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April is a magical month. The air is just beginning to get that fresh spring smell, flowers are popping up everywhere, and soft spring rain brings out the world at it's best. Easter is coming and the bunny is on his way bringing with him the tasty treats we all love. This month Welcome Home magazine brings you the background on Easter and the beloved eggs that symbolize it. Thinking of downsizing? Check out the Tiny House Movement. Wondering how to make the most of your space, while making it fabulous? We have that covered to too! Last but not least, check out the Tabata craze to shed those last pesky few pounds before summer gets here. Please enjoy this issue of the magazine! Have a egg-citing April, and as always, Welcome Home!

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Welcome Home! Table of Contents 4

Recipe And Design A tasty recipe and a stylish home design how to.

5 Easter Egg History Why an egg? Find out here! 6

Keen On Jelly Beans Addicting and tasty jelly bean goodness.

Welcome Home is for entertainment purposes only. The advise contained therein is not in anyway intended to substitute for that of trained professionals. Please read responsibly.

In The Kitchen. Easter Eats: Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests


Health and Wellness. Tabata - Super quick fitness.


All pictures courtesy of or unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Wikipedia for Random Fact information and aid.

Editor in Chief - Phly Jambor 10


History of Easter

The origins and meanings of the traditional symbols.

Recycle and Get Green What’s old is new again, in every sense of the word.


The Tiny House Movement What are the merits of downsizing?


Three Essentials For Decorating Small Spaces How to decorate your small spaces effectively.


Products To Love! Hot trends and technological wonders of tomorrow.


City Spotlight Seattle, WA - Home of Starbucks and the Eco Movement.


DIY Project - April

Easy and ridiculously fun - Balloon Chandelier!


Businesses That Make A Difference Baby Teresa: buy a cute outfit and cloth a baby in need.

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Recipe and Design Strawberry-Orange Trifle

Ingredients • • • • • • • •

1 qt. strawberries, halved $ 4 oranges, sectioned and halved $ 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange juice $ 3 tablespoons sugar $ 1 1/2 cups whipping cream 1 (11.3-oz.) jar lemon curd 1 1/2 sleeves shortbread cookies, crushed $ Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation: 1. 2.



Toss together first 4 ingredients, and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Meanwhile, beat whipping cream and lemon curd at low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Gradually increase mixer speed, beating until medium peaks form. Layer one-third each of fruit mixture and curd mixture in a large bowl. Top with half of crushed cookies. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining one-third fruit mixture and curd mixture. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Garnish, if desired. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Keebler Sandies Simply Shortbread cookies.

Southern Living MARCH 2008

Colored Easter Egg Wreath

This easy-to-make Easter wreath adds a pop of pretty pastel color to your front door. Supplies • 12 plastic eggs • Awl • Pretty printed paper of choice • Decoupage Medium • Paint brush • 16 gauge wire • Ribbon (pastel color of your choice) 1. Using an awl, poke a small hole in each end of 12 plastic eggs. 2. Cut 1/2x3-inch strips of patterned paper, cutting small slits along the edges to reduce wrinkling. 3. Brush decoupage medium onto the back of one paper strip and apply to an egg, pressing out the excess glue and air bubbles; repeat until egg is covered. 4. After all of the eggs are covered, brush two thin coats of decoupage medium over the eggs, letting them dry in between coats; let dry. 5. String the eggs onto a 16-gauge wire, allowing an extra inch at each end. Wrap one end around the other to form a wreath shape; cover wire ends with a pretty pastel ribbon and hang. Courtesy of Better Homes and

Easter Egg History If you ask most kids today what “Easter Eggs” are, they’ll probably tell you that they’re undocumented features found in computer games and DVD’s. Of course, when it comes to the history of Easter gifts, it refers to brightlycolored eggs. The egg tradition associated with Easter is an old one, predating the arrival of Christianity in Europe. It has long been a fertility symbol in many cultures. One the other hand, Easter – which in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches is considered the main observance of the liturgical year – has a close connection with the Jewish holiday of Passover, or Pesach, which celebrates the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. During the traditional seder meal, hard-boiled eggs flavored with salt water are eaten. (In fact, the “Last Supper” was actually a Passover celebration.) Colored eggs are also part of traditional Easter gift baskets, and many of these are works of art. In Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and other Slavic-speaking countries, Easter eggs are painstakingly painted with highly elaborate geometrical patterns in vivid, contrasting colors such as brilliant whites, reds and yellows against black dark maroon and deep blue. This decoration method is known as pisanka. In Iran, colored eggs have been part of the Persian New Year celebration of Nowruz for over 3,000 years. Nowruz coincides with the spring equinox.

It nearly all of these cultures, the egg represents dormant life waiting to be born – a fitting metaphor for Spring, and for Christians, symbolic of the resurrection of the founder of their faith, Yeshua ben-Yosef, or Iesus Christos as he was named in Greek. In the Roman Catholic Church, Easter also marks the end of a forty-six day period of fasting and privation known as Lent. During Lent, it was traditional to give up eating animal flesh and/or dairy products as well as eggs. Of course, one’s chickens didn’t stop laying during that time, so it was common to boil them in order to preserve them and avoid wasting food. Hard boiled eggs are an ingredient in many traditional Easter dishes, such as hornazo, a savory pork-and-egg pie eaten in Spain. Today, eggs are often as not made from chocolate and are a welcome part of children’s Easter baskets. If you are in Scotland during the Easter season, you might even be able to get your chocolate Easter egg deep fried from a fishand-chips establishment! Other Easter egg traditions include numerous games, such as the Easter egg roll, a speed contest in which hardboiled eggs are pushed along with a spoon; rolling eggs down steep slopes; and of course, the ever-popular Easter egg hunt. It’s possible nowadays to get “beeping” Easter eggs that allow children with visual impairments to join in the fun, as well.

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Keen On Jelly Beans! Jelly beans, jelly beans, jelly beans. How big they were back when we were small.  We never could get enough of 'em, could we?  Remember the gourmet varieties - Blueberry Pie, Caribbean Coconut, English Blackberry, Granny Smith Apple, Licorice, Passion Fruit, Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Smoothie, Tangerine and Wild Cherry. Now you wonder, could you ever lay your tongue on them again?  Actually, the prospects are promising.  Very promising, in fact, because jelly beans and all the other retro sweets you couldn't stop yearning for are back on track.  Not that they were ever gone, but wholesale retro sweets shops have simply made these nostalgic goodies so much more available today. And mind you,  the expanded varieties are nauseating! These old-fashioned candies have always been beloved to us since we were kids.  Back then, we probably never cared about what they were inside.  As long as we had them in our mouths, we were doing great. Although we'll always love these beanies for what they are, it's probably time to appreciate them with a little more depth.  Jelly beans are, well, beansized traditional sweets coated with a crispy shell and a soft, chewy interior.  These candies are a major hit everywhere in the world and this probably has something to do with their versatility.  With flavors from fruity to spicy, they're surely a treat to anyone who loves a sweet adventure.   Although jelly beans are known for their refreshing look and taste, they're

actually made from ancient candy-making procedures dating back to the 1500's to the 1700's. On the inside, they're made of starch and sugar while their shell is derived from a combination of old recipes from the Middle East.   Interestingly, these old-fashioned sweets first surfaced during the American Civil War when they were doled out to troops.  For what exact reason, nobody knows, but it is assumed that the high-sugar content of these candies provided the soldiers with the extra energy they needed.  Back then, flavors were limited but just the same, the sweets started to attract a  following that soon gave rise to a market that hasn't stopped growing ever since. Jelly bean fans usually go for specific flavors, but sometimes, they explore and mix and match to suit their adventurous tastes.  Aside from being eaten as candy, jelly beans have also been used as cake decorations and drawing materials for novelty portraits.  Indeed, these retro sweets are touching people in more ways than one.   If you're just craving for those jelly beans right now, get online and find a wholesale retro sweets shop to give you a whole lot of fun with those very sweets you worshiped as a kid. Written by Shen Smith Courtesy of

In The Kitchen

Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests Ingredients: • • • • • • •

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 large egg white 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut 1 cup Nutella M&M Speck-tacular Eggs (or other Easter candy)

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. 2. In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the coconut and mix well. 3. With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb. 4. Bake cookies for 17 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your thumb down in the center of the nests again. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely. 5. Place about a tablespoon of Nutella in the center of each nest. Place 3 egg candies in the center of the nest. Finish decorating the nests and serve. Note-you can make these 2-3 days in advance. Store in an air tight container on the counter. Courtesy of

Health & Wellness

Tabata There's been a real BUZZ in the fitness industry about a revolutionary type of training. It's proven to bring dramatic fitness gains, rapid strength gains and BLAST your fat stores like no other workout. Invented in 1996, it's popularity has rocketed amongst top athletes and sportspeople worldwide. Perhaps most impressive of all……it only takes 4 minutes! So what is it?!.. Tabata Training cycles intervals of 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise with 10 seconds of rest, repeated without pause 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. • 20 seconds work • 10 seconds rest • for a total of 4 minutes On paper it looks pretty easy.  On the gym floor it's 240 seconds of fitness heaven and hell!  Any workout that crams the workload and fitness gains of a 30 minute workout into the time it takes to boil an egg is going to be challenging. The Inventor… Tabata training was invented by Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.  His research found that exercising at a high level of intensity for a short period of time was more effective than exercising at a low intensity for a long duration. Since developing his now famous 4 minute Tabata Protocol, research worldwide has confirmed that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) brings faster and greater fitness gains than traditional "long slow burn" workouts. Some great examples… The Tabata training method can be applied to pretty much any exercise you like. For strength and muscle tone try tabata squats, tabata lunges or tabata push ups.  To boost your cardio try tabata sprints, tabata star jumps or tabata burpess.  Nothing will flatten and tone your abs quite like tabata sit ups or tabata leg raises. The options are endless. Progress is measured by taking the number of reps performed on your WORST set out of the 8 sets.  It's great because you can't cheat the system… I've tried and failed! I personally love tabata training because it fulfills the 5 Rules Of The Perfect Workout by allowing you to create intense and challenging workouts whilst easily measuring your progress. Next time you're in the gym or the park try it. You might just like it! Written by Liam Taylor. Courtesy of


The Easter holidays that celebrate Christ's resurrection from death, are Christianity's most critical holidays. The Easter holidays have been referred to as moveable feasts due to them not falling upon a set date each year, as many holidays usually do. Rather, Christian churches within the West will celebrate Easter upon the 1st Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox upon March 21st. Thus, Easter is observed any time in between March 22nd to April 25th each year. Orthodox Christians utilize the Julian calendar in order to calculate when Easter is going occur and usually celebrate the holiday one or two weeks following the Western churches, that follow a Gregorian calendar. The origins of the religious feast day's name are not known. A few resources will state the term Easter derives from Eostre, the Teutonic goddess of fertility and spring. Additional accounts track Easter to the Latin word hebdomada alba, or otherwise known as white week, the ancient reference toward Easter week, as well as white clothes worn by individuals who were baptized within that time.

Via a translation mistake, the word later appeared as esostarum within Old High German that ultimately became Easter within English. Easter, in Spanish, is referred to as Pascua; within French, Paques. Those terms derive from the Latin and Greek Pasch or Pascha, for Passover. Christ's resurrection and crucifixion happened following him going to Jerusalem order to celebrate Passover (or Pesach within Hebrew), a Jewish festival that commemorated the ancient Israelite people's exodus from slavery within Egypt. Pascha ultimately came to mean Easter. Easter really is a whole season of the Christian church year; opposed to a oneday observance. The forty-day span that leads up to Easter Sunday, Lent, includes a time of penance, as well as reflection and will represent the forty days that Christ spent by himself within the wilderness prior to beginning his ministry, a period where Christians thought he survived different temptations set forth by Satan. The day prior to Lent, referred to as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, include a final hurrah of fun and food prior to the fasting starting. The week before Easter is referred to as Holy Week and involves Maundy Thursday that commemorates Christ's final supper with the disciples; Good Friday, that honors the day of Christ's crucifixion; as well as Holy Saturday that focuses upon the transition in between the crucifixion, as well as the resurrection. The fifty-day time after Easter Sunday is referred to as Eastertide and involves a celebration of Christ's ascension to heaven. Besides Easter's religious significance, it'll additionally possess a commercial side, as evidenced by the piles of marshmallows chicks and jelly beans which appear in the shops every spring. As with Christmastime, over the years, different pagan traditions, as well as folk customs, that involve Easter eggs, candy, baskets, and bunnies, have now become a normal portion of the holy holiday.

Traditions and Symbols of Easter You will not find them inside the Bible, yet most beloved Easter history traditions —from Easter bunnies to hunting for and decorating eggs—have been around for years. Easter Bunny The Bible will make no mention of a short-tailed, long-eared creature that provides decorated eggs to all of the wellbehaved kids upon Easter Sunday; nonetheless, the Easter bunny is now a prominent symbol of Christianity's most critical holiday. The origins of the mythical mammal are not certain, yet rabbits, well-known to be prolific procreators, include an ancient fertility and new life symbol. Easter Eggs Easter includes a religious holiday, yet a few of its customs, like Easter eggs, are likely connected with pagan traditions. Ancient symbols for new life, eggs have been related to pagan festivals that celebrate spring. From Christian perspectives, Easter eggs are stated to represent Christ's emergence from the tomb, as well as resurrection. Easter Candy Easter includes the 2nd best-selling candy holiday within America, following Halloween. Amongst the trendiest sweet treats related to this day include chocolate eggs, that date back to early nineteenth century Europe. Easter Parade Within NY City, Easter Parade traditions date back to the middle-1800s, as the top crust of society would go to Easter services at different Fifth Avenue churches and walk outside afterwards, displaying their new spring hats and outfits. Average people began showing up alongside Fifth Avenue to see the action. This tradition got to its peak by the mid-twentieth century, and within 1948, the trendy movie Easter Parade was introduced, starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and featured Irving Berlin's music.  Written by Kristen Brady. Courtesy of

Recycle and Get Green

Blue disposal bins, catchy three-word slogans, signs asking users to separate green glass from clear glass, 'paper or cardboard only' disposal receptacles these are just a few of the visible signs of the modern recycling movement. Recycling has been a major issue since human beings first started forming organized societies.

Renaissance armies would melt down old, worn out cannons to reclaim some copper instead of having to dig it out again. The Great Depression made it difficult to get food, let alone new goods, so people buckled down and learned how to reuse. The US and Britain launched massive recycling and reclamation campaigns during World War II to maximize wartime production. People have always found ways to save time, effort, and money by finding inventive new uses for their personal goods. What’s Old Is New Again The modern story of recycling as an environmental movement truly begins in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For the first time, with conservation efforts and the consequences of worldwide pollution really being made public (facilitated by the explosion of television's ability to reach a worldwide audience), people were becoming aware of the ability of major recycling campaigns to positively affect their lives. Spurred by events like the infamous Mobro 4000 barge, which sailed up and down the eastern coast of the Americas for nearly a year hauling a full load of garbage, people were moved to take widespread, systematic action. Recycling can have a significant impact in many obvious, measurable ways. Every aluminum can melted down and reclaimed is one less can that has to be stored in a landfill. Landfills aren't simply dumping holes that are filled once and ignored, but sophisticated facilities that require careful attention, maintenance, and energy to properly function. For example, inspectors are required to periodically ensure that the environmental seal around the underside of landfills doesn't rupture, potentially

spilling pollutants into the local environment through leakage. The less product that gets dumped into these landfills, the less a modern society has to invest in their upkeep. Recycling By the Numbers The benefits go beyond the mere physical, however. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that recycling tin and aluminum cans only requires five percent of the energy needed to make all new cans out of raw materials. Similarly, the EIA estimates that paper recycling reduces the energy cost of paper manufacture by forty percent compared to all new paper production. Reduced energy consumption means less pollution from the power plant, and less need to harvest the fossil fuels that are still the world's predominant energy supply. Simple Home Green That isn't to say that recycling only has a benefit in the realm of production. There are of course benefits to private recycling as well. Some solutions are simple - a milk jug can be cut open and turned into a measuring tool for rainwater for the scientifically minded. Rather than discarding old clothing, some families cut the garments up for use as rags, patching material, or even art supplies. A pair of jeans someone would never wear in public often find new life as work trousers for painting or automotive projects. Plastic shopping bags are often thrown away without consideration, but some families stretch their dollar a bit by using them as small-can trash bags, such as for waste paper in the bathroom. This saves the cost of buying new bags, at the very least. For those interested in getting even more

use out of these bags, they can be used as improvised lunch bags, or for transporting food to a big picnic. And, if you can’t find a way to reuse something, there is always the option of taking it to the appropriate city recycling facility. The key is to find creative ways to reuse the materials already in the home, instead of just throwing them away. Simple Office Green Similar options exist for the office environment, of course. In particular, offices generate a lot of paperwork, and an equal amount of paper waste. Some small businesses actually take advantage of this, and instead of throwing out their old shredded paper and scrap, use it as package stuffing. This saves them the cost of purchasing new packing material, and keeps the scraps out of the landfill for a bit longer. Cardboard shipping boxes can often be reused as well, whether to continue shipping goods or as a low-cost way to store some short-term documents until the new filing system arrives. Additionally, some cities even have buyback programs, offering small monetary compensation to those who recycle certain products. Businesses should research their local options, as they could possibly use this as a way to reduce their operating costs over the year. It won't bring in millions, but the wise businessman saves wherever possible. Think About It In both house and office environments, the key to successful recycling is stopping to think. A great deal of the waste generated in the modern world can be reused or recycled, but isn't because people have a habit of throwing out their soda bottle when finished drinking. Finding new ways to recycle doesn't require expensive programs or elaborate schemes. All it really requires is for someone to stop for one moment when throwing something away, then asking themselves, 'Is there something else I could do with this?' Written by Janet Davis Courtesy of

The Tiny  House  Movement

People are talking about the tiny house movement. What is it? Is it small houses that are being moved down the street to tiny lots? Is it a political movement? This movement is all about a segment of society that states that people are downsizing the space or spaces that they live in. If you haven't heard of it, the tiny house movement is a growing trend and not just a fad. It's been featured on network television all over the world. What makes the tiny movement so big, and what determines what a small home is? The average house in America is just less than 3,000 square feet in size. Tiny houses are built with the focus on smaller simplified living so they average around 400 to 500 square feet at the most. Some small houses are very tiny, at around 65 square feet. But Why the Movement toward Downsizing Houses? This movement is all about efficiency, saving natural resources, and saving the environment. People who have been concerned about these factors in society have been very concerned at the amount of natural resources (and accompanying waste) that's generated every time a standard size home is built. And if you include all the resources that go into maintaining older standard size houses, a good argument can be made that the old adage of "Bigger is better" is not better anymore. For example: If a tiny home of about 200 square feet is built in remote areas away from sprawling cities, the house leaves virtually no impact or carbon footprint on the natural environment around it. And in many areas small houses are using solar panels for their energy source. Smaller Homes Are Economically Friendly Too When you consider many automobiles today cost over $50,000, it's easy to see the economic value in getting involved in the tiny house movement. Small homes or houses can cost as little as $37,000 if you buy a pre-fabricated or pre-built one. If you build it yourself you'll save a lot more. A lot of people think that buying a tiny home means living in a cardboard box or something like that. Not so. Because the cost of a tiny house is so low, builders can focus on higher quality building materials that are more energy efficient and last longer than materials used in traditional home building. The small house movement is also providing an affordable means of home ownership to people whose homes were destroyed during hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. in the past ten years. Some people whose houses were completely demolished could not afford to rebuild, or they did not have sufficient insurance coverage to rebuild the home they had before. So tiny homes provide a comfortable and safe life for them. Downsizing to Simple Housing Is the Answer for Some There are some people who have not been affected by natural disasters or financial meltdowns. They simply want to join the movement because for a lot of people in today's hectic society, simplicity is king. Many people in society during the last few decades have found themselves working long work weeks and getting little time off, only to spend that time constantly maintaining a large house that they hardly ever spent any time in. Although small homes will always be just that, the tiny house movement is growing into something big. Written by Tim Howser. Courtesy of

Three Essentials for Decorating Small Spaces

Decorating Small Spaces can be a tough job. Especially when you don't know where to start. But let me give you some good news, there are several ways you can make the job a heck of a lot easier on yourself.

Besides finding multi-purpose furniture, there are 3 essential things you can do that will make all of the difference in decorating your small space. Let's talk about them now... Step 1: The first thing you when you're looking for space saving furniture is distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality. It will always be the case that some furniture will actually save you real space and other furniture will simply offer the illusion of space saved. Beds are a good example of this. Compare a basic bed to a platform bed and you'll notice that the platform bed doesn't really save you much more (area) space than your basic bed. However, it is more affordable and less bulky in appearance, which is advantageous to a small room. So, both types of furniture are essential. There will be many times that the need for actual space saved is vital and other times that you'll just want to have a sleek piece of furniture that won't drown out your small room. Step 2: Always start from the top (ceiling) and work your way down to the bottom (floor). That's right. When you consider a piece of furniture, always second guess your first choice. Don't assume there isn't better alternative out there. Start with the ceiling first. TV stands are a good example of this. A lot of space can be saved in a small room by replacing a floor model version with a ceiling mounted version or wall mounted version. A TV mount is a wonderful alternative that can save you a lot of space. Not to mention office systems. There are various types of wall mounted desks around. From all-in-one office systems to your basic wall mounted desk. You can even make your own wall mounted desk at an affordable price with a few boards, brackets and toggle bolts. All of which are available at your local hardware store.

A bed is a good example of this. You can save yourself a lot of space by placing the head of a bed against the short wall and the side of it parallel to the long wall. It may not always be the best choice but the wonderful thing about this method is that it can always be adjusted according to your tastes. It's there for you if and when you need it and if you don't want to use it, you don't have to. You can use it with just about every piece of furniture you want to arrange, so that you can consider all options available. Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be an extremely difficult job. There will be some work involved, but you can always make it as easy on yourself as possible by following those three essential steps. Remember to first divide the space saving furniture you're considering in two categories... Furniture Category 1: Actual space saved. Furniture Category 2: The illusion of space saved. ...and decide which one would be most advantageous to you with every piece of furniture that you're considering. Don't assume the obvious is the only solution. Start at the top, with your ceiling. Move on to the middle, with your wall. And then, consider the floor modeled version furniture last. While doing so, keep in mind that just because an item might actually save you a lot of space, it doesn't mean you should get it. Consider the pros and cons of each alternative and go with the choice that suits your home best (overall). Lastly, arrange your furniture in the best way possible. Consider matching wide furniture to long walls and long furniture to short walls. This method will often help you save space in ways you might be overlooking. And once you've worked your way through those 3 essential steps, you might find yourself surprised at how much space you saved in your small home and how much easier it was in the end.

Step 3: Match furniture size to wall size. Long walls tend to work very well with wide furniture and short walls tend to work very well with long furniture.

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Products To Love In April

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Duck & Goose are back! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to celebrate spring in this sturdy board book. Duck & Goose have lots of ideas about how to find the Easter Bunny, but will they succeed? Preschoolers won't be able to resist this latest board book featuring Duck & Goose, lots of colorful eggs, and the Easter Bunny. Please click here for more information.

City Spotlight

Seattle, WA

A saying goes ‘An ideal journey would be one, that unplanned!’ A contrast to the previous thought though, a Seattle tourist would most probably prefer a planned holiday (a Seattle tourist wouldn’t wish to moot around missing some major attractions) and make it a memorable one. There are few important aspects that a Seattle tourist should take care of like the hotel reservation (accommodation is important and prior booking through internet should leave a Seattle tourist rest assured) and the laws of Seattle city being the major ones. A Seattle tourist can always opt for the tours available to cruise through the city or can explore the place all by oneself (or with an aid of a guide).The tours will not only make things easier for a Seattle tourist but will also give him sufficiently good knowledge about the history and importance of few places and all that in a planned manner saving oodles of time. However, a Seattle tourist would love to catch up with few hangouts and attractions of the city alone or with pals, to make it a more private affair. The major attractions of the city should include ‘the woodland park zoo’, ‘the Seattle aquarium’-on the downtown waterfront, The museum of flight- the biggest of its kind in the world, the Seattle public library, the Seattle center of art and culture, the Pike place market- for the shopping addict Seattle tourist, The space needle- the most remarkable landmark of Seattle city (a must for a Seattle tourist), Lake Union etc. The lush greenery around and the view of the distant landscapes will catch the eye of a Seattle tourist all by itself! Several art galleries like the ‘Fyre art museum’ on ‘First Hill’ and the Henry art gallery should make some good time for art loving Seattle tourists. The Seattle underground tour is worth mentioning here, as it takes Seattle tourists through the places that were in existence before ‘The great fire’. The annual cultural events and attractive fairs of Seattle are very popular and a wise Seattle tourist would plan a holiday so as to suit the days of such cultural extravaganzas. ‘The Seattle international film festival’, ‘the bite of the Seattle’, ‘the northwest folklife’, the various ‘seafair’ events (during July and August) are the crowd-pulling events of Seattle. ‘Hempfest’ is another event that a Seattle tourist wouldn’t wish to miss. Good food is another aspect sort after by a Seattle tourist. Seattle has some of the very best restaurants with relishing cuisine and culinary wonders be it Chinese, Indian, American, Continental or any other eateries a Seattle tourist would have heard of. Brunches of Seattle like the ones at Café Moose, coastal kitchen have satiated many taste buds. One short story says, ‘A once Seattle tourist is now a Seattle native’. Be aware! :) Written by Connie Boling, Courtesy of

DIY Project - April Balloon Chandelier Supplies: - Balloons (these are the tie dye variety from Party City) - Fishing wire - A hook 1. Blow up your balloons. 2. Knot fishing wire around end of balloon then trim wire in various lengths. 3. Knot the other end of the fishing wire to the hook, staggering the lengths so each balloon hangs at a slightly different height. 4. Attach hook to ceiling for a balloon chandelier. 5. Stand back and admire your handiwork. Happy Easter!

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In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,479 square feet in 2007, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige. The small house movement is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet. Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973) and Lester R. Walker, author of Tiny Tiny Houses: or How to Get Away From It All (1987). Tiny houses on wheels were popularized by Jay Shafer and Gregory Johnson, who together founded the Small House Society in 2002. Shafer designed a tiny house for Johnson to live in, and then Shafer went on to offer the first plans for tiny houses on wheels, initially founding Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and then Four Lights Houses. In the USA in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Marianne Cusato developed Katrina Cottages, that start at 308 square feet (28.6 m2) as an alternative to FEMA trailers. Though these were created to provide a pleasant solution to a disaster zone, Cusato received wider interest in her design from developers of resorts, for example. With the financial crisis of 2007-2010, the small house movement attracted more attention as it offers housing that is more affordable in acquisition and maintenance and ecologically friendly. Overall, however, it represents a very small part of real estate transactions. Thus only 1% of home buyers acquire houses of 1,000 square feet or less. Small houses are also used as accessory dwelling units (or ADUs), to serve as additional on-property housing for aging relatives or returning children, as a home office, or as a guest house. Typical costs are about $20-50,000 as of 2012.

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