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How to Keep up with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Let’s face it: New Year’s resolutions are renowned for failure. Studies show that between 50 and 80 percent of these well-intended self-promises are abandoned within months. You’re probably aware that there’s a gym membership spike in January, but did you know that there’s actually a “Fall Off the Wagon Day” (typically in February) when resolutions are notoriously abandoned and fast food restaurants see an uptick in visits?

10 DMV Charities to Donate to This Holiday Season

The season of giving is upon us, and the options for choosing which charitable organizations you will donate to are practically limitless. November and December are the busiest times of the year for philanthropic giving, often motivated by fundraisers’ requests for bequests on Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday) and the tax breaks for those who itemize their deductions.

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the DMV’s Favorite Go-To Beaches

For those of us who live in the DMV region, the Atlantic Ocean is our playground. Just a drive away and we can experience spectacular sunrises, fresh seafood, and tons of fun ranging from nature walks to nightlife. While the DMV includes portions of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, the other “DMV” geographic grouping is Delmarva – the East Coast peninsula formed from parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia where life primarily revolves around the beach.

A ‘Proper Degree’ Saves Babies

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 decimated the already fragile health system in Sierra Leone – many doctors and other health providers died, and others left the country in the wake of the epidemic. Today, there are fewer than 250 doctors serving a nation of 7 million people. This lack of trained health professionals has a devastating impact: Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and infant mortality is approximately 82 per 1,000 births.

A Grandmother's Journey in Namibia

63-year-old Nora Thomson makes her monthly five-mile walk to the local hospital. She is going blind and takes the tiring trek with 14-month-old great-granddaughter Pemai strapped to her back, but she has little choice. She travels dutifully to secure the life-saving antiretroviral therapy medication (ART) that is essential for her and her grandson, 13-year-old Santi. Both are HIV-positive, so without this medicine they would face sickness and eventually a slow, miserable death.

The Fastest Growing Areas in the DMV Region

A booming job market, a thriving cultural and entertainment scene, diverse cultures – for these reasons and many more, the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area continues to grow. Metropolitan Washington is one of the most educated and affluent places in the U.S., and housing construction can barely keep up with population and job growth. The whole region is growing, but what particular areas are seeing the biggest surge?

Renting Your Home Out

Looking to be a landlord? Investing in real estate rentals can be lucrative, but be aware that “passive” income requires homework, real work, and some headaches. Whether you’re considering a long-term rental or an Airbnb, here’s a list of pros and cons homeowners face. But first, find out if real estate investing will work for you. First step: legal considerations. Check your local ordinances to see if there are laws or regulations that prohibit short-term or long-term rentals. Also, check your

Best Happy Hour Spots In and Around D.C.

When it’s time to unwind from a stressful workday, our region is teeming with Happy Hour haunts that will brighten your spirits! Some offer a unique venue vibe paired with similarly-themed menus. Some just have downright good deals. Even the most high-brow establishments tend to have special Happy Hour pricing to draw patrons looking kick back after a hard day’s work. Here are some great options, whether you’re wanting to wind down or paint the town!
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