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Talking to Children About Tragedy in Wake of Connecticut School Shooting

How do you explain the unexplainable to children? Today, parents across the country, including myself, were faced with this  -- fumbling over words while explaining the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - located only 20 miles away from my own daughter's elementary school.

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Too Much Facebook Makes You Fat!

The good news is, research shows social networking sites boost our self esteem. The bad news is, the boost in self esteem can make us fat.

Here's how it works, according to Science Daily.

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And The Color of 2013 Shall Be….Emerald!

People get paid to sit around and think about what colors should identify a particular year or a particular season, and then they declare it to be true, and people buy those colors. Amazing!

The color company Pantone has issued their annual color forecast, and if we want to be hip next year, this is the color we should buy.

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Guilty Foods Really Do Taste Better!

Ever been on a diet and decided to splurge on a really big calorie-busting snack?

It just tastes so darn good! In fact, it tastes best when we're not supposed to have it. And now there's scientific evidence to prove it.

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We Survived the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year. Which Day is LEAST Busy?

The longest lines on Black Friday were reported at Target, Walmart, and Best Buy in Tyler. Broadway Square Mall was jam packed most of the day Friday too.

If you want to avoid the crowds, which day this holiday season will be the least busy?

It's coming up in the next five days.

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Thieves Like Electronics Too

Once you buy those highly-sought-after goods on Black Friday, do you leave them in plain sight in your car as you make your way to the next store?

Tyler police are offering tips to protect yourself and your goods during the holiday shopping season. Among the tips; hide the loot!

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We Consume HOW Many Calories at Thanksgiving?

The season of eating continues this week.

We stuffed our faces full of candy at Halloween, and now it's on to the big Thanksgiving meal. This Thursday we'll sit around the TV watching the Cowboys' game and graze all day on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course that green bean casserole with the crunchy onions on top that seems to find its way to most tables.

Have you ever put down the fork long enough to count the calories? Prepare yourself for the shock!

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Dave Dugdale, Flickr
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Tipping — Who to Tip? When Should You Tip? How Much?

With the Holiday season upon us, we will be out and about more. On these outings there will be tip jars as far as the eye can see. Coffee shops, delivery drivers, and of course your waitress or waiter will be looking for those extra bucks to come into their pockets from yours. So, who do you tip and how much?

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"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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2012 Black Friday Deals + Business Hours in Tyler

Black Friday is only a week away and it's time to start preparing. We gave you tips on how to do well on your Black Friday shopping, but how can you do that if you don't know where the best deals are? Here is a list of when the biggest stores in Tyler will be opening, along with some of their awesome savings. Just click on the links to see even more holiday deals.

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Tips and Tricks for Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is a time of fellowship with friends and family, and reminiscing about all the blessings you have. But the day after Thanksgiving has kind of become a holiday in itself. Black Friday has become a culture phenomenon and it's only getting bigger. Everyone is out shopping for the best deal on all of their favorite things. If you're brave enough to face the crazies, you're going to need to have some tricks up your sleeve.

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"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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Anyone Else Have Black Friday Anxiety?

This should be a verifiable disease; "Black Friday Anxiety." I'm pretty sure I have it. How about you?

Many of the Black Friday ads are out and shoppers are planning their attack. As we learned last week, Black Friday is now Black Thursday with several stores opening at 8 or 9pm on Thanksgiving night. Did you know that sale-shoppers and bargain-hunters will actually end up spending more money in the long run than those who skip the sales and pay full price? There's a tidbit to add to the stress.

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Ron Dauphin, Flickr
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East Texas Retailers Who Are Hiring This Holiday Season

People everywhere are also trying to find some ways to earn extra cash to buy Christmas presents this year. Well, it just so happens that Christmas season is the busiest season for retailers everywhere. Between Black Friday and all the Christmas shopping, retailers are going out of their way to hire help for the holidays. So if you're looking to earn a little extra cash for the holidays, here is a list of the companies hiring the most for this holiday season.

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