Really Useful Websites (May 2008)

Here are this month’s selections (from a variety of topics):

  1. Myfootprint.org – you can take a quiz to determine your impact on the earth and find ways to improve it!
  2. The Green Guide – this site has green living tips, blogs, recipes, tips of the week, and more. I found it very helpful.
  3. The Daily Green – this site has tips and advice, news, green home section, and more. There is a green cuisine section that includes parts on safe foods, recipes, and food blogs. There are community tips and more. You can join the community – or not. There is also a newsletter.
  4. Do It Yourself – this is a very helpful site with information on all sorts of projects for the home, car, going green, lifestyle, crafts, cleaning, and more. There are forums to participate in, product information, and product reviews.
  5. Do It 101 – this is a good way to spend time; I could have browsed here for quite a while – if I could find the time. There are articles on a wide, wide range of subjects. For example, under Animals – Cats, I found articles on caring for newborn kittens, 5 common diseases, patterns to make cat toys, and recipes for treats.
  6. CNET Tips and Tricks – If you are looking for computer tips and advice, this is a good place to go. I found articles on adware, antivirus issues, tips on photography (particularly digital – things like avoiding fuzzy pictures, adding people to pictures, how to share your digital pictures, and so on), as well as tips for iPods and HDTV, among other things. Looks like a good library of information to check out.
  7. The Simple Dollar – this site has some great articles on ways to save money, projects that can help you improve your financial situation, and so forth. I highly recommend it.
  8. Zenhabits – I don’t even know how to describe this site. I love it and I highly recommend it though. I found articles on money saving tips, motivation hacks, A Three-Step Cure for Digital Packrats, Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise, and more. All in all, a fascinating site. (Now that I’ve typed this, I suspect I’ve referred to them before, but you know what – it bears repeating!)
  9. Frugal Living – This is on about.com and covers a wide range of tips on saving money. There are sections on everything from frugal living 101 to frugal seniors, as well as frugal fun, special occasions, and affordable transportation.
  10. Stress Management Tips – Well, this is certainly to the point.  The title says a lot – but there is more to the site than tips.  There are sections on causes of stress, effects of stress, and on ways to handle different kinds of stress.  There are also stress relief games and exercises.  If you need stress management help, this is a good place to go.
  11. Stress Center – Mayo Clinic – another good place to look for information on stress symptoms, relaxation techniques, stress management articles, and so on.  This is a very informative site – for a wide range of topics.
  12. Helpguide.org – This site has a ton of articles on various “life challenges”.  I found it while looking for information on stress relief but discovered that there is a lot more to this site.  Other topics include autism, anxiety, children & parenting, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, sleep, and stress and trauma.
  13. Widgetbox – If you want widgets for iGoogle, My Space, Facebook, WordPress, and other similar sites, this is the place to go.  They have categories for blogs, countdowns, clocks, pets, news, humor, and so on.  In addition, you can make your own.  This is a lot of fun.
  14. World Religions –  this site has a number of articles on some of the world’s major religions.  Mind you, this is not a huge list, but it is a good place to start.
  15. Refdesk/Religion – I believe that I mentioned refdesk.com in another edition of this monthly feature.  However, this is a nice enough list that I thought I should repeat myself a bit.  This page has a list of 114 items related to various religions.  Some have discriptions, some do not.  I think this is a great starting point for looking into other religions – or even your own.
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