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Formula 409

The cleaning product, Formula 409 didn't get its name from the area code where it was developed. And it's not the birth date of the creator's daughter. Formula 409 got its name from perseverance. The two persistent scientists didn't get the formula right on the 101st, or even the 401st try. Only when they created the 409th formula were they satisfied that they'd created the ultimate cleaner. Perseverance pays off...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

More, more, more

The list of "I wants" can go on and on. For kids it's, "I want that video game." "I want that scooter." For us, it's, "I want that car." "I want that couch." No matter what we have, there's always more. Henry David Thoreau said, "We make ourselves rich by making our wants few." Most of us already have what we need… it's just a matter of controlling what we want. So, the next time someone in your family wants to...
Jan 01, 1970 / Family Living

Attitude Adjustment

You make decisions every day—what to eat, what to wear, where to go. If you find yourself complaining…or frequently irritated, then make the decision to be content…to be satisfied with your circumstances in life. It's not hard, but it does take practice. Next time you think of what's wrong with your situation, stop! For instance, instead of complaining because you have to mow the lawn, be thankful that you...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

When Drinking Becomes a Problem

These questions might help you determine the answer. Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad? Does your drinking ever make you late for work? Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't? Do you ever forget what you did while drinking? Has anyone in your family expressed concern about your drinking? If so, don't brush it off… really listen to what they have to say… and get help. Talk to your spouse,...
Jan 01, 1970 / Family Health

iMOM Movie Monitor

Every year, there is a huge movie push from Hollywood to take advantage of the holidays. The problem is that we often don't know whether the movie is truly suitable for our children until the money is paid, the popcorn is purchased, and the show has started. Well, this year, you don't have to worry about that. Is Tron: Legacy okay for your kids and teens? Want to know if Gulliver's Travels is family friendly? Find...
Jan 01, 1970 / Kids & Culture

Workaholic Parents

A University of North Carolina study found that children of workaholics have the same levels of anxiety and depression as children of alcoholics. Scary, isn't it? So how do you know if you're working too much? Well, are you more excited about going to work than spending time with your family? Do you take work home with you? Do you work on weekends. . . and even on vacation? Does your work preoccupy your thoughts?...
Jan 01, 1970 / Career & Finances

Giving Thanks

Quick! Name three things you're thankful for. This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and most of us will pause and give thanks for our blessings. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Try this: every morning, say out loud three things you're thankful for. I mean it. Even if you're having a really rough time in your life. If you think about it, there are always things to be grateful for—your husband. Your...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

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