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Top of the Mornin' to You!  

St. Patrick's Day and Spring are just around the corner.  GREAT news after this year's long cold winter. 
Who of us isn't ready for warmer weather and sunshine?  And some timely, helpful tips that will help save Money, Time, and Effort?  

I've scoured the internet and found 5 timely articles to kick-off your Spring in possession of ideas, suggestions, and guidelines to help do that.  I've thrown in a few little extras for fun too.  Hope this week's offerings prove to be your "Pot of Gold" ...  

Have a fun, safe St. Patrick's Day!


(1)  Nips and Tucks to get your Tablet Computer 
Running Like New ... 

As with most gadgets, your tablet is prone to slowing down with age. Apps that once opened in the blink of an eye will eventually take precious seconds to load. Likewise, screen swipes that were initially fluid and bouncy will appear slow and unresponsive. Fortunately, the tablet fountain of youth isn’t as elusive as you think. With a few simple nips and tucks, you can optimize your tablet to run like it did when your first purchased it.  (MORE ...)

(2)  What Your Child Should Know About Money By Key Ages 

Parents frequently hear that it's important to teach children about money, and it's hard to imagine any mother or father arguing the point. But obviously you're rushing things if you’re trying to explain revolving credit to a 5-year-old. So if you're wondering what concepts kids can grasp and by what age, here are guidelines to get you from kindergarten to college.  (MORE ...)
Green Spree! The Best St. Patrick’s Day Family Events ...

Before spring begins, enjoy one last hurrah. St. Patrick’s Day is once again upon us — green rivers, float-filled parades and all. Forget what you know about its rowdy side: This festive holiday comes with days of activities that are great for kids. Who needs a green beer hangover when you’ve got family fun?  Here are our top picks.  

(3)  Why did millions of Americans just not bother to refinance their mortgages?

If you got an offer in the mail promising to save you money on your mortgage, would you believe it?

Elliott Torres and his wife received a letter like this last May, while they were struggling with the payments for their home on the West Side of Chicago. Torres, a night-shift foreman at a printing plant, was doing everything he could to help make ends meet. He took on side jobs: handyman stuff, fixing windows, painting, patching drywall. Their routine was the hard hustle, all so that each month they could muster the $2,000 in mortgage payments to keep their red brick house, their dream home.

The letter that would change their lives sat, unread, for months, while the deadline ticked away. On July 12, Torres finally took a good look.  (MORE ...)

Click on the button!  Discover if YOU too can save! 

(4)  Smells that Sell: How a Scent Can Make or Break a Deal ...

The bare-bones Harlem rental I moved into after college happened to share an air duct with a chicken-and-burger joint, the fumes of which wafted through the tiny window in the shower. Meaning, then, that when I went to get clean, the smell of soap mingled in the hot, damp air with the smell of bargain basement fried chicken. To this day, I've never enjoyed wings the same way. 

Brokers are keenly aware of how scent can work to their advantage during open houses, even when there's not necessarily a smell that needs explicit covering up.  (MORE ...)

Overnight Blueberry French Toast ...
With Easter just around the corner, I thought this recipe might come in handy for family celebrations ... and help the family cooks out too! 
                         Just "Click" on the pic to the right to get the recipe ...

(5)  Decorating with Color: Expert Tips ...

Our designers and editors dish out their tips for decorating with colors including green, red, and more. Get our top paint picks for every color, and then keep clicking for color-by-color decorating tips.  (MORE ...)

Thanks for reading this week's newsletter!

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