Even if you, like many Americans, are staying close to home this summer, you don’t have to miss out on warm-weather indulgences. Despite lingering financial concerns, simple summer splurges still abound.

The time of year when relatives get to play Santa for the little ones in their lives is almost upon us, and if you’re racking your brain to come up with a gift idea that will make a huge impact, look no further than the back yard.

For expectant parents, the 18-week ultrasound marks an exciting milestone. For most, it is the first time they get to see their child, they can learn the sex of the baby and the doctor makes sure development is progressing normally. Mike and Katherine Mulligan of Cincinnati, Ohio, went for their first ultrasound in September 2000, and like most parents-to-be, expected to hear only good news. Instead, their dreams were dashed when they learned their unborn baby had spina bifida. But there was hope.

The warm summer days with cool breezes flowing across your patio or beach chair create the perfect environment to relax with a good book. Whether it’s a list of great summer reads or a pile of books you’ve been eager to dive into, each book promises an engaging story within.

Parents, let’s face it -- the average child will never really fall in love with Brussels sprouts, broccoli or cauliflower. But few kids object to fruit, making it easier to help children tap into its wealth of health benefits. Here are some helpful tips for getting your kids to enjoy healthy fruit options.

This year's back-to-school clothing trends are all about expressing individual personality. Just as music allows the listener to express themselves, fashion is a way for tweens and teens to let their true personality shine through. Here's what's hot for fall 2009.

You know you can never really repay Mom for all she’s done for you over the years, but Mother’s Day is the one day a year you at least try to let her know how much she’s appreciated. And although you know she’ll be happy with whatever you give her, this year you want to do something truly memorable. Here are a few tips and suggestions to keep in mind.