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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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12 Family-Friendly Hilarious Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

Visit the "adult" section of any Halloween costume shop and you're likely to cringe at the skimpy skirts, gruesome gore, and raunchy humor. But isn't Halloween supposed to be a family holiday? If you want to celebrate in style but you're not into the sexy, sleazy, or scary, try some of these hilarious costumes on for size.

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Topics: Parenting

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Are your kids looking to dress up this Halloween? Bring some creativity to their Halloween costumes without breaking the bank! Here are some fun and simple DIY ideas that you can make or put together on your own to help get you and your children in the Halloween spirit.

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Topics: Parenting

Four Ways Kids Can Be Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we should always show our support for those with breast cancer, or any type of cancer, this month is a wonderful reminder to actively try to make a difference. One of the best ways to make that difference is to educate our children about the topic of breast cancer and get them involved in support efforts. This can be done in a variety of ways, and we have included a few of our favorites below. 

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Topics: Parenting

A Less Expensive Way to do Your Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school shopping is on the agenda: school supplies and clothes that fit, new shoes and backpacks, maybe even a haircut. Those first couple of weeks back to school can be so fun but also very expensive. It seems that parenting is like that. Here are a few different ways to save some money during this back-to-school season. 

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Topics: Shopping Tips, Back to School, Shopping

Summer Recipes: Summer Lunches

Summer isn't all breakfast and barbecues. Whether you're a working adult or a stay-at-home mom, you want to make delicious light summer lunches that will energize and motivate you while still staying within the bounds of your diet. Picking up a quick burger or microwaving a frozen dinner is no way to treat your stomach in the middle of the day. Whether you're packing your lunch cooler for work or packing the car for a family picnic in the park, we've got some great summer lunch options that will feel light and delicious in your mouth and keep you going strong until dinner time.

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Topics: Food

Light Summer Recipes

Eating well is one of those things. We all know it's the right thing to do, but sugar sneaks into every meal. This summer, make the decision to eat right and light. With these ideas and recipes, it shouldn't be difficult at all!

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Evening Hors d'Oeuvres

Dinners in the winter and fall tend to be more formal affairs with families gathered around the dining room table passing steaming dishes of vegetables and starch. But in the summer, you're far more likely to take your supper outdoors, enjoying the warm air, the late sunset, and the company of friends and family around a fire pit. Whether you're enjoying a casual weekday dinner or letting a barbecue get-together run long, dinner classics can be turned into delicious hors d'oeuvres hearty enough to be filling but also convenient in small, snackable portions.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Homestyle Breakfasts

Every season has it's culinary temptations. Halloween is accompanied by bowls of candy, and the home cooking of the holiday season is notorious for breaking diets. But nothing tempts you to let go and enjoy yourself quite like the warm glow of summer. The days are sunny and carefree, the nights are short and warm, and barbecues are everywhere. Instead of letting your diet slip this summer, treat yourself to a delicious menu of light summery dishes that are fun to share with friends and are surprisingly good for your health and waistline. We've put together a collection of tempting dishes to so everyone can enjoy eating right and light all summer long.

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Topics: Food

Summer Recipes: Barbecue Classics

Summer has always been a time full of light fruits and vegetables but also heavy in proteins, fats, and starches. Fortunately, with the right recipes in your book and fridge full of fresh ingredients, you can rock your summer menu right and light this year without feeling like you're missing a thing. Below are a few ways to turn the classic diet-busting barbecue into a lean bonanza of grilled delights.

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Topics: Food

No Pool? No Problem! Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Summer brings with it longer days, clearer skies, and backyard barbecues. However, summer also brings with it hot weather that can often seem unbearable. With summer upon us, you might be looking for ways you can beat the heat and stay cool in the days and weeks ahead, particularly if you don't have access to a pool. While pools provide a great way to keep cool, if you don't currently have access to one, don't worry. There are a variety of other easy and affordable ways to keep cool this summer. Here are the top ways you can beat the heat without a pool this summer.

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Topics: Parenting