Category: Helpful Services

Sponsored Message: The Upromise MasterCard helps you save money for college when you shop

This is a sponsored message from Upromise by Sallie Mae   Saving money for college just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Upromise MasterCard, which can help you earn up to 10% cash back just by shopping the way you already do. With 5% back when you shop through Upromise.com and an additional 5% when you use the Upromise MasterCard, you can either pocket that total 10% cash back, invest it in an eligible 529 college savings plan, pay down an eligible student loan, or transfer it into a Upromise GoalSaver account. And with special promotions for cardmembers throughout the year, you...

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Sponsored Message: Sittercity Date Night Now guarantees an available sitter for your next date night. (Or maybe your first date night?)

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Date Night Now by Sittercity You find yourself with a few free hours on a Thursday night, and the urge to actually get out and do something besides binge watch a TV series. But as parents know, finding a sitter, especially last minute, is way harder than getting a table at your favorite local restaurant, or tickets for an actual  grown-up movie you’ve been dying to see in an actual theater. So much for date night. But all that’s about to change thanks to Date Night Now by Sittercity. Sittercity has helped thousands and thousands of...

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Havenly: An affordable online home design service perfect for procastinators, busy people, and stressed-out new parents

Hooray! You have a baby on the way and pretty soon your nesting instinct is going to kick into hyperdrive. If you’re like me, you excitedly clear out the spare room eager to start decorating for the new bundle and then…you hit a wall. Between lack of time and feeling stressed out by all the options out there (not to mention nightmares about Pinterest fails), I get it. Which is why I’m so happy to share my new online interior design service find, Havenly. Just for the rest of you who may be in redecorating mode. Havenly is all about helping busy — or simply overwhelmed — people decorate...

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How to foster a love of music in your little kids: 6 simple, no-stress things you can do right now

Music is such an important part of children’s lives from both an educational and entertainment standpoint. As a former music therapist and college professor I might be a little biased, but there are plenty of personal stories and scientific studies to back up the theories. What a lot of parents don’t know is that it a child’s music aptitude (think, music IQ) is still forming up through the age of 9. So while some kids are definitely “born with it,” even if your kids don’t seem to be, you can still absolutely raise their level of musical intelligence in those early,...

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Glassful: The artisanal, indie version of a wine of the month club. About time!

Even though I love wine, I find the experience of selecting wine a little overwhelming. I never remember what I love most, can’t seem to buy the same bottle twice (unless, of course, it’s a wine I didn’t enjoy), and always feel like I’m relying on others to figure out what to buy. Glassful, a new monthly subscription box service (or call it a newfangled wine-of-the-month club) from the caring oenophiles at at Glassful HQ in New York City, is meant for people like me. They assess your taste in wine and delivers three bottles that have been curated just for you every month,...

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Blue Apron review: Is it worth the price for families?

I’ve been wanting to check out Blue Apron for awhile now, especially after seeing so many friends, whose foodie sensibilities I trust implicitly, give this subscription food delivery service a thumbs up. If you’re not familiar with Blue Apron, they deliver recipes complete with all the ingredients you need right to your door, so all you do is put them together and cook them. Sounds awesome, right? However as a busy single mom of four kids ranging in age from ten down to four, I was curious to see whether the service is worth the price, which as you might guess is on the higher side; the...

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Sponsored Message: Amwell makes doctors’ house calls digital

This is a sponsored message from Amwell. When you’re a parent, anything that helps you save time is a lifesaver. A new one to add to your list: Amwell, or American Well, a smart app and online teleheath platform that’s saving parents tons of time, aggravation, and money where their family’s medical care is concerned. Sign up for Amwell and you can connect with top board-certified doctors online for live consultations about issues like your daughter’s out-of-nowhere rash on her face or the emergency antibiotics you need before you head out of town the next day. Everything about it is like a real doctor visit. Only instead of going into the office, you...

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Sponsored Message: GiftedandTalented.com gives kids the extra educational boost they need

This is a sponsored message from GiftedandTalented.com For parents with advanced learners, it can be tough to know how to meet their academic needs and keep them challenged. Whether you’re looking to give yours an educational boost or want to provide them with the chance to explore their already established interests, GiftedandTalented.com has you covered, with K-12 online courses that give students a highly personalized learning experience–all right in your own home. -Don’t miss an exclusive discount below- Based on ongoing research at Stanford University, GiftedandTalented.com offers everything you’ll need to help your kids reach their maximum educational potential without the boredom, thanks to...

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Sponsored Message: Schoola turns old clothes into cash for your school

This is a sponsored message from Schoola If you’re in organization and clean-up mode (hello, new year!) you may be interested to know that you can actually turn those old clothes of yours into cash for your kids’ school thanks to Schoola. This online retailer of gently used clothing features tons of popular brands like Ralph Lauren, Lands End, J Crew, and Tea Collection–and also gives back to schools with every single purchase made. As part of their #PassTheBag challenge, they’re encouraging parents to clean out their closets and help their own kid’s schools in the process, all completely free. To participate, visit the Schoola website,...

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Sponsored Message: Taking better family photos is a snap with SHOOT 2015

This is a sponsored message on behalf of SHOOT 2015 If you’ve been wanting to learn how to take better photos of your family–or better photos in general–but aren’t quite sure where to start, SHOOT 2015 was made just for you. This affordable, online digital photography course is a comprehensive but easy way to hone your skills or learn new ones, all from the comfort of your own laptop. For an entire year, professional photographers Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters, both members of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers, will provide an inspiring, organized, manageable course to help you document your family...

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