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6 things you can do to be more productive this year
Find expert tips on how to spend your time effectively.
 
German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family
There is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face.
 
Level up! Selecting the best video games for your children
What should parents know about video games?
 
Creating an inviting, low maintenance porch
See how easy it is to turn your porch into the porch of your dreams.
 
Keeping the heat inside your home during the winter
Learn how to protect your energy bills and your comfort this season.
 
5 ways to show your kids how to give back this holiday season and year round
Getting involved in a giving-back project as a family can help your kids learn good values. Here are some great projects your family can take on together.
 
How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don't feel this way they then feel even worse because they somehow aren't living up to an idyllic portrait of the season.
 
Head of the class: How to get accepted to the school of your choice
Learn what you can do to help your student get into the college of his or her choice.
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
Learn some easy ways you can boost your heart's health.
 
What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
Learn some tips to ensure your children are eating healthy.
 
6 tips for managing your year-end tax planning
What financial plans are you making this season?
 
6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season
Learn six ways to keep kids safe and healthy this season.
 
Artful technology: How televisions have become a staple in modern home design
TVs continue to evolve and define American households.
 
Create a happy homemade holiday
See how easy it is to create memorable holiday decorations.
 
Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security
While many view open enrollment as a chance to merely review and update health care coverage, such as medical, dental and vision, it is actually about much more than that.
 
How to handle grief during the holidays
Grieving during the holidays? Expert tips for coping.
 
The surprising truth about the holidays from a dog lover's point of view [Infographic]
How far will people go to ensure their pets have a cheerful holiday? You may be surprised.
 
Breastfeeding? Take advantage of FSA dollars
Nursing moms can use flexible spending account dollars to pay for breastfeeding pumps and supplies.
 
Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
Learn these tips to get the most for your buck at the grocery store.
 
It's better to give than to receive: 5 ways you can give back this season
Learn some unique ways you can give back this season.
 
Last-minute entertaining tricks for unexpected guests
For even the most unanticipated of visitors, it is wise to always be ready to share the season's cheer with a nice hot cup of coffee, freshly-baked cookies and a welcoming home.
 
Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy
Learn some simple steps you can take to keep your family healthy this season.
 
How to make sure cleaning up isn't your only holiday activity
Learn how to make your holiday cleaning easier this season.
 
Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
It's possible to make the holidays special and enjoyable for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Here are some tips to help.
 
Are your car seat fears founded?
Car safety before kids is relatively simple, but after your first child is born, it becomes more complicated, especially when it comes to proper car seat installation.
 
Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules.
 
Tips to make the daily drive easier for commuters
Learn how to keep your vehicle's tires in tip-top shape for all your upcoming travels.
 
Life-threatening (severe) allergies and bullying: resources available to educate and raise awareness
Bullying has received increased national attention and can include behaviors such as name-calling, actual or threatened acts of physical harm, rumor spreading and social exclusion. Having health issues may also lead to bullying.
 
The importance of maintaining family traditions through the holidays
Holiday celebrations are a time of fun, family and food. Making each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are passed down and evolve each year.
 
Save time and energy with a family gift this holiday season
One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is with a family gift - one that brings a couple or a family even closer.
 
5 tips to keep your child's school days from becoming sick days
Find out what you can do to boost your child's immune system and keep them healthy this school year.
 
Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
Consider these ideas before redesigning your kitchen.
 
The secret to achieving better work-life balance
Find the secret to achieving work-life balance.
 
Facing financial pressures: 5 tips for the sandwich generation
Would you sacrifice your retirement and savings to simultaneously support your elderly parents and adult children? Welcome to the sandwhich generation.
 
School zone safety in the age of distractions
Be as safe as possible on the way to and from school with these tips.
 
Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
Does your holiday menu allow for food allergies?
 
6 simple ways to make your bank account work for you
These days, checking accounts come with a variety of features, such as mobile alerts, that can help you take control of your finances and better manage your spending and saving.
 
Don't let pantry pests tarnish holiday traditions
Learn more about the pests that could threaten your holidays.
 
8 moving ways to make Veterans Day meaningful for kids
Trying to teach kids about Veterans Day? Ways to make the day meaningful for children.
 
New research finds 40 percent of teens say they've been hit or nearly hit while walking
New research examines how handheld devices are causing teens to be more easily distracted, leading to greater risk on the roads, particularly when walking.
 
5 simple steps for protecting your home during the holidays
Take precautions today to protect your home and deter criminals during the holidays.
 
8 ways to protect the value of your car this winter
Find out how to give your car the best car today.
 
How simple stomach pains can take you to hell and back
Learn how one woman's stomach pains became much, much more.
 
Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?
 
FDA's message to moms: Eat more seafood
The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, even during pregnancy.
 
Holiday survival guide: quick tricks to eliminate hassles and headaches
Here are six simple tips that will help your holidays go from hectic to holly and jolly, with even a little time left over to relax before your guests start arriving.
 
Simple steps to make your holiday guests feel at home
Welcome any holiday guest into your home with these simple steps.
 
Four ways to spark creativity in your children
Looking for some indoor activities to do with your children this winter? Try these.
 
Important tax information for everyone with marketplace health insurance
If you have health insurance through a federal or state-sponsored marketplace, here's how it will impact your income tax return.
 
Expectant moms need iodine for healthy children
One very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
 
Common new mom question: Are all formulas created equal?
Moms looking to save some money can be confident that store-brand formulas are as safe and nourshing as the big brands.
 
Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life
Choking is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Over the years, the Heimlich maneuver has saved an estimated 50,000 U.S. lives.
 
One in five children in America go to bed hungry - learn how you can help
What is happening to end hunger in your community?
 
How to cut the clutter and take back your home
What's your plan to kick the clutter?
 
Using music to find inner strength in living with relapsing MS
MS is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects about 400,000 Americans and can lead to disability.
 
A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie
Do you know how to make the perfect holiday cookie?
 
Fall life hacks to keep you organized while on the go
As the weather cools down, flu and cold season begins to take off and we start planning for a busy holiday season. Could you use a life hack or two?
 
Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
The holiday season can be a good time for families to talk about senior living arrangements. Here's how to start the dialogue.
 
Can we change the culture of youth sports?
Injuries sideline too many young atheletes. Here three steps to change the culture of youth sports.
 
DIY Halloween costumes that won't spook your budget
 
Your teen's loud music could be permanently damaging their hearing
The results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today's hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait of a teen.
 
Work-life effectiveness: It's more achievable than you think
Having a successful and fulfilling job and life outside of work can present challenges. Learn more about how you can have it all.
 
This holiday season, give your family the world - without breaking the bank
Many authentic holiday traditions are just a grocery-store-trip away - and you may discover a new family favorite from a faraway land.
 
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it's fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home.
 
Mischievous twists on your family's favorite Halloween tricks and treats
Halloween is full of fun, and this year you can jump start the celebration well before Oct. 31. Here are some ideas to help your family really get in the spooky, playful spirit this fall.
 
Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
Children are taught math, science, English and history at school. And every day at lunch they learn another important lesson: how to make independent nutrition choices.
 
The Fragile X factor: What parents should know about this mysterious disease
Learn more about Fragile X Syndrome and who's at risk.
 
5 great skincare tips for cooler temperatures
As temperatures drop, your skin needs increased care.
 
How to be host or hostess with the most(est) with these delicious seasonal recipes
Delight your guests this season with these amazing recipes.
 
You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
Learn why buying eyeglasses online isn't the best idea.
 
Reclaim bathroom space of your own [Infographic]
Do partners have enough space for their own products in the bathroom?
 
How to make sure your kids don't get schooled by germs this school year [Infographic]
Learn more about the spread of germs so you can keep your kids healthy this school year.
 
Avoid a blizzard of bills this season with these energy efficiency tips
Follow these tips to keep your home energy efficient this winter.
 
Baby safety checklist: Steps to eliminate hidden dangers in the laundry room
Babies are curious and even at very young ages, they tend to get into things they shouldn't. That's why there's no better time than today to take steps toward securing your home, and the laundry room is a great place to start.
 
Restless legs syndrome: 'no laughing matter'
RLS is a neurologic disorder that causes these symptoms and it is no laughing matter. It can impact day-to-day activities and a person's sleep.
 
Treats without tricks: Safety and nutrition tips for Halloween
Keep the fun and ditch the worry with these safety and nutrition tips for Halloween.
 
Ways you can support your kids' school and teachers
Looking for ways to keep the extracurricular programs at school going strong? Here are some ways you can help out.
 
How a tape measure and scale can save your child's life
Learn why abandoning the booster seat too soon is dangerous.
 
Meal time is family time [Infographic]
Learn why meal time with your family is about so much more than just what you eat.
 
Parents: School is back in session, time to teach kids vital financial lessons
Parents are the most important source of financial education for kids. Here are ways to share money knowledge with kids of all ages.
 
4 tips for conserving 'invisible' water every day
Are you aware of how much water your family really uses every day? Consider these tips for curtailing "invisible" water consumption.
 
Pressure to perform can outweigh the benefits of children's sports
Playing sports can increase a child's potential for suffering from anxiety, stress or feeling burned out. Tips for parents to keep in mind for cheering their children on the athletic field.
 
Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
Life insurance should be thought of as a long-term legacy that can benefit one's family for many years to come.
 
How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child's education
Learn the skills to find common ground between your student and his or her teacher.
 
Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths
Here is the truth behind six sickening myths about the flu.
 
Uncontrollable laughing and crying: A stroke survivor's unexpected diagnosis
At 33, Delanie Wilson had a stroke and life never was the same again. Delanie's road to recovery was challenging and involved months of rehab. With time, Delanie saw improvements in her speech and movement, but began experiencing uncontrollable bouts of crying and laughing
 
Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
Parents, experts, and toy makers are learning that building block toys are a great way to inspire back-to-school excitement and build vital skills in preschool aged children.
 
Dry mornings are happy mornings [Infographic]
Learn where your baby's happy mornings come from and what you can do to make more of them.
 
Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn
From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans' to-do lists this year?
 
Dry bottoms and rockin' tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says
Find out what helps baby to wake up happy.
 
Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State
Learn what amazing experiences await you in Texas.
 
Plan for money emergencies before bringing a child into your family
Adding a child affects a family's budget. Here are tips to child-proof your family's finances.
 
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Adoption is the most rewarding way to obtain a pet. A few pet-proofing precautions can ensure your pet enjoys a warm welcome to his new home.
 
Don't let germs hitch a ride home from school
By simply touching their desks and lunch tables and swapping school supplies with classmates, kids are likely to bring home germs from school, and then spread them to family members.
 
Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
Allergy-proof your fall fun with these tips for managing triggers and symptoms.
 
The simple DIY trick to eliminate pesky floor squeaks
Annoying at best and disruptive to work and sleep at worst, floor creaks are easier to eliminate than you may think.
 
Babies and bills: What you need to know to be prepared [Infographic]
The average cost of pregnancy and newborn care is $37,000. Do you know what your insurance will cover?
 
Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches
Parents can pack safer school lunches by following these food-handling and packing tips.
 
Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
Teen drivers don't have the tire knowledge they need to be safe on the road, a new study shows. Take these tips for talking to teens about tire safety.
 
Boost kids' nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate
Parents looking to improve kids' nutrition can achieve better balance with some meal makeover tips.
 
8 everyday activities that fuel your child's brain development
70 percent of a human's brain development happens during the first three years of life through play.
 
Which daily interactions help your child learn the most?
How adult interaction with infants and young children helps develop their brains.
 
Your credit scores: What you don't know could cost you
Learn more about your credit scores and how having low scores could negatively impact your future.
 
The equation for stronger performance in school begins with a better breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But not all breakfast foods are created equal.
 
How to get your kids to eat the food you've prepared
Many children go through picky eating stages, and parents typically need to be a bit creative to get them to consume a well-balanced diet.
 
5 dietary habits of healthy kids
With so much information available about kids' nutrition - what to eat, how to supplement and more - it's hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. Here's some important expert insight.
 
Answering these questions will help you plan for life's emergencies
It can be difficult to anticipate exactly how much, and for how long, you will need the protection of life insurance. Your policy should evolve over time to fit your evolving needs.
 
Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
Separate the myths from reality when purchasing a new television this summer.
 
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
There's no better way to experience the vibrancy of fall but to immerse yourself and the family in the brilliance, and an off-road vehicle provides a front-seat view.
 
Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
Buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. These five questions can help you find a vehicle that fits your lifestyle.
 
5 sanity-saving secrets to balance school and fun this holiday season
Keep the school year going strong with these easy tips.
 
Make this football season a smarter one
Football season is here, and it's vital for parents, coaches and players to take steps to ensure player safety.
 
The 5 essentials to a happy school lunch
 
Do you know the signs if your child has a concussion?
Concussions are generating a lot of attention these days as an increasing amount of research highlights the difficulties in treating them.
 
Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
Preparing for the upcoming school year? Don't forget to make sure your kids' vaccinations are up to date.
 
Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity. Here are five tips to help you get started.
 
5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
Nutrition can affect your mood, for better or for worse. Here are foods to boost your mood, and those to avoid.
 
Hospice camp gives kids a place to process their grief their way
Grieving for a lost loved one is difficult for anyone but it is especially tough for children. Learn how hospice helps children cope.
 
Personalize your health and wellness to help meet your goals
Experts say the more you customize your wellness plan for your personal needs and style, the more likely you'll support your fitness and health goals.
 
 
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