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The Family Chow

Meal a mix of kitsch and crabs

What do you do when the kids are longing for the carefree spirit of summer? When the memories of sand castles are starting to fade? The Family Chow decided to head to Joe’s Crab Shack to see if we could recreate a summer vibe while wallowing in buckets of seafood and melted butter.

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These accessories make packing up easy

Cool new stuff for kids and parents ...

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Let's Cook!

Halloween party options

As we turn the calendar and start prepping for Halloween — and all the parties that seem to come with the season — I am offering a few fun entertaining ideas that are quick, easy and affordable.

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On the Bookshelf

Tales spooky, silly and sublime

Get ready to fall for these great books.

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Kitchen Table Talk

Celebrate imagination

Halloween is not the event it once was. There was a time, not so long ago, when children celebrated in school with a party and a parade, and then, for a second round of fun, went trick-or-treating that night, often performing a song or dance for the neighbors in order to earn their treats.

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Cool gadgets make learning fun

Backpack picks for every grade.

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Let's Cook!

Have a blast at lunchtime

If you are ready to get back to school with a blast, then this veggie rocket recipe is certain to set your little ones soaring when they find it as their lunchtime surprise.

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The Family Chow

Athos embodies Greek cuisine

Opa! The Family Chow decided to test out a bit of the Greek lifestyle with a trip to Athos Restaurant on Western Avenue in Albany.

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On the Bookshelf

Back to school with books

September reading picks for parents and kids.

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Kitchen Table Talk

Time to get in the game

Back-to-school activity involves all the preparations of a major holiday. The shopping, the planning and the conversations all center on the child’s need to get off to a great start.

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

Library opens new worlds

This summer, the summer between pre-K and kindergarten, has been one that has seen the most growth in my children. This is their sixth summer, and after looking at photo albums and thinking about past summers, I have come to the realization that this may be one that will stand out in my mind the longest.

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Let's Cook!

Monster munchies are wicked fun

Not only does my family love the fruits and veggies of summer, we also like playing with our food!

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

A kingdom of chaos needs a queen

As one can imagine, life with triplets can get a bit chaotic. And by chaotic, I mean that we can go in an instant from a calm “yes, we can color until dinner” to a full tribal scream.

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GUEST OPINION: A pharmacy is no place for cigarettes

While big-box pharmacies market themselves as “wellness centers,” they still sell tobacco -- a product, that when employed as directed, kills half of its users.

Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

Even a crowded house can get lonely

Finding out that you are going to have triplets changes your thought process in so many ways.