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  1. Spring Festivities Quiz

    Spring Tree in FieldSay ‘goodbye’ to winter and a hearty ‘hello’ to spring!

    The arrival of spring never fails to raise our collective spirits, the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Flowers bloom, leaves sprout, and birds sing with gusto.

    According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, spring 2014 arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20 at 12:57 p.m. EDT. On the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.

    Spring has traditionally been a time to recharge the heart, mind and soul – and to welcome festivals, holidays and all manner of celebrations. Get caught up in the spirit of the season with our spring festivities quiz.

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  2. Dried Flower Art Projects for Springtime

    Dried FlowersThink spring, and flowers immediately come to mind. From crocuses and pansies to tulips and lilacs, spring brings a bounty of color to our winter-weary lives.

    Flowers are the inspiration, as well as the raw material, for some fun art projects. For example, you can use pressed flowers to personalize items such as cards, soaps and candles. You don’t even need a green thumb. A little patience and imagination will spring your creation to life.
     
    These dried flower art projects will ensure your family has a “scentsational” spring:

  3. Easy Ways to Go Green at School

    Green School Supplies in CubbyholesIt’s easy to go green at home by recycling, composting, and bringing your own bags to the grocery store, but once that the kids are off to school, maintaining earth-friendly habits can be a challenge. It’s important to follow the “Three Rs” philosophy both at home and at school: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. After all, 20 percent of Americans –more than 63 million people – attend school each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Many schools around the county are striving for better sustainability through solar power construction and rainwater collection. Even if your school hasn’t jumped on to the green bandwagon, these easy ways to go green will help to ensure that your family does its share:

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  4. Saving for College: In-state versus out-of-state college preparations

    Male Student In ClassroomGetting ready for college involves preparing your child for big changes in his or her life. But as a parent, you’ll need to make preparations as well based on whether your child plans to attend college in-state or out-of-state.

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  5. Understanding Return of Premium Life Insurance

    Family Researching InsuranceReturn of Premium Life Insurance is a combination of Term Life and Whole Life insurance. It’s similar to a Term Life policy in that you pay for coverage for a pre-selected number of years (referred to as a “term”). However, if you outlive the term of the policy, every cent you paid into the policy will be returned to you – guaranteed. The premiums are higher for life insurance with return of premium than for Term Life policies, and you can minimize your monthly premium by choosing a longer period of coverage.

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