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The Secret World Of Arrietty (access required)

Ever wonder what goes on under your floorboards? There may be little people living there, borrowing sugar cubes and tissues while you sleep at night. That’s the premise of The Secret World of Arrietty, based on Mary Norton’s classic book series, The Borrowers. My kids � now teenagers -- are big fans of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese filmmaker behind this movie, as well as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, among others. There’s something about these films that kids immediately connect with. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the storylines; the serene, Monet-like...

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Make a delicious dish on the first try (access required)

The peanut gallery is alive and well at my house. When I try a new recipe, I get instant feedback, sometimes on just looks alone. Since everyone has an opinion, I need to put my best dish forward and make sure I get it right the first time. Not only do I aim to please the crowd, but I aspire to save some money as well...

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Show Off Your Pooch (access required)

Here’s your chance to show off your dog to the world—or at least to other dog-lovers in the area. The 16th annual PawsAbilities will be held March 10-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. There is plenty for pet owners and their four-legged friends to do. If your dog can wriggle under a limbo stick, retrieve socks or give doggy kisses like a champ, he may have what it takes to fetch the gold in the Dog Olympic Games...

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I Need a Shack! (access required)

The kids had half a day of school Thursday and were off Friday. By Saturday I almost couldn’t take it anymore—all the random bickering and incessantly loud chaos made me crazy. And then it occurred to me � summer is almost here. AAACCCKKKK!!! What will I do with these people for three months...

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Voice Your Opinion on Education Funding! (access required)

On Monday, February 20, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso will be a guest on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s live call-in program to discuss education funding and Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13. The program airs from...

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Big Miracle (access required)

There’s something really compelling about whales. Is it their size and power? The fact that they swim in the ocean underneath our tiny boats? Or the fact that even though they could wipe out a small town with one swipe of a flipper, maybe they’re not so different from us after all. Whatever the reason, any time a whale pops up in a movie, I’m so there. In Big Miracle, we get not one, but three whales...

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Saving money is just a click away! (access required)

When I’m in line at the grocery store checkout holding my pile of coupons, people often ask me, "Where do you get your coupons?" My answer—lots of places! While most coupons are available in your weekly Sunday newspaper, there are more printable coupons available on the internet now than ever before. Check these websites for coupons...

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Have you heard about Pinterest? (access required)

Pinterest.com is the coolest new thing sweeping the web. It is a virtual pin board of things people—mainly women—love. Users create their own pin boards to plan their weddings, share decorating ideas, offer amazing DIY projects and show off recipes that make Martha Stewart look like a bag lady. The only catch is, you have to be invited. Of course this makes Pinterest all the more desirable. I was invited recently and sucked into this vortex of goodness.

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Cutting Costs Without Cutting Coupons (access required)

In 2012, I’m resolved to save more money on my groceries. With the cost of everything going up seemingly by the minute, I have to have a plan when I hit the grocery store. While I almost always take along my handy coupon binder, I know some of you just don’t have the time or energy for coupon clipping. So how can you save some change at the grocery store without clipping a single coupon? Here are some tips to try next time you are buying groceries...

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Pain in the neck (access required)

I woke up this morning with a stiff neck and shoulders. It must happen to everyone, because when I was at the grocery store today I was rolling my head around wincing and the lady in the granola bar aisle said to me, "Did you sleep funny?" After I said "yes," she said, "Yeah, that’s the worst." A few minutes later it hit me. Having a stiff neck really isn’t the worst. The worst would be having no neck at all. And why do we call it sleeping "funny?" Shouldn’t it be called sleeping seriously? Or sleeping...

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One For the Money (access required)

Stephanie Plum does not live in the real world. No one who loves cheese puffs and Big Gulps that much would have Katherine Heigl’s body. No one who’s just shot and killed a man would carry on with such sassy gusto. And no one could jump into the bail bond business and start carting people in so easily. But none of that really matters, because One For the Money is not that kind of movie...

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Dennis the Menace (access required)

I now have a cat. I didn’t want a cat. I never intended to care for one, and being around felines makes my eyes water and my throat close up. Yet, here I am. Dennis (yeah, my husband named him Dennis) showed up at our back door three months ago...

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Take a sweet drive this month (access required)

It can be hot. It can be cold. It can come in a box or it can come in a bag. Sometimes it’s square, sometime it’s round. Sometimes it’s filled, sometimes it’s hollow. It can be a powder or a solid. But it is always gobbled up! Did you know that eating a small, 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you...

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Feeling Exhausted? Check Your Heart (access required)

Carol Tomcavage was only in her mid-40s when her symptoms began, but the mother of three knew something wasn’t right. "I was extremely tired. I was never so tired in my whole life," she said. The Lancaster woman knew she needed medical help, but doctors were stumped with her symptoms. "I was exhausted and out of breath. I kept going to my doctors and telling them about it," Tomcavage said. Although doctors performed thyroid and other tests, they couldn’t find anything wrong...

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