Author: Jennifer E. Landis

What You Need to Know About Astigmatism

“Excuse me. You have something in your eye.” It’s what Captain Obvious says to you when an eyelash goes rogue on an invasive mission. The bad part comes when everything is a blur, and you can’t pry the thing out. The eyelash is the evil cherry on top of astigmatism — which sounds like a condition where you carry a stick around or an attempt at a cool new band name. With astigmatism, your lens is an ill-shaped football, and you suffer from visual distortions, such as blurriness in the affected eye, and migraines. Who needs a trip to...

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How to Care for Your Family’s Antique Jewelry

Family heirlooms, especially jewelry, can carry great sentimental value. If you have a collection of antique jewelry, chances are it is languishing in a drawer or a jewelry box somewhere, either because you’re worried about damaging it or it doesn’t match your style but you still hang on to it. Did you know that leaving it to languish like that could be damaging it too? What do you need to do to care for your antique jewelry to ensure that it lasts for many more generations? Get it Cleaned by a Professional You might like that patina that has...

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How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

By this point in the winter, spring usually becomes a distant memory. It’s hard to believe it will ever come again. But in just a few short weeks, this March, which rolled in like a lion, will go out like a lamb. Wintry flurries will give way to warm spring showers. And, perhaps most importantly, the foliage outside will begin to wake from its seasonal slumber and peek from the frozen ground — not just in local botanical gardens and neighbors’ flowerbeds, but in your lawn, too. You have a bit of work to do before your yard returns...

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How to Make the Most of the Last Few Weeks of Winter With Your Family

The last few weeks of winter remain before you spring forward and the outdoors hums with activity. You finally got used to indoor life, and cabin fever only makes you a little crazy. That’s what family is for anyway — they embrace you in all your wintry weirdness, including that time you thought you were a bear. One of the perks of winter are bouts of mini-hibernation, where the world falls away, and you wrap yourself comatose with your warm toes stuffed in a blanket burrito. Still, all that hibernation isn’t good for you. You need to come out...

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How Your Dental Health Impacts Your Whole Health

Are your pearly whites not so white and less than pearly? Can your chompers chew through rope? The goal of good dental health isn’t to have perfect teeth — it’s to have strong and healthy teeth. Your dental hygiene matters for your whole health. It’s more than a checklist item. If you scrub your teeth for 20 seconds without much thought, other than wanting fresh breath to smooch your sweetie, it’s time to rethink your dental hygiene routine.   Why the Office Lectures Are Right Your dentist lectures you enough, and it makes sense that the mouth is the...

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These Tips Will Make Having Braces Much Easier

For many teens and adults, braces are a part of life. The orthodontic treatment straightens teeth, of course, but can also cause smile shyness, pain and discomfort at the same time. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to avoid the negatives that come with your impending or current braces. And, by using them to your advantage, you’ll have the picture-perfect grin you’ve imagined with no sweat off your back. Here’s how to make your life with braces an easy one: 1. Brush Your Teeth Properly Of course, you already know how to take care of your teeth....

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Millennials and Meal-Prepping: Cooking at Home

Millennials get a bad rap. Older generations have accused them of everything from reducing the country’s demand for napkins to closing chain restaurants to cutting the number of potential employees for the oil industry because of its bad image. People have even told them to stop eating avocado toast so they can save up to buy a home instead — seriously. So, with all this negative press, it might come as a shock that millennials are revolutionizing one area in a real and positive way: cooking at home. Yes, more and more millennials are turning to their kitchens for...

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When Your House Is Too Cold and Your Heating Bill Is Too High, What Can You Do?

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! Winter sticks around long after the holidays are over, and it keeps bringing snow and cold air with it. You make the best of it with winter sports, building a snowman with your kids and enjoying the quiet scenic beauty of it. But it’s still freezing cold and miserable. To make matters worse, you get to pay more for it in your utility bills. Your furnace works hard to keep your house warm, but it seems to be losing the battle with winter’s icy grip. Cold drafts come from everywhere. The only relief seems to...

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Choosing Propane vs. Natural Gas for Your Home

When it comes to heating homes, you’re often limited to the service your home provides. Whether you live in a building heated from a central location that you never see, or you live in a house with a furnace fueled by oil or natural gas, you likely never decided how you’d heat it. Others, especially in rural areas, have a choice in the matter. Their homes are equipped to be serviced by natural gas that’s piped in or propane via storage tanks. Both are abundant, reliable fuels. But there are a few factors to consider before deciding on either...

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These Financial Tips Will Ease Your Transition From Military to Civilian Life

If you’re coming to the end of your military service, it’s a big change in many ways. You could be changing where you live, what you’ll do and how you’ll spend your days. One of the biggest changes, though, is financial. The military pays or subsidizes active duty personnel for many things, from housing to the PX. You may need to be much more aware of income and outgo, for example. You’ll need to become familiar with how much housing and groceries cost outside of military life, to name just two categories. Here are six top tips about transitioning...

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