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The Catch

 I used to hate bugs, and if they sneak up on me, I. Will. End. Them. But watching my guys explore the woods and streams, pull out bug and lizard encyclopedias to identify species, use their scientific minds to learn more about nature? #loveit

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Calling All Locals: Summer in State College

Whether you’re just passing through town, visiting for a few days, or if you’re a full-time, full-fledged family of Happy Valley – I think many of you might agree that summer in State College is amazing. The students have gone home, leaving our peaceful town to the locals for three-and-half glorious months of sunshine and fun. So what kinds of fun things, you ask, does the Stager family get into during the summer here in the Valley?  Some activities occur every week, while others are special events scheduled on certain dates throughout the season.

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Spring Parks

Spring has arrived in Happy Valley, at least for the time being. With the first golden rays of springtime sunshine peaking through the windows, my entire household bolts out to the nearest park to soak up the sun. We are lucky that Centre County has so many great local parks...

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Real Mom Review: Sophie & Lili Doll Collection

I’m sure most veteran parents and caretakers can agree – life with a toddler is gloriously m-e-s-s-y. So when I learned that we would be bringing home a new friend who is unique, bold, soft, huggable, AND easily washable, I was over the moon. 

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Real Mom Review: The Best Bear

I only ever had one, one little bear that was a present from my Aunt Adeline. His name was Snuffles and his pure white snowy plush, little impish smile, and button brown nose were so adorable. I snuggled the stuffing out of that little bear.

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Man's Best Friend

The [canine] boys have loved our tiny human from day number one. When we brought Nora home from the hospital, she became “their baby.” I’ll admit, I was slightly nervous as to how the initial introduction would go down, but our boys made us proud. They have been nothing but gentle, patient, and protective of our sweet girl.

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Goalie

New Year's Resolutions don't really work for me, I prefer to set and reach goals constantly, challenging myself on a regular basis, particularly when it comes to my family and community. So, what does 2014 have in store for you? Are you looking for some kid-friendly New Year's Resolutions? Look no further. 

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Making Time

Having a child really puts “time” into perspective. Time has become more personal to me now that I truly understand the value of it – how quickly it comes and goes… how powerless we are to stop it from slipping by. The only control we have lies in what we choose to DO with the time we are given.

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Giving More Than Thanks

I love cooking for friends and family, I love entertaining and having guests, but there is something about cooking on a big scale for a big day that puts me in a panic. The gravy will be lumpy, the turkey will be dry, the cranberry sauce will have chunks in it, the potatoes will be gummy, and the stuffing will give everyone salmonella.

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Less is More...

The holidays are upon us! ‘Tis the season for festive parties and scrumptious treats. With all of the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s not hard to wind up in a pinch, desperately raiding the cabinets and frantically scouring the Internet for a delicious, easy, and (if you’re me) CHEAP recipe to bring to the office party or the family get-together.

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