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From hoarder to heartless “destroyer of dreams”

October 31, 2011 --

No Heart for Art
by Jen Rouse
The Short Years

I am a crusher of creativity, a destroyer of dreams.

Every single day, my daughters create pages and pages of artwork. And every two or three days, I gather it all up, and fold it up real small, and shove it to the bottom of the recycle bin. And out the door it goes.

I always feel guilty about this, every single time. And yet, if I did not do this, every surface in our house would be covered, covered two or three layers thick, with paintings and drawings and crafts. The sheer volume of creative efforts that come from three little girls in one house is almost impossible to fathom, people.

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Video: Guilty dog has no excuse

October 29, 2011 --

Here is a video that was featured on Good Morning America. In this case it is not hard to find out who the guilty party is. Please enjoy this viral video of America’s most guilty dog.

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I love that look, but I could never wear that!

October 27, 2011 --

“I love that look, but I could never wear that!”
By Lani Grass
Backstage with Lani

FYI

Hot fall/winter color story: Neutrals, midnight blue, mustard, grape, stone, shiny colors, chocolate and winter white (think renter’s white walls).

Hot textiles: Leather, snakeskin and anything faux fur.

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Study documents media use of very young children

October 26, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

If your hunch is that younger and younger children are using digital devices, from smartphones to iPads, you are correct. A new study released by Common Sense Media found that more than half (52%) of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet. And, 23% of 5- to 8-year-olds use more than one medium “most” or “some” of the time.

“Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” which surveyed 1,384 parents of children ages 0 to 8 years old,  documented young children’s use of new digital media devices, as well as their use of older media platforms like television, computers, and books. Some key findings were:

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Self-approval is the first step to contentment

October 25, 2011 --

First, Seek Self-Approval
by Shannon Ables
The Simply Luxurious Life

“You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.” ~William J.H. Boetcker

The paradox of being a human is that while we are social creatures, it is our own self-approval that is most necessary to live a contented life.  While critics may argue with this fact, I assure you, it is indeed true because unless we value ourselves, no matter how much approval the world around us bestows upon us, we will never be satisfied, and we will never feel settled.

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform.” –Susan B. Anthony

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Lessons from a Beanie Baby

October 24, 2011 --

Beak — Freak or Unique?
by Leona Atkinson
Marvelous Works

Wandering through a thrift store the other day I came upon an unusual looking TY Beanie Baby named “Beak.”  It was a plump bird, with a very long beak that had nostrils on the end of it, three toed feet, no tail, tiny wings and an almost camouflaged looking brown color. What a strange looking bird I thought.

Beak  TY Beanie Baby

“Beak” a TY Beanie Baby

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Miracle bride survives two dates with death

October 23, 2011 --

An engaged woman with a heart condition that threatened her wedding and life. The story has many ups and downs that surprised the NBC reporters who followed her story. Please watch below. Please watch the video below.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Say NO to $12 an hour babysitting!

October 21, 2011 --

By Traci Scott,
Portland Writer,

Finances are tight. However, you and your significant other have managed to set aside $40 and decide to “splurge” for a night out consisting of an inexpensive dinner and a movie. You even decide to bring your own hidden snacks so you don’t have to pay $10 for movie popcorn. You line up a baby-sitter for your two children who will be sleeping for half of the time and ask the sitter what her rate is. Nothing prepares you for the following response: “$12 per hour”! Your four hour date has just gone from an estimated $40 to $88! After you recover from the shock, you decide to stay home and rent a movie instead.

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The priceless bond of sisters

October 20, 2011 --

Sisters, together
by Jen Rouse

The Short Years

Ok, here’s a correction to an earlier post: I was worried about one thing with Lucy starting school. I was worried about how she would get along with her sister.

My oldest daughter is a very social kid. She has a lot of friends, and she loves to play with all of them. My second-born is quieter–more inclined to stick with a particular friend or two. She was starting kindergarten in a school where she knew no one, and I knew that come recess-time, she’d be looking to her big sister for guidance and playmate. I was afraid that, in turn, my oldest would want no part of the little kindergartener tagging along behind her, and that hurt feelings would result all around.

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My Post Blockbuster Crisis

October 18, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

It was 1980 something, to borrow a line from singer Mark Wills, when my parents began renting movies from a mom and pop movie rental place in our town. On Friday nights, they’d rent a bunch of movies and the old suitcase style VCR, and we’d make popcorn and drink Coke. It wasn’t long before my parents bought our first VCR and like other families of that era, home movie nights became a fun and frequent part of family life. I loved it!

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