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Expert Baby Advice At Your Fingertips


(NAPSI)-Soon-to-be and new parents are faced with a variety of questions from the curious, "What is normal?" to the concerned, "When should I call the doctor?"

To answer these and every other question in between, two new beautifully illustrated books offer a source of trusted, expert pregnancy and baby advice. "BabyCenter Pregnancy" explains what happens at every stage of pregnancy--from the latest medical advances to parents' real-life experiences. This book helps you have a healthy pregnancy and prepares you for birth and beyond.

"BabyCenter Baby" is with you every step of the way, week by week from early bonding and first smiles to health worries and developmental stages, providing the tools parents need to raise happy, healthy children.

Each book contains vital information for parents, such as overcoming sleep pitfalls. Getting your baby to settle down and sleep well can seem like an uphill struggle, but there are ways to help achieve this over time.

Sleeping Baby Basics

Here are a few tips to help:

• Once you find a routine, stick to it!

• Give your plan time to work--at least one or two weeks.

• Try not to let your baby doze off in the late afternoon.

• Make nighttime feedings quiet and comforting, then day feedings can be more social and chatty.

• Know that no one approach works for every baby, and you may have to try several different plans before your baby becomes a model sleeper. The advice comes from BabyCenter's ultimate guides to understanding, caring for and raising your new baby. Both books are published by DK Publishing.

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Building A Great Relationship With Kids


(NAPSI)-When it comes to cementing strong family relationships, one great tool is, well, cement--and wood and metal and plastic.

Families that build things together can discover a greater appreciation for each other. At the same time, family construction projects foster a better understanding of math, science and reading in youngsters and a sense of accomplishment in everyone. Plus, you get to keep what you build, whether it's a backyard tree house, a skate ramp, home zip-lines or go-carts.

For Handy And Not-So-Handy Dads

To help, there's a delightful book by Todd Davis--extreme sports athlete, father of two and host of HGTV's "Over Your Head." In it, he presents 25 awesome projects for parents to build with their kids. Busy adults can choose projects that range from simple to challenging and take anywhere from five minutes to a full weekend.

Readers are given all the directions they need to grab materials that can be found around the house or at a hardware store and get to work banging up a sweet BMX ramp or half-pipe, building a tree house or tire swing, or throwing together a slip-and-slide or tie-dye station for an afternoon of fun.

With plenty of color photographs, easy-to-follow instructions and detailed illustrations, the paperback book, "Handy Dad," is chock-full of creative and inexpensive ways to keep kids (and their grown-ups) entertained for hours.

What Else To Do

Here are two more ways to create strong family bonds:

• Eat Together: Parents and children should aim to eat one meal together a day. Share things that are happening in your life, and ask lots of questions about things your children are interested in.

• Read Together: Start your own family book club, with adults and children taking turns choosing books. This can improve kids' reading skills and provide a chance to cuddle close and talk. Discuss what the books mean to each of you. Parents should be sure their youngsters see them read for pleasure.

How To Get The Book

The "Handy Dad" book is available where books are sold or online at, or you can call (800) 759-0190.

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Revive Your Vigor

New Textbook Rental Option Helps Students Stay On Budget

(NAPSI)-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says stress contributes to half the illnesses in North America, including depression, fatigue and burnout--or what scientists measure as "vigor." You can protect yourself and improve your vigor--that is, your mental and physical energy--with some simple steps:

• Move. Physical activity can keep stress away by clearing your head and lifting your spirits.

• Eat. Have regular meals with lots of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.

• Sleep. Get at least eight hours a night.

• Relax. Take a few deep breaths to help yourself unwind. Try a good book. One that offers some surprising insights into stopping stress is by nutritional biochemist and exercise physiologist Dr. Shawn Talbott.

In the book, "Vigor-7 Days to Unlimited Energy, Focus and Well-Being," Dr. Talbott explains that millions of people feel "tired, stressed and depressed" because of metabolic imbalances specifically, disruptions in hormones such as cortisol and testosterone and neurotransmitters including dopamine and norepinephrine that lead to feelings of reduced vigor. Restoring hormone balance restores vigor.

For more information and a copy of the book, see or call (801) 576-0788.

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The Wisdom Of Wooden

Reanimating the Classics(NAPSI)-The late John Wooden has been called America's greatest coach and he has inspired generations both on and off the basketball court, providing valuable lessons on coaching and mentoring.

The coach of 10 NCAA basketball championships in 12 years with the UCLA Bruins, Wooden was named Coach of the Century by ESPN. His achievements off the court were equally impressive, including being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Now, a lifetime of Coach Wooden's ideas on how to live life without sacrificing your moral principles can be read in his final book, "The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century On and Off the Court."

About the book, Coach Wooden's longtime collaborator and friend Steve Jamison said: "He opened up his heart and shared his soul to insure that his last book would be very useful to those who share his belief that success and good values go hand in hand."

"The Wisdom of Wooden" captures a life spent teaching, guiding and serving others. It's filled with personal memories, warm advice and beautiful color photographs from Wooden's private collection.

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Coach Wooden's legacy of leadership and life lessons can inspire new generations.

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Civility In Politics--What We Can Learn Today

A Fresh, Fast And Fabulous Festive Meal(NAPSI)-Integrity, conscientiousness, dedication--according to a new book, it was these qualities that enabled Calvin Coolidge to set such an impeccable example as a president and public servant.

The book, "Why Coolidge Matters: How Civility In Politics Can Bring a Nation Together," is published by the National Notary Association. The organization has done so for several reasons. Not only was Coolidge the only president sworn in by a notary--his own father, in the early morning of August 3, 1923, after Warren Harding died--but his humility, his common touch, his love of family, his modesty and his role as a friend to business in the boisterous Jazz Age of the 1920s can be inspiring.

The book is essentially a collection of essays, created with the help of many of the nation's top historians and scholars and a number of other public servants--including Gov. M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Gov. James H. Douglas of Vermont, plus former presidential candidates Gov. Michael Dukakis and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. They know the pressures and burdens that Coolidge handled with such uncommon grace. Combined, suggests Milt Valera, the association's president, these essays reveal an extensive and captivating picture of Calvin Coolidge.

Teeming with anecdotes, insight and analysis about the life career and character of the nation's 30th chief executive, they show a man with a penetrating and highly organized intellect, who was the master of every situation. A man of deep faith, he championed the rights of the vulnerable, including women, blacks and the mentally ill, and answered only to his own conscience and common sense.

One of the more surprising facts to come to light is that "Silent Cal," as he was called, was one of the most communicative of all American presidents and a maestro of the then--new media of his day--radio and film. He held an unprecedented 520 press conferences--and he wrote his own speeches.

You can learn more about the book and where to get it online at or by calling (800) 876-6827. At that website, you can learn more about notaries, too.


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A Guy's How-To Guide To Life

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(NAPSI)-If you have ever wanted to know how to put out a grill fire, avoid shooting a champagne cork, remove a fishhook from your finger, build a shelter in the snow or rid a room of monsters, there's good news for you.

The latest volume in a popular book series offers the lowdown on how to master what it considers to be the essential skills needed by guys to get by in both the modern world and the wilderness.

Author David Borgenicht, the creator of The Worst-Case Scenario series of books, has researched hundreds of tactics for dealing with the most dangerous and challenging of situations.

The most recent title, "The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills," details how to deal with the perils previously mentioned and others, such as surviving a stadium riot, treating a shaving wound, flipping an overturned kayak and bonding with a teenager; all skills that any dad would be wise to know.

The 500+ page book covers what it describes as the essential aspects of a modern man's life with chapters on Great Escapes, Sports and Hobbies, Domestic Disasters, Work, and Out and About excursions.

According to Borgenicht, the book not only details adventurous feats but also more domestic challenges as well. Said Borgenicht, "As president of my company, I may negotiate contracts and convince partners to do business with me, but trying to apologize when you don't know what you've done wrong? Now that's something that men need help figuring out."

Published by Chronicle Books, "The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills" (Piven, Borgenicht and Winters) is available where books are sold and is said to make a timely gift for both dads and grads. To learn more, visit

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Saving Time And Money At College

Raising Chickens(NAPSI)-A successful college experience doesn't happen by accident. Experts agree it takes a plan and commitment--particularly if you want to get your degree as quickly as possible.

Increasingly, students want to get their degree on time or even in less time than usual, since that can save them money.

To help, here are some tips:

Pick the Right School


• Make sure you are applying to colleges that offer the programs you are interested in--even before you declare a major.

• Learn the difference between majors that sound alike--such as computer programming and software engineering, or dietetics and food/nutrition.

• Find out which high school courses are recommended for the majors you like.

• Identify schools that allow you to combine bachelor's and graduate programs to get an advanced credential in five or six years. Hundreds of such programs are listed in the College Board's "Book of Majors," along with the information you need to follow the tips above.

Get a Head Start

There are a number of special options available that are designed to help speed the graduation process along.

• Accelerated study--See if the major you have selected has a program in place that gets you through college in less than four years.

• Credit by examination--Many colleges award credit for AP or CLEP or have their own tests to determine your knowledge. You can get some credits under your belt this way.

• Distance learning--Check out your college's distance learning options. You may be able to take courses over the summer to stay on track or get through college sooner than usual.

Information on these and other programs is available in the College Board's "College Handbook 2011."

Listen to Advice

Be sure to use the college's advising services. Most colleges assign each student an adviser. They can help you put together course work that will help you move through your college years in a meaningful way--meeting both general requirements and degree and major requirements.

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Celebrating Service, Safety And So Much More

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(NAPSI)-Observing its 125th anniversary this year, one magazine has served as a reliable resource of the practical information needed to successfully run a home.

Read by one in five American moms today, Good Housekeeping has been the go-to resource for generations of women looking for practical strategies and solutions, with pages of time-saving tips, tasty recipes, stylish, affordable fashion and beauty; advice on relationships and parenting; and valuable information on health and wellness.

It all started on May 2, 1885, when Clark W. Bryan published the first edition of the magazine, describing it as "a family journal conducted in the interests of the higher life of the household."

From the first issue, consumer safety was paramount. The magazine worked to protect its readers by initiating a campaign against the misrepresentations made by manufacturers.

In 1902, the magazine began testing products and accepting advertising for those that met its approval, and by 1905 editors had developed a "Roll of Honor for Pure Food Products."

Products listed in the honor roll that were featured in advertising were distinguished by a five-pointed star carrying the words "Pure Food Assurance--Good Housekeeping," a standard of domestic quality that eventually became the Good Housekeeping Seal.

In 1909, the magazine built the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, a building complete with a model kitchen, a domestic science laboratory and test stations where the testing of products was carried out under practical household conditions.

The Research Institute's scientists and engineers still evaluate products for the Good Housekeeping Seal and now for a Green Good Housekeeping Seal, an environmental extension of the primary seal designed to set a mainstream bar for consumers who want to live a greener lifestyle.

During the anniversary year, the magazine will offer many archival pieces, from cartoons to jokes to fashion and beauty advice.

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