Four Reasons to Skip the Garage Sale and Donate Instead
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by Penelope
2w ago
Are you thinking about holding a garage sale to clear out unwanted items? The idea of making some extra cash might be tempting, and very understandable. You spent a lot of money on this stuff, and as far as you’re concerned, they still have value (that’s the reason you have a hard time letting it go- what if you need it again?). Surely there are other people who would find your o̶l̶d̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶s̶h̶ valued possessions as amazing as you do, and be willing to pay top second-hand dollar for these treasures, right? Right? There are compelling reasons to reconsider and opt for donating inst ..read more
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Embracing Slow Living: Tips for Families Over the Summer
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by Penelope
2w ago
As the summer sun stretches lazily across the sky, families often find themselves caught in a whirlwind of activities, vacations, and social gatherings. While these moments are undoubtedly precious, they can also leave us feeling drained and disconnected from the simple joys of life. This summer, consider embracing the art of slow living—a mindful approach that encourages savoring each moment, fostering deeper connections, and finding peace in simplicity. Disconnect to Reconnect, and Maybe Explore Nature In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easy to get caught up in screens and notifications ..read more
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Dive into Summer Fun: Benefits of Joining the Community Pool with Kids
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by Penelope
2w ago
As the summer heat rises, many families seek ways to stay cool and entertained. One of the best options is joining your local community pool! Beyond just a place to swim, community pools offer a host of benefits for both children and parents alike, and we love our local community pool so much that we wanted to share why we think this is a great option for so many people. 1. Swimming supports an active and healthy lifestyle, and frankly, many of us are far too sedentary these days. This includes children who game too much and watch a lot of TV. Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise that eng ..read more
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Choosing the Right Orthodontist: A Guide
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by Penelope
2w ago
It’s that time… time for us to look for an orthodontist for my younger son, who (despite being utterly handsome to me) is in need of some teeth-straightening so has asked several times for braces. He’s been asking for orthodontic work, and he’s 12, so his facial structure should be developed enough that starting to alter his bite hopefully doesn’t change it too much (he has a very symmetrical face and fine bite, so we don’t have to change anything about his facial structure or jawline). We started researching orthodontists in the Queens and Nassau area of New York, mostly based on feedback fro ..read more
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The Games Taking Us Into Summer
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by Penelope
2w ago
Summer is here, and so are the amazingly long, relaxed days filled with lazy afternoons and warm evenings. I love this time of year! My sons have been keeping up with their studies (Khan Academy and reading books to prevent summer slide) and we play board games and go to the beach and pool, but there are the rainy days and the “just don’t feel like going out days”. And for those days, we have our Nintendo Switch. Here are two new games we love that are taking us into summer… Endless Ocean Luminous The vast, mysterious expanse of the ocean has always captivated our imaginations. Nintendo’s Endl ..read more
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Discover the Dovety Electric Spin Scrubber: Your Cleaning Companion
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by Penelope
2w ago
Well, that made cleaning the bathroom much easier! I was recently introduced to a new product, a spin scrubber called the Dovety Electric Spin Scrubber that I was interested in trying out because I hate dealing with soap scum and tiles and all that bathroom cleaning that requires more time and effort and elbow grease than I have any interest in putting forth. I saw this nifty gadget (which recharges electrically and is then used without any wires) and just loved the multiple heads that includes sponges, brushes, and a serious scouring pad in a variety of shapes and sizes and softness/hardness ..read more
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Safety First
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by Penelope
2M ago
I recently started working outside the home again, and while I live in a safe area, what IS a “safe area”? I never really worry as I go about my day, pick up a late shift once in a while, or go for a jog in the late evening anymore, but I used to, because my safety is paramount- who else is going to care for my young family? I shouldn’t have to be concerned, not when I’m heading to my car in the morning, taking a road trip with my family, or any other time, and I was so happy to discover a reliable product that can help anyone feel safe as they go about their daily life, whether you’re a teen ..read more
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How to Create A Timeless Look In Your Home That Grows With Your Family
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by Penelope
2M ago
Change can be daunting, especially when it comes to your family. Years can pass in the blink of an eye; one day, you’re changing diapers, and the next, you’re planning for college. As such, your home and your family may also need to undergo a transformation to adapt to these new shifts. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid having to completely overhaul your living space as your family grows and changes. Creating a timeless look in your home can help you and your family withstand evolving times and trends. Whether you’re just beginning your family or gearing up as empty-nesters, a timeless hom ..read more
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Planning High School Courses Strategically
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by Penelope
3M ago
Planning high school courses can feel overwhelming for so many reasons. What math courses are best if you want to go to a certain college? What science track is best if you want to pursue a career in medicine? How many AP classes should a teen take, and which AP courses matter to which universities and are necessary to get into specific dream programs? We are navigating the strategic selection of high schools courses now, which specific end goals in mind. My son has an idea what career he’d like, and we have an idea of universities he would likely be happiest to attend (and their requirements ..read more
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College Planning… and so it begins
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by Penelope
4M ago
With one son in high school and the other in middle school, the time has come for us to start looking ahead a college planning and college admissions, and those formidable university years. Specifically: 1. Will my sons be accepted into a great school where they can learn, grow, thrive, excel? 2. Will my husband and I be able to afford their tuition without having to take on student loans? 3. How do we ensure they do well on those standardized tests that can have a huge impact on acceptances, and even more significant for us, merit scholarships? 4. Are we doing enough? Did we miss out on impor ..read more
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