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    Four Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season Affordably

    (StatePoint) The holidays can be an expensive time for decorating, entertaining and shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to save this holiday season, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time stressing over expenses.

  • Family Living

    Demand is High for More Afterschool Programs

    (StatePoint) There is a significant gap between demand and supply of afterschool programs, according to the 2014 edition of “America After 3PM,” a survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

  • Family Living

    Get Crafty This Halloween

    (Family Features) Craft, cook or scare up some truly creative treats and decorations this Halloween. New glow-in-the-dark paints and trendy glow sticks have made setting a scary mood simple. So, get started creating the right look for your home - inside and out.     

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Wednesday 07/23/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: March 04, 2014 - 11:46 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
First Above-The-Elbow Amputee To Return To Active Duty Swims, Cycles To Medals
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student Population
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 4:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.

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Supporting The Army
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a soldier, Army veteran or proud Army supporter, you can now be part of the future home to Army history. You can inscribe a personal message on a brick that will be permanently laid in the outdoor pathways and plazas of the future National Museum of the United States Army.

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Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
3 Pescadores Rescatados en el Mar gracias a Dispositivo GPS
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:12 pm

(NewsUSA) - El uso efectivo del dispositivo GPS VehSmart probablemente salvó a tres pescadores de Ecuador cuando su bote fue atacado por ladrones. Los pescadores navegaban en su pequeño bote, el Luis Miguel, al suroeste de la penísula de Santa Elena cuando fueron alcanzados por atracadores que les robaron sus pertenencias y el motor del bote y luego los encerraron en un compartimiento de almacén, según la Armada Ecuatoriana (DIRNEA).

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How You Can Help Improve Your Community’s Spaces
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:12 pm

(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community? 

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Friday 09/26/2014
3 Fishermen Rescued at Sea Thanks to GPS Device
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 4:42 am

(NewsUSA) - The effective use of the VehSmart GPS device likely saved a trio of fishermen from Ecuador after their boat was attacked by robbers. The fishermen were sailing their small boat, Luis Miguel, southwest of the Santa Elena peninsula, when they were overtaken by robbers who stole their personal belongings and the boat's motor before locking them in a storage compartment, according to the Ecuadorean Navy (DIRNEA).

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Program Helps Kids Prepare For 21st Century Careers
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—Recently, a program that helps put young people on a path to careers in science put one young man on a path that led to the White House.

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Doing Good With Wood
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you watch a home improvement show on TV and think “I can do that,” consider this: Through the Do Good With Wood Award program, you may earn national recognition for your creativity with wood combined with your community spirit.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Four Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season Affordably
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) The holidays can be an expensive time for decorating, entertaining and shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to save this holiday season, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time stressing over expenses.

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Demand is High for More Afterschool Programs
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) There is a significant gap between demand and supply of afterschool programs, according to the 2014 edition of “America After 3PM,” a survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

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Monday 10/20/2014
Get Crafty This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Craft, cook or scare up some truly creative treats and decorations this Halloween. New glow-in-the-dark paints and trendy glow sticks have made setting a scary mood simple. So, get started creating the right look for your home - inside and out.     

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Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

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Driving in the Dark
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Although a lack of confidence while driving at night is most commonly associated with older drivers, new survey results reveal that drivers as young as 40 feel uncomfortable driving in dark, nighttime conditions. This time of year, when darkness falls earlier, means more low-light driving time for drivers of all ages, so it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this discomfort, including one surprising culprit — your nutritional intake.

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Keeping Little Teeth Healthy This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year filled with costumes, parties and sweet treats. But, sometimes parents worry that all those sugary treats can lead to cavities and poor dental health. The good news: It's not what children eat, but how often, and candy can be OK if children and parents are conscientious.

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3D Printing 101
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

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Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

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A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Hospice teams make more moments of life possible
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Therapy ‘test drive’ could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they commit to more advanced, long-term treatments that might work for them, but also include a medical procedure?

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Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more than a quarter of families will talk about medical and health issues of the seniors in the family, and 12 percent will discuss housing, according to a survey by A Place for Mom, North America’s largest senior living referral service.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), years of proper nutrition may protect vision in the long term.

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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Keep the holidays joyful by addressing hearing loss before the big celebration
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It’s when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around and playing games, and conversations happening in every room of the house where family members are catching up on what was missed since the last reunion.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Four simple home remedies for joint pain
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.

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Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect your skin, but some simple changes to your beauty routine can help combat the impact aging has on your body and skin.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

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6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Tempting and healthy holiday treats
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a fun and festive time. It’s also a time when many people take a timeout from their daily routine to enjoy those tempting treats at family gatherings and office parties. This holiday season, end the year on a high and healthy note with the help of registered dietitian, Lyssie Lakatos.

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Monday 10/20/2014
Get Crafty This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Craft, cook or scare up some truly creative treats and decorations this Halloween. New glow-in-the-dark paints and trendy glow sticks have made setting a scary mood simple. So, get started creating the right look for your home - inside and out.     

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Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

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Driving in the Dark
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Although a lack of confidence while driving at night is most commonly associated with older drivers, new survey results reveal that drivers as young as 40 feel uncomfortable driving in dark, nighttime conditions. This time of year, when darkness falls earlier, means more low-light driving time for drivers of all ages, so it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this discomfort, including one surprising culprit — your nutritional intake.

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Keeping Little Teeth Healthy This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year filled with costumes, parties and sweet treats. But, sometimes parents worry that all those sugary treats can lead to cavities and poor dental health. The good news: It's not what children eat, but how often, and candy can be OK if children and parents are conscientious.

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3D Printing 101
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

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Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

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A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

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Creative Halloween Costume Ideas
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

(Family Features) Every Halloween, many people look forward to participating in "frightful" festivities, such as costume parties and contests, but often wait until the last minute to come up with a costume.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
More Action Needed To End Pet Homelessness
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.

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Monday 10/06/2014
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:13 pm

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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Friday 08/22/2014
The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems
Posted: August 22, 2014

(BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began his life in circumstances that most Americans would find horrifying, circumstances that will possibly cause him long-term health and psychological problems. He’s the product of a puppy mill.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.

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