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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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Bear, Bat, or Bumblebee

So the other day while I was saying “farewell” to our tree ornaments and Christmas lights, it occurred to me that I can’t imagine raising our daughter anywhere else. She’s a lucky lady to grow up in a place where she will get to know and hopefully love all four seasons. My plan, as her mom, is to do my best to avoid negative seasonal commentary...

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Stir Crazy!

Being stuck inside all winter can make the kiddos (and parents!) go a bit stir crazy, so I like to have some great activities ready. My boys love science, arts, and crafts and our favorite winter mix-it-up experiment combines all three.

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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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