Supplies: High-Melt Paraffin Wax Party Balloons Double Boiler Cookie Sheet Directions: Fill a balloon with tepid water. Melt your wax. Optimum working temperature is 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly dip your balloon into the wax just below the water level in the balloon. Hold the balloon in the wax for a few seconds, and then slowly lift it out. Dip the balloon a few more times, allowing some time between dips to let the wax cool. While it is still warm, carefully set the balloon down, level, onto a piece of paper or a cookie sheet. Dip your balloon a few more times until it is the desired thickness, 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. Set the balloon on the paper or cookie sheet again and let it cool. When completely cooled, hold the balloon over a sink or bucket, facing away from you. Carefully pop the balloon with a skewer or knife and let the water drain. To level the top of the luminary, heat a cookie sheet on the stove and place the luminary top-down onto the hot sheet and melt the edges until level. Place a tea light or votive inside the luminary and burn on a candle holder. Courtesy […]
Creamy Italian Chicken | Slow Cooker Recipe
Ingredients: 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts Mrs Dash’s Original seasoning blend 20 ounces fat-free cream of chicken soup 1 envelope Good Season’s Zesty Italian dressing mix 8 ounces low fat cream cheese, cubed chopped fresh Parsley, for garnish ¼ to ½ cup milk, as needed Cooked noodles, rice, mashed potatoes to serve chicken over Directions: Spray a large slow cooker insert with cooking spray. Lay chicken breasts in the bottom. Season with Mr’s Dash’s original seasoning ( I use a teaspoon or two) and a sprinkle of pepper. Pour cream of chicken soups and Italian dressing mix evenly over chicken. Lay the cubed cream cheese all over the tops. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low heat 5 to 6 hours OR on high heat 4 hours. Carefully shred chicken with two forks and mix up the sauce/gravy. If it’s too thick you can thin it out with a little milk. Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and garnish with Parsley. Enjoy! Recipe Courtesy of Life-in-the-lofthouse.com
Online Safety For Kids
Accessing the internet has become an unavoidable part of our kids’ daily lives. During the summer, kids game online and keep up with their circle of friends by chatting on mobile apps. Once summer is over and the school year begins, kids are given homework assignments through Google Classroom and parents communicate with teachers through apps. Here are some updated cybersafety tips that can help your family avoid any hidden threats while using devices online. Evaluate online games and apps before they are downloaded Mature content or privacy risks can lurk in apps and games. Some criminals even develop apps that look legitimate but actually contain a ‘Trojan,’ a malicious piece of code that can compromise your computer or mobile device. Require your child to seek your approval before downloading any app or game onto any of your devices. The app should come from a reputable source (Google Play, iTunes or Amazon) and be rated for kids. Research the developer before downloading the app to ensure their legitimacy. Dating apps that share the user’s location and profile are meant for adults. They do not have the same safeguards and privacy standards as apps designed for kids. Delete any you find […]
An Inside Look at Chason Perry & Impact Performance RX
Chason Perry recently relocated his sports-athlete gym, Impact Performance RX (IPRX), to a larger location from Veterans Pkwy to 506 Manchester Expressway, Suite 4D. The gym offers programs for kids to adults, designed to build strength, speed, endurance, balance, coordination and most importantly, confidence. IPRX has had over 20 high school athletes obtain scholarships this year, some athletes are getting national recruiting recognition, and one member recently signed with the NFL. In the last year and a half, IPRX has trained three state championship baseball teams, helped Northside High School win their first title and trained Calvary Christian athletes as they won back-to-back titles. IPRX’s team of impressive coaches is helping to shape these area athletes to be champions. Each coach has ample experience and a true love for the field. Owner Chason Perry was a coach for the NHL and at West Virginia University. He was part owner of a large training center in Cincinnati, OH, as well as the Human Peformance Director for a Special Operations Unit. He decided to open Impact Performance after searching the Columbus area for a youth physical training center and found a void. Impact’s director of Youth Training, Jonathan Karastury, has his Bachelors […]
Distracted Driving as a Parent
Georgia recently enacted a “hands-free” driving law to prevent crashes caused by cell phone usage behind the wheel. But what about the distraction in the back seat? How often have you done something reckless behind the wheel to pacify your child? A study from the Monash University Accident Research Center now confirms the risks parents have known for years. Driving with children is 12 times more dangerous than texting and driving. When researchers installed cameras in the cars of 12 families over a three-week period, they found talking on the phone only accounted for one percent of distractions. Distractions from children, meanwhile, accounted for 12 percent of all distractions (reported by MedicalDaily.com). Over the course of an average 16-minute trip, parents that had kids present spent three minutes and 22 seconds with their eyes not on the road. Drivers take their eyes off the road most often to look at their child behind them, either fully turning their heads or looking in the mirror. Parents are also guilty of reaching in the back seat or handing back snacks and drinks. Although it may seem like common sense, just keep your eyes on the road, it may be a hard task […]
Back to School Blues
The new school year has started, and every parent wishes their student to have a successful school year. If your child still seems to be struggling to adjust to his new routine and new classroom, here are some troubleshooting tips to get him back on track. Adjust your child’s sleep schedule During the summer, your child may deviate greatly from his school routine. A lack of sleep can affect your child’s performance in the classroom and his behavior. If he is still having trouble going to bed early enough to get the sleep he needs, try pushing back ‘lights out’ time a few minutes each night. Have him put away electronics an hour before bedtime. Get your child’s meals back on a schedule During the summer, your family may have gone to a more casual meal schedule while on the go and while away on vacation. Nutrition is important for success in school so return your child to a more structured meal schedule. A nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, & dinner with small snacks in between meals will keep your child’s body fueled and his mind ready to learn. Don’t overreact to ‘My teacher is mean!’ Ask your child to explain […]
Returning to School: Anxiety in Kids
Dr. Ritu Chandra, MD, FAAP, Preferred Medical Group Kids have had exciting experiences over the summer; they’ve grown both physically and intellectually, and now it’s time to return to an environment they haven’t seen for several months. That can be stressful. Kids may be unable to sleep, act hyper in excitement or express reluctance at the idea of going back to school. This is normal. Parents should offer calm reassurances to their children, affirming their feelings and helping redirect their fears into positive opportunities for growth. You could say, “You’re right that there will be new kids in your class this year, and that can be a little intimidating at first, but just imagine how many new friends you’ll make!” Sometimes though, a child’s worry about going back to school may reflect a deeper condition that should be treated, especially if their distress starts to impair their day-to-day functioning. For a clinical diagnosis of anxiety, the child’s fear or worry will be out of proportion to virtually any new situation over a period of several months, making the child hyper-vigilant, so that they feel as if any change in their routine represents a looming threat. Some of the common symptoms […]
What is Clubfoot?
Clubfoot is a congenital foot abnormality in which the tendons that connect the leg muscles to the foot bones are short and tight, causing the foot on the affected leg to turn downward and inward. In severe cases, the bottom of the foot faces sideways or upwards. The calf muscles in the leg affected by clubfoot are usually underdeveloped, and the affected foot may be slightly shorter than the unaffected foot. The exact cause of clubfoot is unknown, but research has found that a combination of genetics and environmental factors, such as smoking during pregnancy, may increase the risk of a baby being born with clubfoot. Clubfoot is most often an isolated condition (baby is otherwise normal and healthy) but in some cases, clubfoot occurs in conjunction with other conditions, such as spina bifida. Clubfoot is sometimes diagnosed during a prenatal ultrasound, allowing parents to plan ahead for the treatment, but if it is not, it will be identified by the doctor shortly after birth. Although clubfoot looks painful, the condition in itself does not cause pain. However, without treatment, a child with clubfoot will not be able to wear shoes and walk normally. The treatment for clubfoot begins soon […]
This salsa is a refreshing treat for your summer picnics. Ingredients 1/2 Small Seedless Watermelon finely chopped 2 Cups Strawberries finely chopped 2 Tbsp Fresh mint leaves finely chopped 1 Lime 1 package Whole wheat tortillas 10″ 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp cinnamon Butter DIRECTIONS Combine watermelon, strawberries, lime juice and mint in Large bowl. Let stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature before serving, to allow flavors to blend. For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush butter over one side of each tortilla. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar. Use a pizza cutter to divide each tortilla into wedge slices. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. *Optional: Clean out 1/2 of the watermelon to use as a serving bowl and pour fruit mixture into the cleaned out “bowl” to serve. Courtesy of frugalmomeh.com Additional Links: Grilled Corn on the Cob Kool Aid Sherbet Dole Whip Popsicle Summary Recipe NameWatermelon Salsa Author Namefrugalmomeh.com Published On 2019-06-26Preparation Time 30M.Cook Time 5M. Total Time 35M.
Tips for Road Trippin’ with the Kids!
The vacation your family is anxiously anticipating is almost here. Are you prepared for the sibling squabbling, food and drink spills, umpteen rest stops and the famous question, ‘are we there yet?’ With a little pre-planning, you can reduce the hassles and turn your time on the road into fun. Restroom breaks: Immediately before heading out, have everyone use the bathroom. Limit beverages, particularly caffeinated ones. When you do stop, have everyone use the restroom. Drive through the night: Kids will feel they’ve reached your destination in the blink-of-an-eye and reduce your overall stress. Snacks and drinks: Bring a cooler and variety of drinks and snacks to reduce pit stops. Break up time with small snacks like carrot sticks and apples to keep kids pacified. To reduce messes, avoid foods that melt, smear and squish. Plan fun or scenic stops: Do advance research to find a fun stop along the way, and build it into your vacation. Look for a state or national park, national monument, beach, kiddie fun-land, river walk, or water park. Car entertainment: Before your trip, visit the library to pick out books, audio books, and music CDs. But don’t let the kids have the items until you’re on the road. Also, […]
9 Fun Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
Education experts have known for some time that kids who don’t go to school year-round experience summer learning loss. The good news is there are ways to reduce your child’s summer learning loss such as these fun activities. Keep ‘em reading. Chattahoochee Public Libraries offer an array of summer programs for kids. Take your kids to the library for special programs and books to read. Play word, money, number and logic games. Look for board, video and computer games, that have won educational awards. Also, search online for ideas for boardless games that don’t require materials. Incorporate learning into your travel. Look for science centers, history museums and historical sites to build into your trip. Summer journaling. Give your kids a journal to write in and let them know it’s their private journal to encourage your child to invest more time into it. Messy science. Summer is the perfect time to do experiments outdoors. Pick up a kids’ science experiment book. Your child will learn just from reading about the different experiments. Then they’ll have a blast pulling experiments off. Summer camp. Look for one with a strong emphasis on learning activities to help your child in a particular subject […]
Columbus, GA Birthday Party Venues
Hosting a birthday party takes a lot of time, energy and money. If you’re not sure how to entertain a bunch of crazy kids for a couple hours in celebration of your child, it’s OK. Columbus, GA is home to dozens of children’s party venues! These party pads create a memorable day for your child and allow parents to sit back and celebrate too. Not sure which hot spot is right for your child? Check out some of our top suggestions: Up! Factory You may think Up! Factory is just a yoga studio, but it offers so much more! Parties are available for all ages, tailored to your child’s party theme and interests. The studio will design games, obstacle courses and more for your child’s enjoyment. If you’re in search of a party venue for your teen, silks, acroyoga and self-defense parties are offered. 706-405-1525 La Bella Party & Tea: La Bella is a unique party spot designed for a child’s dress-up tea party! Adorned with all the royal details to have the perfect celebration, you don’t have to worry about set-up or clean-up and the venue is yours for two hours. 706-927-5437 Bare Ware Pottery: Rent out a party room for […]
Hosting a Birthday Party At Home
So you’ve decided to host your child’s birthday party in your home. Are you nuts? A dozen crazy kids at your house. Touching your stuff. Fighting over your kid’s toys. Screaming! Is the thought making you nervous? Don’t be! The key to a successful birthday party is happy children! Here are a few tips to get you started: Budget & Guest Limit If you have a tight budget, you may need to limit guests to make sure you can afford that bounce house or the balloon maker. Perhaps you buy $5 Little Caesars pizzas to feed the crew instead of hosting a BBQ, or maybe you skip on the professional bakery and offer homemade cupcakes. Consider what is important for a successful party vs. looking Instagram-worthy. Stick to a Theme Surprisingly enough, deciding a theme helps in choosing games, favors and food. Plus, it really hypes up your child! Once you’ve decided on a theme, turn to Pinterest for some pinspiration. You’d be shocked how many themed treats and games are out there! Homemade Projects Yes, we want to save money but we also value our time. Although a piñata is $25 and you can make it for $10, is […]
Easing the Summer to School Transition
It is almost time to say goodbye to summer and prepare the kids for school. Here are some ways to reduce stress during the back to school transition and enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Return your household to a regular routine. This includes gradually restoring the bedtime routine and the morning routine until your child goes to bed at about the time you would like her to when school starts. Have fun shopping for the new school year. Kids love to shop for school supplies and pick out new clothes to wear during the first week of school. Start shopping a few weeks before school starts to give your child a better selection to choose from. Getting an early start will also help everyone feel less rushed and provide time to search for the best deal on more expensive items, such as laptops. Ask your child to help design a homework area for the new school year. Decorate the homework area with some fun but functional crafts, such as holders for pencils or a decorated box to hold crayons. The homework area should be in a quiet corner of the house, not next to the TV, and in […]
Living a Life of Adventure With the Kids!
Hello, we’re the Hargrove Family of six, ages five to 40. Our family loves adventuring outside and creating unplugged moments together that turn into lasting memories. We’re living our dreams and making those unforgettable moments by traveling in our RV, kayaking as a family on the Jackson Kayak Regional Team and enjoying all the local fun that Columbus, Georgia provides. We made a family decision to step away from the normal timetable that comes with public school and traditional sports and decided to create a flexible schedule. This instantly increased our core family time and has allowed us to travel the U.S. in our RV. From January through July, we’ve traveled throughout the East and just returned from a long trip out West. I am currently in Sort, Spain with Mason (16) as he is competing in the World Championships for freestyle kayaking. We didn’t always have this lifestyle or way of thinking. We worked 8:30-5:30pm, balanced travel soccer, dance, tennis for myself and cycling for my husband, Matt. The only day we came together as a family unit was after church on Sundays. There is nothing wrong with these choices, although we were going to bed at night exhausted, […]
Light Up Aquarium
Supplies Aquarium plants Plastic sea creatures Mason jars Water with blue food coloring submersible LED lights Permanent Adhesive Directions Start by adding the plant before the gravel. Push the plant to the side as you fill the jar with gravel. Do this in a circle, so that you cover all sides of the plant base. We filled ours about 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall. If your plant is too tall for your jar, just snip it off. Next, it’s time to add your plastic sea creatures and seashells .Then, it’s time to slowly fill the jar with water. Tint your water with just a few drops of blue food coloring. I wanted to keep it light, so you can see all the fun things in the jars. Now, grab the lights and use permanent adhesive to attach to them to the inside of the lid. Add a dab of adhesive to the light and to the lid, then wait a couple minutes for both to get a little tacky. Then, stick them together. In just a few minutes they’ll be stuck. When you want to turn the light off, just unscrew the lid and flick that little switch. Courtesy […]
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Ingredients 5 ears of corn 1/4 cup mayonnaise 5 pieces of cooked bacon 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped garlic salt and pepper to taste Grilling nonstick grilling spray Cooking twine DIRECTIONS Carefully pull back husk to stem of corn and tie together with cooking twine. Place in a cold-water bath for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 400 degrees and spray with nonstick grilling spray. Season corn with garlic salt and pepper and place on grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning in 5-minute increments. Once corn is done, remove from grill and spread evenly with mayonnaise, season with more garlic salt and pepper to taste and top with crumbled bacon, cilantro, and a dash of parmesan cheese. Serve warm. Courtesy of thefoodcafe.com Additional Links: Kool Aid Sherbet Cranberry & Lime Mocktail Cucumber Sushi
Seasonal Maintenance Tips
The longer and warmer days of spring make it the perfect time for essential home maintenance tasks. These tasks give your home a fresh look for spring and protect the investment you have in your home. Change your HVAC filter and remove leaves & weeds around your outdoor HVAC unit. If your system has not had a yearly tune up, consider scheduling one. Inspect caulking & weather stripping around windows & doors and replace any that is worn or missing. Save money by keeping cooled air from escaping. Put fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and test them. Inspect your fire extinguisher to ensure it still has the proper pressure and is not damaged. Clean out lint and dust from dryer vents. Clogged vents could cause a house fire. Pressure wash siding and inspect wood surfaces for peeling paint or bare spots where wood is showing. Remove any peeling paint. If you find any rotting wood, remove it and repair it with an epoxy wood filter. Sand, prime and repaint all the problem areas you found. Clean the gutters out and look for any holes or cracks to be repaired with caulk. Re-attach any gutter hardware that has become loose […]
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
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