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How to show your Northeast Ohio schoo...

by on 07/14/2017 - 10:54 am
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Sue Walick, Strongsville Spirit Shop
Proudly displaying your school’s colors and logo is a fun and easy way for students—and their parents—to build excitement, create fond memories and bond with classmates throughout the year. You can show your school spirit by sporting attractive school apparel, like sweats, tee shirts, hoodies, caps and letterman jackets.
When you shop for your school apparel and gift items, be sure to select quality merchandise from a reliable and reputable vendor. Personalized clothing and novelty items make fun gifts, but be sure embroidery and printing is meticulously crafted so that your items will look new, vibrant and display y ...

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Systems achieve goals

by on 06/22/2017 - 03:16 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
We’ve all been told that it’s important to have goals in life. Whether it’s a continuation of your lifestyle in retirement, starting a new business or running a marathon, it is important to have a vision of the future achievement of your goals.  
Picture yourself living the lifestyle you desire in retirement, crossing that finish line of a marathon or running a successful business. It’s also critical to have a system in place designed to achieve the goal. No one would contemplate running a marathon without having a training program in place that included a history of success in getting runners over the fini ...

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Working it out

by on 06/22/2017 - 03:00 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Emily McCullough, Lucky Shoes
Are you working on getting toned and fit for that beach vacation this summer? Lucky Shoes has the perfect options for you to “work it out” and get fit. With an array of running, stability and cross-trainers in stock, you are sure to find an athletic shoe that will help you meet your goals.
The Hoka Hupana features the cushion feel that Hoka is known for but also includes durability through the midsole and outsole. Not only is this a perfect workout and running shoe, but its breathability and lightweight aspects make it an all-day shoe as well. This unique shoe can be worn to the gym, around town and even for a run on the trail.

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The "what ifs" of Affordable Care

by on 06/22/2017 - 12:13 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
What happens to the people who either didn’t enroll in Affordable Care, hate the coverage they have, or have stopped paying their premium? Surprisingly, there are some options. 
1) What if you missed the open enrollment period?
Right now you’re likely without health coverage and may be faced with a tax penalty. You could qualify for special enrollment. If you don’t, we can create a patchwork of coverage to get you through the remainder of the year. You aren’t absolved from the possibility of an accident, illness or injury, so my goal is to get you some kind of protection. 
2) What if y ...

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Preventative joint support

by on 06/21/2017 - 11:18 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
As I took my car in for an oil change the other day, I found myself thinking about preventive maintenance. After all, the whole reason I take the car in for regular oil changes is to extend the life of the engine and reduce my chances of seeing the dreaded check engine light. In many ways, our bodies are much the same. 
While I think most of us would agree there’s great value in preventive health, there are some areas where it seems we often wait for the “check engine light,” or uncomfortable symptoms to appear. One of the most common areas of procrastination is joint health. Too often, people who enjoy ...

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Get "foot loose" at Lucky Shoes

by on 06/19/2017 - 02:15 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Emily McCullough, Lucky Shoes
Lucky Shoes wants you to kick up your heels with a shoe collection that you can dance in all night. These trend-ready heels showcase some of the hottest styles happening this season. 
The Tamaris Fee is a youthful take on a classic pump, with a unique metallic feature and white sole. You can head straight from the office to an evening on the town and dance the night away. The white sole offers a distinctive look and will lend some pizazz to your collection of heels. 

The Dansko Dawson fits in with the chunky heel trend of the moment. This brand is not only known for its stylish clogs in the workplace, but also its leisur ...

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How will you fund your death?

by on 06/16/2017 - 11:19 am
Category: Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
As of this writing, there are 544,051 sites on with the word “funeral” in them. That’s a startling number of people in need of help with expenses.
People died unexpectedly and they may not have been prepared. Now their loved ones are scrambling to find a way to pay for things like medical bills and burial expenses. Nobody thinks they’re going to die, but everyone does.
Life insurance really amounts to pennies on the dollar for protection, and most people are surprised by how affordable it really is.For example, a policy for a 30-year-old potentially costing $20 per month for $250,0 ...

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How to save money on cooling your home

by on 06/15/2017 - 11:20 am
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mark Staron, S&S Heating, Cooling and Sheet Metal
In Northeast Ohio, we have the luxury of enjoying all four seasons. But those four seasons brings blistering cold and sweltering heat. In the warm summer months, it’s important for you to feel comfortable in your home without breaking the bank.
Here are some tips to get the most of out of your indoor comfort system without having to spend a fortune, now and in the long run:
1. Replace old air conditioning units with newer, more resourceful models. If you’ve been lacking on maintaining you old, current unit, it’s time to consider investing in a newer, more eco-friendly model. A replacement mo ...

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What are the benefits of Kindermusik ...

by on 06/15/2017 - 10:56 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Lauren Haas Amanfoh, Royalton Music Center
Using music as a vehicle for learning is not a new concept. For centuries, music has been used to tell stories, teach lessons, evoke emotions, bring people together and simply to entertain.
Kindermusik is an international program geared toward children ages zero to six years old and offers so much more than just an introduction to music. Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for young children and is based on extensive research, proving the many benefits of early exposure to music.  
Through music-based activities like singing, dancing, instrument playing and storytelling, Kindermusik hon ...

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Don’t let your emotions derail your d...

by on 06/14/2017 - 02:22 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
The 2017 DALBAR study of investor behavior has been released and it compares the returns of the average investor with the average returns of the investment markets.
And guess what—the average investor isn’t doing so well.
He or she has averaged a 3.6 percent return over the last 10 years in stock funds as compared to the S&P 500 Index, which averaged 6.95 percent over the same period. The average investor’s total portfolio, including non-stock funds (primarily bonds and cash), earned only 1.79 percent over the 10 years.
There are several reasons why average investors are underperforming. They hav ...

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