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11 Surprising Uses For Rubbing Alcohol

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Most people keep rubbing alcohol in their bathroom and use it as a disinfectant for cuts or as a sterilizer for thing...

She Pours Coke Into Her Toilet -- You're Going To Freak Out When You See This

LittleThings.com | Posted 06.01.2015 | HuffPost Home
LittleThings.com

Cleaning the toilet is one of the most dreaded household tasks. There's nothing glamorous about it, but if you use Coke, it'll turn the messy chore into a simple task.

9 Signs Your Home Is Not Your Own

AK Turner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

It doesn't matter who pays the mortgage, if you have small children, you are continually reminded that the space you inhabit is no longer yours. Here's clear evidence that despite your parental role, you likely have limited control of your home.

Tuesday Night Choreplay -- What Really Happens When Men Lean Into Their Housework

Stacey Brook | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
Stacey Brook

Pour yourself a glass of wine as I sew on all your missing buttons nice and tightly and water the plants until they scream for mercy. Watch me plow through your taxes and plunge into the dog food bag to feed little Sparky.

Can You Win the Chore Wars At Home?

Jennifer Owens | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

It's likely not that surprising to hear that women are still doing the majority of what was once called "women's work." That said, it is surprising to see that even in dual-income families where the woman outearns her partner, she's still handling most of the at-home jobs.

Dear Family Whisperer: Don't Get a Dog 'For' Your Child

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Your "mistake" isn't getting a dog. It's "giving" a dog to a 10-year-old -- and expecting him to shoulder most of the burden.

Men In Suits

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

Would my family fire me? Would they drown in dirty laundry? Probably not. Knowing my boys, they would just keep wearing dirty clothes until their girlfriends made them learn how to operate the washer and dryer.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Mattress

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 03.20.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com If you’re someone who loves to sleep, your bed might be the most important piece of furniture in your house. And e...

9 Reasons I'm Tempted To Punch My Husband In His Jewels

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 04.27.2015 | Weddings
Jacqui Zadik

I have a wedding anniversary coming up, the one where people say couples begin to "itch." I haven't had that feeling, but if the word itch was replaced by annoyed, then I would quickly agree that yes, the old adage is true.

How to Take The Stress Out Of Weekly Chores

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Is there a way for families to split up tasks without major fights and headaches? Fortunately, the answer is, "Yes!" But how you achieve that goal is a little different for each household.

Startups and Relationships: How to get Them Both Right

George Vou | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
George Vou

My job now is to try to keep our startup alive; there are no trips and no cars -- there are baby puppies though. My girlfriend is now my pregnant wife and we live at her mum's place. Glamorous, no?

This Is Why Plumbers Rule The World

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I had to smile when a colleague emailed that she had to work from home that day because she needed to wait for the plumber. She's a virgin home owner, which is to say that when she and her husband bought their first house just a few months ago, she hadn't a clue what bidding adieu to a landlord meant. Mostly what it means is that you spend a lot of time waiting for plumbers.

Enlightenment Is Where You Least Expect It

Mia Hansson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

I also thought I'd try an experiment. Whenever I found myself miserable about cleaning, I would turn it around 180 degrees and decide to be happy doing it. To my shock, it worked immediately! I was happy because I'd decided to be happy! If only I'd discovered this simple knack 20 years ago.

An Open Letter to the Mysterious Stranger Who Loaded the Dishwasher

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Susannah Lewis

When I arrived home from church last night, I was shocked to see that the sink wasn't cluttered with plates crusted in ketchup or cups stained with sour organic chocolate milk.

How To Fit Fitness Into What You Already Do Every Day

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanette Pavini

We often start the day with the best intentions to get to the gym, go for a power walk, or make it to yoga class. Then life gets in the way. When we have to work late, fold piles of laundry and complete a mile-long list of errands, the workout is often the first to go. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to burn calories throughout your daily routine.

Splitting Household Chores May Lead To Better, Hotter Sex

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Weddings

Earlier this year, The New York Times published a controversial piece that suggested that when men pitch in with household chores -- as opposed to wom...

8 Ways To Use Baking Soda Outside The Kitchen

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jessica Dysart | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Women spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. You can forgo the expensive products and still look and ...

Women Clock Nearly An Hour More Of Housework Than Men Each Day

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women

While women have made impressive strides towards narrowing the pay gap and shifting the balance in workplace leadership, we're still lagging when it c...

What Makes a 'Good Dad' This Father's Day?

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Sari Eckler Cooper

While in the past a good dad was the man who played catch, led Scout trips and brought home the bacon, new generations of fathers are facing more and at times more nuanced expectations when it comes to what their wives and society

Dear Family Whisperer: How to Find Time for Our Relationship?

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Remember that you chose each other to make a family. Continuing to "discover" each other will keep your family strong.

The Way Couples Divide Household Chores Can Make Or Break A Marriage

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Weddings

Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, or doing laundry may not seem like make-it-or-break it moments for marriages -- but according to a new study...

What Causes Obesity? Top Cardiology Journal Spreads Confusion

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

There doesn't seem to be any way around the latest inconvenient truth. Sugar kills. We need to drastically decrease consumption.

Parents vs. Legos

Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

I hate that Lego pieces have this way of breeding, like little horny plastic bunnies -- and then liberally distributing their spawn over every surface of my home.

7 Ways Your House Is Making You Sick

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com It often starts when someone retires, says Jeff May. All of a sudden, the retiree is spending a lot more time in his ...

As Summer Approaches, Here Are 5 Ways to Get to the Fun Faster

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 06.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

Summer doesn't relieve us of the mundane chores and duties that too often keep us inside. These tips may help. Streamlining, automating and planning may not be the buzzwords of breezy fun, but they'll get you there faster.