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Teen WWW.INFLUENTIAL-MAGAZINE.COM JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2020

Resolving for a Healthy 2020?

Talking to Your Family is a Great Way to Start

HAYLIE DUFF’S

4 Tips to Make Brunch Even Better

Add Mexican Flair to Game Day Favorites

Celebrate the New You

in the New Year!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Fashion & Style

10 | Make a Statement at School: 4

Trends for Kids to Try 12 | Making Your Own Jewelry is Easier Than You Think

finance

28 | 5 Financial Tips for Teens

Food & Beverage

30 | Haylie Duff’s 4 Tips to Make

Brunch Even Better 32 | A Twist on a Classic Pie 34 | Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones 36 | Add Mexican Flair to Game Day Favorites

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08 | 6 Ideas for a New You

in the New Year 40 | Cozy up to the Table This Winter with Family Game Night

Health & Wellness

44 | 4 Reasons Playing Piano

is Good for Your Health 46 | Winter Skin Care 101 48 | Resolving for a Healthy 2020? Talking to Your Family is a Great Way to Start

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Lifestyle

66 | 5 Cool Gift Ideas That Last Beyond Valentine’s Day 68 | Driven to Last: Car Care Tips for 2020 and Beyond

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70 | What You Can do About Your Dog’s Stinky Breath

Travel

72 | Top 10 Travel Destinations to Start the New Decade


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OUR PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Hi everyone. Join us as we welcome 2020 with our January / February edition of Teen InFluential. We’re very excited to see what the coming year will have in store for us. As a multi award-winning publication, we strive to bring to our readers the kind of journalism everyone has grown to cherish over the years. There’s not a day that goes by that we do not hear from or engage directly with our readers on how glad they are that we continue to keep our focus in positive, uplifting, and educational directions with our publication. This positive feedback serves to drive our efforts to exceed expectations each edition. Keep an eye on our official website at www.influential-magazine.com, our Facebook page, and our LinkedIn page as we share other opportunities to inspire and influence. Have an awesome 2020 and thank you again for supporting Teen InFluential. Cheerfully,

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6 IDEAS FOR A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR

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he new year is the perfect time to hit the reset button and get a fresh start. Here are six resolution ideas, plus tools and strategies for accomplishing each:

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more but never seem to have an opportunity to curl up with a good book? Downloading audiobooks and listening to them during commutes and workouts can be the perfect way to “read” when you don’t have dedicated time in your day.

one of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make. To get this one to stick, consider tools that will make reaching your goals more fun. The latest additions to the G-SHOCK Women’s lineup of sports watches are a good example of how wearable tech can support fitness goals. The GMAB800 Pro Trainer Watch connects to a phone app, which provides access to a number of health and fitness functions, including a three-axis accelerometer that keeps track of step counts, a timer that lets you

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FEATURE create up to 20 combinations of five timers each, memory for up to 200 lap records and more.

push notifications when you’ve exceeded your limits.

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Make Music: Whether learning to play for the first time or resolving to create your own compositions, new tools can support your efforts. The CT-S300 keyboard from Casio not only connects to an app offering lessons in how to play your favorite songs,

Control Spending: It’s all too

easy to spend more than one has or should in any given day, week or month. Use digital apps to create a budget and stick to it. Find one that will actually send you

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but the instrument’s dance music mode lets you create and remix electronic dance music tracks, as well as use the keys to trigger drum loops, basslines, synth parts, effects, transitions and more. Bonus benefits: learning to play keyboard will improve hand-eye coordination and stimulate cognitive brain activity.

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decluttering your home is important, however it can seem daunting, making this one resolution that many people make but don’t keep. Rather than assume you need to dedicate an entire day or weekend to tidy up, block out just five to 10 minutes a day to clear out small areas. Before you know it, you’ll start to see some major improvements. You can even make it fun by putting on music and cleaning for three-song segments at a time.

Whether you’re in school and looking to boost your grades or your formal math education is well behind you, it’s never too late to hone your skills. And a great calculator, such as the fx-9860 from Casio, can help you not only become a more efficient mathematician, but one who really understands the concepts behind his or her calculations. This New Year, don’t get caught in a rut. New tools and fun strategies can help motivate you to try new hobbies, sharpen your skills and improve your life. (StatePoint) l

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ere are some tips on how to stay comfortable and on-trend at school, from Laryssa Grant, a young adult buyer for national family footwear retailer, Rack Room Shoes.

Jewel Tones, Pops of Color Fashion is a form of expression, and right now, shoes are doing all the talking. Simple clothing choices paired with bold, jewel-toned shoes make getting dressed easy and fun. Shoes to try: Vans sneakers in red, blue, purple or yellow. Vans’ retro styles come in a variety of vibrant colors and patterns with sizes for school-aged girls and boys -- and parents, too.

Big Logos When it comes to clothing and shoe choices this school year, there’s no need for subtlety. Bigger is better. Bolder is better. Top brands are embracing this concept in their logo designs. Shoes to try: A variety of brands such as Nike, Adidas, Fila and Converse offer styles this season that kick it up a notch with brighter and more pronounced logo choices.

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Prints and Patterns In the past, mixing patterns has been taboo, but according to Grant, it’s now encouraged. Patterned shoes are no longer treated as a statement shoe, but rather as a neutral that can be mixed and paired with any item in the closet. Shoes to try: Converse has put a fun twist on its classic style with floral and rainbow patterns. Paired with a swing dress or jeans and a t-shirt, these styles make even the most standard outfit unique.

Chunky Remember when mom jeans became a fashion musthave? A style better known as “chunky dad shoes” are just as hot this year. For men, women, and kids of all ages, sneakers with extra thick soles take a casual look to the next level and provide comfort for even the most active little feet. Shoes to try: Fila is nailing the chunky sole trend and has sneakers in sizes for the whole family. For one-stopshopping, families can visit the Kids Club at Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at rackroomshoes.com. “Shopping is always an exciting activity for kids and families,” says Grant. “And now, parents can revisit the styles they loved while helping their children express their individualities.” (StatePoint) l


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FASHION & STYLE Fashion trends are cyclical and those in the know love it! From chunky soles to bold colors and oversized brand logos, this school year, 90s-inspired sneakers are all the rage.

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IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK M aking jewelry is a gratifying hobby, and there are great resources available to help you learn how to craft unique pieces. With little or no previous experience, you can make beautiful jewelry for yourself, or make meaningful holiday gifts for others. Jewelry making is an engaging pastime and produces something truly one-of-a-kind.

Find project guides and how-to videos to help guide you along the way with resources from Jewelry Television (JTV) via JTV.com, the Jewel School YouTube channel and at various times throughout the week on JTV’s broadcast. All the instructors are jewelry-making experts and enthusiasts who are constantly learning, experimenting and collaborating with each other to bring you the latest techniques and trends, from beginning beading to advanced kumihimo (Japanese braiding). Here are just a few ways you can use the gui-

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des and tutorials to get started - or to up your jewelry-making game.

Beginner essentials

If you’re new to making jewelry and looking for basic tools to get started, check out the YouTube tutorial called “Essential Supplies for Jewelry Making” to start your shopping list. The instructor in the tutorial explains the basic supplies you will need, such as: Stringing wire 24, 22 and 20 gauge wire Bead stoppers Crimping beads Crimp covers Crimping pliers Chain nose pliers Then the real fun begins - you can start personalizing your craft by selecting beads and other materials to use in your jewelrymaking. JTV partners with some of the largest jewelry making manufacturers around the globe to bring all the best tools,

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versatile beads, wires and other jewelrymaking necessities in one place. And to make things easier than wandering around a huge craft store, you can order whatever you need to get started via the Jewelry Television channel or at JTV.com.

Tutorials Once you’re set up with supplies, look for step-by-step tutorials to help guide you through any jewelry-making project that you fancy. Try out projects like “Making Tousled Tassel with a Tassel Maker” - which you can stop and replay as needed while you’re first learning the techniques. There are hundreds of tutorials to choose from, showing you how to make everything from rings, bangles and bracelets to earrings, necklaces and pendants, in a wide variety of styles and using many different materials.


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Jewelry If you love jewelry, and you also love to tap into your artistic side, you’re in luck!

Personalize Every Project Follow these step-by-step instructions to make an easy but gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings. You can customize the project to suit your own style by choosing whatever kinds of materials you prefer, and you can make the earrings as simple or as complex as you want, depending on your level of experience.

Watch the video on YouTube and/or follow these instructions to learn the basics:

Step-by-step process for making beautiful chandelier earrings: Step 1: Choose headpins and beads that fit your style and put the beads on the headpins. Step 2: Use the One-Step Looper to make loops at the end of each headpin,

creating beaded dangles you can attach to the loops on your chandelier component. By using the One-Step Looper, you get perfect loops every time! Step 3: Use chain nose pliers to slightly open the loops you’ve made. Step 4: Attach the loops to the chandelier component and close them using chain nose pliers. Step 5: Rock the amazing earrings you just created! Making your own jewelry is a fun and satisfying creative outlet that you can pursue at your own pace. You could even throw a jewelry-making party this holiday season, making new creations to wear for yourself, or to give as gifts or swap with friends. (BPT) l

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hile 93% of American teens say they know how the economy works, 29% have had no economic schooling, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens ages 1318 by Wakefield Research on behalf of Junior Achievement and the Charles Koch Foundation. Even in light of their false confidence, teens are aware of the importance of financial education. Although the study identified numerous gaps in economic and financial knowledge, it also showed teens do know where to look for credible information. Two-thirds (67%) recognize they should use their school as a resource. “One of the things we hear often is that some textbooks are written too academically for most students to understand the concepts,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “Our programs, which work as a complement to the school curriculum, are written from the perspective of today’s teens and use digital content to help bring economic concepts to life for students.” Beyond the classroom, another 63% of students believe they should use their parents as resources for economics

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education. Help influence the financial literacy of a teen in your life with these practical money-management tips adapted from the curriculum.

Set goals. Managing your money is more meaningful when you’re doing it with purpose. This might mean budgeting to ensure you have enough money to maintain your auto insurance and keep gas in your car, or you may be saving for a big senior trip. Knowing what you want to achieve with your money can help you plan how you spend it more wisely.

Weigh needs vs. wants. When you begin making your own money, it’s easier to indulge your own wishes and spend money on things you don’t necessarily need. To some extent, that’s not a bad thing; rewarding yourself is fine when you do so within reason. That means not exceeding your available funds, and not forsaking things you truly need, like gas money to get to and from a job or school. Get a debit card. Most people find that having cash on hand makes it easier to spend. If you use a debit card instead, you’re an extra step away from spending so you have a little more time

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to consider your purchase. Another benefit of a debit card is it helps track your purchases in real time so you can keep constant tabs on your balance and ensure you don’t overdraft your account.

Start a savings habit. Even if your income doesn’t allow for much, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of setting aside a portion of each check. It may only be $10, but over time each $10 deposit can build your account toward a long-range goal.

Protect your privacy. Teens who’ve grown up in the digital age tend to be less skeptical and cautious about privacy matters than their elder counterparts. It’s important that young people understand the potential impact of failing to protect their privacy when it comes to financial matters, including the possibility that their identities could be stolen and all of their money siphoned away. Teaching kids about security is an essential lesson in economics. Visit ja.org for more tips and information to help raise your teen’s financial literacy. (Family Features) l


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ne of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch,” says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. “It’s the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an added bonus!” Duff has a few expert tips and tricks to make your brunch even better:

1. Bring on the sparkle From table settings to sparkling wine, water or cider, let your feast bring joy to everyone invited. Keep the decor simple like filling a couple of empty wine bottles with decorative bottle lights. Our family loves to play board games and card games, which add so much extra fun!

- they have superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs! Eggland’s Best eggs contain 25% less saturated fat and more than double the vitamin B12, which can help boost energy levels and keep you fueled throughout the day. On top of that, they have double the omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin D - that’s why Eggland’s Best is the only egg I buy for my family! For a brunch recipe that’s sure to impress your guests, try the Hash Brown & Chive Goat Cheese Quiche from Eggland’s Best:

2. Make keepsake place cards Use small brightly colored envelopes as place cards. Write guests’ names using gold or silver markers on the envelopes and put on each plate. You can also write a personal note to each guest inside, sharing a special memory or telling them how much they mean to you.

3. Serve a hearty meal Quiche is a classic choice - it’s easy to make ahead, which is essential for me, being a mother of two! Great quiche recipes use fresh, nutritious ingredients that pack in the flavor. When I’m shopping at the grocery store, I look for Eggland’s Best eggs with the bright red EB stamp

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Hash Brown & Chive Goat Cheese Quiche Prep time 30 minutes, Cook time 50 minutes - Serves 8 Ingredients 1 16-ounce package shredded hash browns (squeeze moisture out with cheesecloth or paper towels) 4 tablespoons softened butter 1 large Eggland’s Best egg 1 teaspoon coarse Himalayan sea salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon Spanish Smoked Paprika


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4TipstoMake BrunchEvenBetter 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt 1 4-5 ounce package room temperature goat cheese 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 11 large Eggland’s Best eggs 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Preparation Preheat oven to 350. Using 10-inch springform pan, butter bottom and sides. Line only sides with parchment paper, then butter the paper. In bowl, mix dry hash browns, butter, egg, salt, pepper, paprika and chives.

Pat into bottom and sides of springform, making sure bottom crust is not too thick. Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until crispy and browned. In large bowl, beat softened goat cheese, yogurt, salt and pepper. Slowly beat in all 11 eggs until mixed.

When crust comes out of oven, pour egg mixture into crust and bake approximately 45-50 minutes. Sides will be firm and center almost firm. Take springform side off, peel off parchment paper and serve.

4. Brighten up your sides Boost the freshness of your meal with a colorful veggie or fruit salad - or both! The kids love fresh seasonal fruit and veggies, and sometimes we serve them with some fresh whipping cream or flavored yogurt. Remember - for an amazing brunch, entertain with your own special style and flair. Everyone will love the fun new traditions you create! (BPT) l

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A TWIST ON A While apple pie is a traditional seasonal dish, you can add unique flavor with this skillet version.

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Simply toss Honeycrisp apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice then spoon between two pie crusts simmering in a thin layer of brown sugar and cinnamon then drizzle with caramel sauce for a deliciously gooey evening treat. Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Skillet Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce 4 large Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, divided 1 tablespoon lemon juice 6 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, brown sugar

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2 refrigerated pie crusts 2 teaspoons whipping cream caramel sauce Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, combine apples, sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and lemon juice until apples are covered. Set aside. In oven-safe, 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar and remaining cinnamon; mix until combined. Boil 5-8 minutes. In same skillet, place one pie crust over brown sugar mixture. Pour apples over pie crust. Cover apples with second pie crust. Cut slits in top to release steam. Brush whipping cream over crust. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake 35-45 minutes until crust is golden brown. Drizzle with caramel sauce. (Culinary.net) l

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alentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness, and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

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Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special. This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of the festivities by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen. If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels

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FOOD & BEVERAGE Frosted Watermelon Cutouts 1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices 4 brownie bites 1 cup frosting (any flavor) Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.

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like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing. Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon

draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day and just any day recipes.

Servings: 6-8 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh red cherries 1 cup strawberries, trimmed and halved 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews 1 cup chocolate covered almonds 1 bar dark chocolate, broken into squares 1 cup coconut chips mint leaves, for garnish On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish. (Family Features) l

Find more inspiration and recipes at watermelon.org.

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GameDayFavorites Football season, for many people, is just as much about the food as it is about the action. No matter who’s playing and whether you’re at a tailgate or living room watch party, one thing is for sure: football and flavor go hand-in-hand.

food brands, offers Mexican-Style Queso Dips – made with real queso fresco and available in Queso Blanco, Southwestern, Jalapeño and Chipotle flavors – and Fully Cooked Chorizos – made with authentically seasoned premium pork shoulder and available in classic, Chorizo with Bacon & Potato, Chorizo with Eggs and Chorizo with Queso varieties – to help fans easily add Mexican flavor to indulgent game day favorites. Both use high-quality

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ingredients and are microwavable, so they taste authentic and can be ready in minutes, so no one misses any of the big plays or touchdowns.

Consider these twists you can add to your favorite game time snacks: Loaded Avocados: Give avocados the potato skin treatment by loading them up with delicious toppings like chorizo, queso fresco and crema – just don’t eat the skin.


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Cheese Fries: Drizzle queso dip over French fries or top with crumbles of flavorful Cacique Chorizo and Cotija in a recipe like these Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Chorizo and Cotija.

Robust Sliders: Skip regular beef patties and spoon the rich seasoning and punch of flavor that chorizo brings to your favorite slider rolls then top with your favorite cheese and salsa.

Mac and Cheese: For a new take on mac and cheese, toss cooked macaroni noodles with your favorite Cacique Queso Dip and top with crushed tortilla chips in a recipe like this Southwestern Mac and Queso. Discover more ways to incorporate Mexican flair into your game day spread at caciqueinc.com.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries When fries are almost done baking, with Chorizo and Cotija microwave chorizo 3-4 minutes. To serve, 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide sticks 3 tablespoons olive oil salt freshly ground black pepper 1 package Cacique Fully Cooked Chorizo 1 cup Cacique Cotija, crumbled 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Heat oven to 400 F and lightly grease large, rimmed baking sheet. In large bowl, toss sweet potato sticks with olive oil. Lay fries in single layer on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake 15-18 minutes, shaking pan several times, until tender and lightly browned.

place golden brown fries on serving platter and spoon chorizo over top. Sprinkle with cotija and fresh cilantro.

Southwestern Mac and Queso 1 package Cacique Queso Dip 1 box macaroni, cooked according to package instructions 1/4 cup Cacique Queso Fresco, crumbled 1/2 cup tortilla chips, crushed Microwave queso dip 2-3 minutes; stir. Pour over cooked macaroni and toss until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle crumbled queso fresco and crushed tortilla chips over macaroni before serving. (Family Features) l

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Feeling disconnected from members of your own family lately? You’re not alone - a 2018 study by 72 Point for Visit Anaheim found that 60% of parents with kids between 4 and 18 described their daily lives as “hectic.” Sadly, the survey also found today’s families only spend about 37 minutes of quality time together per weekday.

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Teen What’s a solution? Gather around the table. Set aside the gadgets and gather around the table together for a good old-fashioned family game night. Even if you start out with a monthly game night with the family, chances are it will soon be popular enough to enjoy more often. Putting your family’s game night on the calendar will ensure everyone keeps their schedules clear for a night of fun and connection - all together. Today’s games provide a huge range of choices to suit any age range, interests or gaming styles, so there’s truly something for every family to explore and enjoy together. The added benefits will astound you: Kids can learn important lessons about sportsmanship

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and fair play, develop communication and collaboration skills, increase their fine motor, logic and strategic thinking abilities - and have a blast doing it. When was the last time you all just let loose and enjoyed laughing and being silly together? There’s no better way for kids and parents to relax and have fun together than a game that brings out the best in everyone. Here are some examples of how games can boost specific skills, while also providing plenty of giggles and excitement.

Test Your Knowledge, Quick Thinking and Creativity A game that’s always up-to-date, kNOW! uses the latest technology to help test the brain power of three to six players, ages 10

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Enjoy the Wicked Side of Strategy For a fun twist on everyone’s favorite movies, Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared allows two to six players age 12 and up to choose a sinister character to play: Scar from The Lion King, Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, or Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. Players put strategy and logic to the test to achieve their own diabolical goals and stop other villains from completing their own dastardly objectives. Games like Disney Villainous are especially fun because they can be expanded and played with other characters in the series. Players can choose from a treasure trove of villains including Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula, and more.

life in your very own living room. In this asymmetric, two-act board game, one player takes the role of the shark while others take on the parts of Chief Brody, Quint and Hooper and work together to defeat their toothy foe. For two to four players ages 12 and up, play JAWS to recreate the excitement and tension of the blockbuster film as a family.

obstacles. Though designed to be a oneplayer game, others can join in on the fun too by collaborating to solve puzzles together and taking turns being the magnetic “UFO.”

Schedule a family game night and turn that 37 minutes into an entire hour or more. This winter season is a perfect opportunity to turn off the Boost Problem-Solving phones for an hour or two, put some hot chocolate on the stove and stock and Small Motor Skills A brain-bending game for all up on some of the newest games generations, Invasion of the Cow your family will love to play. Enjoy Snatchers is an ‘out of this world’ hanging out together this winter, and introduction to playing games at different reconnecting as a family. levels of skill while challenging players as they learn how to follow directions and For more fun games and puzzles to enjoy, maneuver their flying saucer around visit www.Ravensburger.com. (BPT) l

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4ReasonsPlayin Have you always wanted to play the piano but never took that first step in getting started?

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f you need any more motivation than the fact that making music is a fun and rewarding activity, consider that this is one hobby with many surprising positive benefits for your health. Here are just a few of them:

It’s good for your brain: The act of learning to play a keyboard or piano helps boost cognitive brain development. In children, this can lead to better grades and better focus at school. In adults, this can help to slow the aging process and improve memory retention.

It reduces stress: Music has the power to reduce stress, so too does engaging in favorite pastimes, and new tools can help you achieve competence faster so that playing is more fun than frustrating from the outset. When it comes to digital pianos, some of today’s models come with features that support the learning process, as well as grow 44 TEEN

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with you on your journey as a musician. The PX-S3000 from Casio for example, works with the free Chordana Play for Piano app, which displays the music score and piano roll notation for built-in songs and MIDI files and also features songwriting tools.

You’ll get a self-esteem boost: With the mastery of a new skill comes pride and a major confidence boost. Knowing you have the power to achieve your goals will help you to fearlessly set new ones.

Your dexterity will improve: Dexterity and hand-eye coordination are fundamental skills that are necessary to develop early and maintain as you age. Research shows that playing the piano can help improve and sharpen them. There are many reasons to learn to play piano and it’s never too early or too late to start. Consider using new tools that will help make the learning process stress-free so you can begin to reap the benefits of this hobby right away. (StatePoint) l

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elp keep your skin feeling eating foods rich in water, nutrients, Cold weather healthy and hydrated this vitamins and beneficial fats and oils. can take a real toll winter with these tips: Fish, nuts and avocados all contain on your skin. plenty of essential nutrients that help promote well-hydrated skin. Foods Dry skin can lead Drink water. Hydrating your body to discomfort and, from the inside out plays an important like cucumber, zucchini, lettuce and role in keeping skin supple and soft. watermelon also naturally have a high if neglected, can When you’re dehydrated, the body pulls concentration of water. affect your skin’s water from any source it can, including Use body lotion. Your skin naturally elasticity and trigger your skin. A good rule of thumb is at least 8 cups of water a day. loses moisture throughout the day outbreaks through evaporation, but you can help of irritated skin. Hydrate with food. You can also trap the hydration you add from bathing boost your internal water reserves by

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HEALTH & WELLNESS runs regularly. Using a humidifier can help restore a level of humidity that’s better for your skin. Aim for humidity levels in the range of 35-50%; depending on your climate, you may need to err on the lower side of the scale to reduce condensation on windows.

Wear sunscreen. Winter sun rays are just as strong as summer rays, even if you don’t feel their heat quite as much. In fact, snow burns that result from sun reflecting off the snow can be even more dangerous than regular sunburns. Protect your skin from burning and drying out by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 any time you venture outdoors.

Lotion Do’s and Don’ts option like Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Body Lotion contains a proprietary botanical blend of nutrients, emollients and antioxidants, including green tea, clove and safflower oleosomes. Its smooth, rich formula absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft with no greasy or oily residue. Formulated by skin care experts, the lotion helps skin stay moisturized for up to 24 hours and is free of 80 of the most common allergens that contribute to rashes and skin sensitivity. Learn more at remedyderm.com.

Protect skin. Exposure to harsh weather can quickly dry and chap your skin, so any time you’ll be outdoors, especially for extended periods of time, be sure to cover up exposed areas. Keep an extra set of gloves

and a scarf in your vehicle so you’re prepared for unexpected time outdoors, whether from an accident or impromptu stop at a local park for some fresh air and exercise.

Do use lotion, even when your skin doesn’t feel dry. Experts say you should apply moisturizer onto damp skin to help lock in any water sitting on the surface before it evaporates.

Change out of wet clothes.

Don’t use too much. Quality moisturizers are highly concentrated and designed to be effective without a thick layer. If you use too much, it’s more likely to sit on the surface of your skin, occlude the surface and potentially trigger breakouts.

Always remove wet clothes as soon as possible. Not only do cold, wet clothes affect your body’s ability to regulate internal temperature, they can create friction that leads to uncomfortable and painful skin irritation. If getting wet is unavoidable, consider layering your clothing so you can shed wet outer layers quickly before they can soak through.

Use a humidifier. The indoor climate becomes considerably drier in the winter months when the furnace

Do look for products that match your skin type. While there are common allergens that are present in many lotions, an option like Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Body Lotion is free of parabens, fragrances and aloe that can irritate sensitive skin or allergies. (Family Features) l

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An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 - with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.

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arjan Champine, a boardcertified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, shares tips for thinking about your health in 2020:

1. Small choices matter for a healthier you in the New Year. Day in and day out, the small choices we make can end up making a big difference in how we feel and our overall health. The journey to better health can be as simple as to: Find new, fun ways to exercise regularly

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Eat more vegetables and fewer fried foods Practice meditation and take time for self-care Talk to your relatives about your family history and risk factors Find a primary care provider, if you don’t already have one, and go in for routine checkups as recommended

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2. Talking to your family can unlock valuable insights into your health. Understanding your family’s health history and screening for common genetic conditions can provide information about some potential health risks. Armed with this information, there are powerful choices and actions you can take to improve your health, and your family’s health, now and in the future. You don’t need to be alone in trying to make sense out of all of this. Genetic counselors can help you connect the dots of your family health history and the results of genetic health screening tests. Services like those offered by Ancestry, which recently launched AncestryHealth, can also empower you with genetic insights to put you on the path to a better, healthier you. When you and your health care provider know more about your risks for certain conditions, that’s the start on the path toward better health.

3. Your genes don’t need to be your destiny. While genetics plays an important role in our health, the daily choices we make about our activity, sleep, nutrition and how we handle stress can also play a role in our quest for better health.

Because families share genetics - as well as other health-related risk factors such as diet, lifestyle and environment - family history is again important in this regard. Most people understand the health benefits of a good diet and exercise. But what’s often overlooked is the importance of knowing your family’s health history. By sharing your family health history in addition to any genetic health test results with your health care provider, you can work together to create a personalized plan of action to treat, manage and, in some cases, even prevent certain diseases.

4. Specific, achievable, actionable and enjoyable. I am always looking for fun ways to improve my health. As part of that goal, my resolution this year is to spend more quality time with my family, share stories about our history and keep a record of our health history all in one place using AncestryHealth’s family health history tool. If you haven’t made a New Year’s health resolution yet, think of a goal that’s

specific, actionable and achievable. Also think of goals that can be achieved in ways you enjoy.

5. The time is now. Now is the perfect time to jump in and begin tackling your 2020 New Year’s health resolutions. Your family health history and genetic screening results could unlock important information that will allow you to manage your health. The more you know about your genetic risk factors, including your family health history, the more you can take proactive steps, in collaboration with your health care provider. Taking this information and sharing it with your health care provider is important so that, together, you can create a personalized plan of action for a healthier 2020. Marjan Champine is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry with a passion for family, health and helping others. (BPT) l

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5 Cool Gift Ideas THAT LAST BEYOND VALENTINE’S DAY

Flowers, chocolate, and candlelit dinner are classic ways to show devotion on Valentine’s Day, but by tapping into your loved one’s hobbies and interests, you will discover gifts that truly last. For readers: For avid readers, it can

seem as though there are never enough books. However, a book-of-the-month subscription box can help satiate bibliophiles. Delivered right to their doorstep, discovering new favorite authors and titles has never been so convenient.

For music-makers: A keyboard with versatile features such as the ultracompact CT-S200 from Casio can inspire any aspiring or seasoned musician to learn the basics or take the show on the road. With its 61 full-size keys and built-in carrying handle, beginners can connect it to the Chordana Play app, which features progressive lessons, or take advantage of its dance music mode to create and remix electronic dance music tracks.

kPHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF (C) GEORGE DOYLE / STOCKBYTE VIA GETTY IMAGES. your loved one’s talent. It also gives them the flexibility to select a class that fits their schedule and level of experience. If classes that meet outside the home are not viable, consider a subscription to an online learning platform such as Skillshare, which offers thousands of classes, including those in fine art, digital art, photography and more.

For gamers and sports enthusiasts: Gamers and sports fans have one thing in common, and it’s the need for a great home theater set-up that offers clear, bright images. You can help them experience their favorite pastime in a brand-new way with a home projector, such as the Slim XJ-A257, a lowmaintenance, high-brightness projector that incorporates a CASIO developed hybrid light source combining laser and LED technology.

For artists: A gift certificate to an art studio is a thoughtful way to cultivate

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For writers: Whether your loved one is a budding novelist, a poet or essayist, a beautiful journal in which to capture their thoughts will be much appreciated. For those prone to writer’s block, consider a journal that includes writing prompts and other exercises to get the wheels spinning. This year, try gifting something different than the old standbys. Valentine’s Day lasts one day but the right gift will bring your loved one joy throughout the year. (StatePoint) l


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early another third (29%) say they typically own their car for three to four years. With Americans keeping their vehicles on the road for the better part of a decade, it’s important to implement consistent maintenance habits to ensure a smooth ride. Hankook Tire, whose latest Gauge Index survey examined how long drivers keep their cars, rounds up tips for drivers looking to keep their cars cruising well into the 2020s:

1. Keep it on the Calendar Whether consistency comes based on a mileage amount or a specific date on the calendar, setting and keeping regular tune-up appointments is a simple way to keep your car healthy. Regular maintenance inspections can be a great time to evaluate other parts of your car, not just what’s beneath the hood. For example, most drivers (78%) also use their maintenance routine as a chance to check their tires. And, be sure to examine your windshield wipers and headlights to see if they need to be replaced.

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2. Adjust for the Seasons Hankook also found that over twothirds of Americans (69%) say all-season tires are interchangeable with winter tires. In some cases, that might be true, but if you live in a climate with drastic weather swings as the seasons change, that can be like saying your favorite T-shirt is suitable for a frigid winter storm. Winterizing your vehicle when the temperatures drop can help it last not only through the colder months, but also avoid potentially bigger problems down the road. Consider swapping the all-seasons for a set of winter wheels.

3. Repair and Replace (when needed) Sometimes, a routine oil change will shed light on a maintenance issue that requires more attention. In that event, consider your repair vs. replace decisions carefully - is the option you’re choosing a temporary bandage, or will it help lengthen the life of your vehicle in the long run? For many, this depends on what needs replacing, and whether that part is considered “essential.” For

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example, only 30% of drivers will replace their tire pressure monitoring system sensors if they were to break. However, these sensors can offer vital information about the pressure in your tires, which has a lasting impact on your entire driving experience.

4. Clean it Up Keeping your car clean is about more than just appearances - it can also help keep it running smoothly for much longer because dirt and grime can cause corrosion to the paint and even more, especially if it gets into the mechanics of the car. For those driving over salted winter roads, regular car washes become an even more significant step to extending your vehicle’s lifespan, as winter road salt can be particularly corrosive. No matter if your vehicle is brand new, or you’re looking to hold on to an old-timer a little longer, these tips from Hankook tire can keep you steering straight into the next year, decade and perhaps even beyond. (BPT) l


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Dog’sStinkyBreath Even though you try to be a good “dog parent,” chances are you may not think of everything when it comes to your furry best friend’s well-being.

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ut if you notice that your dog’s breath is unpleasant, it may be time to up your doggy care game. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental health, which in turn can have a negative impact on your dog’s digestive system, kidneys, liver and heart. Taking care of your dog’s health is important, so it may be a good idea to spend more time focused on your fourlegged pal’s mouth, helping you avoid potential problems down the road.

1. Check your dog’s mouth While you may take your dog in for periodic professional brushing - which is a great idea - frequent checks and brushing at home can help you notice problems earlier. While you’re brushing, look for problem signs, such as:

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• Bad breath toothpaste made for dogs, as human • Excessive drooling toothpaste can be harmful to your dog. • Inflamed gums • When you think your pooch is ready, • Tumors in gums let them taste a little toothpaste first. If • Cysts under tongue they respond negatively, try a different • Loose teeth flavor. Brushing will be easier if it seems • Plaque and tartar build-up (yellowish like a treat!

brown coating around gum and teeth) If you spot any of these issues, make an appointment with your vet.

2. Dental Care Any dog can become accustomed to brushing if you’re calm and gentle - and reward your pup with a dental chew that’s good for teeth, like The Missing Link’s Smartmouth dental chews. Your vet can demonstrate specific brushing techniques. Start gradually, building up to 3-4 times per week.

Kneel or sit in front of your dog. When your dog is relaxed, gently open their mouth, then touch their teeth and gums. Start with short sessions and reward good behavior with a dental chew. Pick a toothbrush designed for dogs, with softer bristles - some even fit on your finger for easy use. You’ll need

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needs to live their best life, consult your vet for recommendations to boost overall health and oral health, especially depending on your dog’s breed, age and health condition. Dogs can benefit greatly from additional supplements that promote health from the inside out, fresh food and/or prescription dog food.

4. Dental Chews The Missing Link’s Smartmouth dental chews are an easy and yummy way to clean your dog’s teeth. Dental chews aren’t a replacement for home brushing, but a great way to help maintain the good work you’ve started. Their unique

ridges clean teeth, and reduce plaque and tartar while freshening breath. Smartmouth dental chews also deliver a daily vitamin supplement to help support healthy gums, healthy skin, shiny coat, better mobility and overall health and wellness. While you’re checking off that list of all you do for your dog, you can also check off “daily superfood vitamin supplement,” too - all while your dog just thinks they’re getting a tasty treat. By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure your dog lives healthier and prevent painful oral infections. And no more dog breath! (BPT) l

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For many, traveling “The year is a big one for sports,” Mexico offers an opportunity Abbamonte said. “From sporting events “Mexico City has two of my favorite to disconnect from in Europe to Japan, it is a fun year for things – great food and sports,” travel and to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime Abbamonte said. “The street tacos are to the everyday and experiences.” die for, and I love going to soccer games experience new at Estadio Azteca.” Australia places and cultures. From its deserts to tropical beaches, In 2020, there will be many festivals to With the beginning Australia is a beautiful country to explore. explore. The city is a cultural hub with of a new decade, it While many people might be familiar music, theater, dance and food events is the perfect time with the Sydney Opera House and the throughout the year. While experiencing to start deciding unique wildlife, there are many hidden the festivities, it is also an opportune gems in Australia. time to take a step back and enjoy your next travel Chapultepec Park. adventures. “I’ve been to Australia 10 times and I

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hen booking your future destinations, consider these spots and tips recommended by travel expert and Bank of America ambassador, Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country plus the North and South Poles. England, Germany, Scotland, Azerbaijan and more. While technically more than one place, these locations have one thing in common: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2020. The international soccer event marks the first time the games will be held across the continent in 12 host cities.

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still can’t get enough,” Abbamonte said. “One of my favorite cities is Melbourne. While it’s one of the largest cities in Australia, the heart of the city is hidden and secretive. It comes to life when you visit the alleys, laneways and arcades. The vibrant city has so much to offer: cafes, a unique street culture and street art.”

New Zealand If you are going to New Zealand for the first time, Abbamonte recommends boogie boarding down the sand dunes, hiking up a volcano and visiting the Moeraki Boulders. However, if you are really interested in getting the blood pumping, take a leap from Nevis Bungy near Queenstown. It is among the highest bungy jumping experiences in the world, measuring 440 feet.

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One of Abbamonte’s favorite waterfalls is Iguazu Falls located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. While Iguazu Falls might be well known, the falls themselves are truly unique. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls that stretch over approximately 1.68 miles. The Devil’s Throat is the tallest fall with a drop of more than 262 feet. While traveling internationally can be fun and exhilarating, there are also places throughout the United States that offer memorable activities:

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many trails to explore in Camelback Mountain, Papago Park and Hole in the Rock. After hiking, follow Abbamonte’s example and golf at The Short Course at Mountain Shadows.

– restaurants, bars, parks – and I enjoy the people watching. Portland has some of the nicest people while maintaining an edgy vibe.”

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card that earns points or cash back, according to a Bank of America survey. No matter where you plan to travel, it is helpful to have a financial strategy in place to maximize rewards and help offset future travel costs.

“Scottsdale has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the States, and from The Short Course at Mountain Shadows, I get to enjoy the view while practicing my swing,” he said.

Tampa might be known for its spring break party scene, but it has so much more to offer. For example, the city’s zoos and aquariums provide opportunities to interact directly with animals. Then you can take a break at Clearwater Beach, which is known for its soft, white sand and calm waters.

Use a credit card that allows you to earn and redeem points for travel such as the Bank of America® Premium Rewards Visa® credit card, which earns 2 points for every dollar spent on travel and dining purchases and 1.5 points for every dollar spent on all other purchases.

Boston, Massachusetts “I love sports, so I visit Boston regularly for the professional games,” Abbamonte said. “I’m also fortunate that Boston is a beautiful city I can enjoy along the way.” Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country. Founded in 1630, Boston is filled with history, museums and universities. If you are interested in a more unique attraction, check out the Warren Anatomical Museum, which is one of the last of its kind in the United States.

Portland, Oregon What makes Portland unique are the bizarre and wonderful things you can do when you visit. For example, you can try bone marrow ice cream, stop by Mill Ends Park (the world’s smallest park) or attach your wish to The Wishing Tree. “Portland is absolutely beautiful,” Abbamonte said. “It has a bit of everything

Santa Barbara, California “I go to Santa Barbara when I want to recharge,” Abbamonte said. “I enjoy the food, walking around, talking to the locals and even watching a football game or two.” There are wine tours, zoos, beaches, museums and restaurants. While taking in the city, also make time to visit the hidden gems such as Knapp’s Castle ruins. Find more solutions to make your travel goals attainable at bankofamerica. com/Premium.

Financial Tips to Help Boost Your 2020 Travel When booking a trip, almost half (44%) of Americans don’t use a rewards credit

Layer your rewards programs together to maximize points with each purchase. For example, when booking a flight and hotel package, include your frequent flier number (layer No. 1) and hotel loyalty program details (layer No. 2). Pay with a rewards credit card (layer No. 3) that’s eligible for bonus points with a banking rewards program (layer No. 4).

A banking rewards program like Bank of America® Preferred Rewards lets you earn even more. Members receive a credit card rewards bonus of 25-75% on every purchase. For example, members in the Platinum Honors tier, the highest tier of the program, earn unlimited 3.5 points per dollar on travel and dining purchases with the Premium Rewards Visa® card and unlimited 2.62 points on all other purchases. (Family Features) l

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