bastropenterprise.com http://www.bastropenterprise.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section bastropenterprise.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:01:02 +0000 Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309605/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309605/-1/Family How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Mini chefs can inspire big ideas http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309606/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:28:51 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309606/-1/Family Instead, make it a point to partake in the practice meals prepared by the budding kid cooks in your circle. As they learn, they're usually searching the Internet, cookbooks and family members' prized recipe boxes for examples that are simple, impressive and [...]]]> Lost in Suburbia: Hair of the dog that smelled bad http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309882/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309882/-1/Family "No, sorry," she replied. "I have to take Tyra for a wash, cut and blowout."
If I hadn't known this person very well, I would have assumed she was talking about her daughter or mother.
But she was not.
She was talking about her dog.
I had forgotten that Tyra had a standing appointment at the poodle parlor every four weeks to get groomed. She had her own stylist who understood all the nuances of Tyra's coat, [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: The changed goal of parenting http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140304/NEWS/140309918/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140304/NEWS/140309918/-1/Family A major change has been that of women's roles, which has changed both child-rearing [...]]]> Family Time: Tips for interpreting nutrition facts labels http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140304/NEWS/140309994/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140304/NEWS/140309994/-1/Family Take a trip to the grocery store and you'll encounter miles of aisles stocked with thousands of food products. Every product has a story to tell or better yet, sell. Information printed on packages is helpful but it's often confusing and even a bit misleading.
While lists of ingredients and the nutrition facts panel are there to help shoppers choose foods to fit their nutritional needs, it's not always easy to interpret. Learning how to decode the jumble of numbers and [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Un-Cruise Adventures takes passengers on voyage through history http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229502/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:38:02 +0000 http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229502/-1/Family Creators Syndicate
If sailing through U.S. history sounds appealing, check out the latest offering from Un-Cruise Adventures — weeklong voyages along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Un-Cruise, which is best known for trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico's Sea of Cortez, has inaugurated voyages based in Portland, Ore., that blend river sailings with stops for hiking, city exploring and museum-going. They are designed for travelers who want to explore and become engrossed in [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Why take a cruise? http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229503/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:29:20 +0000 http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229503/-1/Family Creators Syndicate
I love cruises. I have cruised the Arctic Circle, the Australian Gold Coast, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and even crossed the Atlantic twice. My shortest cruise was five days (Greek Isles), the longest 27 nights — a Celebrity cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal that ended in England.
And I have friends who would love to cruise if only they could talk their spouses into it. Some reluctant ones think they'd be bored floating on [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Real moments are not scripted http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229530/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:29:05 +0000 By Heather Harris More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229530/-1/Family I was excited to watch Gracie Gold try for a medal in figure skating and interested to see how my fellow New Hampshirite, skier Bode Miller, would fare at his fifth Olympic games.
This year, however, complications with my appendix had me in the hospital during the Olympics. I'm embarrassed to say it, but I pretty much slept through the entire games.
While I enjoyed what little action I did see, I was less than impressed with some of [...]]]>
Lost in Suburbia: That’s why they call it the blues http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229759/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229759/-1/Family It wasn't that my jeans were too small or too big, they were just old and out of style. Or maybe my body had changed and the jeans that used to fit right were now too low and gave me a muffin top, or too baggy and looked like clown pants, or too high and looked like (shudder) mom jeans.
Whatever the reason, [...]]]>
Ask Dr. Norm: It’s a dog’s teeth’s world http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229766/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:51:22 +0000 By Dr. Norm Stillman More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229766/-1/Family Dear Molly,
Thanks for your question. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's very appropriate. You specifically asked about your dog, but in this case everything I'll tell you will apply equally to a cat as well.
I do encourage folks to brush their pets' teeth, but there's more than one way to try to promote good dental health and prevent the onset of dental decay and periodontal disease. As I'm sure you [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: Teaching kids the best way http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229800/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229800/-1/Family The feeling that "I want it my way" or "my way is the right way" is often a source of conflict between parents or [...]]]> Family Time: Gadgets and great outdoors can co-exist http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229968/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229968/-1/Family Advancements in technology over the last decade have children spending more time with gadgets and gizmos and less time enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, kids are now indoors up to 10 hours a day, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But kids' increasing use of technology and opportunities to appreciate Mother Nature do not have to be mutually exclusive.
A new National Wildlife Federation report shows that kids' media habits can both positively and negatively [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Season on the brink http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229946/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:02:30 +0000 By Heather Gillis Harris More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229946/-1/Family I coached my son Dexter's third-grade basketball team. Ten boys filled out the roster: Dex, Patrick, Owen, Teddy, Zach, Collin, Ryan, Grady, Leo and Daniel.
Prior to the first practice I researched drills online, attended a coach's clinic and asked the local high school varsity boys coach for some tips.
"Wine," he offered. "That and have fun."
During that first practice I realized a few [...]]]>
Bullying Bulletin Board: Can technological solutions fix technological bullying? http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219648/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elizabeth Englander More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219648/-1/Family Dr. Elaine Heffner: Children and compromise http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219652/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219652/-1/Family Aside from the physical care needed by young children, emotional interactions with children [...]]]> Food for Thought: Gift them with spices http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219801/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219801/-1/Family If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use.
Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going strong, you can't go wrong with food- and cooking-themed gifts.
Instead of gifting a blender or new pots and pans, think outside the gift box and create a basket of [...]]]>
Family Time: How to pick the right college http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219818/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219818/-1/Family Selecting the right college means not only choosing where you'll live for the next four years, but finding the best fit for your personality, interests and your family's financial situation. It's often one of the biggest decisions many teens have ever faced.
If you're considering several colleges, the best way to compare them is to make a list of the things that are most important to you and see how each school stacks up. You might include proximity to home, athletics or [...]]]>
Family Matters: Infusing your family with love, today and every day http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219777/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:36:53 +0000 By Diana Boggia More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219777/-1/Family Recognizing each small, thoughtful gesture or quiet innuendo will nurture lasting relationships, build trust and assurances and open communication for an amazing family bond. Make the commitment to celebrate the ones you love for more [...]]]> Lost in Suburbia: I do not know you, Sam-I-Am http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219893/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:35:25 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219893/-1/Family "No." I said honestly. And then I walked away.
My thought was, anyone who wanted that kind of recognition from someone they didn't know either had his own fan club or a warrant out for his arrest.
The day this happened, we were at a family funeral and I was a little surprised that I didn't know who the guy was. By the time you're in your late 40s, you figure you've met most of your not-too-distant [...]]]>
Dr. Jeff Hersh: ‘Coffee spots’ could be a sign of neurofibromatosis http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219899/-1/Family?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:53:31 +0000 By Dr. Jeff Hersh More Content Now http://www.bastropenterprise.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219899/-1/Family A: From your description it sounds like your pediatrician noted café-au-lait spots and suspects neurofibromatosis (NF), so that is what I will discuss in today's column. Please verify with your pediatrician that this is the correct diagnosis. NF is a disorder that can cause [...]]]>