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Christine Bilger

A U of M student and Quicken Loans fanatic, Chrissy has spent the better part of her college career shouting herself hoarse while cheering on the Wolverines at the Big House. Her secret ambition is to be adopted by the Kardashians. When she’s not writing about personal finance or dreaming up plans for her future lottery winnings, she enjoys forcing her toddler to do cute-but-embarrassing stuff for family photos.
A Guide to Flying with Young Children - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

A Guide to Flying with Young Children

This past week, we miraculously escaped the polar vortex by spending the week in Orlando. Since Orlando is a twenty-some hour car ride from metro Detroit, we decided to fly. It was my 2-year-old son’s very first plane ride, and I have to admit, I was more than a little nervous about taking him on a plane – especially since my fiancé wasn’t able to come with us. But I survived the airport (and airport security) with a 2-year-old, and you can too! If you’re lucky enough to fly away from the winter cold, here’s what you should know about flying with a young child.

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Unique Home Style: Barbie Dreamhouse - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Unique Home Style: Barbie Dreamhouse

Chances are, you can’t afford full-scale versions of all of Barbie’s possessions (the convertible, the yacht, the wardrobe), but there are tons of other ways you can transform your home to get a taste of the Barbie Dreamhouse life. If your unique home style is “Barbie Dreamhouse,” then here are some unique and glitzy items that can help you achieve the look.

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Teaching Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food

While we can’t always control what our kids eat, we do have the power to influence their relationships with food. Teaching kids to think about food the right way can help instill lifelong healthy practices that’ll have a big impact well into adulthood – so here are the best tips for doing just that.

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Five Potty Training Tips and Tricks - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Five Potty Training Tips and Tricks

Just a few months away from turning the big number three, my son is doing a spectacular job. We started potty training less than two weeks ago, and I think he’s pretty much got things figured out. But getting it all started wasn’t easy. Here’s what I did, and here are my best tricks to help you potty train your little one.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Senior Citizens - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Last-Minute Gifts for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens can be pretty hard to shop for. Every year, my grandma gets mad at me for getting her gifts because she “doesn’t need anything.” But I don’t get people gifts because I think they need something, I give gifts because I want them to know that I care. So what do you get the older man or woman in your life who claims to have everything? Well, if you’ve left the toughest bit of shopping until the very last minute, here are a few ideas.

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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Gift Ideas - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Gift Ideas

Pantone made the announcement just in time for Christmas, which means you can get on-trend, orchid-colored gifts for all the trendsetters in your life. Ready to start shopping? Here are my favorite gift ideas, all radiating magical warmth, joy, love and health with a lovely shade of Radiant Orchid.

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Christmas Light Safety Tips - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Christmas Light Safety Tips

If you’re a regular Zing reader, you probably already know about all the holiday dangers to be found on the inside of your house. But there’s another area you should be concerned about: your outdoor holiday lights display. Icy weather and electrical problems can make setting up and maintaining your fancy display downright dangerous. If you’ll be putting up lights this holiday season, follow these tips to spread Christmas cheer in the safest way possible.

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Toilet Train Your Cat to Get Rid of Litter Box Odor (No, Really!) - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Toilet Train Your Cat to Get Rid of Litter Box Odor (No, Really!)

Are you sick of that litter box smell in your home? Do you love your cat, but hate scooping litter? Did you know that potty training your kitty is an option? Read this post to banish litter boxes from your home – forever.

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Space Heater Tips to Keep Your Home Extra Toasty - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Space Heater Tips to Keep Your Home Extra Toasty

When your home is freezing and you’re starting to fear frostbite, what options do you have? Space heaters, my friend; they’re a warm and wonderful thing. Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for your new space heater.

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Moving with Toddlers and Preschoolers: Help Them Cope with Big Changes - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Moving with Toddlers and Preschoolers: Help Them Cope with Big Changes

If you’ve got a move coming up, it’s important to make sure your preschooler is prepared. Whether you’re moving ten miles down the road or halfway across the country, here are some things you can do to ease your child’s transition to your new home.

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