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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Irish Blessings  and St. Pat's Day Crafts and Recipes
Irish Blessings and St. Pat's Day Crafts and Recipes
St. Patrick's Day Crafts - Irish Blessings - Irish Proverb and Sayings
Green Crafts for St. Patrick's Day
Green Crafts for St. Patrick's Day
By Alyssa Davis - As a craftsperson, you're probably always on the lookout for interesting new ideas to help you celebrate the holidays in style. Whether you want to add new merchandise items to your craft product line or just make a few...
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Fun Family
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Fun Family "Green Dinner"
Set a Festive Table Your green dinner will be even more fun if you take the time to set a festive table. Green paper napkins can add a pretty touch, or choose those which are decorated with a shamrock motif. Cover the table with a festive...

Parenting

Hands-on Dads Give Kids an Edge
Hands-on Dads Give Kids an Edge
A Concordia University study links fathers' presence to enhanced intellect, well-being among childrenFathers who actively engage in raising their children can help make their offspring smarter and better behaved, according to new research from Concordia University.Published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, the long-term study examined how fathers can positively influence the development of their kids through hands-on p
Trust Your Instincts
Trust Your Instincts
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - - It’s important as a parent to listen to your gut instincts. If something seems amiss, it probably is.Here are some examples from my private counseling practice when parents didn’t listen to that feeling/voice inside/gut that told them something wasn’t right:** Smart, attractive 15 year-old girl tells her parents that her boyfriend’s parents are present when she goes to his house to visit.(Sometimes...
Is It Spring Yet?
Is It Spring Yet?
By Patti Hermes - Parent to Parent - It's raining/snowing/sleeting as I write this.So much for an early spring, say the boys, as they head up to their winter cave full of video and computer games. Even when the sun does come out, it's windy, the sidewalks are either icy or muddy (and some even have snow on them still), and the yards are so wet they might as well be ponds. As much as we all want to be outside, playing outside is another matter...

Healthy Families

Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss
Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss
Eating More Protein and Less Refined Starch Is Critical for Effective Dieting, Major Study Shows.  A large-scale study  called "Diogenes"  has investigated the optimum dietary composition for  preventing and treating obesity. The results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Faculty of Life  Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen. If you want to lose...
Body Spring Cleaning
Body Spring Cleaning
By Lisa Metzgar PhD. - Nutrition Tidbits It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring cleaning.  Not only do I clean out the garage, I also like to do a little spring cleaning in my body. Over the course of time, we all tend to build up toxins in our body.  Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals, food, and water.  We have several organs in our body that help to clear toxins...
Do Our Minds Need a Spring Cleaning?
Do Our Minds Need a Spring Cleaning?
By Dr. Howard Peiper - Spring is in the air and many of us take time out to spring clean our homes, garages, etc to get rid of all the clutter and dirt we have accumulated over the past seasons. But as we go about doing this, have we considered giving our minds a spring clean too, to get rid of any emotional clutter and junk we may have accumulated? We would be amazed at the kind of “baggage” we pick up over the...

Recipes

 Easter Bread Recipes
Easter Bread Recipes
 EASTER BREAD RING 5 eggs 1/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast 3 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter 2 eggs, room temperature 1/2 cup mixed candied fruit 1/3 cup chopped blanched almonds 1/2 teaspoon...
Best Easter Recipes
Best Easter Recipes
Easter Dinner Suggested Menu:Leg of Lamb -Pear and Walnut Salad with Roquette and Parmesan - Recipe Below -Wicked Roasted Vegetables -Edith's Applesauce CakeRecipes: 
Traditional Irish Meals to Celebrate St. Pat's Day
Traditional Irish Meals to Celebrate St. Pat's Day
Treat your family and friends to a traditional Irish dinner this St. Patrick's Day. We have compiled some delicious, easy and budget friendly Irish recipes for you to celebrate St. Pat's Day.  Make Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage , Irish Stew, Irish Bacon and Pasta, Pot Roast with Guiness,...

Easter 2015

Happy Easter
Happy Easter
Easter Crafts - Easter Hat  - Bunny Cake - Printable Letter from the Easter Bunny for Child
Fun and Fanciful Easter Bunny Tracks
Fun and Fanciful Easter Bunny Tracks
By Jessica Ackerman - If your child is like most children, every year he or she probably anxiously awaits the arrival of the Easter Bunny.
 Easter Craft Ideas For Kids
Easter Craft Ideas For Kids
By Matt  Rawlings - It’s time to turn our thoughts to the next religious celebration; Easter.

Features

Family Fun: Celebrate National Women's History Month

Family Fun: Celebrate National Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month - March 3 is the 100 year anniversary of the suffragists march on Washington, DC. See the National Policy of Nagging Pinterest Board which was put together by the National Archive to honor this anniversary. Suffragists faced a long hard road to equality, even some women opposed equal rights. One newspaper editorial endorsement said, "nagging as a national policy."Parent and Kid Activites for...
Where are the Best Places to Raise Kids In the USA ?

Where are the Best Places to Raise Kids In the USA ?

It seems the answer depends on what you measure. Here’s some results of a few different studies determining the Best Places to Raise Kids. Criteia includes economic well-being, scshools, health care access, family services, and community support for families. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count Book, measure states based on: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, Family and Community. The 2014 Kid Count Report shows:
 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kids Summer Camp

Tips for Finding the Perfect Kids Summer Camp

By Holly Chavez  -You may not think so, but it’s also time to think about summer camp for your child. You may think it's too early to start shopping around, but February and March is actually the best time to start thinking about summer camp options before the really good choices start to fill up.Summer camps provide a fun outlet for your child to attend camp, and allow them to engage in fun activities with new friends. While...

Home and Garden

Birthday Present Ideas for 13 - 17 Year Old Girls
Birthday Present Ideas for 13 - 17 Year Old Girls
A gift basket with things from her favorite bandA  new stereo or iHome if she has an iPod.$50 gift cards to her favorite store or to the mall,Books from her favorite series if she likes to read.If there's a movie coming out that she really likes, you could get her tickets for her and a couple of friends.if she wears makeup or nail polish you could get her that.You could get her a bunch of clothes from her favorite...
Spring Family Fun Activities
Spring Family Fun Activities
By Barbara BietzAs the cold winter months melt away, Spring offers us opportunities for new beginnings, and making small changes by trying new things. . Along with cleaning and de-cluttering, now is the perfect time to seek out creative ways to celebrate the season. Looking for some creative ideas? 
Plan Your Spring Garden
Plan Your Spring Garden
Dreaming of spring, triggering an itch to get out of the house and into the garden. But while you are fighting a full-blown case of cabin fever, plant explorers and outdoor décor vendors are turning up a whole slew of new green goods.From homegrown vegetables and patio-ready plants to ever-blooming shrubs and funky glazed containers.

Family Fun

Picture Books: Connecting with History, People, and Places
Picture Books: Connecting with History, People, and Places
By Barbara Bietz - Children's Books and DVD's Many non-fiction picture books are created for a school-age audience. Picture books are engaging; the combination of art and prose is the perfect medium to invite readers to learn about history and the people who helped shape the world around us.
What Happens When Kids Take Bumper Stickers Seriously
What Happens When Kids Take Bumper Stickers Seriously
By Cherly Moeller - Family Funny Stuff - As Moms we spend a lot of time in the car. In fact, studies show we will spend 12 years of our life behind the wheel, six of which will be spent with our head turned away from traffic telling our kids in the back seat to please settle down before we have an accident. Undoubtedly, as our kids get older they start reading the bumper stickers on cars and trucks in front of them. We then enter...
50  Kid Fun Things To Do On A Rainy Day
50 Kid Fun Things To Do On A Rainy Day
Kid indoor fun things to do on a rainy day at home  -  See how many you can do before the sun comes out again! 1.  Find the thimble (Hide the button) -  take turns hiding and finding the thimble or button -  2. Kitchen Band - use only pots and pans to make music - 3.  Arts and Crafts  -  Kids Craft Club -  4. Make popcorn and watch a movie -  5. Make...

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