Lifestyle

National Pretzel Day is April 26; watch how Philly Pretzel Factory makes their pretzels |Apr 25, 2016

National Pretzel Day is just around the corner — Tuesday, April 26 to be exact — and we got a behind the scenes look at how the Philly Pretzel Factory makes their soft pretzels to celebrate the event.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green smoothies |Mar 15, 2016

Don’t just wear green this St. Patrick’s Day, drink it. Start the day off right with a green smoothie. How’s that for top o’ the morning?

VIDEO: It’s International Women’s Day |Mar 8, 2016

Tuesday is International Women’s Day. Celebrated each year on March 8, the day aims to honor women’s economic, political and social achievements.

A look at salsa in the suburbs |Feb 27, 2016

There’s a Meetup.com group where there’s “no dance snobs allowed.”

Bring your appetite to the Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Most visitors may not be expecting to bring their appetites along to the Philadelphia Flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

‘Big Timber Lodge’ to welcome attendees to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Horticulturists and artists alike are pretty excited about this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Delaware County designers recreate national parks for Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

SWARTHMORE >> As soon as you see Michael Petrie’s home in Swarthmore, you know an artist lives there.

Hoedown, International Women’s Day among new events at Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

There is always more to the Philadelphia Flower Show than flowers — as if the beautiful landscapes and displays are not sufficient — and this year’s March 5 to 13 show adds some new special events to the array of extras.

Butterflies, model rail lines, art entice visitors to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Live butterflies, a garden railway and the fanciful “make and take” exhibit are special feature exhibits designed to delight the young at heart at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March.

After 40 years, Kremp Florist in Jenkintown remains Philadelphia Flower Show staple |Feb 18, 2016

After a remarkable 40 years with the Philadelphia Flower Show, family owned Kremp Florist is not only one of the longest running vendors at the nine-day event — it’s one of the only vendors that actually sells cut flowers.

Philadelphia Flower Show has bouquet of special guests coming |Feb 18, 2016

It’s no secret that painstaking time and effort goes into making sure the submissions at the Philadelphia Flower Show are among the most beautiful and elaborate in the world. That’s why for people like Tim Farrell, judging each one takes a team of people with years of experience and an eye for perfection.

Paint a healthy picture with Healthy Selfie Contest |Jan 30, 2016

Keep health in the picture even after the hype of New Year’s resolutions through a photo contest which awards winners $50 in gift cards to local businesses.

Snowshoe race to be held at Spring Mountain in Montgomery County on Jan. 30 |Jan 15, 2016

UPPER SALFORD >> With above average temperatures and limited flurries this winter; people in need of a snow fix should attend the annual Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race.

Mennonite Heritage Center exhibit highlights work of Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt |Dec 19, 2015

FRANCONIA >> If Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt were still alive, they would probably be sending out another in their series of Christmas cards.

‘Creed’ gives the ‘Rocky’ legacy new life |Nov 28, 2015

“Creed” director Ryan Coogler never imagined setting his long-in-the-works “Rocky” spin-off anywhere but Philadelphia, the location of the original “Rocky” movie and all five of its sequels.

Permission to be messy? |Nov 7, 2015

My name is Donna and I’m a bit of a neat freak. I could use some help.

Best of the best Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show set for Nov. 14-15 |Nov 3, 2015

Xoloitzcuintli? For most of us, it would be a lot easier to just say “Mexican Hairless Dog.”

Perspective on Parenting: Telling children what friendship really means |Oct 31, 2015

Thomas Aquinas said: “There is nothing on this Earth more to be prized than true friendship.” One of my friends likes to say: “Girl time is good for the soul.”

Elevated desks help take a stand for healthy living |Oct 24, 2015

More and more people are taking a stand for their health, literally. Standing workstations are becoming commonplace in the work environment, at schools and even in the home.

Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope’s message helps parents |Oct 3, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis’s recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd’s reaction to his presence.

West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let’s just say it felt surreal.

Travelers describe experience seeing Pope Francis |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The faithful traveled from as far as Argentina and as near as Lansdowne on Sunday to celebrate Mass with a pope who many feel brings a message of humility, redemption and hope.

Volunteers share experiences helping faithful during Pope Francis’ visit |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The spirit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was infectious.

They wouldn’t miss seeing Pope Francis because ‘He is a rock star’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is bringing people near and far together for at least the weekend.

Immigrants hope Pope Francis’ words can change thoughts |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Thousands of pilgrims flooded Independence Hall to hear Pope Francis speak about immigration Saturday.

Battleship New Jersey becomes temporary home to Pope Francis pilgrims |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> For the O’Neal family of Raleigh, N.C., the trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was “an adventure beyond belief.”

Walk across Ben Franklin Bridge becomes draw for New Jersey residents |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> Making the pilgrimage to see the pope in Philadelphia meant many things to many people, and for those in New Jersey, a pilgrimage was undertaken in the literal sense.

FOLLOW LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Parkway |Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis has begun Mass. You can follow along live with the most comprehensive coverage in the area by using #popedfm on Twitter or checking in above.

Pope Francis cutout huge hit with traveler making trip to Philly |Sep 27, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> Pilgrims lined up in the 69th Street Transportation Center on Sunday not to board the Market-Frankford train but to have their photo taken with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis.

SEPTA passengers make their way by train, foot to Saturday’s papal events |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 7:30 a.m. train out of the Primos SEPTA station in Upper Darby Saturday was quiet.

New Jersey to Philly commute better than expected Saturday morning |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Travelers from New Jersey had a surprisingly easy time Saturday morning commuting into Philadelphia for the Pope Francis visit.

Getting out early in hopes of seeing Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

The crush to get an early start on Septa’s regional rail wasn’t nearly as bad as expected the morning when Pope Francis was coming to town.

Papal pilgrims arrive slowly but steadily at 69th Street Transportation Center |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 69th Street Transportation Center, one of the main transit sites for access to see the pope in Philadelphia, had a scant but steady stream of people before noon on Saturday.

Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis in front of the Basilica |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> There was plenty of brotherly love shown to Pope Francis upon his arrival to Philadelphia on Saturday morning.

Chester County boy gets special, moving visit from Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Chuck Keating prepared for weeks for Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia, but what happened when the pontiff got here he could have never anticipated.

Bishop Shanahan marching band excited to greet Pope Francis at airport |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Among those ready to greet Pope Francis at the Philadelphia airport was the Bishop Shanahan High School marching band.

Pope Francis extols virtues of immigrants, talks religious freedom, globalization |Sep 26, 2015

They brought out all the pomp and circumstance at Independence Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Message of Pope Francis’ trip focuses on meaning of family |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S. this week was a way to spread the Catholic church’s message about family, according to those who helped put the visit together.

Street merchants offering plenty of Pope Francis swag |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> There’s no need to scope out an official Pope Francis store to score souvenirs of the papal visit to Philadelphia.

Pope Francis paints final stroke on commemorative mural that honors WMOF |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> On a cool fall evening in the heart of center city Philadelphia, after a night of celebrating family with moving musical acts, compelling stories shared by families around the world and scripture readings, Pope Francis, joined children and artists on the Festival of Families stage, and signed his name to a mural created to honor his historic visit to the City of Brotherly Love during the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday night.

Jovial Pope Francis steals Festival of Families show from headliners |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> While the Festival of Families may have been a star-studded event, all eyes were focused on Pope Francis.

Local officials, residents greet Pope at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary |Sep 26, 2015

Lower Merion >> On the sleepy, tree-lined roads that surround St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion, neighbors rode bicycles and pushed baby strollers along roadblocks and police checkpoints as the township prepared for the pope’s arrival Saturday afternoon.

‘We are Family’ taking over the Parkway in Philadelphia Saturday night |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> It’s an upbeat, foot-tapping, disco-soul classic and the message of the 1979 hit “We Are Family” by Philadelphia bred music group Sister Sledge will fill the air on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday as part of a series of performances slated for the Festival of Families.

Group comes all the way from Atlanta to get a glimpse of Pope Francis |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> An outreach group called Love and Serve from Atlanta drew inspiration from Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel” and decided to make a pilgrimage of their own to Philadelphia this week.

Montgomery County singers will be entertaining Pope Francis as part of the choir |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Keep a close eye on the faces performing before the pope this weekend. Chances are you may see someone you know.

For the Red Cross, the visit by Pope Francis is just like any other event |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Even with more than 1,000 volunteers coming from around the country and a bevy of activity humming with tons of charts and maps posted on the walls, the papal visit this weekend is just another ordinary operation for the American Red Cross.

Adolph: Money may be made available for suburbs |Sep 25, 2015

State Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, said there may be monies available for suburban counties to help reduce the costs of Pope Francis’ visit, if Gov. Tom Wolf signs an emergency funding bill Monday.

For one family, the mission is spreading the miracle story of Gianna |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis isn’t the only one bringing people of faith to Philadelphia this weekend.