Head Lice

March 30th, 2015
I laugh I the face of chaos … better to laugh about it than fall to your knees, weeping from sheer panic and horror if and when your child brings head lice, this dreaded but very common liability of childhood, into your home. Yes, my kids have had head lice. No, they are not dirty or poorly groomed, nor do they hang out with dirty kids. How these perfectly awful little stinkers found their way into our home was on my older daughter’s head, courtesy of one of her classmates. As soon as we ...
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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS--Manufacturing Memories

March 20th, 2015
What are your favorite memories of the holidays as a child? More than likely those memories include family traditions from, the day you choose to decorate your tree, to the kinds of food you eat at the holidays. Remember that you and your husband came from separate families with different customs and traditions. When creating a legacy for your children, it is appropriate to use a couple traditions from each of your families and come up with some new ones for your own family. Don’t try to do ...
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Christmas Expectations

March 15th, 2015
Christmas is here again. It is a time of year we all look forward to with excitement and anticipation. But it can be a time of year when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, even depressed. So what makes the difference between enjoying the holidays and having a nervous breakdown? First of all, we all have certain definitions and expectations of what Christmas is. Of course the most basic reason and definition of •Christ”mas is that we celebrate the birth of Christ. (A fact that is far too ...
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Decorate for Christmas

March 12th, 2015
It’s your home/your apartment and you want to make it a special sanctuary this Christmas. How can you create a special place for your family and you? Well, we already have our centerpiece…see November’s issue. Just replace candles and flowers. But how can you make your place shine with love and holiday spirit? Your dining room table can have a nice Christmas cloth or runner. Replace the fall curtain scarf with Christmas co-ordinates to match your table cloth or runner. Look around your ...
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Thrifty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

March 11th, 2015
Thrifty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays © Terri Seymour of www.seymourproducts.com Decorating for the holidays is a fun and exciting way to bring the holiday cheer to your home. But, it can also be very expensive. Over the years, I have used many of the ideas below to save money and spruce up my holiday decor. Halloween Use tin cans for eerie jack-o-lantern luminaries. Before you throw those cans away, make more use of them. Poke holes in them in a scary face design and then use tealights ...
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Effective Fire Prevention Measures in the Home 1

March 10th, 2015
Are you aware that you can lose all your personal belongings in a single fire? It's very sad when fire strikes your home. You lose everything. You do not have a chance to save many belongings. You will be considered lucky if you escape with your life. A person's home is a very private piece of his or her existence. People have been known to struggle for their entire life just to accumulate sufficient material riches and built comfortable shelters for themselves. We can experience a ...
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Fall - A New Season - A New Decorating Scheme

March 5th, 2015
What exactly is fall? Being my favorite season, I decided to look it up and see how Mr. Webster defines it. Flipping to •fall” I found •autumn”, OK, turning to that it reads, •autumn, the season that comes between summer and winter”. Well, that’s pretty cut and dry and I think most of us already know that, so here is my interpretation. •Autumn; cool days leading into brisk nights. Fresh picked apples, leaves ablaze with color, pumpkins, gourds, ...
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Book Excerpt

February 28th, 2015
From the book: Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam (trade paperback; Sept. 2004) LeAnn R. Ralph http://ruralroute2.com ~ 5 ~ May-Day! The school bus had long since disappeared over the last hill toward the main road one afternoon when I set my books on the kitchen table and hurried into the living room to talk to my mother. Mom was sitting in her favorite easy chair by the picture window, and her crutches were laid neatly on the floor next to the chair where she could reach them. Outside ...
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The Mystery and Charm of the Tooth Fairy

February 26th, 2015
The legend and myth of the Tooth Fairy is a delightful part of our modern family culture. Kids dream about receiving a special gift or money from this charming, magical fairy. Adults fondly remember the Tooth Fairy as a wonderful childhood fantasy of their youth, and they pass on the mystery and charm to their own young children. In most households, the Tooth Fairy operates under cover of darkness, coming to visit after a child loses what are commonly called baby teeth. Parents help perpetuate ...
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Feng Shui Tips for the Bathroom

February 23rd, 2015
The bathroom has a bad reputation in feng shui, and in some ways this is deserved, as you will discover. But it's not all negative. Comfort, cleanliness, and convenience are key ingredients to good feng shui, and our modern bathrooms provide them all. One of the challenges posed by the modern bathroom is that there's no good place for it in the ba gua* [the feng shui map of a space], which long predates indoor plumbing. We can look at the ba gua and see at a glance that the Family area would ...
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