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Winter 2017-18 December, January, February Serving the Greater San Antonio and New Braunfels area, including Schertz, Helotes and Bulverde

Published By Hill Country Publications 210-226-7536

Alamo Area Cover by: Angela Lynn Portraits www.AngelaLynnPortraits.com 6 Keeping Your Family Healthy this Winter 8 Events 12 Winter Weekend 6 Great Ideas for Staying Active on Cold Winter Weekends

15 Sticking to Your New Years Resolution 16 Kids Corner 20 Health Care Choices

Editor & Art Director Eugene Holub Nathan Thompson graphics@HillCountryPubs.com Graphic & Print Design Eugene Holub Nathan Thompson Account Managers Tina Stallings tina@HillCountryPubs.com Karen Borell karen@NBParents.com Shelby Wetz shelby@NBParents.com Writers Debi Moore Richard Lange Graeme Knights Nathan Thompson

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By: Debi K Moore

Winter is often the season when our bodies rebel and may lead to us feeling under the weather. By following these Top Tips you can be ready when the temperatures plummet. Keep both yourself and your family healthy this winter. Ensure you keep warm. Check the labels on your clothes and try to avoid wearing too much pure cotton (unless it is brushed cotton). Cotton is fine for summer months as it cools but it will not keep you warm in the depths of a cold winter. Mixed fibers are best and if you want to push the boat out for maximum warmth try cashmere/pure wool. When choosing your outfit for the day, you will need to wear more than one garment. If you are wearing a jumper, also wear an undergarment like a camisole or vest, warm top and then the jumper. One of the best suggestions is to buy Thermal underwear. Thermal garments have had a make over so do have a look in your local department store. Buy at least one item (you will be glad you did). Protect heat loss. Heat loss is the main reason why we feel cold; keep your feet, hands, head and neck area warm by wearing non-cotton socks, hat, gloves and scarf. Fashion should always come second and warmth should be a firm first in cold seasons.

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When sleeping consider wearing extra clothes in bed including bed socks as the body, losses heat while we sleep. Pop a hot water bottle in your bed about 10 minutes before sleeping (makes a huge difference). If you use a hot water bottle, avoid using an electric blanket, as water and electric are lethal. Choose one or the other but not both ever! Hydrate with warm drinks. In the warmth of summer, our bodies sweat losing liquid, which reminds us to replenish our bodies with liquid. In winter, it is rare to sweat unless you are ill or exercising. If you do not fancy a glass of cold water or cold milk, drink plenty of lovely hot chocolate, hot tea or a fancy coffee. Soups are also a great way to hydrate. A lovely refreshing drink is simply a mug of hot water, splash of lemon juice and a piece of ginger. You can spice it up with adding in some apple cordial. Reduce the effects of dry skin. Hydration will help you skin and organs keep working. Too much artificial heating can have a drying effect on your skin so fluid is essential. Keep bowls of water around the air to help hydrate the air to keep your nose clear of mucus etc. If you feel a cold coming on add in a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.


Vitamins are essential. Long gone are our salad days and with that plenty of fresh fruit. Vitamin C is the crucial vitamin your body needs. Vitamin C is water-soluble and as such does not stay in the body. You cannot overdose on this vitamin. Oranges are the most common source of Vitamin C but you will also find it in peppers, cauliflower, kiwi, papaya, broccoli and lemon to name but a few. Natural Vitamin C is always best for your body. However, if you need to supplement use a Vitamin C tablet of 250g of vitamin C. Vitamin C also helps with the absorption of iron from food. The majority of people will need vitamin C for well-being but if you suffer from health problems, you may want to contact your Doctor for advice. Eat warm foods. Our bodies will need warm, nourishing food. Think hearty food such as casseroles, roast, sausage and mash, vegetarian bake or a simple hot jacket potato with chilli. You can add plenty of fresh vegetables to almost any meal. If you are, having a sandwich do add it, tomato, cucumber, lettuce etc. to benefit from vitamins. Children especially need a good breakfast before school. Porridge is ideal but not to everyone's taste so use warm milk on their favorite cereal. The motto

of five portions of fresh fruit or vegetables a day is imperative in winter months to avoid flu's and colds. Stay mobile. We become much less active in the winter but it is important to keep exercising where you can. If you do not fancy popping to the gym then walk up and down the stairs a few times a day. If you move around you create much body heat than just sitting. For the elderly, this is very important to keep the joints lubricated and maintain muscle strength. Heating. Keep your house warm and do not skimp too much by only having one bar on the fire. You can naturally reduce expensive bills by closing doors to rooms to keep the heat in. Use draught excluders around windows and doors. Don't heat the house too much if you are not in it as it is a waste of resources and money but do ensure you set the regulator to be warm before you get up and be warm when you arrive home. Use heavier curtains if you can in winter it keeps the draughts out considerably. If your home does not have adequate insulation, contact your local council to see if they can offer assistance. Be ready. Keep essential items in your car in case bad weather arrives quickly without notice. The key things you will need for a journey are a couple of blankets, heat pads, thermos of tea, water, snack bars, torch, emergency rescue numbers, items to keep kids amused, shovel for removing snow. Also, any medical/ prescription items you might need. All check your car is road worthy before setting out on a long journey and check the weather reports regularly. Stock up. Weather can be unpredictable even with frequent weather reports. Always keep plenty of milk, bread and essential items in your cupboard just in case you cannot get out to the shops for a few days.

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events ............

december December 1-31: Santa's Ranch Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks. (New Braunfels)

December 1-2, 6-9: Sights & Sounds For over 30 years the Sights & Sounds of Christmas has spread Christmas joy along the San Marcos River. This four day event includes a carnival, arts & crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more.

December 31: Celebrate San Antonio Ring in the New Year San Antonio style! Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and more.

january January 6: San Antonio Coffee Festival A celebration of coffee open to all coffeelovers – offering the perfect grounds to share time together. Taste amazing fresh, locally roasted coffee from all over the world. Meet local coffee artisans who will roast and brew 40+ coffees.

January 25-28: Wimberley Art & Soul Pack your bags and head to Wimberley for four action-packed days of opportunity to Learn, Create and Experience the art and soul of Wimberley brought to you by the creative community of Wimberley, Texas. 8

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January 20: New Braunfels Kids Night Out Kids’ Night Out provides a safe, supervised environment for kids to be active, make friends and more importantly – leave parents at home! Activities include board games, arts and crafts, sports and creative play. Call the Landa Recreation Center at 830-221-4370 or visit our online registration site www.nbtexas.org/signup.

february February 8-25: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in San Antonio, with over two million visitors each year.

February 10: Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade & Festival A procession of decorated river barges transforms the San Antonio River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration. Krewes of costumed revelers and live entertainment celebrate San Antonio style. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and food trucks. The public is encouraged to come dressed in costumes and beads. Free admission.

February 17: Asian Festival What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions. The family-friendly event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts and more. Visit our Website at HillCountryParents.com for our full list of events!


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SHOPPING GUIDE Special Advertising Section

LOCAL & HOLIDAY SHOPPING It's the holiday season and that means holiday shopping. In order to help ease your shopping woes, we put together this list of our favorite local and holiday shopping options in the Hill Country. Check them out today!

Bless Your Heart Giftique

18771 FM 2252, SA 210.651.1000 ShoppingIsMyCardio.com

Full of girly fabulousness & ready for you to come shopping, Bless Your Heart Giftique is a unique gift shop and boutique with two locations in the San Antonio Area.

The Gruene Kid Children's Boutique

1706 Hunter Rd, NB 830.214.6032 Facebook.com/TheGrueneKid

A full-scale children's boutique in the heart of Gruene! Preemie-16 for boys & girls! Providing clothes for every occasion to all the kids in your life!

Homefield Outdoor Living Store 1975 IH 35, NB 830.626.1971 HomefieldlLiving.com

For decades the team behind Homefield has continually aimed to provide area families with the finest in outdoor living products and services.

Cathryn Huffman - Independent Beauty Consultant

La Villita

Cathryn Huffman offers top of the line skin care to both men and women and teens, including makeup. Payment plans available.

In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Come see the unique artisan crafts they have to offer!

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Lil' Coonies Cottage Childrens Boutique

2327 Gruene Lake Dr, NB 830.214.0910 Facebook.com/LilCooniesCottage

New Braunfels' own boutique just for kids in Gruene Lake Village. Unique pieces from preemie-16 years old! Everyday wear to baptismal, baby bags, shower registries, and more.

Market Square

New Braunfels Candle co

555 S Castell, NB 830.302.7675 NewBraunfelsCandleCo.com

New Braunfels Candle Co offers a variety of candle fragrances and other natural products. Each candle is hand poured and packaged in the New Braunfels, Texas studio using 100% U.S. grown soy wax, cotton-core wicks, fine fragrance oils and apothecary inspired packaging.

514 W Commerce, SA 210.207.8600

SAS Shoes

Nature's Treasures

Today, while many shoe companies have outsourced their production to third party contract manufacturers, SAS sticks firmly to their founders' vision of proudly handcrafting the finest comfort shoes in their own factories.

Enjoy the sights and flavors of old Mexico at Historic Market Square. Explore over 100 locally owned shops and stalls, all at a festive indoor mall famously described as the largest Mexican market outside Mexico.

4103 N I-35, Austin 512.472.5015 NTRocks.com

Nature’s Treasures is a one-stop Rock, Mineral, Crystal & Metaphysical store for your shopping pleasure. They bring you Earth Treasures in a vast variety of specimens personally selected for their beauty and power.

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The Secret Garden

102 E Main St, Fredricksburg 830.997.5507 TheSecretGardenTx.Wordpress.com

Real clothes for real women! Secret Garden travels all over the country to bring you the best clothing possible.

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Winter Weekend 6 Great Ideas for Staying Active on Cold Winter Weekends

By: Graeme Knights Winter weekends are usually looked upon as cold, bleak, and as a time frame in which there is little to do. People look forward to the end of the week and then sit at home in front of the television. It's a ho-hum time at best...

Take a weekend break and do things you normally wouldn't do. Activities don't have to be expensive or difficult. As a matter of fact, the simpler things are often inexpensive and a lot of fun.

...However there's a lot more to do on a winter weekend than you think! Whether you're newly married, have children, or are retired with an empty nest, there are winter activities abound.

A quiet stroll through the woods or a park can be exhilarating and can awaken your senses. A hike through the most remote location you have access to can give you a sense of achievement and that wonderful 'fresh air

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tired feeling'. Remember to Wrap up for the weather in layers to keep warm and then help each other peel off when you warm up. Nature may seem asleep during the winter but still speaks to those who listen. A backyard cooking fire can brings out the best in easy to cook foods, whatever time of year, and is also great to stand around. Set up your grill with small sticks instead of charcoal, light it, and put your hotdogs on a camping fork or whittled stick over the fire for that more rustic feel! Another good campfire idea is to roast marshmallows and make smores. Dancing flames and the smell of great food lift winter spirits without fail and can give a truly festive feel to the time of year (especially with a little bit of savory wine).

If you'd rather be indoors, how about a trip to the swimming park or a hotel with a pool? Kids especially love the water and what better time to go swimming than when they least expect it? Or have a family game night pick a couple of board games and stock up on popcorn and soft drinks for a great time. Keep the games age appropriate and your kids will have a whale of a time. Get creative, try the age old activities that have entertained for generations - press a few beautiful leaves in a covering of wax paper with a hot clothing iron. Cut them out to make window decoration or book marks - they'll last all winter. Or try making handmade jewelry, you can buy beads and equipment for little cost and dress up your little ones in their own glamour creations! Cooking is another great thing to do with kids - celebrate the holidays by making cookies. Start from scratch and let everyone help. Cookies lend themselves to creativity in both ingredients and shapes so have a good time, do some experimenting, and let everyone decorate what they bake. You can always freeze the extras or give them away. If it's not the kids you're trying to entertain, host a meal for friends. Cook a big pot of chilli and set out the cheese, chopped onions, and all the dressings. Everyone loves a good warm meal in Winter and even more so when it's with friends and family. Winter weekends don't have to lead to the doldrums or produce cabin fever. Be creative, set aside the time, and have fun. Your winter weekend breaks can be the best weekends of the year. www.hillcountryparents.com

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5 tips for staying on track this year

Be Realistic.

The easiest way to skip out on a New Year’s Resolution is to make it unrealistic and unattainable. If it is already difficult for you to stick to a goal, try setting a smaller goal. Instead of setting a goal to lose a certain amount of weight, try setting a goal of doing 30 minutes of physical activity every day for a year.

Create a Plan.

Without a plan, your resolution is just an idea. Developing a plan helps your mind focus on the goal, and helps you create a rhythm for your body and mind. Keep your plan somewhere you look at on a daily basis, such as the fridge, the bathroom mirror, or a daily cell phone reminder.

Stick to it.

Every New Year’s Resolution begins with the best of intentions. Then why is it so easy to fall off the wagon? Everyone has their own ways to stay on track, so you’ve got to find yours. Some options include creating an accountable friend, daily affirmations, and charting your successes and failures over time.

Don’t Beat Yourelf Up.

We are all human, and we all fail at times. The key to getting past your failures is not to beat yourself up. Make a conscous effort to stop putting yourself down, and try focusing on the positive. With all new ventures, patience is key. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Treat Yo’self.

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Anxious? Depressed? Having relationship issues? You’re not alone and with help you can get better. Coulter Family Counseling offers a variety of services including:

Individual Therapy Marital & Couples Therapy Family Therapy 831 Landa St, Suite C, New Braunfels CoulterFamilyCounseling.com • 830-624-4774

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Special Advertising Section

Health Care Choices

Children are our most precious resource, so we have compiled this list to help you find the best health care provider for your kids. www.HillCountryParents.com/Directory

Location Contact

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ABCD Pediatrics 2115 Stephens Place

830-214-6708 ABCDPediatrics.com

Providing caring and informed attention to your children’s health and well being as they grow and thrive into adulthood.

Acorn Pediatrics 15303 Huebner Rd.

210-697-2400 AcornPediatricsSA.com

Dedicated to providing family-centered, quality healthcare for children from birth through college.

Ault & Ault Orthodontics 217 N CM Pkwy.

512-396-5151 AultOrtho.com

For reliable, dependable orthodontic treatment, give Ault & Ault Orthodontics a call. Your initial exam is FREE. Located in San Marcos.

CentroMed Multiple Locations

210-922-7000 CentroMedSA.com

CentroMed has a team of pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners trained to take care of children's healthcare needs.

Children’s Dental Ark 610 Landa St.

Our mission is to guide children through their dental 830-625-1234 experiences while providing comprehensive care in a ChildrensDentalArk.com friendly environment.

Children’s Hospital 210-704-2011 of San Antonio CHofSA.com 333 N. Santa Rosa

One of the best pediatric medical centers in the US, offering a complete range of health care services for children.

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital 600 N Union Ave.

Our innovative and interdisciplinary team is committed to rapid diagnosis and treatment while delivering the best outcomes available for our pediatric and adult patients. Located in New Braunfels.

830-606-9111

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Coulter Family 830-624-4774 Counseling CoulterFamilyCounseling.com 831 Landa St Ste. C

We use cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, supportive and family systems counseling theories and techniques to create a safe and confidential place for clients to gain awareness and grow.

Cute Smiles 4 Kids 823 Bandera Rd.

Ranging from preventative to restorative dentistry, our office offers in-house conscious sedation and general anesthesia, providing a pain-free, comfortable, and fun experience for your children!

210-435-3333 CuteSmiles4kidstx.com

HealthLink Fitness & Wellness Center 830-500-6900 ResoluteHealth.com 555 Creekside, NB

We believe wellness is a way of life. HealthLink Fitness & Wellness Center works to positively change the health and well being of our members with innovative programs and useful tools to help you make healthy choices.

New Braunfels Dental Art 833 Landa St.

Having a great smile means different things to different people. We listen carefully so we can provide treatment that will achieve your goals.

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Pegasus Pediatrics 1020 Townsend Stone Oak Orthodontist 18720 Stone Oak Pkwy.

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Dedicated to providing the highest quality pediatric care available to our patients.

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Creating happy, healthy smiles one child at a time. Our dental team is highly skilled and loves working with children.

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Our clinic provides pediatric medical services for infants, children and teenagers.

Stone Oak Orthodontist is dedicated to "raising the bar" for orthodontic care. We develop a personal relationship with StoneOakOrthodontist.com each patient and provide a better life through a pleasing smile. 210-402-3322

Tooth Transitions San Antonio/ Bulverde

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At Tooth Transitions Pediatric Dentistry, we do everything we can to make your child's experience fun and fearless. Locations in San Antonio and Bulverde.

Vista Vision 427 N Loop 1604 W. Ste 203

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PLACES FOR INDOOR FUN! ARTWORKS: AN ART STUDIO FOR KIDS Artworks is an art studio for kids that offers private parties, art classes and workshops, open art, scouts, field trips and more. Bring your kid in today and let them get creative while you get some time off.

CLAY CASA Clay Casa offers a clean, friendly, fun, and creative environment where children can feel free to express themselves and learn new artistic skills.

INFLATABLE WONDERLAND Kids know the only thing better than an afternoon of jumping at IW is having a birthday party there! That’s because IW staff make a point of creating a unique and special birthday experience for every child.

JUMPING MONKEYS The perfect place for your children to have fun to the fullest. We offer open play at a budget friendly price. We know just the best way to make your child’s birthday extra special.

LASER LEGEND San Antonio's Only Ultra Modern Laser Tag, Glo Golf & Arcade Facility. Laser Tag, Glo Golf, Juke "n" Box, Arcade, Launch Pad Cafe, and Party Rooms!

MCKENNA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Discover a world of art and creativity, science and technology, culture, health and history. McKenna Children’s Museum - a collection of educational exhibits designed to stimulate learning and encourage imagination.

MONSTER MINI GOLF Monster Mini Golf is an exciting indoor monster themed glow in the dark 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Monster Mini Golf is fun for the all ages!

NEW BRAUNFELS RAILROAD MUSEUM The New Braunfels Railroad Museum has Kids' Fun Day every first and third Saturday each month. Come interact with trains on all levels, including interactive exhibits and exploring real retired train cars!

THE PURPLE CHAIR CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE The Purple Chair has Itty Bitty Story Time with Miss Kathy from Adventures in Music. This is a music based Story Time and the Itty Bitties get to play with musical instruments along with having a story read to them.

YMCA AFTER SCHOOL School age children are welcome to enroll in any of our after-school sites year-round. Our Y kids receive a light snack and participate in planned activities offered in an enriching environment.

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Multiple Locations, SA 210.862.2787 artworksartstudio.com Multiple Locations, SA 210.446.3273 claycasa.com 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, SA 210.375.3737 inflatablewonderlandsa.com

4963 Stahl Rd Ste 106, SA 210.757.3383 jumpingmonkeyssa.com 7505 N Loop 1604 E, Live Oak 210.444.9025 laserlegend.com 801 West San Antonio St, NB 830.606.9525 mckennakids.org

2267 NW Military Hwy, SA 210.979.8888 monsterminigolf.com 302 West San Antonio St, NB 830.627.2447 newbraunfels railroadmuseum.org 2302 Gruene Lake Dr, NB 830.387.4837 thepurplechairnb.com

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Spotlight on Special Needs Parenting Tips for Special Needs Education By: Richard W. Lange Sponsored by: The Magik Theatre You can get a very good, quality education for your special needs child within the school system. You do need to take heed of some important aspects when dealing with disabilities and the school district. Educate yourself before you go into a meeting with the professionals in the school district: •

Learn all you can about your child's specific disability (classification)

Learn your rights & responsibilities (for you & your child)

Learn the rights & responsibilities of the school district

Find an advocate through the state dept. of education

Find a support group or start one of your own

Find online support groups - they have a wealth of information that you may need.

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New Braunfels Parents Winter 2017  

Inside this issue: Kids Corner; Keeping Your Family Healthy This Winter; Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution; Spotlight on Special Needs;...

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