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Before and After Care in Howard CountyEducation kids activities Recommendations Review 

Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2016-2017).  We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried.  As teachers my wife and I have seen what before and after care can be (a waste of children’s time, with some fun mixed in) and hope to find something better. One possibility is a martial arts program at one of a few locations around the county. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, they pick your child up after school and they…

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Educational Apps for Kindle FireEducation Recommendations 

Educational Apps for Kindle Fire

Looking for some great educational apps for your child’s Kindle Fire Tablet (or other Android device)? Here are a few of the ones that my kids enjoy now or in the not-too-distant past. All of these are available in the Amazon App Store for Android / Kindle App Store: Inventioneers – Filimundus-AB makes some great games that teach kids how to invent and think of creative solutions. Great physics engine. Great fun. Pettson’s Inventions 1  / Pettson’s Inventions 2 /Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe – Another great game from Filimundus-AB. This game requires you to solve…

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List of Fun Activities For Kids To Do Around MarylandFeatured kids activities maryland Recommendations 

List of Fun Activities For Kids To Do Around Maryland

Looking for worthwhile things to do with your kids in the Baltimore/DC Area?  I am too.  Here is a list of 27+ fun activity suggestions that I have compiled from experience with my own children.  Please feel free to add to this list by leaving a comment below. 1) Children’s museums: Visit the  National Children’s Museum in National Harbor or in Baltimore called Port Discovery.  Kids love both places. Another great place to take kids and teens is the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.  There are some great exhibits including…

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Why We Shop At Costco – Costco Review Part 1Featured Food Nutrition Recommendations Review Reviews Save Money 

Why We Shop At Costco – Costco Review Part 1

  Costco sells two 36 ounce bottles of Organic Blue Agave for $9.89 Easy Ways to Save Money: Shop at Costco This is part 1 of my review of Costco. [Don’t miss Part 2 here] I know this may seem a little off-topic for this blog, but I think there are still many families who haven’t discovered the joys of shopping at bulk food warehouse stores.  Many people are turned off by the membership fees or think they just don’t need a huge box of this or that.  I submit that…

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Why We Shop At Costco – Costco Review Part 2Recommendations 

Why We Shop At Costco – Costco Review Part 2

  This is Part 2 of My Review of Costco Food Warehouse Don’t Miss Part 1 of my review. As I was saying in part 1 of my review, there are plenty of things to like about shopping at Costco.  Here are some more great things: Electronics at Costco As far as electronics–Costco has all sorts of great stuff.  Cameras, TVs, computers, tablets, phones and accessories like flash drives and portable harddrives.  They occasionally have other electronics, like for a while around Christmas, they sold the  Parrot AR Drone helicopter. If you’re…

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Sandy Point State Park Beach ReviewRecommendations Reviews Secondary Features 

Sandy Point State Park Beach Review

Central Marylanders are often faced with a choice during the summer–trek out to Ocean City or the Delaware shore or go to one of the closer in Chesapeake Bay Beaches.  If you don’t have time or money to head all the way over to the Eastern shore, there are definitely a few popular beaches in Anne Arundel and Calvert County.  I’d say that among the most popular Chesapeake destinations are North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Flag Point and the one everyone knows-Sandy Point State Park. Sandy Point, which opened in the…

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Top 5 Places To Buy Fruit, Vegetables & Other Produce For Cheap in Central MarylandFood Nutrition Recommendations Save Money 

Top 5 Places To Buy Fruit, Vegetables & Other Produce For Cheap in Central Maryland

If your family is like ours, we eat lots of fruit and vegetables.  We especially like fresh organic fruits and produce when possible, but we also like to keep the costs under control.  Below are my top 5 recommendations on how to get great produce for lower prices in Maryland (This advice applies to anywhere in the United States although you’ll need to follow my links to find cheap produce in your area–read further for some great kitchen gadgets to help you make the most of your produce:   1) Shop…

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Do You Need A Lawyer To Probate and Settle Estates in Anne Arundel County Maryland?anne arundel county estate maryland Recommendations will 

Do You Need A Lawyer To Probate and Settle Estates in Anne Arundel County Maryland?

Note: This post isn’t meant to be take the place of legal advice–it just describes my experience. My mom recently passed away in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and I was made the executor of the will. (She did not have a trust) She had used a lawyer in Annapolis to draw up the will and he kept it for her in his safe.  I went to see him after she died and after speaking to us, he offered to help us do the paperwork and settle the estate for the…

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Review of Lifetime Fitness / Lifetime Athletics Gym in Columbia MDColumbia Maryland Featured Recommendations Review Reviews 

Review of Lifetime Fitness / Lifetime Athletics Gym in Columbia MD

Updated on December 1, 2016  By Eron Cohen. This is my two part review of Lifetime Fitness/Lifetime Athletics (click here to view part 2). Although this is a review of Lifetime Fitness (recently renamed to Lifetime Athletics) in Columbia Maryland, much of it applies to most of the Lifetime Athletics/Life Time Fitness Clubs in the USA and Canada. I will try to give you my best assessment in a fair, honest way.   I also mention some alternatives to Lifetime Fitness in the Columbia area at the end of this review….

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Easy Ways to Save Money Part 4 – Change Your Cell Phone/Mobile Phone ProviderPhone Bills Recommendations Save Money 

Easy Ways to Save Money Part 4 – Change Your Cell Phone/Mobile Phone Provider

If you have AT&T or Verizon contracts for your smartphone, you’re paying too much money.  Not only are you paying too much, but you probably don’t have an unlimited data plan and it is likely that you have some stupid text messaging cost arrangement too.  If you have T-Mobile or Sprint, then you’re probably getting a better deal, but there are still savings to be had–and sometimes those savings are so great that it might be worth to break your contract and pay the penalty to switch to a different…

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