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  • Clear Space>>

    Beware of winter space invaders! Snow blowers, parkas, boots and skates are all begging for a home of their own. Luckily, with a little planning, you avoid this seasonal struggle with stuff. Here are eight things you can donate to make room for essential winter items.>>

  • 7 Ways to Support Non-Profits Without Opening Your Wallet>>

    Ridding yourself of clutter can be a great opportunity to give back to your community. Every time you donate your used goods at Value Village, it benefits a local nonprofit. Here are some of the items they happily accept. Sponsored by Value Village.>>

  • 4 Household Items That Pose Health Risks>>

    Damaging devices with unhealthy side effects.>>

  • A Guide to Gratuities>>

    How to navigate one of the world’s most confusing customs.>>

  • How to Get Organized for Christmas>>

    Guest blogger, Kelly Given Williams, offers up creative ways to purge and de-clutter before the holidays. Sponsored by Value Village.>>

  • 7 Things to Donate This Holiday Season>>

    Want to make the holidays more about giving than receiving? Teach your family to embrace a charitable mindset by donating belongings they no longer use or enjoy. Here are seven tips to help you get started. Sponsored by Value Village>>

  • 9 Winning White Elephant Gifts>>

    This holiday free-for-all will melt even the Grinchiest of hearts. Similar to a Secret Santa but with a wacky twist, a White Elephant gift swap puts the emphasis on cheap, cheerful and cheesy presents. Head to Value Village, where forgotten treasures and outlandish ideas abound, for these nine gifts that won’t break the bank. Even Scrooge will be pleased. Sponsored by Value Village>>

  • How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste>>

    Giving is good, but giving smart is better. Once homeless and hungry, writer Deb Martinson tells us how to donate goods so we make the most impact.>>

  • 13 Things You Should Know About Learning a New Language>>

    Don't get tongue-tied trying to converse with the locals.>>

  • How to Get the Best Online Bargains>>

    A guide to better virtual buying.>>

  • How to Downsize Your Stuff for a Move>>

    How can you decide what to keep and what to toss when you move to a smaller space? Here are some things you can do to make the process easier.>>

  • 13 Secrets Personal Organizers Would Never Tell You for Free>>

    Industry experts reveal the dirty details to help keep your home organized and clean.>>

  • 14 Tips to Stop Closet Clutter>>

    Is clutter taking over your closets? These simple steps will help you create instant space.>>

  • AMA Distracted Driving Challenge>>

    As parents we are often passing things to our children to keep them entertained and/or quiet without realizing the effect it has on our ability to focus on driving.>>

  • Little Distractions Can Mean Life-Changing Consequences>>

    If you have driven with a toddler in the back seat of your vehicle, you already know that it can be hard not to be distracted by the constant demands for attention being hurled over your shoulder (sometimes quite literally). Driving with children is not the only distraction though.>>

  • Distracted Driving: Just Don’t Do It>>

    In our increasingly demanding and multitasking world, it seems it has become commonplace to see people texting, doing makeup and worse while driving. Safe driving demands our full attention at all times. Distracted driving means no one wins.>>

  • 3 Ways to Reduce Driving Distractions for Parents>>

    Reader's Digest has teamed up with The Alberta Motor Association for the #NoDistractions campaign to raise awareness about the danger of distracted driving. Momstown Edmonton blogger Kristin Heimbecker came out to try AMA's Distracted Driving course and learn how we can all do a better job behind the wheel.>>

  • 8 Safe Driving Tips for Moms and Dads>>

    Distractions coming from the back seat are just one of the challenges parents face while driving with their children. Keep your kids safe on the road by following these tips.Sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association>>

  • 10 Tips for Safe Driving in Wet Weather>>

    With cooler fall temps on their way in, we’re in for quite a change in weather. This includes rain, which can be plentiful in autumn. Driving in wet and foggy conditions isn’t the easiest of feats, but these 10 tips will help you get to your destination safely – despite the downpour.Sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association>>

  • 6 Ways to Get Your Car Winter-Ready>>

    Snow, sleet and ice are far from ideal driving conditions, which is why it’s essential to make sure your vehicle is ready when the temperature drops. Here are some tips on getting your car winter ready. Sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association >>

  • 8 Things to Keep in Your Car in Case of Roadside Trouble>>

    Autumn is the perfect time of year for long, meandering road trips to picturesque destinations. It's also the time of year when road conditions can begin to worsen. Along with that essential spare tire, there are a handful of less obvious items that you should keep in your car to make sure your next drive is a safe one. Sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association >>

  • 6 Tips for Storing Your Summer Wardrobe>>

    Instead of simply packing away your summer clothes ‘til next year, why not take the opportunity to pare down and do a bit of wardrobe editing? Get started by asking yourself the following questions.>>

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 9 Ways to Cut Down on Excess Waste>>

    Canadians are among the most prolific garbage producers on Earth. Between flyers, bulky packaging, junk mail, food and clothing, waste is a huge part of our lives. Cutting down is easy.>>

  • Homework Hassles: 6 Back-to-School Study Solutions>>

    After-school studies can present challenges for students and parents alike. Your assignment? Helping your kids do theirs.>>

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