Every Hero Has a Story

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EveryHero By Gwendolyn Haley There’s something about reading during the summer that’s just magical as a child. I remember one year, I spent an entire day in my treehouse with my friend Darcie. We had snacks and the complete Anne of Green Gables series. We must have read for over 10 hours; ok, maybe it wasn’t quite […]

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How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EatingVacation By Kim Harshberger I put down my fork and survey the table, realizing it’s happened again; we just ate a meal when we weren’t even hungry. The husband and I are so stuffed we can’t move and the girls’ meals lay almost uneaten. I feel frustrated at the wasted money and irritated at my lack […]

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Liquid Lit: Summer Reading Edition

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Closeup of chocolate chip cookies on stars bowl and milk glass over a wooden background. Image focused in cookie bite By Kelsey Hudson School’s almost out for the summer, which means a big jump in activity at the library from some of our youngest members. From picture books and graphic novels to easy readers and classic chapter books, they’ll be flying off the shelves as families swing into summer. Summer can be a great time to branch […]

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On my coffee table: New books for kids and teens

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Sheri Boggs In all honesty, I can’t have things on my actual coffee table because my six-month-old puppy would eat them. However, I do have a desk at work that is covered with not only the journals, notebooks, and pens I use to do my job, but also stacks of hastily scrambled notes, Advance Readers […]

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16 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AudioBooks By Rachel Edmondson Whether you love them or hate them, family road trip season is just around the corner. I vividly remember road trips from when I was a kid. At the beginning everyone was filled with anticipation, halfway through we all started to get bored, and by the end all anyone could think was “Are we there […]

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Backyard Fun for Kids

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Family Having Fun Playing In Garden By Rachel Edmondson Spring is the time of year when parents everywhere rejoice that it’s finally warm enough to send their kids outside to play. My kids are always happiest when they’ve had a chance to run around outside, dig in the dirt, and soak up some sun. When my kids are stuck inside all day they […]

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Cooking with Kids

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Measuring Cups By Kim Harshberger I survey the damage and sigh. There are lemon seeds strewn across the counter. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are scattered about the floor. Measuring cups, mixing bowls, and cutting boards fill my sink. I hate cooking with my kids. To be fair, I hate cooking with anyone. I believe preparing food is […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Tween Birthday Party

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Birthday cupcake By Gwendolyn Haley Birthday season is right around the corner for our household. When our daughters were really little, it was easier to plan a fabulous party. All we had to do was invite a handful of their friends, serve some cake and ice cream, plan a simple craft or game, and the party was […]

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Birthday Party Goody Bag Alternatives to Plastic Toys

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Girl with friends on birthday By Rachel Edmondson There are many unwritten rules of parenting. One of which is, “if you have kids under the age of eight, you will have an obscene amount of cheap, plastic toys in your house.” Ok, I’m not really sure at which age this ends. I just picked eight because I’m hoping the end is […]

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Food Insecurity: Q&A with Jennifer Schlenske of Spokane Valley Partners

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodInsecurity By Sonia Gustafson We often think of donating food and helping the less fortunate around the holidays, but as we approach the time for Food for Fines, we wanted to highlight a local agency that does good work in our community all year long. Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who […]

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