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    • A Flatbread for the Family

      27 September 2022

      (Family Features) When dining outside with your loved ones, there are few things better than a tasty dish the whole family can enjoy. This Chipotle Chicken Flatbread makes for a perfect al fresco meal.

      Prepared along with a fresh salad or simply enjoyed by itself, this flatbread is simple to make and even kids will love adding the toppings and sauce. It’s colorful and fresh, making it a perfect addition to get-togethers on the patio.

      Plus, the cooking time is only 16 minutes, which makes this a quick and delicious solution to defeat.

      For more al fresco recipe ideas, visit Culinary.net.
       
      Chipotle Chicken Flatbread
      Adapted from butteryourbiscuit.com

      2 flatbreads
      2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
      1 clove garlic, diced
      4 chicken tenders, cooked and cubed
      1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
      salt, to taste
      pepper, to taste
      1/2 cup ranch dressing
      1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle seasoning
      2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped

      Preheat oven to 375 F.

      Place parchment paper on baking sheet and add flatbreads. Sprinkle cheese on flatbreads. Top with garlic, chicken and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake 16 minutes until cheese is melted.

      In small bowl, mix ranch and chipotle seasoning.

      Drizzle ranch dressing on flatbread and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.

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    • 4 Tips for Setting and Reaching Your Goals

      27 September 2022

      As another year comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on what we have accomplished and how we can improve. The New Year provides ample opportunity for a fresh start, and we are poised and ready to take it. 

      While we might have good intentions, we frequently find ourselves getting lost in the sea of substance-less goals that seem to cycle back every year: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, read more. The list goes on and on. 

      Too often we let our ambition fizzle out after the first few months of the year. Luckily, these tips will help you fortify your goals so you can face the new year head on and conquer it every step of the way. 

      Start With a Word 
      It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of starting something new. As a result, the goals we set are typically sporadic and encompass too many aspects of our lives. When setting your goals this year, choose one word that you would like to amplify in your life. Use that word as a launch pad to curate a longer, more extensive list of goals. This method helps to keep you focused and centered as you move forward. 

      Goals Come in All Shapes and Sizes 
      It’s important to dream big! But it’s also important to dream medium and small. Set one overarching major goal. This should be what you would strive for if nothing stood in your way. While it’s exciting to push the limits of all you can do, something that big can easily feel impossible if left at face value. Work backwards from your big dream and think about the steps it would take to get there. Use those steps as a basis for your smaller goals. 

      Write Them Down
      If you never move your goals from your head to paper, they’re very likely to simply remain as passing thoughts. It is imperative to physicalize your goals in some way. This can mean writing them down in a journal, posting them on sticky notes around your house, creating art about them or even simply typing them into your phone. Having a physical manifestation of your goals holds you more accountable and helps you remember them as the year goes on. It also allows you to reflect on your progress at the end of the year. 

      Define Your Why
      You’re more likely to follow through on the goals you set when you understand why you set them in the first place. Do you want to find happiness? Improve yourself? Improve your relationships? Find success in your field? Take time to sit and reflect on the true reason you want to achieve the things you’ve set out to achieve. This “why” can help act as the driving force that will keep you reaching for them throughout the entire year.

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    • 5 Exercises to Prevent a Tight Neck

      27 September 2022

      Whether you’re sitting in front of a computer all day, craned over an art project, or have your head in a book, neck tightness is a common issue that can put a real hitch in your day. Headaches, discomfort and tension can all hold you back from feeling your best. These five exercises will help remedy that neck tightness and help you conquer your day. 

      Head to Chest 
      Tuck your chin towards your chest. Place your hands at the base of your skull. Gently pull your head down and hold for 30 seconds. 

      Head to Shoulders 
      Drop your right ear to your right shoulder. Using your right hand, grab the left side of your head and pull your head gently to the right. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat to the other side. 

      Self Massage 
      An effective method to relieving tension is through self massage. There are many methods, so it’s important to find which one works best for you. For an easy, effective massage, use your right hand to grab your left upper trapezius—the muscle on your upper back that spans from your neck to your shoulder and often holds most neck tension. Press into the muscle and raise and lower your shoulders 10 times. Repeat on the other side. 

      Chicken Peck
      Neck tightness is often caused and amplified by poor spinal posture. Improve your posture and strengthen your neck muscles with this simple exercise. Start with your head in its natural position. Slide your chin forward, pull it back. This will mimic a gentle pecking motion. Repeat 10 times. Rest. Repeat 2 times. 

      Wall Angels
      This exercise will help strengthen the muscles that assist in creating good posture. Stand with your back against a wall. Slide down the wall so your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Extend your arms to the side and bend your elbows so your arms are at a 90 degree angle, mimicking a goal post. Keeping your back flat against the wall and maintaining the bend in your elbows, slide your arms over your head until your fingertips touch. Slide your arms back down the wall so your elbows tuck in as much as possible while leaving your full back flat against the wall. Repeat 10 times. Rest. Repeat. 

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    • Simplify Security This Back-to-School Season

      26 September 2022

      (Family Features) The beginning of a new school year offers plenty of excitement each fall, but it can also be a stressful time for parents and students alike.

      As expensive electronics like laptops and tablets become increasingly common for student use in classrooms and at home and complex schedules require students to bike to school or enter the house after school with minimal parental supervision, it can often be challenging for families to juggle the changes that back-to-school season brings.

      To help alleviate back-to-school stress and safeguard high-value purchases, Master Lock, the leading name in security for more than 100 years, offers a variety of solutions to provide peace of mind for both parents and students – whether enrolling in elementary school or heading off to college.

      For everything from padlocks for school lockers to bike locks for students on the go and personal safes for dorm room storage, parents and students can visit MasterLock.com to explore back-to-school security products designed to safeguard everything worth protecting.

      Secure Lockers With Ease
      As one of the most known and widely used padlocks for back-to-school season, the Master Lock 1500D Combination Dial Padlock offers a reliable, keyless solution to help protect students’ personal belongings while in the hallway or locker room. With a shackle made of hardened steel and a locking mechanism with anti-shim technology, this padlock provides maximum security with extra resistance against cutting and sawing. Plus, the easy-to-use dial and three-digit combination allow for quick and convenient access between classes when time is tight.

      Safeguard Your Bike or Scooter
      Whether heading to school or commuting to campus, the Master Lock 8143D Combination Cable Bike Lock offers on-the-go security for students of all ages, especially those who may not be able to drive yet or simply prefer to ride a bike or scooter. Made with braided steel for flexibility, a protective vinyl coating for added weatherability and a preset four-digit combination for keyless convenience, this bike lock also features a self-coiling design for easy use and compact storage in a locker or backpack.

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    • Practical Tips for Avoiding Cyber Scams

      26 September 2022

      Most cyber scammers are wily and persistent. Some days, we find ourselves bombarded with so many questionable emails and phone calls, that it’s hard to know what to answer.

      Studies by the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau estimate that 229 million American adults—about nine out of every 10—experienced at least one attempted fraud in 2020. Of those, some 33 million lost their hard-earned money.

      Now, as we approach what’s predicted to be the biggest online shopping season in history, we need to be smart about spotting scams. Veteran scam-busters suggest these tips for recognizing ‘phishing’ emails and staying out of the scammers’ crosshairs.

      • Urgent Messages Demanding Action Now - Reputable companies do not send blaring email alarms stating your account has been suspended or hacked or is over the purchase limit. If you see such a message, do not click on the provided link. If you have any doubt, call your provider to verify.
      • Generic Greetings - Hit the delete button when an email begins with ‘Dear User’ or ‘Hello XYZ member.’ Reputable companies with whom you do business will always address you by name.
      • Giveaways, Sweepstakes and Prizes - If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, so be wary. Some giveaways may be legitimate, but many are not. Contact the company offering the prize to verify before ‘entering’ a contest by providing your personal information. 
      • Requests for Account Details or Financial Verification - No reputable company sends out emails asking for your full name, account password or answer to security questions. Ignore it and never share your bank account number, debit or credit card number via email.
      Additionally, consumer advocates suggest that when shopping online:
      • Go directly to a retailers address to order versus clicking on an ad in a search engine
      • Use a credit card that protects you against fraudulent charges.

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