How to Prepare for College Applications

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You and your teenager have been preparing for how to prepare for college applications since the start of high school. And, this year, high school comes with additional challenges and anxiety, thanks to COVID-19. From adapting to the pandemic with either remote learning or face to face school days wearing their masks and keeping social distance in check, the anxiety of college prep can be a lot for you and your teenager. While there are a ton of resources at your fingertips from guidance counselors to online resources and more, here are a few tips that my daughter and I found very helpful when we were going through this process.

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Alternative Halloween Fun: How to Trick-or-Treat at Home

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It is no trick that this year’s Halloween will be a lot different than before and more families are wondering how to trick-or-treat at home. Due to the pandemic, the CDC says participating in traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating is considered a high risk activity for spreading the virus. As a mom, it can be hard to tell your kids they will not be going door to door this year.

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Easy Halloween Costumes (For Individuals, Groups or Families!)

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Halloween is coming soon, and it feels like this year more than ever we could all use a chance to escape reality a bit, right? With that in mind, here are a few simple Halloween costumes you can easily put together to celebrate in style. Some are easy Halloween costume options for individuals, some are simple couple costumes, and some are for groups/families! (Oh, and if DIY isn’t for you when it comes to costumes, we have lots of great options for both kids and adults available right here on our Zulily site.)

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9 Spookily Easy Halloween Treats for Kids

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It’s nearing the time of year when witches and warlocks come out of the shadows and excited kids (like mine) hit the streets for annual trick-or-treating. Our school has canceled the Halloween parade; I hope the trick-or-treating won’t be too, like in some communities. Everyone knows Halloween and candy go together like PB&J, but before your mini ghosts and goblins load up on sugar, give them some spooktacular Halloween treats for kids to fill up on first.

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Creative Maternity Photoshoot Ideas

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Pregnancy is such a special time, and whether you feel energized and glowing or feel pretty uncomfortable with the whole process, I promise it’s going to be a stage you’ll want to be able to look back on and remember. Enter maternity photos! If you’re looking for some ideas to make your baby bump photoshoot creative and memorable, you’re in the right place. Here are some maternity photoshoot ideas to take your pregnancy photoshoot to the next level. 

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6 Easy Halloween Experiments You Can Do at Home

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Halloween this year will be much more intimate than before. Do not just settle for watching scary movies: get spooky AND creative and try out a Halloween experiment with your family.  These six easy experiments will keep the family in the festive spirit while showing science in action. They require few supplies that you more than likely have at home. The entire family will be thrilled with a pumpkin volcano, magic potion, witches brew and more. 

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15 Coolest Christmas Gifts for Teenage Girls for Their Room

Trying to come up with cool ideas for Christmas gifts for teenage girls can seem like an impossible task, as we all know they are notorious for being picky. If you want to impress a teen, on-trend bedroom accessories, which include everything from photo collage kits they can customize to essential oil room diffusers that can lift your mood are perfect.  

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping with these top teen-approved gift ideas. 

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Teach Your Kids How to Draw with Shapes

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My 4-year-old daughter shows an interest in drawing, but she often gets frustrated because she does not know how to do it. We have some picture books with step-by-step drawing lessons in the back to teach kids how to draw the books’ main characters. One of the things I noticed about these step-by-step drawing lessons is that drawing is just connecting shapes.

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