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Does your family struggle to get the most nutrition for the dollars you spend at the grocery store? Building meals based around the most low-cost, health-promoting foods is one way to cut costs at the same time you boost nutrition and your family’s health.

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Open spaces and plenty of room are available for growing families in the sprawling 2,886-square-foot, two-story Schram (401-31). From the wrap-around front porch to the unfinished basement, this is a home that allows you to decide how the space is to be used.

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When the weather is frightfully cold and you need something quick to warm you up, try this recipe for Tomato-Tortellini Soup. The ingredients can be kept on hand for when your day runs long and your time runs short. With only 4 ingredients, you’ll be warm and cozy in no time.

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Does your family struggle to make your food dollars stretch to the end of the month? There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars. The…

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When refrigerators and freezers suffer a loss of electrical power, the refrigerated and frozen foods inside can become susceptible to foodborne contaminants in just a few hours.

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Most people do not think twice about keeping themselves hydrated during the hot summer months. However, keeping your body hydrated is important all year long, even in the winter.

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It is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. However, there is good news. Last year the Federal Trade Commission noted that older consumers are more likely to report they’ve been victimized by financial exploitation than their younger counterparts.

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Life is expensive at any age, and during retirement your income is often less than it once was. For this reason, a reverse mortgage may seem appealing; however, 2013 federal changes dramatically increased the complexity of the loan for consumers. It is now even more important for potential b…

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Brick accents, a front gable and a railed, wrap-around covered porch add to the country-style charm of the Wehba (405-33). It is a medium-sized home revolving around a large living room. Quiet rooms—the den and master suite—are to the left of the living room and the children’s rooms are to t…

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Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here’s the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to …

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For everyone who receives vases of flowers on Valentine’s Day, or anytime of the year, here are a couple of tips and tricks to help get the most out of your flowers. Follow these helpful guidelines to help extend the life of your flowers.

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Family living spaces are a top priority in the Westminster (332-230), a contemporary two-story country style home with plenty of room for a large family to spread out. A long wrap-around covered porch in front, and a wide deck in the back provide additional options outdoors.

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January and February sees the peak of home heating fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. Here are some tips to avoiding problems in your home.

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When bringing your friends and family together to watch the game, you’ll likely want to avoid any fumbles in the kitchen. Fret not and opt for a big batch of easy-to-make wings while incorporating these stress-free tips into your game plan to help ensure a resounding success.

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A farmhouse porch adds a dash of country flavor to the Toucan (332-300), a story and a half contemporary ranch-style home designed for a family with older or grown children. The owners’ suite is downstairs, so adults can meet all their needs without ever climbing stairs.

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Read Matthew 11:28-30                            —Psalm 55:22 (NRSV)

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Warm meals that come together quickly are a necessity for busy families, especially on weeknights filled with homework, practices, meetings and more. Serving up comfort foods that require less time in the kitchen make for more moments spent together at the table.

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New baby gift wrap: When you welcome a new “little” into the family, here’s an idea for wrapping the gift. Instead of fancy paper which gets ripped and tossed away, use a small baby blanket or even a burp towel to wrap the gift in. Use a few big pins to hold a couple of rattles on—right wher…

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The Sunrise (408-37) has an interesting facade. It has four different rooflines with a three-car garage on the left and a covered porch on the right. There are two large windows facing the street as well as numerous windows all around the home, bathing the interior with natural light.

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Anyone with a Netflix password has been drawn to the binge-worthy new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” If you suddenly look around your house and see your spouse hauling out bags of clothes and things to the dump or to charity, it’s a good chance he or she has seen this too.

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Have you ever seen a picture of a polar bear slipping on the ice? A person’s risk for falling increases dramatically during the winter months. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and non-fatal traumas. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. Every fall o…

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The average person has 50,000 thoughts running through their head each day. What a great reason to put some mindfulness into practice to ensure that our mind is not just full. Doing this can create relaxation, improve concentration and increase energy.

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With it being the height of cold and flu seasons, there is always the question of whether or not you are exposing others to your germs. According to the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, as a general rule, adults with a cold will be able to infect others one day before symp…

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Have you ever seen a picture of a polar bear slipping on the ice? A person’s risk for falling increases dramatically during the winter months. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and non-fatal traumas. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. Every fall o…

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You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties. With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering.

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Slender brick columns support a dramatic gabled porch that adds to the visual appeal of the Tamarisk (333-190), a large contemporary-country home designed for construction on a good-sized parcel of land. Almost all the rooms in this plan are large. Vaulted ceilings in the entry, guest suite,…

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The biggest flaw with New Year’s resolutions is that we typically bite off more than we can chew. We’re not setting realistic goals. As such, we end up disappointed and, often, with a forgotten resolution by the time February rolls around. Here are some realistic goals that anyone can accomp…

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The holidays give you the chance to spend time with loved ones and friends, catch up on your favorite TV shows and make resolutions for the new year. While it can be overwhelming thinking about what you’ll do differently next year, focusing on your financial future is a great place to start.…

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Read Isaiah 43:18-21 —2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

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Problem: This is the beginning of a new year and new beginnings. So many times we put a lot of effort into writing down our resolutions and believe me, that does have some merit. However I think the first step in developing the goals for the year requires a fearless inventory of ourselves an…

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Carriage lights on the front facade of the three-car garage give a country estate flavor to the Shamrock (332-240), while the wrap-around porch gives it a comfortable, welcoming look. The varied textures of stucco, brick, lap siding and cedar shakes add to the street appeal.

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It’s a question that comes up often among my friends in the weight loss community: What is your “why”?

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Interesting interior angles and an abundance of modern amenities add pizzazz to the Oakdale, a small single-story contemporary home equally suited to empty nesters or a family with young children.

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Unpredictable weather, falling net farm income, spotty health care services and a host of other factors can make for incredible stress on farms and in rural communities. Many of the factors causing sleepless nights are beyond an individual’s control, yet there are often ways to manage the st…

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Cooking and eating together during the holidays are among the simplest things that can bring comfort and joy to our lives. Nourishment, health and connecting with others can be as close as our kitchen table. Here are five comforting ways to make food and nutrition a central ingredient of you…

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Kansans have or may be busy taking to the Internet for a variety of cheerful holiday reasons. The increase in cyber traffic means, however, that home computer networks and smart devices will be more vulnerable to malicious scamming and hacking by persons intent on dampening your holiday spirit.

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For many consumers, purchasing a gift card takes the stress out of finding the perfect gift to give. First introduced in the 1990s, gift cards have continued to gain in popularity. It is expected about $130 billion worth of gift cards will be purchased by the end of 2018.

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The holiday season is full of opportunities to eat, drink and gather around the table with the ones you love. Whether it’s a family dinner, office potluck or neighborhood brunch, good food is a cornerstone of nearly every great holiday celebration.