PETS & PYROTECHNICS

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without the celebration of a fireworks display in the night sky. But for your pets, the holiday can be a frightening nightmare. To ensure your pet stays safe, here are some safety tips: Keep small pets indoors at home in a safe, sheltered area. Turn on the radio…

Unexpected Ways To Spend Father’s Day

Father’s Day isn’t just about kids showing appreciation for their dads. It’s about everyone showing some extra love to all the dads in their lives — including your husband. Although it’s cute to help your kids make pop breakfast in bed on that Sunday, here are a few creative ideas for spending the day with…

7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You

By Mikey Rox  Wise Bread We all know that summer comes with expenses — higher-priced fuel fill-ups, increased electricity bills from running the A/C nonstop (mine doesn’t get a rest from, like, March to October; thank you, first-world luxuries), and sky-high hotel rates. But there are other items that see an uptick during vacation season that…

Slash Those Calories For Summer

If you cut 500 calories a day from your diet, you will lose weight. Here’s an easy way to do just that without changing anything about the foods and drinks you consume: Eat smaller portions. Prevention magazine calls portion control “the gold standard if you want to lose weight.” Gareth Hollands, a Cambridge University medical…

Best Ways To Save On Summer Vacation

With school letting out and sultry summer days ahead, it’s time to start thinking vacation. Because it’s a supply-and-demand world, you’ll likely be up against higher airfare, hotel costs and car rental rates. But here are some tips to help keep things affordable. IF BY AIR … If you plan to fly domestically, your best…

Do You Discuss Money Matters More Openly?

When it comes to money, we were once self-taught and tight-lipped. Not anymore. People not only want to learn more about money and how to manage it, but also they are quite willing to talk about it with friends and family. Best of all, they want to share this newfound financial know-how with their children.…

3 SUMMER HEALTH MYTHS DEBUNKED

Myth 1- Switching from heat to air conditioning causes colds. The truth is temperature shifts don’t make you sick, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Proximity to other people is to blame. Many people spend more time indoors during a heat wave, raising the odds that germs will jump between them.…