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How to Take Care of Your Skin This Summer

Although summer gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your tanned skin, it’s also a time when your skin can suffer if not properly protected. Sunburn, razor burn, dryness … there are plenty of things you might need to face as the temperature rises. That means it’s vital that you have your summer skincare…

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Tips to Store and Organize Your Family’s Summer Clothes for The Winter

Once the colder months have come, you will want to store and organize your family’s summer clothes for the winter. Taking the time to do this task properly will free up precious closet and drawer space that will be needed for sweaters, jackets, and all other warmer pieces. This is an excellent opportunity to go…

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Back to School Organization

Soon our homes will be filled with the sounds of “Mom, where is my homework?” As moms everywhere get geared up to battle the Back to School stress and vow once again to be more organized This year, let me offer some preventative medicine and time saving tips. (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)

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Roasted Eggplant Spread

Eggplant is a beautiful deep purple vegetable that many people might find intimidating. This recipe displays the ease of preparing this hearty and nutritious vegetable. Eggplant is loaded with water and fiber which makes it a satisfying alternative to animal-based meal options. Use this spread on a sandwich in place of sliced deli meat or…

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Back To School on a Budget: Systems (Not Supplies) That Make The Grade

Back-to-school season is the second most profitable time of year for retailers (after Christmas, of course). Advertisements, “special deals,” and in-store displays are designed to lure you off course, tempt you to spend more money and specifically prey on your desire to “finally get organized!” (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)

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Glazed Chicken and Swiss Chard Roll Ups

This recipe is a fun way to marry chicken and Swiss chard. Fill and roll the chicken cutlets with a flavorful blend of vegetables and load your plate with fiber, vitamins A, C and E, potassium and calcium. The delicious honey mustard glaze complements the earthy flavor of Swiss chard. Bed the chicken roll ups…

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Direct Answers – Go Fish

I am a divorced woman, 41, with a teenage daughter and a grown son. For a year and a half I have been dating a divorced man with two teenage sons. He has still not been able to tell me he loves me. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)

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On My Walk: Echinachea (Purple Coneflower)

On my walk I discovered the native North American Purple Cone Flower otherwise known as Echinachea spp. It’s also known by many other names such as Black Sampson, Black Susan, Hedgehog, Indian head, Rock-up-hat to name a few. I love seeing it grow in the wild as it looks beautiful amongst the other local wildflowers,…

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August in The Flower Garden

August in the flower garden can be a bit of a challenge. Summer is well under way and many herbaceous plants have reached their optimum flowering peak. You could be forgiven for thinking that this month is a month of tidying up. However, with a bit of forward planning and some gentle encouragement you can…

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August in The Vegetable Garden

August and the summer is in full swing. By now you should be harvesting many of the fruit and vegetables you have worked hard to grow throughout the season and enjoying the unique taste of fresh salad crops, potatoes, tomatoes, peas and beans homegrown. However, in-between enjoying the fruits of your labour there is still…

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Direct Answers – A Father’s Words

I just read your recent column about everyone wanting to hear a reason, a “because.” It was fascinating. I find myself questioning if this further explains one of my late father’s teaching-moment stories. It goes like this. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)

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Mixed Greens with Blueberries and Feta

This salad boasts savory and sweet ingredients to make it a favorite all around the table. Blueberries, currently in season, can be swapped out for other antioxidant and fiber-rich fresh fruit as it comes in season like cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Top salad with salmon or roasted poultry for a complete dinner. Print Mixed Greens…

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Honey Bees Love Sunflowers

This year we planted several different varieties of sunflowers. The colors were just amazing, from an almost neon yellow to a deep autumn red. One thing they all had in common though, was the bees loved them. Earlier in the season the spring flowers didn’t seem to be attracting them and we thought maybe the…

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Direct Answers – Selfish Pleasures

I’m writing in hopes of finding a solution to my misery. I’ve known this guy eight years. We clicked and became great friends. Through those years he had three girlfriends. The last one left our second year in university. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)

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Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit

A small flock of chickens can become a great living compost pile. And with new understandings of the superiority of grass-fed organic animal products, including higher Omega-3 fatty acids coming from the eggs of such animals, free-range chickens are showing up again on organic small farms, backyard mini-farms, and even urban lots. (Visited 58 times,…