Unique gifts for new moms

Fab Finds  The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. Check out these unique gifts for recent moms. By Nadine Bubeck   Pamper mama’s feet with new kicks from Crocs. The shoe retailer is debuting comfortable, practical and fashionable footwear for winter. Treat mom (or dad!) to comfy indoor slippers, inspired by the classic clog. There’s also an Allcast Waterproof boot, featuring warm lining and rubber ...

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Cooking count down: A food prep plan for Thanksgiving

Cooking Count Down  The Desert Baroness offers a food prep game plan for a no-fuss Thanksgiving meal. By Lydia O’Connor Photo by Lydia O’Connor   Coming up with a good game plan and cooking make-ahead dishes are the key to surviving one of the years’ busiest days of cooking and socializing! I love celebrating Thanksgiving. Having the whole family together to eat and hang out and to catch up on everythi ...

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Pastor David Bowen explains how to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive year round

Gratitude  Pastor David Bowen explains how to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive year round.   Thanksgiving officially starts off the holiday season. After that fourth Thursday of November, we rush out to stores to reward ourselves with whatever Black Friday sales we can find. The red Salvation Army pots and bell ringers magically appear and malls and stores are brightly displayed with Christmas wre ...

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Saving artwork, crafts, and homework assignments provides a snapshot of time well spent

Warm Memories Saving artwork, crafts, and homework assignments provides a snapshot of time well spent By David Bowen High on the shelf in our master bedroom sits a large plastic tub. Frankly it’s an item that has been collecting dust for quite a while. Inside this tub are stacks of colorful drawings, puppets made from the cardboard tubes left from toilet paper, coat hanger mobiles, notes with misspelled wor ...

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Pastor David Bowen on how you can help your child feel safe in a violent and chaotic world

A Sense of Security Pastor David Bowen on how you can help your child feel safe in a violent and chaotic world. Do you ever feel like we’re living in a different world? Different from what, you may ask? Different from when we, as adults, were growing up. Now, it’s far too common to see images of tragic and horrible scenes displayed on every media outlet. The most recent being the horrific shooting in Dallas ...

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Four Steps For Raising Happy Children

Four Steps For Raising Happy Children By Brittany Thomas If you ask young parents how to best raise children, they’ll give a variety of answers. But ask them what they ultimately want for their children, and the answer is always the same. Parents want their kids to be happy in life. “Raising children to be happy later in life is not about the luck of the draw,” says Rabbi Roger E. Herst, who regularly engag ...

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The value of an education should not be taken lightly. Pastor David Bowen explains why.

The One-Room Schoolhouse The value of an education should not be taken lightly. Pastor David Bowen explains why it’s important for the whole family to get involved in the learning process. A few Christmases back my pre-teen girls were given the complete DVD set of Little House on the Prairie. They love watching these shows and they are fascinated with the one-room schoolhouse. They ask: “Was that the way it ...

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Four Steps For Raising Happy Children

Four Steps For Raising Happy Children  By Brittany Thomas If you ask young parents how to best raise children, they’ll give a variety of answers. But ask them what they ultimately want for their children, and the answer is always the same. Parents want their kids to be happy in life. “Raising children to be happy later in life is not about the luck of the draw,” says Rabbi Roger E. Herst, who regularly enga ...

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Red, White, and Blue: Pastor David Bowen on the meaning of our flag and what it represents as a national symbol

Red, White, and Blue Pastor David Bowen on the meaning of our flag and what it represents as a national symbol. As we enjoy the month of July and especially the July Fourth holiday, patriotism will be on full display. Store advertisements, store vendors, and flagpoles around the Valley will all be sporting red, white, and blue. But why do we have these colors? Who chose them? Do they have a purpose? History ...

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Father or Dad? Pastor David Bowen discusses the importance of paternal relationships

Father or Dad? Pastor David Bowen discusses the importance of paternal relationships.   Any male can be a father but it takes a special man to be a dad. A dad is active in his child’s life. He is a role model, a protector, an encourager, a source of strength and compassion. A dad finds a way and the time to let his child or children know they are loved. When it comes to his family, a dad is “all in.” W ...

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