Is Your House Killing Your Marriage?

Is where you live making life more difficult for your marriage? That’s something that occurred to me and obviously to others too like architect Michelle McSharry.In the article yesterday about Australian Fathers, Michelle McSharry suggested two factors are making life harder for couples. One is the size of homes and gardens which is contributing to a high housework load. It’s an interesting fact of modern society that houses are getting larger while the size of families in them is shrinking. Most houses no longer include grandparents or extended family as they once did. It is usually only the husband, wife … Continue reading

Minimizing the Stress of Commuting While Pregnant

Commuting to work is a pain to begin with, but pregnancy can makes things even more complicated. Pregnancy and stress don’t mix well; unfortunately, commuting and stress do. Add the possibility of being far from home when your water breaks or complications arise, and the stress compounds. Here are some tips for keeping commuting stress to a minimum. Stay comfortable. If you have a long drive to work, just sitting in the car for an extended amount of time can make you sore, especially in the third trimester when pelvic, hip and joint pain are common due to the hormone … Continue reading

The Rising Cost of Commuting

Did you know Americans spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work? If you spend countless hours in your vehicle driving to and from work each day then you know the affects a long commute can have on your wallet. Those hours on the road burn up time and money. And with the current state of our economy making headlines everyday many companies throughout the country are being forced to address the challenges associated with commuting. A new survey just released found that 57% of companies in the United States are now offering at least one program designed … Continue reading

Interviewing Sandra Worth on Marriage, Commuting, and Writing

Have you ever had a remarkably gifted friend or acquaintance? One you just knew would “make it big” someday? I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine like that, Sandra Worth. She’d tell you she’s far from such a person, but that’s only because she’s modest. I’m here to tell you otherwise. I first met Sandra when I was an editor for NovelBooks, Inc. I edited mysteries and romances mainly, but I ended up agreeing to edit her book (which was a historical) to help catch up on backlog. She made my job very difficult. Not because she … Continue reading

Getting Paid to Drive

No, I’m not talking about becoming a long-distance truck driver. Instead, there is a new form of advertising out there that you may have already seen out on the streets: Ads plastered on cars. I’m not talking about a business owner putting their logo on their company vehicle, but instead where large companies pay the average American (soccer Mom, commuter Dad, and everyone inbetween) to place the companies’ ads on vans, cars, SUVs, trucks, and any other vehicle you could think of. The ads range from a small ad placed on the side or back of the vehicle, to full-body … Continue reading

Is Going Back to Work Really Worth It?

Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom that has been thinking about going back to work to make a few extra dollars. You may have estimated the amount of money that you would could make and maybe you have been tempted by increasing your income. But have you stopped to consider all the money that you won’t be pocketing? Before you do take the jump to go back to work, you need to consider the extra expenses working will cost you. Calculate just how much going back to work will cost you, and you can make a better decision about whether … Continue reading