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How Technology Can Keep Your Elderly Loved One Out of Assisted Living

Written by David Jones on September 2, 2014

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Technology has come a long way in helping keep the elderly safe, especially when they live alone at home. If you have an elderly loved one who you worry about, look into the different ways technology can help keep them safe when they’re alone. When you can’t be there, technology can be the next best thing in ensuring their safety and getting them help when they need it. (more…)

Using Digital Tools to Help Your Family with Estate Planning

Written by David Jones on July 31, 2014

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Most of us don’t like to consider what will happen to our assets once we pass away, because we don’t like to think about our own mortality. However, this is a process all of us must address at some point during our lives. Estate planning involves careful planning, so that your loved ones can gain access to trusts, wills, and insurance benefits after your death. Don’t leave your family in the dark regarding your savings, property, stocks, and other assets. Here are four apps that can help you get organized during the estate planning process

Creating Wills

The WillCrafter app is an excellent primer for those who aren’t sure where to start drafting a will. WillCrafter contains a handy user manual, walking you through the steps to define an estate. You will be able to clearly identify your assets and inform your loved ones on where to find important information. These steps can help your family members avoid lengthy probate court processes. Users also get a clear idea of guardianship processes, so that adult family members can oversee the use of funds inherited by minors. This app addresses a comprehensive range of estate planning concerns, including estate distribution, funeral arrangements, executors, taxes, and more.

Digital Assets

Our lives are becoming increasingly tangled with online opportunities. Chances are, you have online accounts that your loved ones will need to access after you pass away. Services like SecureSafe can keep all of your important data, such as passwords, financial information, and other documents stored safely online. For example, if you own a business with digital assets, it can lead to immense complications for your employees and clients if no one can access administrative information. Or you might have executed stock trades online without creating hard copy documentation. You can provide the executor of your estate with this information, so that they can manage your digital assets with ease. This way, you don’t have to worry about assets in a variety of online accounts slipping through the cracks.

Funeral Planning

Funeral costs can quickly add up and burden your loved ones. While it might seem strange, there are online services that can help you plan ahead for your funeral, so that your loved ones don’t have to worry about the financial and planning obligations. MyWonderfulLife helps you make funeral arrangements, pre-pay funeral expenses, design an obituary, and pass on letters to your family members and friends. This service can be used in conjunction with your other estate planning efforts to make the process as simple as possible for your survivors. MyWonderfulLife helps people confront death in constructive ways that can relieve burden from their family members.

Life Insurance Information

Many insurance companies have their own proprietary app, which allows you to view beneficiaries, examine benefits, and file claims. These tools can be indispensible to your loved ones, who might not have a firm understanding of your life insurance coverage. They could be entitled to receive payments, which can greatly alleviate financial burdens. Make sure to leave your health insurance details in your will and inform your executor about your life insurance company’s online resources. This can make it significantly easier for your family members to access important information about your account.

Getting ready to take the initial steps for estate planning can be an intimidating prospect. However, using online tools to manage your assets and accounts can help you distribute your wealth to your loved ones without fuss. Think about the type of legacy you wish to pass down to future generations in your family. There are several online tools available to make this process easier.

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4 Online and Software-Based Systems that Can Make Your Blogging Life Easier

Written by David Jones on June 15, 2014

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When you decide to make the shift to freelance blogging, you might quickly discover that there’s a vast difference between the work expectations of casual vs. professional blogging. Your time becomes an extremely precious commodity, and you can’t spend days agonizing over your content strategy, affiliates, and prospective clients. Take a look at these four web and software-based systems that freelance bloggers can’t afford to ignore.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

When you become a freelance blogger, you’ll find yourself making dozens of significant contacts online. However, it can be easy to lose track of who’s who, especially if you only know them by a small avatar or screen name. A CRM can help you keep track of your business contacts, affiliates, and clients. You can even start building opportunity pipelines as business picks up. These files can help you keep track of the most valuable relationships you build through your blog. (more…)

Marriages Do Not Need to Grow Stale – How to Rekindle the Love

Written by David Jones on June 4, 2014

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One of the recent trends in the United States is the apparent belief among many young couples that their marriage will eventually turn into a routine and standard companionship. The spark of love, excitement, and laughter will be replaced by habitual evenings tending to the children and other grownup obligations.

There’s no denying a certain amount of truth in this grey notion, but there’s also room to believe otherwise. What most couples may fail to understand is that a relationship always remains in the hands of the people who are in it.

Love is a phenomenon whose flame can keep flaring. If has already dimmed and fizzled, there are ways to bring it back to life.

Show love and say it

One of the main reasons that couples can lose the romance is that either one or both partners forgets to show signs of affection. Keep in mind, though, that affection doesn’t always have to come in the form of gifts.

If money is tight, opt for something simpler and possibly more meaningful. For example, greet your wife or husband warmly, hold hands, flirt randomly, make a surprise dinner or lunch date, or leave a warm message on the person’s mobile.

You could even leave random and caring Post-It notes for your partner to run across while you are away. Small gestures like these will do wonders to solidify your relationship and rekindle feelings of love.

Attention

Another great complaint among couples is that one or both partners is bad at listening. Listening skills are something that are drilled into children, but as adults, they too often disappear.

According to the Huffington Post, couples need to listen to each other with an open heart, ask questions, show interest, give advice, and seriously consider one another’s point of view. These techniques will create a stronger bond and indicate to your spouse that true care and compassion are still there.

Date time

Whoever said that dates are only for singles seems to be confused. Even in marriage, couples should go on dates.

They don’t need to be expensive — a drain on the shared wallet; there are dozens of great economical date ideas you can choose. According to The Savor Blog, a few ideas include winter ice skating, a food cart tour, a mini road trip to weird attractions, a visit to a local planetarium, volunteering, cooking at home together, and finding a local fair.

Marriage dating is a great way to have a great time together and strengthen your companionship.

Say “I love you”

Finally, do not forget to tell your spouse that you love him or her … and you’d better mean it. While the words are a simple gesture, when there is truth and conviction to them, they truly do make a world of difference.

Marriage does not need to be weighed down by the trials of life. If you follow the above tips, and keep communication, dating, and attention in the picture, a marriage can stay on track to remaining healthy and loving.

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Top Tricks to Make Kids Eat their Veggies

Written by 9rules Blog on May 15, 2014

It’s true that kids become picky with the food they eat as they grow older from being a toddler. Many refuse to eat vegetables despite reminders from their parents and teachers that they contain lots of nutrients needed by the body compared to the less healthy food they prefer to eat.

But parents need not despair as there are steps they can take to ensure that their children eat healthy moving forward. It just takes some patience, a little creativity and research on the internet. There are no fast rules.

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Take it or leave it

Experts would say that it’s never a good idea to let kids choose the food they want to eat all the time. It’s okay to let them pick occasionally but it’s best that they stick to what is served on the table. (more…)