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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 7: Holiday Travel Tips

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 7: Holiday Travel Tips

Let’s face it, traveling is exciting, exhausting, wonderful and horrible. Sometimes, the difference between amazing and catastrophic is all about how you prepare. As I sat down to share travel tips, I realized there are literally 1000’s of good tips that could be shared, and many of them depend on what type of trip you are taking, where you are going, and who you are going with. So I have narrowed it down to a handful of what I believe to be key Travel Tips for the Holidays. Suitcases with wheels. This is number one on my list. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, taking a car trip,...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

Many of us know that traveling can be a major part of the holiday season. If you are going to be away during the holidays, here are some Home Safety Tips While Traveling that might be helpful for making sure your home is safe and sound while you are away. -If you have a family member, close friend, or neighbor that you can trust, ask them to keep an eye on your house, and drive by daily. When possible, leave them a key and ask them to check on the interior of the house while you are gone, especially if you are worried about things like a frozen/broken water pipe. Make sure they know how to...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 5: Holiday Tips for Divorced Families

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 5: Holiday Tips for Divorced Families

It is difficult for families who have been divorced. For those of us who have been through this, we know it is hard on the adults, and even harder on the children. There is a family law attorney here in Dallas, Natalie Gregg, who has a saying… “You can love your kids or hate your spouse, but you can’t do both.” I think this is great advice for parents to remember, especially at the holidays. So let me suggest some holiday tips for divorced families. While it is sometimes difficult to set aside the anger, it is in your child’s best interest to make the holidays as relaxing and fun as...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 4: Mall Safety Tips

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 4: Mall Safety Tips

The last few years I have done most of my holiday shopping online. But for those who like to go to the Mall, let me remind you about some important Mall Safety Tips as you head out to the thief target area (better known to the rest of us as the shopping mall). Holiday season is also prime time for thieves. People are buying expensive items, they are buying lots of items, they are often distracted, and there are big crowds that make it easy to blend in and hid before and after they strike. Have you noticed extra police presence, or those “eye in the sky” elevated lookout posts the police put...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 3: Create Family Memories

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 3: Create Family Memories

One thing I learned as my children were growing up… they have selective memory. There are many things that happened while they were growing up that they do not remember. But I have been surprised several times about things they shared with me as older teens and later as adults about special moments they do remember. If you make the time to create family memories they will recall them fondly years later. Often it will be an integral part of the way they perceive the holidays. I have heard my children talk fondly of special moments that we experienced as they were growing up, and that still...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 2: Credit Card Fraud

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 2: Credit Card Fraud

The holidays are a time when thieves really like to take advantage of credit card fraud. Because so many people are using credit cards more than they normally might, it is easier to slip through some charges that people might not otherwise recognize. There are some common sense tips that can help prevent you from be taken advantage of by thieves. -Keep a record of all your account numbers, expiration dates, and security codes, and the phone number at which you can report fraud or loss of cards. Keep that list somewhere secure where you can access it quickly when needed. -Check your monthly...

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