Friday, February 16, 2018

Parenting Pointers: How to Help Children Navigate Controversial Topics - A Guide for Parents and Teachers

American University just published a new guide to help parents discuss social issues with their children in an open and educated manner.

This guide is really valuable for parents and teachers to help them discuss some sensitive topics that have been common in the news. It could help a lot of people confidently discuss these topics in an open and educated manner. 

How to Help Children Navigate Controversial Topics: A Guide for Parents and Teachers:

Money Makers: Allied Universal

Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, will be participating in the Northside Community Job and Resource Fair on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at EMERGE, 1834 Emerson Ave. North, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Allied Universal is seeking full-time, part-time, supervisory and entry level security professionals to join its team. Qualified candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
* High school diploma or equivalency
* Be at least 18 years old (21 years old for positions that require driving, with valid license)
* Successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and pre-employment drug/alcohol test
* Display exceptional customer service and communication skills
Company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and bonus plans, holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.
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Learn more about Allied Universal career opportunities at, on Twitter at @AU_Careers and on Facebook at

About Allied Universal
Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, provides unparalleled security services and solutions. With headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., and Conshohocken, Pa., Allied Universal combines people and technology to deliver evolving, tailored solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business. An unrelenting focus on clients’ success creates partnerships rooted in quality and value, and is supported by experience gained from being in business for over 60 years. Through our people and leading services, systems and solutions…Allied Universal is there for you. For more information, please visit

Author Interview: Amber Manning

Amber Manning is an independent, working mother of 3 rowdy and handsome boys. She has a "no-nonsense, never quit, make no excuses" attitude and tries her best to stay positive throughout life! Her main purpose in this world, she believes, is to raise her boys properly, help others and make a difference! She loves "the old school" way of living and believes that if more people would have that attitude that the world would be a better place! Born and raised in Texas, she is 100% Texan in heart! She loves her family, water sports, outdoors, reading, camping, bonfires, good music turned up loud and can sometimes be corny. She knows it and her response is, "being normal is boring!" She tries to always give the gift of a smile because she says she hopes it "brightens someone's day!" She believes every single person has struggles and believes the philosophy "you should never look down on someone, unless it's to help them up!" Her favorite story is the "Starfish Story" (you made a difference to that one).

She recently wrote "Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas is the Lone Star State!" The first part is a rhyming and witty story that touches on some of the history of Texas while also introducing the importance, meaning and symbols that are relevant in our state. The second part includes 28 fun Texas facts mixed with more knowledge of fundamental elements such as the Texas pledge and state song.

I had a chance to interview her to learn more.

Why did you decide to write this book?
I have always loved writing! I love Texas, and children have always been my favorite people in the world!! When I came to work for my boss, David Thomas Roberts, who is also an author, I read his books very quickly and let him know that I thought they were excellent and that I was impressed. He then asked, “well, if you love reading so much, do you also love writing?” My response was, “yes, very much so. I have written since I was around 11 years old.” He then asked me if I thought I could write a “Texas history book for a 6 year old.” At first, I was somewhat apprehensive, but I never let on. I was unsure if I could write a Texas history book that a 6 year old would not get bored with, as history can be boring for children of that age. But, I answered, “I can sure give it a shot.” So, I began this mission. After a few complete re-writes, I finally turned in what would be the text that appears in my book, Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas Is The “Lone Star State”!

What was the most interesting fact you discovered for the book?
There are so many interesting facts about Texas, it is hard to pin this down to one; however, I did enjoy learning that Caddo Lake was our only natural lake, I enjoyed learning that the Amarillo airport is an alternate landing site for the space shuttle, and I was intrigued to learn that Texas was 801 miles from border to border. That being said, there is so much to learn about Texas that I am still learning more interesting facts every day!

How did you get started as an author? 
This is nearly the same answer as to why I decided to write this book; I have always loved to write, and I was given an opportunity by David Thomas Roberts to do just that. He is the owner of the publishing company.

Thrifty Thinking: When to Trade in Your Device

Data from tech buy back site has revealed that now is the best time to trade-in unwanted Samsung devices, ahead of the much-anticipated S9 launch at the end of February.
Consumers can receive up to 25% more when trading-in ahead of a launch, in comparison to after major manufacturer releases. For those looking to upgrade, trading-in a Samsung Galaxy S8 to could give consumers up to $290 to put towards the new S9.
Decluttr’s study also compared the newly launched iPhone 8 with the Samsung S8 models. The analysis showed the Samsung Galaxy S8, which had a recommended retail price (RRP) of $720, lost 54% of its value in the first month after launch with an average rate of depreciation at 1-2% every month. After nine months, the handset had lost 67% of its value. The Samsung Galaxy S8+, which had an RRP of $820, lost 56% of its value in the first month after launch, and in the nine months following, it had depreciated by 65%. If the S9 follows the same depreciation pattern as its predecessors, such as the S5, S6, S7 and S8 models, it is set to lose at least 50% of its value in the first month after launch.
In comparison, the iPhone 8 depreciated by 49% in the first month after launch, while the iPhone 8 Plus lost 42% of its value. Once the iPhone X was announced, the 8 Plus took another 10% drop and lost 52% of its value. While the iPhone X has only been out a few months, it has held on to its value by only depreciating 41% in the first month following launch. Currently, it has depreciated by 44%, proving that even though this particular model has had some reported difficulties, it’s still holding its value.
Liam Howley, CMO at, said: “Our study has shown that it really does pay to not hold on to Samsung devices for too long, as they depreciate a lot faster. With the S9 launch just around the corner, consumers looking to upgrade to the S9 can get more money for their old device now rather than after.”
“While cars typically lose 19% when driven off the lot, technology items can lose up to an average of 65% once they are taken out of the box, depending on the brand. Our recent cell depreciation study shows that iPhones still hold their value better than Samsung devices, and by the time a Samsung device has had nine months on the market it will have depreciated by at least three quarters,” Howley said. “When comparing this to Apple, it will take 16 months on average to reach the same depreciation level.”
For those looking to trade-in their Samsung S8 now, customers can expect to get up to $290 for a device in good condition, or $331 for an S8+. Using consumers can get an instant estimate and pre-paid shipping label making their S8 trade-in completely free and painless. Decluttr pays more for used smartphones than any other site or mobile provider buy-back program and payments are delivered within 24 hours of receiving the shipment.
For more information, please visit

Love Simon

 Love, Simon has just launched two exciting ways to help make your day romantic

First, the cast of Love, Simon is going on tour and it's Powered by your Love. Give your state some Love (Simon): visit or visit @LoveSimonMovie on Instagram and vote for your state to be a stop on the tour by liking your state's image. The Love, Simon "Powered by Love" tour will visit the states with the most likes. Hurry - voting ends February 18th.

Second, you might have seen adorable love notes from Simon while waiting for the bus or getting popcorn at the theater. Now you can tell your SO or BFF how special they are with #LoveSimon postcard. Visit to create and share your #LoveSimon postcard today!

Shopping Savings: Ebates Travel Thursdays

Next week Ebates will announce Travel Thursdays, a 24-hour promotion that will give members up to 10% cash back on hotel bookings made through Ebates Hotels while also offering other impressive savings options.

The deals will be available on Thursdays beginning at 9pm PT on the Wednesday before and end at 11:50pm PT on Thursday. Members can check online during those times to get the special offers.

Each Travel Thursday will have a specific theme that offers special pricing and deals on airfare, rental cars, cruises and activities, offering members up to 50% savings and the cash back.

Travel Thursdays will kick off with a ski week on February 22, featuring deals at popular ski locations including Aspen, Park City, Vail, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Lake Tahoe. The promotional themes for subsequent weeks include:
  • March 1—Europe: London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona
  • March 8—Beach: Rio de Janeiro, CancĂșn, Cabo San Lucas, Jamaica, Aruba
  • March 15—Big Cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas
  • March 22—Disney: Orlando, Anaheim
  • March 29—Resorts: Miami, San Diego, Maui, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix

Travel Thursdays starts on February 22 and will run through March 29.

Please visit each Thursday during the Promotion for the top deals.

Area Attractions: Dangerous Women at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU

Courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales abound in the Old and New Testaments. From Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, Delilah to Lot's Daughters and Potiphar's wife, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — shaped biblical history. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents the world premiere of Dangerous Women, the timely new exhibition that explores shifting perceptions of these historic characters, whose power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them “dangerous” but whose strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the “Me Too” movement).

Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m., on view through May 20

Panel Discussion on Feb. 17 about feminism in art history 

and the lives of women in Renaissance society

Parenting Pointers: Hair, Nail and Makeup Solutions for Moms with Sensitive Skin

 Finding the right hair, nail and cosmetic products as a busy mom can be difficult when you have sensitive skin. You may find that common formulas can cause a sensitivity reaction. Trying product after product with no success may leave you frustrated and your sensitive skin screaming out for a little TLC. Sensitive skin needs gentle products that are effective and non-irritating. Following best practices and carefully selecting products can help reduce the risk of a sensitivity reaction.

Healthy Hair Solutions for Sensitive Skin

The products you use in your hair come into close contact with your skin. Your scalp may experience the same sensitivity reactions and dryness as the rest of your skin when exposed to certain ingredients. Sensitive scalps may experience burning, itching, redness, and tingling. Here are some ingredients to avoid:

·       Synthetic fragrance can cause irritation to sensitive skin. While it may seem next to impossible to find a fragrance-free shampoo and conditioner on the market, they do exist. A little fragrance may be tolerable, but for those with very sensitive scalps, fragrance-free versions may be optimal.

·       Denatured alcohol can cause dryness. Try to avoid this ingredient, which is found in many hairsprays and some styling products. Look for the term “alcohol free” on labels.

·       Certain types of sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, may cause dryness and irritation in certain individuals. Look for sulfate-free formulas that are gentler on the scalp and skin.

There are a few ingredients that may help calm an itchy, irritated scalp. These include shea butter, willow bark extract, and tea tree oil. Oat extract and chamomile can also be helpful for soothing and calming redness and itchy skin.

Shampooing and heat styling can contribute to irritation and dryness, so consider limiting shampooing to twice a week and either letting hair dry naturally or using the low setting on the hair dryer.

Nail Know-How for Sensitive Skin

Anyone with kids knows that constant hand-washing is a part of everyday life. But sensitive hands can become dry and irritated after multiple washings, and constantly immersing your hands in water can lead to irritation, affecting the skin around the nailbeds. When washing dishes, wear gloves to keep your hands protected. Also, being mindful of the products you put on your nails can go a long way in reducing sensitivity reactions. Try these tips:
·       Cuticle oils are often formulated with natural oils from sources like coconut and marula. They can help heal dry cuticles and the skin around the nails. Apply the product before you go to bed so that the oil can be left in place for hours without hand washing.
·       Apply a fragrance-free hand cream throughout the day to help keep your nails healthy and nourished.
·       If you wear nail polish, consider your products carefully. Use a moisturizing, acetone-free nail polish remover to help you avoid irritation and dryness. While acetone is very effective, it can be too strong for sensitive skin.

Makeup Musts for Sensitive Skin

Trying new makeup should be fun and exciting, but if you struggle with sensitive skin, you may find that the fun fades quickly.

You may be familiar with the term, "hypoallergenic," which indicates that a product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. For sensitive skin, hypoallergenic cosmetic products offer an excellent option and a relatively safe way to try makeup without a high risk of a breakout or redness due to a sensitivity reaction. Here are additional makeup tips:

·       Mineral makeup is a great option for sensitive skin, as the ingredients consist of natural minerals and work to create a barrier between your skin and external environmental irritants. Opt for a mineral foundation product that includes SPF. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are both physical sunscreens, are usually considered safe for sensitive skin as they are less likely to cause sensitivity reactions than chemical sunscreens.

·       Avoiding fragrance in your makeup products is also a good way to keep the risk of irritation at bay. Sensitive skin can also benefit from non-comedogenic products that don’t clog the pores.

·       Be sure to wash your makeup brushes regularly to prevent the transfer of excess dirt and bacteria. Consider synthetic brushes that are more resistant to bacteria growth and less likely to cause an allergic reaction than natural animal hair brushes.

·       Be sure to wash all makeup off your face every day. Going to bed with a dirty face can aggravate sensitive skin.

Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself with hair, skin and nail products. Learn which ingredients are the gentlest on your skin, and enjoy the results.

Pamela Miller is a dual licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, and she enjoys sharing tips on hair care and makeup hacks as a writer for Walgreens, where you can find an array of skincare products.

Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes for loss or damage due to reliance on this material. Walgreens does not recommend or endorse any products, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in the article. Reliance on any information provided by this article is solely at your own risk.

Thursday, February 15, 2018



4 Ways Workers Benefit From Shared Innovative Office Space

The shared office space concept has risen steadily in popularity over the past decade, and by 2020 more than 26,000 co-working spaces will be in use globally, according to Small Business Labs, which tracks trends in small businesses.

Those co-use office locations will be the work base for 3.8 million people – over double the number in 2017.

The rapid growth of shared office space has sparked an evolution in how buildings, work environments and special features are tailored to this relatively new category of worker.

“Shared office space can make a real difference in your career, giving you space, information, culture and connection,” says April Zimmerman Katz, president of the Zimmerman Companies, a property management company in Columbus, Ohio, and co-founder of Versa LLC (, a provider of shared innovative work space in Columbus.

“People can find both the business and human empowerment they need through welcoming and functional workspaces with multiple resources. Collaborative spaces attract innovative and creative people looking for a unique environment.”

Katz lists four benefits workers seek in collaborative spaces:
•    Cost efficiency. Buying or leasing a full or traditional office is often far more expensive than a shared office space. Monthly membership fees for shared spaces can be relatively low compared to the cost of a typical office, including furniture and other office necessities.

•    Flexibility. An environment that provides enough space for both concentrating on work as well as socializing reflects a kind of “freedom” to which workers of all ages aspire, Katz says. “Spaces that break down the barrier between free time and work time provide comfort, balance, positive energy and inspiration.”

•    Connection. A shared office space opens a path to meeting new people in the professional world and networking. Many such buildings are designed with an openness, which provides an inviting atmosphere. Usually, a good number of people occupy a shared office space, and the demographics can change frequently as people come and go. “Adults tend to frequent the same places every day, namely the traditional office set-up,” Katz says. “The result is a form of isolation – from community, information and trends. A shared space community creates awareness through exposure to new connections and perspectives that benefit you and your world.”

•    Empowerment. A shared office often offers extras in terms of professional, cultural and personal activities or classes. “Being part of a varied community that proposes interesting activities means members will be exposed to others’ interests, which along with discovering similarities, becomes an enriching experience,” Katz says. “You can gain significant personal improvement from expanding the normal office environment.”
“Shared office space is a more sophisticated vision of collaboration and networking,” Katz says. “You can find the ideal place to do good work, and there’s help in numerous ways to grow professionally and personally.”

About April Zimmerman Katz
April Zimmerman Katz is owner and president of The Zimmerman Companies, which manages several multigenerational family assets. Her management company’s multifamily division oversees several Columbus communities, including The Deco, a mixed use community which opened this past summer and The Olympic Indoor Tennis Club.  Recently, Zimmerman Katz cofounded Versa LLC (, a provider of shared work space in Columbus, Ohio. She is the mother of five children and married to Kyle Katz, a partner in Versa and a Columbus-based real estate investor.