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Highlights from April 2009

Celebrating Earth Day 2009 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area


By Megan Torrini Created in 1970, the Earth Day concept is based on the belief that all human beings have a moral responsibility to protect the Earth. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has a lot of Earth Day eve... Read more

From Single Mom to Brady Bunch: Introducing the Kids to Your New Love Interest


This is the first in our series of articles about dating and mating for single moms. You can also join the single moms discussion in our MomTalk.com forums.<... Read more

ABC Salt Dough

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by Amanda Formaro Making gifts from salt dough is fun and creative. Make these easy salt dough alphabet letters for your teacher. Whether you simply add a magnet or your glue them to something more elaborate l... Read more



Complete April 2009 Archive
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Lengthen the Life of Your Hairstyle
Skin Care Secrets to Spring into the New Season
Notable Minnesota Moms: Rachel Swardson Wenham, Go Home Gorgeous
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April 2009 Archives

Orange Gingersnaps


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A twist on traditional gingersnaps, these chewy triple-ginger cookies with a hint of orange have whole-grain goodness from whole-wheat flour. All three types of ginger -- dry, refrigerated minced, and crystallized -- provide powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects that may help relieve pain from arthritis, nausea and migraines.


Just one teaspoon of ground ginger contains more antioxidants than one medium carrot! Fresh minced ginger is in the produce area and crystallized ginger is in the spice aisle right next to the ground ginger.
Orange Gingersnaps.


Budget Vacations in Iffy Economic Times


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by Angela Heidt


Given current economic conditions, many families are choosing to forgo annual vacations in favor of saving in case of emergency. While such frugality is admirable, for some of us a vacation is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity. We often lose sight that vacations provide essential benefits. Getting away from it all for even a few days can help us release stress and can bring us closer to the rest of the family.


When money is tight a family vacation is usually the first thing to get cut from the list. This doesn't necessarily need to be the case. With some careful plann ... Continue reading Budget Vacations in Iffy Economic Times.


"I Have a Closet Full of Clothes But Nothing to Wear!"



The Benefits of Wardrobe Consulting


By Julie Burton


How often do you look at your clothes hanging in your closet and recite the words, "I have nothing to wear!"? Or, "I can't believe I spent $200 on THAT!" Well, according to wardrobe consultant Lisa Rubin it really does not have to be like that.


For more than 24 years, Lisa has been designing wardrobes, providing personal shopping services, performing closet analyses, and presenting corporate seminars. Her clients are geographically and professionally diverse and include leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and large ... Continue reading "I Have a Closet Full of Clothes But Nothing to Wear!".


Take it Outside! Outdoor Fitness Ideas


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by Deb McLeod


With flowers blooming and birds chirping, you might have a hankering to get outside. Moving your workout outdoors is one way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and benefit your health all at once.


If you're a gym rat, though, or you enjoy working out in the privacy of your own home, you might not immediately think to plan a workout in the sunshine. But you don't have to do a formal workout to keep fit. There are many things you can do outdoors that back up your fitness regime and are fun in the process.


Find a park
For some throwback fun, ... Continue reading Take it Outside! Outdoor Fitness Ideas.


Smart Decisions During Open Enrollment Can Save You Thousands


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In these tough economic times, millions of Americans are seeking new ways to reduce household spending. However, many are not taking simple steps to save money during open enrollment, which for many is the only time each year when changes can be made to their health benefits.


Changes made during open enrollment and throughout the year, like opening a flexible spending account (FSA), using mail-order prescription drug services or tapping into discounts on services like gym memberships, could help them save thousands. Unfortunately, a recent survey of insured adults revealed that three-fourths (75 percent) are not likely t ... Continue reading Smart Decisions During Open Enrollment Can Save You Thousands.


Helping Your Teen Deal with Credit



by Katriena Knights


It's a fact in American society--credit is a way of life. While some people have sworn off credit cards, the majority of us still depend on our plastic to pay for everything from everyday groceries to large, special purchases.


However, it's also a fact that the majority of Americans are drowning in credit card debt. How can you teach your teen to use credit responsibly, avoiding the pitfalls of too much debt on too much plastic, but making wise use of the benefits of a credit card?


Many credit card companies are now offering special cards aimed directly at ... Continue reading Helping Your Teen Deal with Credit.


Summer Sanity: We Pack for Camp



by Wendy R. Khabie


Cousins Dan Geller and Liz Pomish know the joke all too well: What's the easiest way to get your kid ready for sleep away camp? Change his name to machine washable! All the labeling and laundry... not to mention the last minute running around town for sunscreen, bug repellent, flashlights, and water-resistant sleeping bags is enough to make even the sanest parent go berserk.


One summer, Dan, his wife Heidi, and cousin Liz traveled a zigzag pattern across the Twin Cities that resembled one of those maps inside of an airline magazine, stopping at every drug store and sporti ... Continue reading Summer Sanity: We Pack for Camp.


Celebrating Earth Day 2009 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area



By Megan Torrini


Created in 1970, the Earth Day concept is based on the belief that all human beings have a moral responsibility to protect the Earth.


The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has a lot of Earth Day events planned, so gather your family members for a day of eco-friendly activities and the opportunity to join together for a global observance of Earth Day 2009.


Wishes for the Sky, Harriet Island, St. Paul
April 19, 10:30am-4pm
www.wishesforthesky.org

Wishes for the Sky 2009- Celebrate Earth Day by making wishes and flying kites at Harrie ... Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day 2009 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area.


From Single Mom to Brady Bunch: Introducing the Kids to Your New Love Interest



This is the first in our series of articles about dating and mating for single moms. You can also join the single moms discussion in our MomTalk.com forums.



By Chris Grannis


Being a single parent can sometimes be lonely and it's a healthy sign when you feel ready to begin dating again. This can be a heady, happy time in your life, and it is easy to let your heart rule your head. But it is essential that you always have your children's welfare at the forefront of your mind throughout this process.


... Continue reading From Single Mom to Brady Bunch: Introducing the Kids to Your New Love Interest.


ABC Salt Dough


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by Amanda Formaro


Making gifts from salt dough is fun and creative. Make these easy salt dough alphabet letters for your teacher. Whether you simply add a magnet or your glue them to something more elaborate like a wall plaque, she will appreciate the work you put into them!


What You Need

1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup water
alphabet cookie cutters
cookie sheet
acrylic paint in primary colors
acrylic sealer spray


What you do

Preheat oven 250 degrees F.


Mix together the flou ... Continue reading ABC Salt Dough.