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Thanksgiving Traditions Explained

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Traditions Explained | Posted in U-Tube

Preventing Frozen Pipes

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Preventing Frozen Pipes | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

One of the messiest and most costly homeowner repairs is fixing a burst, frozen pipe. Water from a burst pipe can cause damage to carpeting, short out electrical appliances and ruin furniture. Luckily, there are several ways to protect your home:

  • Keep the heat in your house at a minimum of 50° F.
     
  • Allow faucets to drip slightly, which can alleviate pressure in the piping system.
     
  • Keep interior doors open. This allows heat from the rest of your house to spread, keeping your pipes warm.
     
  • Seal any cracks and holes found near your pipes. This can help keep cold air out of your home.
     

  • Add extra insulation to your pipes. Experts recommend fitting your pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves.

Water expands as it freezes and puts significant pressure on the metal or plastic pipes that hold it. If you fail to take the proper precautions, your pipes can easily fail during a cold winter, which can be incredibly costly to repair.

Time Management Tips

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Time Management Tips | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

One way to reduce workplace stress is through time management. Proper time management allows you to complete pressing tasks efficiently and allocate enough resources to complete future projects as well.

Workplace stress is a common aspect of employment, particularly if you often find yourself with a heavy workload. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate stress, it’s critical to manage it effectively. One way to reduce workplace stress is through time management. Proper time management methods allow you to complete pressing tasks efficiently and allocate enough resources to finish future projects as well.

The following time management tips can help you reduce workplace stress caused by heavy workloads:

  • Complete the most important tasks first.
  • Learn how to say no to projects that aren’t time sensitive or fall outside of your responsibilities.
  • Get plenty of rest so you are productive during the workday.
  • Eliminate distractions and focus on the task at hand.
  • Get an early start on upcoming projects whenever possible.
  • Stay organized.
  • Budget time between tasks to address any issues and to prepare for upcoming projects.

If workplace stress persists, it may be a good idea to speak with your supervisor. They will be able to provide ways to help limit your workload and able to provide ways to help limit your workload and improve your situation.

10 Health and Safety Tips for Laptop Usage
The use of laptop computers simplifies work, improving workplace mobility, quality and productivity overall. However, overuse of laptops can increase your chance of injury. Read on to learn more.

Holiday Recipes – Substituting Fats

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Holiday Recipes – Substituting Fats | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

Makeover Your Holiday Recipes by Substituting Fats


Butter, oils and other fats can add flavor to your favorite recipes, but they can also add many calories. They act as a barrier so flour does not absorb as much water to give your dishes a moist, tender feel. There are many ways to reduce the fat without sacrificing taste; the trick is to replace fats with foods that add creaminess without cholesterol.

Will substituting the fats change how my food tastes?

Substituting fat in your favorite recipes may not give them the same texture, but it will be close. In addition to lower fat content, many of the substitute ingredients will add more fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein to your recipes.

How can I get started substituting?

To experiment, start by substituting one-third of the fat from the recipe and then increase or decrease to your desired likeness. For baking, use ? cup applesauce or fruit juice and ? cup butter instead of 1 full cup of butter. Instead of 1 cup of heavy cream, use 2 tsp. cornstarch whisked into 1 cup of fat-free milk.

Now that you have the basics, it’s time for you to try it out. With the holidays right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to makeover your beloved (and maybe not the healthiest) recipes.

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Holiday Depression & Stress

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Holiday Depression & Stress | Posted in Family Health & Safety

While many look forward to the holidays, others dread the season. If you feel stressed, the obligations at holiday time can take their toll on even the most cheerful of people. Here are some tips to help you minimize holiday stress.

Causes of Stress

Ask yourself what exactly about the season makes you feel stressed. Your feelings may be triggered by the following:

  • Unhappy childhood memories
  • Difficult familial relationships
  • Negative feelings about your life over the past year
  • Seasonal monotony—seeing the same faces, eating the same food and going through the same motions
  • Lowered immune defenses because of colder temperatures, high incidence of the flu, eating more and sleeping less
  • Financial stress

Minimize Holiday Stress

Consider the following tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:

  • Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
  • Don’t feel you must meet all family obligations. Do not simply do something or go somewhere because of tradition, especially if it makes you unhappy.
  • Ask others for assistance. For example, ask a relative to host the family get-together, or make it a potluck and have everyone contribute to the meal.
  • Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
  • Create a new tradition, such as volunteering, especially if you feel lonely.
  • Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
  • Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
  • Don’t feel you must meet all family obligations. Do not simply do something or go somewhere because of tradition, especially if it makes you unhappy.
  • Ask others for assistance. For example, ask a relative to host the family get-together, or make it a potluck and have everyone contribute to the meal.
  • Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
  • Create a new tradition, such as volunteering, especially if you feel lonely.
  • Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
  • Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
View more Live Well, Work Well tips here.

November 2018 Festivals and Events

November 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on November 2018 Festivals and Events | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Holiday Craft Shows

Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

DC Cocktail Week

November 12-18, 2018. More than 50 Washington, D.C. area restaurants and bars offer specially priced cocktail and food pairings to entice guests to try something new. This is a great opportunity to check out the local happy hour scene.

ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss.

Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park

November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination

November 17-18, 2018. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery. 

Turkey Trots in the Washington, D.C. Area

A variety of organizations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, D.C. Area

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace

November 28, 2018, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. At this annual celebration the national Christmas tree is illuminated along with 56 smaller trees with unique ornaments representing every state, territory, and the capital. The event will also have performers providing a soundtrack for the evening.

If you don’t make it to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree there are plenty of tree lighting ceremonies to visit in the area.

Christmas Light Displays

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, D.C. area’s spectacle of lights at a local park in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.