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7 things you didn’t know about George Washington (and the plot to kill him)

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For Americans, the year 1776 is known for the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence. Yet the year contained something else just as dramatic: a secret conspiracy against George Washington, which might have …

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How to divorce like a feminist

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Whether you were married to your kids’ dad, were in a couple or your encounter was a hookup, this post is for you. I believe that …

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Is bike sharing the best way to commute?

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The situation is familiar: You get caught in traffic, or your bus shows up 20 minutes late. Commuting can be a nightmare for many Americans — …

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What to consider when changing your name after a divorce

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Recently, a newly single mom messaged me: “Can you please write about a name change after divorce? I don’t want to share my name with my ex-husband …

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The states where you’re most likely to die on the job

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Most people don’t go into work expecting to die. But every day more than 14 workers, on average, don’t make it home alive. The Bureau of …

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1-in-10 American adults will own a smartwatch in in 2019

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Wearable use is growing in the U.S., fed by devices like the Apple Watch which is attracting newer interest from the health benefits they tout. So …

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Tips for decluttering your home in the new year

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Spend a little time on Instagram or Pinterest and you’re bound to come across some very aspirational accounts. No, not exotic locales or luxury goods – …

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50 realistic New Year’s resolutions

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It’s the New Year, which is the best time to reflect on all the money things you did (or didn’t) do in the past 365 days …

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5 ways to make 2019 a greener year

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Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you want to turn that leftover food into compost? Alexa has skills for these and other ecological tricks. Plus, there are …

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9 reasons dating is better as a single mom

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Through my circle of friends and single moms I meet through this blog, I often hear cries of horror about the thought of single-mom dating.  What man …

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Forget making New Year’s resolutions — take action instead

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Making New Year’s resolutions is a time-honored tradition of paying attention to something important for a short period of time. Then it’s back to business as usual. In …

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7 ways to simplify your subway commute in 2019

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The only thing worse than a long commute is a public transportation commute, which can be uncomfortably crowded, often cold (or hot) and surely not in …

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Considering self-employment? Start with these 4 conversations

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“Honey, I’m thinking I should quit my job and work for myself…what do you think?” When you’re self-employed, you don’t operate in a vacuum. There are …

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9 ways to beat those winter blues

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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, some of us may be affected by the winter blues that come with sudden temperature changes …

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These smart-home predictions for 2030 are already coming true

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A future vision of drones, smart kitchens and augmented reality came true quicker than anyone expected. Back in 2015, the Near Future Laboratory, Mobile Life Center …

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28 ways to be a better co-parent

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It is not divorce or separated families that harm children — but conflict between parents. Together, we can work to stop that from happening and promote shared …

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Last-minute Christmas shopping tips & ideas

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Christmas, if you celebrate, is right around the corner. Whether you have a tiny number of gifts yet to buy, or if you haven’t started yet, don’t …

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The most expensive collectibles ever sold at auction

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Back in August, a record price of $48.4 million was paid for a collector car sold at public auction. The car was a 1962 Ferrari 250 …

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8 ways to add a little tech to your Hanukkah celebration

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There are still several nights of Hanukkah left to celebrate.with loved ones as you light nightly candles on the menorah. Consider adding some of these smartphone apps …

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15 ways to protect your home (& yourself) this winter

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Winter weather can take a toll on a house. Frozen water pipes, icy walkways and sudden windstorms that send tree branches ripping through your roof are …

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The 13 most expensive U.S. metro areas for raising a baby

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Everyone knows that having a baby is incredibly expensive, from delivery or adoption costs to outfitting a household with strollers, bottles, cribs and layettes. But even …

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How to take time off if you’re self-employed

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Taking time off when you’re self-employed is a challenge. Whether you’re jetting off on a tropical vacation for a week or enjoying a break for the …

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5 holiday nightmares that can break the bank

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — weeks of hustle and bustle, spending time with friends and family, giving and receiving, and eating to …

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The best holiday market in each state

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The holidays are here, and with them comes the pop up of holiday markets — offering food, decorations and winter activities to get you into the …

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8 great holiday tech gifts for students

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As the holiday shopping season begins, it can be difficult to buy for the student in your life. College demands a certain level of tech savvy, …

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50 nifty & thrifty holiday gift ideas

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Every year, our group of friends does a white elephant gift exchange. We bring gifts that cost less than $25, then alternate between opening them and …

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Give your parents the gift of tech this holiday season

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Parents work double time to make the holidays magical for their children. As such, presents for them often take second place. That’s why it’s a great …

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10 gifts that will have your favorite geek totally geeking out

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We all have a geek in our life who’s first to buy new tech or fix our smartphone. Their early bird attitude can make buying them …

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Holiday gift guide: Premium smart speakers for the audiophile in your life

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Budget smart speakers like the $50 Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are great gifts for anyone who is new to smart home tech – …

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2-in-3 Americans agree: Shopping is most stressful part of holiday season

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Forget hectic travel, unpredictable weather or awkward conversations with the in-laws. According to a new report from CompareCards.com, nothing stresses Americans out during the holiday season …