Twelve driving tips for parents with new teen drivers

Are you a parent of a new teen driver? It’s a fact: teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group.Recently, my youngest daughter, McKenna, passed her driver’s test. She absolutely loves her newfound freedom. Sometimes, a bit too much! She isn’t afraid to drive anywhere. I’m constantly reminding her that she’s […]

Prepare your home for winter with this fall home maintenance checklist

For many, the fall season is a busy time of year. High school, college, and professional sports are in full swing. Kids are participating in homecoming festivities, and many families are making trips to their local pumpkin farms. These activities don’t leave much time to get your home projects completed before the snow flies. With […]

Five common appliances that cause house fires

Our homes today are filled with electronics and appliances that make our lives easier and provide us with entertainment. DVD players, big screen TVs, video game systems, and cable/satellite TV boxes overload our electrical outlets and fill up our entertainment centers. If you bought a new appliance lately, you’ll see that technology has changed them, […]

Don’t put it off: Assess your life insurance

Life insurance is not for the person who dies; it protects the people who live. Would you believe that 1 in 5 families with children under age 18 does not have life insurance? As shocking as that may be to many of us, a 2018 study by LIMRA, a leading insurance and financial services trade […]

When things change, review your life insurance beneficiary

Keeping your life insurance beneficiary designations up to date ensures that your wishes are honored. You name a beneficiary when you purchase a life insurance policy. This designation lets the insurance company know who should receive the proceeds of the policy. Keeping your beneficiary designation current is key to ensuring your life insurance benefits are […]

What type of damage to look for after a storm goes through your neighborhood

Severe weather can pop up in your neighborhood quickly. If severe weather strikes, your first priority should be taking cover and protecting your family. Unfortunately, the damage after severe weather can wreak havoc on your home and neighborhood. Common types of storm damage to your home can be caused by wind, water, or hail.   […]

Nine tips to make the first day of school easier

Shared from Scott Steuber’s WestBend Cares Blog. In just a few short days, our children’s alarm clocks will be ringing, and hectic school schedules will become a part of our routine. No matter what age your child is, the first day of school can cause anxiety for the entire family. Here are some things you […]

Eleven tips for getting your family back into a routine after vacation

Going on vacation with your family can be exciting, but it can also involve a lot of planning, depending on where you’re going. While vacations can be busy, they usually offer much-needed rest and relaxation. When preparing for a vacation, the last thing you want to think about is coming back home to your everyday […]

Personal umbrella policy: Your liability safety net

A personal umbrella policy offers extra liability protection for a variety of circumstances. When accidents happen, lawsuits may follow. You can protect your financial assets and future earnings by purchasing a personal umbrella liability policy. A personal umbrella policy works with your existing insurance to add the extra layer of protection that you may need. […]

38 Ways to Make Your Backyard Safer This Summer

Every summer, the backyard is a hub of activity for children and adults alike. Marshmallows by the fire pit, dips in the pool, hours spent on play sets, and grilling dinner in the evenings are all summer backyard favorites. But though your backyard may be your favorite place to be this summer, it’s important to […]