Club notes: April 1

Encanto Garden Club The Encanto Garden Club met March 14 at Muffley's Back Door in Clovis with President Helen Martinez presiding. She welcomed guests Gladys Birdsong, Myrna Lincoln and Pyper Belcher. Refreshments were served by Carmen Gilchrist. The usual order of business was addressed after Jane Rybolt read the Gardener's Prayer. Plans for the trip […]

Year 2012 may prove interesting

It would be fun if this were an April Fool's Day column. It may be even more fun, based on the fact that it isn't. The people of whom I write are arguably sincere in what they believe and in why they believe it. Columns like this week's often begin with a scanning of the […]

Foolish not to expect pranks

It's not easy being a fool. Then again it hasn't been easy turning 26 today either. OK, maybe I better ask for forgiveness and just admit there's a fine line between April Fools prankster and liar. I'm not particularly good at either. As the resident April Fool I've more often been the butt of jokes […]

A walk on the wild side

Clovis resident Wes Robertson, a former game warden, retired four years ago but shows no signs of slowing down. Robertson and wife Linda, who also has a degree in wildlife management, climb mountains every chance they get. Robertson enjoys educating people about the outdoors and exercising and hunting with his dog, Maya. Courtesy photo On […]

Religion column: God will see you through

Life is not always easy, but I love it. If you never wanted to be hurt you would have to move to a desert island and be a hermit. Think of the loneliness. You would never know the joy and ecstasy of loving someone. You would never know the sacrifice love takes and most of […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

Turn your summer memories into permanent decorations

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Summer is over, but you have memories with your kids that you want to hang onto forever. Use these three ideas to turn your souvenirs into keepsakes. Slide Sleeve Treasure Holder This playful version of a shadow box can be tacked up just about anywhere or hung like a mobile to let […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tia Mowry Hardrict says twin Tamera has ‘a special relationship with Cree’

Jenny Schafer Tia Mowry Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley became overnight teen sensations for their hit comedy series “Sister, Sister.” Twelve years after successfully escaping the “child star curse,” the identical twins are ready to show us just how different they really are as they embark on two of the biggest journeys of their lives. The […]

Survey finds moms still face stigma and difficulties breastfeeding


McClatchy-Tribune Experts agree that breastfeeding is one of the best things that a mother can do for her child, but it’s not always as easy as it would seem. Many new moms face difficulties breastfeeding, and a new survey by the websites and show misinformation and ignorant attitudes still exist. Polling more than […]

Mom creates maternity line for fashion-forward women

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Jan Norman Ladera Ranch, Calif., mom Julia Christensen gained 83 pounds when she was pregnant with her son Bradford. Nothing in the stores looked attractive or fit with style for this self-described fashionista. “Clothes either cost $400 for a one-time wearing or weren’t made nicely,” she says. Sound familiar? It sure seemed to Christensen that […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids


Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

How a lemonade stand can change your child’s life

Lemons for Life

Alison Storm Trying to raise the next Bill Gates or Blake Mycoskie? Some say entrepreneurship starts at a young age. But if your child’s lemonade stand goes bankrupt, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed to raise an entrepreneur, according to financial expert Rachel Ramsey Cruze. She’s the daughter of bestselling author and radio talk show […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity moms and Michaels say ‘The family that crafts together, stays together’

Holly Robinson Peete Ali Landry

Carolyn Robertson Crafty mama Holly Robinson Peete gathered a few of her friends — including actress Ali Landry — together this week to help launch Michaels Family Craft Night in Los Angeles. Though her gig as co-host of The Talk and her work with the HollyRod Foundation keep her busy, Holly always makes time for […]

Fashionable crafting: Three ideas for creating one-of-a-kind T-shirts

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Want something you and your fashion-forward child can make together? Try out these three easy T-shirt design ideas by Disney FamilyFun magazine. Carrot-Print Mosaic Whittle carrot tips into squares or triangles, and you’ve got the perfect implements for printing a mosaic onto a shirt. Slip a piece of cardboard inside a prewashed […]

Last chance for your summer vacation

Disney cruise

Kathy Witt The kids have read all their books, played every video game and watched all their favorite reruns – at least a half dozen times. They’ve attended camp and gone on countless play dates, running Mom and Dad ragged in the process. They’ve reached that point of summer break where they claim – loudly […]

Taking the kids to work: The do’s and don’ts of bringing children to the office


Jen Weigel Your baby-sitter canceled and you need to head to the office. But is taking your kid to work really the best alternative? “Yes, I think it’s a very good idea,” says Fortune 500 leadership coach Paul David Walker. “Not every day but periodically. If your boss is fine with it, this can be […]

Kids on the job: ‘It’s work, not day care’

Jen Weigel Most reader responses to the story on taking your kids to work were negative, but some of you agreed with the idea that bringing kids to work can enliven the office in a good way. Our column about taking the kids to work generated a pretty exciting conversation on Facebook. Here are a […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Sarah Drew talks about her pregnancy and plans to be a working mom

Sarah Drew

Carolyn Robertson With her first trimester behind her, actress Sarah Drew is immersed in all things baby these days, shopping for maternity clothes, preparing a birth plan and debating baby names with her professor husband Peter Lanfer. In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the 30-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” star talks pregnancy and parenting tips […]

In a hot summer, cool ways to be messy

Erin Karonis

Beth Whitehouse Here we are in the midst of summer. The novelty of beaches and parks may have worn off, but the heat is still bearing down. What to do now? How about some fun, inexpensive backyard activities the whole family will love? “They’re all sort of cool things, water-based things,” says Maureen Mangan, the […]