September 20, 2017

Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

Father's Day inspiration

By Julie Samrick My uncle is in the end stages of ALS and was moved into comfort care this week. Though my dad has four daughters, the family he created with my mom, he’s said it’s a lonely feeling to be losing the last remaining member of his original family. At 67-years-old, my dad’s even… Read more

How to Teach Kids the Importance of Memorial Day

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By Julie Samrick For many people Memorial Day  conjures images of 3-day weekends, discounts at the mall, and when we can officially wear white shoes without looking tacky.  But it’s important we pause to reflect and teach our kids why we have a Memorial Day but once a year, a day of serious reflection and… Read more

VIDEO: Author Kelly Corrigan’s Mother’s Day note to you

kelly corrigan's mother's day note

Watch the Mother’s Day note you deserve…  

Valentine Craft on a Budget

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I am helping in my daughter’s kindergarten class later today for their Valentine’s Day party.  I had to think of one of the crafts to do with them and thought the idea on the cover of the February issue of Martha Stewart Living was cute                    … Read more

Yay or Nay to Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf

By Julie Samrick Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and even spark a mommy war? It wasn’t designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. Each household’s elf reports naughty or nice behavior back to the… Read more

Candy more precious than gold

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By Julie Samrick Several orthodontists in our town offer a candy buy back the day after Halloween. Our orthodontist says he does it because so many kids break their appliances with sticky, chewy candy. Most parents I know would like to see it gone for a plethora of other reasons, our own waistlines included, but… Read more

Sexy teen Halloween costumes: What to do?

sexy teen costumes

If it’s Halloween, it’s time for kids to dress up and indulge in make believe. But along with costumes for ghosts, goblins and the latest pop culture icons (Duck Dynasty, anyone?) parents are often taken aback by the sexy outfits marketed to teen and preteen girls. Read more

Neighbor will hand out chubby letter to kids instead of treats on Halloween

chubby letter instead of treats on Halloween

  Vying for the title of “worst house on the block,” one North Dakota woman has decided to forego apples and toothbrushes this Halloween in favor of a letter chiding parents of “moderately obese” trick-or-treaters for letting their kids eat candy.   “You are probably wondering why your child has this note,” the letter starts. Read… Read more

Halloween Safety Tips

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Children are 4 times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other night of the year, according to experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  They are also more likely to suffer burns and eye injuries.  The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following safety… Read more

Gov. Rick Perry Signs Law Protecting Christmas

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Surrounded by sleigh bell-ringing Santa Claus impersonators, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges – but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. Read more