Many Americans retreat to swimming pools throughout the summer to escape the blistering heat. For some, a pool party complete with drinks, grilled food, and music, is an essential part of a perfect summer day. While swimming pools are great for bringing family and friends together, there are risks and pool safety concerns home owners should consider. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly ten people drown each day in the United States and there are over 3,000 unintentional drowning deaths, unrelated to boating, every year.Continue Reading
There are some things that the baby books don't tell us about having babies. For instance, I've yet to read a chapter entitled "When There is Something Wrong with Your Baby" in any of the pregnancy and child-rearing books that grace my shelves. It isn't always going to be fine and it isn't always going to be easy.Continue Reading
There is something alluring about the open road. Every year countless families hit the highways for their great summer road trip. Whether it's heading to Yellowstone, the beach, or the Grand Canyon millions upon millions of people start out their trips with such promise, only to wonder what the heck they were thinking about by the end. I've been on a few trips like this myself. A drive from New Jersey to Florida sounds like a great idea at first, but by the end you swear that you will NEVER do it again.Continue Reading
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Many home shoppers experience some degree of fear of the unknown. Prior to submitting an offer, you may run internet searches on neighborhoods or examine public records to find out about the history of a property. If you're interested in insurance information for a specific property, loss history is collected and made available upon request in the form of a CLUE Home Seller's Disclosure Report.Continue Reading
Buying a car is stressful enough without the added frustration and perhaps confusion about car insurance and warranties. Imagine this scenario: You've had your car for a few years, and it now has 50,000 miles on the odometer. You're cruising down the highway one warm summer afternoon with the air conditioning going full blast, keeping the car nice and cool. Halfway to your destination, you start to feel a little warm. You soon realize that your air conditioner has quit working, and you pull into the first auto repair shop you can find. The diagnosis is a broken A/C compressor, a costly repair that is no longer covered under the original factory warranty that came with your car.Continue Reading
Are you unknowingly enticing potential thieves to damage your property or break into your home? While you want your home to be a welcoming environment for family and friends, you might be surprised how common habits might be inviting to criminals, too. According to the FBI, there were over nine million property crimes in the United States in 2010.Continue Reading
Today's pressures are so different from those of a few short years ago. The terms life insurance, autism and responsibility had very different meanings back then. When I was younger I felt the pressures of school deadlines and student loan payments. I lamented the burden of paying rent and writing a thesis I really had no business writing.Continue Reading
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In my household, dogs are part of the family. Belle, our curious Weimaraner, and Orion, the energetic bull terrier mix, even went on the honeymoon with the hubby and I. Our dogs are always at our sides. So it's no surprise that when the mercury climbs, I'm very aware of how the heat and summer weather affect my pups. Today I'm happy to share several tips for keeping your canine cool and healthy during the dog days of summer.Continue Reading
Whether you live on a farm, in a suburb, or in the city, being a "country girl" is a rising trend. Being a country girl is much more than just throwing on a pair of cute cowgirl boots and a cowboy hat; it's a lifestyle. Country living is tough, and requires investments of time and hard work. We've compiled a list of eight things a real country girl should know how to do.Continue Reading
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