Dear Readers: At the end of a busy summer, it is time to take care of yourself for the coming busy fall! Adjusting your lifestyle by losing weight, working out more or quitting smoking is a struggle for most, but it can be done! Here are some hints to KEEP YOU MOTIVATED, from my most recent book, “Handy Household Hints From Heloise”:

* It is easier to manage several small goals instead of one large one. Try to get through just one day without smoking or binging on sweets and fat-laden foods.

* Reward yourself for small successes. Catch the latest film you’ve wanted to see, book a spa appointment or lounge in a warm bath.

* If you slip up, don’t punish yourself. It is normal to have an off day. Just keep pushing forward, and don’t give up!

* Goals are easier to reach if you have a good support system.

-- Heloise

P.S.: Know that I’m with you! Every day really is a new day to get started or start over.


Dear Heloise: I dropped a pen between my car seat and the console. This prompted me to figure out a way to prevent a recurrence.

At the hardware store, I discovered pipe insulation. It cost less than $4 for 6 feet. I cut two pieces off and pushed one between the driver’s car seat and console, and the other between the passenger’s seat and the console. The material is darkish-gray foam and is flexible, and the color blended with my car’s interior. -- Linda H., Omaha


Dear Readers: Dennis in San Antonio sent in a picture of his 5-month-old foster Labrador retriever, Bella. Bella is a snuggle bug who loves to play with her squeaky toys. She was rescued from a full shelter. To see a picture of Bella and our other Pet Pals, visit and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

P.S.: Bella found a wonderful and loving home!


Dear Heloise: I wash my kitchen sponges several times a week in the washer, and they wear out quickly. When they start to get ratty and I no longer want to use them in the kitchen, I write “bath” on them with a large black marker and use these sponges just for the bathroom. -- A Reader in Houston


Dear Heloise: I would like to share some of my hints:

* For the hard-to-swallow pills (vitamins, etc.), take them with soft foods, like yogurt, applesauce and oatmeal. No more problems.

* After squeezing a lemon or lime, cut up the rind into strips and freeze in a freezer bag -- great to add to water and other beverages needing a pretty twist.

* When changing earrings, dab a little hand sanitizer on your fingertips, then touch the post and the earlobe. They slip in quickly and easily, and are sanitized, too.

-- Angela C., Port Charlotte, Fla.

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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