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Caring for your Live Christmas tree

AUBURN, Alabama — On Thanksgiving Day, many families pack away their fall décor and replace it with snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. It is finally socially acceptable to break out all the Christmas decorations you have been wanting to put up for months. The one decoration that seems to be the focal point of any household is the Christmas tree. ... Read More »

Credit Card Spending at Christmas

Auburn, Alabama — Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever using the internet as a shopping tool. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more competition among these retailers, which will help bring ... Read More »

How to Avoid Stress During the Holidays

Auburn, Alabama — The holidays are a time to get away from your normal routine, be around friends and family, give thanks and celebrate traditions. For many of us, what is supposed to be an enjoyable time, quickly turns into a stressful time of year. Synithia Flowers, a regional Alabama Extension agent who focuses on family and child development offers some good ... Read More »

Moving Forward After the Storm

AUBURN, Ala.—Recent severe weather in northeast Alabama took lives and damaged property. For those beginning clean up and recovery efforts, Alabama Extension professionals have some tips to share. Dealing with Stress After a Storm Restoring homes and property after storm can be emotionally taxing and stressful. Be patient. This applies to family members and to workers helping with storm cleanup. Recovery takes time. ... Read More »

Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

Fitness this Fall

Auburn, Alabama — Tis the season of chilly weather, big comfy sweaters and relaxing breaks from work and school. With the changing weather, the busyness of the holidays and holiday indulgences, a good fitness regimen and healthy eating habits can be difficult to maintain. But this season can actually be a perfect time to begin a new exercise routine that will ... Read More »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

Auburn, Alabama — Every year, thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays because Santa and his elves went a little over budget. With Christmas shopping, increasing prices and hosting holiday parties, it is no wonder consumers have trouble staying out of debt. Plan Ahead Gloria Marks, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says it is easy ... Read More »

Holiday Traditions

AUBURN, Ala.- It is the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday season is full of joy, decorations, family, friends and gatherings. As early as   Dec. 1, Christmas music is playing, getting people in the holiday spirit. Holiday season brings holiday traditions. Wanda Carpenter, a family and child development regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says, “Traditions are important ... Read More »

AlProHealth – A Win-Win Partnership between CDC, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP Program and SNAP-ED

Auburn, Alabama — A perfect example of the win-win partnership between a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP program and SNAP-Ed is found in Tuskegee, Alabama, a rural community of 8,800 residents. The poverty rate there is 29 percent and 96 percent of the population is African-American. Similar to a three-year CDC grant, Alabama Preventing and ... Read More »

How to Keep Kids Safe at Halloween

Auburn, Ala.— It is time again to dress up as our favorite princess or superhero! That’s right, Halloween is upon us. Children (and adults) look forward to roaming neighborhoods for free candy the whole year. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. There are many general, food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning their trick ... Read More »