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o many things happen in June! One important thing to take the time to celebrate is your dad! In this issue Savvy Kids has offered up a number of great gift ideas, minus the neckties! Be sure to look over the Gifts from the Heart section on page 16, and a Father’s Day Gift Guide on page 18. Don’t miss our baby section starting on page 20. Whether you’re expecting your first child, or you’re a seasoned parent, the baby section offers important information, products and supplies needed during the early months of parenthood.

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ALL MATERIALS ARE HANDLED WITH DUE CARE; HOWEVER, THE PUBLISHER ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR CARE AND SAFE RETURN OF UNSOLICITED MATERIALS. ALL LETTERS AND PICTURES SENT TO SAVVYKIDS™ WILL BE TREATED AS INTENDED FOR PUBLICATION AND ARE SUBJECT TO SAVVYKIDS'™ UNRESTRICTED RIGHT TO EDIT OR TO COMMENT EDITORIALLY. 201 E. MARKHAM ST. SUITE 200, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201 501-375-2985. ALL CONTENTS ©2011 SAVVY KIDS™ Babysitters are hard to come by these days. Whether you need a sitter for a night out or for an extended period of time, finding a dependable and responsible babysitter can become a difficult task. These days teens are becoming more and more active—school and other extracurricular activities leave little time for the average teen to have a babysitting gig. With this in mind Savvy Kids put together a few tips for parents to consider when looking for a reliable sitter.

Where to Start First, start with word of mouth suggestions. Ask your friends who they use, send an e-mail blast to everyone you know and ask if they know anyone reliable. If your friends don’t want to give up their babysitter’s information consider starting a babysitting co-op. Get 10 families included and swap out nights for babysitting. Your kids will love having friends over and you will love being able to plan a nice evening out on your off night. If you still have trouble, try calling the Red Cross, Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Baptist Hospital. Each has a babysitting class in which students learn things like infant CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, and other techniques that can be useful to know while caring for children. These places probably won’t give out the actual names of their students but you might be able to post a notice on bulletin boards outside the classroom or ask the instructor to make an announcement to students looking for babysitting jobs. College campuses are also a great place to post notices for babysitters. College students have a lot of expenses these days and they are often looking for ways to make extra money.

How to Choose Once you have some names of potential babysitters, give them a call! Ask them questions about their daily schedules and what times would they be available to watch your children. What experience do they have? What fees are charged and what emergency training, if any, do they have? Ask for references and check their references! Just because you’re given a list of names and phone numbers doesn’t mean there're reliable and trustworthy references. After all, this is a person you will be entrusting your children with—make sure you can trust them! If the references check out and you feel good about your phone conversation, arrange a meeting in your home. Discuss your expectations, and observe how the prospective sitter interacts with your children and how your children respond to the sitter. Maybe ask the potential sitter to watch the kids while you run a quick errand to see how you both feel about a longer sitting session. If all goes well, and you feel comfortable with the person, hire the person.

Sitting Services Another route you could try is finding a sitting service. Look in the phone book or Google “babysitting services” in your area. Most of the types of businesses have a training course all of their contracted sitters must pass before they are hired to watch a client’s children. Sitters can be contracted for one-time, part-time or full-time, depending on your needs. The Arkansas Department of Health has a childcare website listing all licensed child care and sitting services in the state. Their website, arkansas.gov/ childcare, allows you to search for the type of service you need by age range and location and gives you a list to choose from. Click on the link of the child care services your search generates and it will show you a rating, pricing information, hours of operation, and more. You can also browse the directory, learn about services, get answers to frequently asked questions or contact the ADHS to learn more.

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“At Nanny for Newborns, we know how frustrating it can be to realize that your baby did not come with instructions, Baldridge explained. “We also feel your pain as you search for your baby’s “off switch”. Often imitated but never duplicated, our newborn care services are unmatched in the industry. We are dedicated to teaching parents how to care for their precious new bundles of joy.” Baldridge is not a nanny. She has years of experience as a Newborn Care Specialist, and has tried and true guidelines for helping your little one sleep through the night. Simply call Nanny for Newborns (501-944-7915) about 3-6 months before your baby is born to discuss options with Baldridge. She offers around-the-clock care for up to 12 weeks, sessions for nighttime only, and on a consulting basis in which she gives you an outline of steps to help your newborn start sleeping better. During the aroundthe-clock care session Baldridge will help with baby laundry, cleaning bottles and diaper duty. She will also travel nationwide to come to the rescue of new parents needing a little shut-eye. Her specialty is multiples and preemies.

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Craig north Dad: Craig North, President/Founder of Norsight Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm Children: Caylee, 18; Anna, 16; and Alex, 12 Current Projects: I’m fortunate to coach 5th and 6th grade basketball and football at Little Rock Christian Academy for my son and daughter, Anna, when she was younger. It’s allowed me to actively help with school fundraising projects and get to know many of the kids and their families. I’m currently coaching Alex’s AAU basketball team comprised of kids from LRCA and CAC. Until this year, I’ve helped coach a travel baseball team. I just love working with kids…it’s great to see their reactions when something you teach connects with them. I’ve had great mentors, coaches, and a great father providing the example of how to give back. It gets very busy, yet I wouldn’t trade these times for anything. Parenting Style: It depends on the situation, but mostly I would describe my parenting style as involved. I’m either very active if it’s sports related activities or I’m the supportive type when all the kids need is for me to be present or I’m the teacher type if I need the kids to learn for themselves. I believe in raising my kids to be independent thinkers who can navigate through life making good decisions and demonstrating the right values. Life lesson learned from parenthood: Be as involved and engaged in your kids activities as much as you can. Being a father is the greatest 6 | savvy kids june 2011

blessing I know, and my kids are my legacy. Keeping it all together: I talk to my kids at the beginning of each week to keep on top of what’s upcoming, work schedules, etc. I keep a current master calendar…and my kids school (LRCA) has an awesome online resource for tracking class schedules, homework assignments, tests, and school sporting events. I pray specifically for my kids and how to be a better parent, and I put my kids’ needs ahead of mine. Fortunately, I’ve maintained a good relationship with the kids’ mom, so we are able to work through issues that arise. The kids need to see I am present, supporting, coaching, teaching, and willing to experience life together. Favorites: Book: Count of Monte Cristo and anything from Robert B. Parker, Clive Cussler, or Steve Berry Music: Classic Rock n Roll, Alternative, and Contemporary Christian Place to shop for you: Greenhaw’s and Dillard’s Place to shop for kids: I have girls…where do we not shop??? Family Activity: Most of our time these days is all about attending kids activities…sports practices, games/tournaments, dance competitions…and we try to see movies at Chenal 9 or go get ice cream! Restaurant: Bonefish, Sushi Café, Yaya’s Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream with chocolate sauce Vacation Destination: I’m fortunate to travel to great cities for my business, otherwise I love unwinding in Southern California and Florida. Won’t leave home without: My iPhone


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sk any of her peers and they will tell you Breanna Willis is a very determined, generous person. Many of her fellow students at North Pulaski High School will tell you she is someone they have looked up to, and have been inspired by. But Breanna Willis would modestly refute the accolades and kind words, saying she didn’t have anything better to do so why not do something to help someone else. “I love volunteering and helping with community service projects,” Willis explained. “If I’m just sitting at home with nothing to do, I start looking for projects I can work on to help someone.” Willis has been an active member of DECA, a school organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world. She spent this year, her senior year, trying to build up the organization by have more fundraising opportunities, and by recruiting more students to become involved in the organization as well. This year the DECA organization at NPHS worked with three main non-profits: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the MakeA-Wish Foundation. Willis organized and implemented a number of fundraisers throughout the school year; and while the snow, rain, and recent tornadoes have hindered the process somewhat, she and fellow students still managed to raise nearly $2,000 for the three non-profits, far exceeding her original goal of $800. Quick to encourage her students, and offer kudos to Willis, Debora Harris, teacher and DECA sponsor, said, “She (Willis) spent numerous hours planning and implementing fundraiser ideas. She set up tables and asked for donations at our local Walmart, at school football and basketball games, and planned numerous in-school activities such as pajama day, and hush hearts day.” “She is so committed to service and helping others,” Harris said of Willis, adding, “She is my hero.” Through Willis’ efforts this year, she was able to lead her DECA group to win first place in the state competition for Civic Conscious Project for fundraising efforts for MDA, a title the school has never won before. Breanna Willis, pictured here standing in front of the DECA mural at North Pulaski High School, lead her classmates in fundraisers during the school year for a number of non-profit organizations. Money donated totaled nearly $3,000.

Although Willis just graduated, she has helped students in the classes below her to get organized for fundraisers next year. Willis will be attending Trinity University in San Antonio, and has a summer internship lined up with MDA. She plans to study international business. Willis said she would encourage anyone to get out and volunteer in their community. “Anybody can do it,” Willis explained. “Start out small. The little deeds you do can add up to something big for somebody else.” For more information on donating to MDA, visit mda.org. For more information on ways to donate to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, visit archildrens.org. To learn more about helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit midsouth.wish.org.

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On the way to school I asked my son how many of his classmates were on Facebook. “Um… ALL of them!” He is the youngest in his class, and still twelve years old. For a few more months, I get to blame the Facebook rules for not allowing him to open an account because users of the site must be thirteen. However, my time is running out. “The first thing I’m going to do when I wake up on my birthday is sign up for Facebook,” my son tells me. That gives me six months to nail down a strategy. Although I work, play and promote online, when it comes to dealing with my own children interacting in cyberspace, I lack confidence about my ability to monitor without being overbearing, to protect without smothering. Things

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change quickly, and every day there seems to be a new internet-enabled threat. Still, I’m not willing to forbid my kids from using social networking. Sharon Miller Cindrich is a mother of two, and author of A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet. She also provides resources to help parents manage technology on her website, PluggdInParent.com. She says that kids can easily circumvent parents’ oversight, which is why it is so important for us to build trust and start conversations about things like Facebook. “The most important message kids should get is that they need to be mature and responsible online, and talking to kids about that face-to-face is critical.”


Be a Friend A recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep found that more than a third of teens whose parents are on Facebook are not actually friends with them on the site. Don’t fall into this group. Make sure your kids understand that accepting your friend request on Facebook is not optional. Just as you wouldn’t allow them to interact unsupervised in real life, you don’t want them roaming around online without your guidance, either. Most kids won’t want mom and dad watching their online interactions, and this is the perfect opportunity to discuss how everything they do online is not only traceable, but also permanent.

into their world. When your child hosts a party at your house, you don’t hang around and join the conversation; you pop in periodically to provide snacks and make sure no one is naked. Strive for the same level of presence of Facebook, minus the snacks. Think of your child’s online interactions as an opportunity to observe them in their “natural habitat.” The good news is that just because your kids are active on Facebook, you don’t have to match their level of online engagement. Cindrich says, “Parents should not spend a lot of time commenting on their kids’ Facebook -especially if kids are resistant to being friends with them. “

“Parents should not spend a lot of time commenting on their kids’ Facebook...”

To take full advantage of being your child’s Facebook friend, you’ll need to keep up with the technology. It is one more thing to add to your parenting to-do list, but this one is critical and you must be proactive because Facebook site functioning changes often. Don’t let this overwhelm you. It’s not that complicated, just sort of annoying—like when they move your crackers at the grocery store. One of the most important aspects you’ll want to understand is privacy. Manage Privacy Settings There is very little privacy online, but we can protect all that is available. Instead of fighting this new social norm, parents can learn to manage it and teach children to as well. In their Parents Guide to Internet Safety, the FBI suggests that parents maintain access to children’s accounts. They also point out that chat rooms are often prowled by computer-sex offenders. The use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored. And while parents can and should utilize technology to monitor kids’ online life, they should never rely completely on these tools.

Keeping tabs on privacy settings is an ongoing process, not just a one-time set-up. Just as Facebook’s policies change over time, the types of things your child shares will change as well. To complicate matters, Facebook allows users to create groups and share certain items and conversations with these select groups, while they are kept hidden from the view of others. By establishing your role as arbiter of the privacy settings you’ll have a better understanding of how your child is using groups to communicate privately with his friends and whether or not you want to allow this. Lurk & Listen “Facebook conversations very much reflect those on the bus, at the lunch table and in the locker room,” says teens and tech expert, Cindrich. The internet poses many dangers for kids, but things that they or their friends say on Facebook can also give you unprecedented insights

Monitor Mobile Devices Most of us have heard the advice to keep the computer in a public area of the home, simply because it is too easy for teens and tweens to be lured into risky behaviors when they are unsupervised. But “computers” aren’t the only way we get online today. Mobile devices like phones and iPods often have internet access. Even if you don’t purchase a data plan, many of the newer devices can access any open wifi network. Even you have a password on your home network, your neighbor might not. One way to keep kids safe from online manipulators and remove the temptation to text their friends late at night is to have them turn in their phones and iPods before bed. Create a Contract Writing things down makes them clear. Some families find using a contract is an effective way to make sure there are no misunderstandings about expectations for behavior and consequences. Cindrich agrees that a written document can help. “Set time limits and boundaries and make sure the consequences for breaking the house rules are very clear before you even get started.” Vanessa Jensen, a pediatric psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, agrees and says parents should tell kids at the outset, “If you have a Facebook account, you’re going to have to friend me and I want to know. I want to know what’s happening. I’m your parent. That’s part of how we do things.” It’s easy panic over the pace of technology, the access our children have to all kinds of information, and the access others have to our kids. Listen to your children, read up on the latest gadgets and sites, and talk to other parents every chance you get. And remember that you’re the parent, and as such you control your child’s resources and, to a great degree, how he spends his time. Phones and computers do pose a challenge, but you can use them to your advantage as well. After all, the threat of taking the phone away can often be the best leverage you’ve got.

resources

PluggedInParent.com Sandra Cindrich’s website covers all kind of family and technology issues, including social media. CyberSafe Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media, by Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010, this is possibly the most current, comprehensive, and authoritative resource available on this topic. Free monitoring software For general monitoring of your child’s online interactions, check out the free software at k9webprotection.com.

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If parents want to be Facebook friends, they need to keep a low profile. That is not to say that parents can never interact with their children in social media, but some rules of thumb could prevent a world of embarrassment and hurt feelings. • Resist the urge to comment on your child’s page. If you see something you’d like to discuss, do it face-to-face. • If you must post photos of the child, don’t tag them without prior approval. Tagging a photo automatically posts the photo to the child’s Facebook profile page. What you find adorable may be painfully embarrassing to an adolescent. • Do not send friend requests to your child’s friends, and do not accept friend requests from them unless you have cleared it with your child first. • Use the information you gather on Facebook carefully. Criticizing your child or her friends based on status updates or photos is not a good idea. You will probably use your new knowledge to make decisions about who your kids spend time with in real life, but they don’t need to know that. Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA (Jupiter Press, July 2011). Her writing is featured regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout the United States and Canada. www.leladavidson.com june 2011 savvy kids

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I craft almost every gift I give and that includes Father’s Day gifts. Is it just me, or is it really hard to make stuff for men? Besides food I mean. The men I know like cars, engines, mud, tires, chrome, trucks, and things that go vroom-vroom! They also like coffee, maybe because it makes them feel like they go vroomvroom as well. To combine those elements I devised a plan to make a java jacket that looked like a muddy tire tread. First you’ll need a cardboard cup cozy or a pattern for one. I *had* to get myself a latte in order to get mine. Ah darn. Placing it over brown felt, I traced it twice using a black Sharpie. One piece will be for the front, the other for the backing. To make the tread pattern I studied a bunch of tire tread photos and decided this is the basic idea: If you draw a mountain/pointy tooth line as long as your felt needs to be, you only have to cut once down the middle and then a second time on the other edge, therefore making two pieces with only two cuts. Clear as mud? If you line up your pattern close enough to the edge of the felt you only have to make two cuts instead of the three (As I show in my really sophisticated drawing done with MS Paint). 16 | savvy kids june 2011

Once you have the outside frame, cut a strip of black felt approximately 3/8 of an inch wide and snip it off in 5/8 of an inch long pieces. I ended up needing 25 of these pieces. These will make up the center of the tread and should be laid out in a spaced out herringbone brick sort of pattern. Use felt glue to keep the pieces in places until they can be sewed. Because mine wasn’t exactly measured I had to do a little trimming and wiggling around to get everything to fit. Once everything was glued and dried I used embroidery floss that I divided in half (three strands instead of the full six) and stitched each rectangle and peak in the pattern shown below with the white dots. It’s a lot of stitching, but this will prevent the jacket from tearing up with regular use. For a fabric java jacket you usually need a button and loop closure or Velcro. Since the cup size is likely to change, I went with button and loop - making the loop out of an old elastic hair band to allow for adjustability.

Using my felt glue and some clothespins I placed the end well inside to make sure it won’t accidentally pop out when in use. When it is dry, apply several stitches around it (hiding them in the black felt on the front). Next, sew on your button of choice and make sure it is sewn on very well. I placed mine about 2 and 3/4 inches inside the edge - this will keep it taut on smaller cups but still allows for adjustability to larger cups as well. Once the elastic and button are stitched you are ready for the backing to go on. This is going to hide all your stitches and add an extra insulating layer. I cut my backing 1/4 of an inch shorter than the front piece, applied felt glue and stretched it out and held it in place with clothespins while drying. Cutting it slightly shorter and stretching it should prevent rippling in the felt when it folds around the cup. I then used my divided embroidery floss to blanket stitch the back and front pieces together. And there you have it - a manly java jacket combining two of man’s most beloved things: coffee and muddy tires. Be sure to check out Molly’s blog for more crafts! mollythepirate.blogspot.com


Office Picture Frame

If your dad has an office he will love showing off pictures of his kids with this picture frame! Start by picking out a frame at the store. Look for a picture frame that has a cardboard photo mat inside. Next, make a copy of one of dad’s favorite photos. It could be a photo of just his kids or the whole family! Then take the mat out of the frame and let the kids decorate it. They could draw pictures or sign their names. In the photo example shown here, we used a baby footprint kit. Always be careful when using these or any ink kits around children. Some inks could be toxic if swallowed.

Golf Ball Sleeve

For the athletic dad, make him a handy golf ball sleeve to attach to his golf bag! First pick out some fabric. The fabric should be thick and durable (you might also match it to his golf bag). Cut the fabric 7.5 inches tall by 12 inches long. Fold the end of each side of the fabric in about one inch and glue together using fabric glue. Be sure you leave yourself enough unglued space to thread string through. Next, thread some elastic through one end of the glued fabric and tie the ends together. On the other side, thread some string or twine through the glued fabric, leaving you lots of extra at the ends (this will be used to hang on dad’s golf bag). Fold the right side of the fabric over itself vertically to create the sleeve. Glue together using the fabric glue. Once the glue is dry, turn right side out and add a golf ball into the sleeve through the top. The elastic tied end of the sleeve will allow dad to quickly squeeze a golf ball out of the sleeve each time he needs a new ball.

Finally, put the mat and photo inside the frame and wrap for Father’s Day!

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Babysitters are hard to come by these days. Whether you need a sitter for a night out or for an extended period of time, finding a dependable and responsible babysitter can become a difficult task. These days teens are becoming more and more active—school and other extracurricular activities leave little time for the average teen to have a babysitting gig. With this in mind Savvy Kids put together a few tips for parents to consider when looking for a reliable sitter.

Where to Start First, start with word of mouth suggestions. Ask your friends who they use, send an e-mail blast to everyone you know and ask if they know anyone reliable. If your friends don’t want to give up their babysitter’s information consider starting a babysitting co-op. Get 10 families included and swap out nights for babysitting. Your kids will love having friends over and you will love being able to plan a nice evening out on your off night. If you still have trouble, try calling the Red Cross, Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Baptist Hospital. Each has a babysitting class in which students learn things like infant CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, and other techniques that can be useful to know while caring for children. These places probably won’t give out the actual names of their students but you might be able to post a notice on bulletin boards outside the classroom or ask the instructor to make an announcement to students looking for babysitting jobs. College campuses are also a great place to post notices for babysitters. College students have a lot of expenses these days and they are often looking for ways to make extra money.

How to Choose Once you have some names of potential babysitters, give them a call! Ask them questions about their daily schedules and what times would they be available to watch your children. What experience do they have? What fees are charged and what emergency training, if any, do they have? Ask for references and check their references! Just because you’re given a list of names and phone numbers doesn’t mean there're reliable and trustworthy references. After all, this is a person you will be entrusting your children with—make sure you can trust them! If the references check out and you feel good about your phone conversation, arrange a meeting in your home. Discuss your expectations, and observe how the prospective sitter interacts with your children and how your children respond to the sitter. Maybe ask the potential sitter to watch the kids while you run a quick errand to see how you both feel about a longer sitting session. If all goes well, and you feel comfortable with the person, hire the person.

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Worth its weight in gold… and then some! By Emily Griffin

Parents are experts when it comes to their kids— no one knows them better. As a new parent, you can rest assured those baby gifts you receive from parents are going to be useful! Sure the hot pink tutu is adorable, but if you’ve had a baby you know full well that swaddling blankets are much more valuable. With this in mind, Savvy Kids asked seasoned parents what were the most valuable items they had during the early months of their child’s life— what one thing was worth its weight in gold, and then some? Lots of people recalled sleepless nights until they discovered the soothing rocking of a cradle swing. Lisbeth Cross-Gomez said, “My child refused to sleep. I bought a swing online and paid the $60 extra dollars to have it shipped next day! I could have kissed the UPS guy…she passed clean out when I put her in it. That thing was amazing!”

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Leah McGraw Lemley, a mom of twins, said, “We would put them in their swing toward the front window and they would giggle, coo, laugh, and, eventually, take a nap!”

offers comfort and support, but it goes a step further and offers wider openings for baby’s legs and a strap to secure the baby seat to most chairs (see photo on facing page).

Other parents recalled looking for ways to keep their hands free while making sure baby was safe. Two products parents loved were the Bumbo chair and the Moby wrap.

Other useful items parents listed included the Boppy Nursing Pillow, strollers, comfortable car seat, gas drops, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, toy attachments for strollers and high chairs, a helpful mother-in-law, and their faith in God.

“The Moby wrap baby carrier was worth its weight in gold when my third son was born. It allowed me to hold him close, but also take care of my then two-year-old twins as well,” Courtney Yarberry recalled. The Bumbo chair is soft and supportive for baby to sit in. The wide base helps to keep it from tipping over even when baby wiggles around. A new product to hit the market is the Prince Lionheart baby seat. Like the Bumbo it

Leigh Wright said that while it wasn’t useful for caring for her baby, she values the baby book that was given to her during her baby shower. “Time seems to fly by these days. I like to look back at all her milestones and photos that I recorded in her baby book.” On the facing page you will find these must-have items, and where to buy them locally.


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The dual strap system of the bébéPOD®flex by Prince Lionheart keeps baby safe, and fits almost any chair (Pickles and Ice Cream, 11121 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock).

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The Boppy Nursing pillow offers comfort and support to both mother and baby while nursing. The pillow comes in a variety of trendy pillow covers (Pickles and Ice Cream, 11121 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock).

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Starting out right Homemade, organic baby food is a healthy way to introduce baby to solid foods. By Emily Griffin

Pureed Green Peas

As a parent, you will have to make lots of choices as your little one grows. By choosing organic foods you are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle for your family. Organic foods are produced without the use of potentially harmful chemicals and synthetic pesticides or growth hormones. This is even more important when we consider infants. For four to six months following birth, infants receive most of their nutrition from breast milk or infant formula. It is so important that these formulas contain the safest ingredients. One way to ensure your child is getting the safest ingredients possible is to make their food yourself using organic produce. Homemade baby food is becoming increasingly popular with parents across the country and is surprisingly simple to make. Before You Start Always consult with your pediatrician to know when to start introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy concerns.

What you will need: 1 Cup Frozen Peas (no salt added) 3/4 Cup Water Directions: Boil the peas for six minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and puree in food processor until smooth. Add water one tablespoonful at a time until the right consistency is achieved.

Peach and Pear Puree

Start by introducing one single fruit or vegetable at a time. Once the food has been introduced with no problems, you can combine the two for a new flavor for baby. Spices such as salt, sugar and cinnamon should not be added when making baby food. After your baby has become familiar with eating the purees, spices can be added (usually around seven months) with pediatrician approval. In the Kitchen The best cooking methods for making fruit and vegetable purees is baking, steaming or boiling in scant amounts of water, allowing the vegetables to become soft while maintaining the nutrients. You will also need a food processor or blender to puree the cooked produce. When buying produce, be sure to select fruits and vegetables that are ripe, but not mushy. If you have questions about the produce, look for selection guides posted throughout the produce section or ask your grocer for tips. Be sure to cook frozen veggies according to the package instructions and then puree as you would if you were using fresh veggies (when buying frozen fruits and vegetables make sure there are no sauces, spices or other additives included). It is recommended that fresh pureed homemade baby food be stored no longer than 48 hours in the refrigerator. This limit ensures that bacteria growth in the puree is kept to a minimum and that the food does not take on the “taste of the fridge.� The best way to freeze baby food is to divide the fruits and veggies up after you cook them. Puree what you will use during the next two days and freeze the rest for later use. 28 | savvy kids june 2011

What you will need: 1 small pear, cored, peeled and sliced 1/2 Cup frozen sliced peaches (no syrup added) Directions: Blend together until smooth. Add water one tablespoonful at a time until the right consistency is achieved.

Sweet Potato Puree

What you will need: 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 Cup water

Directions: Boil the sweet potato in the water for 10-12 minutes, or until tender. Let cool for 10 minutes, then puree in food processor. Add water one tablespoonful at a time until the right consistency is achieved.


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MONDAY Cheeburger Cheeburger Free half Best of Both Basket with purchase of two adult entrees. Little Rock: 11525 Cantrell Road, 490-2433 CHICK-FIL-A First and third Monday of each month. • North Little Rock: 3929 McCain Blvd, 758-8497 Palio’s Pizza Cafe Free Kid’s Meal (ages 10 and under) with the purchase of each $9.99 Adult Entrée. • Little Rock: 3 Rahling Circle, 501-821-0055; palioslittlerock.com. SHORTY SMALL’S Up to two kids meals free per paying adult. • Conway: 1475 Hogan Ln, 764-0604 • Little Rock: 1110 N. Rodney Parham, 224-3344 • North Little Rock: 4317 Warden Rd, 753-8111 30 | savvy kids june 2011

Below is a listing of locations and days in which kids, 12 and under, can eat free with a paid adult (unless otherwise noted).

Palio’s Pizza Cafe Free Kid’s Meal (ages 10 and under) with the purchase of each $9.99 Adult Entrée. • Little Rock: 3 Rahling Circle, 501-821-0055; palioslittlerock.com.

PIZZA HUT 5-8 p.m.. Dine in only. • Little Rock: 11410 W. Markham St., 228-7000 THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 1211 West Markham, 219-2244

WEDNESDAY FAMOUS DAVE’S 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 225 North Shackleford Road, 221-3283 FIREHOUSE SUBS • Bryant: 3108 Horizon St., 653-3700 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 228-5553; 10300 Rodney Parham, 225-2001 • Maumelle: 11617 Maumelle Blvd., 753-9898 • North Little Rock: 2811 Lakewood Village Dr., 812-5002 LARRY’S PIZZA 4-8 p.m. With purchase of one adult meal, up to two kids get a small one topping pizza, drink, and $1 in tokens. • Cabot: 2798 South Second Street, 843-7992

WESTERN SIZZLIN 4 p.m.-close. Ages 10 and under. • Benton: 1916 Congo, 778-9656

THURSDAY CAPTAIN D’s • Benton: 1419 Military Rd, 778-7909 • Hot Springs: 1906 Central St., 321-4288 • Jacksonville: 1109 West Main St., 982-3330 • Little Rock: 6301 Colonel Glen Rd., 568-6244 • North Little Rock: 5320 JFK Blvd., 758-5144 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 4 p.m.-close. One free kids meal with paid adult meal. • Bryant: 7409 Alcoa Rd., 778-3111 • Conway: 625 Salem Rd., 336-6500 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 223-3378 • North Little Rock: 4834 North Hills Blvd., 812-5577

SATURDAY BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 LUBY’S CAFETERIA • Little Rock: 12501 West Markham, 219-1567

SUNDAY BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 CORKY’S 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 12005 Westhaven Dr., 954-7427 EL PORTON • North Little Rock: 5021 Warden Rd., 753-4630

STROMBOLI’S Dine-in Only. • Conway: 2665 Donaghey Ave, #101, 327-3700

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE • Conway: 705 Club Lane, 764-4800 and 790 Elsinger Blvd, 764-1500 • Jacksonville: 140 John Harden Dr, 241-2233 • Little Rock: 11900 Kanis Rd., 221-6773; 12911 Cantrell Rd., 224-1113 • North Little Rock: 12007 Maumelle Blvd, 851-9555

Whole Foods Market Free kids meal with purchase of $5.99 adult entree (child must be present). • Little Rock; 10700 N. Rodney Parham, 221-2331

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JUNE 2011 SUMMER READING PROGRAM June 1 thru July 23: One world and many stories is what you will find at the William F. Laman Public Library. Make Laman Library your summer destination! For more information visit www.lamanlibrary.org. RONALD’S NIGHT OF DANCING STARS June 2: The North Little Rock Civitan Club is honored to host Ronald’s Night of Dancing Stars at Verizon Arena. Our event will help to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities in their continued service to enhance the lives of children and their families. Ronald’s Night of Dancing Stars will partner local personalities with professional ballroom dance instructors in a Dancing with the Stars-type event. In addition to the competition, attendees will be treated to a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and dancing to the music of a live band. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Hoffman, Event Committee Chairman, at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Lakewood Village, North Little Rock at 501-758-5560, or Sharon Gaskin, North Little Rock Civitan club president, at 501812-5165. To insure that we can provide the best event possible for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, we would greatly appreciate your donations and contributions as soon as possible. 12TH ANNUAL PAWS ON THE PAVEMENT June 4: Runners and walkers can join in the 5k and pets are welcome to participate with their owners in the 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk. There will be plenty of fun and activities for both per and owners. Event place: Murray Park. For more information, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and event call 501-603-2273 or visit www. careforanimals.org. JR. GIRLS SCOUTS “WORLD NEIGHBORS BADGE” June 4: Explore the roles and culture of four women from around the world. Through group discussions, small group work, and exploration of the exhibits in Heifer Village, participants gain an understanding of how women live around the world and how Heifer International helps women in Africa, Central Europe, Asia and the Americas. This program is $7 per scout, chaperones and leaders are free. Event time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations or more information call 501-907-COWS (2697). SUMMER AT THE CENTER EXHIBITS ELVIS AT 21, PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALFRED WERTHEIMER 34 | savvy kids june 2011

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June 4 thru August 21: In what seems like just seconds before he was crowned the king of rock ‘n’ roll, talented photographer Alfred Wertheimer captured the young musician through a series of 56 captivating black-and-white images. “Elvis at 21” is a photographic journey that invites visitors inside the fleetingly private life of one of the world’s most public figures. Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, is sponsored nationally by HISTORY. This exhibit will be at the Clinton Presidential Library through August 21. For more information call 501-374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.

ELVIS June 4 thru August 21: “Elvis" is an original separate exhibition that was inspired by President Clinton’s own fascination with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the man behind the music revolution. In partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, items will include memorabilia from some of Elvis’ most popular movies, such as Elvis’ red MG in Blue Hawaii. This exhibit will be at the Clinton Presidential Library through August 21. For more information call 501-374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. STORYTIME WITH MRS. KELLY AND FRIENDS June 9 and 16: Join us at Carolyn’s Keyboard Corner for story time with Mrs. Kelly and friends. Story time comes alive with Mrs. Kelly and her puppet friends. Children will receive a FREE book and tour of the studio. Teachers will be on hand to tell about different instruments. This event is FREE of charge. Call Carolyn to reserve a spot at 501-217-0275. NLRAC PARENT’S NIGHT OUT June 11: Drop the kids off at the Kids’ Galaxy located inside the North Little Rock Athletic Club and let our staff treat them to a fun evening of pizza, arts & crafts, moonwalk, and other fun activities. For children ages 3-12 years from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call Diane Collie at 501-812-5555 ext. 232. HOOP JAMS June 11: The Clinton Center and Arkansas Baptist College have joined together to bring Hoop Jams, a two-day, three-on-three basketball tournament, to central Arkansas. Arkansas native and Atlanta Hawk Joe

Johnson will serve as honorary chairman. Event place: Clinton Presidential Center & Park. Registration fee is $80-$100 per team (based on division). For more information call 501-374-4242 or visit www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. ASIAN FESTIVAL 2011 June 11: The Asian Festival is a much awaited event that is a celebration of the Asian culture and Arkansas diverse community. Come to enjoy Ethnic Foods, Retail, Health, Business, Employment, Entertainment, Martial Arts Demonstration, Game Area, Silent Auction, Hula Hoops Contest, and more. All indoors! Admission: $3 for adults, children under 12, Seniors, Firefighters, Military, and Law Enforcement get in FREE. Event place: Mosaic Church, 6420 Colonel Glenn Road, LR. For more information contact Wilma Houston at 501-244-2490 or visit www. arasianfest.com. MOUNTAIN FISHING DERBY June 11: Hook, line, and sinker! See if you can catch a fish at Petit Jean State Park. The derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents are welcome to help, but the kids must do the fishing. Bring your own bait and tackle. Fish will be stocked and prizes provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Admission: FREE. Event time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meeting place: Boathouse at Petit Jean State Park. For more information call 501-727-5441. GREAT CONWAY BACKYARD GRILL-OFF June 12: The first ever Great Conway Backyard Grill-Off starts at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is free with paid parking of $3. Enter to win in up to five categories: chicken, pork chops, ribs, sausage, and sauce. Entry fee to enter is $10 per category and you can enter as many as you want. Great prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners in each category. 75% of proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. For more information, please contact Shawn Jacka at 501-908-3234 or Paul Jacka at 501-908-1340. YOUTH ECOLOGY CAMP June 12 thru 17: Do you know any 11 or 12 year old boys or girls who can’t get enough of birds, mammals, snakes, frogs, plants, rocks, and insects? Visit the Arkansas Audubon Society website at www.arbirds. org for more information about the Hal-

berg Ecology Camp, an extraordinary week of hands-on outdoor nature study and so much more. Or contact the camp’s director, Liz Fulton, at efulton114@sbcglobal.net or 501-663-9380. ARCHEOLOGY DAY CAMP June 14 thru 16: Campers ages 8-12 will dig deeper into Arkansas’s past and learn that it is not what you find, but what you find out. Learn excavation and laboratory techniques and participate in a variety of fun archeology-related programs and Native American crafts. Lunch, drinks, and snack will be provided. Reservations are required. Payment in advance confirms your reservation. Event time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting place: Visitor Center, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. For more information call 501-861-9442. NATURE EXPLORERS DAY CAMP 1 June 14 thru 17: This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7-10. There will be four whole days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, and more! Advance registration and payment required. Space is limited to the first 10 campers. Camp fee: $75. Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting place: Visitor Center. For more information call Pinnacle Mountain State Park at 501-868-5806. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S June 18: Mark your calendar for the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Join us as we walk to end Alzheimer’s, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death and a disease that devastates millions of families across the country. With your help, we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer care and support and advance critical research. Together, we are an unstoppable force in the fight against Alzheimer’s Registration time: 9 a.m. Walk starts: 10 a.m. Length: 1 Mile. Meeting place: Riverfest Amphitheatre. For more information contact Tommy Glanton at 501-265-0027. JUNIOR FISHING FEST June 18: Kids, grab your lucky fishing rod and get ready to reel in a “lunker”. This youth fishing derby takes place on Golf Course Pond #7 which will be stocked with hundreds of catfish for the event. Kids need to bring their own bait and tackle (one rod per participant) and may want to bring lawn chairs too. Parents can help, but the kids must do the fishing! Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Kids ages 5 to 12 years old are eligible to participate. The event is co-sponsored by the Arkansas


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June 1 thru 5: “First Dog” starring Eric Roberts, Tiny Lister, John-Paul

Howard and Little Bear, sponsored by Savvy Kids Magazine is coming soon to the Little Rock film festival! There will be two showtimes: Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Clinton Library; and Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverdale Cinema on Cantrell. In the movie, a foster boy is befriended by a lost dog that turns out to belong to the President of the United States. The boy decided to run away from the foster home to return the canine to the White House—“Because it’s the right thing to do!” The film has won a number of awards including “Best Dramatic Feature Screenplay” at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood. Be sure to meet the star of the film Little Bear the dog and the director, Bryan Michael Stoller, after the screening!

Game & Fish Commission. Meeting place: Golf Course Pond #7, DeGray Lake Resort State Park. Event time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information call 501-865-5810. SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION June 18: Celebrate the arrival of summer with an array of outdoor activities for the whole family. Try your hand at using primitive style weapons and learn a game played by some American Indian tribes. Create and take home a pinch pot, arrowhead necklace, and other native style crafts. Event time: 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., the resident archeologist will provide a presentation on the alignment of the mounds with the summer solstice sunset. Following at 7 p.m., there will be a special guided sunset tour of the prehistoric mound site. The evening will end with the observation of the sunset over Mound B. For more information call Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park at 501-761-9442. FATHER’S DAY LAKE CRUISE June 18: Bring Dad out for a relaxing trip on Lake Maumelle. A park interpreter will be cruising the lake on the park’s pontoon to view the beautiful landscapes, historic structures, and the lake’s resident wildlife. Advance reservations and payment required. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Meeting place: Jolly Roger’s Marina. Cruise times: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on the 19th 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information call 501-868-5806. YOUTH ECOLOGY CAMP June 19 thru 24: Do you know any 11 or 12 year old boys or girls who can’t get enough of birds, mammals, snakes, frogs, plants, rocks, and insects? Visit the Arkansas Audubon Society website at www.arbirds.org for more information about the Halberg Ecology Camp, an extraordinary week of hands-on outdoor nature study and so much more. Or contact the camp’s director, Liz Fulton, at efulton114@ sbcglobal.net or 501-663-9380. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CAMP June 20 thru 24: Led by Smokey Emerson, instructor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, children will experiment with various musical styles and instruments as well as learn about the life and music of Elvis Presley for rising 4, 5, and 6 grades. At the end of the camp, the future musicians will participate in an exciting live performance where they will “rock out” for families and friends. Space is limited. Cost: $200 non-member and $175 member. Cost includes camp fees, snacks, lunch, and materials needed for the class. Each student will receive a commemorative DVD with photographs from their camp experience, a t-shirt and a special gift from the Clinton Museum Store. Presented by Ben E. Keith Company. For more information, please contact Joyce Willis at 501-748-0472. ATA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS June 20 thru 26: The 2011 World Championship Tournament expects hundreds of participants from all over the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South

Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay to converge upon Little Rock for an action-packed week of seminars, training, testing, and competition. The event will take place at the Statehouse Conventions Center. For more information contact ATA at 501-5682821 or visit www.ataonline.com. WILDERNESS EXPLORERS DAY CAMP June 21 thru 24: Older children ages 11-13 will enjoy this chance to explore the wilderness at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Camp activities may include canoe/kayak floats, extensive hiking, and survival skills. The camp will end with an overnight camping opportunity Wednesday night including dinner provided by park staff. Advance registration and payment required. Camping fee: $100. Meeting place: Visitor Center. For more information call 501-868-5806. BREAKFAST WITH PRIMATES June 25: Join the Little Rock Zoo for a delicious breakfast buffet in Café Africa and a unique keeper chat all about primates! Seating is limited and prior reservations are a must! Admission: Member child $12.95, Member adult $16.95, Non-Member child $16.95 and Non-Member adult $21.95. Event time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information or to make reservations, please call 501-661-7218 or visit www.littlerockzoo.com. OUTDOOR CONCERT FEATURING KERRY GROMBACHER June 25: Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher will appear in concert at the Lake Catherine State Park amphitheater. In the spirit of the troubadours of old, Kerry Grombacher’s contemporary folk and western songs paint vivid portraits and tell the fascinating stories of roadside motels, old camp cooks, wild land firefighters-the landmarks and denizens of the west. Kerry has been performing an annual free concert at Lake Catherine State

Park since 1999. Event time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact the park for further details at 501-844-4176. STAR PARTY June 25: Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. Event time: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky. If cloudy skies prevent observations, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9 p.m. Admission: FREE. For more information call Pinnacle Mountain State Park at 501-868-5806. LITTLE MAUMELLE KAYAKING ADVENTURE June 25: Explore Pinnacle Mountain State Park on a kayak with a park interpreter as your guide. Hunt for views of some of our feathered, furred, and reptilian friends while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of the Little Maumelle River. See parts of the park that many people don’t get to see. No paddling experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable around water. Fee includes use of boats, paddles, and life jackets. Advance reservations and payment required. Admission: $30 per person. Meeting place: Little Maumelle Boat Launch. Event time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 501-8685806. ADVENTURE OVERNIGHT CAMP June 28 thru July 1: Adventure Camp is a 4 day, 3 night camp designed to introduce children ages 11-13 to the wonders of our natural world. Our outdoor laboratory allows us to explore forests, streams, ponds, and meadows while having fun! Campers will be setting up their own campsite and cooking (and cleaning up after) their own meals, becoming more independent and confident in outdoor settings. Supervision and instruction is provided by park interpreters. Advance payment is required. For more information call Pinnacle Mountain State Park at 501-8685806.

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Clinton Easter hunt Photos by Jay White

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Easter festivities at the Clinton Presidential Center had something for everyone, including a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses and of course, an extra large egg hunt!

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Territorial Fair @ ham Photos by Jay White

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The 150th anniversary of the Civil War set the stage for this year’s Territorial Fair, where visitors learned firsthand about life “Back Home in the Civil War.” Guests were able to play pioneer games like dancing at the May Pole, jumping off hay bales, walking on stilts and more! All five of the museum’s historic houses were open, some with costumed characters, live demonstrations of hardtack and fruit leather making as well as sock knitting, and fiddle music!

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For a “toadally” good time, crowds gathered recently for the 30th annual Toad Suck Daze celebration in downtown Conway. Guests enjoyed The World Champion Toad Races, arts and crafts, “Toadal” Kid Zone, a carnival, food, rock wall, petting zoo, 'Stuck on a Truck', 5K/10K, golf tournament, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, magicians and more! Concerts by local and award-winning artists included Kris Allen, Shawn McDonald, and more! Proceeds support higher education in Faulkner County.

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Fashionistas of all ages gathered at the Chenal Country Club recently for The Fashion Event, a fashion show benefiting Easter Seals of Arkansas. The Easter Seals mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. The show featured professional models, and some up and coming models from Easter Seals, wearing spring fashions from The Toggery, Scarlety, Tulips, Forsythe’s, Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Faux Pas, Kristin Todd, and more! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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K’lynne Colclough turns one!

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K’lynne Colclough celebrated her first birthday with her friends and family at The Wonder Place in Little Rock. The kids had a blast playing at the many play stations including Amazing Airways, Treehouse and Playhouse, Puppet Area, Wonder Works, Vet Clinic, Little Wonders and more! Next, everyone gathered in the party room to eat birthday cake and open presents. K’lynne’s Dora the Explorer birthday cake was created by Community Bakery.

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Harley Clare Goodwin Turns 8 Photos by Patrick Jones

Willy Wonka celebrated Harley Clare's birthday recently with guests at Scrumdiddlyumptious Ice Cream in Sherwood. The theme was from the “original” Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and everyone got pictures taken with Wonka himself.

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Arriving at the party, kids signed contracts just like the kids in the movie did and played good egg/bad egg and the Everlasting Gobbstopper race. They created unique sundaes, ate cake then played the Fizzle Wizzle drinking game – which is a burping game. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Will Armstrong Turns 12!

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Will Armstrong had his birthday party recently at War Memorial Stadium and has pledged his gifted money to Heifer International.

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About 50 friends and family celebrated with Will and helped with the generous endeavor. Will became interested in Heifer after touring the headquarters with a church group and after the gifted and talented program at his school – Lonoke Elementary – held a fundraiser for the organization.

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Loran Kidd celebrated her 9th birthday with her friends at Firefly Studio in Little Rock. As each guest arrived they picked a piece of pottery, and paint colors. Then they sat together, paint brushes in hand, and started painting. Firefly Studio staffers were on hand to help the kids with their painting techniques and creative ideas. Next, Loran and her friends gathered for birthday cake and presents. Loran’s chic cake was created by Lisa’s A Cake Boutique in Conway. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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