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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well. Feel free to post your comments to our articles or e-mail us a question that you would like to see answered in this blog.

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Karen Poff

Your financial questions - answered here!

Do you ever wonder where to turn for answers to your financial questions? There are many sources of information available. But proven, reliable, non-biased information can be hard to find.
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Karen Poff

OPT-OUT of pre-approved credit offers

Are you one of the many people who are annoyed by a constant barrage of pre-approved credit offers? If so, you'll be glad to know there is a solution to the problem.
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Karen Ridings

Help your kids to health by following 9-5-2-1-0

The ancient African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" rings true today when thinking about the health of our children.
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Karen Poff

Why test your drinking water?

Many of us don't give much thought to where our drinking water comes from. We just turn on the faucet, the water comes out, and we drink or cook with it. Some of us filter it through a pitcher to make it "taste better." But how often do we consider the more important question of whether or not it is safe to drink?
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Brittany Michael

Get that canning equipment checked out for FREE

There are opportunities through the Virginia Cooperative Extension to get your canning equipment looked over before you start your season of canning. It is FREE and you know if your gauges are still accurate year to year!
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Karen Ridings

Canning challenges!

Canning is fun, but it also has its challenges. Don't get discouraged or throw out your canner if you don't succeed the first time! Your local Family and Consumer Sciences Agent can help you become an expert canner. Here are some questions and answers about canning that might be helpful to you.
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Karen Ridings

Get ready for local strawberries - so easy to preserve!

Strawberry season is right around the corner. Not only can you buy them fresh from your local farmer's market, but many farms will allow you to pick your own! Did you know that the strawberry is a member of the rose family? It is a fruit with a delicate flavor and yet is bursting with Vitamin C, A, and potassium.
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Karen Poff

Knowing what to keep and what to shred

In the aftermath of tax preparation, you may be wondering how you'll be able to survive in the ever-increasing sea of paperwork. From one packrat to another, I know how difficult it is to part with paperwork you are afraid you might need someday. But you really don't need to keep all of it forever. Here are some tips to help you reduce paperwork to a more manageable lake or pond:
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Brittany Michael

Eating fruits and vegetables for beauty?

You may have recently heard on the news about a study showing the correlation between eating fruits and vegetables and a more radiantly toned complexion. So is this true or false?
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Karen Ridings

Household well water testing should be an annual event

How safe is my water? Should I test my household water supply? Many people have concerns about the safety of the water used in their households.

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