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  • 5 ways summer education benefits children

    For months, your kids have been waiting for the moment when the final bell rings and they’re able to enjoy the freedom of summer. For parents, it’s a different story. Summer vacation can mean a scramble to put together a schedule of activities, day camps and more. If you’re currently in the process...

  • Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes

    Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes

    More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey. The poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo, found that...

  • Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured

    Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured

    The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters — including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires — during the past decade. As a result, more than 800 emergency or disaster declarations were made in the U.S. from 2005–2015, according...

  • Shelter volunteers play critical role in animal welfare efforts

    Shelter volunteers play critical role in animal welfare efforts

    Approximately 6.5 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This massive number underscores the need for volunteers to provide the necessary care to ensure as many pets as possible can be placed in...

  • Roots run deep for American growers

    Roots run deep for American growers

    The trend of home and community gardens is on the rise in the U.S. A 2014 study by the National Gardening Association found 1 in 3 households now grow their own food to help put breakfast, lunch and dinner on kitchen tables. While more and more people are helping to provide for themselves, purchasing...

  • Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat

    Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat

    For people with epilepsy—and for those who care for them—the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizure is well known,...

  • 5 renovation resolutions for your home this year

    5 renovation resolutions for your home this year

    It's no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as "same old, same old." This spring, resolve to reinvent your home from...

  • The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy

    The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy

    Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases. As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role that...

  • 5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more

    5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more

    Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey...

  • Spring cleaning to make money: Don't toss these 5 hidden sources of extra cash

    Spring cleaning to make money: Don't toss these 5 hidden sources of extra cash

    Before we soak up the summer sun, we need to think about spring cleaning. As you clear out your closets and drawers, be on the lookout for these five often overlooked sources of money: 1) Gift Cards: About $1 billion in gift cards goes unused each year, so instead of digging change out of your couch...

  • Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors

    Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors

    Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today’s kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than...

  • 5 tips to help teens master their money

    5 tips to help teens master their money

    For most teens, high school is an exciting time, one that offers the opportunity to set their own path and make some of their own decisions. However, with this added independence comes additional responsibility, especially regarding money. Today teens are spending $260 billion a year in the U.S.,...

  • Get extra money all year: Tips to adjust your tax withholdings

    Get extra money all year: Tips to adjust your tax withholdings

    Every year, nearly eight out of 10 taxpayers receive a federal tax refund. Many of them are more than happy to see that “extra” money drop into their bank accounts. In fact, according to a recent TaxAct survey, 61 percent of tax filers said they’d rather receive a big refund than a larger paycheck...

  • Working to create a better Earth (Infographic)

    At Rustic Pathways, we empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world. We believe through responsible travel and well-designed service initiatives, our students can gain an understanding of pressing social and environmental...

  • Confused by TV technology? This buyer's guide simplifies the terms

    Confused by TV technology? This buyer's guide simplifies the terms

    The technology in our TV sets has changed a lot in the past decade. When it comes time to buy one, it's easy to lose track of which features matter for a good TV-watching experience. You might find a TV at a tempting price, but you don't want to end up wasting money on a picture that blurs at the...

  • What's your scent persona? (Infographic)

    The Naked Truth: 1,000 women dish on their shower preferences, surprising shower habits and favorite shower scents in a new Olay survey. Save Save

  • 5 spring cleaning projects to take on immediately

    5 spring cleaning projects to take on immediately

    Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You’ve been setting house projects aside all winter, and now’s the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos....

  • Getting smarter about temperature control

    Getting smarter about temperature control

    The key to reducing your home's energy bills could literally be at your fingertips, hanging on the wall of your home. Multiple studies have shown the connection between lower energy bills and thermostat settings. In fact, reducing thermostat settings just seven to 10 degrees for eight hours per...

  • 6 tips for decoding college financial aid award letters

    6 tips for decoding college financial aid award letters

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Whether you're a high school senior or an adult looking to change careers, a college degree can be the key to a bright future. As acceptance letters arrive in the mail, another important document is not far behind: financial aid letters. "College...

  • How PMI can make your dream of home sweet home a reality

    How PMI can make your dream of home sweet home a reality

    In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders. While 20 percent is not a requirement, paying less can have a big impact...

  • Control mobile data costs by connecting to Wi-Fi at home

    Control mobile data costs by connecting to Wi-Fi at home

    American's use of computers has shifted dramatically in the last five years. In the past, desktop computers were the main tools for accessing the Internet and communicating with others. Today, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are taking over. The use of mobile devices has skyrocketed,...

  • Balance is the key to help build financial confidence (Infographic)

    Taking small financial steps today can help prepare you for a more confident tomorrow. Learn how to get started with these tips for tackling your biggest financial concerns. Save Save Save

  • 4 tips for living green when the weather is warm

    4 tips for living green when the weather is warm

    As the weather changes, so does our lifestyle. From grilling to gardening, we’re ready to shake off winter and jump into warm-weather fun. But what about the impact these activities have on the planet? With just a few habit changes, you can limit your environmental impact by reducing waste and...

  • 5 mistakes to avoid when buying your first home

    5 mistakes to avoid when buying your first home

    Buying a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding. Like most beginners, first-time...

  • The data dilemma: How to choose a monthly plan

    The data dilemma: How to choose a monthly plan

    How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan? Buy too much and you're simply wasting money. Buy too little and you could end up socked with overage fees, or find your data speeds slowed significantly. The average U.S. wireless customer consumes about 1.8 gigabytes (GB) of data...

  • Know what's below: Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring

    With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the...

  • Tips for paying less in taxes all year long

    American taxpayers file roughly 140 million tax returns annually, according to the IRS. Of those, just 14 percent are the simplest type of form, the 1040EZ. In fact, all the 1040EZs, 1040s and 1040As filed — the least complex types of returns that you should, in theory, be able to do for yourself...

  • Finding relevance in the evolving consumer environment

    You could call this a story of dreamers. Of taking chances, tempting fate and daring to take a blind leap of faith. The first chapter began because Bob Page found himself stuck in a job he hated. "I lived for my weekend hobby, going to flea markets searching for vintage china and crystal," says...

  • The lowdown on leasing

    If you’re in the market for a new car, you might be thinking about leasing. After all, it seems very attractive on the surface — so attractive that leases accounted for one-third of all vehicles sales nationally in 2016. Taking a closer look though, you may be surprised to see there's more than...

  • Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season

    Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. They're the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentine's and Mother's Day bouquets. Americans...

  • The new old game in town is chess

    If you think chess ranks somewhere with stamp collecting and horseshoes on the cool-and-hip meter, you need to turn down the disco music on your cassette player and start paying attention. The ancient game, now roughly 1,500 years old, is enjoying a renaissance across the country. Young people from...

  • Key retirement milestones everyone should know about

    Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement income. You...

  • Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products

    Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it's no wonder bathroom recycling is far...

  • Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes

    Come tax time, many people work to locate tax breaks. While this is always a smart financial move, a little-known way to help build your net worth is to keep taxes top of mind throughout the entire year. Reducing taxes means you keep more of what you earn, according to Nick Holeman, a financial...

  • Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success

    The future of higher education is often the subject of debate; what constitutes a valuable education for students continues to shift as student demographics change. Recently, government regulators and other external stakeholders have been questioning the value of for-profit higher education, specifically,...

  • 3 tax hints every investor should know

    It's a common misconception that if you have investments you need to shell out a large chunk of change to have your taxes prepared by an accounting genius. The truth is, it's easy and affordable to do your own taxes and maximize tax savings — even if you're an investor. "First and foremost, gather...

  • Inflatables 101: Tips for choosing the perfect pool float

    Visit any retailer’s pool aisle or website, and you’ll quickly realize a challenge your parents and grandparents never had to face — more pool inflatables to choose from than you could ever imagine. Whether you’re shopping for a larger-than-life float island or something to help keep your non-swimming...

  • 4 tips to help protect your identity this tax season

    Tax season is a busy time for everyone. From accountants and small business owners to families and individuals, especially as more people choose to file their taxes themselves. Unfortunately, it's also a busy time of year for cybercriminals who use the flurry of activity to swindle sensitive personal...

  • 5 Ways to Help Your Baby Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming, and with it comes longer days and more sunshine. But for parents, it also brings concern over disruption to a precious sleep schedule. In many cases, a family takes up to a week to adjust to the impact DST has on sleep. Pampers has teamed up with renowned sleep...

  • 14-year-old scientist aims to solve the energy crisis

    The family trip. For most kids it’s a chance to relax, visit a new destination, collect souvenirs, and create stories and memories to share with their friends throughout the year. For 14-year-old Maanasa Mendu, however, the family trip provided her with a vision of how she needed to change the world....

  • The top 2017 spring wedding ideas

    Spring weddings are absolutely magical. The sunshine, the blooms and the fresh scent of spring air can add a touch of innocence and elegance to a couple's special day. Its a wonderful time of year to say "I do" and there are many ways you can create the perfect one-of-a-kind spring wedding. Go...

  • 5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring

    We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly! Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun and even...

  • How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?

    As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby's room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth? If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospital. In spite...

  • Igniting a young girl's passion for STEM

    As a young girl, Ava Lonneman wasn't about to let gender stereotypes get in the way of her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Although told in grade school that "STEM isn't for girls," Lonneman was not only driven to pursue her own STEM dreams, she inspired her peers...

  • Check off your backyard bucket list: seed, weed and feed

    From Sunday picnics and impromptu barbecues to games of catch, make your lawn center stage this spring. Everyone longs for a lush, green lawn, but many homeowners aren’t sure how to achieve it. In fact, although 81 percent of Americans do their own lawn care, 69 percent say their lawns could be...

  • Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond

    The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day. "Education and family go hand in hand," says Ellen Marks, curriculum director of Bricks...

  • It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

    Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world. From planters guided by GPS to corn and soybeans...

  • Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry

    From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist. Here to set the record straight for our feathered friends...

  • Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together

    With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes...

  • Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

    Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money. According to TheKnot.com, the average cost for a professional wedding planner...

  • Reinvent your morning routine (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Who says your morning routine has to be boring? Actress and singer Ashley Tisdale is reinventing her morning routine with DUO, the latest shower innovation from Olay and Daybreaker, an early morning dance experience. DUO unites bar soap and...

  • Baby food brand takes an unfiltered look at sex, parenting and relationships (Infographic)

    The team at Plum Organics had a hunch, and research confirmed, that the majority of parents think having strong connection with their partner is essential to their family's happiness. Because Plum believes a healthy relationship between parents is important for the entire family, they launched...

  • 5 fun ways to decorate for spring

    Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you're probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of springtime...

  • Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

    We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact,...

  • Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process

    Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage. "Self-employment...

  • What drives us? (Infographic)

    To further its ongoing mission to improve lives through meaningful innovation, Philips Sonicare, the power toothbrush brand most recommended by U.S. dentists and hygienists, has partnered with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading. To kick off the partnership, Philips supported...

  • Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks at home

    Whether you're looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood's red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration. Fortunately, many of today's hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist...

  • Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary

    From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond. But as these major moments happen,...

  • Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips

    High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations. As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in with exams...

  • Let them live: Tips to help your Valentine's flowers last longer

    Flowers and Valentine's Day go together like heart and soul. Something about a bouquet of bright blooms just brings a smile to your face, and you want to stretch out the joy of your floral gift for as long as possible. Unfortunately, flowers are often as delicate as they are beautiful, so you'll...

  • Learn the basics to avoid cell phone surprises

    It's easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a cellphone provider. Everyone claims to offer the best, cheapest and most comprehensive service. It can be especially baffling for seniors who, despite boundless wisdom elsewhere, may be newcomers to this technology. When you boil it down, it's...

  • 4 ways to lead the charge on National Battery Day

    National Battery Day, Feb. 18, is a day when people across the nation are encouraged to participate in battery recycling to celebrate the vital role batteries play in our everyday lives. Without them, the modern world couldn't exist as we know it. From household appliances to laptops, cellphones,...

  • 5 simple steps to boost your immune system now

    Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible — and recover quickly when you don't — it's important to keep your immune system strong. "The immune...

  • Tips to make it through Valentine's Day after the loss of a significant other

    The heart-shaped boxes of candy and cupid-themed decorations started appearing on store shelves around the same time the New Year’s decorations were coming down. While Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate romantic love, it can be an emotionally painful holiday if your partner or...

  • Security in an insecure world

    The year 2016 was devastating for some safe deposit box holders. In New York, thieves cut holes in the roofs of three banks and brazenly emptied hundreds of safe deposit boxes, leaving the victims' pillaged boxes on the roof and strewn around the vault. A stealthier thief in Florida picked safe...

  • Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need

    Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food. "People who face food insecurity...

  • 5 tips for safe space heater use

    During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous. Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home heating...

  • What you should know about rising interest rates

    Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it...

  • 2017 looking bright for small business owners

    The year 2017 is still in its infancy, but research shows small business owners feel this year could be one of the best in recent memory. A new survey, commissioned by Staples and conducted by Wakefield Research, found that 85 percent of small business owners surveyed reported feeling "optimistic"...

  • Debt poses risks to financial security for Americans reaching their golden years

    Americans now retire with far more debt than previous generations. This can pose a significant risk to retirees' income, and may result in them not having enough. It also means that when a spouse dies, there could be little left over as creditors deplete an estate's assets — forcing survivors to...

  • The home design trend you need to know about

    With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past few...

  • The next big IT career: Data analytics turns big data into career opportunities

    Career opportunities in technology continue to expand exponentially: the computer and information technology field is expected to grow 12 percent, adding nearly half a million new jobs by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook. What's more, the median wage...

  • Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day

    When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day. Shopping for a gift that represents how...

  • 8 ways to create more quality family time this season

    This is a paid advertisement. Are you a parent that doesn't feel you have enough time to spend with your kids? You're not alone. Working parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week — that's more than once a day — according to a recent survey conducted...

  • 4 reasons you should review your beneficiary designations

    Baby boomers have been planning and saving for retirement for decades. They are also planning their legacy — creating wills, trusts and other sophisticated estate planning strategies to transfer their wealth to the next generation. However, most people may not realize their IRAs and qualified retirement...

  • Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world

    A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out. Just about everyone has experienced a power outage due to a seasonal storm in their lifetime and it is a trend that continues to grow between super storms and...

  • Paying for college: Options reduce need for student loans

    While only a fortunate few students can expect a free college education by winning full academic or athletic scholarships, everyone can take advantage of a combination of academic aid, grants, fellowships, work-study and student loans to pay for a four-year degree, says Peter Gayle, a vice president...

  • Bred for purpose: History behind the show dog, and what makes your breed unique today

    It's easy enough for any dog lover to fall for the silky coat of the Golden Retriever, a Siberian Husky's striking blue eyes or a Dalmatian's spots. In fact, most dog owners say it was the look of a breed that drew them to bring home that puppy in the first place. "As beautiful as these dogs are,...

  • 4 life changes that affect your taxes and how to tackle them

    Life changes often mean tax changes. Whether it's getting married, buying or selling a home, moving abroad or having a baby, misunderstanding the tax and financial implications of these life changes can lead to taxpayers making mistakes or leaving money on the table. Depending on your situation,...

  • New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon

    Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. Although these devices have been used for years, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus — the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones — is not yet available. Now two clinical trials...

  • 3 sneaky tricks of heart disease

    As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the first...

  • Top 5 tips for doing your own taxes

    With the 2017 tax season a few short weeks away, now is the time to start thinking about your taxes, especially if you are doing your return by yourself. Whether you are a seasoned filer or a first timer, keeping a few tips in mind could help you increase the size of your refund (or minimize the...

  • Two out of Three middle-income Americans lack a financial plan. Do you?

    As the holidays (and all the extra spending that goes with them) wind down and the new year ramps up, many people turn their attention to their finances. While New Year's resolutions to spend less and save more come with the best intentions, when it comes to your financial future, you need more...

  • The 8 hottest new devices for 2017

    When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas. CES delivered an exciting look at the newest Windows 10 devices that will make your life easier...

  • 10-minute healthy habits for 2017

    Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact.  "People who make...

  • Mama's Mama knows best

    The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do...

  • No will? Haven't documented financial information? Now's the time to do something about it

    Do you want to be remembered for being a great mom, dad, daughter or son? Do you believe you're taking the necessary steps to leave this legacy? More than half (53 percent) of respondents in a recent survey commissioned by MassMutual indicated they want to be remembered for being a great mom, dad,...

  • Job opportunities await in tomorrow's expanded urban areas

    Predicting the future can be a Herculean task in its own right, but when it comes to forecasting the growth of urban areas across the globe, research points strongly toward some new truths. One, urban areas will continue to grow. Two, with continued development of "smart' technologies for homes,...

  • Four real-life ways technology is transforming the present and the future

    Smartphones keep people constantly connected, smart cars can drive and park themselves, and smart buildings are designed to use less energy as they keep everyone occupying them comfy and productive. Of course you think you know how technology is revolutionizing everyday life. But do you really...

  • The latest advancements in college education are happening digitally

    The face of education in the United States is changing. Many of today's universities are embracing digital technology to deliver instruction in ways not available to previous generations. We have seen the digital instruction methods evolve from the use of learning aides such as computers, digital...

  • Three ways to help businesses attract and retain top talent

    Many companies recognize that attracting and retaining top employee talent can result in a significant cost savings because employee turnover can result in productivity loss and involve additional expenses associated with hiring and training new employees. An employee parting ways may leave with...

  • Mama's Mama knows best (Infographic)

    Millennial moms-to-be consume a lot of digital information. But the apps, websites, blogs and social streams they follow during pregnancy often conflict and overwhelm more than they help, according to a recent poll. Turns out, a more trusted source of information and answers to questions about...

  • 3 tips to get what you want from unwanted gift cards

    If you're like the majority of Americans, you probably received a gift card this holiday season. After all, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift year after year according to the National Retail Federation's annual Consumer Spending Surveys. But just because you asked for a gift card,...

  • 6 common tax filing mistakes to avoid

    It's probably safe to say handing cash to Uncle Sam does not top the list of your favorite things. When it comes to filing taxes, making a small mistake can mean paying more taxes than you need to or forking over cash to cover penalties. Fortunately, there's an easy way to make sure your tax return...

  • 5 steps toward improving financial well-being in the new year

    With the start of a new year comes New Year's resolutions. Many will focus on physical wellness, some on organization. Now is a perfect time to take stock of your financial house and work on financial wellness, which will take off a level of stress that can immediately have an effect on your physical...

  • 5 tips to bring organization to your post-holiday chaos

    You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you're feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski. There...

  • 5 ways women are running the smartphone world

    Take a minute to scroll through one of your social media feeds. Who is sharing the most photos? Using more emojis than words? Gaining ‘likes' on their selfies? Most likely, it's your female friends. No, this wasn't a lucky guess — there is research to prove it. According to recent findings from...

  • 5 ways to save money when buying a car (Infographic)

    If you're heading to the dealership for end-of-year deals or considering a new car in 2017, there are a few ways you could save money before hitting the showroom. The tips below highlight steps you can take to get the best deal on your vehicle, and help eliminate stress from the car-buying process....

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