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Make Vaccinations Part of Your Back to School Routine

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

It happens every year. It doesn’t seem like summer will ever end, and before you know it, you are scrambling to prepare the kids to go back to school. While picking out backpacks and lunch boxes is fun, don’t forget to make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.Many of us are focused on what might be your child’s highest priority, a sports physical. But it is also a great time for a routine annual physical and to make sure their vaccines are up to date. You should check with your local school district to see what vaccinations are required. You should also talk with your doctor/pediatrician to discuss your concerns and the importance of being vaccinated. Immunizations save lives. You never know when you or your child will come into contact with someone with a disease. By being vaccinated,...

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10 Great Health and Fitness Apps to Make Your Life Easier

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Healthy Living in the Palm of Your HandWe all know that living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. From what we eat to how much we sleep, it seems like we’re constantly making hard choices. “Should I go for a run?” “Should I go to sleep early?” “How many packages of Oreos should I eat?” These are weighty questions. But making healthy choices doesn’t have to be difficult—or expensive! To make life a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 health and fitness apps to help you live a healthier and more active lifestyle. And the best part? They’re almost all completely free! So take a look, and get started enjoying a healthier, happier you! FitStar Personal Trainer – Going to the gym is tough. We get it. You might not even be sure where to start. Created...

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Ways to Cope With Empty Nest Syndrome

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Many of us with older teenagers would agree that the time we spend going to school functions, sporting events, and extracurricular activities is substantial. It may feel like you never have enough time to do everything that needs to be done and enjoy fun things in life. Sure, it’s a big commitment, but those days will pass quickly, and you may start longing for the day your son or daughter was a teenager or younger.As kids become responsible adults (we hope), the extracurricular activities and sporting events are replaced with work schedules, college classes, and new friends. This makes it possible for parents to have a little more free time. Whether your fantasy is to have a peaceful moment with a good book, go to a movie without a debate on what to see, or simply relax in silence,...

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Music Makes You Smarter

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Music is an international language used every day all over the world. Music has become a vital part in everyday life, whether it is used for entertainment, therapy, career, or religion. The evolution and study of music has also become more prominent in today’s society. I have two sons, both involved in music. My oldest son, a senior at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, is majoring in music education. He would first like to be a high school band director, then continue on for his master’s and doctorate degrees. He currently plays 14 instruments. My youngest son, a junior in high school, is part of the saxophone section in band. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar and competes yearly in Battle of the Bands. There is so much more to music than people can imagine. So many people...

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A Cloud of Confusion

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

How safe is “vaping,” really?You’ve seen them around—you might even use one. We’re talking about electronic cigarettes, of course. E-cigarettes, or vaporizers, were popularized several years ago as a tobacco-free source of nicotine for smokers. Unlike regular cigarettes, vaporizers don’t burn, eliminating much of the danger caused by traditional smoking. They often look like the real thing and can deliver a similar experience to smoking, affectionately referred to as “vaping.” The term “vaping” comes from the vapor that’s produced by the device, similar to a fog machine at a rock concert. There are three main types of vaporizers, each with varying levels of nicotine and vaping control. Some even offer vapors with no nicotine at all. If you’re like most people, you want to know one thing—is it safe? With 480,000 deaths each year caused by tobacco smoke, experts...

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Organizing Your Treasured Memories Through Scrapbooking

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is not much being said if they are stored in a box somewhere. Learning to scrapbook is easy and a great way to display all those photos from special moments in your life. You’ll also create a treasured keepsake of memories for generations to come.If you’re new to scrapbooking, here are some easy tips to get started:1. SET UP A WORKPLACE AREA – Find an area in your house that can be dedicated to scrapbooking. You could set it up on the dining room table, but you would have to continuously put it away so you could serve dinner. Find a place that allows you to leave your materials readily accessible and organized.2. SELECT PHOTOS – Take time to organize your photos before you begin to scrapbook. It...

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