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5 Ways Smartphones Simplify Mealtimes

by Rachel Matthews | December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am | comments

If you’re anything like me, you’re a super busy parent (I think “super busy” and “parent” are actually synonymous). Your smartphone is constantly on, and you use it for everything from phone calls to calendars to daily pictures of the kids and keeping everyone on the same page. The digital and mobile world often gets a bad reputation for taking away from quality family time. However, in many ways my

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Achieving Holiday Balance

by Rachel Matthews | December 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm | comments

Tis the season to be jolly, and to spend too much, eat too much and do too much. There’s something about the holiday season that causes people to over-do…I’m as guilty as the next, but we’ve been focusing on not doing too much, not overspending, not over-eating and just appreciating the simple, beautiful gifts that our life grants us: family and friends, a roof over our heads, the ability to

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6 Quick Slow Cooker Creations

by Rachel Matthews | November 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | comments

It’s officially FALL, and with fall comes shorter daylight hours. For many families across the nation, those shorter daylight hours are jam packed with extracurricular activities, leaving very little time for Together CountsTM moments, homemade meals and quality time around the table. One of our family’s saving graces and favorite tools of the fall season is the slow cooker. Many of my own childhood memories involve walking into a house

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The Family Table

by Rachel Matthews | November 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | comments

Some of life’s most precious moments occur around the dinner table. I know that sounds odd, but it’s true. There are few things that are more important to your loved ones than your time and attention, and one of the few places where this is given without distraction is the dinner table. I can remember groaning as a teenager when it was dinnertime. Some of my friends’ families ate buffet

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The Great American Backyard Campout

by Rachel Matthews | June 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm | comments

It’s time to break out the tents, for tomorrow is the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. It’s the annual National Wildlife Federation celebration that encourages parents across the country to get out and camp with their families. Whether it’s in backyards, local parks or beaches… they just want you to get together and have some fun! If you register your campout you get your own dedicated page to

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