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celebrate in style Birthday parties have reached epic levels these days. From Pinterest boards galore to “My Super Sweet 16” on MTV, the sky is the limit when hosting your kiddos day. I have mentioned in the past, that I have gone to great lengths for the boys in planning their ultimate party. From spray painting rocks for their pirate treasure hunt and carving a pirate ship out of a watermelon, to having faux dollar bills created with their face as decor to accompany paintable piggy bank for their money party, I have clearly gone the distance. And, each time, my husband will say, “Why are you driving yourself crazy, Nicole?” as I run around town and the kitchen like a mad woman! And, my answer is always, because “they love it.” And truth is, so do I! Yes, I went way overboard many a times, seriously... dollar bills! But, I knew, soon, one day, they would want to just hang with friends, minus balloons and party favors. Minus cute invitations and silly games and just want mom to quietly hand them a card with a check, and let them be. But, until that day is here for all my boys, I will gladly craft, plan and go way overboard, that is my right as a mom! I earned it! In fact, I am going to sneak in our amazing camping birthday party, featured on page 47, for one of the boys this year! But, no matter how big or little the parties have been, the truth is, any bit of creative spirit and effort I have put into each have been a way for me to connect with my kids and to see their personalities shine with each new theme. It’s been the most fun! To see them celebrate their day with friends and family, and beam from ear to ear is what it’s all about. Each birthday party, no matter how big or intimate, crafty or simple they are, and no matter how old they get, will still hold the true essence of what the special day is all about! Celebrating their most amazing year ahead!

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happy family • happy community™

conception 2 college™ 66 EXPECTING


Pregnancy Podcasts 68 INFANT

Infant Weight Gain


Stuck Like Glue EARLY YEARS


Accidents Happen! 76 KIDS

Is My Child Sleeping Enough?


Twenty Nine-Tween


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5 Ways to Make International Travel With Kiddos a Breeze 14 2 CENTS

Save Money Instantly! Mobile Apps That Help You Save on Everyday Purchases 16 LIFESAVERS

Love is in the Bin: The Dollar Bin!

Camping Photo by Jimmy Ho Photography

forks & spoons 19 DELISH 4 Mommy and Me Recipes That Are Fun, Easy and Delicious

28 GET HEALTHY I Can't Stop Sneezing: Common Cold or Allergies? 30 GET HEALTHY Sidestepping Shingles

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life | parent life

5 Ways to Make International Travel With Kiddos a Breeze BY DANIELLE SPANO

Family vacations that take you across the globe are the perfect way to introduce your children to different cultures, foster their love of travel and create memories of a lifetime. Just a bit of planning can ensure that vacation goes off without a hitch.

1. Immunizations

Consult with your pediatrician to determine if any vaccinations may be required or recommended for travel to your destination. The World Health Organization recommends a visit to the doctor between four and eight weeks prior to your trip, as some vaccinations may require multiple doses or may not be readily available at your doctor’s office. Ensure all prescriptions are up-to-date and that you have enough to last the duration of the trip. Pack all medication (including some extra in case of travel delays) in your carry on, (in the unfortunate event that luggage gets lost) and bring copies of the prescriptions. If traveling with tiny tots, it is a good idea to pack childproofing gear for your hotel accommodations. Check the weather and pack comfortable and weather-appropriate clothes.

2. Insurance

Buy a good travel insurance policy. Travel insurance is meant to protect you and your vacation investment. Travel insurance helps in instances of cancellation, trip interruption, lost luggage and flight delays,


but, most importantly, it protects your family too. Travel insurance offers medical and dental coverage and emergency medical transportation. Most domestic medical insurance does not cover you while you are out of the country.

3. Passports

Make sure every traveler, including children, have up-to-date passports and pay close attention to the expiration dates. Many countries require that passports expire no later than six months after your date of return. If both parents are not traveling, be sure to bring along a consent letter from the other parent. Take precautionary measures against jet lag; no one wants a crabby co-traveler making the first day of vacation difficult. Start weaning your schedule closer to the new time zone, and on the day of travel begin eating at the meal times of your destination to get your metabolism and internal clock ticking to the new time zone.

4. Entertainment

Children have short attention spans. Bring activities and small (quiet) toys to keep


them occupied on planes, trains, and automobiles (and in hotel rooms). Plan age-appropriate activities! Museum after museum may quickly become boring for a young child, so mix in some locations and activities that will keep them interested. Bring them to see a location featured in a movie they love, or show them where their favorite character is from. Take the destination and make it interesting in the eyes of a child.

5. Meals

Prepare their palates! Kids can be picky eaters. Mix in a hearty helping of foreign food, and a meltdown or eating strike may ensue. Start introducing local cuisine to your children before the trip and find a few go-to dishes that will keep them happy and fed. Make it a family affair! Invite more family to join so parents can have some time for adult fun and visit sights not safe or appropriate for children. Plus, the more the merrier!

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Save Money Instantly!

Mobile Apps That Help You Save on Everyday Purchases BY SELENA GARRISON

As a financial management professional and a very busy mom to many, I am a huge fan of easy ways to save money. If I have to take copious amounts of time scouring sales or clipping coupons to save a few bucks, it’s probably not going to happen. However, if I can use an app or website to quickly save me money on things I was already going to buy, I’m all in. There are so many apps that can help you save money on shopping and everyday expenses, but I am going to focus in on my three favorites.

The app/website I have been using the longest is Ebates. Ebates, is a merchant referral site that offers you cash back on purchases that you make from stores affiliated with their site. The retailer pays Ebates a referral fee, then, Ebates passes a portion of the money back to you. They have hundreds of affiliate stores; so if you are doing any online shopping, definitely check Ebates before you purchase! When you make a purchase, Ebates credits a percentage of your purchase back to you. You will also earn an automatic $5-$10 when you sign up, and you can earn additional cash bonuses for referring friends. You can even earn cash back in-store through a linked credit card, as well as with the Ebates VISA card. Money is paid via “Big Fat Check,” quarterly.



Another great app is Dosh. Like Ebates, it is a merchant referral service. However, unlike Ebates, you do not have to shop through their particular app in order to get credit. Instead, you automatically get cash back whenever you make a transaction with a credit or debit card that is linked to your Dosh account. While Dosh does not currently have as many retail affiliates as Ebates, the number is increasing pretty rapidly. In addition to receiving a percentage of your money back each time you make a purchase with a participating retailer, Dosh also offers sign-up and referral bonuses. While Dosh also pays cash back much more quickly than Ebates, one thing to keep in mind is that you have to accrue at least $25 to request a payout.

Lastly, an app I have only recently learned about is GetUpside. This app pays cash back on gas, grocery, and restaurant purchases. To utilize GetUpside, you download the app and then search for the best deals on gas, groceries, and restaurants nearby. When you find an offer you like, you claim it via the app, make the purchase with any credit or debit card, and snap a photo of your receipt(s). Once you’ve earned cash back, you can cash out whenever you want via PayPal, e-gift card, or check.

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Love is in the Bin: The Dollar Bin! BY RENEE CASTRO

Valentine’s Day is around the corner once again, but this year, make it simple. We found a way for you to toss aside the boxed classroom-set of cards, and bring in some pretty cool small gifts at an even smaller cost! These Gainesville stores have everything you need to change up the game for just $1!

1. Oozy Slime Lovable Dinosaurs, 6 count Target

4. Puzzle Erasers Cupcakes, 4 count Target

2. Heart Pops Cherry Flavor, 20 count Dollar General

5. Adhesive Bandages Valentines, 20 count Target

3. Wood Clips Heartfelt Sayings, 6 count Target

6. Wooden Pencils Valentines, 12 count Dollar Tree 7. Sticker Boxes Llamas, Frogs, Monkeys, 18 Count Dollar Tree

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forks and spoons | delish

4 Mommy and Me Recipes That Are Fun, Easy and Delicious! BY RENEE CASTRO

Kitchen graphics designed by Olga_spb / Freepik

Cooking in the kitchen can get lonely, especially when your kids are off playing games or watching TV. Spend some time with your children by bringing them into the kitchen and have them help you make lunch or dinner! These fun and easy recipes are sure to create a special bond and a yummy meal, or snack!





1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies 1 bag of jumbo marshmallows 1/2 stick of butter

2 store bought pizza dough 1 circle shaped cookie cutter (get creative and use other shapes as well!) 1 tablespoon cornmeal 1 jar of tomato sauce 1 package of Italian shredded cheese 1 package of Mexican shredded cheese Your favorite pizza toppings!

Directions 1. Line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. 2. Place the package of cookies into a large Ziploc bag. 3. Together with your little one, finely crush the cookies until they are ground. (You may use a food processor if you have one, but that takes away the fun of doing it together!) 4. In a separate bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Melt in the microwave until marshmallows grow to about twice the size. 5. Once melted, combine the crushed cookies and the melted marshmallows. Stir thoroughly. 6. Transfer mixture to lined baking pan and spread the mixture out evenly. 7. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. 8. Cut into bars and enjoy!

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Directions 1. Preheat the oven according to the label on your pizza dough. 2. Separate your favorite pizza toppings into small bowls. 3. Sprinkle cornmeal on a flat surface and roll out your dough. 4. Have your little one use the cookie cutter to cut out their pizza shape. 5. Top your pizza with sauce, cheese and the delicious toppings! 6. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. 7. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy your creation!



forks and spoons | delish

Cereal Flake CHICKEN TENDERS Ingredients 4 1/2 cups of cornflakes 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 3/4 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 eggs 1 pound boneless chicken breasts


Ham and Cheese ROLL-UPS Ingredients 1 can refrigerated crescent dough 3-4 slices of honey ham 1 package of mexican shredded cheese 1 egg white (for egg wash)

Directions 1. Preheat the oven according to the label on the dough packaging. 2. Together with your little one, roll out the dough and cut along the perforated line. 3. Cut the ham into strips to fit your roll, and place on dough. The horizontal flat part of the dough should be at the top. 4. Have your child top the ham with bits of shredded cheese. 5. Together, roll from top to bottom. 6. Place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. 7. Beat egg white and brush each roll. 8. Bake for 9 minutes or until outer crust turns golden and cheese melts. 9. Let cool for 2 minutes and enjoy!

Enjoy during a "Mommy and Me Brunch!"



1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. 2. While you cut the chicken into strips, have your little one crush the cornflakes. 3. Together, stir in a medium bowl the crushed corn flakes, flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. 4. Beat eggs and dip chicken strips into egg mixture. Then, have your little one roll in the cornflake mixture. Make sure that all sides are coated with the mixture. 5. Together, place coated chicken strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until all chicken is cooked thoroughly. Baking time will depend on the size of strips. 7. Dip in your favorite tender sauce and enjoy the crunch!

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Pizza… A kids dream come true!


Kids just love pizza… and well, why shouldn’t they? It’s finger food friendly, comes ready to eat at your door, is topped with gooey cheese and other salty delights and if mom and dad ordered right, there will be plenty for the next day. A kid’s heaven! In the words of Josh, “Pizza is the best!’ and we can’t blame him!



Josh will, if able, consume pizza three days a week. And, his favorite type, the classic cheese of course. He is also a pro at making his own frozen pizza and warming up his left over pizza. For Josh, pizza is the answer to the great dinnertime question, “What would you like to have for dinner?” I am proud to say, he will make the best college roommate one day!


It’s the ultimate Friday night family dinner. The most asked for cuisine for their birthday party meals. And, we can’t forget to mention the easiest dinner (and sometimes breakfast) for that sleepover. It’s the almighty pizza. Nothing beats gooey cheese, tangy and sweet sauce, crisp and fluffy crust topped, well, with just about anything you can imagine to quench all the cravings of our kiddos. But, what is it about this popular cuisine that has our kiddos drool over? In the words of Josh, my 10-year son, whose birthday just happens to fall on National Pizza Day and whose favorite food is pizza, “Pizza is the best!” When asked what about pizza makes it his favorite, he proclaims, “The sauce, Mom!” This comes from a kid who won’t eat tomatoes in raw form. But, who am I to argue? Tomato sauce is full of vitamins A,C and K, and tomatoes are loaded with fiber. Josh… eat all the sauce you want, kiddo!


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We polled 146 readers to see what kinds of pizza they loved best. Here is what they said!



Chicago: Chicago-style pizza is the

original deep-dish. Because of its size, this pizza is treated as more of a meal that requires forks and knives to cut into. There’s also a greater variation of combinations that can be created with a deep-dish pie compared to a standard pizza.

New York: The long-time rival of the

Chicago pizza, New York pizza has a thin crust and can be hand-held, for eating on the go. Toppings are more limited for this type of pizza, but it’s more similar to the classic Italian-style.

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New Haven: New Haven, Connecticut

Pepperoni Hawaiian

apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) is baked in a coal oven, is Italian-inspired with thin crust and few toppings and has no uniform shape due to each pie being hand-formed. A classic New Haven pizza to try is their white clam pizza.


Detroit: A newly accepted region of pizza

Healthy OR NOT?

There have been a lot of back and forths about the healthiness of pizza. Recent studies have shown that pizza may be healthier for you to eat rather than a hearty bowl of cereal, what?! So, what is the actual truth about eating pizza? Is it really that bad for you? Are there some types of health benefits on that yummy, gooey cheese? The answer is subjective to the type of pizza that you eat. According to an article from CNN, it depends on the type of crust you eat and the amount of cheese and toppings you have that can determine the level of “healthy” your pizza falls under. One thing that is definitely important to know about pizza and your diet, is that even

excellence is Detroit, Michigan. Detroit-style pizza is thick and square, getting its shape from being baked in square pans that allow the edges of the pizza cheese to caramelize. This gives the pizzas a golden brown edge on every slice.

a healthy pizza comes with a lot of sodium from the cheese and tomato sauce, so people who watch their salt intake need to think about the pizza they are about to eat. CNN said that the pros of pizza are that, “it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with wholewheat flour is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains.” Typically, eating a pizza that has more veggies and less meat products like sausage, pepperoni and meatballs is going to be better for those who keep a close eye on nutritional facts. If you enjoy eating pizza regularly, we suggest a homemade pizza with healthier ingredients and lots of veggies!


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I Can’t Stop Sneezing: Common Cold or Allergies?

! According to the National Allergy Bureau, signs of an allergy can be: • Clear mucus. Colored mucus is a quick way of telling if you have an infection.


It’s that time of year when your nose turns red, you can’t stop sniffling, and everywhere you go you carry hand sanitizer: it’s the common cold season. Seemingly, everyone during this time of year has the sniffles, keeping on-the-go Kleenex with them at all times. And, more likely than not, these people pass off their symptoms as just another cold, they believe it’s just another week of congestion, headaches and a sore throat. However, what if it wasn’t a cold? What if what was causing these symptoms was simply an allergy? A cold is an infection caused by a virus, and they are more common in the colder months because it is easier for germs to spread when we are snuggled up to stay warm! However, another common diagnosis in these colder months is allergies. An allergy is the immune system’s reaction to a substance that does not sit well with you. While in the spring and summer, pollen is the most common allergy; winter brings its own ammunition. Since it is during the colder months where we spend most of our time inside, our body has more time to react to dust mites, pet dander, and mold—three common allergies. So, how can you tell whether your symptoms are from a virus or an allergy?

If you read this list and feel as if you could possibly have a seasonal allergy, set up an appointment with your local allergist. A discovery of a seasonal allergy can save you money, hours of sniffling, and embarrassment from blowing your nose every minute!



• Itchy eyes. When your body encounters something you are allergic to, it releases an arsenal of histamines—a chemical that causes inflammation and swelling. This causes the blood vessel in your eyes to swell, leading to itchiness. • Long lasting sniffles. If your sniffles are lasting for more than a week, it might be due to allergies. A typical cold clears up within 7-10 days, whereas allergies can last for multiple weeks. • Seasonal symptoms. If you find yourself sneezing more in the winter, or spring, or any particular time of year, this may mean your body is reacting to whatever is in abundance during that season. • Redness/swelling. If any reddening or swelling occurs, this can be an indicator of an allergic reaction.

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health | get healthy the immune system, people undergoing cancer treatment and people taking certain medications that affect the immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Increased stress levels also play a role in developing shingles.


Grandparents who have shingles are strongly encouraged to avoid children until healed, if possible, especially if the children have not received a chickenpox vaccine. Young children are at greater risk because of their developing immune systems. And remember, exposing children to an open shingles sore may put them at risk for not only chickenpox, but also shingles when they get older.

Sidestepping Shingles BY TYLER JARNAGIN

Many of us have experienced those horrendously annoying rashes we have come to know as chickenpox. But, what if I told you that may not be the last time you feel the burn of those unsightly blisters? At some point down the road, you or an older loved one may be fighting a second bout, this time in the form of shingles.



“The virus that causes shingles can spread from someone with active shingles to cause chickenpox in those who have never received the chickenpox vaccine or never had chickenpox, but shingles cannot pass from one person to another,” said Dr. Gary Wang, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at UF Health.

Shingles is a viral infection indicated by a painful rash on the skin. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body, but it usually takes the form of a single stripe of fluid-filled blisters that wrap around either the left or right side of the torso. It affects about one-in-three people in the United States at some point in their life, and there are more than one million cases of shingles diagnosed every year, according to the Cleveland Clinic. While shingles is not deadly, it can be extremely painful and may take more than a month for the sores to scab over and fully heal.


A person can only get shingles after an initial infection of chickenpox, by way of the varicella zoster virus (VZV). After chickenpox heals, the virus may enter the nervous system where it can lie dormant for decades. For many, this is where the story ends, the virus stays at the nerve ends and does no harm. For the less fortunate, the virus reactivates and shoots up the nerves to form those dreadful rashes.

Shingles develops in about 10 percent of people who have had chickenpox. It most commonly occurs in older age groups, such as grandparents, and in people with weakened immune systems. This includes people suffering from diseases that weaken


“Someone who has shingles should take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus,” Dr. Wang said. “The risk of spreading it is low if active lesions are covered. Therefore, they should cover the active lesions, avoid touching or scratching the lesions, wash hands frequently to prevent spreading, and avoid contact with those who have not been vaccinated, those who had no history of chickenpox and those with weakened immune system.”


Dr. Wang asserts that the best way to prevent shingles is getting a shingles vaccine. There are two shingles vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Zostavax and Shingrix. Zostavax was approved in 2006 and is recommended for people age 60 and older. Shingrix was approved in 2017 for people age 50 and older and is now the preferred vaccination, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Shingrix is also recommended for those who previously received Zostavax. Shingles vaccines are intended only as a preventative measure and not as treatment, but the good news for grandparents is that it's safe to be around infants and pregnant women after receiving a shingles vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By taking a little initiative, you may avoid missing out on family time! *We encourage you to visit your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about chickenpox or shingles.

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D.I.Y. Paint Chip


It’s time to put your old paint chips to use! For those of you who just moved, painted a room in your house, or have paint chips hidden in a drawer somewhere taking up space let’s put them to use! We made a paint chip calendar, to-do list and some notes!


About 10 – 15 paint chips (with 5 squares on each chip) Scissors Ruler Rubber Cement White poster board 16 x 20 inch frame Dry erase markers Small laminating machine 8 x 11 laminating sheets Thumbtacks

Note Squares:

1. Pick a few of your favorite paint chip colors. 2. Cut along the white line so that you have small squares. (There is no limit to how many you can cut!) 3. Feed the squares through the small laminator and cut off the excess laminating paper. 4. Using the dry erase markers, write small reminders on the notes! Pin to your corkboard or glue a magnet on the back and use these on the fridge too!



1. The paint chips will vary depending on where they are from. Gather the colors you want for your calendar and cut them into 42, 1.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles. 2. Cut your poster board to fit the 16 x 20 in. frame. 3. Lay them out on the poster board according to the color scheme you think fits your home best! We placed the darkest blues and purples first and used lighter colors as the rows went down. Use a ruler to space out your rectangles to your liking. We placed each rectangle .5 inches apart. 4. When you are happy with the way your calendar looks, begin gluing each rectangle to the poster board using a thin layer of rubber cement. Don’t worry about getting glue on the color side of the paint chip; it rubs off when it dries! Make sure to leave about an inch of white space at the bottom and about 2-3 inches of white space at the top of the poster board. 5. Once all of the rectangles are glued, place the poster board in the frame. Using the dry erase markers, write the days of the week across the first row, and then use the remaining rectangles to add the days of the month!


To-Do list:

1. For this one, you will use the paint chips as is! Pick your two favorite paint chips so that 10 squares are showing. 2. Glue one chip on top of the other to your poster board, (2 squares from the top) so that you now have 8 chips total. Trim around the edges. 3. Place in laminating sheet and feed it through the laminator, and cut off the excess laminating paper. 4. Using the dry erase markers, use the first square to write things to-do, and follow with the days of the week on each square. Pin to your corkboard or glue a magnet on the back and use it on the fridge!

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Cleaning With Kids:

How Chores Benefit Your Kids and YOU! BY SELENA GARRISON

According to the University of Arkansas, here are a few age appropriate ideas for the types of chores your children can do! Age 2- 4

Put toys away, throw away trash, put dirty clothes in the hamper, carry non-breakable dishes to the sink, and wipe down baseboards, windowsills, and chair seats.

Age 4 - 6 As I sit here binge-watching Netflix, I think back to one of many days that my then-5-year-old bellowed from his room, “Moooooom! I don’t have any socks!” Until that point, I had pretty much been the main doer-of-all-things around the house, and to be honest, I was fine with that. My husband worked outside the home, I worked from home, and it made sense for me to take care of most of the day-to-day chores. However, on this particular day, I was exhausted. We had just had our first foster care kiddo, a newborn baby boy, quite literally dropped off on our door-step several days before; my 18-month-old daughter was struggling to sleep at night; and now my 5-year-old son had no socks. As I stood in front of a basket (or three) of clean laundry, trying desperately to find two matching socks, I decided it was time for a change. Since my kids were so little, I wasn’t sure what I should do with them as far as chores went. So, naturally, I turned to the internet. As I researched chores and kids, I came across some interesting information


on the benefits of sharing the household responsibilities with family members of all ages. Two of the major benefits of having children do chores are that it teaches responsibility, and it gives them a sense of ownership and pride over their home. Additionally, teaching children ageappropriate life skills from an early age prepares them for future success as a teenager and young adult. In fact, a 75+ year Harvard study has found that doing chores as a child was the best predictor of happiness, health, and independence in adulthood. (Yay, science!) As a parent, there are great personal benefits to having your children do chores. First of all, sharing the responsibility for chores means that the work of maintaining a household doesn’t all fall on you. (Of course, this means that you may have to let go of having everything done perfectly, but the long-term payoff is worth it.) When you work together as a family to get the housework done, you will have more time as a family to really enjoy each other!


Feed pets, straighten bed/ bedroom, put away clean dishes/ flatware, set and clear the table, and prepare simple snacks.

Age 6 - 8

Plan clothes for the next day/ week, put away laundry, sweep/ vacuum floors, rake leaves, prepare basic meals using toaster/microwave.

Age 8 - 10

Fold clothes/towels, load and unload dishwasher, take out trash, prepare school lunch, put away groceries.

Age 10 - 12

Change bed linens, do laundry, use oven/stove with supervision, clean kitchen/bathroom, mow the lawn.

Age 12+

Wash/vacuum car, shop for groceries with a list, cook a complete meal, babysit younger siblings.

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Does your little one have a love for the outdoors and roasting marshmallows by the warm campfire? This is the year to throw a camping-themed birthday party that will 'wow' those who attend. From DIY Tic-Tac-Toe, to homemade tents and bug juice, our birthday party guide will help you throw the coziest birthday party yet. BY NICOLE IRVING AND RENEE CASTRO | PHOTOS BY JIMMY HO PHOTOGRAPHY

D.I.Y. CamPer Tents For the crafty mom, turn these camper tents into a DIY project! These cozy tents were fun, easy to make and easier to store! Homemade tents are the perfect way to add some flare to your campsite. For step-by-step easy instructions, and a complete list of what you'll need, visit!


Outdoor dÉcor This campsite sign adds a fun ‘pop’ to your party and is so easy to make! Attach the wood pieces to a post via nails and use chalk to write the different campsite areas.

[Wood Signs: Hobby Lobby, $6.99. Post, scrap wood]

Use a simple pennant flag to celebrate the birthday kiddo. We purchased the pennant flags at Target and used acrylic paint to write “Camp Taylor.” Don’t forget the campfire flames! To create the perfect ‘faux-fire’ we used real logs and red, orange and yellow tissue paper to make the flames.


Picnic area

Who doesn’t love a picnic at a campsite! With a mix of salty, sweet and healthy snacks to fill your troop up, they will be sure to gobble up their snacks. Wooden accents give that outdoor feel for your table, adding tin and lanterns complete it for that authentic camp feel. [Tablecloth: Canvas Paint Tarp ]


Continue the camping spirit through lunch! It’s always good to have something for everyone! Our lunchtime was complete with pigs in a blanket, sleeping bags (or ham and cheese tortilla roll ups) and ants on a log!


Don’t forget the small touches! Go get those animals out of the kids play bins and use them to bring your picnic area to life. Ours came from Target for $3.99.



Create your very own “Bug Juice” for your attendees to sip on. We used Sprite with green food coloring. (You can use water, sparkling water or even lemonade.)

No need for fancy tableware! Our camP site lookalike aluminum Plates were found at the Dollar Tree.

Campsite trail mix is fun and easy to make! Mix granola, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips and viola! Be sure to label your snacks with fun names! We used “campfire flames” for cheese puffs, and “berry pickin's” for fresh berries. Visit for free printables! [Tablecloth: Canvas Paint Tarp]

play time!


To make our tic-tac-toe board, spray paint a 2’ x 2’ square piece of wood black, paint on the white lines and add some fun X’s and O’s. [X's and O's: Hobby Lobby, $2.99 each]

Games are always a great way to keep the kids involved and having a great time. Our kiddos laughed their way through a camping themed scavenger hunt and tic-tac-toe. Visit for a free scavenger hunt printable!

[Twig Pencils: Amazon, $5.25/12qty, Mini Clipboards: Walmart or Amazon]

the sweet trail

No party is complete without sweet treats! Fill non-breakable cups with gummy worms, aka “Fish Bait”, and don’t forget the chocolate treats! We used chocolate covered raisins, aka, “Moose Tracks!”

Plus: Party Favors!

Send your partygoers home with “s’more treats for the road.” We created a ‘s’mores kit to-go’ and tied a small flashlight to the jar to finish it off! [Plastic jars: Dollar Tree, $1 each] [LED Flashlights: Amazon, $14.99/9 piece]




For dessert, we made outdoor cupcakes. We baked chocolate cupcakes, out of a box of course, and piped green frosting to look like grass. To finish, we topped them with cupcake toppers of wild animals and trees.

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Minute-to-Win-It! BY MEGAN SAPELAK

Turn your family night into a game night, filled with fun, easy and competitive games! All games are timed for only one minute and can be played with however many players you desire. Bonus! Each game can be played for fun, competitively among individuals or as a competitive team game. There is no limit to how many rounds you want to play, but make sure you tally up the points to determine a winner!

Cookie Face

Junk in the Trunk

How to Play: 1. Start by placing a cookie in the middle of each player’s forehead. 2. Players must keep their hands behind their backs while trying to get the cookie to move from their forehead to their mouth. The key is to only use your facial muscles! 3. Make sure someone uses the timer to shout out when the minute is up! 4. If the cookie falls on the ground, the player is allowed to pick it up and try again. 5. Any player that successfully gets the cookie from their forehead to their mouth within 1 minute gets a point for them or their team.

How to Play: 1. Parents, set up the game by using an X-ACTO knife to make two slits into each side of the bottom of the empty tissue boxes. Slide a belt or thick ribbon through the two slits to attach the tissue box to the belt or ribbon. 2. Remove the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening to make the game easier (for younger children) or keep it intact for a more challenging game. 3. Each player will strap the tissue box onto their lower back and fill it with 6-8 pingpong balls. 4. Set the timer for one minute and have the player shake or jump around until all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box. (No using your hands and no laying down.) 5. All players that have successfully emptied their box get a point for themselves or their team.

Materials Needed: 1 cookie for each player (Vanilla Wafers, chocolate sandwich cookies, or chocolate chip cookies work the best), timer

Marshmallow Toss

Materials Needed: 1-2 bags of mini marshmallows, masking tape, plastic cups, partner

Materials Needed: 1 empty tissue box for each player or team, 1 belt or thick ribbon for each player or team, 6-8 ping pong balls for each team/player, X-ACTO knife, timer

Cotton Nose

Materials Needed: 1-3 bags of cotton balls (depending on how How to Play: many players), Vaseline, Q-Tips, 2 plastic bowls, table and a timer 1. Set up for the game by using the masking tape to make lines on the ground to set distance barriers. Set the distance so that it’s How to Play: appropriate for the age group of the people who will be playing 1. Place two bowls horizontally adjacent to one another on the table the game, not too far apart and not too close together. Separate in front of each player. Make sure the bowls are about one foot a your group into pairs to compete in the game. Line each pair up so part from one another. that one player is behind one marked line and the other player is 2. Each player will fill one of their bowls with cotton balls and directly across from them behind the other marked line. leave the other bowl remaining empty. 2. Each player must pick a partner to play the game with. Decide 3. Pass around a jar of Vaseline. Each player can use a Q-Tip to who will be throwing the marshmallows and who will be catching. scoop as much or as little as they would like and rub onto their One player will receive a cup full of marshmallows and the other nose. player will be given an empty cup. 4. Once all players are ready, place hands behind the back and set a 3. Once all teams have been formed, players will take their timer to one minute. positions facing each other behind each line. 5. Using only their nose, each player must grab cotton balls one by 4. One player will toss marshmallows one by one to the player on one and transfer them to the other bowl by wiggling their nose. the other side. The receiving player will catch the marshmallows 6. Player or team that successfully transfers the most amount of with their cup. (No hands, feet, or cups are allowed to go over the cotton balls from one bowl to the other wins! barrier line.) 5. Once time has ended the team with the most marshmallows caught wins. Safety comes first! Be careful of choking hazards by cleaning up any 6. Switch roles and play again if desired. stray marshmallows or small pieces on the floor when finished.




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Extracurriculars, Meet the Home-Schooler Integrating Home Schooling With Public School Activites BY CRYSTAL LADWIG

Have you thought about or started home schooling, but worried about socialization or meeting academic demands? What about fearing your child may miss out on specific activities that you remember fondly during your school years? Fortunately, the Gainesville area is blessed with a slew of resources to help families meet those needs. With numerous co-ops, and community providers holding classes designed for home-schoolers, the social issue is a non-issue for many home schooling families once they get plugged into the local homeschool community. Yet the need for additional extracurricular activities, or even academic classes, remains for many families. That’s where public schools come in. Our family started off in public schools. Like all home-schoolers, our reasons for leaving were varied and unique to our family’s strengths and needs. Despite making the decision to withdraw our children from public schools, my husband and I have continued to value much of what the public schools have to offer. That’s why we chose to include a public school component in our home schooling. One of our children is currently on the robotics team at our zoned public school. Florida law protects the rights of home schooling students to participate in student


activities at their zoned school, with some requirements. Home-schoolers must be in compliance with Florida’s home schooling regulations, and demonstrate educational progress similar to the progress required of other students participating in the activity. Home-schoolers must also meet the same residency requirements, and standards of acceptance and behavior as other students.

socialization skills developed interacting with a diverse group of people of all ages prepares them quite well. Despite that, some children may experience significant fear or anxiety about entering the public school setting. Believe it or not, there are just as many stereotypes about public school students as there are about home-schooled students.

The process in Alachua County is simple. After you register your children with the district as home-education students, by submitting a letter of intent to the district, you can contact the school administration at your zoned school. The administrators at each school are the best source of information about specific opportunities available at their school. Options may include academic classes, clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities open to all students.

Preparation is critical. Talk with your children about what the public school setting will really be like. Select clubs, teams and classes that they will enjoy. Take them with you to meet with administrators, teachers, and even to tour the school. Above all, listen to their concerns and take them seriously.

Depending on the nature of the activity in which your child plans to participate, you may be asked to provide additional information such as grade reports, psychoeducational testing (if your child will be participating in special education or gifted programs), or medical records (e.g., results of physical or proof of immunization) for athletic programs. Most home-schoolers do well when they enter the public school setting for the first time. The independent learning skills, and


Public school activities including academic courses, clubs, and teams can be a highly rewarding component of home schooling. Signing up is relatively easy, but it does take some planning and preparation to ensure its success. As always, consider the unique needs and skills of your children and family. With that in mind, you’ll be able to find the best possible programs for your family.

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Lynda Corlett Why were you inspired to teach? I was raised to believe that you can be anything that you want, if you just work hard enough. After high school, I went to college and became a software engineer. At that time, not many women earned a degree in computer science.

WHAT GRADE/AGE DO YOU TEACH? I teach eighth grade. WHAT SUBJECT DO YOU TEACH? I teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A TEACHER? This is my 10th year as a math teacher. I was a substitute teacher for five years prior to becoming a full-time teacher.

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Do you have a favorite assignment/ project that you typically assign your students? I don’t have a favorite assignment. I love every day. Any lesson that causes one or more students to have that “ah ha” moment is amazing. It gives me goose bumps.

What do you like to do outside of the classroom? I love to spend time with my husband and children, refinish furniture, do household projects, shop for antiques and hang out with our dogs.

How do you wind down from a long day of teaching?

I love to have students come to my room during lunch for help with their homework. It is a relaxed atmosphere where I can work with them one-on-one. They also love to come because they can work with their peers as well as socialize.

Normally I like to take a quick nap after school. After dinner, I am right back to work. I answer parent and student emails, write the PowerPoint for the next lesson, and solve all of the homework problems so that students have good examples for reference. When I finish, I enjoy watching Netflix with my husband. Our two dogs always join us on the couch for some attention.

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AT WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK? I currently work at Oak View Middle School, which is located in Newberry, Florida.

After having my children, I decided to follow my dream of sharing this philosophy with others by becoming a teacher. Not every student loves mathematics, but everyone can master the skills necessary to become whatever they dream about being. I want to help students by seeing their strengths, helping them to develop those skills, and by making sure that mathematics is never an obstacle on their path to the future.


I enjoy many book series about mystery and police dramas. One of my favorites was the Will Trent series by Karen Slaughter. The first book in the series is “Triptych.”

I like to write songs and raps about difficult math concepts. Recently, I’ve been rapping about slope. It is extremely funny to watch the students’ reaction to this unusual type of instruction. Some quickly join in and learn the words. Some students watch carefully, act cool, but ask me to rap again. Finally, my favorite is the group of students that are legitimately embarrassed for me. “Oh, Mrs. Corlett. That is so embarrassing! Please…never do that again!” has been heard in my room multiple times this year. I am certain that those children learned something about slope!


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PTA Superstars of Alachua County BY AMANDA ROLAND

The Alachua County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, works tirelessly to make sure our schools, children and parents are taken care of, but how do they do it? Who are the people that make it all happen? Meet some of your Alachua County PTA presidents! On top of being mothers, having full-time jobs and caring for their families, these super women also manage to keep our schools vibrant and moving forward. These are just three examples of the fantastic local PTA presidents that lead our schools in being the best they can be.


Tristine says that her work as PTA president has taught her so much about the Exceptional Student Education program (ESE), and the need to advocate for all students no matter their circumstances. The PTA provides her with the tools she needs to develop and execute advocacy workshops for the school and other Alachua County families to spread this mindset with the community.


Kathy has been a PTA member since her daughter was in kindergarten. That’s seven years of dedication to the PTA, before becoming president of the Steven Foster Elementary PTA, two years ago. She decided that she wanted to become president after attending one of the PTA meetings and realizing that there was a lot that needed to be done –and she felt like she could do it. “My husband jokingly was like ‘don’t go to that meeting and come back as president’,” Kathy said, “and that’s exactly what I said when I walked through the door, ‘I think I’m going to have to become president.’” After becoming president, Kathy hit the ground running by attending the Florida PTA Convention, and learning about the National PTA School of Excellence recognition, a twoyear recognition that supports a specific school in whatever initiative they choose. With hard work from the PTA, Kathy was able to win the recognition for her school in 2018. She saw a need in her school and chose to use the help from the recognition to improve the arts at Steven Foster, something that was limited to an art and music class. Kathy’s mission was to see more clubs focusing on the arts and more art brought into her school as a whole. She collaborated with the University of Florida Preforming Arts to have a violinist come and let students experience a different kind of music, and she created a way for students to have an art fair at the end of the year. Kathy even took it upon herself to go in the halls of Steven Foster every week and update the bulletin boards with colorful inspirational quotes, welcoming signs and even art requested by the students. "I take student requests," she said. "It’s really fun to see students when they walk by and ask me to draw 'Up' or something and then be surprised by it."

When it comes to getting it all done, Tristine has mastered her juggling act. Because of her demanding job, she has to be creative and use her time after work hours to get things done. From answering emails during basketball games, and connecting with parents after Girl Scouts meetings, to organizing projects after her two children go to bed, she always manages to get it done. However, she wouldn’t be able to do it without the help and dedication from the whole PTA board.

Kathy quickly realized that the PTA has a huge say in the community and the school, and that it’s more than just fundraises and bake sales.

“I wouldn't be a successful president if I wasn't surrounded by an amazing team of parents, teachers, and neighboring PTA officers who are willing to pitch in and help,” she said. “I know that you are only as strong as your weakest link, but I have a superb PTA board, and that means the world to me.”

Kathy is continuing to serve as the PTA president at Steven Foster, and she says she loves it. In the coming year, she plans to continue to promote the arts at her school to see Steven Foster grow as an artistic and creative school.


“What I want people to start thinking about when they see PTA is more of us advocating for the students and bringing programs into the school, as opposed to just volunteers who fundraise,” she said.

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Prior to becoming PTA president at C.W. Norton Elementary two years ago, Tristine served as PTA secretary. Tristine works hard to assist her school while working as an assistant nurse manager and a mother to two children. In between all of her responsibilities, she somehow finds a way to do things like assist the school with the purchase of new playground equipment, plan a spring carnival, reopen the school’s greenhouse and get a team of volunteers together to beautify the school. It is a labor of love for Tristine, and all of her hard work does not go unrecognized.


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Teresa was elected PTA president of Gainesville High School in June 2017, and before becoming president, she served as PTA treasurer. She loves her role as president because it grants her the opportunity to support local education, which is always one of the main missions of the PTA. For Teresa, it’s a family affair. Teresa’s mother was a teacher for 30 years, so she has grown up seeing the impact that education has on students and families. She says that she loves being near her daughter whenever she has the opportunity on campus, and being able to organize events for the community and see wonderful parents get involved is what keeps her going. Currently, Teresa and her team are getting ready for the spring. They are preparing criteria and raising funds for awarding faculty grants and scholarships for the seniors. As always, an ongoing responsibility is supporting student activities through volunteer coordination.

“Juggling the responsibilities is an ongoing journey,” Teresa said. By working from home, Teresa is able to coordinate volunteering around work during the day, and she says she is fortunate enough to have the PTA Board by her side to share the load –especially when she speaks up and asks for help. She knows that it is all a team effort all for the good of the school, and planning ahead and having ongoing communication with GHS administrators makes everything run smoothly. She also owes a lot to her family, who is with her every step so she can accomplish all that she needs to advocate for her school and students. Hundreds of other PTA volunteers humbly offer up their time and talents to make sure that our schools and students have what they need to achieve great success. Their work is commendable, and the reward is seeing schools and students reach the same goal of growth. A round of applause for the Alachua County PTA.


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Our Favorite Pregnancy Podcasts BY RENEE CASTRO

A podcast is like a close friend… full of information, humor and real-life situations. From politics to education tips, podcasts come in many different topics for just about everyone. We’ve rounded out our favorite pregnancy podcasts for you baby-waitin’ mommas, so grab your headphones and get listening!

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Infant Weight Gain: Navigating the Numbers BY GEORGINA CHONG-YOU

At the moment of birth, babies are grouped by numbers— date of birth, time of birth, weight, height, length, number of feedings, number of wet diapers, etc. Numbers consume the majority of all of our lives, especially infants. These numbers carry a certain power with them—oftentimes toying with the emotions of a new mom. I’m speaking from experience, because I was a recipient of the power of the numbers being wielded at me. Now, it wasn’t a bad experience, but it was certainly an emotional one, and one I learned a great deal from. My first son was born at a normal weight of 7 pounds, 11 ounces. As a first-time mom, my level of anxiety was quite high, and I second-guessed everything I did and every number that was assigned to him. I had difficulty when I first began breastfeeding in the first few months of his life, and consequentially, it caused him to gain weight very slowly. More numbers. My wonderful pediatrician was encouraging and motivated me to continue breastfeeding around the clock so that he would gain weight faster. I was confident I could do it—just get that number to increase. Trigger the anxiety. I would worry when I was feeding him and worry when I was not feeding him, thinking that I should be giving him milk around the clock in order to get his weight higher and higher. This anxiety, however, caused my milk supply to decrease, which led to more anxiety about increasing my supply in order to get his weight up, and this led to taking a certain number of natural lactation pills everyday to increase said milk supply. And more numbers. This became an exhaustive cycle lasting a few months, until one doctor’s appointment where my pediatrician told me that although he was not gaining weight quickly, he was still gaining it. So I was forced to look at the numbers for what they really were, and not fight against them, but understand them. My doctor reminded me that my son had consistently wet diapers, which meant that he was taking in the right amount of fluids his body needed, and that most importantly, he was healthy and happy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mayo Clinic, every infant is assigned an expected growth chart at birth, listing their expected weight gain per month. Every mom is very familiar with the weight check during each well routine baby exam where their doctor measures the baby’s head circumference, length, and then their weight gain. After which, the doc will keep a record of



these numbers on a growth chart that will compare your child’s weight gain with other infants of the same age. On average, most babies who are born full term (38-40 weeks gestation) weigh between 6-9 pounds. However, each infant is different and their birth weights vary because of early delivery or genetics that may affect their weight. It is important to remember that “babies can be born outside of the average guidelines and still be completely healthy,” according to the American Pregnancy Association. Again, keep in mind that every baby is different and unique. Some babies gain weight quickly and some gain weight slowly—all at his or her own pace. Renowned parenting resource, Dr. Sears and the World Health Organization encourages parents to monitor their baby’s weight gain by: Scheduling weight checks using a scale at a doctor’s office. Checking food intake at home by ensuring your baby is having at least 5-7 wet diapers a day and at least about 3 – 4 diapers a day. (This may vary with formula-fed babies versus breastfed babies.) Noticing if your baby seems satisfied at least for a little while after feeding. (Keep in mind that some babies do seem to want to eat all the time!)

*If at any time you have concerns or questions about your baby’s weight gain, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider. After all, they are there to help.*

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When Should You Be Worried About Your Toddler's Attachment to a "Lovey" BY TRACY WRIGHT

Who doesn’t have a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal that they loved as a young child? In fact, a third of adults admit they can’t bear to part with their own childhood toy, according to research published in the Journal of Cognition and Culture in 2010. If you have a toddler, you may observe them become attached to an object or article of clothing. In fact, they may insist on bringing this item with them most places, including preschool or daycare or on a trip to a grandparents’ home. These attachment items have been labeled by child psychology as transitional objects. While the value or detriment of these items have been actively debated over the years, most psychologists and experts today agree that these types of attachments are not unhealthy at all, and may actually lead to a higher level of self-esteem and comfort. According to the International Journal of Behavioral Development, about 60-70 percent of children in the United States and United Kingdom have a transitional object, usually a stuffed toy or blanket. Attachment peaks at around 3 years of age, but many children maintain a strong relationship that can last well into adulthood. Babies are born wanting to be held as close as they were in the womb. This feeling of closeness to someone is largely born out of being held by their mothers, and then fathers. In fact, many refer to the three months after birth as the fourth trimester. As babies age, they still feel the urge to be close or cuddled. In many Western societies, as children become toddlers and are transitioning to sleeping alone more often, they find comfort in these transitional objects. In other societies in which co-sleeping is more common, these objects are found less.






The Backpack Allowing the lovey to “live” in a backpack during school hours.


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According to the New York University Psychoanalytical Institute, the transitional object may be classified as one of three ways; as a phase in a child's development, to fight separation anxiety, and finally, as a neutral sphere in which experience is not challenged by using their creativity. In fact, many daycares and preschools do allow these transitional objects into the classroom with the child to ease that anxiety and fear that comes with evolving into a new environment.

Studies and experts point to having a beloved piece of clothing or a stuffed animal as a toddler is not harmful and can be healthy.

Colleen Goddard, child development specialist and adjunct instructor at New York University, writes that “I have had the distinct pleasure and privilege to observe teachers in the school where I work, dedicated to celebrating the presence of transitional objects in their classrooms. In one of my daily visits, I was delighted by the number of stuffed animals, rag dolls and teddy bears that were abundantly present and harmoniously integrated into the work and play of the children in the fours room…I witnessed the integration of these beloved objects in numerous ways and in a variety of areas in the room.” All of these studies and experts point to one general premise; having a beloved piece of clothing or stuffed animal as a toddler is not harmful and can, in fact, be healthy. A study published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development found that kids with strong bonds to transitional objects have stronger attachment to a parent and are happier than those without.

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For those parents who may be concerned about the level of attachment a child expresses; for example, a child is beyond preschool age or cannot perform simple tasks without their transitional object can look to some simple ways to “soften” the attachment. Most pediatricians warn to never make a child feel bad about their attachment and to not try and slowly wean that attachment during a big childhood milestone or family transition (divorce, death, a family move or new sibling). Experts agree it’s much easier to provide a compromise such as allowing an item to “live” in a backpack during school hours or “wait for the child” in their bed at home. Educators and experts have found that most children grow out of these serious attachments by age 4, but research has shown that teenagers who still hold a strong attachment to a transitional object, may have poorer mental health. A Journal of Personality Disorders study concluded that keeping a comfort blanket for the sentiment it fulfills is fine, but still needing it on a day to day basis as a teenager or beyond, could be a sign that something is wrong. Parents should consult with a pediatrician or mental health counselor if there is a serious concern. For most though, it’s clear that the memory and special significance “attaches” itself to many for long after that. Gainesville mom, Roseanne Alexander, recalls how all of her siblings had “blankies” or stuffed animals from their childhood. “At Thanksgiving we were all comparing how our special items held up all these years, as now college kids and older. Everyone still had their beloved items in their rooms at home, all in terrible condition,” Alexander said. “One horsey now has ‘mange’, missing limbs, missing eyes and many scars. One blankie looks like a knot of string. One bunny was actually in good shape after 20 years of love.”

Never make a child feel bad about their attachment and try not to wean them off that attachment during a big childhood milestone or family transition.


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Accidents Happen! How to Deal With Your Child's Potty Accidents at School or Daycare BY TRACY WRIGHT

As parents, we all know the day is coming. The day when we have to send our little one off to preschool, full potty trained. The clock is ticking, the diapers are dwindling and the struggle is hard. Children work on their own time frame, we know that, and the age by which a child is fully potty-trained varies; although, most children will begin training between 18 – 27 months depending on readiness. Many preschools and daycares have cutoff dates for when a child has to be completely pottytrained, this can lead to anxiety for parents and children who may worry about accidents occurring at school. If the potty training cutoff seems to coincide with the starting of preschool or daycare, jitters and unfamiliarity by the child can most likely be the cause. Experts agree it is important for parents to slowly ease them into the routines that may come with attending school, and encourage the child to use the bathroom as soon as they feel the urge. Often, children may be embarrassed to ask or get so wrapped up in an activity they may wait too long. “Preschool-aged children are great at learning routines. They are amazing at learning routines based on their caregiver and environment,” said Sherry Geunes, a local preschool teacher who recently retired after 16 years of working with young children. “They may have different teachers and assistants based on the time of day with the same general philosophies, but the structure fluctuating slightly, yet even the youngest children adapt easily to the different teaching styles.” Just like every child, no potty accident situation is ever the same.

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“When it comes to using the potty, I've seen children who are potty-trained at home and refuse to go at school; children who spend the school day in underwear/panties and get a diaper before heading home because they are not being trained/ cooperating at home; and those who, once trained, use the potty everywhere they go,” Geunes said. “If a child is potty-trained at home and has accidents at school parents and teachers should work together to find the cause and a solution.” If accidents do happen, it is important for parents to never punish or make a child feel bad about the accidents, but rather try to emphasize to your child that accidents happen to everyone, and the key thing is to move on from it quickly. If it continues to happen, parents should look for ways to remedy the situation. “Parents should work with the child, teacher and pediatrician concerning bathroom accidents at school,” Geunes said. “Stress is a big cause of set-backs. Are they struggling with the routine at school? Are they just ‘too busy’ or ‘having too much fun’?” Certain stressful situations at home may also cause potty accidents at school. Parents should evaluate any major life changes occurring such as a new sibling, a separation or divorce, death of a pet or loved one or recent illness. For example, a recent stomach bug may incite a child to fear bowel movements. Many experts also agree that working with the child one-onone to help avoid accidents may also work well. Enlist your child’s advice on what can be done to avoid accidents, and the parent can suggest that to the teacher at school. Finally, parents should be sure to reward accident-free days as well as any type of progress in other areas such as learning how to put on their shoes or backpack. “Wow! What a big girl/boy you are now that you are in preschool! You are learning so many things!” Keep a sticker chart and a reward system for a certain number of accident-free days (for example, a piece of candy for one day, a small toy for two or a bigger toy for a week). The good news is that, in most cases, potty accidents will stop as soon as they started. Any regression after that should be treated the same way to help ensure your child is happy and accident-free at school!

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Is My Child Sleeping Enough? BY BRIAN BYRNE

Whether you are an infant, adult, or senior, sleep is an essential part of living. Sleeping allows a person’s body to recuperate from the stress and exhaustion of the prior day. A good way of viewing sleep is like a period at the end of a very long sentence. However, the question is, how much sleep is enough sleep? And more specifically, are your children getting enough sleep with the hustle of the day? For children ages 6-12, the recommended amount of sleep, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is between 9-12 hours per night. It is evident that children who go to school are typically exhausted due to homework assignments, extracurricular activities, and clubs. To ensure your child is not overworked from their social and school life, a healthy sleeping routine is needed. If a child is sleep deprived, this can lead to fatigue and unhealthy living habits, ultimately affecting their schoolwork and behavior. It is no help that current societal norms encourage sleep deprivation. Children are taught at a young age that school comes first, leading to tireless nights of homework and studying, when, in reality, their health should be prioritized. So, how should parents and guardians approach this issue, optimizing their child’s sleep schedule?



According to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Sally Ibrahim, a pediatric sleep specialist, said that not getting enough or quality sleep for a long time can take a toll on a person’s health. Dr. Ibrahim suggests, “Rewarding smaller children for sticking to the sleep schedule may serve as extra motivation. Helping your kids get their rest is a great preparation fur success at school and in life.”

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Bedtime Tips Map out a block of time the child must fall asleep in order for them to sleep at least 9 hours. If a child’s bedtime is routinized, woven in just as waking up for school is, their body will naturally tire. Fill the nighttime routine with amusement. Little tricks such as dancing while brushing your teeth or reading a bedtime story each night are great ways to attract the little ones to tuck in early. Remove all electronics from the room. A recent study conducted by Harvard University shows that children who look at bright screen 2-3 hours before bed have a more difficult time falling asleep. This is due to the blue lighting found in most electronic devices that affect the child’s melatonin secretion—a sleep, assisting hormone. Personalize the sleeping process for your child by telling them fictional or family stories. Lastly, avoid sugary and caffeinated items at least two hours before bed! Instead, try to concoct sleepinducing drinks such as warm milk and cinnamon.

*If your child continues to have trouble falling asleep, please consult your physician to check for a possible sleep disorder.



c2c | tweens { 1 0 -1 3 Y E A R S }

Twenty Nine-Tween What Are Tweens Into? BY ISABELLA SORRESSO

When your children enter the tween years, it starts getting hard to keep up. They have their own hobbies and interests, and with the internet there’s a new trend every week. If you are feeling a little bit out of the loop, we’re here to help! We’ve come up with a list of six things your tweens are probably into right now to help you connect and understand their lingo! But, don’t blink; as these are sure to change as fast a tween changes their hair color.


Just by being a parent, you’ve probably already heard about Fortnite. It’s an online video game that burst onto the scene in 2017 and remained a constant favorite among gamers throughout last year. There are several versions of the game now, but the main two, are player-versus-player games where you get ranked at how well you did compared to the other players at the end of each round.


In the past few years, slime has taken over the world. If your kid is into slime, chances are you’ve also been coerced into buying odd things like tubs of glue, contact lens solution and liquid starch so your little one could make a big blob of slime. Not only is making slime part of the hobby, but another part is making videos about it. If you search slime on Instagram or YouTube, there are countless videos of people stretching, swirling and poking their various types of slime.


Slime videos aren’t the only things on the video-sharing platform; there are also millions of other YouTube channels your kids could be watching. If you can think of it, there’s probably a video about it. One popular corner of YouTube is gaming channels, where people screen-record themselves playing video games and chatting to their subscribers. Another is vloggers (video-bloggers) who make videos documenting their daily lives and filming themselves doing whatever might be happening that day. Tutorial videos have also taken over the space in the last few years. Some of the most popular are makeup tutorials, so if your kiddo decides one day that they need a full-glam makeup look with winged eyeliner, YouTubers are probably the ones behind it.



Nintendo Switch

Step aside Nintendo DS and PSP, there’s a new kid in town called the Nintendo Switch. The Switch came out in 2017 and has skyrocketed in popularity. It’s name comes from the fact that parts of the Switch can come apart and be moved around to make it either a stationary or portable console. Of the games available for Switch, Super Smash Bros is a fan favorite.

L.O.L. Surprise!

From the company that brought us Bratz dolls and Little Tikes, MGA Entertainment has a new line called L.O.L. Surprise! that features small baby dolls hidden in plastic balls and capsules. There are several layers of plastic that cover up the capsule, and with each layer you peel away, another piece of the doll set is revealed!


Snapchat has been a teen/millennial favorite for years now, but tweens have started to catch on too. If you’re unfamiliar, Snapchat is a social media app that is used for instantly sharing photos and videos with friends and followers. You can send pictures and messages to individual people, or they can also be shared on “Snapchat Stories,” which are available to all followers and only last for 24 hours before disappearing forever. It’s also the app that started the trend of adding filters to your photos and videos, such as the classic dog filter and the “puking rainbows” filter.

Giggle Tip: Safety first… always monitor your tween’s computer screen time and phone app time. Dangers lurk around every corner and on every channel!



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Be Home by Midnight! BY APRIL TISHER

When I was a teenager, I was certain I was the ONLY one who had a curfew. This wasn’t true of course, but my parents were stricter than others. I was immune to trying to get around this by spending the night with friends who had a later one than I did and yes, on occasion I got caught. Back then I didn’t understand the point of a curfew, who cared what time we came home? My dad, however, always insisted that nothing good happened after midnight, a sentiment that I, now as a parent, tend to agree with. Are curfews still something regularly enforced, or have they become a thing of the past? I surveyed some local parents to see what the real world answer to this was. Out of the 32 responses I received, 28 of the parents said they do have curfews imposed on their teens, but that they were set on a caseby-case basis. Four parents said they imposed a strict no-exceptions curfew on their teens. My mom claims when she was a teen, her father was so strict on her curfew that even a flat tire did not qualify as an excuse. He told her that they should leave early enough to anticipate car trouble or traffic concerns. I’m not sure if that’s another one of those, “walked 10 miles in the snow uphill both ways to school every day” type of tales or not, but it did make me appreciate her leniency. From those surveyed, I found that most aren’t too concerned about curfews until their children start driving on their own, until then you can easily control when they are dropped off and picked up. Anne Dale, a local mom of two teens, said she was only willing to bend the time if they were at the home of a friend that she knew the parents of; otherwise, she was strict. Several respondents said that their own parents did not enforce curfews on them and that it was not a good thing, so they were less lenient on their own teens. Most said they have earlier weekday curfews for school purposes (10 p.m.), but that too was determined by the activity. If students are in band or athletics, away games might constitute a later time. Once they start driving themselves around though, it’s a whole new game. A lot of parents use the Florida DMV’s restrictions on teenagers driving as a standard. Depending on how old you are, you may not be



aware of these restrictions, but children are no longer free and clear when they turn 16 and get a license. DMV rules state that a 16-yearold who has received their operator’s license, can only drive between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Once they turn 17 years old, they can drive between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. After they turn 18, there are no further restrictions. Ginger Shank, a local mom of two teens says her teenage son must be in by 10 p.m on the weekdays and 11 p.m. on the weekends, unless he asks her for a later time. She says even then, no later than the DMV hours are allowed. Another local mom, Sheila Jones, says she uses an app that shows her where her children are. She highly recommends it saying, “being able to check on my kids’ whereabouts has reduced a lot of worry.” Some apps are very detailed and can tell you if they have traveled outside of an area they allowed to be in, how fast they are driving, etc. You can customize these to your level of comfort and letting your children know they are being monitored is also advised. In the end you must do what is right for you and your family. As one commenter stated, “their curfews were pretty much determined by how late I was willing to stay up…it had to do with the fact that I could not go to sleep until they were safely in the house.”

In a recent survey, 28 out of 32 parents said they do have curfews imposed on their teens.




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Stay and Play 9 – 11 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Children 5 years old and younger can develop basic motor skills, coordination, strength and flexibility while having fun with friends. There will be free time in the bounce house and guided free play and obstacle course in the Star Gym! To end, there will be songs and activities during parachute time with a snack. It is $11.50 for members and $14.50 for non-members. This event repeats every Friday.



Frogs and Friends Fridays

Parent’s Night Out

2 p.m. Education Building at Morningside Nature Center

6 – 10 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter

Little ones are welcome to join Morningside Nature Center animal caretakers as they feed the amphibians and reptiles.

Children from kindergarten through 13 years old will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members.


Gym Jam Jr. 5 – 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Children between the ages of 3 and 5 will participate in a coach-led warm-up, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one-hour program. Prices range from $13 for members to $16 for non-members. FEBRUARY 1


Tot Times: Faces and Places 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2 -5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Gym Jam 5 – 7 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warm-up, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $19 for members to $21 for non-members. Repeats every Friday.


Monster Dash 5K 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Florida Museum of Natural History Run on a combination of trails in the UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory and campus roads at the third annual Florida Museum 5K. Registration is $30 for adults and $25 for children and UF students. FEBRUARY 2

Living History Days 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm Join the Morningside Nature Center as interpreters portray day-to-day life on an 1870 Florida farm. Experience the agriculture and history that Florida was built on, for free!

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9 – 11 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West

3 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm

Children 5 years old and younger can develop basic motor skills, coordination, strength and flexibility while having fun with friends. Activities will be in the Sun Gymnastics room and the bounce room! The morning will circle time and a snack. It is $11.50 for members and $14.50 for non-members. This event repeats every Tuesday.



Chinese New Year


Splash Jam 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Swimmers of all skill levels can join in for 30 minutes of mixed group instructional time, followed by 30 minutes of open swim time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members. Event repeats every Saturday and Sunday.


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Splash Jam 2 – 3 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Swimmers of all skill levels can join in for 30 minutes of mixed group instructional time, followed by 30 minutes of open swim time. Prices range from $16.50 for members to $20 for non-members. Event repeats every Saturday and Sunday. FEBRUARY 1 – 3

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Alachua County Fairgrounds


Get Air Gainesville Toddler Time 10 a.m. – Noon Get Air Gainesville One parent jumps free with children 46 inches and under during this time designated for Little Air Jumpers. Admission is $10 per child and repeats every Tuesday and Thursday. FEBRUARY 6

i.Baby & Me Class 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. IndepenDANCE Studio A guided instruction and movement music class for you and your baby who is between 18 months and 3 years old; classes begin at 1 class drop-in for $15, to a 5 class booklet for $45 or a 10 class booklet for $70. Event repeats every Wednesday. FEBRUARY 6

Gym Jam 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Children 5 years and older will participate in a coach-led warm-up, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this two hour program. Prices range from $19 for members to $21 for non-members. Repeats every Wednesday.

Step back in time with your family and enjoy jugglers, dancers, food and the medieval marketplace. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children 5–17, and children under 5 are free.


Little ones can help the staff at the Living History Farm feed the animals. This program is free, but the staff does accept donations of carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, melons and squash for the animals. This event repeats every Wednesday.


Broadway Babies 9:15 – 10 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West A parent-toddler program that will help your child engage with music and dance through props, costumes and fun activities. The admission is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. This event repeats every Thursday. FEBRUARY 9

Kids Day 10 a.m. – 2p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park Children and adults between the ages of 5 to 65 can participate in hands-on crafts, old-fashioned games, demonstrations and more. FEBRUARY 9

Family Day: Art with Heart 1 – 4 p.m. Harn Museum of Art Enjoy an art filled day at the Harn Museum by taking a tour and exploring a variety of work. After you discover your favorite work of art, there is a hand-on activity to take part in. The program is ideal for children ages 5 – 11, but all ages are welcome to participate.


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Valentine’s Night at the Museum

UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class

7 – 10 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

7 – 9:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433 This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and cover topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. This class is $15 to attend.

Apex Martial Arts offers a free Afro-Brazilian martial arts class for all ages. This event repeats every Saturday.

You can spend Valentine’s Day at the museum, enjoying exhibits and participating in trivia. There will be a singles-friendly event and free admission to the Permian Monsters exhibit. This event is $30 per person or $50 per couple; it includes coffee, iced tea and a dessert bar. Preregistration is required and it closes on Feb. 11.




National Pizza Day


Community Capoeira Class 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bo Diddly Plaza

UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433 This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options, and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.

8:30 a.m. Southwest Rec Center Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can take part in this kids marathon that promotes health and physical fitness. FEBRUARY 16

Ninja Jam


Santa Fe College Zoo Storytime 10 – 10:45 a.m. Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Bring the kids out for a free story time hosted by Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and the Alachua County Library.

FEBRUARY 14 Valentine's Day


Harn Museum Nights: Love, Africa 6 – 9 p.m. The Harn Museum View multiple exhibits that feature artwork by artists from Africa, while enjoying free food and various activities like jewelry making, art speed dating and more.


Five Points of Life Kids Marathon

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Sun Country Sports – West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members and $20 for non-members. FEBRUARY 16

3rd Annual Gainesville VegFest


Ninja Jam 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members and $20 for non-members. FEBRUARY 22

Parent’s Night Out 6 – 9 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Parents, take a night for you! Drop your kindergarten-aged or older children off for a night of gymnastics, games, rock climbing and more. Parent’s Night Out is available to Sun Country Members only, and prices range from $20 per child in advance to $27 per child the day of the event.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Depot Park


With entertainment, food, vendors and children’s activities, this family-friendly event is intended to showcase a healthy sustainable and compassionate lifestyle.

7:30 p.m. Phillips Center


High Springs Music in the Park 2 – 4 p.m. High Springs Community Center & Museum This concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.


Finding Neverland

Bring the family out to the Phillips Center to enjoy the story behind Peter Pan through choreography, singing and acting in this musical. Tickets range from $45-$65 and $20 for UF students. FEBRUARY 23

Teen Driver Challenge 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office staff will train your teen to be safer drivers during this free one-day, eight-hour course. This hands-on challenge requires your teen to bring their own vehicle and lunch. Find the paperwork on the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office website.






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Parent’s Night Out

2:30 – 4 p.m. Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch – Meeting Room A

6 – 10 p.m. o2b Kids! Gainesville Supercenter

Inspiring Women Leaders Conference

Author Lisa Wingate speaks about her best selling novel, “Before We Were Yours,” and her other books.

Children from kindergarten through 13 years old will enjoy group games and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner. Prices range from $15 for O2B members and $25 for non-members.


MARCH 1 – 24

UF Health Shands Breastfeeding Class

Miracle on South Division Street

7 – 9 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433 Perfect for expecting mothers, this class teaches you the benefits of breastfeeding, optimal latch positions, how to store pumped milk and more. The class costs $15 to attend. MARCH 1

Tot Times: ABC’s of Art 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art Tour the Harn with your little ones with this program designed for children ages 2 -5. Space is limited, so arrive 15 minutes early to register. MARCH 1

Frogs and Friends Fridays 2 p.m. Education Building at Morningside Nature Center Little ones are welcome to join Morningside Nature Center animal caretakers as they feed the amphibians and reptiles.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7 p.m. Fridays: 8 p.m. Saturdays: 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Hippodrome Theatre Perfect for parents looking for an adult night out, this comedy will be playing on the main stage Tuesdays through Sundays during most of the month of March. MARCH 2

Living History Days 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm Join the Morningside Nature Center as interpreters portray day-to-day life on an 1870 Florida farm. Experience the agriculture and history that Florida was built on, for free! MARCH 2

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk

5 – 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Children between the ages of 3 and 5 will participate in a coach-led warm-up, receive instruction on each gym apparatus and have open workout time during this one-hour program. Prices range from $13 for members to $16 for non-members.


This two-day conference targets leadership and business skills while engaging with women leaders from across the country in an interactive environment. There will be 21 total sessions with three keynote speakers. Registration is $100 for UF students, and $300 for regular registration. MARCH 7-12

Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show 3/7: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 3/8: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 3/9: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 3/10: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 3/11: 7 a.m. 10 p.m. 3/12: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Alachua County Fairgrounds This free and open to the public event allows children ages 8 – 18 to showcase their love for agriculture. The educational platform has expo’s showcasing agricultural matters with exhibits of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products.

10 a.m. – Noon Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Take your family out for a guided tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ 24 major collections. This tour is $10 for adults, $5 for children (5-13) and free for children under 5 as well as members.


Gym Jam Jr.

University of Florida Hilton Conference Center


Champagne Gala 2019 7 – 11 p.m. Reitz Union Grand Ballroom Dance lovers will rejoice on this evening filled with dining, a silent auction and Gainesville’s very own, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ featuring local “celebrities” and dance professionals from Dance Alive National Ballet. Ticekts are $175 per person and $125 if the ticket is tax deductible.



International Women's Day


UF Health Shands Childbirth Education Class 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433 This expansive course covers the birthing process, pain management options, and postpartum care. It includes a tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units. The class costs $50.





MARCH 22 -24

Kids Day

Can You Dig It?

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

Embers Wood Grill Wine & Food Festival

Children and adults between the ages of 5 to 65 can participate in hands-on crafts, old-fashioned games, demonstrations and more.

At this geology-themed event, children will have the opportunity to watch volcanic eruption demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities and explore displays on fossils, gems and more!


Daylight Savings Begins!


High Springs Music in the Park 2 – 4 p.m. High Springs Community Center & Museum


The Sound of Music

This concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Spring Garden Festival


Bring out the family to enjoy the production of “The Sound of Music.” Tickets range from $45 to $65 and $20 for UF students.

St. Patrick's Day


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds from this self-guided tour of local kitchens go toward Action Against Hunger programs and the Junior League’s Miracle on Main Street event for families in need. MARCH 16

Teen Driver Challenge 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office staff will train your teen to be safer drivers during this free one-day, eight-hour course. This hands-on challenge requires your teen to bring their own vehicle and lunch. Find the paperwork on the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office website.


Join Embers Wood Grill and Spark for a three-day wine and food festival. The festival will include gourmet cuisine, fine wine and live music. Ticket prices range from $125 - $325 per person depending on the package selected. You must be 21 or over to attend. MARCH 23-24

7:30 p.m. Phillips Center

Junior League of Gainesville Tour of Kitchens

3/22: Winemaker’s Dinner 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. 3/23: Bourbon Bash 6 – 9 p.m. 3/24: Grand Tasting 2 – 5 p.m. Embers Wood Grill


UF Health Shands Newborn Care Class

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens This event features about 150 booths with plants, garden accessories, food and more, as well as live entertainment, live auctions and a children’s area with fun activities for the little ones. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 – 13.

7 – 9:30 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433


This class is designed to help new parents learn to care for their newborn and cover topics such as diapering, soothing and infant safety. This class is $15 to attend.

7 – 9 p.m. UF Health Shands Conference Room 9433


Ninja Jam 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Designed for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13, this class includes 30 minutes of mixed group instruction and 45 minutes of open ninja time. Prices range from $16.50 for members and $20 for non-members. MARCH 22

Parent’s Night Out 6 – 9 p.m. Sun Country Sports – West Parents, take a night for you! Drop your kindergarten-aged or older children off for a night of gymnastics, games, rock climbing and more. Parent’s Night Out is available to Sun Country Members only, and prices range from $20 per child in advance to $27 per child the day of the event.


UF Health Shands Breastfeeding Class

Perfect for expecting mothers, this class teaches you the benefits of breastfeeding, optimal latch positions, how to store pumped milk and more. The class costs $15 to attend. MARCH 28

Da Vinci After Dark 7 – 10 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History A night for grown-ups only! An evening to honor the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death will take place with innovation stations and opportunities to “improve” Da Vinci’s designs. Preregistration is required for this event. Tickets are $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members. The fee includes admission to the event and the Permian Monsters exhibit, food and drinks.





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Birthday Party, National Pizza Month

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Birthday Party, National Pizza Month