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DEC/JAN 2010 • Volume 1 • Issue 6

the peace akeeping with the family during the holidays

it’s potty training time! creative gift

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Nicole Irving President Shane Irving Vice President Managing Editor Chris Wilson

Art Director Leslie Vega

Contributing Writers Wendy Joysen, Alison Walker, Mary Reichardt, Helen Kornblum, Rachael Pino, Dana Kamp, Melissa Ortiz, Alexandra Bitton-Braddy, Christina Vila Photographers Laurel Housden Photography, Kelsey Gordon, The Verve Studio, Lifeprints Photography by Shandon, Sales Specialists Shane Irving, Chris Wilson, LaRue LeBlanc, Julie Rezendes

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 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 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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every month 8 Charity of the Month Toys for Tots

22 Holiday Cookies! Fun recipes with the kids

26 Local Lifesavers

Holiday House Hopping

28 Family Spotlight

The Shore-Schackow Family

31 Health & Wellness

Revamping Your First Aid Kit

39 Giggle Dollars

Teaching Your Kids The Value of a Dollar

44 Why I love raising my family in Gainesville

The Remberts share what they love about their hometown

45 Ladies’ Night Out

giggle gets pampered at Cloud 9

46 Giggle Trips

giggle takes you to New York City for the Holidays



12 Creative Gift

24 Legal Side of Things

Wrapping Ideas

14 The History of New Year Celebrations 18 Potty Training Basics 20 Giving Pets As Gifts 27 When Every Penny Counts: Holiday Gift Giving Made Economical 30 Favorite Holiday Books and Movies 33 Miss Gainesville 37 What You Need to Know About the Flu

Informing families of the important legal issues that effect them

34 All Kidding Aside

Tough questions answered about kids, family, school, parenting, and everything in between

36 Organized Solutions

Professional organizer Helen Kornblum helps us find easy ways to keep our busy family lives organized

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d Letter from the Publisher


a la la la.. The holidays are here! What a wonderful time of the year: a time for making memories, participating in old time traditions and, of course, gift giving. giggle magazine is so excited to present our first holiday issue just in time for the festivities to begin. This year, it is no secret that the economy has been on a downward spiral, and there is not one family or community that has not been affected. giggle magazine has come up with some great alternatives and easy ways to cut costs during the holiday season, while still keeping the spirit of the holidays alive. Why spend extra money on wrapping paper? With a little creativity, craft paper and some markers, we show you how to make your own wrapping paper with your children in our craft corner. And, for those who are looking for the perfect gift for Mom and Dad, we came up with a great list of budget-friendly must-haves on our giggle stamp page. Nothing says “Holiday time” like a trip to New York City, this month’s giggle trip hot spot. With holiday cheer pouring out of every shop window, the season of giving is alive each year through the streets of NYC. From ice skating in Central Park to visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the city that never sleeps will not disappoint. This is, without a doubt, my first stop on our holiday travels this year. No holiday season is complete without the intricate balancing act of pleasing everyone. Christmas Eve with his

family, Christmas Day with hers? The second night of Hanukkah with mine, the fourth with yours? It can take a toll on everyone. In our “Keeping the Peace with the Relatives” feature, we have some great pointers on how to make it a merry holiday season for all. Our “Lifesavers” department also has been on a mission to make everybody’s holiday road trip easier with just a few simple precautions. Cookies, cookies, cookies. No holiday is complete without sweet treats to share with family and friends. This issue’s “In the Kitchen” highlights some of my family’s personal recipes and I hope that they become a staple on each of your family holiday menus. What an honor to spotlight Miss Gainesville Myrahhnanda Jones in our first “Teen Spotlight.” A stunning young lady who has turned a tragic family event into a life of giving back, Jones is an inspiration to both young and old. With talent, beauty, and a mission to give to those in need, Ms. Jones will go far. With our feature on the Festival of Lights, New Year celebrations, and our Favorite Holiday books and movies, this issue of giggle magazine is complete with everything you need to make this season bright and merry.

We wish you a Merry Holiday Season and a beautiful new year!

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charity of the month ®



By Mary Reichardt


or more than 62 years, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation has served needy children in our country by providing toys for Christmas. For many of these children, it will be the only new toy they receive this year. According to the organization’s official Web site (, Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR, set out to complete a task for his wife Diane. She simply asked him to deliver a doll she had hand-crafted to an organization that would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When he returned home with the doll to tell his wife that no such organization existed, she told him to start one. And, he did. In 1947, Major Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles. Since then, the Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million children. Alachua County has its own local Toys for Tots chapter. Last year, brand new toys were distributed to more than 3,300 kids in our area. When Marine Eric Kidwell learned that the current coordinator for Alachua was stepping down with no one to fill the role, he stepped in. “I could not let the program fall,” Kidwell said. “Marines must be the most ready when the nation is the least ready and that means we must also be ready in our own communities.”

“People do not realize the expenses [of the organization] like facility insurance, storage, utilities, fuel, logistical items, etc.,” said Kidwell. Toys for Tots also needs you to keep this mission alive by making financial donations whenever possible. You can donate securely online and designate your funds to your local area or send check or money order payable to Toys for Tots to: Toys for Toys c/o Eric Kidwell 10277 SW 105th Dr. Gainesville, FL 32608-7357 To receive a brand new toy for your child this Christmas, visit United Way, Catholic Charities, Gainesville Ministries and Gainesville Community Outreach also have sign-ups. The local United Way can be contacted by phone at 352-331-2800. If you have all you need this year or even an abundance of gifts for your children, consider making this a learning experience for the whole family. Children can volunteer or you can give them a card stating that a donation has been made in their name to a needy child in their own community. While some kids may not understand why this is better than a new video game, we know all of you amazing giggle parents will be able to explain the joy of giving to your little ones.

He recounted the incident that cemented his dedication to the charity. “My first year assisting in Gainesville, we attended the UF School of Medicine Christmas party,” he explained. “A young lady came in with two large bags full of toys. Later, she came up to me and began to thank me for all I have done for her. I thought she was going with the ‘thank you for serving our country’ angle. However, she began to explain that as a little girl she was on the receiving end of Toys for Tots and knew it. She had just graduated with her Ph.D. and told me that wherever she went, she would find the Marines and make sure she gave back as much, if not more, as we gave her. That was it. I knew the program made a difference and that I wanted to remain a part of it.” Toys for Tots, like all charities, depends solely on the generosity of its contributors. They need and collect brand new toys at drop-off locations all over Gainesville. However, toys are not the only need this incredible ministry has.





Giggle fact: The Toys for Tots logo still used today was designed by Walt Disney in 1948!


Giggle fact: First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush both served as Toys for Tots national spokespersons.


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Creative gift wrapping get creative!

This year, wrap your holiday gifts in one-of-kind wrapping paper. Economical and creative, they may be too pretty to open!


White craft paper Pens Brown craft paper Family photos Stamps Copy machine Stamp ink Ribbons Hole punch Tape Scissors Glue Tissue paper Stapler Twine Construction paper Newspaper Alphabet stickers

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Homemade Cards This is simple, cost efficient

and perfect for kids who are learning to write. Simply have them create their own gift labels. This allows them to feel creative and accomplished at same time!



Have fun picking out favorite photos of your family, including photos of the gift recipient.

Make black-and-white photo collages in copier. Wrap gift and adorn with bows and ribbon.

Tip! This works best with small photos and for small gifts.

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Perfect of all ages, this is a great way to get all kids involved. Layout paper on floor, cut to right size based on gift, and tape four corners to the floor. Pick out festive stamps, and let them go at it. Stamp away! Let ink dry completely before wrapping gift. Use festive hole punch to attach ribbon to tag. Have children use alphabet stickers to write name. Add a rustic touch with twine, and place under tree.


Scrabble Art This is best for smaller children.

Layout paper on floor and cut out to right size based on gift. Tape four corners to floor. Using colorful markers, let children go at it, creating “scribble scrabble” art. Let ink dry.

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Wrap gift and decorate with coordinating festive ribbon.


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And, back at home...

In the U.S., the crowds packed into Times Square witness the ball begin its descent at 11:59 Eastern Time. Dick Clark hosted the event from 1972-2007 and has since shared duties with other hosts. Another American New Years tradition is the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, which has been held on New Year’s Day for nearly 100 years.

“Auld Lang Syne”

New Year Celebrations

Everybody knows that the arrival of December 31 means its time to ring in the new.

Who’s First?

The current time in any country is determined by where a country is located in relation to the International Date Line, an invisible line zig-zagging north to south through the Pacific Ocean. Because of this, the first country to celebrate the New Year is Christmas Island, a territory of Australia located more than 1,000 miles northwest of the governing country. However, the first significant New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Australia, where millions gather to watch the huge fireworks show in Sydney Harbor.

Which Party Is Biggest?

Perhaps the most famous New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Rio de Janeiro, where people attend what is billed as “the largest party in the world.” It is estimated that anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 million people celebrate the dawning of a new year at Rio’s Copacabana beach.

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Who Celebrates Last?

Because the Chinese celebrate the dawning of a New Year according to the Lunar Calendar, China often is the last place in the world to celebrate the new year. This year, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 14, which also is Valentine’s Day.

Typical Customs

Of course, fireworks and kisses for loved ones are a couple of the most popular ways people around the world celebrate the New Year. Many people in the southern U.S. celebrate New Years Day with a meal of pork, collard greens and black-eyed peas. The Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to celebrate with a meal of pork and sauer kraut. No matter how you celebrate...

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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the history of

It’s not known exactly how long the song “Auld Lang Syne” has been helping people around the world ring in the new year. The song has been around since the 1700s. While it was popularized as a New Years tune by Guy Lombardo starting in 1929, earlier published articles indicate that the song was a New Years tradition before that.


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PottyTrainingBasics BY MARY REICHARDT

It’s potty time!

While most parents think about potty training as anything less than a party, we do recognize its benefits. After months, often years, of hard work, dedication and worker bee-like consistency, we reap the rewards of our labor — no more diapers! A huge burden is lifted from our noses and our wallets — not to mention the environment. Our children experience an increased independence and can now be admitted into daycares and preschools where potty training is required. There is a plethora of material on this subject and the strong opinions can be as confusing as they are helpful. Here is a list of just a few well-respected sources I’ve found from full-time moms to Harvard doctors. Remember, every child is different and so is every parenting style. Only you can determine the right timing and the methods that work for you. It may be strictly adhering to one of these guidelines or, like me, finding somewhere in-between.

The Sooner, the Better

Infant potty training, while controversial now, was once the norm. Alachua resident and avid giggle reader Tamara Nelson began potty training her three children when they were each just a few months old. “I don’t think we give them enough credit as babies. We don’t think they’ll understand,” said Nelson, who started training her oldest son at 10 months. First, she simply allowed him to sit on his potty chair and get acquainted. She turned on running water in the sink, so that the sound would encourage him to pee. When he did go, she made a big deal about it. Many moms use “potty treats,” like Skittles or animal crackers if the children are old enough. If the child doesn’t go in about a minute or so (unless pooping), then take the child off the seat. I give my son a treat just for sitting on the potty. If he has to go, he will. “It’s all about timing and learning your kids’ potty cues,” said Nelson. She tries 15 minutes after eating and diaper changes. Potty cues range from certain faces your child

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makes to grunting or straining and squatting or hiding. We learn to recognize signs of fatigue and hunger in our kids at an early age. Recognizing potty cues is the same. Be sure to share any potty cues you see with your childcare provider, if they are willing to help. Nelson also thinks it’s important to show children what they “do” in the diaper or toilet and explain what it is and where it goes. This training is time-consuming and hands-on. Even if it’s just a couple times a day on the potty, instead of in the diaper, it’s still helpful. Nelson explained that “it can be a little cumbersome, but it made

“I don’t think we give them enough credit as babies” better sense to train them to pee in the potty than to untrain them to pee in the diaper.” Trying to break a habit formed since birth and fostered for years gets more difficult with age. Many moms have had difficulty training two and three-year olds and it is possible that the difficulty is not with the potty and the

act of training, but with the age in general. The idea is to start when they are younger and much more moldable — not when they’re beginning a stage that already is tough. More information on infant potty training can be found at

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Many experts agree that the developmental skills needed to “eliminate” on the potty only come after one year of age. This means children are physically unable to control their eliminating or to “potty-on-command” until well into their second year of life. These same experts also fear that instituting the potty too early will not promote a positive experience. The best resource I’ve found for potty training (among other things) is the Sears family of doctors. Dr. William Sears, MD, and his wife Martha, RN, are pediatric specialists and parents of eight children (two of whom also are doctors in the family practice of pediatrics). According to their Web site, “You can lead a baby to the bathroom, but you can’t make him go.” The doctors encourage parents to “watch your baby, not the calendar for…ready to learn signs.” Some signs the site mentions include when a child begins to pull diapers off when the diaper is wet or soiled; the child’s ability to pull clothes off; the child verbally communicating other sensations, such as hunger; and the child imitates your toileting (for a complete list and lots of great how-to advice, visit www.askdrsears. com).

• Potty treats are a must! • You will need training pants or pull-ups. Try Dri Days leak-proof, machine washable ones also found at Some crafty moms took the time to sew a portion of a cloth diaper into regular underwear. This allows the child to feel they are wet, but does not make a disastrous mess. • Books are a fun way to educate, prepare and reinforce this learning process. Some cute ones are “Going to the Potty” by Fred Rogers and “Caillou: Potty Time” by Joceline Sanschagrin. Potty training takes an enormous amount of patience and the ability to laugh at yourself, your child and at life. It’s important not to pressure or punish your child for “accidents” or “misses.”

“watch your baby, not the calendar for… ready to learn signs.”

One Day Does It

Photography by Laurel Housden Photography

“Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day,” a book by Teri Crane, encourages parents to follow a step-by-step procedure for potty training in one day. The system is intense and must be followed to the letter to be effective. The trick is throwing a “potty party,” which includes all the gusto of a birthday. Decorations, presents, treats, guests to cheer on and congratulate the little one and everything should be pulled out to create a party atmosphere. This book stresses the importance of using a doll that wets to show kids how to potty first and details all of the author’s struggles with potty training her own kids.


• You will need either potty chair that you will need to empty in the toilet after each use or line with plastic wrap and dump or a potty seat that attaches to the big toilet and a step stool. It’s important the child’s feet reach the stool so they can rest and push on it to use their colon muscles properly. Tamara Nelson suggests using a seat with a ladder attachment, like the one made by One Step Ahead ( • It is helpful to use a doll that wets as a demonstrative tool.

Potty training is complicated, so remember that even a regression is not the end of the world. I chose to start training my son early because he is curious about the potty and loves the attention he gets when he goes. Starting him early means there is no pressure because he is not expected to go on the potty now. This is as much a learning process for me as it is for him. I know the pressure can be more intense as children get older. But, don’t wait until they have to be trained to start showing them what to do. That way, you can both relax and let the process work it out. b giggle

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Pets as gifts

Last year for Christmas, Carrieanne Reichardt was given a gift she never expected — well, make that two gifts she never expected. Her sister Jane couldn’t resist the little orange and white kittens for sale at a local shelter. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to take them home since she lived in a small condo while attending college. So, she adopted them for her little sister.


“I asked my mom before I gave my sister the kittens because I knew she would be the one providing for them,” said Jane. “[Mom] was hesitant at first, but now she loves them. I even asked to take one recently and she said no.”

“I don’t recommend giving animals such as cats or dogs as gifts, because it’s a huge decision to make for someone else. If that person isn’t ready for the responsibility and financial burden, then the animal is the one who suffers,” said Dr. Terry Tomlin of Town and Country Veterinarians. He also explained that in tough economic times such as these, it is often veterinary care that gets neglected. When people can’t even afford to take themselves to the doctor, how are they going to prioritize taking their pet? Pets don’t just need care when they are sick or injured. They need regular teeth cleanings and must sometimes be put under anesthesia for treatment. They need routine checkups and grooming. “Remember that pets are costly and need care for their entire lifetime,” said Tomlin. “As a parent, if you want to give your child a pet, you need to realize that you are essentially buying yourself an animal. Kids are not alone able to take proper care of a pet. All the socialization, training and financial responsibility is on you.” He suggests getting a fish or gerbil instead to teach kids responsibility. These animals require less care and still provide companionship and fun. However, Carrieanne couldn’t be more thrilled with her cats Freddie and Ronnie. “I was so excited when I got my kittens,” said Carrieanne. “I think they make awesome gifts and they’re the best cats.” If you still feel the desire to give a cat or dog as a gift, Dr. Tomlin asks that you be careful not to buy from a pet store or puppy mill. Instead, visit a local rescue organization that will help you find the right fit. Gainesville Pet Rescue is a local,



d not–for-profit animal rescue organization that finds loving homes for thousands of pets. They can be reached at 352-692-4776 or online at

Teach kids

pet responsibility

to enjoy the new addition all year long! Kids are instinctively drawn to animals. They love to pet dogs, chase kitties and feed fish. But, how can they become responsible for the care of these animals? As parents, there are a few things to keep in mind when getting children pets. Here are some tips: • Parents must realize they are ultimately responsible for the animal’s well-being, especially if the children are elementary age or younger. • Make sure younger children learn that they must put away small toys, shoes or anything else that might tempt the appetite of a dog or other animal. • Kids must understand that animals also have to “go potty” and they should not hinder the animal from finding a litter box or letting their dog out for a bathroom break. They also have to understand that animals, whether fish, birds, cats or dogs, must have their waste cleaned up, because obviously the animal can’t always do so. • Teach children how to feed and water their animals. • Create a weekly job list that might include washing the feeding dishes and grooming or bathing their pet and cleaning cages, fish bowls or litter boxes. • Get a book on how to care for the type of animal you buy.

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The two male kittens are much bigger now and the brothers have racked up quite a bill since they arrived. After shots, food, regular flea and worm treatments and a hefty bill when one of the cats was injured by a car last summer, the term “free kittens” no longer seems to apply.


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d d holiday cookies! f yummy

Let the kids in on the fun with these easy holiday recipes


Ingredients: 1½ cups flour, sifted 3 eggs 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sugar, less two tbs. ¾ cup Wesson Oil 3 teaspoon anise extract (or ½ tsp. oil of anise)

Photos by Verve Studio

Walnut Balls



Combine eggs, sugar, oil and anise and beat well. In a separate bowl sift and combine the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the liquid a little at a time and beat well after each addition. Pour into shallow strudel-type pan that has been greased and floured. Bake 30 minutes at 350º. Cool for a few minutes and cut into ½ inch slices. Replace slices into pan and broil sides of cookies until they are lightly toasted. Makes about three dozen cookies.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, room temperature 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla 2 cups sifted flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¾ cups finely chopped walnuts ½ teaspoon cinnamon Powdered sugar


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Preheat oven to 375º. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Sift flour, salt, and cinnamon together; add to creamed mixture. Mix well; stir in walnuts. Shape dough into small round balls, try to make them all the same size for cooking consistency. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12-14 minutes. Remove and place on cooling rack. When cool, dust with powder sugar.

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d Ingredients:

a sweet little gift


Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups quick-cooking oats 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions: Heat oven to 350º Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a separate bowl. Then add to liquid ingredients and mix well. Stir in oats, raisins and nuts, and mix well with spoon. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. Makes about four dozen cookies.

2 eggs ¾ cup shortening (Crisco, not melted) 1¾ cup flour ¾-1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon allspice 1 cup oatmeal (1-minute cooking kind) 1 small jar strawberry preserves Directions: In a large bowl beat shortening and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs and beat again. In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture a little at a time with wooden spoon. Add oats and chill for two hours. Flatten and work with small pieces of dough at a time on a floured, wooden board. Flatten dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Use wine glass or cutter (2 inches in diameter) to cut round discs. Use a small cutter (½ in diameter) to cut out center hole in half of the discs. Place discs on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350º for about 12-15 minutes. Rotate cookie sheets in oven for even cooking. When cool, spread strawberry preserves on discs without holes. Top with remaining discs and dust with confectioner’s sugar.


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the legal side of things



BY ATTORNEY ALISON WALKER with the law firm of Folds & Walker, LLC Additional information provided by

Sondra Randon, Esq.


o most of us, the holiday season is a time to give back and share love. Whether it is hosting a big dinner party with family and friends, giving thoughtful presents to our loved ones or donating to our favorite charity, we share an overwhelming sense of generosity when December rolls around. Unfortunately, there are some “bad apples” out there who do not share in the joys of giving as much. In the perfect world, the threat of receiving coal in your Christmas stocking or going to prison for many years would prevent identity theft. However, in this digital age with the drastic increase in internet purchases and credit card usage, it has become too simple for criminals to take your name, social security number, bank account information and address and run, so to speak. Here are several interesting facts about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from identity theft: 1. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Florida was ranked third in the nation in 2008 for identity theft, with 24,440 reported victims, and ranked ninth in the nation for fraud and other complaints, with more than 57,472 reported victims. Across the nation, the most common form of reported identity theft is credit card fraud. 2. Keep your personal information secure. During the holiday shopping season, it is easy for distracted and overwhelmed shoppers to let their guard down. Finding the perfect holiday gift at a discounted price online can come at a cost, if you are not careful with your private financial and personal information. Be sure to keep all your receipts together in a safe place and shred or rip unwanted receipts. Keep your social security number, driver’s license number and credit card information safe. Many people choose to use an intermediary e-commerce service, such as PayPal (, which allows members to establish an online account that is funded by a bank account or credit card. When checking out with your purchases online, you only need to enter your PayPal account to complete the purchase, instead of disclosing your credit card information and address to several companies. 3. Make sure the web site you are visiting is authentic. Web site spoofing occurs when someone creates a fake Web site of an organization or company with the sole intent to mislead internet shoppers by requesting personal information to make a purchase or register an account. Most commonly, the fake Web site will take advantage of a typo in a Web address. Make sure that you have the Web site address correctly spelled in the address bar. If you are not sure the

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business you are searching for has a Web site for online shopping, contact the physical store and ask. 4. Avoid giving credit card numbers over the telephone to small businesses. It is a hectic time for both merchants and shoppers. When you call a small business, the clerk answering the phone may simply write your credit card number on a piece of paper that may get misplaced in the holiday chaos. It is better to visit the store directly or mail a payment to the store. 5. Be careful of telephone calls and e-mails from charities soliciting donations. You may consider contacting the charity directly to ensure that your donations are going to the reputable organization rather than a fake fund. 6. Obtain a temporary card number for safer checkout for the times that you shop online. Many financial institutions offer this service with benefits to a cardholder, including keeping the true account number from being shared with a merchant and allowing the cardholder to set a specific limit on how much can be charged to the account by a merchant. The cardholder also can select an expiration date, beyond which charges to the account will be refused. Although you can generate a different temporary account number for each online purchase you make, some companies allow you to use the same generated account number when you shop with the same online retailer for convenience. 7. Check your credit score. As an additional precaution, it is a good idea to obtain a free copy of your credit report. The Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) requires each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to provide one free credit report at your request, once every 12 month. Rather than contacting each company directly to order your free annual credit report, visit, call (877)322-8228 or mail a completed request form to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

Resources for more information on identity theft: Federal Trade Commission: or Identity Theft Helpline at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) (general information and more tips to prevent identity theft) Florida Attorney General’s Office: identitytheft or 1-866-966-7226 (victims of identity theft in Florida) U.S. Postal Inspection Office: inspect (mail theft)

Social Security Administration: 1-800-269-0271 or (stolen or misused social security number) This information should not be used as a substitute for seeking needed advice from an attorney or other qualified advisor regarding your individual needs.


House Hopping BY DANA KAMP

The holidays are a wonderful, joyous time of year, filled with family, friends, food and sometimes chaos. Visiting the extended family is part of what makes the holidays so special. But, unless you are prepared, it could become a scene straight from a National Lampoon movie.

Before You Go:

*Check out your destination community online. Look for nearby playgrounds, museums, nature trails, shopping plazas and family activity centers. Check local performing arts centers for holiday plays. Search the city’s website for free holiday festivals or parades. *Call ahead and talk with your hosts. Ask about pets (theirs and yours), sleeping arrangements, parking, and any activities they’ve already planned. Politely suggest any baby proofing they may need to do before your arrival. *Visit the dollar store to stock up on coloring books, journals, stickers, travel games and snacks for your journey. Whether traveling by car or plane, you will need an assortment of time-consuming activities for each person. *Consider taking bikes with you! Whether exploring a new bike path or just your Aunt Debbie’s neighborhood, having them with you could provide a fun, stress-relieving activity for everyone!

While on Your Way:

*Allow time for periodic stops. Let everyone get out of the car to stretch or run around for a few minutes. Being rushed only leads to cranky travelers!



*Bring out items from your dollar store goodie bag intermittently. A new book or favorite snack can be the reward for reaching the state line or the “two hours without a breakdown” mark. Be sure to save some treats for each house you’ll be visiting and the ride home! *If traveling at night, your little ones may fall asleep, especially if you’ve remembered to bring their favorite blankie or lovey. If not, bringing a new DVD to watch or a new CD to listen to would be helpful in providing a chunk of quiet time. Don’t forget the earphones!

You’ve Arrived:

*Stopping at the local market as you come into town is a great idea. Stock up on your family’s favorite snacks and special dietary needs, so the hosts won’t worry about this. This can also be a lifesaver if there is downtime while the holiday meal is being prepared and little (and big) mouths are hungry! *If the meal is arranged as a potluck, be sure to prepare something your immediate family loves. This way, if the menu calls for something outside their comfort level, there will be at least one dish they trust. *Try to keep your regular routine. Naptimes and feeding schedules won’t be exactly as they are at home, but everybody’s day runs smoother when needs are met and routines are kept. Bringing along lullaby CDs and pillows from home may help this new place feel more comfortable for your little one’s downtime. *Get out of the house! While visiting with family is the main reason you have come, it will do everyone good to take a break and get some fresh air. Check out one of the family-friendly activities you researched before your trip. Take a bike ride. Find a park bench or a patch of grass and let the kids write or draw in a travel journal. Being together in the house will be more enjoyable for all if it it’s not 24/7. *Smile, take lots of pictures and stop for just a second to realize how blessed you are to have this family! Happy Holidays!



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When it comes to gift buying this year, everyone will be pinching pennies, clipping coupons and searching for the best bargains. Here are a few ideas to stretch that dollar and still make it a merry holiday season. Framed Picasso Finally, something to do with all those miniature Picasso paintings your little one brings home from school. Start off by having your little one pick out their favorite art pieces for each recepient. Purchase coordinating frames and viola, you have a stunning framed piece of art! Cost: $5-$10 Family Gift Have the kids been tugging at your sleeve for that gaming system? Has Dad been getting the bug to play golf at all hours of the night? This might be the perfect idea for those families who want to enhance their “family time.” This year, make it a “family gift” year. Purchasing a gaming system for the whole family to use and enjoy will make the Christmas shopping a breeze and make everyone happy! Cost: $200 for a family of 4 ($50 each) Homemade treats Have kids help in the festivities of Holiday baking. Make bunches of your family favorite holiday treats and box them up in cute holiday tins. Make this a holiday tradition. Cost: $10-$15

Photo Art Anything with photos is always a hit. Make homemade albums, calendars and photo DVDs to share with the family. Cost: $5-$20 Pass on Vintage Have gorgeous rings or a snazzy watch the kids have always had their eye on, but it sits pretty in the jewelry box, rarely warn? Pass it on!

Other tips:

• Set a budget • Set gift buying limits with family and friends • Draw names for gift buying • Get creative • Don’t overdo, by do what you can • Remember the spirit of the holiday season

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d a Santa Fe College “Woman of Distinction,” a Girl Scouts “Woman of Distinction” and the American Heart Association’s “Advocate of the Year.” She has received the “Aunt Carrie Award” for the volunteer of the year from the Junior League of Gainesville, the Gainesville Sun’s “People of the Year” award and the J.C. Penney “Golden Rule Award” for her community service. Shore currently is the board chair of the Gainesville Community Foundation. Marilyn Tubb, the previous board chair who still serves on the Foundation’s board, has worked with Shore in a number of philanthropic commitments, including work for the University of Florida Performing Arts, the American Heart Association and the United Way. “[Melanie] has a broad and deep commitment to community service,” said Tubb. “She does everything with a sense of humor and perspective. She’s talented and she has a positive impatience about her, because she wants to get things done. She’s very devoted to her family and her community.”

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The ShoreSchackow Family BY CHRIS WILSON AND CHRISTINA VILA Photo by Lifeprints Photography by Shandon

Melanie Shore’s refrigerator offers her a constant daily reminder in the form of a quote from Mahatma Ghandi - “Be the change you want to see in the world.” As a senior vice president at Mercantile Bank, a private banker and a mother, one might think she has not a moment to spare. But, giving back to the community she loves is something Shore could not do without. Volunteering is something that comes naturally to Shore, who has been involved in the Gainesville community since the mid1980s. She began volunteering locally for the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation in 1985, when she was a public relations and marketing officer for Barnett Bank.

Shore serves on the boards of about ten charitable and nonprofit organizations in Gainesville. “I’ve never asked to be on the board of anything,” Shore said. “I just became a volunteer, rolled up my sleeves and was dedicated to the commitment. The organizations realized this and many have asked me to serve on their boards.” One of the first organizations Shore became involved with in Gainesville was the United Way. After volunteering, she was invited to serve on the board and later to chair the United Way of Alachua County’s fundraising campaign. “This was the year that the country was in a recession and involved in Desert Storm,” she explained. “We still managed to exceed our fund raising goal and had a seven percent increase in donations from the previous year. We raised more than $2 million. Even during the most difficult times, most people are willing to sacrifice and give.”

“I was helping the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation raise money and find mentors for its ‘Take Stock in Children’ program,” Shore explained. “I decided to become a mentor myself, too. If I was going to talk the talk, I felt like I had to walk the walk.”

But, it is more than awards, accolades and leadership positions that keep Shore striving to improve her community. Community work has been a part of her daily life and something that she shares with her family. Her husband Ray Schackow and daughter Alison, who is in middle school, often participate in events along with Melanie.

Shore has also been the recipient of many awards and honors. She received the Rotary Club of Gainesville’s “Service Above Self” Award, which goes to one person annually who exhibits outstanding dedication and unselfish service to enhance the quality of life in their community. She also has been named

“I’ve tried to instill empathy and understanding in Alison from a very young age,” Shore said. Recently, the family participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. “It was an opportunity for our whole family to be involved,”

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she said. “My daughter was helping some of the other children who were participating and, when I looked over at her, she had a big smile on her face. I was so proud of her and she didn’t even realize she was being so helpful.” Alison always knows where her mom is heading. It’s not just a meeting or something she needs to do. Shore makes sure her daughter is aware that they are blessed as a family to be in a position to help others. “I’ve also been lucky because my husband has been willing to do what it takes to let me be involved,” said Shore. “Whether it’s picking [Alison] up from school or getting dinner ready, he has really been my silent partner in everything I do.” But, Shore tries to take care of as much of the behind-thescenes work as possible on her own time. She believes it is important to keep a balance between work and family. “I do a lot of my volunteer work during the day, so it doesn’t encroach on my family time,” she said. People like Shore can’t get all this work done on their own. The holiday season is the perfect time for families in the community to get involved. Each family is individual to what they are driven to, Melanie said. It is about finding one organization that stands out to them.

“The organizations I’ve become involved with serve an interest to me,” she said. “They’re all organizations that I believe in.” Shore’s advice for families who want to help others is to get involved through their church, to look for opportunities in local newspapers or to participate in annual events through their workplace. One of Shore’s favorite things to do during the holiday season is to adopt a family through the Alachua County Public Schools Foundation, where she and others donate necessities to underprivileged families in the area. Something Shore cannot stress enough is the importance of volunteering year-round. It’s something great to do during the holiday season, but something that she believes should become a part of everyday life. She wants people to remember that we are all part of the same community. Volunteering is a bonding experience that can lead to a better relationship within families, Shore said. “The most important thing we can do is spend time with our children and families,” she said. “When we spend time helping others together, it deepens your relationship and makes them aware of the need to give back.” b


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Favoriteholiday books and movies! Books


The Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg

Home Alone (1990)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss

White Chritmas (1954)

Snowmen at Christmas By Caralyn Buenner

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah By Sylvia A Rouss

The Santa Clause (1996)

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The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story By Eric A. Kimmel

The Night Before Christmas By Clement C. Moore

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First aid kit for the new year BY RACHAEL PINO

It’s another new year, and you know what that means — out with the old and in with the new. There’s no better time to update your family’s first aid kit, so that you can keep everyone going strong all year long. A well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in every home and you should seriously consider making one to keep in your car, as well. Having supplies gathered ahead of time will help you handle an emergency without panic. Also be sure to bring a first aid kit on family vacations. Containers that are spacious, durable, easy to carry and simple to open work best. First aid kits should be stored in places that are out of children’s reach, but easily accessible for adults. Dr. Luis Scaccabarrozzi M.D., MPH, of Kids Doc Pediatrics, has been practicing in Gainesville since 2004. Recently, Dr. Scaccabarrozzi gave us his first aid tips for families.

Dr. Scaccabarrozzi recommends

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that every first-aid kit contain:

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen, such as Tylenol and Motrin Adhesive bandages in an assortment of sizes Adhesive cloth tape Alcohol pads Antiseptic solution, such as hydrogen peroxide Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin Antiseptic wipes Antihistamine, such as Benadryl Aspirin Band-aids Blanket Bottled water Burn ointments Eye wash solution Gauze and adhesive tape Hydrocortisone cream/ointment (1 percent) Insect repellent Instant cold packs Liquid soap Non-latex gloves Oral thermometer (Digital) Roller bandage Safety pins Sharp scissors Sunscreen Tweezers

Other things to have:

Blanket Extra prescription medications Flashlight and extra batteries List of emergency telephone numbers, including pediatrician and poison control Mouthpiece for administering CPR Dr. Scaccabarrozzi also gave giggle tips for proper wound care and treatment of sprains and strains.

Wound care:

Remember the three C’s – clean, coat, cover -- every time someone gets a scrape or cut to reduce the chance of infection and minimize scarring. Clean: Wash your hands thoroughly before treating the wound. Rinse the wound thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove germs, dirt and small stones. Coat: Apply antibiotic ointment to the wound one to three times a day to prevent infection and to minimize the appearance of scars. Cover: Keep the wound site covered with a sterile bandage to create a moist healing environment. Check the wound daily to monitor healing.

How to treat sprains:

Remember the RICE treatment – rest, ice, compression, elevation. Rest: The first 24 to 48 hours after the injury is considered a critical treatment period and rest is necessary. Do not place any weight on the injured limb and limit its motion. Ice: For the first 48 hours post-injury, ice the sprain or strain 20 minutes at a time every three to four hours. Icing a sprain or strain for more than 20 minutes at a time will not speed up the recovery process and may even cause damage to the tissues. Compression: Use compression when elevating a sprain or strain in early treatment. Using an Ace bandage, wrap the area overlapping the elastic wrap by one-half of the width of the wrap. The wrap should be snug, but not cutting off circulation to the extremity. giggle

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Myrrhanda Jones Gainesville’s Outstanding Teen



yrrhanda Jones has had quite a year in 2009. In March, she was crowned Miss Gainesville’s Outstanding Teen — the city’s first. Before she even had time to say “tiara,” she earned the state title in July as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen, granting her the opportunity to compete nationally. And, on August 15, she placed third at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant, claiming a $10,500 scholarship. For the 16-year-old Gainesville native, outstanding truly is a fitting description. The pageant strives to highlight this through four categories, including evening gown, talent, fitness wear and scholastic achievement, and Myrrhanda shines in each. She retains a 4.0 in her home-school classes and plans to dual-enroll at the University of Florida. For the past 10 years, she has devoted her time to baton twirling, which is her talent for the competition. Due to years of performing for baton, Myrrhanda has been able

“Outstanding truly is a fitting description”

to remain calm on stage throughout the entire pageant. “It was the basic foundation for being on stage,” she said. “But they flip out,” referring to her supporters. Because of this, Myrrhanda said the interview part of the pageant was easy. When asked if she thinks texting is damaging her generation, Myrrhanda replied, “Everybody loves an old-fashioned letter.” And, if she could give a State of the Union address to teens, she would say “To just be yourself and to get involved in extra-curricular activities and in school.” For her, the whole ordeal was an eye-opener. “I was so shocked about how amazing the girls were,” she said. But it is Myrrhanda’s platform as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen -- Hugs for Hurts -- that makes her stand out. Four years ago, an ATV accident claimed the life of her little sister , Gwendolyn. Myrrhanda temporarily lost the use of her left arm and endured physical therapy four times a week for six months. “For a baton twirler, that’s a really big deal,” she said. “I was scared to death that I wouldn’t be able to twirl again.” After receiving such excellent care from the staff at Shands at the University of Florida, Myrrhanda said it is from this tragedy that she has decided that to make it her goal to earn a doctorate in physical therapy, specializing in pediatrics.

With Hugs for Hurts, Myrrhanda helps children process their personal tragedies and know there is hope for a better tomorrow, by visiting other children in hospitals, sharing her story, and, hopefully, encouraging and inspiring them. As a token of her visit, Myrrhanda leaves a stuffed monkey behind, because monkeys were her sister’s favorite animal. She said the monkeys have long, fuzzy arms that can Velcro around the child’s neck, giving them a hug whenever they need one during their recovery. “When I was going through my tragedy, I wanted someone to be there,” Myrrhanda said. “I just wanted a hug.” One of her first appearances as Miss Gainesville’s Outstanding Teen was at Miss America Children’s Miracle Network, which raises money for children’s hospitals. Myrrhanda spoke with the children’s families during Dance Marathon and handed out monkeys. Myrrhanda said one of the most rewarding parts of the pageant is her relationship with Elizabeth, her “princess.” The pageant requires that every titleholder be matched with a princess or prince to mentor from The Sunshine Princess Program, which teaches girls ages 5-12 and boys ages 5-8. The program focuses on etiquette training and the like, so they too become role models. “[Elizabeth is] like my little sister. They look up to us so much,” she said. The Miss Gainesville Pageant restarted in 2008 as non-profit organization and has awarded between $6,000 and $7,000. For sponsorship or contestant information, please visit b giggle

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all kidding aside

Retired elementary school counselor, Wendy Joysen, answers tough questions about kids, schools, parenting, & everything in between.

A: In today’s society, television plays a large part in everyone’s life. Unfortunately, we cannot control what others see on television and talk about with our children. But, we can control what our children have access to watch and what discussions you can have with your children about what they’re seeing. In regards to the recent rude and disrespectful displays that have been so publicly broadcast, the most important thing you can do is sit down with your family and discuss them openly. Use these moments as teachable moments and share your views of the behavior that has been shown. Ask your children what they think of what has been seen. What do they think of Kanye West’s outburst at the MTV Music Awards? What did their friends say? Ask them what they thought about South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s healthcare address to Congress. How did his actions reflect on him as a leader in our country? It is important that we teach our children to respect all living beings.

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We instill our belief of respect upon each other and show our children how to respect others by modeling what behavior we expect from them in our day-to-day activities. Use the coming holidays as an opportunity to show respect to your extended family members during gatherings and share with your children your expectations of their behavior. What they see at home will be a strong influence on what actions they will take when they are on their own.

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Q: After seeing the recent displays of disrespect occur on television lately (from Congress to MTV), how can I make sure I teach my children how to respect others?



Professional organizer Helen Kornblum helps us find easy ways to keep our busy family lives organized.

When Toys R Everywhere!

Toys are the tools of childhood learning, but at holiday time you may feel overwhelmed by how many toys are underfoot in your house. When children have too many toys, they may lose their focus and not develop imaginative play. You can keep toys in their place with simple strategies that teach kids about sharing. • Identify the toys your child doesn’t play with and pull these out of circulation. If the child does not miss these toys, you can assume they had no real play value or they might be better received when the child is ready for the challenge they pose. • Set up a rotation system using two or three groupings of the toys for younger children. Having fewer toys out at once enriches the quality of play for children who are easily overstimulated and adds variety. • With older children you can discuss the idea of donating toys, so children less fortunate can have a happy holiday, too. This conversation encourages empathy and generosity, traits that you can model during the holiday season and beyond. Giving is a wonderful family activity. • Older children may want to keep certain toys that they have outgrown but still feel attached to. Create a safe place in their rooms to keep these special toys. • Occasionally, it’s the parent who has difficulty letting go of certain toys or books. If the children are ready to part with items you want to keep, remove these from their rooms and store them in your space. Sometimes the reality of space constraints makes us less sentimental about our possessions. You can always use your camera to preserve memories of certain toys. • If your children receive too many toys at holiday time, consider changing some of your gift-giving habits. Spend your money on a family activity that will create special memories. You may not be able to dissuade Grandma and Grandpa from their extravagant gift choices, but you might redirect their thinking to other suitable choices. Offer suggestions to other family members about what the children would enjoy. Gifts of time, events and experiences can make for a very happy holiday! Helen Kornblum is a professional organizer in Gainesville, FL. She owns

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What You Need to Know About

The Flu


Influenza, often called the flu, is a virus that is transmitted through contact with infected body secretions or aerosolized particles produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There are multiple strains of influenza and, most recently, the predominant strain circulating is H1N1, commonly referred to as “swine flu.” All strains of the virus are contagious, but swine flu has created a pandemic since most of us have never had contact with the virus and, therefore, have not developed antibodies to fight it. Here is some help for you to minimize your risk of contracting the flu:

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza

The symptoms associated with the flu are sudden onset of fever (usually high), coughing, runny nose, fatigue, headache, sore throat and muscle aches. Some individuals also have stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting. Individuals with the flu are most contagious for the first four days and up to 10 days after symptoms start. Immunocompromised persons may spread the virus longer.


The majority of flu cases do not require prescription medications for treatment. Symptomatic treatment, with fever reducers and cough and cold preparations, are usually sufficient. Be sure to check labels, so that you do not take the same ingredient in different medications. The most important thing you need to do if you get the flu is drink enough liquids to keep yourself well-hydrated. The American Association of Pediatricians does not recommend using over the counter cough and cold preparations for anyone under age six. Symptomatic treatment in this age group would include fever reducers and nasal saline. Aspirin should never be given to anyone with the flu. It has been associated with Reye’s syndrome and should be avoided in children. Since influenza is caused by a virus, antibiotics have no effect upon flu symptoms. There are antiviral prescription medications available to help treat patients who fall into high risk categories. Individuals younger than age two or over 65, patients on long-term aspirin therapy, those with asthma, chronic illnesses, immune compromised people and pregnant women fall into these high risk categories. These patients should contact their primary care provider immediately if they develop symptoms of the flu.

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Call Your Doctor If ... If your child’s symptoms worsen, any difficulty breathing or shortness of breath occurs, fevers last longer than five days, or if your child will not get up and play and drink for you, then you should contact your child’s pediatrician. Seek care if your

child has a relapse of symptoms after improvement. Dehydration can be caused by a child’s refusing to drink when their throat is hurting, so trying popsicles and frequent small sips of cold liquids.


The most important thing that you can do to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine. This year there are two separate vaccines, including one for seasonal flu and a second effective against the H1N1 strain. The vaccines against the H1N1 and other seasonal flu viruses are safe and you will not get the flu by getting a flu shot. The shot provides an inactivated vaccine (vaccine that had a killed virus in it) and side effects may include muscle aches, soreness or tenderness at the injection site. The Flumist nasal vaccine contains a live attenuated (reduced) strain of the flu that the body can create antibodies to fight. It is recommended that those getting vaccinated should receive both the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines. You should not get 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine or the seasonal flu vaccine if you have a severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to any other substance in the vaccine. If you have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of seasonal flu vaccine or Guillain Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness also called GBS), tell the person giving the vaccine. The Flumist should not be given to those who are immune compromised, such as individuals who have had their spleen removed or are on chemotherapy. There are also guidelines for people with asthma, so be sure to discuss with your doctor. The second most important thing that you can do to prevent your children from getting the flu, and most illnesses, is to wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Other ways to help prevent the spread of infection are to cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder and not your hands. Do not share drinks with anyone. Do not send kids to school, sporting events, birthday parties or other functions when they are sick or with a fever. Two Web sites to visit for additional information can be found at and b This information does not take place of doctor. Please seek the adivice of your physican if you are sick or have any questions pertaining to your health.


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teaching kids of the a dollar



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very summer as a little girl, I knew summer vacation had begun when I went to the bank -- La Caisse Populaire -- with my mom to withdraw whatever sum I decided to take with me to Florida. I had visions of edible goodies I planned to purchase for the long drive from Montreal to Florida. I was even more exited about shopping in the malls and flea markets of the Sunshine State. We had nothing like these in Montreal, particularly the spectacular prices. It always seemed like a treasure trove of inexpensive goodies. That is when I became imminently aware of the cost of my favorite things. During my childhood, the great lesson in money smarts came from my love of shopping for a great deal, a Moroccan trait genetically bred into every generation of my family. The problem I have today is how to teach my five kids to be money savvy. This has become a bit of a daunting task for many families. But, a few simple steps can place any rambunctious group of kids on the right track.

Raising Money Savvy Children

One mother and former banker realized there is a problem. How can children grow up to be money savvy individuals without training? Meet Susan Beacham, founder and CEO of the Money Savvy Generation. With two daughters and a host of clients struggling with simple personal finance issues, she decided it was time to take action and bring her dream to life.

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“My dream is to teach money management basics to elementary school-aged children, a segment of our educational system virtually untouched because of the perceived complexity of the subject matter,” Beacham explains on the Money Savvy Generation Web site. Four important, yet simple principles should give kids a jumpstart in fiscal responsibility. Each idea is a featured chamber on the special Money Savvy Pig, a “piggy bank” that is Beacham’s signature creation. The idea behind the product is to teach children how to save, spend, invest and donate.

Save and Spend: delayed gratification is still gratifying Children, the kings and queens of instant gratification, can be taught to appreciate delayed gratification through the art of patience, saving and work. Saving is not an easy task for adults or children. But, two simple aspects of saving can be instilled with a little diligence: saving on purchases and saving for future needs.

Saving takes work, time and effort. Work must be done to earn money. Planning to save takes forethought. For instance, clipping coupons teaches kids to carefully plan purchases and how to save money on them. This is a concrete way to apply an elusive concept. Setting a goal of saving a certain amount and watching the amount grow will become exciting to children. Often, this is a skill better instilled in conjunction with the spend side of being money savvy. “Offering children an allotted amount of money which they can choose to spend where ever they like, a department store or consignment shop, will teach them to be smart shoppers,” said Santa Fe College mathematics professor Jody Peeling. “This will help them to understand the value of what money can buy.” It is easier to teach children how to save when they are saving towards something. Setting both short term goals, such as getting the latest Webkinz, and long term goals, such as saving for a laptop for high school, can help kids learn future organizational skills.

Donate and Invest: Nurture Your Garden Managing their own personal finances and goals are great skills to teach children, but it’s not quite enough.

Since each family has its own unique DNA, find a cause that your family can embrace. It could be as simple as helping a local soup kitchen or organizing a back to school drive for needy children. It is necessary to help children step outside of their own desires and notice the needs that surround them. giggle

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This brings us to the “invest” aspect of being money savvy, which can even be a rather difficult area for many adults. Start simple by getting a savings account for your children. By allowing children to make their own deposits when they decide how much they should save for future goals, having the statements mailed to them and helping them to understand the increases that occur in a savings account will help them understand the potential of investing, rather than saving their earnings in a sock drawer.

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Kids can donate money and goods. But, to really seal the deal, a little time should be invested. Children love to see concrete applications to previously fuzzy concepts. Watching a bus load of children receive new school supplies or delivering a few meals to needy individuals will let children see the immediate result of their donation of time and money.



My children have learned more on how to be smart with money from watching and helping me make decisions for our family. They know we are careful with our grocery budget, shopping sales and using coupons. They know we plan our monthly splurges around things we love to do. And, if we make a mistake with our budgeting, we do not beat ourselves up -- it happens. Their skills are quite different from those I acquired when I was young. At age six, you could have taken me to a Moroccan bazaar and I would have fended for myself quite well. My kids, on the other hand, have learned to shop

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he festival of lights, known as Hanukkah, is celebrated for eight days beginning on the 25th day of Kislev of the Hebrew calendar, which can occur anytime from late November to late December.

The Menorah is a candle holder that stands tall holding a total of nine candles, one for each night of Hanukkah and one to light each candle. One candle is lit each night during Hanukkah, until all the candles are lit on the eighth night.

The Dreidel Game

The dreidel is a four sided spinning top-like toy, with the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey and shin on each one of the sides, which translates to “A great miracle happened here”. Traditionally played during the eight days of Hanukkah, the dreidel is customarily made from plastic or wood.

How to play the game:

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Each player begins with an equal number of game pieces (usually 10-15). The game pieces can be any object, but typically they are chocolate coins. *At the beginning of each round, every participant puts one game piece into the center “pot.” Every time the pot is empty and sometimes if it has one game piece left, every player puts another one in the pot.

*Each player spins the dreidel once during their turn. Depending on which side is facing up when it stops spinning, they give or take game pieces from the pot: • If nun is facing up, the player does nothing.

• If gimmel is facing up, the player gets everything in the pot. • If hey is facing up, the player gets half of the pieces in the pot. (If there is an odd number, they get half of the total plus one). • If shin (or peh) is facing up, the player adds a game piece to the pot. • If the player is out of pieces, they are either “out” or may ask another player for a “loan.” From


The Dreidel Song

By Samuel S. Grossman I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay. When it’s dry and ready, then dreidel I shall play. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, then dreidel I shall play. It has a lovely body, with legs so short and thin. When it gets all tired, it drops and then I win! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with leg so short and thin. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it drops and then I win! My dreidel’s always playful. It loves to dance and spin. A happy game of dreidel, come play now let’s begin. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it loves to dance and spin. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. Come play now let’s begin. I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay. When it’s dry and ready, dreidel I shall play. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay. Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, then dreidel I shall play


The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV, ruler of the Seleucid Empire. After the Maccabees, a Jewish rebel army, successfully defeated Antiochus’ army, it was believed there was only enough sacred olive oil to fuel the eternal flame for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was just enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil. In addition, Jews were not able to celebrate the holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret during the Maccabee Revolt and it is believed that they did so in the weeks following their victory in an eight-day celebration.


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Five-year-olds should share their toys with each other and families should share holidays, too. If one family values a tradition more than another, compromise. Let your kids ask questions and research the origins of the family traditions. Involve your children in finding out why certain practices have become important, come up with new traditions and discuss the part they will play in your family life.

Honesty is the best policy

When sharing your intentions with your families, be sincere in your wishes and communicate your ideas clearly. Don’t leave any room for misunderstanding. If a cross country trip to Minneapolis is not feasible this year, be honest with your parents. Don’t be guilt-tripped into making decisions you don’t want or can’t afford to make. It’s your holiday and your family, too.

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It can sometimes be a balancing act at holiday time – especially when your parents and your in-laws both feel like they’re the only family you’ve got. As if it’s not difficult enough to pick a vacation spot everyone will enjoy, perfect Grandma’s apple pie recipe, keep surprise presents hidden from curious kids, coordinate time off from work and find meaningful gifts for family members you haven’t seen all year, let’s throw “pleasing both sets of parents” into the mix. We know you intend to keep everyone happy. But, when it’s decision time, not everyone will be satisfied. Whether your parents and in-laws are overbearing, hardly involved or involved just enough, each wants to make lasting memories with your children during the holidays and may not be too keen on sharing or cutting their visiting time short in the name of fairness. Before doing anything, make sure you and your spouse are on the same page. Present your ideas to both families together. Then, remember the lessons you teach your children and keep your kids out of it!

Holidays are the times we want to spend with our children. But, when there are two extended families involved, this can get more complicated. If your spouse’s family traditionally celebrates either Thanksgiving or Christmas together each year, let your family know which holiday you’ll be spending with them in advance. Incorporating your in-laws’ traditions and spending time with both families are sure ways to show consideration and appreciation for your relatives. Marriage is, after all, a blending of two families. So, get to blending!

Keep your promises

Once you make plans, keep them. Don’t try to weasel out of the Christmas caroling that has been planned since October for a last minute holiday dinner with friends from work. Things get hectic at holiday time, but don’t let that be an excuse for you to set a bad example for your kids. Your word is your bond, so keep it.

Be flexible. Every now and then…break the rules Dessert before dinner is a no-no in your house and, usually, your kids don’t eat candy or watch movies at 11 p.m. But, you can make an exception every once in a while, right? After all, the sweets aren’t coming home with you and it will only take a few days to get the kids back on schedule once school starts. Let grandma and grandpa delight in spoiling their grandbabies, especially if they don’t get to do it often. Your kids love it and your parents will, too. It’s always nice when things go according to plan. But, more often than not, plans can get messy, especially during the holidays. When family members start to drive you crazy and things get turned upside down, just relax and don’t sweat the small stuff. You may have to make some sacrifices, bend a few rules or stick to your guns when working with relatives to plan a family holiday, but it’s all worth it in the end. You’ll make memories for a lifetime for your kids and build bonds of friendship and love with those closest to you. b


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onathan and I both grew up in Gainesville. He is a partner with 10Vox Entertainment and also a licensed agent at Ference Insurance Agency. I teach infant survival swimming and I also am a mortgage broker with Chris Doering Mortgage. We have two children, Emma (age 8) and Zander (6). We are all lovers of the outdoors. Emma is in choir, plays soccer and is in the running club at Oak Hall School. She also takes art classes at the Green Heron Art Studio in Alachua. Zander loves playing chess, basketball, flag football, baseball and really enjoys hunting on the farm with daddy. He and Emma both love swimming and tennis. Jonathan enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking and water skiing. I do triathlons, so I am always running, biking or swimming, and I also enjoy water skiing and mountain biking. We all absolutely love living on the farm. It is 800 acres of pure natural beauty out here. You can hunt deer, turkey, quail and dove, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenery. Gainesville is an attractive, yet small city that I believe is such a perfect place to raise your family. It has something to offer just about anyone. There are so many hiking and nature trails, endless cultural opportunities and world-class medical facilities. The springs are just a short drive away, if you are looking for a beautiful place to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, camp or just relax. It also is within an hour of the Gulf of Mexico, Cedar Key and, our home away from home, the East coast. We also love Gator athletics and the University of Florida. It is definitely a young town and, having grown up here, it makes you feel like you never age. I can’t think of any other town that is as quaint, yet still has so much to offer and, at the same time, is the perfect place to raise your children and make family traditions.

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“As a working mom, I don’t have time to do my nails,” said Jessica Wilson. “ After a Cloud 9 PERMA-Color manicure, I was finally able to enjoy soft skin and beautiful nail color for weeks without any effort on my part!” Photos courtesy of Laurel Housden Photography

After a long week of work, children, meetings

and traffic, we were invited for a night of relaxation and indulgence at Cloud 9 Spa and Salon. This gorgeous slice of heaven on Archer Road. really will help you forget about the stress of daily life, even if just for a short time. Upon arrival, we began slipping into comfy robes and one-of-a-kind slippers, which were hand-picked by coowner Shannon Haas during a trip to Puerto Rico. We sipped on blue cocoa and chai tea in the relaxation room. After decompressing with the soothing beverages, we were escorted to other rooms to enjoy our services. We were whisked away to be pampered, massaged, scrubbed and beautified. The warm and friendly staff made us all feel relaxed and special for the night. Cloud 9 offers a variety of services, from manicures and pedicures to full body treatments. The spa even offers prenatal massages. Cloud 9 has two shared service couples rooms, so that you and your significant other or a friend can take time to relax together. After an array of wonderful services, we changed and made our way out to the beautiful gift shop filled with a lovely array of scents, lotions, candles and a festive Gator section. It made the night complete.

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Spending the holidays in the city with the kids BY CHRIS WILSON AND NICOLE IRVING

Nothing says the holidays like a visit to New York City’s fabulous department store windows. Where imagination, art and holiday cheer collide, each store will impress with their beautifully adorned windows. From theatrical displays of art to childlike puppets, each window is handmade and custom fit to each store.

No trip to New York City during the holidays would be complete without a trip to FAO Schwarz (766 Fifth Avenue). With toys galore, a candy store and live toy soldiers greeting you at the door, this is a must stop for any family with kids. With an entire section devoted to each of your favorite toy groups, from Legos to Barbie dolls, you will not be disappointed. As you walk down Fifth Avenue, another hot spot to visit during the holidays is Tiffany & Co (727 Fifth Avenue). Tiffany’s holiday displays sparkle and are a must see for any jewelry lover. Diamonds, china and sterling silver line the shelves as their Robin egg blue box adorned with a holiday festive red bow give that added holiday cheer. For families with children, a great visiting spot is the Central Park Zoo. Where nature rests under the sounds of the city, even the animals are treated to presents. On Saturdays and Sundays in December, the polar bears are gifted with presents. Come and watch their excitement. The Big Apple has so many shopping hotspots during the holidays, but even better than the shopping, is the abundance of food choices! From Chinese to Italian, peanuts to pretzels, New York City has it all. Especially around the holidays, there is nothing better than sweet treats to warm your soul. If you’re looking for a warm seat, cannoli filled with lovely cream filling, and a foaming espresso to perk you up, then you must visit Ferrara Bakery and Cafe in Little Italy. With mounds of Italian and French cookies, pastries and desserts, you will not know where to start. Delighting the senses since 1892, Ferrara is a must stop on your travels.

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If you are able to stay through the New Year, no New Year’s celebration would be complete without braving the crowds and cold at Times Square to see the ball drop. The earlier you get your spot the better, as hundreds of thousands will pour into the streets for the celebration. (Information: Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular Running through December 30, the annual show includes the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and a “Living Nativity” reenactment of the first Christmas. Santa will take everyone to visit his workshop at the North Pole, where playful ragdolls will come to life. The Radio City Rockettes will kick their way through a number of impressive performances. Tickets start at $45. Visit Rockefeller Center The lighting of the world famous Christmas tree will be held on December 2, 8:55 p.m. But, even if you’re not there for the ceremonial lighting, the tree itself is a display to behold. The Norway Spruce typically stands between 75 and 90 feet tall and it will stay up until January 7. The ice rink at Rockefeller Center has been a favorite skating venue since 1936 and it attracts a quarter million people every year, from October to April. The rink is open to 150 skaters at a time and it does not take reservations. If you prefer to keep your feet on less slippery ground, take a walk through Rockefeller Center plaza and behold all of the horn-blowing angels and lights. The Rockefeller Center holiday traditions began in 1933. Visit

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New Year’s at Time Square Bloomingdale Snowflake Light Show St. Patrick’s Cathedral Horse carriage ride & ice skating in Central Park Yummy hot pretzels FAO Schwarz Radio City Music Hall, Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes

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Must See Holiday Window Displays: Lord and Taylor: 424 Fifth Avenue Saks Fifth Avenue: 611 Fifth Avenue Macy’s Herald Square: 151 W. 34th Street Bloomingdales: 1000 Third Avenue Bergdorf Goodman: 754 Fifth Avenue Henri Bendel: 712 Fifth Avenue

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Calendar of Events Now – January 17 “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” Florida Museum of Natural History Info: 352-846-2000 November 28- December 20 A Christmas Carol The Hippodrome State Theatre Info: November 27-December 20 A Tuna Christmas The Hippodrome State Theatre Info: December 3 3rd Annual Newberry Festival of Lights and Holiday Lights Contest Downtown Newberry and surrounding Pocket Park 4 p.m.-9 p.m. December 4 Santa’s List day… Have you been naughty or nice? December 4 Studio Percussion’s Family Jam Night Family-friendly opportunity for people of all ages to play instruments 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Info: 352-338-8302 December 4 Feed-a-Frog Day Join a Morningside Nature Center animal caretaker for amphibian and reptile feeding 2 p.m. Info: 352 334-3326 December 4-5 “The Little Match Girl” presented by Gainesville Ballet Theatre Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Info: 352-372-9898 December 5-6 Craft Festival 2009 Stephen C O’Connell Center 10 a.m-.6 p.m. (Saturday) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday) Info: 352-392-7238 December 6 Annual Homestead Holidays Come visit and join in a Victorian Holiday Celebration. Historic Haile Homestead 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Info: 352-336-9096

December 11 Sun Country Family Fun Night Jonesville location 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Info: 352-331-8772

December 26 Kwanzaa

December 12 Reindeer Run for kids Diamond Sports Park 9 a.m.

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December 12 Alachua Christmas Parade Main Street Alachua 2 p.m. December 12

Happy Hanukkah! December 12 14th Annual Twiglight Christmas Parade High Springs 6 p.m. Info: December 17 Advent Festival Celebration United Methodist Church 6:30 p.m. Info: December 18 Baked Cookie Day December 19 7th Annual Operation Santa delivery hosted by LifeSouth Community Blood Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. North Fields of Santa Fe College

December 31 New Year’s Eve

Happy 2010! January 8 Family Fun Night Sun Country Sports Jonesville 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday January 30 11th Annual Great Air Potato Roundup Registration Required Barnyard Buddies Every Wednesday & Sunday Morningside Nature Center 3 p.m. On this farm, youngsters with an adult can meet and greet animals by helping staff with afternoon feeding. January 30-31/February 5-7 24th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Alachua County Fairgrounds Info: 352-393-8536


December 19 Newberry Christmas Parade Downtown Newberry 5:30 p.m. December 23 Trinity’s Live Nativity 5:30 p.m. -8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas Info:


December 24 National Egg Nog Day December 25

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Giggle Magazine December/January 2010  

Creative wrapping ideas, potty training, keeping the peace during holidays, cookie decorating.

Giggle Magazine December/January 2010  

Creative wrapping ideas, potty training, keeping the peace during holidays, cookie decorating.