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It’s Time for Bed: Resetting Your Nighttime Routine

We all know opposites attract, but how well do they sleep at night? If you currently share your bed with a living, breathing being, you can commiserate. One person is too hot, the other too cold. Throw two kids, a 60 lb. yellow lab, and demanding work schedules into the mix and you can imagine…

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Best Gift a Husband Can Give …

My favorite bicycle ride of the year approached, but my body seemed to mysteriously slow down, at just the wrong time. I lost a favorite cousin to AIDS, and so the 100-mile Ride for AIDS the weekend after Labor Day, taking me from Harbor Country in southwest Michigan to my hometown of Chicago, was one…

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What This Professional Organizer Does Before Bed

After an exhausting day of meetings, kid pickups, dinner prep, and homework drama, bedtime can appear like an oasis —time to finally relax. You may think you have your nighttime routine down to a science — here’s when the kids’ lunches get made and here’s when the last emails are sent. But have you really…

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Become a Dad Joke Superstar With These 8 Tips

Comedy is a universal equalizer. Opinions may differ on politics and sports, but laughing brings everyone together. Dad jokes especially are harmless, clever, and, if delivered properly, capable of inspiring a hearty laugh.   Of course, a joke’s success depends on the right delivery. There’s a nuance to a top-notch dad joke. Overtired and cranky…

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Book Club: Take a Culinary World Tour via Your Bed

Like getting a rush of heat from a Sichuan hot pot or inhaling the rich aroma of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, reading about the authentic cuisine of a foreign culture can envelop you in a sensory experience that you don’t want to end. In vivid detail, these adventurous authors bring you along for the ride…

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5 Winning Football Party Game Ideas for All Ages

“Football is a great American pastime, one that brings families together even if they are not rooting for the same teams, which can get interesting,” says Renee Patrone, CEO of Party Host Helpers from Wayne, Pennsylvania. “There’s normally that lull before the game starts when guests are arriving, so interactive games get the guests in…

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Lighten Up Game Day Food

Cheer on your favorite team without leaning on the usual deep fried, carb-heavy, cheese-laden offerings.   The Case for Going Light   Many game day favorites include spicy food — take chili and chicken wings, for starters. Add pizza and fries, and that’s a recipe for disturbed sleep. If you’re eating heavier foods like this…

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It’s Time for Bed: Resetting Your Nighttime Routine

We all know opposites attract, but how well do they sleep at night? If you currently share your bed with a living, breathing being, you can commiserate. One person is too hot, the other too cold. Throw two kids, a 60 lb. yellow lab, and demanding work schedules into the mix and you can imagine…

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Surprise Kids With New Family Game Night Location

These simple bedroom-based games will bring your whole gang together for a fun bonding activity on a rainy morning or a quiet night in — no tables (or tablets) required.   Charades   Little prep is required for this timeless classic. Invite the kids to get in their pajamas (or if it’s a rainy morning,…

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Book Club: 7 Books That Bring Summertime to Life

For some it means days spent on the beach or in the surf. For others, summer is synonymous with America’s favorite pastime — baseball. These novels and non-fiction books evoke the spirit of the season in all its hot, humid and hazy glory. Just grab a beach chair and start reading.   Dandelion Wine: Famous…

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DIY Outdoor Family Game Night

There’s no need to break the bank getting new equipment. Instead, let your creativity bloom with just a few household items. These games will get everyone moving and ready for a good night’s sleep.   Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling   Create your own nighttime backyard bowling alley with glowing water bottles as pins. Fill up 10 same-size…

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