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Exercise Made Simple: My "Golden" Gym
By Marcia Passos Duffy
A year ago almost to the day, I had an epiphany while exercising at my local gym. I was on a treadmill sweating along with about 30 other people, glued to the latest CNN horrors on the big-screen, when I glanced outside at the absolutely gorgeous spring day. That was the precise moment when I decided to get a dog.

Toys: Weighing Junk vs. Keepers
By Lisa Russell

My main toy-choosing criteria is “Does the toy tell you how to play?” I look for toys that encourage creativity and allow my child to express himself and solve problems. Visit any preschool and you will find that the most-used toys are the ones that fit those criteria.

Put the Fun Back in Snack Time
By Cathe Olson

Why not turn quick, healthy snacks into a fun activity? With a little help from you, kids can make easy, no-cook treats that I’ll call snack balls. Children are more likely to eat food that they make themselves, and they’ll have fun doing it.

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Question: What essential oils would you recommend for someone who is new to natural body care? Laura Seipp responds

Try This Quick Pick-Me-Up to Destress an Soothe Those Aching Legs
By Jill Brennan
Want to know a trick that can revive your weary body, or tired and sore legs, and give you a boost that will keep you going for the rest of the evening? Read on.

15-Minute De-Frazzlers for Families
By Susie Michelle Cortright
15 minutes expressly for nurturing your children, your spouse, and yourself in a special way.

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Should Both Parents Work? Should One Stay Home?
By Gordon Bellows
There is no right or wrong decision; each family has to evaluate their situation and then decide what is best for them as individuals and as a family.

Consider Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car
By Fisher Swanson
Buying a compact car with good gas mileage is both friendly to the environment and your pocketbook. You will enjoy the savings throughout the life of the vehicle.

Eat Seasonally:
Community-Supported Agriculture, Farm Markets, and Pick-Your-Own
By Nava Atlas
At a time when small farmers are struggling to survive, this helps local economies and is a more sustainable practice than continually buying food trucked into supermarkets over thousands of miles.

Organic: A Choice For Our Children
By Dr. Alan Greene
As parents, we want to feed our children healthy food. What parent would turn down the chance to give a child delicious, healthy food that is convenient, a good money value and that the child loves...

Question: My neighbor’s kids drive me crazy with their misbehavior! I know I can’t discipline the kids, but I want to be able to enjoy my time with their family. Help! Elizabeth Pantley responds

Question: I keep hearing about cloth menstrual pads, and it sounds like a great idea – I think! What’s the scoop? Kendell Schafer responds

Playdates for Parents: Why a Support Network is Vital – And How to Find One
By Susie Cortright
In our culture, moms often feel we have everything we need right in our homes. But less industrialized countries -- where moms spend more time with other moms -- report far fewer cases of postpartum depression.

Four Simple Ways to Make a Difference with Your Dollars
By Eliza Bloom
Did you know that even the brand of toothpaste you buy can take the world closer to -- or further from -- peace? It's true: Every dollar you spend can make a difference.

Homemade Luxury Bath Products
By Martha Matthews

If you like the beautiful designer bath products you see in the trendy department stores but you don't want to fork out the big bucks for them, then why not try making your own?

Simple Feng Shui: Eight Quick Ways to Redecorate for Your Spirit
By Susie Cortright
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is making a comeback in the modern world. But is it really possible to change your attitude just by rearranging your living space?

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