A few things your kid needs to know before the big test

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School will soon be in session again, and it’s time to start thinking about how to help your child have a great year. If you have a kid who is nervous about tests, there are a number of things you can do to help them overcome their fear, and do well on the test. It is all […]

Saving for College: Doable or an Impossible Nightmare?

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Did you know 50 percent of families save for their kid’s college education? If you didn’t know, chances are you’re part of the 50 percent that doesn’t save – and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! Lots of financial advisors urge parents to think more about saving for their retirement, rather than saving for their […]

The Best Treatment Options For Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

The Best Treatment Options For Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

Unfortunately, hemorrhoids – the varicose veins in the rectum or anus – are a common complaint among pregnant women. Because of the increasing weight during the months of pregnancy (especially during the last trimester), the veins below the uterus dilate. Symptoms may include stinging, bleeding, pain, and itching. The increase in size of hemorrhoid vessels […]

That All Important Work-Life Balance

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Once upon a time, in a land far far away, work was finite and could be left on the job site at the end of a shift. This was largely because work focused primarily on task-work. In his book “Getting Things Done” David Allen talks about how the shift from task and manufacturing work to […]

Credit Repair or Credit Reaper? How to Tell the Difference

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Unless you have been sleeping for the last 5 years, you know that our country (along with a lot of the world) is in a financial bind. Of course, if you didn’t know it already, the credit repair ads on the television and Internet probably gave you some kind of clue. The problem for many […]

Amazon App Store Deals – over $40 in Free Music Apps!

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Today, as part of the Free App of the Day program (FAD), Amazon Appstore is giving away 12 music apps worth over $40 for free! The free apps included in the Amazon Appstore Music bundle can be found on the www.amazon.com/FADMusicHits page. The popular titles include: TuneIn Radio Pro ($3.99) Shazam Encore ($4.99) WavePad Master’s Edition ($9.99) Mini Piano ($0.99) Ultimate Guitar […]

4 ways to Expand the Enjoyment of Your Home to the Outdoors

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With warmer temps and long summer days in the near future, we start to think about spending more and more time outside — especially at home. If you want to increase the value and appearance of your home, add more room, or just enjoy the pleasures of nature in any weather — you might want […]

Three of the best Android readers

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Technology has transformed the way we live. From communication to entertainment and far beyond, there is a wealth of technological options to satisfy our every need. For the most part these advances are interpreted as positive but there are some people who feel nostalgic for the simple yet tactile things like the smell of an […]

On the Road again: A firsthand trip with Kerouac

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“On the Road” is one of the rare books that has stood the test the time. It hits on the human desire to explore and to be a part of something bigger in this life; values that are even more prevalent today. With the rise of technology, it’s easy to see the Great Wall of China […]

4 Easy ways to turn that new space into YOUR space

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Maybe you’ve just moved into your very first post-college apartment. Maybe you’re starting over after a few less than ideal living experiences or relationships. Whatever the reason, you find yourself staring at a new living space and thinking “Mine! ALL MINE! I can do whatever I want with this space! ….wait. What do I want […]

5 Safety Tips to Share With Your Kids – Guest Post

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No one wants to think their child could be the victim of a crime. Unfortunately, criminals are prone to targeting vulnerable people and your child may fall into this group. Just recently, a 16 year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint in Huntsville, AL. Thankfully, the boy wasn’t hurt, but it was likely a traumatic experience […]

When Are Kids The Most Expensive? The Answer May Surprise You – Guest Post

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My husband and I are putting together the family budget for 2014. For the first time this year, we’ll have both of our kids in public school — our littlest one will start all-day kindergarten this fall. Although some people don’t like the idea of kindergarten lasting all day–instead of the “half-day” kindergarten we all […]