Alien Life on Saturn's Moon Titan May Be Nothing Like We Know It

The search for alien life has often seemed the stuff of science fiction dreams; however, an increasing number of scientists are not ashamed to be associated with this movement. Officially called the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or SETI, this term describes the science-based activities that are undertaken in search of alien life. Furthermore, some of the "most well-known projects" a [...]

Researchers Find Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be a Disease

The condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has a controversial and storied history since its discovery in 1988. According to Wikipedia citing other sources, for years, many in the medical community did not recognize CFS (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME) as a true condition and there have been disagreements over its pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment options. [...]

Walmart Wage Increases May Influence Other Retailers to Raise Salaries

Much has been said and written about America's improving economy as evidenced by a more robust job market and decreasing unemployment rates. In January, the Labor Department reported that 252,000 workers had been added to employer payrolls in December alone for a total of 2.95 million new employees in 2014, the most dramatic increase in fifteen years. But as David Leonhardt writes in a blog po [...]

Saving Money High (or Low)

Raising kids is costly! One of our largest expenses, which actually costs more than our rent, is our children's preschool (and they only go part-time! Yikes! See full budget here). Beyond that there is the expense of feeding, diapering (ours are THIS.CLOSE to being potty trained, but still wear diapers overnight), and clothing them! Thus far, we've been very lucky with the clothing part and [...]

Formal Event - eeekk!!!

Houston, we have a problem!  A BIG problem! Ok, maybe it's not a problem, just a challenge, a big one!  My Sea Cadet's division is throwing their annual awards ball.  Last year, his first year in, I let him go, but we didn't really make a big deal out of it.  This year, he's been in a year and has been selected to be part of the Honor Guard (a special unit that does a ceremony honoring the [...]

Giving to a Cause - Inadvertently

There have been lots of posts about giving to charities and giving back.  This is not a re-hash of those.  This is more of a brag... This past weekend we drove through the insane winter weather, up to DC for the Flip for the Fight gymnastics meet.  It was the smallest meet that Little Gymnast has participated in, perhaps due to the nasty weather.  But it was SO well run.  We had a blast an [...]

Coffee Date #2

As a reminder, this post style (the coffee date concept) was an idea I borrowed from the Fitnessista (with her knowledge and permission). If you’re into fitness, check out her blog. She offers tons of FREE workout guides, videos, healthy recipes, and more. See my last coffee date post here.  If we were having coffee right now…. I’d tell you all about the drama in mine and hubs’ [...]

A New Venture

I hinted at the beginning of the year that I was seeking a way to expand my business, ie make it less about me and more of a product/service I could expand with.  I am excited to say that I believe I have found the beginnings of a new path.  I am super excited and so tempted to throw everything to the wayside and just dive in.  Stop! The problem is the new venture is going to entail some sta [...]

Found a Great Deterrent

This past week I found a great deterrent for spending money...being snowed in!  Let's face it, when you are out and about as much as we are, and with 5 people with different interests and ideas of what is important, the temptation is always there to spend money.  It may not be a lot, but with five people it adds up.  Well, last week we were hit with the "blizzard of 2015."  Actually, it's the [...]

Weekly Debt Update #6- Taxes

Good afternoon friends and Happy Tuesday! It's that wonderful time of the year again, the time everyone scrambles to do their...taxes. Now normally, this isn't too bad since I've typically gotten a pretty nice refund ($400-500) from our government, but this year not so much. Back in September (see my update here), I made the decision to withdraw my retirement account I had with the governm [...]

Starting the Debt-Reduction Mission

Today I want to talk about a little of the back-story that lead to me really kicking into high gear on our family's debt-reduction mission. Check out my story and be sure to leave yours in the comments! I'd love to hear more about what caused you and your family to decide that you really needed to kick some debt booty! If you’ve read my debt story then you know that I haven’t always lived [...]

Grocery Shopping Update

Remember how I went way over budget last month with grocery shopping? One of the worst parts was that I really had nothing to show for the huge overage (no stockpile of meat, canned foods, pasta, etc.). I literally had no idea where all the money (and food) went, but I knew it was gone. But this month I was bound and determined to get back on track. Here’s what I’ve done differently this mo [...]

Climate Change Denier Wei-Hock Soon Took Over $1 Million from the Oil Industry

There is an ongoing debate about how humans are affecting the global climate and subsequently, what governments and policy makers should do to stem the effects of climate change. According to Wikipedia, no scientific body disagrees with the view that global surface temperatures have increased primarily due to human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases, and as such, there should be political press [...]

Breastfeeding Boosts Baby's Immune System and Reduces Risks to Allergies

For new (and seasoned) mothers, the question of whether or not to breastfeed or for how long is an important issue. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, breastfeeding offers many benefits to infants and mothers. Though the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Save the Children recommend infants be exclusively breastfed for the firs [...]

P&G to Cut 100 Brands Beginning This Summer

With over $84 billion dollars in recorded sales for 2014, Proctor and Gamble (P&G) is the largest and most profitable consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the world. The company's well known products include Crest toothpaste, Dawn detergent and Gillette razors, among many other recognizable brands. Late last year, however, P&G announced it would drop approximately 100 brands fro [...]

Caramel Coloring in Cola and Soda May Cause 5000 Cancer Cases Each Year

There are a lot of reasons to quit drinking soda. It can save you a lot of money. There are plenty of healthier alternatives. The biggest reason, however, may be for your health. Soft drink manufacturers have been facing some challenges in the past month. To begin with, a government panel of nutrition experts recently recommended a tax on sugary drinks and snacks. In a prepared statement re [...]

Rising Seas May Claim Parts of New York City According to Climate Change Panel

Over the last century, the temperature of the earth has increased by approximately 1.4 degrees F and is expected to increase another 2 to 11.5 degrees F in the next century. Scientists have shown human activities have driven these changes given that certain practices (e.g. burning fossil fuels) have increased both the amount and content of greenhouse gases, and subsequently the heat, trapped at t [...]

CDC Warns of New Deadly Tick Borne Bourbon Virus Found in Kansas

When ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi bite humans, the transferred bacterium can cause Lyme disease in people (They can also infect pets.). Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, and fatigue and in severe cases, the infection can spread to the joints, nervous system and heart. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified a new i [...]

Both Modern and Ancient Cities Grew in a Similar Way

We'd like to think that our modern technology and infrastructure, skyscrapers and sophisticated economic system has rendered the modern, Western city the epitome of civilization. But perhaps modern cities are not too different form their ancient predecessors. According to Archaeology, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, researchers from the Santa Fe Institute and the U [...]

Finding Free Fun

This past weekend we took a spur of the moment trip to a Sustainable Living Fair at a university about an hour from us. It was free and open to the public and had some cool things for kids to do per the website.  I had no idea what to expect but with my eye on the prize of land and home, I thought that they might have some really cool stuff. Got the kids up and headed out after seeing it on Faceb [...]