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The Galveston County Daily News: Family Living

December 7, 2016

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Monday 12/05/2016
A Holiday Survival Guide
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the classic song goes, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year.” Between the cozy scent and warmth of the fireplace, festive holiday parties and catching up with loved ones – the merriment of the season is endless.

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Kitty Christmas
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While planning for the holiday festivities and solidifying your shopping list, don’t forget perhaps the most deserving recipient – your cat. Among the nearly three-quarters of surveyed cat owners who plan to give their kitty a gift, half said their feline friend is the most deserving “person” on their list. Whether it’s a new toy or a tasty treat, don’t leave out your favorite pet. For more gift ideas for your cat, visit temptationstreats.com.

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Preserving Holiday Traditions
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday traditions come in many forms - from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. However, there is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.

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Perfect Party Zones
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When you're entertaining a small group, it's fairly easy to ensure everyone enjoys the party. However, a larger group or an eclectic crowd with varied interests can make it harder to be an effective hostess. Planning party zones that cater to specific interests is one savvy solution to this dilemma.

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Winning at Holiday Giving
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Accept the challenge and make it your mission to earn the title of Ultimate Gift Giver with items to match the unique style and personality of each person on your list - even those on the "naughty list."

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3 Ways to Get Resourceful with Gift Wrapping
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it’s only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn’t have to be pricey – you can easily find ways to perfect and personalize your gift with what you have left over from last year and everyday items around the house.

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5 Steps For Easy Entertaining
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Hosting a large group of family and friends can be overwhelming, especially if entertaining isn’t something you do often. No matter the occasion, these tips can help you avoid common party pitfalls so you can keep the focus on having fun.

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Santa’s Modern-Day Helpers
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays.

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Don’t Leave Dental Benefit Money on the Table
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s not too late to improve your dental health and overall health without putting a dent in your wallet. If you have dental insurance, you have until Dec. 31 to use your benefits before they expire.

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4 Steps for Downsizing
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

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Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you can make your gift boxes just as personal as the gifts they contain.

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Safe and Sound During the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

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Serve a Steakhouse-Style Meal at Home
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.

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Practical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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Give the Gift of Donations
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving.

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5 Tips for Easy Holiday Shipping
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features)It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. There are several simple steps you can take to make those deliveries a little easier. 

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'Tis the Season … for More Laundry
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays usher in a season filled with entertaining and house guests, bringing plenty of extra cleaning needs and chores with them. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, you can make more time to spend with your loved ones by introducing some shortcuts to make those sometimes tedious tasks less demanding.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Many Working Mothers Can't Afford Their Health Insurance Deductibles
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family's health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine.

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Winning the fight against the dropout rate one student at a time
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 11/28/2016
Time-saving tips so parents can have a little break
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You rush out the door just in time to make it to work before that big meeting starts.

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Plan Ahead to Manage Winter Outages
Posted: November 28, 2016

(Family Features)Ahead of the frigid winter weather blowing into cities and neighborhoods, families can take steps to prevent frozen pipes, spoiled food and the uncomfortable situations that arise when temperatures drop and a home’s power goes out.

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The Gift List for Loved Ones
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With all kinds of personalities on your gift list this holiday season, it can be a challenge to brainstorm multiple types of presents for multiple types of people. From thermal trackers and greeting cards to clothing subscriptions and smart thermostats, and everything in between, know that there’s something out there for everyone – even when you’re searching for that elusive gift for the person who has everything. As the holidays creep closer and closer, turn to some easy inspiration, like these gifts, to make sure everyone feels the joy of the season.

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Thoughtful Gifts
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When gift-giving has you stumped, turn to what you know: the characteristics and interests that make your recipient unique. A thoughtful gift that shows you recognize and care about the qualities that make your loved one or friend special is a sure winner every time.

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7 Ways to Include Everyone In the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holidays bring get-togethers filled with music, food and conversation. However, for those who experience hearing loss, the season often takes on a whole different sound. Those with hearing loss often end up feeling isolated from the festivities, but there are ways you can make sure they feel comfortable joining the fun.

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Reintegrating Into Civilian Life
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the transition back to civilian life after a military stint or deployment is often full of happiness, it can also be difficult and stressful to assimilate back into life at home. Roles and responsibilities within the household have often shifted and new circumstances have often arisen during time away.

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Preparing Students for Careers that Don’t Yet Exist
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) To truly prepare for careers of the future, it’s important for students to consider ways both in the classroom and outside of it that they can learn the essential skills needed to solve problems and think critically; skills that will serve them well in any career field.

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Manage Your Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

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Make Medicare Open Enrollment a Healthy Habit
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

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Making the World a Better Place with STEM
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During this time of year, many families are looking for ways to give back to their communities. Collecting donations for a food drive or donating warm clothes are great ways to serve the community, but giving back through innovation is another impactful way to help others. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education plays a significant role in giving innovators the skills they need to create tools that help solve some of the world’s largest problems.

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Easy Ways to Warm Up This Winter
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the cold weather settles in, staying snuggled up in your comfortable house around the clock may be tempting, but it’s not very realistic. So when you come back inside from work, running errands or a quick snowball war with the kids, you’ll need some easy ways to warm up.

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Take Precautions to Be Safe this Holiday Season
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Although good tidings and joy abound during the holiday season, this time of year can also pose a serious threat to your family, friends and home. The holidays bring an elevated risk for fires and burns, and many Americans may have a false sense of security.

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Put a Holiday Toy Tradition Under the Tree
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Most adults remember that one special Christmas that stands out above the rest thanks to that one coveted gift they discovered with childlike delight under the tree. Now you can help the children in your life create similar memories by sharing a beloved holiday toy tradition: the newest Hess Toy Truck.

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Save Time on Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With each holiday season comes joy, laughter and celebrations with family and friends. However, all that revelry takes time. Fortunately, there are ways to keep the planning and preparation for holiday entertaining from infringing on your enjoyment of all the holidays have to offer.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Secrets for Simple Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may feel overwhelming at times, and for hosts throwing holiday parties, sticking to formal cooking and dining traditions can be time-consuming and stressful. In the season dedicated to spending time with family and friends, experimenting with simple entertaining ideas and informal settings can allow for more time to enjoy the party with your guests.

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The Why Before the Buy
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Today’s consumers don’t often follow a simple path of “search for what I want, find it, buy it.” They search at home, at work and on-the-go to find the products and services they need.

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Support Children this Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are all about spreading generosity and kindness, so when searching for the perfect presents for everyone on your holiday shopping list, look for gifts that also benefit children in need around the world.

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Put Safety First When Winter Weather Strikes
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Severe winter weather and dangerously low temperatures can pose a serious threat to family safety, particularly when the power supply is threatened. Many families rely on portable generators as part of their emergency plan, which can provide peace of mind and protection when used properly.

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Gracious Gift Giving
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday season means it’s time to start picking out stocking stuffers and gifts that perfectly match every friend and family member – including four-legged ones – on your list. But when that list grows longer and longer and you find that not everyone is so easy to buy for, the right present can be difficult to find. Instead of spending more time head-scratching than gift-wrapping, keep everyone jolly by going for one of these great gift ideas.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Celebra una fiesta de Posadas inolvidable para tu familia y amigos
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Cuando los jóvenes de la casa empiezan a pasar más tiempo con sus amigos o se mudan por primera vez, la celebración de las Posadas puede ser la ocasión perfecta para reunirlos a todos cada año y pasar un tiempo en familia. Desde JCPenney te contamos cómo preparar un festejo emocionante y memorable que mantenga viva la tradición. Si tienes previsto invitar a tus seres queridos a un delicioso banquete o salir a cantar villancicos en las calles o bien, jugar a la tradicional piñata de las Posadas, en JCPenney tenemos todos los artículos que necesitas para celebrar esta fiesta de manera fácil y asequible.

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A New Read on Literacy: The 3 Keys to Building Lifelong Readers
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - In today's digital world, there is no denying the benefits of technology in education. However, despite technology's ability to provide students with countless books and online literacy development tools, too many students still struggle to read and too few discover the joys of becoming lifelong readers.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Keeping Infants Safe in the Shopping Cart this Holiday Season
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Most parents of infants are well-advised of certain dangers. However, there is one safety risk that doesn’t get much attention. Nearly 24,000 children are in accidents involving shopping carts each year, many suffering cuts, bruises, broken limbs and even head and brain injuries.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."

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Why Pam Anderson Just Did an Anti-Uber PSA
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Don't expect Pamela Anderson to be using Uber or any other app-based, ride-hailing service in this lifetime.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
Folding Drones are the New Hot Item for the Holidays
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Every holiday season has its hot tech item -; from smartwatches to game consoles and now to folding drones.

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Too Much Stuff? Give Kids Experiential Gifts This Holiday Season
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - If, like many parents, you struggle with what to get your kids for the holidays, consider thinking outside the box and giving them gifts that will expand their horizons.

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Monday 11/14/2016
Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your Shopping List
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - We all know when the trick-or-treaters head home with their Halloween candy and the turkey comas set in after Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday season is right around the corner. Meant to be the happiest time of the year filled with joyous memories, the holiday season can quickly turn into an unwanted shopping nightmare as you try to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone special in your life. Getting all your bases covered when on a budget can seem like a daunting task, but when you're making a list and checking it twice this year, keep in mind these fun and budget-friendly items to put a smile on all your loved ones faces, as well as in your wallet!

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Combatting Concussions in Youth Sports
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With athletes of all ages taking to fields and courts, there are important steps to take in keeping young athletes safe during practice and games.

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Health and Safety Go Hand-in-Hand
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Most people recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to physical and emotional well-being, but you may not realize that some health-related activities can pose a safety risk if you don’t take proper precautions. Making safe habits part of your healthy lifestyle can help ensure you’re able to enjoy the results of your efforts.

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Helping Veterans Build Careers
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Once their military service ends, veterans can face obstacles in assimilating back into civilian life. One common struggle is finding post-military employment, which is why some veterans choose to own their own business and pursue franchising.

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