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Ikea may have learned lesson after angering its biggest fans

Nothing says you love your fans like sending them a cease and desist order. That happened to be the spin the Ikea PR folks had to deal with when they threatened legal action to shut down the uber-popular Ikea fan site, IkeaHackers.net.

June 24, 2014 | Michael De Groote, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Teen suicide rates increase

After the Food & Drug Administration warned about the dangers of teens using antidepressants, the teen suicide rate has increased, researchers said.

June 21, 2014 | By Faith Heaton Jolley KSL | Hot Topics


Summer service projects for your kids

There is a chant that goes up from little people all over the world. It is the song of bored children and it can drive overworked parents out of their gourds.

June 19, 2014 | Becky Rickman, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Why kids are the best people

Kids are sometimes seen as annoying, wild, unruly or a nuisance. But, there are many things that kids are better at than adults. For whatever reason, as we age some of us lose our zest for life and can become robot-like while tending our day-to-day obligations. Maybe a key is to let kids be kids instead of forcing them to become miniature adults.

June 18, 2014 | Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


School's over, now what? 5 ways to stretch your child's mind over the summer

As a mom, I feel happy and nervous when school is out for the summer. Keeping a preschooler, grade schooler, middle schooler and high schooler occupied takes effort. One thing that all four kids need over the summer is to keep learning. Here are my five go-to ways to grow their brains and help them retain all they've learned.

June 17, 2014 | Amy Peterson, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Better home remodels

Last week, we talked about the move-versus-remodel debate. That is the first decision you have to make when you accept your house isn't working for you and you need a change. If you decide to stay put and that remodeling is the way to go, the next phase of the design process is programming.

June 16, 2014 | By Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


8 ways to increase intimacy in 5 minutes or less

If your life moves at a frantic pace, you might not think you have enough time each day to connect with your spouse. You're wrong. Increasing intimacy can be done in just a few seconds. All it takes is effort. Skeptical? Here are 8 ways to feel closer to the one you love most in 5 minutes less.

June 15, 2014 | By Amy Peterson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Why Disney keeps going back in time

It's time to talk about Disney going back in time.

June 11, 2014 | Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Americans want fair taxes — even if it is bad for the economy

The pain of the tax season is beginning to fade a little, but was that pain fair? A new survey by personal finance website WalletHub.com finds that many Americans think the tax code needs an injection of fairness - regardless of whether it hurts the economy.

June 11, 2014 | Michael De Groote, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Finding the right school for your child

Elementary school enrollment deadlines are just weeks away and it's crunch time on getting your child into the right school.

June 06, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Hot Topics


7 ideas to turn an acquaintance into a friend

You are at the ball field watching your son's baseball game. You cheer him on as he rounds home plate. The crowd cheers. You look around as everyone rises to their feet and even though the stands are full, you feel alone.

June 06, 2014 | Nicole Carpenter Deseret News | Hot Topics


3 easy ways to avoid a fight with your spouse

First, we must acknowledge that fighting or arguing exists in most marriages. The couples who don't have any arguments are likely in denial. Or one partner is simply far too submissive and that is not a happy situation for her or him. Let's be clear, there is nothing wrong with a healthy disagreement. However, there are some types of disagreeing that end up in verbal battles that can do serious damage if not dealt with correctly.

June 04, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News | Hot Topics


Getting Your Child Ready For College

Getting your child ready for college may seem a little bit overwhelming, at first. By taking one step at a time, the process can be more manageable and less stressful for both of you. Here are 11 tips to help you be successful.

June 04, 2014 | Sharee Wanner, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


'Wounded Warrior' laughs way to recovery

In February, I wrote an open letter to a soldier I encountered en route from Washington, D.C., to Seattle. I shared my regret at crossing paths several times and not thanking him for his service. Though I don't know whether he ever stumbled on the column, I promised I wouldn't make the same mistake again. When opportunity knocked, I'd be ready.

June 04, 2014 | Jason Wright, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Why children need your presence more than your presents

It is no secret that children love new toys. They love Christmas and birthdays because of the multitude of gifts they receive. However, the most important gift any child could receive is the continual presence of his parents in his life. As a parent, giving your time, energy and love to your child is one of the most important things you can do.

June 03, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


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A letter to my son

Hi Son,

September 22, 2014 | By Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Traveling on a tight budget

My family makes it a point to take at least one, if not several family vacations a year. We love the bonding that is created by spending several hours in a car together, exploring a new city and staying up late chatting in a hotel room. Now, with that being said, it is not easy, nor cheap, to travel. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of saving and a lot of budgeting to make it happen. Here are some tips when it comes to traveling on a tight budget.

September 19, 2014 | By Megan Shauri FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Top 15 states for education

It's already September. Time to go back to school.

September 16, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


10 ways you are unfaithful

Having an affair is not even on your radar. Never gonna happen. You love your spouse and you'd never be unfaithful to her or him. However, you may be unaware of other ways you are being unfaithful. If these actions continue, you may find yourself on the slippery slope that leads to that never-intended affair and a sorrow you never wanted in your life.

September 12, 2014 | By Gary and Joy Lundberg FamilyShare | Hot Topics


10 ways young can get rich

Getting rich isn't too far out of reach.

September 09, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


5 reasons to put down the smartphone

A new study from Baylor University this week found that college-age men and women spend 8-10 hours each day on their smartphones, respectively.

September 05, 2014 | By Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics


9 meaningful moments

Every life has its ups and downs, its highs and lows, times to ascend and times to fall back (urp . . . I'm getting motion sickness!) In other words, there are going to be times that you want to remember and cherish, so here is a list of nine of the moments you should look forward to:

September 03, 2014 | By Tim Torkildson Deseret News Service | Hot Topics


5 life lessons

I'm a little over 6 months away from turning the big 3-0, and I've taken a lot of time to ponder on these last 10 years and what lessons I've learned, trials I've overcome and how I have changed overall as a person. A lot of big things happened in these past ten years, getting married, having three children, graduating college, starting a career, becoming a stay-at-home mom, leaving it all to pursue our dreams, moving cross country and shifting our focus. Through all of this I've learned a little about life and a lot ...

September 02, 2014 | By Hilarye Fuller FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Free storage restores dignity to homeless

When you're homeless, you carry everything you have with you. That makes it tough to sleep or go into a store, much less look for a job. It's one of the everyday realities of living homeless that most people don't consider.

September 01, 2014 | By Lane Anderson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Golden oldies mark Blu-ray upgrades, DVD debuts this week

"Out of the Past" is upgraded to Blu-ray this week, as are more "Looney Tunes" shorts, and a number of fan-favorite titles mark their DVD debut. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)

September 01, 2014 | By Chris Hicks Deseret News | Hot Topics


4 ways our munchkins are killing us softly from loving us to death

Our kids are our world. We love them, and we can't imagine our lives without them (well, maybe we could for very short stretches on secluded, white sandy beaches...) But mostly, we are addicted to them in all their sweet stickiness. No matter what, we always want to remain within a snuggles reach of their cherubic-ness.

September 01, 2014 | Shannon Kelly Badger Deseret News | Hot Topics


12 things worth waiting for

We love to wait.

August 28, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Breakfast not that important?

We have all heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but two new studies published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that breakfast isn't as important as everyone says.

August 26, 2014 | By Lindsey Peterson KSL | Hot Topics


6 birthday ideas for teen girls



Once the pink frills and princess themes are outgrown, how can you make a teen girl's birthday special? Much of her enjoyment comes as she plans her party herself, down to the littlest details, so ask your daughter how she wants to celebrate and get her involved. My oldest daughter loves planning her birthdays. She even likes to bake and decorate her own cake with gobs of colors, swirls and sprinkles.

August 20, 2014 | Leah DeCesare, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


3 family movies to spice up the last days of summer

With August being over half way done, many people are making their way back to places of learning. For those that are heading back to school in the near future, here are three family movies to help you soak up the last few days of summer.

August 20, 2014 | Dylan Cannon, KSL | Hot Topics


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