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Fairy Costume

Supplies needed for fairy headband: pink flowers (that are 3D) pink sheer ribbon with wire round headband (halo-like) craft glue scissors » Read more

Enjoy your Holidays Without Breaking the Bank

By Maria T. Pepin Holidays are a time to count your blessings and express feelings of appreciation for the loved ones in your life. However, with the state of the economy and rising everyday costs, families are starting to curb their spending. Not to worry! Cutting costs on holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean ditching all the fun. » Read more

Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Gaining Weight

Thanksgiving is a time for reuniting with loved ones, giving thanks for our blessings, and eating enormous amounts of food. Well, maybe that last one is a little bit of an exaggeration. But still, for those who are trying to make it through the season without gaining weight, it’s a holiday that can be fraught with temptations – and pitfalls. That said, it doesn’t have to be a matter of feast or famine for dieters. With a few conscientious choices, it’s possible to enjoy the holiday and enjoy the food without stretching your waistline to the limit. » Read more

Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

The holiday season is a great time to get creative, and it’s even more fun when the kids are involved. Try a few of these simple crafts to get your whole family into the holiday spirit: » Read more

Easy Christmas Dinners

You’ve spent weeks, maybe even months doing your Christmas planning, shopping, and wrapping. Now it’s time for the big day and you want to have a wonderful feast but you just don’t have the energy to spend all day in the kitchen. Never fear, because there are plenty of festive Christmas dinner menus you can prepare that will look and taste fabulous without even making you break a sweat. Pineapple-Honey Ham A holiday ham is an easy dinner entrée that looks spectacular on the table. » Read more

Don’t Go Into Debt This Christmas: Think Before You Spend

At holiday time, ‘tis the season to be jolly – but for many it’s also the time of year to go deeply into debt. With so many people already having a hard time financially, the thought of starting the new year with yet more money problems can be very troubling. But with early and careful planning, you can celebrate the holiday season and still remain debt-free. Before you start shopping, talk with family and friends about cutting back on gift giving this year. » Read more

Christmas Tree Toppers

Now that you’ve decorated your Christmas tree to perfection, what are you going to put on top? Some families have tree toppers that they’ve used for generations; others love to start fresh every year. Here are some ideas to get you and your kids started on your own new traditions: » Read more

Christmas Ornaments

Use your child's (or pet's) pictures to make your own Christmas tree ornaments. Give your ornaments a personal touch by adding your own decorative accents. Simple and easy to make. Supplies » Read more

Beyond Flowers

By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman How do you plan on saying “I love you” this Valentine’s Day? Many advertisers would have us believe that the best way to express love is with a large box of chocolates, a pair of expensive diamond earrings, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Others would recommend a candlelight dinner and a quiet evening together. At the very least, some suggest the perfect card with eloquent words written by a greeting card professional to express your loving feelings. » Read more

A Child-Friendly Thanksgiving

By Jan Roberts   Traditional celebrations are a wonderful part of childhood, providing young children with an important sense of security and predictability. » Read more