Tips to Organize Your Child’s Space, Cut Sugar & Picks for Books

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Attractive Outerwear

Raleigh mom Maura Horton has come up with a snappy way for kids to put on and take off their coats — but it doesn’t involve snaps! Horton, founder and president of MagnaReady, the first magnetic closure dress shirt for people with limited mobility, now introduces MagnaMini outwear for girls and boys. Choose from colorful classic barn coats and quilted vests that feature easy-to-use magnetic closures and range in price from $49.99 to $59.99. Learn more at

Heartwarming Books

A young girl experiencing her first crush must overcome shyness to attract the object of her affection in “There’s This Thing” by Connah Brecon (Penguin RandomHouse, $16.99).

No one’s smile or hug is as good as Mom’s, as this story laments. Celebrate a child’s love in “I Love Mom” by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot (Simon & Schuster, $16.99).

Now in its second edition, “Raising Our Children’s Children” by Deborah Doucette (Trade Publishing, $17.95) explores recent social developments in grandparents raising grandchildren and other multigenerational lifestyles.

Organize Your Child’s Space

Try these tips from Donna Smallin’s “The One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple” (Storey Publishing, $10.95) to keep your child’s play space tidy and organized:

–          Hang a shoe bag low on the back of a door to store small toys in.

–          Hang colored ribbons horizontally between two hooks and use clothespins to clip on small stuffed animals or artwork.

–          Store toys and games on shelves with bins rather than in toy boxes.

–          Install kid-height pegs for book bags, pajamas and clothes.

–          Increase drawer space by putting slide-out drawers under your child’s bed.

Top 5 Sugar Culprits

Determined to zap sugar from your family’s diet? Here are the top five foods and drinks that add the most sugar to the average person’s diet, according to the American Heart Association.

  1. Soft drinks (33%)
  2. Candy (16%)
  3. Cakes, cookies and pies (13%)
  4. Fruit drinks (10%)
  5. Dairy desserts (9%)
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