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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...
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...
On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
On a Heart to Heart Level with Your Child
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting - Better Parent-Child Communication. While in math two negatives do indeed create a positive, in parenting two negatives frequently result in a discouraged, brow-beaten, sullen or angry child. So how does a parent – who is merely human, after all – communicate with a child in the midst of...

Healthy Families

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...
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen
Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -       True listening is not always easy. It is a skill we develop. In this era of technological expertise and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. We are not really conversing but merely exchanging gestures. For a genuine dialogue to occur, speaking...

Recipes

Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Top 5 Tips and Recipes for Family Tailgating
Nothing beats a tailgate - a party, usually held near the trunk of a vehicle. The purpose of the tailgate party is to have a good time, but it also brings families and friends together who may not be attending the main event or sitting in different sections during the game. Drinks,...
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Hearty Fall Soups: Corn Chowder, Minestrone and Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Soup 2 tbsp. butter2 tbsp. flour1 bunch (10 oz.) fresh broccoli1 sm. onion, finely chopped2 tbsp. butter1 qt. chicken stock or broth1/2 c. heavy cream, warmedSalt and pepper Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, stir...
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Fruits and Veggies to Buy This Fall
Plus Slow Cooker African Chicken Stew RecipeAt certain times of year, some fruits are, quite simply, yummier than others.  A lot of the time, fruits and vegetables that are not in season are not even sold in the grocery store, both because they are not being harvested and because the...

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•...

Save Money

Daily, Weekly, Monthly:  The Life of a Dream Catcher
Daily, Weekly, Monthly: The Life of a Dream Catcher
By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Family Finance and BudgetAre you giving away money without knowing it?  If I were to call you lazy, you might immediately become defensive and tell me about all of the tasks that you’ve completed on your job this week; the hours you’ve spent grocery...
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Did you know that you can make it through the fall and winter without spending a ton on weather appropriate clothing? .Yes, you can and I am going to tell you how. Here are a few wardrobe tricks for both women and kids to...
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Now that summer is slowly coming to an end and cooler temperatures are just a few weeks away – at least that’s what we’d like to believe -- now is the time to start focusing on fall wardrobe needs for the family.Rather than spend your weekends in brick and mortar stores searching for deals...
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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 activies? 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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