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Father’s Day Gift Guide
Father’s Day is upon us again and so is the struggle to pick the perfect present for the special father in your life. I know finding the right gift is no easy task, as most dads already have their obtainable wants and needs, but the key to gift giving is to find something they didn’t know they needed that will add a little something special to their lives. Here are some ideas, big and small, for gift giving this Father’s Day: Subscriptions: It’s hard to believe some of the subscriptions out there, from coffee beans to comic books, there’s a box to fit your Dad. The best part, it’s a small gift every month and a reminder that they’re loved and appreciated. Do a search online for “men’s subscription boxes” and see what you discover. Daddy & Me: One of the best Father’s Day gifts I have given was a set of matching Red Sox hats from Lids for Father and son, monogrammed with their last name on the side. Dad has a ton of pride in his last name, son and his baseball team. These hats can be made same day. If football is more your man’s style, find […]
Boredom Busters for Creative Minds
Has your home been taken apart by your little explorer? Don’t despair. It may simply result from an extraordinary desire to learn. Who knows, your child just may be a future scientist, inventor, or leader in the making. When your child needs to occupy some creative energy, have your child try some of these fun, educational activities. Put together a book of facts on a favorite interest such as dinosaurs, insects, rock bands, sports or astronomy. Clip pictures and descriptions from magazines and Internet printouts. Then trace drawings from books and write about personal experiences with the topic. Make up a scavenger hunt. Parents, make a list of easy to find items for your small children. Give older kids a greater challenge with a list of puzzles to solve in order to determine what items to find. Kids can also create their own scavenger hunt for family or friends to try. Play restaurant. Have your child make up a restaurant menu with several simple dishes he can prepare. At dinnertime, he can seat the family, take orders, then prepare and serve the dishes. Recycling fun. Start a discard collection and teach your kids the importance of recycling and reusing disposable items. Then get […]
Preparing meals at home helps save money and makes it easier to eat healthy, nutritionally balanced meals. Here are some kitchen hacks that help make meal preparation less time-consuming and also help save on food expenses. Use your freezer to help with food prep Place fresh herbs from the garden into stock or olive oil in ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Use these later for seasoning in recipes for sauce or meat. Want thinly sliced beef for stir-fry or pepper steak? Partially freeze the beef first, before slicing. If you buy spinach or kale in bulk and have too much to eat before it wilts and goes bad, place it in freezer bags, being sure to squeeze all the air out before sealing the freezer bag. Keep up to 3 months, breaking off pieces of spinach or kale and using them in smoothies or recipes as needed. Cooking tips Before using an egg, place it in a cup of water to see if it is still good. A fresh egg will sink while an egg that is spoiled will float. To make shell removal easier when you boil eggs, add baking soda or vinegar to the water. […]
Ingredients for Jell-O Slushie 1 Pack of JELL-O, pick your favorite 1 Cup boiling water 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 Cup juice or soda with a flavor that compliments the JELL-O flavor best Directions: Combine boiling water and JELL-O and mix until dissolved completely. Mix in lemon juice and juice/soda. If using soda, it will fizz a bit. Pour into a baking dish and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until hard. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving and use a spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the slushy out. Add a little more soda/juice to glass before serving. Courtesy of someofthisandthat.com
Moms, the women who raised and crafted us, melt when they receive crafts from their little ones. Instead of buying a present for the mom in your life, craft some love this year. An original craft to make would be a simple painting. Go buy paint supplies along with a little canvas for their Picasso piece. One idea would be to place your baby/ toddler’s foot or hand in the paint and stamp it onto the canvas. Want to make a flower popsicle creation? Take five popsicle sticks, paint, a paint brush, glue, a pom-pom and pipe cleaner. Paint four popsicle sticks any color (these will be the petals). Glue two together forming an “X”; then do the same with the other two. Overlap both ‘til the petals are fanned-out and glue them together. Paint the last stick green and glue to the flower making a stem. Glue the pom-pom to the middle of the popsicle petals. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and bend the halves forming leaves, then glue it to the stem. Why not make a flower pot for mom too? Real or fake flowers, you know she’ll love the thought either way! Buy a small flower […]
Handprint & Heart Suncatcher
Supplies For Handprint & Heart Suncatcher Contact Paper Printable Clear Sticker Paper Tissue Paper Scissors Directions Cut up small, square pieces of tissue paper in your desired color. Then, open one sheet of contact paper, large enough for a handprint, and place it on the table sticky side up. Add your tissue paper to the sheet. Place another piece of contact paper over the tissue paper. Fold the paper in half and trace your handprint. Place the thumb and index finger along the folded part of the paper to create the “heart” look. Now cut out your handprint! Make sure the thumb and index finger are connected to the folded part of the paper. Courtesy of thebestideasforkids.com
Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift
Mother’s day is coming up fast. Our moms do so much for us, it can be hard to know what to do for them. Plus, the pressure to find “the perfect gift” can leave you so overwhelmed, you can’t decide! So we went right to the source, the moms, to find out what they want this Mother’s Day. Jewelry: A locket with a family photo, a bracelet with each child’s birthstone, or a simple “Mom” necklace. Many moms suggested this gift at the top of their list. Timeless, classic and thoughtful; if your mom wears jewelry, you can’t go wrong. Mommy & Me Photoshoot: Moms are usually behind the camera. Besides the goofy, awkwardly angled selfies, they often don’t get enough precious photos with their growing children. Most local photographers offer Mommy & Me photo sessions. Not only does Mom get an excuse to dress-up, but she will also have beautifully composed photos that will last a lifetime. Momming-free Day: Don’t let mom lift a finger. Take her to breakfast with the kids, but you cut the pancakes. Do the dishes, take over bath-time, and pick up the toys. Tell the kids to leave mom alone and you’ll help with the […]
Diary of a Potty Training Mom
Spring break! The perfect time to potty-train my two-and-a-half-year-old son. Since he was out of school, why shouldn’t I focus on potty training for a week and a half straight? I tried once before, but I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared for my kid insisting he needed to pee every 10 minutes, running to the bathroom for no pee. I wasn’t prepared for him to strip naked at Target while he yelled PEE! all through the store. Or the time when he undressed, ripping off his diaper midway through a long forest trail. I wasn’t prepared then. But I’m prepared now. I went to Wal-Mart and got the underwear, Paw Patrol and PJ Masks. I also bought training underwear and these plastic pants at the recommendation of a Wal-Mart worker. I created a potty chart and bought a ton of cute stickers, M&Ms and small rewards. I read numerous articles online and borrowed Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right from the library. I covered my couch cushions in plastic and apologized to my silky soft shag rug. I was ready. I had a plan. Supposedly this could be […]
Day Camp with Columbus Parks and Recreation
Looking for an affordable, local camp in the Columbus, GA area? Look no further than Columbus Parks & Rec summer camp! This day camp offers swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, STEM activities, and more. Open to ages 4 to 12, there are four locations in the Columbus area and hours are from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM from May 29th to August 3rd. Families are charged on a sliding scale and multi-child discounts are available. Columbus Parks & Rec Summer Camp accepts CAPS as a payment subsidy. Snacks are provided at all camp locations and select locations offer hot lunches. Register at Comer Gym and Recreation Monday-Friday between 8AM – 5PM. Please bring photo ID and 1040 – IRS Form to register. For more information, please call 706-225-4510. Physical Address Camp Locations Carver Park and Recreation Center 6665 Hunter Road Columbus, GA 31907 Northside Park and Supercenter 2010 American Way Columbus, GA 31909 Comer Gym and Recreation Center 107 41st Street Columbus, GA 31904 Shirley Winston Supercenter 5025 Steam Mill Road Columbus, GA 31907 Psalmond Road Park and Supercenter* 6550 Psalmond Road Midland, GA 31907 *Registration is no longer available for this location.
Impact 360 Institute
After 20 years of working in International Missions, John and Trudy Cathy White recognized an increasing need for equipping young adults in the area of godly leadership. Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders. Aware that many people choose to abandon their faith when unable to explain or defend it against advocates of secular humanism and other misguided worldviews, the Whites began searching for ways to combat this critical shift in ideas and lifestyle occurring amongst college age students. In September of 2006, Impact 360 Gap Year (Fellows) was born. The inaugural Fellows class of 18 students became pioneers in the world of academic gap year programs, studying Christian Worldview, living in community, and practicing servant leadership amongst their peers locally and internationally. Impact 360 Fellows is now celebrating the twelfth year of the program and has had more than 284 graduates from 23 different states, four countries, and various educational backgrounds, creating a web of motivated “changers” on college campuses across the US, and in the world marketplace. Today, Impact 360 Institute offers students and […]
NIM Kids Camp: Step Back in History
NIM Kids Summer Camp is a day camp filled with great activities for ages 6-14, designed to promote teamwork and teach the Army values. There are five week-long sessions over this summer. 2018 Camp Sessions: CIT Course: Counselor-in-Training (8th and 9th grades only) June 4-8, 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm) 8th and 9th graders only. Must have been a previous camper. A course developed for youth who are interested in becoming camp counselors at the National Infantry Museum. Candidates must have attended at least one of our Camp sessions a previous summer. CIT’s will attend staff training and one Summer Camp Session (listed above) as a camper of his/her choosing. CIT’s must also volunteer to work a minimum of one Summer Camp session in 2018. In addition to expanding leadership skills, CIT’s will discover communication techniques with peers and productive decision-making processes. Objective: The Last 100 Yards (ages 9-14) June 11-15, 2018 (8:15am – 4:30pm) Step back in time to experience U.S. military history like never before. Follow the battles from the Revolutionary War to current day engagements as displayed through our feature exhibit, The Last 100 Yards. This camp includes three half-days at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, focusing on the importance of […]
Camp Chehaw | Experience Sleep Away Camp at a Zoo!
Camp Chehaw is the coolest destination for your adventurous camper. This is the perfect blend between zoo and traditional overnight camps. Many friendships and memories will be made as we learn survival skills and explore the outdoors through canoe trips, nature walks, archery, and primitive skills demonstrations. The fun doesn’t stop there, each day, campers will get the opportunity to explore the animal kingdom through zoo visits and behind the scenes encounters. Our animal exploration goes beyond the public barriers into our fully AZA accredited Zoo with activities like feeding our camels, lemurs and rhinos. When the sun goes down the adventures continues, evenings behold night hikes to the bat house, feeding the alligators on exhibit, and the most challenging of scavenger hunts. Even living quarters provide a unique twist to your traditional camps, children get to sleep in giant teepees. Our whole week is dedicated to connecting campers with nature; all activities promote conservation and sustainability. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14 years. We offer three sessions, June 17- 23, June 24- 30, and July 15-21. Most campers stay the full week, a fourth day check out option is available. For more information and registration […]
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
Clement Arts exists to encourage gospel-centered orphan care through the arts, enabling communities to support adoptive families in their midst. Clement Kids offers quality children’s arts instruction in a fun and uplifting environment. The classes are open community-wide, and children in foster care are invited to attend tuition free. Proceeds from Clement Kids support local adoption. Classes follow a fall semester, spring semester, and summer camp schedule. Check to see what classes are currently available in dance, art, music, and drama by visiting our website at clement-arts.org.
PO Box Address: P.O. Box 1142, Fortson, GA 31808