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    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
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    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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    A look at gluten and celiac disease

    Why all the fuss about gluten?

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    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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    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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    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
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    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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    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
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    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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