If your dog’s foul breath is getting you down, it’s time to do something about it. You’ll not only freshen the air, but address problems that can cause your dog to be sick, or in pain.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is once again hosting Pet Dental Health Month in February, and is warning pet owners that foul dog breath is not just an unpleasant reality for owners.
According to the association, dental disease is one of the most common problems seen by vets each day. The association warns that untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs –and can become life threatening. Not only that, these infections can cause a pet to be in almost constant pain, particularly when eating.
Back in the ‘70s, Saturday Night Live had a long-running skit about a couple who opened a mall store that sold nothing but Scotch tape. They never got too much
business. Now, the company that makes Swingline staplers has mounted a stapler-themed exhibit in a Chicago art gallery. Don’t laugh.
Swingline said it challenged Chicago artists to “merge art and stapling innovation” in an effort to create an exhibit called the Swingline Collective. The company said that all of the works on display incorporate stapling products.
Now, if you think about it, this exhibit could be really cool. Or it could be really silly. The devil is in the staples – and the imagination of the artists.
In a recent blog, we learned that Atlanta is one of the top 10 metro areas to watch in 2014. Read it here. Today, we find out that a popular Atlanta neighborhood has made a national list of hottest neighborhoods! Read on to find out which community made the cut!
Atlanta Neighborhood Makes National List
The Morningside-Lenox Park neighborhood in Atlanta has made a national list of the hottest neighborhoods in 2014.
Real estate seller Redfin, which put together the Real Estate Neighborhoods to Watch in 2014, said that the list ranks neighborhoods that have grown the most in popularity leading into 2014.
Morningside-Lenox Park – which ranked #3 on the list — is in pretty august company, joining upscale neighborhoods in California, Maryland, Texas, Washington and other states.
According to Redfin, the neighborhoods making the list have certain things in common, including highly-ranked schools and scenic community parks.
If you know anyone who lives in Morningside-Lenox Park, let them know that they are hot, and being watched.
Let’s say you could move your job to any city in the world. Would you choose Hong Kong? Paris? Des Moines?
Relocation specialist Cartus Corporation recently surveyed relocation and human resource professionals on which cities they would accept a job transfer offer to.
Among areas of the world, most of these U.S.-based professionals chose the U.S. as their #1 destination, followed by Europe. New York was their top pick for a U.S. city to transfer to, followed by San Francisco, San Diego and Boston.
European countries making the list of dream job transfer destinations included Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Among all international countries, Italy tied Australia for the #1 slot.
Location definitely factored in as a criteria for accepting a job transfer, but it was not the biggest one. That honor went to “My spouse’s/family’s happiness while on assignment,” according to Cartus. And if your spouse isn’t too pleased with the idea of relocating to a glamorous new city or country, there are always vacations.
Courtesy of Nerd Wallet, this week we have a fantastic guest blog to share with you:
How to Avoid Identity Theft
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, according to TransUnion. In fact, approximately 19 people are victimized by this crime every minute. No one wants to be the victim of identity theft, but unfortunately it can happen to anyone. While there’s no sure way to avoid identity theft, there are many steps you can take to decrease the chances of becoming a victim.
Get the New Year off to a good start by following these tips from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU):
1. Create and stick to a budget – Tracking your expenses is crucial to living within your financial means. If you’d like to create a budget but aren’t sure where to start, credit unions frequently offer free financial literacy classes that can provide assistance.
2. Make savings a priority – Many credit unions offer the opportunity to open a savings account for as little as $5. Consider splitting your direct deposit between checking and savings accounts. Now’s a great time to start a vacation or holiday account to save up for special occasions, or an emergency fund. Also, take advantage of 401K plans through work as well as IRAs and CDs that credit unions offer.
3. Avoid unnecessary fees – Most credit unions still offer no-fee checking and participate in a shared branching network that gives members access to credit union locations in all 50 states. Credit unions also offer access to tens of thousands of free ATMs nationwide, including at key 7-Eleven locations.
While New Year’s resolutions are often hard to keep, the one that goes, “I will not fall victim to scammers,” is surely worth trying for. That’s what money transfer company MoneyGram, thinks, and they’re offering some tips for making sure you succeed in 2014.
The company has known its share of scammers, since the fiends often try to use MoneyGram services to secure their ill-gotten loot. With the global economy improving, and many Americans finding themselves a bit more flush with cash than in recent years, you can bet that the scammers will be particularly active this year.
By now, most of you know better than to try to help a Nigerian “Prince” in distress. And perhaps you no longer fall for the “you’ve inherited money from a rich uncle you’ve never met” scam, or the old, “you’ve won a contest that you didn’t even enter” variation. But don’t get too confident: scammers are always thinking of new ways to con you out of your money.
GAP Insurance – When buying a new or used car is it really necessary?
Purchasing a new or used car is something we all likely plan to do in our lifetime, but it could be the little things we find unnecessary to add to the loan that leave us wishing we had made different choices. Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) is insurance that covers the difference between the actual cash value of a vehicle and the balance still owed if you ever were to suffer a total loss. For example, if you are financing for 60 months or more, have a high interest rate, or are putting down little to no money, GAP insurance is HIGHLY recommended.
Purchasing GAP insurance could save you thousands in the event you’re ever in an accident or your car is stolen. GAP coverage is relatively cheap when purchased at your credit union, but can be expensive at a dealership (up to $900 or more). In the event of a total loss while you still owe a significant amount on the car, GAP coverage will prevent you from continuing to pay on a car you no longer even own!
U.S. home prices saw their highest gains since February 2006 during the first nine months of 2013, according to new data from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.
The S&P/Case-Shiller 10-City and 20-City Composites were up by 13.6% for the period, versus the first nine months of 2012. Price gains did slow noticeably following the summer selling season: October 2013 saw only a 0.2% gain in these two key composites.