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Cooking With Kids: A Fun Guide

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There will come a time when the barriers fall down and you allow your kids to have free rein in the kitchen. Before then, however, the kitchen is a “hot zone.” Cabinets should be baby-proofed, sharp objects should be hidden away, and if the toddler wanders anywhere need the kitchen border; you need to scream, “Hot! Hot! Boo-Boo!” (At least that’s what works in my house.) But if you do a lot of cooking, then it is only natural for you to want your kid to learn to cook along with you.

Aside from playing with all the cool kitchen gadgets, they can also get a greater appreciation of where food comes from. This is the beginning of those important lessons of teaching your kid the value of things. Of course, cooking with kids is just plain fun. As you get ready to invite your little master chef into the kitchen, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

 

Kids In The Kitchen

When cooking with kids, there is no such thing as, "too many chefs!" Image Source: Flickr user: Jon Nicholls

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Written by Rick B.

September 2nd, 2015 at 10:35 pm

How To Cope With Empty Nest Syndrome

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Mom, Dad… you’ve done your job. The kids are finally off to college. You’ve helped them every step along the way. You got them ready for dorm life and shared with them some valuable college hacks. You taught them right from wrong and given them a strong moral compass. The rest is up to them. So now what? Well, you could be facing empty nest syndrome. This is where you wander into your teen’s room and start to cry because you miss them. Totally understandable, and we’ll allow that. However, you can’t let that empty nest define you. It’s time to get up and get focused. Here’s how you can deal with empty nest syndrome.

 

Moving Out

If only sending a kid to college was as easy as packing the truck. Image Source: Flickr user: kristin klein

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Written by Rick B.

August 27th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

14 Super Awesome College Hacks

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As your college-bound student heads off to a fresh semester, they will certainly be learning a lot of new things. It’s not just those expensive textbooks that will provide the education, but also adapting to dorm life and trying to fit in. Hopefully, the period of adjustment will be a quick one. As a way of helping make the transition from home life to college life a smooth one, iPoll is happy to share a bunch of super awesome college hacks. Like all other life hacks, these are workaround suggestions that can make things go a lot smoother and save some serious bucks. Share these with the college student in your life–and let the rapid round of hacks commence!

College Life

Surviving college 101: Make new friends that will last a lifetime. Image Source: flickr user: COD newsroom

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Written by Rick B.

August 26th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Get Your Kid Ready For Dorm Life

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This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting the last eighteen years to finally happen: your kid is going off to college. They’ll be getting that higher education diploma meant to set them up for a wonderful career. More importantly, they’ll also be living on their own for the first time. That’s a game changer. Of course, you’re not just packing them up and shipping them off. You still have a role to play, even if they are several miles (or states) away. No doubt, there will be plenty of Skype calls, texts, and FaceTime sessions coming your way. To help with the transition to a dorm, you might want to make sure they have a few essentials ready.

 

Dorm Room

Your kid's dorm room might only look this clean once. Image Source: flickr user: Daniel Borman

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Written by Rick B.

August 25th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Are You Covered? What’s In Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy?

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Once you buy a home, you really don’t own that home. As long as you are paying off a mortgage, the lending company actually holds the deed. It’s okay, though. You can still call yourself a homeowner. In fact, you’ll have to take out a homeowner’s policy as a condition of the mortgage agreement. As with your auto insurance policy, you want to cover the basics such as damage and liability. The same rules also apply as with “the higher the deductible, the lower the premium.” However, there are some things you think you might be covered for but aren’t. If you do have a homeowner’s policy, it might be time to give it a review and make sure you are indeed fully covered. Here’s what to look for:

Home Construction

Rebuilding after a hurricane. Let's hope it never happens to you! Image Source: flickr user: George Pankewytch

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Written by Rick B.

August 20th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

World Records And Bizarre Collections

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When it comes to collections, there is no telling what some folks will become obsessed with. Yes, obsessed is the right word to use. It’s one thing if you get into collecting as a fun hobby or as a way to make some money. However, when you have to buy a bigger house just because of your collection or if the folks from Guinness World Records come knocking, then you’ve entered into a whole new category of collecting. Most of these collectors would never think of parting with objects from their collection. It just keeps growing and growing. Here then are some world record and truly bizarre collections. Are they valuable? You be the judge:

 

Odd Shapes

Could there be a unique Cheeto in this bag? Dive in! Image Source: flickr user: frankieleon

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Written by Rick B.

August 14th, 2015 at 10:17 pm

How To Turn Your Collectible Collecting Into Cold Hard Cash

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Now that you have a general idea of what defines a collectible, you’ll want to learn what it takes to convert that “vintage something” into cold hard cash. Your first thought might be to set up an eBay store. This can become your home base for selling your collectibles–but it’s not just about putting something up there and hoping it will zoom to the highest bidder. Often an item might not attract attention from the right bidder, unless you go a little further. This is why you need to go beyond eBay, and become a power collectible seller and buyer. Yes, you’ll be buying more collectibles, too! Here’s what you need to know for turning this hobby into a serious business.

Collection

Could this collection bring in big bucks? Image Source: flickr user: dee

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Written by Rick B.

August 12th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Collecting UPC Codes Can Lead To Big Cash Rewards

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It all started with a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit. The day was June 26. The year was 1974. The place was the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The shopper was Clyde Dawson, who brought his cart of groceries to cashier Sharon Buchanan. Sharon scanned the gum, and it rang up as 67 cents. Why is this so remarkable? It’s that word “scanned.” Yes, that pack of gum became the first grocery item to have its UPC code officially scanned.1  UPC stands for Universal Product Code, and they’ve been around for decades. In fact, there are generations of kids today who haven’t lived without UPC or bar codes on everything. It’s how the cash registers know how much something costs. It’s how the store keeps track of inventory. It’s also how you can earn some big cash rewards with iPoll.

 

Pickles

Yes, pickles can be a new product, too. Start scanning! Image Source: flickr user: USDA

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  1. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/May-June-08/On-this-Day–First-Universal-Product-Barcode-Scanned.html

Written by Rick B.

August 10th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Pros and Cons of Listing Your Property On AirBnB

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It’s a fairly simply concept. Folks who are traveling on a budget want to avoid the costs of hotels. You have a home (or room in that home) that can welcome guests. Travelers pay you money. They don’t stick around forever. According to their mission statement, AirBnB provides “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.”book your space will pay through AirBnB. They skim off a service fee and then pay the host once the trip is concluded.

Everything is copacetic, right? For the most part, it is, but if you intend on putting your home up for availability on a site like AirBnB, you need to be aware of the pros and cons. Where could you find such valuable information? Keep reading!

 

Vacation House

If this is your beach house, you could fetch a great price on AirBnB. Image Source: flickr user: Banzai Hiroaki

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  1. https://www.airbnb.com/

Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Personal Finances Update: Are You Being Smart With Your Money?

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We’ve been writing for quite a while about tips to help you save money. There have been discussions on everything from using a household budget to buying a slab of beef to save on food bills. I thought it would be nice to check in and see how you’re doing with your personal finances. That can only mean one thing: Pop quiz! Sadly, this is not the kind of iPoll quiz where you get entered into a sweepstakes drawing. Instead, it’s just a little “gut check” about how you spend. Ready? Set? Answer!

  • Do you put off paying bills in favor of spending money on an impulse purchase?
  • Do you buy things for your family out of guilt even if you don’t have the money to pay for them?
  • Do you buy expensive name-brand products because they make you “feel” better?
  • Do you use credit cards to pay other bills and thereby rack up finance charges?
  • Do you avoid budgeting of any kind?
Money

That twenty-dollar bill looks lonely. Don't you want to give him friends? Image Source: flickr user: Daniel Borman

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Written by Rick B.

August 4th, 2015 at 6:20 pm