Topic “Manage Your Life”

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore (

We scoured the cleaning universe, inspected the latest and greatest products, and spoke with experts to find useful shortcuts that will make your spring-cleaning job easier. Because who wants to spend more time than you need to cleaning?

1. Wax on, wax off. It’s amazing, and frustrating, how quickly showers get dirty...

By Valerie Parsons (Standard-Examiner correspondent)

Moms are notoriously easy to please when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. But thoughtfully handmade gifts bring the appreciation level up a notch.

These handcrafted loofah soaps are unique, natural and pretty.

Because of the loofah encased in glycerin soap, these have natural scrubbing properties that make them great for any...

By Kathy Van Mullekom (Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (MCT))

With Easter days away, it’s time to start dying those eggs!

Krups is there to help you with its special egg cooker. Priced at $29.99, the cooker can boil up to seven eggs and keep them warm with a special setting, if desired. The lid and egg holder are dishwasher safe, and the cooker comes with two poaching trays to fix poached eggs or...

By Kristin Tillotson (Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT))

MINNEAPOLIS — When couples break up, fighting over flatscreens and wine collections is part of the process. But who gets the dog?

Pet-custody issues figure into divorce more often now than even one generation ago. In a 2006 survey of the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, nearly 25 percent of them reported noticing an...

By Stuart Pfeifer (Los Angeles Times (MCT))

Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for.


Technology is enabling thieves to steal credit card numbers simply by swiping a small scanning device near a victim’s wallet, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent alert.

The devices are able to read information in...