LifeSpan Strategies

By LifeSpan Strategies | Everyday interests

Transform Any Document into a Searchable PDF with Adobe’s Scan App

Using your phone to scan documents isn’t anything new. With apps like Scanner Pro and Turbo Scan out there, if you own a smartphone there’s pretty …

Apps

Your Guide to Inherited IRA Rules

If you inherit an IRA, here's what you need to know about the withdrawal rules and tax implications.<p>If you inherit a traditional or Roth IRA from a …

Retirement

Etihad Airways offers on-board nannies to care for kids - CNN.com | CNN Travel

Does your baby cry during long flights, causing you to want to disappear from the glares of fellow passengers?<p>One airline is offering a perk that means your fussy baby would no longer be your problem.<p>Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways offers free "Flying Nannies" to tend to children on long flights, …

Airlines

What the dying really regret

<b>(CNN) —</b> "I know I'm supposed to hate my body," the patient said in her soothing Southern drawl.<p>She pushed away her lunch, a brown lump and pile of orange. Her son spent a lot of money to have low-fat, no-sodium, no-sugar, low-calorie meals delivered to the house while he was at work and she was …

South Carolina

Seniors Flunk a New Retirement Quiz

Most seniors who took a retirement quiz did not score high.<p>Not long ago I wrote on a Wall Street Journal debate where one side said there is no …

Raised Garden Beds 101: Tips on Planning, Building, & Using

Raised garden beds are one of the best tools for gardening. They minimize weeds, they allow for greater organization and access, they facilitate …

Gardening

Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.<p>A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D …

Wi-Fi

Modern Travel Gadgets That Could Save Your Life

A well-travelled man always has a great story to tell. Of course there is no story without first surviving the toils of travel, especially when …

What Does it Cost to Run a 5000 BTU Air Conditioner? | Home Guides | SF Gate

Air conditioner capacity is often described in British thermal units instead of amperage or wattage. To determine the cost to run a 5,000-Btu air conditioner, however, you'll have to know the amperage rating. In turn, you can convert that number to wattage. Once you know the wattage, you can find …

Should You Own or Rent a Home in Retirement?

A growing number of seniors are opting to rent during their golden years. Here's how to determine which option is best for you.<p>Despite the many …

Retirement

How to choose the right smartphone for you

Make sense of operating systems, specs, and more<p>Reached the end of your mobile contract? Ready to upgrade? You've got more choice than ever when it comes to picking a new smartphone. But that also means that sifting through the specs and makes and models can be overwhelming. We're here to simplify …

Is Costco or Sam's Club Best for Your Wallet?

Walmart

What Those Spray Paint Marks on the Street Actually Mean

Walking around your city, you might have noticed spray paint markings on the street and sidewalk. Clearly they’re there to mark something, but what? …

Why Your Cat Loves Small Spaces

Cats don’t just like small spaces, they <i>love</i> them. From Amazon boxes to grocery bags to the tiny gap between the bottom of your couch and the floor. …

New glaucoma test 'means treatment can start before sight loss symptoms begin'

A pioneering eye test could save the sight of millions by helping doctors tackle the biggest global cause of permanent blindness.<p>The test allows early detection of glaucoma so that treatment can start before vision begins to deteriorate.<p>It also has potential for diagnosing degenerative neurological …

Price Your Rental Property Based On The Risks You Are Taking

To figure out the price you’re willing to pay for a rental property, you estimate the rent you might get, the annual costs you’ll have to pay, and what it might take to first fix the place up.<p>When you’ve calculated the net annual revenue, you divide by a capitalization rate to come up with the …

Real Estate

Retirement Crisis?

The retirement crises debate. A recent Wall Street Journal article pitted opposing parties in a debate as to whether America has a retirement crisis. …

Science reveals what happens to your body and brain when you get drunk

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. But while we have a general understanding of alcohol's effects — most people can recognize when one more drink is one too many — the specifics of what happens to your body as you get drunk are fairly complicated.<p>We've …

Alcohol

20 Secret Hiding Places For Your Valuables | Reader's Digest

The old hollowed-out-book trick<p>The Family Handy Man MagazineWe've all seen the hollowed-out book, but there's not much room in one of those. Instead, …

Plant, weeds or flowers? This app can identify mystery plants in your garden

<b>New to gardening?</b><p>Flowers are for life, not just for spring. If you’ve decided to get green-fingered this spring but don’t know your lilacs from your …

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

How to Clean and Care for a Wooden Cutting Board So You Can Use It Forever

“Whoever invented the glass or ceramic cutting board, I’d, uh, like to have have a little <i>conversation</i> with them,” <b>Brad Leone</b> said, fuming. Leone, our test kitchen manager, is all about the <i>wooden</i> cutting board. His opinions on the matter border on obsession.<p>You might not think that a slab of wood …

Skin Care

Don’t get fooled by credit language

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>Credit and debt have their own vocabulary, and it’s not always easy to understand. So when you’re puzzling over a credit card statement or your credit report, don’t feel like a fool: Sometimes those terms conceal as much as they reveal.<p>Here’s …

19 No-Sugar Lunches to Help You Steer Clear of That Afternoon Slump

You may not think of lunch as being a particularly sugary meal, but between the honey in bread, high-fructose corn syrup in ketchup and salad dressings, and molasses in barbecue sauce, you’d be surprised how much of the added stuff sneaks into your midday meal. Avoid those pitfalls with these 19 …

Are You Exceptionally Likable? 9 Reasons People Decide They Like You

More good news: possessing each of these qualities will also make you happier.<p>No one has enough friends. And if that's not reason enough to be likable, we tend to do business and build professional and relationships with people we like. We're instinctively drawn to people who are modest, agreeable, …

Self-improvement

A Doctor Answers Your Question: Why Do I Feel Like Crap?

If staying in is the new going out, then why are so many of my patients telling me they are flat-out exhausted? Every day I hear this complaint from …

Wellness

Hack Your House: How To Knock $137 Off Your Utility Bill

You don’t need to call a contractor to make your home more energy efficient. It takes less than two hours to perform a few home hacks that can save you about $137 a year.<p>These strategies can be implemented by anyone, from dorm-dwellers to apartment renters to homeowners, says Danielle Marquis, …

Home Improvement

How to Repair Drywall After Removing Tile | Home Guides | SF Gate

Attractive, washable tile creates a durable wall surface when installed over drywall, making it a long-term design element in most cases. If the tiles were installed correctly, removing them often damages the surface of the drywall, resulting in torn paper, stuck-on adhesive or pulled-out chunks of …

Taking a hot bath may be just as good for you as working out

At the end of a long workday, there are two vastly different ways to unwind: doing an intense workout or sinking into a hot bath. If the <i>only</i> reason …