How Can You Help? Giving Blood During COVID-19 Crisis

How Can You Help? Giving Blood During COVID-19 Crisis

If you have been in your workplace for any length of time, or have attended any local events here in the Polk County area, you have likely seen the mobile blood bank come through at one point or another.  This bus is essentially a lab on wheels, and it travels to businesses and events to not only raise awareness about…

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COVID-19, Unemployment, and Your Budget

COVID-19 is sending shockwaves around the US, and the job market isn’t unaffected. Businesses are already being forced to lay off employees due to financial strain, and we expect that to get worse as the weeks go on. When unemployed, one of the biggest concerns that rises to the surface of your thoughts is your financial situation. Paying bills, buying…

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How Should We Respond to COVID-19? Supporting Local Business During A Time of Crisis

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is now a worldwide pandemic, and as it starts to have a greater affect on us here in the US, many business owners and employers are worried about how they’ll stay afloat, and how they will continue to pay employees on staff. See, employers don’t just see their staff as faces in a crowd. They see mortgages…

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Hand-washing 101: Protecting Yourself and Others from Coronavirus

At this point, we’re all aware of the recent outbreak of, what the medical community has dubbed, “Coronavirus” or COVID-19 and unfortunately it’s causing mass panic for people around the world. While we understand that there is a reason to be cautious due to the high level of contagiousness and danger to those who are older or who have weakened…

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Hosting the Holidays on A Dime

During a season of unemployment, or when you are having to stretch every penny because you are working on a limited budget, the holidays can be hard. They are even harder when you are the one responsible for hosting the festivities. No one wants to “cancel” Christmas because they can’t afford to host, and feelings of guilt and shame are…

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Keeping Holiday Cheer All Year: How PHR Plans to Have 365 Days of Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year, and no one can deny that there seems to be a certain bit of “cheer” in the air during this season. Whether it’s the twinkling lights and upbeat carols, or anticipation of what’s to come on Christmas Day, something makes us happier, more positive, and kinder at this time of year. This holiday…

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Saving Money, Staying Safe: Frying Your Turkey at Home

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, we all know that the bird is the star of the show. While the iconic picture is of mom (or grandma) pulling the perfectly roasted turkey from the oven and carrying it lovingly to the table to be carved, not everyone enjoys roasting their turkeys. Between the messy pan cleanup, the difficulty in gauging…

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Halloween on A Budget: Cutting Back on Spending, Not on Fun

Do you include Halloween in your list when asked about major holidays? How do you categorize a holiday as major? For many, spending is a huge factor in whether or not a holiday is considered one of the “biggies” or just a blip on the calendar. While perhaps not as huge as Christmas or Valentine’s Day when it comes to…

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Back to School for Mom: Continuing Your Education While Balancing Parenthood

School is back in session for Polk County on Monday, and while many moms will be packing lunches, laying out uniforms and loading little ones onto the bus, other moms will be doing all of that and heading back into the classroom themselves. As we’ve mentioned before, one of the best ways to boost your chances of finding a great…

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Back to School: Get More Bang for Your Buck

If you’re currently on the hunt for a job, the looming back to school deadlines can be a stressful time for many reasons. Not only are you under a time crunch with the orientations, daily drop-off/pickup routine, lunch packing, and after-school activities (in addition to your job search), but your budget can also feel the strain. This time of year…

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