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  1. Give the Gift of Fitness

    Group Fitness ClassGet your holiday list in shape with these unique gifts.

    Even fun and festive gift items can grow tiresome when you purchase them for loved ones year after year. Why not take a fresh approach this season and brainstorm unique holiday gift ideas that will truly keep on giving –  such as better health and fitness?

    Consider the following fitness gifts for kids who spend too much time texting, for a husband who works hard but doesn’t play enough with his kids, for grandparents who may need more exercise, or for friends who do everything for everyone but themselves. You can even make your participation in the activity part of the fitness gift. These unique holiday gift ideas are certain to warm up the hearts – and muscles – of everyone on your list this season:

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  2. Making the Family Holiday Card Fun Again

    Creative Family Holiday CardsCreative holiday cards that are as fun to create as they are to open.

    With everyone (and your family) expecting the arrival of your annual family portrait, and with so many chain stores and retail websites offering affordable and fun styles to choose from, creating a holiday photo card has become easy and, frequently, almost mandatory. As a result, the concept can easily become “old hat.”

    To shake up your season’s greeting this year, try one of these ideas for creative holiday cards:

  3. Holiday Budget Tips

    Family Budgeting For The HolidaysAn Old-Fashioned Approach to Avoiding Gift-Budget Blues

    Tis’ the season to be jolly – and a little frantic about how to stretch your budget to cover gift purchases for all of your nearest and dearest. Not to mention gratuities and thank you gifts for teachers, garbage collectors, the mail carrier, newspaper deliverers and other professionals  – the list seems endless.

    Whether celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa or kicking off the New Year by hosting a Champagne soiree, tis’ definitely the season of spending. This year, try starting a new tradition that will take the strain out of holiday splurging for next year:  Start an old-fashioned “Christmas Club” or “Holiday Club.” Get started with our holiday budget tips:

  4. Why Do Kids Need Life Insurance?

    Mother Preparing for Child's FutureNew parents have to make a host of important decisions, including whether to buy life insurance for their children. This might not make sense to some. After all, do kids need life insurance? Not surprisingly, there are two sides to this argument.

  5. Healthy School Lunches

    Young Boy Eating Healthy School LunchEnticing and healthy school lunch options are among some of the most often sought parenting tips online and off — and for good reasons. According to an online U.S. News & World Report article on Aug. 30, 2010, 20 percent of kids and teens are overweight and school lunch staples of pizza, chicken nuggets and French fries just add to the problem. Unsurprisingly, kids who bring their lunches from home have been found less likely to be obese and more likely to include veggies and fruits as regular parts of their diets. Healthy school lunches require fresh foods, protein for learning and complex carbohydrates for energy.

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