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Helping your child navigate school

By Sandy McDaniel School is off and running – are your children keeping up? As a former elementary schoolteacher, I will tell you that it is critical that a child does not get lost in the beginning of the year. Attitude is half the battle! If a child gets discouraged, they will give up on…

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Food wars
Dealing with picky eaters

By Cara Johnson-Bader We’ve all been there. After a long day at work, you come home and cook dinner only to have your child refuse to eat anything on his plate and demand mac and cheese or chicken nuggets. You want your child to eat a well-balanced meal, but they simply refuse, and you feel…

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Gluten Free Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:3 c. Amazing Grace (or other) gluten free pastry flour1 c. Amazing Grace (or other) all purpose gluten free flour2 t. salt1¼ c. milk1 T. quick yeast4 T. sugar4 t. brown sugar2 T. orange juice1 egg and 1 egg white4 T. butter flavored Crisco1 t. vanilla4 T. plain potato flakesZest of 1 orange Directions:In a…

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Throw a party
Don’t spend a big bundle of cash

By Melanie Nelson Why is it that birthday parties always end up costing more time, energy and money than you planned? I think that sometimes, as moms, we get caught up in the “Pinterest-Perfect” mindset, meaning that everything has to look and be perfect in order for anyone to have fun. I, too, get caught…

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Summer fun
‘Messy play’ and its many benefits

By Macaile Hutt Summer is now here after what felt like an endless cold season, so I thought it would be fitting to share some fun and easy summer activities to get outside, promote messy play, and stimulate the sensory systems of our kiddos. It’s important to encourage messy play anytime we can to help…

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Top 5
Must-haves for your baby … and why

By Heidi Christianson There are many lists and must-have items for expecting parents, but how much of this baby gear do you really need for the first six months? Besides a safely installed car seat, diapers, and breast milk orformula, here are the top 5 must-haves for parents-to-be: Co-sleeper: Instead of a crib, which might…

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Life lessons?
What learning golf teaches youngsters

By Gaye Bunderson Golf can be much more than just a game. In Jake Vetsch’s view, golf can literally teach a person about life.Jake is an adult and youth golf instructor with Golf365 in Boise. He and co-instructor Phil Pollacia hold junior golf camps each spring through summer to help kids learn golf skills. But…

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