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like mother, like daughter Upon first glance, my mom and I are very different. She is quiet, walks softly and listens intently as you speak. I listen … sometimes. I am loud, can’t stop talking and walk around the house and up and down the stairs like an elephant. My mom can inhale a book like I inhale air. Stacks of novels and books cover entire walls in her house. I, on the other hand, admire them from afar, purchasing my own only when needed for research and coffee table accessories. Upon a closer look, my mom and I are just the same. I have acquired her love of family and friends and of taking care of you first. I have her work ethic and belief that the sky is the limit — there is no glass ceiling or limitations just because I am a woman. I have her strong will power, determination and can-do attitude. Today, I am a mom of three, just like her. I straighten my curly hair, just like her. I wear bifocals, just like her, and I love my life, just like her.


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I am my mother’s daughter … and I couldn’t be prouder.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this issue, our seventh anniversary issue, to my mom! Thank you for being so amazing!

What is your favorite Book? The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms, near and far, those with us and those who are our guardian angels. You make our lives complete!

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I was standing with a friend of mine sipping coffee as she was rummaging through some yard sale finds. As she picked up a cool, retro lampshade, I asked her why she had bought it. It wasn’t really her style and it didn’t seem like something she would usually be drawn to. She said, “Well, it was cheap and cool and I thought it might be worth something some day.” That got me thinking … what am I holding on to because “it might be worth something” one day? Are those things really worth holding on to, or should I just get rid of them? So I started to do some research. Let’s go over a few common categories and see what might be worth keeping and what might be better sold or donated.

♦ Jewelry I LOVE bling. I love it so much that I have a jewelry business. I have jewelry coming out of my ears. But is it worth holding on to if I am not using it? It depends. Is it worth buying as an investment?

Fine Jewelry:

Costume/Fashion Jewelry:

This kind of jewelry is generally much less expensive and does not usually increase in value. One exception is vintage costume jewelry. Depending on the designer and style, vintage jewelry

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♦ Furniture Buying new furniture is kind of like buying a new car. The second you buy it and drive it off the lot (or have it delivered and set up in your living room), the value has already decreased. If you have an intention of reselling furniture, I suggest checking out a consignment shop or discount store. Secondhand furniture will retain its value much better than something brand new. This particularly holds true for vintage (50 to 100 years) and antique (100 years or more) furniture. If you have pieces that are more than a few decades old (and I am not talking about that plaid couch from your momma’s 1970s basement), you may consider having an appraiser come in and assess their value. Generally, for vintage and antique furniture to be valuable it needs to be rare (not many were made to

begin with or not many are still around), aesthetically pleasing (it looks nice), authentic (not a replica of the original) and in great condition (not missing pieces, broken, re-painted, etc.)

♦ Collectibles There is a whole array of things people collect: coins, stamps, baseball cards, figurines, stuffed animals… you name it, somebody probably collects it. But is it worth it to keep holding on to that stack of baseball cards (or Beanie Babies, Precious Moments figurines, Cabbage Patch Kids, etc.) that has been sitting in your attic for all these years? It depends on why you want to keep them. If it’s for nostalgia or to pass them down, go for it. If it’s because you think they might make you rich someday, hit the brakes. While it is very possible that you could have some valuable collectibles, you might consider getting them assessed by an expert in whatever you collect. Then ditch the worthless ones and decide what you want to do with the others. Will they continue to increase in value? Or should you sell them and use the money to invest in something else? Just because something is old or unique or from a famous designer doesn’t mean it is a good buy. Do your research and decide what to keep and what to put out in your next yard sale. ]

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Fine jewelry is generally made of precious metals, gemstones, pearls, or diamonds. If you buy fine jewelry from a traditional retailer (versus a secondhand store, pawn shop, individual seller, etc.), you are generally paying the cost of the stone/ jewelry plus their cost, which is generally marked up. Due to this, it may be unlikely that you will earn back the amount that you paid for it. Of course, if you get a piece of fine jewelry for under market value, you may be able to sell it and make a profit. So in general, keep it if you like it and wear it. Sell it if you don’t like it or wear it. While gold, silver and precious gems such as diamonds may increase in value, when bought at retail prices it can take 30 years or more to recoup your investment.

(usually 50 years old or more) can have some value. Several high-value vintage costume jewelry designers include Weiss, Eisenberg, Hobe and Coro. There are many fakes out there, though, so you should take your vintage jewelry to a jeweler to find out its value. In general, if you aren’t using your fashion jewelry or don’t like it, it probably isn’t worth holding on to. You might consider taking it to a consignment store or even donating it to an organization that may use it to help lower income households with job search or formal attire. | april/may 2016



I Want More Kids but My Spouse Doesn’t: How to Work Together When You are on Opposite Sides BY OLIVIA K PITKETHLY, MA, LMHC

You and your spouse have been together for a while. You’ve supported each other to achieve life goals, both personal and professional. You’ve decided to grow your family by adding one or two, maybe three, little people. Life is good. But one of you wants to have just one more child. And the other is against it. What to do? Noted relationship expert and clinical psychologist John Gottman calls this a gridlock. The two of you keep talking about it, but are not making any headway. Additionally, one or both of you may experience feelings of rejection, frustration and hurt. You may even become more entrenched in your point of view, unwilling to compromise and soon become resentful. Before you throw in the burp cloth, here are some tips to help the two of you manage your issue.

Use effective communication

In his book, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” Gottman writes, “The goal in ending gridlock is not to solve the problem, but rather to move from gridlock to dialogue.” Discuss your feelings openly. Use “I” statements, such as “I want to have another baby and make us a family of five.” Avoid blaming, accusing or judging your partner just because you don’t see eye to eye. Instead, focus on the problem that the two of you can face together. For example, instead of saying, “You keep bugging me to have another kid and you don’t care that I don’t want one,” you can try, “Let’s talk about whether or not we should have another child.”

Love each other

The goal in ending gridlock is not to solve the problem, but rather to move from gridlock to dialogue.

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Talk about your dreams

We aren’t talking about the recurring one where you show up to work without pants on, though that one is pretty interesting. We’re talking about the dreams you have related to your family. “Gridlock is a sign that you have dreams for your life that aren’t being addressed or respected by the other,” Gottman writes. He states when dreams are respected, the couple recognizes the importance of dreams and goals in a marriage and they work together as a team. When dreams are hidden, however, a couple becomes emotionally distant. So instead of focusing on disagreeing about how many children each of you wants, delve a little deeper. Maybe you want another child because you want to feel needed, and the older children have become more independent. Or maybe you don’t want another child because it means you would have to move, and you would rather invest your money into retirement or college tuition than a new house. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to work with each other rather than against. ]

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Be positive in your interactions, even when you disagree. Use polite words, such as “Can we please talk about this more?” and “Thank you for listening to me.” Being affectionate also helps to de-escalate any frustration. Sit close, reach out and touch a

shoulder or hand. When you get frustrated, avoid any cursing or name-calling. Instead, let your spouse know you need a timeout. | april/may 2016


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Another Parent Disciplined Your Child. Now What? By DANIELLE PASTULA

Another parent disciplining your child is one of those uncomfortable parenting moments we’ve all either already run into or will at some point. Sure, you have no problem telling your mother or sister your discipline preferences, but another mom on the playground or a mom friend, well, that’s a whole different story.

Here’s how to handle the situation with grace:

Take a Breath

Take a deep breath, count to 10 — it doesn’t matter what tactic you employ, just do whatever you need to do to prevent jumping on the defensive. Although reacting defensively when another parent disciplines your child may be your first reaction to the situation, that will definitely not lead to a constructive conversation. So, before you do anything, take a minute or two to gather your thoughts and get a broader view of the situation. Taking a breath will also help you to examine the environment you are in. You may find that it is not the right time or place to start a conversation.

Even though you may not agree with how the other parent disciplined your child, acknowledge that you are confident that her discipline came with good intentions. We all parent differently. Some moms may have a sterner demeanor than you, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re treating your child disrespectfully.

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A good way to approach the situation is by extending thanks for the fact that, when your child was in her gaze, she acted the same way she would with her own child. Acknowledge that you understand how her actions show she cares. This action sets the stage for a neutral ground where you can move on to the next step.

Start a Conversation

The person who disciplined your child may not realize what he or she did was upsetting to you at all. So, by starting off on the right foot with the previous steps, you can change the direction of the conversation from being primarily focused on you and your child to one of two-way communication with the other parent. Explain why you felt unsettled, ask questions and take this time as an

opportunity to learn more about his or her parenting style. That approach is guaranteed to have a better outcome than a quick-tempered or passive aggressive response. Not to mention, you may learn a thing or two and gain some new insight. Of course, we understand not every situation is going to be appropriate for the steps outlined here, but for minor disciplinary actions, these steps will most likely aid the situation in moving forward. Keep in mind that old child-rearing saying, “it takes a village.” You can’t be the eyes and ears for every second of your child’s life. You may find that this experience opens a path for you to trust other parents more and create a larger community where your child will thrive. ]

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Extend a Thank You

A good way to approach the situation is by extending thanks for the fact that, when your child was in her gaze, she acted the same way she would with her own child.

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"A community based effort to divert useful resources from the landfill, redirect these items to the public for art and education, inspire creativity and help us all rethink what we throw away." The Repurpose Project Mission Statement

by nicole irving | photos by giggle magazine.

As we turned the corner to find parking at The Repurpose Project, an art sculpture that resembled a child’s play set gone awry welcomed us. Its eclectic set of toys and household items were held together by wire ties that seemed to be placed methodically and with love. The goal: to create art with lost items. This is the true meaning of repurposing and the mission of The Repurpose Project. 18 | April/may 2016

Info from Sarah, Co-founder of The Repurpose Project What kind of products do you carry? We specifically try to carry items that traditional thrift stores do not: art supplies, craft supplies, broken things that can be repurposed into other things, office supplies, building supplies — anything art worthy!

Co-founder and artist Mike Myers in the shop.


riginally opened in a building off Main Street in Gainesville, Florida in January 2012, The Repurpose Project, a 501 3C, was founded “… to divert usable materials from the landfill… to focus on all usable items that traditional thrift stores don't accept,” said co-founder Sarah Goff.

Another one of their goals, according to Goff, is to increase personal interactions amongst a society that spends so much time shopping and looking at screens. During our time there, people were chatting, and I even saw a teenager rummaging through keys and a couple talking about a new project they had in the works.

And, as you walk through the building, it is apparent how much they are working to succeed at their mission. The paths are clustered with items from jewelry to keys and antiques to old file folders. You would think that organization doesn’t exist, but it does. Need a magnifying glass, as I did for my son’s science fair project? They have it! And, they know right where it is. I was led by team member Lynn Polke to a drawer on a cluttered shelf, which she opened with ease, and found five of them. Success!

Today, the retail store takes up the majority of the space on the property, but Goff explains that the long-term goal of The Repurpose Project is to continue the development of their event area, which will include a stage, trash sculpture garden, cafe, play areas and a workshop room where DIY classes will be held.

Although their main goal is to create new uses for what otherwise might make its way to our landfills, The Repurpose Project has done more than that. It has created conversations and creativity among the community. “We have noticed a remarkable thing in our store...our customers talk to each other and help each other,” said Goff. “On a regular basis we see complete strangers start talking in our aisles about what project they are working on and how they can make ‘something else’ work for the part they were looking for. We love that and want to encourage it!”

And, in case you don’t get any creative ideas for any of the items inside of the store, such as repurposing jewelry, cups or paperclips, the outside space lends itself to a plethora of potential crafts. Amid tile, toilets, pots, chairs, file cabinets, mirrors and old shutters, Mike Meyers, co-founder, showed us the true mission of The Repurpose Project. He held up a shiny, brand new showerhead. Never used and saved from a doomed life in a landfill, he asked us, “What ELSE could this be used for?” We promptly played along and exclaimed “A flower pot! A lamp! A paper weight!” And that, he said, is the ultimate repurpose project.

How can people drop off items? They can drop off items during business hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Trash? Don’t think so!!! A spinal cord came in the other day! We were so excited! We have some dental chairs that we want to use in our event area on a medical waste themed deck, so now we have a spinal cord to add to that area. Upcoming dates for events: Our Spring Workshop, aimed to reduce waste and teaching people how to fix broken items, will be announced soon. Friday Nights through April 22 – Trash Fashion Workshops April 22 – Repurpose Project Runway, Trash Fashion Show April 23 – Spring Gleaning Festival and Flea Market

SPECIAL NOTE FROM SARAH: The Repurpose Project has been having a lot of dumping while closed. This is a stress on our small organization because we don't have the resources to move and dispose of these large items, such as mattresses. Please do not dump.

Our Earth is gradually being depleted of its natural resources and bombarded with items slated for the landfill, some before their time. The Repurpose Project gives items a second chance, and with that, a chance for our children’s children to enjoy our beautiful Earth. ] | april/may 2016


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Is Parenthood Making You Heavy? Medi-Weightloss® Gainesville Can Help

If you’re like a lot of parents, you’re battling the bulge as well as the tantrums. In one study out of the University of Minnesota, moms of toddlers ate an average of 368 more calories per day than women without children. That’s nearly 134,000 additional calories consumed per year, which could cause a potential weight gain of 38 pounds. Where do those extra calories come from? Your child’s plate may hold the answer. Indulge in the crust – just the crust – of a PB&J sandwich, for instance, and you’ll consume about 70 calories. Pop that leftover chicken nugget into your mouth and you can factor in another 47. Can’t resist that barely touched Oreo and a few spoonfuls of mac and cheese left in the bowl? There goes another 200-plus calories. Thankfully, Gainesville parents and others have convenient access to a powerful, proven system to help them lose weight while improving their overall health. Medi-Weightloss® is a fast-growing company with more than 80 locations nationwide. The Gainesville location has been helping patients reach their goal weight since 2007, with total weight lost over 29,000 pounds!

How It Works Medi-Weightloss® offers a physiciansupervised, individually tailored weight loss system known as “The One That Works!®” • Patients receive a free, no-obligation assessment. • At the Initial Consultation, patients undergo a comprehensive blood panel, EKG, blood pressure measurement, and weight and body fat analysis. These results are assessed by a physician. • An individualized program is established and patients receive weekly one-on-one consultations focusing on nutrition, lifestyle changes, and exercise. • Once a patient’s weight loss goal is achieved, he/she will learn to keep off the weight through a specialized Wellness Phase. • On average, patients compliant with the program lose 5-10 pounds the first week and 20 pounds the first month? Why It Works Patients at the Gainesville location receive care under the supervision of Medical Director Timothy Hipp, MD. “I feel the Medi-Weightloss® Program really provides the right tools to help people lose weight safely and keep it off. It works because it

incorporates a medically guided weight loss program with nutrition, exercise, and accountability,” Dr. Hipp said. • Your initial evaluation provides details about your current health, and subsequent medical monitoring tracks health changes as you lose weight. • Studies have shown that the doctor/ patient relationship provides several opportunities to encourage behavior modification and reinforce positive changes, including improved dietary practices, weight loss maintenance, and increased physical activity. • Founded in 2005, Medi-Weightloss® has built its programs on a solid foundation of research and supporting technology. The company also has developed a line of Signature Supplements & Products to help patients achieve optimal nutrition, as well as a proprietary Signature Patient Website that gives patients 24/7 access to resources, recipes, and more. For more information or to make an appointment at the Gainesville location, call 352. 224.1177 or visit the company’s website,

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april/may † On average, patients compliant with the Medi-Weightloss® Program lose 6.4 pounds the first week and 14 pounds the first Rapid weight loss may be |associated with certain medical conditions and should only be considered by those who are medically appropriate. ©2016 Medi IP, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Lifesaver "Lovies" for Mommy! BY NICOLE IRVING

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would gather and compose a new list of mom lifesaver “lovies.” Yes, those things that we, as moms, cannot live without. These things make us happy, calm us, pacify our need to scream and throw a tantrum, soothe our inner monster, and well, make us better moms! That’s right, moms; you are entitled to those “lovies” just like the kids!

Definitely lattes, workout pants, friends, Diet Dr. Pepper and my mom." Christy Siddiqui, mom of two

"Okay. Here we go! With family and children of course being a given. My faith and God. Coffee! All is well as long as mommy has her coffee. If not, well, it is just too dark to describe. Quiet time. From the time the kids wake up until bed, my days are non-stop. I wake up very early in the morning before the rest of the house. This is my time! Of course first I have my COFFEE! This is also when I meditate, pray and get in my workout. Date night! It's so nice during the busy week to look forward to going out for uninterrupted time alone together with my husband. Good friends. Not just acquaintances. The friends who you can roll on the ground and belly laugh with, have over when your house is a wreck, and who will tell you the honest truth even if it may hurt. Knowing my children are happy and feel loved. Okay, okay, okay! I'll admit it … Facebook!" Suzie Byrne, mom of 10

"Smiles from my son. Coffee with mocha creamer. Bobby pins. My mom's sense of humor. Food Network TV. Chewie, my Brussels Griffon. Dark chocolate. Baby Einstein. Pedicures. Skyping with my best friend. Craft projects."

My morning coffee, gym time and daily chats with my mom." Brooke Newell, mom of two

"Pinterest." Maria Diaz, mom of two

"My mom!" Jodi Hunt, mom of two

My calendar. With a full-time job, a husband who travels for work, a teenager with a busy social schedule and an infant who needs consistency, my calendar makes me feel like I have things organized and under control." Lesley Banis, mom of two

Claire Stortz, mom of one

- Jen Elder, mom of two

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How to Connect with Your Grandkids BY ALLEN HAYNES

Being a grandparent is more rewarding than being a parent. That’s just a fact,” said Ann Moreland, 62. “I’ve been blessed with seven grandbabies from three kids. It’s more fun being grandma than being mom.

Many grandparents would echo Moreland’s sentiment that grandparenting is worlds better than parenting. From taking them to camp and giving them candy they shouldn’t have, grandmas and grandpas often seem to have a special connection with their grandchildren. However, not all grandparents have great relationships with their grandchildren despite many efforts. But there is hope. According to a recent study from the University of Central Michigan, there are five distinct ways to connect better with your grandkids on a deeply personal and healthy level. Spend time with them early on Grandparents who spend a lot of time with their grandchildren when they are young are often closer to them as they get older. This means spending that time with your grandchildren doing the activities they enjoy, like watching “Frozen” a thousand times or getting on the floor and playing with Legos, will pay off immensely as they develop.

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Adjust to your grandchildren’s personalities Whether they’re 3 years old or 12 going on 18, if you want good relationships with all of your grandchildren, you may need to be more adaptive, especially while their personalities are developing. Spend time doing what interests them. If you want them to feel comforted, go to the driving range with your golf nut, see a movie with your aspiring director and visit a craft store with the artist. The

possibilities are endless. Stay healthy Being healthy will allow you to be around longer, which, in turn, gives you more time to build and strengthen your bonds with your grandchildren. Leading a healthy life will also allow you to do more activities your grandchildren, like going hiking, on bicycle rides, or to Disney World. Simply put, the healthier you are, the likelier you are to be closer with your grandchildren. Not to mention you’ll reap the added benefits of knowing that when you move better, you feel better and subsequently live better. ]

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Have a good relationship with your children This is often the most difficult task. Your kids are the gatekeepers of your relationship with your grandchildren. Getting along with “Mom” and “Dad” goes a long way in ensuring your role is more grandparent than on-call babysitter.

Grandparent well When your kids trust you with their children, there is a higher likelihood that your grandchildren will develop a closer relationship with you. Aside from that fact that your kids may not allow you to spend much time with your grandchildren if they are not comfortable with your ability to care for them, the children themselves must also feel safe and comfortable spending time with Grandpa and Grandma in order for a good relationship to form. | april/may 2016



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The Arvin Family Scott, Gia and Avery (18 months)

Why do you love raising your family in Gainesville? It has a great small town feel with tons of activities for all ages — sporting events, arts and crafts, plays and music.

Occupation(s): Scott and Gia are both Realtors at Matchmaker Realty. Favorite local restaurants: Napolatano’s, Ballyhoo Grill and Great Outdoors.

What are your child’s favorite homemade meals? Spaghetti and tacos. What is your family’s favorite holiday? Christmas. As a family, we decorate inside and outside, bake and have parties so all our friends and family can come together! We also decorate a Christmas float as a company and

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participate in the Alachua, High Springs and Newberry parades as a family. Describe your family in 3 words: Adventurous, loving and outgoing. Favorite games to play as a family: Hide-and-seek and peek-a-boo. Do you have any pets? Lots! Two horses, three sheep, a miniature donkey, two cats, two dogs and two turtles.

What would your family’s dream vacation be? A true African safari to see and appreciate all the different animal species. Is there anything exciting coming up for your family? We just got Avery’s passport so we can plan some international travel this year! We love to travel, and we look forward to exposing Avery to that this year!

Photos by Patricia Bishop Photography.

Favorite local “Must go” places: Ichetucknee River, La Chua Trail and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

What makes your daughter laugh? She laughs constantly, but she laughs the most dancing and playing peeka-boo.

Favorite date spot: O’Steen’s in St. Augustine. Our family is most like: A four-leaf clover — we are lucky to have Avery, lucky to have each other in marriage and lucky to be doing what we love for a living! Movie in our DVD player right now: “Bubble Guppies.” Avery's favorite books: “Good Night Moon,” “Barnyard Buddies,” and “The Giggle Book.” Mommy and Daddy’s favorite TV shows: “Madam Secretary,” “NCIS,” “Gold Rush,” “Shark Tank,” and “Scandal.” Websites we love:,, and

is now 18 months old, weighs 23 pounds, and is happy, healthy and incredibly social! This year, Avery was selected to be the Ambassador for the Alachua County March of Dimes walk happening on April 2. We obviously now have a special place in our hearts for premature babies. Watching them fight for every breath, every cry and every movement will touch everyone’s heart and prove just how strong these babies are! Scott and I are truly lucky and blessed to be the parents to this little miracle! ] Below: Tiny baby Avery spent two months in the NICU after being born at just 2 pounds, 8 ounces!

Favorite picnic spot: Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua. Favorite family activity: Playing with our animals and going to all Gator sporting events! Anything else you’d like to share about your family? Scott and I desperately wanted a family. We went through the process of being eligible to be adoptive parents, and on Sept. 11, 2014 our lives changed forever! We got a call from Catholic Charities that a birth mother had chosen Scott and I to adopt a baby girl who was born on Sept. 6. We were excited and nervous because she was born premature, but never had a doubt that she was meant for us! Avery was born just shy of 28 weeks, weighing only 2 pounds, 8 ounces. We had a lot of questions about prematurity and what health risks she faced. We learned so much and were put at ease through the information at and the wonderful team of nurses, doctors and specialists giving her the most progressive care. She spent two months in the NICU at North Florida Regional Hospital and was known as “Mighty Mouse” for her fighting spirit, big personality and remarkable condition, given her size. As parents of a premature newborn, we were given the confidence, support and knowledge to have no fear after taking her home weighing barely 5 pounds. She | april/may 2016


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For the Love of



The beginning of spring ushers in lots of sweetness — the smells of fresh-bloomed flowers, the sounds of happy, chirping birds and the taste of delicious honey. While you can find many brands of honey on the grocery store shelves, there’s something a little extra special when you take a spoonful of honey made from a local beekeeper. Aside from helping out your local economy, honey provides many benefits to your health. Many parents opt to help their children grow accustomed to seasonal allergies by introducing them to local honey, which will alleviate these symptoms. Other parents use honey as a cough suppressant or to soothe a little one’s sore throat. Keep in mind that children younger than 1 should not be given honey as it can cause infant botulism. Pregnant mamas can add a little honey to their tea to relieve morning sickness as it contains bacteria that


aids digestion. It can also improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

Local honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal attributes. In fact, if you make a salve using local honey, you can apply it to diabetic ulcers, eczema, canker sores and bleeding gums to help healing. It also contains phytonutrients shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties. We’re not saying honey can cure any disease, but it obviously has its benefits. | april/may 2016


Spring is the busiest time for beekeepers in north Florida, as many pollen-producing plants and flowers are blooming and ready for the bees. Bees start the honeymaking process by taking a trip outside the hive, visiting as many as 100 plants per trip. The most popular plants for bees in this region are tupelo, orange blossom, Spanish needle and Mexican clover. They extract the nectar from the plant, and then the real work begins. Bees produce an enzyme that turns the sucrose into glucose and fructose. This enzyme is mixed with the nectar. The bee returns to the hive and drops the enzymenectar mix into the honeycomb — hexagon-shaped cells made of bee-created wax. Then the bee must evaporate the nectar, often by fanning its wings, leaving only about 18 percent water in the honey. When the evaporation process is done, the bee will cap the cell. This process may take several days to complete. Once the bees have capped the cells, the beekeeper then gently removes the frames of the cells.

There may still be bees in the frame, so the beekeeper must wear protective clothing to reduce chances of getting stung. Even though we wear protective gear, we may be stung through our gloves,” said beekeeper Kyle Straughn. “I can be stung up to a dozen times a day with hundreds of stingers all over my clothing. That’s just part of the job." The beekeepers will then give the frame one or two strong shakes to remove the bees, then place the frames into a super, which is a commercially managed beehive.

We extract our own honey in a process that is not heated or filtered so that it is Grade A raw honey, said Straughn.

Left: Some of the Straughn's honey bees hard at work.

Want to know more about bees?


The University of Florida offers a Bee College every year, including a Jr. Bee College for children ages 6–16. The full day of entomology and beekeeping curriculum is taught by UF Entomology staff. Your kids will learn the basics through fun, interactive games and lesson plans, and get up close and personal with a real bee hive! Visit for more info!

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You truly begin to see the world through the eyes of the bees, which is completely dependent on the ecosystem that surrounds us all. Straughn and his wife Kim have owned Kyle N Kim Straughn Honey since 2007. “We started with 100 hives, and now we are over 2,000 and growing,” he stated. They produce honey in central Florida, typically using gallberry, orange blossom and wildflower. While his business continues to grow, so does Straughn’s appreciation for what he does. “I like how my job relates to the physical world around me, how it makes me more aware of the biology that surrounds us every day,” he said.

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Where to find your local honey Ward’s Supermarket Lucky’s Market The Fresh Market Haile Plantation Farmers Market Cymplify

“Bee Movie” is a kid favorite in my house! Honey bee Barry Benson, voiced by Jerry Seinfeld, sues the human race when he discovers they have been using bees to make, market and sell honey. Teaming up with florist Vanessa, voiced by Renée Zellweger, he soon realizes his efforts aren’t all they are cracked up to “bee.” | april/may 2016


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Will Florida be Underwater Soon?

Understanding the State of the Planet for Earth Day BY DELIA ALBERT

The experts have come to a blatant conclusion: global warming is real and humans are the main cause. The Environmental Defense Fund has stated that the damage being done is primarily the result of deforestation and burning fossil fuels — but what can the average person do about this? Understanding how the human race is negatively impacting the Earth is the first step to improving the problem and making Earth Day something to celebrate once again.

will continue to get hotter, possibly resulting in extreme weather events. In Florida, for example, sea levels could rise from the melting glaciers, covering populated areas.


Fossil Fuels

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Fossil fuels (i.e. coal, oil, natural gas) are the primary energy sources in the United States, accounting for about 85 percent of the energy sources used, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Burning fossil fuels negatively affects the environment by trapping heat within the Earth’s atmosphere. Over the past 150 years, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased by more than 25 percent, causing the global surface temperature to also increase. This change is not due to nature alone; human activity is largely the cause. If carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, the Earth

Deforestation is the clearing of forests for other uses, such as farming or urban development. Although not all deforestation is intentional, the largest cause of deforestation is agriculture, according to National Geographic. Trees play an important role in absorbing greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide. With fewer trees, the levels of greenhouse gases will continue to rise more rapidly, increasing the effects of global warming.

What Can Humans Do? One way or another everyone contributes to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Simply by driving to work or cooking a meal, humans are contributing to the climate change. Even though people have to continue to go to work and cannot stop eating, there are ways to reduce carbon emissions and decrease harm to the environment.

Tips for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint According to the Nature Conservancy, a carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a person’s lifestyle generates each year. Below is a list of tips to decrease your footprint:

At home

• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of

incandescent bulbs • Install a programmable thermostat set to turn off when no one is home • Insulate your home well to avoid drafts and air leaks

At work

• Save files and email them instead of printing (If printing is a necessity, print on both sides of the paper) • Bring lunch instead of driving to pick up food • Carpool, bike or walk to work • Open office windows to save energy

All the time

• Unplug electronics when they’re not in use • Reuse and recycle • Eat locally (gas emissions come from transporting food)

Resources: Environmental Defense Fund Concerned Scientists National Geo environment/global-warming/deforestationoverview Nature Conservancy

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forks & spoons

Spring Rolls

with Hoisin-Peanut Dipping Sauce by mindy bledsoe | PHOTOS BY GIGGLE MAGAZINE

A classic and refreshing Vietnamese dish, these spring rolls combine fresh vegetables, shrimp and customary garnishes to complement any springtime gathering. A family favorite in the Bledsoe house, these are easy and simple for kids of all ages to make and enjoy. | april/may 2016



• 1 pound deveined shrimp • 1 package rice vermicelli • 1 bunch of fresh mint, washed • 1 bunch of fresh parsley, washed • 2 seedless cucumbers, washed • 1 package rice paper • 1 head bibb lettuce, washed • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter • 1 tablespoon olive oil • Fresh chives • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • Sriracha sauce • 1 ½ cups hoisin sauce

spring rolls

Shrimp: Boil clean and deveined shrimp until done, about 3 to 5 minutes. Take off heat and leave covered. Prepare rice noodles according to package. Set aside.

hoisin-Peanut Sauce

Dipping sauce: Add creamy peanut butter, hoisin sauce and ¼ cup water to a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and completely blended. The sauce will thicken up as it stands. Garlic topper for hoisin sauce: Combine garlic and olive oil in small saucepan on high heat. Stir until garlic is browned, then take off heat immediately.

To serve:

Place hoisin sauce in bowls, and top with garlic topper and Sriracha sauce. Prepare plates with bibb lettuce, chives, mint, parsley, cucumbers, rice paper (dry), rice noodles and shrimp. Fill a bowl with warm water; make sure it is large/deep enough to dip rice paper in. Set on table with plates.

Dip rice paper quickly in warm water. Place the paper flat on plate.

Starting at one side, add shrimp, noodles, lettuce, cucumbers, parsley and mint.

Start rolling the filling into the paper and folding in sides. Before you finish rolling, add in the chives, and then complete the roll.

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Although there are many issues that tend to divide us rather than bring us together, there’s one issue we can all agree on: We need to care for the Earth. But how do we do this? In the midst of our daily activities and unending to-do lists, how can we find the time to work toward building a safer, healthier environment for the future?

Alachua county recycling made easy: BLUE BIN

One of the easiest and most effective ways we can protect our planet is through the simple act of recycling. A little effort can go a long way, and by doing your part to recycle, you are contributing to the effort to sustain our environment, one piece of plastic at a time.

The first, and probably the easiest, place to start with your recycling plan is the kitchen. Here, we daily dispose of multiple items that can be recycled, in one fashion or the other. Below, we break down some of the most common items that are disposed of in the kitchen, and where and how to get rid of them.

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Yogurt cups Margarine tubs Bleach bottles Aerosol cans (no pesticides) Plastic containers with a neck, up to 4 gallons Green/clear/brown glass bottles (wash them out and place with glass) Aluminum, tin/steel cans (wash and place lids BACK in can) NEW: Beverage cartons, such as milk, juice boxes and soy milk containers.

Orange BIN • Brown paper shopping bags • Cereal boxes/pasta boxes


Coffee grounds and filters Vegetable/fruit scraps Eggshells

Grocery Store

Remove lids Wash out containers Step on plastics to save space Break down boxes to save space

Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Batteries Plus • Alkaline batteries • Smoke detectors • Microwaves • Small appliances • Nickel-cadmium batteries • Lithium-ion batteries • Household cleaners • Fluorescent tubes • Fire extinguishers • Cooking oil • Button cell batteries • Incandescent light bulbs • Halogen bulbs • GPS systems • Fluorescent tubes • Digital cameras • CFLs • Cellphones • Cellphone accessories • Car batteries • Button cell batteries Notes: Some fees for battery and light bulb recycling may apply. Please contact your local store for details.

Best Buy

University Ace Hardware • Small appliances • Nickel-zinc batteries • Nickel-metal hydride batteries • Nickel-cadmium batteries • MP3 players • Lithium-ion batteries • Lead-acid batteries (nonautomotive)

Lowe's • Plastic bags • Nickel-zinc batteries • Nickel-metal hydride batteries • Nickel-cadmium batteries • Lithium-ion batteries • Lead-acid batteries (non-automotive)

• HHW • Fluorescent tubes • CFLs Notes: Please note, fluorescent bulbs and CFL’s are accepted from households only, at no charge.

The kitchen is just the first place to start — keep going through the house, garage and garden. Recycle, reuse and reduce waste. Our Earth needs us! ]

FACT: According to, it is illegal in the state of California to throw away any type of battery, including single use, in the trash. For more info, visit

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As the days grow longer and the weather becomes perfect for outdoor time, revisiting your garden and sprucing up the backyard fall into the natural order of spring weekends. Repurposing, upcycling and turning the vintage into the ultra awesome are all the rage these days, so why not take that theme to the garden with your very own repurposed herb pallet garden?

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Materials Needed ● ●

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Pallet Herb plants (whichever you like best) Potting soil Water Drill Screws Safety glasses

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Worm clamps Flat head screw driver Small shovel Paint/stain, if desired Hanging signs Chalk pen Tacks

Getting Started

Steps 1.

If you are going to paint/stain the pallet, do this first. Let dry.

Finding Pallets


Wooden pallets can be found around small businesses, grocery stores, restaurants and the like. They are pretty easy to spot, and they can generally be found near dumpsters or by loading docks. Always ask before taking, but generally stores are happy for you to take them off their hands.

Stand pallet up, and (with a pencil) draw a small circle where you think you would like your pots to be. Stand back and take a good look at the placement to make sure you approve of the setup. This can be as creative as you want — just make sure to give your plants room to breathe and grow.

Check for Chemical Exposure


Pot your plants.


Unscrew worm clamp, so it is open. This is easily done with a flat head screwdriver

According to, some U.S. pallets may be treated with methyl bromide, which is used as a “fumigate to control fungi, nematodes and weeds." Pesticides can have negative effects on humans and plants alike, so if you see the letters “MB” on your pallets, discard them appropriately with waste authorities, and wash your hands. Make sure your pallets have an “HT” stamp, which indicates that they are heat treated. Once you have your selected pallet, decide whether you are going to create a vertical or horizontal garden.


With the pallet lying on the ground, carefully drill your screw into the worm clamp where you drew the circle. It will go in easily, but do it carefully and with safety goggles on.


Once attached, screw the clamp back together. Keep it loose.


Once you have all your clamps in place and reattached, stand your pallet up.


Carefully place pots one-by-one in desired spaces, tightening clamps as you go along to secure the pots.


Use your chalk pen to label your tags. Attach to pallet with decorative tack.

10. Place in sun or desired spot

and enjoy.



Tabletop gardening is the perfect way to unleash your child’s inner green thumb. Start by having them choose an assortment of low-maintenance house plants that will do well in natural light. Next have them choose fun pots or cups to replant them in. If you have some old coffee or teacups, these are perfect! Replant and set in a simple tabletop greenhouse by a natural light source. Have your kiddos water and maintain their new plants, and watch them grow!

Greenhouse Ikea $19.99

Gold dish Michaels $4.99

White pot Ikea $1.99 | april/may 2016



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fabulous feet!

Make your feet feel better than ever! We put together our top picks of amazing foot scrubs and lotions to help you put that spring back into your step and get ready for sandal weather. Use them to pamper toes after a tough day at the office or a long jog. Your feet will love you!


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Foot Soak and Fancy Free Packed with ingredients to soften hard skin, this fizzy disc lets you emerge from the bath with softer, refreshed soles. $6.95, Lush Cosmetics, | April/may 2016


Lemon + Sage Body Scrub Massage over your feet and legs before you get in the shower. This will help exfoliate dead skin, leaving you silky smooth. $36,, Ulta and

Foot Patrol Rub this aloe leaf and peppermint cream into sore and aching feet. Repeat as necessary. $18,

Photos courtesy of manufacturers.


Mama Bee Leg and Foot Creme For tired legs and feet, the refreshing hints of peppermint and rosemary leaf extract in this cream will soothe even the most fatigued toes. $9, Burt's Bees, Burt'



Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub Sweet exfoliating crystals mixed with pomegranate oil, cranberry seed and Shea butter will gently polish and condition your skin. $13, Burt’s Bees,

Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy Paraben and preservative free, this sweet peppermint scrub will leave your feet and hands feeling soft and fresh. $40,


Super Slough Scrub Lather this minty scented scrub and dual-action cleanser over the driest of feet. It will remove dead skin and leave your feet looking young and fresh. $36,, Ulta and


Sandstone Soap Designed for men and women and inspired by the beachgoers of Brazil, this soap is a combination of sand and oils to make the perfect exfoliant for your toes, legs and feet. $7.95, Lush Cosmetics,

» Make your own fooT scrub!

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Go Faster Feet Foot Lotion Perfect for that marathoner momma, this lotion will keep your feet moisturized, deodorized and feeling amazing during your regular workouts. $26.95, Lush Cosmetics,

Honey & Bilberry Foot Cream The combination of bilberry extract, honey, jojoba butter and rosemary extract will not only exfoliate your feet, but also soften them. $10, Burt’s Bees,

• ¼ cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon Vita Coco Coconut oil • Juice of ½ lemon Mix together and use in shower for sweet and soft toes. Vita Coco Coconut Oil $9.99, and Target | april/may 2016


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Say hello to a healthier you.



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The Work Day Workout BY HAILEY TURNER

We know how important it is to get plenty of exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that we get at least 30 minutes of moderateintensity cardiorespiratory exercise five times a week. However, for some of us that work eight hours a day and have responsibility lists so long that our heads spin, finding those 30 minutes seems impossible. If you find yourself feeling that way, you are not alone. Luckily, there are exercises you can do at work every hour that will just take up five minutes of your time.

strength Strength training at your desk consists mostly of isometric exercises, or exercises where you hold a position for a certain amount of time. A good isometric exercise is the bicep curl. ▶▶


walking meetings

Stretching and flexibility are important aspects of our physical well-being that are often overlooked. There are several stretches that do not require you to stop working or even leave your chair. ▶▶

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To work on leg strength, do leg raises at your desk. They can be done inconspicuously by sitting up straight in your chair (as you should always be), extending your legs until they are straight, and holding for 5–10 seconds. Do this exercise for about 15 reps.

While talking on the phone, stretch your wrists and hands by extending one arm and gently pulling your hand upward and your fingers toward your body with the other hand. Then pull your hand downward and your fingers toward your body. Repeat with the other arm. To stretch your shoulders, you can cross one arm over your body and pull it gently toward you with your other arm.

Bonus: This stretch will help loosen up your shoulders, which is where many people hold tension.

Bonus: For an added challenge, strap a purse or briefcase around your foot to add some weight!

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One good way to get yourself up and moving is to have walking meetings instead of sitting in a conference room. Instead of ordering lunch in, walk to a nearby restaurant and talk business with your co-workers on the way. Going to personally talk with a coworker you need to speak with instead of emailing them is also a good way to get up and moving at work.

Overall, these exercises will be able to help keep you moving and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for hours at a time is bad for posture and can lead to back pain, leg cramps and tense muscles. It is important to get up every once in a while and get moving.

! Remember that, even if you exercise every day after work, the amount of time sitting at work should be broken up.

É Hailey Turner is a senior applied physiology and kinesiology major with a specialization in fitness/wellness at the University of Florida and is graduating in April 2016. She plans on attending nursing school in the fall.

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Ensuring that you do cardiovascular exercise while working at a desk is more difficult than stretching because it requires a conscious effort to leave the desk.



Adjust your chair so it is close to the desk. Press your hands against the bottom of the desk so your elbow is at a 90 degree angle, then push against the desk and hold for 6–10 seconds. Repeat six times. | april/may 2016


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Cats, Dogs and ACHOO-huahuas! How to Balance Allergies with Pet Ownership BY OLIVIA K PITKETHLY, MA, LMHC

“Mom! When are we getting a dog?” If just hearing that phrase makes your sinuses hurt, your eyes water and your throat swell, you are not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs.

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“It’s the dander that’s the issue, not necessarily the hair,” said veterinarian Jon Nadler. Dander is the pet’s dead skin that is shed, which then attaches to hair. Individuals with pet allergies are more sensitive and react to the proteins in the dander, saliva or urine. The proteins, also called allergens, can remain for several months and can even travel on clothing. There is no pet that is hypoallergenic, but many dogs work well with allergy sufferers. “In general, any dog that you have to regularly groom is better,” said Nadler. “Their hair keeps growing instead of stopping at a certain length and falling out over and over.” Nadler recommends poodles and poodle mixes because they don’t shed as much. If someone is allergic to a certain breed of dog, then that person is more likely to be allergic to Shar-Peis and boxers as well. Celeste Lowe, owner of DooDoo Crew, a company that offers pet sitting and cleanup, stated she has customers who are allergy sufferers. “I have two customers who have vizslas (Hungarian sporting dogs) because of allergies and another who has a goldendoodle (mix of poodle and golden retriever) for the same reason,” she said.

“Dad! When are we getting a cat?” So, dogs aren’t your thing, and the kids want a cat. But the dander is just too much and will send you into a sneezing marathon. People with allergies are more sensitive to cats than dogs, mostly because cats lick their fur more than dogs. Again, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, but there are a couple to consider.

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If you have already become attached to a pet that isn’t allergenfriendly, there is hope! Discuss allergy medication with your doctor, invest in a HEPA filter, keep certain areas of your home pet-free and clean your home and your pet frequently for a nearly sneeze-free environment! ]

Thinking outside the (litter) box Here are some other pet choices to consider:

 Syrian hamster  Leopard gecko

 Various birds  Fish

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Other dog breeds that work well with children and allergy sufferers alike include many types of terrier, the bichon frise, the Chinese crested, schnauzers and water dogs. President Obama and his wife chose a Portuguese water dog due to daughter Malia’s allergies.

Being hairless, the Sphynx is an obvious choice, but keep in mind that it will still have dander. If you want a cat with hair, the Devon rex has been proven to be good with allergy sufferers. It has a short, rippling coat made of down fur and has less fur than other breeds, so it doesn’t have to groom as frequently. | april/may 2016


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I want to sleep...then wake up to a clean house.

A chartered yacht trip, lounging, fishing, dancing and eating amazing meals (that I neither cooked nor cleaned, of course).

Pinned from Jen Grikstas, mom of one

Pinned from April Sibiski, mom of two I want a stress-free, nohomework, clean-house, no-commitments, carefree, no-cooking, watch-myson-play-baseball day. I just want a new purse! Oh, and a clean house!

I would love to sleep in and spend time alone in a quiet and clean house. Then go out to dinner with my family where a big yummy glass of wine is there just for me. Pinned from Marcia Ise, mom of two

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I want a card or something similar made by my kids! Pinned from Heather Gaskins, mom of two

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Massage and a day of pampering and relaxation!!!!! Pinned from Beth Phillips, mom of three

Being a mother of two teenagers, I would like to have family pictures done. It would be nice to get dressed up and have fun with my girls and husband for a day, just making memories. Pinned from Tonya Shiver, mom of two

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I would love to have breakfast in bed with lots of mimosas and snuggles with my baby. (He refuses to stay still and always pushes me away). Then a long bike ride and a picnic.

Between bottles, car pools, baths, shopping and wiping noses, us moms just need a little TLC and a break when it comes to Mommy’s Day. What does that TLC look like? Well, it’s different for all of us, but one thing is for sure, our ultimate Mommy’s Day couldn’t be possible without those little bundles of joy we love so dearly. So, whether your ultimate day is spent alone in the shower or with your kiddos traveling around the country, we can all agree… you deserve every moment, so celebrate and enjoy your day! You’ve earned it. by nicole irving


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I would love to sit on the toilet without an audience!

I want a freaky Friday episode! I want my husband to see what a day in my shoes is like.

Pinned from Alisha Rozier, mom of three I want to sleep until noon, wake up and watch Gerard Butler movies until I fall asleep again!

I'd open up the Mother's Day card and find airline tickets getting us on our way to a spontaneous trip with bags packed and locations and details all sorted out.

Pinned from Cierra Keen, mom of one and kindergarten teacher of 18

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A surprise day trip/ adventure with the whole family. Also, a big bowl of ice cream served to me for lunch. Pinned from Katie Osterhout, mom of one

One day life will get busy and not allow us to spend time together on Mother’s Day, so time with my children is the ultimate gift. Pinned from Mary Coleman, mom of two

A trip to Rosemary beach with my girls and hubby — and maybe a few hours at the spa while there! Pinned from Lindsey Turner, mom of two and one on way

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Put A Cork In It by nicole irving

With its creamy natural color and infinite uses, cork has become all the rage in fashion, home accents and office space dĂŠcor. Embrace this natural element this spring! B Ampersand Coasters This coaster is the perfect partner for any glass. Handmade from natural cork, these cute coasters are a great way to protect your tabletops. $4.20/set of four,

C Cork Globe There is no better way to track your travels. Push a pin in where you have been or map out your dream trip! $80/mini or $120/large,

D monogrammed personalized cork clutch Made from genuine cork, this carry-all case is flecked with gold and has a gold vegan leather tasseled zipper pull. At 9 by 12 inches, it also fits most tablets! $26.95 w/ monogram,

E Personalized Wine Cork Keeper This is a classic way to save mementos of your favorite bottles of wine and bubbly. $35, or

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happy home three kinds of filing areas. Archival files usually contain old files that you must keep but aren’t likely to need very often, such as old tax returns and legal documents. We devote the most space to reference files, which we dip into often during the month. These files include records for family health, finances, school, recreation, and important papers such as birth certificates, passports and wills. The third filing area consists of active files, which we use frequently for the ongoing activities of our lives. Active files sometimes sit in a graduated rack near the desk, or at the front of the first filing drawer in the desk. Active files should be easy to reach and have meaningful labels. “Upcoming events” might be used to stash various invitations or theater tickets after you have noted the dates on your calendar; “Pending” holds papers related to an ongoing project. “Shopping” is great for pages torn from a catalog for items you think you might buy.



My house is awash in paper, despite my efforts to categorize it all. I’m spending too much time looking for tax-related stuff, the refrigerator is practically papered over with school reminders and the piles on the kitchen counters are an embarrassment. How do professional organizers save the paper-challenged family? Professional organizers have a well-established routine for paper-challenged families. We swoop in with a backpack full of strategies to process the maelstrom. We begin with mind over matter.

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What’s your mindset when it comes to paper? It’s time to put yourself back in control of everything that comes into your home. Just because the envelope or the magazine has your name and address on it, doesn’t mean it has any right to stay with you permanently. Square those shoulders and exert your authority. You’re about to become the purge master! ●●


To purge, take two paper bags and label one “Recycling” and the other “Shredding.” Toss every outdated paper that you don’t need into one of these two bags. If you have a big backlog, this phase may take a while, but it will also feel liberating. Use these bags when you bring in the mail. You may need to review some guidelines from the Internet about document retention to overcome your fears about tossing old invoices or statements that have long been paid. Take the shredding bags to The Arc on 83rd Street, opposite the Santa Fe campus, on Wednesdays, when they provide their free service to the community. Categorizing papers leads to visions of filing systems. Most of us need


Some papers, such as memos or class lists from the kids’ school or your church, may be better off in a binder for easy reference. A binder for business cards, divided into various specialties (maintenance, medical and professional) might be useful.


Move maps, maintenance manuals and instruction booklets into magazine holders in a bookcase or cabinet. Your computer booklets will be accessible in a magazine holder, too.

awaits More paper magicissue you in the next to , kebuept you must promise ! -Helen purging until then

 Helen Kornblum is a life coach and organizer in Gainesville, FL. Find her at Her specialty is coaching teens and young adults who have ADHD or ADD.

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the figures home with him after visiting Germany in 1847 and placed them all in — you guessed it — his garden. One of these surviving gnomes from Isham’s lawn is actually still around and is on display at the Isham estate. Its historical value is so great that the figure is insured for £1,000,000, or about $1,392,000. Because of his trip, garden gnomes produced in Gräfenroda, Germany, a region famous for its ceramics, began to grow in popularity. One of the biggest early producers was the Griebel Company. The family-owned factory still produces the gnomes to this day, and is the last maker of the traditional German garden gnomes. In fact, they will even paint and restore original statues if you happen to come across any, according to the factory’s website. Thanks largely to the company’s masterful depictions of the creatures, the garden gnome’s popularity quickly spread across Germany and Europe and then the rest of the world, including the U.S., according to History of Gnomes.

BUT WHY ARE THEY SPECIAL? Top: The Gnome pot percher will watch over your garden with love. $5.99, Target Right: A pair of gnome salt and pepper shakers bring a bit of whimsy and fun to any table $9.13, Today, you can find a garden gnome doing just about anything — fishing, hiking, or even rooting for your favorite sports team. Whether they’re mountain climbing or simply staring at passersby, gnomes have been around for centuries. So, when — and more importantly why — did it become so popular to put these chubby, bearded, hat-wearing figures in our yards?


Garden gnomes have been popular in European countries since as far back as the Renaissance, with many of the figures appearing to be German. Some of the earliest figures depicted included saints, gods and mythical creatures. In the 1700s “House Dwarves” began sprouting up across Europe, according to Production of these ceramics aggressively continued through the 19th century, with the figures migrating from inside the house to the garden when Baehr and Maresch, a production company based in Dresden, Germany, started producing their own take on the dwarves, according to Many scholars agree that it was during this time that they began being referred to as “gnomes” instead of “dwarves.” However, it wasn’t until Sir Charles Isham from the United Kingdom took a trip to Germany that these statues began to truly rise in prominence. According to, he brought 21 of

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According to legend, gnomes were said to be magical creatures that lived underground where they guarded their treasures. They would emerge at night, and if they were caught out in daylight, they would turn to stone — hence the idea of the garden gnome statues.


A more modern gnome tradition has popped up in recent years called “gnome-napping,” where you steal someone’s garden gnome, then take it on a trip or other sort of adventure. You then take lots of pictures, videos, etc. of what the gnome’s been up to on its journey and send the photos back to the owner before returning the gnome to its spot in the garden. So the next time you head to Disney World, consider taking your neighbor’s gnome on a teacup ride or two. (Of course, we don't condone stealing, so please ask to borrow their gnome and promptly return him with souvenirs!) ] | april/may 2016


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DIY Light Up Marquee Sign Adapted from Kelly Boudreau McInvale’s blog post on Hello Boudreau | PHOTOS BY GIGGLE MAGAZINE

Materials Sand paper Paint Paintbrush String lights Super glue Vinyl vertical blinds Pre-cut wood letters Drill PADDLE DRILL BIT Hammer Nails Safety glasses 70 | April/may 2016


Sand letters to remove any splinters. (letters purchased from hobby lobby)


Remove the big bulbs from the string lights. Lay them on the letter and mark where holes need to be drilled. (string lights purchased from


- optional We painted our letters first

Drill the holes for the bulbs.


Paint letters with chosen paint. Let dry.


For the border, line each letter with the blinds. Cut off extra and nail in place. (This takes two people.) (blinds purchased from lowe's)


Optional After the border is on, add some extra detail to your letters depending on style/taste.


Glue the bulbs into each hole. Remember, they should not have the string lights in them at this time.


Put the string lights back into each bulb and tape it to the back of the letter so it stays in place.




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Lyrid Meteor Shower BY TARYN TACHER

The sky is like an artist’s canvas — adorned with cloudy brushstrokes by day and splatter-painted stars by night. On occasion, meteor showers brighten up the night sky and make the canvas that much more exciting to look at.

Named after the constellation Lyra, whose significance stems from Greek mythology’s Orpheus and his lyre, the Lyrids appear to exude from Lyra’s brightest star Vega.

Among the annually expected shooting star splendors is the Lyrid meteor shower that returns every year when Earth travels through Comet Thatcher’s tail of dust between April 16 and 25. What makes the Lyrids most unique, perhaps, is that they can spew up to 100 meteors per hour if the Earth crosses a particularly dense part of Comet Thatcher’s tail.

Optimists should peer up at the sky between midnight and dawn on those nights for the chance to spot some shooting stars. Areas void of artificial light will increase your chances, so if you’re in Gainesville, head over to Paynes Prairie to catch a glimpse of the cascading Lyrids. ]


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This year, the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to climax on April 22 and 23. Because the peak time coincides with a full moon phase on the lunar calendar, the Lyrids may not be so easily visible.

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The Lyrids are the oldest known meteor shower, dating back to approximately 2,700 years ago.

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I think I love summer break more now as a mom than I did as a kid. No, seriously. I love spending free time with my kiddos because I know these days will be gone way before I’m ready. It also means no 6 a.m. alarm, no back-to-back schedules of drop offs and pick up times, and most importantly, NO HOMEWORK, a sentiment shared by many others! Here’s what some of our Giggle readers like best about summer:

“The freedom from time constraints and being free to go do lots of fun stuff like going to the beach, splash parks, Disney…”

“Spending time together with no strict schedule. This will be our first summer with our youngest son, Nicolas, and I’m looking forward to fun with three boys!” - Patricia Gandia Fleming, mom of three boys

Flexibility and a slower pace…no schedule to keep except for the activities the kids choose to do. Also, vacations that aren’t rushed! - Beth Kowalski, mom of three

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“Lots of pool time!” - Kelly Ping, mom of two girls

No school and a relaxed workload at our jobs means extended weekends at the theme park!

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“NO HOMEWORK!” - Kelly Freeland, mom of one son

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Not Your Typical


Alachua County parents, brace yourselves for an onslaught of carpool requests and beautiful bluebird days outdoors. In just a few months, toddlers and teenagers alike will be begging you to take them to Downtown Gainesville’s “Central Park.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Depot Park is anchored by a restored, 1860s-era train station that served as Gainesville’s main railroad hub for 60 years. This rustic, railroad theme informs the aesthetic of the whole park — from a towering, weathered steel gateway feature to a football field-sized Adventure Play Area built around a custom splash pad. The $5.9 million park includes: a water’s edge promenade designed to host food truck rallies and festivals; picnic pavilions perfect for birthday parties and barbecue cookouts; and winding trails ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The Adventure Play Area at Depot Park isn’t a “15-minutes-and-the-kids-are-bored-now” playground, either. With a North Florida springs-inspired splash pad — complete with water soakers, ground jets, and waterfalls — many of the play elements draw from Gainesville’s rich ecology and history. Kids can scale a brick smokestack and dangle from utility-inspired climbers that pay tribute to Gainesville’s industrial Power District. A series of domes hints at the traditional dwellings of the area’s Native American Timucuan tribe. Carvings of raccoons, butterflies, mice and other critters are hidden within the oak tree climber for children to discover.

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Other interactive play features include: a wheelchair-accessible choo-choo train replica; an oak tree climber; a sandpit with hidden fossils; an abandoned stormwater pipe; a rolling hill; dueling slides; and more than a dozen swings. The playground area is safely fenced in to keep children from wandering too far away, so parents can find a comfortable bench and just relax. Clean restrooms are in close proximity to the play area. A parking lot will be built on the east side of the park and more parking spots are available on Southeast 4th Street and along South Main Street. The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention (which celebrates the invention of Gatorade and entrepreneurship) is on-track to construct a world-class facility on the west side of Depot Park by 2017. Soon, children will be able to exercise their creativity in the labs at the Cade Museum and then play at Depot Park.


Depot Park marries environmental sustainability with economic development. It has taken more than two decades of partnerships and planning to convert the land from an industrial brownfield site into a flourishing, urban park. The park wraps around a large stormwater pond that collects runoff from Gainesville’s urban core and cleanses it before it flows into Sweetwater Branch Creek and Paynes Prairie. The southern half of Depot Park is a brilliant integration of manmade and natural wetlands. The historic Depot Train Station was restored using certified U.S. Green Building Council Gold LEED standards. Prominent features include original old growth heart pine, energyefficient lighting and interactive rain barrels that capture rainwater from the roof’s copper gutters. Depot Park is also designed to make it easy for visitors to arrive using ecofriendly modes of transportation, like public transit, walking and bicycling. It’s conveniently located across the street from the Rosa Parks Downtown RTS Station, which receives buses bringing passengers from 19 different bus routes around the city. The popular Gainesville-Hawthorne rail trail feeds cyclists directly into the southern edge of the park. The newly redeveloped Depot Avenue features wide sidewalks, beautiful palm trees and bright lighting, making a nice jog from P.K. Yonge to Depot Park a fun exercise route. Want to learn more about Depot Park’s highly anticipated summer 2016 grand opening? We can’t wait to unveil this landmark destination! Please follow the Gainesville CRA on social media under #DepotPark2016 #GCRA or visit our website at Email Depot Park CRA project manager Cindi Harvey at for more information. | april/may 2016


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 infant | 0-1 Bonding Over Bathtime

 toddler | 2-3 Learning with Toys

 early years | 4-5 Keep 'Em Busy

 kids | 6-9 Is It Time to Call It Quits?

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expecting Baby, You Ought to be in Pictures! pregnancy


A generation or two ago, a baby’s first picture would have to wait until his birthday, snapped on a Polaroid camera or captured on film. These days, once that line turns blue on the pregnancy test, a mama-to-be can see her baby before he even looks like one, thanks to ultrasound technology. Throughout a pregnancy, ultrasounds are used to assess the age, size and health of the baby, and can even capture a 3D image. So if you’re expecting, what can you expect in the way of ultrasounds? An ultrasound is simply the use of high frequency sound waves to produce a picture on a monitor (sonogram). At the start of your pregnancy, perhaps when you aren’t even fully sure you are pregnant, a transvaginal ultrasound will assist your doctor in detecting and dating your pregnancy. The technician will insert a thin wand into your vagina and the pictures you see will most likely resemble a little blob or teeny alien-like baby if you are a little further along. Depending on how pregnant you are, the doctor will be looking for baby’s heartbeat and also measuring his size — and perhaps looking for twins. According to Whattoexpect. com, “a gestational sac can be visualized on ultrasound as early as four and a half weeks after your last period, [and] a heartbeat can be detected as early as five to six weeks (though it might not be detected that early in all cases).”

Once you reach 18 to 20 weeks in your pregnancy, it will be time for an anatomy scan, also called a level 2 ultrasound. This time around, the ultrasound technician or your doctor will be using a transducer to glide across your belly, which will be covered in a thin layer of gel. According to Sarah W. Caron at, you may be asked to have a full bladder, which will help push your uterus out of the pelvis and assist your doctor in visualizing all the parts of your baby as well as the umbilical cord, amniotic sac, placenta and uterus. Your doctor will be

2d Ultrasound

looking at the size of the baby, checking for birth defects, examining the anatomy and, if baby cooperates, you’ll find out the gender! Although this ultrasound will yield more “baby-looking” pictures on the screen, you may find you are still viewing black and white shapes while the doctor examines each of the organs and systems. Depending on your unique situation, your doctor may call for additional ultrasounds during the later parts of your pregnancy. Sometimes mamas who are considered of advanced maternal age (over age 35) will be offered additional testing, including ultrasounds, which will take a closer look for abnormalities. And certainly, if your doctor has deemed your pregnancy highrisk for any reason, you will be monitored more closely. The most important thing is to speak to your doctor about any questions and concerns; they are your best resource. ]

3d Ultrasound

4D scans show moving 3D images of your baby.

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Early Ultrasound

As your pregnancy progresses, your doctor will be following your progress through a variety of measurements, including your blood pressure, weight, the height of the fundus (top of the uterus), and may use a Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. | april/may 2016



infant Bonding Over Bath Time ages 0 - 1


or water with many chemicals, use a water filter to fill the tub, especially with newborns. Remember to use hypoallergenic soaps, powders and oils with little to no scent. Although most parents bathe their babies right before bedtime, it’s best to give your baby a bath at the calmest time of your day, no matter what hour it is. If you are busy and stressed at night, you won’t be able to truly enjoy the special bath-time experience. Make sure you bathe your baby when she is not too hungry or too full so that she will be as comfortable as possible. Dr. Ana Moros-Hanley, a pediatrician at Healthy Steps Pediatrics in Gainesville, recommends having bath time at the same time each day because babies thrive on routine. “Bath time can be a great bonding time for baby and parents,” said Moros-Hanley. “It can be a very relaxing, fun time to play and interact with Mom or Dad.”

Bath time for babies can be both relaxing and fun. Younger babies need to see their parent to feel comfortable and safe, so make sure your baby is facing you in the bath. Older babies and toddlers love to

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splash and play with bath toys, so be ready to get a little wet, and don’t forget the bubbles! Bath crayons and rubber duckies are great, but remember that everyday items like cups, funnels and spoons might be even more enjoyable than storebought toys. Bathrooms usually provide a great acoustic atmosphere, so babies will enjoy hearing the echo of their giggles and yells. Take this time to speak with your baby and practice sounding out new words. Babies can be sensitive to the way the water feels, so if your city has hard water

“Babies can drown in 2 inches of water, so bath time should be uninterrupted,” said Moros-Hanley. “Parents should plan and bring everything they may need, and the phone or any other distractions [should be] ignored. The baby is the priority for those 10 to 15 minutes.” As fun as the bath-time process is, the best part is the end, when you get to wrap your freshly cleaned baby in a warm towel and cuddle to your heart’s content. ]

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It’s commonly known that physical touch between a baby and his parents provides many benefits, but did you know that bath time can be rewarding, too? Set aside the stress of a bath time ritual by organizing and planning in advance to make this a special bonding opportunity.

Of course, in the midst of all the fun and excitement of bath time, your baby’s safety is your No. 1 concern. Remember to check the water temperature to ensure that it’s not too hot or too cold, and never, ever leave a baby unattended. | april/may 2016



toddler Learning with Toys ages 2 - 3


A couple weeks ago, as I was digging through my 4-year-old’s toys in the garage to find some things for my 8-month-old to play with, I was thinking about the number and variety of toys we have collected over almost five years. Some toys were loved for only five minutes, while others have been played with until they wore out. For us, it seems that the best toys around are the ones that teach. Whether it be motor skill development, color/letter/sound recognition, or counting, these toys keep kids focused and help build important skills. But how do we choose the best toys for our kids when a walk down the toy aisles at Target, Walmart or Toys “R” Us will make your head spin?

I have done some research and picked five of my favorites based not only on their educational value, but also their fun factor!

Melissa & Doug Chunky Wooden Puzzles

Melissa & Doug Chunky Wooden Puzzles

Melissa & Doug make lots of great toys. If you haven’t checked them out, I suggest you do! For toddlers, I love their chunky wooden puzzles. The big, chunky pieces fit well in little hands, and the pictures behind each piece help with matching and shape recognition.

LeapFrog Scout’s Build and Discover Tool Set

This cool construction set has kids ages 2 and up working with a pup named Scout as he introduces them to their first step-by-step building project through counting, measuring and color matching! Your little one can construct Scout’s house from the ground up, talk with him, sing along with favorite songs, or just tinker around with the five included tools.

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks

These wooden blocks help your child learn to stack and build like regular blocks, but they are also magnetic, so your little one’s creations won’t fall apart too easily. This allows you to build with your child or let them use their imagination to build all by themselves!

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This fun game is one that you can play with your toddler! It comes with a large colorful plush cube to roll and 48 cards with six different categories. When you roll the cube, you choose a card matching the color facing up. Then you act out whatever is on the card. The six learning categories include emotions (“giggle and laugh”), counting (“pat your head seven times”), body parts (“wave your arms”), colors (“find something yellow”), animal sounds (“quack like a duck”), and actions (“give a high five”). This game helps to boost understanding of basic concepts and develop motor skills at the same time!

LEAPFROG Number Lovin’ Oven

This super fun toy oven teaches early math through engaging play centered on cooking and sharing! It not only talks and sings (like many toys from this company), but it gets number skills “cooking” through 30+ songs and phrases, 16 fun ingredients, and many ways to play and explore.

These are a few of my favorites, but there are so many great learning tools on the market right now! Do some research and see which ones you love. If you don’t know where to check, try ]

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early years Keep ‘Em Busy

ages 4 - 5


Need to keep your little one busy while you shop or try to talk, without using your phone, tablet or other electronic device? These days, if your children are anything like mine, it probably seems that it is near impossible to do so. But with a little prep work, patience and a dose of Momma willpower, it can be done. The next time you’re heading out somewhere with the kiddos, don’t forget to pack your “busy bag.”

Drive around town

This simple, laminated road map paired with Hot Wheels cars can give hours of entertainment. Visit any mapping website, and print out your hometown, their grandparents’ hometown or favorite city. Before laminating, add little house drawings or stickers to keep them engaged. Bring some of their favorite cars from home and place in bag!

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My daughter loves to string beads and make jewelry, so putting some of her favorite beads, string or cords in a bag to bring along is the perfect project to pass the time. Don’t just think of this as a “girl’s activity” though. Using brightly colored beads and leather string can make cool key chains, bracelets or necklaces for anybody! Another twist is to use pipe cleaners and beads. Take the age of your children and size of the beads into consideration. They can be a choking hazard!

Flash cards

This is another easy do-it-yourself one to make. You can create flash cards for just about anything. Make color-coded ones to teach colors, alphabet ones, ones for multiplication tables or even ones for learning family members. A twist on these can be matching ones, where your child finds the mate to each card.

Building Blocks

I know you read LEGO® and cringe, but a small amount of preselected Legos or similar small building blocks can keep busy hands occupied for a while! Pick ones that you know can be used to make several different things. Include instructions or let your children use their imagination to build new creations. As long as you don’t bring a 200-piece set they will clean up easily back in the bag and keep your tactile kid happy as a clam!

memory cards

You can make your own memory cards by printing duplicates of photos of family members, their stuffed animals, your family cars, etc. This is perfect for restaurant waiting time. Have your kiddo lay the cards out face down and flip them over until he or she matches up the pairs. Laminate for multiple uses.

Ready made options

If you aren’t the pre-planner type or don’t have time to come up with some creative ideas of your own, Disney’s Grab & Go Play Packs are one of the best things I’ve come across. You can pick them up near the checkout of dollar stores, Target, etc. for about a dollar. They are resealable bags that contain a small coloring book, a few crayons and some coordinating stickers. The best part is that they come in about every theme your child could imagine (think Princesses, Minions, Mickey Mouse, “Star Wars,” etc.) Other easy options are the Spot It! games. They come in many varieties, age ranges and themes. These are my go-to for my daughter when she has to spend hours at her brothers’ ball practices!

The best part is, if your child is occupied for those few extra minutes, you might even have time to have that coffee date with your bestie! ] Please note that not all children will be ready for small toys or plastic baggies as part of their play. Please take the age and skill level of your child into consideration when deciding whether or not to implement "busy bags" and always supervise children.

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Called busy bags, these petite playrooms are small baggies with engaging and age appropriate activities that your child can play with independently. These should be simple, educational, fun and easily transported. Make them up ahead of time so you always have one in your purse or diaper bag when needed. To keep your kids interested, switch them up and create new ones every once in a while.

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kids Is It Time to Call It Quits? ages 6 - 9


focusing on playing the classical stuff he’s sick of.” Giving our kids a voice to help express their opinion on how their “passion” proceeds will help them feel more plugged in if they choose to continue. Not allowing them to weigh in sets you up for a grumpy and resentful kiddo.

It’s almost inevitable that your child, upon finding his passion is soccer, or lacrosse, or piano, will realize several years into it that “passion” may have been too strong a word. In fact, he may utter those dreaded words that make every parent’s skin crawl ever so slightly: “I. Quit.” And as his parents, we receive his pronouncement like the conundrum it is. Do we let him? Do we encourage (er, force) him to keep going, as if his entire future hinges on him continuing? Oh, the agony!

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“If they are being picked on or the teacher/coach is being ‘mean’ to them, then that’s a separate issue that needs to be investigated,” she said. “If they want to quit because it’s ‘too hard’ or they don’t want to spend time practicing, that’s trickier.” Make time for a heart-to-heart talk with your child to unpack their feelings. Wendy went on to say that if your child does need a change, “it’s possible that they can continue their activity but maybe back down on lessons or practice duration or frequency, or maybe find another avenue for the same activity…we’re working on Tommy playing the fiddle with his dad’s band, instead of

We also need to consider our own goals for him while participating in his sport or activity. We know that odds of him “going pro” are not statistically in his favor, so obviously we have other ideas for how his time on a field or performing will enrich his life. Can we achieve those goals some other way? As the mother of two girls (Kara, 8, and Kayla, 12) involved in competitive cheerleading for the past five years, Ginger Gibson points out that her daughters thoughts of quitting are “a great time for me to relate the teams I work with at my job and how every person plays an important part.” She said she asks her girls how they would feel if the other team members gave up on them and how they could encourage them to keep going. Learning to function on a team is one of the most important life skills, and if your child can learn it through his or her chosen activity, then great. If it seems that quitting and changing tactics will better help your child learn about teamwork, then that is also great. ]

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The stink of this type of dilemma is that no neat and tidy answer exists. We have no crystal ball telling you that your darling daughter will become the next Broadway star if she continues in musical theater past the “I quit” moments — and make no mistake, if you have a human child, she will want to quit at many points during her pursuit of her passion. For as much fervor and intensity as kids can invest in their chosen activity, they can also be quite whimsical, casually tossing aside the years spent practicing and the investment in equipment and training. Maddening, right? But oh so normal! And a little investigation can shed light on a possible way forward where both you and your child are at peace. Mother of two, Wendy Mandese, has

weathered the storms of her children deciding if they want to continue playing their various sports and instruments. Her daughter Ally, 15, has played violin for nine years and oboe for four, and her son Tommy, 12, has been playing violin and lacrosse for four years. Her advice is to find out the reason they want to quit.

Mary Knestrick, owner of IndepenDANCE, has seen her fair share of children who have fallen in love — and perhaps fallen out of love — with dance. Although she said that each child’s situation is unique, she firmly stated that, “first and foremost, the child should be INSPIRED by the activity or sport they are participating in. And once they are immersed in this art or sport, it is the parent’s duty to teach commitment, consistency and finishing what was started, no matter the terms — as long as it is a positive environment and experience for the child.” You know your child best and communication with him or her is paramount to assessing their feelings on their chosen activity. | april/may 2016



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Social Media Explosion BY TARYN TATCHER

Social media has become second nature in a world that continues to be infiltrated by new technology. It can be confusing to keep track of what each social media site is used for, so here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular sites and how to keep your child safe.










4. Vine Users post six-second videos.

2. Twitter Have a thought, feeling or idea you want to express in 140 characters or less? Share it on Twitter in the form of a tweet.

6. Pinterest Are you into DIY home décor, event planning, baking, cooking, etc.? Use Pinterest to find exactly what you’re looking for, or share your own ideas for others to imitate.

3. Instagram This app is used to share captivating and artistic photography, one photo at a time.

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5. Snapchat Users share photos and/or videos for one to 10 seconds with specific people or with all of their followers. You can add lighting filters, geotags, text and emojis. There are also messaging and live video chatting features.

7. Tumblr Tumblr is essentially a blogging platform that allows users to post text, photos,

videos, music, art and anything else you can think of. A user’s dashboard lets him or her know when there’s new content on one of the blogs he or she is following. 8. Kik This app allows users to send messages, photos, videos and other content to people in the form of a messaging system. Kik users don’t have to provide any personal information besides their chosen username, so there’s a level of anonymity. 9. Periscope Periscope users create their own live stream and share the link either publicly or with specific users. They can also watch other users’ live streams.

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1. Facebook Users can connect with friends and relatives and reconnect with people they haven’t seen or spoken to in a while through friend requests, wall posts and photo albums. You can also join specific groups for networking or shared interests. Facebook, though older than the rest of the listed social media sites, remains the most popular among teens.

KEEP THEM SAFE Outside of school hours, and even during those hours, a level of responsibility falls on parents to ensure their children are not on the giving or receiving end of cyberbullying. Here are some tips for parents to protect their children: 1. Insist that your child’s social media profiles are set to private, so strangers cannot view them. Don’t take their word for it. Test them. Continue to test them during their time using the apps.

Every time a new social media site is introduced, it offers another platform for us to expose ourselves to the rest of the world — not always resulting in positive feedback. The more we share on social media, the more vulnerable we become to criticism. There’s something about the digital world and it's lack of face-toface communication that gives people the confidence to speak more candidly than they normally would. This type of bullying — whether it’s nonsensical, or stems from envy — can be detrimental to self-esteem, mental health and physical well-being. Tweens and teens are perhaps most susceptible to social media bullying because they’ve grown up in a technological era, so they’re using social media sites more than any other age group. When used appropriately, social media can allow young adults to express themselves freely and creatively, while giving them the opportunity to connect with others who share their interests. But, when employed to spread rumors and hurtful messages, social media becomes dangerous.

Nicole Lovell, 13, of Virginia, was murdered in January by someone she allegedly met on Kik. Zoe Johnson, 13, of Michigan committed suicide in July after enduring repeated bullying both online and in person. And these teens aren’t the only ones who have suffered. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about 50 percent of adolescents have fallen victim to some form of cyberbullying, and 10 to 20 percent endure it repeatedly. Because some social media sites don’t require that much personal information from users, it can be difficult to track down offenders. Jackie Johnson, director of communications for Alachua County Public Schools said that situations with students improperly using technology on campus results in penalties, but those are set on a case-by-case basis. She expressed that some people would like the school board to take action in cases that occur off of school property, but that they just don’t have the jurisdiction to do so. “We really don’t have jurisdiction when they’re not on our campuses and not using our computers,” said Johnson. ]

2. Monitor who your child is befriending and talking to on social media sites. There are programs like PureSight PC and Net Nanny that allow you to keep an eye on your child’s social media sites through filter settings, blocking capabilities and other restrictive options. 3. Make sure all of the information he or she presents about him or herself is truthful, in order to avoid unwanted attention. 4. Encourage your child to let you know if he or she is at the receiving end of threatening comments or bullying. 5. Teach your child not to use derogatory or hurtful words when interacting with others. 6. Teach your child what consequences could result in using these platforms incorrectly. 7. Monitor your child’s photos and educate them on what is and is not appropriate for photos. 8. Make sure they know to come to you IMMEDIATELY if something does not seem acceptable, normal, or if they are uncomfortable with what they see. They should be praised for coming to you, as you want them to feel like they can always come to you for help/protection. | april/may 2016


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April 1

April Fools’ Day April 1 Tot Times: 1 Potato, 2 Potato 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art April 2 Alachua County March For Babies 8 a.m. Westwood Middle School April 2 - 3 47th Annual Spring Arts Festival Sat. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sun. Noon – 5 p.m. Thomas Center Downtown April 4 Homeschool Day: Butterfly Rainforest 10:00 am – Noon Florida Museum of Natural History April 8 2016 Orange & Blue Debut 7 p.m. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium April 9 Chain Reaction’s Food and Music Festival 5 – 9 p.m. The Square at Tioga Town Center

April 15–17 Earth Day Plant Sale 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History April 16 Earth Day Exploration 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

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Every Tuesday starting april 26 Spring 2016 Workshop Series 6 – 8 p.m. The Repurpose Project

April 16¬–20 Spring Book Sale Noon – 6 p.m.

April 27 Story Time at The Museum: Circles, Rectangles, Squiggles..Oh My! 11 a.m. Harn Museum of Art

April 17 Spring Triathlon 10 a.m. Youth Combine April 22

Earth Day April 22 Repurpose Project Runway Fashion Show 6 – 9 p.m. The Repurpose Project

May 1 O2B A Kid Again! 5 – 8 p.m. O2B Kids Supercenter May 6 Leadercast: Architects of Tomorrow 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Westside Baptist Church

April 22–23 Lyrid Meteor Shower

May 7 Free Admission for Mothers 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

April 22–30

May 8


Mother’s Day

April 22–23 Spring Native Plant Sale Morningside Nature Center

May 8 Free Admission for Mothers 1 – 5 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History

April 23 Tioga Car Show 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tioga Town Center

May 14 3rd Annual May Day Glow Run 8:30 p.m. The Square at Tioga Town Center

April 23 Kohl’s Bike Rodeo and Summer Safety Fair 9 a.m. – Noon O’Connell Center Parking Lot

May 21 Touch A Truck 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Citizen's Field

April 23 Spring Gleaning & Flea Market 12 – 9 p.m. The Repurpose Project

May 22 Archaeology Workshop: Canoes 2 – 4 p.m. Florida Museum of Natural History May 30

Memorial Day

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Giggle Magazine - April/May 2016 - Gainesville  

Mother's Day Inspiration, Repurposed DIY Projects, and More!

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Mother's Day Inspiration, Repurposed DIY Projects, and More!