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How to Hide Big (and Small) Christmas Presents from Clever Kids

  Knowing where and how to hide Christmas presents can be difficult if you have smart kids. They’re sharp enough to pick up on little clues, and they have enough time during the holidays to snoop out any poorly hidden gifts. Figuring out how to hide big Christmas presents from these dedicated, clever kids gets harder every year. Motivated by excitement, curiosity, or the challenge of discovering your hiding spots, they can be relentless in their search. Need help outsmarting them? Here are some tips to keep your holiday presents a secret. […]

By |2018-12-23T19:32:24-04:00December 23rd, 2018|Family Life|

Essential Thanksgiving Tips | How to Have a Happy, Loving Family Gathering

  The most essential Thanksgiving tips are the ones that help reduce your stress, allowing you to enjoy the holiday and appreciate your family. Your primary sources of stress will depend on your situation of course. And, If you’re hosting for the first time, you might feel overwhelmed by all the cooking. Moreover, if your family tends to argue, you might feel anxious about the coming conflicts.  Whatever your stress triggers are, it’s important to recognize them and find ways to deal with them in advance. Though you might not be able to remove 100% of the stress, you can at least make it more manageable. With proper preparation, you can make your family gathering into a loving event and [...]

By |2018-11-20T20:41:10-04:00November 21st, 2018|Family Life|

More Americans are Remodeling to Age in Place Instead of Moving to Downsize

  Once the kids go off to college, most people will start thinking about downsizing. While it may seem a little early to think about what life will be like post-retirement, the home you live in today will impact your options years down the road. As you get close to post-retirement, your tasked with making a big decision. Do you remodel to age in place so that you can stay put? Or do you move to a senior-centric community that can accommodate your changing needs as you age? The answers to these questions are always the same: Aging Americans prefer the idea of avoiding assisted living facilities in favor of living at home. Wouldn't you?   The dilemmas facing aging [...]

By |2018-07-11T17:17:26-04:00July 22nd, 2018|Family Life|

9 Ways to Make Moving Easier for Young Children

  Moving is stressful for people of all ages, but young children are especially sensitive to moving. They’re old enough to feel grief and anger about the change, yet too young to understand the reasons behind it. They have to cope with this confusion in addition to the other stresses of the move. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a move easier for young children. A lot comes down to good planning. If you can plan the move well in advance, keeping the following tips in mind, you can help your child adjust faster and feel happier during the move. […]

By |2018-06-16T14:59:53-04:00June 16th, 2018|Family Life, Moving & Traveling|

Tips for Keeping the Peace when your Children Share a Bedroom

  When your children share a bedroom it can go in two directions. A shared bedroom can either be a source of endless fighting, or it can lead to good memories and bonding between siblings. Can you prevent one and encourage the other? Is it even possible to influence your kids’ relationship?  In a word, yes. […]

By |2018-03-11T14:35:35-04:00March 18th, 2018|Family Life|

The Zombie Apocalypse! How Self Storage Can Save Your Life

  Halloween is the time of year when people start thinking about how they might survive the zombie apocalypse. Why? With millions of loyal viewers watching hit TV series like the Walking Dead and iZombie, it’s clear we have just as much of an insatiable appetite for zombies as they do for us. If you are looking for ways to survive the zombie apocalypse this Halloween, learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society. That’s not a joke. And, it has loads of zombie-related facts and trivia to keep your mind off the real thing. Here are some suggestions for the best way to survive an attack. And remember, if all else fails to take shelter at your [...]

By |2017-10-24T17:52:38-04:00October 21st, 2017|Family Life|

The Ultimate Guide to Moving with Kids

  Moving with kids can be a big challenge. On the one hand, you need to focus on getting everything done for the move. Tackling a seemingly endless to-do list of things to organize and pack may seem overwhelming. However, at the same time, you need to think about your kids and their emotions as they work through the change. To help you strike a balance between moving and parenting, read through this guide and note anything that’s important for your situation. […]

By |2017-09-23T21:00:56-04:00June 11th, 2017|Family Life|
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