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Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Is college on the horizon for your kids? If so, you’ll probably face some extreme sticker shock when confronted with the bills. The average cost of a four-year private college was $35,260 for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the College Board. But on the priciest end of the spectrum, you could pay up to $60,000 per year. You should obviously be saving, but simply so... »

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Parenting is Hard – The MD Guides Can Help

Back in 2009, I found myself wishing I could phone up my kids’ pediatrician during every moment of parenting confusion and panic. After a while, an idea hit me: I should create a book series featuring tips from doctors who are also moms, but only tips that they’d actually use themselves. I decided to call the books, and the experts in them, the Mommy MD Guides. To make the... »

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

4 Unexpected Things You Should Put in Your Birth Bag

If you’re an expectant mom, you’re probably doing everything you can to prepare for your little bundle of joy. But don’t forget to plan for yourself, too! One of the most effective ways to do this is by strategically packing your birth bag. Here are 4 surprising items that can make your experience that much more calm and enjoyable. Earplugs: These can drown out hospital no... »

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

Make Baby’s First Word “Om”

For new moms, it can be a huge struggle to leave the house right after having a baby. Not only are you trying to manage all these new responsibilities (that no one remotely prepared you for!), but you’re literally juggling car seats and baby bags, and often wondering how other people will react to your little one’s next screaming fit. But more than anyone, new moms should ... »

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

Breast Cancer Prevention is Better Than Ever

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

The Bayou Southern Kitchen & Bar INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 lbs. Kirby cucumbers, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds 1/2 white onion, sliced thinly 3 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 1/4 cup salt 1/2 tsp. yellow mustard seeds 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns 1/8 cup sugar 1 T turmeric DIRECTIONS Place cucumbers and onions in a large bowl and toss with sugar and salt. Let mixture rest ov... »

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Most of us have packed schedules, so a week-long getaway to a vacation spot hours away is unrealistic. But you don’t have to sit at home either. Instead, consider grabbing your family and day-tripping to one of the Lehigh Valley’s many adventure- and culture-filled destinations. There’s something for absolutely everyone. Who said a staycation had to be boring? For the Wate... »

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

We hear so much music in a day—on TV, at restaurants, blasting from car stereos—that we often take it for granted. But from time to time, it’s good to remind yourself just how amazing it is. After all, no other species on the planet makes music!  “Music-making is one of the activities that make us distinctly human,” says Paul Murphy, PhD, chair of the music department at M... »

Ready, Set, Deliver!

Ready, Set, Deliver!

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Orthopedic Care – Patient Success!

Orthopedic Care – Patient Success!

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

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