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

Ahead of the Storm: Printable Hurricane Prep Guide

Sep 26, 2014

Getting your home and your family ready for hurricane season isn’t as easy as just boarding up the windows and taking off. Use our printable hurricane prep guide to help make sure you and your family are protected if your home is threatened by a hurricane.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hurricane Hazards and How to Prepare for Them

Sep 16, 2014

Hurricanes are dangerous storms with a series of hazards that can have an impact long after the winds die down. Here’s a look at five hurricane-related hazards and how you can help protect your family and property against them.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Tropical Weather Watches and Warnings

Sep 11, 2014

If you live in an area threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes, it’s important to know what all the watches and warnings mean and how to prepare for them.

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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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