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Keep Your Pet From Freaking Out This Halloween

October 14, 2016

The repeatedly ringing doorbells, copious caches of candies, and masked trick-or-treaters that come with Halloween can make even well-behaved pets act out. But there’s a lot you can do to reduce the fright factor. These tricks will help keep your dog or cat from jumping out its fur: Decorate With Restraint Jack-o’-lanterns here, fake spider…

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4 Fall Activities That Double As Exercise

October 12, 2016

Who knew that fun, fall outdoor activities like apple picking could double as exercise? I did! Now it’s your turn. Try these four alternative “workouts,” and you can look forward to having sore muscles the next day. For a Cross-Training Workout, Try Apple Picking A family road trip to a U-pick orchard may be all…

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These Activities Won’t Let You Put Off Exercise

September 02, 2016

How many times have you spoken these words? I really should exercise today, but I’ve got so much to do. Guess I’ll exercise tomorrow.  The next day, the same thing happens. Exercise is often moved to the end of people’s to-do lists. Working out may not feel as pressing as shopping for groceries or as…

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Fight the Freshman 15 and Win

August 31, 2016

Pizza at every meal … a flavored, whipped-creamed coffee habit … utter exhaustion—you’re practically handed the Freshman 15 with your first-semester syllabus. Those who plan ahead and gear up for the challenge (parents, please help!) will soon learn that gaining weight doesn’t have to be their fate. SmartWatch Your Workout You won’t always have time…

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How to Make Veggies More Fun for Kids to Eat

August 29, 2016

Shoving down bland carrots isn’t fun for anyone, let alone kids. Luckily, you don’t need fancy recipes or hours of food prep to add pizazz to produce. Use these simple tricks to serve up veggie-packed meals throughout the school year. Create Playful Shapes Kids eat with their eyes first, so make veggies visually appealing, says…

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4 Road-Trip Rules for Happy Travels With Your Dog

August 26, 2016

Summer + road trip + favorite furry pal = best time ever! That is, unless you haven’t planned for your trip accordingly. Follow these four simple rules, so you and your dog can see (and smell) your way through your adventures without a hitch. Rule 1: Prepare His Manners How many times have you tried…

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Don’t Need But Want: Pool Floats

June 13, 2016

I’ve spent a respectable amount of time atop a pool float. I grew up in Florida and, well, that’s what you do when it’s 94 degrees with 84 percent humidity outside. But now I live in Minnesota. It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it can also be the land of six-month winters. My floating…

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10 Puppy Toys Worth Drooling Over

April 28, 2016

Every dog owner knows a bored dog can quickly become a bad dog. And bad dogs do things like nose through trash, gnaw on furniture, and dig up landscaping. It’s easy to be mad (or not, depending on how well your dog does the guilty face), but how can we blame the dog if there’s…

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