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Spring forward with clearing the clutter

Clutter can be described as a disordered heap or mass of objects. When we think about what qualifies as clutter it can mean different things for different people. For example, magnets on a fridge could qualify as clutter to one person but to someone else, it wouldn’t be. Clutter is very subjective! Just in time for Spring cleaning, Illinois Extension Educator, Emily Harmon has written a great article on clearing the clutter that I would like to share with you. […]

todayApril 11, 2024 1



Gluten-free, no sugar, low fat……Thanksgiving?

I saw this article written by Extension Educator Mary Liz Wright for the Live Well, Eat Well Blog, and I thought it was so interesting to see how our traditional holiday meal has changed over the years. Mary Liz says:  Gluten-free, low sugar, no fat---doesn’t that sound like a yummy Thanksgiving dinner?  We could be describing a trend in modern dieting, however, what we are talking about is the first Thanksgiving. When coloring hand-traced turkeys and making paper bag vests […]

todayNovember 23, 2023 2

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Financial News

FFF: Talking about money with your college student

Having a college student of my own, I can relate to this important article about money by Kathy Sweedler with Illinois Extension. Student loans, rental agreements, car purchases, employment contracts plus day-to-day spending – all in the life of a college student! Between the ages of 18 to 25 years old, people go from spending money on fun to significant financial decisions that can affect them for many years. Launching young adults includes helping them develop healthy financial behaviors. What […]

todaySeptember 3, 2023

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FFF: Summer seasonal spending

I would like to share this great article by Extension Educator Jamie Mahlandt about seasonal spending – especially summer. Acknowledging seasonal and occasional expenses is an important part of your spending plan or budget. Tracking these expenses allows you to plan ahead in case you need to save up. Vacations, kids’ summer camps and daycare, and property taxes may be some seasonally occurring expenses that bust your budget if you are not prepared. Planning for these important expenses throughout the […]

todayAugust 28, 2023 21

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In Your Home

Please don’t go: Separation anxiety and children

School will be starting soon before we know it. With the start of school, we see preschoolers and even older elementary school-age children having a difficult time with the transition and being away from home and loved ones. The Illinois Early Learning Project has a great tip sheet that helps parents address separation anxiety in children. They say it is often hard for a parent or other loved one to leave a young child who cries and clings. The child […]

todayJuly 28, 2023



Tips for a fun “family night in” in July

It’s hard to think about Independence Day without visions of flags and fireworks appearing. The holiday event is rich with traditions that help us celebrate our country’s heritage with pride and a sense of belonging. Families also have a wealth of traditions that help us feel special and part of a group. During July, you can celebrate the traditions that have been passed down in your family. You can also start a few new ones. Taking a break from the summer sporting events […]

todayJuly 7, 2023

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In Your Home

Five tips for creating powerful affirmations

Since we have started a new year, and that usually involves resolutions on changes and how we will improve ourselves, I thought this would be a good time to share this article written by Extension Educator Michele Crawford. Michele says: Often when I talk to adults about self-care the conversation leads to changes people want to make in their life. These changes may be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. This seems natural as taking the time to recognize where we […]

todayJanuary 30, 2023 21

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In Your Home

The effects of excessive screen time

I would like to share this article written by Illinois Extension intern Sharon Kim. Sharon says: Screens seem to be everywhere in the form of phones, laptops, tablets, and even watches. We have to think about how we function in an environment with screens constantly being utilized in our lives. According to the CDC, children ages 8-10 have a screen usage time of around six hours. Pre-teens and early teenagers spend around nine hours a day in front of a […]

todayNovember 14, 2022

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FACTS FOR FAMILIES: Monarch butterflies, milkweed, and mowing

Most people that know me know that I am very passionate about protecting monarch butterflies.  Their numbers have been rapidly declining each year, primarily due to loss of habitat. So recently when I turned onto the country road leading to my house and saw that the ditches that had been full of milkweed were completely mowed down, I thought it would be appropriate to republish this article from 2018. I do my best to encourage people to plant milkweed seeds, […]

todaySeptember 5, 2022

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