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Halloween Still Rocks!

Next to Christmas, Halloween was my favorite holiday when I was a kid. Though my days of dressing up as Piglet and Minnie Mouse are long gone, Halloween is still celebrated in my home.

Here are a few EASY treats and tricks to help you have fun this Halloween season. Click the title links for instructions.

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on October 14, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Family Friendly Travel Destinations



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With a bit of creativity you can likely make any travel destination into a fun and safe trip for your children. Finding a place to go on vacation that will offer benefits to kids without a lot of effort…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on October 6, 2010 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Affordable Home Decorating Ideas

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With the economy putting a strain on our pocket books, we have all had to make changes to our 2010 budget. For many of us, decorating was the line item that got scratched off that list first. However, eliminating that expense completely may not be the…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on September 30, 2010 at 8:12am — No Comments

Learn How to Live Below Your Means

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I’d easily spend $300 on a Coco Chanel wallet or Tiffany card case. And that evening, it was nothing to drop another hundred on dinner with friends. Sears, Kmart, Target and “the Walmart” were definitely off my shopping radar. After all, only poor people shopped those places.

When I look back at all the…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on September 14, 2010 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Sure It Looks Cool, But Does It Really Work?

If someone told me they’ve never been tempted late at night to pick up the phone and order whatever unbelievably innovative product they saw on TV, I would have a hard time believing it. The infomercials are so convincing in presenting a product that will literally change your life, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who hasn’t been sucked in at one point or another. The problem though is it seems so risky. I’m sure we’ve all heard the…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on August 29, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Save One Life and Help to Create a Future for Children with Bleeding Disorders

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Did you know that the average American teenager living with hemophilia uses over $60,000 in anti-hemophilia factor every month? I do, because my son is one of those teens.

Every once in a while you come…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on August 20, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

Phthalates: What Are They and Are They Making You Sick?

Pronunciation: THAL-ates

“More than ever, people are worried about how all the chemicals we’re exposed to are affecting our health: among them a family of chemicals known as phthalates, which are used in everyday plastics.”

-Phthalates: Are They Safe? CBS/60…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on August 16, 2010 at 10:06am — No Comments

Character Development and Teens: A Winning Combination!

by Traci S. Campbell

The road to adulthood for most teens is a challenging one. Puberty, mood swings, insecurities, and peer pressure are just some of the hurdles young people encounter as they prepare to face the even bigger challenges lying ahead for them because of the pressure to fit in and be “popular”. I can clearly remember when the dilemma to wear my IZOD polo shirt…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on August 5, 2010 at 2:53pm — No Comments

12 Simple Separates: Your Guide to Lookin’ Good and Feeling Great!

It’s a tough economy and times are tight. Everyone wants to cut expenses without giving up quality of life.

I do, too.

In fact, I’ve been learning to “tightwad” for over a decade. Sadly, I’ve not mastered it, but I have found a balance in my life. I prefer to spend money on priorities, rather than having it just dribble away with each purchase.

Thing is, I love…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on August 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Gas Crunch

by Barbara Carrow

This nation is ignoring an easy way to save a third on gasoline. The way we drive has a big impact on gas mileage and can easily turn a somewhat average 22 mpg into a respectable 30. Here are some recommendations for saving…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on July 19, 2010 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Consignment Shops: The New Black for Back-to-School Shopping

Have you shopped for “Back to School” yet? My spending frenzy began last Friday, during freshman orientation. My son is a college student this year, and between tuition, books, room and board, parking fees, non-essentials, essentials, and miscellaneous fees, my budget is on life support! A $32,000.00 gorilla is on my back and come August 18Th, the ape better be fed.

Last August, my quest to earn a few extra college bucks…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on July 14, 2010 at 7:45pm — 2 Comments

Vitamin D-fense!

Vitamin C’s reign as MVP may soon be over. Recent studies show that vitamin D is now the most sought after player. In fact, this year the guys at the Institute of Medicine are reviewing scientific data to determine if our…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on July 6, 2010 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Organic Food: Help! I’m sooo confused!

If you’re like most folks you probably try, (or at least think about :) ) taking care of your body by eating “right”. You may even be the type that occasionally buys foods that help conserve Mother Earth’s resources. But, if you’re like me, with dietitians, nutritionists, and “green” experts throwing terms like “hormone-free”, “free-range”, “natural”, and “organic” around, things tend to get confusing. After-all,…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 26, 2010 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

A Date With Rubybliss!

When Lisa Lazarus is not out playing with her dogs or roasting golden beets, she’s in her studio creating extraordinary works of art. She’s someone who followed her dreams and made them come true. Here, Lisa shares her loves, her passions, things that make her laugh, and the things that make this silversmith tick.…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 22, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

Top 7 Creative Ways to Get Out of Debt

If you’re thinking about moving to Argentina and changing your name then you might be missing the point of this article’s title. Let’s face it, debts have to be handled responsibly and promptly and it’s important while fighting debt to not lose hope. Here are seven creative ways to get out of debt:

7. Circle the Wagons

If your debts are threatening to drag you under then its time to realize you can’t…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 9, 2010 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Top Carriers For Toting Your Tot

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When it comes to our little one, we want the best products on the market. We have safety in mind, comfort and an affordable price to look for. One thing you don’t want to go without is a baby carrier or car seat for your child. These make doing everyday tasks much easier…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 7, 2010 at 12:19am — No Comments

Mommy and Me – Baby Giveaway!









SUMMER is on its way and we’re kicking it off early with a guest article written by Lauren Dzuris, Top Carriers for Toting Your Tot, and a nifty Mommy and Me, Baby Giveaway!



It’s super easy…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 7, 2010 at 12:17am — No Comments

5 Things I Love

... and think you will too!

RoomMates. These stylish, fun, repositionable, and removable wall decals are perfect for those afraid of commitment. Make boring walls, laptops, and just about any flat surface you can think of, come alive in minutes. They’re available in a variety of designs (even peel-and-stick mirrors) and sure to please even the most…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on June 3, 2010 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Military-Friendly Family Attractions: Active Duty and Retired Get in For Free!

Businesses across America recognize the valuable contributions our active duty and retired military families make by offering free admission to museums, water parks and other family attractions. For those traveling near a military base, make (down right cheap :) ) reservations for space-available…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on May 27, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

Are You Ready for Emergencies?

Preparing for the unthinkable isn’t something most people think about. After all, bad things only happen to other people – right?

Wouldn’t it be great to receive a cautionary note the day before a crisis occurred?

Unfortunately, tragedies don’t understand the rules of fair play.

While we can’t control Mother Nature, Acts of God, or…

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Added by Nikola Hartmann on May 27, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

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