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(BPT) - Each year, injuries send 9 million American children to emergency rooms, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Accidental injury is the leading cause of childhood death in the U.S., and while it’s impossible to shield children from all of life’s risks, parents can improve home safety by taking five important steps:

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Thursday 01/29/2015
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Updated: January 29, 2015 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) While formal education may not begin until age five, those years preceding classroom learning are crucial to brain development. You can get your child started on the right path early on by encouraging learning whenever possible.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
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Updated: January 30, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A groundbreaking restaurant guide offers recommendations from the true experts: the world’s top chefs.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Keep Up the Good Work this Winter
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) While the winter may make for a tempting time to curl up on the couch, adapting your routine is essential for year-round well-being, whether you’re a professional athlete or an average person looking to stay on top of your game.

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Problem Areas for Vehicle Maintenance
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Keeping your car in tip-top shape extends beyond the routine oil change. Check out this guide of common maintenance issues for vehicles.

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The Lowdown on Loans
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Borrowing money can help you manage your way out of a tight spot, but doing so without knowing all the facts can make your finances even tighter in the long run.

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Power Up Throughout the Day with Protein
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As the building blocks of life, your body requires protein to function properly. But protein is also an important nutrient for those who wish to stay satisfied and full throughout their busy days.

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Decoding Your Taxes, Health Care Law
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) You don't need to be an expert on taxes or the new health care law to get it right. The Internal Revenue Service, in partnership with industry-leading companies, is offering free tax software that will do the hard work for you. It's called Free File, and it's available only at IRS.gov/freefile. Learn more at freefile.irs.gov.

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Food Allergies Can Cause Nutrition Gaps
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts.

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Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Receiving a cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock, for the person who is diagnosed as well as family and friends. It can be challenging to know the right questions to ask, or how to get the right information heading in to treatment.

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Top Tips for New Drivers
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Getting a first car is a proud and exhilarating moment for many teens. But before you hand the keys over, take some time to go over some important aspects of car ownership.

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Folic Acid Plays Vital Role in Babies' Health
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Each year, more than four million women in America give birth and 2,600 infants are born with neural tube defects. While there are simple preventative steps women can take, Americans are generally unaware of the impact that diet, specifically enriched grains, has on pregnancy and infant health.

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Viewer Votes Help Determine Big Game Ad
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) It's no secret that airing a commercial during the biggest football game of the year is a major undertaking. Brands compete in the ultimate commercial showdown, telling their best standout stories in a lineup of ads clamoring to be remembered.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Tips for strengthening the mother-daughter bond
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Mom. It's a very important title; one that establishes you as a role model for your young daughter. Being a mom is a tough job, always challenging you to find ways to create and strengthen that special bond. The good news is it doesn't have to be complicated. Just find activities you both like, so you can spend time together developing special memories that will last a lifetime.

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Monday 01/19/2015
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Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) From burning rubber to gasoline, know the warning smells of your vehicle to keep your family safer while driving and extend the car’s lifespan.

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Americans and Their Finances
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Financial management is a big part of life for the average American. From unexpected setbacks to future goals, this snapshot covers the main money issues.

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Snacking Done Right
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help kids grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities. Parents have the best intentions when looking for nutritious options for their children, but challenges related to lack of access or knowledge of nutritious foods have contributed to an alarming trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled in the past 30 years, with over one-third of children currently overweight or obese.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Holding On To Your Car
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) While driving a new vehicle off the lot may sound tempting, the financial commitment it brings is not an option for most families.

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How Flexible Spending Accounts Make Healthcare Affordable
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help make healthcare more affordable and yet they have gotten a bad rap due to the common misconception that you forfeit what you don’t use. But did you know that the IRS modified the “Use It or Lose It” rule in 2013, and now allows up to $500 in unused funds to be rolled over to the following year? You can now experience the benefits of this great pre-tax benefit without risking the loss of any of your hard earned money.

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Make 2015 Your Year to Improve Financial Fitness
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Lose weight, quit smoking, find a new job and get out of debt…does this sound familiar? Millions of Americans will resolve to change their lives in the New Year, but few will stick with their goals. 

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Navigating the Auto Parts Store
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Like most families, you are likely looking for ways to stretch your budget. One of the best ways to do so is by investing in the maintenance and care of your vehicle. For those looking to increase the life of their car, the solution can be found at the local auto parts store.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
Most Kids Not Sleeping Enough: How to Help
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) While parents understand the value of good sleep, a majority find it difficult to ensure their kids get enough quality sleep each night, according to a recent survey of parents across the country.

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Monday 01/05/2015
Easy Math Tips For Parents: Making Math Fun Outside The Classroom
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—As parents, we understand the important role that math plays in our children’s education and the impact it has on their lives and our own. Despite this, we don’t always recognize the opportunities we have each day to encourage our children’s interest in and knowledge of math.

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Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

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Stay Healthily Hydrated This Winter
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.

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When Planning Meals, Think Frozen
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Research from the Journal of Nutrition found that nearly 80 percent of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts of fruit, and nearly 90 percent do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables.  While a variety of factors may contribute to this low consumption, including cost and convenience, a recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen fruits and vegetables.

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Consumers Seek Benefits of Small Business
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As shoppers grab their wallets and purses to purchase goods and products for their families and homes, many will opt for local businesses and mom and pop establishments instead of their big-box competitors.

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One Woman’s Story: Living and Helping Others with Inherited Lung Disorder
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic bronchitis are often associated with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, they are also symptoms of a serious genetic form of emphysema called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, also known as Alpha-1.

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Monday 12/29/2014
Finance Tips Every College Student Should Know
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When the acceptance letter arrives from a college or university, it’s cause for celebration. But it’s also time to do some serious number crunching and take steps to mitigate potential education-related debt.

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Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Did you know that keeping your car clean can significantly help preserve its overall value?

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Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

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5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

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Young at Heart
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

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Time-Saving Holiday Entertaining Tips
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When entertaining guests this holiday season, the last thing you want to do is run around last-minute, prepping your table and cleaning. This year, try some simple tips so you can spend more time enjoying the season with friends and family. 

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Choosing a Kid-Friendly Cell Phone
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) From connecting with friends to playing interactive games, a mobile device presents endless entertainment to kids of every age. With children getting their first cell phone at a younger age than ever before, it’s important to make sure they stay safe by investing in a kid-friendly phone and keeping tabs on their activity. From ensuring there is fun content to using new applications which limit their exposure to undesirable content, there are many considerations to take into account when purchasing a phone for your child.

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Resolve to Get Healthier
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Diets don’t work.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Not Just a Man's World, Female Entrepreneurs Are Making Noise
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - They can outperform boys in school, will probably live longer than their male counterparts and, according to the Financial Times, are forecast to outnumber men as millionaires by 2020 in the UK So, why are there still so few women entrepreneurs around the world?

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Monday 12/22/2014
Training Your Four-Legged Friend
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Man’s best friend can be counted on for many things – from greeting you after a long day at work to being a loyal walking buddy. But to reap all the benefits of dog ownership, it’s important to lay the foundation of training and obedience.

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Pop the Cork at Home This New Year's Eve
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

According to a recent survey commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, this year, 61 percent of Americans who plan on celebrating New Year's Eve plan on celebrating at home. To help make your night the most memorable celebration ever, here are some great ways to ring in 2015 from the comfort of your own home.

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Chase Chills Away with Cozy Crafts
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Let the blustery winds blow while you stay warm inside and while away the wintry hours with cozy crafts that keep you warm.

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Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Preserve the life of your vehicle and enhance overall safety with routine brake inspections on your vehicle.

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Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

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Low-Price Gifts for High-Tech Lovers
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.

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This Holiday, Be Festive and Fashion Forward
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.

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Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

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Monday 12/15/2014
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Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, according to the Car Care Council.

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Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.

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