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We all search for shortcuts that will help us get out the door and put together faster in the morning. With just a few changes to your morning and night routine, you can be ready sooner and out of the house faster. Get Ready the Night Before Doing as much as you can the night before lets you spend less time thinking when you are groggy in the morning. Make a Task List Make a list of everything that you have to accomplish for the next day so you won’t forget anything when you’re half asleep in the morning. Meal…

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Dance studios are a lucrative business, and most parents have a lot of options to choose from when picking a studio for a child who’s developed an interest in the performance arts. It can be overwhelming, but your child deserves an environment that will provide them with the best opportunities within your means. Before you decide on a dance studio in which to enroll your child, consider these lessons, and let them be a barometer for the selection process. Hone in on Your Child’s Interests There are a number of different styles available and different schools offer varying courses and…

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Starting a new semester at school can be stressful for your child. Meeting new kids in all new classes can create anxiety for many. Their curriculum becomes more difficult as their grade level increases too. Putting all these together can make your child feel uneasy about starting the new school year. Fortunately, there are measures you can take as a parent to help transition your child into starting the new school year. Here are some tips that you can follow to ease your child’s anxiety about going back to school this fall. Preparing for Their School Schedule One of the…

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Selecting activities to keep your kids busy and happy during the fall season is important. Here are some ideas fun activities you can sign your kids up for or do together. Music Lessons Music lessons will not only keep your child busy but will help them learn a new instrument or practice their vocals. Music lessons in any form help boost self-confidence while sharpening their math skills. There are private lessons that are personalized and can be done from the privacy of your home. Art Lessons Drawing is one of the most critical activities for kids that is often taken…

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Public libraries are an important part of the social fabric of our society. They make you feel welcome and provide resources for all. There are multiple reasons why public libraries matter. Educational Resources & Programs Public libraries offer free educational resources. These resources include access to various books and advanced training programs. You can depend on these learning institutions to help find the answers to your questions. Libraries also offer seniors and young adults access to age-specific resources. Patrons are also able to use resources to find employment opportunities, view benefits, research educational opportunities and perform necessary training. Many libraries…

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Dad’s special day is coming up soon. Instead of buying him another tie or a new wallet, maybe you spend some time with him doing something special. There are plenty of ways to spend a fun day with your dad for Father’s Day. Here are some suggestions that will help to make the day special. Family Picnic A picnic or barbecue is a wonderful way to gather all of the loved ones together to celebrate your dad and all he means to your family. Consider renting out covered picnic shelters at your local park for the family gathering. The children…

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Animal crackers were developed in England in the 19th century and first produced in the United States by a Pennsylvania bakery in 1871. These iconic cookies grew in popularity, and today, dozens of varieties are enjoyed. While these nostalgic favorites are fun to eat right out of the box, it’s even better to find new ways to share them with family and friends. Try these top ten wild ideas for using animal crackers to make fun and delicious desserts and snacks. 1. Build your own snack mix. Kids love to customize their own snack packs. Set out a buffet of…

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Spending quality time with the family doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these wallet-friendly winter activities that the entire family can enjoy. Play in the snow There are a couple of ways you can plan a week’s family vacation to the snowy mountains or your local ski resort on a budget. See if any of your friends or family members will lend you their place in exchange for a service or favor. Do some research about local ski resorts, bed & breakfasts, cabins or hotels that might offer you a family discount during an off-season. A good time…

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A great way to get into the holiday spirit is finding activities to do that everyone is able to enjoy. There are many holiday games & activities that your entire family can partake in together that have a holiday theme. Here are several ideas that can bring happiness to everyone’s holidays this season. Have Fun with Food Something as simple as making a garland decoration for the Christmas tree out of popcorn can provide your family a night’s worth of entertainment. Baking batches of cookies with colors and shapes that represent Christmas or even New Year’s not only supplies entertainment;…

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The holidays can be a source of great stress for families. Many people have unrealistic expectations of how things need to occur. Before you start banging your head against the wall trying to make everything just right, consider new ways to celebrate. The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. Setting realistic expectations can help to make the coming holidays more enjoyable. Let Go of the “Should” If you find yourself stressing about all of things that you should be doing this year, just let it go. Celebrating is not about what everyone else is doing, but about…

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