DIY: Fireplace Mantle

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 If you find yourself in a home that doesn’t have a mantle shelf over your fireplace, you may feel like you’re out of luck. However, building one yourself that you love may be the perfect (not to mention frugal) solution to the problem. The reason for building this mantle instead of buying an off-the-shelf one is that this mantle can be customized to an odd fireplace set up like this one. For that reason, the measurements of the materials should be customized for each installation. Also, this mantle was built with pine, but of course, a more expensive hard wood like oak or maple could be used as well. That will easily triple the cost, though. Don’t use poplar, unless you plan on painting it.

Hand this list over to your husband or try building one yourself.

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One Simple Step That Can Keep Your Child Healthy

 

One Simple Step That Can Keep Your Child Healthy

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You wouldn’t let your baby crawl on the floor of a public restroom or through the oil splattered parking lot of the auto body shop. You wouldn’t let him roll around in a freshly fertilized landscape or retrieve his fallen pacifier from the grounds of a busy dog park. You wouldn’t expose your baby to these places because you know that vast majority of germs and bacteria live in them.

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Toddler Eating: “Hidden Veggie” Meatloaf

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Toddlers (and sometimes even husbands!) are a finicky bunch, and getting them to eat their veggies is oftentimes a struggle. If paired with the right ingredients, many vegetables will start to “take on” the taste of the surrounding food, hiding their taste, and making their presence unknown to people who are not in the food preparation loop.

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What Teachers Want Your Child to Know Before Kindergarten

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 You may be wondering where the time has gone and how it is possible that your sweet baby is going to be attending school soon.

Does he know everything he needs to know before that emotional first day? Have you properly prepared her for the things she will encounter when she walks through that door? You may even be worried about how you will make it through that first day! Luckily, Daily Mom has done your homework for you. We have collected insight from kindergarten teachers of public, private and Montessori schools from across the country about what your child will be expected to know. Here is a list of concepts and skills that your child needs to grasp before beginning kindergarten.

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How To Find Beauty In Daily Life

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It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of this fast-paced, ever-changing world; especially while trying to balance work and family life. In a day and age where technology has taken over human interaction, it is no wonder many have forgotten the cliche, yet poignant advice: Take time to stop and smell the roses. The following is a list of ten things you can do to rediscover the world around you and find beauty in daily life.

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How To Organize A Small Closet

Many of us have at least one small closet in our house and they can seem like a complete mess or waste of space. The following are a few changes you should think about making if you’re looking to maximize this space, and make it a little more aesthetically pleasing in the process.

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Why You Should Use Cast Iron Cookware

Benefits

It’s nonstick! That means perfect eggs every time you cook!

Cast iron cookware is less expensive than stainless steel pots and pans and you can often find it used if you’re willing to look. Also, not only are you going to spend less money on it, cast iron is a smart investment since it has the ability to last for generations.

From a health perspective switching to cast iron rids your kitchen of PTFE, the chemical found in Teflon. Added bonus: cast iron cookware will naturally add iron to your diet! Many of us are deficient and this is an easy way to up your daily intake.

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