Unfortunately, this year an estimated 4 million households nationwide are expected to face the risk of foreclosure. Millions of homeowners will try to reduce their mortgage payments with a loan modification. The scammers know this.

Good Communication = Happy Marriage + $$ Saved

Good Communication = Happy Marriage + $$ SavedThis past weekend my husband and I benefited from some sound marriage advice (Hold on before you go spreading rumors about our troubled relationship and impending divorce.). We attended our church’s quarterly Marriage Enrichment Seminar. Its purpose was to help strengthen marriages by equipping couples with practical tools that help make their relationships’ foundation stronger. The discussion was centered on communication and finance—two issues in marriage that are often cited as top reasons for divorce. The good news is that if you work on the goal of having more effective communication, improvements in your financial situation will most likely follow. One key lies in learning to speak your spouse’s language.
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