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(Family Features) As the holidays approach, many are gearing up for Thanksgiving dinners, holiday shopping and celebrating with family and friends. But with the unpredictable cold and flu season, it’s equally important to add staying healthy to your list.

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Monday 11/23/2015
5 Ways to Make the Most of Tech Gifts
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) No matter the occasion – holidays, birthdays or promotions – technology gifts are always on the top of wish lists. With today’s devices spanning a wide range of price points and features, selecting the right item is just the beginning. When buying a tech gift, there are several things to keep in mind.

Supporting Those Who Served
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When Cpl. Matt Foster left Afghanistan after his tour of duty in 2013, he didn’t know whether he would ever see his K-9 partner again.

Tech Gifts Bring Teachable Moments
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) From games to smart phones and devices, you’d be hard-pressed to find a holiday wish list that doesn’t include at least one new tech device. These gifts provide kids with the tools to connect with friends, and empower them to learn and explore; while also presenting an opportunity for parents to start a conversation on how to live safely in an increasingly digital world.

Gifts That Give Back
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, shoppers can put children first by purchasing gifts that help save and protect children around the world. Through gifts that give back and unique handcrafted items, gift-givers can help children around the world.

The Nice List
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Santa’s made his list, checked it twice and found out who’s been naughty and nice. For family and friends who found their way on to Santa’s nice list this year, these great holiday gift ideas, ranging from organization to ways to stave off that winter chill to gifts that bring out the magic of the season and last long after the holidays are over, can help earn you a spot on your loved ones’ nice lists for years to come.

Flu-Fighting Tips for Home and Work
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) With flu season approaching, parents may be bracing for an outbreak at their children’s schools, but adults are also highly susceptible at work and in other public places. Now is the time for families and businesses to take steps to prevent and protect against the flu.

Fall In Love with These Fall Play Ideas
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Shorter days and crisp weather can only mean one thing: fall is in full swing. With pumpkin patches popping up and the smell of apple cider in the air, this season is full of celebrations for the whole family. But many of these activities aren’t the most physically active.

Top Tech Gift Ideas for the Holidays
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If you find your search for the perfect tech gift in today’s ever-changing landscape daunting, take heart: the experts at Digitaltrends.com have reviewed all the latest tech gear so you can shop for everyone on your list.

Friday 11/20/2015
Is Your Baby Ready for Chewing?
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Taking the step up from baby food to table food requires a key skill: chewing. Chewing is a learned skill, and parents can help their babies make the transition by offering a mix of appropriately textured foods.

Thursday 11/19/2015
Organizar Un Maratón De La Película Star Wars Nunca Había Sido Tan Fácil
Updated: November 20, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Desde su debut en 1977, Star Wars (Guerra de las Galaxias) ha establecido franquicias de la película, convirtiéndose tanto en un fenómeno de la cultura pop como una favorita permanente que puede disfrutarse con toda la familia. Con seis películas, y casi cuatro décadas más tarde, Lucasfilm sigue haciendo de Star Wars una película mágica con el lanzamiento, este mes de diciembre, de Star Wars: El Despertar de la Fuerza (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Con el entusiasmo generado de la última película, los fanáticos de todas las edades se están preparando reexaminando y descubriendo las seis películas de la saga, es la excusa perfecta para reunirse y ponerse cómodos para disfrutar de una noche de películas.

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Could Egg Freezing Be Right for You?
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - These days it's popular to talk about 40 being the new 30. Unfortunately, this does not apply to a woman's fertility, which peaks in her 20s, then declines in her 30s.

Holiday Beers Dating Back to Antiquity
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - With the craft beer market growing an astounding 20 percent each year, brewers are looking for more ways to stand out from the crowd. While the recent crop of "Holiday" beer popping up in the aisle might elicit eye rolls, the category has grown a whopping 200 percent over the last four years.

Getting Engaged? How to Spend Your Dollars Wisely
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Blame it on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

Monday 11/16/2015
Eye-Opening Vision Tips
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As you age, your eyes undergo natural changes year after year, making ongoing attention to your eye health an important aspect of your overall wellbeing.

How to Celebrate the Holidays for Less
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) The delights of the holiday season can add up quickly. From cooking and baking to shopping for the perfect gift, the season can take its toll on your wallet.

Fall in Love with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) With fall in full swing and seasonal festivities quickly approaching, it’s easy for kids to lose focus on their studies with all of the fun distractions the holidays bring. Rather than skipping out on fall and winter traditions, integrate educational lessons within them to give your family the best of both worlds.

Rev-Up the Holidays with 5 Return-Proof Gifts
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If the thought of holiday gift shopping makes you want to bail on celebrating at all, it’s time to rethink your approach. Even though your gift list seems like a challenge, make it your mission to earn the title of Ultimate Gift Giver this season.

2015 Hess Toy Truck Now Available Online
Updated: November 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If you remember waking up on Christmas morning and finding a shiny new Hess Toy Truck under the tree, you're not alone. This year, you can share that beloved tradition with a child in your life with the new 2015 Hess Toy Truck – a Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue.

Opportunity in a Bottle
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As the season of giving approaches, you can provide the perfect wine pairing for your holiday meal. Show your thoughtful spirit and good taste by offering up a great bottle of wine as a gift to show your appreciation.

7 Reasons to Drive to Your Holiday Destination
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) If the approaching holidays have you seeing dollar signs and cringing to avoid the stress the season brings, you may be relieved to know there is one simple step to help bypass many of the common holiday headaches. Traveling by vehicle costs less, is more convenient and is not as stressful as flying, according to the Car Care Council. 

Cracked Screens and Broken Hearts: The 2015 Motorola Global Shattered Screen Survey
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Every two seconds *CRACK* someone accidentally drops *CRACK* their smartphone, leaving a shattered screen *CRACK* and a shattered heart. Sure, accidents will happen, but just how many of us are in a one-sided relationship with a broken phone? How does it happen and why are we sticking by our spiderwebbed displays? Motorola recently surveyed 6,000 adults in six countries to find out.

Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Did you ever have a favorite teacher that made a subject come alive, or inspired you to pursue a certain career path? DiscoverE, an organization that celebrates today’s engineers and works to inspire the next generation of innovators, created the DiscoverE Educator Awards to honor the special individuals who have gone to great lengths to inspire students to pursue a career in engineering. 

Thursday 11/12/2015
Teaching Kids to Trust their Own Instincts
Updated: November 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) During the course of their day, kids hear the word “No” all the time. And while some of those “Nos” are a necessary part of keeping kids safe, the overall message can be one that stifles courage, creativity and trust in one’s own instincts -- effects that can last well into adulthood.

Monday 11/09/2015
Reading: The best thing about winter
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - This winter, instead of getting swept away in holiday shopping stress or cold weather blues, try digging into a great book. With more time spent indoors, many find winter to be the perfect time to get lost in a book, so why not join them? The only problem: you may find that there are so many great titles available, it’s hard to decide which is the best book to pick up or download on your Kindle.

Sensational Sides for the Holidays
Updated: November 14, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing a dish, why not whip up some stellar sides to pair with the bird or roast? Sides are a great way to experiment with new recipes and create new traditions with family and friends.

Highlight Your Holidays
Updated: November 14, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) The highlight of the holiday season is often the gathering of friends and family for a seasonal meal. Whether hosting and planning a full menu or attending a holiday get-together, keep in mind the perfect wine and spirit pairings for either a traditional feast or a more modern soiree featuring a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday 11/03/2015
Armstrong Williams Leads Largest Minority-Owned TV Group
Updated: November 04, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Armstrong Williams has never been afraid to challenge the status quo and is no stranger to controversy. While you may not recognize his name, many -- especially those in Washington -- do. As a well-known conservative commentator, he has worked as a legislative aide and advisor to Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.), as an assistant to then-chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and most recently is known as the public face of presidential hopeful Ben Carson.

How to Help Your Child Get Over Math Anxiety
Updated: November 04, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Were you a math whiz growing up, or did you struggle and feel anxious at the mere mention of math? As a parent, you surely don't want your child to experience the same thing.

Monday 11/02/2015
Safety First with Fall Car Care
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Conducting routine maintenance on your vehicle is necessary to maintain optimal performance and prevent costly repairs. As colder weather approaches, and with it the potential for treacherous road conditions, giving certain areas of your car special attention can also protect your safety.

Serving Those Who Served
Updated: November 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) When Cpl. Matt Foster left Afghanistan after his tour of duty in 2013, he didn’t know whether he would ever see his K-9 partner again.

The Health Care Provider You Need to Know
Updated: November 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) With more than 11 million newly insured Americans, an aging baby boomer population and a growing number of chronic conditions, the American healthcare system is expected to make some major changes to accommodate the increasing number of people seeking healthcare.

Restore your own Collagen for Vibrant, Youthful Skin
Updated: November 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) There are times in your life when you look in the mirror and the face reflected back at you, does not match how you think of yourself. As collagen breaks down, the skin becomes less elastic and reveals telltale signs of time. A lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin and lines or wrinkles on the chest all tell more than you may wish to reveal about your age. Fortunately, boosting your body’s own collagen production can actually be done non-surgically to achieve a fresher, more youthful look from your brow to your chest.

Simple Ways to Manage Pain
Updated: November 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Sooner is better when it comes to managing nagging aches and pains that can hamper your healthy lifestyle. In fact, the coming winter months are when pain pops up the most for people of all ages, according to celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza. Keys to keeping active and pain-free are getting ahead of pain and preventing it from becoming a larger problem that is harder to handle.

Monday 10/26/2015
Dirty house got you steamed? The trick to cleaning with steam
Updated: October 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Did you ever wonder how people cleaned their homes before the invention of commercial cleaning products? Good old-fashioned hot water and elbow grease did the trick long before mops, vacuums and buckets of cleaning products became a staple in American homes. Today, you can still harness the power of hot water in the form of steam to quickly, easily and effectively tackle home cleaning chores of all kinds.

9 Tips for Aging Well
Updated: October 31, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Although you can't stop time, the right type and amount of physical activity can help stave off many age-related health problems.

Halloween: A Sweet Time for Family, Fun and Traditions
Updated: October 31, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year meant to be celebrated with friends and family. While the holiday originated more than 2,000 years ago with Celtic tribes, the traditions of dressing in disguises and celebrating with food and drink endure to this day.

Protect Vision from Digital Devices
Updated: October 31, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Digital communication has become an integral part of daily life. Smartphones and tablets are pocket-sized personal assistants with appointment reminders, news and a means of keeping in touch with family and friends. Living multi-screen lives may aide productivity, but eye health professionals are increasingly worried about the consequences of “digital vision.”

Wednesday 10/21/2015
When Sibling Rivalry Goes Too Far: Dealing with Sibling Bullying
Updated: October 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Bullying outside the home makes headlines daily, but sibling bullying can happen under one’s own roof, and can be misperceived as normal, say experts.

Tuesday 10/20/2015
Helping Kids Thrive Through Emotional Intelligence
Updated: October 21, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—As most parents know, small children have no problem letting out their emotions. But how well do they understand what they’re feeling? That skill is known as Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the process by which children learn to recognize, understand and manage their emotions—and EQ is key to a child’s success in life.

Monday 10/19/2015
Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe and Seen on Halloween
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Few holidays delight kids more than Halloween. At the same time, Halloween generates significant worry in parents and with sound reason. Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween between 4-10 p.m. compared to the same hours on the other days of the year.

How to Create the Next Generation of Scientists
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s never too early to introduce children to science. In fact, research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that an early childhood filled with mental stimulation from educational tools results in more highly developed cognitive skills by the child’s teen years.

An Adventure to Remember
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Admiring the Statue of Liberty up close, hanging 10 in the Pacific Ocean or exploring Europe’s most charming cities are just some of the experiences that may rank high on your travel bucket list. Creating that list is just the beginning – the real fun begins when you start making your travel dreams a reality.

Why Infant Formula and Other Foods Need Carrageenan
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) For hundreds of years, carrageenan has been used in kitchens all over the world for its ability to enhance food’s texture and structural properties, ultimately making food and drinks, including infant formula, better tasting and more nutritional.

Thursday 10/15/2015
The Uberization of America?
Updated: October 16, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - "The New Serfs."

Tuesday 10/13/2015
Public Smoking Ban Sparks Market for Revolutionary Tobacco Products
Updated: October 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - If you happen to be a smoker, you probably feel unfairly judged and targeted. These days, you can't even find a place that'll allow you to light up inside. Same goes for e-cigarette users, who are now under the same microscope. Even dipping tobacco and "chew" are not allowed in public places throughout San Francisco.

Monday 10/12/2015
5 Tips to Conquer Your Travel Bucket List
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Admiring the Statue of Liberty up close, hanging 10 in the Pacific Ocean or exploring Europe’s most charming cities are just some of the experiences that may rank high on your travel bucket list. Creating that list is just the beginning – the real fun begins when you start making your travel dreams a reality.

Curb Energy Consumption
Updated: October 12, 2015 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Water heaters are energy intensive appliances. In fact, they are the second largest energy user in the home, and as they age, they become less efficient, requiring even more energy.

Encourage Kids to Trick-or-Treat
Updated: October 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) As kids set out with friends and neighbors on a quest for sweet treats and goodwill this Halloween, they can bring along a new gang – “The Peanuts Movie” gang, that is. This year, the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign will celebrate its 65th anniversary by joining forces with another American favorite, Peanuts, which is also turning 65 this year.

Switch It Up In the Kitchen
Updated: October 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether cleaning up after a busy weekend or hosting company, having a few quick kitchen shortcuts on hand is a great way to be prepared for whatever life brings. Many of the best shortcuts come from switching things up and using typical kitchen items in not-so-typical ways.

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