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How to Combine Learning and Fun

5 tips to keep kids’ brains active and avoid the summer slide Summer break provides a chance for kids to cut loose and enjoy the freedom of a less structured schedule. However, as parents and teachers know well, months away from academic pursuits can make for a rocky start to a new school year come fall. During the time when …

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How to Safely Tackle Home Projects

When contemplating home upgrades or building projects, contractors and DIYers alike focus on factors such as budget, scheduling and materials. Another important consideration before starting work on any project – from renovating a main living area to expanding a bathroom or transforming your outdoor space – is safety. While having properly functioning tools is crucial to completing projects both big …

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7 Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July

With crowds of unfamiliar people and loud, scary noises, the Fourth of July can make even the most laid-back, four-legged family members apprehensive and unpredictable. “Research shows that more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year and animal shelters are most crowded after the holiday, filled with lost dogs and cats,” said …

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How to prepare for unexpected college costs

Commentary by Chara If you are attending college or planning to attend college, you might face some unexpected expenses. But if you make some good financial decisions, you and your family will not be blindsided by expenses that suddenly appear during the year – or college-related expenses after you finish school. If you want to be prepared for unexpected expenses, …

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7 Steps to Plan a Remodel

Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Consider these steps from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) before you get started: 1. …

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How to teach your children about saving money

Commentary by Chara Typically, children want to use money only for buying things they like. That is why parents should teach them how to manage it properly and prepare them for when they grow up. Here are some tips on how you can encourage your children to save money: *Have a children’s bank in the house: It can be a …

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Add Joy to Spring Cleaning

While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming. To add color and whimsy, and make spring cleaning a more joyous event, consider these ideas from mom and designer Joy Cho, the founder and …

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No screen time for babies, WHO recommends

By Roberta Pardo The World Health Organization (WHO) recently advised that children under 5 years old should have minimal screen time, and those under 1 should have no screen time at all. In its first-ever guidance on this subject, the agency said April 24 that kids under 5 should not spend more than one hour a day watching screens. Instead, …

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The history behind Cinco de Mayo

By Chara This Sunday, people in the United States celebrate a Mexican holiday. It’s not Mexican Independence Day. It’s not a big holiday in Mexico either, although some Americans might think so. It’s Cinco de Mayo. On Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans commemorate the Battle of Puebla. At the Battle of Puebla, the Mexican army faced and defeated the French army. …

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How to pick the right college

Commentary by Chara For many of you high school seniors, now is the time for you to make one of the most important decisions in your life: where you will attend college. Choosing a college can be stressful and difficult. If you are having difficulty deciding what college to pick, here are some tips that might help you: *Create a …

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