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How do you like your PBJ?

Jif® Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest and "That’s Why I Choose Jif” essay contest offer a chance to win a trip and college money.

They grow up so fast

This week’s video has been twelve years in the making—literally. Frans Hofmeester, creator of the video...

Take a sweet drive this month

It can be hot. It can be cold. It can come in a box or it can come in a bag. Sometimes it’s square, sometime it’s round. Sometimes it’s filled, sometimes it’s hollow. It can be a powder or a solid. But it is always gobbled up! Did you know that eating a small, 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you...

Autumn Road Trips to New England

The sandy, saltwater days of summer are dwindling, but there’s still time for a family vacation before the snow sets in. New England’s autumn foliage draws Central PA’s families north to communities that offer something for every member.

Plan a Trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

October is the month for the greatest diversity of hawk and falcon species migrating through Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Archive »Travel

A Weekend in Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware is the perfect size for a weekend getaway. Big enough to offer plenty of options; small enough to make driving, parking and paying easy.

Visit Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Visit Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Pennsylvania is known for many things, but being a catalyst for abolishing slavery may not be one of them. Yet the Keystone State was a hotbed for tension between abolitionists and slave owners long before the battle at Gettysburg...

Archive »Summer Camp

Computer Camps Make Learning Fun

Computer camps across the country are keeping up with today’s tech-savvy youth by enhancing creativity with professional-grade software.

Tips for packing for summer camp

Tips for packing for summer camp

As you pack and prepare to send your child off to camp, here are some general guidelines that I have learned— after sending two children to camps for more than six years...

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

There are many important questions parents should be prepared to ask when choosing a camp for their children. Start with this list:

Kids get outdoors and go cold turkey from technology

Kids get outdoors and go cold turkey from technology

Technology. In many ways, it has made the world a better place. But it’s also become somewhat of an addiction for adults and children alike...

Summer camps make healthy foods and fitness fun

On the surface, not much has changed in the 100 years that summer camps have been serving children.

Archive »Birthday Parties

Planning is the key to the best bash

Want the inside scoop on how to throw a whizz-bang of a party for your kid? Ask the people who throw parties for a living.

Party Tips Straight from Parents

The first step to party-planning success is coming up with the plan. But what if that plan falls apart? How do you save the party?

Great gift ideas

Need a great birthday gift for a child? Wondering what new items are out there for fun family time? Look no further!

Well-planned parties make great memories

When it comes to children’s birthday parties, the event may only last a day, but the memories last a lifetime. Whether you’re high-style or low-budget, there are many ways to plan your child’s next bash...

Party Planning made simple with online help

Wracking your brain for what to do for your next big bash? From the invitations and decorations to the cake and party favors, party planning parents in Central Pennsylvania are turning to the online world for help from a website dedicated to sharing—Pinterest...

Archive »Movie Reviews

Julie & Julia probably best for ages 13 and up

Sometimes I feel a lot like Julie Powell (Amy Adams). She’s a girl-next-door type who’s just trying to get by in the world, but coming up against roadblocks at every turn. Ok, I like my job a lot better than she likes hers, but I can certainly see where she’s coming from.

The Adventures of TinTin

The Adventures of TinTin

What a fun movie! I haven’t read the comic books by Belgian author Herge (a.k.a. Georges Remi) on which The Adventures of Tintin is based, but no matter. It’s an action-packed caper with smart dialogue and great character development, despite the motion-capture animation. It will also bring Herge’s wonderful stories to a whole new audience unfamiliar with his work...

Alvin and The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked

Alvin and The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked

Why Dave Seville (Jason Lee) hasn’t lost his mind yet is a mystery. Think your kids are a handful? Try keeping six independent chipmunks in line, especially mischievous Alvin, who not only wreaks havoc during their Carnival Cruise commercial, I mean vacation, but manages to get separated from the ship during a paragliding incident, taking the other...

Smash is No Glee – And That’s a Good Thing

Smash is No Glee – And That’s a Good Thing

The main concern here is sexual content, which begins with a casting couch scene in the pilot and escalates into affairs, implied intercourse, kissing, and assorted love scenes, including gay lovers in bed together. It’s based on Marilyn Monroe, so expect seductive dancing and singing, as well as social drinking and a few drug-related storylines. The TV-14 rating is spot-on. When I first heard about Smash, the NBC drama that goes behind the scenes of a fictional Broadway musical, I figured it would be a lot like Glee...




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