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  1. Chad Bradley, the owner of Glass Guru of Macedonia, sprays a drying agent between panes of a thermal-pane window as part of a process to remove moisture from a thermal window. MCT

    Foggy windows can be cleared or replaced

    Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  2. Spring is a popular time to do some interior painting. Getty Images

    Interior painting — picking color and finish

    In the spring, many a homeowner's fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly and cheaply? That doesn't mean interior painting is a breeze.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  3. Ace Allgood, a Minneapolis superfan, has been collecting G.I. Joe memorabilia for as long as he can remember. MCT

    No ordinary Joe: Fans go wild for G.I. Joe

    As a veteran of countless military campaigns and death-defying adventures, G.I. Joe has seen it all.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Figuring out what to discard and being able to actually toss stuff is crucial to an ordered, happy life, experts say. Getty Images

    For many people, gathering possessions is just the stuff of life

    We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don't use them for automobiles.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: The lesson of paying it forward

    It’s good to see the lessons learned paying off.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. A puppy rests by a gate that prevents her from entering a formal dining room where there are fragile items and furniture with sentimental value. Experts advise puppy-owners to gate off rooms where they don't want their puppy to roam. AP

    Puppy-proofing? Protect your dog and your home

    We bought food bowls, borrowed a crate and dusted off baby gates. But soon after we adopted our 13-week-old puppy, we discovered the house really wasn't ready.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  6. Moms are showing off their postpartum tummies and stretch marks in the Beauty Revealed Project. Getty Images

    Real mothers with real postpartum bodies hoping to change the image of feminine beauty

    The beautifully photographed black-and-white photo making the rounds on Facebook was evocative — five laughing women standing close together, their hands on each other's shoulders, their faces turned jubilantly toward the camera, wearing only their underw

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: Leggings work way into headlines

    We have been having ongoing conversations about leggings in our house since fall.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Post-Crescent Media's Scholars of the Week: Iola-Scandinavia

    The P-C’s Scholars of the Week are selected by public and private high schools in the newspaper’s circulation area. We’re keeping a list of this year’s Post-Crescent Scholars

    • Apr. 20, 2014
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    Try one of these great planting and gardening methods this season to get the most of your new raised-bed garden. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    The Family Garden: The raised bed is ready to go; now how should I plant?

    If you have spent the time and energy to design and create a raised bed in your garden, be equally as creative with how you plant it. There are so many options available to gardeners that go beyond rows of identical crops. Explore some of these this year with your family and try growing backyard crops a whole new way.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Community gardens are about much more than simply growing food. Communities are enriched, and families are helping families. Submitted

    Local community gardens offer something much deeper than flowers and vegetables

    When most people think of a community garden, they think of simply a place where they can go to rent a small plot of land, plant some food and have a bit of private garden space where they can work the land and nurture their favorite plants and crops for

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay: Putting it all on the line with PACER gym test

    We had to run the mile for gym when I was in school; now they run the PACER as a way to score students' endurance and aerobic capabilities.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: Easter baskets will, eventually, come together

    I’m usually so much better than this, but I’m scrambling this week to find stuff to fill the kids’ Easter baskets.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. Decorative and useful trays can be appropriate in any room of the house. Getty Images

    Style at home: 5 terrific ways to use trays

    If you went on a scavenger hunt for a tray in my home, you'd find one in every single room.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  8. Have kids who have a difficult time remembering their chores? Let them know they don't get to have fun or do things they enjoy until their chores are done. Getty Images

    You forgot to do your chores? Again? Really?

    If you have kids and your kids have chores, chances are you are constantly reminding them to do them, even if it's something they've done three times a week for the last six months.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  9. Sharing is not a natural response for a toddler, the concept must be taught. Getty Images

    5 tips to teach toddlers to share

    As babies grow into toddlerhood, they pass through many developmental milestones. Learning to share is one of them.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  10. Hit the farmers market or head to the grocery store and stock up on all things that have one ingredient. Post-Crescent Media

    Invest a week in a healthier you

    Healthy people are annoying, right? They wear yoga pants everywhere and talk about chia seeds and drink green juices and brag about their latest 5K. Ugh, sounds exhausting. But secretly, you want to be a healthy person, too. Where’s the healthy without the bragging option? It’s right here. And it takes only seven — maybe eight — days.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: Winter clothes can’t take much more

    I was so excited last week with the weather and then disappointed yesterday morning when I looked out the window and saw the snow.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  11. composition with five ears of cereals Getty Images/iStockphoto

    A look at gluten and celiac disease

    Why all the fuss about gluten?

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. Resistance training should have a place in your spring-training regimen. Getty Images

    5 ways to spring back into fitness

    Spring has officially sprung. This means bathing suits, beaches and pools are approaching on the horizon.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: North Carolina, here we come!

    What is it about a vacation that as soon as it is over, you are moving on and already looking to the next one?

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Post-Crescent Media's Scholars of the Week: Hilbert

    The P-C’s Scholars of the Week are selected by public and private high schools in the newspaper’s circulation area. We’re keeping a list of this year’s Post-Crescent Scholars

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Jerry Perron and his son, Kohen, 5, finish a carpet runner at their Neenah home. Graham Washatka/For Post-Crescent Media

    Getting kids involved in projects around the house provides lifelong skills while building relationships

    Jerry Perron of Neenah remembers working in the tool shed with his father, rebuilding a car when he was in high school, changing the oil on the car and doing home improvement projects around the house.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Raised beds are optimal for growing vegetables and fruits because the soil is generally looser, well drained and easier to amend. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    The Family Garden: Gardening in raised beds offers many options

    This week, in part three of my four-part series on raised bed gardening, I'll show you some great ways to take advantage of your new raised bed and options available for growing.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay: Letting a bit of 'Happy' out

    The same song that jump-starts Michelle Obama's exercise routine is the same one Lucas uses to start his day.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  13. Okideoke (B. Toys) looks like a microphone but it's more of a mini karaoke machine. There are only a few buttons, each of which is large enough (and far enough from the others) to be easily operated by a toddler. MCT

    Parents at play: I want to grow up. Now

    Children learn a lot about the world by imitating us — and by 'us,' we mean anyone who's even a little older than they are.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: Kohl’s Cares collection highlights ‘Rio 2'

    Kohl’s Cares is back with a new round of cool merchandise, and this time the focus of the collection is on the movie, “Rio 2,” which opens Friday nationwide.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay for Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014. Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Family entertainment: On the calendar

    HEAD OUT

    • Mar. 24, 2014

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