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08 Aug
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Lunchbox Ideas to Keep Your Kids Energized for the School Day
Family Life

Keeping your child’s lunchbox interesting, delicious, and nutritious can become a daily challenge between working parents and picky children. According to a recent study reported by NPR, “Kids and teens in the U.S. get the majority of their calories from ultra-processed foods like frozen pizza, microwavable meals, chips and cookies, a new study has found.”...

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25 Apr
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Tips for Buying Secondhand Furniture
Family Life Lifestyle

When you’re decorating your home or apartment, finding the right furniture is a must to tie the room together and make the space yours. Often, this means long searches online or in stores for the perfect piece. However, anyone who’s been looking for a while will tell you: New furniture is expensive. If you’re looking...

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24 Jan
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Toy Storage Ideas Your Kids Will Stick To
Family Life Home Organization

We’ve all been there: you spent the afternoon tidying up toys and asking the kids to put their toys away. And yet, by bedtime, the floors are littered with toys all over again and nothing is where it belongs. It seems to be a never-ending cycle of picking up toys and putting them away. It’s...

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20 Dec
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5 Tips for Building the Perfect Snowman
Family Life

Everyone has a theory on how to build the perfect snowman. If you’re a scientist, you might analyze the frozen water crystals to determine if the conditions are right. If you love math, then a ruler and algebra will come in handy to create the perfect snowman.  But for most of us, building a snowman...

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06 Dec
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Is it Time to Move Your Aging Parents In?
Family Life

How do you know when it’s time to move your aging parents into your household or closer to you? If they’ve saved enough money for retirement or have long-term health care insurance, moving into an assisted living facility may be the best option. Either way, caring for an elderly parent will probably be an added...

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16 Nov
Mother helping young child learn how to ski.
Family-Friendly Skiing Destinations Near Chicago
Family Life Travel Destinations Your Local Metro

Chicago locals love their delicious hot dogs, delectable deep-dish pizzas, world-class shopping, and arts and culture. But how do families enjoy the outdoors? While winters bring sub-zero temperatures, it creates ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.   So thankfully, there are some great options for family-friendly skiing destinations near Chicago. There’s no disputing that Chicago...

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