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The upcoming holiday season can add stress to our daily routines. Atypical schedules, strained finances, family visits and challenging gift purchases for that extended cousin are just a few examples of the seasonal concerns that pile on top of us.

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Personally, I love practical gifts and if they’re given for no particular reason, all the better. The holiday gift season is upon us and it’s time to get moving on the lists.

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I heard a story on the radio last week about how an exercise bike commercial caused public outrage. It was reported that the company that makes the bike saw their stock drop 15 percent and lost billions of dollars in market value over the course of 3 days.

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I haven’t asked for my roommates’ opinions about my holiday habits. Since said roommates are actually the mice under my sink, the high level of hostility on my end has made it difficult for them to voice any of their complaints. We just really aren’t in a great place right now.

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It is getting colder every day, and the wind is getting stronger. I have to say it’s time to put the protection around your tender shrubs and trees.

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Enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family by making your own warm beverage mixes. These holiday mixes also make thoughtful gifts for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions without breaking your budget.

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After enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey with family and friends, begin planning future meals from this year’s leftover turkey. Turkey can be easily combined with other ingredients to create scrumptious dishes that are healthy and easy to prepare.

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A couple of Saturdays ago I was elbow deep in soapy water when our youngest daughter reminded me I’d promised to take her to our favorite local community arts center for an Art-For-All activity.

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With winter on the doorstep, we need to have wood in for those cold days and to be getting ready for the beginning of the quest for just the right gifts.

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According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, bacteria found in poultry juices and raw meat can be spread to surfaces, utensils and other foods by washing raw poultry and other meats before cooking it.

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Families looking for affordable and healthy options for their Thanksgiving meals should plan ahead to save money, according to West Virginia University Extension Service.

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The other evening when eating at Subway, our son wondered out loud, “Why is it called a BMT when none of the meat on it starts with any of those letters?”

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As we were heading home from a soccer game on Nov. 1, Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” came on the radio. Our teenage daughter and her friend laughed when I insisted we change the channel.

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Well, the vacationing plants are coming in at night, hoses are drained, plants are cleared of debris in the garden, stakes are up for the shrubs and young trees, you’ve picked and wrapped the tomatoes in newspaper to ripen in the cool basement, openings in the out buildings and around the fo…

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Last week, our son and I heard a story on the radio about how trick-or-treating is a class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 in Virginia’s Hampton Roads.

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Fall is in the air and apples are one of the delights for many of us this time of the year.  Hampshire County’s apples are in abundance and many will travel from afar to visit our local orchards and farmer’s markets.

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I recently read that we are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures this fall, causing the fall foliage to be late in changing. Hopefully that also means no early frosts, but, just to be safe, keep an eye on those forecasts so you’re not caught off guard.

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As summer has faded into fall, I’ve experienced one of the many, uh, joys the changing seasons bring to motherhood —clothing shopping with my Savages.

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Recessions are out of my purview, but I know something is going to change with regard to our food supply and many other items we purchase.

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Every time you take a step, your foot rolls forward, shifting your body weight onto the ball of your foot as you prepare to push off into your next step.

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I want to begin by thanking the person who left me the Cleome seeds at the Review. I would love to thank you personally, but this will have to do for now. I am looking forward to planting them and will report their progress, so thank you very much. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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Completely out of the blue, our youngest daughter recently proclaimed, “I know your Social Security number.” I was skeptical, but instructed her never to repeat it to anyone because Social Security numbers should be kept secret.

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Tailgates or game-day parties are great opportunities to enjoy friends, football and food.

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When we went to Disney World this summer, our youngest daughter took an autograph book to collect the signatures of the characters she met. Despite the sometimes lengthy waits, she really enjoyed meeting Disney’s icons.

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I have never been an alarmist, but no one knows what’s going to happen over the next few years with regard to our food supply or even food safety.

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The cost of groceries and food can put serious strain on a household’s finances, and even more stress on family members. One way families can cut spending is by making smart food shopping choices.

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Mornings are busy for most households. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who skip breakfast, consider this: many studies have shown that both adults and children who eat breakfast weigh less than their breakfast-skipping counterparts. Why? One theory suggests that breakfast reduces …

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Between the start of school, being a soccer mom and a broken toe, Kitty was a little overwhelmed last week, so here’s a favorite from 3 years ago.

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It’s that time of year again where students begin to settle into their school routine of classes, homework and sports. With that includes healthy packed lunches that are nutrient rich and safe for your child to eat. Packing a healthy lunch for your child to eat during lunch improves their at…

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I recently learned that there are 2 kinds of summer vacations. 

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Your herbs should be going gangbusters in their containers or in the garden now and it’s time to give them a trim so you can have another full round of growth before cold weather rolls in.

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This is a year of few late summer plants for us. In all my years of gardening, I have never had as much devastation as we have had this year.

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One day last week I was scrolling through the news feed on my phone. As is often the case, I began feeling mad, heartbroken, or a combination of both.

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Last Friday when I called my mom, she reported she was just heading outside in the heat to hang more clothes on her line.

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Last year was the summer of record-setting rain. This year it has been hot, but we are getting some rain here and there, so that may be a bit more normal.

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We’ve been spending some time this summer visiting with our old friend, Harry Potter. Like so many others, my husband and I devoured the books as soon as they were released.

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Summer is here and fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere, including tomatoes. Tomatoes are most definitely at the top of the summertime food list for many of us.

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We nearly always have cut flowers in the house. Our gardens may look bare, but inside the flowers are brightening everything up.