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BIG WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE WINNER REVEALED! Pg. 48

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Meet Our 2013 Hottie Dad Winner, Travis McGriff

RAISING GENTLEMEN LIFE LESSONS FOR MY SONS Pg. 94

EASY GRILL RECIPES

APPS

EVERY MAN NEEDS

WHAT

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PUBLISHER Nicole Irving ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Alison Walker ART DIRECTOR Leslie Vega DIRECTOR OF PR & MARKETING Allen Haynes GRAPHIC DESIGNER Leslie Vega COPY EDITOR Dana Kamp CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Wendy Eckhardt, Selena Garrison, Kelly Goede, Dan Griffin, Tara Griffin, Allen Haynes, Dr. Steven Jones, Dana Kamp, Helen Kornblum, Kelsey McNiel, Kelsey Meany, Samantha Simon, Jackie Smith, Ted Spiker, Jenny Wilkinson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Shandon Smith with Lifeprints Photography, Patricia Bishop Photography INTERNS Sara Martinez, Kelsey Meany, Molly Seebol, Samantha Simon, Jenny Wilkinson ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Rob Lentz, Brian Pitts

Mission Statement Giggle Magazine is a modern and refreshing magazine for the families and communities of Alachua County, Florida. With our sole purpose of keeping families and communities connected, Giggle Magazine will keep readers intrigued, informed and inspired, with up to date information and heartwarming stories. Irving Publications, LLC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any advertising. Irving Publications, LLC is not responsible for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. Nothing that appears in Giggle Magazine may be reproduced in any way, without written permission. Opinions expressed by Giggle Magazine writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the publisher’s opinion. Giggle Magazine will consider all never before published outside editorial submissions. Irving Publications, LLC reserves the right to edit and/ or reject all outside editorial submissions and makes no guarantees regarding publication dates.

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June * July 2013 happy family • happy community

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the Man issue

features 23 A Baby Shower Dad Will Love

34 Summer Watermelons!

48 Big Weight Loss Challenge Winner Revealed

72 Meet Our

Hottie Dad

Winner 23

Photos by Patricia Bishop Photography

conception to college 80 EXPECTING

Avoiding The Daddy Pregnancy Pounds

84 INFANTS & TODDLERS

When Mama Is Away

88 THE EARLY YEARS

Reconnect After Your Business Trips

90 TWEENS

Bonding With Your Stepchild

94 TEENS

Don't forget! Father's Day is June 16th!

Life Lessons From Dad

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from the publisher My dad has talent pouring from his veins. He can hand draw anything you want, build hope chests, clocks and pens, draw plans for a home, lay marble tile in the kitchen and cook an entire Italian meal from scratch, in THAT kitchen. I have always been in awe of his talent. I wanted to follow my dad and attend his alma mater, Pratt University in Brooklyn. But, since I can’t draw and I didn’t want to be a librarian (the only majors at the time), I decided it wasn’t the best fit. Being in the shadows of such talent was hard. I wanted a talent. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to sit and draw and paint and make pretty things. One day years ago, as I was planning my life at the ripe old age of 22, I asked him, with tears in my eyes, “What is my talent? What can I do?” He responded, “Your talent is people. You are a people person.” Well, what did that mean? Frankly, I had no idea. It wasn’t until I started Giggle Magazine that I realized what he meant. And he was right. My talent was people. I love people. I love all kinds of people and I love being around people and working with the talented people I have on my team. So, like with everything, my dad was right. So, thank you, Dad. Thank you for making me realize my talent and believing that I would find it, and supporting me through and through, no matter how unbelievably wild my ideas were. This issue is a tribute to all those dads out there. New dads and seasoned dads. You are the protectors, the knights in shining armor, the superheroes and the grill masters. You are the ultimate playmates, monster catchers and ball tossers. You are dad…hear you roar! Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

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THE BEST THINGS ABOUT RAISING MY Lifeprints Photography

[LITTLE MEN]

1. No hair bows. Doing hair in the morning takes five minutes! 2. Boys are supposed to be dirty. Right? 3. Bonding with nature. Lizards and frogs are our friends. 4. Their constant energy level keeps me young! 5. Witnessing the special bond that they have with their father. 6. Being able to be a part of their lives and watching them grow every day into the people they were meant to be.

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Meet our 2013 Hottie Dad, Travis McGriff! This year was a tough choice. Your nominations were all the rave with the Giggle team from master cooks to midnight heroes. We just couldn't resist when reading wife Danielle's description of her amazing husband. "...you may catch him dancing with the kids, reading books, taking adventures with the kids, bathing kids, coaching, at a local farm milking cows...all this and he still makes me feel like a newlywed...full of love." Read Travis' take on fatherhood on pg. 72

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Our

HOTTIE DAD!

Congratulations to our beloved editor, Dana Kamp and husband Jeff Kamp on the arrival of their 4th bundle of joy, Finley Gaines Kamp, born April 18, 2013, at 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 1/2 inches.

 Oops! We made a boo boo. In our April/May issue, photo credit goes to Verve Studio for our "Inspiring Working Mothers" feature and the "Our Space" feature.

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June * July 2013 happy family • happy community

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forks & spoons

9 LIFESAVERS

Fun Outdoor Water Activities

29 LUNCH BOX

Packing The Perfect Summer Lunch Box

12 THE PARENT LIFE Sibling Parenting Styles

31 DELISH

16 HAPPY FAMILY

33 IN THE FRIDGE

Grill Recipes and Gadgets for Dad

The Copelands

Summerize Your Fridge

19 JUST THE TWO OF US

Listen Between The Lines: What Your Wife Is Really Saying

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The Expenses Of A Growing Family

happy home 59 MAKE IT. FIX IT. CLEAN IT.

DIY Palette Coffee Table Summer Cleaning

60 ORGANIZED CHAOS

Organizing The Man's Closet

health

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39 GET MOVING

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watermelon 65 THE CLASSROOM 66 GROW WITH MEDIA

4 Great Phone Apps For Dad 70 HOMESCHOOL CORNER

Lead By Example: Stopping The Obesity Cycle

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6 Things Every Man Should Know About His Health

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RAISING GENTLEMEN LIFE LESSONS FOR MY SONS

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Getting Dad Involved

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life Fun Outdoor Water Activities BY DANA KAMP

You don’t need a swimming pool to beat that overpowering Florida heat this summer. Just a little bit of creativity and a backyard or porch can keep your kiddos cool, entertained and out of the house! Throw on some swimsuits and grab a hose. It’s time for some outdoor water fun!

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frozen finger paints

You can use tempera paints, watercolors or your own flour/water/ food coloring paints for this cool project. Just freeze paint overnight in an ice cube tray with a straw or Popsicle stick in each color. When you’re ready to paint, put down mural paper or scrap fabric outside and pop out the frozen color cubes. Let the beautiful mess begin!

 Build a foil river

Shape aluminum foil to create a “river” down your yard and let the hose trickle water to push small toys along. Make your own boats from egg cartons or Tupperware, or grab some bath toys and LEGO people for the river journey.

with water, close the opening with duct tape and let your kiddos roll, bounce and play!

 Make your own splash table/water sensory bin

Fill an under-the-bed storage container or a shallow plastic bin with water and a variety of toys/ objects to create a fun splash table or water sensory bin. Be sure to include items of different shapes, sizes, textures and colors.

 Create an obstacle course

Set up your own Wipeout course around your backyard with plenty of water obstacles along the way. If you have a swing set slide, put down a tarp at the bottom of the slide and leave the hose running for a slip and slide effect.

 Have bath time for the baby dolls Turn a chore into a fun activity by

bringing those baby dolls, bath toys and stuffed animals outside for a bath. Let everyone gets sudsy and hose down the toys and the kiddos together. (Can this count as today’s bath, please?)

 Make a giant water pad Spread

out a large plastic drop cloth, fold in half and use duct tape to secure the sides, leaving a small opening for the hose. After filling up

 Time for a family car wash

Gather sponges, buckets and a hose to get everyone involved and get your own car washed, as well as your little ones’ scooters, bikes, wagons and trikes.

 Clean fruits and vegetables

Take your fruits and veggies outside to clean them in a plastic bin and let the kiddos help prepare (peel, snap or shuck) them for lunch or dinner. Let them enjoy a little snack during the prep too!

 Paint brushes + water = clean painting fun Grab a few paintbrushes

from the garage (and smaller ones from your arts and crafts stash) and a bucket or two of water. Your little ones can “paint” the sidewalk, fence or house and there’s no mess to clean up.

 Host a water party playdate

Invite some friends over and ask everyone to bring some sponges, bubble wands, water pistols, buckets, water balloons, etc. Set up relay games, slice some watermelon and have fun! 

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Sign up for Summer Reading Starting June 4 at your local library or online at www.aclib.us/kids/sr or www.aclib.us/teens/sr

Participate in fun, entertaining programs this summer including: magicians, jugglers, didgeridoos, fossils, bats and more.... Check out books and DVDs.

Remember, Kids Who READ Succeed! For more information call (352) 334-3941.

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T HE PARENT LI F E

Our

Expert Advice!

FACING THE CHALLENGES OF YOU AND YOUR SIBLINGS HAVING DIFFERENT PARENTING STYLES

Parenting styles are often a direct result of your own childhood experiences. While you and your siblings were raised in the same home, you each took your own experiences from it and have your own individual vows of what you would do differently and what you would do the same in comparison to your parents.

BY GIGGLE STAFF WRITER

You used to share baby dolls and role play what you thought motherhood to be. But now your worlds are real and in many unexpected ways–different. She uses cloth diapers, you like easy tossing. She throws out the rule book with her middle schooler while you have a tighter reign on your budding tween. So what happens when you disagree on each other's tactics? How do you still show respect for each other's parenting styles when the differences are like night and day?

HERE IS WHAT OUR READERS HAD TO SAY: I'm constantly amazed at how different my sisters and I can be as moms and then how some similarities just seemed inevitable from our upbringing. I wouldn't say I severely cringe at our differences, but there are times I really just internalize my opinion and leave the venting for pillow talk with my husband. At other times, I'm honestly glad we all still have our cautious little paranoias inherited from our parents and our silly home remedies that have yet to be proven successful, but they remind me that there's still at least a little bit there that we can relate about! –Ana P.

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Honestly, this is a challenge for me. I live in the same town as my sibling and our parenting styles couldn't be more different. I value the little things. He values the bells and whistles. Things come easy for him while my load can seem heavier. I have a softer spoken parenting style and feel that shouldn't be looked down on. While it's hard to compare sometimes, I love my little family and trust that my approach is what works for us no matter how different it may look from his. –Christine G.

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Remember to show respect for your siblings' decisions and avoid calling them out. It is great to have an open door to discuss your differences, but know your limits and remember that they are trying their best just as you are to guide their children and their decisions may often stem from their own experiences and the values that resulted from their personal journey growing up.

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It's rather interesting that my sister and I have very similar views in parenting. We come from a home where both parents were very authoritative and that worked for them. My sister and I are very laid back and we attempt to paint the cobblestones for the children to try to follow. We like to see their potential, and allow them to bloom at their time. We of course are there when they fall to help them up and offer them different ways that may help them be successful. –Silohe O. Sister of Sarai

The one thing I believe I have in common with my siblings is how important it is for us to spend time talking, hugging, kissing, cuddling, praising our children, and making every lesson one that we learn from together. Our parenting styles all carry a common theme of a laid back approach, yet with authority and lots of love. –Sarai G. Sister of Silohe

Experts say it's important to remember that while you may have had the same parents, your personalities and values differ and therefore result in different parenting approaches. Your sibling may have also adapted to new theories influenced by her spouse's family that may not be familiar to you, but are a great fit for her family. If you're concerned at how your child might be influenced by his/ her cousin at the family cookout, prepare your children and inform them in advance why you have or don't have some of the rules that their cousins might have. This avoids confusion and will ensure that your children know what is expected of your own family unit.


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From advice on how to return to work after RookieMoms.com was baby or the best books started by two new moms for new moms and dads, who shared their new RookieMoms.com has it journey of motherhood and covered.

[you're forced to continue the "Jr." tradition?] Tradition is a strong card in my book. So even if I wasn't crazy about the name being carried down, I would do it for tradition's sake. However, I would ask that we come up with a nickname to call him. Many times, children who are the 3rd are called Trace, Trey, etc. Marriage and parenthood is all about being a partnership even when it comes to kid's names. I would want to find a way we could meet in the middle. ~S.S. It would be hard to argue against tradition. But I would want to make sure I felt heard with my own reasons for wanting a different name. I fell in love with a few names that my husband shot down. In the end if you really can't agree then a compromise is in order. Perhaps using just the first name or middle name? ~K.G. Meet in the middle. I would let my husband choose the name so it's carried down, but I would have to make it a rule that there will be no "Junior" as a nick name. Or even "little ______." ~M.S.

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"...strategically planning what to do on the “fun days” for personal time and scheduling when to do the ever-wonderful task of laundry." BY KELSEY MEANY

M

anuel Siverio wakes up in the morning and proceeds to get his 16-month-old baby boy changed, fed and clothed and his daughter’s hair braided and perfectly “bowed,” her lunch packed and books neatly placed in her bag. They all then kiss Mommy goodbye and he proudly takes his caravan of lively children off to school and daycare, all before 7:40 a.m. After waving goodbye to the troops who are safely where they should be, he heads home to do a series of chores like laundry and cleaning up the sheer terror that two small children can do to a house. He then heads out to do the weekly grocery shopping to stock the pantry with his daughter’s favorite popcorn, Fruity Pebbles and spaghetti.

appreciate the hardest job of all – which most refer to as “Motherhood.”

Siverio doesn’t mind the role of “Mr. Mom,” he said. He found that it is a balancing act of strategically planning what to do on the “fun days” for personal time and scheduling when to do the ever-wonderful task of laundry.

But it’s not easy being the primary caregiver to the very kids that jointly want to make you rip your hair out and snuggle at the same time, and there was a lot he had to learn. Thankfully, his mother was a stay-at-home mom his whole life so he learned a great deal of what it takes from her and for what was left – there’s always YouTube and Google, he said.

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Siverio has dinner on the table nightly. And not Easy Mac or cereal; he goes above and beyond with trying new recipes that keep his children and wife happy. With chores done and the house not begging for a mop or vacuum, Siverio and his wife have more time to spend with each other when she gets home.

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The move to stay-at-home dad was purely situational while he was in between jobs, yet Siverio came to like and truly

“I want to take a load off my wife’s plate because it is a fulltime job,” he said. “I think that really taught me to be very appreciative of her.”


In addition, his go-getter attitude made him strive for perfection.

“If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it well.” From his time as a full-fledged father, he’s learned how important it is to spend quality time with your children. Siverio would suggest that if given the opportunity, all fathers should embrace being a stay-at-home dad, not only for their sake, but for the sake of the children and the family. “The majority of families nowadays have both parents working and it’s exhausting,” he said. “My goal is to make the load of daily life easier on both sides and of course lots of fun.”

His At-Home TIPS! • Plan Ahead. Plan the night before so that your morning flows smoother. For example, pack the lunches, line up the backpacks and pull out school clothes the night before. Those few extra free minutes go a long way in the morning. • Make clean-up time entertaining for the kids. It gets things done quicker and the kids don't even realize they're working or doing chores. • Try to multi-task as much as possible (when baby is sleeping, work on other projects that you otherwise couldn't do when he's awake). • Even though you may not have tight deadlines, set a schedule so that you and the children have a routine and everyone knows what to expect. • Include your children in everyday tasks and errands so that they feel a part of the process. This lengthens the time you have to get things done as they will not fall into boredom or meltdowns that can keep you from finishing your to-do list. • Every once in a while, treat the kids to a visit to the park or a trip to the ice cream shop to break the monotonous routine and reward them for good behavior and achievements. • Some tasks are just more successful when the kids are asleep and require the sacrifice of an earlier wake-up time or a later night. In the end, the lack of sleep is worth getting one more thing checked off the list. 

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HAPPY FAMI LY

The

Copelands

Drew, Jasmyn, Kellar (14), Haven (8), and Briggs (6) Photos by Lifeprints Photography

We have no desire to live anywhere else. • Pets: Sadly we don’t have any dogs right now, but Haven has a sweet little snow-white Guinea pig named Marshmallow.

• Occupation(s): Drew – Musician in the band, Sister Hazel. Jasmyn – Stay-at-home mama and nursing student. • Favorite meal: Steak, potatoes and veggies.

• Movie in our DVD player right now: The children can’t get enough of “Mega Mind.” • The kids’ favorite books: Kellar is currently reading “Life of Pi,” which I would love to read as well. Haven and I have been reading “Whatever After, If the Shoe Fits” by Sarah Mlynowski. Haven loves to read and is sometimes reading two books at a time. Briggs has been a beginning reader for a few months now. He is spending a lot of time with the Dr. Seuss classics, “Hop on Pop” and “Are You my Mother?” but he still enjoys his favorite bed time stories, “Meet Me at the Moon” by Gianna Marino and “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen. Some of my most precious memories have been teaching the children to read and even now just sharing that time with them. We have a massive book collection and it is a dream of mine to one day have our own library room in our house filled with all our books and lots of comfortable seating. • Mommy and Daddy’s favorite TV shows: I have to be honest…I do not watch

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TV at all. Unless it’s family movie night you will not find me in front of the television. Drew loves to watch TV though. He and Kellar have been watching “Arrow” together. They are very cute to watch and hear as I’m moving through the house doing whatever. They really get into the characters and what’s happening • Favorite sports to play: Both our boys play baseball and Briggs and Drew love to golf and are so cute playing together. Haven dances year-round while taking classes at Cameron’s Dance Center in ballet, jazz and hip hop. Kellar is a natural runner and every once in awhile will run a race with me. Briggs also plays football and soccer and pretty much whatever sport our favorite coach, Sean Brewer, is coaching. • Favorite sports to watch: Football, basketball, golf… you name it and the boys like it. Haven and I only really participate during the Olympics.

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• Favorite vacation: We’ve been fortunate to have taken many vacations as a family and have exposed our children to many parts of the world. There are a few that will always stick out though, like Drew and I sharing New York with Kellar, or Haven getting to experience Chicago with Drew and seeing what it’s like for her daddy on the road. Or my all-time favorite… getting on a private boat in Tortola and a quarter of a mile offshore from the private island being told the boat couldn’t take us any further and we’d have to swim the


rest of the way. Kellar was 9, Haven was 4 and Briggs was 2, and they still talk about it. They love to show me what my facial expression looked like as I was grasping the fact that along with two small children I was being asked, with my cute hat, day bag and all, to dive into the ocean and swim to our destination. It ended up being one of our most favorite days ever. But even with all the traveling we’ve done I’d still have to say my favorite has been the decision Drew and I have made over the last few summers to pack up the house and head to the beach for almost the whole summer. Looking back, I cannot express how amazing those weeks were for us as a family. The beach is such a peaceful place and there is nothing like hearing the ocean and watching your children play in the sand, or reading a book with them as the waves touch your feet. We have our routine down there. We have our favorite restaurants and favorite places to visit. Life just seems so much simpler there. • What makes my kids laugh: Drew! He makes our children laugh all the time and he makes me laugh too. He’s just so funny. Whenever we all get together and are having moments when we can truly see life clearly and look around and see how blessed we are, we all laugh a lot. Each of us likes to laugh and feed off of each other. Each of the children has his or her own funny personalities.

• Why we love living in Gainesville: With Drew traveling the way he does, we could choose to live anywhere we wanted. However, we truly love Gainesville. To us Gainesville is a great combination of a small town with some of the big city perks. Gainesville is the perfect town in which to raise a family. We have such a strong community. We are so very fortunate to have many wonderful schools to choose from and a plethora of medical physicians specializing in any field you might need. Andrew was born and raised in Gainesville and I’ve been here since 1996 and we have no desire to live anywhere else. • Something that we would want our children to have that we didn’t have growing up: I lost my mom when I was young so every day with my children is a blessing. I pray often to get the opportunity to be a part of every new phase my children enter. Kellar is getting ready to start high school, so who knows, maybe I’ll find myself wanting to skip a phase…

For Andrew, I think more than anything he’d like to duplicate most of his childhood. He loved his upbringing and his parents did a wonderful job of instilling in their children what really matters out of life. They made church a priority, as we do too, and they made sure to laugh a lot.

• Favorite day trip: Any field trip we get to go on with the kids. Today Drew and I are going to the UF Fishery with Briggs and his class. This is our third time getting to experience this field trip with one of our children. It seems like just yesterday we did this with Kellar. Andrew heads up the fishing part and I’m there to make sure everyone has sunscreen and no one gets hurt. We make a great team. • First word you think of when we say “family”: Love! • Favorite picnic spot: Cofrin Park off of NW 8th Avenue. Cofrin Park has a great nature trail and a nice little playground. There are never many people there and it always feels so private. • Must-have item: Baby wipes! I do not care how old my children are, I will always make sure to have baby wipes with me everywhere I go. I don’t know what is in those things but they clean everything. • Favorite family activity: Getting all clean, putting on our pajamas, and climbing into mine and Drew’s huge bed to watch a movie and snuggle. Nothing beats it! 

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JUS T T HE T W O OF US

Cultivating a relationship in this crazy journey we call parenthood

Body language

Listening Between The Lines

Statistics suggest that over

70%

of what we communicate to our spouses is sent nonverbally. It’s often not what you say, but how you say it.

WHAT YOUR WIFE IS REALLY SAYING BY NICOLE IRVING

There are a thousand job responsibilities you have as a husband. Official bug killer. Yup, that is your duty. We do not want to remove spiders, lizards or beetles from our bathroom after a heavy rain. You are to reach high-placed platters at Thanksgiving time, change the oil in the car before road trips, mow the lawn before the inlaws arrive. It is just an unsaid set of job duties. But, did you also know that you must also be a “Professor in Interpretation?” Most of the time, we say what we mean, but there are times when we say one thing and hope and pray you hear something else. Being able to master the “Wife Code” will make all the difference.

“I am hungry.”

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What you hear: She is hungry and wants food. What she is saying: I was hungry 45 minutes ago and I want you to pick a place to take me and feed me NOW.

“Do whatever you want.” What you hear: I can do whatever I want. What she is saying: Do not dare do what you want and you better change your mind to do what I want.

“I am fine. Nothing is wrong!” What you hear: Leave her alone, there is nothing wrong. What she is saying: She is upset and you better investigate it and fix it with flowers, jewelry or chocolate. Immediately.

“We need to talk.” What you hear: Oh no, what did I do and how bad am I in trouble? What she is saying: I want you to hear me out.

“I am so tired.” What you hear: I want to go to bed. What she is saying: I want to curl up on the couch and watch movies with you and not do the dishes.

“I am going out with the girls.” What you hear: Oh boy, well, she'll come home if I call her. What she is saying: I need a night off and do not call me if the baby has a poopy diaper.

“The garbage disposal is broken.”

A Week Of Gainesville Date Nights Monday: Parents’ Night Out Vellos Historic Brickstreet Grille 352-872-5556 Tuesday: Rock Climbing Sun Country Sports Center 5-10 p.m. 352-331-8773

What you hear: Please fix the sink with that new wrench you have been meaning to use.

Wednesday: Retail Therapy Date Night Shopping at Lang Jewelers, Wayne’s Bedding and Kitchen & Spice

What she is saying: Please call the plumber and stick with your day job.

Thursday: Dinner Date Night Special Ale House Restaurant 352-371-0818

“I love you.”

Friday: A Night at the Theatre Hippodrome Theatre 352-375-HIPP

What you hear: She loves me. What she is saying: She loves you. 

Saturday-Sunday: Weekend Getaway Beacher’s Lodge, St. Augustine 1-800-527-8849

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T WO CENT S

2+1 = Lots Of Expenses HOW TO FINANCIALLY WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND YOUR GROWING FAMILY BY SELENA GARRISON

The moment I saw the word “pregnant” on that little stick, my eyes filled with tears and my head filled with pictures of a perfect nursery, adorable baby clothes, strollers, bottles and my little one’s face. The next moment, I had what we in the South might call “a fit.” How were we going to pay for all of this? We barely had any money left over at the end of the month to put in savings, much less pay for the needs of a tiny human! A little person was going to be depending on us for everything, and we had about eight months to figure out how this was all going to work.

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• Child Care and Education –This category will amount to about 18 percent of what we spend on our children. One way to cut back on this is to swap babysitting services with your friends when your kids are little. • Food – About 16 percent of what you spend on your child will be for food, and the bigger they get, the more they eat! This is one area where we have a lot of control and where you can make adjustments even before your baby is born. If you’re in the habit of eating out often, cut back and plan your grocery shopping around sales and coupons. • Transportation – Driving our kids around to every activity under the sun amounts to about 14 percent of the money that we spend on children. Having a fuel efficient vehicle will definitely help, but

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also plan your trips ahead of time so you don’t have to run all over town multiple times a week. Later on, when it is time for them to drive, have them pay for some of the expenses. • Health Care – This will amount to about 8 percent of what we spend on our children. While there may not be a lot we can do about the cost of insurance, we can do our best to keep our kids well! The biggest thing is to teach them to wash their hands often. • Clothing – Another 6 percent will go to clothing. Never say “no” to hand-medowns! They are such a blessing, especially while the kiddos are little and constantly outgrowing their clothes every few months. Children’s consignment shops are also awesome! • College – While college isn’t included in the math, if you do plan to help your children with college, you will want to start planning early! Put a little aside every month in a college savings plan. You can talk to your financial advisor or research online to find the best options and even prepaid college plans. Having children is a beautiful, life-altering adventure! Planning ahead and knowing what to expect can make it a much less stressful one. Enjoy the ride! 

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So just how much does it cost to raise a child? A recent study done by the United States Department of Agriculture reported that parents who had a baby born in 2011 could expect to spend just shy of $235,000 (on average) raising that child from birth to 17 years of age, not to mention costs included with pregnancy or a college education! Let’s take a look at some of these costs and see what we can do about them.

• Housing –About 30 percent of what you spend on your child will be related to housing. More people require more space, more electricity, more water and good school districts, and all of these things come at a higher price. To cut down on these costs, focus on what you need in a home, instead of everything you want, and practice and teach wallet-friendly (and earth-friendly) behaviors like conserving energy and water.


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keep dad

around for

the shower

THE PARENTING JOURNEY has many things to be anxious and excited about and to kick it off, nothing is more exciting than the baby shower to celebrate your baby on the way. But often, there's an important guest missing: Dad! The world of babies and showers has always been about Mom, but Dad has just as big a role in this journey, so why not celebrate dad-style? PHOTOS BY PATRICIA BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY ď Ž STYLING BY GIGGLE MAGAZINE

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help name the new

caddy

Write your name suggestion on the golf balls for dad to pick!

tee time

for dad

TIPS TO KEEP DAD FROM SNEAKING AWAY TO THE GREENS! GAMING “DAD” STYLE Forget the “measuring baby bump” and eating baby food games. Instead, keep the games fun, entertaining and active. Set up the Wii for a round of virtual golf, tennis or baseball. If the weather is nice, bring the games outside. Set up a putting green, or even a game of laser tag! INVITE HIS FRIENDS TOO A lot of times, the shower invites are sent to mostly the mommy-to-be’s friends. Extend invitations to the dad’s friends (and family) as well, even if they aren’t married or have children. This will allow him to be comfortable and have people to chat with, and of course, play laser tag with. THE DAD REGISTRY Who doesn’t like getting gifts? Keep the traditional gift registry list to “Mom” guests, but for Dad’s special guests, suggest Home Depot or Starbucks gift cards. Maybe a new tool set for all those toys and furniture that will need to be put together. If he hasn’t made up a registry himself, include a short “suggested” list in his friends' invites. HOLD THE “PETIT FOURS” How to keep a dad-to-be happy? Feed him! Hold the tea and biscuits and serve yummy and hearty food that will feed his belly and have him come back for more.

Custom party favors are a huge hit! These “It’s a boy” tees are perfect for the dad-to-be’s guests! etsy.com/shop/midTownTees Golf balls can be found at Play It Again Sports. A big thank you to Tonya Walsh for the perfect golf ball serving bowl.

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gifts for

dad

The drink for every golfer

Diaper Dude This "Dad" inspired diaper bag comes in a variety of colors and patterns. diaperdude.com

FOSCAM Keep an eye on your little one with the FOSCAM. foscam.com

Foscam photo by Verve Studio, Diaper Dude photo courtesy of Diaper Dude, Daddy scrubs photo courtesy of Daddy Scrubs

Serve the

MAN FAVORITES TREAT DADDY TO SOME NIGHTTIME

• Chicken Wings • Chips • Sandwiches • Nachos • Pizza • Ziti

EAR PLUGS! Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Perfect for first time dads. This timer helps make taking care of that new baby easy as 1, 2, 3. itzbeen.com

donut

hole in one

Daddy Scrubs Keep new dad calm and comfy on that big day in his very own "Daddy Scrubs." daddyscrubs.com

Cupcake toppers to tie in the theme perfectly! etsy.com/shop/ClaudiaCupcakeLady

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Don’ts

• Do not force the dadto-be to wear silly hats or buttons. • Don’t be mad if dadto-be wants to hang with his friends and socialize instead of unwrap presents. Let him be. • Don’t forget, this is his baby too and he may be just as excited and nervous, so don’t dismiss his feelings or ideas for gifts, guests or party suggestions!

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forks & spoons

LUNCH BOX

Pack the perfect summer camp lunch

Include the treat Whether it’s an

organic lemonade juice box that will give them the true taste of summer or one of your watermelon shaped cookies, include something to please.

Keep it cold To prevent food

borne illness, lunch bags should be at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Consider an insulated lunch bag or frozen gel packs. You can also freeze a water bottle or juice and throw it in the lunch box to keep food cold, and by the time it melts your child will have a cold, refreshing beverage.

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BY KELSEY MEANY

The morning rush out of the door has begun. Between the lathering of sunscreen and “I need more money for the gift shop” begging, it is important to remember that a healthy summer camp lunch means a happy camper. Adventures will be plenty. Between the movies, the pool, hiking, singing and game playing – they will need the energy. So here are some tips for packing those Angry Birds, Incredible Hulk and Dora the Explorer lunch boxes. Go beyond the sandwich

A sandwich does not have to be the automatic “go to.” Try packing a fruit salad with yogurt and granola or pasta salad with crunchy veggies. If you do choose to go

Don’t forget the napkin note

Your kids may moan and groan that “my mom is so silly,” but when they grow older they will start to miss having smiley faces on their napkins or little notes about how much you love them.

the sandwich route, stay away from items like tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches because they aren’t fun in the summer heat and can cause sickness.

Mary Bohannon, a registered dietician in Gainesville, said it’s important to get creative with lunches – from adding a side of salsa to changing up the type of sandwich breads to a pita or a wrap.

Keep it balanced, but fun

“The more whole the food, the better,” she said.

Try to break the “school routine” of lunches and try some yummy new options like veggies and hummus, pretzels and Nutella, peanut butter and Granny Smith apples.

Her favorite whole foods are food items like fruit, nuts and vegetables, which she said are always important for a balanced lunch. 

 Skip these until the fall! The Florida heat is a killer on lunches and little tummies. As they are running around and being active, it is important to keep their energy levels up with fresh fruit and lots of water. Try to avoid the following when packing your little one's lunches this summer: Chocolate Mayo-based sandwiches Milk-based drinks Soda

Cheese sticks Salty snacks Candy

SALAD-TO-GO

Food-to-Go has never looked better. Designed with the help of a nutritionist and featuring a built-in salad dressing holder, this leakproof container is the ultimate way to pack a salad. An insulated sleeve helps maintain the temperature of your food. $19.99 each. containerstore.com GIGGLEMAG.COM | JUNE/JULY

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D E LI S H

Watermelon Chipotle Maple-Glazed Wings Courtesy of Watermelon.org

Watermelon Glaze: 2 cups watermelon puree Juice from 3 fresh lemons 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ cup maple syrup (can use light version) ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste Simmer ingredients together in a heavy saucepan for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Makes 2 cups. Keep warm.

Chicken: Chicken wings or drummettes 2 cups pineapple juice ½ cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 3 cloves minced fresh garlic

Beyond The Grill  Easy Recipes for Dad To Cook GIGGLE STAFF WRITER

'Tis the season for grilling. As the days get longer and the outdoors starts to call your name, the grill will become a staple in the dinner time routine. From pork to burgers and veggies and fish, the grill lends itself to a happy dinner time!

Place the chicken in a large zipper lock bag with the rest of the ingredients and seal tightly. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to 12. Grill until cooked and arrange on a warm platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken and serve immediately.

Make it easier on the cook!

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken photo: Watermelon.org, BBQ accessories by Maverick Housewares

Feeds: 5-7

Ingredients:

2 pounds of ground meat (whatever kind of fat content you prefer) Per taste: Salt Pepper Onion powder Worcestershire sauce

Grill Fan This battery operated portable fan is the perfect accessory to Dad's grill.

BBQ Accessory Kit

Toppings:

Cooked bacon Mayo Ketchup Sweet BBQ sauce Sharp cheddar cheese Onions, lettuce and tomatoes Place all ingredients in bowl and blend together with your hands. Add as much or as little of the seasonings as you would like. Make into equal size patties. With your thumb, gently press in center of each burger. This will prevent them from bloating up and becoming "round."

Prepare buns. Add to grill right before burgers are done and this will lightly toast them. When the burgers almost reach desired cooking temperature, top with sliced sharp cheddar cheese. Place on top rack of grill or away from direct heat. Melt cheese and make sure they are cooked to your liking. Remove both buns and burgers from grill. Top with sweet BBQ and bacon. Add mayo, ketchup, onions, lettuce and tomato.

This complete kit comes with all the goodies you would need for perfect BBQ cooking.

Find these and more accessories at bbqequipmentstore.com

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I N T HE F RI D GE

“Summerize” Your Fridge BY NICOLE IRVING

When venturing away from the house this summer for that much-needed week of vacation, there are so many things to do to prepare. In addition to all the packing and planning, there is also getting the house ready for your absence. One of the details not to be overlooked is “summerizing” the fridge. Making sure you don’t come home to a fridge full of rotten food is easy to do in just a few steps.

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How to “Summerize” your Fridge:

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Make sure all condiments, dressings and other items that can maintain while you are

gone are closed securely. Move them from the door and place in the fridge itself. The door is the warmest spot.

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Purchase baking soda boxes and place in fridge and freezer to help eliminate odors.

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Wipe out all bins, shelves and the door.

Give away any food that will go bad in your absence. Fruits, veggies, milk, eggs, bread, meats, cheese, yogurt and pudding should all be given to friends or family to enjoy. Throw away leftovers.

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Make sure that if you’re going to be away for a week or longer, you have someone check on your house to make sure there are no leaks and that the power hasn’t gone out. This would cause all food in the fridge or freezer to spoil.

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Leave emergency numbers on the fridge for others to contact you in case of an emergency.

Want to know how to adjust your fridge temperature during the summer? Visit a helpful article here:

homeguides.sfgate.com

What's In Season? Treat the kids to these easy- to-find treats during the summer

 Blueberries  Cantaloupe  Honeydew (all melons are great in the summer!)  Mango-frozen chunks are an easy grab-and-go summer treat!  Raspberries  Watermelon-perfect for summer barbecues and extra delicious during the summer months.

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WATERMELON

ALL

things

WATERMELON THERE IS ONE CONSTANT IN EVERY SUMMER PARTY, AND THAT IS RED, RIPE AND JUICY WATERMELON. WHETHER YOU LOVE EATING IT IN SLICES OR CHUNKS, WATERMELON IS AN ALL-NATURAL SUMMER TREAT THAT GOES PERFECTLY WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. Photos by Lifeprints Photography, Custom Dresses by Maddie, Colin and Riles, Hair flower by Itty Bitty U, Styling by Giggle Magazine

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WATERMELON

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STEPS TO CHOOSE THE BEST WATERMELON 1. Look the watermelon over. You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents. 2. Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for it's size. Watermelon is 92 percent water and most of the weight is water.

3. Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. Courtesy of Watermelon.org

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WATERMELONS

W ATER M ELO N

ideas!

SO MANY FUN USES FOR WATERMELON

• Freeze cubes of watermelon puree to add flavor to kid and adult beverages. • Watermelon is a great substitute for tomatoes in salsas and on sandwiches. • Offer watermelon wedges as a side dish. • Cut fun shapes from slices of watermelon with cookie cutters and serve as side dishes or edible garnishes, especially for kids! Courtesy of Watermelon.org

IS IT

BUT, EATING TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING CAN BE BAD… Side effects of eating too much watermelon:

healYtO Uh? y FOR

WHY WATERMELON IS A HEALTHY CHOICE • Can help maintain cardiovascular health. • Natural hydrator. • Watermelon is 92 percent water and a great way to make sure everyone is getting enough fluids. • An excellent source of vitamins A and C. • Cholesterol free. • Virtually fat free. • Low in sodium. • Naturally gluten free. • Healthier when eaten warm!

FUN WATERMELON WANTS!

Courtesy of Watermelon.org

A Decorative Watermelon Pillow etsy.com/shop/WinterPetals < Watermelon Soap etsy.com/shop/Soapmuchlove A Watermelon party favor box printable etsy.com/shop/paperglitter

< Watermelon night light etsy.com/shop/ LuansGlassParlor

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• Watermelon contains Lycopene, a strong antioxidant that is responsible for reducing cancer, however, if one consumes more than 30 milligrams of Lycopene, it can be harmful, causing intestinal disturbances, cardiovascular problems and allergic reactions. • Watermelon also has a large amount of potassium, and if consumed in large qualities, can be harmful for someone who has been diagnosed with hyperkalemia, or too much potassium in their blood.

DID YOU KNOW?  Eating watermelon while pregnant can help reduce

heartburn!

 Watermelon is Giggle Magazine Art Director, Leslie's, favorite snack. Who are we kidding? It's kind of an obsession.  Giggle Magazine Publisher, Nicole, once judged the Newberry Watermelon Queen Pageant.


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GE T M OV I NG

 San

Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

SUMMER

Day trip, $4 per vehicle.

BIKE RIDING

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BY JENNY WILKINSON

Summer has arrived! This time of year is the best for outside fun with your family. We are lucky that we live in a part of the state with some of the most beautiful and diverse nature trails to be found. A perfect way to get out with the kids is to go for a family bike adventure! Here are our top three bike destinations for the family.

to many lovely overlooks on the prairie, including La Chua Trail. This outing will give your family the chance to see wildlife such as deer, turtles, snakes, birds, bison and the prairie horses. In addition to biking, many visitors to the trail also enjoy rollerblading, horseback riding, fishing, or taking a leisurely walk with the family pet.

trip, no fees unless visiting La Chua Trail.

Few restrooms are included along the trail, but most families prefer to stay in the vicinity of their parking area to ensure restrooms and picnic spots are close at all times. The trail and all the prairie overlooks are marked clearly along the way to ensure your family has the best experience possible.

The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, which begins at Boulware Springs City Park, boasts 16 miles of paved, family-friendly trails. The trail runs along Paynes Prairie for much of its journey, with access

Four parking areas are located along the trail at 3300 SE 15th Street in Gainesville, at Boulware Springs City Park; at the intersection of CR 234 and CR 2082 in Rochelle; 7902 SE 200th Drive, off of CR 2082

 The

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail – Full or half day

Want a complete list of Florida's bike trails and paths? Log on to visitflorida.com.

west of Hawthorne; and 2182 SE 71st Avenue in Hawthorne. For more information see: floridastateparks.org/gainesvillehawthorne/  Loblolly

Woods Nature Park

Half day trip, no fees.

Located off 8th Avenue in Gainesville, Loblolly Woods is a 159-acre park and another great destination for a shorter bike outing for your family. The unpaved trails are shaded by the trees and pass Hogtown and Possum creek, with a ¼-mile-long boardwalk along part of the path. Opportunities to see wildlife abound in this park, marking it as one of the best birding locations in the city. Parking and restrooms for Loblolly Woods are located at 3315 NW 5th Avenue, accessed from 34th Street.

With more than 30 miles of single track mountain bike trails, this 7,360-acre park is good for you and your older children to get off road and ride. The northern third of San Felasco is reserved for biking and equestrian use, to ensure a peaceful safety outing for all park visitors. The park is full of limestone outcroppings and many elevation changes, so be sure to research and choose which trail your family will take to ensure the appropriate skill level. The one mile Cottontail Trail, which begins at the parking area, is a perfect ride for beginners with very little elevation change. A complete list of trails and descriptions can be viewed at sanfelasco.net/ trails_bike.shtml. Be sure to pack plenty of water for this trip, and a patch kit, spare tube, and tools for trail-side repairs if you venture to more advanced trails further from the trailhead. The biking and equestrian trailhead is located at 13201 Progress Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615. For more information: floridastateparks.org/ sanfelascohammock/

Make it FUN!

For more information visit: cityofgainesville.org Bike Chalk Trail Kit

Makes bike riding fun and creative. uncommongoods.com

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Take their advice! The Goslingas

 Tioga residents Shane and Maribeth Goslinga recently came to the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail for the first time after getting new bikes for the family. With their daughter Claire, 7 months, they met up with Shane's brother Curtis and his daughters Kaitlyn, 5, and Karsyn, 3. Their plan for the day was to park at a picnic spot and ride until the kids got tired. For trips like this it is more about picnicking than riding. The family advises packing lots of snacks, juice, jackets, water and toys.

The Worleys

 Hawthorne residents Chad Worley and his two children, Wyatt and Mattie, love riding along the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail. They make it a point to come out at least once a week, starting at the end of the trail in Hawthorne and biking a few minutes at a time. They will usually pick familiar landmarks and bike back and forth between them, Wyatt's favorite being a humped bridge. Chad makes sure to pack plenty of water for the kiddos and teaches them consideration for other riders on the trail. It's a nice, leisurely way to spend the afternoon out of the way of highway traffic. WHEN CAN MY CHILD RIDE? The earliest stage for children to join you on your ride is when they are able to ride in a bike seat. Before choosing this option be sure that your child is able to sit up and support his head. Training wheels for stability are the next popular step for kids before moving on to the two-wheel bike. When your child is ready for a two-wheel bike, size does matter! Be sure he can get on the bike easily and stand with his feet touching the ground. Please remember to protect each member of your family by having a properly-fitting helmet for each person! 

Quick TIPS!

• Dress comfortably, bring along a pack with spare jackets. • Always bring plenty of snacks and water. • Take breaks often to hydrate, rest and have a snack. • Be sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellant. • Make sure at least one adult has a charged cell phone. • For off-road riding, bring along a patch kit. • Be sure to keep track of time. Don't get stuck on the trails after sunset. • Wear a helmet!

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GE T HE A LT HY

Lead By Example: Stopping the Obesity Cycle BY JACKIE SMITH

Over the past 30 years, obesity in the U.S. has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of obese children ages 6 to 11 increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2010. For adolescents ages 12 to 19, that number jumped from 5 percent to 18 percent. Obese youth are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and poor self-esteem, reports the CDC. In addition, they’re likely to develop into obese adults, opening the door for more health problems with age. Because of this trend, the current generation of U.S. children may be the first to live significantly shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.

“My motto? The more natural the better,” Swanson advises. Seeking out delicious, nutritional alternatives to prepackaged, highly processed foods should be a priority, she adds. Sandwiches piled high with deli meats, while a favorite for many dads, contain nitrates, sulfates and unnecessary artificial dyes. A 1-ounce serving of

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“Get back to basics,” Swanson says, “and opt for some fresh, real meat on that sandwich instead.” Encouraging kids to be involved in preparing what they eat helps, too. Opting for home-cooked meals instead of the drive-thru not only means more nutrition and understanding of where food comes from, but also more family bonding in the kitchen and around the dinner table. In addition to nutrition, exercise is key for curbing obesity and

increasing health, Swanson notes. Here’s more good news: Exercising with kids can be a blast! Playing a variety of sports and outdoor games is a far cry from those tedious gym sessions. Gardening is great too, Swanson adds, as it burns calories, teaches kids about food and has the added bonus of potential homegrown fruits and veggies. All of these activities—cooking, learning and exercising—mean you’ll be spending more time having fun with your kids while improving your health. And that’s the best news of all. 

A simple breakdown of calorie burning and exercise! Get up and start moving! 1 hour of brisk walking= 420 calories burned 1 hour of running= 600 calories burned 1/2 hour of lap swimming= 300 calories burned 1 hour of bicycle riding= 600 calories burned lifetimefatloss.com

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The good news: You have the power to help break the cycle. Children learn a great deal from observing what you do, and the food habits you teach them now will impact the rest of their lives, says nutrition consultant Lizzy Swanson.

salami can contain over 8 grams of fat and 560 milligrams of sodium—almost a fourth of the daily value for adults.


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Things Every Man Should Know About His Health BY STEVEN C. JONES, MD Internist with Gainesville Internal Medicine

In today's world of advanced imaging, testing and apps for all occasions, it is easy to forget, overlook or to minimize the importance of the healthcare basics. Everyone is an individual and there are numerous screening and testing recommendations which vary based on a multitude of factors. Yet, there are six things every man should know. These six things provide a road map for tailoring your unique health care plan. BP: Blood pressure. Knowing your blood pressure provides insight into cardiovascular risk and in some instances prompts other testing. BMI: Body Mass Index. This number adjusts or "indexes" your weight for your height. A BMI of 2529.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher defines obesity. FBS: Fasting Blood Sugar. A normal fasting blood sugar is defined as less than 100. A fasting blood sugar of 100-125 is prediabetes. A fasting blood

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sugar over 125 is diabetes. Further testing, dietary and treatment recommendations are often prompted by this value. LDL Cholesterol: "Bad cholesterol" level. Cardiovascular risk increases with LDL levels. In normal individuals, an optimal LDL is less than 100. An LDL over 130 is considered elevated. Diet and medical therapy may be appropriate based on this value. Past Medical History: This should be reviewed with your physician. Family History: This important bit of your history is easily overlooked or minimized. This should be obtained from your family members and carefully documented in your medical record with your physician. These six simple items provide very important information that allows you and your physician to assess where you are today and to provide a customized plan for future monitoring, testing and treatment into the future. ď ˘ Always consult your medical team if you have any concerns.

According to data compiled by the Social Security Administration, a man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 83. ssa.gov


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BIG WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

WINNER BEFORE

REVEALED Photos by Lifeprints Photography

OUR WINNER

JENNIFER KOZAKOFF STATS Body Fat Lost: 35.6 pounds = 16.04% Inches Lost: 29.375 inches Abdomen – 11.5 inches Hips – 8 inches Thighs – 6.375 inches Arms – 3.5 inches

"This has been a life-changing experience for me! I have the tools I need not only to better my health, but the health of my family too. Thank you, Dan and Nicole!" 48

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BEFORE

TARYN BUCKLEY

KIM DEPUE

1st RUNNER UP

2nd RUNNER UP

STATS

STATS

Body Fat Lost: 42 pounds = 14.63% Inches Lost: 22 inches Abdomen – 9 inches Hips – 6.75 inches Thighs – 3.5 inches Arms – 2.75 inches

Body Fat Lost: 25 pounds = 13.16% Inches Lost: 17.375 inches Abdomen – 6.25 inches Hips – 4.5 inches Thighs – 3.625 inches Arms – 3 inches

"This experience changed not only my life, but it also changed the lives of the people around me. Total weight loss for my family and friends during this challenge: 145 pounds! Family and work gatherings are now filled with good food choices and some form of physical activity. I'm so very grateful to have had this opportunity!"

"Don't let guilt stand between you and your goals, take it one day at a time." BEFORE

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BEFORE

MELANIE OSTOVIC STATS Body Fat Lost: 26.7 pounds = 12.56% Inches Lost: 21.75 inches Abdomen – 5.75 inches Hips – 6.75 inches Thighs – 6 inches Arms – 3.25 inches

AMANDA MOORE

"Participating in the challenge has involved a great amount of dedication, discipline and hard work. It has taught me that making healthy choices about food and exercise is a life-long pursuit."

STATS Body Fat Lost: 30.4 pounds = 12.94% Inches Lost: 18 inches Abdomen – 6.5 inches Hips – 4.75 inches Thighs – 2.75 inches Arms – 4 inches

"The Big Weight Loss Challenge provided me the opportunity to make necessary changes in a small amount of time so I could continue being me, only better!" 50

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CHALLENGE

BiG WEIGHT LOSS

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FINALE This group has lost more pounds of body fat and more overall inches than any other BWLC group ever! BEFORE

DENISE COLLINS STATS Body Fat Lost: 17.6 lbs. = 9.62% Inches Lost: 16 inches Abdomen – 4.5 inches Hips – 6 inches Thighs – 3.5 inches Arms – 2 inches

"I am blessed to have learned so much to share with my family and friends."

This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It has been amazing to witness six strangers come together to form a close knit and supportive group of friends who motivate and encourage each other to greatness. Each and every one of these ladies has been pushed out of their comfort zone and broken through their individual barriers. Their new mission is to use their knowledge and inspiration to help others overcome and persevere. Although we crowned an overall champion, they are all winners! -Dan Griffin I am in total awe of the dedication and persistence these ladies showcased during the program. They came together to better their lives and they are leaving strong and changed women. They are inspiring and I am so proud of their hard work and spirit! -Nicole Irving The winner was determined based on pounds of body fat lost relative to beginning body weight in pounds** The formula looks like this (Total pounds of Body Fat lost)/ (Starting pounds of Body Weight) x 100 = percentage. (25 lbs) / (200 lbs)x 100 = 12.5% Styling by SteinMart

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Perfect for Grandpa! Great Moustaches Mug Give Dad that mug that also doubles as a great conversation starter. uncommongoods.com

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GO SMILE DOUBLE ACTION WHITENING SYSTEM Give the man in your life the “next generation” in whitening with GO SMiLE’s patented Ampoule Technology™ delivery system - the new Double Action Whitening System. This fast, easy, safe and effective treatment delivers superior whitening with virtually no sensitivity. It is suitable for those with long-term staining habits such as smoking or drinking coffee and is also an excellent alternative for those whose teeth have not responded to other whitening products.  Price: $144 (12 days/24 count). Available at GOSMiLE.com.

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ANTHONY LOGISTICS FOR MEN LIP POWER SET This boxed set contains three SPF 25 balms loaded with the moisturizing and antiaging benefits of shea butter and resveratrol, plus the sweet taste of Natural, Mint & White Tea or Blood Orange.  Price: $21 or $7.50 each. Available at Sephora and Anthony.com.

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Summer's coming, and soon you'll have more time to spend with your kids -- and their DIY projects. Check out these tips to avoid kid-related stains!

Impress the lady of the house with this easy piece! BY ALLEN HAYNES

I love owning furniture with character, items with a story and personal connection behind them beyond just checking out at IKEA. With this in mind, I set out to make my own coffee table with pallet wood left over from our magazine deliveries. Here’s the stepby-step of how I did it. First you’ll need a pallet. I used a crow bar and a hammer to remove four planks from the pallet. I wanted two wide ones to bookend the skinnier ones in the middle, but you can really pull as many off as you want for your desired width.

surface, 21 inches for me, and two the length, 44 inches for me. You’ll also need one piece at 18 inches long to serve as the bracing. Next you will assemble your frame.

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Once I had the planks off, I laid them side-by-side and measured the width and length. This is so I knew how big to build my frame. My coffee table surface measured at 44 inches long and 21 inches wide. 

Next you’ll need four pieces of 1-inch-by-2 inch lumber. I purchased mine from Lowe's and cut it myself, but they’ll cut it for you if you don’t have a power saw. You’ll need two pieces the width of your 

The first thing you’ll do is layout the basic bracing, or the four pieces of lumber. I cut the ends of my pieces at a 45-degree angle so they would form perfect corners. This is another set of cuts Lowe's can make for you, but they will charge you. 

Once you’ve laid the frame out, put your table legs inside the bracing. I chose 2-inch square legs for my table. Now it’s time to screw in the legs. 

Use 2-inch wood screws. This will go through the bracing and provide an anchor inside each leg. I used four screws at each connection point, two on each side drilled directly into the leg.

This will serve as the brace for the weight you will put on the table. Once your bracing is complete, flip it over so it’s standing up and place your pallet planks on top. Screw the planks into the frame using their pre-existing nail holes. Now your table is complete, and it’s time to make it pretty. 

Use a sander to smooth out the pallet wood. This wood is pretty soft so it won’t take very long. Once it’s sanded down, you can paint or stain your table. I chose a rosewood mahogany two-in-one stain and polyurethane. This not only stains the wood but also provides a protecting coat to prevent water damage. 

• To remove crayon from walls or washable wallpaper, spray with WD-40®, then gently wipe using a paper towel or clean cloth. If the mark is stubborn, sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and gently rub in a circular motion. If the WD-40® leaves residue, gently wipe off with a sponge soaked in soapy water, rinse clean and blot dry. • Get nail polish out of dark carpet by pouring hair spray or rubbing alcohol on it and blotting with a sponge or paper towel. This works for cloth, too! If the fabric or carpet is light or white, try using non-acetone nail polish remover (spot-check first). To remove dry polish from hair: Work conditioner or oil through the affected strands until the polish slides off.

Use at least five coats with an hour in between each one for drying. Once you’ve completely coated it, let it dry outside for about a week before bringing it inside so the fumes can dissipate.

Now that your legs and frames are attached, screw in that extra piece of wood on the middle of your frame.

And there you have it, your very own homemade coffee table. 

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CLOSET THERAPY FOR THE MAN IN THE HOUSE BY HELEN KORNBLUM

If your man’s overstuffed closet is driving you crazy or spilling into your side of the walk-in closet, it’s time for a heart-toheart or maybe hanger-to-hanger chat about an organizing plan.

Some men resist revamping their belongings. Their clothes don’t go out of style or season as quickly as ours do. They are sentimental about garments that represent great memories, which accounts for extensive t-shirt collections. They are committed to comfort, no matter how many stains their favorite jeans have. Although their closet reflects a man cave mentality, you can still upgrade the space with a few guidelines to yield relief on a busy morning. ● Out with the unworn. Ask tactful questions about what he likes, what he wears, and what he’ll never be caught dead in. No need to scare him with the word "purge," but you can pull together a pile of clothing to donate.

clothing. With our long warm season, you can compress winter wardrobes in a vacuum bag and store it on a shelf or under a bed.

 Hangers do matter. Replace

 Tie racks, belt racks and plastic

wire hangers with plastic or wood, and perhaps introduce him to Huggable Hangers® for his shirts. Have on hand a few wood hangers so he can see the difference.

boxes will help separate and store the accessories you have put aside.

● Consider buying a “closet doubler,” sold in Target and Wal-Mart. This is a rod on long “arms” that hangs from the existing closet rod, effectively doubling the available hanging space. Be sure there’s enough space from the bottom of the currently hanging items to the floor, so the clothing on the lower rod won’t touch the floor. ● Use vacuum-sealed bags, known as “space bags,” for storing out-of-season

 Helen Kornblum is a professional coach and organizer in Gainesville, Fla. She

owns naturalorderorganizing.com. Her specialty is coaching teens and young adults who have ADHD or ADD.

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● Use shoe shelves. Everyday shoes may gravitate to the floor but the less often worn shoes could go up on shelves installed for that purpose. Sandals and flip flops might stay put in a hanging shoe bag. Promote “toes facing out” to encourage quick identification, no matter how he stores his shoes. ● Basic garments—underwear, white t-shirts and socks, pajamas and exercise gear—are best stored in dresser drawers, baskets or bins on closet shelves.

Cleaning out a man cave closet may unearth a wrench he’s been looking for or a missing instruction manual. Your man may still prefer his stained jeans, but at least he’ll be able to see that he has other options. 

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● Categorize the clothes and hang them up accordingly, making sure they all face in the same direction, which creates uniformity and orderliness. Pants and shirts break down into athletic/

recreation, casual and business. He may have suits and sports jackets. Put aside the accessories—ties and belts—for now.


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What to do with all that school paper

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BY WENDY ECKHARDT

I hear it every day: “Mommy, open up my backpack!” My son is so eager to show me his newest art creations and schoolwork; my daughter brings home her awards and spectacular grades. We are so proud of what they are bringing home that we have created a special place in the house to show off all of their hard work. Their accomplishments proudly hang on a framed cork board where we can quickly change out what is on display in our home when new things arrive. But, what should we do with the old stuff? What should we do with the pieces that we don’t hang on the board? Luckily, there are lots of options out there.

Display it: Using a framed cork board is an easy option. But, there are many other ways to display

your child’s schoolwork in your home. You can hang a beautiful art cabinet in your home that not only looks like a frame but actually stores up to 50 pieces of artwork inside the frame. Art cabinets can be found at your local art store or online. You can also hang artwork from a clothesline hung in your child’s room. This allows you to pin up and take down pieces of art as they come home and gives your child’s room up-to-date artwork he can be proud to show off to his friends when they visit.

Digitize it: It is wonderful

to hang your child’s schoolwork in your home. But, let’s face it – there can be a lot of it! Many of us just don’t have the space we need to hang everything we would like to display. With today’s technology, you can easily save images of all of your child’s

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artwork by using a scanner or digital camera. You can then use an online photo site to upload the images and create a photo book for your child’s artwork.

stay and which should be recycled. This way, only the most important pieces of work will remain at the end of the school year. 

Share it: Members of your

family, or special friends that your child loves, would love to receive a piece of art from your child. Let your child experience the joy of sending someone a special piece of artwork in the mail as a surprise. Have them sign the artwork and write them a little note to make it an extra special treat!

Store it: Purchase a box

that you will designate as your child’s artwork and schoolwork bin. As pieces come home, decide with your child which pieces of work you will keep in the storage bin. Once the bin becomes full, have your child decide which pieces will

There’s an

App for that! iPhone users even have the options of downloading ARTKIVE. This app gives parents the ability to chronologically store, share and print their child’s artwork and schoolwork with those that you love. There is even a way to turn your images into a hard cover photo book from this app!

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 Tie-a-Tie Deluxe

Every man should be able to tie at least three basic tie knots: the half Windsor, four-in-hand and bow tie. These three knots cover everything from the quick “I need a tie for work” dilemma to formal wear. The Tie-a-Tie Deluxe app covers these and four more with easy-to-follow illustrations that will have you looking your best from the conference room to date-night cocktails with the Mrs.

4 Great Phone Apps for Dads BY ALLEN HAYNES

Alright guys, there’s more to your phone than emails, Facebook and Angry Birds, which of course we claim is “for the kids.” It’s time to update your phone with manly and useful applications. Let’s pull those reins and harness technology so we can be the manliest men we can be. Don’t worry; we’re still keeping Angry Birds.

with the kids! You get wet, your iPhone stays dry!

The Optrix XD5 transforms your iPhone into an action camera, perfect for those family days at the beach, on the lake or in the boat. XD5 is waterproof to a depth of 5 meters, approx. 15 feet. (Does not float and not intended for scuba diving.) optrix.com

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Most men are convinced they have a grilling gene ingrained in their DNA. But if you don’t know what you’re doing and are tired of lighterfluid tasting burgers or answering the question, “Is that the charcoal or the steak?” this app is a musthave. You will become a grill master in no time. It has more than 250 recipes from Weber’s best-selling cookbooks and more than 100 tips on grilling. But its greatest feature is a grill timer. Tell the app what meat you’re grilling, like a New York strip, and it’s cruise control from there. The app will tell you when to flip your steak and when it’s time

 Stachetastic

We’ve all wondered what we’d look like with a mustache. We assume we’ll look rugged and handsome like Tom Selleck or Ron Swanson. By superimposing different beards and mustaches on a photo of yourself, this app will let you know what stache looks best on you, if any. After picking your style, you can share the pic on Facebook and get your friends’ and your wife’s opinions before growing the handle bar mustache you always wanted.

 Stanley Level FREE

If you are a weekend DIY warrior making pallet coffee tables and bookshelves, this app is for you. If you are simply a dad hanging pictures of recitals and ball games, this app is for you. Compared to others on the market, the Stanley Level app is the most accurate available. Simply put: You need this app. 

INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO EMAIL Start teaching your children how to use digital media and services now. Create an email address for them using the same service you use, e.g. Gmail or Yahoo, and email them a couple of times a week. You can email them questions about specific school subjects, photos and links to educational videos on YouTube. Open the emails together after dinner and explain why the email’s content is beneficial. This helps foster digital education, trust and maturity.

Always talk about Internet and email safety with your child before allowing them to be online!

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Homeschool dads come in a variety of types from primary educators to nonparticipants, and several levels in between. Our family is uniquely scheduled, with Dad home at random times, for various lengths Photo by mikifoto of time, in a somewhat erratic schedule. I do most of the traditional schooling (math, reading, history, science, music and art). But Dan, my husband, likes to be involved, and our children benefit so much from any amount of dad-schooling, whether it’s for five minutes or five days. We make it work, and we love it. Here are some ways we get Dad in on the homeschool action:

Juicing fruits and veggies with Daddy.

Getting Dad Involved IF DAD HAS 10 MINUTES

IF DAD HAS A

WHOLE DAY

OR MORE Read a short story together. • Tie together a digital photography Write five story prompt ideas. project with a hiking, biking or Review math facts or spelling words. beach trip. Cuddle and talk about the day’s • Research a topic, and reinforce highlights. it with an informative trip to the • Suggest a research topic for a future planetarium, library, science or project. history museum. • Shoot baskets or play catch. • Help Mom maintain sanity by doing • Listen to some live music. Then go home, form a band, write a household chore. some original songs and perform IF DAD HAS AN HOUR a concert for Mom! • Enjoy playing a shared favorite sport • Go camping. • Take something apart (like an old or instrument. computer tower) and put it back • Read aloud from a novel, newspaper together. or magazine of Dad’s choosing. • Have a game or movie marathon • Watch a TED talk or documentary relating to a topic or time period together. the kids are studying. • Invent something and design it with • Do messy, big and extended LEGOS. science experiments. • Play a board game. • Take over all the regular • Cook or make smoothies together. schoolwork for the day and give • Work on the garden or the yard. Mom a day off! • Write a story and draw or paint • • • •

Nature walk at the beach with Daddy.

Backyard science with Daddy.

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pictures to go with it. • Take the children on a walk or bike ride so Mom can prepare dinner in peace.


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Meet our Hottie Dad 2013 winner, Travis McGriff 


What is the hardest part about being a dad?

Vulnerability! The love and responsibility you feel toward your children is infinitely deep. That creates a vulnerability inside you that you don't realize exists until you become a parent. Do you have any special "daddy" routines?

Our most consistent routines are probably breakfast and nighttime routine (dinner, baths, bedtime). I usually cook breakfast and dinner for the family. We all hang out together in the kitchen. I like being there with them at the beginning and end of each day. We take turns tucking the children into bed at night. It is rewarding to read and chat with each child "one-onone" multiple times each week.

Photos by Patricia Bishop Photography

TRAVIS MCGRIFF KEIL, 6 AND LANDRI, 4 What is the best part of being a dad?

This is a tough one. There are so many great and rewarding aspects to being a father. I love watching them make mistakes, not get discouraged and learn to correct the mistakes by themselves. I love when they do something good and you see their confidence grow. I love watching their personalities develop. I love when they play together and laugh really hard. I love when they do something and it reminds you of yourself. I could go on forever, but these are just a few. What is the best advice that you have received from another dad?

I have received lots of advice through the years. None more powerful than the advice my father gave me every day. His advice came in the form of an "example." He has verbally shared lots of advice through the years but nothing has had more meaning than the example he set as a father. What we DO as fathers, is far more powerful than what we say. I try to be an example and "walk the walk."

What is your most memorable moment as a dad?

There have been many but I would have to say their births. We thought they might be born on the same day but ended up being just one day apart (Landri was born on March 5 and Keil on March 6). Danielle's labor with Keil was long and slow but fast and furious with Landri. Sort of like their personalities. If you could compare yourself to a TV or movie dad, who would it be? I have no idea on this one so I asked my wife Danielle and the kids. They all said Mufasa from "The Lion King."

IN THE WORDS OF WIFE, DANIELLE: When I think of a quote from "Mary Poppins," I instantly think of Travis: "Practically perfect in every way." You name it he rocks it. Grocery shopping then cooking breakfast and dinner every day are only a few of the ways Travis helps around the house.

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CHRIS PREGONY AXEL, 6 MONTHS What is the best part of being a dad? Watching my son grow every day. What is the best advice that you have received from another dad? Don't be offended when all he wants is Mom. What is the hardest part about being a dad? Baths. Do you have any special "daddy" routines? My scruff tickles him when I kiss him and he laughs hysterically. What is your most memorable moment as a dad? Delivering him. I helped during the labor and caught him as he entered the world. If you could compare yourself to a TV or movie dad, who would it be? Mufasa from "The Lion King."

IN THE WORDS OF WIFE, BECKY  "CHRIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON. HE IS THE MOST FUN LOVING, HARDWORKING, CARING, EASYGOING GUY YOU WILL EVER MEET. ON TOP OF ALL THAT HE IS A TERRIFIC FATHER!"

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TERRELL WILLIAMS AVA, 6 AND JADDOX, 4 What is the best part of being a dad? Being able to directly influence a human being. Everything you do is under a child's microscope and they are going to imitate what they see. A dad has the power to greatly impact the lives of his children more than we may know. This is a process though, so the finished product of what you have produced comes years later down the road. When that time comes, you can determine how well you did. What is the best advice that you have received from another dad? "Train a child up in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." What is the hardest part about being a dad? Being able to keep a balance. What I mean when I say balance is that so much is going on such as work, household chores, etc., that spending PRODUCTIVE time with the family as a whole and separately can become almost nonexistent if you let it. Making sure adequate time is spent together, as well as oneon-one individual time is the most difficult. Do you have any special "daddy" routines? Nothing that I can think of that I would consider a special routine, but both of my kids do have special names I call them though: Ava (6) is phu-phu and Jaddox (4) is phat man. No one else calls them that, so I would consider that special.

HOTTIE DADS REVEALED

What is your most memorable moment as a dad? The birth of my children is the most memorable. To experience that is life-changing. I didn't consider myself a dad while my wife was pregnant. It wasn't until she birthed them that I realized that my role had changed in an instant. If you could compare yourself to a TV or movie dad, who would it be? Bill Cosby from "The Cosby Show." Although he had more children than I do, we deal with the same things. He had a demanding job which occupied a lot of his time. My career is the same. It demands so much of me. Even on my days off, I may get called in. He knew when to be serious with his family and when to have fun with them. I like to joke around and play with my family all the time, but I know when it is time to be serious as well. Lastly, he knew he was always wrong and his wife was always right. Need I say more...

IN THE WORDS OF WIFE, BRANDY ď&#x201A;&#x2021;ď&#x201A;&#x2021; "HE TAKES THE KIDS TO THE PARK AND ON BIKE RIDES, SHOOTS SOME HOOPS AND HAS EVEN TAKEN OUR DAUGHTER TO GIRL SCOUTS. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE HIM...AND HE'S HOT!" GIGGLEMAG.COM | JUNE/JULY

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ART WATERS AUBREY, 3 AND CHASE, 1 What is the best part of being a dad? The best part about being a dad is when my kids come outside to greet me after a long day of work. Often times, I leave the house at 5 a.m. and get home around 7 p.m., so to see their beautiful smiling faces makes my day. What is the best advice that you have received from another dad? Try to embrace every minute with your children because time flies and before you know it they will be moving off to college. What is the hardest part about being a dad? Disciplining my kids. My daughter is very persuasive and often negotiates her way out of time out. You have to pick your battles. Do you have any special "daddy" routines? My favorite is making Mickey Mouse pancakes every Sunday morning. What is your most memorable moment as a dad? While running in the Rugged Maniac obstacle mud run, my daughter ran along the perimeter of the course cheering me on for much of the race saying "Go Daddy Go!" Also taking my son for his first bike ride. If you could compare yourself to a TV or movie dad, who would it be? Mufasa from "The Lion King" or Master Splinter from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles;" they are both fit/ playful/wise/tough, all things I inspire to be.

IN THE WORDS OF WIFE, TINA  "ART IS SO LOVING, SUPPORTIVE AND ENCOURAGING TO OUR CHILDREN AND ME. HE REALLY MAKES AN EFFORT EACH DAY TO CREATE A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE KIDS AS WE LIVE OUT OUR DAILY ROUTINES. ART IS ALL ABOUT FUN AND LAUGHTER WHICH CREATES SUCH A LOVING ENVIRONMENT IN OUR HOUSEHOLD."

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conception2college  EXPECTING Avoiding The Daddy Pregnancy Pounds

 INFANT | 0-2 When Mama Is Away

 EARLY YEARS | 3-7 Reconnect After Your Business Trips

 TWEENS | 8-12 Bonding With Your Stepchild

 TEENS | 13-18

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P RE GNA NCY

Avoiding The Daddy Pregnancy Pounds BY DANA KAMP

She asks you to stop at the store on your way home and grab a jar of peanut butter and a bag of Oreos. You do this without hesitation because you love her and you know her pregnancy cravings are strong and real. And because you know your life will be easier if she is happy while carrying your child. While you are making this unexpected food run, you grab some chips and beer for yourself. Her cravings = extra snack allowances for you = added calories to your diet. This wouldn’t be that terrible, except for the fact that you aren’t the one growing a person inside of you.  Allow her to wait at the door of the store/ church/doctor’s office and walk (or jog) to the car and pick her up.

“During my first pregnancy, I gained 34 pounds and I'm pretty sure my husband gained about 25! Most of mine came off within a couple of weeks. His? Not so much.”

 Be a gentleman and carry the groceries, walk the dog, lift the vacuum up the staircase—anything that may be more difficult for her to do as the pregnancy progresses.

This occurrence is more common than many think. So, how do you avoid gaining weight along with your pregnant wife? Here are some quick tips to avoid those accidental pregnancy pounds.

 Do a pregnancy yoga DVD with her!

 Your partner has given up alcohol for the health of the baby. You can support her by doing the same, and cut calories at the same time.  When she asks for the king-size chocolate bar, just buy the regular size for yourself.

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 Fill the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies so you both have easy, healthy snacks to grab.  Help her with some of the household chores that are normally her responsibility. You’d be surprised how many calories you’ll burn scrubbing the shower, and you’ll keep her from breathing in the fumes from the cleaner.  If you don’t normally get a second or third helping at your meals, don’t start now—even if she does. 

 While many women

may not believe it, there is an actual condition called Couvade Syndrome that men may have while their partners are pregnant. Some of the symptoms they may experience include nausea, leg cramps, vomiting and abdominal or back pain. In addition to these physical symptoms, some men may also have psychological changes occur such as mood swings, cravings, irritability, and feelings of anxiety, stress or jealousy.

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AGE S 0- 2

When Mama is Away DADDY'S TODDLER SURVIVAL TIPS WHEN MOMMY'S AWAY BY KELLY GOEDE

What’s a daddy to do when Mama– the lady full of special magic and the only one who can kiss boo-boos all better–is away? You can use that time to show your toddler what an awesome guy you are! Although Mom is fun and playful, she also means business and her absence allows you a chance to build your confidence.

 Change Of Scenery

After you’ve fastidiously navigated home-life while mom is away, you may be looking for a change of

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venue. The ordinary places we adults visit can seem like a wonderland to someone who is two feet tall. The grocery store and the car wash are always exciting, and they offer you a chance to interact with your toddler and answer questions and explain how things work. Another favorite toddler destination is Petsmart. What’s not to love about this small animal zoo? Best of all, you can load your child into a cart and visit the critters for free! And when Junior needs some freedom to roam, time to head to one of the many local parks. Children at this age need time to stop and explore, as well as burn off some energy. And when in doubt, pull out some snacks (which you’ve expertly packed, along with a sippy cup), and nosh.

 Pack Strategically!

Your bag should also be stocked with diapers (pack more than you think you’ll need), wipes, a change of clothes for your child, a couple plastic bags (thank me later), a favorite book and/or stuffed animal, Band-Aids, anti-bacterial hand gel, and if you’ll be outdoors, sunscreen. Think

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of this as tactical gear--remember, you are aiming for a successful outing. Five minutes of preparation at home can save you hours of frustration and messes when you are out with your toddler. You can bank on them spilling something, needing a Band-Aid, being hungry and thirsty, and needing entertainment. Now is not the time to “wing it.”

 Tackle The Challenges

You may also find yourself out of luck when the men’s room has nowhere for you to change Junior’s diaper. Don’t sweat it--simply head to your car, take care of business, and resume your outing. Most of all, remember to pack your sense of humor. You may come home with a new stain on your shirt, a sack of dirty clothes, and an empty sippy cup, but you will have just spent time with an amazing little person. Time with Daddy when Mom is away isn’t “babysitting”--you are being DAD! And that’s an awesome thing.

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For all of his independent spirit, your toddler still craves closeness with you and sitting down to play with her may be all she needs. You can also show off your mad pillow engineering skills and build a fort, or simply let her curl up in your lap to read a book. If she is seeking some outside thrills, grab a bucket of water and a paint brush and let her “paint” the outside of the house. Water is an amazing substance for the under-three set and can occupy children (with close supervision) for hours. Adding a few plastic cups for pouring and splashing can also extend the outside water play. Even a bath indoors can be a fun time for your toddler, especially if you do something unexpected like blow bubbles or toss in a few stuffed animals to share the bath (check the label first).


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AGE S 3- 7

Reconnect After Your Business Trips BY KELLY GOEDE

In this economy, although most people are grateful to be employed, many find that their work often takes them away from their families. And if you are one of those who find themselves traveling, you may wonder how your child will receive you once you’ve returned from a long trip. with you. Their feelings may be tough to swallow, but they are a natural result of missing your awesome self while you were away. Although travel may be unavoidable, a rocky reunion can be avoided and with some foresight and planning, it can go very smoothly. The process of reconnecting with your children actually begins before you are even apart. In the days prior to your departure, be very upfront and open with them--let them know your travel schedule, as it is very stressful for them to not know when you are coming and going. Show your children where you are headed on a map. Reassure them that you will contact them as soon as possible--and make sure you follow through.

Once you’ve returned and begun the process of reconnecting, be sure to resume any special rituals right away. Stephanie Paulson, mom of three children and wife to Scott, is no stranger to a traveling husband. She says Scott “makes it a top priority to spend time alone with each child to reconnect.” His special rituals with his children include a simple walk around the block with the oldest after the younger ones have gone to bed, a quiet game of catch just between father and son, and quiet moments reading with their youngest. Stephanie says, “I love how he makes each child feel so special and so loved, both independently and as part of our family.” As the Paulsons would attest, the formula of love + time = the smoothest reunion possible. 

STAY CONNECTED • Let them help you pack. • Circle the days you’ll be gone on a calendar. Put a big smiley face on the day you return. • Take along a stuffed animal of your

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child’s choosing--take pictures of it at your destination and email them. • Use Skype or Facetime to videochat with your child. Email and phone calls also work well. • Snail mail and postcards are also fun, especially during extended trips.

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• Bring home a small treat from where you’ve been. • When you return home, tell your children how much you missed them and love them. They need to hear those words.

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Many dads optimistically hope to reunite with their child in a blissful moment, filled with hugs and exchanges of presents, with life returning to normal immediately. The reality is that many dads come home to a child who is sullen, angry, clingy, or just plain difficult-reactions that are completely normal, but painful for a daddy who has missed his kiddos and perhaps feels guilty for having been away. As their father, the most appropriate course of action is for you to follow your children's lead and lower your expectations for how quickly things will return to normal. Prepare for rejection--children do not possess the emotional vocabulary to process their feelings about your absence. Remember, they had no “say” in you leaving, so prepare for their wrath as they reconnect


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AGE S 8- 12

Bonding With Your Stepchild A TRICKY RELATIONSHIP MADE EVEN MORE CONFUSING WITHOUT THAT BIOLOGICAL LINK. BY KELSEY MCNIEL

Be patient

It’s a tip every parent could take, but it’s vital for stepdads. A relationship is not built overnight, especially when there are confusing emotions of betrayal and grievance (over the father being officially out of the house) mixed into the fray. Start by approaching the relationship as a new family member, perhaps a distant relative, who

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deserves respect but also wants to get to know the child as a person. Give them space when they need it, and be vocal: about your commitment to the family, your desire to not replace the biological father and your interest in having a cohesive, happy family.

Cool it with the harsh tone, dude 

When it comes to disciplining your stepchild, tweens will likely treat it with rebellion and disgust. Discipline from behind the scenes by making your wishes heard by your partner, while supporting her rules in front of the child. Until you’ve established a trusting and strong relationship, don’t directly discipline your stepchild. Besides a firm “no” when needed, the best thing you can do

is appear sympathetic to his or her concerns and open to listening.

Spend time with your step-tween 

According to many experts, conversation is the best way to connect with a stepchild and ultimately build a loving relationship. Establish yourself as someone the tween should listen to because of who you are aside from the wedding ring; feel free to share your life experiences. Tween-hood is when most children decide whether their needs are going to be met by their family, their peer group or a combination. Making yourself available and flexible to do what the child enjoys‒hiking, paintball, video games or cooking‒will go a long way in cementing your support role.

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But, take heart: Navigating a tweenstepfather relationship can be simple with a few fundamentals. The fact that one in four Americans has a step-relative in their nuclear family should come as no shock. The rising rate of divorce may also be giving rise to second marriages and second chances at happily-ever-after, but that may not always be the case for the children involved. Stepparents, and particularly stepfathers, often have a difficult time incorporating themselves in the new family. Stepfathers are more likely to fight with step-teens, found a study at the Institute of Education in London in 2008. Without that biologically bestowed affection and voice of authority, stepdads may find stepchildren to be disrespectful and unkind-especially with vulnerable and dynamic tweens.


Be Emotionally Stable

Of the two parties in this relationship, you should definitely be the cooler cucumber. Don’t rush the bonding, provide constant support and remember that many emotions this tween is feeling likely have nothing to do with you. Children are going to be less forgiving of stepparents, so it’s important that you not lose your temper or get easily frustrated with the child if you want any chance at developing trust.

As helpful as these tips might be to creating a happy tween-stepdad relationship, the most important suggestion is love. The harder you work toward loving that child as your own, whether they’re 2 years old or 16, the more likely they are to trust you and want a strong relationship as well. 

STEPPARENTING IN THE REAL WORLD!

LOCAL STEPPARENTS AND THEIR TAKE ON BONDING WITH THEIR STEPCHILDREN

According to Jim, stepfather to two sons, being a stepparent can be a rocky road. One avenue that has helped him bond with his stepsons has been finding their passion and being an active participant in helping them achieve their goals. For Jim, it has been helping one of his stepsons make the middle school basketball team. From practices to all his games, Jim has been by his side. With his other stepson, he has bonded over his stepson's love of the outdoors. April was a stepmom before she had her own children. Being a stepmom first allowed her to have "relaxed" fun time with Olivia, her stepdaughter for the last 11 years. Knowing that Olivia's biological mom handled the "serious stuff," she was able to connect with her over shopping, music, talking about boys, clothes and friends. When April had her own daughter, their relationship grew even stronger. It was apparent that this new little girl needed both a big sister and her mom as role models, and they happily bonded over the honor. GIGGLEMAG.COM | JUNE/JULY

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AGES 13-1 8

Life Lessons From Dad BY TED SPIKER

Any dad of young kids can rattle off his bonehead fatherhood mistakes. My list looks something like this: Son slips in bathtub on my watch (stitches required). Cannot figure out how to fix the brakes on a bike (must take to shop). Stepped away from the grill, allowing it to spark on some grease and having to use the fire extinguisher in a very panicky 30-second sequence (“Remember that time, Daddy, when you almost set the house on fire?”).

"...haircut. Get one."

But perhaps my greatest fatherhood failure is the one that I can’t believe I let happen, considering I loved the game as a kid: I never taught my boys how to throw or catch a baseball. Now 13, my twin sons love sports and play football, lacrosse and hockey, but I let all those years slip away without making sure they knew the one thing that dads are supposed to teach their sons.

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You always help your opponent up. Unless the rat-punk deserved it.

Organized space = organized mind = getting your responsibilities done = more play time!

They need coaching about skills, about principles and about strategies that will help them transition from teens to young men. And the trickiest part, of course, is that you can’t be too teachy or too preachy, or else all will be lost. So my mission over the next few years is to make sure, at the very least, my boys learn these essential lessons of manhood.

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Hit SAVE often.

Warm water, with the grain. At no time, until you’re mid-way through college, will your scrawny facial stubble be the least bit appealing.

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Your best conversational tool—in job interviews, on dates, anytime: Ask questions.

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The greatest athletic weapon you have has nothing to do with strength, endurance, power, agility or ability. It has everything to do with finding what you love doing. (It also has a little something to do with good form and follow-through, but that’s besides the point.)

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Calculate the tip in your head.

Hold the door. Say “You’re welcome,” not “Sure thing.” Write handwritten thank you notes that don’t sound like form letters.

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I’m fairly certain they’ve since learned from their friends, but I like to tell myself that I have another shot. Not at teaching baseball skills, but at teaching life skills. As my boys enter their potentially angsty teen years, they’ve entered the time when the lessons are that much more important.

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As you get older, people will immediately judge you—rightly or wrongly—on several things. One is your handshake. It needs to be firm, not fishy. Two is your use of grammar. It needs to be correct, not the way u wld tlk to ur peeps in txt, yo. Three is your haircut. Get one.


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Find at least one form of art that you dig. Music, writing, drawing, cooking, I don’t care what form it comes in. I just want you to have at least one place where you can create. (Instagram does not count as that one place.)

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Getting flowers—to say everything from Happy Birthday to I’m Sorry—is easy. Learn the flowers she likes. Get them. Sometimes (many times!), for no reason at all.

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Eyes up, always eyes up. Rule to live by while riding bikes, driving cars, navigating the world or talking to women.  Ted Spiker is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida. He’s also a magazine writer and co-author of the bestselling "YOU: The Owner’s Manual" series with Dr. Oz. You can follow him on Twitter at @ProfSpiker.

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SUMMER MEMORIES BY SAMANTHA SIMON

As the summer rolls around, you know there are countless fun family times on the horizon. The days and nights of the hottest months of the year are sure to be memorable, but you’ll want to have something to look back on once the summer is over. If you’re searching for the perfect way to capture those special moments, we’ve got some ideas for you to keep this summer’s memories fresh for a long time to come.

 Create a memory box: A memory box is an organized way to safely store your favorite summer keepsakes. You can choose to either decorate a box on your own (a shoebox works great for this!) or you can purchase one that is already decorated from a craft store. Some things to keep in this box would include concert and movie ticket stubs and camp arts and crafts. You can also start a new collection using one of these boxes. For example, collect a few seashells each time you go to the beach and store them in a beachthemed box of their own.

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Why did you start Giggle? I started Giggle Magazine because my husband said after being a stay-at-home mom for five years I was going to have to return to work or find something "to do" (in terms of a career). So, I found something to do. I took the love I had for my boys, my community and for being a MOM, and my need to make a difference and be creative, and put it in a pretty package called "Giggle Magazine." The hardest thing about being a working mom? Balance and guilt. I feel guilty when I am at work and not with them...and guilty when I am playing with them and not working. It is very hard to find that inner balance and let go of the guilt. But, I know I am making them proud and I do it all for them. The most fun part of being the Giggle boss lady? I LOVE LOVE those that I work with. They make it fun, inspire me every day and make it easy for me to come to work. The last movie I watched that wasn't a cartoon? "The Great Gatsby." My Mommy/Me time consists of… Working...is that normal? My favorite thing in my office is? My blue walls (thanks to my amazing staff) and the Gurgle Pots-they make me laugh! Want to see what Nicole is inspired by? Follow Nicole's Pinterest board on the Giggle Magazine Pinterest feed!

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 Keep a summer blog: A blog is a great way to document memories, plus it gives recollections a more personal touch. From vacation updates to daily photos, blogging lets you document the summer in your own words as it moves along. Whether it’s simply a way for you to jot down your personal thoughts or to keep family and friends up-to-date, blogging is one of the most detailed ways to capture summer memories. If you do keep a summer blog, print it out before the hectic school year begins. It will be fun for the whole family to read and reminisce at a later time!

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