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Welcome to the Happy Halloween 2009 Edition of the ! We have scared up a wonderful collection of family-focused articles for your enjoyment!

Family Cooking & Recipes

Cyndi presents Grilled vegetables with chipotle-lime sauce posted at Real Food Fast!.

Make it from Scratch presents Pumpkin Pie from a Pumpkin posted at Make It From Scratch.

Cyndi presents The very best brownies in the world posted at Real Food Fast!.

Lucynda Riley presents Chocolate Dipped Apples posted at Chocolate-Execution.

Cyndi presents Apple cake posted at Real Food Fast!.

Make it from Scratch presents Crunchy Chicken Taco Salad posted at Make It From Scratch.

Marjorie presents What’s in Season? posted at Laurel on Health Food. Marjorie believes that “one of the best things about cooking and eating in-season foods is they taste better and they’re at their peak levels of nutrition and freshness. Eating seasonally means you can eat locally (supporting farmers and community-supported agriculture) — your food travels shorter distances from the fields to your plate.”

Family Crafts & Activities

Clare Wood presents Kids Dracula Costume Ideas posted at Dracula Costume.

Mary Ward presents Frankenstein Costume Makeup Ideas posted at Frankenstein Costume.

Dan presents Indulging Your Kids’ Love of Insects, Dinosaurs or Whatever posted at My Dad Blog. Dan writes, “With a child obsessed with insects, we figured we’d indulge his love of critters this summer with various activities and trips – he may not be this enthusiastic about nature forever, so we’re living in the moment!”

Make it from Scratch presents Team Treat Bags posted at Make It From Scratch.

Darcy presents My Pretty Letter Tray posted at Smart-Bottom Enterprises.

mom & dad presents Kids’ Halloween Costume Ideas posted at raising4boys.com.

Rachel Miller presents Amazing Air: Suction/Blowing Activities posted at quirkymomma.com.

Rachel Miller presents declutter challenge posted at quirkymomma.com.


Tracy Beach presents Win $1,000! Enter the DreamBox “Dream Big” Video Contest posted at Dreambox Learning.

Family Humor

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Happy Birthday To Me posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Csara presents From Where I Stand posted at Baby Talkers, offering thoughts from the mind of a one-year-old.

jose louwes presents Fishing posted at The Orestiada Times.

jose louwes presents Secondary School posted at The Orestiada Times.

driechm presents Be Consistent with Child Discipline or Be in the Doghouse! posted at Engaged Marriage, a true story about a bit of miscommunication between the author and his during a camping trip.

Gerald Godinho presents Enjoy Each Other’s Differences posted at The Godinho Blogs.

Jennifer Reed presents Odd Behavior in the Home posted at Reed What Matters. “Some very strange things have been going on in the Reed home these last few days,” Jennifer writes. “A few of the children cleaned up without being told, and not just once!” Imagine!

AmyL presents 3 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids posted at Earnest Parenting.

A.F. Heart presents Mystery Family Tree – Debut posted at Mysteries and My Musings.

Family Finance

Jim presents 2010 Federal Income Tax Brackets (Estimated) posted at Bargaineering.

Manshu presents Bing cashback posted at OneMint. Learn how to earn cash back while shopping using Bing.

Maria presents Toys and Christmas Lay-by. posted at rusticfuture.com.au.

Jim presents Stay At Home or Pay for Daycare? posted at Bargaineering.

Super Saver presents Cost of Raising a Child posted at My Wealth Builder.

Manshu presents Retirement planning calculator facts and Retirement Planning Calculator: Some more thoughts posted at OneMint.

Family Health and Wellness

Mommy’s Life presents Back Pack Drama posted at Mommy’s Life.

Erin presents Anxiety in children posted at School Psychologist Blog Files.

Aparna presents Clean your tongue to avoid bad breath posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming. “The tongue is a haven for bacteria to breed, multiply and attach to teeth and gums,” according to Aparna, “so tongue cleaning is just as important as hand washing to prevent colds, flu, and other ailments.”

Kristia presents A Women’s Health Checklist for Turning 40 posted at Family Balance Sheet.

Aparna presents Skin care tip: Wash your face thoroughly before you exercise posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming. Did you know that it’s far more important to cleanse your face thoroughly before a workout than after?

Parenting Tips & Advice

Kevin Heath presents Parenting and Helping Our Kids be Self-Sufficient posted at More4kids.

Kiera presents Pre Weaning Food posted at Baby Book Of Weaning.

Becca Glouzstein presents Girls and Their Body Image posted at Inspiration for Mothers.

Sonja Stewart presents Oh NO! Not MY Kid posted at Parenting Squad.

Jacquelyn presents Help Your Child to do Well in School posted at Wise Parenting Guide.

NtJS presents The Big Birthday Lesson: A new tradition posted at Not the Jet Set. The author has devised a way to make kids’ birthdays special and educational.

Case Ernsting presents How To Protect Your Infant, Toddler and Child with an Easy Home Safety Checklist posted at Home and Decor, offering some tips on protecting newborns and toddlers at home.

Linda presents Family Life posted at Simply Living Modestly.

Family Pets

GP presents Simply Sundays posted at Manely Montana.

The Pet Chatter presents It’s a toxic world, especially for our pets. posted at Pet Chatter.

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

Rick Schiano presents Let Go posted at Tasting Victory.

Family Travel

Katie Sorene presents 15 Most Magical Places in the World posted at Tripbase.

Gregory Cupp presents Green Bluff Apple Festival posted at Pit Stops for Kids.

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  1. I will be visiting more often as you have done a good job, keep going..Gr8 idea and a great blog.

  2. Kool Dude

    I really like Halloween. It is like the best night of the year for me. Happy Halloween, everyone.

  3. I love Halloween too, and since we moved we have no trick or treaters. Guess that’s what happens when the houses are spread out. Actually they find safer places to go than from door to door.
    I really enjoyed your lil story, and plan on dropping by more! Actually you have brightened my day! :mrgreen:

  4. Being with your family on Halloween is the absolute best, especially if you have little ones to be with. Unfortunately this year I had the swine flu during Halloween weekend, the one time that Halloween falls on a Saturday I get seriously sick. I was disappointed to say the least. But I hope that everyone else was safe and healthy on this wonderful night.

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