4 Easy Treats for the 4th of July

(Family Features) Everyone will be bringing something to the 4th of July picnic, but you can bring the grand finale. Each of these tasty sweet treats captures the flair of the 4th without the fuss. In just a little time, you can add patriotic color and fun flavor to classics like cupcakes, ice cream cones and cookies.

Family Friendly Gardening Crafts

You have been out in the garden all day with the kids. Or maybe it’s a rainy day and you can’t get out to work in the garden. Or perhaps you have just planted your seeds and want to create excitement about what’s to come. Why not take the time to try some of these family friendly gardening crafts with the kids?

Bring a little outdoors in with these fun craft ideas.

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Why We Should Read to Our Child from Birth

Cultivating a love of reading is one of the most valuable things we can do for our children. The skill of reading will bring benefits that last a lifetime. Reading to your child is something you can do right from birth, and many people read to their babies while the babies are still in the womb. I didn’t read to my babies while in the womb, but I did start reading to both of my boys as infants.  They are now adults, and have always had excellent reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.  How does this benefit your child, when they are yet too young to read or even speak?

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Free Printable Homemaking Binder Covers

I’m trying to learn and improve my graphic skills, so I decided to make some homemaking binder covers for you.  There are two options.  There is a powerpoint file that you can edit and type in whatever you want on the cover.  There is also a pdf file.  In this, you would have to write on the cover.  I don’t think that it is editable, unless your software does that. 

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10 Ways to Beat the Heat with Summer Melons

Watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe are the three most common and loved melons in the United States. And they are all melons which are mostly consumed throughout the summer months.

From April until August it’s melon season in the United States. And consuming melons during these months is about more than just the fact that this is when these fruits are in season. They are light and contain large amounts of water, making them super refreshing.

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How to Keep Your Kids Busy on a Trip

Going on vacation is an exciting thing for the whole family. What is not always fun, however, is the journey. When you are on your way and everyone is having difficulty being patient, it can seem like everyone has trouble waiting to get there. How can you keep your kids busy on a trip, no matter whether it is by vehicle, train, airplane or any other form?

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Family-Friendly Meals Featuring Milk

(Family Features) Milk is not only a fridge staple; it’s an essential part of American lives. It’s so important that, according to a new consumer survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 82 percent of American parents say they would make a separate trip to the store if they ran out of milk — and for good reason.

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Fruit-Filled Summer Celebrations

(Family Features) Whether you anticipate fun-filled pool parties, laid-back picnics at the park or casual dinner parties at home, summer entertaining gets a little sweeter when you serve up the right desserts.

When the weather warms up, let the flavors from your kitchen reflect the bright tastes of the summer season. From cherries to blueberries, Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings come in a variety of flavors to perk up your outdoor menu.

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5 Tips for Getting Spring Cleaning Done Fast

Spring cleaning is an essential yearly event that can change the way you feel about your home, and even your life. A time to get rid of the old, and bring on the new… spring cleaning can make your home feel like a brand new one. It can be difficult to organize your workflow, though, so here are a few ideas you can implement that will allow you to get your spring cleaning done in a timely fashion.

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How to Create an Eggs-traordinary Easter Feast

(Family Features) Brighten up your Easter feast with unique flavor twists to refresh traditional dishes like ham and deviled eggs. And don’t forget the decorations — it’s easy to create vibrant centerpieces using eggs dyed in the hottest seasonal shades.

“We’ve developed easy tips to dress up your table, from the ham to the centerpiece,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “An orange glaze can bring new flavor to the classic ham, while food color can be used to make a variety of spring-inspired egg dyes to feature in Easter table décor.”