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1. "If you don't quit touching your brother I'll cut your fingers off and let the doctor sew them back on."

"My mom used to say stuff like this to get us kids to stop fighting with each other. It was always meant more funny than serious, but I don't think I would dare say this to my kids in public today." — Lizzie Vance, Seattle, Washington

2. "Put some beer in her bottle — it'll help her sleep."

"Not only did my grandmother used to say this but she actually did it to my mom. We have a picture of my mom with a beer-filled baby bottle when she was about 2. My grandma also gave her brandy when she was feeling sick, even as a toddler. Thankfully my mom did not carry on this advice to her kids." — Ellen Myers, Cincinnati, Ohio

3. "Don't

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How Colors Change the Perception of Interior Spaces, © ArchDaily

Humanity spends more and more time inside, whether at work or at home - with studies showing that we now spend 87% of our lives indoors. Pleasant environments positively influence the mood and well-being of its occupants, just as poorly lit, uncomfortable places can make lives miserable. That is why the craft of interior design is so important, even if it is often considered minor by some professionals. When designing an interior, the architect has the power to alter important variables, be it artificial lighting, natural light, proportions, or materials - with all such elements influencing the experience that occupants will have in a space.

© Katherine Lu. Casa Vida Dupla / Breathe Architecture

To provide the desired spatial experience,

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While there are virtual tours and streaming performances you can enjoy from the comfort of home, sometimes there’s no better relief than watching a cute animal at play. And aquariums and zoos are giving us that fix, by live-streaming their residents for the world to see.

While these facilities have temporarily closed their doors, they’re continuing to spread the happiness that animals can bring via cams. While these zoos and aquariums are setting up viewing sessions for our benefit, they’re also asking for donations to help give the animals the care that they need.

See below for the places where you can watch your favorite animals blissfully frolic, and be sure to show your support however you can.

Houston Zoo in

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  1.    What is your most memorable birthday?
  2.    What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
  3.    What is your favorite memory we share together?
  4.    What are three adjectives you’d want someone to use to describe you?
  5.    Do you believe in luck or chance?
  6.    What was the best thing that happened to you today? This week? This month?
  7.    What was your favorite thing you ate today?
  8.    What is the first thing you notice about a person?
  9.    What was the craziest thing you’ve ever done for a significant other?
  10. What is the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?
  11. What is something you like to do that other people consider weird?
  12. What decade would you have liked to have lived in and why?
  13. What is the best pizza topping
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If you’ve gotten the spring cleaning fever, put that newfound energy into good use with this ultimate eight step guide!

Now that spring is officially under way, it's time to open those windows, let fresh air in, and bring that dust rag out from hibernation. Because let's face it: even if wiping down baseboards or sweeping under furniture aren't the most exciting of chores, having a spotless home to kick off the season will make your heart sing louder than the robins outside.

So don't worry if you aren't quite sure where to start. With this eight-step guide below, your space will be sparkling in no time.

1. Look Under

Most of us freshen up our homes every week or so with a quick vacuum or sweep, but we often skip the heavy lifting that is

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Whether you’re self-employed or applying for an FHA or USDA loan, here’s the pre-approval paperwork you need.

If you're serious about buying a home, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a critical step. It’s also a tedious one. Lenders seem to want a mountain of documents and have so many {{ start_tip 124 }}requirements.{{ end_tip }}

Yet the payoff is worth it. Most agents recommend mortgage pre-approval because it strengthens your offer. Sellers like to know the buyer already has financing secured.

Plus, you're going to need that same hefty stack of paperwork for your official mortgage application once you've got a contract on a home, so you're really knocking out two tasks at once.

To help, we've created a documents checklist for each

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When kids at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School act up, they aren't sent straight to the principal's office. Instead, many students at the high-poverty school in Nashville, Tenn., go to the "BeWell" room.

The serene space is awash in sunlight and brimming with plants. There are yoga mats, toys, a lounging nook and soothing music drifting out of a desk speaker. In this room, teacher Riki Rattner, who is also trained as a yoga instructor, helps students practice deep breathing and check in with their emotions.

"Let's get you checked in and calming down. Taking care of you," she tells a fourth grader who walks in after a tiff in art class.

One in 5 American children struggles with anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health,

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A regular gripe of parents is the fact their children grow out of their clothes far too quickly.

But Ryan Mario Yasin, the 26-year-old CEO and founder of Petit Pli, may have come up with the solution.

Yasin’s company makes clothes that actually grow with the child through seven sizes, fitting kids between nine months and four years.

He first patented the technology when he was 23 and a masters student on a global innovation design course at Imperial College London.

“Petit Pli was brought to life to serve a need in the fashion industry,” Yasin says. “A need for innovation, a need for sustainability, a need for high ethical standards, and to serve its young users, they deserve something designed from the ground up for them, not miniaturized

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Over the last few decades the share of older homeowners (age 62 and older) with mortgage debt has doubled, while the typical amount of outstanding debt relative to home values among this group has tripled.


Older homeowners still paying off mortgage debt face high rates of housing cost burdens (paying more than 30 percent of income for housing), leaving less income for other necessities. In addition, homeowners with higher mortgage debt have less housing equity to tap for critical needs and face the ongoing risk of foreclosure.

For these reasons, higher levels of mortgage debt may be expected to create lower levels of financial well-being among these individuals. Using both descriptive and multivariate approaches, this paper explores two issues

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In my profession, I’ve seen many people fail in their renovations simply because they ran out of time and money. It’s heartbreaking — and so easy to avoid. Most people don’t realize that the majority of their success relies on their ability to plan well at the start. Here are my top tips for keeping your budget on track throughout your renovation.


Break It Down

Whether you’re renovating for profit or pleasure, it’s very easy to underestimate the costs involved. If your budget blows out, you’re not going to be able to afford those finishing touches that can be so important to the end product.

During the planning phase, break down your budget in detail — this way you’ll be less likely to exceed it during construction. It will also allow you to be

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