A Twist on a Family Recipe to Fuel Your Fancy

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Do you have favorite recipes from your childhood that you haven’t been able to recreate on your own? We all have meals and treats that we loved as a child that we crave every now and then. Growing up in Russia, my mom and my grandmother made me fresh cheese pancakes. Cheese pancakes are a Russian recipe, and they are so delicious. I have wanted to make them for my daughter for a long time, but the main ingredient, a fresh white cheese called quark, is so hard to find. I haven’t found it in stores near us, so I haven’t been able to make these pancakes. 

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Smokin’ The New Season of Grilling

If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.

He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is! 

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10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has a constant place in our households and on our tables. It is used in household cleaners for that fresh, clean smell and its cleaning power. It’s found in our water glasses at restaurants. It’s found in recipes for food and drink. Lemon is an all purpose great fruit to have around, but we are learning the extra punch that Lemon Essential Oil can provide!

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Best Snacks for Your Summer Fun

Summer means you are on the go. You might be splashing in the pool with your crazy kiddos or on vacation at a theme park. Wherever these sunny days lead you, you want to stay full and healthy. We’ve rounded up the absolute best in snacks for this season. Parents and kids will feel great snacking all summer long, and the best part is, all the choices here are designed to be eaten while you are out and about with zero to minimal preparation. Get moving this summer but snack healthy while you are doing so!

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How to Make a Birthday Balloon Wreath

What’s the first thing party guests see when attending the big bash? Your front door. Instead of having a boring entrance, create an affordable, fun, and easy-to-make showstopper worthy of oos and ahhs to help celebrate each of your family members’ birthdays all year round.

This birthday balloon wreath is easy even for the crafty-challenged. Just set up shop in front of your favorite television show and start tying. Read on for simple instructions on how to make this birthday wreath.

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.

She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy AppleIf you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply. 

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Pet Gear You Should Be Cleaning More Often Than You Are

Sometimes taking care of a pet can feel like just as much work as taking care of a child. And if you’re being completely honest, when you’re tossing all of your balls into the air and juggling work, marriage, children and housework on a daily basis, you might find yourself neglecting your pets’ needs more often than you’d like to admit. 

We get it; it’s hard to juggle it all. While some weeks, you find it difficult to conquer your family’s laundry and dishes on a daily basis, you probably aren’t even thinking about your pet’s items that haven’t been cleaned in… forever? But, your pet deserves the absolute best, and we know you agree. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most common pet gear and items that you should be cleaning regularly to ensure optimal health and comfort for your pet. And we’re taking it one step further and showing you how to clean them properly!

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Being a Dog Mama – Keeping My Pup Fit and Healthy

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Our family is one of health and fitness. I am a runner, a yogi, and an avid fitness lover. My husband is an active duty Marine, and fitness is in his daily regime. Frequently our family goes on runs, hikes, and bike rides together. I take my three daughters with me to workout groups and they sit in the jogging stroller on long runs. We love to be active and healthy, and our dog Pendleton is no exception to this. 

When my husband and I first adopted Pendleton we would take her to the dog park or the dog beach almost every weekend. I would come home during my lunch break during the week and take her on a long walk around the neighborhood or let her play in the field behind our apartment complex. As Pendleton got older and our family grew, our outings became less frequent but her love for the outdoors never ceased. But we stopped taking her on our long adventures out because she would become visibly weary, and we didn’t want to exhaust her. This continued for years until recently when we made the switch to Iams quality dog food.

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Being a Dog Mama- The Coolest Dog on the Block

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The first time we met Pendleton we could tell she was a people person. In the meeting corral at the ASPCA, she stuck to the handler like a loyal friend, crawling into his lap for belly rubs. It didn’t take long after we got her home and settled for her to react the same way with us. Even now, almost 8 years later, she still will crawl into our laps whenever we are sitting on the floor as if she is a small shitzu instead of the 40 lb. German Shepard and Sharpei mix she is. 

Pendleton behaves the same way whenever guests come into our home. She greets unfamiliar faces (and familiar ones) as if they are the greatest things to walk this earth. She will sit down next to them, waiting to be pet. She will lay down at their feet, and follow them into every room. I tease that we “obviously ignore her” because she always seeks so much attention from those she doesn’t even know! She is the same way with those in our neighborhood. She will run up to neighbors as we walk by and she is well-loved by the neighborhood kids for her sweet nature. However, her favorite friends are the neighborhood dogs. Every person in our cul-de-sac has at least one dog, and most have two. If the families are outside we will often let the dogs play together in front of someone’s house. They run, they chase, they tumble. The past few months, however, my husband and I have noticed that Pendleton hasn’t been able to keep up as well as she used to. At first we thought it was her increasing age, but after we made the switch to Iams quality dog food we noticed a marked difference in her energy levels. 

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4 Reasons You Should Have Milk Delivered

There was a day and age where the only way milk made it from the farm to the kitchen table was because your friendly milk man dropped it off in a petite metal bin each morning. In today’s world, milk delivery is often more a luxury than a necessity, but for a busy household you’d be surprised how much you can gain from starting your day with fresh milk delivered directly to your door. 

Today we’ll discover 4 great reasons why you should have your milk delivered!

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Being A Dog Mama – My First Baby is Furry

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Growing up, our family always had a dog. We had two family dogs, Lupo and Scruff, and in college I took in my brother’s dog while he was deployed. As I ventured out on my own as a true adult, I never felt like I could give the time and attention that a pet deserved with my busy schedule. But then I met my husband, and things changed as I moved across the country to be with him. 

The move from my current home in Virginia to California was a huge one. I was going over there blind – I had just graduated college, I had no job, and we had no place to live. Once we were settled in our apartment, I started to get depressed – a disorder I have battled my entire life and that seems to creep up during times of stress. We had lived in California for almost three months and I couldn’t find a job as a teacher. My husband was gone all day (and sometimes all week) for work and I often found myself just sitting around watching crappy reality TV. I was alone, with no friends and no family around. 

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How To Move Cross Country With Kids

While moving across the country as a family unit may not be at the top of anyone’s “most fun things” list, sometimes it is mandatory, due to job relocation, changing family obligations, or military reassignment. We don’t guarantee that your move will be completely seamless, but with the following tips and tricks, it can at least take some of the burden off your plate.

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Taking Control of Your Home Energy

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Energy bills can really be a bummer on your budget. Wasting energy is also incredibly bad for our environment. While you could reduce your energy consumption and energy bills by going off the grid, that’s probably not going to work for most people. Fear not, we have some great tips for taking control of your home energy. 

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Natural Disasters

We all want to keep our families safe and we do our best to prepare for whatever comes our way. Even though meteorologists work hard to predict natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, these storms often strike in unexpected ways, leaving everyone in their wake wanting for basic needs until things can be cleaned up and help can arrive. With some thoughtful preparation, your family can remain safe and taken care of no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Here are 10 ways to prepare your family for natural disasters.

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