The Benefits of Music Lessons

The Benefits of Music Lessons

| July 24, 2016 | 40 Comments

Learning to play an instrument is a common activity for children, and in some families it is even expected. There are many reasons why parents might want their kids to have music lessons; a child might express an interest in a particular instrument, or a parent may have fond memories of their own childhood music […]

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Visit Your Library During Library Week

Visit Your Library During Library Week

| April 8, 2016 | 3 Comments

Do you make time to visit the library on a regular basis with your kids? If not, now’s a great week to take the trip! Visiting the library now is probably different from when you were a child. Children’s libraries often have toys and games available for children to play with, along with computers ready […]

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Getting Organized: Planning Ahead for a Garage Sale

Getting Organized: Planning Ahead for a Garage Sale

| March 14, 2016 | 30 Comments

The snow may be blowing where you are, and you might think that it’s silly to even think about getting ready for a garage sale! Time flies, though, and if you’re in the process of getting organized anyway, you might as well kill two birds with one stone and prep your unwanted items now. This […]

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Cold and Flu Season Tips

Cold and Flu Season Tips

| January 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

It’s cold and flu season….take charge now!
The new year is in full swing… Flu season is worse then ever and the effectiveness of the flu vaccine keeps going down every time I listen to the news. Influenza occurs usually during the cold months of the year here in the U.S. The timing of flu is […]

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Climbing Out of a Food Rut

Climbing Out of a Food Rut

| January 5, 2016 | 40 Comments

Do you ever feel like you’re making the same foods over and over again? This was recently a topic of conversation one evening when I was out with friends. It can be difficult to think of different things to cook, particularly this time of year when everyone is busy. Since eating the same foods or […]

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Five Tips for Losing Belly Fat

Five Tips for Losing Belly Fat

| December 3, 2015 | 4 Comments

Whether you have 10 or 50 pounds to lose, we can all agree that losing belly fat is the most difficult. Dr. Oz premiered his new season with a show dedicated on how to lose inches on your waist line.
Tip #1. Eat in reverse – not this does not mean to eat facing away from […]

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Food

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Looking for a healthy alternative to dessert this fourth of July or Memorial Day? Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit and there are so many options!
1. Core pineapple and dice. Slice bananas on the same cutting board so they get a little pineapple juice on them, this help keep them from turning brown.
If […]

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some of […]

Shopping

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new […]

Gift Ideas for the new Graduates

Gift Ideas for the new Graduates

High school graduation is a huge step from adolescence to adulthood. High school graduations are taking place right now, and you might be getting ready to attend a graduation party at some point in late May or June. While it is tempting to stick some cash in a card (after all, green suits everyone!), if […]