New advice? Good advice? Bad advice?

We’re writing this blog because we want to help you Help Yourself! But we’re the first to admit that we don’t have any new advice. The Bible has some good old advice, such as “Do unto others….” We learned how to work hard from our parents’ good example. And, our mothers’ advice about eating fruits and vegetables is probably some of the best advice for eating a healthy diet.

We don’t want to tell you what to do. We want to help you figure out your own solutions. We want to help “women who know that there are no easy answers to life’s complex problems—that finding solutions requires some self-knowledge and self-searching and hard work.”

However, we enjoy reading the advice offered in great quantities in books and magazines, and sometimes we even learn something. Often, though, we discover advice that’s designed to sell books or magazines and advice that provides simple solutions to complex problems.

This blog post is the first in a periodic series that will review some of the advice we’ve discovered.  We found plenty of advice in the March issues of three magazines on the rack at our neighborhood Walgreen’s.

Dinner Made Easy! Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes

“What kind of meal does a busy TV chef cook on weeknights?” asks the Ladies Home Journal in its March 2011 issue.

And, on page 109, Roger Mooking from The Cooking Channel’s Everyday Exotic suggests Curried Macaroni and Cheese. Of course, before you create this easy dinner, you need to stop at the store to buy Thai green chili, white cheddar cheese, a bunch of asparagus and a few other ingredients.

Give us a break! When we were working full time and taking care of small children, we served an easy dinner with a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese.  We weren’t trying to be a superwoman living in a perfect house and cooking gourmet dinners.

Every Woman Can Be $10,000 Richer—Believe It!

“The secret’s in three little words:  Keep a budget!” suggests Glamour in its March 2011 issue.

Now that’s old advice—and good advice, too. But it’s not a simple 1-2-3 solution. Making a realistic budget and then sticking to it requires a great deal of self discipline. You have to be resolute.

Must-Have Makeup—Look Younger in Three Minutes

“Pair an anti-aging cosmetic with your favorite serum or cream, and you’ll be delivering a one-two punch to your wrinkles, age spots and more,” declares Good Housekeeping in its March 2011 issue.

Fayteen has grandchildren, and Joy has two children in college. Of course, sometimes we would love to look younger in three minutes.  But, we’ve both earned a wrinkle or two, and we’ve both accepted the fact that we don’t look like we’re 24 years old. We’re tired of our youth-obsessed culture that keeps telling us that we should try to look like we’re 24!

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