9 Ways to Use Extra Garden Tomatoes

If you have planted a garden in the past, you know tomatoes are often prolific. Before you know it, you have an overabundance of tomatoes. You don’t want to can them. Freezing isn’t such a good idea. And you can only eat so much spaghetti. If you’re looking for unique ways to use extra tomatoes look no further.


Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Food.

Homemade Freezable Pizza Pockets for a Healthy Lunchbox

(Family Features) If good eating habits have fallen by the wayside during the summer break, you can kick off this school year right by pledging to guide your family toward healthier lunches.

“Back to school is a great time for families to make a healthy resolution they can carry on through the duration of the school year,” said Trish James, vice president, Produce for Kids. “As a mom of two boys, I understand the challenges parents face when packing a healthy, nutritious lunch for their children and for themselves. The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge was designed to help families tackle this universal challenge.”

This entry was posted in Food.

5 Tips to Develop a Habit of Reading in Your Child

Teaching your child to read may be one of the most important things you do as a parent. When your child can read, the whole world opens up to them. They will be able to read not only for fun, but will understand signs, food labels and instructions.

One of the most important tips in regards to teaching your child to read is to simply make time for it. How can you as a parent create a reading schedule for each child, and a location that works for everyone involved?

love-reading-child Continue reading →

There’s an Apple for That

(Family Features) If you’ve ever stood in the produce aisle and wondered what apple to select among the many varieties available, you’re not alone. Apple varieties can differ greatly when it comes to taste, texture, cooking and storage properties, making it important to make the right choice to get the best results for your recipe.

apple-for-that Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Food.

Bullet Journaling 101 – Everything You Need To Know to Get Started

The bullet journal is an analog system, meaning you don’t need anything more complicated than a notebook and a pen or pencil. While it’s very customizable, and you’re certainly welcome to change things around, in this article, I will walk you through the setup for a traditional bullet journal as first introduced by Ryder Carroll from BulletJournal.com. Use it as a starting point, get comfortable with the basic system and then change it from there.

You’ll need a notebook, a pen, and a little bit of time to get started. The type of notebook you use is up to you. The traditional style is grid or dotted paper, but I find even ruled or blank pages work just fine.

bullet-journaling-101 Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Family.

How to Get Organized with Daily Routines

Apparently, Americans are an unorganized lot because there’s a lot of talk, both online and offline, about how to get organized. You’ll find magazines with featured articles about it and television shows devoted to nothing but organizing your home. If you listen to many of these sources, you’ll find that one of the easiest ways to get organized is with a daily routine.

What is a daily routine and how can it help you get organized? A routine is another word for a habit. It’s something you’ve done much the same way for so long that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. You can easily create a routine for getting organized. Let’s look at the concept and see how it can be used to get your home organized.

get-organized-daily-routines Continue reading →

Who Can Benefit from Bullet Journaling?

In today’s busy world, where we have to keep track of lots and lots of information, almost anyone can benefit from bullet journaling. This particular system of staying organized has some unique properties that make it particularly helpful for people who thrive on lists and appreciate a non-digital system. Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide if bullet journaling is right for you.

who can benefit from bullet journaling Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Family.

What Is A Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling has been a hot trend for a little while in the planner and getting organized communities online, but it may not be something that you’ve heard of. If not, you’re in for a treat. If you love to-do lists and check-lists, this is something you don’t want to miss.

what is a bullet journal Continue reading →

How to Organize Digital Photos

Most of us have possibly hundreds of pictures stored on our devices.  Here are some tips on how to organize digital photos so that we can access them easily.

By Valerie Goettsch

Organizing images or finding a particular photo can seem a daunting task. Having a digital photo management system in place for archiving and cataloguing your images will make the process much simpler.

Besides devising a consistent method for cataloguing your images, using a photo organizer or album software program will make managing your digital collection a breeze. While everyone has their own organizing method, here are some guides based on what works for me.

how-organize-digital-photos Continue reading →

Pre-Plan for Stress-Free Dinners

How many times have you left work or are running late from appointments or other obligations and realized you had no plan on what to serve your family (or yourself) for dinner?

About that time of day, you’re likely tired and the last thing you want to do is stop by the grocery store to grab ingredients you’ll need for a healthy meal. So, you give up and pick up your family’s meal at a drive through or order pizza.

pre-plan-dinners Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Food.

Over-Parenting: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

This is a somewhat uncomfortable subject, but there seems to be a concern these days over parents who “do too much.” The problem of “learned helplessness” has reared its head lately, as children struggle to be independent after having everything done for them. Are you over-parenting? Are you doing too much for your child? How can you tell?

First of all, be easy on yourself. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty or condemned. Just take a look at your parenting and check out these tips, and make adjustments where you see fit.  And of course, above all, keep safety as the first consideration.

over-parenting Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Family.

What You Can Learn From a Family Reunion

Do you know much about the history of your family? If you’ve done any genealogical research, you may know quite a bit. Have you passed that along to your children? Family reunions are often held in the summer. If you’re going to one, take along some paper and a pen – you never know what you can learn from it.

As family members get older, their memories soon begin to fade. When your own family comes, you may be ready to learn something about your family history. Include your children in your discussions with older members of the family. They may have a different perspective of what’s important to learn than you have.

family-reunion Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Family.