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Summer Travel: Tips for saving money on your flights

If you’re looking forward to some vacation time, now is a good time to start planning.  Here are some tips for finding good deals on flights: 1. Avoid holiday travel This one is obvious.  More people travel around Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and the summer months, so there are fewer deals. 2. Don’t wait until the… Continue reading Summer Travel: Tips for saving money on your flights

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4 high tech products for the home to make your life easier

My home life has been even busier than usual recently as my family was adjusting to some big changes.  About four months ago, we changed our childcare arrangements from full-time nanny and part-time preschool to full-time preschool only for both of my kids.  When my boys were babies, we had always used nannies because we… Continue reading 4 high tech products for the home to make your life easier

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How to creatively organize and display your children’s artwork

Melissa (circa 2012, sans kids) declared that she would never have a million pieces of children’s artwork plastered on her refrigerator and stuffed in random drawers.  As always, life has a way of teaching you a lesson when you say “I will never do this or that.”  As you can guess, my real life in… Continue reading How to creatively organize and display your children’s artwork

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10 tips to help you survive the weeknight dinner challenge

Preparing and cooking dinner every night can be a real struggle, whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom with little ones.  For most working parents, by the time you get home it’s already past 6 pm, and the thought of making a healthy dinner (that the kids will actually eat) can be overwhelming.… Continue reading 10 tips to help you survive the weeknight dinner challenge

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How to easily set up a college savings plan

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the cost of attending college in recent years.  Even the relatively affordable state colleges are not great deals anymore due to rising costs of tuition and room and board.  I remember that when I was an undergraduate student at UCLA in the ’90s the annual tuition was under $4000… Continue reading How to easily set up a college savings plan

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How to improve your chances of getting pregnant

After graduating from college, I worked at my parent’s senior health care center. While there, I met Rose, a physical therapist whom I became friends with. One day, while we were reviewing patient charts, she stopped what she was doing, turned to me, and said “have kids early.” “Huh? I’m only 21 and I’m not… Continue reading How to improve your chances of getting pregnant