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Recovering From Credit Card Theft

Need Help Recovering from Credit Card Theft?  Here are some practical steps All a person needs to open a credit card is a name and social security number. If someone uses yours, you may not be responsible for charges made on the card, but collection agencies may come knocking and your credit score is at risk. Take immediate action to mitigate any damage. Contact a credit bureau to report the fraud. Whether you contact Equifax, Experian or TransUnion, that agency will contact the other two. Ask to have a fraud alert placed on your account, which lasts for 90 days. Contact read more...

Creating Special Family Moments

Celebrate Family just in Time for the End of the School Year! With work obligations and demands to multi-task at every turn, sometimes we need a reminder to slow down and appreciate the people we’re with, especially as they're going through a transition over the summer. Investing quality time with family pays for itself with a lifetime of memories that extend far beyond those professional deadlines, graduations, and other events. Amp up that precious time together with these super-special ideas this summer. [caption id="attachment_13085" align="alignright" width="300"] Group of friends spending time making a picnic[/caption] Get outside: Combine fresh air and read more...

Waiting? Use Your Time Wisely!

Here's How to Use Your Time Wisely for Less Stress According to an article in Time magazine, you spend nearly 13 hours on hold with customer service during the year! But if you prepare ahead for the time you know you’ll be stuck in line, or waiting- that time doesn’t have to be wasted. Read a book or long-form articles you’ve saved on your phone with an app like Pocket or Feedly  Update your lists with your waiting time. Scribble down what you need at the grocery store, organize the weekend’s plans, or make a packing list for an upcoming read more...

How To Find The Best Mattress For Back Pain

Sleeping on the wrong mattress can be a real pain in the back. And suffering from back pain when you should be getting a good night’s sleep can leave you with residual physical problems and a lack of mental clarity. What does the perfect mattress look like? It keeps your spine aligned. Proper spine support at the neck and lower back is essential. Its firmness fits your body type and spine alignment. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all firmness for back pain, but if you’re not sure what’s best, look for something with medium firmness or a memory foam mattress. It’s relatively read more...

Downsizing into a smaller home has big advantages

Empty nesters feel the urge to downsize and it’s got great benefits! Once you both have the house all to yourselves, it’s a great time to rethink your home and your lifestyle.  Chances are you have more house than you really need.  Consider taking the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of downsizing. More freedom. Having less house to manage can mean less time dedicated to cleaning and maintenance. Smaller means less floor space to vacuum, less rooms to organize and less “stuff” to tidy. Many homeowners take the opportunity to make long wished-for lifestyle changes. You can do more things read more...

What to Consider When Moving to a New City

7 Areas to Research before Moving Anywhere By Kelsey Hawkins, North American Van Lines The average American will move about 11 times in their life. Whether near or far, moving can be hard. Moving is even harder if you’re in a new place without family or friends. Although it can be hard, moving can be a chance to start fresh. Like all big decisions, it is important to consider many things before moving. Cost of Living Cost of living is one of the most important factors to consider when moving. Cities draw residents with high paying jobs, cool restaurants, and read more...

5 Tips To Improve Spinal Health

Could New Shoes Help An Aching Back? Is your back aching? Here are some things you can do right now that can help improve your spinal health. You might even remedy some of the things you are doing that you don’t realize are hurting your back.   Wear the Right Shoes. Your feet have an important job - holding everything above them upright - and when your shoes don’t fit properly that can cause back pain (not to mention blisters!). Make sure your shoes have a snug heel and a supportive base. Consider adding shoe inserts if your favorite pair read more...

Helping Your Dog Adjust to a New Home

relocating with your dogAdvice from the Relocation experts at North American Van Lines Even when you’ve found the perfect home, moving can still be rough. It can be hard for your dog too. Like people, a move can cause a dog to have a lot of different feelings. Even though this can be a stressful time, this can be a smooth transition for both you and your furry friend. It takes preparation and consideration. Maintain a Sense of Normalcy It’s hard to explain all the changes in store to your furry friend. Because of this, it is important to try to keep your read more...

Secure Surfing On Public Wi-Fi

Colorado Springs averages about 6% of its adult workers working remotely.  That's a lot of us looking for wifi hotspots to get our work done throughout the day.  It also means that we're getting used to public wifi, and we start to forget the security risks. Here are some ways you can keep your information safer if you’re using public Wi-Fi.  The safest option is to turn your mobile phone into a hotspot. You can avoid using unknown public networks. Switch on the “personal hotspot” option in your phone’s settings. You’ve got a password-protected network for your use alone. (Note that this method uses your read more...

It’s not just about climate change, it’s about a better planet

Save Energy, Save The Planet Climate change. It's a hotly debated topic. No matter where you fall on that topic, we can all agree we need to steward our natural resources well. There are reports of how our overuse of certain things, like plastic straws and bags, are hurting the planet.  Here are some ways to save energy and brighten the world around us.  Stock the fridge. The average refrigerator uses roughly 9% of a home’s energy, and a full fridge uses less energy. (Overfull means it has to work harder to circulate air, though, so aim for reasonable.)  Keep the oven door closed. Don’t peek at that casserole! read more...