DIY Play Dough

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Ever wonder what the ingredients are in store-bought play dough? Ever wonder if you could make it yourself and save some money, and have a more natural version for your children to play with?

If you’d like to avoid the surfactants, lubricants, fragrances, and preservatives that are in store-bought play dough, and you want to have some fun making it yourself, AND save money at the same time – this is the DIY project for you. Plus, it’s way more fun to make it yourself – for you and your kids!

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Your Vitamins: Explained

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sure, we’ve all heard that anecdote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but have we considered its relevance when it comes to our vitamins? Often we can prevent common sickness by starting a daily vitamin regimen rather than spending hundreds of dollars on doctor visits and prescriptions for what began as a common cold.

Even if you do take your vitamins faithfully like your mother always told you, you may not know why they are important or what they are truly doing for your well-being. Here we have broken down the ingredients of your vitamin bottles into facts that are easier to swallow.


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10 Best Fitness Apps


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To begin each workout, you choose from strength training or yoga stretching workouts. My favorite part about this app is that you pick a workout based on how much time you have to exercise. Then, anything from a quick 5 minute workout to an intense 60 minute session begins.

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Shupeas-Baby’s First Shoes

Baby items can get expensive! What’s worse is that some items are used for such a short period time before our child grows out of it. Shupeas has come up with a solution to this problem. Shoes that are expandable and adjustable! They are marketed as the most versatile shoe on the planet, and I think there is definitely truth behind that. Shupeas are designed to fit most adorably, chunky baby feet from birth- 24 months.

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How To Wear: Emerald

You have likely heard by now that the color experts at Pantone have chosen Emerald as the color of the year for 2013. They announced it this way: “PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.” We have traded in our Tangerine Tango vibrance for cool, calm and collected green jewel-toned brilliance. We hope the luck of the Irish is upon us and that 2013 will be filled with health, wealth and happiness.

Here are our 7 tips for incorporating Emerald into your wardrobe this year.

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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 Clean Your Jewelry Naturally & Save Money

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Cleaning your silver jewelry can be time consuming and expensive. Top of the line jewelry cleaning solutions can cost over $20 a bottle, and are filled with unnecessary toxic chemicals. If you want to clean your silver with all natural ingredients found in your kitchen pantry and save money on expensive cleaners, look no further! The following is a simple and quick process that will have your silver shining once again and keep your wallet full.

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Luxuriously Healthy Beauty Products

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When taking care of our health, we often think of what we eat. What about what we put on our skin? Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and chemicals can permeate the skin layers and absorb right into our bloodstream. Thought should be given to the products we use on our skin because our skin literally drinks them right up! 

Mainstream products such as lotion, deodorant and perfume typically contain a handful of controversial ingredients. In moderation they may not be proven harmful but what about using them every day, throughout your lifetime? Natural, healthy alternatives exist! We love Lavanila for it’s healthy ingredients and luxurious scents. You’ll fall in love, too!

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Family Photo Outfits for Under $200

 

It’s easy to fall into the matching outfit slump when dressing up for your family photos. We have all seen it, or maybe even done it. All white shirts, all khaki pants. All wearing shades of blue, no patterns. You don’t have to be scared to inject a bit of personality, color and pattern into your outfits and you do not have to match!

You also do not have to spend a ton of money to create a great family look! Going through your closets and pulling out some of your favorite outfits and laying them out together is a great way to start. If you find that you need to get some new things in order to coordinate better for a photo that pops, here are a few ideas to get you started!

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