New Pumpkin Recipes to Add to Your List of Favorites

October 2, 2017 11:04 am

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall season? Whether it's pumpkin pie or a fragrant loaf of pumpkin bread, there's a lot to love about this delicious fall ingredient. Here are just a few new pumpkin recipes that you might want to try out this Autumn season!

  • Pumpkin Cake Donuts. Instead of leaving the house on a chilly weekend morning to head to your favorite donut shop, why not bring the donuts to you? Make your own moist, sugar-topped pumpkin cake donuts with this simple at-home recipe — no donut fryer required!
  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars. Looking for a simple dessert recipe to take along with you to a fall potluck or dinner party? These chocolate chip pumpkin bars include the best of both dessert worlds: pumpkin and chocolate!
  • One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta. Want to try your hand at savory pumpkin cooking? This creamy, comforting pasta dish is a perfectly surprising fall meal for dinner at home.
  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. Stick to your spending budget while also cutting down on calories and artificial ingredients by making your own PSL at home!
  • Homemade Pumpkin Butter. You already love apple butter, so why not try your hand at pumpkin butter? With just a few simple ingredients, you can make something to spread over warm toast or even can and give to friends as a gift.

Share your favorite fall recipes in the comments!

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9 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right!

September 22, 2017 2:33 pm

Back-to-school season has come and gone, but you might still find your family feeling a bit in between when it comes to getting on a set schedule. If your kids are having trouble sticking to a routine, getting their work done or finding time for all of those extracurriculars, these smart tips might help.

  1. Create a calendar. Instead of committing things like doctors appointments, practices and rehearsals to memory, get them on a physical calendar that everyone in the home can see.
  2. Eat healthy. It may be difficult to sit down together for a meal some nights, but making sure that your whole family is eating healthy will help everyone to feel more energized, concentrate in school and get a restful night's sleep.
  3. Communicate with each other. Staying connected will help you to learn how your family members are feeling, if the kids are stressed out and avoid confrontation.
  4. Lay out clothes ahead of time. Avoid the morning rush by laying out outfits, backpacks and other school supplies the night before.
  5. Stay social. Keep kids happy and healthy by planning regular play dates with their new school friends.
  6. Get them engaged. If your kids aren't very outgoing, joining a club or extracurricular activity may help them to make new friends.
  7. Talk to their teachers. Forge a relationship with your kids' teachers to stay in-the-know about their study habits and social skills.
  8. Get to bed early. A full night's sleep is important for everyone in the family, from the oldest to the youngest.
  9. Have fun! While it may seem overwhelming at times, it really helps to plan a fun family activity or a movie night to keep things lighthearted and fun.

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Use These Helpful Tips for Back-to-School

August 21, 2017 12:48 pm

Back-to-school season is stressful for everyone involved, but it's also one of the most exciting times of the year. If you want to make your back-to-school transition a bit more fun than fretful, use these tips for parents and children.

  • Meet the new teacher. Many schools offer parents the opportunity to meet the new teacher via email, phone call or in person, so if yours doesn't, you may want to introduce yourself on your own. Set up a meeting with the teacher ASAP into the school year, or make a point to make it to the first open house.
  • Take a tour of the school. Since many children are very nervous about starting a new school year at a new school, it may help to take them on a tour of the school before the first day. This way, they'll get to know where their classrooms are, how to find their lockers and more.
  • Look for old friends. Be sure to talk to other parents to find out which kids are in your child's new class. This way, particularly shy students will know if they already have a friendly face in the crowd.
  • Go school shopping ahead of time. Instead of saving all of your school supply shopping for the day before school starts, do your kids' shopping bit by bit in order to find the best bargains. Take a copy of the required school supply list and check things off as you go.
  • Talk to your kids. Most importantly, talk to your kids about their feelings about going back to school. Ask them if they have any concerns, and be sure to always instill kindness and friendliness in your children when it comes to meeting new classmates.

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