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  1. Celebrating Father’s Day!

    Celebrating Father’s DayOn Sunday, June 17, families all over the United States will take time to honor the fathers in their lives. Many family members will show how much they love dad by giving him a new necktie, shirt, set of screwdrivers or other similar gifts. Kick off your Father’s Day celebration with this short famous-fathers inspired quiz:

    1. One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, George Washington (who never had children of his own), had wooden dentures. True or false?
    2.  A Harris Poll in 2009 asked the question, “Who is America’s Favorite TV Dad?” Was it Cliff Huxtable of “The Cosby Show,” Mike Brady of “The Brady Bunch,” Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” or Homer Simpson of “The Simpsons”?
    3. What is the nickname of the book/movie featuring the character “Don Vito Corleone”? Father Time, The Godfather or Daddy Warbucks?
    4. Who is known as the “Father of Invention”? Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, or Thomas Edison?
    5. In the 1991 movie “Father of the Bride,” who plays the role of the uptight dad George Banks: Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin or Martin Short?

  2. Watching TV Can Be Good for Dad’s Health

    Exercise While Watching TVFor many fathers, watching television is the best way to relax, especially after the kids are off to bed. It can be an opportunity to kick back in a comfy chair and turn off the brain after a long day of work. However, sitting in front of the “boob tube” for too long can have a negative impact on one’s health. What to do? Did you know you can exercise while watching TV?

    This Father’s Day, to help dad stay healthy, you can show him some exercises he can do while watching TV. Considering that the average man supposedly spends about 19 hours watching television each week, the special dad in your life may prove to be in the best shape of his life once the season’s TV finales come along.

  3. Unique Father’s Day Gifts That Make Every Day a Father’s Day

    Unique Father’s Day GiftsFather’s Day may come only once a year, but wouldn’t it be nice if your gift could last a lot longer? This year, as you look for the perfect present for the special dad in your life, consider getting one that keeps on giving all year long. Here are five unique Father’s Day gifts that can make dad feel special day after day:

    1. Class-y gifts—Why not give dad a gift of enrollment to a local class for something he enjoys. Maybe he’d like to learn more about computers, cooking, photography, or investing and money management. Find out what he’s interested in and then match him up with a local instructor.

    2. Your delivery is here—“Gift of the month” clubs are a unique Father’s Day gift   and a wonderful way to show dad that, for you every month is Father’s Day–not just June. There are many clubs to select from, choose a club that would be of special interest to dad. Here are just a few possible ideas: wine, cheese, coffee, beer, hot sauce, cheesecake, ice cream, cigars, bbq sauce, and bacon.

  4. Barbecue Grilling Safety Tips

    Safety Tips for Grilling on the BBQAmerica loves to barbecue. A 2009 study by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association shows that 82 percent of all households in the U.S. own a grill, and 97 percent of grill owners use it at least once a year. But grilling can be dangerous, and not just because you’re cooking with fire. More common—and sometimes more powerful—dangers can be the ones we can’t see, smell or taste.

    The following grilling safety tips can help you enjoy a safer and healthier Father’s Day cookout:

    • Take cover—The only time that your grill should be uncovered is when you’re using it or it’s cooling down. Why? To start, rodents can sneak in and dine on what they would consider a “grate” restaurant. Or, dirt might blow on to the grilling area. That’s a crunchy treat that nobody wants.

  5. How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

    Insurance Advisor Talking with a CustomerThere’s nothing more sobering than having to face questions about life insurance. Thinking about your own mortality – or that of your family members – isn’t exactly a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. But what can make matters even worse is not knowing what the heck you’re doing when shopping around for insurance estimates. The first question is always: How do I determine how much life insurance I’ll need?

    Unfortunately, there’s no simple equation to answer that question. It really depends on several different factors including your age, whether or not you’re married, how many children you have, how old they are if you do, and how much money you earn. Here are the top three things to consider when getting insurance estimates.