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Halloween 2014

Decorating for a Handmade Halloween
Decorating for a Handmade Halloween
There are few holidays that bring out the creepy crawlies like Halloween does.It is the perfect holiday for letting the ghosts, goblins, spiders and bats abound in your interior decor.  Purchasing things can get expensive, so this year,...
5 Easy to Make Halloween Costumes for Kids
5 Easy to Make Halloween Costumes for Kids
Halloween is a holiday loved by children and families everywhere. It's a great time to get creative and make fun decorations with your family and brainstorm the endless possibilities of what everyone wants to dress up as.If you are like many who...
5 Easy and Deliciously Scary Halloween Recipes
5 Easy and Deliciously Scary Halloween Recipes
Halloween is a fun day for families everywhere! Parents and children get to dress up, have fun and treat themselves to delicious Halloween snacks.Whether you are hosting a Halloween party of your own, attending one at a friend`s house or work,...

Parenting

How to Raise a Reader Who Loves Books
How to Raise a Reader Who Loves Books
Sylvia Cochran - Great readers are raised, not born. - Even though it is tempting to assume that a particular gene is responsible for the love of books, it is actually a matter of careful nurture, persistence and of course oodles of parental time and involvement. Love Books? Pass it On! Just like it is impossible to raise a spiritual...
 Parent's Ghost of Childhood Past
Parent's Ghost of Childhood Past
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Is Your Past Affecting Your Family?Many mothers and fathers had first-hand experience of being parented poorly by their parents. When a person has had a lousy childhood (alcoholic parent, absent parent, verbally or physically abusive parent, death of a parent when young, molestation etc.), it can be difficult to...
One-On-One Time Rocks
One-On-One Time Rocks
Bruce Sallan  - Dad Sense -Given our busy lives, one-on-one time for our spouses is often difficult to find, but we would all agree that it is a necessary component to keeping a marriage healthy and vital. The same holds true for our relationships with our children, yet too often we are doing things as a family-unit.I went for...

Features

Picky Eater's Love These Snacks - Teens too!
Picky Eater's Love These Snacks - Teens too!
Whether it's grade school, high school or college, food choices come into play for our kids. Parents are  short on time, and often short on money, so it's important to know easy, healthy snacks and meals that parents and even kids can pr...
Documentary: America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth Airs In the Fall
Documentary: America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth Airs In the Fall
Award-winning filmmaker Darryl Roberts,  "America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth"  will premier this fall across the United States. the documentary is about the effects of our culture's preoccupation with sex .America...
Stay on Budget and Spend Safely with Cash and Gift Cards
Stay on Budget and Spend Safely with Cash and Gift Cards
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA  -There is nothing like cash. There is no waiting for transactions to post or fumbling around for receipts so that you can record transactions in your checkbook register.News outlets...

Healthy Families

Love is Our Soul Purpose
Love is Our Soul Purpose
Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. - Path to a Better Life -Love is our Soul purpose. Our life direction is the trajectory we take, or the story we weave to get to that place of deeper love of self and other. Self is not “selfish” in an egoism self-centered fashion, rather it is the honoring of the place within us that is larger than our personal...
Trick or Healthy Treat
Trick or Healthy Treat
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD, Nutrition Tidbits - Halloween is the start of holiday treats.With bags full of candy coming home from a successful night of Trick or Treating...how do we keep the sweet treats to a minimum? Halloween parties are also sweet temptations for us adults as well.As we all know, too much sugar and processed foods will wreck...
Learn to Listen to Your Body
Learn to Listen to Your Body
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  -One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any...

Recipes

Effortless Banana Pudding
Effortless Banana Pudding
Apron Strings by Samantha Gianulis -Yummy banana pudding the whole family will love -- cooking it can be effortless. Since loving them was effortless the second I heard their baby cries.Saw their little faces with eyes opening for the first time, smelled their sweet, soft heads and...
Crock Pot- Slow Cooker Recipes
Crock Pot- Slow Cooker Recipes
Beef Stew, Chowder and Potato Soup Recipes and More Crock Pot Meals.Preparation time 20 minutes or less.Crock Pot - Slow Cooker meals are an easy way to have dinner waiting for you after a busy day. These homemade, healthy and easy recipes are perfect for today's family.Start with...
Home-Sweet-Home Meatloaf
Home-Sweet-Home Meatloaf
 One of the easiest and most comforting meals you can make this fall and winter is the classic meatloaf.  When you think, "home cooked meal," meatloaf is probably the first image to come to mind, making it perfect for cozy family gatherings.  Keeping an easy meatloaf recipe...

School

Knowing Your Child's Text Lingo May Save Their Life
Knowing Your Child's Text Lingo May Save Their Life
By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC -Parents, your children's safety may depend upon you knowing their text and instant messaging lingo. For example, did you know that CD9 means parents are around or that MIRL means meet me in real life? If you think you have had the talk with your child and...
How to Make the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences
How to Make the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences
By Sally Sacks M. Ed.Often, Parents' Evening comes just once a term, or even once a year for some students and parents; this makes that one evening extremely important to parents. As a parent, if you have concerns regarding your child's education or development, or simply just want to see...
Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Early Childhood Skills Checklist
Introduce and practice these skills at home and school:• Share, take turns and listen quietly• Wait patiently and use words to communicate• Recognize and know your full name• Know your parents and/or caregiver's first and last name• Use toilet by yourself•...
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Home and Garden

Decorating the Foyer for Halloween
Decorating the Foyer for Halloween
Ah, the crisp autumn air brings Halloween straight to the forefront of your mind, but finding time to decorate can be an issue. If you are struggling with figuring out how to decorate for the upcoming holiday, use the ideas below to get started.  The best place to start?  In your home's foyer, of course.  Not only is it the...
50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S
Looking for a place to retire that is affordable, has lots of activities nearby, a vibrant social scene and an abundance of cultural activities? A college town might just be perfect for you! Following are 2014 "50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S." ranked by cost from lowest to highest, and the colleges that reside in each...

Family Fun

Easy Halloween Party Games
Easy Halloween Party Games
By Ryan HeuerThat spooky night grows ever closer with each minute. You've picked out the perfect costume for yourself and you have some of your favorite Halloween treats at the ready, but have do you have a game plan ready for your party?The best way to keep your party alive with fun is to be prepared with some games and activities...
A Treat for Everyone – Halloween Favorites
A Treat for Everyone – Halloween Favorites
by  Barbara Bietz - Children's Book Reviews -Time for changing leaves when kids start to gearing up for Halloween. Along with costumes, tricks, and treats, include some reading activities in your Halloween agenda! It’s a perfect read aloud time for all ages. Here’s BIG list of spooky story selections that are sure to please your little...
30th Anniversary of Being a Mom with Autumn Fading
30th Anniversary of Being a Mom with Autumn Fading
By Cheryl MoellerI love seeing naked branches through windows when I wake.I love my husband Bob's one day old morning beard.I love staying ahead of the hours fleeting when I can have a fire on the deck.I love listening to the birds wildly deciding when to leave for Florida.I love premiums at the coffee shop worth drinking...


 

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