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10 Tips to Planning Your Own Summer Camp

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Nothing says summer better than camping, right? Every year, we invite our cousins to come for a few days and hold "Camp Pattee" in the backyard. We have a fabulous time crafting, cooking, and playing—a tradition that we look forward to all year long. One comment I frequently…

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Creativity: Summertime Craft Camp and Kid-Friendly Crafts

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Creativity—Keeping the kids busy and away from the TV or game system can be challenging. Every summer I vow to keep my child busy with creative activities that will surely make him a creative genius. I map out different level art projects ranging from really simple ones using items…

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Healthy Lifestyle: Rules to Follow for Smarter Snacking

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Healthy Lifestyle—Over the past few weeks, major news sources have been reporting on the increase in calorie intake by Americans over the past 30 years. Researchers claim that 25% of our diet now comes from snacking. While unhealthy snacking may lead to obesity, not all snacking is…

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Happy Family: Ways to Make Your Home Peaceful and Orderly

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As a mother of five who works from home, there’s one thing I know for sure: aiming for a flawlessly clean and orderly family life is a recipe for stress and disappointment for everyone in the family. Kids can’t thrive in a sterile, rigid environment—they need the freedom to play…

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Healthy Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Two words: "cake" and "healthy." Yes, I did just use those words together in the same sentence. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too with this Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe from The New Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen. This particular diet recommends actually enjoying food,…

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Simplify: How To Organize Your Closet

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Get organizing ideas for the clothes in your closet. How is your closet organized? Are your clothes sorted by color or by style or by function? Or are they just strung up willy-nilly in whatever order they came out of the laundry or back from the cleaners? If so,…

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