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Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2017-2018).  We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried. As a former teacher,  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 Howard County. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, they pick your child up after school and they can…

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Republic Wireless 2.0 Review 2015 Featured Phone Bills Review Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless Review Part 1

Republic Wireless 2.0 Review Executive Summary – Updated March 12, 2016 My customer review covers the Republic Wireless Mobile Phone Service with the Moto X gen 2, Moto E gen 2 and Moto G phones.  This review is about the Republic Wireless 2.0 plan which isn’t available anymore. They have now launched a their 3.0 plan, so the information below is outdated. For current information please see my review of Republic Wireless 3.0 and comparison to Google Project Fi.   “Stop wasting money on high-priced yearly contract phones.  Get reliable, smarter…

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Review of Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

  Read about my experience purchasing Ikea kitchen cabinets and getting them installed.   Executive Summary:  Ikea kitchen cabinets are modern, attractive and stylish…and cheaper than many of the other options. Read about the ups and downs of my experience from start to finish to help you decide if Ikea is the right option for your next kitchen. Recently we decided it was time to update our kitchen cabinets. We were on a budget, but wanted something that would look modern and nice. We considered cabinet refacing but decided that…

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Blendtec blender costco reviews Blenders Featured Food Nutrition Review Reviews 

Blendtec Blender Review-The Blendtec 570 from Costco

Summary: This is a review of the Blendtec blender sold in Costco (TB621 USCOST) currently being sold for $319.  Although we loved this machine when it was working, we managed to break ours 3 times in two months through just normal use. On the third time, it broke we just returned it. Read on for information about alternatives to this blender and why we were so sad to see it go! If you’re considering a Blendtec Blender, you may want to avoid this blender and instead go for a different Total Blender…

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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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Hooked on Phonics Review – Help Your Child Learn To Read Early

Like most parents, I wanted my two girls to get ahead. One of the areas my wife and I felt were the most important was literacy. We felt it would be good to try to get our kids to read as early as possible. Since we didn’t have very much experience teaching very young children to read, we weren’t really sure what was possible. When our first daughter was 3 we started her on the Hooked on Phonics program. Mind you it was alot of work on our part (okay,…

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Almost Free Home Phone Service – How To use Google Voice for Your Home Phone Number

Finding a Cheaper Home Phone Service In this article I explain how I replaced my home phone service provider with a $50 adapter (or cheaper with a good sale/coupon) that uses the free Google Voice service to make and receive phone calls.  For the past 10 years I have been a customer of Vonage for my  home phone service.  And although I think alot more of Vonage than I think of most other home phone service providers, especially the POTS landline providers, I finally dumped it.  I had Vonage’s $26/month…

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Lifetime Fitness Review Columbia MD Columbia 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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Off Topic Post: Potty Seat for Elongated Toilet (Oval shaped instead of round)

  I recently had to replace the toilet in the girls’ bathroom.  I wanted to save water, so I went with an eco-friendly dual-flush toilet from Costco.  The great thing about it is that it has two flushers–one that releases a small amount of water, and one that releases the full tank…so depending, uh, what you’re flushing, you choose the flush accordingly. The problem it presented was that our round potty seats from Target don’t fit right–they are more for round toilets, and this toilet is more of an oval…

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Review of North Beach Maryland – Great Summer Beach Day Trip

  Review of North Beach, Maryland If you are like many parents these days, a getaway to Ocean City or some of the other Maryland, Virginia and Delaware beaches is just a bit too much of a commitment in time and money.  So then there are the Chesapeake Bay beaches to consider, and although none of them are quite the same as, say Ocean City, there are two or three that come to my mind that might be decent day-trip substitutes.  They are all in Calvert County and they are:…

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