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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...

Thanksgiving 2014

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Fun for Every Age
5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Fun for Every Age
Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the many blessings in your life. It's also a wonderful time of year to gather together with family and friends and celebrate the holiday.Finding activities that includes the entire family is important...
Thanksgiving Solutions for 4 Special Diets
Thanksgiving Solutions for 4 Special Diets
'Twas the week before Thanksgiving, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The turkey lay in the deep freeze below, a magnificent beast, the family lined in a row, all ready to feast. But wait...
Thanksgiving Essentials
Thanksgiving Essentials
Have a Thanksgiving to Remember! Table Decorations, Poems, Prayers, Crafts and Games.Thanksgiving Features:Setting a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table -Uncommon Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas -Poems and Prayers -T...

Parenting

Out of Whack!  Adolescents
Out of Whack! Adolescents
By Aaron Welch - Have you ever lost your balance? You know, you are walking along, singing the few words you actually know from the song you just heard on the radio when, suddenly, a clever square of sidewalk instantly raises its corner, catches your shoe, and hurtles you forward, out of control!You desperately try to regain your ...
Celebrating a Grace-filled Thanksgiving as a Blended Family
Celebrating a Grace-filled Thanksgiving as a Blended Family
By Sylvia CochranAre you combining your spouse’s children with yours this Thanksgiving? His/Her, mine and ours is not always a recipe for blissful success.Instead, there is a good chance that underlying emotional currents will make this Thanksgiving meal memorable for all the wrong reasons. Celebrating a grace-filled Thanksgiving...
Friendships Deserve TLC
Friendships Deserve TLC
SmileNotes By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - It's been said that some people come into our lives for a reason… others for a season... And a special few for a lifetime. I've had some of all three types and treasure each one for that contribution to a chapter of my life (or to the whole book!).One person that came into my life for...

Features

October 16 - Unplug your Kids: Connect the Family
October 16 - Unplug your Kids: Connect the Family
A new national effort to bring back family game night Thursday, Oct. 16 called "Unplug your Kids: Connect the Family."  The initiative calls upon families in America to put down their mobile devices, turn off their TVs and put away their...
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...

Healthy Families

How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?
How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?
By Dale Peterson, MD - Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a prominent U.S. physician, recently posted an editorial in which he explained why he didn’t want to live beyond age 75.  I disagree with his view of aging, but it is one that is far too common among people in the United States.One of the reasons Dr. Emanuel hopes he dies...
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 wreak...

Recipes

Great Desserts for Thanksgiving
Great Desserts for Thanksgiving
By Claire WilsonThanksgiving gives you a great reason to gather your family and friends and surprise them with your cooking skills. One of the things I have the most fun doing is choosing a new dessert recipe for a family dinner. If you already know what you are going to cook for the main...
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Buffalo Chicken Chili
When you have dozens of people over to watch football on weekends, what in the world do you feed them?Foods that require lots of attention to detail and a lot of effort put into each individual serving are probably not the most practical; when you're entertaining, you don't want to lose out on...
5 New and Healthy Wine and Cheese Parings for Entertaining
5 New and Healthy Wine and Cheese Parings for Entertaining
The French are really on to something with their love of cheese and wine. Yet, they do not have the problems with obesity faced by many Americans. The key is enjoying small amounts of foods with intense flavors. Portion control is essential to regularly indulging in wine and cheese while keeping...

 

 

 

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Home and Garden

Calming Overreactions
Calming Overreactions
Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Helping Kids Express Emotions - My paternal grandmother, Audrey McFarland Scott, used to say to me, “Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.” This past week I asked two elementary-age clients if they knew what that saying meant. Neither one had heard it before.So I drew, as best as I could, a house...
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...

Family Fun

After the Turkey - Thanksgiving Books and Movies
After the Turkey - Thanksgiving Books and Movies
Thanksgiving is a special time for families. Festivities, food, football games, and more keep us all busy throughout the weekend.Younger kids can get lost in the shuffle of activities, and even Mom and Dad need a bit of down time. Here are some terrific books and engaging movies to keep all ages entertained and thankful!by Steve Metzger...
Easy Halloween Party Games
Easy Halloween Party Games
By Ryan Heuer - That 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...
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...


 

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