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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Create Your Own Personal Christmas Traditions

February 21st, 2015
Create Your Own Personal Christmas Traditions The Christmas holidays are steeped in familiar, old traditions. Decorating our homes, trimming the tree, exchanging gifts, hanging mistletoe and many other traditions are staples of the season. And while these old traditions can create warm memories, you may be missing out on something special. This Christmas season, take some time to consider creating your own special family tradition. Perhaps a glimpse into my own family's unique tradition will ...
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Survival Guide for the Holidays

February 7th, 2015
How to Have the Most Fun Possible with Your Family! Does your father act like an attorney, interrogating you as if you were a defendant on the witness stand? Is your mother-in-law the master of the subtle put down? Are you the roasted turkey they carved up for dinner? You love your family-yet dread the holidays because you know that, following the usual holiday debacle, the main thing you'll be thankful for is waving goodbye to Mom and Dad, knowing you have a year to recuperate. How do you duck ...
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Relieving Christmas Anxiety for Children

January 30th, 2015
For a child, Christmas is the most exciting holiday of all. They look forward to the Christmas tree, lights, presents, stockings, make-believe Santa Claus, wishlists, snowmen & many more aspects. It is easy for adults to forget how excited children become when the arrival of Christmas draws near. Of course the children only seem to think about the presents, but it is actually more than that. What child doesn't enjoy visiting a store just to watch a toy train go around and around the ...
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Whatever Happened to Christmas?

January 29th, 2015
Remember when no one started Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving? Wisconsin author LeAnn R. Ralph remembers it very well. "When I was growing up on our dairy farm forty years ago, the stores didn't put up Christmas displays until the day after Thanksgiving. No one was really thinking about Christmas shopping before that," Ralph said. "In fact, my mother felt so strongly about it that she didn't even like to hear the word 'Christmas' until after we had finished eating ...
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The ADD Child

January 28th, 2015
The ADD child exhibits a series of behaviors that are common in most children. Most children misbehave, act silly and day dream. So what, then, is the difference? The child with Attention Deficit Disorder exhibits these behaviors in a constant and extreme manner, often interfering with their academic, social and family interactions. Here are the variety of ways that a child may exhibit ADD behaviors: Inattention: The most visible and well-known behavior of a child with attention deficit issues ...
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Fabric Holiday Bags

January 26th, 2015
Fabric Holiday Bags by: Joyce Moseley Pierce - 641 words As my children were growing up, it always bothered me to buy wrapping paper only to see it ripped open and thrown in the fireplace or trash after Christmas gifts were opened. I tried using comics but soon discovered I didn't like the black newsprint it left on my hands and everyone else's. For me, gift wrap was right up there with fireworks - we spent good money only to see it go up in smoke. I began to look for a solution. I bought craft ...
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Autumn Treasures

January 24th, 2015
The colors of the Season - Crimson and burgundy reds, bittersweet oranges, sun yellows, hunter green, and beige - These brilliant hues of Autumn can be mixed, matched, or just enjoyed - your choice! Outdoor decorations: Haystacks, scarecrows, pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, bushel baskets of gourds, apples, Indian apples, and squashes. Corn stalks, and Indian corn are decorative touches that add so much to areas around your home. Use these Harvest items on porches,decks, or on steps and near ...
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You're Having A Party!

January 23rd, 2015
Fall - a fantastic season with the Holiday Party Season just nipping at its heels! What makes a good party and how do hosts/hostesses get through the anxiety, worry, and how do they take care of all those details and bring it all to a successful conclusion? A few tips for some really great parties. As a caterer, there are many tips, tricks, and so-called survival techniques. Here are a few: The first thing you do when you would like to have a party is decide on the occasion or theme-is it an ...
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