How to fight climate change from your backyard

Your backyard or local park is home to ballgames and barbecues with family and friends. But did you know that it is so much more? The trees, grass, plants and flowers in your yard, local parks and ballfields play an important role in fighting climate change. The planet is growing warmer because there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, which acts as a blanket that traps greenhouse gases. Excess carbon is added to the atmosphere in all sorts of ways, but the easiest way to “sequester” the carbon (storing…

Remote Control: Finding Your Optimal Work-Life Balance in 2021

By Jeannie Finkel, Cetera Financial Group Before the pandemic, many industries resisted the idea that work could be done primarily from home. They hadn’t fully suited up for extensive remote work. That left many scrambling last spring, and employees had to quickly figure out how to stay connected, collaborate with co-workers and show they could be productive despite working from the kitchen table or spare bedroom. This put a strain on both employers and employees alike as they struggled to adapt to a new normal. One year later, many challenges…

How digital tools can help you manage your money

Since the start of the pandemic, many consumers have opted to bank digitally to manage their finances safely and conveniently from anywhere. In fact, a recent survey by Chase found that 54% of consumers said that they have been banking more digitally due to the pandemic. Among the many features available today, fraud alerts, electronic bill payments and mobile check deposits have become leading consumer favorites when banking online or by phone. If you thought that this trend was only limited to younger generations, you’d be wrong. Since March 2020,…

Coping with health challenges: Three unique journeys with a rare disease

Anyone who suffers from health challenges knows how difficult it can be — not only physically, but also emotionally. For those coping with rare disorders, navigating life can be even more challenging. Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is a rare, often life-altering disease caused by inflammation in the central nervous system characterized by immune-mediated damage to the optic nerve, brain stem and spinal cord. It can manifest in a variety of ways — vision impairment or blindness, muscle weakness, paralysis, pain, fatigue — which can cause diagnostic delays and misdiagnosis…

A free way to save money on prescriptions and help kids with critical illnesses

Audrey is a 12-year-old girl from Arizona with a passion for fashion. She spends her free time flipping through style magazines and listening to her favorite songs. She dreams of having her photo professionally taken in a long, whimsical dress that covers the leg braces that help her stay steady. While Audrey’s interests are not uncommon for girls her age, her life is very different due to a nervous system disorder. She is not a stranger to hospitals and is homeschooled by her family. Although her childhood has been challenging,…

How to ‘fight dirty’ with a pressure washer

As you’ve been spending more time at home lately, you’ve probably found things around your house and yard that aren’t as clean as they used to be. Depending on where you live, you may be eyeing many of these cleaning projects and putting them on your to-do list as spring approaches, or you may be itching to get at them right away. Unfortunately, some of these areas are really difficult to clean, and some of the problem spots are very tough to reach, too — which may explain why they’ve…

Navigate the tax impacts of small business stimulus relief in 3 easy steps

Even during the best of times, managing a small business is a daunting undertaking, let alone doing so during a pandemic. If your business has survived COVID-19, it’s likely you’re still struggling just to make ends meet and don’t need the added stress of figuring out complicated taxes. You started your business to pursue a passion, not to think through the tax implications of PPP, EIDL and myriad other confusing programs (and acronyms) surrounding stimulus-related relief. However, in three easy steps, you can set yourself up for tax-time success. Step…

As technology habits evolve, it’s more important than ever to keep your family safe from cyber threats

If you’re like most Americans, how you use technology today is likely vastly different than just a year ago. As COVID-19 began to impact society, many aspects of daily life went virtual, and everything from office work, to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and even our kids’ classrooms came home to us. Although the shift to a digital-first life was brought on by the global pandemic, people have no plans to look back. In fact, the majority of U.S. adults intend to keep the digital shift in their normal routine post-COVID,…

Four tips on how to manage psoriasis during uncertain times

Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company The past year has been challenging for nearly everyone. Many are suffering from stressors related to health care, the economy and the political climate. Not to mention, a global health crisis is changing the way most of us live, work and interact with others. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), stress is a common trigger for many people living with chronic, immune conditions including psoriasis. Psoriasis affects the skin and nearly 125 million people are impacted worldwide. The most common form of psoriasis…

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season

While there may be no “cure” for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to overcome the coughs and sniffles of a cold can make a big difference. Here are 5 tips for getting through your next cold: 1. Rest up Taking time off from work or school when suffering from a cold not…