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Tooth Fairy Payouts are Soaring - Families Online Magazine

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Tooth Fairy Payouts are SoaringAn unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring, posting record gains in 2016 and early 2017. 

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Parent Survival Guide: Keeping "Christ" in Christmas in 3 Steps

Parent Survival Guide: Keeping "Christ" in Christmas in 3 Steps | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
You are committed to keeping this year’s Christmas holiday spiritual? Here are ways you can keep Christ in Christmas.
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Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do

Teens - Fall - Autumn Fun Things To Do | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Are Your saying this fall, I have nothing to do! Im bored! No more excuses-here is a list of 60 fun things to do for teens when you are bored! Fun things to do! 1.  Go apple picking 2.  Go pumpkin picking 3.  Attend a high school football or soccer game 4.  Play touch football with friends 5.  Go to a corn maze 6.  Eat ALL the candy
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Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don't

Fall Family Apple Picking Do's and Don't | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Apple Picking Family Fun Apple picking is one of the most traditional family activities in the fall, and many people flock to apple orchards and pumpkin patches to enjoy pick-your-own (PYO) fruits and veggies or visit farm stands. With the list of things to do at most farms, including hay rides, pumpkin picking, scarecrow stuffing, and others, the PYO or farm visit can turn into a whole day of family fun. But when deciding where to go on your fall adventure, it is worth a few minutes to do some investigating of the practices of the farm you choose.
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Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money

Fall Wardrobe Tricks to Save You Money | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA - Did you know that you can make it through the fall and winter without spending a ton on weather appropriate clothing? . Yes, you can and I am going to tell you how. Here are a few wardrobe tricks for both women and kids to extend the wear of their clothing all while remaining fashionable. Women If you have sleeveless dresses, you can wear them through the fall and early winter by pairing them with long sleeve shirts. Whether you wear them with cotton pullovers or button up shirts, your options are limitless. You can wear the shirts underneath the dresses or over them to make the dresses appear as skirts. This latter option will work best with a button up shirt that is tapered at the waist. The paired shirt and dress look is very professional and will help you get more mileage out of your existing wardrobe. In addition to this, tights and leggings work wonders. You can wear tights with these same dress and shirt combos for a trendy look that not only will make you look great, but it will also keep your legs warm as the temperature continues to drop. Lastly, pair your footless leggings with boots to take it up another notch. Light weight leather jackets are also good items for pairing with sleeves dresses and heavy weight cotton tops.
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It's Time for the State Fair

By Patti Hermes -- Perfect family fun. 22 state fairs are scheduled in the month of August, and 13 more to come in September, back-to-school time is synonymous with back to the State Fair all across the country While the month of August signifies back to school for most families, theres still more summer activity on the calendar. Theres a wide variety of edutainment opportunities for the whole family, and now is a great time to plan a trip. Whether you stay in your own state, or try something new with a road trip across the country, check out the myriad learning opportunities at the State Fair.
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School Readiness Kindergarten to High School Check List

School Readiness Kindergarten to High School Check List | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Help your children, kindergarten through High School, get ready and succeed in the coming school year.  Know what skills they need and provide activities throughout the summer to help them develop the skills needed to be a success at school.School Readiness check list Kindergarten to High School At least 30 days before school starts All Ages:
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24 Delicious Summer Dinner Ideas - Salad Recipes

24 Delicious Summer Dinner Ideas - Salad Recipes | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Salads are healthy and cool eating for hot summer days. These salad recipes can be used for lunch or a family meal. Enjoy! Feel free to add chicken, seafood, beef, lamb or other meat to any of these salads. Antipasto Pasta Salad Beet Salad Couscous Salad Beef Fajita Salad Greek Salad Chicken Pasta Salad Lentil Salad Ham Salad with Hot Peanut Dressing Deli Potato Salad Mandarin Orange Salad Turkey Macaroni Salad Taco Salad Hungarian Cucumber Salad Golden Corrals Seafood Salad Strawberry Spinach Salad Mediterranean Salad Spicy Pecan Salad Rice Salad Zucchini Slaw Poached Chicken and Walnut Salad Sugar Snap Salad  
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Camping Breakfast Ideas - Breakfast Recipes for Camping

Camping Breakfast Ideas - Breakfast Recipes for Camping | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Camping Breakfast Recipes for Outdoor Cooking and Camping
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Emergency Family Communications Plan

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Does your family have an an emergency communication plan? Here are some tips to keep in touch and out of danger during storm season: Keep phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.  Simple zip-lock storage bags will shield devices, and today there are many waterproof phones, cases and other protective accessories.
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6 Ways to Get Your Child to Appreciate Classical Music

6 Ways to Get Your Child to Appreciate Classical Music | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By  Suzy St. George -  Its human nature to appreciate the things our generation has to offer, and the area of music is no exception. While contemporary musical forms can and should be valued and appreciated, there are those timeless forms that children should be exposed to as well.
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Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for Your Adolescents

Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for Your Adolescents | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Sylvia Cochran -  Can you believe that the start of daylight savings time is just around the corner? For the parent of toddlers and preschoolers, this is a much-feared upset in sleep routines that is bound to cause a few sleep-deprived mornings and unhappy bedtimes. Yet did you know that it is not just the routine-driven younger set that is going to be in for a few rude awakenings? Helping your adolescent with the adjustment can be just as important for the parent who wants to ensure that the budding teens are getting their needed rest.
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17 Ways Prepare Your House for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Ways Prepare Your House for St. Patrick’s Day | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Megan Dyer -  Not everyone may be Irish, but for this holiday, everyone can get into the holiday spirit! Decorate your house, create memories, learn about St. Patrick, cook some Irish food, and help to bring the luck ‘o the Irish into your home!
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Survey of Dads Shows What They Want for Father's Day - Families Online Magazine

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Father's Day Survey of Dads - Homemade Gifts most Popular
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What Dads Want for Father's Day
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Our Favorite Fall Colors in Pictures

Our Favorite Fall Colors in Pictures | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Beautiful Fall Foliage Photos - Enjoy the Leap Peeping Season
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Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family

Fall Camping a Weekend Get-Away for the Family | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
  Everyone thinks of camping as the ultimate outdoor activity for June, July and August. Every year thousands of families enter campgrounds of all shapes and sizes to enjoy swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, and a host of other recreational opportunities. But even though there are fewer adventurers heading out, many campgrounds stay open into the fall (or even winter, for those few hardy souls!) months. With fewer crowds and plenty of nice weather, fall camping can be a great low-cost weekend get-away for the whole family.
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Learn to Listen to Your Body

Learn to Listen to Your Body | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  - One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any number of other abnormal sensations.  Symptoms are not diseases in themselves; they are warning signs that a disease is present or is developing. I can illustrate the importance of looking for the causes of symptoms in this way:  Suppose that I’m driving my car and I’m eighty miles from my destination when I glance down and see a red light that says “oil” on my dashboard.  The oil light is a warning that the oil level is dangerously low.  Having seen the warning light I have several options.  I can simply keep on driving.  The light will remain lit, however, and that will cause me to feel anxious or worried.  I can pull over and add a quart of oil if I have one available.  If not, I can call roadside assistance and have them bring some oil or send a truck to tow my vehicle to a service center.  There is a more direct option, however.  I can take out a pair of pliers, identify the wire that’s leading to the light, and clip it.  That will allow me to restart the engine and drive to my destination without being bothered by that annoying red light. 
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Parenting Humor: Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again

Parenting Humor: Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Cheryl Moeller - Funny Stuff -  Each year anxious mothers pore over the list of school supplies they must purchase for their child. Unless their son or daughter has these in their backpack they will have no chance of graduating from 8th grade or getting into Stanford or avoiding a life of crime. After decades of rushing out and purchasing these items in the middle of August, Ive come to realize that many of the these things never appear in life again. For example: 1.  The Steel Compass or Protractor -- These shiny, sharp and potentially dangerous instruments are chief among the items youll likely never use again. For example, whens the last time your husband stuck his head in the kitchen and said, Who took my protractor? Who is using my compass? How am I supposed to pay our bills? Or change oil in the car? I might as well turn in my resignation at work tomorrow if I show up without it.
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Orlando Foodies - Your Guide to Restaurants Reviews and Gourmet Cooking and Food in Orlando, FL

Orlando Foodies - Your Guide to Restaurants Reviews and Gourmet Cooking and Food in Orlando, FL | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
Orlando Foodies for the Best Restaurants, Food, Drink and Fun In Orlando, FL
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The $500 Staycation Itinerary

The $500 Staycation Itinerary | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Greta Jenkins -  Staying in you hometown this year for vacation? These family fun activities make it the perfect family staycation and should apply to most communities.  Day 1:  Zoo Go Early and stay late, take a picnic lunch.  End the day back at home by watching a Dr. Doolittle movie or We Bought a Zoo  (DVD, Netflix or OnDemand). About $20 per person or $80 - for family of four.
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The $500 Staycation Itinerary

The $500 Staycation Itinerary | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Greta jenkins Staying in you hometown this year for vacation? These family fun activities make it the perfect family staycation and should apply to most communities.  Day 1:  Zoo Go Early and stay late, take a picnic lunch.  End the day back at home by watching a Dr. Doolittle movie or We bought a Zoo  (DVD, Netflix or OnDemand). About $20 per person or $80 - for family of four.
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Healing the Wounded Spirit

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Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -     What is a wounded spirit?  A wounded spirit is an injury to any part of our soul or spirit faculties – the mind, the emotions, or the will. It is injury to the unseen areas of our being. One part inside us may be more affected than the others. The deeper or more severe the wound, the greater the negative effect on our lives – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.      The spirit part of us is the engine of our lives. Life is broken when our spirit’s health is considerably compromised, no matter how attractive, healthy and expensive the body may look. The breakdown of the spirit also eventually brings sickness to the body.      Spiritual problems, many believe, are the cause of our social and financial problems. Spiritual problems can happen to the best intentioned of us as well, and some spirit wounds are so severe (but overlooked) that there can permanent damage, to the emotions, to the physical body, to one’s financial stability, etc. We’ve heard references such as “he is a nervous wreck”, emotional wreck, manic, psycho, etc. The ruin can be in any area of our inner selves – the mind, the emotions, or our will.       Each of us has some scars in our spirits from unpleasant past experiences. Some were relatively minor, some were extremely traumatic, and some may have been in between.  The relative impact is determined by our own interpretation of it. Remember, however, that scars imply the wounds have healed. We can recall the unpleasant experiences and how we had, then, so much inner pain. Occasional recall or remembrance of the experiences can remind us that we have processed the event and pulled through. Our Higher Power (or whatever we choose to call it) has been faithful in helping us heal and it is useful to affirm that on a regular basis.      Spiritual wounds that remain unhealed can, however, compromise or harm our spiritual health. They potentially also can lead to physical illness or chronic health problems, and can impact all areas of our lives.  If we have fully let go of the painful past experiences, we can move on from the past and the inner hurt and pain is gone. There is no preoccupation with the past experiences. They have no power over us, or over our present circumstances. Many times we may also see how our Higher Power still brought good out of the unpleasant experiences.      Spiritual wounds which persistently will not heal become a problem. We may constantly recall the unpleasant experiences, how unfair they were, and assume we’d be better off today had we not experienced them. In the present we’re still preoccupied with the past, the past inner hurt and pain still surfaces in negative ways. They have power over us and over our present circumstances.  Our past problems become our very identity. When that happens, we are unable to see how the past is affecting us.  This is commonly called denial.  It is how our psyche protects itself, but that denial (still an open wound) may keep us from experiencing joy or success in our lives. Those inner wounds are still raw and untreated.      So how do we recognize our wounds? Most often we recognize them through our teachers. Who are our teachers? Our parents who weren’t there for us in the ways we needed. Our siblings who competed with us or belittled us.  The betrayals of our past.  Or presently, our spouses who infuriate us or don’t meet our needs. Our boss or co-worker who demeans or controls us in various ways. Our children who do the opposite of what we would like them to do. Our friends who disappoint us. These people and situations represent the vehicle for our learning – our teachers.      When we find ourselves feeling angry, worried, or certain we would be just fine “if only” someone or something outside ourselves would shift – that is our teacher. That is what we need to look at inside of ourselves. If we did not have an unhealed wound, we would not be reacting to the external stimulus in a dysfunctional, ineffective, or highly emotionally charged way. If our spiritual self is unhealed, we will react from a place that says “it’s your fault” and “if only”.       Our wounds are our teachers and we have today many, many resources available for help and healing. If we are willing to do the inner work for the still-wounded parts of us, rewards of great magnitude await us.  Inner peace, joy, comfort, freedom from compulsive behaviors, true love and connection to ourselves and others, will be there.  We become the spiritual beings we have always wanted to be and from that simple standpoint, our world begins to change. Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has written several best-selling books on nutrition and natural health.   Metamorphosis Darkened, dense space, and time, That past, that life, of then, Left me lost, bereft of me, And it played out again, and again. But from that void came illumination, And from illumination came hopefulness. Angels, teachers, helping hands, Received with childlike trust and boldness. So it begins, the spirit to heal. The woundedness unburdens. Cautious nurturing, letting go, A healed spirit, robust, emerges. By Meg Cassell    
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Growing Your Child's Character during a Summer Vacation

Growing Your Child's Character during a Summer Vacation | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Sylvia Cochran- Christian Parenting   There is a lot of talk about the summer brain drain. Children forget some of the hard-won scholastic knowledge that they garnered over the course of the last school year. Yet what about the childs personal development? While fighting brain drain, do not forget to also work on growing the childs character during the lazy days of summer!
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Home Furnishings: 5 Pieces of Furniture That'll Spice Up Your Home

Home Furnishings: 5 Pieces of Furniture That'll Spice Up Your Home | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Joseph Stark -  Your home might have the basics – a couch, coffee table, stove, beds – but does it completely reflect your personality? Do you still feel like there are ways you could spice it up until you completely own your space? Consider these five additions to add the finishing touches to your design masterpiece. 
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What is a Friend?

What is a Friend? | Families Online Magazine | Scoop.it
By Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -      When it comes to finding friends, perhaps the first step is understanding what exactly a friend is. Does it mean we have each other in our Facebook list? Or that we see each other every Tuesday when we play racquetball? Not really. A relationship needs to have some key elements in order to be labeled as friendship.
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