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The Vionic Woman

by on 05/23/2017 - 01:05 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Emily McCullough, Lucky Shoes
Who is the Vionic woman?
Vionic Shoes has taken the lifestyles of women in our society and built a brand around them that can be worn by anyone. The company’s creations (based on the health of a foot) have been translated into works of limitless innovation, with styles ranging from sandals to athletics to boots. Because this brand caters to every aspect of life, any woman can become a Vionic woman.
Calypso is an espadrille wedge that can be utilized as a terrific work shoe, or even a weekend shoe for springtime. Women who wear this shoe can wear it casually or dressy, giving it versatility and multiple uses.

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How to plan your pet’s vacation getaway

by on 05/10/2017 - 04:50 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Sandra Jenkins, Dog Gone Crazy
To many of us, our pets are just like our children. Many pet owners worry about their beloved babies while they’re on vacation, often leaving them in the care of a trusted family member or friend who knows they will care for them as if they were their own.
Extended vacations and trips over the summer season keep everyone busy and away from their homes and responsibilities. When it comes to your pet, you shouldn’t have to worry about them receiving excellent care while you’re away.
Located on a sprawling six-and-a-half acre property, Dog Gone Crazy offers a luxurious vacation getaway for your furry friends. Ou ...

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Money Matters: Out of control

by on 04/20/2017 - 04:27 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
Don’t worry about the things you can’t control and concentrate on the things you can. With the markets reaching all-time highs, many people are wondering how long it might be before they retreat, how far they might decline, and how long they might be down. They are wondering what might cause the markets to decline. These are unknown variables and the unknown always causes concern.
You would be better off to concentrate on the things you can control. You can control many aspects of your life that can mitigate and manage the effects of these unknowns. If you are working, you can control the amount of money you are contributin ...

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Structured summer play at the Church ...

by on 04/17/2017 - 04:11 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Sam Weisend, The Church at Stony Hill
School’s almost out, but kids still need to keep their skills sharp. Signing your kids up for summer sports leagues and summer camps can keep them in the game from the end of one school year to the start of the next.  
Structured play provides children with an opportunity to hone their skills and have fun. Structured play is any fun, goal-oriented activity that enhances either physical or mental development. Unlike free play, structured play is moderated. Teachers, coaches and camp counselors guide activities and then ask, “What did you learn?”
Structured play encourages children to set goals, reflect, ...

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Staying active and engaged after reti...

by on 04/17/2017 - 03:43 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Jeff Risner, Renaissance of Richfield/Bath
On the road to retirement, day in and day out, we eagerly inch closer to our reward for our life’s work. We dream of retirement as a time to relax or reinvent ourselves. When we get there, and the day comes when we can finally chuck that early morning alarm clock, reality sets in.
Now what?
The road ahead may look empty, particularly as we continue to live longer lives well past the age of retirement. We should forge ahead, and remember retirement is our time to rediscover our mind, body and spirit.
We’ve all heard it’s not the destination; it’s the journey. So let’s be there for i ...

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Aging into Medicare

by on 04/13/2017 - 03:53 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
Trying to understand insurance coverage can be a lot like a visit to the dentist. Painful.
One of the biggest things I do is help clients navigate the complex waters of the insurance industry, particularly Medicare, and take the pain out of the process.
Open enrollment for Medicare is over, but I meet with people all year long to help them understand their coverage options. I can show you the moving parts and pieces of your Medicare plan and how to manage some of the costs. 
People just turning 65 are often overwhelmed by the idea of Medicare and don’t know where to begin. New 65s have a seven-month e ...

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Investors beware

by on 03/28/2017 - 02:18 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
On Friday, February 3, a new rule set to take effect on April 1 was suspended by President Trump. That rule would have made it mandatory that securities and insurance salesmen put the interests of investors first when recommending products and giving “advice.” 
The rule, known as the Fiduciary Rule, would have forced salesmen to provide advice and utilize investment and insurance products that are “best” for clients and maybe not so profitable for the salesmen and their firms. The salesmen lobbied the new administration with the argument that they couldn’t make as much money if they had to put the int ...

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The ultimate gift of love

by on 03/24/2017 - 03:41 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
I remember the day they wheeled my husband, Rick, back to the operating room. After suffering a heart attack, we rushed him to the hospital where they prepped him for surgery. He was just 49.
The last words he said to me before they took him back were, “Do you know where the life insurance policies are?” His concern was not for himself but for me and our children, and he felt good that as a provider in our family that he’d taken care of us.
Rick is now recovered and back at home, a gift for which we are thankful each and every day.
I regularly hear stories about people who are unprepared for th ...

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The power of zero

by on 02/17/2017 - 11:17 am
Category: Smart Living

By Terry May, The May Group
Zero can be a powerful number, especially when it comes to creating wealth. In fact, zero is so powerful it can completely transform your retirement. Getting to a zero percent tax bracket when you retire means you’re paying the least amount of tax on your investments—and keeping more of your money.
At The May Group, we talk about three kinds of money: taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free.
When asked, everyone wants their money to be tax-free, but what they’re doing instead is investing in vehicles that are fully taxable. We know that taxes are going to go up. So while your money will never be worth more to you than i ...

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How will your family live without you?

by on 02/17/2017 - 12:02 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
Unless you’ve experienced personal loss, I know the chances of you taking the time to seriously think about life insurance are slim. And if you’re younger, you probably think the world is still your oyster—and that you’ve got plenty of time left to live.
But during a free review with me, I’m going to ask you about your hopes for the future, your family and your business if you have one. I’m going to expose your risks and ask you to focus on them right now, instead of when a crisis strikes. Asking a person to get in touch with his or her own mortality is difficult, but during our talk I&rsq ...

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