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Mirror Mirror (access required)

I really wasn’t expecting much from Mirror Mirror. The trailer looked kind of dumb, and I wasn’t totally onboard with Julia Roberts as the queen. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie fun, lively and full of (mostly) interesting characters. With her gaudy, over-the-top costumes and incessantly cruel comments...

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Buying for baby (access required)

Now that my kids are getting older I’m starting the process of purging my basement of things they have outgrown or don’t need anymore. As I looked at the items that were well worn and sighed over the items that seemed nearly new, I began to think about many of you who are expecting your first baby. How can you get the biggest bang for your buck...

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The Trail of the Lorax (access required)

My editor, because she’s freakin’ awesome, recently sent me to the Philadelphia Zoo to check out their brand new Trail of the Lorax exhibit. It was crazy fun, made me proud to live in Hershey (you’ll never guess why), and they treated us like fancy people (Heaven!). So here’s the skinny on Philly: The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, teamed up...

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Platypus mothers Unite! (access required)

Raise your hands if you’re sick and tired of hearing how French mothers raise perfect children and Asian moms (aka "Tiger Moms") corner the market on rearing prodigies. In case you’ve missed the recent brouhaha, Pamela Druckerman, a former Wall St. Journal reporter who lives in France with her...

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Navigating your teen’s college plans (access required)

It’s difficult to predict what is going through the mind of a 17-year-old high school student. Many are thinking about the newfound freedom that comes with obtaining a driver’s license. Some might be thinking about who to ask to the prom, others simply wonder where they will be chillin’ this weekend. Few are probably seriously thinking about their college search. But now is the perfect time...

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Improve your world one act at a time (access required)

Giving back to the community is a priority for many local families, such as the Groleaus of Dauphin County, who volunteer at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. "The kids love going every week and I enjoy going," said Dawn Groleau, of West Hanover Township. "It makes them feel good to help individuals with disabilities because they have the ability that others don’t." There’s never been a better time to...

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Alternative energy options (access required)

With the cost of gas and fuel oil skyrocketing and the price of electricity going up each year, many families are exploring alternative energy sources to heat and cool their homes. But with a variety of choices out there, how do you know which one to choose for your family? Here’s an overview of popular products that can save money—and the environment...

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The Hunger Games (access required)

I’m conflicted about The Hunger Games. It’s a gripping, emotional movie with thoughtful characters and good special effects, and yet � you can’t overlook the fact that it’s a story about children being forced to kill other children while their friends and family watch. It doesn’t get much worse than that in the big scheme of tragic possibilities. But I believe that’s precisely why the Suzanne Collins books are so popular, and why the movie grossed more than $153 million its first weekend. No one wants to see kids kill other kids. It’s tragic...

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Review: The Hunger Games (access required)

It was a grey, cold and rainy this past weekend, so I decided to succumb to the newest craze and partake in The Hunger Games. But I wasn’t one of the millions of people sitting in a theatre. I was comfortably curled up on my sofa under a blanket with my Nook reading. This is one of my rules...

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Growing like a weed (access required)

Do your kids grow faster than weeds? Mine do! I spent the better part of today trying to decide what sizes they are and what sizes they will be this summer. What’s the reason for my guessing game? It’s consignment sale season! There are many consignment sales happening near my house over the next few months and I want to be ready to hit the racks in search of clothes to outfit my kids until fall. If you have never been to a consignment sale, it’s like a giant yard sale for kids’ items, usually held indoors, extremely...

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Gamer moms (access required)

If you follow my plain jane Facebook page, then you know I have some geek in me. Probably more than I’m willing to admit. I post about constellations, go berzerk over meteor showers and often mention silly, cerebral things. But what I don’t post—what only four people know about me (and three are the bald man and my two kids) is that I LOVE online hidden object games. It’s what I do to relax...

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Bully (access required)

It’s my policy to not review R-rated films for my family movie syndicators, and in most instances, with the possible exception of The King’s Speech, I’ve never questioned that policy. So I polled my syndicators and asked if they would be opposed to a review of Bully, a documentary that looks at bullying in school systems across the country. The film is rated R for language, although there’s a big campaign...

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Confirming faith: What to do when your teen hesitates (access required)

In the realm of religion, confirmation completes for an adolescent the promise his parents made for him when they christened, baptized or held a naming service for him as a wee babe. But what if that cherubic child in the little white getup grows to be 13 and announces one Saturday afternoon after temple or one Sunday morning after church, that he has doubts about making this very adult leap of faith...

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When worlds collide: My dinner with a child-free friend (access required)

Every now and then, I’m reminded of how different my life is from the life of my child-free friend. And when I say different, I mean worlds apart—like Mars and Pluto. But we somehow manage to stay connected by planning the occasional dinner out. Take one recent night, for instance. We met at a lovely sit-down restaurant complete with linen tablecloths...

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