My turn: Snack mix packs variety of tastes, textures

A single handful of snack mix has a great variety of tastes and textures. Munching on all the components is fun. That coupled with my sweet tooth made the following recipe sound quite good. It’s from www.tasteofhome.com, reprinted with permission. “Pack a sandwich bag of this treat in each of your children’s lunches and watch […]

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 […]

Joy makes it great to be alive

Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy, and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy. “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10 NCV). You can do anything […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 7

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Wood William (Bill) R .and Ruth Marie Bernhardt Wood of El Dorado, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 6 in Ruidoso. The celebration was hosted by their children: Julie Wood, Chris Wood and Carol Wood Sandoval, grandchildren: Amanda Wood Pullen, Ryan Wood, Janay Summers, Andrew Sandoval, Patrick Sandoval and Taryn Wood and their great-grandchild: […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

Birthdays — July 24

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Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

My turn: Simple mousse popular with children

Argen Duncan Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says […]