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For first-time parents or even families with multiple children, the decision to place your little bundle of joy in someone else’s care be a difficult one. However, the benefits of day care can be significant, especially for children who start a program as infants.

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Are you taking advantage of all your veterans’ benefits? The Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched a program to bring awareness of the benefits that elderly veterans might be missing. Per the VA’s notice, only 189,800 wartime veterans and 139,800 surviving spouses are using all th…

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Help Albuquerque become the kindest city by sharing acts of kindness with the Spark Kindness App. Presented by the Jennifer Riordan Foundation, the app’s focus is to allow for easy sharing of acts of kindness and bring them together for the world to see. It can be an act of kindness that you…

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Mom and Dad have a surprise for Scooter and Danny — a balloon ride for them and their three best friends. Their adventure is a little scary to start, but in the end it’s a whole lot of fun! Join the group of friends as they climb into the gondola for the first time, and take an incredible fl…

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Have you ever listened to a podcast? A podcast is a digital audio or video file that you can access from the internet. They’re often in a series that you can tune into one at a time, almost like radio on demand. They’re usually associated with a website where you can find out what’s availabl…

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Weekends are made for families, and fall is all about the changing color palette of the great outdoors. Put them together, and you have the potential for awesome adventures in your neighborhood and beyond. When you get home, keep the memory alive with these two hands-on activities using foun…

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The pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways. As a result of all the upheaval, many people are reassessing their priorities and thinking about early retirement. According to Pew Research, 28 million baby boomers retired in 2020 and a recent study found 39% plan to retire by 65, while …

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The transition to campus life can often feel abrupt. Beyond adjusting to the rigors of a college curriculum, students must quickly develop the self-management skills needed to thrive on their own. One such skill that should be prioritized is staying on track with prescribed medications.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a list of three presumptive conditions related to particulate matter exposure. Specifically, it will now cover asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis, but only if you served in a covered area and had one of those conditions within 10 years of leaving th…

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If your young kids and grandkids like blowing bubbles, they’ll love this activity. When the colored bubbles dry on construction paper, they will become the eye-catching background for one-of-a-kind artwork.

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Parents look forward to it, but kids might not — the time when families everywhere start thinking about going back to school. As savvy parents know, starting early can mean a less stressful transition.

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Honey has amazing properties, and one of them is its antiseptic powers. You can even use it on pimples. Just a tiny dab will help keep bacteria responsible for breakouts from taking over.

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Do you suspect, or know, that somebody has been stealing from you? Maybe it’s items from your home? Or maybe it’s your money? Or perhaps you’re being pressured by someone to keep giving them cash. If so, you are not alone. It’s called elder abuse.

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What does paying for college during life’s “new normal” and current economic climate look like? The College Ave Student Loans survey of parents of undergraduate students conducted by Barnes & Noble College Insights found that of those planning to help their child pay for college, 52% sai…

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Like most people, I enjoy walking on the beach. I love the feel of sand under my feet. And then I feel inspired, thinking of the ways sand can be used in decor and crafts. Here’s a popular sand craft kids enjoy. Adults melt the wax and the kids create the molds and add decorations.

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Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.

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If you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, to the extent that you know you need a different career, the Department of Veterans Affairs might be able to help. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program is in place and accepting applications for education and training from veterans who …

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Y’all come on out to the Wildlife West Nature Park (87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood) for a Cowboy Chuckwagon BBQ followed by live western swing music. Saturdays, July 17, August 7 and 28, and September 4. Hayrides at 6 p.m., raptor free-flight presentation by world-renowned falconer at 6 p.m., …

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Fourteen months after planning to open for business — but delayed due to COVID-19 — the Westside’s newest indoor playground, Jungle Jam, is finally filled with kids. Jungle Jam is family owned and operated by husband and wife team J.D. and Rania Lopez and features a three-story play structur…

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It’s time to pick the berries! Blackberries will be ready for U-Pick at Heidi’s Raspberry Farm in July, followed by raspberries until October. U-Pick is a special time of year when you can pick your own berries, right on the farm, with sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains in the background…

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Whether rediscovering the joy of riding a bike or taking a ride for the first time, cycling saw a boom during the pandemic, and many believe this trend is here to stay.

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If there is any mantra we need to repeat this summer it’s this one: drink more liquids.

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Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health care costs, the need for a long-term care solution becomes more of a “when” than an “if” situation, according to financial experts, who warn that Americans are largely waiting too long to prepare.

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Sometimes little ones get overwhelmed when confronted with a big job — like picking up a messy room. It may seem easy enough to adults, but to them, well, where do they begin? It’s easier when the tasks are broken up into chunks, and that’s what this activity is all about. Get a job done, bu…

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What do budgeting monthly expenses, being a sports fan and following a recipe have in common? All these activities employ math. Unfortunately, it is common for students to struggle with math classes because they don’t see how the subject will matter in their everyday lives.

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A recent Department of Veterans Affairs press release about a study of homelessness among veterans said it found “issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless.” Those types of financial strain, it said, are debt, unemployment, lower income and financi…

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What did we really accomplish this past year? We’ve had time, certainly, with all these lockdown days, weeks and months, to do any number of things.

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When sprucing up your home, think twice before tossing out a tired-looking, plain-white lampshade. You and your school-age kids can brighten it up and give it new life with the miracle of acrylic paint and decorative trim or ribbon.

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Pre-pandemic, Take Your Child to Work Day was an opportunity for children to peek behind the mysterious veil of “work” — to see what their parents do all day and begin to dream about the careers they might like to pursue.

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Nobody wants to think about it, but the need for life insurance is a fact of life. And now the cost of life insurance for veterans is dropping, opening the door for more of us to be able to afford it.

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Matriarchs are honored and revered in Pueblo culture, and this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, Indian Pueblo Kitchen (located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) will be presenting a “Mother’s Day Contemporary Indigenous Experience,” as a unique opportunity to celebrate mom. The one-of-a-…

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A few months ago, I got the idea to send greeting cards to some residents of a local nursing home who were locked down and not allowed to have visitors. It started small: a box of greeting cards and the first names of some of the residents, courtesy of the facility director. The idea has, to…

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When you think about gardening and preschoolers, a spindly bean sprout emerging from a half-pint cardboard milk carton might come to mind. But there’s another favorite my kids enjoyed. We called it a saucer garden. It uses kitchen-scrap throwaways from vegetables such as carrots and beets, a…

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Children are never too young to learn the importance of sustainability or begin adopting eco-friendly habits. Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a great time to get started, and experts say it all starts with playtime.

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For many seniors, retirement plans can change instantly when it becomes apparent that they’ll need to raise their grandchildren. The reasons this can happen are many, and none of them good: parental drug use, arrest and incarceration, a dangerous military assignment, alcoholism and even deat…

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Make simple no-bake bird’s nest treats with your kids to celebrate spring. Drop peanut M&Ms or natural-looking candy eggs in each one. Or for Easter, substitute jelly beans, tucking the nests in Easter baskets or setting them at each table setting for Easter Sunday dinner. Either way, th…

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Children develop their identities right alongside their abilities to crawl, walk, talk and recognize letters. There’s also a common misconception that children are “colorblind.”

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Learn how adoptees can combine genealogy and DNA to identify their biological families. Even when both parents are unknown, it may be possible to determine who they are. This class will show you the specific DNA and family research tools and strategies genetic genealogists use to help adopte…

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You know it’s getting bad when local police chiefs go on the nightly news to warn against scams. That’s what is happening in my area, and possibly in yours. Scammers are going all out to steal your information, money and identity, and they’re using the COVID vaccine as their tool.

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What do you think of when you hear the word “table?” In your mind, do you see the large rectangular piece of furniture in your kitchen? Your fourth-grader might picture a multiplication chart, and your sixth-grader a list of contents at the beginning of a book.

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If your child is an effective communicator and a natural born leader, they may have what it takes to be an amazing teacher. However, a love of learning is fundamental to a career in education. Here are a few ways to cultivate a passion for learning and put this rewarding career path on your …

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for current information you need now or things that can come up over the years.

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Creating art can be emotionally healing and freeing. Who among us can’t use a little of that nowadays? Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner.

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Building a strong family is like building a house: We do it brick by brick, one day at a time. Here are some “bricks” that I try to focus on annually. I get inspired with these little reminders, as I adjust my thinking and goals for my family of five, and also for my extended family as it gr…

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During the cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat all kinds of symptoms. It is important to keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of reach.

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A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put out a timely warning about fire safety, especially for seniors. The main statistic is grim: We seniors make up about 16% of the population, but account for a whopping 77% of all clothing fires.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life,  and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus. But one activity that you should not put on hold is a child’s annual doctor visit.

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We’ve been in a stressful period for many long months, and now here come the holidays. It’s going to be different this year: fewer (or no) family get-togethers, no parties, little shopping at stores ... in other words, a potentially lonely time for many veterans who are sad or anxious or who…