1. How to Help Prevent Spreading Germs at Home

    toddler with runny noseTaking care of a sick toddler or grade-schooler can cause considerable worry and concern. Taking care of two sick children can be even more worrisome. When a child or other member of the household falls ill, trying to guard against or contain the germs may not be easy but can be done.

    Germs can spread in various ways, including by:

    • Touching a contaminated object or surface
    • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables
    • Inhaling germs that are in the air

    However, even with the best of intentions and taking every possible precaution, a child could still get sick, since some infections and maladies can be contagious even before noticeable symptoms appear.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Weighing Your Options: Renting vs. Buying a Home

    Couple holding keys from new homePerhaps the biggest financial decision we make in life is whether to buy or rent a home, be it a house, townhouse, condo, co-op or multi-family dwelling. It is not a decision to be taken lightly and it involves numerous factors, including for new or expecting parents who may need more space and are looking to provide stability for a growing family.

    Every family’s situation is unique. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. When deciding between renting vs. buying a home, and the timing, start by asking yourself the following questions:

    • How long do I plan to live in this location?
    • What are my future plans, both short-term (within the next 5 years) and long-term (five or more years from now)?
    • Do I have enough money to buy a home or would I need to get mortgage financing, and do I have enough additional money to cover expected and unexpected expenses?

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Indoor Gardening with Kids: How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden

    Indoor gardening with kidsSpring has officially sprung. The cold days of winter are hopefully behind us, and with spring comes the promise of warmer weather and new growth. Why not take this opportunity to teach your young children how to plant and care for an herb garden?

    Herbs are not only beautiful, coming in a variety of shapes and colors, but they are pretty easy to grow, which makes them ideal for keeping young children from becoming discouraged. Don’t worry if you have limited space outdoors or if the weather isn’t conducive yet to prolonged outdoor activity. All you need is a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight.

    This fun project for indoor herb-gardening with kids can introduce your child to gardening from the comfort of your home.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. 4 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Make Money Without Leaving Home

    Father working from home with sleeping infantStay-at-home parenthood can be rewarding: You get to spend every day with your children without struggling to achieve an elusive home-life balance, and chances are that you’ll be front-row and center for every school function, dance recital and T-ball practice.

    Although the life of a stay-at-home parent can certainly be gratifying, it also can lack the monetary reward of a traditional 9-to-5 job on which many families rely.

    If you’re a stay-at-home parent, consider these four ways to earn money and contribute to household income without ever stepping outside of your front door:

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  5. Spring-Inspired Décor That Won’t Break the Bank

    Father and Son Painting RoomSpring is the season for rejuvenation. For many of us, that means sizing up ways to refurbish our homes. Often, however, we have more dreams than dollars, and so the cushy new couch or fancy window treatments will have to wait yet another year.

    But even if you can’t afford a look worthy of Better Homes and Gardens, you can still brighten your living space with some spring-themed décor that won’t drain your wallet. Here are a few:

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    Categories: Saving Money