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Pets Part of One Big Happy Family

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:24
Karen Palmer is an educator and dog lover at Balanced Canine Training in West Michigan, and she says it’s her job to help people learn what to expect from their pets and build a relationship on mutual trust and respect. We asked Karen to give us a tip or two on dog training and making pets a part of one big, happy family–with boundaries. Is it common for people to treat pets like a part of their family? It is VERY common for people to treat their pets as if they are a part of their family. This can be… Read more...
Set aside that Diaper Genie and try something our mothers can remember–cloth diapers. As alternative to disposables, these reusable and environmentally conscious diapers save space in your dumpster and in the landfills. gDiapers With a cotton outer pant and plastic-free, flushable liner, gDiapers are chlorine-free. Used inserts can be removed from the outer pant and flushed down the toilet like regular toilet paper. Kushies Flushable Biodegradable Diaper Liners Similar to gDiapers, these diaper liners are safe to flush. Liners are placed inside a cloth diaper and discarded after use. Mother Nature Diapers Try these TBT-free diapers that are made without… Read more...

Birds, Bees, and Fertility Doctors

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:35
So you've decided to start a family, and baby makes three–but sometimes, it's not as easy as that. Dr. William Dodds, M.D., is the founder of The Fertility Center in Grand Rapids. For more than twenty years, he and his staff of board certified fertility specialists have been working to grow families and bring life into homes all over West Michigan and across the state. The reason for patients to see Dodds or his colleagues may vary, but with experience and technology, The Fertility Center aims to accurately diagnose men and women who are having trouble conceiving. "The interesting thing… Read more...
Carin Vogelzang is a mom on the go. Between various athletic events, music lessons and more, dinner can become a pit stop at the kitchen table instead of sit down family time. But Carin won't sacrifice her family's health or time together. She has a secret recipe to feeding her flock cheap and healthy meals. "Don't even allow picking up fast food or pizza. Remove cash or credit cards from your wallet if you know that you are likely to stop at those places. Have everything ready to go in the morning and thawing so that when you get home… Read more...

Addressing Aging

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:43
When the time comes, talking about aging can be difficult for parents and children. Here's how to ease into the subject with your mom or dad. Use others as examples to discus similar situations. Referring to a friend or family member who is going through or experienced a like circumstance will help to bring the subject up indirectly. Reference an aunt whose doctor prescribed treatment options or a grandmother whose lawyer helped to complete legal documents, for example. Use this opportunity to explain to your parent how watching a family member experience those things taught you not to wait to… Read more...

Create Your Own Ecosystem

Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:09
A small-scale ecosystem can have a big effect on how your family sees the environment. Sunday is Earth Day. Create the self-containing ecosystem out of recycled materials, and see a little piece of the Earth evolve right before your eyes. Read more...

Springtime Resolution: Keep the Car Clean

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:49
The floor of your car is a crumb-dirt-McDonald's straw paradise, and oh! What's that! The flip flop that disappeared last Fourth of July! Before you start feeling affectionate for the dust bunnies living under your passenger seat, take one woman's advice–vacuum. Stephanie TeSlaa has a strong dislike for messes and the way they make her feel claustrophobic and disorganized, especially inside her car. With four kids, she has enough on her plate without having to carry in armfuls of stuff from her Suburban each day. So she's enforcing new rules for her family in hopes that the thorough cleaning she… Read more...
Egg hunts, and visits to see a giant bunny. Jelly beans before breakfest, and a ham as big as your head. What defines Easter for your family? This year, start a new, eco-friendly tradition. Try these crafts using recylced items to add a little Easter Bunny charm to your house this spring. Read more...

Rainy Day Fun: Make Your Own Flubber

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:38
In just three steps, you'll have an afternoon of family fun. Bounce it, stretch it, smash it, make it! Your kids will love this rainy day activity. Step one: Combine 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of Elmer's glue, and food coloring of your choice. Step two: In a separate bowl, combine 3 teaspoons of Borax and 1 cups of warm water. Step three: Mix ingredients from both bowls together. A blob of ingredients will combine together with stirring. This takes about three minutes. Squish the final product together in your hands. It will be wet at first… Read more...

Are Your Children in Good Hands?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:14
Children are like treasures, precious and vulnerable, and as parents, women want to protect their gems as much as possible. Make sure your children are in good hands when you leave them with a babysitter. Interview caretakers and introduce your children to them before you leave home. Parents looking for a babysitter are essentially bosses looking for a new employee. As such, require references and a resume from potential babysitters, and review it before you call them to watch your kids on a Friday night. Resumes will outline your babysitter’s education, and what experience the babysitter has with childcare and… Read more...

 

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