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Insect Repellent Types and Safety

The best way prevent bug bites is to avoid them when you can.

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Preventing and Treating Mosquito Bites

As temperatures heat up and summer thunderstorms arrive, so do the pesky mosquitoes.

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Quick Breakfasts for Back to School

August is here and that means it is back to school season. This means it is time to start thinking about quick and easy breakfasts to make your mornings easier.

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Staying Safe from Summertime Heat

Summertime brings a lot of recreation and outdoor fun for children. It also brings potential risk of heat exhaustion and a number of other heat-related illnesses.

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How to Survive an Outdoor Performance With Your Kids

The moderately-sized city I live in is surprisingly flush with opportunities to experience theatre. With two high schools, a university, a community theatre, a performing arts center, and an independent theatre company all within extremely close proximity of each other, we are rarely without the option to take in a show.

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Stormy's August Update!

Hello friends!

It's hard to believe that the final month of the 2018 baseball season is here. But there's no time to be sad about that! We have SO MUCH going on to finish off our 50th Season in Franchise History Celebration!

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All About Butterflies at Hands-on-Habitat!

Flowers spread beauty everywhere you see them. Vibrant hues of yellow, purple, red, orange and many other colors, they paint our world.

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DIY Felt Finger Puppets

This is a fun craft! My son's been into making finger puppets. He made an elephant and a giraffe for test finger puppets. This one is a tiger. I'm wondering if he was influenced by Daniel the Tiger since we just watched Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Infant Sleep Needs, Patterns, and Cycles

Babies have different sleep needs, alert patterns, and sleep cycles than adults. These sleep needs and patterns change as a baby matures.

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A Shark Week Feeding

Dun dun … dun dun … dun dun dun dunnnnnnnn…..

Did you recognize that as the Jaws theme song? Thank goodness I am not responsible for typing lyrics.

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Gastrointestinal Issues in Infants

As babies continue to develop, they will produce many different sounds and reactions, such as hiccups, burping and spitting up. It's important to know that these are usually normal for most babies and not signs of distress. However, the symptoms listed below may be a cue that your baby is having gastrointestinal problems.

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The Magic of a Better Nighttime Routine

If you're anything like me, the best part of the day is the 60 minutes between when the kids go down for bed and you have to get to sleep yourself. I love that little window — that rare golden hour when the day's work is done and you can taste a little freedom before tomorrow starts it all over again. Sometimes it's the only thing that gets me through the day and reminds me why we work so hard to to build a family together.

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How to Avoid Diaper Rash

Babies’ bottoms are in frequent contact with moisture and bacteria, which means most babies will get a diaper rash at some point.

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3 Things I've Learned Playing Tabletop Games with Kids

My family plays a lot of tabletop games. Card games, board games, puzzles — they’re a fantastic way to spend time together when your parenting brain is done being productive for the day.

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How to Take Your Child's Temperature

Today, doctors recommend that parents always use a digital thermometer to take their child's temperature. Mercury thermometers are no longer used since mercury is a toxic metal. If you have a mercury thermometer, contact your local health department to learn how to safely remove it from your home.

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