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Make it a Green Halloween ™

By Julie Bloss Kelsey


It’s nearly dusk on Halloween and, once again, you’re running behind. You sprint into the nearest grocery store and scan the shelves, looking for something to hand out to your trick-or-treaters. You find your resolve weakening. Sure, you’d like to hand out treats with less packaging, something not laden with sugar. But the bulging bags of candy look so tempting … (more…)

70 Uses for a Humble Jug of Vinegar

From KitchenCraftsNMore.net
First published on NFO in 2004, it’s a favorite of our readers!

Vinegar for personal care

Vinegar in the bath. Add one-half cup of vinegar or so to warm bath water when bathing and get double benefits: softer skin and a cleaner bathtub with less work!
Hair conditioner. Vinegar makes a simple, inexpensive conditioner for your (more…)

How To Curb The TV Habit In 3 Easy Steps

By Carrie Lauth


So you’re not quite ready to throw the TV away, but you’re limiting the time spent viewing television in your home? Here are some easy tips for curbing the tv habit that have worked for my family. (more…)

13 Things For Your Child To Do (Instead of Watch TV)

By Carrie Lauth


C’mon, admit it. You sometimes use the television set as a cheap babysitter. That’s ok…we ALL do it sometimes! Ah, but it’s a double-edged sword, because kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble keeping themselves entertained, which in the long run makes your job harder! (more…)

Create Valentine’s Day Family Traditions

By Sheila Anderson


Get Valentine’s Day printables like the one above at Sheila’s site: PrintActivities.com

Often the fondest childhood memories stem from family traditions that were lovingly repeated throughout the years. Family traditions have family at the center of a celebration spending time together and creating lasting memories. (more…)

Instead of TV: Please, Someone, Tell Me What to Do!

By Gina Ritter


Recently we posted two pieces on appropriate television for your kids. They were well received. But Carrie Lauth pointed out there is more to life than even the best television programs. There’s no doubt that generally the television is on throughout the day out of habit. It practically has it’s own gravitational pull built right in. Children of all ages, and their adults, absent-mindedly turn on the television and either prop themselves up in front of it or walk away and let it go on in the background. (more…)

Eco Friendly Holiday: Love the Earth This Valentine’s Day

By Tara Bzdok


Eco-Friendly Gifts for Significant Others

• Flowers sold in traditional flower shops are covered in pesticides and are grown in South America where workers are not paid a decent wage and are exposed to toxic levels of pesticides, so this year try an organic bouquet (more…)

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