The IRS announced on March 17th, that they will extend the filing and payment deadline for individual federal tax returns from April 15th to May 17th. Here are a few important points to be aware of at this time:
Even with the new deadline, the IRS urges taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. We are continually monitoring this situation and we will keep you updated as the conditions develop. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The Colorado tax deadline is also extended to May 17, 2021. Source...
Check with your individual state to determine if they have also extended the deadline.
For more tax info and help, contact: Your Taxlady
It’s time to decorate your front door for spring and the upcoming Easter celebrations with this easy, creative umbrella door decoration.
By using spring colors and items associated with springtime, you will have a great addition to your front door.
* A bouquet of pink tulips, along with greenery and dyed eggshells filled with daffodils. They are tucked neatly into an umbrella for a unique Easter door decoration.
* To make, tie a pretty pink ribbon halfway up a closed umbrella to create a makeshift vase for your arrangement.
* Create pockets between front ribs and tuck in tissue paper to support a crafts-store bird’s nest. Use blown-out dyed Easter eggs, fresh flowers, and greenery such as ferns and moss.
* When you’re finished, wire the arrangement to a hook to hang on your front door.
* You now have a door umbrella decoration that is just right for spring and Easter!
To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder which is available at floral supply stores.
Head for Steamboat Springs any season of the year – Here’s Why!
It's fun, beautiful and full of activity!
* Tubing at several locations – Howelsen Hill – Steamboat – Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill – Yampa River
* Natural Hot Springs and Mineral Pools (To Die For – Very Relaxing!)
* Steamboat Pro Rodeo – Old Fashion Wagon rides and Dinner
* Slingshot Bungee Jump Trampoline (oh boy… be careful)
* Plenty of music festivals all year round for all ages (Click the link below)
* Mountain activities include, Hiking – Mountain biking – Horseback riding – ATV and Jeep tours – Hot air balloon rides
* Steamboat is listed as one of "The 10 Best Ski Resorts in the US" by Snowpack.com
* Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and the vast hunting and fishing opportunities
* Your top destination to learn about the history of Steamboat Springs is the Tread of Pioneers Museum. It has engaging and interactive exhibits which feature local and regional American Western history.
Steamboat Springs is a “must visit” in Colorado! See more at:
Related Travel Post: Buena Vista Adventures
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Are you looking for St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Well, we have just what you need.
Olives, blueberries, green grapes, pineapple, orange slices, strawberries, small marshmallows and gold foil wrapped candy.
And, the rainbow has a pot of gold at the end of it!
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Green Frosting and Gold Foil Wrapped Coins
This is an easy way to make any cupcakes into St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Chocolate and white cake mixes or recipes work well with the green frosting.
Shamrock Smoothie w/ Gold Coins
These are easy to make and will be enjoyed by young and old alike!
St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – Make it a Fun and Memorable Irish Day!
Have you had your eyes tested recently? Many of us take our eye health for granted.
What can we do as we age to keep our eyes healthy?
Here are 5 Simple Steps to take:
1. Get tested at least annually! Diseases of the eye can be spotted and then referred to a specialist. Pay attention to symptoms like blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, swelling or irritation near the eye or eyelid.
2. Wear Sun Glasses. Protect your eyes from bright sunlight and its UV rays. UV extended exposure increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
3. Quit smoking! Your risks are increased for cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
4. Eat the right foods and nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins E and C have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of eye diseases.
5. Use safety glasses or protective goggles when participating in work tasks and various sports activities. Shield your eyes to protect them!
Another concern in our present-day world is the relation of technology and eye health.
As we continually rely on technology, we increasingly have incidents of eyestrain. How can we protect our eyes in this digital age?
Make sure you blink frequently when working on the computer. On average, we blink about 18 times per minute. However, when we stare at a screen this slows the blink rate. Not blinking enough will lead to itchy, dry and burning eyes.
Here are a few additional ways to protect yourself from eyestrain:
Other contributing factors to developing eyestrain include devices with small print held at non-ergonomic angles too far from the eyes. Also, the blue light emitted from digital screens can cause eye strain and keep you awake at night!
People who wear glasses or contacts are also susceptible to eye strain. Their prescriptions might not be ideal for mid-range viewing of electronics.
Maintain Good Eye Health As You Age!
Yes, only 15 minutes to a less cluttered bedroom!
Wouldn’t you agree that your bedroom should be a haven for peace and tranquility? Hopefully, yours is! If not, keep reading!! We know you want a less cluttered bedroom.
If you are sick and tired of a cluttered bedroom, you can actually spend only 15 minutes a day to get it well on its way to being organized and functional.
While you may only use the bedroom for a few hours of sleep each day, nothing feels more restful and relaxing than going to bed at night in a clean and clutter-free bedroom.
If you have time in the morning to spend on decluttering, great! If that time of day doesn’t work for you, when you get home from work or are done running errands for the day may work better. Be creative, you can squeeze in 15 minutes sometime during your busy day!
Start by making the bed…this must be done every morning…without fail! If you can change the sheets in less than 5 minutes, then go ahead. Otherwise, pull up the sheets and comforter or bedspread, fluff up those pillows and it is done!
Now it’s time to address the clothes situation. Are they tossed all over the place? If so, put the dirty ones into the hamper. Hopefully, the hamper is in the bedroom, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the closet, a lid is nice but not necessary. If you have clothes that aren’t dirty but need repair, designate an area in your closet for these items. A basket to put them in would work fine, that way they are easy to distinguish from your other clothes. For clothes that don’t go in the closet (such as undergarments) and are clean, give them a quick fold and put them in a dresser drawer or attractive storage unit.
It is now time to remove or straighten up all the miscellaneous items. Remember the daily rule – if you don’t use it daily then it needs to be put away. So, put those items away. Just a note here: this ISN’T the time to clean out the nightstand drawers. It is a natural tendency to put something away in a drawer to get it out of sight with the intention of finding a home for it later. Then, when you open the drawer and see the mess, you are inclined to clean it. That is a task for another day when that is your main focus.
Just think – only 15 minutes and you made great strides to your goal of having a peaceful and tranquil bedroom. Another day and another 15 minutes…do this over and over until you reach your goal!
Hurray! Enjoy Your Less Cluttered Bedroom!
Did you know? Jigsaw puzzles help you exercise both the right and left side of the brain. Working a jigsaw puzzle helps keep your brain young!
Your left brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When working a jigsaw puzzle, you harness both sides of the brain.
Jigsaw puzzles engage the brain to retain information on shapes and colors in order to choose pieces that will fit together properly.This hunt for pieces requires your brain to memorize what each piece looks like or should look like and what kinds of pieces you are searching for in order to complete the picture. Doing this repeatedly reinforces short-term memory.
This engaging activity:
Here are two jigsaw puzzles for you to work and enjoy!
Click link beside each photo…
Interesting facts about jigsaw puzzles!
They were first created by an English mapmaker by the name of John Spilsbury in the late 1760’s. He made a puzzle by gluing a map of the world on a piece of wood and cut out the countries. Children would put the pieces together to learn to identify individual countries and their relation to one another. This was much like our puzzles of the United States that we all worked on when we were growing up.
Thus, jigsaw puzzles were originally invented for education instead of entertainment. Jigsaw puzzles are now loved by people of all ages. Jigsaw puzzles became a form of daily amusement and activity for adults in the early 1900’s. However, they were quite expensive ($5 for a 500-piece puzzle in 1908). By the time of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s, they became more reasonable in price. In fact, 10 million puzzles were sold per week during this time in history. This was an escape from the troubles of the Depression years. Source...
I know we are all dealing with the changes and challenges of the pandemic in many different ways. How can you feel good regardless of what’s happening around you? Laughter; It’s the solution. I’m not talking about watching or listening to something funny (although those help a great deal), I’m talking about generating yourself to laugh in an instant. As a clean comedian and laughter yoga instructor, I feel honored to give people the powerful healing benefits of a chuckle, giggle and guffaw. In my 25 years of performing, teaching and studying comedy, I’ve learned that laughter is a powerful solution to stress, pain, and conflict because it:
You can create your own joy, here’s how.
I guarantee you’ll feel energized and in a good mood. Do this before a big meeting, important event or potential confrontation and watch how the outcome shifts to your liking. You can do this in the car, the shower, or any other private place to keep others from worrying that you’ve lost it. Usually, onlookers will start laughing as well because it’s contagious.
I look forward to meeting you all as I inspire the area with clean comedy and laughter yoga.
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease!
Thanks for the contribution to coloradospringsover50.com content – by,
Mel Austin-Clean Comedian, Emcee, US Marine
Squeaky Clean Comedy, Inc.
Colorado Springs Over 50
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