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Healthy Habits: Back to School With Fresh Breath

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Your child’s health includes oral health as well. With a new school year coming up, let’s take a look at snacks and how they affect oral health as well as overall health. First of all, by this time, we all know that sugar and good health are at cross purposes.

Changes in the Apartment Industry

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There are 38 million residents renting apartments in America today, 1 and this number is expected to grow. The country could add as many as seven million additional renter households this decade.

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Giveaway: ClassDojo

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As a teacher, I love to be able to provide a positive environment in my classroom. Sometimes it can be hard, as kids get distracted or discouraged. Class Dojo is an app that is used in schools across the US and around the globe to connect teachers and parents.

Consumer Critique: Pure Growth Organic

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I really enjoy trying out healthy snacks for my kids - they come in handy when our schedule is erratic in the summer due to playdates and summer camp, or during the school year as lunch box fillers.

Book Nook: Boys Town Press

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I recently had the chance to review several titles from Boys Town Press that are appropriate for all kids, combining fun stories with concrete life skills. The books were well-written, being fairly obvious with the lessons they were teaching but not so preachy that kids wouldn't get bored. The issues were presented, along with some alternatives and better behaviors.

Book Nook: Oogie the Bear’s Rainy Day Adventure

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I recently had a chance to review Oogie the Bear’s Rainy Day Adventure , a charming book about a bear who discovers he can't have is favorite snack of crackers, and sets out to discover why. As Oogie travels in search of a solution, kids learn brief lessons about where products come from and about sticking to a goal until it's accomplished.

Book Nook: Get Out of that Pit

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Beth Moore is a popular Christian author - I know a lot of friends who have loved working through her Bible studies. Ten years ago, she released Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God's Deliverance , published by W Publishing. This year is the 10th anniversary of the first release of the book, and I had a chance to review it.

LendEDU Lottery Study

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Ever wonder what your chances of winning the lottery are? Or, how much the average American spends on lottery tickets? LendEDU just published an in-depth study of the lottery, featuring lottery data from the U.S. Census Bureau that was only recently released. Here are some highlights: Interactive map and tables featuring the average lottery expenditure per capita in each of the 43 states that conduct a lottery (Massachusetts is number 1 by more than $200!)

Money Makers: Side Jobs

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Whether you work full-time or are looking for a side gig to fit into your busy lifestyle, there are several ways working parents can make money on the side. Side gigs are available in most industries with varying degrees of flexibility. From working part-time as a freelancer to picking up a job with flexible hours, there are multiple ways to make money outside of your current 9-to-5 role or full-time flexible job.

Chrysler and Sesame Street

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Chrysler today announced that they are now a proud sponsor and supporter of Sesame Street, a commitment that includes supporting the show on PBS and original digital content. Sesame Street has a powerful connection with families and this partnership allows the Chrysler brand to support their work around the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “As

Consumer Critique: Perfect Bar

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I recently had a chance to review Perfect Bar , a great new protein bar that my husband and I both enjoyed. The Perfect Bar is refrigerated (but does have a decent shelf life in the fridge). There are a variety of flavors, and I really liked most of them. I loved the peanut butter one, and the blueberry cashew. The almond butter ones were decent, just a little different flavor.

Book Nook: Gentle Discipline

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Spanking often gets a bad rap because it can lead to aggression and social issues, among other problems. Even reward/punishment schemes don't always work and can lead to power struggles. I recently had a chance to review Gentle Discipline : Using Emotional Connection – Not Punishment – to Raise Confident, Capable Kids by parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith.

Amazing Apps: FotoJet

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I recently had a chance to review FotoJet Designer, a great graphic design app. It's available for both Mac and Windows, and it was really easy and intuitive to use. My daughter loves art, so I let her go to town on this. There are nearly a thousand templates for graphics that can be used as cards, posters, flyers, invitations, social media, and more. There is also a wealth of clipart, fonts, backgrounds, shapes, and effects that can be applied to designs.

Caring Causes: Supporting Our Schools - NBCUniversal/Telemundo

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From investigative series that inspire change in communities to hosting local events that provide viewers in need with meals, information and health services, NBCUniversal’s owned television stations are strengthening the neighborhoods they call home one day at-a-time. This month, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations launched their first ever school supply drive, “Supporting Our Schools.” The month-long campaign concludes on Saturday, July 29.

Smart Safety: Identity Theft Travel Tips

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News of data breaches and the risks of identity theft and fraud persist, but consumers’ vigilance and awareness haven’t kept pace. A national survey by Experian , the world’s leading global information services company, revealed that not only is America’s collective guard down, but people feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to identity theft.

Smart Safety: Car Seats

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General Safety and Car Seat Installation Tips By: Allana Pinkerton, Certified CPST and Global Safety Advocate for diono Check List for Proper Installation Read the manuals for the car seat and vehicle. Pay close attention to warnings, expiration dates and registration procedures. Watch car seat manufacturer installation videos on their website. Always use a reputable source to get more information on installations.

Consumer Critique: Tandoor Chef

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I recently had a chance to do another review of Tandoor Chef, the #1 frozen Indian cuisine ! This is a nice opportunity for me, because I'm the only one in my family that really likes Indian food, so having smaller frozen Indian meals allows me to eat it without a ton of leftovers or prep for a large meal that only I enjoy. Tandoor Chef has meals to fit nearly any diet - gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian - plus many options under 300 calories.

Website Spotlight: Remote.co

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On its second anniversary, Remote.co , the definitive resource for companies, entrepreneurs, and freelancers interested in or already embracing remote work, is proud to announce that 122 remote companies, representing more than 23,500 remote workers, have shared their insights and best practices for using remote work practices successfully. To demonstrate the various industries and sizes that offer remote jobs and embrace remote work, Remote.co

Caring Causes: Emagine Lakeville (MN) Grand Opening Benefiting The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

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Emagine Entertainment, Inc. will celebrate their completed renovations at Emagine Lakeville with a Grand Opening Extravaganza on Thursday, July 27 th. They have partnered with The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation for the event with 100% of proceeds from ticket sales going toward the local non-profit. The partnership exemplifies the commitment Emagine has made to give back to local communities.

Thrifty Thinking: US News & World Report's Credit Survey & Guide

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News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, recently completed a nationwide survey on consumer credit, in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that consumers with bad credit face. The result of the study showed that 68% of consumers with bad credit reported that they are working towards improving their credit score.

Interview with Exotic Dancer Kerri Walker

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A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône - Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough money to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a high-paying job. After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations, Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless!

Parenting Pointers: Behavioral Warning Signs

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Could your child's bad behavior be a sign of a behavioral disorder? Imagine this: You tell your child to clean her room. Half an hour later, not only has she not cleaned her room, but she's hit her brother while fighting over the iPad. Is her disobedience willful, or a sign of a brain imbalance causing a processing issue?

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Music Minute: Trippin' Round the Mitten

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I recently had a chance to review a new album by award-winning singer-songwriter Randy Kaplan , an artist who manages to skillfully blend diverse music genres like punk, hip hop, folk, rock, blues, and much more. Trippin' Round the Mitten is his 6th not-JUST-for-kids album. He has a definite sense of humor that shines through on this album, telling great stories through the words and music of his song. He's been named one of the nation's top family entertainers.

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Book Nook: The God-Shaped Brain

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As a Christian, I feel that my life is better because of my faith - not that I'm amazingly wealthy or anything, but just that it brings me joy and a positive outlook. Science can confirm that as well, which is the premise of a book I got to review, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life , by Christian psychiatrist Timothy R Jennings MD.

Music Minute: Ella Jenkins - Camp Songs

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Typically when I review children's music, the artists are fairly young adults themselves. That's not the case with Ella Jenkins , recently awarded a National Endowment for Arts National Heritage Fellowship. She's celebrated 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist, so she's got plenty of experience! This summer she released Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins & Friends , a project she's wanted to do for years.

Book Nook: Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers

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I've been teaching for 12 years, but a lot of that was in an online setting, so I am always looking for good classroom management strategies. Overall I think I have a good handle on my classroom, but it never hurts to try new things to see if changes and improvements can be made. That's why I was happy to review Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers: Effective Classroom Management for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success.

Healthy Habits: Exercising Through Pregnancy

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A common question that many women have when pregnant is whether or not they should continue with their exercise programs. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost all women can and should be physically active during pregnancy. They recommend that women aim for around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, one that gets you breathing harder but not to the point of exhaustion, on most days of the week.

Book Nook: Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavior Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction

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As a parent, it can be really tiring to be harping on negative behavior all the time. And many parents have heard at some point that sometimes kids just do it for attention - that any attention is good attention if they aren't getting very much. Catherine Pearlman, PhD, LCSW, wants parents to realize that they don't have to tire themselves out nagging their kids for every little thing. In Ignore It! she encourages parents to selectively ignore infractions to gain overall improvement in behavior.

5 Tips on how to pick the right sewing machine for your child

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Sewing is a skill that many take for granted as the textile industry is booming and there is less of a need for handmade items any longer. While this may be the case, it is still a good idea to teach your child how to sew as it is a great skill for them to have. You never know when you will be in need of a seamstress or a quick fix of a garment. In order to sew, you need a good machine. This article will provide some tips on how to select the best sewing machine for kids. Budget.

Consumer Critique: Sock Fancy

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I was recently sent a few pairs of socks from Sock Fancy. Somehow they read my mind and sent some cheetah/tiger inspired socks - exactly what my daughter loves most. Sock Fancy would make a great gift for someone (or yourself) who loves fun socks. They are more expensive than buying plain socks ($9.50-$11 per pair, depending on subscription amount).

Thrifty Thinking: Teaching Kids the Financial Facts of Life

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Nonprofit credit counseling agency Take Charge America shares tips for teaching children how to manage money PHOENIX – (July 12, 2017) – For good or bad, today’s kids have access to more information than ever before. But even though they can find answers with just a few keystrokes, few know much about managing money.

Healthy Habits: Skimping on Insurance? Don’t Skip These Important Health Tests

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With the healthcare system is crisis, tons of red tape and fewer doctors accepting insurance, managing one’s health has become a major challenge. More and more women are skipping key exams simply because getting appointments are a hassle and obtaining coverage isn’t always guaranteed. That said, there are some key tests and exams that ever woman must have at various times of her life.

Healthy Habits: Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

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Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, flaunt your bod and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. However, the hot season means natural elements that can hinder anyone’s well-being, making it imperative your medicine cabinet is stocked with the most essential, over-the-counter, at-home first aid products and medications. Dr. Christopher Calapai , D.O.,

Parenting Pointers: Finding Quality Child Care

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So many studies have found that early childhood education makes a big difference in the lives of youngsters, we collectively consider it so important. Given that, you might expect that child care providers would be actively looking for teachers who are highly qualified. But new research shows something different. Child care center directors were middling it with regard to teacher credentials. They tended to stay away from the least-qualified resumes in our pool.

Parenting Pointers: 3 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Children During A Divorce

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It is no secret divorces can get downright contentious – often because the stakes are so high financially and emotionally. But those already high stakes are raised dramatically when children are involved and one or both parents try to use them as pawns in their never-ending battle with each other. That is a recipe for disaster, says Jacqueline Newman, a divorce lawyer and author of Soon to Be Ex: A Guide to Your Perfect Divorce & Relaunch (www.Jacquelinenewman.com ).

Time Tidbits: Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

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The Nutrition Journal reports that Americans have shifted toward eating out more and cooking at home less. With busy work and back-to-school schedules, many parents find it difficult to find the time to make home-cooked meals.

Savings on The Launch Project

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The Launch Project creates an intimate space for active learning where participants are expected to engage their hearts and minds, be challenged by presenters and colleagues, and feel inspired to follow Jesus's call anew. This year, The Launch Project will explore working at the margins of believing and belonging around issues of mental health, race, authentically open communities, and spiritual practice.

Fun Freetime: Uptv

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UP TV , the entertainment destination that showcases stories about modern American families and the relationships that define them, announced today that this Labor Day Weekend, the network is delivering a mother of a marathon celebrating all the heart and humor that comes with the lead-up and arrival of every little bundle of joy.

Fun Freetime: Home Depot Kids Workshop

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Smart Safety: 5 Ways to Stay Safe While Jogging

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by Steve Kardian In April 2016, two young female joggers were brutally murdered within a week of each other. Karina Vetrano was killed while on a run near her home in Howard Beach, Queens. In the small town of Princeton, Massachusetts, Vanessa Marcotte was found strangled less than half a mile from her mother’s home. Both were assaulted by strangers. In July of the same year, Ally Bruegel of Michigan was fatally shot while out on a jog. Below are five tips to keep you safe on your runs.