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I found a rebounder at a local discount store.  Its been around the house for about a month now, and while I didn’t use it at first, I’ve been having fun with it lately.  I suppose this goes with one of my resolutions (explore more exercises), and against another (be more considerate in purchases).

My mother had one when I was younger.. and I didn’t use it much...

I’ve been working on getting back down to the basics..

  • Reducing clutter so I can spend more time with my family
  • Getting what’s left organized so it’s easy to find

In doing so I’ve been in the basement a lot where there’s a lot of dry air and my lips started peeling. The other day I tried to peel off the layers peeling off and they bled. I looked through my lip balms and glosses for something to help.   The regular petroleum sticks didn’t seem to help, so I tried...

Just a reminder to use your health benefits to the best advantage before year end!

Here are a few tips:

  • Use up your flexible spending plan contribution before its availability expires (usually year end OR one quarter into the new year for purchases...

Growing up, I never took the time to think about it.

After starting a family, I would occasionally do the relaxation applications from my iPhone to help me relax or fall to sleep.

But mindfulness meditation seemed silly to me.  Taking time, pausing life for a moment to do something that seemed like doing nothing.. what on Earth, why would anyone do this?  Mind you (pardon the...

As we near another year, think about your benefits.  It might be cost effective to do things before the year is out.

I think one of the things implemented in most health care plans with the latest of the health care overhaul is that Breast Pumps are covered if you’re breastfeeding.

In addition…

FSA Benefits

If you have a Flexible Spending Account that you contribute to, be sure to ‘spend’ enough to recoup that money you put aside.  Some plans give you until another couple months into the year but some end December 31st.

If you don’t already contribute to this type of benefit offering, then try an online calculator to see what your savings could be:

https://www.wageworks.com/employees/benefits/healthcare-flexible-spending-accounts-fsa/fsa-savings-calculator.aspx

Vision Benefits

If you have vision plan through your benefits and it covers a predefined amount per year and you haven’t gone yet, maybe think about it!  I try to go each year and get ‘free’ contacts one year and inexpensive glasses the next.

Dental Benefits

If you have dental, is there something you might want to get done?  Perhaps the dentist offices are already booked but most dental plans offer very, very low yearly coverage so its good to go each year.  (If not just for the free cleanings!)