Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle produces financial and small business content for The Allstate Blog and Allstate.com's Tools & Resources section.

Stories by Nicole Markle

Five Keys to Packing a Healthy School Lunch

Sep 01, 2014

It’s back-to-school season — and while the kids embark on a year of new discoveries, parents can help fuel them by making lunch healthy and enjoyable. Forget the same old PB&J sandwiches and potato chips. Here are some ideas for healthy lunches to help introduce nutritious variety to your child’s diet. Start With the Healthful Basics […]

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When Should I Give Out My Child’s Social Security Number?

Sep 01, 2014

Heading back to school brings a flurry of registrations, checkups and signups. As you fill out paperwork, you might be asked to include your child’s Social Security number (SSN) as an identifier for everything from Little League to the doctor’s office. With incidents of child identity theft on the rise — nearly 400,000 kids get […]

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Back-to-School Pedestrian Safety Tips

Sep 01, 2014

Summer is soon coming to a close, and as our little ones prepare to return to school, it’s worth taking a moment to refresh their knowledge of pedestrian safety. Busy school intersections, street crossings and stationary and moving vehicles can all create safety hazards for kids. Preparing your kids with some basic pedestrian safety tips […]

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QUIZ: How Much Does Raising a Child Really Cost?

Aug 27, 2014

Everyone knows that raising a child can be expensive. Do you think you have the numbers straight? Test your baby-raising knowledge with this quiz.

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Accion Chicago Helps Women, Minorities in Small Business

Aug 21, 2014

Among the many groups in Chicago that help small businesses, Accion Chicago aims to represent the “under-represented, including women, minorities and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs,” says Betsy Neely Sikma, manager of Accion’s development and communications. The nonprofit provides customized business support, credit repair counseling and — for those who qualify — small-business loans ranging from $500 to $50,000, […]

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the National Parks?

Aug 21, 2014

Our national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country, and lucky for us, there are 59 of them just waiting to be explored and enjoyed — that’s a lifetime of road trips! From California to Alaska to North Carolina, each park is filled with unique geological features that’ll make your jaw […]

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Secret Sauce: Chicago Pizzeria Owner Shares Small Biz Experience

Aug 07, 2014

Buying an existing business can be challenging — and rewarding. Tania Mavrakis, an Evanston lawyer, says she found that out when she became the new owner last fall of Leona’s Pizzeria, a nine-store pizzeria chain in the Chicago area that originally opened in 1950. Mavrakis was no stranger to the pizza business when she bought […]

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Safe and Scrumptious Campfire Cookouts for Kids

Aug 01, 2014

This year, we’re taking kid-friendly campfire cookouts to another level, beyond weenies and s’mores. Whether you’re grilling in your backyard or over a fire pit at the campground, these safety guidelines, unique cooking tips and simple recipe ideas will pump up any campfire cookout. Grilling safety guidelines Before you get to the sliders and steaks, let’s […]

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5 Summer Ballgame Safety Tips

Aug 01, 2014

From the looks of it, baseball is still a favorite American pastime. League stats show that more than 74 million fans came out to a Major League Baseball game last year. If you’re among the millions looking to do the same this season, you’ll want to make sure game day lives up to expectations. Here […]

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Summer UV Protection Essentials

Aug 01, 2014

It’s that time of year again. When the mercury soars and the days grow brighter, it can only mean one thing – it’s summer! While you plan beach outings and lazy days under the sun, take a moment to consider your family’s ultraviolet ray (UV) protection. Harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s UVA and UVB […]

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