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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Sasha Duerr dubs this color palette 'compost colors,' dyed using onion skins and avocado pits (from left), yellow onion skin and alum salts, yellow onion skin with no mordant, avocado pits and soda ash, avocado pits with no mordant and avocado pits and iron added. These colors were made with alum, iron and soda ash, with hues and shades that vary depending on mordants and modifiers that are used. AP

    For natural dyes, look to the yard or kitchen

    Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 BC.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  9. Couponing on an industrial scale is a common household money-saving strategy.

    Couponing secrets: Clip artists know when to buy a lot of something key to 'making money'

    Ever hear this piece of investment advice, 'You've got to spend money to make money'?

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: Loving the look of our new kitchen

    Our kitchen project is finally complete.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  10. Make good impressions with the quality of your Pinterest pins.

    So social: How to be better on Pinterest

    Pinterest is one of the hottest social media platforms out there, whether you're a publisher or just an enthusiast.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  11. The Rainbow Loom is creating child entrepreneurs.

    Rainbow Loom bracelet maker, 9, attracts worldwide attention

    She has 2.4 million views on her YouTube channel, a shout-out from Jimmy Kimmel and an app in her name. She's also just 9 years old.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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  12. Organize your cords by labeling each one. Getty Images

    Spring cleaning on the cheap: Dust off your organizing skills with these tips

    Spring cleaning is here — and experts nationwide say it doesn't have to cost a fortune to organize your home. In fact, it doesn't have to cost more than a few bucks and a little work.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  13. Like many housekeeping tasks, regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later on. 'It doesn't have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,' Better Homes & Gardens senior editor Amy Panos said. 'The easier you can make it on yourself, the more likely you are to do it.' AP

    Tips for keeping walls and woodwork clean

    Walls can get dirty before you know it — from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    Blake, 3, and Olivia Przybylski, 4, of Appleton play with their toy houses that were built by their great-grandfather, Tom Bertram, 85, of Grand Chute. Adam Wesley/Post-Crescent Media

    Built on love: Handmade dollhouses and barns a showcase of grandparents' family bond

    Jackie Bertram, 82, sends out 92 birthday cards a year. And that's just to the family she shares with husband Tom Bertram, 85.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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    Post-Crescent Media's Scholars of the Week: Freedom

    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. 4, 2014
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    Julie Gilkay: Texting postcards from Arizona

    Last year before we set our 2014 vacation plans in motion, my parents gave us an open invitation to come and stay with them at their Arizona complex they were renting for the month of March, where there would be plenty of room to go along with the much-ne

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  14. Peek a Boo Dolly (Gund) is great for the youngest children. She engages them in games and actually talks to them. She says six different phrases and plays for roughly 40 seconds at a time when her button is pressed. MCT

    Parents at play: What a living doll

    If you have daughters, nieces or, gasp, sons or nephews who like playing with dolls (and no, there's nothing wrong with boys who play with dolls), then there's a very good chance that you have dolls on the brain.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  15. Nano Days are being held through April 19 at the Paper Discovery Center in Appleton.

    Family entertainment: On the calendar

    HEAD OUT

    • Mar. 24, 2014

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