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It is an amazing, rewarding honor to raise children, but it's also challenging, frustrating, hard work. There are countless parenting books - I've read many of them - that give you advice, guidance and tips for making things easier. For raising nice children. Happier children. Healthier children. They tell you how to bathe, feed, discipline and educate your children. …

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When my kids ask me who my favorite child is - and they ask often - I always maintain the same stance. I do not have a favorite. I love them all the same. Exactly. I remember my older girls counting pictures on our walls, after we had Emma, to see who was in more. It’s a true story. Thank goodness, miraculously, there was an even amount for each child. Whew. Same with Chri…

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We rarely do fast food. That being said, there are times we've stopped at McDonald's. And Emma, 5,  absolutely needed one of the must-have kid toys. For the most part, the toys make the trash within a few days. There is one exception, but it wasn't McDonald's. We stopped at Chick-fil-A on a recent trip to Florida, and would you believe the item that came with the kid…

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When my husband and I were planning our trip to Florida, our first decision was whether to drive or fly. After about a nano second, we decided that driving with our little ones was not a great idea. Our next decision was which airline to fly. We did some research and checked air fares across the board. Holy moly. For my husband, our daughters ages 2 and 5, and me it was…

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We all know the winter-break is much needed for the kids - and it's usually a pretty fun week - as long as we keep them occupied. Otherwise, they're bored and on our nerves. My plan was to do a mixed list of indoor/outdoor fun. Well, Mother Nature foiled that plan. So, with warm temps continuing - here's a list of 10 fun things to do without snow. Let's start with insid…

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I feel like I'm always telling my kids things like "I used to do that when I was a little girl." or "I used to love that when I was little." I like when my kids like what I used to like. I'm not alone. When my 5-year-old recently announced that she wanted to play guitar, my husband began jumping for joy - in a cool musician kind of way. It's a great way to make memories…

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Don’t blink. Christmas will be over. Every year - without fail – December flies by. So every December I vow to try and slow things down, live in the moment and enjoy the season. It's easy to get caught up, to rush, to forget that family is what is most important. We have some favorite things that we do as a family, to enjoy the season a bit more. Remember the re…

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Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree? It’s as wonderful as the holiday itself. Sure, you can get a can of pine-scented spray or a fragrant candle, but is it really the same? Obviously, the folks at Lindstrom’s Farm in Hamburg say no way. Linda Lindstrom, who has been pushing pines for 27 years, said there are two reasons folks buy real trees: the s…

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It's nearly impossible to keep up with. Everyday, your child brings home mounds of papers. Beaming, she hands you the pile to look through, urging you to hang it all up in just the perfect place. You tell your little one how proud you are and that you will surely hang it up (you might even put one on the refrigerator right away). Then, you put the pile on the counter an…

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It really is a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is just that - a time to give thanks and a time to do some giving. It's a time when you can stop and think about all that you have to be thankful for. A time to reflect on years past, and wonder about what is to come. It's a time to show your family and friends how much you love them. Let's be honest: During the re…

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Yep. It’s true. Looks like walking down memory lane on a regular basis, is a good thing. Local psychologist, Dr. Sandy Jensen summed it up like this, “Being nostalgic is good for you to the extent that it makes you feel happy or content or connected to others who share the same memories.” Whew. We aren't coo-coo if we keep talking about the past. For us moms and dads who…

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Owners of The Red Mill Inn in Clarence have closed the 55-year-old restaurant and are selling the property. Dan and Shellie Hanley announced the news Tuesday night on the restaurant’s Facebook page, in a heartfelt goodbye to generations of customers. “Many, many wonderful people have walked through our doors,” it said. “For Shellie and I, it's a bitter sweet day.” The re…

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So maybe you didn’t make plans to go to Florida or South Carolina for spring break. Now, you’re stuck at home wondering what to do with the kids for a whole week while they’re out of school. Well, you came to the right place. We’re going to talk you through it, offer a few tips and pass along some things to keep in mind. Call it your Spring Break Survival Guide. • Mon…

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The Fresh Beat Band was created by Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde, a husband-and-wife producing team who also are behind children’s shows including “Rolie Polie Olie,” “Little Miss Spider” and “Gerald McBoingBoing.”Though Fresh Beat’s four-year run on Nickelodeon ended in 2013, the brand lives on through concert…