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Beating the Winter Blues

by Toni Anderson | February 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm | comments

A few years ago, we moved to Maryland just in time for winter. In Florida I looked forward to winter and the break from the heat and humidity. Now I’m adjusting to 30-45 degree overcast days which appear to be in my future for the next several months. It is easy to want to hunker down during these winter months and hibernate until spring appears, but you’ll probably go stir

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5 Simple Ways to Involve Kids in Meal Planning

by Toni Anderson | January 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm | comments

Over the years I’ve found that children tend to be less picky at meal times if they are involved in the process of getting food on the table. For a long time I thought that meant letting them help prepare meals (and it still does), but like Together CountsTM often mentions, the process really begins at the planning stage. Kids love to feel valued and important, and getting them involved

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Inspire Balance with Fall Fitness Ideas

by Toni Anderson | October 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm | comments

Now that the school year is in full swing it is easy to get consumed with homework, extra-curricular activities, chores and life in general. It is important, even during the busy school year, to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine to help instill good habits in your children while they are young. According to the Department of Health and Human Services the percentage of children ages 6-11 who are

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4 Home School Tips for Every Parent

by Toni Anderson | September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | comments

As a parent who homeschools, a great year starts with a great plan! No matter how your children are educated, the key to a successful year for any child is a prepared and involved parent. While not every family homeschools, these tips below can help parents get back in the full swing of school. Involve the Kids No matter where your kids learn, have them share with you what field

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7 Tips for Successful Staycations

by Toni Anderson | August 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm | comments

If your budget is tight this year, consider exploring your city from the comfort of your own home.  Staycations have become very popular, but in order to make your staycation a true vacation you need a plan. Here are seven tips for having a successful, fun and relaxing staycation.  1) Make a List Plan your staycation like you would any vacation. Make a list of everything you want to do

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