25 Ways to Single Out an American Anywhere in the World

Before an American traveler even opens his or her mouth, chances are everyone around them already knows where they came from. (Not to mention where they went to school, their mothers’ names, and probably even all their current travel plans.) There are tell-tale signs in their mannerisms, their habits, what shocks them, and often it’s … Read more25 Ways to Single Out an American Anywhere in the World

The Best Uses for Toothpaste Other Than Brushing Your Teeth

In my house the best toothpaste is used for a variety of different things in addition to brushing teeth and freshening breath. It’s quite the handy product. In fact, our 5-year-old uses it religiously to help her make artwork in the bathroom when she’s finished using the potty and washing her hands. She’s brushed her … Read moreThe Best Uses for Toothpaste Other Than Brushing Your Teeth

Why Updating House Details Is Sometimes Preferable to A Full Remodel

It is nothing short of amazing what a small change can make to any room in a home. It’s true that some homes are just old and outdated and in need of a desperate renovation. Other homes, though, are not old; they just need a little bit of love in a few little areas to … Read moreWhy Updating House Details Is Sometimes Preferable to A Full Remodel

How Your Coffee Habit Helps Your Bank Account and Your Overall Health

Three cups; that’s how many cups of coffee I’ve had today. I try very, very hard not to have more than three cups a day because I get all crashy and weird feeling if I have too many. I also try very hard not to have any after 2 pm. The problem, however, is that … Read moreHow Your Coffee Habit Helps Your Bank Account and Your Overall Health

Three Simple Ways to Make Any Email More Professional

In my line of work, I receive hundreds of emails, Facebook and Instagram messages every single day. It’s common when you put yourself out there and you have so many people reading your work, disagreeing with what you have to say (and rarely ever do people disagree in a respectful manner…let’s work on that) or … Read moreThree Simple Ways to Make Any Email More Professional

20 Worst Natural Disasters

Severe Storms Pass Through Chicago

Natural disasters can occur without warning and with devastating effects. Even when a natural occurrence can be predicted, there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. These disasters have been known to wipe out entire cities. Remember Pompeii? It was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. and buried it under twenty feet … Read more20 Worst Natural Disasters