Juniata Valley Family

Doing the work ourselves made it ‘ours’

My husband and I knew we didn’t want to rent the half-a-duplex in which we were living after the end of our first year there. I paid the first year’s rent in full four months before we married and we were living on my husband’s income after we married, while I spent our first year ...

Rainy day activities for toddlers

It’s spring. It’s raining. You have at least one small child with “spring fever.” What do you do? Make a book Please note: This activity requires preparation. I keep these supplies on hand and wait for the right opportunity to present them. ————— Supplies: ¯A blank ...

Using essential oils as a home remedy

For the last few years my family has turned to a few remedies for symptoms of the common cold and viral issues. I was introduced to essential oils through a friend. I wasn’t too sure at first. I never was one to fall for holistic health practices or what some term as “nuts and berries” ...

Make a Scavenger Hunt Journal with recycled items

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Most scavenger hunts include a list of items to find, and a race around the house, yard or community to locate the items. The goal is to find all of the items on the list in a certain amount of time. But then what? Here’s a different kind of ...

Don’t feel bad if you can’t ‘do it yourself’

DIY (Do It Yourself), has exploded in popularity with more TV shows than we can keep up with and enough books you could start your own DIY library. It’s an awesome thing this concept of us all being self-sufficient and self-reliant and in the material world it’s a great skill to have. ...

Tips to keep your bladder healthy

It can happen when you cough or sneeze. Or when you pick up something heavy or while working out. It can also happen when you have the urge to go, but cannot make it to the bathroom in time. It’s called urinary incontinence, and it’s the accidental leakage of urine. “There are about 25 ...

Don’t miss important health screenings

It’s never too late to make positive changes toward improving your health. Talk with your physician about healthy eating, exercise and stopping bad habits such as smoking. Be sure to have an annual check-up and discuss the various health screenings that would be beneficial to you. Regular ...

Pinterest helps fulfill DIY goals

I love do-it-yourself projects, especially when it comes to making gifts and decorations. Why buy something for $10 when you can make it yourself with $90 worth of craft supplies? That’s pretty much the logic that I live by. I’ve always been a crafty person, but I honestly don’t know ...

Pinterest brings out the sorority girl in me

Have you ever noticed how many sorority related crafts are on Pinterest? Beyond the millions of wedding photos, have you ever stumbled into the world of Greek life on the app? With the advent of social media, thousands of srat (It’s like frat, but for girls!) girls have flocked to the site to ...

Christmas treats add to holiday joy

For most of my life I have referred to Christmas Eve as my favorite holiday. Many say it is Christmas day, and others may refer to the entire Christmas season as a favorite. Christmas Eve has just been very special to me because it was when we gathered with our closest extended family members ...