Sunday, November 8, 2009

Advice at a glance

Ok, being almost 40, here is some advice I think works

I. Health
A. Vitamins (multi, E, omega, D, calcium)
B. Walk 2 miles daily
C. Keep your BMI in check
D. Be positive. It's better to get along than to not get along. 

II. Beauty
A. Never tan - the sun causes 90% of what ages you later.
B. Wear Sunglasses
C. Use SPF 90 sunscreen
D. Use Paula's Choice (cleanser, toner, AHA, antioxident, moist.)
E. Don't spend money on something that doesn't work. There is nothing for stretch marks or brown spots. Use sunscreen and save up for a doctor procedure if something is really bothering you.
F. You will never be the most beautiful girl, but you usually can be one of the classiest or most elegant if you dress well, modestly, and are professional at work and very kind to your friends. 

III. Financial
A. Save 20% for your first home down payment
B. Use for budget tracking
C. Buy only a few nice things (furniture, clothes)
D. Brand loyalty pays off (credit card, relationship with salesperson.) Plus, brand loyalty saves you time because you have "go to" places.
E. Don't be a whim giver. Commit to your church and some local non-profits who can count on regular gifts from you.

IV. Education
A. The masters is the new undergraduate.

V. Home Maint.
A. FlyLady (Sink Reflections)
(If you need a practical way to keep your house clean and free of chaos and always company ready. It only takes a few minutes a day and one hour a week. Don't worry if your house is not perfect - jump in where you are!)

VII. Family Stories
As a mom, one of your job is to identify the stories and photographs your family will remember for years. Family is made up of shared experiences. Be sure you re-tell stories, and have a list of top 10 family stories. I am going to do better at this, but be sure you select certain photos in your home - the one your children will always remember. A mom can shape what kinds of memories a child has by the photos she displays. I think that a family should have at least 20 family stories and 10 key photographs.