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All About Kale

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October 07, 2015 by Jenn R.
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kale and smoothieIt’s leafy and green, but sometimes purple. Some may call it wild when compared to other domesticated forms. It’s super but it doesn’t wear a cape. What am I talking about? Kale, of course! You’ve probably heard your friends adding kale to their smoothies, making kale chips, and when you ask why, it’s usually the same response “it’s a superfood!” But what makes kale the #1 superfood? In honor of #NationalKaleDay, here are 4 reasons you should DEFINITELY incorporate kale into your diet:

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7 Steps to Take Your Budget on Vacation, and STILL HAVE FUN!

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October 05, 2015 by Guest
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suitcases lawnchair and umbrellaOk, so no one wants to think about their budget when they’re on vacation! How fun would that be? But planning your vacation-spending ahead of time, can give you the freedom you want when you finally get away! Follow these tips to save beforehand, and enjoy your vacation without running out of funds in Timbuktu!

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Change is in the Air

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October 02, 2015 by Jenn R.
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trees starting to change colorAs I write this article around lunch time, I am eating a pepperoni pizza and yes, I also had a large slice of apple pie for dinner last night! Don’t judge. I’ve started out the month of October on the right foot. Yay-me! Yesterday I got home from work and immediately changed into my running gear before any excuses could get in the way. I felt great. It was an early, crisp autumn day.

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Pumpkin Everything isn't for Everyone!

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September 30, 2015 by Amanda N.
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woody and buzz light yearPumpkins are great, really, they are, but do we really need pumpkin everything? Lattes, muffins, kisses (the Hershey’s kind), casseroles, candles, lotions, cat litter… ok, that last one might not be true, but have you checked?  What happened to apples? Apple picking is big. Apple flavors need to take back some of the Fall market. That’s why I’ve put together a list of apple-themed recipes to help you get to Halloween without wanting to smash all things pumpkin!

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Emergency Vet Bills, There Is Help Available

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September 28, 2015 by Guest
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A sudden pet emergency can be a major family disaster when the budget is tight. Unfortunately, in spite of how many fingers you keep crossed and how careful you are, dogs and cats (and hamsters, fish, and all the rest) do get sick. A cancer diagnosis, sudden onset of diabetes or a run in with a car happens and you  feel like you’re facing a life or death decision. This is the situation we faced a few weeks ago when our youngest dog got sick, and other than worrying about her, all I saw were dollar signs. It was a terrible feeling. Thankfully for us, it was a false alarm. We just had to buy some inexpensive medication and she was back to her old bouncy self. But what happens when a visit to the veterinarian results in the outlook of expenses far larger than you can afford, to provide care for the furry member of the household? Fear not! There are things you can do, and places you can go to get help with meeting those unexpected veterinary expenses!

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