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Holiday Events in Cache Valley p.11 • A Case for Family Meals p.12 Tips for a Safe Holiday Season p.39 • Easy Holiday Food Swaps p.44


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Christmas is my favorite time of year! The delicious food, the beautiful sites, the sparkling décor, the glorious music — it combines to create joyful magic. I see that magic in the eyes of my children as they sing spirited, off-tune renditions of Christmas carols, on my husband’s face as he steps back and looks at his newly hung Christmas lights and, most of all, when we gather with friends new and old to reflect on the reason for the season. Seven years ago, when we had only one child, my husband built me a 12-foot-long, five-foot-wide dining table. It seemed a little over the top for our small family, but I designed it with one purpose in mind: to always have enough room for friends and family to gather. Since that time many of our happiest memories have occurred around that heavy piece of furniture. From family dinners and birthday celebrations to card games and art projects (which have left glitter residue to permanently remind me of those sweet moments with my five little girls), we’ve had lots of conversations, laughs, tears and spills. Life happens around the table and when good food and fellowship happens, it makes our hearts full. The table is the focal point of the home; a place to gather, to celebrate, to laugh and to enjoy. Among other great information, there are articles about the benefits of family mealtime, favorite recipes and finding time to serve others inside this issue. I hope you will be enlightened and inspired as you read, and take some extra time to connect with friends, family and neighbors during this joyful time of year.

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Kids Test Kitchen: Healthy Holiday French Toast — p. 17 Family Firsts: Season of Service — p. 18 PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Emily Buckley COMMUNITY EDITOR Schae Richards COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Dani Vest PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Palmer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Anderson Bear River Health Department Tara Bone Emily Buckley Blake Cameron Leslie Carpenter Sherelle Christensen Michael Cole, OD Bruce Lee Emily Merkley Jenny Mathews Jenda Nye Megan Ostler, MS, RN Heather Palmer Schae Richards Frank Schofield Dayia Shurtleff David Watkins Stephanie Western Wil Wood LAYOUT DESIGN Rachel Cottrell WEBSITE DESIGN Kite Media Cache Valley Family Magazine is a free, trusted resource designed to inform, serve and enrich local parents and families throughout Cache Valley. Material in this publication is copyright 2017, Cache Valley Family Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission of the publisher is prohibited. The views expressed in the magazine are the views of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Please send all editorial correspondence to info@cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com or by mail to PO Box 6831, North Logan, UT 84341. All correspondence is sent on a non-confidential basis and Cache Valley Family Magazine shall be free to reproduce, publish, edit and/or use any such communications. All materials become property of Cache Valley Family Magazine.

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Good Neighbors: The REALTOR® Value: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Real Estate — p. 25 Cover Story: Cache Valley Civic Ballet Celebrates 35 Years — p. 28 Education Update: Cache County Students Gain Education Through Service — p. 30 Positive Discipline in the Home — p. 31 Making a Difference: Malouf Foundation Works to End Human Trafficking — p. 32 Family Budget: Holiday Security: Preventing Identity Theft — p. 34 Fit Families: Easy Holiday Food Swaps — p. 44 From the Farmer’s Wife: Snowman Cheeseball — p. 47

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How to Create a Beautiful Holiday Tablescape — p. 6 2017’s Top Toy and Game Picks — p. 9 Local Resident Brings Community Together with Live Nativity — p. 10 Holiday Events in Cache Valley — p. 11 A Case for Family Meals — p. 12 Libraries Support Families in Lifelong Reading and Learning — p. 14 A New Christmas Classic: A Little Christmas Tree — p. 15 Attention Parents: An Important Word About Toys — p. 20 Secrets for Decorating Beautiful Christmas Trees — p. 22 How Home Care Can Improve The Quality of Your Life — p. 29 When is the Right Time for a First Visit to the Dentist? — p. 36 Top Safety Tips to Help Kids Have Fun, Safe Holiday — p. 39 Holiday Treat Traditions — p. 40 Deck Your Halls to Create Holiday Magic — p. 42 Cut the Stress and Enjoy Feeding a Crowd — p. 45 Take the Perfect Christmas Tree Photo — p. 48 Seven Days to a Holiday-Ready Home — p. 49

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How to Create a Beautiful Holiday Tablescape Leslie Carpenter, The Lily Sage

The holidays are coming, and so are dinner parties. With loved ones surrounding it, your table will be the star of the event. Make sure to set the right tone by creating a beautiful tablescape. The first thing I do when creating a tablescape is decide on my centerpiece. It is your anchor. Once you do that, you will have a theme, level of formality and color palette. You can use anything for a centerpiece from a floral arrangement to a glass bowl full of Christmas ornaments. On rectangular tables, I like to let my centerpiece spread down the center with garlands and votive candles nestled throughout.

Tip: If you’re short on time, use premade floral bouquets from a local store. They have done the work of piecing the most appealing flowers together. While we’re on the topic of centerpieces, let’s talk height. A common mistake is a centerpiece that sets at eye level. You want to visit with your loved ones, not peer around a centerpiece, no matter how beautiful. Make sure you’re easily able to see over them. However, don’t be afraid to add varying levels of height to add interest to your table. The centerpiece is one of the easiest ways to do that. Try flanking your floral arrangement with thick candle stands,

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which will add another level of height. Sprinkle faux leaves, pine branches, or anything else that goes with your theme, to fill in the empty space between them. Tip: Use electric candles so the wax doesn’t ruin the décor below.


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Next comes layering. Layering is a great tool to add different textures and sophistication to your table. Try layering a tablecloth, a runner or garland and then add the centerpiece, which you can also layer. If you have a square or circular table, try stacking a small wreath with a hurricane vase in the center. If you layer your centerpiece, keep the rest of the layering to a minimum in the center of the table. You don’t want your table to look cluttered. You can also layer place settings. Start with a charger, then dinner plate, napkin and salad plate. Top it with a salad bowl, place card or a favor for guests to take home. Tip: Use 12x12 scrapbook paper as placemats/chargers to match your theme to keep it budget-friendly. Place cards are the finishing touch. I love place cards because they let you customize. This is where your imagination can run wild. You can use painted leaves, pine cones or mini pumpkins, for example. There are also many free printables online. Tip: Have your favors (like a customized cookie) do double-duty and also serve as place cards. Have fun preparing your table, but, always remember, it’s the ones surrounding the table that make it most beautiful. Photos taken at The Grove at The Copper Mill.

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2017’S TOP TOY AND GAME PICKS It’s not always easy to find the right gift for all the good little boys and girls on your list. Luckily, the buyers at The Book Table in downtown Logan have done the research for you to recommend the best toys and games for the 2017 holiday season.

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• PlayMonster Animated Alarm Clocks (Merry Go Round and Train) • Unicorn Poop • Skullduggery Race Cars

• Bright Switch • Ezyroller Ride-On Toy • Fun In Motion Spinball • Mesh Squishy Balls • Magna Doodle

• Marble Runs  • Crazy Aaron’s Liquid Glass  • Mad Mattr Molding Dough

BEST GAMES • Happy Salmon (ages 6+) • Roll for It (ages 8+) • Santorini (ages 8+, family/ strategy) • Pandemic Legacy (ages 14+, strategy) • 5-Minute Dungeon (ages 8+, family)  • Slapzi and Splazi Expansion (ages 3+, family) • Bears vs. Babies (ages 10+)

• Ticket to Ride: Germany (ages 11+, strategy) • Legend of the Five Rings (ages 14+) • Oh My Goods! (ages 10+) • Port Royal (ages 8+) • Code Names: Disney and Marvel editions (ages 8+) • Poop the Game (ages 5+, family)  • Saboteur (ages 8+, family)

• Bohnanza (ages 10+, family) • Jungle Speed (ages 7+, family)  • Imploding Kittens (ages 7+, family) • Catan: Legend of the Sea Robbers (ages 14+, strategy) • Harry Potter: Hogwart’s Battle (ages 11+) • Here, Kitty, Kitty! (ages 10+)

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B O O K S F O R E V E R YO N E O N YO U R L I S T Children’s Books Runny Babbit Returns by Shel Silverstein Though Your Eyes by Ainsley Earhardt The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson

Young Adult  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney Dork Diaries by Rachel Ren Russell Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan Darkness of Dragons: Wings of Fire by Tia Sutherland 

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Local Resident Brings Community Together with Live Nativity Schae Richards, community editor

Richard Eversull, of Nibley, has always loved animals. He grew up in Cheyenne, WY, and spent his summers raising horses on his grandparents’ ranch.    Similarly, his wife, Karen, grew up on a dairy farm that her father and uncles ran. Though, she says she didn’t care too much for the “farm life.”   Richard and Karen lived in Collinston, about 16 miles from Logan, for several years where they raised animals on their 15-acre property.     After Richard was injured in a car

accident in 1987, it was hard for the couple to keep up with the dayto-day responsibilities of running a farm. That’s when they decided to move to a house their sons built for them in Nibley.    When Richard retired in 2006, he started looking for a way to give back to the community.   “I was looking for something to do — a public service,” he said.   Not too long after starting his search, Richard came across a listing in the city newsletter.    The City of Nibley was looking for


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HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CACHE VALLEY November

Cache Valley Civic Ballet: The Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Tea Party Nov. 24-27 Ellen Eccles Theatre cachearts.org | cvcballet.org   Idaho Festival of Lights Nov. 25 City of Preston idahofestivaloflights.org Reindeer Trek   Starts Nov. 24 Willow Park Zoo willowparkzoo.wix.com/ home   Zoo Lights  Starts Nov. 6  Willow Park Zoo willowparkzoo.wixsite.com  

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Christmas from Ellen Eccles Theatre Dec. 8-9 Ellen Eccles Theatre americanfestivalchorus.org cachearts.org Downtown Parade of Gingerbread Houses Dec. 1-30 Downtown Logan logandowntown.org   Four Seasons Theatre Company: White Christmas  Dec. 1-2, 4, 7-9 Sky View High School fourseasonstheatre.org   Pickleville Playhouse: A Christmas Carol  Dec. 8-9, 11  Ellen Eccles Theatre picklevilleplayhouse.com

For more local events, visit our online calendar at cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com/events.

someone to maintain what is now called Nibley’s Morgan Farms.    The Morgan family owned the land and built the barn prior to The Great Depression.   “It’s kind of a legacy and landmark for the community,” said Richard.   He wanted to maintain the farm for the benefit of residents, and started by bringing in some of his own animals.    Soon after he started maintaining the land, Richard decided to do something more. He wanted to do something that would bring the community together.    In 2008, the community held their first Live Nativity event at Morgan Farms. That was beginning of what is now a holiday favorite for many locals.     At the Live Nativity guests can go on a hay ride, sip hot cocoa and see a live reenactment of the Christmas story.  

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This event runs 100 percent on volunteers. People from around the community donate their time and talents to put it on each year.   Richard maintains the animals and fire barrels. Lisa Pugmire, of Nibley, designs the costumes. Brad Tolman, of Nibley, provides the camel and hay wagon.  Trudy Knight, of Nibley, is also a main contributor. She has been helping with the event since the beginning. She handles the casting and donations.   From the real animals to the festive music to the warm hot cocoa, visitors are guaranteed a fun and unique experience.    “I have seen people stand for 15 to 20 minutes, staring at the nativity scene and contemplating the true meaning of Christmas,” Richard said.    Trudy agrees. She said the event brings the community together in more ways than one.    “It’s a great tradition for families to look forward to every year,” she said.   This event is also a great way for people to give back to their friends and neighbors.    Visitors are encouraged to bring a can of food as their admission. All monetary and food donations go toward funding the event or supporting the Cache Community Food Pantry. Last year, they collected about 2,200 pounds in canned food.     “Almost every night, we fill up a truck or van to take to the food pantry,” Trudy said.   The Live Nativity is always held the second weekend in December. This year, it will run Friday Dec. 8, Saturday, Dec. 9 and Monday Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For event details, visit facebook.com/cvlivenativity.


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A Case for Family Meals

David Watkins Bear River Health Department

Parents have many concerns for their teens: underage drinking, marijuana, opioid misuse, risky sexual behavior, internet safety, depression and suicide. The list goes on. It’s hard to stay informed on it all, so how can parents prevent their children from becoming involved in these behaviors? Family meals are one way for parents to keep their children safe from alcohol, drugs and other risky behavior. And, lucky for time-strapped parents, it’s not the presentation or the type of the food on the table that matters, but the conversation and engagement that happen around the table. According to a study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teens who eat dinner with their families five or more times a week report their parents know a lot about what is going on in their lives. Teens that reported having a “less-than-very-good” relationship with their parents were more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. The study also shows that teens who eat dinner with their families five or more times a week are less likely to have high levels of stress. Teens who report having high levels of stress are also more likely to use marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. Family meals not only build strong family relationships, which in turn helps reduce substance misuse, but studies show more benefits come from having family dinner at least five times a week: • Lower teen pregnancy rates • Lower depression rates

• Higher grade-point averages • Higher self-esteem • Lower obesity rates • Lower rates of eating disorders in children and teens Parents Empowered (a campaign aimed at reducing underage drinking) teaches parents three important skills for preventing risky behavior in teens: bonding, boundaries and monitoring. Having a strong family bond is one of the best ways to prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors. When children feel a connection to their parents, they are more likely to listen to and follow rules. A strong family attachment is built by spending time together having fun, working hard and supporting each other. Children need clear boundaries. Parents often talk to their children about risky behaviors, including

underage drinking, too late. Talking to children early and often helps ensure children know and understand what is expected of them. Parents need to communicate where the line is, and not to cross it. Clear consequences should be established and maintained. After building a strong bond, and setting boundaries, parents need to monitor their children. This includes knowing

where and what children are doing, whom they are with and when they will return. It also includes monitoring cell phone, social media and internet use. During family mealtime, parents create a bonding opportunity. They have time to discuss and make clear family rules, and learn of activities their children are involved in that require further monitoring.


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Libraries Support Families in Lifelong Reading and Learning

Stephanie Western North Logan City Library

As our communities grow, so do our libraries. Library staffs are expanding, renovating and rebuilding so they can continue to meet the needs of local residents of all ages. Our mission is to offer the materials, services and tools that increase your quality of life while taking the pressure off your budget. Did you know that 90 percent of a child’s critical brain development occurs before he or she is 5 years old? Talking, singing and reading with kids during these early years helps them grow their vocabulary, become better readers and succeed at school. This is why many libraries offer storytimes for babies through preschoolers and programs like “1,000 Books before Kindergarten.” In addition, they offer collections of board books and picture books to supplement your home libraries. For school-aged children, we offer books to help them grow as readers (along with recommendations to tempt even the most reluctant readers). We provide online homework help sources through Utah’s Online Library. Summer reading programs keep kids reading

to stay off the dreaded “summer slide.” We also have programs like book clubs, Lego clubs and coding clubs to help children explore interests and learn new skills. Teenagers can grab the most popular and latest fiction titles and graphic novels at the library as well as ACT and SAT prep materials. They find leadership opportunities on Teen Advisory Boards and help plan events like

Humans vs. Zombies. The North Logan City Library holds an annual Marvel competition and party for teens, which has grown to include teen groups from other local libraries, too. In 2016, 25 percent of American adults reported that they hadn’t read a book in the last year. J.K. Rowling said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”


C a c h e Va l l e y F a m i l y M a g a z i n e | H o l i d a y 2 0 1 7 We are here to help you find that book. (And, we can probably find it in hard copy, audio CD, ebook or eaudiobook.) But we know you could use more than just the perfect page-turner. That’s why we offer Makerspaces to give you access to the technology you need for your big projects. Learning new skills will help you advance at your job or make a career change, so we provide services like Lynda.com so you can take business, technology and creative skills classes at your own pace —on our computers or yours. Want to learn a new language? You can get access to online language services like Mango. Want a free date night or family night

out? Chances are your library has movie nights, author events, trivia nights and weekly classes. Going on vacation? Check out a parks pass, a GoPro and a wifi hotspot to take with you. We hope people will always look to libraries for traditional programs like storytime and summer reading as well as quiet, comfortable places for reading and studying. But we can also use our space in multi-functional ways to connect people in big and small groups, bringing you together to learn, work, play and create. Our core commitment to our patrons never changes as we adapt to bring even more value to you and your families.

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A N E W C HR IST M AS C LASSIC:

A Little Christma s Tre e Hyde Park resident, Michael Bast, and coauthor Anthony Merrill, have written a story that is sure to become a treasured Christmas classic. The book, A Little Christmas Tree, tells the story of a Little Tree that wants more than anything to bring the true meaning of Christmas to a family of its own. When Little Tree’s most beautiful

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Kids Test Kitchen Cache Valley Family Magazine, Lee’s Marketplace and Citrus Pear Dinners have joined forces for a Kids Test Kitchen to inspire families and kids to eat healthily by providing young kids the opportunity to cook, taste and then teach their families about nutrient-dense foods. A dozen local kids were able to participate in the Holiday Kids Test Kitchen, but we hope many more Cache Valley families will try this healthy version of a favorite holiday breakfast.

Healthy Holiday French Toast Ingredients 8 slices of whole wheat bread 4 eggs  1 tsp vanilla or almond extract  2 tsp cinnamon  1 Tbsp milk F I L L I NG:

2 cups fruit (seasonal fruit is best) 1 cup ricotta cheese made with part skim milk  Optional 1 tsp honey or 2 Tbsp peanut butter

Children are often fascinated by what they see grownups doing the kitchen. It isn’t always convenient to invite them to help, but it is worth it, when time allows.

Instructions In a shallow dish, combine eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. Whisk until mixed thoroughly. Set aside. Cut up fruit into bit size pieces, if needed. Set aside.

To the kids, it will seem like fun, but there are other benefits too: • Preschoolers see how the dishes they eat are put together and get hands-on experience, which is a great way to learn, feel like they are helping out and be exposed to new foods. • School-age kids can learn cooking basics and use math skills as they help combine ingredients for recipes. You can also use the time to talk about good nutrition and why you chose the ingredients you’re using. It lays groundwork for healthy food choices. • Teens might appreciate the chance to improve their cooking skills which is good preparation for when they’ll need to cook for themselves.

WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEXT KIDS TEST KITCHEN? For a chance to participate in our next Kids Test Kitchen, try this recipe at home and snap some photos while you’re at it. Share your experience on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #cvfmkidstestkitchen (make sure your account is public for us to be able to see it!) or email us directly at info@cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com.

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In a separate bowl combine ricotta and honey or peanut butter and mix well. Add in fruit. Preheat griddle. Spread filling over one slice of whole wheat bread. Place top slice on firmly so it looks like a sandwich. Dip both sides into egg mixture and cook on griddle. Slice and drizzle with your favorite syrup or dip in your favorite holiday cranberry sauce. You can make this recipe extra fun by having your kids use cookie cutters to cut the bread into their favorite holiday shapes.


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Tara Bone, contributing writer

Season of Service

It’s a maddening task that every parent must tackle eventually: cleaning out the toys. Sifting through the dolls, the Legos and the countless odds and ends. It makes a parent wonder where all the stuff comes from and vow never to buy toys again. And then, Christmas comes. For me, the thought of more toys causes such anxiety that before I know it I’m Woody from Toy Story, drowning in a sea of toys, specifically a sea of Star Wars Legos led by a broken, one-armed Darth Vader. Yes, (deep breath) it’s that serious for this mom of boys. It was with these fears in mind that our family decided to simplify and serve more during the holidays. This plan was hatched years ago while talking with my sister-in-law about the annual family

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HOLIDAY SERVICE IDEAS • Host a holiday family dinner for widows/ widowers or the kids’ teachers. • Bake and take treats to a local fire station, police station or hospital on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. • Adopt a nursing home resident. • Participate in local angel trees. • Write gratitude cards for gifts received. • Instead of exchanging neighborhood gifts, gather money that would have been spent on those gifts and donate it. Have a neighborhood party to choose the cause and celebrate friendship.

SERVICE RESOURCES • Contact local churches for up-to-date information. • justserve.org – Find local service opportunities. • uso.org – Support US military personnel and their families financially, or make cards and send messages. • operationgive.org – Send Christmas stockings to soldiers overseas. • ringbells.org – Be a Salvation bell ringer! • samaritanspurse.org – Send a “shoe box” gift for a child in need, or support other national and international causes. • childfund.org or savethechildren.org – Sponsor a child or support a variety of relief efforts. • Purchase Christmas gifts from “Fair Trade” websites like Ten Thousand Villages, Global Good Partners, World of Good, SERRV Organization.

gift exchange. We both wanted the exchange to be more meaningful and less materialistic. I remembered a friend who did service projects at family parties instead of buying gifts, and we decided to do the same. We were nervous at first. How would kids, ages two to 11 years old, like the idea of giving up their cousin gifts? The results surprised us. We found a need to make school kits that would be sent to refugee children around the world. With help, the cousins purchased kit items, assembled everything and even learned some life lessons. This service created a dialogue about gratitude, empathy and awareness for world events. The kids were

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genuinely excited to imagine a girl or boy like them receiving needed supplies. Because they were involved in the entire process, they felt a part of something special. Since that first service exchange, we’ve tried to focus on holiday service, but some years are better than others. It takes intentional effort to coordinate service, but it’s worth it to keep trying. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of service opportunities in light of recent natural disasters and world conflicts, and kids are eager to help if given the chance. Raising empathetic humans is a gift that lasts forever.


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An Important Word About Toys

Michael Cole, OD Child and Family Eye Care Center Toys play a vital role in overall development, especially visual development.

• Visualization • Visual memory skills (enable us to develop concepts)

If children play too many computer games or watch too much TV or movies, they don’t get necessary opportunities to develop visual skills critical to academic success. Many students struggle in school because of poorly developed visual skills. Fortunately, we can help them.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends the following toys that are not only fun to play with, but also help develop visual skill development:

Keep in mind that seeing 20/20, or passing a vision screening, only means that a child can see the letters on the eye chart she is supposed to see from 20 feet away. Vision screenings do not test all the visual skills vital for learning. That said, it’s time to talk more about toys. Most toys are designed for play within a distance of 18 to 24 inches. Visual developmental also requires outdoor activities, such as playing catch, T-ball, badminton, tennis, etc. This holiday season, you can help your child by looking for toys to help with: • Building eye-hand coordination • Shape and size discrimination (important for reading) • General movement skills (for everything from writing to sports) • Space and distance judgments (crucial for driving and sports) • Left/right awareness (vital in avoiding reversals) • Visual thinking

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ThinkFun S’Match  Spot It!   Educational Insights Kanoodle  Marble Runs  Magnetic Building Construction  Set  The Robot Face Game  9 to 14 Years  Jazzminton Paddle Game  Legos® & 3D Puzzles  Perplexus Puzzle Maze Ball  Set: Family Game of Visual  Perception  Ladder Ball Set Blink — The World’s Fastest  Game  Suspend Game (Melissa &  Doug) Franklin Sports Bean Bag Toss   More toys that help develop visual skills: • Battleship Game (MB)  • Chalkboard (24” x 36” min.)  • Tinker Toys  • Erector Set  • Pegboard and Pegs  • Coloring and Dot-toDot Books  • Jigsaw Puzzles  • Twister (MB) 

• Building Blocks  • Paint by Number  • Playskool Parquetry & Color Blocks  • Lincoln Logs  • Sewing Cards  • Checkers & Chinese  Checkers  • Concentration (MB)  • Finger Paints  • Action Darts Velcro Board  and Velcro-Covered balls  Encourage your children to round out their activities with some of these tried-and-true games. If you find your child doesn’t like these games, or struggles with reading and learning, it could be a sign of a vision problem, in which case you should schedule a vision evaluation with an optometrist who provides in-office vision therapy programs designed to help children develop the visual skills necessary for learning. For more information on the 17 visual skills required for academic success and vision therapy, visit cachefec.com.


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Secrets for Decorating Beautiful Christmas Trees Mark Anderson, owner Anderson’s Seed and Garden

Each year, as we decorate the store for the holiday season, we always have guests stop and ask, “How do you do it? Every year, I come into the store just to see all the beautiful trees, and I’m never disappointed. Each year seems better than the last!” It takes a lot of time, effort and planning to create the winter wonderland inside Anderson’s Seed and Garden, but the basics of tree decorating stay the same year after year. While we have new materials, ideas and sometimes even new color palates to work with, we use a lot of the same techniques. I’m going to share some of those decorating “secrets” with you. The size of your tree has a lot to do with how you decorate it. Make sure your tree doesn’t overwhelm the room

it is in; make space for the tree, but try to make it look like it was always there. You can add some “permanent” features like a colorful tree skirt, a big decorative basket, or anything you can think of to make it look as if it was made for that space. Also, plan on using 100 lights, 15-20 ornaments and one nine-foot garland per foot of tree height. That means a nine-foot tree needs at least 900 lights, 140 ornaments and nine garlands to cover it completely. Lights really do make a Christmas tree sparkle and pop. Don’t just wrap them around the outside of the tree; the lights need to go all the way into the trunk for the best depth and most even distribution of light throughout the whole tree. This will contribute


C a c h e Va l l e y F a m i l y M a g a z i n e | H o l i d a y 2 0 1 7 to the right amount of balance in both the lights and ornaments. Otherwise, the tree will look lopsided. Try to use the same number and type of ornaments on all sides of the tree to avoid an unbalanced look. When choosing a color, pick your favorite holiday color, then you can either use monochromatic colors (different shades of the same color) to highlight your chosen favorite, or complementary colors to make it stand out. For example, red, white and green complement each other nicely for a jovial, whimsical look while soft browns, blues and greys give a more cool, chic feel. A lot depends on the style you want to portray. Keep in mind that scale affects trees both small and large: The larger the tree, the larger ornaments you need to maintain balance. Play with different sizes of ornaments, from small to medium to large and see what works. We like to incorporate some large, colorful ornaments deep inside the tree to add depth. Also, try to

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avoid using a lot of very little ornaments on big trees or too many very large ornaments on small trees. Big trees need big ornaments. It never hurts to have a focal point or emphasis on a tree. It becomes a place for the eye to rest from all the light and color. Usually a large tree topper or a unique feature that catches your eye will do the trick. A natural rhythm can also be created with strategic placement of the ornaments or garlands to create a path or direction for the eye to follow. Also, vary the texture with different elements and finishes — glossy, glittered, metallic, natural, opaque, rough and smooth — they can all coexist and complement each other on the same tree. Proper and creative use of all the basic elements of tree design (size, space, light, color, scale, emphasis, balance, rhythm, space and texture) will help you create a memorable and lasting impression to enjoy for many holiday seasons . . . or at least until you want to design a new one!


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T H E R E A LT O R ® V A L U E Avoiding the Pitfalls of Real Estate Emily Merkley, association executive Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS®

With a focus on informing home buyers and sellers of unknown issues that can arise during real estate transactions, this article addresses home pricing and valuations (or current market value). The process of determining market value for a home is complex. It involves comparing similar properties, making adjustments for their differences, and tracking current market trends and the availability of present inventory, all in an effort to establish an educated price opinion. When it comes to pricing your home, those who attempt the process on their own fall into one of two categories: The home is under-priced and the seller can lose out on thousands of dollars, or the home is overpriced and in turn sits on the market and doesn’t sell, which can also be expensive in certain situations. Pricing is a huge factor that can be appropriately handled by a local REALTOR® because they have the experience and access to important data that allows them to appropriately value your home. “A REALTOR® has access to sold data, whereas an individual seller can only compare to other listed homes when they may not have much in common, and they do themselves a disservice by under or over-valuing their home and its

features,” said Roger Welsh, associate broker of Coldwell Banker Gold Key Realty, Inc. “Without the access to recently sold data that a REALTOR® has, there is often a huge gap between what somebody asked for a home, and what it actually sold for including details of the closing,” Roger said. “Relying on word-of-mouth is not dependable, and it often leads sellers to make inaccurate comparisons between homes and different locations, and the market for a specific type of home in Logan can be drastically different than that of a similar home in Bountiful or somewhere else throughout the state or country. It’s definitely an issue when dealing with investments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.” The experience and expertise of a REALTOR® is crucial not only for access to factual data and reports, but also because a licensed agent is in tune with the shifts and transitions in the current real estate market, and knows how that affects the value of a property within a specific location. Consulting with a REALTOR® ensures that you receive the most from your investment and provides an invaluable guide through the entire process of listing and selling your home.

The Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS® is working this season to collect baking items for the Cache Community Food Pantry so their patrons can enjoy baking holiday treats. Some items there is a particular need for are: • Cake/cookie mixes • Baking soda/powder • Sugar (white and brown) • Chocolate chips • Nuts • Oil • Salt  • Frosting Please consider donating generously. Donations can be brought directly to the Cache Community Food Pantry at 359 South Main Street in Logan. Financial contributions can be made at cachefoodpantry.com.


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Cache Valley Civic Ballet Celebrates 35 Years

Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief

Sandy Emile arrived in Cache Valley at the end of 1981. As a child her mother told her to bloom where she was planted and to leave a place [or person] better than she found it, and that is just what she has been doing for the last 35 years in our community. Upon arriving in Northern Utah, Sandy and her young family lived near the Whittier Center. She was struck by the beauty of the historic building, and one day wandered in. There she met the building director, who told Sandy that they had recently renovated studio three in the upper level. She explained that she loved ballet and that the community center had received a grant to produce Peter and the Wolf, but that they did not have anyone qualified to direct the production. The two agreed that Sandy could use the new studio rent-free for a couple of months to see if she could attract ballet students, and in exchange Sandy would direct Peter and the Wolf. They held an open audition and found 16 young, talented and interested ballerinas. “So we started the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company,” Sandy said. Now, 35 years, later the number of dancers and audiences continue to grow, with Cache Valley-trained ballerinas going on to perform with professional ballet companies around the country. The Cache Valley School of Ballet currently has approximately 360 students enrolled and the Cache Valley Civic Ballet has 19 junior members and 21 senior members. Sandy’s ballet training began as an alternative treatment to a leg deformity that her physician predicted would require her to

wear braces throughout life. The doctor suggested ballet as a hopeful exercise for her weak legs, and so her mother, who had never heard of ballet, found a teacher and enrolled Sandy in her first class. “I fell in love,” Sandy said. “It was hard for me because my legs were so weak, but it didn’t matter because I loved it.” Sandy’s family moved frequently throughout her childhood, but she always danced. She received her first scholarship from the New York City Ballet at age 14 and left home the following year to go on to study and perform with the New York City Ballet, Washington National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company and in off-Broadway touring musical theatre productions. After retiring from performing, Sandy began her teaching career, which is now in its 41st year.

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Sandy describes herself as a “story dancer,” explaining that telling a story to an audience without using words is like a symphonic poem. “It is exciting to teach dancers that our emotions and ability to tell a story are just as important as how many turns on pointe they can do.” The Cache Valley Civic Ballet has been producing story ballets for the last 35 years. After that first successful production of Peter and the Wolf, Sandy committed herself to producing The Nutcracker. “That first year [1982], we only had the budget to perform act two,” Sandy said. “We did it on the Whittier Center Stage, and I did all the costume design and tech. It was really ‘Sandy making a ballet,’” she recalled.

Sandy Emile performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy.


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Jade Wimmer will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy this year.

Act two begins with the Nutcracker Prince and Clara entering the Land of the Sweets in a gilded walnut shell. Sandy says she built their first prototype of this prop using chicken wire, boards she found in her basement and a piano dolly so it could roll across the stage. “It was fun,” Sandy said. “But luckily we had great support and soon had enough money to lose that gilded walnut shell that looked like a piano dolly covered in paper machete.” They sold out their first run, filling all 90 chairs the Whittier Center owned for two shows. The next year they were able to produce the full production and by the fourth year the organization received a grant to purchase the original Ballet West Nutcracker sets (which are now out of commission until they can be restored). The Cache Valley Civic Ballet has gone through three growing trees, one of which weighed nearly two tons and used three miles of lighting, and they now perform at Ellen Eccles Theatre with The Northern Utah Symphony’s full 43-piece orchestra. “The score includes nearly every instrument under the sun,” Sandy said. “Except a cannon, which I am

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really glad Tchaikovsky didn’t write that into The Nutcracker.” This year’s Nutcracker is the 35th anniversary performance and will feature 16-year-old Jade Wimmer as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jacob Hancock, a guest artist from Ballet West, as the cavalier. “But, no matter how long the Sugar Plum stands on her toe, those little clowns always steal the show when they appear from under Mother Ginger’s skirt,” Sandy said with a smile. In addition to her work with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Sandy served as the president and CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce for 17 years before retiring earlier this year. She said her work there could be related to her work at the ballet. “I enjoy helping people create and grow businesses,” Sandy said. “It is another creative application.” “I love seeing people’s dreams come true,” she said. “Thank you, to both the ballerinas and business owners who I have worked with, for letting me be a part of it.”


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Cache County Students Gain Education Through Service

Jenda Nye, public information specialist Cache County School District

A few days before Halloween, residents of Sunrise Park Assisted Living Community in Lewiston gathered in the commons area. Excitement was in the air as they anticipated the arrival of a group of Lewiston Elementary students.  “The fun and the color and the noise . . . their excitement, their electricity,” said Ramona, a Sunrise Park resident, as she helped a few of her elderly friends fasten on their witch hats. Moments later, a large group of elementary students arrived, decked out in bright costumes and ready to entertain. They performed for nearly half an hour, singing Halloween favorites and charming the residents with their smiles and enthusiasm. Their efforts were met with a hearty round of applause, followed by stickers, treats and hugs from the audience. As the students trickled out the door, it was clear that both they and the residents were uplifted. Thanks to the local organization YOUth Connect, interactions such as this occur regularly across Cache Valley. YOUth Connect’s mission is to provide a bridge between the elderly and younger generations by facilitating school visits to nursing homes and assisted living communities. YOUth Connect was founded in 2011 by Mountain Crest High School alumna, Emilee Hamilton.   

“We watched kids who had never had an opportunity to do so before give service to the elderly in our community,” Dr. Norton said. “They blossomed and grew with this experience. We want all of our students to have these types of opportunities.” Participation in YOUth Connect varies depending on grade level. Students in grades K-6 travel on field trips to local assisted living centers and nursing homes. Although holiday visits are common, YOUth Connect invites schools to schedule their visits across the school year. Students sing, do crafts, play games and draw pictures with residents. Bus travel to the centers is funded through the Cache Education Foundation.   At the high school level, visits are arranged through each school’s Key Club, whose purpose is to encourage leadership through serving others. District Key Clubs coordinate with YOUth Connect, as well as volunteer mentors from Utah State University, to host weekly events at local assisted living centers and nursing homes.  On the same day as Lewiston Elementary’s visit, across the Valley in Logan, another group of Cache County School District students gathered at Sunshine Terrace. High school students dropped in to play games with the elderly residents.

At the time of the program’s conception, Emilee was a shy teenager who discovered joy in visiting and serving the elderly. She saw the need for youth, as well as seniors, to feel loved and needed.

“It’s a lot of fun getting to know people and being a bright spot in their day,” said Marie, a student from Green Canyon High School, as she dealt out a hand of Uno. Her elderly companion smiled in agreement.  

“Six years ago,” superintendent Dr. Steve Norton recalls, “Emilee approached the school district in a principal’s meeting with the idea of having students be involved in the lives of the elderly people living in our Valley.

For more information on how you or your student can get involved with YOUth Connect, please visit utahyouthconnect.org.

The program took off quickly, and Dr. Norton was impressed with the profound impact he saw, not only on the elderly residents that YOUth Connect served, but also on the students who participated.

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Positive Discipline in the Home Frank Schofield, superintendent Logan City School District

The mission of the Logan City School District is to ensure all students leave our schools ready to create a positive future for themselves and their community. Children live in a rapidly changing world. The challenges and opportunities children experience are subtly different from those their parents faced, and they often make mistakes as they navigate the challenges of growing up. At those times, moms and dads are often faced with the need to choose disciplinary approaches that teach important lessons to their children while preserving and strengthening the parent-child relationship. One useful approach to achieving these outcomes is through positive discipline. As described by Dana Beckstrom, licensed marriage and family therapist, positive discipline focuses on treating children with respect so that they mirror this respectful attitude with others. It

helps children develop healthy self esteem as well as learn the important social and life skills that will help them become respectful, responsible, resourceful members of their communities. The foundation of positive discipline is built upon five key criteria that are necessary for parents to effectively discipline their child: 1. Teach your child a sense of importance and belonging by fostering his or her sense of connection to others. 2. Be both firm and kind at the same time. Discipline should be encouraging and respectful for both parent and child.

3. For discipline to be effective in the long term, you must consider your children’s feelings. What are they thinking, learning and ultimately deciding about themselves? 4. Teach necessary social and life skills that help your child learn how to solve problems and show concern and respect for others. 5. Encourage your children to discover their own capabilities by allowing them a sense of autonomy. Each of these criteria teaches children necessary things about themselves and how to deal with their feelings in a positive way. That, in turn, strengthens the relationship between child and parent, which allows disciplinary conversations to occur with less stress and potential emotional damage. These principles of positive discipline can be applied through a variety of specific techniques. As parents thoughtfully consider how they will apply these principles in their own homes, they will be better able to choose the specific disciplinary strategies they will use. The effective combination of principles and strategies will strengthen the parent/ child relationship and allow parents to teach their children essential lessons needed to succeed now and in the future. Reference: Beckstrom, D. “Can Positive Discipline Help Your Child?� www.counselingtoyou.com/positiveparenting.html


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Malouf Foundation Works to End Human Trafficking Schae Richards, community editor

The Malouf Foundation was established in 2016 by employees of the Cache Valley-based, but nationally recognized, bedding company Malouf. It was started as a way for the company to support the community and to be involved with different causes that align with their mission.    The Foundation originally focused on supporting local charities and organizations. While they still fully support these partners, they have now turned their main focus toward antihuman trafficking efforts.    Sam Malouf, Malouf founder and CEO, said he has always been interested in supporting this cause. He said human trafficking is one of the worst crimes of today. 

“The more you learn, the more Abuse] benefit, we learned that they appalling it is,” he said. “It’s been have provided support and counseling compared to a modern-day to survivors of human trafficking,” Holocaust.” said Krista Karn, a Malouf Foundation   board member. More than 20 million people are victims of human trafficking globally Though the numbers may be each year, but only 31,600 cases surprising, Sam said it’s easy for have been reported over the last someone to make a difference.  eight years into the National Human Trafficking Hotline, according to polarisproject.org.   While it may not seem like a pertinent issue in the United States, there are thousands of cases each year in the U.S. This issue even affects some in our local community.    “While working on the CAPSA CacheValleyFamily.pdf 2 10/24/17 12:32 PM [Citizens Against Physical and Sexual

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“I read an article that said more than 80 kids were rescued from human trafficking over the weekend,” he said. “It may not compare to the millions, but that’s 80 people.”   The Malouf Foundation has utilized their local partnerships along with other Utah-based organizations to support this cause and make a difference.    Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit organization that also focuses on anti-human trafficking efforts, is one of their main partnerships. Malouf has collaborated with the organization for several years, providing them with bedding for their aftercare centers. They are now working more closely to put an end to human trafficking.   Last month, the Malouf Foundation

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held their second-annual Art for CAPSA Auction and Benefit Dinner. They raised more than $40,000 for CAPSA this year alone.    In addition, the Foundation works with The Family Place, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Utah Foster Care and other Utah-based organizations to provide bedding for people in disastrous or transitional situations.    “It all works together really well, even though these are for different causes,” Sam said.    The Malouf Foundation continues to grow. Their next step is to promote the cause at regular market events.    In January, Malouf will release a new product line at the Las Vegas Market, and a portion of every sale will go toward anti-human trafficking efforts. Not only will they be able to raise funds, but they will also be able to share the important message with the public.    “We want to get the entire industry behind this cause,” Krista said.    The Malouf Foundation will hold its annual Warehouse Sale on Nov. 17 - 18 at their office building located on 1525 W. 2960 S. in Nibley. Ten percent of all sales will go toward the Malouf Foundation.    For more information, visit malouffoundation.org.

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Holiday Security: Preventing Identity Theft Dayia Shurtleff, marketing assistant Lewiston State Bank

There is a new kind of Grinch out to steal Christmas, and it might not be who you would expect. According to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research, identity theft soared to an all-time high last year with retail fraud rising more than 31 percent over the holiday season. Taking extra security precautions in the winter months can help keep your holiday savings in your hands. We have compiled a list of 10 things to consider and help prevent holiday hackers. 1. Use a separate account for holiday spending. Open a separate checking account for your holiday funds. This can limit the amount of funds available to fraudsters if they happen to get your card information while you are making purchases. It also has the added benefit of helping you stay on budget. 2. Only shop on secure sites you trust. While you are shopping for the “perfect” gift, you may end up on some unfamiliar sites. Before entering your payment information, be sure the website is secure. Check to see if the URL matches the primary URL of the site and that you have not been redirected to an unfamiliar third-party site. 3. Keep receipts. When shopping online or elsewhere, be sure to ask for and keep your receipts from your holiday purchases. Check your accounts frequently to be sure that your receipts match the amounts withdrawn from your account. Often, fraudsters will only charge small amounts at a time, which can make it difficult to catch quickly. Frequently comparing your receipts can help you spot fraud. 4. Use online banking. Another way to help monitor the transactions on your account is to sign up for online banking at your financial institution. Many online banking platforms allow you to see all recent transactions and can alert you when something seems out of the ordinary for your typical spending habits. 5. Sign up for alerts. Check with your financial institution about what fraud protection they provide, and check to see if they have alert systems in place. Some financial institutions allow you to set up alerts when there are withdrawals over a certain amount. This can help you catch large fraudulent transactions quickly. Alerts from banks can be typically sent via email or text. 6. Share your travel plans. In order to prevent fraud, many financial institutions will have limitations on where your card will work. For example, some financial institutions may decline out-of-state transactions. It is a good idea to let your financial institution know of any travel plans you have to avoid interruption of your card purchases. 7. Use credit cards for purchases. Depending on your financial institution, credit cards may have additional fraud protection that is unavailable for debit cards. VISA® provides a zeroliability agreement, which protects you from losing money on fraudulent activity. Money taken from a credit card is not connected to your other checking or savings accounts.

Fraudulent activity on your credit card could have less of an effect on your daily life than fraud on your debit card. 8. Avoid using public wifi. Using public WIFI can occasionally open you up to weaknesses in security. With the recent discovery of the KRACK vulnerability, it is important to make purchases on secure networks you trust, and only after you have updated your device with the latest version of its operating system. Try to avoid purchasing items on public networks like coffee shops and campuses that have many unknown users on the network. 9. Avoid responding to unsolicited texts and emails. If you receive a text message or email from a company promising amazing deals, it is good practice to go to the business’s website directly instead of clicking on the links provided in the message. It is common for hackers to make identical versions of a reputable business’s website to collect your information. 10. Avoid links on social media platforms. Similar to links on emails and text messages, it is hard to verify who is posting links on social media platforms. When you see a link for a good deal, go to the website directly instead of following the link posted to social media.

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When is the Right Time for a First Visit to the Dentist? Blake Cameron, DDS Aspen Dental

Few things in life bring as much excitement and as many questions as welcoming a new child into your home. If you have kids, you can relate to both the excitement and questions that come with taking care of a child. We’re always thrilled to celebrate those milestones with our patients, and we’re also ready to answer questions parents have. One of the first questions dentists usually get is, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?” We like to call those “happy visits.” At least, we hope they’re happy. Typically, we encourage parents, especially first-time parents, to bring their child in when he or she gets their first tooth. Children have lots of visits to doctors at the beginning of their lives, and most of those get associated with being poked, so we try to familiarize children with the dental office in a non-

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Tips for a Safe Holiday Season The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but it’s also a time when kids can be at risk for injuries. Safe Kids Bear River recommends the following tips to stay safe during the holidays. • Check your car seat before holiday travel. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. If you have troubles, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work. Call the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6500 to make a FREE appointment. • Bulky coats and car seats don’t mix. If it’s cold outside, cover babies and young children with a thick blanket to keep them warm, after they’ve been strapped securely into their seat. Bulky winter clothes

and coats can keep a car seat from doing its job. • Find the perfect toy for the right age. Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game this holiday season. Before you decide on the “perfect” toy, check to make sure there aren’t small parts or other potential choking hazards. • Keep button batteries away from young kids. Keep a special eye on small pieces like button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings. • Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. As with smoke alarms, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances. • Decorate your tree with your kids in mind. Kids are curious and will

COAT COMPRESSION IS DANGEROUS

It is unsafe to put a thick coat or snowsuit under the harness of a car seat because in an accident it could compress, making the straps too loose and possibly allowing the child to be ejected from the seat. To be safe, the car seat harness needs to stay close to the child’s body at all times. All coats and clothing will compress in a crash, but thicker winter coats and snowsuits could compress enough to create a lot of slack in the harness. The effect could be as though you never tightened the harness straps at all.

CHECK ALL WINTER COATS FOR CAR SEAT SAFETY

Use this test to see if your baby’s winter coat or snowsuit is too thick to be safe in a car seat. 1. Take the car seat into the house. 2. Put the winter coat or snowsuit on the child. 3. Put your child in the car seat and buckle the harnesses as you normally would. Adjust the straps to the appropriate fit for your child. 4. Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps. 5. Take the coat off your child. 6. Put the child back in the car seat and buckle the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.

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from the Bear River Health Department want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top of the tree. This makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids. For more information, contact the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6500 or visit safekids.org.

7. If you can fit more than two fingers under the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the coat is too thick and is not safe for use with the car seat.

KEEP BABY WARM AND SAFE

Even if you can’t safely use your child’s winter coat in the car seat, there are ways to keep baby warm when temperatures drop. • For babies in an infant seat, dress them warmly in normal clothes. Buckle the child into the infant seat, then cover the baby with a light blanket tucked around the sides. Make sure nothing is behind baby’s back. Finally, add another heavier blanket over the top of the infant seat. There are also car seat covers available that fit over the whole infant seat once the baby is buckled in. These covers have a peep-hole so that baby’s face remains uncovered. Never forget to buckle your child under the cover; it’s easy to forget when the buckle is out of sight. • For older babies and toddlers, take the child’s coat off before buckling them into the car seat. Once the harnesses are secure, put the child’s coat on backwards over their arms to keep them warm without compromising safety. • Whenever possible, warm up your car before putting the baby in the vehicle. • When buying winter coats, keep thickness and car seat safety in mind. Polar fleece jackets and snowsuits are warm but thin, making them a smart choice for winter baby wear.


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Holiday Treat Traditions compiled by Jenny Mathews, contributing writer

When a recipe endures the test of time, you know you have a good thing going. When that recipe’s powers include gathering loved ones, invoking nostalgia and ushering in the magic of the holidays, you know you have a cherished family tradition. What is YOUR family’s favorite holiday treat?

Braided Sweet Bread provided by Haily Larsen Holiday treats are more than just a family tradition to Haily Larsen. She has made them an art form and now a new local business — HOWIES and CO! Haily’s family makes this yummy Sweet Bread on Thanksgiving morning, and she has continued the tradition now with her husband. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool so they can dig in!

Oreo Bon Bons provided by Brenda Wilson Brenda Wilson and her family love to make Oreo Bon Bons each Christmas. “We got this recipe from friends when [my husband] was in medical school,” she said. “We have been making them every year since as the start of our holiday treat making.”

Knot Rolls provided by Candace Rowley Candace Rowley combined a family tradition of hers and her husband’s family to create these mouth watering orange rolls her family looks forward to year after year.

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Brenda Leftwich whips together a bowl of “Razzle Dazzle” each year for her family. “Nothing special, but it sure disappears quickly!”

Vinegar Taffy provided by Dani Vest The Vest family looks forward to Vinegar Taffy each year as the holidays approach. Dani Vest remembers her great-grandmother Nonie’s “hands of steel” working the taffy before it had cooled producing gorgeous, pearly-white taffy that everyone loved.

Lisa Hudson and her daughters and daughtersin-law gather each year to make fudge (a recipe given to her by her friend, Linda) and other goodies. Lisa says she remembers helping her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother make candy and treats.

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DECK YOUR HALLS TO CREATE HOLIDAY MAGIC Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief

Decorating is a big part of setting the mood for the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be stressful or cost a fortune. Andrea Walters, the decorator and buyer at Locals Gifts in Logan, offered the following six tips to help you decorate your halls this year. 1. Start outside. “I like to walk in and feel the magic,” Andrea said. “Start on your porch, with a wreath on your front door or something sitting next to the door, then come inside and do a little bit of decorating throughout your home. It doesn’t have to be big, but just a touch of Christmas or winter throughout the main walkway of your home will make it feel more inviting.” 2. Spruce up something simple. Andrea suggested a fun way to decorate a mantle, swag down a stairway or the front of your house is to start with a simple garland (one with pine cones or berries attached), and add picks that are a different color, different shade of green or something that is frosted or flocked. Then she likes to add ornaments to make it full. 3. Balance your vision with your children’s contributions. Andrea says there is no need to have a separate “kids tree.” She decorates her designer tree first and then lets her son add his homemade ornaments. “If they are

scattered throughout it will look beautiful and represent your family at the same time,” she said. 4. Stay within your budget. If you are a budget-conscience decorator, Andrea suggests choosing one main focal point that you love (that may cost a little more), and then find less expensive items to go around or on it to accent the piece. This secret works well on table centerpieces and mantles. 5. Decorate in odd numbers. This is true for ornaments on a tree, table displays, mantles or any other decorating scene. Andrea says she decorates her trees from the top down, putting three items of different sizes, textures and colors in clusters and works her way down, jumping from side-to-side of the tree. 6. Add words. Andrea likes to incorporate words into her displays. “It makes it eye catching and inviting,” she said. She suggests using decorative signs, metal cutouts, ornaments or block letters to add this element. “But don’t overdo the words,” she said. “That can become a mess quickly.”


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Easy Holiday Food Swaps Megan Ostler MS, RDN iFit Dietitian

I love the holidays. Sweaters, snow, lights, family and especially the food! As a dietitian, I’m all about people eating healthily, but that isn’t the only aspect of food that’s important. Food is also an important part of celebrations and traditions for most people (myself included), so I never tell people that they shouldn’t enjoy their favorite holiday treats. Instead, I encourage them to keep the holiday eating to a few days instead of two months, listen to their bodies, maybe skip that second serving, continue to exercise regularly and to try a few, easy food swaps. Although I’m a firm believer that there are no “bad foods” and that everything can be enjoyed in moderation, by making a few alterations in your holiday recipes or food choices, you can save some calories and eat a little healthier this year. So, let’s talk about those food swaps. Holiday foods are often incredibly high in calories, and, in many cases, you won’t even notice these changes. For example, does that favorite family recipe really need nuts? Could you cut the chocolate chips in half? These are a few of my favorite, easy substitutions: • Skip the nuts. • Skip the cheese, unless the taste is vital to the dish. • Skip the sauces or casseroles and opt for steamed or roasted veggies instead.

• Make a basic white roux instead of using cream in sauces, soups or casseroles. • Substitute half the oil with applesauce or puréed pumpkin in baked items, except cookies. You can also decrease sugar with this swap. • Substitute puréed beans for oil in cookies (increases fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals). • Substitute half the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour (more vitamins, minerals and fiber). • Swap sour cream or mayo with plain, Greek yogurt (less fat and more protein). • Skip or decrease toppings: marshmallows on sweet potatoes, whipped cream on pies or hot chocolate, gravy on potatoes (I like to make garlic potatoes that don’t need gravy).

• Have salad dressing on the side and keep it to two tablespoons. • Add or double the vegetables (more fiber, vitamins, minerals and bulk to fill you up). • Swap pasta or rice for veggie options such as cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. • Try using extracts. For example, add caramel or rum extract to your hot cocoa, cake, apple pies, etc., instead of actual rum or caramel. These are just a few of my favorite swaps, but there are many ways to make your favorite dishes a little healthier. Still though, there are probably a few recipes that are family classics that you wouldn’t dream of changing. For those items, keep the serving sizes small and savor every little bite.


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CUT THE STRESS AND ENJOY FEEDING A CROWD Wil Wood, owner Love to Cook Kitchen Kneads

As a child, I didn’t realize the culinary education I was receiving. When I moved out and started cooking for myself and one or two others, I realized what my talented mother had been doing all those years. It blew my mind that she could simultaneously be pulling fresh rolls out of the oven, stirring Hollandaise sauce to the perfect consistency to top the freshly blanched broccoli (which was neither soggy nor underdone) all to be served with the chicken

she had just grilled. It would all be hot and fresh at the same time! All this with one oven and a four-burner stove. Please pass the salt you say? No, no, no: Not necessary. Of course everything was seasoned to perfection. I’m not there yet, and I still make lumpy Hollandaise sauce, but after observing my mother for a few decades and then owning a bakery and catering

many events, I am better equipped to explain how to feed large groups of people.  Let’s not talk about restaurant or commercial catering, though. Let’s talk about when you invite a few friends over. Here are some Dos and Don’ts to help you sanely pull it off in style:

Do 1. Prepare ahead! 2. Simplify your expectations. 3. Plan a dinner that people can serve themselves and requires minimal dishes.   4. Serve finger-food appetizers like chips and guacamole, bruschetta or good bread and butter. 5. Focus on the people and the experience. Put flowers on the table, pump up the jam and throw your shoes off. Some of my favorite main dishes to serve a crowd are

soup and a starch, burrito bowls and homemade pizzas.   Make yourself available so you can pay attention to your guests. Keep it simple and enjoy the people. 

Don’t 1. Use extravagant place settings — or any at all. 2. Worry about all guests dining in the same area. 3. Sweat it when something goes wrong. 4. Try a new dish. Save that for you and your family. 5. Forget dessert. Consider finger-food desserts! Don’t treat this like a typical family dinner. It’s going to take longer, dishes will sit out dirty, children won’t eat their veggies and Aunt Suzie might say that garlic gives her gas. It’s OK! Remember, this is a special occasion. So, once people start arriving, ditch the apron and throw on your host(ess) hat! 


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Snowman Cheeseball PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES Sherelle Christensen sherellechristensen.typepad.com The holiday season is full of delicious sweet treats to meet every sugar plum dream, but sometimes I like to make something savory to take to holiday parties. This cute snowman cheeseball is easy to make, delicious, and it’s adorable!

Ingredients 2 8-oz. containers of cream cheese spread 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese 3 Tbs. finely chopped green onions 1/8 tsp. ground red cayenne pepper Bottled parmesan cheese Whole peppercorns Baby carrot Assorted vegetables and crackers

Instructions Allow cream cheese to sit on counter for about an hour. Combine cream cheese and shredded cheese in bowl. Add finely chopped green onions and cayenne pepper. Using a large spoon, combine mixture until ingredients are incorporated. Using your hands, separate into three portions and roll each into a ball. Sprinkle parmesan cheese in a thick layer on plate. Roll each ball in cheese until coated. Transfer to a large platter and arrange into snowman with three snowballs. Using peppercorns, create eyes, smile and buttons on snowman. Add carrot nose and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with your favorite vegetables and crackers. I usually double this recipe to make my snowman twice as large for parties.


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Take the Perfect Christmas Tree Photo

Heather Palmer Heather Palmer Photography

Christmas tree photo. It’s a tradition to take a photo of my kids in front of our tree every year. The trick is lighting. You need to allow lots of light into your camera, and I’m going to tell you how to do it. Most of us use our cell phone cameras more than we use any other type of camera, so let’s start there. Your cell phone needs a lot of light to capture good photos so try this during the day. Pick a time when your room has the most natural light. When you use a flash, it washes out your subject and ruins the Christmas tree lighting effect. Turn all lights, except the lights on your tree, off. (You only want to use natural light for this project.) Have your subject face the window and stand at least three to four feet from the tree. Don’t put them in direct sunlight, to reduce shadows. I usually put my kids on a stool or chair so they will hold still. If there still isn’t enough light in your photo, there is a handy feature on your phone to help. When you touch the screen, a little sun will pop up. Slide

the sun up or down, and it will change the exposure. Cool, huh? Let’s say you liked the photo on your cell phone, but you want to take your photo a step further. Pull out your “big camera” for this one. For a Christmas tree silhouette, put your DSLR camera in A or AV mode and turn the number to the lowest it will go. This tells your camera to have a wide opening to capture the most light. It may make your shutter speed really slow and therefore, make your photo blurry, so place your camera on a tripod or steady surface and put it on a timer. This will help eliminate movement. In photos with longer exposures, steadiness is your friend. Test it out before you put your subjects by the tree. For my photos, I have my kids turn toward the tree to capture their silhouette. For a different look, place your subject toward the tree and use the light from the tree to light up his or her face. There are so many fun ways to use your tree to capture the “perfect” Christmas photo, so have fun and be creative to capture precious holiday memories!

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SEVEN DAYS TO A HOLIDAY-READY HOME Teresa Adcock Northern Utah Chem-Dry

Is your home merry, bright and ready for holiday guests? If it still needs some work, here is a seven-day checklist to help you prepare your home for holiday entertaining. Day one: Walk through your home making notes of any imperfections you do not want guests to see. Don’t take it all on yourself; gather your family and divide the tasks.  Day two: Make sure you can see guests coming.  • Make your windows clean and streak-free by mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth. • Wipe down or mop base boards and blinds. • Launder and press window treatments. • Launder bedding in guest rooms, if needed. Day three: Whatever you do, don’t neglect the bathroom. • Use sanitizer and a stiff bristled brush.

Ensure everything is in working condition, especially for those staying at your home for an extended period of time. • Stock up on new towels and face cloths, and have a supply of toilet paper, facial tissue and extra tooth brushes on hand just in case. Day four: What’s lurking in the back of the fridge? Clean out and wipe down the fridge before restocking for guests. You don’t want them riffling through holiday goodies to find a science project lurking in the back.  Day five: Focus on the entry way. This is the first place your guests will see, so make sure it is welcoming.  • Wipe down your front door, give your doormat a good shake or sweep, and make sure your furniture and porch hasn’t collected dust from the fall weather. • Make room in the coat closet for guests; add fresh hangers if needed.

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Day six: The kitchen is the heart of the home and a gathering place. Make sure it is ready. • Clean kitchen, including light fixtures; deodorize sinks and sanitize counter tops so they are ready for baking. • Dust hard surfaces, including book shelves and frames, polish doorknobs and wipe down light switches. • Have your carpets/upholstery professionally cleaned ,getting up the dirt and dust that you just put there while cleaning the upper part of your home.  • This is also a great time to reseal granite counter tops. Day seven: Time for the final touch. • Skim over bathrooms that were deep cleaned a few days before.  • Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap.  • Refill toilet paper. • Give the kitchen a quick wipe down and mop. 

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