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Alina McKee Bradford is a writer with more than 18 years of experience. Her specialties are health, tech, DIY and lifestyle topics. She also has a substantial social media following.

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A Perfect Tea-Themed Mother's Day Gift

When you think of a Mother's Day gift, cards are probably not the first thing that come to mind. Cards are the heartfelt sentiment that comes with the gift, right?

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Budget-Friendly Baby Nursery Ideas

When I was expecting my first wee one, I decided to decorate her nursery myself. After combing through a bunch of baby nursery ideas, the theme I chose was "Earth, Moon, and Stars" — but I didn't have a lot of money to make it a reality. So I improvised and came up with some creative ways to make my little one's nursery have tons of personality without breaking the bank.

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Budget-Friendly Household Cleaners

Name brand cleaners may have big ads on television, but you can get the same cleaning abilities using things you probably already have around the house.

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Budget-Friendly Playhouses for Kids

One of my favorite activities as a child was building playhouses for me and my brothers. We didn't have one of those wooden playhouses for kids, so we made ours with anything we could get our hands on. Today, my daughters build their own playhouses with a little help from their mama. Here are three of my favorite ideas:

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Easy Lemon Squares Recipe Makes a Delicious Dessert

When I was a kid, my mom went through a kick where she made all kind of "square" desserts. There were prune squares, apricot squares, oatmeal squares...you name it, she made it. One of my favorites was her lemon squares. I have adapted the traditional lemon square recipe into an easy lemon squares recipe that any busy mom can create. My kids love them and yours will too.

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Fire Safety Tips for Kids

I'm in my 30s, and all I can remember about our fire safety for kids classes in school is that you should stop, drop, and roll if you're on fire. However, since those classes, I have become a volunteer firefighter. I took classes on fire safety and learned the habits of a fire that everyone, not just kids, should know. Here are a few tips I have shared with my family, and that you can share with your own.

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Freecycle Makes Mom's Life So Much Easier

I love getting things for free. I've been known to grab things from people's curbside trash piles, so you can only imagine my glee when I discovered Freecycle, an online site where people can post items that they want to give away. It is a freebie lover's delight.

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Fun and Easy Baby Scrapbook Ideas

To commemorate my first child's first years, I bought a pre-made baby book where I glued photos and wrote information in predesignated spots. This was pretty constricting, so with my second cutie, I made a baby book from scratch—so now I have a number of baby scrapbook ideas to share with other mamas and mamas-to-be. A few considerations:

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Girls Room Decor Ideas That Can Be Done Quickly and on a Budget

My two daughters have have separate bedrooms. The one thing I've learned about girls room decor is that your daughter will want it done yesterday, and while you're working on it they will constantly ask...

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Girls Room Decor Ideas That Can Be Done Quickly and on a Budget

My two daughters have have separate bedrooms. The one thing I've learned about girls room decor is that your daughter will want it done yesterday, and while you're working on it they will constantly ask...

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House Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home in Only 30 Minutes

It may sound unbelievable, but it only takes me about 30 minutes to do all the house cleaning. How is that possible? Because I prevent messes when I can and I touch up throughout the day.For example,...

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Kids' News for the Neighborhood Encourages Writing Skills

If you want to bolster your child's writing skills, encouraging him to write his own newspaper is a great idea. Here's how to get them started:

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Learn and Play with These Safe Games For Kids

I was home schooled as a child, so I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that I try to teach my kids something new every opportunity I get. No, my kids aren't home schooled — they go to nice public schools, but I still feel like they need to be taught more than what their teachers offer. Sometimes, my lessons are safe games for kids that teach them something about the world while they play. Here are my favorites.

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Orange Spice Ornament Sugar Cookies Recipe

One of my family's favorite holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies. We don't just make cookies, though. We bedazzle and decorate them until you can hardly see the actual cookie! This much decoration...

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Quick and Crowd-Pleasing Oreo Recipes

Oreos are fantastic, but they don't make a very sophisticated dessert if you're in charge of the desserts at a party or potluck. But since my baking lacks a lot of, well, skill, I use Oreos to at least look like a kitchen genius. Here are some of my best quick Oreo recipes.