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Just For Parents

An Easy Solution to End Un-tied Laces

We’re always looking for great product to help make our lives (and kids’ lives) easier.  Recently, our staff had the opportunity to try out Jogo Grips, a new product invented by local resident, Steve Dalton.  Here’s what we thought.   My 6 year old daughter is still a beginner at tying her shoes, and her…

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25 Dates under $50

Visit the Taubman Museum and then grab dessert at the City Market (We love Bayou’s Snowballs!) Paint pottery at Glazed Bisque It (Some larger pieces can be pricey, so why not paint one together?) Go rock climbing at River Rock– they have a late night discount Mondays-Thursdays after 8 pm until 10 pm. Visit your…

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Babysitter Tips for Parents

When looking for a babysitter it is a good idea to start by asking for recommendations. Asking friends, family, coworkers, parenting groups, or from local churches are all good places to start. Ask about the recommended person’s gender, age, and experience. Also, it’s good to know how the recommending friend knows the babysitter, how long…

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3 DIY Face Masks

          Tracing back to ancient Egypt, oatmeal has been used to beautify the skin. Oatmeal removes excessive oils and exfoliates dead skin. By doing so, it helps with dry skin and relieves irritated skin while also evening skin tone. The potassium in bananas help to decrease inflammation while vitamin A aids…

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DIY Lavender and Chamomile Bath Bombs

     As 2016 begins, a good new year resolution to have is finding ways to combat the symptoms of stress. Two popular, and effective, ingredients to help combat stress, and its symptoms, are lavender and chamomile.      Lavender is native to parts of northern Africa and the Mediterranean. Historically, people used it when…

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

For some, there’s nothing like the rush of getting a great bargain on Black Friday.  For others, they cringe at the traffic and the lines and the early hours. Some live for it, and some tolerate it. But, if you’re smart, you can make the most out of the busiest shopping day of the year.…

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5 Safety Tips for TRICK-OR-TREATING this Halloween!

For many children (and adults!) Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year!  But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful… We want all of our readers to be safe this Halloween, so the folks here at Growing Up in the Valley wanted to remind you of some important trick-or-treating…

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Public School or Private School? Do your homework …

All parents at some point are likely to have the discussion as their children start to grow, learn, talk, walk, etc.  Do we put our kids in public school or private school? Assuming we can afford private school … is it really any better than public school? What are some advantages? What about any disadvantages?…

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5 Great Ideas for Your Summer Vacation Photos

If you’re like most parents, you took pictures all Summer long of your family outings, reunions, vacations, birthday parties, holidays and friends in town for a visit. But, what to do with all of those pictures (other than keep them in your iPhone?) Maybe you have uploaded them to Facebook to share with your friends…

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