It is always a blast to decorate cupcakes and dress up as Kings and Queens!
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Facepainting and FUN? Oh My!! Who doesn’t like getting their face painted??
Wondering what to do with all that hard earned candy? Here are 15 tips…
Once you have a couple of Halloweens under your belt, you start to know the deal. Like which of your neighbors give out over sized chocolate bars and which ones greet you with toothbrushes.
But you also start to realize something else: That even though it’s fun to own a mountain of candy, it’s probably not the best idea to eat it all.
So this year, after sorting through your favorites, why not find something else to do with the rest? We’ve got 15 awesome ideas — from selfless to the silly. Give them a try and your teeth (and your dentist!) will thank you.
Participate in a candy exchange. Some dentists and orthodontists (dentists who specialize in braces) offer candy exchanges. You turn in some candy and get healthy treats in exchange. Or you turn in some candy, and they pay you $1 per pound. They donate the candy to soup kitchens or to troops overseas.
- Wouldn’t it be cool if some of your candy went halfway around the world? Your Halloween candy could be included in care packages that are sent to soldiers serving their country far from home. Here are two organizations that ship packages to the troops. Heat-resistant candy only. Chocolate melts, you know! And don’t forget to include a handwritten letter of support to really put a smile on a soldier’s face!
- Try reverse trick-or-treating! With a parent, make a trip to one or more local charities that accept candy donations. You’ll feel great, and you’ll sweeten someone else’s day too. Some ideas include your local Ronald McDonald House, nursing homes, food pantries, children’s hospitals, veterans’ homes, or women’s shelters.
- Ask your parents if you can exchange your candy for something else — like a book or a toy. Make it fun by using a scale to weigh your stash — for example, maybe you could earn a book for every pound of candy you trade in.
- Reduce by recycling. If you have a birthday or other party coming up, offer to use your candy to fill up goodie bags.
- Buy fun chocolate molds at a craft store, melt down your extra chocolate bars, pour into the molds, let cool, and voilà — decorative, delicious gifts!
- Make a special Halloween version of trail mix by tossing in a handful of candy pieces with your pretzels, nuts, raisins, and dried fruits.
- Glue candy pieces to an unfinished wooden picture frame (you can buy them at the craft store). Add a photo, and you’ve got a really sweet present for someone special.
- Did you know you can make jewelry and crafts out of candy wrappers? You can search for how-to instructions on the Internet.
- Use the candy to fill a piñata for someone who has a fall or winter birthday.
- Give “candy math” a whirl! Use candy corns to practice addition, subtraction, or counting by fives and tens. Hershey bars or KitKats are both great for visualizing fractions. Or, you can sort your candy (chocolate, gum, lollipops, fruit snacks, etc.) and figure out what percentage each group contributed to your total amount.
- Donate your candy to…science? Yep, you can do lots of great candy experiments at home using Skittles, Lifesavers, Starbursts, M&Ms, and more. Plus, you just might want to see what happens when you leave a gummy bear in water…
- Create a board game using candy as pieces. Or you can use candy in a sweet game of checkers or — dare we say it? — Candyland.
- Build a candy city. With some glue (ask a parent for help if using a hot glue gun), some toothpicks, and a whole lot of imagination, you can design and construct a scene that even your Legos will envy. And it’s never too early to start planning this year’s holiday gingerbread house.
- Send it to work with your mom or dad. That’ll really make it disappear fast!
Batteries are very dangerous for kids. Sometimes it is the little things that parents can forget among the hustle and bustle of a busy life.
Keep small batteries out of children’s reach. Children younger than four are most likely to swallow batteries, and the most common types ingested are button cells. The battery often gets stuck in the esophagus (the tube that passes food) and the electrical current burns the surrounding tissue. Doctors often misdiagnose the symptoms, which can show as fever, vomiting, poor appetite and weariness. See the article: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/health_concerns
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We are having a splish splashing good time at the ACA Splash Park!! Woot woot
EWG’s “Good Food on a Tight Budget” booklet comes with our top tips for healthy eating, quick lists of best foods, tasty recipes and easy tools for tracking food prices and planning your weekly menu (a key step to cutting costs!).
We hope it helps you find delicious, healthy food — and save money, too.
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One of the things no one told me about becoming a mom is that it will
make you feel like you are back in high school again. When you first go to the playground with your kids, that is. You’re the newbie mom (or dad) and it seems that all the other parents and caretakers there already know each other. You are the outcast. Like the kid in the lunchroom who has no one to sit next to. How do you break the ice? Do you talk to the people with kids around the same age? Or maybe you size up the mom and think … yeah, she seems like someone I would get along with. Either way it’s hard to make a connection when you often have to run off in different directions to stop your little one from stealing the ball from the older kids at the park. But you look for similarities, ways you are alike, and try to make some parent friends. In doing so I realized how there is 11 types of moms (dads, even caretakers) at the playground … and these types seem to be standard no matter where I go. 1. Fancy Mom She’s in high heels, her makeup looks perfect, and you really want to know where she bought her clothes. You envy the fact she can run after her kids in a dress and still manage to look like a gazillion bucks. 2. Pajama Mom She’s comfy, cozy, and maybe doesn’t match, but she doesn’t care. She gives you ideas on what sweats would look best with what t-shirt. 3. Always Coffee In Hand Mom She’s the envy of every tired parent at the playground because she always has her cup of Joe. But it does make some wonder … is it really coffee? 4. Cell Phone Mom This mama cannot deconnect from her phone — talking or texting or scrolling. Maybe it’s for work, maybe it’s some social network, maybe she’s reading the mobile version of a magazine, but she’s on the phone so much you start to believe she does have eyes on the back of her head. 5. Photo Taking Mom This mom must have full photo albums for each day because she’s snapping a picture from every angle, for every step her little one takes. 6. “Ack! Where Are My Kids?!” Mom Let’s just say this mom isn’t paying a lot of attention to her kids. 7. Hovering Mom And let’s just say this mom is the definition of a helicopter parent, not letting her child take one step without being rightherenexttoher. 8. Peter Pan Mom Fun, free-spirited mom isn’t afraid to slide down the slide, get sand in her toes while building sand castles, and really get into playing at the park. 9. Loner Mom This type makes no eye contact, and never smiles at the other parents. It’s clear she doesn’t want to be involved with even the smallest of talk. 10. Super Friendly Mom Quick to smile and say hello, Super Friendly Mom remembers how old your kids are and even their names. She’s the mom who will text you asking for playdates. 11. Entourage Mom This mom rolls with at least two other moms wherever she goes. It’s hard to tell whose kid belongs to who in this group but they’re tight and are like the cool kids in the lunchroom. I think I’ve been every one of these moms at one time or another. Even Loner Mom … on those super cranky days. Which type(s) of mom do you think you are? What other
types of moms have you run into at the playground?
types of moms have you run into at the playground?
Does getting your child to do something feel like an impossible task? One of the reasons may be the way in which you are asking. Children are not necessarily receptive to the types of verbal instruction that we use with our spouse, colleagues or other adults. Instructions for children must be given in a way that they understand. Below are some helpful hints on how to give kids instructions that will make both you and your child more successful.
Get your child’s attention – Make sure that you have your child’s attention before you give a direction. You should be within three feet of your child so you can talk in a normal or calm voice. This helps your child know that you are talking to him/her. You can get your child’s attention by calling his/her name, making eye contact, or turning off the lights.
- Be clear and concise – Instructions should be short and to the point. The fewer words the better. A good guide is one word per year of life. (ex. Instruction for a two-year-old might be “shoes on”; where a five-year-old might be “go get your shoes on”). If there are too many words, it becomes more difficult for the child to know what is expected. The instruction should also be free of vague words.
- Give one instruction at a time – Do not give your child a long list of instructions. When you give more than one instruction at one time, your child may forget, not understand, or feel overwhelmed.
- Be realistic – Give your child instructions that you know he/she can follow. For example, do not expect a 3-year-old to get completely dressed by him/herself.
- Be positive – Let your child know what you want them to do rather than not to do. When we only describe the negative behavior “don’t run” we still leave many other options available (skipping, hopping, etc.). Telling the child what we want them to do “walk, please.” Does not allow for any other options.
- Don’t ask, tell – Do not ask your child to do something. Instead, tell your child in a firm but pleasant voice what you want them to do. Do not say “will you go brush your teeth?” To the child this implies that they have a choice. Instead, say “go brush your teeth.”
- Reward compliance – let your child know that he/she did a good job following the instruction. Praise your child. The more you praise your child the better the chances that he/she will follow directions in the future.
Examples of Good Instructions:
• John, give me the truck.
• Lindsey, go wash your hands.
• Dylan, look at the book.
• Taylor, put three blocks in the bucket.
• Jessie, walk next to me.
Examples of Bad Instructions (Followed by why it is a bad instruction):
– “Be Careful” (Too Vague)
– “Can you put your toys away?” (Don’t ask, tell)
– “Go upstairs, wash your face, brush your teeth and go to bed.” (Too many instructions)
– “Okay, I think it is time for you to go to bed” (Too many words)
– “Don’t run in here.” (Negative and too vague)
– “Stop horsing around!” (Negative and too vague)
– “Can you give the toy to your sister?” (Don’t ask, tell)
– “It is time for you to go upstairs to go to sleep.” (Too many words)
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