Choosing a Tax Adviser You Can Trust

Managing your taxes can be a real difficult process and is something that often takes a lot of specialized help to properly manage. Thankfully, a tax adviser can help a broad range of professionals to keep them safe from any financial or legal troubles.

You can learn more about this type of service by visiting or reaching out to tax professionals who can provide you with an insight into the nature of a high-quality tax adviser.

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9 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Read

Many parents do not have to worry about their kids’ learning process until they are grown and started going to school. A common misconception is that reading comes naturally with continued learning. However, sentence delivery is a complex skill and- for most children- often takes the right teaching skills and strategies to accomplish.

Even though learning how to read can be a daunting task, it becomes straightforward and simple when you follow the right steps.

If your kids have the slightest curiosity about reading, this guide will come in handy; it contains actionable tips to help you teach the kids how to read at home.

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I think I like working out, shhh, don’t tell my couch: 5 Secrets to Help You Prepare for Your Cardio Workout

Step 1- put down the remote! Anyone else make New Year “goals”, not resolutions, because the commitment level seemed less intense? Just me?! Well, one of my goals was to get healthier in 2021. A nice broad goal that allows me an entire year to eventually attain, lol! But in all seriousness, I broke that broad goal down into smaller realistic goals I could actually hold myself accountable for…I’m talking “baby goals”. For example, first baby goal was, put down the remote and get off the couch, managed to crush that one the first week of 2021!! Next goal, looked up the best gym near me and found some great ones. Next goal, start actually working out. And then this happened…turns out I like the benefits I get from doing cardiovascular exercise (shhh, don’t tell my couch, it’s got some strong jealousy issues, just ask the remote). So, I love the benefits I get at the end of the workout, but I do struggle still with the lack of energy to motivate me to initially workout and in the middle of the workout I am finding myself a bit sluggish as well, but by the end I feel like a new person, 10 years younger. Turns out I’m not the only one, if you feel the same way, please know that you’re in good company. So, after doing some research here are some ways that you can get ready and motivated for your cardio fitness workout and to feel good even when you’re in the middle of it. 

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Meals with More Veggies

Want to eat healthier but you can hear the convenience of the drive-thru beckoning on your way home? I get it, that struggle is real! You’ve had a long day and you know that there’s more obligations and responsibilities waiting for you when you enter that door…school work, laundry, dishes, bath time, etc. That drive-thru sure would make the evening go a lot smoother…but that’s a slippery slope, one that if you’re not careful will drain you physically and financially.  Thus, in an effort to limit takeout, stick to a food budget, get more veggies in your family’s diet, and ultimately feel better here are 3 easy recipes that you can prep in advance.

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I almost killed a MOM: Why Do I Need A Light For My Bike?

Backstory to this post….I legit almost hit a a parent/guardian & their child while driving the other day. It was around 6:30PM in a neighborhood, sun had set, and I wasn’t driving fast, but I literally did not see them! That experience really shook me to my core…the thought that I almost hit a parent/guardian and their child crushed me. I could not live with that guilt, nor should anyone else have to live with that guilt, please PLEASE take the time to read through this post.

It seems that many more people are biking outside. Whether it is for exercise or pleasure, there are some safety precautions that should not be ignored. One of those features is bike lights. They may seem silly or not look cool on your bike, but they are necessary to keep you safe. Continue reading this article to find out more reasons to consider adding bike lights to your bike.

Bike lights increase visibility. They may not help you to see, but they definitely help to have you seen by others. Bikes are small and may be difficult to see. Adding a light to your bike allows you to be seen more easily. Even cars, which are much larger than bikes, have their lights on all the time to provide visibility. When you are biking on the road, you are vulnerable to all types of elements, these lights can help make you a little less vulnerable.

You may be out for a long bike ride and find that the weather suddenly changes on you. You may find yourself stuck in gray weather, or even rain with no choice but to keep riding until you get back home, or someplace where you can take shelter. A good bike light can help you remain visible and keep you safe when the weather changes on you. The bike lights that are available today are much brighter than the lights of the past. Many lights start around 300 Lumens and go up to 1500 Lumens to keep you bright. Many of these lights work to use as little battery life as possible so they last even longer. The lights have gotten smarter to provide you the light you need but not completely drain your battery. The lights can determine the difference between day and night and shine a light based on the time of day. These types of lights usually flash and the flash patterns differ based on the time of day.

A positive point about bike lights is they are affordable. You can find a light that does not break the bank and still gives you enough light to be visible to others while on the road. Some lights have the option to switch between a solid light and a flashing light. Solid light is beneficial because solid steam of light makes it much easier to see. It gets the attention of others without being distracting to those around you. You want to make sure they see you, but you do not want to distract them from their own driving. A flashing light is great when you are trying to get the attention of someone, such as when you are in distress or need assistance. The position of the light is important. If a driver cannot see your light, it is not helpful to you or anyone else on the road. It is always best to have a light on your bike, even if you already have one on your helmet. If it is just on your helmet and your head is turned, another driver may not truly know the direction in which you are going.

8 Romantic Restaurants in Toledo

Whether your idea of romance is a dozen roses, champagne, and chocolates, or your spouse emptying the dishwasher without being asked I think we can all agree that not having to cook an entire meal for the family, but instead being served a mouthwatering dish at a classy restaurant sans kids is totally romantic!  When was the last time you put on something fancy? Not comfortable dining out? No worries, these awesome local restaurants offer curbside pickup/takeout.  So what are you waiting for? Order up dinner for tonight, grab pizza for the kids and put on a movie for them in the other room, put on some Marvin Gaye and see where the night takes ya.

FYI- these also make great Valentine’s Day Date Night Destinations 😉 

Here are some addition fun at-home date night ideas! 

Always call ahead to confirm hours, due to COVID hours of operations may fluctuate, and be sure to make a reservation if dining in. 

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Winter Weather Survival Guide for Parents because Kids are Virtually Smoking

OMG! Anyone else feel like they’re playing some twisted version of The Game of LIFE this year? Like if someone reconfigured the entire game while on some crazy mind altering drug? You landed on the square, “Global Pandemic”, lockdown for 3 months. Collect stimulus checks each time you go around the board. Landed on, “Quarantine” (you were possibly in contact with an affected individual) can’t move for 2 weeks.  You are now working from home and children are schooling from home, pay the bank $200 so everyone in the family has a desk. The hardest part for us parents is, while we’re playing this warped, twisted version of The Game LIFE, childhood can’t stop, we can’t say, “hey, kids, we’re just gonna put childhood onhold and we’ll pick it up after all this craziness is over”. Us parents still need to provide the best childhood we can for our children, even during a pandemic, quarantine, remote learning, etc. And that means us parents have had to step up in ways we’ve never imagined we’d have to….we’ve become teachers, home IT assistants, gym partners, lab partners, etc. and we’ve ultimately become solely responsible for their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.  

Okay, so where was I going with this? Isn’t the title of this post Winter Survival Guide for Parents?  I’m getting there….so where was I, yes, we’re playing this twisted version of The Game Life and we’ve just entered the most challenging part of the board, Winter in the Midwest!!! For this section of the game, you need to make certain your children’s health is meeting the CDC minimum recommendations…Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day, including daily aerobic – and activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) – 3 days each week, and that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups) – 3 days each week. (CDC).  Doesn’t sound too bad? Well, if you pair it with the fact that your children aren’t done with schooling until 4pm and the sun sets around 5pm, oh, and did I mention you’re tired from making all the other plates spin throughout the day? Yup, suddenly those 60 minutes a day really do become a struggle…(and I didn’t even add “Mom Guilt” to the mix…cause us mommas know that sitting is the new smoking, and by those standards our kids are virtually smoking packs a day as they sit in front of their chromebooks and laptops). So what’s a parent to do? We suck it up and get those smokers, I mean sitters, outside for some much needed fresh air and exercise!! 

Here’s the Winter Weather Survival Guide for Parents:

  1. This is not the time to bring sexy back…layer up those pants and shirts, sweatshirts, the bigger bulkier you look the warmer you are going to stay. And that extra padding is appreciated when you go sledding with the kids, or accidentally forget to remove your leg from the sled string and get dragged down the hill…yup, that’s definitely not what JT was singing about! 
  2. Playlist, you’re gonna need a playlist to get your bulky badass up that sled hill, and up it again, and again, or through those trails, or whatever else the kids wanna do…you’re gonna need your jams, trust me! 
  3. Earbuds. These are legit the best things ever invented! They serve so many purposes…you can look like you are listening to something while eavesdropping on other people’s conversations, they basically give you permission to ignore everyone (children optional), oh, and you can listen to audio books, music, videos, etc. privately. Not interested in having that political conversation with that other parent on top of a sledding hill? Just pop in the earsbuds. Did your child just do something WAY embarrassing? Just pop in those earbuds and look the other way. I’m telling you, they’re awesome.  
  • 4. Travel mug. If you’re gonna be out in the elements you might as well try to make it as enjoyable as you can…bring along that coffee, tea, hot cocoa, etc. 

Though the sun seems to set way too soon, some days it forgets to even rise, and the wind-chill can legit sting, you can totally win The Game of LIFE’S Winter in the Midwest section of the board if you follow the survival guide, lol! 

Why Are Some People So Hard To Buy For?

With Christmas now in the rear view mirror, there is no better time to start preparing for next Christmas. That sounds like a joke, and maybe it is to some extent, but anyone who found themselves shopping and changing plans with days to go in 2020 will know the truth: what seems like enough time rarely actually is. So if you want this year’s festivities to go better, there’s something to be said for at least laying money aside and sourcing some of the things you’ll need in December.

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Managing Money As A Freelancer

Just like most things in life, freelancing comes with a price and some balance. And well, it’s not necessary to work to someone else’s schedule; you do have to make sure that you are handling your finances well.

So businesses and freelancers rely solely on the owner or the person in the business to make sure that the finances are taken care of properly. Here are some quick tips to help you get your freelance finances under control.

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