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Articles in Mandy Cowley, Party, Holidays and Kelly Carmena

A Home-Centered Birthday: A Fourth Trip Around the Sun

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A year ago, I was writing about our play date style birthday party for our younger daughter. This year, she turned four without a party, but as a family of four, we did celebrate her with everything we could muster.... Read full article

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas

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With clever planning and creative thinking, families can offset the holiday-induced overload of sweets by staging entertaining and meaningful activities that are low or no-sugar. ... Read full article

Making Your Own Dreams and Goals a Priority

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After a few soul sucking years of saying “maybe one day” and getting through the toddler years, I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t have these dreams anymore. I went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make my own goals & dreams a priority.... Read full article

Christmas Joy Project: Bring Joy to a Child in Foster Care This Christmas!

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One need last year was helping to purchase gifts from the children’s Christmas wish list which led to Louisiana Heart Gallery starting the Christmas Joy Project. The goal is to connect with families who want to purchase a gift for foster children.... Read full article

Christmas Lights Craze: Local Families’ Holiday Displays Shine Bright

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Local families the Hohensees, the Clarks, and the Johnsons are known for creating these eye-catching displays every year. ... Read full article



The No-Gift Birthday Party

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Chances are your kid will attend dozens of birthday parties over the course of the next few years. Instead of worrying about what to buy so many kids, wouldn’t it be great to skip the gifts? ... Read full article

15 Must-Have Apps for a Successful Holiday Season

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Surviving the holiday season requires a little super power, a little creativity, and a lot of organization. While it wouldn’t hurt to have Martha Stewart’s number in your phone contacts, most of us are not that lucky. Instead, we have come up with 15... Read full article

Cringe-worthy Christmas

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Surviving Awkward Holiday Moments.... Read full article

Snow Friend Ornament

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Slumber Parties: From A to Zzz's

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Hosting an overnight party can be an eye-opener. Slumber is rarely on the agenda and parents can count on getting zero sleep, or just a few hours of sleep—if you are lucky. ... Read full article

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