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8 Ways to Keep it Healthy

Sugar is a double-edged sword of childhood. It brings so much pleasure to our little ones. Their sweet, angelic faces light up at the prospect of an ice cream cone or cupcake, and then the devil inside them emerges as…

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Thinking About Dog Ownership

Thinking about adding a four-legged canine family member to your household? Whether you are a family of one or six, having a furry addition just seems to make a house a home. The new dog could join Dad on his…

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8 Ways to Get Kids Reading

When I was a girl, I read until my eyes hurt. I was an undisputed bookworm, skipping playground activities to read my way through recess. I’m still that girl. I lose track of time; the laundry sits; dinner is late;…

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7 Precious Moments

My older daughter was toiling over an English assignment last year. It was an essay titled “Precious Moments.” Why, I wonder, is she having trouble coming up with a few hundred words on precious moments? Haven’t we, as parents, provided…

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Two-Wheeling Success

I’ll never forget the day I learned how to ride a two-wheeler. When I looked over my shoulder – just for a second until I felt my handlebars start to wobble – and saw the look of pride on my…

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Why Shop the Local Farmer’s Markets?

  If you grew up in these parts, chances are you come from farming roots. Many of us Richmonders can remember our grandparents (or even greatgrandparents) growing vegetables and serving them at family dinners Personally speaking, a shiny, ripe, red,…

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4 Ways to Save for Higher Ed

When preparing to write this article, an old joke came to mind that goes something like this: Question: Why did God make teenagers? Answer: So you don’t miss them when they go to college. Ten years ago, when both of…

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Play Date Fun!

If you have a toddler or preschooler, chances are good you’ve been in on a play date recently. As a work-from-home mom, I look forward to play dates in which my son and I can both participate. They provide a…

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7 Tips for Making a Grand Connection

What a difference a generation makes in the expectations and realities of grand-parenting. When my brother and I were growing up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, our maternal grandparents took care of us often because we lived on farms only eight…

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Four Facts of Life and Death

It’s January, and if you’re anything like me, you’re hitting the gym instead of the holiday party circuit (that was so December). And, you’re contemplating making a New Year’s resolution or two, which means it’s time to reassess self, finances,…

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