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Parents beware! OR Teach your parents well

Agencies, product recalls help in tracking the safety of baby goods

Subscriber onlyThe marketplace is a minefield for new parents. Buying the wrong product can put newborns and small children at risk. Continue reading...

Pasta sauce recipe fills reader request

Subscriber onlyRecipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Ex-etiquette

Subscriber onlyQ I've been dating a woman with a little girl for over a year now. She split with her ex right after she accidentally became pregnant. The baby was only 6-7 months old when we began dating. The two of them live with me in my house, and marriage has been discussed in depth. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I live in a small, three-story condominium building where all the expenses are split evenly between the owners. I live on the first floor and never use the elevator, which frequently breaks down. Why should I have to pay for a portion of the maintenance of something I never use? Continue reading...

Don't read too much into 2-year-old's hair issue

Subscriber onlyQ We have lived with my parents since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born. She has been the center of attention, being the first and only grandchild. Several months ago our son was born, and we moved into our own house. Almost immediately, our daughter began pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyThe world keeps turning, dogs keeping barking and technology developers keep turning out pet-themed apps for smartphones and tablets. Here's a look at a couple that allow you to search by location for rescued animals available for adoption. Even if you're not looking for a pet yourself, you could play matchmaker for a friend or family member or simply share pet photos and information on social media sites. Continue reading...

Gran's garden let her bloom

Subscriber onlyMy grandmother was a master gardener. She grew dahlias and chrysanthemums, sweet peas and hydrangeas, tomatoes and corn, green beans and squash, sustenance for body and soul. Continue reading...

Peach party

Blushing golden fruits give savory dishes, desserts taste of summer

Subscriber onlyIt's a sure sign that summer has hit her stride: blushing, juicy, succulent peaches. Continue reading...

Gadgets & Gizmos

Subscriber onlyThe Oxo Grape and Tomato Cutter won't save you any time, but it might save your fingers -- if you're prone to knife accidents. Continue reading...

Meatless lasagna has baby eggplant

Subscriber onlyLittle fairy tale eggplants were the inspiration for this recipe. That and a strong craving for Italian food. Continue reading...

Canned wild salmon works as inexpensive alternative

Subscriber onlyWith the climbing price of seafood, it's no wonder fresh fish for many families is a special-occasion meal. Prized for its great taste, convenience and excellent nutritional qualities, canned wild Alaskan salmon is an inexpensive alternative. Continue reading...

Mint, cardamom spice up shrimp salad

Indian cooks know that toasting whole spices, then grinding them, pays off with fuller flavor, maximizing the just-released oils: in this case, from cardamom, coriander and cumin seeds as well as dried red chiles. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: First name puns (male and female)

Subscriber only1. "I'm the winner," said --------. (M) Continue reading...

Arkansas postcard past

Subscriber onlyHarrison, 1941 Continue reading...

Russians first found valley rich in grapes

Subscriber onlyCalifornia's Russian River Valley has sustained farmers for more than 150 years, and today remains one of the state's prized growing grounds for astounding grapes. The Sonoma County valley got its name from Russian explorers who settled around Fort Ross, near the river's mouth on the Pacific Ocean, around 1812. They were there to set up a military site to explore, fish and hunt for their settlements in Alaska. Continue reading...

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