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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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meal planning for thanksgiving

If you’ve ever hosted a dinner, you know the fear of not having enough food to satisfy your guests’ appetites. That fear is amplified on Thanksgiving, a holiday centered on stuffing oneself with turkey, cranberry sauce, and – of course – stuffing.

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consolidate the chaos

With holidays creeping up on us faster than the speed of light, if you’re like me you’d like to organize your life so that you have time for things that really matter. 

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computer security 101

How careful are you with your home computer? Do you often leave it precariously balancing on a stack of pillows on your sofa? Did you leave the room to do something, meanwhile leaving a full glass of red wine right next it and the cat ready to jump?

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use less stuff day

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I do have one. I am a hoarder. There. I said it. I am a hoarder, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. I carefully hide everything in a few closets out of the way. To the untrained eye, it may seem like my home is clean and organized and clutter-free. But if you were to open one of those closets? Oh me. Oh my. You’d run for the hills, and I can’t blame you!

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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 by the numbers

Thanksgiving is around the corner and chances are if you’re hosting friends, family and neighbors this year you probably have a lot of details—and numbers to sort through. What size turkey should you buy? How many house guests will you have? And how can I even figure out how many calories I’ve serving?

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sustainable cooking

Sustainable has become a popular word in recent years, especially in regards to food. Sustainable, by definition, means able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed and able to last or continue for a long time.

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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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game day tech

The technology you have lined up on game day can make or break your sporting experience, especially if you’re hosting the party. You don’t want to be the person who has the gang over to watch the game huddled around some standard definition, 4×3 tube television do you? DO YOU??

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sharing large multimedia files

It can be tricky sharing large digital files between computers. When it comes to video, audio, and photography, the file size can get pretty large and make it extremely annoying and time consuming to get data from one person to another.

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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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transferring digital files between family members

In our new house, the office is pretty far away from the living room. I immediately found it incredibly frustrating to run back and forth across the house when I needed to look something up online or use the computer.

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digital consolidation

As much as I love living in the new digital, paperless society, I find that I’m faced with the same fundamental question the old society presented: where do I keep all this stuff?

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digital photo hoarding

I noticed something last time I was at my parent’s house. There, in my mom’s basement, were about 30 file boxes full of photos from the last 40 years, unorganized and untouched.

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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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how to keep your family’s schedule organized

Between my husband, our two children and myself we’re always juggling our schedules around to coordinate between two full-time jobs, three different school schedules for our kids, dance lessons, play dates and other obligations. Add to that our babysitter, whose college schedule constantly changes.

Our home works best when it’s organized and we need

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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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four ways to support military families in your neighborhood

When my husband was in the Air Force, we lived near the military base in Omaha, Nebraska. With the exception of a few of his Air Force buddies, we didn’t know anybody when we arrived. Neither of us grew up in the Midwest, and our immediate families lived hundreds of miles away.

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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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how to keep your home safe during trick or treating

There are plenty of safety concerns to consider while out taking kids trick-or-treating, but did you ever stop to think about the safety of your home that you leave behind? Halloween is a vulnerable time for homes

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dressing your kids for the weather on halloween

The way I see it, there’s one big problem with celebrating Halloween in October: the weather. Mother Nature usually has a bag of tricks up her sleeve. But whether it’s raining or snowing, mild or cold,

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neighborhood calendar – dallas

November is a time of family and thanks.

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halloween safety plan

Halloween can be the most mischievous and amusing of holidays. Knocking on neighbor’s doors and stuffing your tummy with candy isn’t exactly the safest of activities

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halloween tricks to get your tots and their treats safely home

There is always safety in numbers. While out with your ghouls and goblins, remember these safety tricks.

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halloween decorating safety tips

Jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, spooky displays, and more…they are all part of the spirit of Halloween. A festive home with lots of decorations makes for a frightfully fun Halloween. Although between the candy, costumes, and decorating, it’s important to remember the safety risks amidst all of the hocus-pocus.

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how to help children take medicine

My three-year-old son fights us on many things – eating his vegetables, going to bed, watching more Sesame Street

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