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Thrifted DIY Toy Box Seats

 by Amanda Causey Baity Tired of looking at the nursery’s grey plastic storage bin as a toy box I set out on a mission to find the perfect wooden box to create something special for my son. I still have about 6 weeks until he arrives. Here are Baby Brother’s new toy boxes. I got these from Bthrifty. They were 15.99 …

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Prince William Recycling Rate for 2013

County Recycling Rate Now 40.5 % County Continues to Exceed State Mandate  July 14, 2014, Prince William, VA — Prince William County’s official recycling rate for 2013 was 40.5 percent. The Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Recycling Office received confirmation from Virginia Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) of the County’s Recycling Rate in June. By comparison, the …

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Holiday Prep 101

Easy ways to get your family and home ready for the festivities (Family Features) From hectic trips to the shopping mall to the costly expenses of gift giving, the holidays can bring about many frustrations. With a little bit of organization you’ll be ready to take on the holidays and enjoy the spirit of the season. The many expectations of …

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This Holiday, Create Homemade Versions of Classic Candies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (Family Features) For the perfect homemade gift and a wonderful addition to any dessert table, fill your holidays with sweets that mimic popular, beloved candies. Whether you need an easy-to-make confection for a cookie exchange or an upcoming family gathering, these delicious goodies replicate famous favorites with a homemade touch. Simple enough to make in your …

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How to Pick the Right College

(Family Features) Selecting the right college means not only choosing where you’ll live for the next four years, but finding the best fit for your personality, interests and your family’s financial situation. It’s often one of the biggest decisions many teens have ever faced. If you’re considering several colleges, the best way to compare them is to make a list …

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Deck Out Christmas Gifts with Crafty Decor

(Family Features) If crossing the final gift off your shopping list means your holiday giving has only just begun, these ideas for creating unique and personalized packaging may be just the ticket for some extra special flair under your tree this year. Wrap up homemade goodies fresh from your kitchen, or other small treasures, in Cupcake Cups adorned with the …

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick: A Unique Holiday Gift

Peppermint Hot Chocolate on a Stick   (Family Features) ‘Tis the season of giving – and Hot Chocolate on a Stick is a fun and thoughtful gift that will warm hearts and taste buds alike. A creative twist on hot chocolate, it’s easy to make with kids and sure to please the “hard to shop for” recipients on your list. …

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Holiday Crafting

Be Inspired by Traditions From Around the World (Family Features) Bring the joy and celebration of holiday traditions from around the world to your home this season. From the quaint custom of placing hand-painted luminaries in windows throughout Ireland to the beautiful embroidery folk art found in Scandinavia, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has created craft projects inspired by traditions …

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How People Really Feel About Holiday Family- Time

Plus Highest-Rated Activites (Hint: Not Reading) Contributed by Tada.com As a culture, we’re not quite as greedy and selfish as people might think: In a poll of 4,554 ONLINE SHOPPERS, “receiving gifts” came in as everyone’s least favorite holiday activity—across all age groups. Spending time with family was far and away everyone’s favorite part of the holidays. Women are definitely …

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Ideas and Inspiration to Reduce Food Waste in the Home

(Family Features)  Food waste is a major global issue that affects the environment, economy and food security. According to a 2012 report by the National Resources Defense Council, American families throw out 25 percent of the food they buy. That’s roughly the equivalent of $1,500 wasted each year. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who participated in Food Network’s “The Big Waste” special …

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