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Let's Cook!: Red velvet … with a twist

You see a lot of red velvet treats this time of year, but in the past, I could never bring myself to make them because of all the red food dye used to give them that great color.

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Inside out

Don’t let the chill keep you from enjoying the great outdoors

A little fresh air – albeit chilly – is good for everyone.

New Mom Notes: Onward bound

This month, my husband and I are planning to take our son, Hudson, on a weekend trip.

The 24-hour shift: Watching the standout

As I was watching my child’s extracurricular activity class in action, my attention strayed away from her performance and watched the class “Standout” do another Amazing Thing.

Acorn Advice: My child saw something upsetting on TV

How to soothe children who have seen something upsetting.

Triple Threat: Needing more time in the day

There is never enough time to get all the things done that need to be done. There is not enough time for me to take a minute and just breathe.

British Nanny: Giving thanks when grandparenting in the NICU

Thanksgiving Day 2013 my grandson Jack was born two months ahead of schedule. He was born at 32 weeks and spent 18 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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The 24-hour shift: Put the fun back in Halloween

It’s Trick-or-treating time! The time of year when parents either cringe or cheer.

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Triple Threat: Teal pumpkins and food allergies

Fearing allergic reactions, the Steuer family is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

British Nanny: Goodbye to summer, hello harvest

The end of summer is always bittersweet. The cycle of life turns from long, luxurious days and gives way to the shorter colorful days of autumn

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Tips when celebrating Halloween at school

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Creating a safe and festive atmosphere for kids to celebrate Halloween is of the utmost importance for parents and teachers.

British Nanny: The magic of being a grandmother

What's my favorite name these days? Nanny.

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Local couple’s storybook romance involves fight to fix son’s heart

Two-and-a-half-year-old Emmett doesn’t completely understand that he needs open heart surgery, but he does know what going to the doctor’s office means.

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Birthdays: Capital District listings for party planning

Want to plan a party to remember? Check out these vendors for fun options at any price.

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Go play!

After two years without one, Maplewood School has a playground

After two years of waiting, Achievements and Kids Express Learning Center at Maplewood School opened a new playground, complete with a rock-climbing wall, teeter totter and balance beam.