Creating A Better Password

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PasswordIf you’re like me you probably have passwords for nearly everything.  Work email; home email; online forums; banking; ebay; twitter; Facebook; and dozens of others.  As a parent (and a busy one – right) you need to make sure that the cute little techno wizard you’ve raised doesn’t hack into your PC and start using or viewing stuff that you’d rather keep secure.  A good password is important, but a great password is even better.  Here are some hints and tips for you to create secure passwords.....

Beat the Cold with These Fun (And Different!) Snow Day Ideas

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The score is Snow 1, School 0.  Your kids are thrilled because Mother Nature has given them yet another snow day.  But you’ve already made snowmen, gone sledding, and watched movies on all of those OTHER snow days.

Trust me, your choices are not limited to frostbite and snotcycles, check out these ideas for some snow day entertainment and avoid the dread "Dad, I'm Booooored!"

College Costs HOW Much?! Financial Aid Tips to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind

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Today, two-thirds of college students have to take out loans to pay for their education, and the average borrower graduates with close to $27,000 in debt!  Right now, the standard repayment schedule is 10 years – meaning that your kids will likely have kids of their own before their college tuition is paid for!

Wouldn’t it be nice to help them come up with a payment plan that doesn’t need to be paid back (and, no, I’m not talking about winning the lottery, suddenly agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, or going on a bank robbing spree).
Instead, your kids can get scholarships and grants.  Neither has to be paid back.  But to get them, you (and your kids) will have to do some work now, before they head off to school.
To make things easier, try some of these tips!

Intentional Random Acts of Kindness

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Flowers GiftI have a personal issue with the term “random” acts of kindness. Why must they be random? Why not make them deliberate, intentional, or planned? Remember the movie “Pay it Forward”? Very inspirational and motivating… but the acts were not random. So with the literary nit-picking aside, what would I or could I do to make a positive change?

Oil Mix Ratio's Made Easy

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Gas MIxI have raced motorcycles for years. Those 2 Stroke engines require pre-mixed oil and fuel, just like some of your common weed wackers, chain saws, or other gas powered tools. There are a number of tools and graduated cylinders or measuring devices you can use to get the right mixture of oil and gas each time. But what do you do if you don’t have one of those around, or you’ve lost it? Here’s an easy explanation of how to calculate the correct oil mix amounts…

Oil Changes Made Easy - Really!

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Auto RepairOver the years I have bought a ton of accessories or gizmos for my cars, trucks and motorcycles. All of them were absolutely essential (or so I told my wife). So for those of you who happen to do your own oil changes, I have the best device you can ever own to make the job easier; faster; and best of all cleaner too. This unique item has made oil changes a snap for me and I will never own another car without one. Let me show you how it works…..

How About an Associate's Degree?

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GradI understand that what I am about to tell you goes against all the normal career advice you’ve ever been given. It probably goes against what you are already telling your kids, and what you’ve also been telling yourself. So entertain me while I show you some analysis and information describing why your child may be better off not going through the 4-Year college route.  It's possible they may be further ahead to consider getting an Associate's degree....

How to Build and Use a Water Level

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Plumb BobI had to lay some buried drain lines on my property to address problems where water was pooling and causing mud holes. Once I had dug the trenches my next problem was to figure out how to accurately measure the slope of the drain lines to ensure the water would go where I wanted.  I’m basically too cheap to buy a laser level or a transit; and too inept to use a string level with any accuracy.  So I decided to build a simple water level to make sure my drain lines were right.  Here's how I did it......

Becoming a Better Husband

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CoupleI have read a ton of books on parenting, marriage, relationships, communication, listening, etc. You’d think by now I would know it all…or at least have seen it all as well. This past month I read an astounding book that I am using to help to improve my relationship with my wife and my kids too. I cannot believe something so simple could have had this much impact in my family. So if you really want to be a better Dad, you may want to consider becoming a better husband first. Now about this book……

How to Read the Mayan Calendar

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Mayan TempleI found this article online and thought it was interesting that such an ancient civilization could develop a complex and mathematical system for tracking time.  Here's a summary of how to read the Mayan calendar.  But you'd better hurry in case all the doomsayers are right.....