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Getting Support At Different Times In Life

  • May 17, 2021

People love to be independent and it is a great thing in so many ways and being able to do certain things yourself without the help of others is a great way to live your life and give you a life you can be proud of. You can really get a sense of accomplishment when you are able to do something on your own. There are times in life, though, when it is the smart thing to get outside support and help. Certain situations arise where you need a professional standpoint and some expertise. Here are a few times in life where this may happen. 

Wrongful Deaths

Losing a loved one is difficult enough but when it is due to another person’s careless or negligent behavior can be truly devastating. In a wrongful death accident when someone has passed as a result, family members suddenly suffer the loss of love, friendship, security, guidance and possibly even financial support. All while they are dealing with the grief and emotional toll it takes, the family members need to also focus on moving into the future without someone they are used to having around. During these extremely difficult times it is best to speak to a team of experienced wrongful death attorneys to help you make sense of it all and deal with the legal aspects of the death and looking to get compensation that is so rightly deserved.

Exercise Classes And Your Fitness

Exercise is something where if you don’t know what you are doing it can be really dangerous so it is something you will also need help on in life. Certain exercises are perfectly fine to go about as you please and enjoy. However, there are some different types like weight lifting and yoga, where you need to be careful about how you execute the moves, especially when weights are involved. 

The different types of exercises where form and knowledge are key, and it can make all the difference between fixing an injury and creating one. When you have weight as well, you can really hurt yourself if you want sure what you’re doing or if you’re doing it right, which is why having a trainer or a Yogi, someone that’s experienced in that sector it’s the right thing to do to make sure you do it well and can progress in the right way.

Dealing With Your Finances

When it’s time to deal with your finances, if you aren’t experienced or familiar with the sector, you will want to get some outside help. They are the experts and will know all the different ways on how you can save money, make the most of that money you have and make sure everything is submitted properly to avoid any unwanted fees and charges. Financial advisors are trained in all different types of financial areas. They can make sure you find the best plan for you.

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A Guide To Name Change Social Security In 2021

  • April 23, 2021

Sometimes, change is inevitable, and it's upon you to adopt to whatever situation that comes with it. For instance, getting married involves a lot of social and economic adjustments. The same occurs when you get divorced. For one, you might need to change your names in all legal documents to reflect your current status.

Inasmuch as it may sound simple, the process isn't as straightforward as one would like. Of course, you'd expect it to be quite complicated because it involves a lot of legal procedures and maybe court sessions where necessary. So, what are the steps to be followed when changing the name on a social security card? Read on to learn more!

Gather All The Necessary Documents

As this is a crucial procedure that can affect the lives of many people – not just yours - it's imperative that all facts are collected carefully. As such, the first thing that you should do is to gather all the necessary documents. These will include, but not be limited to, proof of your identity, proof of your citizenship, and proof of name change. Let's have a look at each of them:

Proof of identity

Obviously, any legal body would like to know who they're dealing with. Identification documents may include an identification card, driver's license, or a passport. If you don't have these with you, then you can also use your employment ID, health insurance card, or a military ID.

Proof of citizenship

Once your official names are known, you must also prove that you're a U.S. citizen. The citizenship is considered legal when you provide your birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, certificate of naturalization, or a U.S. consular report of birth outside the country. With any or some of these available, you're set for the next step.

The legality of your new name

The onus is on you to prove that your new name is official and that all the legal procedures were followed during the changes. Depending on your situation, you can provide a marriage certificate, divorce certificate, certificate of naturalization, or the relevant court order.

Do you have everything ready? It's time to move on to the application process. 

Fill Form SS-5

There's no legal process that doesn't involve documentations and form completion. Whether you're applying for a temporary social security card or a permanent one, you'll need to fill form SS-5. Visit the relevant government offices with a filled form attached with all the documents mentioned above. Alternatively, you can download the form, fill and sign it, then mail it to the responsible offices. 

Not sure where to find the nearest SSA office? You can use the SSA office locator then decide whether to mail your documents or visit the office physically. As original documents are needed during the process, it would be a good idea to visit the place so that you can go back with your sensitive documents rather than having to wait for them to be mailed back.

Another benefit is the fact that you'll receive a receipt immediately confirming the changes. As such, you may move on to other steps as soon as you can. However, mailing your documents means you may need to wait up to two weeks for the process to be completed. So, plan your schedule and see which of the two options appeals to you. 

Patience Is Key

If you decide to mail your documents, then you have no option but to wait till the process is done. During this time, don't apply for a name change in any other organization until you receive confirmation from SSA offices. 

If you submitted the documents physically, then it can take up to 48 hours for the changes to be reflected in the database. However, if you're compelled to make changes elsewhere before receiving your card then you can use the receipt. While waiting for the process to be finalized, you can consider finding a financial advisor if you don't have one already. The reason is, these changes may have a direct impact on your economic life, especially if it was due to a divorce. 


Changing your name officially means you also need to make adjustments in various government and private offices. The first place you should start is the SSA office, where you can replace your social security name with the current one. You'll start by gathering all the necessary documents that prove your identity, citizenship, and the new official name. Next, you'll need to fill a form that will then be submitted together with the rest of the documents. Of course, delivering the documents by yourself will definitely make the process move faster as opposed to mailing them. During this time, it's recommended that you don't apply for a name change elsewhere unless it's urgent.

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6 Ways to Achieve Fitness, Work-Life Balance

  • April 18, 2021

Fatherhood when holding a full-time job is demanding. All you'll be thinking about most of the time is giving your family the best, which means working harder and spending more hours in the office. As you juggle between a demanding job and your family needs, you might get lost in between and not prioritize your needs.

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How To Maintain Your Vehicle for Work

  • April 1, 2021

How To Maintain Your Vehicle for Work

Whether you use a company vehicle, you provide company vehicles, or you’re using your own personal vehicle for work, the ways in which you take care of it remain the same. Keeping up with any repairs or routine maintenance will help you reduce long-term expenses. Know how to maintain your vehicle for work to preserve productivity and decrease maintenance costs.

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Is My Injury the Result of a Product Defect?

  • March 23, 2021


Imagine driving down the road. It's a nice day and you're zipping along on a bumpy stretch of interstate when suddenly your steering becomes much more difficult, and even slowing down becomes harder. When you hit another car, your last conscious thought is surprise that the airbags didn't deploy. This type of scenario injured thousands of people and killed over 100, because GM installed faulty ignitions in some of its vehicles. Without attorneys to represent the families impacted by this product defect, it could be argued that GM would have continued to release the same faulty ignitions year after year.  If you have an injury from a product you need an attorney!

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E-cigarette Pros Outweigh Cons, Researchers Say

  • March 19, 2021


According to a group of researchers, strict control of e-cigs such as Utillian 421 is really not justified based on existing proof.

Manufacturers of e-cigarettes put you at risk on purpose.

After reviewing 81 previous studies on the use and safety of nicotine-emitting products, the researchers concluded that enabling e-cigarettes to contend with conventional cigarettes could reduce tobacco-related deaths and disease.

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Top 7 Herbal Tea to Drink When Gaining Weight

  • March 15, 2021

Herbal tea is made from spices, herbs and different plant extracts. They have many health benefits, including weight loss. It is the best tea for gaining weight because it contains different beneficial components when you want to lose weight. Like many other herbal remedies, it is a delicious drink that offers all the benefits you will get from the herbal treatments. You can blend different herbs to form a rich flavored beverage which will help you in losing weight. Here are some of the beverages you should drink when you are gaining weight.

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4 Ways Your Life Changes if Your Spouse Dies

  • March 14, 2021

When you marry someone, you typically hear the person performing the ceremony say, “till death do you part.” The insinuation is that you agree with your partner that you will be with them until one of you passes away. It’s tradition to have the minister or whoever else is marrying you say that, but you probably don’t like thinking about it much.

The reality is that you will, in fact, be together till death parts you unless you divorce each other. You have legally tied yourselves together since marriage is a formal declaration that you have committed yourselves to one another.

You’re both probably hoping that death, when it does come for one of you, does not occur for many, many years. But what if it occurs sooner than you expected? Let’s look at four of the ways your life will likely change if such a tragic event happens.

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Activities in the Spring for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • March 9, 2021

Spring is such a fun time of year to be raising young children.  But after surviving the long winter, and the weather not always cooperating for hours of fun outside, some of us moms need some extra ideas of ways to pass the long days.


Spring Nature Walks

Spring is such a fantastic time of year to do a nature walk.  There are so many new and interesting things to find.  Flowers peeking out of the dirt, buds just popping on the trees, tadpoles becoming frogs, eggs hatching, etc.  Finding a great nature park to do a daily walk is a must all spring.  Look for parks that have an abundance of trees and wildlife.  A stream is wonderful because as the weather warms, little feet can jump right into the water and feel its cold water tickle their feet, watch the minnows swim under their toes and the frogs hop.  Other great ideas are turning over the rocks and moving the trees limbs and seeing what is laying underneath.  Make sure to always put them back!  Keep your eyes open for broken eggs too! 


Easter Egg Hunts and Coloring of Eggs

When the weather isn’t quite warm enough for hours of outdoor fun, you can do an indoor egg hunt.  To make it academic, put lower case letters in the eggs and have the kids match them to the uppercase letter poster you hang up!  Outside, you can hide empty eggs first and then allow each of your children to play Easter bunny and hide eggs for each other!

Coloring eggs is also a great inside or outside activity!  I have found cookie sheets work great as a tray for spillage!   As long as you like hard boiled eggs, I find this as a great weekly activity for the month before Easter!  As your kids get older, you can add bigger skills like egg blowing for a keepsake you can keep forever.


Outside Art

One of my favorite toddler activities was putting my son outside in a diaper in the warm afternoon sun and letting him do his first art work with whip cream and food dye.  He loved it and when it was all over straight in the sink for a quick bath!

Never underestimate the amazing ability of chalk to mesmerize your kids for hours!  I can’t tell you how many kids I know, learned their alphabet through mom writing with him in chalk.  In fact, my son learned how to write with chalk long before we learned with pen and paper!


Water Sensory Bins

On those beautiful 75 degree days, a plastic bin of water and all the toys you can find has provided the best afternoon breaks! Boats, cups, and mini people and let the imagination go.  When doing activities like this, it's good to help them get started by letting them see how you play in the water and then pull yourself out of it and let them make up their own games and stories. A hour of water play and they will be begging to be outside again and again!


Lonely?  Looking to make friends?  Stay at home moms keep similar hours.  Head to a playground near by around 10 am on a sunny morning and meet some other moms!  The playground will be filled with similar aged kids and similar aged mommies all going through the same struggles as you!  Looking to be socially distant and play by yourself?  I have found the hours of 1-3 a pretty quiet time at a playground with most littles home napping.  It picks up again after 3 when older siblings get out of school, so watch out!



Pre covid, libraries were my favorite place to hang out at least once a week for a story time!  Between the rich environment of books and amazing educational toys they stock, you can’t go wrong spending a morning picking out next week’s bedtime stories while your child builds legos roads for the dinosaurs.  



Never underestimate the gift of a shovel and seeds. Spring is a time for planting and whether you have a small inside garden or a large plot of land, allowing your kids to participate is a wonderful thing.  I have six pots that I plant every May, a patio that I have 2 yards of mulch to lay around it, and a children's garden.  Every year, we start with a trip to Loews or Home depot to pick this year's flowers for walkways and pots.  Then we pick their special seeds to plant in their garden.  One year we grew pumpkins that took over half my yard!  The next year we planted zinnias which bloomed all summer and filled their rooms with fresh flowers.  Sunflowers have also been a big hit!  This year we are going to try to do gourds over an arbor...The beautiful thing about gardening, is it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!  Flowers bloom even when we don’t buy the perfect dirt, and weeds sprout all summer giving us work to do in the evening hours!


Puddle jumping

Not sure how many of you have a kid that spent their winter watching Peppa Pig, but if you are sick and tired of hearing the oink oink oink at the beginning of the show, puddle jumping is a great way to break the tv habit!  In Pa, we get a lot of rain in the spring.  Sometimes it feels like it rains every day!  When March blows in, I usually end up at the shoe store buying this year's rain boots, because no matter what the weather is, when I am hitting my max of indoor time and tv, a pair of rain boots and a jacket go a long way to a happy afternoon or morning!


Baby Chicks

If you don’t live on a farm or you don’t want to go visit one, Tractor supply and Ace hardware are two large chains that have Chick Days.  This is a time when they get hundreds of baby chicks that come into their stores and live under heat lamps.  Farmers and homesteaders usually buy them to keep for eggs.  We like to go visit and look at them.  You're not usually allowed to touch them, but the kids get a kick out of seeing all the varieties, sizes and colors!  A stop by starbucks on the way home, makes it a great day!  


 Farm visits

This is pretty par for the course in the spring, but rounding up the kids and taking a tour of a local farm or creamery is usually a hit.  There are a couple different options to visit from your local small creamerys to your larger farms that have strawberry picking.  May is not complete without muddy boots and baskets of fresh strawberries.  They usually have goats and baby calves to see as well.  Near us, we have working orchards that do farm tours to show their fruit trees with their beautiful flowers blooming, strawberry farms and also tulip farms.  Each place makes for an amazing morning out!



Spring is my favorite time to go to the zoo.  The weather is beautiful, the animals are out exploring and the crowds are small.  If you live near a zoo, a membership is usually the way to go!  Try going at least once a month, your children will always find new things to spot or new interests to explore.

If you haven't noticed, I love spring and the outside time.  Studies have shown that our kids are healthier and happier the more they engage in nature.  It might be cold, and it might be raining but their are so many wonderful things to see and explore in the spring with your toddlers and preschoolers!

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Investing in bitcoin practical tips

  • March 3, 2021


The interest in the crypto market does not seem to dwindle these days. Here are some great tips to follow, especially if you are just getting started with BTC investing.


Understanding the Bitcoin blockchain


The blockchain emerged in 2008 with Bitcoin as the first cryptocurrency. This new technology gives the possibility of transferring data online in a highly secured and transparent environment.

Thus, Internet users can make money transactions and send money over the Internet independently, without third-party intervention (banks), and in a secure manner.

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