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    • How to Deal With Sibling Rivalry

      1 July 2022

      Hearing your kids argue with each other can be frustrating and aggravating. Some rivalry between siblings is to be expected due to factors such as birth order, but if it escalates to the point that your kids are frequently yelling at each other, calling each other names or physically hurting each other, you may have to step in to calm them down and teach them healthier ways to interact.

      What to Do When Your Kids are Fighting
      Kids often fight with each other to get their parents’ attention. If you ignore an argument, your kids may stop fighting when they realize that it isn’t achieving their desired result.

      If the conflict is serious, you may have to step in to defuse the situation. Don’t immediately take sides. You may not have seen or heard everything that led up to the argument. Your kids may be fighting about a toy right now, but they may actually be angry at each other for a completely unrelated reason. The toy may simply be an excuse to take out their frustrations. 

      Ask what the argument is about and give each child an opportunity to speak without being interrupted. It’s normal for kids to get emotional if they feel that they aren’t being treated fairly. Encourage them to be calm, but don’t cut them off if they’re upset because not being heard will probably make them even angrier.

      Once you have determined what the fight was about, figure out if anyone should be punished. You may have to apply the same consequence to both children. For example, if they refuse to share a toy, you can put it away so neither can play with it. Whenever possible, help your kids find a solution instead of doling out punishments.

      How to Prevent Fights
      Sibling rivalry often occurs because kids feel that parents favor one child over another. Spend time with each child individually every day doing things that that child wants to do. 

      Recognize and Celebrate What Makes Your Kids Unique 
      Focus on praising each child’s positive qualities, whatever they may be, rather than using labels or comparing siblings. Encourage each child to pursue his or her goals, even if they are completely different from those of other family members. 

      Spend Time Doing Fun Things as a Family 
      Forging happy memories of shared experiences can help siblings bond. Those positive emotional connections can make siblings more willing to share, look at things from the other person’s point of view, cooperate and work together to find mutually agreeable solutions when a conflict arises. 

      Set a Positive Example For Your Kids 
      When you get upset at a child or at your spouse, stay calm and communicate in a way that focuses on finding solutions. Modeling that type of behavior will teach your children how to handle stress and conflict in positive ways. 

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    • The Best Way to Grow an Herb Garden

      1 July 2022

      If your jarred spices are out-of-date and flavorless or if you’re frustrated by wasting store-bought fresh herbs that wilt before you can use them all, there’s one simple solution: Grow your own herbs. Here are some tips and advice from the experts at Epicurious to get you started:

      Plant Outside, if Possible - Herbs grow best in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. So planting your herbs outside presents the ideal environment. This will also help you avoid the detrimental effects of a dry indoor atmosphere, which can lead to pests. To make an outdoor herb garden super convenient, plant them in pots right outside your kitchen door or mounted in a window box beneath your kitchen window. This will allow you to water and snip them for cooking with ease.

      Plan for Proper Light Inside - If you need to keep your herb garden indoors—or if you want to grow herbs year-round—strategize ways to ensure they’re receiving the proper amount of sunlight. If you have an unobstructed south-facing window, set up your herb garden here. If not, set up a plant light on a timer to guarantee the proper amount of light. Even if you do have your herbs in a south-facing window, they’ll need this more intense dose of light in winter.

      Start With Baby Plants - While it may be tempting to grow your herbs from seed, this route is only for serious gardeners as seeds need weeks to germinate in advance. Instead, start your garden with small herb plants purchased at the store.

      Grow What You Eat - While there’s a plethora of interesting-sounding herbs you could plant, stick to what you actually eat most often. Otherwise, your efforts and space will go to waste.

      Trim Properly - Herbs are just like any other plant, therefore, trimming them must be done with care. Don’t be tempted to simply chop off leaves indiscriminately for cooking. Do some research on your various herbs to find out when and how to trim them. A general rule of thumb, however, is to never let them bloom; as budding begins, the plant will send energy to the flower instead of the leaves, so be sure to trim blooms off as soon as you see them. 

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    • How to Get a Little Magic Out of Your Vacuum

      1 July 2022

      Running the vacuum cleaner around your house seems like a pretty straightforward task, no? 

      Not according to cleaning experts. To really get a deep clean and an all-around fresher home, make sure you’re vacuuming the right way with the following hacks:

      Freshen up. Carpets tend to trap odors, which may be a frequent occurrence if you have pets and/or small children. Let your vacuum do double duty as a deodorizer by first sprinkling the carpet with baking soda, then letting it sit for several hours (keep kids and pets away). This will allow the baking soda to absorb any odors. Then simply vacuum it up!

      Use aromatherapy. Dip a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil, then pop it into your vacuum’s canister. This will diffuse the scent throughout your house as you vacuum.

      Remove dents. If you want to rearrange your furniture, you’ll be left with dents in the carpet to contend with, left behind by the legs of the table or chair you’re moving. To undo a carpet dent, place an ice cube in the spot and let it melt. Soak up the water left behind, which will help the smushed carpet fibers expand, then vacuum the spot to lift the dent out.

      Rescue jewelry. If you’ve dropped an earring back or ring on the floor—especially on a carpet—your vacuum can save the day. Simply place an old stocking over the nozzle of your vacuum, then secure it with a rubber band. Vacuum the area where you dropped your jewelry and it will cling to the stocking without getting sucked into the canister.

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    • Whip Up Some Fresh Summer Salsa

      30 June 2022

      ( It’s time to kick off summer with a bang. With exciting summer events like baseball, sunbathing and barbecues filling social calendars, comes a whole new array of fresh, sunny day snacks just waiting to be devoured.

      If you’re in the mood for something sweet with a hint of spice, try this Citrus, Mango and Pineapple Salsa. It features fresh, fruity flavors from the pineapple, mango, lemon and lime plus a surprising bite of jalapeno. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and zesty.

      This light, warm weather appetizer  is perfect for pool parties or dining al fresco. A fresh twist on traditional salsa, this recipe will have people lining up for a second scoop to help beat the heat.

      Enjoy it with tortilla chips or as a topping on your favorite tacos to add a little sweetness to a traditionally savory meal.

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      Citrus, Mango and Pineapple Salsa
      Recipe adapted from
      1 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced
      1 1/4 cup fresh mango, diced
      2 tomatoes
      1/2 red onion, diced
      1 jalapeno, finely chopped
      1 tablespoon coriander
      2 tablespoons lime juice
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      sea salt, to taste
      fresh cracked pepper, to taste
      tortilla chips, for serving

      In a large bowl, combine pineapple, mango, tomato, onion, jalapeno, coriander, lime juice, lemon juice and salt and pepper, to taste. With rubber spatula, mix all ingredients together.

      Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

      Serve with tortilla chips.

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    • Clever Small Space Gardening Tips

      30 June 2022

      Gardening can serve to boost your home’s curb appeal, prove to be an enjoyable hobby and can naturally lead to gently encouraging healthy eating. Not to mention, creating your own vegetable garden can lead to food savings all season long. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your whole backyard to plant a wonderful garden.

      Evaluate Your Space
      Whether your home boasts a huge backyard or just a small patio, you can find a way to embrace the space only when you truly evaluate what it has to offer. Asses where in your yard you would like a garden. If your options are limited, this is even more vital. Evaluate how much direct and indirect sunlight your space gets and where. A building or tree located nearby may mean that part or all of your space is not viable for full sun plants. Decide what your space can easily cultivate.

      Think Outside the Planter Box
      Traditional garden planter boxes can make having a garden easier, but if your gardening space is limited, don’t be afraid to get creative. Planter boxes can be utilized on a porch or patio, but consider using freestanding boxes that take advantage of vertical space. A table-like planter box with tall legs will allow you to store your gardening items below. You can also get even more creative and utilize DIY or storebought vertical planters, which will easily maximize your gardening space.

      Rethink the Squash
      While a garden with traditional veggies may sound appealing, it is important to realize exactly how much space your ideal plants will require. Squashes and cucumbers, for instance, require room to grow outward along the ground—this can mean that your small space can only handle a few plants. Opt for vertically growing plants or consider instead creating a herb and sprout garden. Herbs and sprouts take up very little room, but the flavors and added texture will pack a delicious punch in your next dinner. 

      Getting fresh and delicious foods on the table this season doesn’t require a ton of space. As long as you go into your gardening season with an honest evaluation of what your gardening area can handle, and you think creatively, you are sure to have a green thumb.

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