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Family Ties: Preparing for a baby is joyful

Pregnancy in the summer. After telling family, friends and strangers that our second child is due in August, I received many comments about having to deal with the heat of the summer. I’m bearing that heat, but I sure am thankful for air conditioning.

June 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Easter is a time for fun, but also serious reflection

Spring is in the air. New life, wonderful weather and beautiful scenery take over during this time. And with this refreshing season comes one of my favorite holidays — Easter. It’s a time to really reflect on the countless blessings God has given us. And it’s a time when family comes togethe…

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Cupid's arrow can even strike online 'friends'

Ah, February — when Cupid comes calling. With Valentine’s Day Friday, I got to thinking about love and first encounters with our significant others.

February 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Flu season makes the rounds

In the midst of the winter sick season, I’m beginning to wonder if it comes around every year to make us anticipate spring even more.

January 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gym aims to provide comfortable atmosphere for women

We all have our favorite places to go, but one that really helped me put my life on track — and helps others do so as well — is Ms. Fit Health Clubs.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Ornaments reflect years of happy memories

We celebrated Christmas Wednesday, but with the festive season still in full swing, why not take a moment to reflect upon some great memories via those beautiful ornaments hanging on your tree? Many of them likely hold unique stories of your family’s history.

December 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Family Ties: Turning 2 turns out to be fun and festive

Family Ties: Turning 2 turns out to be fun and festive

Being mommy to my son Zachary is one of the biggest blessings I have been given. So when Zachary recently turned 2, planning and hosting his birthday party was right up my alley.

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A soldier returns and a family gets reacquainted

A soldier returns and a family gets reacquainted

The moment a family locks eyes with a loved one returning from a lengthy tour of duty is a flash in time that is likely never to be forgotten.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Moving requires time, organization and — most of all — patience

Most of us would likely agree that moving from one house to another is not exactly a breeze. For my family, it’s a slow and steady process that while productive, is not always executed in the most organized fashion.

October 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Fall is full of things to enjoy

The aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie, a cool evening wind whistling through the yard, the return of long-sleeved shirts and a new season of television shows. Yep, it must be autumn.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Family Ties: Men, women definitely differ in behavior

We all know that men and women are different in many ways. While I wouldn’t make claims about all males and females, I am able to see distinct differences between my husband Shane and I that are, in many ways, quite humorous.

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Family Ties: Fun tradition continues through the generations

Long before National Kids Day was created in 1994 , there was a Kids’ Day already in play. It wasn’t national, but it was “official” in the McKeown household, and had been since 1988.

August 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

My active tot doubles as a personal trainer

Forget the treadmill, StairMaster, weight machines or gym. My personal trainer is available 24/7 in my own home and doesn't require any special workout equipment. This trainer comes in the form of my 20-month-old toddler.

August 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Family Ties: Infant is a reminder of military's sacrifice

Family Ties: Infant is a reminder of military's sacrifice

As we honored the birth of our nation this month, I found myself reflecting upon the servicemen and women and their families who celebrate birthdays, accomplishments and many holidays thousands of miles away from one another.

July 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Family Ties: Park Place offers plenty of kid-friendly fun

Family Ties: Park Place offers plenty of kid-friendly fun

If you're looking to escape the summer heat while keeping the kids entertained, I suggest you head to Park Place. The mall offers something - no purchase required - for nearly all ages and caters to early and late risers.

July 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Family Ties: Dining at childhood home not just about food

Everyone enjoys a great home-cooked feast. Whether it comes from your own kitchen or someone else's, you can't beat delicious comfort food. For me, the tastiest recipes are prepared fresh in my parents' kitchen, and the friendly chatter that takes place when visiting before and during mealti…

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A road trip helped put toddler strategies to test

Traveling with a toddler - or any-age kiddo - may be challenging, but it's definitely doable. As summer approaches, it's time to think about possible vacation destinations and how you plan to arrive there, relaxed and with happy children in tow.

June 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

For this mom, time comes to decide on career path

Work full time or part time, have a career from home or be a stay-at-home mom? As a new mom, it's a big decision to make, and it's one each family has to agree on together. For me, my faith is helping me decide which of these paths to take.

May 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Childhood lessons learned from mom now making sense

Being blessed with the title of "mom" brings forth a lifetime of joys along with endless responsibilities and many moments of concern.

May 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Love grows for my husband turned father

When I married my husband six years ago, vows were exchanged, commitments were made, and I knew, without a doubt, I was in love.

April 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

My large family is great, but all those birthdays ...

Being part of a large family is reason enough to celebrate - and with up to four birthdays every month to mark, we are quite the party people.

April 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Toys may go high-tech, but not child's wonder

Toys may go high-tech, but not child's wonder

As youngsters, we played with Cabbage Patch Kids and G.I. Joes, Etch a Sketches and dominoes. Today kids amuse themselves with iPods, smartphones and high-tech video games.

March 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Germ season extra stressful with a tot

Winter is upon us, and while it's a beautiful time, it's a frosty season that seems to beckon cold germs, flu viruses and all sorts of nasty bugs. Being a first-time mom, I do worry - possibly a bit too much - about this increase of not-so-joyful germs going around right now.

February 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Rewards are easy to find for toddler's sleepy mom

Rewards are easy to find for toddler's sleepy mom

Editor's note: Meet Sarah McKeown, a Tucson native and part-time resource teacher who enjoys spending time with her husband, son and extended family here. She will write about them - and many other things - in occasional columns in the East Side Star.

January 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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