• Health

    A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness

    (BPT) – Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” There are many cultures that rely on herbal remedies and natural foods for everything from soothing an upset stomach to lifting our spirits when we’re down, to calming jittery nerves and even fending off colds and flu. Many of the best cosmetics tout ingredients to smooth skin, prevent aging, block the sun, reduce inflammation and minimize puffiness. There are four common herbs that have been used…

  • Buying a Home,  Home Value,  Neighborhood

    How to “Read a Neighborhood”

    Like most things in real estate, neighborhoods are constantly changing in value. In some cases they can improve rapidly and decline gradually, but more often than not they change slowly, over time. Ideally, you want to buy property in neighborhoods as they’re appreciating. You certainly don’t want to pay top dollar in a neighborhood which is in decline. So how can you tell which direction things are heading? Home values over time are one way to tell, but they tend to lag behind the trends. Values reflect what the current situation is… they don’t predict the future. While you definitely want to observe a neighborhood first-hand at different times of…

  • Health,  Home Improvement

    Sleep and Your Dream House: Interesting Facts

    A good night’s sleep is more important than you might think. While rising early and burning the midnight oil are worn like badges of honor in this “always on” culture of ours, the truth is that sleep is crucial. Did you know… Sleep loss can mean the decline of mental skills, including attention span, memory, mood, logical reasoning, and math skills. Sleep deprived people have trouble recalling pleasant experiences, but can easily recall negative experiences. Sleep improves your mood and in a recent study of professional violinists showed that a good night’s rest was more important than nutrition! Sleeping on a decision measurably improves our ability to make better choices.…

  • Winter

    Winter storm power outages on the rise – 3 ways to prepare

    (BPT) – Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power outages that could affect thousands of Americans this winter storm season. In fact, increasingly severe weather is the chief reason power outages are becoming more likely, according to a National Governors Association report. What’s more, a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found the average outage lasts two hours and 20 minutes, but increases by 260 percent to six hours and…