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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.

Hobbies: Countdown to Easter

I love advent calendars which made me wonder why I only see them for Christmas. Why not create one for all of the holidays that you like to celebrate? I made one to countdown the days until Easter and it was both quick and easy.

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Style at Home: Turquoise: The color that makes things happen

Life is just more fun when you are treated to happy surprises, like an unexpected bouquet of flowers, a call from a long lost friend or an afternoon off on the first beautiful day of spring. I think our homes need some joyful surprises too, little touches here and there that make us pause and smile. The color turquoise is the perfect pick to give your home — and life — some verve. Here are a few ways to splash up your decor with turquoise:

Probiotics can help young children maintain health, study shows

Breaking news: Bacteria help kids stay healthy! In a study published this month in the Journal of Pediatrics, scientist found that daily probiotics help toddlers avoid certain infections. Researchers enrolled 300 children, ages 6 months to 36 months, in day care centers in a double-blinded study. Half of the children received placebos and half received probiotics.

A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving — for a variety of nutty recipes

Tickets to a play, a couple bottles of good wine, a fuzzy sweater. Those were among the gifts I received during the December holidays. Just what I like and much appreciated, thank you. But my favorite gift of all was nuts. Not crazy nuts — literally, nuts. The package I opened from family living in Eugene was filled with Oregon’s finest toasted organic hazelnuts. I remember squealing, “I’m rich, I’m rich!”