3 Tried-and-True Potty Training Tips to Ease Your Child’s Transition

(StatePoint) Kids grow up fast. While some transitions are bittersweet, most parents are happy to say goodbye to diapers when the time is right. However, potty training can be frustrating for both parents and kids without an understanding of the process. Knowing your child’s unique needs is important, say experts.

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Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Trix Granola

(StatePoint) For most parents, weekday mornings before school are like a challenging math problem: pack backpacks and lunches, plus get yourself ready for work – minus the luxury of unlimited time. But skipping breakfast should not be part of the equation.

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6 Important Ways to Keep Play Areas Safe

(NAPSI)—Keeping the play area safe for your offspring to run around and have fun in can be easier if you heed a few hints:

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Autumn Apple Pie Popcorn Recipe

(NAPSI)—Popcorn, enjoyed every day but celebrated in October during National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, existed long before today’s dizzying array of snacks, tracing its roots back thousands of years. Yet, throughout the ages, this enduring fan favorite has remained relatively unchanged. Popcorn kernels are the seeds of a large-grain plant also known as maize. Once the kernels are stripped from the cob and dried to 14 percent moisture, they can be popped and eaten.

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Recipe Round-Up Volume Two

Here is a round-up of delicious looking recipes from around the web. I think the first one I’d like to try is the Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits. Recipes listed are Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders, Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars, No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes, Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits, Bacon Double Cheese Dip, One-Bowl Apple-Spice Bundt Cake with Butterscotch Glaze, and Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m not even going to think about the calories!!

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Just click on each image and it will take you to the original recipe.

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How to Restore Your Self-Esteem and Not Believe Lies About Yourself

I don’t know why so many of us struggle with self-worthiness, but it seems to be a common problem. I came upon this article today by Claire Colvin at powertochange.com and thought it was a good one to share.

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Just As I Am – Free Printable Cards and Tags

I’ve created a few pages of free printable cards and tags for your personal use. The beautiful illustration is from http://eph.tuckdb.org/items/3429/pictures/8336. I use Picmonkey.com as an image editor.

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Holiday Apple Cranberry Cobbler Recipe

(Family Features) Make entertaining during the holidays easier, whether you’re preparing for a large buffet or an intimate dinner. The solution is simplifying your food preparation with all-in-one bakeware that’s stylish enough to show off.

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Daily House Cleaning Checklist – 18 Printable Plans

One thing I like about checklists is that you have a feeling of completion when you get the tasks done. I may be OCD, but I have actually made lists AFTER I did my housework JUST so I could check them off! How crazy is that?

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Vintage Dinnerware Sets for Fall

Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining

(BPT) – The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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6 Backyard Projects You Can’t Skip This Fall

(BPT) – When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do’s, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road.

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Fall 2014 Pet Supplement Mini-Ezine

Animals are dear to my heart. I have dogs, but I’m concerned about the well-being of all animals. Here is a free 16-page mini-ezine loaded with up-to-date information on how to choose and care for your pets.  Click on the link below the image for your printable report.

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The topics covered are listed below:

1. Could your darling new ball of fur be the product of a dangerous puppy mill?

2. Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal

3. Boost your pet’s health with these preventive measures

4. Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER

5. Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home

6. Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year

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14 Quilted Mug Rugs for Fall

Although I don’t quilt, I love anything that is quilted.  And I drink a lot of coffee.  So I’ve collected some really adorable quilted mug rugs to show you.  Hmmm, my sister quilts.  Maybe I could get her to make me one of these!

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30 Awesome Scripture Jar Crafts and Ideas

There are so many wonderful ideas here in this collection of Scripture jars. Some have Bible verses, others prayer requests, and others blessings. One that impressed me was a lady who wrote the verses out in her own handwriting and gave it to her best friend as a gift. That would be something to treasure!

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14 Kitchen Storage Organization Ideas

These kitchen storage ideas make the best use of every bit of space. I love the way that drawers are divided to keep pots and pans and utensils handy. My cookware is all stacked on shelves, and I have to take out three or four pans to get to the one I want. The same with my sharp knives. They are in a tray in a drawer. But in one of these kitchens, knives are fitted neatly into wooden grooves built into the drawer. You will also find efficient ways to store dishes, canned foods, cleaning supplies, and even baby bottles and supplies.

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