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Teaching your kid to throw and catch a baseball

When to start: 5- 7 years of age
Start with a softer ball, like a nerf or wiffle ball or a hacky sack using bare hands and catching the ball with fingers up or even batting the ball down with an open palm. Teaching to throw and catch requires small steps, gradually increasing the difficulty. Next step is the glove, and it’s hard not to get sentimental giving your kid his or her first baseball glove. At first, kids may instinctively turn away from balls thrown at them, but you want your kid to… See More

Light Easter Meals

Moms do a balancing act on Easter between holiday traditions and planning an Easter menu for dinner. This year, consider a few light Easter dinner recipes for a change. Broaden your family’s culinary experience with healthy Easter dinner dishes.
Make a healthy Easter dinner
If the weather cooperates, why not heat up your grill instead of your oven? You can task another family member with grilling duties while you put the finishing touches on the rest of your light Easter dinner recipes.
Mustard… See More

Summer Vegetable Garden

On California’s central coast, it’s prime time for planting my summer vegetable and herb garden.  After a few years, I’ve settled into some favorites for my garden, although I always throw something new into the mix just for fun.

I always plant lots of Genovese basil. I just can’t get enough. Fresh basil is delicious in pasta, salads and sandwiches. I make pesto by the quart and freeze it for later use. I put pesto in soups, dips and dressings – or use it as a spread for sandwiches.

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Find the Right Running Shoes for You

It doesn’t matter if you’re a serious runner or you simply enjoy running to get a healthy sweat once in a while. Finding the right running shoe means you’ll have to evaluate your feet for any problems that might cause pain should your shoes not fit properly.
How to find the right running shoe
In order to find your perfect running shoe, determine the physiology of your feet. Are your arches high or low, or do you have a normal foot? The first step to help find the right shoe for your foot involves… See More

Earth Day Ideas for Family Fun

Celebrating Earth Day with kids can be fun and easy. The holiday is dedicated to learning about the environment, but it doesn’t have to be dull. A little planning can make Earth Day a holiday that kids look forward to each year.
Fun Earth Day activities for children
Many museums and planetariums put on special Earth Day programs aimed at entertaining families while they educate kids. Call around to see what’s available and set up an outing.

Cleanups are great for older kids to do with their… See More

Getting the Patio Ready

Your backyard is your place to kick back and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors with friends, family and refreshments. But after a few seasons your patio furniture can start to show its age. There are simple things you can do to give it a refresh.

Brush off and lightly clean
Start by brushing everything off with an outside broom that has soft bristles then use a mild soap to cleanse the surfaces. Windex makes an outdoor cleaner you can attach to your hose. You may want to read… See More

Cool Mist vs. Warm Mist Humidifiers

The first question you may ask when you’re considering a humidifier is if you need one at all. Though most people can benefit from a little extra moisture, there are some telltale signs that your home is too dry. If you consistently have static electricity, dry skin, sinus issues and/or your wooden furniture is beginning to crack, your home is suffering from a lack of humidity. If, when you wake up in the morning, your first thought is that you desperately need a glass of water, your home is too… See More

Don’t Let Tool Shopping Be a Tool

Tool shopping is personal. For woodworkers, it’s no different. Tool shopping is specific to the person, project and budget. A little research before making a purchase can go a long way. Use these tips to help you build your list of essential tools before you invest.

Keep it simple

The most used, and even most reliable, tools haven’t changed much over time. If you’re a beginner woodworker, it’s best to invest in the basics that can be used over and over for many projects instead… See More

Toss, Donate or Repurpose: What to Do After You’ve Spring-Cleaned Your Closet

You’ve spring-cleaned your closet, now what? Resist the urge to purge any of your clothing right away. Take a minute, slow down and decide what the best option is for individual pieces. Ask yourself a few questions and then decide what your next move will be.

Toss, Donate or Repurpose?

Before you go on a cleaning rampage and throw everything out or donate items that you’ve deemed unworthy, wait a day. Clear your head for 24 hours and then come back to that pile of clothing. When I’m in… See More

How to Wear the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Now that the color of the year has had some time to sink in, we’re starting to see it pop up all over runways and red carpets. This pretty shade of purple is perfect for the spring, and showing up everywhere in stores. From makeup to shoes and everything in between, here are a few everyday ways to wear this feminine hue.

Makeup

Cheeks: Radiant orchid is a flattering blush color for the spring and summer months. Plus, it gets you away from your go-to shade. Simply apply a light layer to… See More

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