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12 Finger Foods That Don't Come From a Box

Skip highly processed finger foods for these natural, nutritious bites babies and toddlers will love to get their hands on.<p>Forget the mush and surprise your baby with a new taste and texture by offering whole peas. Green peas can be steamed, boiled, or simply offered frozen. Aside from wonderful …

Worth the Trip: Family Vacation Ideas

Fun travel destinations, tested by real families!<p>A pier crabbing class at Fort Point National Historic Site, underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, proved a highlight of the Moraw family's San Francisco vacation. "For two great hours, National Park Service staff taught us how to use the nets, discussed …

I'm a Dad, a Husband, a Writer... And I Want It All

I want it all.<p>I want to be there - actually, physically, there - for my sons. I want to be a life partner and best friend for my wife, and I want her to be those things for me, too. I want a career that pays me what my work is worth and provides the kind of personal and professional gratification …

Downsizing Help: Shelve Your Storage Woes

Take a look at your new, smaller rooms. Is there wall space that can be put to good use? Shelving — whether for books or collectibles, or to hold …

Interior Design

How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar

Get the latest news, updates and offers<br>from This Old House to your inbox<p>Home>How To | More in Bars<p>How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar<p>Use cedar lumber …

Woodworking

21 Benefits of Owning Less

Minimalist living is countercultural. It is contrary to every advertisement we have ever seen because we live in a society that prides itself on the …

Inexpensive Dinnertime Mains for Valentine's (or Any) Day

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i></i><p>Broke as you may be, there will be a time when you're going to …

Chicken Spaghetti Pie Recipe

<b>Notes:</b> I chose angel hair (or capellini) pasta for it's delicate texture and quick cooking time. If using regular spaghetti, increase cooking time. This can be doubled and baked in a 13- by 9-inch casserole dish. Freeze the pasta until cold and firm, not frozen. If beginning to freeze solid, move …

68 Healthy Recipes for 2014

Home > Recipe Roundups > 68 Healthy Recipes for 2014<p>January 2, 2014 // 17 <i>Comments »</i><p>No matter the year, no matter the circumstances, one thing is …

Slow-Cooker Pork Paprikash Recipe

Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients3 pounds boneless pork shoulderKosher saltCracked black pepper1 tablespoon paprika1/4 teaspoon ground caraway1 large onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 small red pepper, chopped1 cup low-sodium chicken broth3 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 tablespoon Worcestershire …

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Whole Wheat Orecchiette Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Whole Wheat Orecchiette Soup.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> January 3, 2014 150<p>I’m thinking that my 2014 is already off to a great start since …

I Heart HGTV Blog

June 30<p>Who doesn't love a party that revolves around melted butter?<p>June 30<p>Mom, can you send us off to camp, please?<p>June 29<p>This is for the …

Inspirational Parenting Quotes

Sometimes, little words of wisdom can go a long way. Here are some of our favorite quotes about overcoming the challenges of parenting.<p>2 of 24<p>2 of 24<p>4 of 24<p>What Kids Love<p>4 of 24<p>5 of 24<p>5 of 24<p>7 of 24<p>7 of 24<p>8 of 24<p>8 of 24<p>9 of 24<p>9 of 24<p>11 of 24<p>11 of 24<p>12 of 24<p>12 of 24<p>13 of 24<p>13 of 24<p>14 of 24<p>14 of 24<p>15 …

8 Ways to Eat Clean

Improve your family's diet with these healthy-body, whole-foods strategies.<p>What is clean eating?<p>Nitrates in cured meats. GMOs. Artificial sweeteners. Hydrogenated oils. Sugar-packed snacks and drinks. Livestock raised with antibiotics. Hormones in our food. Today many parents are saying, "Enough …

12 Kids' Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The wait-and-see approach is fine for some kids' health problems. But not these.<p>When you become a parent, you earn a medical merit badge of sorts. Whether you're sopping up a goopy nose or extracting a dangling-by-a-thread baby tooth, eventually few things faze you. But sometimes it's tough to tell …

Pretzel Turtles

First of all, in case you didn’t know, mini pretzels are sweeping the nation. No, really—they are! All you need to do is Google “Pretzel Treats” and …

Light and Healthy Cabbage Soup (with Easy Cheese Toasts)

Welcome to Holland is an essay written in 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley to help parents raising a child with different abilities. In the essay, …

Bill Thomas of Hobbitat Spaces in Maryland developed a passion for small spaces after 30 years of working in the historic restoration and custom home business. http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/hobbitat-spaces/

Jeff's Greenhouse Guest Cabin

<i>by Jeff Turner</i><p>A few years back we were camping in a two man tent every weekend while building a home in the mountains. Having to set the tent up and …

6 of the World's Best Budget Airlines

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>Travel can be an expensive hobby -- you have to figure out where to stay, what do see and do, what to eat, and more importantly, how to get there, and all without breaking the bank. Flying can often be the priciest part of the …

Southwest Airlines

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: DIY Homemade Presents

Holiday Gift Guide: 33 DIY Homemade Presents.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 22, 2013 31<p>Moving right along!<p>I think we all know that I’m not the craftiest …

Charleston, South Carolina Is Officially The Best City In The World

Which is the greatest city in the world? Is it Paris? Tokyo? A teeny little town on the Italian coast?<p>Nope, it's none other than Charleston, South Carolina, where the grits are spicy, the weather is warm, and the people are oh-so charming. This city -- which has been voted best in the U.S. numerous …

A New Subscription Sampling Box Just Hit the Scene...and It's FREE

There are monthly subscription boxes for pretty much every category now. (Just last week I told you about Bergamot, a new fragrance subscription box.) But a new one just launched and it's completely different from all the rest—because it's free. Yup. FREE.<p>Here's how it works: You sign up at …

The Simple Truth to Meditation

New students often ask how long they should sit or how often they should practice. I always give the same answer. Sitting for 20 minutes is a wonderful practice for those living in a quiet peaceful world. But if you really want to benefit from meditation, you need to take it off the pillow and …

Meditation

Traveler Tips and Articles - Traveler Tips and ArticlesTraveler Tips and Articles

<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

Travel

DIY Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

Homemade Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 14, 2013 104<p>I made you something that you can put on your face and eat!<p>Okay. You really …

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 13, 2013 141<p>I present to you… the trashiest of the sweet potatoes.<p>It’s like every single …