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Cranberry and Lime Mocktail
Welcome the holidays with this fun mocktail. Full of bubbles and a hint of lime and cranberry. It is sure to please even your littlest holiday guests. Ingredients for Cranberry and Lime Mocktail: 10 oz frozen or fresh cranberries 1 cup of water 1 cup of granulated sugar 2 (12 oz) cans of DASANI® Sparkling Lime Homemade cranberry simple syrup Optional: frozen cranberries and twist of lime wedges for garnish Directions: Start making your simple syrup by blending thawed cranberries well, using a blender or food processor. Put chopped cranberries, sugar, and water in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, for about 2 minutes, until the sugar is all dissolved. Then remove it from heat and store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice and layer each glass with 2 tablespoons of your homemade simple syrup and a can of sparkling lime. Then garnish with frozen cranberries rolled in sugar and twists of lime. Courtesy of www.foodlovinfamily.com
Autumn Leaves Sun Catcher Craft
This adorable sun catcher craft is sure to make any window glow with the spirit of autumn, and make a wonderful keepsake for years to come. Supplies For Leaves Sun Catcher Craft: Contact Paper Colored Cellophane Tissue Paper Black Construction Paper DIRECTIONS First tape a piece of contact paper about the size of the leaf you want to make, sticky side up, onto a flat surface. Now cut a leaf shape out of black construction paper, then carefully cut the middle out, leaving a 1/4 of an inch edge on it, for your kids to fill in with their colorful paper. Then it’s time to let your littles stick tissue paper or cellophane into their leaf shapes in whatever pattern makes them happy. Finally lay another piece of contact paper over top to seal it. And poke a hole in one end and string it up so they’ll hang! Thanks to https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/ for this Autumn Leaves Sun Catcher Craft
The Academy of Dance Center Presents Babes in Toyland
The Academy Dance Center will present ‘BABES IN TOYLAND!,’ specially adapted for the dancers of the Academy’s 2017 Ensemble Company, at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, December 17th at 2:30 p.m. All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their Holiday wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses! The “March Of The Wooden Soldiers” helps put Barnaby in his place, and ensures a “happily ever after” for Tom and Mary with a spectacular Christmas Celebration! This charming holiday adaptation is excellent entertainment for the whole family and features a large ensemble cast of local children and adults. Stage Manager: Pamela Averett Lighting: Bill Rich with RSL Theatricals Sets/Props: RSL Theatricals, Laura Broaddus, & Benita Finley Costumes: Sandra Dawson of Creatively Yours Choreographers: Brantley Arrington, Kassi Bosco, Leslie Ginn, Laura Broaddus, Michele Rogers-Cook, & Ashlyn Averett Narration/Voices: Sam and Sarah Beman, Jim Pharr, Michele Rogers-Cook, & Sandy Dawson Cast: Mother Goose – Mattie Beth King Mary Contrary – Maggie Espiritu Tom Piper – Evan Harris Barnaby – Sophie Marsh […]
ERTH’S Dinosaur Zoo Comes to the RiverCenter
The amazing Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo comes to RiverCenter on November 14 at 7:00 p.m. Incredible, life-like puppets bring an amazing assortment of dinosaurs to life, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet. Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and most friendly in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences ages 5 and up. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at RiverCenter’s Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by phone at 706-25 6-3612, and online at www.rivercenter.org. A limited number of tickets for matinee performances at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on November 15 are available to the public by contacting the Box Office. RiverCenter Inc. is your independent nonprofit arts organization proudly serving the Chattahoochee Valley. For more information about the performances, please contact Carrie Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Camping | Pitch a Tent in the Fall
Fall is the perfect time to experience sleeping out underneath the stars. The nights are cooler and less humid, and fall colors create a beautiful backdrop for your camping experience during the day. If your family is new to camping, here are a few tips for camping in the fall to get you started. Stay close to home that first time. If you are not really sure your kids will enjoy camping, borrow a tent and camp in the backyard. Next, try a campground an hour or two from home so you will be able to set up camp without having to rush or being already tired from a long drive. Consider leaving primitive camping for when your kids have more experience, and select a campground with water and electricity at each campsite. Select camping equipment carefully. Make sure the equipment and clothing you buy is suited for the weather conditions where you plan to camp. In some places, fall night time temperatures can be quite cold. Be prepared for rain even if the weather forecast indicates that rain is not expected. Plan your meals and do some of the prep work before you leave home. You can chop veggies ahead of time and measure out dry ingredients like flour. Look […]
Tips for New Moms | New Mom Survival Guide
Here is a collection of our favorite tips for new moms that may help make the first few weeks of your baby’s life seem more like smooth sailing, with a few bumps here and there, and less like stormy waters. Get organized before baby arrives. Create a specific spot for all the necessary items, like bottles and formula, bibs, and diapers. You will always know where that extra binky is, and if you clean as you go and put things back in their spot, they will be there at 2 a.m. when you need them! Also, being organized makes it easy for your friends and family who are helping out find what is needed. You may even want to plan ahead for when your help has left and it is time to fix meals on your own. Stock your freezer with some meals that will just need to be thawed and heated up. Accept help from friends and family. You will need to get plenty of rest those first few weeks of motherhood. Be the “queen for a month” and let others help with routine chores so you can focus on recovering from giving birth and bonding with your newborn. Trust your instincts. You will receive much well-intended advice but remember no two babies are exactly alike. Your baby is a unique individual and […]
Lying Preteen | How to Stop Your Child From Lying
Navigating the stormy waters of the preteen years can be a challenge, and a lying preteen is pretty common. Some preteens may think that telling a lie is an easy way to deal with difficult situations they encounter. If you discover your preteen has been a little less than truthful, here is how to put an end to this type of behavior. First, keep in mind that there are several reasons that tweens lie to their parents. They may lie to cover up a poor choice they have made or to avoid doing a tasks, like homework. Tweens have underdeveloped problem-solving and socials skills, and to them telling a lie may seem like a quick fix to a problem. Without going into a lecture on morals, calmly explain to your tween why the lie he told was an example of dishonestly and help him discern other paths of action he could have taken to solve the problem. Over time, with your help, he will improve his problem solving skills. However, if you suspect your tween is covering up risky or illegal behavior, seek the help of a mental health professional in your community immediately. Another reason tweens lie is to feel more powerful. They may exaggerate the details of a story or even completely make up something that never happened. Often, this is an effort to […]
Energy Saving Tips | Save Money on Electricity
Taking some simple steps to conserve energy reduces the percentage of your monthly household budget spent on utility bills. Your family will also be helping protect the environment by conserving energy resources. Here are some energy saving tips to make your home more energy efficient. If you have a gas furnace, consider installing a programmable thermostat. In the winter, program the thermostat so that the temperature is about 68 degrees F when you are home and at about 55 degrees when no one is at home. If you have an electric heat pump, don’t set the heat pump back more than 2 degrees while you are away, or the heat pump will expend a lot of energy using its backup heating source to return the temperature to 68 degrees when you return. Keeping the furnace or heat pump well-maintained ensures that it runs efficiently, so schedule a ‘tune up’ if it has been more than a year since your heating system had one. Change your filters every three months, or as soon as they look black and dirty. This keeps the air flowing well through your heating system and your furnace running efficiently. Check for leaks around windows, doors, and pipes. Caulk gaps that are allowing the cold air to rush in around windows and pipes, and install new weather stripping if there are gaps around your exterior doors. Unplug appliances and electronics when you are not using […]
Mom Groups | Why Networking is Important for Moms
Each of us has a desire to belong to a community filled with other people who share our interests, and new moms and moms who have recently relocated are no exception. Here are some reasons why building a network of supportive mom group friends is very important for moms and some tips to help you begin constructing one. When you need advice, your friends who are not moms may try to help, but they don’t have that hands on, ‘in the field’ experience that is so valuable. Add a mom in your neighborhood or your church who has kids a few years older than yours to your network, and you will have that priceless, first hand advice next door or a just a short distance away. This mom’s advice is likely to be up to date, since she just recently experienced your current stage in the motherhood journey. It is also very helpful to seek a mom who is your peer in the motherhood journey. She won’t mind having entire conversations on how get a fussy baby back to sleep or how to potty train a toddler. New moms can often find peers they connect with in the new mom support group offered by the hospital where they delivered. Ask your baby’s pediatrician about mom’s groups in […]
Pediatric Stroke | Notice the Symptoms
A stroke is a medical condition that occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted and brain cells are deprived of oxygen. It is in common misconception that only adults have strokes. Anyone of any age can experience a stroke, including infants, children, and teens. Certain factors, such as a congenital heart defect, maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy, or head or neck trauma increase the risks of a child having a pediatric stroke. As with strokes in adults, quickly recognizing the symptoms of a pediatric stroke and seeking immediate medical attention helps reduce the damage to the brain. In newborns, a stroke can be hard to spot and sometimes is not diagnosed until months later. However, some of the warning signs are seizures, excessive sleepiness, and lack of movement on one side of the infant’s body. In older kids, the FAST warning signs used to spot a stroke in adults (facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties and time to call 911) may be helpful but there are some additional symptoms to look for that are unique to strokes in children. These include severe headaches, vomiting, loss of coordination, and feeling dizzy. Every minute counts when it comes to treating strokes, so call 911 if you suspect your child may be having one. Additional Links: Mediterranean Diet Infant Autism […]
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