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10 Crazy-Good Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes

<b>1. Cocktail Meatballs</b><p>Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Just be sure to …

How to Deal With Your Child's Bragging

Teach your child the do's and don'ts of tooting her own horn.<p>My 5-year-old niece will gladly talk about how smart she is or all the things she can do better than her friends, such as drawing or spelling.<p>It makes me chuckle, and experts say that starting around age 5, bragging is normal. Kids are …

Siblings

CROCKPOT THAI PEANUT CHICKEN

It’s such a tough balance, because I hate David being sick. The thought of him in pain (even just the discomfort a cold) makes me so, so sad.<p>This is …

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Mango Margarita Salsa and Jalapeño Crema

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Margarita Mango Salsa and Jalapeño Crema.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> March 24, 2014 99<p>Let me tell you a little secret.<p>We have still …

Favorite Crock Pot Homemade Chili Recipe

• In a large skillet, brown ground beef with the chopped onion.<br>• Put the ground beef, onions, and other ingredients in a 3 1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker. …

Why Mama Needs to Be Alone

Mama needs to be alone now. Not for too long, just a couple of days. Really, you won't even notice that she is gone. OK, maybe you will. But really, it's for the best. You see, there are things mama likes to do that she just doesn't get to do anymore now that you are around, like, all the time.<p>Like …

Bloomberg.com

Creative Ways to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Readers share how to teach gratitude.<p>Bounce Some Ideas Around<p>When my 8-year-old starts to spiral down into a negative attitude, we play Gratitude Ping-Pong. One of us says something she's grateful for, then the other takes a turn. We go back and forth until we're both smiling again. The only rule …

Happiness

Christmas Traditions to Make the Season Special

Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, how can we slow down and make this time meaningful? Our readers share their best strategies for creating unforgettable moments, from simple time-savers to heartwarming Christmas traditions they look forward to all year long.<p>- My family loves looking …

Kids

Countdown to Christmas: Best Advent Calendars

Keep your kids excited about the holidays with a calendar filled with sweet surprises for every day in December.<p>With this handmade Advent calendar, the excitement starts now! To make, use low-tack masking or artist’s tape to create the outlines of trees, then paint with acrylic paints. Let dry …

Calendars

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Snacks On The Road

<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>Today: Here are the snacks you should pack to make holiday</i> …

Slow Cooker Meatball and Tortellini Soup

Two of my family's favorite recipes involve cheese tortellini and Italian-style meatballs, so, honestly, I knew this recipe would be a hit before I …

Minion Christmas Ornaments & More

I told you I had one more Minion post coming and here it is. I promise I will move on and away from Minions now! At least in this post I am including …

Bad Ass Dads

My adventures in parenting:<p>It's around midnight and I'm lying in a bunk on a tour bus somewhere between Madison, Wi. and Muncie, In. I'm texting with my oldest child, Morgan. He's 21 and a senior at Virginia Military Institute. In the morning, he will find out if the U.S. Navy has selected him to …

6 Steps Great Coaches Take to Help Athletes Reach Potential

This story will do your heart good.<p>Cristian Mojica is a high school student at Boston Latin Academy. He's also a football player and swimmer who is far more serious about sports than his academic development. That is, until this year.<p>What did it take?<p>Sitting on the side of the pool with a stopwatch …

3 Easy Weeknight Recipes

Getting dinner on the table after a long day at work can be notoriously challenging. (As evidence, we present our massive collection of takeout menus.) Fear no more, here are three easy-to-make and delicious recipes for weeknight dinners:<p>In her new cookbook, One Pan, Two Plates, Snyder solves our …

White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale Recipe

<i>Based on the Chilean Porotos Granados, this vegan white bean stew includes butternut squash, kale, and fresh basil for a hearty and flavorful one-pot</i> …

Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends

Finding new friends can be scary. Try these ideas to help your child develop new friendships.<p>Making new friends can be tough for kids especially those who tend to be shy or are in new situations. I'm Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore. Here are 3 things your child can do to open the door to new friendships. …

Kids

What Parents Need to Know About School Bullying

There is no doubt that we have a bullying problem in our schools. Nearly half of all students report having experienced bullying behavior. This can take the form of verbal abuse, physical abuse and increasingly, we are seeing the devastating consequences of cyber bullying.<p>Cyber bullying is defined …

What to Do When Kids Talk Back

Smart-alecky comments, sass, and disrespectful gestures, such as eye rolls and lip smacks, seem to be the norm when children talk back to you nowadays. Try these tips to nip your child's bold and brash behavior in the bud.<p>How to Discipline Your Kids<p>Keep Your Composure<p>You don't have to put up with …

Self-help

A Calm Approach to Discipline

When your little one needs to be corralled or quieted, give these truly fresh and kid-friendly techniques a try.<p>When your child's pitching a fit or boiling with frustration, you may assume such behavior just comes with the age. And it's true that figuring out how to regulate all those raw emotions …

Mindfulness

Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you like using your slow cooker, you’re going to love this series. Summer Slow Cooker recipes are the best way to keep your kitchen cool and save …

Preparing The Class of 2025

Diego should graduate high school in the year 2025, so the cover of this month's Time Magazine really caught my attention. The two articles in this …

Movie in the Park: “The Incredibles” | Emeryville

Come and join the City of Emeryville for the <b>2015 Spring Movie Series</b> showing family-friendly movies at Anna Yates School at 8 pm.<p>Bring your friends …

Basil Chicken Coconut Curry Recipe

One of the things I love about curries is that they are so varied and adaptable—from soupy to thick and creamy, from mild to fiery, in colors yellow, …