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Articles in Exceptional Lives, Susan Lowry Cedotal, Mari Walker, April Guides, Holidays and Crafts and Cooking

School Bus Picture Frame

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Changing Families, Changing Traditions

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When there is a death, divorce or remarriage in the family, the holiday season is laden with change.... Read full article

Caramel-Dipped Apples

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Start the season off right with these tasty caramel apples. Nothing says Fall quite like these delicious treats, so bring the family together and get ready for an evening of fun.... Read full article

No Santa Here (Except When He Is)

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“What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?” Strangers in the grocery store and well-meaning friends at church ask my daughters this question without fail throughout December. My girls can usually answer, translating the question to the ... Read full article

A Lazy Lament: I Hate Making Dinner

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After months of varying degrees of lockdowns and quarantines, we all have a better idea of what it means to be a stay-at-home parent. And while the time of truly staying home isn’t an accurate picture of normal times when we can actually take our chi... Read full article



Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

Parenting Advice from The Sopranos?

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I was a high school senior when The Sopranos debuted 20 years ago. I lived in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma, and didn’t have basic cable let alone access to HBO to see the cultural juggernaut as it was airing for the first time. ... Read full article

Nutella S’mores Fudge

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Celebrate World Nutella Day with these delicious squares of decadent fudge filled with tasty marshmallows.... Read full article

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

Watermelon Pizza

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