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6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value

It's spring cleaning season. But before you toss your old stuff on the curb or schlep it to the donation center, consider selling it for extra cash. …

Minimalism

Autism: Maybe It's Not What We've Been Told

I felt a tear beginning to well up. As we sat on the floor, my 3-year-old little boy with autism was looking directly into my eyes, something he hadn't done in almost a year. What's more, he was smiling and calm. He seemed to be enjoying the moment. He wasn't in his usual fog. There was a clarity …

Autism

This Chart Shows What to Save Each Year to Send Your Kid to College

College is incredibly expensive and prices are only going up. This chart shows how much you need to save every year for your child’s expenses …

12 public education facts 'reformers' don't want you to know

In two previous posts (here, here), I discussed the ways education 'reformers' use savvy advertising and marketing to sell the unsuspecting public …

Chocolate Pudding Cake | Recipes

Chocolate Pudding Cake (recipe)<p>If I had a quarter for every time my husband has requested this Chocolate Pudding Cake, I could hire a personal chef …

Pesticides Now Linked to ADHD (In Addition to Autism)

Little is known about what causes ADHD, one of the most common childhood disorders, but scientists believe both genetics (though no gene has been found yet) and the environment are factors.<p>Now a new study from various universities has found evidence for an environmental cause. According to the …

Must-Read Now: The AAP Updates Its Vaccine Schedule

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an updated vaccine schedule for babies and older kids.<p>The 2015 recommended childhood and adolescence immunization schedules comes at a time when the AAP is urging parents to vaccinate their kids against measles due to the current outbreak (which …

9 Ways to Teach your Child How to Read!

9 Ways to Teach Your Child to Read All of our kids go off to school each day and learn many things from their teachers. As awesome as it is to have a …

Kids

Pregnant? Maybe You Can Get a Free Car Seat Too…

<i>The following is another post from my younger sister,</i> <i>Teresa Ward</i><i>. She already wrote about how she got a free breast pump. Now she found out how to</i> …

The Real Cost of Your Shopping Habits

The road to bankruptcy is paved with good deals.<p>The answer to spending less is not coupons or blow-out sales.<p>Shop less.<p>That’s it. Yes, it is wise to negotiate the price of things. Take advantage of coupons and deep discounts when they makes sense.<p>But if you want to save money and improve your …

Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates May Cause Lower IQs in Children

Don't be surprised if "phthalates-free" labels become more important than ever. A new study released by the Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City has linked the harmful chemicals to a decrease in children's IQ, reports HealthDay News. The study was published …

Could a Vitamin D Deficiency Make IVF Less Successful?

A small new study from Italian researchers, published in the <i>Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism</i>, has found a surprising reason why in vitro fertilization (IVF) may not always work.<p>The researchers looked at IVF success rates in 154 women who were vitamin D-deficient and compared them to …

6 Simple Ways To Take Your Small Talk To The Next Level

"What do you do?" It's one of the first questions people lead with when introduced to someone new, and it's also one of the fastest ways to kill a conversation -- or ensure it never moves beyond the realm of career basics.<p>But research backs what most of us already know intuitively: meaningful …

Flooring Buying Guide

Your home is your castle. But this isn’t the Middle Ages, so your palace is going to need flooring. Hardwood, laminate, vinyl or tile: With so many …

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Your Biggest C-Section Risk May Be Your Hospital

The most common major surgery performed in the U.S. isn’t to remove an appendix or replace a knee. It’s to deliver babies by cesarean section, or …

9 Ways to Make Job Recruiters Come to You

If you want a headhunter to notice you, it follows that you have to be noticeable. You have to be the one that everybody is talking about. (See also: …

Best Infant Car Seats

Rear-facing-only infant car seats are the first seat that most parents use when transporting their new bundles of joy, including that memorable trip …

The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

When you’re not looking for a job, it can be easy to ignore your LinkedIn profile. Sure, you add people you meet at networking events as contacts and …

7 Awesome Ways to Use a Foam Roller

Knock out muscle pain with the foam roller.<p>Aching muscles can last for days, so speed up your recovery by rolling them out. These seven exercises from <i>Shape-Up Shortcuts</i> only take 10 to 15 minutes. Grab a foam roller—like the LuxFit Premium High Density Foam Roller—and do them after a workout, …

Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.<p>An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a United States Social Security Administration office in Burbank, …

10 Things You Must Know About Social Security

For many Americans, Social Security benefits are the bedrock of retirement income. Maximizing that stream of income is critical to funding your …

How Much Should I Save for Retirement?

How much should I save for retirement? It’s a question being asked by every generation, but it’s not generally an easy formula to calculate.<p>Older …

Funeral homes violate federal rule

Among the requirements of the funeral rule, funeral homes must give prices over the telephone upon request. And they must automatically provide price …

Spend Less Without Changing Your Lifestyle

I’ll never forget my best money-saving moment. A few years ago, I went into an upscale boutique in New York City and tried on a gorgeous, …

11 Tips for Voluminous, Healthy Hair

Even if you weren't born with fine hair, you might notice your ponytail looking leaner as you get older. Plump your locks with these easy pointers<p>Hair is the one part of our body most of us wish were a little fatter. And while some women are born with thin hair, many will develop it over time. …

Ab Workouts: Our Top 10 Abs Exercises

Abdominal Hold<p>This is the sort of move that looks so wonky, you sure hope your roommate doesn't catch you doing it — unless she also gets to see you …