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Whether it’s business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there’s one thing you dread, it’s packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how you can fit it all in. Do you look with envy at savvy jet-setters who seem to navigate airports with ease while only toting a small carry-on? It’s because years of travel experience has taught them some packing tricks that make the process simple. Now you can use these…

DIY Wedding Trends Pinboards are buzzing with endless inspiration, bringing clever and colorful projects to life. For brides to be, the hottest looks in wedding decor can be yours with just a bit of creativity. The evolution of touch is underway, with fabrics and embellishments featuring texture and intrigue becoming huge hits this bridal season. Take materials such as burlap, chalkboard finishes, monogram letters and mason jars to the next level by mixing and matching with the season’s colors. Picture your big day with pretty petals adorned in lace offset by rustic trimmings. This understated yet feminine look can be…

If a pipe freezes and breaks, time is a vital factor for saving belongings and preventing mold. SI Restoration has technicians that are available for 24/7 emergency services. SI Restoration is cleaning up water damage after frozen and burst pipes this winter. Maryland experienced an unseasonably warm winter through January, but in February temperatures are expected to drop drastically. With lows in the single digits, homeowners have to start worrying about frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands and exerts pressure on pipes that can cause them to burst. If a pipe breaks, it can lead to significant and costly water…

Life changes often mean tax changes. Whether it’s getting married, buying or selling a home, moving abroad or having a baby, misunderstanding the tax and financial implications of these life changes can lead to taxpayers making mistakes or leaving money on the table. Depending on your situation, there are new tax implications that will impact your benefits, tax bill and how you file. If you experienced a life change in 2016, here is a list of tax implications and how they will affect you. Marriage Many couples close the book on their “wedding to-dos” once the last thank you card…

Dr. Swisher and The Resolution Center have assisted families throughout Maryland by offering confidential and affordable, solutions-focused mediation, legal arbitration and family counseling. Here are Dr. Swisher’s top 10 things to know when going through separation or divorce: 1. Most divorce cases settle before going to trial. Those that don’t settle and involve child custody are often court ordered into mediation. You would be wise to consider mediation before or during your separation. This will save you thousands of dollars compared to litigating with attorneys. It will also help your transition to a post-separation life go smoothly. 2. There are several…

Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail. A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline delays keep you from getting to the port on time, you could end up shelling out hundreds more dollars to book another flight, just so you can catch up to your ship at the…

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining As the holiday season approaches and you’re tasked with hosting family and friends, it can be a little overwhelming to imagine all the work that has to take place for a successful celebration. However, there’s no reason the host can’t join in the fun. To help keep calm and have your home ready for the party, follow these tips. Cleaning More often than not, the first step to readying your home for a house full of guests is to clean. Start by going room to room seeking out trash, recyclables and things that can…

8 stress-free tips for infant travel Whether it’s a quick weekend away or a weeklong adventure, family travel is a great way to bond and create lifelong memories. However, if you have an infant, you may be hesitant to pack all those bags and venture to the unknown. “With their love of a set schedule and the familiar, plus loads of gear, babies are natural homebodies,” says Sandra Gordon, baby safety expert and blogger at www.babyproductsmom.com. “Still, they can be surprisingly adaptable and getting out and about can be loads of fun for everyone. The trick is to be prepared so…

Make a World of Difference on Halloween This year, Halloween will bring tricks and treats, and teachable moments, too, thanks to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Under the guidance of teachers across the nation, thousands of students can learn positive global citizenship values and be empowered to make a difference. On Halloween, equipped with the knowledge that they can make the world a better place for children, kids can go door-to-door with the iconic orange UNICEF boxes to collect donations that add up to lifesaving change for vulnerable children. In order to bring the program to classrooms and help educators engage their…

“A Matter of Perspective,” a play that depicts eight people deliberating the fate of a young black man arrested by two white police officers premieres at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre in Maryland. This play will stir passions and demystify attitudes about race and racial biases. SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND Live Garra Theatre presents the World premiere of “A Matter of Perspective,” by C.G. Gardiner, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 8:00 pm, at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. The play depicts eight people deliberating the fate of a young black man arrested by…

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