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Book Nook: May the Faith Be with You - Bible and Bedtime Prayers

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I recently had a chance to review May the Faith Be with You Bedtime Prayers and May the Faith Be with You Holy Bible. Both of them are designed to be somewhat of a riff on Star Wars with the title and cover graphic. The prayer book contains simple prayers for younger kids.

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Consumer Critique: The Christmas Star from Afar

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If you like the idea of a hiding game that leads up to Christmas, but want it to focus more on the true meaning of Christmas, you can check out a game I recently got to review, Christm as Star from Afar. In this version, parents hide a star somewhere in the house.

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Mealtime Magic: Solutions for Busy Moms

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Book Nook: Indescribable - 100 Devotions About God and Science

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My kids have always been curious. They both have a strong interest in science and are quite bright.

Parenting Pointers: 4 Reasons to Consider Gifting Your Child an Experience

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By Adam Young As the holiday season approaches, many parents are looking around the house and wondering where to fit another year’s worth of gifts. Luckily there’s a solution to “stuff” overload: Consider gifting your kids with an experience, instead.

Smart Safety: 10-Simple Steps to a Safe Halloween Pool Party

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By Eric Lupton, Safety Advocate and Life Saver Pool Fence President For many families, Halloween is a chance to hold a fun pool party with a few spooky twists. Kids can dive for orange glow sticks, race around floating pumpkins or see who can collect the most skeleton bones!

Healthy Habits: Preventing RSV

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October is RSV Awareness Month, and it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the dangers it may present and how parents can protect their babies’ little lungs!

Book Nook: Scratch & Create

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I love looking at art books for my girls (and sometimes myself) - especially ones that are different, looking at a different skill or having a unique theme. I recently had the chance to check out a few Scratch & Create books available from Quarto.

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Book Nook: Box Loader - The Adventures of Cargo and R-Cycle

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I recently had a chance to review Box Loader: The Adventures of Cargo and R-Cycle. The book aims to teach kids about teamwork, friendship and environmentalism, with lessons about courage and overcoming challenges.

Fun Freetime: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Regal Theaters

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Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st , you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide! Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters.

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Consumer Critique: Babytime! Massage Serum

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In many school schedules, kids don't move as much as they probably should. All the sitting and sedentary time during the day, or bursts of sports activity, can both lead to tight muscles or cramps. I had a chance to review doctor-developed Babytime! Massage Serum. The serum is enriched with probiotics to help moisturize skin, reduce inflammation and irritation, and support the skin's barrier. Like other Babytime!

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Parenting Pointers: How To Parent Teens – Even After Divorce

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Parenting can prove stressful at times even under the best circumstances. But throw divorce and a struggling teen into the mix and that stress level can increase exponentially. Hostility between former spouses, added to emotional exhaustion, rapidly leaks over into parenting roles. Separation and divorce can be a very bitter thing, and sometimes it’s everything a parent can do not to undermine their co-parent,” says Dr. Tim R.

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Area Attractions: WonderWorks Destiny 5th Anniversary (Syracuse NY)

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WonderWorks Destiny, Syracuse’s premier indoor amusement park that focuses on STEM “edutainment”, is celebrating its 5 th anniversary. The public is invited to attend WonderWorks anniversary party on November 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The party will be held at inside WonderWorks, located at 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse, New York, and will feature fun giveaways, door prizes, Professor Wonder meet and greets, titillating science experiments and of course, birthday cake! “We

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Caring Causes: PUR Attitude and National Breast Cancer Foundation

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PUR attitude™ announced that it will donate 50% of proceeds for its HA85 PUR Relief Lotion (MSRP $45) and HA85 PUR Relief Spray (MSRP $45), advanced therapeutic topicals designed to be safe for use by cancer patients, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® NBCF) during the month of October. The brand also will donate 25% of proceeds for items in the rest of the PUR attitude collection to the charity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Area Attractions: TADA! Youth Theater (NYC)

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Youth Theater will present “The History Mystery,” an original musical back by popular demand. This perennial audience favorite tells the story of three students who wander through American history and meet the people who have had to fight for freedom, women’s rights, and racial equality. Along the way, the three time-travelers meet history greats such as the Wright Brothers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Martin Luther King, Jr.,

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5 Things We bet You Didn’t Know About Cannabis (Guest Post)

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By: Doug Mairs (Owner of Circle M Farms Worm Castings) Cannabis is a confusing topic. And it’s no wonder why. Growing up, we were told contrasting info about the sticky substance. Credible sources like our teachers and DARE police officers told it is a dangerous gateway drug; that smoking one joint causes more bodily harm than smoking 10 cigarettes. But on the other side, pop culture told us it was no big deal.

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Thrifty Thinking: Protecting Information from Cold-Callers

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Information is power, as revealed by a slew of recent cyber hacks in which millions of Americans had their personal data stolen by criminals. Now, doubt over releasing personal information is spreading across the country, especially as it relates to telemarketers…particularly those calling from prison. Many people don’t realize that cold-calling is actually quite common in prisons across the world,” says Karl Volkman, Cyber Security Expert and CTO of SRV Network, Inc. “It

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Healthy Habits: Ask a Nurse Practitioner - Sending Kids to College

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While generally considered an enjoyable and enlightening few years, college can be a stressful time for both students and for parents as students take their health into their own hands. Fortunately, Dr. Joyce Knestrick has some insight for students and experience for parents sending their kids off to college. What do students need to know before getting to campus?

Smart Safety: Avoiding Halloween Poisons

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Adulterated candy isn’t the only hazard that kids face on Halloween, according to the California Poison Control System (CPCS). Keep them safe this Halloween with these 10 tips. Glow-in-the-dark jewelry and glow sticks are used by parents to keep their children visible while trick-or-treating.

Caring Causes: The LIttle Market

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Founded by women to empower women, The Little Market is a mission-driven nonprofit working with artisans around the world to curate and design beautiful products that preserve cultural techniques and traditions. Each purchase from the online store contributes to sustainable jobs and better lives for the artisans, their families, and their communities. They just released their 2017 Holiday Gift Guide - check it out for gifts with a purpose!

Consumer Critique: StoppClipp

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When parents have a baby, they often remember to baby-proof the obvious hazards: cupboard locks, baby gates, locks on doors. But one common injury isn't caused by kids going through an open door, but by closing it - fingers can get pinched in doors or hinges, or small kids can shut a door and be unable to come back out from the room. The StoppClipp is designed to prevent that from happening. I was sent a few samples of StoppClipp.

Healthy Habits: Mother's Intuition and Saving Charlotte

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I recently had the chance to review Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition by author Pia de Jong. It's a fascinating read about a mother who chose to trust her intuition when her newborn daughter was faced with a major medical condition. Diagnosed with congenital myeloid leukemia, Charlotte is in a grave situation.

Fun Freetime: Jelly Bean Pumpkins

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I have a chance to share this fun, allergy-friendly craft/snack idea from Gimbal's Fine Candies !

Enriching Education: Child Care Aware® of America Shares Brain-Building Tips During Vroom Week

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Child Care Aware® of America is proud to sponsor Vroom Week from Oct. 16 to 20 to encourage families and caregivers to use simple prompts during daily moments to help build children’s brains. Child Care Aware® of America is excited to partner with Vroom , an early education initiative based on the latest brain science research about children under five.

Pet Pointers: Obesity in Dogs

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Exercise for dogs is a really important topic, as it's estimated that over 53% of dogs in the US are overweight (shocking, isn't it?). A large number of dog owners also don't provide daily walks - often because they don't realize the health problems this causes. The folks at The Dog Clinic wanted to help dog owners provide enough exercise for their pets, as this can prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Consumer Critique: L.R. Rice Raw & Unfiltered Honey

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Founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey is a family owned company, and a leading producer of the highest quality raw and unfiltered honey in the U.S. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey has established and nurtured long-standing relationships with beekeeper families, allowing for quality U.S. honey to be packed in every bottle of Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey recently debuted L.R. Rice Raw & Unfiltered Honey and Rice Family Raw and Unfiltered Honey.

Caring Causes: LightStream Forest of Dreams

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Want to see you or your family featured on a Times Square billboard? Now is your chance! Go to LightStreamForests.com and upload your favorite photo. You may be featured on a Times Square billboard, and you’ll also have a tree planted in your honor! So what’s the scoop? On Wednesday, October 18, LightStream – the online lending division of SunTrust Bank that plants a tree for every loan it makes -- is creating a pop-up Forest of Dreams in Times Square.

Money Makers: Etsy Micro-Influencers

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Is it possible to leave your office job and go Etsy full-time? Short answer? Imagine this: Your Etsy business is your passion, but sales are low. If you could just get your crafts into the hands of a few influential people, your income would skyrocket. But you've heard influencer budgets start at $25,000—an expense you can't swing. How are you supposed to get your business off the ground?

Parenting Pointers: Biased Views of Girls Begin as Early as Fourth Grade, New Save the Children Survey Reveals

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Biased views on the value of girls and their roles within the classroom and society begin to show as early as fourth grade, according to new data released today by Save the Children.

Healthy Habits: Secondary Infertility

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In the U.S., more than 5 million people of childbearing age – or one in every ten couples – have infertility. While primary fertility typically receives attention, approximately more than 1 million couples in the U.S. have secondary infertility struggles. I had a chance to interview Dr. Jane Frederick , an internationally noted fertility specialist located in Orange County, CA, to learn more.

Caring Causes: Cleaning for a Reason

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Dusting, mopping and vacuuming are never fun, but all can be simply overwhelming if you must do it in the middle of chemotherapy while struggling with fatigue and nausea. Luckily, throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local mothers who are in treatment are getting free house cleaningservices, so they can concentrate on getting better and spend more quality time with their families.

Smart Safety: National Teen Driver Safety Week

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It’s one of the biggest milestones in a teen’s life – getting his or her driver’s license. However, this step toward independence and freedom also means a greater responsibility for you and your teen. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 15-21, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents to start a conversation about safety with their teen driver.

Consumer Critique: Jarlsberg Cheese Snacks

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My kids love cheese, my husband and I like crackers, and we enjoy giving fancier crackers as part of a larger gift as well. We recently had a chance to try out some new snacks from Jarlsberg, including individually wrapped chunks of cheese (perfect size for lunchboxes) and new Cheese Crisps. The Crisps are a little thinner than traditional crackers, and have a great crunch. They made a delicious topping for soup, and I liked using the crumbs at the bottom to add crunch to salads.

Book Nook: Castle in Danger

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My daughters love to read. The older one likes fantasy books and the younger likes books about ninjas and warriors. Both found something to enjoy in a book I recently got to review, Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg. This historical fiction novel is set during the Middle Ages in the 14 th Century. Designed for children eight to twelve, it follows the story of Emma, who is sweet and pretty and lives in a castle with Baron Geoffrey.

Book Nook: Veronica and the Volcano

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My daughters love reading books with adventure and fantasy, and as a math teacher, it's a bonus when they learn skills like problem-solving. Debut children's book by Geoffrey Cook, Veronica and the Volcano , features a strong young female heroine who displays traits of perseverance, overcoming obstacles, and fun, along with STEM concepts related to the natural sciences and physics. Ten-year-old Veronica lives in a house filled with gadgets right on an active volcano.

Parenting Pointers: From a “Z Student” to an A Student (What a difference self-esteem can make!)

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EXCERPT, The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson My first several school years I was a “Z Student”. That would be the opposite of an A Student. With the uncertainty of stocks or the chances of someone winning lotto, your safest bet was that I would fail whatever test I was given and undoubtedly get the lowest grade in the class, which I used to pride myself upon holding the title of. My total lowest grade on a test was a negative 20. How you might ask?

Parenting Pointers: Helping Children Deal with Grief

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Several weeks ago, there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the past few years, many children and adolescents have been exposed to news of tragedies around the world - riots and protests, harsh words, horrific crimes, and natural disasters. It can be hard as parents to see how children grieve, whether they have experienced the tragedy themselves or have only heard of it. The OUR HOUSE mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope.

Sweepstakes: Lucktastic Cash Blast

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Lucktastic, a pure play, free app, and entertainment destination that is reimagining winning experiences, rewards, and discovery, today announced their Cash Blast giveaway. With an entry period ending January 10, 2018, the lucky winner will get the chance to grab money for 30 seconds in the Lucktastic Cash Blast Machine. The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the winner will also receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City and the chance to win $1MM. “We

Healthy Habits: The Parent Trap: When Life Interferes With Healthy Living

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Personal time. It’s no wonder the realities of life compete with parents’ ability to live healthier. What may be a surprise is that 56% of parents agree that setting a good example for their kids motivates them to practice healthy habits. So why aren’t they following through? And what can those in today’s food system do to help ease this burden?

Parenting Pointers: Nannies with Integrity

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Nearly 60% of American households now retain a nanny of some sort for their children. With the prevalence of nanny shenanigans in the media (Gwen Stefani, Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, etc.) parents are beginning to wonder if they should be concerned about who they have brought into their homes. And now Susan Sarandon's daughter is in a similar situation- having to fire her nanny for inappropriately texting her husband.