Christmas is right around the corner! Many of us are still scrambling to complete our shopping lists, running store to store or finalizing our shopping online. Often, with the hustling and bustling this time of year we can lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas or start to feel a bit of the bah humbug creeping in. When this happens, it’s time to stop, and reflect on the true magic of the season, giving back. This doesn’t mean you have to drain your wallet on gifts for other people. Giving back this year can be as simple as decluttering your house and shipping those items to Goodwill. The best part, you can do this for free. This year Goodwill stores have teamed up with Give Back Box to enable you to reuse your online shipping boxes to donate your unwanted household items (such as gently used clothing, handbags, shoes, etc) to Goodwill at no cost to you. Here’s how it works: Give Back Box gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at By gathering your unwanted items that are stuffed in the back of your closet, under your bed, in your attic or garage or wherever it is hiding, you can pack it up and ship it to Goodwill to help create jobs. Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.

Did you know, you can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment.
     Dogs can be great fun. In fact, dogs are more than just great fun: They are playful, and they can make you smile for hours. However, adopting a pet also requires a commitment to the new responsibility. For this, you need to understand what it means to have a dog and to see for yourself if you are ready to commit. After all, having a dog is not just for one day, but it is for life. So do read through this little reminder of the joys and responsibilities that come with your new furry friend to ensure that you know exactly what is ahead of you.

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     Years ago, I remember growing up with the original Furby and begging my parents to get me one when they were the hottest toy for the holidays. Now, it is years later and Furby has adapted to the times and he is on my kid's must have list for the holidays! Furby Connect has full color LED eyes which show kiddos even more expression as they communicate, advanced Bluetooth LE connectivity with smartphones and tablets, and a new LED antenna on its head that doubles as a joystick. Furby is the same great toy you remember from your childhood, except her has some awesome upgrades that you and your child will love! 

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     My lifestyle takes my family and I on the road constantly. I depend on Verizon to stay connected, no matter where I am. If I am making a call, I want to stay connected. If I send a text, I want it to go through. If I am downloading a song, I want lightening fast speed. Verizon is the carrier I depend on because they give me exactly what I need. 

     Have you been to see Moana yet? We have and it is amazing! There is no better way to spend a few hours with your family this holiday season! Check out this clip from the movie, the awesome song "We Know the Way". 
     Be sure to grab some printables for your kiddos! There are a ton of fun activities!  For more information, visit Moana here, like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter follow us on Instagram.
     Looking for a fun and hilarious way to challenge your family for the holidays? The Mouthguard Challenge is the way to do it. There are speaking challenges and more "intense" challenges that are going to challenge you and the other players while you wear the mouthguards! 


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     Moving to a new city is full of adventure, uncertainty, and constant curiosity. At Custom Turf of Pittsburgh, we’ve been locals for most of our lives, so we know this city as well as anyone. Rather than learning about a new city through months trial-and-error, use these tips when familiarizing yourself with your new home. We are going to tell you the most important things to know about Pittsburgh, so if you’re new to the city or plan on coming here soon, you can hit the ground running.

If you’re thinking of automating your home, you’re not alone. Many modern day homeowners consider this way of living now, as it can make life so much easier. There are some amazing benefits to be had from automating your home. If you’re still unsure, read on to find out how your life could change with home automation:

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     There is nothing worse than your kiddo waking up all wet and upset! Luvs wants a soggy, upset baby to be a thing of the past. Luvs NightLock Plus are softer and even more absorbent than before. The best part is, if you don't agree, they come with a ultra leakage protection and  money back guarantee. Luvs cost less than premium brands but give parents exactly what they need! So why not try them out?