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4 inspiring movie moms

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In recognition of Mother’s Day, here are four fictional characters who exemplify the bravery and devotion of motherhood on the big screen.

1. Molly Weasley, Harry Potter
In addition to loving and raising her seven children, Molly treats Harry Potter as one of her own. She courageously uses her wand to protect her family and stands up for what she believes in as a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

 

 

2. Helen Parr, The Incredibles
She’s a devoted mother and superhero who stops at nothing to protect her family and save the world — even when it means putting her stretchy Elastigirl limbs on the line.

 

 

 

3. Sarah Connor, The Terminator
She selflessly does everything she can to protect her son, John. This includes teaching him the weapon skills he’ll need to lead a resistance against the machines intent on taking over the world.


 

 

4. Mrs. Gump, Forrest Gump
The embodiment of maternal love, Mrs. Gump is willing to do anything to ensure her son gets a normal education despite his differences. She remains her son’s greatest admirer and supporter as he grows up, travels the world and accomplishes great things.

 

 

This Mother’s Day, consider spending some quality time with your mom watching a movie that features an inspiring mother. To score bonus points, be sure to also bring her popcorn, candy and her preferred fizzy beverages.

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4 ways kids can help in the garden

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If you’re a parent, you might find it difficult to tend to your garden while also keeping a close eye on your kids. Fortunately, there are a number of simple tasks that can keep even the youngest gardeners occupied.

1. Watering
Fill up a watering can — make sure it’s not too heavy — and let your little ones go about hydrating your planter boxes and potted plants. When it comes time to water the vegetable garden or flower beds, offer to let your kids hold the hose.

2. Weeding
Teach your children to recognize the most common unwanted plants that sprout up in your garden. Ask them to go on a hunt for weeds and, with your supervision, let them try pulling up ones with shallow roots.

3. Mulching
You can add mulch to your garden to help it retain moisture and limit the spread of weeds. Encourage your kids to get their hands dirty by carefully transferring mulch from the bag to the garden and spreading it evenly over the soil.


4. Tidying
From picking up leaves to putting twigs in the compost bin, there are plenty of easy ways your kids can help clean the yard. Remind them to keep an eye out for fallen petals, pinecones, and acorns they can use for crafts.

In addition to giving you a hand, your little ones will have plenty of opportunities to learn about how plants grow. It’s a win-win situation.

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4 tips for eco-friendly beauty care

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Are you looking for ways to limit your impact on the environment? Here are four tips to help you adopt a more eco-friendly beauty care routine.

1. Favor solid cosmetics. These hair and skincare products generate less waste than liquid alternatives since they generally have less packaging. Look for items wrapped in recycled cardboard, or buy your cosmetics in bulk to avoid packaging altogether.

2. Opt for reusable wipes. Rather than rely on single-use towelettes to remove makeup, sweat and dirt, choose a washable pad, microfiber cloth, or cleaning mitt. This will considerably reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills because of your personal care routine.

3. Find natural alternatives. Many personal care products are harmful to both the environment and your body. By opting for cosmetics made with natural or organic ingredients rather than harsh chemicals, you’ll help protect the planet and enjoy healthier hair and skin.


4. Choose products carefully. From lipstick and mascara to lotion and shampoo, an increasing number of beauty brands offer products that are eco-friendly or sold in refillable containers. You should also select quality makeup brushes with sustainable bamboo or wooden handles.

To discover a wide range of eco-friendly personal care products, visit the stores in your area.

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4 fantastic outdoor activities for seniors

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Spending time in nature has benefits for your mind and body. Here are four outdoor activities that can help you make the most of sunny days.

1. Hiking
Depending on where you live, you can explore trails that wind through forests, wetlands, or wide-open meadows. Just make sure the terrain and length of the trail correspond to your capabilities. Confirm if it’s a one-way or round trip before you start.

2. Picnicking
Whether you choose to dine in a park or at the beach, this activity allows you to make the most of nice weather and enjoy a delicious meal in good company. Put together an assortment of salads and sandwiches or get takeout from a local restaurant.

3. Camping
Are you getting too old to sleep on the hard ground? With an RV, you can escape to the great outdoors without leaving behind the comforts of home. Spend your days fishing, hiking, or sitting on the beach, and relax by the fire in the evening.


4. Birdwatching
It’s easy to take up birding, as it requires very little equipment and can be done almost anywhere. All you need is patience and a keen eye. To make the most of your next excursion, determine where the best birdwatching spots are in your area.

From gardening and golfing to cycling and playing tennis, there’s no shortage of ways to be active outdoors in summer.

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What to consider when switching to reusable toilet paper

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The process of manufacturing toilet paper can be incredibly wasteful, prompting an increasing number of people to seek alternatives. If you’re thinking about switching to reusable toilet paper, here are a few things to consider.

• Quantity. You should aim to have about 20 sheets per person in your household, although the recommended amount varies depending on how often you wash them.

• Type. If you want to be able to hang your reusable toilet paper like a traditional roll, opt for wipes that snap together. Alternatively, you can store individual sheets flat in a basket.

• Storage. You’ll need an airtight container to keep soiled toilet paper in until it can be washed. To further limit the smell, rinse the sheets after using them and sprinkle baking soda in the container.



• Cleaning. Always wash reusable toilet paper in hot water and bleach to kill harmful bacteria like E. coli. Remember to wash your hands after handling the soiled fabric.

• Guests. You’ll want to keep a few rolls of regular toilet paper on hand for when people come over. This way, guests can use the option they prefer.

If you want to make the switch to reusable toilet paper, visit stores in your area that specialize in eco-friendly products.

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Board games: suggestions for every kind of player

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Do you want to expand your collection of board games? If so, here are some suggestions to help you find ones that you’ll enjoy.

• If you like dynamic games, opt for those that allow all players to participate during each turn such as Space Base or Dice Forge. Real-time games like Kitchen Rush, Captain Sonar, and Magic Maze are also good choices as they require you to make decisions under pressure.

• If you like games that make you think, choose from a variety of deck-building card games (Dominion, Century, The Big Book of Madness, Clank!), abstract strategy games (Go, Quarto, Reef), resource management games (Tzolk’in, Palm Island, Carcassonne, Stone Age) or trivia games (Timeline, Trivial Pursuit, Linkto).

• If you like competitive games, look for ones where you can foil other players, such as Age of Towers, Bad Bones, Villainous, or Root. Alternatively, choose interactive party games like Top Ten, Cash ‘n Guns, Codenames or Dixit.


• If you like immersive experiences, consider elaborate campaign games such as Gloomhaven, Pandemic Legacy, or Charterstone. You might also enjoy games with unique storylines (Mr. Jack, Discover: Lands Unknown) or bluffing games (Saboteur, Were-wolf, The Resistance).

• If you like cooperative games, work together with other players to complete quick missions in games like Hanabi, 5-Minute Dungeon, Similo, or Bandido. If you want to put your deduction skills to the test, try Unlock!, Exit or MicroMacro: Crime City.

To find these and other games, or for more recommendations, visit your local toy or board game store. Check out Play Favorites in the Royal Plaza.

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3 fruit shrubs native to North America

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There are several advantages to growing fruit shrubs that are native to your area. In addition to improving the look of your yard, many of these plants produce edible berries. Here are three species to consider.

1. Black chokeberry
This easy-to-grow ornamental shrub will brighten up your yard in spring with its white and pink blooms. After admiring the flowers, you can harvest handfuls of the black berries, which are rich in antioxidants and can be used to make jam, juice, and wine.

2. Elderberry
This plant produces large, flat clusters of tiny white flowers that have edible petals. As for the berries, they must be cooked prior to eating them. Failing to do so is likely to result in an upset stomach. However, their tart taste makes them a great option for pie fillings, jams, and syrups.

3. Highbush cranberry
Though it’s different from a regular cranberry, this bright red fruit does have a similar taste. The berries are naturally high in pectin, which makes them ideal for making jams and jellies. Keep in mind, however, that this shrub can grow up to 13 feet tall.


Before you select a fruit shrub for your yard, make sure it’s well-suited for the climate in your area. Consult the hardiness zone on the plant’s label or speak with a specialist at your local garden center.

 

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