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Non-Candy Valentines for Your Little Ones

I’ve compiled a great list of non-candy valentines that are inexpensive, easy to put together and yet still cool enough to stand out in the sea of Disney princesses and Nickelodeon stars. (Or, I guess, depending on the age of your kids, One Direction and Star Wars?) In fact, most of the ideas I’ve gathered can be assembled with items from the dollar store – super easy and perfect if you’re on a budget, like me.

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Science-Based Video Games to Educate All Ages - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Science-Based Video Games to Educate All Ages

Both kids and adults enjoy playing video games. But which ones are both entertaining and best at improving your child’s skills and knowledge? Let’s look at games that help develop science skills, for elementary kids to high schoolers and beyond.

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Seven Alternatives to Watching the Superbowl - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Seven Alternatives to Watching the Super Bowl

What if you aren’t into parties, football, commercials, adult beverages or any of the other things that make Super Bowl Sunday super? What are you going to do this Sunday? I’ve compiled a list of alternative activities you can partake in instead of getting sucked into a football game for 4–5 hours, and helpfully ranked them based on how similar they are to actually watching the game.

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Three Great Super Bowl Party Recipes - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Three Great Super Bowl Party Recipes

After four years’ worth of traditional “single-guy college Super Bowl parties” where my roommates and I would order a smorgasbord of buffalo wings, ribs, French fries, and onion rings, I’m ready to change things up. Rather than repeat with the same old snacks, why not cook for yourself? Luckily, I got “The Best Cookbook Ever” as a holiday gift. No really, that’s the title of the cookbook. Authors Eli and Max Sussman give some great recipes to change things up at your Super Bowl party this year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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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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How to Make Sure Your Kids Are Getting Enough Sleep - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How to Make Sure Your Kids Are Getting Enough Sleep

While bed times and routines vary greatly, few can deny the effect a good (or bad) night’s sleep can have on young minds. We take a look at t just how much sleep should your children should get every night and what are signs they’re in need of more.

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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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Study Points to Art Museums Helping Kids Build Character - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Study Points to Art Museums Helping Kids Build Character

Schools might start to reconsider reducing or eliminating their creative programs as more and more studies are released with the premise that a strong presence of art during adolescence instills more positive values than just creativity. This study says that bringing kids on field trips to cultural institutions like art museums helps them build essential life skills and character traits, such as critical-thinking skills, increased historical empathy, higher levels of tolerance, and a greater taste for art and culture.

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The Right Numbers in a Resume

The importance of numbers on your resume cannot be stressed enough. For instance, if you’re going to mention you lowered the number of customer service calls made to your organization on your resume, include by how much. What was the percentage? Or how many fewer calls were coming in each day? And saying you increased revenue is a no-brainer, but potential employers want data to back up those claims, and that means numbers.

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