Category: Family & Home

An ‘I Love Lucy’ Christmas

Growing up in the 1960s, my favorite show was “I Love Lucy.” It made me laugh to see how Lucy was always getting herself and her husband, Ricky, into predicaments. Periodically and unfortunately, I can relate. A while back, my parents left their home of 51 years to live in an independent senior apartment building….


Homeschool Humor: A Conversation With Jennifer Cabrera of the Hifalutin Homeschooler

Homeschooling isn’t for the faint of heart, but it sure helps if you can find the humor in it. That’s just what Jennifer Cabrera, a Texas homeschooling mom of three, a podcaster, and author of “Socialize Like a Homeschooler: A Humorous Homeschool Handbook,” is doing, and she’s sharing her humor with other parents in the…


Children Are Mirrors

To become more self-aware, you may think that taking a good look in the mirror would be helpful, or perhaps asking for insights from family and friends might offer insight. If you’re a parent, you may find the answers you’re looking for in your children. Every parent has experienced that delightful—or alarming—moment when their child…


How to Clean and Care for Wood Floors to Keep Them Looking Beautiful

Of all the choices in home flooring, wood stands out for many as the most beautiful. Wood is durable and coordinates well with any decor, and most real estate agents agree it improves the home’s value at resale. Knowing how to protect and clean wood floors is essential—and surprisingly easy. As It Happens To protect…


A Paradigm for Holiday Joy

This year, the thought of holiday decorating didn’t come with a feeling of enthusiasm for me, but rather niggling anxiety, the first signs of what could become full-blown holiday stress. Last year, it was different; I was excited to make wreaths, garlands, and kissing balls from evergreen boughs my children and I had gathered from…


Why You May or May Not Need an Air Fryer

Air fryers are sweeping the nation. But what is an air fryer? How does it work? And, most importantly, do you need one? Here’s the lowdown. Several years ago, a “miraculous” kitchen appliance appeared on the scene promising us that we could fry with air. A new treat for your health—up to 90 percent less…


Stray Dog Gets Stranded on Mexico’s Highest Mountain for a Month—Until Rescuers Come for Him

A stray mixed-breed dog, hungry and searching for food, back in October tagged along with some hikers south of the border who were feeding him, and together they scaled Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico. But when it came time for the humans to make the treacherous decent back down, the dog straggled…


Baby Girl Born 13 Weeks Early Was Too Small for Doll Clothes, Now Thriving: ‘Our Little Fighter’

After going into labor 13 weeks early, a mother who lost a son to stillbirth six years prior feared she may also lose her second child, a daughter. But although the newborn baby girl was so tiny that even dolls’ clothes didn’t fit, she proved to be a fighter. With her baby now 5 months…


Holiday Hosting: Tips for Decorating a Buffet Table and Serving Your Guests With Style

Don’t stress about holiday hosting; this no-fuss guide will help you plan a festive gathering. Create a Buffet Centerpiece Add to the holiday cheer of your party table with a creative display. Choose a festive tin or basket. Place some greenery in the center, then fill the container with apples, oranges, or other fruits, top…


Elderly Dog Abandoned Before Christmas Had Given Up on Life—but Finds Loving Home Just in Time

On the streets of Birmingham, just days before Christmas last year, an elderly German shepherd-mastiff mix was found abandoned, hungry, and heartbroken. Luckily, this story has a happy ending just in time for this year’s Christmas Day. The 10-year-old dog, named Molly-Moo, was picked up by West Midlands Police and delivered to the RSPCA. Inspector Steven Lee…