From our previously posted work for The Daily Basics:
Computers and the
internet have enhanced our lives in many ways, but have brought with them a new
set of issues that must be dealt with from a parenting perspective. While
there are fewer trips to the library and less time spent digging through volumes
of encyclopedias, there is the lure of the screen in the room calling your
young one near to occupy their time in ways we never imagined when we were
There are some recent
studies that indicate a disparity between how much time parents think their
kids are spending online and the actual time kids are spending online.
There is no doubt that the key to managing the issue is to have a good
understanding of what is really happening.
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Just beyond the last chill of winter lies a place where perennial patio dwellers linger over glasses of wine and caprese salad. If you close your eyes for just a moment you can probably place yourself there and imagine plump, red tomatoes and the tangy bite of balsamic vinegar. You can likely see the vibrant green of the fresh basil, too. There… right there… is where our story begins today.
Blame it on my Mediterranean blood or my love of food, but I cannot get enough basil. It regularly claims the majority percentage of our garden space. Summer is filled with pesto, salads, pastas and even cocktails all fragrant from fresh basil. To have enough ready we start it from seed inside. It’s easier than you may think and the results are well worth it.
savour… fresh ingredients
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I started with that disclaimer right up front to make it clear that I am writing this because I believe in what the folks at Smartypig are doing. I did not write this article for money… and it is quite possible that smartypig will never read it. I offer it up, instead, as a tool for you to start saving and put your money to work.
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savour... a penny saved
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You’ve heard it before… the family that plays together, stays together. These days there are more and more distractions and people are busier than ever. Taking the time to unplug and spend time playing some good old fashioned games can be a great step toward building family bonds.
As a student in Europe I spent many nights playing the game Scopa. This Italian card game is by far the most popular game in Italy. Although, while I was in Spain, I frequently spotted patios dotted with tables and men playing this game over cerveza and tapas.
It may seem a little confusing at first, but after a few hands you will likely have caught the fever. The game moves fairly quickly and can get quite exciting when someone sweeps the table allowing them to shout out ‘scopa’.
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