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Every parent of all girls or all boys has all kinds of ideas about why that particular arrangement is preferable to another. That’s just what we do. As the mother of three daughters, or a girl-maker as I have referred…

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Mosaic Art: Colorful, Seasonal Coasters

Use color and design to hallmark the seasons when you create a set of mosaic-style coasters. At vMFA, look for timeless inspiration in late-second or early-third-century fl ooring that once was part of a hallway in a Roman home. What…

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Clifford Gets an App for His 50th Birthday

SCHOLASTIC LAUNCHES ‘CLIFFORD’S BIG BIRTHDAY APP’ IN CELEBRATION OF CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY   New York – September 19, 2012 –Kids love birthdays – and no birthday is bigger than Clifford’s! Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s…

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Boom! Boom! Boom!

Afraid not, just the sound of kids jumping off the bed in the room above me, reveling in the freedom that is summer break. It is the eleventh hour, not even a day before the July issue goes to print,…

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Every Day is Splendid

  Inspired by a collection that explores the amazingly rich visual culture of India’s last royal families, transform an everyday item into a splendid object, symbolic of power and untold wealth.   What you need: Serving-size forks and spoons (buy…

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Nonprofits Go Tree-to-Tree

Once upon a Christmas time, thousands of people drove into the heart of Richmond to visit the downtown Miller & Rhoads department store. Some said its window displays rivaled those of Macy’s in New York City. Many a youngster had…

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Going Organic

At the grocery store I overheard snippets of a couple’s conversation. “Are you saying we always buy organic no matter what?” the man asked. “Yes, always,” the woman replied, examining a head of broccoli. Their Nascar-inspired shopping cart carried two…

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Mompreneurs…

Have you ever been out with a group of friends for coffee or cocktails and one of them came up with a great idea for a business, a service, or even a product? I have, many times. But did those…

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A Story of Good Will

Ah, December. The month when fall rounds the corner, stubs its toe on a discarded turkey bone, and careens towards winter. The month when autumn’s fiery foliage dims to dull brown husks collecting on our lawns and in our gutters.…

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Going Gluten-Free

If you saw a woman standing in the grocery store about five years ago, squinting at labels and muttering to herself, that may have been Midlothian mom Laura Duke. “I was reading the labels and going, ‘Are you kidding me?…

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