5 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy and Your House Clean This School Year

(BPT) – While you and your family have enjoyed relaxing vacations and amazing weather these last few months, it’s time to prepare for the hustle and bustle of another school year.

A new school year also means your family’s mornings will return to that more familiar, hectic pace. Keeping your kids healthy allows them take full advantage of the opportunities they will encounter, such as the first day of school, the first slumber party – even the first soccer tournament or piano recital.

So how do you ward off illness? You can’t control what your child is exposed to at school or away from home, but you can control your home’s cleanliness. Keep your house clean and improve your children’s chances of staying healthy with these easy tips.

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Season-Extending Gardening Tips for Fall

(BPT) – Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

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The Tween Years: How to Survive as a Parent

(BPT) – There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

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A Well-Stocked Pantry

(Family Features) When it comes to mealtime, a well-stocked pantry can be the difference between culinary success and a dinner dud. Too often we contemplate what to make for dinner, only to realize that we don’t have the right ingredients on hand or the food in the fridge has spoiled. But with a pantry full of canned foods, a delicious and easy, homemade meal is just minutes away.

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Ten Tips to Save Money Inside Your Home

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, savvy approaches to running your home can save you money according to house smart experts.

These simple tips from Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination, and sister site, ForRent.com, won’t take much time or effort to execute.

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Back to School Bites

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.

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Classroom Success Begins with Breakfast

(Family Features) Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it’s easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.

Nutritious dairy foods give kids an essential boost

Fruit Salsa Yogurt Parfait
Fruity Splash Smoothie

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Friday Round-Up

I thought I would try a different kind of post today.  This is a “round-up” of some things I found interesting around the web.  Here is what’s included:

  • Sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese recipe
  • Your Worth is Beyond Measure article from Holley Gerth
  • Free Victorian journal cards
  • God sees everything – coming boldly to Him
  • Why do Teenagers Rebel?  Thoughts from a 19-year-old who DIDN’T
  • 5 Minutes to Make a Difference

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Bible Verse Posters – More Free Printables

I have been taking a “brain break,” and doing what I consider fun, which is playing with graphics.  I have had these posters sitting on my computer for a while, and there’s no sense in that.  They are based on the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and Matthew 10:29-30.  The graphics are all by Trina Clark, and the fonts are Picmonkey.  The cute star frames were created by http://aturntolearn.blogspot.com.

They are for your personal use only.  Click on each image to enlarge, right click and “save as image.”  Thank you, and I hope you enjoy them!

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A Couple of Freebies

I made a couple of card fronts today for anyone who wishes to have them.  There is a get well card and a happy birthday card.  The graphics are by Trina Clark and the fonts are by Picmonkey.  They are for personal use only.  Just click on each image to get full size.  Then right click and “save image as.”  They would be best printed on cardstock or heavy paper.  Write your personal message on the back.  Thank you!


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7 Day Declutter and Organize

I’ve been on a mission to declutter my house, and I like the ideas on this website! I’m such a “list” oriented person, I may even write down the 10 things I get rid of every day, just so I’ll have a visual of my progress.

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The Bride’s First Luncheon – 1905

I thought this was so pretty! (It seems to be taking a few seconds to load.)

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Family-Friendly Carpet and Tile that Work for Your Home

(StatePoint) Your home’s flooring matters. Not only can it affect property value, but it’s also a fundamental element of design and style. With so many choices available, it can be difficult choosing what’s right for your family and home.

Here are some guidelines that can help you make smart decisions that meet your budget and lifestyle.

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Strawberry and Watermelon Salad

(Family Features) Summer is peak strawberry season and the perfect time to enjoy one of America’s favorite fruits.

While available year-round, California strawberries are most plentiful from May through August with the state producing nearly 90 percent of strawberries grown in the entire country. Not only are strawberries delicious, these pretty red gems also offer many health benefits. In fact, eating just eight medium size strawberries a day may improve heart and brain health, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Bring home the sweetness of California strawberries

Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

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National Day of Prayer Sermon by Anne Graham Lotz

This is a wake-up call to all of us!  Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, gave this address for the 2014 National Day of Prayer.

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