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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Mama Bear Moxie: Learning your love language

“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman really narrows down the complexity of people into five different ways they show or receive love: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch and acts of service.

Tips on finding housesitters to keep pets, homes secure

Wanted: Housesitter who watches pets while staying overnight. Rather than having a vacant house and the dog kenneled, some Spokane-area residents who travel prefer to pay someone trustworthy to remain in their homes while they’re gone. Homeowners say pets seem happier in familiar surroundings, plus there’s some security with someone at a property staying overnight.

Finding the perfect gift takes patience, observation and care

I am a gift giver. A true gift giver. I show love by thinking of and giving what I hope is the perfect gift. My husband reprimanded me because I went over our gift giving budget last year, and I refused to apologize for it. It is my love language, and it is joyful to watch someone receive a gift that fits them well. So, in honor of the upcoming Christmas season, here’s a few of my tips and tricks on showing love through gift giving. 1. Be observant

Parents Play: A little something for the holidays

Big things can, as the old saying goes, come in small packages. And with the holidays almost upon us, here are some new games that fit neatly into small boxes but provide nearly endless opportunities for big fun.

Spokane authors use stories to illustrate child-centered foster care

Spokane-based authors release new book “Creating Compassionate Foster Care,” which draws from real family situations and current attachment research to help foster caregivers and professionals better respond to the complex needs of children and parents in crisis.