Emily Shwake

Emily is a freelance writer for MarthaSteart.com.
The kids are back at school and you have reclaimed your routine—but that doesn't mean you can't still have a little fun. Halloween is right around the corner, so why not host a party for your kids and their classmates, a few close friends, or the whole neighborhood? Strike anticipation into the hearts of your guests with invitations that set a spooky mood the moment they emerge from the envelope. Print one of our templates or clip-art designs, then add the details by filling in your name, party address, and the time all spirits must rise to the occasion.
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Though always a delightful one, finding the perfect pet for you isn't as easy a venture as it may seem. You shouldn't just pick the one with the best puppy dog eyes or the one with the snuggliest fur. Gina DiNardo, the executive secretary of the American Kennel Club, stresses how important it is to consider one's lifestyle before inviting a new family member into your home. While every dog is unique, they will all demonstrate at least some characteristics that are typical of their breed. Herding breeds, for example, were bred to control the movements of animals, so they need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. Toy breeds, on the other hand, were bred specifically for companionship so they're just happy cuddling with their favorite human. Each breed—and more specifically, each individual dog—has a unique personality and history, as well as needs in health, nutrition, and grooming. Whether you're a homebody living at a slow pace, a spontaneous adventurer, or a total goofball, there's certainly a dog for you.
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Keep your favorite footwear looking their best with these cleaning tips.
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Looking to adopt a new friend into the family? You may be surprised to see these recommendations by the AKC, including Leonbergers, Australian Cattle Dogs, and the Lagotto Romagnolo.