6 Financial Priorities that Need Attention before 2014 Ends

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2014 is winding to a close and with holiday shopping, school breaks, and other distractions, it’s often the busiest time of the year. It’s also a time to wrap- up any last minute activities relating to the 2014 year and one that parents cannot and should not ignore is personal finance. Let’s take a look (Continue Reading…);

Park Restaurant and Grill: Winning Wyndham Quality

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Hotel restaurants vary widely. Some offer a quick, cafeteria style meal while others offer more formal, sit- down, customer- centric service. Here in Houston, one of our best hotels is also home to one of the better restaurants, featuring sit down service and customer focus. The hotel is Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor and its (Continue Reading…);

Gasoline Prices: Which States Pay the Most and Least Taxes?

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Gasoline prices have received quite a bit of talk lately and for good reason. The price per gallon of gas, an essential expense for the majority of Americans, continues to tumble, falling below $2.50 per gallon in many parts of the country with forecasts for even lower prices in the near future. Gasoline prices vary (Continue Reading…);

Shopping online? Max Out Checkout Chrome extension offers coupons and savings

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Here is me shopping online.  Go to the store I’m wanting to shop at. Then go looking for coupons or discounts for that store. or Go looking for discounts and coupons first. Then head to the online store I plan on shopping at. Either way I end up with 20 some tabs open and a (Continue Reading…);

Retirement Fund Changes in 2015: Be Prepared!

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The 2014 year is down to its final weeks and, like with any other year, a host of tax changes will greet the taxpayer in the coming year. Retirement funds and related taxes will see the usual new year adjustments for cost of living and inflation, with tax rates staying roughly the same and limits (Continue Reading…);

A Thanksgiving Day memory: My dog ate my turkey

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A favorite Thanksgiving Day memory.  A family, a dog and Thanksgiving day. They are no longer with us, but the memories will last forever. The dining room table is set with the good china and a lovely floral centerpiece. The buffet island practically groans under the weight of all the delicious dishes that my mother-in-law, (Continue Reading…);

Honda Cars of Katy Supports Houston Food Bank with Holiday Food Drive

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Holidays are a time for family togetherness and a time for giving. For some, however, the holidays are not so comfortable and many long for basic sustenance for themselves and loved ones. Here in Houston, a local business is sponsoring a food drive and is calling on generous Houstonians to join in the effort to (Continue Reading…);

Popular Thanksgiving Day traditions for our family


Whether old or new, these Thanksgiving holiday traditions will give lasting memories the whole year through. Many families have their Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some play football in the yard. Some watch it from the comfort of the family room. For others it is always the same meal, whether it is turkey, ham, brisket or prime (Continue Reading…);

Energy Drinks Pose Potential Risk to Young Children

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Parents can add another item to the growing list of things to keep out of the stomachs of young children. Energy drinks, popular for their vitamin supplements and ability to provide an oft- needed alertness boost, have been singled out for causing adverse health effects in children. The concerns stem from a research study presented (Continue Reading…);

Facebook at Work: The New Face of Professional Networking

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Okay, admit it- you logon to Facebook a little bit more than you should. When the boss isn’t looking, you take a quick peek at your Facebook news feed, chat with your friends, and upload pictures of your kids. You know it’s frowned upon at work, but the urge to keep up with social media (Continue Reading…);

Household Savings Rates and Income: How Wide is the Gap?

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  How much does your household save each month? Are you saving enough to retire comfortably? Do you have an emergency fund in place and discipline yourself to contribute to this fund on a regular basis? Do you have a savings account for your children’s education? Can you honestly say that you feel comfortable and (Continue Reading…);

Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Youngsters

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Parents of toddlers, listen up: There is a potentially harmful product in your household- a product that has been around for only a couple of years- that could make your young person very sick. Laundry detergent pods, those compact, self- dissolving, convenient means to clean laundry, were responsible for 769 hospital stays for children over (Continue Reading…);

Miss Jones: Cake and Frosting without the Guilt

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Most parents don’t mind if their kids enjoy the occasional sweet treat. After all, most of us grown- ups like sweets too and we like to indulge our sweet tooth with candies, ice cream, pies, doughnuts, and other sugary foods. A good percentage of these treats, however, are loaded with transfat, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, (Continue Reading…);

Houston Zoo Lights Return with Another Dazzling Display

The holiday season is near and here in Houston, Texas, the holidays mean lights- lots of lights, on display in different places around the greater Houston metropolitan area. It seems like each year, those responsible for the displays try to outdo themselves by creating new displays or by increasing the size of the light display (Continue Reading…);

Embassy Suites Brea California: A Suite Stay in a PURE Room

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What are some of the hallmarks of a great place of lodging? Everyone differs slightly in what they prefer, but there are some characteristics that are repeatedly mentioned as the difference between a great place to stay and a mediocre place to stay, among them comfort, cleanliness, and great service. Guests at Embassy Suites in (Continue Reading…);