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Making a Family Book

Making a Family Book

Opening a colorful, professionally printed book to read about your own family—your hobbies, relationships, travels, and other things that make you special—is such a rewarding experience. Just like you and your children get to know Curious George, Madeline, and other literary characters through books, reading your own stories and seeing your own pictures and artwork […]

A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

With the trend in consuming products as close to the source as possible, and the continued rise in food costs, it’s no wonder more people are turning to home canning and preserving. According to Brenda Schmidt, Brand Manager of Fresh Preserving at Jarden Home Brands (manufacturer of the popular Ball and Kerr canning products), sales […]

Painting 101

Painting 101

When Adrian and Abbey Dawson-Becker found out they were pregnant with their second child, they wanted their then 18-month-old son, Drake, to be a big part of getting ready for the new baby. One way to accomplish that was to have him help put a fresh coat of paint on the nursery walls to get […]

Geocaching

Geocaching

Children know well the thrill of finding a hidden prize, be it colored eggs at Easter or miscellaneous items on a scavenger hunt. Adults reminisce over youthful adventures when they pretended to be pirates or treasure hunters. The good news is that a modern treasure-seeking hobby exists for adventurous hearts of all ages: geocaching. Geocaching […]

Running for Family Fitness and Fun

Running for Family Fitness and Fun

Vicki Schneider, Fargo, started running in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer. By the time she was a senior, her friends—all avid runners themselves—talked her into joining the track team. She was hooked. “I did pretty well at the half-mile and two-mile races and have been running distance ever since,” […]

Do It Together: Setting the Table

Do It Together: Setting the Table

The holiday entertaining season is upon us. Families and friends seem to make an extra effort this time of year to share a meal together. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and make a resolution in the coming year to eat with your kids more often. Studies abound that support the […]

Tween Halloween Party

Tween Halloween Party

If your tween tells you she has outgrown trick-or-treating this year, don’t be surprised. There comes a time when some tweens feel they are too old (or too cool) to join the goblins parading on Halloween night. Putting on a costume feels awkward and begging for treats is suddenly embarrassing. On the other hand, sitting […]

Starting a  Family Blog

Starting a Family Blog

Tweet In 2011, when Melissa Cook’s son, Jaxon, was 18 months old, and she was pregnant with her daughter, the Bemidji, Minn., mom realized she needed an easy way to update her friends and family—many of whom lived half a world away—on her family’s adventures in Vojens, Denmark. Cook’s husband, Brendan, is a professional hockey player […]

Raising Butterflies at Home

Raising Butterflies at Home

There’s nothing like watching butterflies flit around the flowers in your garden. Nothing except for watching one grow from egg to caterpillar to butterfly in your own home. These days you can purchase a kit to raise butterflies. But it’s also simple (and cheap) enough to find your own eggs and supplies to do it […]

Laundry!

Laundry!

According to the Consumer Energy Center, the typical American household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year. That’s a lot of dirty laundry, especially if the task of washing clothes falls on the shoulders of one individual. Learn tips to make laundry a manageable (and maybe even enjoyable) task in your household by doing […]

Project Recycling

Project Recycling

By Amanda Peterson You don’t need an excuse to start a new, environmentally healthy habit, but it wouldn’t hurt to use Earth Day, April 22, to kick off increased recycling in your home. It’s easy to get the entire family involved, one little step at a time, and you’ll find yourselves making a positive impact […]

Planning a Family Vegetable Garden

Planning a Family Vegetable Garden

Tessa Moon Leiseth is delighted telling of her family’s gardening joys! Vegetable growing is a family affair at the Leiseth home in Moorhead. When Tessa and her husband, Jon, decided several years ago to transform part of their backyard into a veggie patch, they took their two kids, Isaac and Sophia, along for the ride. […]

Capturing Your Family's Stories

Capturing Your Family’s Stories

By Meredith Holt Illustration by Dennis Krull You may have an idea of your heritage and your family tree, but do you know your family’s stories? Can you tell your children the tale of how your parents met? Do you know where your grandmother—their great-grandmother—grew up or went to school? Stories “help a family define […]

The Locavore's Non-Dilemma

The Locavore’s Non-Dilemma

By Lukas Brandon All human beings were once locavores, meaning we ate what we could hunt and gather locally. Due in part to the environmental and health consequences of modern food production––meats, beans, breads, fruits, and vegetables gleaned from other continents and flown or shipped to our local grocers––many people are becoming more aware of […]

EVERYTHING MUST GO! A Family Guide to Garage Sales

EVERYTHING MUST GO! A Family Guide to Garage Sales

Garage sales are more than just a means of getting rid of old junk. Start to finish, planning and holding a garage sale provides plenty of teaching opportunities. Kids can learn about organization, reducing, reusing and recycling, handling currency, negotiating, and giving to those in need. By Meredith Holt Illustration by Dennis Krull Involving your […]

Green and Clean!

Green and Clean!

Natural, homemade cleaning products. Old-fashioned? Maybe. Crunchy? Could be. Cost-saving as well as earth-, family-, and pet-friendly while producing results as effective as commercial cleaners? Absolutely. There exists a wealth of time-tested natural home cleaning recipes online and elsewhere, passed on from family to family, from friend to friend, because they are easy, economical, and […]