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Spend the least, get the most in a wedding: Pros supply tips for cutting costs

Can you get the wedding you want, while getting the wedding bill you want? Yes, if you learn what industry insiders know. Who besides a pastry chef knows that if you choose buttercream frosting instead of fondant, the same cake costs 30 percent less?

Supernanny Jo Frost takes on tantrums in new book

Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame is out with her seventh book, and she’s taking aim at toddlers. More specifically, she focuses on the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums.

‘Tinder’ speeds up online dating for singles

Jessie Riley calls herself a “Tinder terrorist,” but she’s not dangerous and she swears she’s just having fun.

Mother’s Day has another side for loss survivors

Kristine McCormick has spent the years after the sudden death of her newborn trying to forget Mother’s Day exists.

Teen finds meaning in 1950s popularity guide

Respecting or learning from one’s elders isn’t exactly a top priority for most teens. They’re too busy texting or mastering the latest social media platform to relate to the idea that their grandparents ever battled teenage issues like acne or fitting in.

The good sports parent playbook

As the weather warms and parents head for athletic fields, weighed down with folding chairs, water bottles and shin guards, the telltale symptoms begin to manifest.

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of monthly services

We’re the first to proclaim that every day should be considered Mother’s Day. All that wisdom, laughter, advice and, most importantly, unconditional love she’s showered on you all these years deserves special attention. So, while flowers and dinner out are nice, it makes perfect sense to fete Mom on May 11 with a gift that keeps on giving, all year long.

Homing in on how we misapply labels to parents

I took a day off work recently to knock off 20 or so items from my to-do list. I knocked off two.

Tips for getting ‘Frozen’ out of your head

Parents fed up with the soundtrack of “Frozen,” which seems to be stuck on repeat in their children’s brains, may also not want to hear this advice from a music professor at Northwestern University, who regularly deals with unrelenting melodies.

App happy: wedding help in the palm of your hand

Appleton’s grandparents couldn’t travel to his New York City wedding last October, but the tech-savvy Floridians were as present on the Big Day as anyone could be from 1,000-plus miles away.

How much for prom? In the Midwest, about $835

American families with teens are spending less on prom this year, but the spring tradition is no cheap date, according to a survey by Visa Inc.

Considering divorce? There’s an app for that

Things you can do with a smartphone app: Play “Candy Crush.” Browse Facebook. Get counsel on your divorce.

Millennials moving home can be a good thing

A Pew Research Center report last year that found 36 percent of adults ages 18 to 31 live in their parents’ homes – the highest share in at least four decades. The report prompted a slew of sound-the-alarm articles. But a closer look at the 2012 Census Bureau data analyzed by Pew – and equally important, the factors driving those numbers – indicates the trend actually may be cause for celebration.

Some question Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to “Ban Bossy,” complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls.

Barbie isn’t ‘normal,' but neither is Lammily, the new ‘it’ doll

Normal Barbie. Who is this new phenomenon said to be the next big thing in the toy aisle?

Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day

From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant at a St. Patrick’s Day parade or party.

Searching for love, in sickness and in health

Trueheart4me was 5-foot-9, spiritual but not religious, and a social drinker, her Match.com profile read. She loved the water, traveling and a good belly laugh.

How much to pay a babysitter

Finding a new babysitter is stressful enough, with combing through applicants, interviews and background checks. Then there’s figuring out how to pay one.

Childless millennials: Young adults opting out or waiting to have kids

With graduation just around the corner, Becki DeGeest, of Moorhead, Minn., might not know what is in store for her future as she endlessly applies for various jobs in cities around the world. But, she knows one thing that’s not in her future: children.

Youngest boomers turn 50 this year, but do they belong in that generation?

The youngest baby boomer turns 50 this year. The big 5-0. A quinquagenarian. Half a century. Holy colonoscopy!

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