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Consumer Critique: Hard Candy Holiday Kits

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Hard Candy is introducing several new kits for holiday gift-giving later this year. Available at Walmart and Walmart.com, they make a great value and a fun way to try some new products.

Smart Safety: Window Coverings

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Safety is always top of mind for parents, but many may not be aware of one of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “top 5 hidden hazards in the home” —corded window coverings.

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Smart Safety: 10-Simple Steps to a Safe Halloween Pool Party

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By Eric Lupton, Safety Advocate and Life Saver Pool Fence President For many families, Halloween is a chance to hold a fun pool party with a few spooky twists. Kids can dive for orange glow sticks, race around floating pumpkins or see who can collect the most skeleton bones!

Healthy Habits: Preventing RSV

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October is RSV Awareness Month, and it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the dangers it may present and how parents can protect their babies’ little lungs!

Book Nook: Scratch & Create

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I love looking at art books for my girls (and sometimes myself) - especially ones that are different, looking at a different skill or having a unique theme. I recently had the chance to check out a few Scratch & Create books available from Quarto.

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Enriching Education: Child Care Aware® of America Shares Brain-Building Tips During Vroom Week

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Child Care Aware® of America is proud to sponsor Vroom Week from Oct. 16 to 20 to encourage families and caregivers to use simple prompts during daily moments to help build children’s brains. Child Care Aware® of America is excited to partner with Vroom , an early education initiative based on the latest brain science research about children under five.

Pet Pointers: Obesity in Dogs

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Exercise for dogs is a really important topic, as it's estimated that over 53% of dogs in the US are overweight (shocking, isn't it?). A large number of dog owners also don't provide daily walks - often because they don't realize the health problems this causes. The folks at The Dog Clinic wanted to help dog owners provide enough exercise for their pets, as this can prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Consumer Critique: L.R. Rice Raw & Unfiltered Honey

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Founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey is a family owned company, and a leading producer of the highest quality raw and unfiltered honey in the U.S. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey has established and nurtured long-standing relationships with beekeeper families, allowing for quality U.S. honey to be packed in every bottle of Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey recently debuted L.R. Rice Raw & Unfiltered Honey and Rice Family Raw and Unfiltered Honey.

Caring Causes: LightStream Forest of Dreams

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Want to see you or your family featured on a Times Square billboard? Now is your chance! Go to LightStreamForests.com and upload your favorite photo. You may be featured on a Times Square billboard, and you’ll also have a tree planted in your honor! So what’s the scoop? On Wednesday, October 18, LightStream – the online lending division of SunTrust Bank that plants a tree for every loan it makes -- is creating a pop-up Forest of Dreams in Times Square.

Money Makers: Etsy Micro-Influencers

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Is it possible to leave your office job and go Etsy full-time? Short answer? Imagine this: Your Etsy business is your passion, but sales are low. If you could just get your crafts into the hands of a few influential people, your income would skyrocket. But you've heard influencer budgets start at $25,000—an expense you can't swing. How are you supposed to get your business off the ground?

Parenting Pointers: Biased Views of Girls Begin as Early as Fourth Grade, New Save the Children Survey Reveals

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Biased views on the value of girls and their roles within the classroom and society begin to show as early as fourth grade, according to new data released today by Save the Children.

Healthy Habits: Secondary Infertility

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In the U.S., more than 5 million people of childbearing age – or one in every ten couples – have infertility. While primary fertility typically receives attention, approximately more than 1 million couples in the U.S. have secondary infertility struggles. I had a chance to interview Dr. Jane Frederick , an internationally noted fertility specialist located in Orange County, CA, to learn more.

Caring Causes: Cleaning for a Reason

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Dusting, mopping and vacuuming are never fun, but all can be simply overwhelming if you must do it in the middle of chemotherapy while struggling with fatigue and nausea. Luckily, throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local mothers who are in treatment are getting free house cleaningservices, so they can concentrate on getting better and spend more quality time with their families.

Smart Safety: National Teen Driver Safety Week

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It’s one of the biggest milestones in a teen’s life – getting his or her driver’s license. However, this step toward independence and freedom also means a greater responsibility for you and your teen. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 15-21, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents to start a conversation about safety with their teen driver.

Consumer Critique: Jarlsberg Cheese Snacks

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My kids love cheese, my husband and I like crackers, and we enjoy giving fancier crackers as part of a larger gift as well. We recently had a chance to try out some new snacks from Jarlsberg, including individually wrapped chunks of cheese (perfect size for lunchboxes) and new Cheese Crisps. The Crisps are a little thinner than traditional crackers, and have a great crunch. They made a delicious topping for soup, and I liked using the crumbs at the bottom to add crunch to salads.

Book Nook: Castle in Danger

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My daughters love to read. The older one likes fantasy books and the younger likes books about ninjas and warriors. Both found something to enjoy in a book I recently got to review, Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg. This historical fiction novel is set during the Middle Ages in the 14 th Century. Designed for children eight to twelve, it follows the story of Emma, who is sweet and pretty and lives in a castle with Baron Geoffrey.

Book Nook: Veronica and the Volcano

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My daughters love reading books with adventure and fantasy, and as a math teacher, it's a bonus when they learn skills like problem-solving. Debut children's book by Geoffrey Cook, Veronica and the Volcano , features a strong young female heroine who displays traits of perseverance, overcoming obstacles, and fun, along with STEM concepts related to the natural sciences and physics. Ten-year-old Veronica lives in a house filled with gadgets right on an active volcano.

Parenting Pointers: From a “Z Student” to an A Student (What a difference self-esteem can make!)

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EXCERPT, The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson My first several school years I was a “Z Student”. That would be the opposite of an A Student. With the uncertainty of stocks or the chances of someone winning lotto, your safest bet was that I would fail whatever test I was given and undoubtedly get the lowest grade in the class, which I used to pride myself upon holding the title of. My total lowest grade on a test was a negative 20. How you might ask?

Parenting Pointers: Helping Children Deal with Grief

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Several weeks ago, there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the past few years, many children and adolescents have been exposed to news of tragedies around the world - riots and protests, harsh words, horrific crimes, and natural disasters. It can be hard as parents to see how children grieve, whether they have experienced the tragedy themselves or have only heard of it. The OUR HOUSE mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope.

Sweepstakes: Lucktastic Cash Blast

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Lucktastic, a pure play, free app, and entertainment destination that is reimagining winning experiences, rewards, and discovery, today announced their Cash Blast giveaway. With an entry period ending January 10, 2018, the lucky winner will get the chance to grab money for 30 seconds in the Lucktastic Cash Blast Machine. The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the winner will also receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City and the chance to win $1MM. “We

Healthy Habits: The Parent Trap: When Life Interferes With Healthy Living

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Personal time. It’s no wonder the realities of life compete with parents’ ability to live healthier. What may be a surprise is that 56% of parents agree that setting a good example for their kids motivates them to practice healthy habits. So why aren’t they following through? And what can those in today’s food system do to help ease this burden?

Parenting Pointers: Nannies with Integrity

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Nearly 60% of American households now retain a nanny of some sort for their children. With the prevalence of nanny shenanigans in the media (Gwen Stefani, Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, etc.) parents are beginning to wonder if they should be concerned about who they have brought into their homes. And now Susan Sarandon's daughter is in a similar situation- having to fire her nanny for inappropriately texting her husband.

The Entrepreneurship Talent Gap

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In celebration of International Girls Day, Girls with Impact released a powerful new report, The Entrepreneurship Talent Gap , with top business leaders, as seen in USA Today. Key findings include: Only 18% of women participate in college venture competitions Yet, women win big – Over 50% of winning teams included at least one woman founder and 60% of first place teams included a woman founder.

Caring Causes: Bridge to a Cure and SuperClara

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The holiday season can feel stressful for families and kids dealing with terminal illness or other life-altering challenges. If you know a child or grandchild who could use an uplifting gift of hope this season, this is just the book for them. SuperClara ” is the story of a five-year-old girl named Clara who is “super positive and super happy.” When she learns she has brain cancer, she agrees to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy even though she feels afraid.

Parenting Pointers: Preparing Your Child For An Audition

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Every talented musician, dancer and actor had to start somewhere, and by booking your first audition, you've already taken the first step toward cultivating your child's talents. Being new to the world of casting, you'd probably like to gain some insight before going to your first audition. Kristen Sanne, Creator of Casting Made Simple , a revolutionary way to help companies choose the right kids to represent their brand, has put together expert tips below to prepare your child for an audition.

Parenting Pointers: How to Best Protect Children During the Difficulty of Divorce

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For the past 11 years , Stacy Beaulieu-Fawcett, founder of Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group ( www.BLGFL.com ), has focused solely on marital and family law. She serves clients throughout the state of Florida. Mrs. Beaulieu-Fawcett has built her thriving practice, in large part, by helping her clients navigate the often-difficult decision to divorce. Protecting children is always a top priority. Parents can protect children who get divorced from a possible divorce.

Contest: Flavorful Futures Scholarship

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As an extension of the brand's "Be Not Bland" campaign, Sparkling Ice recently launched their first scholarship program, "Flavorful Futures Scholarship," a program specifically for high school seniors that celebrates individuality and creativity. Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement, and on the creativity of student submissions, with the intention to showcase what makes the recipients who they are and how they plan to contribute their gifts through further education.

Fun Freetime: CGV Cinemans Buena Park Halloween

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For the first-time ever, CGV Cinemas Buena Park will be transformed into a haunted movie theater in the run up to the Halloween holiday. After purchasing a ticket and entering the doors, movie-goers will be transported into a Halloween wonderland, complete with creepy decorations, spooky noises, a delicious Halloween-themed concessions menu and – on the weekends – live wandering zombies just dying to take photos with guests.

Money Makers: Top 10 Career Fields for Flexible Jobs

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With the number of U.S. job postings reaching an all-time high recently, and seasonal holiday hiring in full swing, there are many opportunities for job seekers to explore. To help those job seekers interested in finding flexible jobs, and in honor of the upcoming National Flex Day on Oct 17th , FlexJobs has identified the top ten job categories that have had the most flexible job postings in the FlexJobs database so far in 2017.

Fun Freetime: The Migrant Kitchen

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KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today the launch of a second season of its E mmy ® -winning food series THE MIGRANT KITCHEN , produced in partnership with acclaimed culinary publication Life & Thyme , dedicated to documenting global food culture. THE MIGRANT KITCHEN explores Los Angeles’ booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience.

Healthy Habits: How’s Your Sexual Health? Tips for Both Men and Women to Rise to the Occasion

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By Joy Stephenson-Laws, JD, Founder and the pH Labs Healthcare Team Most people probably remember iconic Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. He was a pioneer of the sexual revolution, releasing the first issue of Playboy in 1953 and advocating for sexual freedom. He also fought for sex education, birth control and abortion rights during a time when these things were banned in many American states. “[B]irth B]irth control is legal now, abortion is legal now.

Thrifty Thinking: Leisure Pass

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Leisure Pass Group, parent company of Smart Destination's Go City Card and The New York Pass, has just introduced The Sydney Pass, a Sydney tourist pass that lets travelers visit multiple Sydney attractions for one low price while saving up to 30%.

Website Spotlight: 50more.com

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50more is the only 50+ dating site where you can chat and meet for Free. Even though we properly launched in June 2017, we have already been successful in garnering thousands and thousands of members across America. Would you help us tell our story? Our CEO Alex Harrington is available for any type of collaboration.

Thrifty Thinking: Decoding Credit Card Terms and Conditions

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Credit card offers arrive all the time, offering a dizzying array of perks and promises. From balance transfers and cash back to low introductory rates and travel rewards, it’s easy to get lost in the perks – and miss the fine print. Credit card mailers are designed to entice,” said Michael Sullivan, a personal finance consultant with Take Charge America, a national nonprofit credit counseling and debt management counseling agency.

Parenting Pointers: Can Music Help Parents Raise Kids Who Are Caring, Empowered and Inspired?

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Information provided by Sugar Mountain PR It's a given that music has the power to heal and inspire people. When the day (or your life situation, or the times) get you down, you know that the sound of music can help pull you through. It works for children, too. Parents and kids, who are bombarded daily with negative and scary media messages, are looking for ways to amplify their attempt to live a happy and meaningful life.

Parenting Pointers: How Books Teach Kids Values Amid The Media Overload

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As kids grow up in a media-saturated world – social media sites, smartphones, tablets and endless TV channels – they receive a barrage of mixed messages. Parents, meanwhile, face a battle of getting the right message across. Psychologists note that sometimes a child’s takeaway from a media screen session is in opposition to what’s being taught at home. Studies show TV can have a negative effect on kids’ values on topics such as violence, race and sex.

Time Tidbits: Boss Mom

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I recently had a chance to interview Lauren Smith Brody, the former Executive Editor of Glamour and author of The Fifth Trimester, a no-nonsense guide about how life changes when you become a mom. October 16th is National Boss's Day, and this is a great way to think about women's role as a boss - whether that's in the workplace or in the home (or both). HOW DOES BECOMING A MOM CHANGE A WOMAN'S LIFE? The real question is how does it not?

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Caring Causes: Girls Love Mail

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In 2009, writer and founder of Girls Love Mail , Gina L. Mulligan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time Gina was working on an epistolary novel, a novel that is made up of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her novel, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received over 200 letters, many from people she had never met. Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal," says Gina.

Healthy Habits: Zumba and MDC

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A leader in the dance fitness industry, Zumba is teaming up with Hollywood’s hottest dance studio, Millennium Dance Complex (MDC), to visualize dance moves through a new lens. The two powerhouse brands are collaborating to get people moving, prompting interest in dance as a form of expression and exercise that everyone can do, and motivating fans to try Zumba classes.