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Q: My two girls, ages 3 and nearly 7, share a room but will not go to sleep unless each has a parent by her side until she passes out. Anything less, and it's complete waterworks and screaming, with the little one forcing herself to throw up. How on earth do we break this awful habit? It's b…

  • By Annette Meyer Heisdorffer Horticulture
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Giving orchids, roses, or fresh flowers to family members, coworkers and someone special for Valentine's Day shows appreciation and thoughtfulness. The moth orchid I gave my mother last year continues to bloom. In addition, to prolong the enjoyment of cut roses or flowers, follow the tips provided.

  • by Nicole Anzia washington post
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As an organizer, I've helped clients conquer many challenges. But there are some questions I'm asked over and over again, and the solution is usually the same. Here are quick answers to some common questions:

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  • by SARA MOULTON Associated Press
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So you've decided to host an Oscars party this year, but you aren't sure what to serve. Because obviously you want something extra fancy, something that will allow you to shine nearly as brightly as those folks on the red carpet.

  • by ALISON LADMAN Associated Press
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There is a time and place for a pint of ice cream and a spoon. Or for a pile of cookies or box of doughnuts. An Oscars viewing party is neither the time nor the place. This party requires desserts with a bit more panache.

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  • By LEE REICH Associated Press
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Since they can't don gloves and a scarf or shiver to keep warm, it's a wonder that trees, vines and shrubs don't freeze to death in winter.

  • By Justin Whittinghill
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Japanese society, in 2016, is reliably similar to "Leave It to Beaver." Sure, Wally never morphed into a Tokyo-sacking insect monster and Ward wasn't a dancing robot, but I'm saying there are still some significant parallels.

  • By Annette Meyer Heisdorffer Horticulture
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Is it time to start sowing seeds for vegetable transplants for the garden? Magazines, store displays and advertisements make us think it is, but it's not. Planning and gathering together supplies for growing transplants can start now. Think about your ability to control temperature, light, m…

  • by Barbara Damrosch washington post
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At our house, ‘tis the season for graph paper. Quad-ruled pads are ready on our desks, so we can plan our summer gardens as the seed catalogues arrive. Right now those gardens exist as lists and sketches, ordered by the geometry of those handy grids. How many pepper plants will go in that be…

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  • by ALISON LADMAN Associated Press
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On crazy weeknights, sometimes the only thing standing between you and yet another order of takeout... is a box of pasta.

  • By Chandra Emani Science in 10 Minutes
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The common things we take so much for granted in our daily lives — the rubber eraser that comes with our pencils, the all-familiar soft drink or the soda pop we knew as kids to quench our thirst in hot summers, and the life-saving oxygen cylinders we see in hospitals or hear about when we ta…

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  • KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — Traditional Japanese crafts like tea ceremony bowls, statuary, ornate lacquerware and precious dolls are given an edgy, individualistic update in an exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design here.

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  • By Susan O'Keefe The Washington Post
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I'm watching my 11-year-old daughter, Maeve, play with a young neighbor in the snow from my living room window. They've built a bridge of snow over a wooden fence that separates two houses on the block. They climb back and forth over the bridge and slide into the yard as a group of adults ch…

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  • KIM COOK, Associated Press
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The kitchen's often a room to experiment — with decor, as well as food and drink. Over the years we've seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, greige and white take their turn as favored hues.

  • By Annette Meyer Heisdorffer, Horticulture
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When the tender asparagus spears emerge in the garden, I know spring is here! Growing your own in the backyard starts with planning in the winter.

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  • By ALISON LADMAN Associated Press
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Most everybody loves fresh, warm doughnuts. But most everybody doesn't love the hassle of making those fresh, warm doughnuts. It's a messy process that involves making a dough that can be temperamental. Who has time for that on Valentine's Day?

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  • by MEERA SODHA Associated Press
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Valentine's Day can throw the best of us into a wild panic. How to show the one you love the way you feel without succumbing to cliches? You know what I mean — booking a table at a romantic restaurant for the set steak dinner with a side of heavy breathing couples, or buying a bunch of roses…

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  • By SUZI BARTHOLOMY MESSENGER-INQUIRER
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A lot of people get the post-holiday blues this time of the year. Often there is a lull in activities until warm weather sets in. A day trip to Vincennes, Indiana, just might take away the blues. 

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  • by ALISON LADMAN Associated Press
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Come Super Bowl Sunday, we all love a heaping platter of wings. They've got to be crunchy. They've got to be a little bit greasy. They've got to be so delicious we can't stop eating even after we know we've eaten too many.

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  • BY BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor
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NEW YORK — Underwater sightseeing in a glass submarine, shopping with a chef for dinner ingredients and volunteering with locals: These are some of the new options this season for cruise passengers.

  • BY BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor
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Visiting a spa might sound like an indulgence incompatible with a business meeting. But spas get plenty of bookings these days from corporate clients and organizations, whether for team-building, wellness education or even "manicure meetings."

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  • By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS — Seems like we've barely recovered from Christmas and New Year's, but it's already Carnival time, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9.

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  • By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press
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SALT LAKE CITY — Every January, the streets of the mountain town of Park City, Utah, light up as the Robert Redford-founded Sundance Film Festival pulls in big names to introduce future Oscar winners and eye-opening documentaries. Over the years, movies screened in this one-time mining town …

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  • by Ellie Krieger Washington Post
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Breakfast on a hectic weekday morning has a lot to accomplish. It needs to be compellingly delicious, energizing, nourishing and convenient. This dish checks all those boxes, and then some.

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  • BY KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press
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Hosting a horde of fans for the Super Bowl? Or are you crashing somebody's party and tasked with bringing something delicious? Either way, you could spend a lot of time thinking about what to prepare. Or you could just make this and know beyond any doubt that you had picked a crowd-pleaser.

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What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping?

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  • By Lindsey M. Roberts washington Post
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In 2016, Pantone invites you to reconsider your feelings about pale pink and blue. Instead of remembering them as stuffy or relegating them to nurseries, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for Pantone Color Institute, suggests pairing the pastel "colors of the year," Rose Quartz and Sereni…

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  • By Christina Barron Washington Post
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"Last Stop on Market Street," a picture book, was the surprise winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, the top U.S. prize in children's literature. The award, announced Monday by the American Library Association, focuses on a book's story, not its pictures. Most winners since the award began in 19…

  • By Robyn Passante Washington Post
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A few weeks ago my sons pulled out the bathroom scale, which lives under a dresser in my bedroom gathering dust, and took turns seeing how much they weigh. They wanted me to join in the fun. "Mommy, your turn! Let's see your number!"

  • By Annette Meyer Heisdorffer Horticulture
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There is nothing like a fresh, ripe tomato from your own garden. Raised bed gardening is popular because it can be easier to produce your own vegetables without requiring tiller. In addition, the raised bed supplies a solution for a poorly drained site, allows the soil to be amended easily t…

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  • by Mary Quattlebaum washington post
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The number 5 seems to be a lucky one for Gene Luen Yang, an author and illustrator. At a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington on Thursday, he will become the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. And it was in fifth grade that he began writing and drawing the …

  • by Holley Simmons washington post
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That thing you do all the time when you eat out? Maybe you shouldn't. We asked industry vets to pinpoint the most common gaffes they see when they venture into a dining room. Here are nine helpful pointers from D.C. area restaurateurs, managers and beverage directors. Think of them as your N…