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Teaching Kids Calm in Emergencies

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Having worked in hospitals and medical settings as well as an EMT, I’m familiar with professional response to emergencies, in the controlled medical environment and on the scene of an incident. As a father with experience in the healthcare setting, I feel strongly about educating my kids to respond properly to emergencies. Believe me, we’ve […]

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10 Best Leaf Peeping Spots

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Of the most stunning fall seasons I’ve experienced, my two years in northern Utah and southern Idaho are tops. The rich and brilliant color changes on the leaves, in the air, and on the ground were magical, whether walking, biking, or driving through them. Today’s post covers 10 “leaf peeping” spots. The word peeping made […]

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VIDEO: Blooming Apples?

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Sure, sure. We’ve all heard of blooming onions. BUT… Today’s gift to you is a video of how to make a “blooming apple” and it’s à la mode. I’m looking to make these with my older daughter Emma, but I was inspired to buy a white ceramic knife, like in the video. As Emma says, […]

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RECIPE: Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

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If you love red apples and chocolate, then today’s post is just for you. Drizzling caramel onto the apples or adding walnuts is totally optional, although I highly endorse that option! Click on the image below to check out this delicious snack, ready to eat in about an hour…

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Tactics to Ease Taxpaying

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Tax issues are never fun unless, no, there is no exception. I can still recall an issue we had with identity theft TWICE and how that impacted our tax returns for three years. It took just around two years for the IRS to pay us returns owed to us for one year. It was less […]

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Jenga Variation for Family Night

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We’ve played quite a bit of Jenga, but haven’t had a chance to play the version where you use 2x4s as the blocks. Today’s post features a twist on the game, literally. But, be sure to not throw your back out like I did on a recent game of Twister! Click on the image below […]

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Pet Prep Tips

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Living in Houston, Texas and having just dealt with my first hurricane (Harvey), I was surprised to witness the direct impact on pets in addition to their owners. In one of the shelters I worked in, they emphasized that pets were 100% welcome to stay with owners. For the dogs and cats, they did require […]

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Childproof Your iPad

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Like every family with children and electronic tablets in their homes, we’ve had to be smart and disciplined about how those devices are used. This is why today’s post is of particular interest to us. In terms of control, it’s less about controlling the device and more about teaching these young humans principles of self-guidance […]

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Garden Shed Fantasies

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From a kid, I always dreamed of having a get away shed, barn, or structure on the same property as my house. One of these days, I’ll make that happen. Meanwhile, let these pictures suffice and take the place of my dream structure. Click on the shed image below to check out some pretty awesome […]

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Grow Container Fruit, Step-by-Step

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Waaaaaayyyyy back in the day, I was co-creator of a fruit-juice recipe that was picked up by some major fast-food chains. We offered two flavors, one of them being mango. It was delicious. I have my doubts about growing mangoes here in Texas, mainly because I don’t have the patience to wait for a mango […]

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