Relax: Five simple steps for satisfying spring cleaning

There’s something calming about a clean and tidy home. Particularly after a dirt- and dust-busting spring cleaning session, it can feel like a total reset for the entire home. In fact, 90% of people feel more relaxed when their home is clean, and the positive feelings don’t stop there. The 2021 Bona Spring Cleaning Poll found a strong connection between positive emotions and a clean home. When asked how respondents feel when cleaning the home, the top four responses were productive, relieved, happy and peaceful. And when prioritizing spring cleaning…

Your Cheat Sheet to Small Business Tax Breaks

After an extremely trying year, small business owners have a reason to rejoice — there are many tax breaks available due to the pandemic. The catch is knowing how to unearth these golden nuggets of tax savings. But you don’t have to become a tax expert overnight. You just need to know where to go for help. “Block Advisors can help you get every credit, deduction and deferral you deserve,” said Ian Hardman, General Manager and Vice President of small business at H&R Block. “Our small business certified tax pros…

6 ways you can make an impact for the planet this Earth Month

The last year has demonstrated how much everyone is connected on this planet, and how significant one action can be in making a global impact. From a worldwide pandemic to climate disasters, these events highlight the urgency of slowing climate change and protecting the place where we all live. You may wonder, what can you do to help? The answer is, quite a lot. To celebrate Earth Month and to ensure your actions matter, here are simple ways you can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change,…

How a surprising discovery led to a new cancer screening test

You may have heard the story about how penicillin was discovered by accident: A Scottish researcher studying the influenza virus came back from vacation to find mold on a culture plate that actually prevented the growth of staphylococci bacteria. And this is not the only case in history of a scientist discovering one thing when they were searching for something else. One kind of research leads to new discoveries In 2014, healthcare company Illumina was conducting a study involving blood tests from around 150,000 pregnant women, hoping to learn how…

5 inspiring ways to bring the beauty of nature into the home

It’s no secret that nature has the power to inspire, invigorate, restore and refresh. Research shows that nature can offer mental health benefits including decreasing stress and relieving anxiety. In fact, incorporating elements of nature into the home has been proven to improve happiness and well-being. Following are five ways to invite the beauty and benefits of the outdoors into your home. Get in touch with nature According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, 40% of people want a connection to nature in their kitchen. One way to achieve…

Business credit scores: 6 things every entrepreneur should know

Do you have a side hustle you’re looking to grow? Are you a small-business owner wondering if you should use your personal credit for your business? Before you do, consider your business credit score. Whether it’s a modest side gig or you’re looking to expand your small business into a full-time, multi-person venture, it’s important to understand your business credit score and how it can help you. Haven’t heard of a business credit score? You’re not alone. “What is a business credit score?” is the top question we get at…

5 tips for spring cleaning your personal technology

People typically think of spring cleaning as a time to polish up their homes. However, spring is also a great time to evaluate if your technology is working for you and make smart choices to set you up for a successful year. Creating a smart home with Alexa and Ring can help make your life simpler, more convenient and give you peace of mind. Here a few tips and tricks for refreshing your technology this spring. 1. Adopt the latest & greatest smart home tech Taking care of your home…

Experiencing Sleep Challenges? It Could Be Insomnia Disorder.

Many people have experienced the negative impact of a poor night’s sleep, often referred to as “waking up on the wrong side of the bed.” In fact, studies show that as many as 30% of adults worldwide have experienced insomnia symptoms and 10% of patients have insomnia disorder.[1] Insomnia is on the rise due to the pandemic and the massive upheavals people are experiencing to their everyday routines.[2] “Based on my experience, the myriad of shifts in our day-to-day lives as a perfect storm for sleep challenges,” said Russell Rosenberg,…

3 ways to toss and turn your night’s rest into quality sleep

Decades of research verify what anyone who has enjoyed a truly excellent night’s rest already knows: Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge. The CDC verifies that scrimping on sleep leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed reactions and mood shifts. While most people know that getting a good night of sleep is important, what does “good” sleep mean? It’s not a simple answer. A combination of factors such as sleep length, a consistent bedtime routine, amount of deep sleep and many…

3 easy ways to get your home ready for Earth Day

With Earth Day just around the corner, have you done a home health check to make sure you aren’t wasting water? Some easy upgrades can help you to kick water-guzzling fixtures to the curb and start saving water and money. 1) Toilets: Install a high-efficiency toilet that flushes with 1.28 gallons or less. Unfortunately, many homes still use toilets that consume 3.5 gpf. Most toilets are labeled with their water use, so check in and around the tank to make sure you have 1.28 or less. If an average family…