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6 Ways to Help Your Child Excel in School

It is important for children to feel successful in school at a young age. When children become frustrated and don’t feel successful, their confidence plummets and so does their motivation to succeed in school. Here are some tips to help your child ...


Chew on These Ideas for Successful Gardening with Pets

(TNS)—Safe, friendly gardening with a pet in your household can be a difficult pastime if your yard isn’t set up to handle the wear and tear from a four-footed animal who doesn’t know the difference between your prized petunias and the potty. ...


How to Lock in a Great Mortgage Rate

(TNS)—Mortgage rates fluctuate daily, making it hard to pinpoint the perfect moment to lock. To simplify the mortgage rate-lock decision, keep these things in mind: ...


Keep Moving to Keep Enjoying Life

(TNS)—If you lead a sedentary lifestyle and don’t go out much, it can cause you to feel down. Maybe you want to avoid people, so going to the gym isn’t that appealing, or maybe there just isn’t anyone to play kickball with anymore. ...


How to Design Change and Keep It Positive

(TNS)—Q: My job is fine, my personal life is fine, but I know that I have a tendency to get bored and restless. What can I do to be out in front of that so that I don’t start making bad choices to ...


Financial Strategies to Cover an Early or Unexpected Retirement

(TNS)—Despite a bull market in stocks, two new studies show that retirees and those getting close are bearish about retirement. ...


Living Smart: How Much Does a Swimming Pool Really Cost?

(TNS)--If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. ...


5 Housing Trends to Watch This Spring

(TNS)--This spring will be a good time to buy or sell a home. But life isn’t perfect, so expect to run into a couple of hurdles, especially if you are a buyer. ...


7 Energy Efficient Home Improvements for the Summer

Summer is hot, and if your home isn’t prepared for the warmer weather, your utility bills can increase significantly. Rather than spending a fortune over the next few months, why not take steps to prepare your home and make it more efficient? Here ...


7 Efficient Tips for Downsizers

Retirement goals have shifted for many since the recession, with one major asset hanging in the balance—housing. Though a burgeoning segment of boomers plan to “age in place” in their current homes, more than ...


5 Simple Steps to Childproofing Your Home

Whether you’ve got a litter of kids or baby’s on the way, childproofing your home is a preventative measure no family should go without. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends a number of safeguards to make your home an environment free from ...


Interior House Painting Tips for Newbies

Anyone would agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to give your home a clean, new look for spring—and even you’ve never wielded a paintbrush before, a few simple tips will help you get ...


5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Chores

(TNS)—Ah, spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier in the year now await you—a seemingly never-ending list of chores. ...


Who Gets to Be a Millionaire? 6 Factors

People who buy lottery tickets hope to become millionaires. But some people, ticket-buyers or not, are more apt to reach millionaire status than others. A study by Fidelity Investments revealed the six most common wealth-building factors the most successful wanna-be millionaires have on ...


How to Speak Up When the Group Disagrees

(TNS)—Have you ever sat in a meeting, squirming because you disagreed but were afraid to say so? ...


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