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Wednesday Trivia: Your Ex and Facebook

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone is thinking about love—especially those who have been jilted by an ex. It’s easy to get lost on a bad trip down memory lane: According to a survey from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, a whopping nine of out ten Facebook users employ the social networking site to check up on their […]

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Teach Your Kids About Giving Back

Teach your little ones the importance of charitable giving by creating a jar to store money for charity.

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Tye-Dye Treats from Lil Sugar

This upcoming weekend we are celebrating my son’s first birthday (insert several happy face emoticons here!) As many of you know, there are so many great ideas out there when it comes to birthday party themes for kids, cakes, decor, party favors, ect. I’ve been advised not to go totally overboard, especially since he won’t exactly remember this one, so I’ve managed […]

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Could You Live in a Tech-Free Home?

No microwave. No electric coffeemaker. No digital clocks. No TV. No internet. Could you do it? One San Francisco family, featured in the January issue of Sunset, has unplugged their home. Laura Jo Wegman and Donovan Corliss use a stovetop coffeemaker and rotary phone, and have transformed their home office into a home studio, complete with arts and crafts supplies for their […]

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What Is Your Favorite Random Act of Kindness?

Happy Monday, everyone! We want to start your week off right with a question from our print editors. They want to know: What has been your favorite random act of kindness that you’ve either given, received, or witnessed recently? Share your stories in the comments below, and we’ll share a selection of them in an upcoming issue! And if you […]

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Anticipating the Time Your Child Leaves Home. Trying Not to Cry.

While I was at the office and weeding the garden and worrying about whether or not I had the most updated train schedule in my purse, unbeknownst to me, my oldest child was getting ready to go to college. Without me really registering what was happening, he progressed through elementary, middle and high school, where he is now a senior. […]

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Family Movie Challenge via Entertainment Weekly

In my family, movie watching is a weekend tradition, but choosing the right film, isn’t always easy. One of our colleagues over at Entertainment Weekly has a unique way of deciding which  movie his family will watch. On EW’s blog, The Family Room, Dalton Ross and his wife Christina Kelly let the readers decide. Each parent chooses a movie, and you […]

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Snow Day Activity: Snow Stencils

If you’re lucky enough to have a white day-after-Christmas, try this fun activity once you’ve thrown all the snowballs and made plenty of snow angels. The idea comes from Armelle Blog, and all it takes are some paper stencils (you can make your own or she has free downloads available), water with food coloring in it, and spray bottles. What […]

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How to Handle Santa Skeptics

There comes a time in every kid’s life when they begin to ask the tough questions about Santa Claus. Here’s a way as a parent you can help put their doubts to rest, especially if they have younger siblings around. Read the advice from Michelle Slatalla, one of our etiquette experts.

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3 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in the Car

If you’re trying to keep your kiddies away from your iPad (and can only tolerate so many hours of holiday sing-alongs), you’ll need a few activities to prevent whining during your pre- and post-Christmas travels.  Here are three games to try: 1. I Spy. Run through the alphabet, such as “I spy something that begins with the letter A.” Then let […]

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