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Meal planning

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I do not know about you but the summer months with long days spent outdoors in the heat often sapped my energy to make unique meals so my family’s dinners became a monotonous cycle of the same rotation of foods and combinations. Now with the cooler fall weather, I will still be spending considerable time outside, enjoying the beauty of the seasonal changes and the activities that come with them. This too will cut into my ability to be creative with food. To combat this, I have begun to take meal planning seriously. Something that once was a bit daunting has now become life-giving.

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Relaxation, Creativity, Planning, Cooking, Seasons

Fall exploring with "Themed Walks"

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Sep 22, 2016 9:43:43 AM

The changing of seasons is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors with your children. Opportunities to educate, excite and encourage creativity are everywhere. Fall is approaching,leaves will be changing colors and the temperatures will be less humid and much cooler.  

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Topics: kids and learning, Fun with Kids, Parenting, Family, Creativity, Exercise, Enjoy the Moment, Making Memories, Fall, Seasons

6 home office storage ideas

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Whether your home office is its own separate room or just a small nook in a corner, you can always use more storage space. Below are six ideas to help maximize your home office storage space.

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Topics: Working from Home, Creativity

Rainy day activities

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM

While summer generally means a lot of playing outside, the weather does not always cooperate. Sometimes a rainy day will try to spoil the fun, but it doesn’t have to! Here are some ideas to make the most of a rainy day.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Piggy Bank, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Family, Creativity, Exercise, Enjoy the Moment

Quick and Cool Summer Snacks

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Summer heat means that you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking indoors. Instead of spending all day by a hot stove, these quick summer snacks can help you eat well while staying cool.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Health and Wellness, Parenting, Family, Summer, Nutrition, Dining, Creativity, Enjoy the Moment

Summer sanity (and money) savers

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With the kids being out of school, summer can be a difficult time for parents, especially if the kids are home most of the day. However there are ways to easily and cheaply entertain your kids so that you can have your own peace and quiet to work at your job or around the house. Here are some ideas for activities to keep your kids occupied and out of the house that also aren’t super expensive.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Summer, Saving Money, Budget, Reading, Creativity

Healthy Popsicle Recipes

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Now that summer is here, it is the perfect time to break out the popsicle molds and make frozen treats to help beat the heat on hot summer days! If you are like me you may be a little tired of the standard and basic popsicle flavors made from juice. Here are some ideas and recipes for some imaginative and flavorful combinations so you can mix it up. Popsicles are  easy enough for kids to help make and fun enough for kids to eat, and depending on the ingredients, they can also be relatively healthy. The recipes below are made with natural ingredients and don’t contain any added sugar.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Food, Health and Wellness, Summer, Nutrition, Creativity

Your home office doesn't have to be boring - make it a place you enjoy spending your working hours!

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 27, 2016 7:05:00 AM

Home offices of all sizes sometime fall into the trap of being boring to work in. While it is important that home offices, nooks, or closets are functional and organized, you can incorporate some fun and splashy design touches to add a little pizzazz to your work space.

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Topics: Working from Home, Creativity, Color

Summer crafts for kids

Posted by Katie Tastrom on May 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Kids love looking forward to summer vacation, but for parents it can be nerve racking trying to think of activities to fill the time. Here are some ideas for crafts that can help kids creatively fill their time without causing you to tear your hair out!

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Summer, Creativity, Enjoy the Moment

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