Safety First: 5 Things To Know Before Buying A Family Car

Guest post contributed by Kara Masterson

Purchasing a car is serious business. Besides a home, a car will be one of the biggest purchases that you will make. When you are purchasing a car for your family the stakes are even higher. There are many things to consider before committing to a vehicle. By being an informed consumer you can give yourself the peace of mind that comes with making the best purchase.
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Top 5 Objectives of Renovating Kitchens

Guest post contributed by Lauren Bracy

Planning a kitchen renovation? Well, if you are, no doubt you have a lot of plans in mind and would like your kitchen to stand out and look amazing. As your planning is in full swing, consider all details of your kitchen renovation into consideration and whether you have defined the process well. If you have missed on to some basic pointers, here are 5 broad objectives of renovating kitchens that will help you take a closer look at what you need to do.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Newly Dating Couple

If you have just started dating someone and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may have no clue what to get the other person. Valentine’s Day gift buying can be a bit tricky for those who haven’t been dating for a long time. You don’t want to skip the gifts altogether but you also don’t want to go overboard with an ultra-romantic gift. Here are some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the newly dating couple.
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Struggling Through Divorce: 4 Tips For Helping Your Kids Understand The Process

Guest post contributed by Kara Masterson

Divorce isn’t just difficult for the married couple, it can be difficult for just about anyone involved. Friends, relatives, and children especially may find it harrowing to deal with a drastic life change like divorce. Kids are not as emotionally equipped to deal with a divorce as adults are. They may feel helpless about the situation or upset that they no longer spend as much time with one parent. To help your children through the divorce, here is some advice to keep in mind.
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The Secret Life of Grease

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How many of you pour grease down the drain?  Guilty!!

After grease travels down the drain, it is washed into the plumbing system. The grease sticks to the insides of the sewer causing build up. Eww!

Eventually, it can block the entire piping causing

  • Raw Sewage overflow into your home, yard, or street
  • Expensive clean-up
  • Potential contact with disease-causing organisms

I usually try to dump a little.  However, a little builds up too!

Leftover Grease – What do we do with it?!

DO

  • Use an old container to pour excess grease in.
  • Scrape food scraps from plates in the trash can for disposal.

DO NOT

  • Pour grease/oil or any food scraps down drains.
  • Use HOT water to rinse grease off of any cookware or surfaces.

I always thought cold water was best for rinsing cookware with grease.  Now that I have been doing it all wrong for 20 years, I will be using hot water from now on.  EEK! 

Troubled Teen? 3 Strategies To Support Your Child Through Overcoming Addiction

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

When a teenager develops an addiction at a young age, it can permanently damage their body and mind in a very short period of time. That is why it is so important for parents to do everything in their power to help their child quickly and safely overcome their substance abuse problems. Teenagers who are supported by their family members have a much better chance of permanently breaking their addictions without relapsing.
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Self Improvement Do’s and Don’ts

In life, there are no guarantees; just when you think you’ve got it all sorted out, life decides to play tricks on you, challenge you and surprise you so much so you think you won’t make it (this time around). But you do. And that’s fine – this life-imposed rollercoaster of emotion, chances, strengths and weaknesses is perfect for testing our personal limits and boundaries, always giving us the chance to self-reflect and build something quality out of every failure. And, if we’re smart enough, we learn from it. Self improvement is a never-ending job one must diligently focus on – not as a chore, rather, as a pathway to happiness and progress.

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How to Boost Confidence and Self-Esteem in Your Teenager


Teenagers are often faced with some tough issues and that includes things like their personal appearance, who their friends are and how well they do in school. As parents, we want our children to feel good about their self-worth. When they feel good about who they are, it helps them achieve success in their lives. Here are some ways that you can help boost confidence and self-esteem in your teenager.
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Here Are 5 Crucial Ways How Music Governs Your Behavior

Guest post contributed by David Milsont  

You listen to music without knowing that it provides any sort of benefits to you. Whenever you do your routine activities, you love playing music at the backdrop, because it plays a great role in making you cheerful and content. You might not know what sort of technical benefits are provided by music, but when you try to focus on some task you definitely have a strong urge of listening to a particular type of song so that you can easily finish your work. That generally happens because, different types of music affect our brain differently and in some cases, it starts responding accordingly.
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Do You Know How Clean the Air is in Your Home?


Most of us worry about outdoor air pollutants like smog, but how many of us think about the air quality in our homes? Indoor air quality can be up to five times more polluted than that air outside. There are numerous chemicals inside your home that can pollute the air, so it is important you know what they are so you can improve indoor air quality. There are some signs you should look for that may indicate you have poor air quality in your home.
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