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Pandemic Holidays: How to Celebrate at a Distance

November 23, 2020 It feels like another punch in the gut, but we’ve heard more and more how COVID-19 seems to spread quickly at small family gatherings. As such, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidance on how Americans can stay safer while traveling, hosting, or attending parties with family…

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Resolving Family Conflicts Before Thanksgiving

October 26, 2020 It’s a common storyline in holiday films (and households) in our society. After family members gather together at the Thanksgiving table, all of the issues festering in their hearts and over their heads create tension that builds and leads a huge blow up. We might laugh when we see the antics unfold…

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As American as Apple Pie: U.S. Travel Destinations That Showcase Fall’s Favorite Fruit

September 23, 2020 With over 2,500 kinds grown every year in the U.S., apples are perhaps the favorite fruit of the fall harvest. It’s long been said that “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” and nutrition experts agree: apples contain no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol, are a good source of fiber,…

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Halloween at Home: Spooky Good Fun for 2020

September 10, 2020 It’s hard to know what Halloween will look like in 2020, but it’s reasonable to assume that many families will be skipping trick-or-treating this year. While it’s disappointing in many ways, it doesn’t mean that the celebration has to end. Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween at home and still have…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Nerdy Moms

April 14, 2020 It’s hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you finished your shopping? While there are plenty of ways to show your love and appreciation without spending a single dime, sometimes a sweet gift can really mean so much. You’ll find many traditional ideas listed in gift guides…

A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities
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A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities

December 9, 2019 It’s the holiday season. Everywhere you look, there are snowflakes (real or decorative), red and green colors, and commercials of smiling children happily doing scenic activities. Let’s acknowledge the reality. Most parents are busy juggling a budget, end-of-the-year work, a schedule that includes more parties and school events than the rest of…

8 Easy (Non-Sandwich!) Lunchbox Solutions for Even the Pickiest Kids
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8 Easy (Non-Sandwich!) Lunchbox Solutions for Even the Pickiest Kids

August 15, 2019 It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school! Are you ready to pack a lunch five days a week once again? Are you hoping that your kids will actually eat what you’ve packed? Skip the sandwich and add these easy ideas to your lunchbox packing repertoire. Kebabs Kids know that everything is more…

Real Food Kids Will Love: Three Healthy Dinners That Take Less Than 20 Minutes from Prep to Table
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Real Food Kids Will Love: Three Healthy Dinners That Take Less Than 20 Minutes from Prep to Table

July 30, 2019 Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children and the UK’s leading expert on feeding children. Her latest family-focused cookbook will show you how to make family mealtimes fun and healthy with over a hundred easy-peasy recipes. REAL FOOD KIDS WILL LOVE (August 20, 2019, St. Martin’s Griffin) features dishes designed to…

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Crafty Kid: 8 Gifts That Guarantee Hours of Creative Play

December 5, 2018 Looking for the perfect gift for the crafty, artsy, creative girl or boy in your life aged 8-12? Here are our picks for high quality natural and imaginative toys that help bring out a child’s natural curiosity and creativity. Crayon Rocks Kids love creating beautifully textured drawings with the pebble-like-shaped Crayon Rocks….

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Learning to Stress Less and Savor More at Christmas time

November 26, 2018 Christmas is the favorite holiday for many people. For some it’s for religious reasons, for others it’s about cherishing family and festivities. For most, it’s a combination of both! Unfortunately, it can get very stressful for many people. It is overwhelming to budget for gifts, host out-of-town guests, plan and host holiday…

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5 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving

November 15, 2018 Much has been made in movies and pop culture about the downright craziness that can surround the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. While it’s meant to be a day for showing love and gratitude, tempers can flare when extended family members—some of whom may be estranged—try to gather around the table for a meal….

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Thanksgiving Rules You’ll Be Thankful For

November 18, 2017 The holiday season is here—which can be both exciting and anxiety-producing. In theory, it’s wonderful for everyone to gather and be festive, but the reality is that bringing many people together can be stressful. While you can’t anticipate or prevent all conflicts or hurt feelings, you can follow some rules to maintain…

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Woman of Influence: Leah Segedie, Creator of Mamavation

June 1, 2017 Leah Segedie doesn’t have a whole lot of down time. She lives in Simi Valley, California, with her husband and three boys, aged five, eight, and eleven. She created the website, Mamavation, which promotes health and environmental sustainability, and connects mom bloggers with healthy and eco-friendly brands. To help unite and build…

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Stay Healthy All Year With Tropicana Probiotics #BelieveInYourGut

May 1, 2017 This post is sponsored by Tropicana. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for moms, but sometimes it’s just too easy to grab food from the drive-through or to snack off your kids’ plates. Your stomach suffers, and you end up feeling worse than ever. I don’t know about you, but the last…

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Woman of Influence: Sandy Coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer

April 25, 2017 Sandy Coughlin created the website, Reluctant Entertainer—but she’s an enthusiastic entertainer herself. When she was growing her mother entertained often, and Sandy loves cooking, inviting friends and family, and hosting large, exuberant meals. For Coughlin, hospitality is about much more than the food, it’s about creating connections and building community. When she realized…

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7 Spring Foods to Add to Your Shopping List

April 11, 2017 When it’s time to transition from heavy winter dishes like soups and stews, to lighter salads and stir fry dishes for spring,using fresh, in-season ingredients is the way to go. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables taste better than frozen or canned and provide amazing nutrients too. The spring produce in your grocery store or…

5 DELICIOUS DRINK RECIPES THAT INSPIRE SUMMER IN THE WINTERTIME
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5 DELICIOUS DRINK RECIPES THAT INSPIRE SUMMER IN THE WINTERTIME

November 21, 2016 As the weather starts to turn cooler and snow looms on the horizon, many people long for the warmth of summer. The beach, swimsuits, towels, sunscreen—and lounging in the sun sipping a  mixed drink with an umbrella. Well you can have the latter anytime! Bring a bit of summer into your winter…

Find Kitchen Inspiration at Abt’s New Inspiration Studio #whyAbt
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Find Kitchen Inspiration at Abt’s New Inspiration Studio #whyAbt

October 27, 2016 If you’re in the Chicagoland area, you’re probably familiar with Abt. The company has only one location, in Glenview, but it’s expansive and the family-owned business is known for its service and selection. Abt sells online, too, but if you’re in the area you should check it out in person. The 100,000…