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thanksgiving family traditions (new and old)

What is your very favorite part of the holidays? I’m guessing if falls somewhere between fall-colored-leaves, pumpkin/peppermint lattes, and evading awkward family questions like: “When are you going to get married?”, “When are you going to have another kid?”, or “When are you going to move out; you’re 32 for heaven’s sake”.

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family activities that don’t involve technology

I’m totally guilty of it. You know, that time that’s supposed to be quality family time but it inevitably turns into everyone is on their phone and tablet, not talking to each other, time? This happens way to often in my house and I bet it’s a familiar scene in yours too.

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wisdom and youth

Spending time with those who have years of wisdom and open arms is a wonderful experience for families. While visiting the elderly we sang, played the piano, learned a new song on our ukulele, read stories, made new friends, ate delicious treats and learned fantastic new dance moves. It really was great.

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neighborhood calendar – north pole

Can you feel it? Something magical is in the air. The holiday season has finally come!

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family and community

There are many ways our family can be involved in the community. Here are four ways to keep your community clean, sustain its strength, support its people and keep it safe.

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printable thanksgiving thankfulness cards

This year at your Thanksgiving table, start a new tradition. It’s a beautiful opportunity to stop, take a moment, and think about what we are all truly thankful for. Help you guests seize the opportunity by putting this simple printable card at each place setting.

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thanksgiving for all

Thanksgiving for All

As the holidays approach and life starts to get pretty hectic, I always try to take a moment each day to reflect on how truly lucky we are.

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a thank you for our veterans

Each year, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to say an extra special thank you to the men and women who give of themselves, in order to serve and protect our country.

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little acts of kindness at home

When the Thanksgiving season comes around, there’s always a great focus on showing gratitude and conveying thanks.

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the importance of family rules

The rules at my house have always been short and simple. As much as I’d like to have a rule in place for every situation and scenario, I’ve learned I’m better off with a concise list of the most important things.

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chore time

Every week when chore time rolls around my house so do the tears, the pouts and the bad attitudes. Although I’m completely convinced that doing everything around my house and yard by myself would be much easier and cause much less drama, I know it wouldn’t be sending the right message to my kids.

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how to show appreciation to military families

As you may know, November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a month dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and remembering the women and men who serve in our military and their families.

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neighborhood calendar – dallas

November is a time of family and thanks.

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saving money in the kitchen

There are about a zillion and one things to think about and keep track of when you’re a grownup. And one of the things on my list for improvement is staying efficient and saving money in the kitchen.

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5 easy homemade halloween costumes

Half the fun of dressing up for Halloween is making your own costume. Don’t stress if you haven’t done this before. I’ve created quick and clever ways to create different customers using materials you already have at home.

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halloween candy for cheap

I love me some sugary candy-filled Octobers as much as the next Halloween enthusiast, but I have to admit that as an adult who is now footing the bill for a household supply of candy it can be a bit hard to chew.

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four rules for de-cluttering your kitchen

For years, my husband and I lived in a teeny tiny (450 square foot) New York City apartment where our kitchen consisted of a countertop with two cabinets and an oven the size of a postage stamp. Suffice it to say, we learned how to keep an efficient and fully functioning kitchen

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how to get the most out of your customer service call

Most of us avoid calling customer service in any business for help to fix our problems as a very last resort because, let’s face it, we’ve probably all had experiences with customer service calls that have made us feel

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5 ways to be a great neighbor

This month we celebrate Good Neighbor Day; a day that encourages us to think just little more deeply about the people with whom we share our home environment

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how to be active with your family

Being active with your family can be tricky.You have different likes, talents, abilities & ages. When wea dopted Rocco, Sam was alreadyf ive. Finding activities to do as a family was not as easy as I thought it would be. Here are five simple solutions to being Active as a Family.

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october neighborhood calendar – new orleans

Fall is well on its way and the holidays are just around the corner. The year has a tendency to speed up during this time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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how to make meaningful memories with your family in and out of the home

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

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printable neighborhood round-up

We’ve reached a magical number in this series: forty! That’s right, there are now 40 different printables for you to download, print, cut, glue, and play with.

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goal tracking: finish the year with a bang!

When September rolls around it means the sweet days of summer have come to a close and it’s time to refocus. The holidays and the year’s end are upon us and this time of year always seems to move faster than most. With January right around the corner, it’s time to

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10 ways to give back on this national day of service

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and heroes through good deeds that

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say goodbye to summer

What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a Buffalo Barbecue Bash? Simply print each page in an 8×10 format & Cut out the printables. The Pin the Tail on the Buffalo can be enlarged to a 18×24 print if desired. Below you’ll find

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last fling

As summer comes to a close and school looms ominously on the horizon we find sometimes find ourselves casting about, wondering if we made the most of our summers and how we can

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september neighborhood calendar – miami

September brings countless new beginnings as the Fall season draws near. The invigorating smell of fresh, crisp Fall air. Revamping your wardrobe. The start of a new school year. Your favorite

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national senior citizens day

August 21st is National Senior Citizens day in the US (not to be confused with National Senor Citizens day…just kidding), and many of us are staring at out computer screen wondering what this holiday means for you. You may ask yourself: Do I

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summer homes fro snow-birds

Snowbirds are individuals who vacation or move to a warmer climate during cold weather.  Retirees, recreational vehicle users and business owners who can work remotely are among the most common snowbirds.  Now that fall is quickly approaching, this group is preparing to

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