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I’ve shared stories in this column before about my oldest son’s fascination with matches, candles, and all things flammable. And every time the 4th of July comes around, I think about fireworks and cookouts, and I’m reminded that he does come by that fascination honestly!

er back down from a challenge. So if there is a fire that needs to be built for some reason, he will most definitely find a way to make it happen. In our second year of marriage, we invited some friends over for a cookout on the 4th of July. A tropical storm had passed through a few days before the holiday, and our charcoal for the grill got wet during the storm. So after our friends arrived, when Rodney tried to light the grill, he was unsuccessful – at first.

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He tried for at least half an hour to get the fire going – most of the brush around the house was wet, so he tore up strips of newspaper and doused them with lighter fluid. But every time the paper burned up, the fire would fizzle out before the charcoal got going.

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Finally, after the bottle of lighter fluid was completely used up, Rodney decided to make one last attempt. In the spirit of Tim “the tool man” Taylor, he picked up a can of gasoline we kept for the lawn mower and started to pour it onto the coals. But apparently one piece of that charcoal had at least a little spark going, because as soon as the gas hit the grill, it caught fire,

and huge flames flew all the way back to the spout of the gas can. No one was seriously hurt, but the awning over our porch had a huge black spot on the ceiling, the paint on the outside of the grill melted right off, and Rodney lost all the hair on his right arm and most of his eyebrows as a result of that little stunt! It’s been 19 years since that happened, and for as long as we had a charcoal grill, I don’t think I ever let him light one again! Now that our family is bigger, a gas grill is much more convenient, and I do allow him to touch that one (under close supervision). I hope you have an enjoyable 4th of July celebration this month. And please stay safe! Until next time,


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Public Law 103-362 was unanimously passed in 1994 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton to create a national observance for parents. Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July and is focused on increasing awareness of parental responsibilities. It is an occasion to make a statement about what is important in our society. It is a chance to create a positive tradition based on a core axiom – that the role of parents is crucial in the nurturing and development of children, and thus requires investment, focus, and commitment.

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Is the amount of ice cream and other frozen dairy products that the average American consumed last year. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day, citing the food’s “nutritious and wholesome” qualities. This July show your patriotism, pick up your spoon and join in the celebration.

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Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But did you know that the Fourth of July was not declared a legal holiday until 1941, just 72 years ago. Today, the fourth is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks and a reason to fly the American Flag with pride and honor.

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Meet the Lindquist Family Happy childhood experiences set in motion a pathway for one’s life journey – and can multiply to even greater delight for future generations. Thus is the story of Gulf Coast’s July Family of the Month – the Lindquists: Rebecca, Dewan (7), and Jayden (4). Born in Kenya and growing up in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rebecca’s childhood is filled with happy memories. “As missionary kids, we grew up in a small community of families that all knew each other. There were children of all ages – always babies and little ones around – and I loved to hold them. I guess I knew I loved kids pretty early on!” Such love led Rebecca to a decision that would change her life forever. “Adoption had been on my heart for several years, starting in my mid-twenties,” she said, “and I knew I wanted to consider it for my family, whether I married or remained single.” Having grown up in Africa, foreign private adoption seemed a natural choice. Rebecca began to save for the expense. Meanwhile, after a client shared her experience with Florida’s foster care and adoption program, Miss Lindquist decided to attend an orientation. That was March, 2009. Becca (as she is called by family and friends) has, since then, fostered 8 babies – some just overnight . . . some several months or longer. “They were all precious, and I will remember every single one,” she mused. “It’s humbling to be responsible for someone you didn’t give birth to and will likely return to the parents, but whom you are to care for as your own for as long as necessary.” The primary goal of foster care is reunification with the family; but if that proves not possible, foster parents are often asked if they are willing to adopt. Dewan and Jayden were Becca’s first placement – as a sibling group. Dewan was 3 then and, though Becca had missed out on

those early years, she is convinced he was “just as sweet and lovable a baby as he is now!” Jayden was only 1 week old. Two years later, adoption became an official option for these brothers. “By the time that request came, our attachment had already formed. It took me about two seconds to say, ‘Yes, absolutely! Where do I sign?’” Finalizing in the court took a couple months more. “I had loved them for over 2 years and had grown to think of them, in my heart, as mine; and they knew me as Mom; so the uncertainty of our situation was stressful at times. But God knew, and He loved the boys even more than I; so I trusted that whatever happened would be the right thing.” Finalization Court Day was exciting! “In the end, it took only a few minutes for the judge to look over and sign papers. I like to say it was the day they got stuck with me for life, no turning back!” Joking aside, with well-wishers commenting on the boys’ blessing of a permanent home together, Becca says it is she herself and her family who are the blessed. Wonder what Becca enjoys most about parenting? “It’s never boring! I’m always learning from them. Kids see things so differently; it’s fun to see the world through their eyes.” She added, “You know that saying that ‘you can’t remember life without them’? Well, it’s true. It seems like the boys have always been part of my life.”

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Rebecca encourages others who might be contemplating adoption: “If adoption is anywhere in your mind and heart, do the research for the best path for your family – and then go for it. It’s just like any other kind of family planning: You never truly feel ready, but your heart knows when it’s right – when it’s time.” The Lindquists are thankful for extended family. Nearby grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins add much to this family’s happiness. Gulf Coast congratulates all of you and offers best wishes for your continuing journey together!

Meet The Kids Perceptive and observant, Dewan keeps Mom on her toes with thoughtful questions and curiosity! He loves to laugh and make others laugh, too. But he takes his “big brother role” seriously – often showing Jayden and young cousins how to do things. He puts his athletic ability to work playing soccer, swimming, riding his bike, and learning to use his new skateboard. Dewan enjoys school, especially reading, for which he won an award! He loves computers, whether for school work or playing on the Wii. Athletic like his brother, Jayden likes to ride his “big boy” bike and is learning to swim. He loves to play with his brother and cousins and enjoyed making new friends in preschool. Jayden asks lots of questions and would like to know “Why?” quite often! He recently discovered the toddler rides at Busch Gardens, and asks almost every day to go to “the roller coaster!” Though tiny at birth, Jayden has grown up fast. “Thankfully, he still loves to give Mom hugs and kisses!” If you would like to recommend a family to be featured as the family of the month, send a photo and a description of what makes your family unique to

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Do you have room in your heart and home for a waiting child? Dontrell and Reanna, ages 7 & 10 “Terrific Twosome” This brother/sister duo has many things in common: Pizza lovers, hiphop dancers, love new experiences, especially going outdoors and trying new things. Photo By: Imagine Pro Photography Traits that describe Dontrell: Outgoing, energetic and people pleaser.

Reanna can be described as: spunky, “an entertainer,” and enjoys singing and dancing. A little shy at first… but soon this future firefighter and aspiring veterinarian open and capture your heart. What they want in a family: Dontrell wants a family that has a mom and a dad; Reanna would love a family that is sweet and nice. Some of Dontrell’s favorites: dogs, the color red and recess. Reanna loves: math, the color blue, braiding her friends’ hair and playing challenging games. A talented little boy: Dontrell loves to make people laugh, enjoys being around others and is fearless. Reanna wants you to know: that she is a happy person; her perfect day would be hanging out with friends, either playing or going to a movie.

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Effie is a young lady with a vibrant personality. She loves to sing and loves to have her picture taken. Effie faces many obstacles due to medical conditions and needs a family who will love her and support her through those challenges. Favorite Games to Play: Anything on the iPad. Favorite Class at School: Music

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PROTECT YOUR FAMILY as you celebrate the Fourth of July

Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs!

It is no secret that everyone associates fireworks with Independence Day celebrations. It is so easy to become enamored with the sights and sounds and consequently to be tempted to stop at one of the many roadside stands and buy a few to recreate your own show; however, it is important to remember that fireworks can be extremely dangerous causing se-

rious burns and significant personal injuries. Each year over 8,000 people are injured using consumer fireworks. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F! You can prevent firework-related injuries. I suggest that you leave the fireworks to the professionals and do not use consumer fireworks; however, if you choose to use consumer fireworks please follow the following fireworks safety tips:

• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks • Read and follow all warnings and instructions • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and other flammable materials • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned • Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby in case of a malfunction or fire Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs! If you don’t believe me, listen to some of the experts in the field. The non-profit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to the NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. The NFPA goes on to remind us that “pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.”

Some experts are even more resolute in their analysis. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA’s Division Manager of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” “Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs,” says Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s Division Manager of Public Education. “The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring, or even death.” We hope you will protect your family this summer and Fourth of July holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals.

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10 Ways to Host an Awesome Sleepover

To put it simply, sleepovers are a big deal. Children leave the security of their own family and home to spend time in yours. That is a big responsibility not to be taken lightly. When hosting a sleepover, you should always keep the kids in mind first and foremost. Are they comfortable? Are all the children getting along? Is the environment safe as well as entertaining? It takes a good bit of thought to host an awesome sleepover. Here are a few ideas on how you can make yours a big success!

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1 The Other Parents: Another parent trusts you to care for their child. Make sure to find out exactly what they expect from you. Are there certain types of movies they do not approve of? Do they allow their child to eat sweets? Would they appreciate an update by phone or text? Ask for and follow the wishes of the parents who are allowing their child to spend time in your home. 2 Compatibility: The sleepover has no chance of success without the right mix of children. Compatibility is essential. Talk to your child about the kids he/she would like to invite. Help them determine which children would all get along for such a long period. 3 Activities: What to do at a sleepover? Activities are a must. Boredom will kill the party and then cause problems for everyone involved. Research various games for sleepovers. The list is almost unlimited. Movies, board games and video games are also welcome ideas. Plan ahead and allot a certain amount of time for each activity. Children thrive with structure. 4 Food, Snacks and Beverages: With all the fun stuff to do at a sleepover, don’t forget the kids need to eat. Avoid food and drinks that contain loads of sugar. Food can be fun and delicious and still be nutritious. Some sweets are ok, but balance them out with healthy treats as well. The trick to children and healthy food is making it fun. Research the many websites dedicated to doing just that. 5 Designated “Party Zone”: Set clear boundaries where the children are allowed to be in your home. It is a good idea to block off a certain part of the house to be reserved for the other family members. Take the children around the home and show them exactly where they are or are not allowed to be. You need to eliminate the chances of a child wandering off. The best idea is to keep the party contained to the living room, kitchen and a bathroom. If the party will also be outside, always be sure to have an adult present constantly.

6 Allergies, Pets and Medical Conditions: Your slumber party will come to a screeching halt if you do not investigate beforehand the special needs of the invited children. Do any of the children have specific allergies that need to be addressed? Are there medications they need to be given at designated times? There is no need to avoid having children with special needs at the party. Just make sure you know exactly what they need and have the means to provide it. 7 Pictures: Sleepover pictures will be cherished forever. Take as many as you can. A cool activity idea would be to have the children make their own photo album to take home. Some paper, hole punch, ribbon and imagination is all that is required. The next morning print out select pictures and have the kids paste them in their albums. They will have a lifelong reminder of the great time they had. 8 Themes: Children always love theme parties and having the chance to dress up. It could be a luau, a pirate party, a princess party or anything you can dream of. Be creative. Design the sleepover games around your theme. The idea is to have fun, no matter what you decide. 9 Give The Kids Space: So here is a tricky one. You are completely and 100% responsible for each of the children. Yet, they really don’t want you around at every moment. You do not want to hover constantly over the party. This is a big moment of independence for the children being away from home. Let them have their space, but discreetly always have your eyes and ears clued in. 10 Relax and Enjoy: Hosting a party can be very stressful. The planning, the cost and everything associated with pulling it off successfully. Try not to forget the reasons you are doing it in the first place. Mainly, you are providing a wonderful opportunity for your child to bond with his or her friends. Also, a lifelong memory will be created. Relax and enjoy yourself, and take comfort in knowing what you are doing is a very good thing. Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

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Surviving Summer Cookouts — Burgers, Desserts, Oh My! by Amy Alexander Summer is here – bring on the fun, sun and family cookouts! Cookouts and all their glory are a great way to bond with your family, but they can detour your healthy lifestyle with high-calorie foods and drinks. Here are 5 Healthy BBQ Eating Tips to help you steer clear from BBQ extras (and weight) and stick to your workout goals.

1. Find the Fruits and Veggies

5. Beware of Beverages

When getting together, it’s easy to kick back and drink sodas or alcoholic beverages (which are both loaded with calories). Try and drink a glass of water in between every soda or alcoholic beverage, it keeps you hydrated and the calories down. Best bet, limit to 1 or 2 drinks, and stick with water. When grandma’s chocolate cake is calling, remember, so is your fit! Practice these healthy tips and you’ll be a cookout survivor. Want more wiggle room with your calories? Burn the calories BEFORE you go with a quick workout at your gym! Amy Alexander is an ACSM certified Personal Trainer and RPM instructor.

Ever notice the fruit and veggie platters always go quick? Everyone loves fresh fruit, especially on a gorgeous day. Celebrate the freshest fruits and veggies of the season; and feel good about what you’re eating. If you are hosting a BBQ, make sure you include at least one low-calorie option for family and friends. Get creative with your sides, try grilling out vegetables, offer turkey burgers or whip up fresh strawberries and cream for dessert.

2. Use a Smaller Plate — Take Control

For round one, go small — you can always go back for seconds. You may be surprised that a smaller portion satisfies your appetite. If you think you want to go back for more, wait a couple minutes after eating and see if you’re still hungry, or just mindlessly munching.

3. Watch the Sauces

So you’ve got your turkey burger with half the bun, salad and fruit – you’re proud and feeling good, but what about dressing and sauces? You’ve come this far, hold the mayo, heavy dressings and “special sauce.” Instead, try adding a healthy salsa for a kick and some extra veggies! Go for a clear dressing, like balsamic vinaigrette, instead of creamy, high-calorie ones. Keep the salad dressing on the side and dip your fork in it. Also, watch out for mayo-filled salads, like potato or macaroni salad. They’re typically filled with calories, so manage your portions.

4. Stay Active — “No Linger Zone” at Buffet Table

Pick a spot far away from the buffet table and curb temptations to go fill your plate. If you’re prone to snacking, engage in activities such as a group walk or tossing the football. You don’t need to work up a sweat, but you’ll get the blood pumping and muscles moving! Every calorie you burn helps, plus it keeps you away from the food.

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Arbor Art Brings Tree To Life Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose. It’s more than just a motto; it’s a mantra for Rose Samuels, owner of 2 St. Petersburg day cares called Rosie’s Playschool. Beyond simply caring for their clients, Rosie’s Playschool takes the time to teach them as well. Last month’s Earth Day lesson may have taken the cake! Making memorable moments with her kids, Rose taught them not only to be responsible “green” citizens, but to love and appreciate the arts as well. Rose’s love for nature and beauty (and a bit of nostalgia, too!) prompted this educator to a veritable “show and tell” by commissioning artists to save part of a tree on their playground – and including the kids

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a leaping dolphin emerged from the top! The dolphin was soon followed by a fish and a sunburst. A totem pole was in the making! Chain saw carvers work fast! Bark and chips were flying! Still, the complete project would take a few more days to finish. Besides the carving, there was still grinding, sanding, and finishing work to be done. But while the artwork emerged, the children celebrated with their parents and care givers. There was fun, food,

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and fellowship as they ate their hotdogs and chatted with one other and participated in all kinds of outdoor fun and play. What a day it was! Stump Day finished up the preschool’s week of environmentally themed lessons and activities. “We’re trying to be a little greener,” Samuels said. “We’re teaching our children about planting, about recycling, about all that good stuff.” Now, to further that purpose, Rose plans to coat the stump with a sealant “so the children can use it as a permanent, washable painting project.” It will symbolize her philosophy: Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.

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This month’s Sweet Sausage Rolls recipe has to be one of the best we have ever tried. It is so simple and yet so tasty. This recipe is perfect for any occasion, but be warned they will not last long. “It’s hard to stop eating these,” one of the kids commented. “They are so good!” It is certain to become a tasty tradition in our home and may well become a favorite at your house, too!

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A few weeks ago in the heart of school track season, we were hungry for a late-night post-meet dinner with the Hungry grandparents. When the first restaurant nearby was booked solid with a wait time, we decided to visit a “new” restaurant. Boy, did we make a great decision! We discovered Pappas Ranch, and enjoyed a delicious steakhouse dinner with our table being served pulled pork, ribs, fish tacos (yes, we know already, a Hungry family staple!), and for the Hungry teen athletes, Hangover Burgers topped with grilled mushrooms and onions, melted cheddar,

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fresh fruit and French toast, steamed shrimp and Eggs Benedict, fried fish and bread pudding. They offer Sunday drink specials for bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosas. As if this all wasn’t enough, they sweeten the pot with a community-building offer to give cash back for local church members who eat at Pappas Ranch on Sundays (fill your tummy and raise funds or a community outreach - what could be better?). The pricing is reasonable, but if you choose to forego the buffet, kids eat free from the regular menu on Sundays during the 9-3 brunch hour! Whether it’s a Friday post-game pit stop or a lazy Sunday brunch, the Hungry Family gives a hearty “thumbs up” to Pappas Ranch!

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Sunny Celebration 1 Get Wet

The backyard can easily be an ideal place for plenty of family fun. With a little innovation and a lot of water, you can turn your yard into a water recreation area. Here as some great watery ideas to help turn your yard into a cool, wet wonderland.

Slip and Slide

A Slip-n-Slide is to summer what peanut butter is to jelly. They belong together, go hand in hand and make the other so much sweeter. This summer classic is great for frugal outdoor fun!

2 Play in the Sand

Whether you visit a local beach, or just get silly in your sandbox, playing with sand is a lot of fun for kids of all ages.

Portable Sandbox

Water Balloon fight

Looking for a fun way to cool off in the July heat. Why not try a family water balloon fight. A family water balloon fight is absolutely one of the most fun ways to get the entire family involved playing together. Kids love to bombard their parents and siblings with the ammo, especially if they don’t see it coming. They feel like they are getting away with something. And when mom and dad start it, wow, that makes you COOL!

Many parents are not fans of sandboxes in the yard, for reasons we would rather not write. (Think cats, squirrels, rodents. etc.) However, here is a great idea for a portable sandbox that we picked up from our little one’s preschool. With a plastic storage container (make sure it is the kind with wheels) and some sand, you can put together your own portable sandbox. It is inexpensive, easy, keeps the sand free from debris and is easily stored.

Ziploc Freezer Bags

Sand Sculptures

Water fights are great for hot summer days. At our home the kids like to fill up Ziploc freezer bags with water and chase each other around the yard. These bags are reusable, much easier for children to fill than normal water balloons, and with much less mess.

If you really want your sand sculptures to stand the test of time, try mixing one part white glue, ten parts sand and three parts water in a sturdy container. For more fun, try creating castles of different shapes and adding a moat or waterfall to the landscape.

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Bring adventure indoors with blankets, pillows, tablecloths, and chairs! You can use anything to make an indoor fort and kids love the idea of having their own space to transform into a play house or secret hideaway. The easiest way to start is by draping a large sheet or cloth over your table. If you happen to use a piece of generic material, you can let the kids have fun decorating it and cutting out the windows and doors. Construction of the fort is half the fun so let the kids throw in their ideas and start building!

4 Make Popsicles or Snow Cones Snow cones are a refreshing, fun treat for the summer and they are quite easy to make at home. The requirements are simple. You need ice, a device that turns it into snow, cups or cones to put it in, and flavored syrup to put on it. Summer treats made from shaved ice are also zero-fat. For an added health kick you can mix in some fresh fruit juice or some chopped fruit. Either way, there is nothing quite as refreshing on a hot July day as a nice icy treat.


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5 Backyard Camp Out You don’t have to travel far to experience the pleasures of sleeping under the stars. Simply set up a campsite in your own back yard. Camping at home is a great mix of the sublime and the ridiculously fun. The key to remember when camping in the back yard is to relax! There’s nowhere you need to be and nothing you need to do – because you are already there, doing it. So despite the small chores that are involved, camping at home is a truly a fun and relaxing way to spend a summer weekend as a family.


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Children love to point and click. This summer inspire your children by sending them out on a photo safari. Provide them with their own cameras (preferably not the family’s good Nikon) and then challenge them to go take some great wildlife photos. You will be amazed at some of the shots they come back with, and chances are you will find it quite entertaining to look at the world through your child’s eye view.

All you need for this summer fun activity is a Frisbee and a location with plenty of objects to aim toward. Frisbee golf provides a fun golf-inspired game for children of all ages and it is much safer than having the kids swing real golf clubs in the back yard. Before beginning the game, a course should be determined. Designate nine locations / holes, which is where players will aim the Frisbee. Once you have determined a series of holes, the children take turns trying to hit the targets with the Frisbee. Provide each child with her own Frisbee and if you can give each child a different colored Frisbee to avoid arguments. Keep score like you would for miniature golf and have fun. By the way, remind your children that if they throw the Frisbee on the roof, the game is automatically over.

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9 Family Bike Ride

10 Outdoor Movie Night 2 Get the right equipment - Your basic essentials are a movie player, a screen or side of a house, a projector and a sound system. It’s easier to set up than you think.

Family bike rides provide the opportunity for everyone in the family to spend time together. You can talk as you ride, getting to know each other better, sharing likes and dislikes, problems, praises, and laughter. You can create fun, friendly competitions. You can use the rides as a mode of transportation, adding a picnic lunch to the mix and spending a day in the park before returning home, invigorated from time well spent.

3 Pick a good movie - Pixar movies are always a good choice.

Whatever a family member’s fitness level, bike riding is an ideal exercise that requires little training or preparation. It is also a wonderful way to explore the area and get a heap of fresh air.

4 De-bug the area - Consider spraying before you head out to watch the movie. Mosquitoes are really annoying when you’re trying to watch a movie!

Throwing an outdoor movie night doesn’t have to require a lot of stuff or be expensive, but it does need a little planning ahead to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Here are six simple tips to think about when planning your summer outdoor movie night: 1 Pick a good spot - backyard, patio, porch, garage—where you can control the amount of light at night (in other words, don’t plan one in your backyard if there’s a bright streetlight that could ruin the fun).

5 Get situated – You don’t have to go out and buy fancy outdoor chairs. Blankets on the ground can be the perfect thing for a movie night. 6 Don’t forget to get your neighbors involved. An outdoor movie event could potentially be disturbing to the homes around yours, so let your neighbors know ahead of time your plans and maybe even invite them to the fun!

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Summer Reading

your children find time to read. • Help With so much going on in the summer and so much

temptation to be outside, it is important to schedule time for reading. Having kids keep a reading journal is a great way to establish a reading routine and keep track of their progress.

reading with summer activities. • Combine Whether you are planning a vacation, a day at the beach,

It’s July, school is out for the summer, and one of the last things on your child’s mind is reading. However, research clearly shows that children who read during the summer gain learning skills, while those who do not often experience learning losses. Whether your child is just a beginner or a fluent reader, it is important that he or she spend time this summer reading on a regular basis. Here are a few tips for making your child’s summer full of reading fun.

or a trip to watch the Rays play, combining reading with an activity can greatly increase your child’s interest in reading. So the next time you are heading out to a game, suggest to your child that he or she read a book about a favorite team or player beforehand.

one of our amazing libraries. • Visit Here in the Tampa Bay area, we have some of the most amazing libraries you will find anywhere in the state. If your child does not already have a library card, this summer is a great time for him or her to get one. The Pinellas and Hillsborough libraries not only have a wide

selection of books, videos and tapes to check out, but they also have many family-friendly activities scheduled every week.

and make it fun. • Relax Summer is a great time to allow children the opportunity

to just read for fun. During the school year most children have daily required reading assigned by their teachers. So try to make your child’s summer reading fun and relaxing. Instead of picking out the books for them, help find ways for them to choose books to read on their own.

stories aloud with your children. • Read Make reading come alive to your children by taking time

out to read stories aloud to them. Children love being read to enthusiastically, so don’t forget to use different voices to make the story more interesting. Also, you may want to dress up or have a puppet show to go with the story to spice things up a bit. But no matter what you do, take time to read with your kids. They will love it!

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Camp Directory

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Log on to for our interactive camp directory with more than 150 camp listings.

AC Kids Campus Summer Camp 9259 Park Blvd, Seminole 727-399-2483 Academic Aftercare Summer Camp 4030 Henderson Blvd, Tampa 813-943-6530 Admiral Farragut Academy Engineering S.T.E.M. Summer Camp 501 Park St N, St. Petersburg 727-384-5505

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Anona Christian Center Summer Camp 13233 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo 727-595-2581 ext. 292 BRAVO Center for the Performing Arts Theater Camp 13400 Park Blvd, Seminole 727-528-3177 Busch Gardens Summer Camp for Wild Things 877-BGT-CAMP Cambridge Christian School Fun With a Future Summer Camp 6101 North Habana Ave, Tampa 813-872-6744 Camp Frontier Overnight and Day Camps 18050 US Hwy 301 S, Wimauma 888-977-2267


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Camp Gilead K-12 Summer Camps Polk City 863-984-1353 Camp Invention 800-968-4332 x6920

Camp Seal 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 813-229-7946 Camp Sonshine: Grace Lutheran 4301 16th St N, St. Petersburg 727-527-6213 Canterbury School of Florida Summer Camps 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg 727-525-1419

Oh’s Tae Kwon Do is one of the nation’s leaders in martial arts education. Our program will provide a positive environment for your child, with a highly qualified staff to assist you in martial arts instructions and more!

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MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES AND SUMMER FUN!!! Including “I Can Curriculum” and Life Skill Lessons Better Focus, Increased Confidence, Physical Fitness, Character Development and much more...

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Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp 7590 Starkey Road, Seminole (727) 399-2999 Circle F Dude Ranch Lake Wales 863-676-4113


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For more information, call (727) 738-2920 or visit City of Largo Summer Camps 727-518-3016 – Highland Recreation Clearwater Christian College Boys Soccer Camp 727-726-1153 x211 Clearwater Christian College Cougars Soccer Camps 727-726-1153 x213 Clearwater Christian College Cougars Basketball Camps 727-726-1153 x213 Clearwater Christian College Cougars Volleyball Camps (Women) 727-726-1153 x213

Clearwater Community Sailing Center Dance Central Summer Camps Youth Summer Camps 12527 Ulmerton Rd, Largo 1001 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater 727-386-0586 727-517-7776 Delphi Summer Day Camp Clearwater Ice Arena Summer and Hockey 1831 Drew St, Clearwater Camps 727-447-6385 13940 ICOT Blvd, Clearwater Dunedin Parks and Recreation Day Camps 727-536-5843 Dunedin Community Center & MLK Jr. Rec. Clearwater Marine Aquarium Center Clearwater 727-738-2920 727-441-1790 x252 Dunedin Stirling Links Summer Junior Golf College for Kids – St. Petersburg College Camps Summer Camp 620 Palm Blvd, Dunedin 727-341-3000 727-733-6728 Creative Learning Center Summer Camp 4970 82nd Ave N, Pinellas Park 727-541-5437

First Lutheran Summer Camp 1644 Nursery Rd, Clearwater 727-462-8000 Florida Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp 402 Oakfield Dr, Brandon 813-490-ARTS (2787) Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813) 273-4015 Glazer Children’s Museum Camp Connect Tampa 813-443-FUN1 (3861)

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Starkey Road Baptist Church Sports Camp 8800 Starkey Rd, Seminole 727-397-1654 Summer Workshops at the Science Center 727-384-0027 Suncoast Academy of Dance Summer Dance Programs 2330 Curlew Rd, Palm Harbor 727-786-8111 Tampa Girls Basketball Camp at UT University of Tampa 813-257-3490 813-323-1089 Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs 727 West Cass St, Tampa 813-251-8481 The Dance Center Summer Camp 161 Bloomingdale Ave, Brandon 813-684-4282 The Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 813-273-4015 The Goddard School Summer Program 13401 Tampa Oaks Blvd, Tampa 813-978-8100

Traditional Taekwon-Do Center of South Tampa Summer Camps 3617 Henderson Blvd, Suite C, Tampa 813-988-3349 Tutterow Dancers 452 5th Ave SE, Largo 727-585-1232

Veritas Academy Summer Camp 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo 727-593-8791 Word of Life Florida Youth 877-412-8687 Xtreme Fun Center Summer Sports Camp 13211 93rd St N, Largo 727-584-9876

Universal Rock School Summer Rock Camp 7250 Ulmerton Road, Largo 727-599 -2263

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Financial Peace University WTIS: Lily Ramirez of Crossover Church in Tampa joins us today to share her inspirational testimonial. Lily and her husband attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at their church which is one of over 90 local churches to offer FPU. Lily, you and your husband Johnny decided you’re going to take the class. What were the reasons you felt you needed the class and what was your experience in class? Lily Ramirez: Last August, we signed up for the class because we knew we needed more direction on our finances. We began with the baby step of a written budget and making every dollar have a direction with the envelope system. Just starting to know all the money that was going in and out, we knew the plan was working. We started to feel little by little in control. We began to get more excited. WTIS: Were you amazed by how quickly that process worked but also how things changed in your household? Was there a big difference? Lily Ramirez: It was dramatic. We have paid off $30,000 in 15 months. Everything is paid off, even the credit cards. We cut them up. We just have the house left to pay off.

WTIS: Wow, you paid off $30,000 in debt in less than two years. That took a lot of discipline. Is discipline one of the things you learn from Financial Peace University? Lily Ramirez: Yes. There’s a lot of cutting back, packing lunches, not going out, or taking a trip until you are debt free. But when you are done, it is so great. WTIS: You shared with me you have refinanced the house. In only 15 more years it will be paid in full. And, you had drastic reduction in interest rate. How does that feel knowing that in just 15 years the house is going to be paid off? Lily Ramirez: It’s exciting. We’re also doubling the payment to pay it off even more quickly. WTIS: One of the things Dave talks about, Lily, is not only how you gain peace of mind when you are debt free but how it changes your family tree for generations to come. You have a nine-year-old and a six-year-old; tell me how important that is for them. Lily Ramirez: It’s extremely important because they’re just watching us. We used to buy it now and pay it later. That’s not the way it

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works now. If we don’t have the money, we don’t buy it. WTIS: What things are you planning to do now that you could never have thought of before? Lily Ramirez: I’m just enjoying myself without having to worry about the bills. Being debt free has put on our hearts to volunteer and to give. We now have finances available to do so. WTIS: That’s a key part of what Dave teaches. He says to people once you’re out of debt, now you’ve got to give more. You got to help those who cannot help themselves. It has to feel great to know you can do that. Lily Ramirez: It is really good. WTIS: I know when you’re all paid off on the house, you’re driving back to the Financial Peace University and you’re going to do the debt-free scream right there in his lobby. But let’s say you had lunch with Dave; what would you say to Dave Ramsey? What would be the one thing you want to get across to him right now? Lily Ramirez: Thank you, Dave. We are so happy our bad situation has had such a great outcome.

WTIS: Crossover Church is about to start another Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class, Lily. Here on air we speak to people who were afraid to take that first step or start Financial Peace University. Speak to them directly and tell them what they should do. Lily Ramirez: This is going to change your life and you will never be the same. Once you start, you’ll just get more and more excited and it’s just awesome. You have to just do it. Start Financial Peace University. It has been an awesome blessing. WTIS: It is another Financial Peace University success story. Go to to find out how you too can take that class and change your family tree for generations to come. Listen to Dave Ramsey each weekday afternoon from two to five on Inspiration AM 1110 WTIS.

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with Jim Daly Q: How can I motivate my two lazy teenagers? They won’t help me around the house. As a single mom, I don’t have the energy to make them get to work. Is there a way to break this negative pattern? Jim: Being a single parent is tough. (My own mom would have attested to this!) Especially when the kids are being uncooperative. Unfortunately, even though you’re exhausted, you need to establish clear rules and guidelines for your teens -- and then be prepared to enforce them.

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

You might start by employing what psychologists call “Premack’s principle,” which states that preferred behaviors can be used to reinforce unpreferred behaviors. For example, explain to your kids that leisure activities (TV, Xbox, going out with friends, etc.) will be off-limits until homework and household chores are completed. Sit down with them before implementing this system, and explain your love for them and your desire for them to learn responsibility. Let them know that, as members of the household, they need to contribute to the overall functionality of your home.

Q: How can I keep marriage a priority when it takes everything I’ve got to keep the household running? Being a stay-athome mom of small children isn’t easy, but I don’t want to neglect my husband.

of complaints or “honey-do’s” before he’s crossed the threshold. Demonstrate your love with a heartfelt embrace. Don’t allow the kids or the family dog to be the most excited ones to see him.

Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President of Family Ministries: There are many women who can relate to your frustrations. For all its joys, keeping up with young kids can be a daunting challenge, too. No one could fault you for being physically and emotionally spent by the time your husband arrives home at the end of the day.

Give him a few moments to unwind if possible. And even when you’re exhausted, make an effort to show interest in his world. Do you know what’s happening at his workplace? He’ll feel affirmed if you’re as interested in his day’s events as you would like him to be in yours.

Once you’ve established these rules, it’s imperative that you follow through. Stick with it, even when you don’t feel like being tough. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into arguments about the finer points of the new standards. To avoid this, we’d suggest that you put everything in writing. Draw up a contract that clearly spells out both the rules and the rewards. Each of you should sign your names to the contract and post it on the refrigerator.

Nevertheless, as you know, your marriage is vitally important. It’s the foundation on which your children’s welfare depends. Here are a few suggestions for keeping romance alive in spite of the stresses of parenthood: When your husband comes home from work, let him know that you’re happy to see him. Don’t greet him with a laundry list

Also, schedule some uninterrupted “couple time.” Take the initiative to clear a night, arrange childcare and make some plans. You don’t have to wait for your husband to get the ball rolling. Regular “date nights” are critical. Finally, remember that men are affirmed by a positive sexual response from their wives, just as women are by thoughtful gestures from their husbands. Your husband will feel loved and honored when you initiate sex, especially if he realizes that you’ve had to plan carefully for intimate time with him at the end of a busy, tiring day.

If you stick to the plan faithfully for a few weeks, you should start to see some positive changes in your teenagers’ behavior.

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Why Would Kids Need Chiropractic Care? by Dr. Kelcey Wiginton, While at the hospital after the fourth baby was born, I will never forget hearing my sister’s father-in-law say, “Why would a baby need ‘chiropractory’?” (No, it’s not a real word for those of you wondering.) This is a question I have heard many people ask, “Why would a child need to see a chiropractor?” – sometimes almost incredulously. I always politely answer, “Because they have a spine and nervous system just like you and I” – to which they always think for a moment, and then slowly start to nod their head as in sinks in. So my question is, “Why do so many people neglect their children in this area?” Numerous studies have been done to show the positive effect of a chiropractic adjustment on children who suffer with ear infections, allergies, asthma, bed wetting, and other childhood issues. If you are wondering why that is, or how that works, it is because the nervous system controls every organ, every tissue, every cell in your child’s body! We don’t tend to think about this much past high school biology class, but the brain controls every function in your body. In our

health classes we teach, we ask the question, “What controls everything in your body?”, and the answer we often hear first is, “the heart.” But what controls the heart, tells it to beat 70-90 times a minute to pump the blood to the rest of the body…? The brain does! The brain controls every function of the body by sending messages down the spinal cord and through the nerves to each organ, instructing it how to grow, develop, heal, and function every moment of every day! It’s an amazing thing! The brain and nervous system are so important, in fact, that they are the only organ of the body completely encased and protected by bone. Although, we have to be able to move around, so the spinal cord is encased and protected by bones that are jointed together, instead of one long piece of bone. Because of this mobility however, our jointed bones of the spine can shift out of place, disrupting the tiny space the nerves exit through. We don’t often think of it this way, but on a larger scale, think about when someone breaks their neck. They are often paralyzed from that point down. Remember Christopher Reeves from the old Superman movies, when he broke the top bone in his

neck, nothing below that worked properly, eventually leading to his early death. This is because of the spinal cord and nerves being damaged and not being able to transmit the brain’s messages to the organs. On a smaller scale, when the bones of our spine shift out of normal alignment, these messages for the organs are also disrupted. That is why it is so important for our overall health to have our spinal column in proper alignment. How does a child, or even a baby’s spine shift out of normal position? This can happen in many ways, but one of the most common is the birthing process. More often than not, as the baby is pulled out of its mother by c-section or even vaginal birth, there is a lot of force on the baby’s head and neck. It is heartbreaking to hear how many children are hurt and injured by forceps, vacuum extraction, or the other delivery practices used in the United States. Often the damage is slight however, and goes unnoticed by the parents and doctors. But over time, this slight damage becomes a bigger problem and manifests in the form of symptoms. This is so common in fact, that we have started called

these problems “normal childhood diseases/ conditions”. Why should any disease or condition be considered “normal”? Especially when there is a safe and easy solution for these children?! For my baby nephew at the hospital that day, hooked up to monitors and under the watchful eye of the nurses because he wasn’t able to breath properly… one adjustment restored his breathing pattern to completely normal. At the Pierce Clinic we have seen thousands of children through the decades, and been blessed to see them heal from various conditions. Is your child, or even you, suffering from a something that may be caused from your nervous system not being able to tell your organs or immune system how to function properly?

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Independence Day Quiz On July Fourth we typically celebrate by spending time with loved ones, 6. What notable event occurred on July 4, 1848? eating hamburgers and watermelon, and watching fireworks light up A. Boston’s First Fireworks Display the night sky. This year, before you and your family head out, test your B. The State of New York Emancipates its slaves family’s knowledge of our Country with our Independence Day Quiz. C. Construction begins on the Washington Monument D. Centennial celebrations are held in the United States Check your answers on page 38. E. The first public Fourth of July reception at the White House 1. Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence? A. George Washington B. Patrick Henry C. John Hancock D. Thomas Jefferson E. John Adams 2. Which of our Founding Fathers created the blueprint for our Fourth of July celebrations by suggesting that the day be celebrated with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” by succeeding generations of Americans? A. George Washington B. John Adams C. Thomas Jefferson D. John Hancock E. Benjamin Franklin 3. About how many people were living in the colonies in July 1776? A. 1.5 million B. 2.5 million C. 5.5 million D. 12 million E. 15 million

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“Where Futures Begin” A School for Students with Special Learning Needs

We would love to give you a tour of our school Call to schedule an interview with the Principal

Individualized instruction in a caring environment.

Spirit of Humanity Award Recipient

• Certified Teachers Holding Degrees in Special Education • Speech & Occupational Therapy • Low Student to Teacher Ratio • Comprehensive Curriculum includes: Art, Music, Computer, & P.E. • A Catholic Christian Environment • Ages 6-14, Grades 1-8

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McKay Scholarship Accepted Step Up for Students Scholarship Accepted Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify (Limited) Accredited with the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Students accepted without regard to race, creed, or ethnic background.

MORNING Phone: 727-544-6036 STAR SC HOOL Email: Website: 4661 80th Avenue North Fax: 727-546-9058 Pinellas Park, FL 33781 To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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This July we recommend that you… READ IT

Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line by Nik Wallenda Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” doesn’t seem to know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. Balance is the theme of Nik’s life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. It resonates from him when performing and when no one is looking. Simply stated, Nik Wallenda is an entertainer who wants to not only thrill hearts, but to change hearts for Christ. As he will tell you, “Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling.”


Songs That Got Us Through WWII They may have rationed meat, milk, canned goods, and gasoline, but there was no limit to the musical talent during World War II. Morale-boosting sounds on the home front and “over there” were one of the Allies’ most potent weapons. WWII gave birth to many of the 1940s’ most popular artists and songs, as well as many of the most important independent record labels. Songs That Got Us Through WWII is the first of a two-volume series collecting the hits that kept the home fires burning and brought a little bit of America to the G.I.s overseas.

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2013 Buccaneer Training Camp July 25 – August 10

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Celebrate July 4th with a Real BANG at Busch Gardens! July 2–4 Celebrate your independence from a boring summer! Bring your family to the fun July 2, 3, and 4 at Busch Gardens where you can see huge colorful fireworks light up the sky each night. Returning favorite Kinetix will start at 9pm and the booms and bangs will begin directly after the show. So come get pumped up at Gwazi Field and see the stage explode with thrilling acrobats and colorful dancers before you look to the skies for the for the breathtaking fireworks encore. For more information visit

Beginning July 25, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will conduct 10 practices that are open to the public during their 2013 training camp, including the ultra-popular Night Practice at Raymond James Stadium. The first of these free sessions will take place on Thursday, July 25, at 8:45 a.m., with the remaining dates and times detailed online at www. There are no tickets required for public admittance to training camp, and those attending can expect the fan-friendly amenities offered in years prior, such as all public sessions being held on Field 3 for optimal viewing, autograph sessions, free parking, discounted concessions, merchandise tents and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear. 46 • July 2013 • Pinellas Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper


Governments are complicated and governmental benefits are even more complicated. But to the relief of families everywhere, is not. Through their handy ‘Benefits Finder’ individuals or families can take a look to see which government assistance program they may be eligible for. was originally launched in an effort to provide citizens with access to government benefit and assistance programs. Recently it underwent a major redesign, streamlining the site and making it substantially easier and much more user friendly. If you are curious about what benefits are out there for you, check it out - you may be pleasantly surprised!

• Students can lose as much as 2-1/2 months of learning over the summer. • Sylvan will pinpoint the skills your child needs and develop a summer program to help master them.

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• Flexible summer hours

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Offer expires 6/30/13. Valid at participating centers only. May not be combined with other offers.

3951 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33709

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fine arts.

experience for yourself why so many families choose Northside Christian School

Accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year

Preschool through Grade 12 on one 28-acre campus • Kindergarten test scores ranked in the top 15% in the nation • Better than 80% passing rate on AP English, AP History and AP Calculus exams •

State Champions in Marching Band 2006, 2010, 2012 • 10% of Class of 2013 signed Division I or Division II Athletic Scholarships • National Merit Commended Scholars • A Christ-Centered School of Excellence •

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7777 62nd Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL 33709

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