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Sunday Brunch is soooo Mother's Day. Chances are pretty good that the dad in your life would much rather hang out poolside... This Father's Day, why don't you make a few plans for the guy that kills the spiders and is a certified instructor for "Bike Riding 101?"
Sure, everyone can write a check, but these gifts say, "I'm sending you off into the world a little more prepared." Hold on to that card with the money slot and start thinking about how you're going to wrap these oddly shaped, but just as appreciated, gifts.
"This is the place, oh my gosh, I'm so nervous. I hope I don't have to read it aloud; there are so many people here. I wonder what place I got. What's for dinner? I hope it's spaghetti."

These thoughts whizzed through my head as I entered the Elks Lodge. I had received a letter a couple months before stating that I was one of the winners who had written an essay about the American flag, a.k.a. Old Glory. As it turns out, there were only three 6th grade winners.
The contest area has been updated for the August issue! You may now enter nine contests this month! Enter as often as you like but you are limited to one entry per day, per contest. The nine new contests are: 1) Win Stimulate® Honeycomb Bath Mitt from Beyond Harmony, 2) Win SUNDARI Pitta Travel Kit from Citron Day Spa, 3) Win Saje Restoral Skin Balm from Saje Natural Wellness, 4) Win VITASILK-C from Spa Villa, 5) Win Protect & Restore® Skin Renewal Cream from Enchanted Tan, 6) Win Mineral Bronze from Senna, 7) Win Yonka Mesonium from Della Stella Salon and Spa, 8) Enter to Win a FotoFacial RF from Esthetica MedSpa Medical Group! and 9) Win your first month of Pedicures from Beyond Harmony Day Spa! Remember to come back every day to enter. Good luck!
Graffiti - drawings or writing that is scratched, painted, or sprayed on walls or other surfaces in public places. It seems to pop up overnight. Usually black and angular, the markings are scrawled on walls, homes, utility boxes, and even trees, much to the dismay of the neighborhood. Graffiti, or tagging, is a message left by gang members or a bored teen that says, "This is my area -look at me."
What do you know about PDAs? People now-a-days think of the little handheld devices that you organize and store information, but I'm not talking about mini-computers. No, I'm referring to Public Displays of Affection. As a young woman, I expressed affection for my suitors by (gasp) holding hands in public, and when I just couldn't contain myself, I'd settle for a brief embrace and chaste kiss. How sad that those days are now gone.
We all have bad habits. Maybe yours is biting your nails, cracking your knuckles, or even picking your nose (yuck!). Eventually, we all try to break these "not so nice" habits. My sister is trying to quit sucking on her "blankie."
"Honey, do we need any light bulbs?" That's my cue that my husband is getting ready for his weekend run to Newhall Hardware. I'm sure he'll load up on light bulbs, but it's also a chance for him to replace brooms, pick up some electrical supplies and chitchat with the owners. His affection for the 58-year-old business is shared by many old-timers in Santa Clarita. With the swell of big box stores and the lack of parking in the downtown area, Newhall Hardware has become one of the best kept secrets in town.
"It's been windy." That's the excuse my best friend uttered to me in response to my complaint about recent run-ins with nose pickers. Windy, huh? And what type of weather should we blame for the panty-pickers around town? How about hot and humid? I'm so glad that I will be able to predict gross social faux pas based on Mr. WeatherMan's five-day forecast.
It is Saturday morning and just as you are sitting down to enjoy your morning coffee, you hear the most popular and annoying weekend sentence ever spoken: "What are we going to do today?"
Last August, I attended a baby shower for Jill Levy. Along with 20 other women, I watched her coo and smile over each gift. "Jack Junior is going to look so cute in this cowboy outfit!" I recall her exclaiming. Her adopted son was due within a month, and she was glowing.
We've read the headlines and seen the memorials: "Crash Kills Two Saugus Football Players." "Bouquet Canyon Head-On Kills Three Young People." "Teen Killed After Christmas Celebration."
Move Over, Mom - Scrapbooking is Fun for Kids, Too! and Making Memories with Mickey: A Magical Family Reunion in the Caribbean
Ladies and gentlemen, here's a surprise: I am disgusted. But first, what most of you will consider good news - my most recent experience in a local restaurant has me boycotting the whole lot of them. That's right, this may be my last article on restaurant behavior for a while. But I digress...
What a great time to get creative with the family! Whether you're making valentines or creating a new doormat for the house, spending quality time with the kids will bring you closer together.
"Student valet? What is that?" you might ask. Have you ever seen those shivering and yawning elementary school children standing on the sidewalk every single morning before school? They are the famous door openers and primary grade personal escorts. They stand outside local elementary schools every morning for YOU. They freeze themselves so YOU can quickly drop off your kids and then skedaddle to do whatever it is you do during those seven long hours of school. These amazing kids spend their social time helping their community. If you have not done so already, you should try the student valet service and see what a great treat it is.
Let me begin by admitting that I'd never be associated with the term "fashion-savvy" unless it was used in a sentence like, "Judith's not particularly fashion-savvy, poor thing." I don't own anything that appears in Vogue, and younger members of my family tease me for wearing stockings with my summer skirts. Actually, they tease me because I still use the word "stockings." I tell you these things as a preface of sorts so that you know that the most recent faux pas imbedded under my skin has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with manners.
These adorable pinwheels can be decorated with paint, or, if you have scrap fabric available, you can cover the wood pieces with material. You can adapt these decorations by changing their colors, or make a special heirloom by covering the pieces with fabric that has sentimental value - small bits of an old baby blanket or a favorite shirt, perhaps. Painted pinwheels can be decorated with metallic pens and used for unique gift tags. Of course, adult supervision is always advised.
The Betty Ferguson Foundation's Youth with a Voice (YWAV) group is an organization for the benefit of pre-teen and teenage girls, plus some new elementary kids like me. We attend meetings once a month where we discuss school, friends, problems, and information about each other. We also perform community service whenever we have the chance. Sometimes, we have parties just for fun, with swimming, games, and food.
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