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contents Vol. 4 issue 2

in every issue


The Secret Ingredient: G.R.A.C.E

TIPS 5 Tips For Building A Better Lunch


Tips to Fill Your Day With Active Play


Make Time for Family Meals


Kiddos Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Anniversary Celebration and Back-to-School Event

SAFETY Halloween Safety Tips For Kids & Parents

DECOR Harvest Your Own Home Decor

SNACKS Mini Sweet Potato Pies

PLACES Kurios-Cabinet Of Curiosities!


The Benefits of Yoga for kids!

COOL STUFF Fall Essentials



Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bereavement Center Grief Support Groups for the Entire Family

Suggestions For Your Kids To Read This Month

MOVIE REVIEWS What Is New In Theaters


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PROGRAMS Soccer For Peace Foundation


Kids get a free pumpkin. Teddy bears get free check-ups.

Kendall Regional Medical Center

Saturday, October 29th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register to attend by calling 305-222-2200 OR on

FREE admission Take pictures in our pumpkin patch Food and treats for all children Safety tips for trick-or-treating Wear your Halloween costume Children’s entertainment Children’s slide & bounce house Clowns & Balloons Face painting Pony rides Games


Teddy Bear Clinic

Bring your teddy bear or stuffed animal for a check-up and have it screened for blood pressure, temperature and weight.

FREE pumpkins will be distributed for children to decorate, while supplies last.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Kiddos Publisher’s Notes

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Camille Lucy Bright Horizons Let’s Play Initiative Food Marketing Institute Little Chef’s Kitchen Children’s Bereavment Center Just OM Yoga Studio Soccer for Peace Foundation

To celebrate this holiday season, Camille Lucy shares with Kiddos Magazine an astonishing piece, The Secret Ingredient: G.R.A.C.E. that “will fill your hearts and home for more than just the holiday season.”


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Fall is also a time that offers so many exciting and fun activities to do with your family; our Kiddo-Ween adventures segment brings the most amazing and awaited family-oriented events in our community. Happy Kiddo-Ween!

Kiddos Magazine’s celebrated its third anniversary and our Kiddos Kid Reporter visited The Falls on August 6th & 7th to enjoy the two-days full of fun event. Families and friends gathered together for entertainment, safety speeches, raffles and much more! Read on for more.’s just about kids

Veronica Lepere

Delicious autumn! Fall is a new season for all of us to embrace. A season that brings invigorating winds that wraps you in assorted and diverse hues of colors and scents.

As parents, what can we do to have a great Halloween and keep our children safe and healthy? Check out Halloween safety tips to ensure a fun time for your family.




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This fall season make more time for family meals, reconnect, make new commitments with positive impact and fill your day with active play!

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The Secret Ingredient:

G.R.A.C.E WRITTEN BY: Camille Lucy


oday, we still celebrate this holiday on the fourth Thursday in November and it remains a day to reflect on all that we are thankful for. Families all over gather around the dinner table for a marvelous feast! Multiple main courses, side dishes, desserts; there are endless buffets of delicious foods!

Today, we still celebrate this holiday on the fourth Thursday in November and it remains a day to reflect on all that we are thankful for. Families all over gather around the dinner table for a marvelous feast! Multiple main courses, side dishes, desserts. There are endless buffets of delicious foods. But, the secret ingredient to give your family a real boost (not just a full belly!) is GRACE. Not just the Grace you say


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around the table in prayer, not just the kind of grace that allows us to behave in a polite and pleasing manner. Yes, those are both important. But G.R.A.C.E. will fill your hearts and home for more than just the holiday season.

G: Gratitude True gratitude is an overall appreciation for what is (and isn’t). Studies show

that an “attitude of gratitude” goes a long way and those that are thankful are, overall, much happier and healthier. This holiday, teach your family how important it is to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year. Some ways to practice gratitude are to write “Thank You” notes, express thanks verbally to one another, begin a Gratitude Journal (write 3 things you’re grateful for everyday), pray or meditate

(this can include exercising or being out in nature for some quiet time). You may want to begin a new tradition or practice with your family. Perhaps you each give thanks to one another in the morning before the day begins, or at night before bed. You can write “Thank You” notes and put them in a Gratitude Jar, and pick some out to read each Friday after a busy week. Not only is this a great way to bond and spend time together, but the benefits to truly appreciating life and the people in it are vast.

R: Respect Respect one another for your similarities and your differences. In this way, respect nature and animals, as well. Life is a beautiful, magical thing. It’s a true blessing. When we appreciate one another for our strong qualities, and our quirks, it’s easier to show respect, love and care. It’s easier to feel happy, light and playful with one another. And kindness is good for both the giver and receiver! Like appreciation, practicing respect and kindness can make us happier and healthier! And some studies show it may even slow down aging! Some ways to practice kindness in your family are to smile at one another (smiling is a universal, contagious

language!) and the people we come across throughout our day, compliment one another and offer a thoughtful gesture like opening a door or pulling out a chair for someone. Say “please” and “thank you” and practice polite manners. Be gentle with one another and yourself.

A: Acceptance Eckhart Tolle said, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” Teach your family the tremendous value of acceptance. When we accept ourselves, others and our life circumstances, we are at a major advantage. True freedom, happiness and empowerment is born from an acceptance to all that is (or isn’t). Handle challenges with grace, gratitude and respect or kindness. We cannot control external life or others, but we can most definitely handle how we respond to them all. Kicking and screaming will not benefit us, or anyone, and it will certainly not make an obstacle disappear. But quietly observing with a clear mind, and accepting what is for what it is, we are much more equipped to find solutions or peace amidst difficult times. Lead by example! Show your family that the

power of their mind is incredible, and by shifting their focus and perception, even a challenge can seem like a blessing and opportunity for growth and learning!

C: Communication There is nothing more valuable to interpersonal relationships of all kinds than clear communication. We each have a unique voice. We must use it! By practicing gratitude, respect and acceptance, we are able to speak our minds and hearts in a clear, concise and gentle way. A productive way! All of these skills piggyback one another and improve upon our overall health and happiness and wellbeing. They compliment each other and practice really does make it easier to move through life with peace and joy. Teach your children that instead of arguing or yelling at one another, they can instead tell each other in a respectful, kind way, what they are feeling in the moment. For example, “When you do this, it makes me feel this.” There is no blame in that, only an expression of Self. Not only will this improve your family dynamic, it will help your children to have successful relationships of all kinds throughout their lives and to be in touch with themselves.


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Tips to Fill Your Day with Active Play WRITTEN BY: Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative


s the busy school year progresses and the holidays approach, it can be challenging for families to find time to play and stay active together. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, but unfortunately this isn’t always what they are getting. Play is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional and social development, yet many external factors can quickly become barriers to active play including busy schedules, technology and the costs of sports equipment. A survey conducted by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative, which is dedicated to getting kids and their families active, found that only 33 percent of children are participating in active play daily, down from 41 percent in 2015. Don’t let barriers get in the way of keeping kids active during the school year. Instead, turn those barriers to play into opportunities to get active with the following tips. Fill down time with play time: Children’s active play time is impacted by busy schedules – 64 percent of parents said busy schedules were a barrier to play this year, up from 56 percent in 2015. Active play doesn’t have to happen all at once; it can be spread out through the day so try fitting it in when you can, even if it’s in 10-minute increments. Waiting with your kids at a bus stop? Make it active by playing a game of Simon Says. Need 10 minutes to get ready to leave the


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house? Send the kids outside to play before loading up the car. Make DIY toys: Sports equipment can be pricey to purchase and maintain. Instead of breaking the bank, try recycling objects around the house to make them into toys. You can make old socks into a hacky-sack game by filling them with beans or fill balloons with sand and create a fun game where you toss the balloons into buckets. Get wired for play: According to the survey, 78 percent of parents said their children spend more than 30 minutes on an average day watching television and 71 percent said their children spend that time on a computer, smartphone or other device. Instead of letting technology

get in the way, incorporate play into their time with technology. Have your child play an active video game that encourages players to move around their environment or try playing a game between TV commercials, such as tag or hide and seek. It can also help to set a limit for how long your child can use the computer or watch TV per day. Be your kid’s playmate: According to the survey, 53 percent of parents said having no playmates was a barrier to their child’s play. No one likes to play alone, so when siblings and friends aren’t available, join in on the fun and create games you and your child can play together. Whether it’s playing Marco Polo or throwing a baseball back and forth, you can find ways to spend quality time with your kids and have fun while doing it. k

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5 Tips for Building a

Better Lunch Whether you’re packing lunch for the kids or looking for ways to boost the grownup lunches in your family, these ideas will help pull you out of your lunchtime rut. Customized carrier: Get a customized lunch box that will make you and your kids excited about lunch. Features like bento boxes and cooler compartments add a practical touch to the fun.


eeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Lunchbox envy may start in grade school, but when you open yet another uninspired sack lunch, you may find yourself wishing you could trade with a friend or co-worker, if only for the change of pace.

Menu collaboration: Talk to your kids about what they want to eat and come up with menus together. Involving them in the process helps them feel empowered and may give you some ideas to liven up your own routine. Tasty treats: Kids and adults alike can appreciate new ways to enjoy their favorite flavors. For example, Dole Mixations are a one-of-a-kind fruit fusion that’s a simple and delicious

twist on two snack time favorites: applesauce cups and cups of fruit. Words of encouragement: Whether you’re packing a lunch for your little loves or your big one, include a note or message that’s sure to bring a smile at lunch. Pack a punch: Balance basics like sandwiches with fruit and crunchy veggies to ensure the meal has a healthy, fulfilling variety to keep energy up throughout the day. An option such as Dole Mixations is an enjoyable mix to brighten any meal. They contain non-GMO fruit, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors. Plus, they are naturally gluten free and rich in vitamin C. k

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Halloween Safety Tips for kids & parents SOURCE: Bright Horizons

What can we do to have a great Halloween and keep our children safe and healthy? Check out these Halloween safety tips to ensure a fun time for your family.


rick or Treat Safety Tips

• Plan a route. Before trick-ortreating talk with your children about where you are going and how many houses you plan to visit. Stick to well-lit houses in familiar neighborhoods only – preferably on streets with sidewalks.

Supervise your children. Go along with your trick-or-treaters but also allow children to safely explore their world and grow their independence skills. Allow younger children to take the lead by ringing the doorbell and saying “Trick or Treat!” For older children, you may want to wait on the sidewalk at each house.

Make your children visible. Go early and carry flashlights. Give your children glow necklaces to wear and put reflective tape on their costumes or clothing. You can buy reflective tape at most hardware stores.


Stay on the sidewalks. Remind your children to stay on the sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Lawn ornaments, furniture, and other impediments present tripping and falling dangers. Avoid taking shortcuts across backyards or alleys. Cross at the corner. Stop at all street corners and stay together in a group before crossing. Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks, and do not cross between parked cars. Remind your children over and over again to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. Drive carefully. Drive slowly and follow traffic signals and the rules of the road. Exit driveways and alleyways carefully. Have children

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get out of your car on the curb side, not on the traffic side. Watch for children in the street and on medians. Expect some children to dart out in front of you.

Halloween Candy Safety Tips Parents should take precautions about Halloween candy safety, but it’s also important to have a realistic sense of harm. It’s easy for the media to give us the sense that the world is a more menacing place than it really is. In the 1980’s, a myth spread about the serious risk of troubled people using poison and razor blades to tamper with Halloween candy. Almost all reports were discredited. But no amount of debunking can completely alleviate parent anxiety. After all, however rare, it could happen. Some Halloween candy safety precautions include:

For young children, remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

Instruct your children to show you all their candy before eating it so that you can carefully inspect it for tampering.

Tell your children not to accept or eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

Throw out candy or treats that are homemade, unwrapped, or have torn wrapping.

Managing Your Child’s Candy Intake How can you manage the Halloween candy craze? First, to reduce trickor-treat munching, give your children a snack or light meal before you leave to go trick or treating. Decide ahead of time how many pieces of candy they can eat on Halloween night. Read our e-family archive article for additional tips on managing the Halloween candy craze including dental care tips for kids.

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

If possible, have your children wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.

If your child is carrying a prop, such as sword or pitchfork, make sure that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if your child falls on them.

Avoid long, baggy, or loose costumes to prevent tripping.

Insist that your children wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Mom’s high heels are better for costume parties, not trick-or-treating.

Securely fit hats and scarves to prevent them from slipping over your children’s eyes.

Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have your child wear a mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If you use a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision. k

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Harvest Your Own Home Decor


arm up your home with this season’s trendiest looks.

Supplies and Tools: 2 boxes fall pumpkin and gourd decorations

Put your personal touch on your home’s decor with crafting projects that highlight the best of fall: copper detail, animal icons and pumpkins of every color, including white.

1 bottle (2 fluid ounces) cloud white paint

Create a seasonal tablescape or mantel decoration with these Harvest Fall Lanterns created by the crafting experts at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. The lanterns lend a coppery sheen to complement the seasonal hues of the pumpkins and gourds. Place them atop a swatch of soft plaid for a multitextured look that celebrates the season indoors. Harvest Fall Lanterns Skill level: Beginner Crafting time: 3-5 hours

Black sponge paint brush 2 metal and glass lanterns Hot glue gun and sticks Select two pumpkins to paint white. Paint them and let dry. Choose multiple sized pumpkins and gourds and attach them to the inside bottom of each lantern with hot glue to begin building a design. Add more pumpkins and gourds, and glue them to each other. Insert leaves and berries to accent pumpkins and fill in any empty spaces. k

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Make Time for Family Meals WRITTEN BY: Food Marketing Institute


uggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. Even though life never seems to slow down, now is the perfect time to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids’ brains and help them flourish. Not only is time together around the table an opportunity to catch up and reconnect, numerous studies provide evidence of the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that ensure a bright future for children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behaviors.

For example, according to research published in the “Journal of Pediatrics,” kids and teens who share meals with their families three or more times per week are significantly less likely to be overweight, more likely to eat healthy foods and less likely to have eating disorders. Other studies have shown that children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit positive social behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect. On the other hand, research also suggests that aside from missing out on the benefits, families that share fewer meals together can also experience adverse effects when it

comes to certain risky behaviors. A study on the relationship between certain family characteristics and adolescent problem behaviors, published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health,” found that teens who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are 3.5 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs or have used an illegal drug; 2.5 times more likely to have used tobacco and 1.5 times more likely to have used alcohol. Meal planning Planning for family meal time can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Promoting one more family meal each week is an educational program created by the Food Marketing Institute Foundation and the nation’s grocery stores. Take the stress out

Commit to having one additional meal with your family each week at home.

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Commit to having one additional meal with your family each week at home. It doesn’t matter whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. The benefits are the same. After a month, you may be surprised by how easily your new commitment has become a habit for the entire family.

Rely on the resources available at your local grocery store. Even when you don’t feel like cooking, there are countless meal-planning solutions such as pre-prepped fresh ingredients, delicious ready-made entrees and wholesome heat-and-eat dishes.

Make meal planning a family affair. List each family member’s favorite foods in each of the main food groups and see how many combinations you can create. Then ask your children to accompany you to the store to help select the ingredients (and use the trip for age-appropriate learning, such as comparing prices, reading labels, etc.).

Save time by engaging the whole family in meal preparation. Even the littlest hands can help with tasks like setting the table.

Set a regular meal time so you can plan other activities around it. Sit around the table, turn off the TV and put away phones and electronic devices. Keep the focus on each other. k

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Kiddos Magazine’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration and Back-to-School event

This past August Kiddos Magazine celebrated it’s third anniversary releasing the Back-toSchool edition and announcing their presence as the voice of families, parent and kids.


ur Kiddos Kid Reporter visited The Falls on August 6th & 7th to enjoy the two-days full of fun event. Families and friends gathered together for free activities including arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artist, science and art projects, safety talks, storytelling, sports, Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt, stage entertainment, bounce houses, characters, goodie bags, music, raffles, and much more!


The Back-to-School Bash celebrated the kick-off to an exciting new school year. Kiddos Magazine was also proud to celebrate a remarkable third year. During these three years, Kiddos Magazine has been committed to inform our community on children’s cultural enrichment and development as they grow.

to have amazing contributing writers, experts and professionals in diverse areas submitting columns to give parents and readers valuable insights on relevant parenting topics, as well as inspiring personalities that engaged in many interesting conversations with our Kiddos Reporter. It so amazing to see how much Kiddos has grown!”

Publisher and owner of Kiddos Magazine, Veronica Lepere comments “We’ve been honored

Special guests at the event included Village of Pinecrest, Mayor Cindy Lerner, M-DCPS School Board

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Dr. Lawrence Feldman, District 9 and Lubby Navarro District 7, M-DSPD Chief Ian A. Moffett, for the Back to School welcoming and safety speech. This amazing event also featured Read to Learn Books for Free in which families who attended the event donated gently and used children’s books. This event could not have been possible without our generous sponsors: FloridaBlue, GameTime and Tampico Beverages.

Florida Blue sponsored the Kid’s Clinic Station, where parents and kids enjoyed a fun and interactive game of operation. Florida Blue Centers are designed with you in mind. With health screenings, health fairs, guest speakers, fitness classes and more, you’ll find what you need in your pursuit of health. Let the experts at Florida Blue help you.

GameTime sponsored the “Backto-School Scavenger Hunt” game. They have over 165 games at their locations, and host a variety of events such as birthday parties and corporate events. Tampico Beverages sponsored the funniest Face painting and balloon artist station. Since 1989, Tampico Beverages, Inc. has served as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of high quality and value-added juice drink concentrates.

Kiddos Magazine recognizes the exhibitors, supporting sponsors and volunteers for making this weekend a great success! k

Credits: Video Production: Filmart TV Photography: PhilNice Visuals Haircut & Style: Lil’ Jungle Location: The Falls

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Mini Sweet Potato Pies Fall scents fill the air and the holidays are right around the corner! In recent years we have added this staple to the menu as an alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. My family craves this Sweet Potato Pie made with Greek yogurt to make it a bit healthier with a touch of tanginess. This easy recipe can be made with your children ahead of time, and it’s the perfect addition to any fall themed gathering. Add decorative trims to your individual mini pies or make a large one for your family meal. Either way it will be more special when your little ones are there to help you make memories in the kitchen! Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

• Beat one egg with 1 tablespoon of


• Have an adult help to peel and cut the sweet potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes or until fork tender.

water and use a pastry brush to brush the top of the pie dough shapes.

• Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 F until tops are golden brown and filling is firm

• Once they are cool to touch, mash them with a fork and 1 tbs of butter.

• Let the pies cool and serve with

• In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks

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and sugar.

• Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

• Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and yogurt and mix well.

• Add cooled mashed sweet potatoes.


• 1/2 pound sweet potato • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • 3 egg yolks • 1/8 - teaspoon salt • 1 - tablespoon butter • 1 - teaspoon vanilla

Mix by hand (use your super hero arm power) or use a hand held mixer to make sure everything is well incorporated.

• Roll out your homemade pie dough (or store bought) on a floured surface and place into each pie mold.

• Place filling inside and decorate the tops of the pie with Fall shapes, pumpkins or a fringe top. Use your imagination to create a unique presentation.

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“Staying in the present moment reduces stress, as we are not the past or the future.”

E: Experience Nothing can replace the benefit of personal experience. Encourage your children to experience life in all ways possible, through all of their senses. Mindfulness is a mental state where we focus on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. We are able to experience life much more fully, gracefully and joyfully. Staying in the present moment reduces stress, as we are not worried about the past or the future. To teach your children mindfulness, try exercises like touching different objects (plastic, fur, something hard, soft, etc.), listening to sounds like a bell or chimes or nature sounds (you can download an app for any of these), going for a walk and playing “I-Spy” (point out different objects in the environment) and paying attention to our breathing and heart beat. There are many different ways to get kids to slow down and pay attention so they can truly experience life, together and individually. Remember to keep activities simple and fun! By practicing G.R.A.C.E., you are setting your family up for a healthier, happier life. Your family dynamic will most likely shift into one of pure love and joy and play. Sure, there will always be challenges and upsets. But the percentage of time spent in discord will become lower and lower as everyone begins to experience life in a new way. G.R.A.C.E. is important to remember

and extend on Thanksgiving, but it’s even more beneficial to practice every day throughout the year. Not only will you enjoy watching everyone getting along better, you will start to feel better, too (and look better, because we look how we feel inside!). So go on, give G.R.A.C.E. and enjoy a heaping feast of love and joy and abundance today…and throughout the year. k Camille Lucy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, graphic and web designer, business consultant, and Vice President of a local non-profit that “rehabilitates people through animals.” She is also a writer, a Mother of 3 girls, an artist, a Life-and-Love Junkie, a Self Expression and Development advocate, and - well, you get the point. She’s a lot of things, just like all of us. Camille is also author of, “The (Real) Love Experiment: Explore Love, Relationships & The Self.” Learn more about her and her adventure(s) at

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States and Cities

That Tutor The Most SOURCE: Thumbtack


he states where parents are most invested in student success spanned the country. California took the No. 1 spot (it also hosts a number of the top cities for tutoring demand). While the northeast is often considered a hub for academics, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut actually ranked behind southern and midwestern states, including Alabama, Georgia, and Illinois.

Top 15th A+ States for Tutoring 1. California 2. Alabama 3. Georgia 4. Illnois



5. New York


6. Florida 10

7. Virginia 4

8. Hawaii 9.Maryland



10. New Jersey



11. Massachusetts 12. Tennessee




13. Connecticut 15

14. North Carolina 15. Texas



Of the top 20 cities for tutoring, half were located in the state of California, the state with the highest demand nationwide. In fact, the No. 1 city for tutoring in the U.S. was San Jose, California, a city in the heart of Silicon Valley. Southern states again made a strong showing in these rankings, with Birmingham, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee, taking the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. 19

Top 20 A+ Cities for Tutoring




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1. San Jose, CA

16. Santa Rosa, CA

2. Birmingham, AL

17. Washington, D.C.

3. Memphis, TN

18. Chicago, Il

4. Miami, FL

19. Bridgeport, CT

5. Stockton, CA

20. Honolulu, HI

6. Oxnard, CA


7. Los Angeles, CA 8. Vallejo, CA


9. San Francisco, CA 10. Sacramento, CA 11. Raleigh, NC 20


12. San Diego, CA


13. New York, NY 12

14. Atlanta, GA

About Thumbtack The Thumbtack Back-to-School Guide studied data from almost 200,000 requests for tutoring and after-school enrichment lessons, making it the largest nationwide study of its kind.The report shows that college-readiness is top of mind.

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The Benefits of Yoga for Kids! SOURCE: Just OM Yoga Studio

We live in a constant rush, and our children are faced with non-stop lessons, competitive sports, school pressures, video games, and social media every day. Help your children to reconnect with their innate JOY, while developing mindfulness, compassion, patience, respect and kindness towards others.


oga, and Much More!

We often categorize Yoga as an exercise, and that is not completely wrong (because it can be), but it is so much more. Yoga is both movement and non-movement; it is about fast and slow, about we and me. It is in essence a set of skills that allow each of us to learn to manage our energy and internal self-talk, to develop self-governance, and to move towards a centered, calm, cooperative and focused state. Yoga is for everybody and all ages. Yoga teachers are taught to meet the student at their stage, to engage and encourage

positive self-talk, and to guide the students so they understand their needs and energetic levels.

• Awareness of the breath. • FUN! The Benefits of Yoga:

Kids & Yoga! Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids. What to Expect in a Kids Yoga Class: • Singing songs with big expressive movements. • Storytelling / acting out animal names of yoga poses. • Playing games to develop cooperative and non-dominant social engagement.

• Focus and Concentration - which helps with scholastic skills.

• Enhances flexibility, strength, and coordination - which brings about a positive attitude towards one’s health and self esteem. • Stress management - breathing exercises slow down the heart rate and relaxation techniques keep the mind and body calm. • Positive self-expression - which encourages creativity. • Kind social interactions by working together in an accepting safe environment.

“Help your children to reconnect with their innate JOY , while developing mindfulness...”


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In addition to teaching classes just for kids, and classes mostly for adults, we at Just Om Yoga Studio are pleased to announce the start of our Famil-Y-oga classes. These classes are offered for all ages 7 and up, and encourage multiple members of the family to come take this class together. After all, Yoga means union, and family certainly is the first union. Join us Saturday’s 12-1:15pm. We look forward to “Om’ing” together! Just OM Yoga Studio JOYS is committed to transforming and nurturing your life one yoga practice at a time; providing you with the ambiance and support to help you reconnect with yourself and with your community. k

For more information about classes and schedules call 305.665.4982 or visit Just Om Yoga Studio is located at 7227 SW 57th Court, South Miami, FL 33143.

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Suggestions for your kids to read this month

1. Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children (YA) By Ransom Riggs The first book in the series introduces readers to a mysterious island, a strange orphanage, and a collection of creepy photographs. It paints a story that is spooky to the extreme, but manages to tiptoe the boundary between horror and creepy adventure perfectly. It was released as a major motion picture in September.

2. The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (MG) By Max Brallier The second book of this series continues the wonderfully paced and comedic romp through the zombie apocalypse. Jack and his friends fight to fend off the zombie onslaught, but now the zombies seem to be disappearing, with no explanation as to why. Jack isn’t convinced this is good news

though, and suspects something even worse than zombies might be on the horizon.

upcoming holiday… by becoming another animal!

5. Nobody Likes a Goblin (PB) 3. Furthermore (MG) By Tahereh Mafi The newest book by this bestselling author features a girl named Alice who cares about her mother (who wouldn’t miss her), magic (which eludes her), and her father. When her father disappears, Alice will go on an adventure like she couldn’t imagine in hopes of finding the parent who loves her before he’s gone forever.

4. Turkey Trouble (PB) By Wendi Silvano It’s almost Thanksgiving, but there is one creature that isn’t happy about the upcoming holiday. Turkey. Turkey knows what happens to turkeys on Thanksgiving, and so he conceives a way to survive the

By Ben Hatke A cute story about a goblin who lives in a fantasy dungeon. One day, some adventures come and raid his home, taking all the treasure, and his best friend – Skeleton. Now, the little goblin will venture outside to find and rescue his best friend, but in a world where people dislike goblins, does he have any hope?

6. Boo! Haiku (PB) By Deanna Caswell This poetry book is perfect for people looking for some fun and child friendly Halloween reading. The book presents witches, bats, skeletons, and more through haiku with cute and fun illustrations by illustrator Bob Shea. A great read for those hoping to not be terrified this All Hallows Eve.

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7. Ada Twist, Scientist (PB) By Andrea Beaty The third book of this series centers on a young girl who can’t help but ask questions about everything. No one can keep up with her insatiable curiosity, but she is determined to find the answers to her questions. Why? What? How? She, like any good scientist, has more questions than answers.

8. Rojo the Baby Red Panda at the Zoo (PB) By Hope Mucklow An imaginative look at race and individuality using a baby red panda in discussion with its mother and a normal panda. The images are a mix of pictures of real animals and cute stuffed animals. Rojo is concerned that he is different from normal pandas, but can his mother and a friendly panda convince him that he’s wonderful the way he is? k


movie reviews

What’s new in theaters october MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE

youngest daughter, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.









Rafe has an epic imagination...and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct.


Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a young, arrogant surgeon with a promising career, loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident. Despondent and suicidal, Dr. Strange seeks advice from a mystical being known as the Ancient One and learns that he is the newly designated Sorcerer Supreme, responsible for protecting the planet from evil.


In Boo! A Madea Halloween, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.








The origin story chronicles the adventures of 16-year-old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the superhero Max Steel.





An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives.






In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the merciless spirit overtakes the

This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.


Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.






An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. k

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4th Annual Schools Fair + Educational Conference

The Shops at Downtown Doral’s Spooktacular Grand Opening

Koubek Center 2705 SW 3rd St, Miami From: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The series fills an important niche in Miami, as it provides parents an engaging (and free) way for their children to learn and practice Spanish. For more information, visit Free to the public

Mercy Hospital Bayside Pavilion 3641 South Miami Ave From: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. From year to year, this fair has provided Miami families an opportunity to learn about the various school options by talking directly to representatives from each school. Sponsored by Mercy Hospital Free event

Off of 87th Ave & 52nd St, Doral, FL 33166 3641 South Miami Ave From: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Bring your pumpkins to trick-or-treat through The Shops at Downtown Doral during the family-friendly, spooktacular event to showcase the new stores and restaurants. For more information, email Free event




The Falls Gardens Light up 8888 SW 136 St, Miami, FL From: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Join us for a magical evening as Santa arrives at The Falls and helps us light up the gardens for the holiday season. Enjoy live entertainment, activities, photobooth, and a fabulous fireworks show. Plus receive a holiday coupon book filled with hundreds of dollars in holiday savings. Visit for details. Free event








Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party Coral Gables Museum 852 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, Fl. 33134 From: 7:00 p.m. Make a difference in the life of a child by serving with us at our Shoebox Packing Party!Bring an item that fits in a showbox (school supplies, stuffed animals, or flip-flops) Everybody is welcome! Free event

Stand United with Me – United 4 Care Bethel Apostolic Temple 1855 NW 119th St. Miami, Fl. 33167 From: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Care Resource along with Churches United for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS are proud to announce the 2nd annual United for Care (U4C) community health fair. This collaborative event will feature a variety of activities for families. Free event

13th &20th


Miami Book Fair - Downtown Miami This international book fair includes Street Fair Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, with the school of comics on Friday and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators. For more information visit:



Koubek Center presents PLAYTIME: Dias Familiares Dia de los Muertos!

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20th Anniversary Miracle on 136th Street The Falls Holiday Parade The Falls Shopping Center From: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join us for the 20th Anniversary of The Falls Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade. To kick off the parade will be our celebrity Grand Marshal along with marching bands, local celebrities, and a magical visit from Santa and Mrs Clause. For more information, visit Free and open to the public

calendar submissions Submit your event information for December-January calendar before November 10th to Include event name, location, address, date, time, cost, a brief description and contact. Events will be listed based on availability and it has to be family and kids related.






Crayola Experience The Florida Mall 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809 Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Werewolves, witches and monsters - oh my! Spooky and colorful family fun awaits during Screamin' Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience, October 7-31. In addition to 26 exciting hands-on attractions you'll create monster-rific crafts and more! Save when you buy online, go to *trick-or-treating on WEEKENDS only General Admission: $22.99 + tax per person. Annual Passes: $29.99 + tax per person.


Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival at Regatta Park

Pumpkin Patch Party & Teddy Bear Clinic at Kendall Regional Medical Center 11750 SW 40 St Miami, FL 33175 From: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Your child can bring his or her teddy bear/stuffed animal and we’ll give the it a full check up to drive home the importance of staying healthy. Kids can dress in Halloween costumes. There will be a lot of fun activities for the whole family including Teddy Bear Clinic Station, and more. Register today by calling 305.222.2200 or via


12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, Florida 33177 (next to Zoo Miami) From: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A family fun event! Haunted trains for kids and adults, Trick or Treat stations, monster movies, food concession stands and much more! (additional fee for train rides) children under 3 get in free! Tickets $12


FRI. & SAT. & SUN 21&22&23rd 2699 SW 27th Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 From: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival is back and more wonderFALL than ever! The festival will feature a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including a true pumpkin patch with 5,000 pumpkins to pick from! For more information visit


Spooky Adventures “Freak Show” at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum








Sixth Annual Howl-O-Ween Festival Dogs are welcome Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 From: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Doggie fun zone, vendors, food, Trick-or-Treating, Arts & Craft, Howl-O-Ween Portraits, Costume contest &parade, live entertainment, giveaways, celebrity judges. Adoptable dogs and more! Proceeds benefit homeless pets. $5 admission / FREE for kids under 2

City of South Miami Safe Streets Halloween Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 From: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. From US1 to Red Road (57 Ave.) Free candy, games, prizes, music and more Safe and fun Trick or Treating for the whole family Free event

Track or Treat Evelyn Greer Park 8200 Southwest 124 Street 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, FL 33156 From: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy track or treating in this safe and friendly atmosphere. The Village of Pinecrest Parks and Recreation Department, along with local businesses, will be passing out treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own bag for collecting candy. Free event



Kidgits Spooktacular event at The Falls From 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Halloween is here and The Falls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo-tiful princesses to come have a frightfully good time at our Kidgits Spooktacular featuring Trick-or-Treating, a scavenger hunt, entertainment, and more! Kidgits members will receive a free goodie bag. It's sure to be howlin' good time! Free event

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Soccer for Peace Foundation Empowering and Supporting Colombian Youth A Miami-based non-profit dedicated to generating awareness of and supporting projects in Colombia that use soccer as a vehicle for social change. The movement has been a mayor success since its launch in 2008.



Soccer for Peace focuses on initiatives in Colombia that directly impact over 4,000 children, including boys, girls and youth ages 5-16. As such, SFP provides grants, staff training, curriculum development and gear, as well as ongoing consultation. SFP conducts field visits of the projects it supports on a quarterly basis. We are also the liaison for American and other volunteers who wish to intern at one of our programs in Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

WHY WE DO IT Colombia is one of the most “unequal” countries on the planet—where the gap between rich and poor is among the widest in the world. All sectors of Colombian society must work to ameliorate the issues that result from this gap. Specifically, Soccer For Peace initiatives target vulnerable neighborhoods and communities that often share these characteristics:

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Fragile or no civic institutions Extreme poverty and isolation Lack of public services High level of unemployment Presence of displaced populations from civil conflict Domestic violence and sexual abuse Gang warfare and drug trade As a result, children and youth are at a high risk of falling prey to the inherent risks present in vulnerable communities.

Characteristics of high-risk environments for children include: • Lack of mentors • Excessive free time • Exposure to domestic violence • Absence of structured out of school activities • Exposure to risky behavior • Drugs


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• Alcohol • Premature sexual activity • Crime, gangs, prostitution

HOW CHANGE HAPPENS The Main philosophy is to use soccer to teach values and lifelong skills • Core values: Respect, Honesty, Tolerance and Solidarity • Applying Values in real life: life skills training • Promoting gender equality and empower girls • Providing Nutritional support • Emphasizing the dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution • Promoting school enrollment • Linking children’s program with families

score is established. The advisor facilitates the fair play agreements during the first period and the self-evaluation in the third period. The advisor also mediates potential conflicts, and takes notes on the game. The winning team accumulates the most number of credits, which are then converted into points for the tournament’s scoreboard.

If at the end of the tournament there is a draw, the team with the most points, as a result of values applied during the game, will be declared the winner. k

OUR METHOD Soccer Our children learn the fundamentals of soccer technique, strategy, and play. In addition, they are trained in the “soccer for peace” methodology, where the following rules apply: • A minimum of two girls and two boys per team.

Each boy and girl plays the same amount of time during the game.

There are no referees. In their place are advisors, who act as facilitators.

The players themselves must solve conflicts that arise during the game. A girl must score the first goal of each team.

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Children are encouraged to follow core values. They receive points for doing so.

The game consists of three periods. During the first period, all players agree to follow fair play accords. During the second period, the game is played. During the third period, players evaluate themselves, as well as their opponents, and the final

For more information visit or contact Executive Director Erika Contreras

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