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Give the gift of hope this holiday season

For most, childhood is a time of innocence. It is a time when wonder and excitement exist around every corner. Children view the world as an open book of infinite possibilities where they can be or do anything they want, limited only by their imagination.For children battling a life-threatening illness, childhood takes on a very different feel. Hospital stays, doctor visits and intrusive procedures replace playgrounds, activities and field trips. The usually carefree approach to each day gets tainted by concerns about health and the future. Learn how you can make a difference.

Five holiday tips to make your trip home a little smoother

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but getting there can be a less-than-joyous experience. While busy airports aren’t known to inspire a holly, jolly spirit, a few tips and tricks can help you breathe a little easier as you make your way home.

All the New Year’s fun on half the budget

The high price of New Year’s Eve hotel accommodations doesn’t have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year’s Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags.

Stretching your ski vacation dollar

With the Olympics right around the corner, skiing is on a lot of people’s minds. While ski trips can get pricey quickly, there are ways to give your budget a lift.

Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor

Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You’re not alone – many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for remodeling. In fact, a majority of U.S. Homeowners (75.5 percent) are planning one or more home improvement projects by early 2014, according to a recent HIRI Sentiment Tracking Study.

Winter sports safety gear evolves with plastics

Just what does it take to excel in winter sports? Practice, practice, practice – plus modern safety gear to help protect against injury.

Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power

When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national survey.

Financially fit: five steps to get a handle on your credit

After countless hours spent holiday shopping, you finally finished. Now, you’re faced with the credit card payments as you roll into the new year. While it may have been difficult to keep your finances – particularly your credit cards – top of mind amid the dash from store to store, those payments aren’t going anywhere.

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