Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle produces financial, small business and identity restoration content for The Allstate Blog and Allstate.com's Tools & Resources section, as well as family content for Allstate Good Life.

Stories by Nicole Markle

4 Ways To Foster Workplace Wellness

Jun 24, 2015

Having healthy employees not only makes for a happier workplace, it’s also a smart way to run a business. After all, healthy employees use fewer medical and mental health services — and that could help save your company money. “Our research shows that 67 percent of employers cite ‘employees’ poor health habits’ as one of the […]

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Easy, Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away From Your Yard

Jun 23, 2015

Gathering with friends and family for barbecues and backyard parties is a hallmark of summer. But the summer doesn’t just bring people out — it also brings out pesky little bugs. If mosquitoes, flies, ants or other annoying insects are hindering your backyard fun, try these easy, DIY bug repellent ideas. Preventive Measures One of the […]

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Green Practices That Make Financial Sense For Your Business

Jun 17, 2015

If you’re thinking of implementing “green” practices in your small business, it’s natural to want to make sure they’re cost-effective. After all, the point of running your own small business is to make money. Fortunately, you may not have to choose between going green and bringing in the green. These days, many environmentally friendly strategies can […]

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4 Summer Odd Jobs for Young Teens

Jun 16, 2015

School’s out, and long summer days are ahead. While older teens often work seasonal jobs this time of year, now may be a good time for your 14- or 15-year-old to consider doing odd jobs for family friends and neighbors. Parenting expert Tim Elmore says gaining work experience is a good way to help your young teen […]

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Tips for Backyard Swing Set Installation

Jun 02, 2015

Swings and slides are staples at the typical neighborhood playground. But what about installing a swing set in your own backyard? If you’re thinking of getting a set for your kids, it’s important to find the right equipment, site it properly and install it safely. Shop for Safe, Long-Term Use The Washington Post suggests buying a swing […]

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Planning Maternity Leave: Know Your Options to Make it Work for You

May 19, 2015

For expectant mothers who work, planning maternity leave for the first time can prompt many questions: How much time off can I take? What options do I have for paid leave? When should I tell my employer that I’ll need time off? Every mom’s situation is different, so whether you work full-time, part-time or are self-employed, […]

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3 Easy Ways to Contribute More to Your Child’s 529 Plan

May 05, 2015

Some parents start planning for college as soon as they find out they’re expecting. It’s smart to set up a 529 college savings plan and do the math to figure out just how much you need to sock away each month. But you might be able to contribute more money to your child’s 529 plan. Here are some […]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day: Nice Things to Do for Your Mom

May 05, 2015

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about ways thank your mom for everything she’s done for you. But why just limit it to one day of appreciation? Here are some ideas for nice things to do for your mom or the mother of your children to help her celebrate Mother’s Day all […]

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Family Guide for Giving Blood

Apr 02, 2015

Giving blood is an activity you and your family can participate in together to help your community and those in need. Oftentimes people will donate blood in response to a crisis, but America’s Blood Centers says blood is needed at all times of the year. In fact, the blood used in an emergency generally comes from donations made prior […]

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While You’re Away: Pet Care Options for Dogs and Cats

Mar 17, 2015

Many people see spring break as a great opportunity to take a family vacation. But, what about your four-legged family members? Pets can’t always tag along, so you may have to plan for their care while you’re away. Here are several pet care options to consider before deciding which makes the most sense for your […]

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