5 naturally soothing scents
5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.

Ways you can beat household odors
Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?"

Get your kids cooking with you
Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.

7 ways to banish the winter blues!
7 ways to banish the winter blues!

It's not uncommon to catch a case of the blues during the winter months. Rather than letting your low mood settle in for the season, usher in some winter bliss!

Pet-proof your home for holiday safety
Pet-proof your home for holiday safety

Owning a cat or dog is a joy, but like with most joyful things in life, taking care of them requires a bit of sacrifice. With the holidays fast approaching, you want to keep your pets in mind as you begin creating a festive atmosphere.

Christmas dinners from around the world
Christmas dinners from around the world

While Santa is busy speeding around the globe in his sleigh, millions of families will gather around the table and feast on delicious Christmas dinners.

 

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays
Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.

Throw a holiday party for $99 or less
Throw a holiday party for $99 or less

While your days may be merry and bright this season, they may also be expensive. Here's how to throw a party this season for under $99.

Top pet gifts from around the Web
Top pet gifts from around the Web

Be it hitting holiday sales or getting all of that shopping done online, there’s one family member you may be forgetting to buy for: Your furry friend.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions
Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready
Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays
Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.  

Cheat sheet for the perfect turkey
Cheat sheet for the perfect turkey

With the following turkey tips, you’ll serve up a perfectly juicy bird -- sure to impress for many holidays to come.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy
Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

Smart cat box ideas
Smart cat box ideas

You love your cat, but her smelly, messy litter box is the bane of your existence. Sure, you could always train our cat to use the toilet (it's possible, Google it!), but who has the time?

Sniffle-fighting snacks
Sniffle-fighting snacks

The leaves are changing, the mercury is dropping and the air is filling with the sound of sneezes and coughs. Stock up on the following foods so you can sidestep the sniffles this season.

Winter wear for dogs
Winter wear for dogs

Dogs may have fur, but that doesn't mean they never catch a chill. And that's a poor excuse for not dressing them up in the season's best doggy wear.

 

Family-friendly historical trips
Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.

Surviving a power outage with kids
Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.

How to raise cultured kids
How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

Fast and healthy fish recipes
Fast and healthy fish recipes

When it comes to superfoods, fish is at the top of the list.

The smart mom's kitchen
The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.

5 powerful herbs and spices for your pantry
5 powerful herbs and spices for your pantry

To start spicing up your life, make the following five your new pantry staples.

Is social media making your kids less smart?
Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?

7 laundry time savers
7 laundry time savers

A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.

3 easy canning recipes you need to try
3 easy canning recipes you need to try

Canning isn't difficult, and after a few sessions, you'll become a pro.

4 best train trips in America
4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.

 

10 best back-to-school shopping sites
10 best back-to-school shopping sites

Save time and reduce stress by buying back-to-school supplies and gear online.

Travel guide to best travel apps
Travel guide to best travel apps

In the movies, you can get lost in the Luxembourg Gardens and encounter your soul mate. In real life, your face will be buried in a map too long to ever see him. What you need is a travel guide.

5 foods you haven’t fried yet
5 foods you haven’t fried yet

Check out these five foods that have made fried strides, from the reasonably healthy-ish to the downright decadent.

Best beaches for families
Best beaches for families

Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone.

6 shortcuts for 6 summer recipes
6 shortcuts for 6 summer recipes

You don't want to be stuck in a steamy kitchen on a hot summer day. So how can you get dinner on the patio table faster?  

5 germ hot spots you aren't cleaning
5 germ hot spots you aren't cleaning

Here are five germ hot spots you're probably missing when you clean, and the most powerful tools to add to your cleaning arsenal today.

Cut back on housework: Your cleaning cheat-sheet
Cut back on housework: Your cleaning cheat-sheet

Seem like you never stop cleaning? Follow these tips to make short work of your housework.

Top 5 ways to never waste food again
Top 5 ways to never waste food again

Every year, much of the food we prepare ends up in the garbage. Make sure your family isn't throwing food -- and money -- away.

Secrets of family bonding
Secrets of family bonding

Does your family have quality bonding time? If not, here's some advice on how to make that happen.

 

Bring out your inner chef
Bring out your inner chef

Cooking dinner every night can be a pain, but if you do it how and when you want, it can be pure pleasure.  

The ideal 5-in-1 meal
The ideal 5-in-1 meal

Don't cook from scratch every weeknight! Short ribs make a great base for a week's worth of family-friendly meals. 

Getting a good night's sleep while traveling
Getting a good night's sleep while traveling

I always have trouble sleeping when I travel, and it makes it harder to enjoy my vacation. Any tips?

Super Bowl snacks that score big
Super Bowl snacks that score big

If you're sick of serving chili, chips and brownies, check out these winning new menu ideas.

4 boredom-busting winter projects for kids
4 boredom-busting winter projects for kids

A crafty mom blogger offers these fun and easy suggestions to keep kids busy during the indoor months.

5 easy no-bake desserts
5 easy no-bake desserts

Been cranking out sweets for weeks? Take a break with these decadent treats -- no baking required.

The perfect potluck
The perfect potluck

Want to entertain guests without the stress? If everyone brings something, it puts less pressure on you -- and your wallet. Just pick the right potluck theme for you.

5 stomach-soothing herbs and spices
5 stomach-soothing herbs and spices

There's a reason your mom gave you ginger ale for an upset tummy: ginger has stomach-soothing properties. But it's not the only culinary spice or herb with such powers.

6 simple home repair jobs you can do yourself
6 simple home repair jobs you can do yourself

Small fix-it projects can quickly add up to a big-time expense. Save money by handling the most basic home repair tasks yourself

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