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Free Easter Banner From Paper Coterie

Receive a download for your Free Easter Banner Paper Coterie. This pennant banner is easy to make on your own, or as a fun craft for you and your family.   … [Read more...]

Kids! Get a Free Letter to Santa and Get a Response!

Kids! Get a free letter to Santa and get a response! Just fill in the questions on the form: Tell Santa your first name Tell Santa how you have helped out at home or in your community this year Tell Santa how you worked hard in school Tell Santa what you really want this holiday Tell Santa what your favorite color is Parent’s emaill address (or adult sponsor over 18 years of age) Re-enter Parent’s email address Zip code Then click “Send To Santa”. From the site: … [Read more...]

Ways to Save on After-school Programs

Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom   Ways to Save on After-school Programs By Julie Smart for Ideas That Spark Choosing an after-school program is a big decision in our house. We keep our kids busy with one activity at a time, because we don’t want to have too much going on -- but also because of the expense. Before you choose anything for your child, find out what’s involved. Some activities require monthly fees, uniforms, shoes, etc. Fortunately, no matter what you sign up for, … [Read more...]

Give Yourself More Time: Simplify Your Morning Routine

Sniffle Solutions: Rest & Rejuvenate Fast-track Your Morning Routine By Dana Rousmaniere for Sniffle Solutions Need a little extra shut-eye in the morning? (Don’t we all!) If you tend to hit the snooze button a few more times than you should, rest assured that you can still simplify your morning routine to get out the door in 10 minutes flat, looking and feeling your best. Michelle LaRowe, author of Working Mom’s 411: How to Manage Kids, Career & Home and A Mom’s Ultimate Book … [Read more...]

Summer Rashes: Prevent and Treat Your Family’s Skin

Sniffle Solutions: Care & Comfort Prevent -- and Treat -- Summer Rashes By Madonna Behen for Sniffle Solutions Protecting a young child’s delicate skin is a year-round responsibility for parents, but it’s especially important in the summer months, when so much skin is uncovered and vulnerable to a host of warm-weather rash inducers. “There are definitely some types of skin rashes that we see a lot more of in the summer months, like sunburn and insect bites and stings,” says … [Read more...]

{In the Kitchen} Secrets to Speed Cooking

Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Secrets to Speed Cooking From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Aviva Patz With all the washing, chopping, slicing, dicing, simmering and stirring that goes into making a home-cooked meal, it’s no wonder people give up and order takeout. But with a couple of insider strategies and some helpful kitchen tools, you can whip up delicious, nutritious fare in half the time it’s taken you until now. “Time is not the only thing you’ll save -- … [Read more...]

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Charcoal Grill

Home Sweet Solutions: Upgrade It 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Charcoal Grill By Larry Bilotti for Home Sweet Solutions What's the best part about grilling? No pots and pans to clean up, according to a survey conducted by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). But that doesn't mean that grills don't require continual maintenance to operate efficiently and safely. Continuing to use a charcoal grill after its prime can be a risky undertaking, not only from a food … [Read more...]

{DIY} How to Fix That Hole in Your Wall

Home Sweet Solutions: Quick Fix Hole in your wall? By Diana Murphy for Home Sweet Solutions Drywall is quite sturdy and holds up well under normal circumstances, but every once in a while some little mishap occurs that punctures a hole in the wall. Perhaps the hook didn’t hold a too-heavy picture frame and pulled out a chunk of wall, a door was flung open too hard and the doorknob dented the drywall, or someone punched a hole in the wall in a fit of anger. (Hey, it happens!) No … [Read more...]

{Expert Q&A} Inexpensive Spa Treatments to Try at Home

Ideas That Spark: Expert Q&A From the Editors of Ideas That Spark Q. I would love to go to a spa but can't afford it. How can I do some inexpensive treatments at home? A. Forget about pricey spas. The ingredients for relaxing and rejuvenating treatments are right in your kitchen cabinet. Just mix them up and enjoy. Honey-almond Hand Scrub In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon olive oil, juice from half of a lemon, 2 teaspoons honey and 2 drops of almond extract. Massage into … [Read more...]

{In the Kitchen} 6 Shortcuts for Popular Summer Recipes

Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair 6 Shortcuts for 6 Summer Recipes From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Aviva Patz You don’t want to be stuck in a steamy kitchen on a hot summer day. So how can you get dinner on the patio table faster? “It can take less than 30 minutes, even as little as 10 minutes, to pull a meal together,” says Marnie Swedberg, author of Marnie’s Kitchen Shortcuts. “With just a little advanced planning and know-how, you can show up in the kitchen … [Read more...]

{Household Tips} The Cleaning Cheat Sheet

Ideas That Spark: Home Style The Cleaning Cheat Sheet From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Nancy Kalish Feel like you never stop cleaning? A 2008 University of Michigan survey found that American women scrub their houses an astonishing average of 17 hours a week, and (no surprise) their spouses spend a lot less time with a sponge. The good news: “Such drudgery is totally unnecessary,” says Jeff Bredenberg, author of How to Cheat at Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques … [Read more...]

Next Time the Kids Ask For Money, Make Them Earn It!

Ideas That Spark: Home Style Money for Something? From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Peg Rosen After finishing up a yearlong work project, Maura Rhodes faced the daunting job of cleaning up her home office. “The place was a disaster. And one of the big things that kept me from getting started were several years’ worth of magazines strewn all over the place,” says Rhodes. So the freelance editor from Montclair, N.J., offhandedly offered to pay her 9-year-old daughter … [Read more...]