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  1. How to make a children’s book with construction paper

    Children making a book using construction paperWhether you need a rainy-day activity or want to share a fun craft idea with your child, a great way to connect and share can be by writing and illustrating an original story.

    The following step-by-step instructions explain how to make a children’s book with construction paper, which can be tailored to any age. Older kids could make the book themselves, although they may need your guidance. Even toddlers who haven’t yet learned to write could help to create a storybook that you’re both sure to treasure.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. 10 Tips for Writing an Eye-Catching College Application Essay

    Student writing essay for a college applicationHigh school grades, test scores and extracurricular activities are extremely important, but the college application essay can make or break a student’s candidacy. Why? The essay is often the student’s only chance to “speak” directly to the admissions committee about why he or she should be admitted over possibly thousands of other applicants.

    An eye-catching college application essay demonstrates why the student is ideal and can be of value for that particular college or university. To benefit any students in your life, pass along this list of tips for writing an eye-catching college application essay.

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    Categories: College Planning
  3. Planning a Family Reunion

    family reunion planning checklistFamily reunions can be a ton of fun, especially when you have a large family whose members may not see each other that often. When relatives near and far get together, you can bet that the experience will be memorable.

    Planning a family reunion can be a lot of work, however, and requires a time commitment from all parties involved in organizing the event. The result can be well worth the effort, especially for the memories that you will have had a hand in creating.

    Check out our Family Reunion Planning Checklist for tips on how to break down the planning of the event into manageable chunks of time. To be sure, planning can alleviate the stress and make it an enjoyable process.

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    Categories: Helpful Checklist
  4. How to Start Building Financial Security for Your Growing Family

    Mother paying for groceriesThe joys of becoming a parent and moving from “me” to “us” and “we” can be an incredible moment for many people. Along with the joys of new parenthood comes a growing sense of responsibilities, some of them obvious. Your newborn needs constant care – the need to be fed and bathed and looked after at all times. Other responsibilities can be less obvious, such as the importance of financial and estate planning.

    As your family grows, financial security becomes more of a priority as you aim to make sure that your loved ones have money to meet basic needs, no matter what happens to you.

    Here are three ways to start building family financial security:

  5. DIY Craft: Colored-Sand Art Project for Kids

    Girl doing craftsMany children love to play in the sand. With summer more than half a year away, the weather in your area may still be too cold to make playing in the sandbox a possibility (no matter how much your child may beg or plead!). With a little creativity, though, you can bring the fun of sand indoors for your child.

    This simple sand art project uses basic materials and allows your child to create a colorful, three-dimensional project that could make a wonderful new decoration for his or her bedroom or somewhere else in your home.

    Ready to get started with this easy sand art project?

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