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Keep Kids Reading – and Having Fun With it!

by Cynda Zurfluh   Summer may only be ten weeks long, but there’s a lot of research that shows kids lose some of what they’ve learned during the previous school year.  Students lose from one to three months of academic aptitude over the summer – and reading skill loss at …

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Finding the Perfect Salon

I have always found it interesting thatpeople will spend more time trying to find the perfect pair of shoesthan trying to find a talented hairstylist, especially since yourhair is something you wear every day. Then, I got to thinking, maybepeople know what to look for in an excellent pair shoes, …

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Kids Get Smart on Health

Physical, expressive and powerful, traditional dance has an illustrious history in Native American culture. Long a part of the celebration of tribal life, these same dances have become the backbone of the Osage Nation Head Start youth fitness program. Several years ago, the Indian Health Service called for education initiatives …

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Go Bananas! Toy Store

  This Toy Store Is Top Banana!       Brambleton is a hot spot when it comes to convenience and variety in the Dulles area. Nestled in its Town Center is the envy of all toy stores, aptly named Go Bananas!  The store owner and self-proclaimed “Top Banana,” Mary …

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Keep Safe (And Away from Mosquitoes and Ticks) This Summer!

There’s nothing worse than a summer of bug bites. Thankfully, there’s relief! Mosquito Terminators can take care of the mosquitoes, ticks and other nasty bugs for you so you and your family can enjoy the summer! They offered us a few tips on staying safe (and away from mosquitoes!) this …

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Great Gifts Kids Can Make

 Book Offers Great Tips for Great Gifts   As a crafty mother of five girls I couldn’t wait to try the activities in the book 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make by Stephanie R. Mueller and Ann E. Wheeler.   It claims to be “full of gift-making activities for children …

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Baked Tofu Variations

Serves 6 2 cakes tofu (12 ounces each), pressed. To press the tofu, place the cakes of tofu between two flat plates or baking sheets. Weight the top with a bowl of water, a stack of plates, a heavy can or whatever is handy. The sides of the cakes of …

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

By: Jacqueline Bodnar A big issue that many parents will face this school year iswhether or not their little one is ready for kindergarten.  For a variety of reasons, many childrendo not go to pre-school and even if they do it’s still important that theylearn some basic skills before starting …

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