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  • Throwing a Family-Friendly Football Party

    Throwing a family-friendly football partyFootball parties can be a blast, but the kids always seem to get left out. Lifestyle expert and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Najafi joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota to share her tips for getting the whole family involved in the fun.

    Related: Touchdown! 5 football party themes for kids

    "The secret is to get them involved at the very beginning," says Najafi. "Give them tasks. Make them feel like it's their party as much as it's yours."

    Najafi notes that decorations get kids really excited, so she suggests creating fun craft projects for them. For example, the kids can create pennants and decorate juice boxes to look like mini footballs.

    "The theme of football should be incorporated into the party," adds Najafi. Use chalkboard paint on glasses so that you can write fun things on them, for example. You can also decorate your table with AstroTurf made to look like a football field.

    Related: How to throw a football party for football lovers

    Household items can also be

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  • Dangers in Your Medicine Cabinet

    Medicine cabinet must-havesFrom combating coughs to closing up cuts, your medicine cabinet should have it all. But are we stocking up on the right stuff? Dr. Travis Stork from "The Doctors" joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to talk about some medicine cabinet must-haves.

    First, says Dr. Stork, your medicine cabinet should not have eye drops and nasal sprays that are designed to treat redness of the eyes and congestion in the nose. "Kids ingesting less than half a teaspoon of these were being admitted to ERs with nausea, vomiting, lethargy, fast heart rates, even coma in some cases." If your child does ingest these, call poison control immediately.

    Related: Child-proofing tips to protect your kids in home danger zones

    "Think of your medicine cabinet as minimalist space," explains Dr. Stork. He recommends having necessities for pain, colds, and allergies, as well as emergency or first aid solutions.

    According to Dr. Stork, it's important to understand the difference between the various pain medications

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  • What’s Better: Fresh or Frozen?

    What's better: Fresh or frozen?When it comes to grocery shopping, it can be hard to know which is better--fresh or frozen. Supermarket guru Phil Lempert joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to share his tips on making the best choices for fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat.

    Many people think that fresh is always better for produce. However, this is not necessarily the case. According to Lempert, "You want to think about taste. You want to think about flavor, nutrients, and you want to think about what's in season."

    Related: Guide to buying frozen food

    For example, he says, the fresh strawberries you'll find in the produce section in December or January have probably been picked before they were ripe. "They're big, red, and tasteless--and no nutrition," he says. Instead, Lempert suggests buying the berries frozen because they were picked at the peak of freshness and frozen immediately. Plus, they will be less expensive than fresh.

    Related: Fresh meals using frozen food

    Lempert says that frozen foods have not

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  • Difficult Kid Questions: How (Not) to Answer Them

    Difficult kid questions: How (not) to answer them"Is it true, Mommy? Are you going to die??"

    When suddenly faced with answering one of her daughter's toughest questions, Johanna does what she does best: chokes, panics, and freaks the freak out.

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  • How to Stay Safe and Sane on Snow Days

    Be prepared for a snow daySnow days can be fun, but only if you're prepared. Do you know what essential supplies you might need to stay safe--and sane? Fay Wolf, professional organizer, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to share her tips for getting snow day ready.

    Wolf suggests keeping at least a three-day emergency stash for your family. To start, it should consist of about a gallon of water per person per day. She also recommends keeping food that doesn't require heat. "Things like peanut butter and jelly, canned goods, dried fruit, things like that," she says. She also notes that people often forget that it's very important to stock up on toilet paper--like Charmin Ultra Strong.

    Related: 10 tips to be prepared for emergencies

    In addition, Wolf says that it's important to stock extra batteries and battery-powered electronics in your emergency stash. Plus, she says, you should keep salt or kitty litter on hand to break up ice that may form on walkways. And finally, she says, "Cash in small bills is a

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  • Messy Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family

    Messy Rainy Day ActivitiesRainy days are upon us, and with them come bored children and frustrated parents. Luckily, help is at hand. Art Zone founder and educational psychologist Laura Krug joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota to share some fun activities for your family.

    Krug explains, "The fact is that kids learn through hands-on activities. It's the best way for them to develop their growing brains and their curiosity." She begins by sharing three messy art-based activities for kids to do on rainy days.

    Related: 25 rainy day activities for kids

    First, Krug suggests gathering some wooden blocks and double-stick tape. Then, she says, attach ordinary household items to the blocks with the tape. "Now go ahead and stamp that into the paint, and then we'll stamp it on the paper," says Krug. This makes interesting patterns on the paper.

    Related: Rainy day survival guide

    Next, Krug shows how to make a print with bubble wrap. Simply dip the bubble wrap into the paint. Then press it on paper to take a print of

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  • The Hidden Benefits of Pregnancy

    The hidden benefits of pregnancyJohanna has a few words of wisdom for pregnant women. She says, "I'm sure you've heard that pregnancy is an amazing and magical experience. And it is. But not for the reason that you think. It's amazing and magical because never again will you be able to get away with so much for such an extended period of time.

    "Now, everybody knows that pregnancy is a chance to gorge yourself like a ravenous wildebeest, but that's just the tip of the pregnancy with benefits iceberg.

    Related: 4 things you should never say to a pregnant woman

    "I want you to look upon these nine months as a blank check to behave like a total a-hole, and I can say this, because when I was pregnant, I cashed it. Many, many, many, many, many, many times. Are there things you've never been able to say to your mother, your best friend, your neighbor, your boss? Now's the time to say them.

    Related: The 7 best presents to give a pregnant woman

    "Just be sure to follow it up with the phrase, 'I'm sorry, I'm feeling a

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  • Is Your Kid Safe…Online?

    Is your kid safe online?A generation ago, the idea of cyber safety didn't even exist. Now, it's more important than ever. Joining Away We Grow host Diane Mizota is Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, to talk about how to keep kids safe online.

    Kids are starting to use computers and phones early on these days, and parents may wonder what sites are appropriate for what age. Fitzgerald notes that most social media sites have age guidelines in place. "Do your research, find the age-appropriate games and websites, and use the most private settings," she says.

    Related: The best Internet browsers for kids

    If your children are using social media, Fitzgerald offers a few key tips for keeping them safe:

    • Friend your children.
    • Know your children's passwords.
    • Set up the rules ahead of time.
    • Do not let your children accept friends unless they know the other person in the real world.
    • Do not allow chat rooms, especially when kids are young.

    Related: Internet safety at home

    In addition,

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  • Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep You Looking Radiant All Year

    Stay radiant with winter skin care tipsTired of dull and lifeless skin? Help is at hand! Makeup artist Beth Carter speaks with Easy Does It Host Ereka Vetrini to share her winter skin care tips.

    For many women, their skin gets flaky and dry winter after winter. Carter explains that in the winter months, it's much cooler-and often windier as well. Plus, she adds, "you're in and out of areas that are heated indoors." These factors combine to dry skin out.

    Related: Smart tips for fixing dry winter skin

    The key to avoiding this problem, says Carter, is to stay moisturized. "First of all," she says, "you need to use a cream or lotion-based cleanser." She suggests applying the cleanser in an upward and outward motion. "We don't want to drag our skin down in any way," she explains.

    The next step in a winter skin care routine is exfoliating, which allows the moisturizer to penetrate more effectively, says Carter. She adds that by the time women turn 30, they should be exfoliating more often, and they should always be using an

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  • Childhood Obesity: Are Parents to Blame?

    ThinkstockAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years-and we as parents may not be helping to reduce it, says Dr. Natalie Muth, author of "Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make."

    Dr. Muth tells Away We Grow host Diane Mizota that a common parental practice that could lead to childhood weight gain is the "clean plate club." When parents require their children to eat everything on the plate, kids then lose the ability to use their own feelings of hunger and fullness to decide how much to eat. "And that habit stays with that child for their whole life," says Dr. Muth.

    Related: Childhood obesity: A Growing concern

    How parents try to get their children to eat vegetables may also lead to problems down the road. A classic mistake that parents may make is to tell their children that if they eat the vegetables, they can then have dessert. All of a sudden, the dessert becomes a reward.

    "It starts early,

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