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Caramel Apples the Whole Family Will Love

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Since these classic fall treats technically fall into the fruit family, we're deeming them a healthy snack for the family. And making them together will be a very fun, very sticky endeavor. Serves: 5 What You’ll Need: 5 apples One 11-ounce bag of soft caramels 2 tablespoons of milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Small pinch of... read more

Step-by-step Pumpkin-Carving Made Easy

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Maybe you haven't carved a pumpkin since you were a kid, but now that baby's here, it's time to bring back tradition. It's messy, it's time consuming and it's a true art, but a step-by-step tutorial will have you showing that jack-o'-lantern who's boss. What you'll need: Basic pumpkin-carving kit (available at party stores) Kitchen... read more

Saturday Morning Pancakes

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Get everyone out of bed no-problem with a batch of pancakes this weekend. This super straight-forward recipe will have you flipping flapjacks like a pro. What You’ll Need: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 4 tablespoons butter, melted 1 large... read more

Kid-friendly Dessert in Minutes

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There is one solution to getting your kiddos involved in the kitchen: a microwave. Forget the boxed mix or the tediousness of baking from scratch; these mug cakes are ready in minutes. Plus, they involve a fraction of the ingredients of a traditional dessert, making a fraction of the mess. We suggest the chocolate peanut butter mug... read more

An Easy Wings Recipe That Tastes Better Than Takeout

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Curb the urge to call in takeout and impress the whole family with some homemade wings. Football season has never tasted so good. What You’ll Need: For the Wings 3 lb chicken wings 2 tablespoons corn, canola, grapeseed or vegetable oil (plus more for brushing) 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon crushed black... read more

The Perfect Labor Day Recipe Your Family Will Go Crazy Over

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The heat is definitely on when it’s Labor Day and you’re throwing the party. But you can handle those hungry guests -- or your own hungry family --  with this juicy and classic cheeseburger recipe from The Nest, done in five quick steps. Pass the spatula -- you’ve got this. What you’ll need... read more

5 Apps to Make the Most out of Date Night

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Having a baby changes everything, including your relationship. For new parents, date nights are definitely few and far between, but we really can't stress their importance enough. We'll even make it easy for you. Swipe past all those parenting apps and check out five tools that will make throwing together a romantic evening a breeze. 1. PRIV... read more

7 Small Gadgets That Won’t Take Over Your Living Space

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Between tripping over toys and sacrificing your storage room for a nursery, you're tighter on space than ever. Luckily, there's plenty of super sleek, compact gadgets to make your day-to-day chores and upkeep a breeze. 1. The Vacuum  Vacuuming might be a whole lot more fun if you had this pretty-looking powerhouse. Not only does... read more

5 Guilt-Free Summer Desserts Your Whole Family Will Love

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We totally get it -- you want to give your kids a summer treat, but you're wary of a sugar high. Get ready to turn your back on the ice cream man, because we've rounded up five (mostly) healthy treats filled with fresh fruit. 1. Roasted Fruit Crunch The only indulgent part of this sweet... read more

6 Simple Tricks to Personalize Your Closet

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Is your whole house being taken over by bottles and baby bouncers? We know that baby changes everything, and staying organized and having kids typically don't go hand-in-hand. But, for the sake of your sanity, lay claim to at least a portion of the house that still belongs to you: your closet (or half of... read more