Saturday, January 07, 2006

Discussing Prescription Plans with Your Parents

My mother recently retired from Time Warner Cable after 20+ years of service. I spoke to her about the Medicare Part D Prescription plans and whether or not she had made a decision. When I spoke with her yesterday, she informed me that she had made a decision and was now enrolled.

Not all conversations will go so smoothly as ours. Depending on your parent's abilities you may have to do online research, request infomation kits, make phone calls and read through all the info. You'll need to know their prescriptions and dosages. Verify if the plans' co-pays are affordable for them. Are their pharmacies participants in the plans. Are their prescriptions covered. Verify if the plans offer home delivery service. It's a great convenience and many plans offer saving benefits.

My mom stated that many people, in Maine, found out at the pharmacies that they weren't covered. Some found that have co-pays of $10-$40. When you add that several refills are being requested at once some people have to pay $70-$350 for their medications.

Do you need some resources to get you started? Visit these websites for more information.

The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a tip sheet for us on how to talk with our parents about Medicare D.

The National Council on Aging helps people gauge their needs.

My Medicare Matters has educators
visiting community centers in 27 states.

The government has a 24-hour phone line 800-MEDICARE and a website Medicare.gov.

Don't forget that the enrollment period for coverage in 2006 ends May 15.

Friday, January 06, 2006

'Getting Hitched Blog' - Emily Needs Our Again


Stop by 'Getting Hitched...The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Blog' for Emily's response to the wedding dress vote. It seems that dress 2 was the winner. She plans on trying on the dresses again before making her final decision.

Now, Emily needs our help picking out undergarments for the dress. So, when you have a few minutes, please stop by, take a look and let her know which one you like.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Music Lessons for Homeschoolers and Homebase Learners


As the story goes, a few years ago a parent asked why there weren't any music lessons offered. She was advised to do the research, which she did. She discovered that the school district would locate and pay for a music teacher. We can now thank her for having a terrific music program. The teacher comes to the school campus two days a week for 4 hours. He offers guitar, violin, wind instruments, choir and even a band. Marcus takes guitar lessons with 14 other kids. This service is free to us. It's provided through our local school district since he's enrolled in an Independent Study Program.

For those homeschoolers who belong to homeschool support groups why not hire a music teacher and share the cost. You don't belong to a group? If you know a couple of families this could still work if the children want to play the same instrument.

In San Diego County, we have a growing amount of charter schools that are offering homebased learning. Many offer music programs, like Bayshore Prep. They have a musical theater program, beginner and intermediate guitar.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Inspirational Kids' Bedrooms - iVillage.com

Are you looking for some inspirations for your kids' bedrooms? Need some ideas? Visit ivillage.com's Home and Food decorating section. You'll find 25 of the most beautiful kids room. My favorite being the 'Making The Grade'. It would make a great teenage room for boys or girls with the change of the color palette.

Scrappers Talk Radio Show, Hosted by Vera Reposo


'Scrappers Talk Radio', hosted by Vera Raposo, has recently launched an Internet Talk Radio Show for scrapbookers. This show will feature tips, inspiration and even guests. This show is for beginners and expert scrappers. It's available 24 hours so it will definitely fit in any homeschoolers' schedule.

This week's show topic is goal setting. For example, Vera suggests making a two page on your goals. How fun. This is a great idea for parents, as well as, students.

Visit her website to listen, resources and to sign up for her 'Scrapbooking Tips' newsletter. After you've listened to the show, don't forget to call or email Vera with your suggestions and comments.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

January is National Soup Month


Are you a fan of the 'Soup Nazi'? My husband just loves that 'Seinfeld' season 7 episode. "No soup for you!" My husband is also a huge soup fan.

January is National Soup Month. And how appropriate! With the cold weather, snow, rain and ice this is the perfect lunch and dinner.

Visit About.com Home Cooking section for a list of soup recipes. All you need is a salad and maybe some crusty bread. Talk about a time saver meal!

Monday, January 02, 2006

It's Motivation Monday - Listen to Tera McHugh

Let's start this week off right with a motivational message from Tera McHugh,
Enjoy Daily Life - A Resource for Women. You can sign up free, at the website for to receive your Motivational Minute.

Tera offers several life balancing, goal setting, organization, and time management tools. Be sure to take advantage of the free Tele-Class 'Life Balance Intro Workshop'. In this interactive Life Balance workshop, you will learn:

What 8 areas combine together to form your daily life

Where you are in each area of your daily life

How to build a solid foundation of what it is YOU want and

Simple techniques for staying in touch with what it is you want

Just click here to sign up. You'll find a link for other seminars, products and resources. Let's start this year off right.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Domestic Violence - Educate Yourself and Your Family

I realize that this is not a popular topic but it's one that is important. As a mother of a teenage son I remind my son that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. The National Domestic Violence Hotline not only offers 24 hour/7 days a week assistance but education.

Educate your son and daughter about dating violence. Did you know that 1 out of 3 high school relationships have physical and/or sexual abuse? The site provides statistics and tips on how to know if you're being abused.

They also accept donations. If you need help, please do not wait. Hotline 800-799-7233

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