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Oct 30th


Retailers cut women sizes to save money

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - National health reports conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the average American woman is 5’4” in height, weighs approximately 164 pounds, and wears a size 14. In fact, 68 percent of American women are now considered “plus-sized,” making the announcement by Crain’s New York Business, that the nation’s recession had caused national retailers, including some major chains, to discontinue women’s plus sizes to save money, shocking to many.

(Style on a Dime) Three good excuses for having a summer party

My family will be hosting a summer party soon.  Unlike every other party we have ever thrown, I have to confess that I am not looking forward to hosting this particular party --let me explain.  In a couple of weeks, my husband’s best friend since they were in fourth grade, John, and his family (five children, one wife) will be moving  from Minneapolis to Germany. Although I have known for two years that this day would be coming at this time, somehow I am feeling unprepared for the loss of these wonderful friends.

(Style on a Dime) Keeping school skills sharp in summer

I have truly enjoyed my first couple of weeks of summer vacation --the sleeping in, the slower pace, and no homework. I feel like I did nearly as much homework as my children this past school year (although they probably wouldn’t agree).  Our biggest challenge was math.  My daughter struggled and my husband and I (mainly my husband) spent a lot of time helping her.

Arboretum presents ‘Waterosity’ Summer Exhibition

Arboretum presents ‘Waterosity’ Summer Exhibition What’s bubbling up at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this summer?  Fresh thinking about people, plants and water!  Waterosity: Go Green with a Splash, the 2009 summer exhibition, is running now and continues through October 4.

Bringing together the voices of artists, scientists and horticulturalists, “Waterosity” will celebrate this most precious, life-giving resource in thought-provoking and playful installations and exhibits for all ages.

(Style on a Dime) Give your place a summer facelift

(Style on a Dime) Give your place a summer faceliftMy girlfriend recently moved into a new home and found out that her nearly new guest bed no longer fit into her spare bedroom which also doubles as her home office.  That’s where I come in.  For a while I had been thinking of replacing my youngest daughter’s twin bed with a full-sized one, but was in no real hurry.   When my friend offered it at a price I couldn’t refuse, I jumped on it. My nine-year-old daughter was thrilled to have a new white four-poster bed (it sits so high off the ground that she has to take a running start and leap onto it!) and needless to say I was delighted by the price.
Read more... helps homeowners turn garbage into compost

Warm weather is finally here to stay, and many Twin Cities residents are embarking on the annual spring-time ritual of yard clean-up and planting gardens. encourages gardeners to compost fruit and vegetable scraps along with yard waste in back yard compost bins.

(Style on a Dime) End-of-school count down

(Style on a Dime) End-of-school count downEach night, for the last month or two, one of my three children has been keeping me current on the end-of-school count down.  Little do they know, I’m keeping close track myself-I am as ready for them to be finished as they are.  We ALL need a break.  My oldest child will be an eighth-grader this fall, but lately I have been thinking about how quickly these 13 years have passed by-and how much faster the next five years will zoom before me.
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