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Valentine's Day 2015

Valentine's Day: Etiquette & Romance For Relationships at Different Stages
Valentine's Day: Etiquette & Romance For Relationships at Different Stages
By Amy Sawyer - Valentines Day can be a confusing business if you're not particularly used to it. Should women send cards?Do you have to buy roses? Is it enough to simply give a gift or do you need to arrange some kind of event as well?...
Sweet Ways to Decorate the Home for Valentine's Day
Sweet Ways to Decorate the Home for Valentine's Day
By  Alyssa Davis - Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.  Thankfully, decorating your home for the holiday does not have to be an arduous task.  Instead of getting overwhelmed with decorating ideas, try the 14 sweet...
Ideas for a Romantic Valentine's Day
Ideas for a Romantic Valentine's Day
By Jenny Corteza -I have fallen in love many times….. Always with you: This in itself is good enough to bring a smile to your man’s face but it will do only on 364 days of the year. Valentine Day begs that you say it with a gift, special...

Parenting

Winter Fun on a Dime!
Winter Fun on a Dime!
By Michelle LaRowe -Movie tickets for three:  $21. Winter Break Camp:   $600. Pizza and pop for a family of four: $40 plus. If you're not cautious, entertaining kids can break the bank, or certainly put a huge dent in it. When it comes time to trade work for fun, try these ideas. You'll save money – but not at the...
There's More to A Child  Than Just Outside Behavior
There's More to A Child Than Just Outside Behavior
By Gary M. Unruh MSW LCSW -Asking children repeatedly to complete chores or homework seems like just one more roadblock to effective parenting. It is...and here's why. Parents focus on behavior -- their child's outside part -- and miss the child's inside parts: feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and, most importantly, trust in one's self-worth. ...
Positive Changes for the New Year
Positive Changes for the New Year
By Michelle LaRowe, America's NannyFor many families, January not only signals the start of a New Year, it reminds us of the special opportunity we have to make important positive changes to our family lives.

Features

National No Name-Calling Week January 19-23, 2015
National No Name-Calling Week January 19-23, 2015
Recipe of Disaster - Bullying and Middle School Students - Helping Your School-age Daughter Cope with Mean Girls - Sticks and Stones
Almost 55% of Babies Sleep with Unsafe Bedding
Almost 55% of Babies Sleep with Unsafe Bedding
National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) study shows unsafe infant bedding use still common, despite warnings Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts, and pillows — can obstruct...
Kids Left in Cars -  Winter's Quick Onset of Hypothermia
Kids Left in Cars - Winter's Quick Onset of Hypothermia
Tips to Prevent Leaving Kids in Cars -With the start  safety thoughts turn to keeping warm and driving safely in wintry conditions. However, as temperatures drop, the growing concern of parents leaving children in locked cars – normally...

Healthy Families

Important Information About Whooping Cough
Important Information About Whooping Cough
News Release from University of Michigan - In the current fight against whooping cough resurgence, perhaps the biggest obstacle is an incomplete understanding of its underlying causes, according to a University of Michigan population ecologist.Though the root causes of the resurgence remain "elusive and contentious," public health...
Healthy Valentine Sweets for your Sweeties
Healthy Valentine Sweets for your Sweeties
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD - Nutrition TidbitsValentine’s day conjures up images of heart shaped boxes full of sweet filled chocolates, pink and red cupcakes, and of course roses (many of them chocolate!)  How about some healthy options for your sweeties?
Life Isn't Always Fair
Life Isn't Always Fair
Building Health By Dale Peterson, MD - There are times when life is not fair.  I was reminded of this when, just before Thanksgiving, a twelve year-old granddaughter was found to have insulin dependent diabetes.  In that moment her life changed forever.  From that point forward she would be required to prick herself to check...

Recipes

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks
Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks
By Parissa Amerinouri - Let's face it - watching TV comes hand in hand with snacking. With the number one watched program on television comes one of the top days for over snacking and loading on the calories.While fried chicken, beer, and cheese puffs may have tasted good at last...
Three Resolutions In One Chicken Salad Sandwich
Three Resolutions In One Chicken Salad Sandwich
Apron Strings by Samantha Gianulis - Affection, Lean Protein and Frugality. New Year's Resolution #1: Make everyone feel loved, everyday.New Year's Resolution #2: Eat even healthier.New Year's Resolution #3: Find ways to save money!   NOT JUST ANY...
3 Holiday Appetizers You Can Prep Before the Party
3 Holiday Appetizers You Can Prep Before the Party
When the holidays roll around, planning a party can either be a great joy or a giant, nerve-racking stressful situation. Even if you love to throw parties, the pressure of entertaining can sometimes be too much, especially if you are planning for a group of 15 or more.

 

 

 

 

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Home and Garden

Ring in the Resolutions!
Ring in the Resolutions!
By Jillian Bietz - TeensIt's no secret that New Year's Resolutions have become somewhat of a farce. In fact, we are almost expected not to achieve them. By February we feel defeat over failing to make good on our promises. They are discussed with an eye-roll, and "of course nots." Don't set yourself up to fail in 2015. It's easier than you
50 Fun Things To Do This Winter!
50 Fun Things To Do This Winter!
Winter boredom busters! No more excuses-here is a list of 50 things to do when are bored! Please add comments with more ideas of fun things to do in the wintertime. 
Silver, Blue and White Ring in the New Year
Silver, Blue and White Ring in the New Year
Silver, blue and white are beautiful colors to use when decorating for the New Year. 

Family Fun

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Love Poems -Valentine's Day Crafts and Recipes -Home Decorating with Kids Crafts -Photo by Mamama Designs
Decorate for Valentine's Day with Kid Crafts
Decorate for Valentine's Day with Kid Crafts
Kids Valentine's Day Crafts - This Valentine's Day, put away the store bought decorations and use your children's  art and crafts to decorate the house. You will be surprised at the many uses you can find for Valentine's Day kid crafts. Chain GangGet your children involved in creating some fun and whimsical...
Parents' Mission Control: Craft Projects that Keep Kids Active and Engaged all Month!
Parents' Mission Control: Craft Projects that Keep Kids Active and Engaged all Month!
By Jennifer Cummings, M Ed. - Weather got you down? Wondering how you will fill up those dark hours when the sun sets so early in the day? Have no fear! The four projects in this month’s column will each give you:An Outside Mission: If you choose to accept it, this special assignment is designed to get your kids out and about, even...


 

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