New game teaches responsibility and respect

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Besides protecting our children from harm and keeping them safe, perhaps the most important job as a parent is to teach our children to fare well in the world alone, once they’ve outgrown our care. This doesn’t just mean teaching them to survive; but to contribute- To be decent human beings, and give back to ...

DIY Chevron Trinket Box

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Here's a fun little DIY chevron print trinket box that you can make for a small gift, a treasure box or just for fun.  It's simple, inexpensive and looks pretty without a lot of time or effort.  Just how I like my crafts! Chevron Trinket Box Materials Needed -   1 small cardboard box – I found mine at ...

Getting kids to read under the covers

We are really lucky that our kids have all inherited my love of reading. I know this. I embrace it and encourage it. I also know that for many kids, reading under the covers (or anywhere, for that matter, isn't appealing at all. For those kids, and those who like to read under the covers, ...

Ravioli with Creamy Herb Sauce #HoodMealMakeover #SourCream

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I had more inspiration after I left the Hood Meal Makeover Event last week.  Actually, I've since had yet another inspirational thought, but that recipe will come later this fall, I think.  I was actually trying to figure out a meatless meal for my oldest, who's meat-free, but also have something we would all enjoy, ...

Help the medicine go down with Dr. Cocoa

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It’s hard watching your child be sick. As a mother, it tugs at the core of my heart. I hate feeling helpless, not being able to wave my magic mommy wand and fix things right away. Like most moms I’ll do anything in my power to get the feeling just like new as soon as ...

Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips Recipe for Dogs

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Roasted potatoes and cheddar make a great snack for dogs, they’re tasty and a healthy alternative to most dog treats. These doggy potato chips are quick and easy to make, even kids can help.  Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips for Dogs Ingredients 2-3 russet potatoes ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded Supplies Mandolin Slicer, with waves if possible parchment paper containers for storing   Preheat the oven ...

Healthy Fast Food Options #HappyBalance

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I've gotten over the initial disappointment of summer ending and back-to-school coming into the picture. The constant busy week hustle has actually begun to even fill normal. It's funny because we tend to think of the summer time being the time to spend with family, but it's starting to seem like it's actually the opposite. ...

Parsley Carrot Dog Treats Recipe

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Tobey's 13 1/2. He gets spoiled more and more as he gets older. I won't apologize for it. He deserves it. That includes homemade treats!!  Check out this quick and easy dog treats recipe the kids love to make for Tobey :) Parsley Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients 1 bunch of fresh parsley, finely chop the entire bunch, including ...

Reese’s Pieces Blondie Recipe

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Do you know what makes me smile?? The smell of somethings baking in the oven.  It's hard to have anything NOT smell fantastic while baking, but one of my fave things is blondies. They just have this amazing aroma that fills the house and makes me feel like I'm back in my childhood kitchen.  Adding ...

Sour Cream and Onion Tater Tot Casserole #HoodMealMakeover #SourCream

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A fresh twist on an old family favorite that even the kids will gobble up.  Out of desperation from having the same old dish week after week I set about creating a new flavor profile for my standby dinner-Tater Tot casserole.  Going heavy on onions and including Hood sour cream makes this dish creamy and ...