It's autumn. Pumpkins glow in golden fields. Shorter days and crisp mornings signal winter's approach. Can the holidays be far behind? Use autumn's brisk and breezy days to wrap up summer's outdoor lifestyle and to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home.

If you're over 50 and have recently found that your diary is empty, you are not alone. Many people reach their half-century milestone and find life is less full than they would like it to be. Perhaps children have grown up and flown the nest, or you've recently been bereaved or divorced. Suddenly it can seem like old friends and familiar faces from the past have vanished. Here are some tips for making new friends if you're over 50.

Halloween is now the second most popular holiday in the United States, which means that it is usually celebrated in a big way. The grandchildren will enjoy kicking it down a notch with these retro Halloween activities that allow their creative spirits free rein. And if the projects don't come out quite right or if a big mess results, guess what? We're grandparents. We don't care!

Although we tend to think of it as a summertime concern, dehydration doesn't disfavor the cooler months. In fact, the likelihood of dehydration is accelerated when you train in cold weather—and at higher altitudes. In these conditions, the air you breathe is drier, and your lungs have to work harder to humidify that air and warm it up. The harder your body works, the more you need to drink. Use these tips to stay hydrated this winter.

When the leaves start changing color, you know it’s almost time for holiday shopping, end-of-year deadlines and annual financial checkups. The U.S. News Frugal Shopper bloggers have tips for how you can make the most of the season while keeping your budget in check.

Certain trips are better when you’re young and spry, but most vacations can wait until later in life when you really have the time to enjoy them. Some destinations can become even more enjoyable when you share them with kids and grandkids who are old enough to appreciate them. Whether you’re retired or not, or traveling with family or alone, there’s something to be said for stretching the dollaras far as possible so you can travel for longer.

In 1965, a psychologist named Bruce Tuckman said that teams go through 5 stages of development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. The stages start from the time that a group first meets until the project ends. Tuckman didn’t just have a knack for rhyming although it does make the stages easier to remember. Each stage is aptly named and plays a vital part in building a high-functioning team.