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Confetti Popcorn Bars

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Celebrate National Popcorn Day with this fun take on popcorn bars. These no-bake bars are made with delicious gumdrops, and they’re bright, colorful, and appealing to kiddos.... Read full article

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

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Santa will be here before you know it, so get a head start on fine-tuning your gingerbread cookie recipe. These chewy cookies will definitely put you in the holiday spirit, and they are easy to make.... Read full article

Extreme Banana Split

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There’s nothing better than a delicious banana split to enjoy after a hot day. This week, celebrate National Banana Split Day while making your very own banana split with your kiddos. ... Read full article

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Bites

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Try these delicious marshmallow bites for the perfect after-school snack.... Read full article

Dad Next Door: Stephen Etheredge

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Growing up, Stephen Etheredge always had a passion for science, all things medical, and athletics. It was through this brilliant combination that helped bring Stephen to where he is today. Stephen has worked hard for years, and it’s easy to see that ... Read full article



A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Antipasto Pasta Salad

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Indulge in this delicious pasta salad this week. Even your little ones will enjoy this easy-to-make dish.... Read full article

Pirate’s Booty Ice Cream

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What better way to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day than with this pirate treat? This ice cream is made with peanuts, coconut milk, and all. the. cookies. ... Read full article

Unexpected New Skills While Staying Close to Home

by Mari Walker on

Although stay-at-home orders didn’t turn me into a better homemaker, they did expand my horizons within the domestic sphere, and this old dog learned some new tricks. While my thumb is still black and my house is still…lived in…more time spent at hom... Read full article

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags

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