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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Twisted Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving is nearly here, which means it's time to break out the old recipe book. You will need to make a turkey, of course, but what if you were to add a bit of zing to the rest of the meal by changing up the side dishes? That's not to say you shouldn't serve  traditional dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing, but you could add a twist or two that would make this particular holiday spread unforgettable. 

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Topics: Thanksgiving

A Friendsgiving to Remember

For many people, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating with family. You may have family celebrations that you're obligated to attend whether you want to be there or not. Unfortunately, that means you don't have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of your closest friends. By celebrating early with a Friendsgiving celebration, you can enjoy a more relaxed, laid-back celebration that's a lot of fun for all of you. If nothing else, it's an excuse to get together with your favorite people!

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Topics: Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving

Video Tour of the New Cavalier Room with Ruth Neely

The Cavalier Room in Hansen Library was updated over the summer to better reflect how our students use the library to study, learn, and collaborate. Rather than tell you about the updates we thought it would be better to show you! Watch the video below as Director of Libraries Ruth Neely gives you a tour of the changes to the physical space and explains the features and benefits that guided our decisions during the redesign process. 

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Topics: Video

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