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Vacationing: The best way to explore American history

Understanding the past can help us better appreciate the present and look toward the future. If you want a more meaningful vacation, an excursion to one of America’s most significant sites can be a step straight into history.

Warm up to budget-friendly winter travel in Europe

Traveling Europe may seem like a distant dream; tourists inundate cities during peak season, driving prices up. But your European dreams are attainable – if you travel during winter months. Europe can be much more affordable in winter and the quiet cities offer a more intimate and authentic experience.

Straight talk: Some lenders lead marketplace in simplified customer agreements

If one universal lesson emerged from the economic meltdown of the Great Recession, it’s that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to financial matters. Before the recession, many Americans made financial decisions without fully understanding the impact of their choices – despite detailed financial disclosure statements intended to educate consumers on just what they were agreeing to when entering a credit contract with lenders.

Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value

It’s that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.

Itchin’ to update your kitchen?

Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you’re not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your project, if you’re itchin’ to update your kitchen, follow these five steps to design the space you’ve been dreaming about.

Tips for finding the perfect guy gift this holiday season

Guys can be the hardest people to shop for, and finding the perfect gift has become a daunting holiday tradition. Sure, they will appreciate the thought behind another bundle of tube socks – and might even wear them – but there are gifts that bring a wow factor and make even the most stoic guys light up like a little kid.

Tips to make your home sparkle for holiday guests

The holiday season’s here – time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you’re hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.

Parenting tips to help young children love to read

Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading.

Maximizing your child’s learning with technology

A practice that was once frowned upon, many schools are now encouraging students to bring their own tablets, smartphones and notebook computers into the classroom to improve student learning opportunities. With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, many parents are wondering how they can ensure their child has the most appropriate technology to help them succeed. The upcoming holiday season is a great opportunity to find the right device for your child.

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