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The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars

Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids.

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Finding the right book for your kid can be a …

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My son came home from the first day of Grade …

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    Textbook websites and apps can help take some of the sting out of the high cost of college by helping you find textbooks online for less than you'd pay at the bookstore. Use these tools to search for the cheapest book to buy or rent or to download an etextbook to a mobile device.

    Textbook Price Comparison Websites and Apps. There are dozens of sites that sell, rent, and buy textbooks. Finding the cheapest source for each book can be ridiculously time consuming. Our research into the cheapest college textbook sites found that no single provider consistently delivers the best pricing on any book you might need. Turning to comparison sites with a list of required texts in hand is the most efficient way to find college textbooks online. Here are several textbook websites and apps worth trying:

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    Check out our list for the top cheap college textbook sites.

    Affordabook is a website, app for iPad and Android, and browser add-on for PCs and Macs. Affordabook searches 10 "trusted"

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  • It's that time of year again, and getting the kids ready for school hasn't gotten any easier. Luckily, you don't have to spend oodles of cash to send them off with style! Look no further than your craft cabinet for these easy and fun school supply hacks fit for the coolest kids on the block. Here are the 7 best ways to make sure the beginning of school is as pretty as the early autumn leaves:
    -By Melanie Blodgett

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    I had a joyful weekend.

    I am a proud mother.

    JD is turning 6 next month and starting a brand new school in September.

    Other than the kids he met at the orientation back in May, he knows no one.

    I am not worried.

    JD is a social butterfly like me. He is not shy. He is satisfied alone, playing, drawing or writing, but also loves hanging out with his peers. He's down for a loud, good time, or a quiet snuggly one, watching a movie. I love this about him.

    We spent a long weekend at the shore. JD is an only child, so when we hit the beach, I play and swim with him. We have a blast.

    This weekend it was like I wasn't on the beach. Sigh! Cheer?

    Related: The 10 worst things about going back to school

    We set up camp and headed down to the breaking surf. JD saw 2 boys digging and told me he was going to play with them. I watched him walk away from me.

    "My name is Jack," he said. "Can I play, too?"

    The brothers, 5 and 7, invited him to join.

    I SAT in my beach chair (GLORIOUS!), walked along the wate

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  • With a new a school year fast approaching, we need to jump back on the saddle, reestablish routines, think about parent-teacher conferences and after-school activities. A new school year also means opening up the lines of communication by talking to our children about digital etiquette and their virtual safety. Children are growing up in a 24/7 digitally connected world. What they do in school now follows them home and reaches them through their computers, tablets or smartphones.

    As parents, we need to play an important role in educating them about online safety and the rules involved in utilizing the web. Rules like if a photo or comment cannot be shared with a parent, then it probably is not appropriate to post on the web, let alone have it exist at all.

    We need to teach our children the power of words, the Internet's anonymity and the consequences to their virtual actions. With technology deeply-rooted in our lives, we can no longer afford to ignore the potential dangers that lurk i

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  • Standardized testing scores are a big deal, there's no disputing that. Like moments in life, they can be good, they can be bad, they can be mediocre. A brilliant score can equate to jealous gasps, and exclamations of " whyyyy can't I be that smart?!" A horrible score can equate to raised eyebrows and hushed whispers of "well, someone must have been dropped on their head a lot as a child…"

    Universities use these scores to separate the "intelligent" from the "not so intelligent". They want the creme de la creme in their universities, and who can really blame them? I disagree with the common belief that high or low academic performance is actually an indicator of a person's overall intelligence, and I think that's where universities are flawed in using test scores as an indicator of whether to admit/ not admit a person.

    This is probably the part where you're thinking, "Obviously she isn't getting good test scores, and she's just trying to make excuses for it." It's true; I didn't do that

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