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The Galveston County Daily News: Family Living

September 24, 2016

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Monday 09/19/2016
Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

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Tackling a Touchdown Tailgate
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As fall settles in, the air gets crisper and the kids head back to school, many Americans eagerly anticipate one thing: football season.

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5 Ways to Find Inspiration
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a significant goal or challenge stands before you, it may be tough to envision the finish line. Finding and drawing on what motivates and inspires you will make the journey toward that successful finish line more pleasant, and your ultimate victory that much sweeter.

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Better Bus Safety
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While parents entrust their children’s safety to the capable hands of bus drivers, these tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation provide some measures parents can take and lessons they can teach to increase safety going to and from the bus, and even during the ride.

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Get Picky About Pet Food
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a beloved family pet experiences health problems, it can take a toll on the whole family. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months to identify the problem, and more importantly, where the solution lies. In some cases, the answer is as simple as changing what your pet eats.

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5 Smart Strategies to Settle an Estate 
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a parent passes away, it’s usually left to their offspring to manage and disperse the remaining estate. In the wake of such a loss, emotions can run high, and the sheer amount of paperwork can quickly become overwhelming.

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4 Hacks to Increase Productivity
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With appointments and meetings to remember, tasks to complete and jobs to finish, life can get crazy in the business world. That’s why busy professionals need to stay on top of their game with simple tricks to help take care of work and life, day in and day out.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
National Program Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence Smile Again
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Maybe you or someone you know has already experienced this violence at the hand of a loved one.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Seek to Know More: How Your Smartphone Can Save You Money
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It seems as if there is nothing a smartphone can't do these days. It can get you where you want to go (most of the time), you can make reservations at your favorite restaurant, and now you can use it to detect whether your home is leaking energy or water.

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Protecting Your Kid's Identity Is Your Responsibility
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If only we could keep our kids in a bubble, insulated from the atrocities the world would inflict on them. Along with the normal worries any parent has for his or her child, you can add child identity theft to the list as well.

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5 Easy I Do's: How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day
Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Every bride-to-be wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. For nearly one-third of adults in the United States, looking and feeling their best means losing weight -- an average of 39 pounds, according to a recent survey. In addition, 1 in 5 adults surveyed say they would resort to "extreme measures" to achieve their desired weight loss.

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4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

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7 Health Concerns That Can Result from Sleep Apnea
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sleep problems – such as sleep apnea – can hinder sleep quality and lead to other severe health complications. Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to being a nuisance at night, sleep apnea also is a contributing factor to several other health problems.

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Make Marketing Manageable
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) It may seem that anyone with the guts to run their own small business should be able to master marketing with ease. And yet marketing strikes many small business owners with dread.  

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Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s October or not, breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world. Thanks to massive public awareness campaigns, nearly everyone understands the significance behind a pink ribbon, but how many can say they have breast cancer knowledge beyond pink?

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Take a Stand and Unite Against Bullying
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Today's students are increasingly at risk of being bullied, and the effects of bullying can be devastating.

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5 Tips for Building a Better Lunch
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Keeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Lunchbox envy may start in grade school, but when you open yet another uninspired sack lunch, you may find yourself wishing you could trade with a friend or co-worker, if only for the change of pace.

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Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Tips to Foster Early Childhood Development
Updated: September 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) While every child is unique, one thing is certain; the first few years of life are the most important for brain development. And parents can create the right atmosphere to hone language, cognition and social and emotional skills, as well as support physical and motor development.

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Monday 09/05/2016
Power On the Go
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) In a perfect world, you would be home for every meal, your fridge would be fully stocked at all times and you would meet your daily nutrient requirements with ease. However, if you are like the majority of people, you are always on-the-go and seek convenient, cost-effective and nutrient-dense foods and beverages to support your active lifestyle.

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Flood Recovery Tips to Get You Back on Your Feet
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) More than 40,000 homes flooded in the state of Louisiana after historic rainfall since Friday, Aug. 12, causing more than 20 parishes to declare federal disasters. Across the state, only 20 percent of homes have active flood insurance policies.

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Plan Ahead for Severe Weather
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a major storm strikes, it can leave a trail of devastation and danger behind. Volatile weather is common when seasons change, so it’s the perfect time to take stock of your emergency resources.

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Seniors Find New Value in Term Life Insurance
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Those with term life insurance know that it is a cost-efficient option to provide the protection they need during their earlier years of life, but few are aware of the options that may be available to put those policies to work for them as they get older.

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Family Meals Make a Difference
Updated: September 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often comes at the expense of family mealtime at home. Even though life never seems to slow down, now is the perfect time to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids’ brains and help them flourish.

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Thursday 09/01/2016
10 Tips for Freshening Up Your Family’s Routine
Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Running a household can be stressful, so finding a way to streamline your routine is a must. While you may have short-cuts and tricks already in place, stocking your home with the best supplies and most innovative products will help to make each day even easier.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
How to Bring Movie Magic Home for the Whole Family
Posted: August 31, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you're a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll.

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Four top tricks for a successful school year
Posted: August 31, 2016

(BPT) - As summer comes to a close, there are probably some mixed feelings among parents and students. As a parent, you may feel a certain relief seeing back-to-school ads and signs, while your children often dread the end of summer fun.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Protect Your Kid's Identity
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about protecting your digital footprint lately. (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage). And, according to tech experts who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to pay attention -- especially when it comes to protecting their children's privacy using encrypted communications.

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A Safer Alternative to Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a safer, more effective, and less costly alternative for treating chronic pain now that the Centers for Disease and Prevention has pegged the number of deaths from opioid abuse at more than 28,000 in 2014 alone? One of the most popular choices: drug-free chiropractic care.

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How to Plan the Perfect Buddy Golf Getaway
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Customization is trending in the world of golf-buddy trips and resorts are upping their game to accommodate groups who want to put their own unique stamp on an outing. While the pursuit of extraordinary golf remains at the core of this annual trek, the golf-buddy trip is expanding beyond tee times to include adventure-based activities, elevated culinary experiences, personalized amenities and more.

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Expert tips that can help achieve potty training success
Updated: August 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Transitioning into underwear is a big deal for every toddler. However, while the end result is rewarding, the road to get there can be challenging for parents and kids alike.

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Monday 08/29/2016
Surprising Ways to Get Your Probiotics
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Chances are you’ve heard the term probiotics and know that these good bacteria that live in your gut promote healthy digestion. Did you know that probiotics are also key to a healthy immune system and protein absorption?

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Teach Kids to Manage Their Health Care
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For parents with college-age children, there’s a fairly standard set of basics that helps ensure their children are ready to tackle the world with some degree of independence. But beyond school supplies, housing, food and transportation, one important consideration remains: health care.

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Tips to Fill Your Day with Active Play
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the busy school year progresses, it can be challenging for families to find time to play and stay active together. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, but unfortunately this isn’t always what they are getting.  

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Overcome Limitations for Better Dental Health
Updated: August 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) What do 155 million American adults have in common? They did not go to the dentist last year. Cleaning and check-up appointments are essential to both your oral health and overall health. However, many barriers often stand in the way of getting the care you need.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Florida Remains Launch Pad to Space Thanks to Private Firms
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Since the first U.S. moon landing in 1969, we have been fascinated with the mystery of space. Fast forward to 2016, when we're celebrating the 5th-year anniversary since NASA launched JUNO and the August 19 ULA Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
9 out of 10 Americans More Likely to Come to London Following Brexit
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Take a walk through London this fall, and you will notice how the city's world-famous museums and galleries are opening dozens of new exhibitions and events featuring the works of some of the most famous artists in history.

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Monday 08/22/2016
New (School) Year, New You
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Forget Jan. 1. Parents know the real new year begins when you can smell the fresh pink erasers and hear the clatter of brand new pencils on still-smooth notebook covers.

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Get Smart About Snacking
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) School bells will soon be ringing, and the start of a new school year is a time many families re-focus on healthier eating habits. Countless studies have shown the correlation between good nutrition and school performance, but smart eating isn’t just about meals; it applies to snack time, too.

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Couples Serenaded by Country Star at Backyard Wedding
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Saying “I do” doesn’t have to mean saying “yes” to all the fuss of an ordinary wedding, which is why mike’s hard lemonade asked two real-life couples and die-hard Randy Houser fans to ditch tradition and get married in a communal backyard wedding before the start of a Randy Houser concert. After all, there’s no better place than the backyard to celebrate life's special moments.

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Bring the Family Together for Meal Time
Updated: August 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Between work and school-year commitments, it can be difficult to carve out time to sit down at the table and enjoy a home-cooked dinner as a family, but it is well worth the effort. In addition to offering an opportunity to bond, eating together and engaging in conversation can have a deeper influence on children. Follow these tips to bring the family together and create a lasting tradition.

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Friday 08/19/2016
5 ways to get your kids excited for back-to-school
Posted: August 19, 2016

(BPT) - The school year is quickly approaching! While it may be challenging to say goodbye to summer, there are fun, creative ways to get the kids excited for back-to-school. In preparation for the new school year, AllPosters.com offers up a few simple, affordable ways to get kids in the school spirit:

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The Great Divide: Balancing Travel and Protecting Delicate Ecosystems
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For some, traveling is a calling, a way of life. It's about those who are more traveler than tourist, who prefer upscale lodging, who are happy to hike, horseback ride or kayak as a mode of transportation.

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Katy Perry Helps Support Teachers and Students
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Did you know teachers spent hundreds of their own dollars each year on school supplies for their students? Katy Perry and Staples have teamed up to donate $1 million to support classrooms and encourage people to make their own donations at Staplesforstudents.com.

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3 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free this School Year
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) All parents want to feel confident that their children are happy, healthy and focused on the future. The unfortunate reality is that drug use can derail these goals and put a strain on families.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
5 ways to teach unexpected science lessons in the kitchen
Posted: August 18, 2016

(BPT) - Think you don’t have the tools or know-how to get your kids excited about science at home? Think again! Nurturing kids’ innate curiosity about science is less intimidating than you may think. Expert Rachel Hollis from The Chic Site, and partner of Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® program, shares foodie tips to keep your family excited about science in the most unexpected places: around the kitchen and grocery store.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
5 ways to encourage handwriting this school year
Updated: August 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Handwriting is an essential part of a child’s education, as it allows children to express their creativity and develop their best self. Research shows that handwriting promotes critical thinking, reading comprehension and fine motor skills development.

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Tuesday 08/16/2016
A+ ideas for supporting classroom learning
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Proud parents across the country are watching their children head back to the classroom for another exciting school year. The knowledge they gain in class will help set them on a path to success. However, learning shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings at the end of the day.

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Student Backpacks Are Literally a Big Pain
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Beware the overstuffed school backpack!

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