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25 Kids Rainbow Crafts & Activities

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Kids

Cheap DIY Truck Camper

For tiny living, sometimes all you need is what you already have: just ask this guy who transformed his truck into a camper.<p>Outside, you’ll notice a …

Tiny House Movement

DIY Felt Flower Hair Barrettes for Spring

Teddy’s friend is having a birthday and we decided to make her some pretty felt hair barrettes. Because it’s SPRING here in Southern California, we …

Why Should Parents Set Limits? When is it Time to Say, "No?"

It's important to understand both why children should learn to accept limits and tolerate hearing "no" and how parents struggle with these goals.<p>Have you ever had the frustrating feeling that no one is listening when you say "No"? You try to speak firmly but find yourself asking a question instead …

Parenting

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes Melbourne, Australia-based mother Shelley Gifford, who turns her daughter Grace’s hair into elaborate works of braided art nearly every day. Gifford says she’s always enjoyed braiding hair, but wasn’t aware of just how creative one could get with it until she discovered people all over the world sharing their own braids via social media. “I found accounts that were solely set up to show hairstyles that mums had created on their daughters. I loved what I saw and it was then that I started my own Facebook and Instagram braiding accounts. I started following other hair and braiding accounts: asking questions and continuously watching video tutorials. I also attended braiding and up-do workshops. I just love learning new styles and advancing my skills. I’m hair obsessed. I’m always challenging myself to create something new and unique.” Gifford usually braids Grace’s hair before school and sometimes on the weekends. While she’s always coming up with new braid designs in her free time, she spends only about 15 to 20 minutes actually braiding her daughter’s hair, which is done while grace watches tv after getting herself ready for school. If a particular style is going to take longer than usual, they wait until the weekend to do it. Gifford always documents her daughter’s new hairstles with a photo. You can follow her latest creations via Facebook or on Instagram. [via Bored Panda]

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes Melbourne, Australia-based mother Shelley Gifford, who turns her daughter Grace’s hair into …

10 Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Actually Taste Good — And Aren't Cereal

While most are indeed delicious, when it comes to nutrition not all breakfasts are the same. Eating the right breakfast (aka not a greasy one) can …

Woman Has Trouble Picking a Dog to Save, Ends Up Buying Entire Shelter

Last January, Danielle Eden (co-founder of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary) was visiting a shelter in Israel when she came to a startling conclusion. Eden frequently visits shelters around the world, finds dogs in need of care, and brings them back to her own shelter in King, Ontario so they can …

Pets

Ricotta Crostini with Three Toppings

How to Make It<p>Step 1 Prepare the Balsamic Figs<p>Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Lightly brush the cut sides of the figs with olive oil and grill …

Why you should never thaw frozen steaks before cooking them

Cooking with fresh beef will always be the ultimate way to prepare a steak, but it turns out that using a frozen steak is your next-best …

BBQ

11 Brisket Recipes Guaranteed To Impress Any Dinner Guest

Fear the brisket no more.<p>Brisket, in all its tender glory, is an intimidating dish.<p>The methods of cooking a brisket -- in the oven, over a grill, in a smoker -- can be overwhelming, never mind the hours it takes to make one just right.<p>But if intimidation is the reason you've never attempted to whip …

Amazing avocado recipes: from lime cheesecake to the ultimate guacamole

There's no getting away from the avocado. The fruit has become so beloved that it overtook sales of oranges in December, and its popularity looks set to continue as supermarkets cut prices despite the spike in demand.<p>Sales have now reached a record £128m in the 12 months to March 2016, up 39 per …

Recipes

Spring Vegetable Soup

Step 1<p>Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add carrots, leek, and celery; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, …