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November 27, 2014

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Monday 11/24/2014
Santa's List Revealed
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.

It's Never Too Early to Foster a Love for Learning
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) It may be too soon to start thinking about sending your baby off to kindergarten, but kids are never too young to develop a love of learning. The way you play with them during the early years can enrich their development substantially, say early childhood experts.

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) It's no surprise that as the holiday season approaches, family and friends gather to celebrate. With more cooking, decorating and rituals that include candles and open flames, the risk of house fires and pediatric burn injuries increase drastically during the month of December.

Healthy Holidays and Sparkling Smiles
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tis the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile.

Ship-It-All Protocol
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re sending merchandise to customers across the country or sending a gift to a loved one across town, ensuring your shipments end up at their final destination can be a time-consuming and sometimes stressful process.

This Holiday, Give More
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.

Tips for a Customer-Friendly Return Policy
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Today’s holiday shoppers have dozens, if not hundreds, of options for their gift purchases. Small business owners can compete for their share of consumers’ holiday dollars by offering policies and services that set them apart, such as customer-friendly returns.

Make It a DIY Holiday
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you're a do-it-yourself beginner or experienced crafter, show off your personality with simple DIY projects to make your home shine this holiday season.

Monday 11/17/2014
Encourage Children to Learn More about Science and Nature at Playtime
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Have any budding scientists in your family? If your children are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

Prep Your Devices for Travel
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary – but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.

Holiday Shipping 101
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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Celebrate Special Moments on a Cruise
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in sea-going vacations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. To commemorate this important milestone, the company is honoring the iconic TV show, “The Love Boat,” which first introduced viewers to Princess Cruises and the art of cruising.

Back to Basics: Gifts That Inspire the Imagination
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.

Celebrate and Create
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Spread Holiday Cheer with the Gift of Family History
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Amidst the gifts, meals and parties of the holiday season, one word takes precedence -- family. There's no better time to begin learning about family roots, especially as you’re gathered together in celebration. And doing so is easier than ever.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
Are your car seat fears founded?
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Driving your newborn home from the hospital is when you know your life has changed. Car safety before kids is relatively simple, but after your first child is born, it becomes more complicated, especially when it comes to proper car seat installation.

Monday 11/10/2014
Choosing the Right Toys this Holiday Can Help Kids Meet Developmental Milestones
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) This holiday season, keep in mind the notion that what your children play with can have a large impact on their interests and brain development.  So when it comes to a walk down the toy aisle, parents are becoming more discerning, leading smart toymakers to design toys with a learning component that’s equally as important as the fun.

Eye Health and Aging
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) As you age, your body goes through many changes, including differences in eyesight which can negatively affect day-to-day activities.

Crank Up the Heat This Tailgating Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

Holiday Gift Idea for Grandparents
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tired of purchasing toys that break or that her grandchildren will outgrow, 62-year-old Barbara Carlson* decided the holidays were a perfect time to purchase a gift that will continue to protect both of her grandchildren well into their futures.

Holiday Tablescapes
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday home entertaining season is gearing up, which means it’s time to take your entertaining dreams and inspirations and make them a reality. As you begin planning for the next time you play host(ess) with the most(est), don’t let the creativity stop with the food. Create a holiday tablescape to set the mood and serve as the focal point so you can have the prettiest and most festive holiday party possible. 

Friday 11/07/2014
New Insights from Expectant Parents
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) There are a lot of items parents don’t necessarily know they will need before their new bundle of joy comes. Preparing for baby is exciting, but the pregnancy journey also can be overwhelming. Mom is expected to tackle big to-do’s before baby comes -- including making a baby registry.

Thursday 11/06/2014
The secret to achieving better work-life balance
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - If you're feeling overworked and finding it a challenge to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, then you're not alone. Achieving the elusive work-life balance may be getting harder with today’s connected lifestyle, but it is still possible.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
School zone safety in the age of distractions
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Every school year, busy parents tack on more daily chores to their to-do lists. In addition to packing lunches and getting kids dressed, they also have to make sure last night’s homework was completed. For many families, the morning routine also means getting everyone in the car and on the road in time so the kids aren’t late to class and parents aren’t late for work. With all this chaos it’s no wonder the morning’s mad scramble extends to the school gates, with traffic snarling and tempers flaring as people jockey for position at drop-off area.

Monday 11/03/2014
Is Your Family Protected?
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Savings account? Check. Retirement account? Check. Debt managed responsibly? Check. Life insurance? Wait a minute ...

3D Printing 101
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

Friday 10/31/2014
Skydiving Vikings to Deliver Minnesota's Game Ball
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Look up. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Vikings Hiccup, Snotlout and friends -- from DreamWorks' popular "How to Train Your Dragon 2" -- parachuting into the Minnesota Vikings stadium to deliver the all-important game ball.

Monday 10/27/2014
Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

Driving in the Dark
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Although a lack of confidence while driving at night is most commonly associated with older drivers, new survey results reveal that drivers as young as 40 feel uncomfortable driving in dark, nighttime conditions. This time of year, when darkness falls earlier, means more low-light driving time for drivers of all ages, so it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this discomfort, including one surprising culprit — your nutritional intake.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Four Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season Affordably
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) The holidays can be an expensive time for decorating, entertaining and shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to save this holiday season, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time stressing over expenses.

Demand is High for More Afterschool Programs
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) There is a significant gap between demand and supply of afterschool programs, according to the 2014 edition of “America After 3PM,” a survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

Monday 10/20/2014
Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

Creative Halloween Costume Ideas
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Every Halloween, many people look forward to participating in "frightful" festivities, such as costume parties and contests, but often wait until the last minute to come up with a costume.

Get Crafty This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Craft, cook or scare up some truly creative treats and decorations this Halloween. New glow-in-the-dark paints and trendy glow sticks have made setting a scary mood simple. So, get started creating the right look for your home - inside and out.     

Keeping Little Teeth Healthy This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year filled with costumes, parties and sweet treats. But, sometimes parents worry that all those sugary treats can lead to cavities and poor dental health. The good news: It's not what children eat, but how often, and candy can be OK if children and parents are conscientious.

Monday 10/13/2014
Easy Ways to Save This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As many families with small children know, Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday packed with clever costumes, yummy candies and spirited parties.

How Well Do You Know Your Cat?
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As a cat owner, you do your best to take care of your pet. But there may be some things you don't know about cats that could affect its health and happiness.

Count on Better Eye Health
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you're like many Americans, when it comes to your regular healthcare regimen, your eyes get overlooked. In fact, you may only pay attention to your eye health when something goes wrong. Actually, preventive and routine eye care should be a top priority.

Encourage Kids to Give Back This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As they gear up for Halloween this year, kids across the United States can make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Is Faith Really a Good Thing?
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Turn on the TV, go online or stream music, and it may seem like there is no place for faith in our culture. People -- especially young people -- will share just about any detail of their personal lives, except when it comes to their faith. Many are reluctant or even embarrassed to share how their faith makes them who they are.

Monday 10/06/2014
Date Night 101
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

Finding Your Philanthropy
Updated: October 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

Whether it's the busy mother who spends her weekend volunteering at a local women's shelter or the young girl raising money for hungry children thousands of miles away with her lemonade stand - women that do good deeds are everywhere.

6 Simple Routines for Healthy Hair and Skin
Updated: October 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Whether quick and efficient or long and relaxing, 61 percent of Americans would rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than remove showering from their daily routines, according to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet. While people may recognize the value of a steaming shower, they may not consider the effects water temperature and beauty rituals have on the body and mind.

Monday 09/29/2014
Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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