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We Learned Making

The March Issue

Photography: Classic image photography Makeup: Camellia Maalouf, Camellia Cosmetics Granger


Introducing your pet to your newborn child is a process. Read the steps that you can take to make the transition smooth on page 16.

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A Wee Bit O'Luck

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4. March Madness 5. Any Kind of Potatoes


Preparing your child for ISTEP is important. Standardize testing determines what level your child is at. Find out how to help raise their score on page 18.

6. Kelly Green 7. A Slightly Opened Window 8. The Family Magazine Centerfold Calendar of Events


You don’t have to travel far for Spring Break. The FAMILY Magazine has helped you find some local spots to check out with the family on page 26.


New events have been added to our Centerfold Calendar. Go to page 18 to see what is happening around you.

14. Fairy Gardens (OMG - see our friends at Backyards in Mishawaka!)

MARCH 2014


Leprechauns eat whoopie pies just like us! Get the recipe on page 14.


Too many travel websites and too little time? The FAMILY Magazine broke down the most popular websites and which ones would suit you best on page 28. FAMILY MAGAZINE | March 2014

11. Date Night

13. Cold Coins for the Kiddos on St. Patrick's Day

Diamond hunting is a great way to spend quality family time. And let’s not forget rewarding if you find a diamond. Go to page 10 to read more.


10. True Friendships

12. Instagram! (We are having fun with this at the office.)



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contents Live Your Best

Family Craft

14 Leprechaun Whoopie Pies


7 Things We Learned Making This Issue


Reader Testimonials

Family Recipe


4Keeps Comic


Homemade Probiotic Sauerkraut

By: Jeannine Eubanks


The FAMILY Month Calendar


FAMILY Magazine Giveaways

18 Centerfold Calendar

Family Fun 9

5 Healthy Snacks for Kids

By: Ashley Johns

10 Diamond Hunting

By: Lara West

12 Making a CSA Share Work for Your Small Family

By: Michelle L. Shirk

34 Book Review: The Baby Signing Bible

Reviewed By: Katie Schlemmer

39 Book Review: Divergent

Reviewed By: Nick Gustafson

38 Movie Review: Revisiting “The Great Outdoors”




Reviewed By: Cole Pollyea


By: Jill Lebbin

“The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.”

Family Kids

16 Introducing Your Dog to Your New Baby

20 Preparing Your Child for Standardize Testing

– Meryl Streep

By: Jillian Koeneman

By: Jessica Haviland


Family Pregnancy

24 Create a “Break” for Spring Break

22 Pregnancy and the Workplace

26 Overcoming the Winter Blahs

By: Noelle Elliott


By: Kristine Smith By: Kristine Smith

28 5 Websites to Search for LastMinute Staycation Deals

By: Michelle L. Shirk

Mommy and Daddy 30 Dear Mom, You Matter

By: Meagan Church

42 DIY: Keeping Your Carpet Clean

By: Lara West

FAMILY recipe


Probiotic Sauerkraut


By: Jeannine Eubanks

he salt and whey feed the natural healthy bacteria on the cabbage, creating a probiotic-rich food that’s good for your digestive system!

Ingredients: 3 Cups Chopped cabbage Water 3 tsp Celtic Sea Salt (One tsp of Salt can be Substituted with 1 tbsp Liquid Whey) Directions: Chop cabbage into small strips. Pack chopped cabbage loosely into a quart mason jar up to the 3-cup line (about 3/4 full). Add salt and whey, if using. Fill jar with water a little higher than the top of the cabbage. Cover jar, and let sit at room temperature for at least two days. When you’re ready to eat it, open and serve. After it’s been opened, store in fridge for up to six weeks.




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Downtown South Bend First Fridays, 5:00 p.m.


Mardi Gras


Totally Tropical Luau, Grace Community Church, Daylight Savings Time Goshen Leprechaun's Lucky Gold Hunt, 1:00 p.m., Ferrettie Baugo Creek County Park

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Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, Morris Performing Arts Center



First Day of Spring


The 11th Annual Princess for a Night Event, 8 a.m. – Noon, South Bend Century Center


St. Patrick’s Day

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Monthly Meditation Yoga, Elkhart Environmental Center, 5:30 p.m.

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Book Giveaway: Unexpectedly found out you are pregnant? Win a copy of Tiny Blue Lines to help calm your jitters!

Team Green! Celebrate March with fun color!

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The Care-a-thon Games DVD: The Care-Bears will teach your children about teamwork, friendship and courage!

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Snacks for Kids By: Ashley Johns

It's only natural, you're in the store at the checkout and you feel a tug on your hand. Your daughter and son both want a candy bar and will stop at nothing until you say yes. Kids deserve healthy yet fun snacks they can be both nourished and be excited about. The following are some favorite snacks for kids that are sure to get them excited!

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Chilled Dark Chocolate 'Matchstick' covered pretzels with sprinkles. Melt dark baking chocolate, dip the ends of the pretzels {gluten free pretzels are available at your local grocery} in the chocolate and add the sprinkles right after. Let the pretzels dry on wax paper and put in freezer for a chilled snack. Room temperature is just as good.


Banana slices with peanut or almond butter, topped with a dark chocolate chip. Slice up a banana and put a teaspoon or so of peanut butter on it, then top with a single chocolate chip. Eat as is or chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.


Apple or pear chips. Bake a thinly sliced apple at 250 for an hour. Then turn the apple slices over and bake for another hour. Add cinnamon and apple pie spice!


Frozen grapes. Freeze red or green grapes and serve frozen. Delightful and effortless!


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Diamond Hunting: A Family Adventure By: Lara West


ne of the best vacations my family has ever taken is to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. It is the only place in the United States where you’re able to search for diamonds in the rough and keep what you find.

According to experts, there is a diamond mine in Arkansas because the field is the eroded surface of a volcanic crater that brought the diamonds to the surface some 100 million (yes, million) years ago. In 1906, a local farmer found the first of the diamonds on his property and after the diamond mining rush turned stale the land became property of the state. In 1972, the 37 ½ acre diamond field that produces thousands of diamonds in various shapes, colors and sizes became an official state park. (Don’t worry; there are still plenty of diamonds to go around.)

Diamond hunting is fun for the entire family. It’s not the same type of magic as Disney World but there is definitely something magical about digging for diamonds. It’s rugged and adventurous. It’s filled with endless possibilities of discoveries and every time you move a little bit of dirt your blood starts rushing in anticipation that this might be the moment you see a giant stone gleaming at you. The tiniest speck of shine as you look down at the dirt gets you more excited than a child on Christmas morning. (Who knew digging in dirt could be so exciting?) In fact, we had so much fun on our first trip that we returned a couple years later and are now anxiously awaiting our third trip this summer. We have enjoyed this trip with children from age two through 63. (Just keep a close eye on the little ones; some of the holes are over three feet deep.) Diamond hunting is a friendly competition. Even though we were each desperate to be the first to find a diamond, we were just as excited to check on the success everyone was having. We were all happy to be working together with dirt under our nails and the sun beating down on our backs. It really didn’t matter who found a diamond first, we all knew that it was a more a game of chance and luck than strength and intelligence.

You would think that first trip would have been deemed a disappointing flop when none of us came out with a beautiful diamond to set in a ring but we were already laying claim for the first-to-find on the next trip down before we even checked out of the hotel to come home.

Diamond Facts:  When formed, diamonds need high temperatures, high pressure and carbon.  Diamond is from a Greek word that means ‘unbreakable’ but when hit with enough force in the right direction, a diamond can be broken.  The largest diamond was found in South Africa in 1903. It was 3106-carats (1.33 pounds).  They are the hardest natural made substance and can only be cut by another diamond. (Cut meaning to give a diamond shape.)

Diamonds can be mistaken for junk. My nephew was seeing dollar signs from selling the “grand diamond” he found. It was incredibly cute being that he was only sixyears-old and no one wanted to be the one to break his heart and tell him that the bag of “diamonds” he had was just a bunch of glass, so we decided to let one of the Rangers break the news to him. Low-and-behold, the Ranger at the examination table turned around and sounded the siren to let all the searchers know he found a diamond. It is the tiniest of diamonds, but a diamond is a diamond, and he is still the only one of us to find one. (I plan on changing that this year, though.) In December there were 17 diamonds found and a grand total of 455 diamonds were discovered at the park for all of 2013. There are two big finds you may have heard of last year. The first one was a 5.16 carat diamond found by a boy scout from North Carolina and the second was a 3.85 carat canary diamond found in October by a 14-year-old girl.

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Making a CSA Share Work for Your Small Family By: Michelle L. Shirk

If you’re the type to spend your Saturdays at the South Bend Farmer’s Market or peruse magazines dedicated to healthy living, you’ve probably at least heard murmurings about community supported agriculture, or “CSA.” CSA programs typically allow members to pay in advance for a “share” of the farm’s crops, to be picked up or delivered in installments throughout the season. Our household first joined a CSA in the spring of 2012 in an effort to add more locally grown produce to our diets. Because our family consists of just my husband, our young daughter and myself, I was a little concerned we might find ourselves overwhelmed by produce. I envisioned bushels of cabbage and kohlrabi languishing on the kitchen counter while we ate salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an effort to avoid food waste. Happily, we loved our weekly CSA boxes and even signed up again in 2013. Over the past two seasons, we have learned a great deal about making their contents work for our small family. Hopefully these tips will help you do the same! 12




Choose the right CSA for you. Does the plan provide just veggies or other foods as well? Is the produce organic? Are shares made available weekly or bi-weekly? How far away is the pick-up point? Does the pick-up day and time work for you? Asking these types of questions will help you find the farm that best fits your family’s tastes and lifestyle.


Consider sharing a share. For a small family, it may be

difficult to use a full-sized CSA share each week. We split the cost and contents of our first year’s share with a friend, leaving us of each with just the right amount of produce for several amazing veggie-based meals. Many CSAs also offer singles and small families the option of purchasing a smaller share.


Develop a flexible meal plan. Depending on your personal schedule, you may need to make your weekly grocery store visit before knowing the contents of your next CSA share. You can work around this issue by learning a few basic cooking techniques that allow for flexibility of ingredients. Shish-ka-bobs, stir-fries, pasta dishes and salads are excellent ways to incorporate a wide variety of produce. Just buy any necessary meats, sauces or spices ahead of time and then throw in whichever veggies seem like a good fit for your dish.


Promptly address food storage needs. Come up with a plan of attack

as soon as you receive your share. Do a little research on appropriate storage methods for various types of produce, and prioritize vegetables with shorter shelf lives to ensure they are used while still fresh. It may also be helpful to do a little washing and cutting right away to save time later in the week. If you have food safety questions, www.foodsafety. gov is a great place to start.


Ask questions. The people you see during pick-up or delivery of your share are likely to be directly involved with the growing process. Don’t be shy about asking them for storage suggestions, recipe ideas or the name of an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable. You may even find a new favorite! I had never cooked Swiss chard before we joined our CSA, and now it makes a regular appearance on our menu plan even during the CSA’s off-season.

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Resist produce temptation elsewhere. As delicious as the tri-

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Classic Chocolate Whoopie from Whoopie Pies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup milk • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. • In a bowl, sift together, flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. • In another bowl, beat butter, shortening and sugar with a mixer on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about three minutes. • Add egg and vanilla and beat for two more minutes. • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk and beat on low until incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and beat until combined. • Using a tablespoon, drop batter on baking sheet two inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes each or until pies spring back when pressed gently. • Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. 1 Tbsp of batter should make about 48 two-inch cakes or 24 pies. 2 Tbsp of batter should make about 3 0 four-inch cakes or 15 pies. Pillsbury also has a box mix you can buy at your local grocery store.

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ets are family and there is no doubt about that. When it comes to introducing your furry family member to your brand new bundle of joy, preparation is key. The earlier that you begin to prepare for this important introduction, the better chance you have for a smooth and stress-free transition once your baby arrives. If your dog has not spent time around children or babies, they may be downright confused. Babies and children act, smell and sound differently than adults do and this can be baffling or even scary to your four-legged pal. Before your baby arrives, taking these steps will help ease your dog into life with a baby: • Teach your dog basic obedience skills like sit, lie down, stay and leave it. Be sure to use only positive reinforcements. • Play a recording of baby sounds at a low volume to get your dog adjusted to what a baby sounds like. You can gradually increase the volume but only if your dog seems calm and content. • Gradually introduce your dog to things associated with the baby (furniture, clothing, toys, diapers, etc) and positively reward them when they act appropriately around these things. • Get a realistic baby doll that moves and makes noise to prepare your dog for what a real baby will look and sound like. Praise and reward when your dog is polite and calm around the doll. It’s also a good idea to get your dog used to the presence of your baby in a stroller. • One to two months before your baby arrives, start to make the anticipated changes in your dog’s daily routine that will be inevitable once the baby arrives. • Consider working with a dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement techniques that can help you with transitioning your dog. 16



First impressions are important and you want your dog to always have a positive experience when it comes to your baby. Once your baby arrives: • Bring home an article of clothing your baby wore in the hospital and let your dog smell it. Praise them. • When you bring your baby home for the first time send everyone else into the house first so your dog can express their usual excitement to see people. After a minute or two put a leash on your dog. • It’s important that everyone stays calm and relaxed when you and the baby enter the house. A dog is an expert at picking up the energy from the people around him. • Have some treats ready and a helper. • Sit down in a quiet room with the baby in your arms. Have the helper bring your leashed dog into the room. Speak to your dog in a calm, happy voice. Convince your dog that meeting and interacting with your new baby is fun and not stressful. • Pay attention to your dog’s body language. If your dog seems calm and friendly have your helper walk the dog to you and the baby. Speak softly to the dog and if your dog wants to sniff the baby that is good. Reward your dog with praise and treats, or have your helper deliver the praise. • If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior, remove them immediately and consult with an experienced dog trainer. Never force your dog to interact with the baby. • Never leave your baby alone with your dog, no matter how friendly or calm they are.

As you settle in to your new life with your baby it’s important to realize that your furry family member may now be getting far less attention than he used to. Be sure to: • Continue to positively reward your dog for interacting appropriately with your baby. • Give your dog lots of attention when the baby is present. When you feed the baby, feed your dog too. When you take your baby for a walk, take the dog too. This sends an important message to your dog that being around the baby is good and good things happen when the baby is around! • Be sure your dog is mentally stimulated outside of your baby. Whether that’s playing at the dog park or taking an agility class, it’s important that your dog has mental stimulation as well as physical activity. • Have plenty of things to do that allows your dog to be present while you care for the baby, but lets them play quietly on their own. A Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter or frozen yogurt works well or a new chew bone.

Your dog’s life will never be the same after having a baby but with the proper preparation and consideration your dog will learn to love your baby and his new role in your home.

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Preparing Your Child For


Standardize Testing By: Jessica Haviland

Indiana Standardize Tests

 ISTEP+: This test is for students in grades 3rd through 8th. They will be tested in the English Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 4th and 6th grade will also be tested in Science. Students in grades 5th and 7th will be tested in Social Studies.  IREAD-3: This test is for 3rd graders to determine their reading skills. Photo: Classic Image Photography


t’s that time of year again where your child will be spending several days doing standardize testing for the state. What’s this

testing used for? Standardize testing is more important than what you may think. This type of state mandated test helps evaluate student and school performances based on standards that the state has set. Each year, the state will be able to measure how much progress, retention and improvements your child and school has made. So, your next question is “how can I make sure my child does his/her best?” The FAMILY Magazine talked with Assistant Superintendant for Instruction at Penn Harris Madison School District, Kay Antonelli, and the Principal for Edwardsburg High School, Dr. Jeff Leslie, to find out what can help your child perform at their best!

Preparation is Year Round

There are several large “breaks” from school that your children see each year (Summer Break, Winter Break and Spring Break). During those breaks, it’s easy for your child to slowly forget about the information that they have most recently learned. It’s important to keep challenging your child in remembering what they have learned in school. Take time out of your day and sit down and help them with their homework. The more involved you are with their schooling, the easier it is for you to keep their M inds fresh and active.

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“I think the biggest way to prepare your child is to have them come to school each day,” said Dr. Leslie. Throughout the school year, students are being prepared and taught what will be on these standardize tests so it’s highly important that they are there when the information is being discussed. “As time gets closer to testing, we prepare the students even more to get them use to being in that type of environment,” Dr. Leslie said. Having your child attend school on a regular basis will 18



 ECA’s: These tests are given to high school students who are enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1 or Biology 1. These tests are important because each student has to pass in order to graduate.

Michigan Standardize Tests

 MEAP: Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) is the general assessment for students in grades 3rd through 8th. Students will be tested in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science.  MME/ACT: Michigan Merit Exam is for juniors in High School. This exam is to help determine if they are academic readiness for college.

greatly improve their testing scores not only for standardize testing, but ultimately for their overall school grades.

Ask Teachers/Principals for Guidance

Don’t be ashamed or afraid to go to your child’s teacher or principal and ask them how you can help. “It’s not just the teacher and it’s not just the parent who can help,” said Antonelli. “It’s everyone combined.” Collaborating with your child’s teachers will help you have a better understanding on what subject your child needs help in.

Testing Day

There are several things that you can do to help prepare your child on testing day. “There are lots of things that are important for physical health and physical preparation,” Antonelli said. “We need the children to be well rested and feed something healthy. It will make the child feel better and want to do better at school.” Below are some helpful tips to get your child ready on testing day.

• Make sure they are well rested. When

a child is sleep deprived, their performance not only on tests suffers but their lack of involvement in daily activities will too.

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• Stay positive about the testing. Sometimes children get nervous about testing’s and the best way that parents can help calm their nerves is to stay positive. Teach them relaxation techniques that they can try before and during the tests when they start to feel overwhelmed.

Rewards for High Scores

Rewarding your child after the test results will help reinforce good behavior and show them those positive results has a positive outcome. Even though standardize testing does not affect their grades or report cards; they still need to know how important it is for them to do well on these tests. “We try to reward them when they do well on these exams,” said Dr. Leslie. “We have taken students to Michigan Adventure, had ice cream, tickets to athletic games and pizza parties. We give them some type of reward based on their performance.” You should want your child to do well on these standardize testing’s not only to help determine their personal growth but also to see the results that your school has accomplished.


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and the Workplace By: Noelle Elliott

Congratulations you are pregnant!

After you tell your close family members and friends you suddenly remember that you have a job and at some point you may need to mention it. According to the U.S. Census Bureau survey completed in 2009, women account for 43% of the full-time work force, which is significantly higher than the 14% of women in 1967 who worked full time. This means that most women are working while they are pregnant. I was one of those women. I worked as long as I could before having each of my four children. Each time however, I was nervous about telling my boss I was pregnant. Before you talk to your boss, it is important to know your rights. If you work for a company with 15 or more employees, it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you because of pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions. An employer can't fire, deny a job or deny a promotion to a woman because of her pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions as long as she can perform the major functions of her job. However, an employer is not legally required to make it easier for a pregnant woman to do her job. To learn more about your rights, visit I have compiled a helpful guide to a positive work experience during pregnancy.

First Trimester

The first time I mentioned my pregnancy to my employer I broke down in tears. I blame the hormones. I had just been hired. To my surprise they were very supportive. In fact, I found out later that they were relieved because they thought I was quitting.

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Prepare to be Sick and Tired.

Some women experience major fatigue in their first trimester, as well as morning sickness. Try and get as much rest as possible. I would rest in my car on my lunch break. A 20-minute power nap helped me complete the day. If you are feeling sick, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and have a package of Preggie Pops in your purse. They are available at most drug stores and provide relief from morning sickness.

Second Trimester

This is usually when pregnant women feel their best. Their energy returns and the sickness subside. It is also a time when your OB-GYN appointments become more frequent.

Schedule All Your Appointments.

This can be challenging. Scheduling appointments in advance on the same day of the week and time each month is helpful to avoiding conflicts at work.

Invest in Professional Looking Maternity Clothes.

A great pair of black maternity pants will last you throughout your pregnancy. Make sure you have room to grow. Ask friends if they have any clothes they would like to share. When I put the word out on Facebook I was lent several garbage bags full of maternity clothes. I made sure to label each one with initials on the inside tag. I always returned them with a heartfelt thank you note.

Pack Healthy Snacks.

You will be hungry and it is important to keep your blood sugar up. In my office everyone assumed that because I was pregnant I wanted doughnuts, pastries and large lunches. I avoided this whenever possible and ate several smaller meals throughout the day that included fruit, protein bars and mixed nuts. This also came in handy for the car too.

Get Up/Sit Down.

If you sit at a computer it is important you get up and move around every 30 minutes. This shouldn’t be a problem because you will be making several trips to the bathroom. If your job requires you to stand, make sure to frequently sit down.

Third Trimester

This is when you will thank yourself for getting maternity pants with room to grow. Your doctor will want to see you more frequently now. Make sure to discuss this with your employer.

Take Notes.


Pregnancy brain is a real thing. I found myself forgetting my own name at times. Make sure to record important things to not risk missing an important meeting or call.


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Some options may include using unused vacation time to supplement pay during your leave. Find out all of your options before you decide to take your maternity leave. Although you may be hopeful your baby arrives early and be tempted to take your leave early, consider the possibility of your baby arriving a week late.

Be Helpful.

If your employer plans to hire a temp or assign your job duties to a co-worker make this transition as seamless as possible. Prepare a folder of important contacts and other relevant information that could be helpful in your absence. It is your personal decision, but I also let my office know that they could contact me if needed. If you leave your workplace on a good note, it will be easier to return to one.

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Create a “Break” for Spring Break With Spring Break right around the corner, you may find yourself searching for fun ways to shake off the winter blues and go play with the family. Regardless of the budget you are on, there are unique and entertaining options in the Michiana area. Whether you want to explore the natural beauty, use this time as an educational tool or simply sample some delicious food, spring break can be a fun time for the whole family to remember for years to come.

So just what are some nearby options??

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Fernwood Botanic Gardens and Nature Preserve, located in Niles, Michigan, is one of the premier nature preserves in the area. Open year round and for a small admission fee, this family friendly garden offers, in their words, a “special place where people, plants, and nature come together.” There are 105 acres of landscape to explore along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. If the weather isn’t ideal, head indoors to enjoy the art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits and special seasonal events. Check out for directions and event information.

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For the animal lovers, head to the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City for a quick zoo fix. For 85 years, visitors have been coming to see wildlife from all over the world at this city-owned zoo, which encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune close to Lake Michigan. It is home to more than 200 animals, featuring more than 90 species, all in natural settings surrounded by a beautifully landscaped area. If your child loves the slithering kind of creature, head over to the Rotary Castle with plentiful exhibits featuring lizards, snakes and frogs. Don’t forget to check out the 250 colorful parakeets flying free in The Australian Adventure. Make it a truly educational experience by stopping in at the Education Center, which houses animal skulls, skins and educational animals. Call them at (219) 873-1510 for hours. Does your family love chocolate as much as mine does?? Then head over to the South Bend Chocolate Company's Chocolate Museum which houses a collection of rare boxes, tins, pots and

containers that specialize in chocolate companies. There are also posters, signs, books and other chocolate related memorabilia. The South Bend Chocolate Company also offers two tour options. The 20 minute basic tour gives visitors an opportunity to watch behind the scenes production and packaging, learn about where chocolate comes from and sample. This tour is free. The "Inside Scoop" tour gives visitors all the things the basic tour offers and more. Try your hand at making a chocolate covered spoon, tour the Chocolate Museum, and watch a video on the history of chocolate. This tour option also includes a treat-to-go and a 10% off coupon toward items in the outlet shop. This tour length is an hour and costs a nominal fee of $4 per adult and $1 for children ages 2-11. For more information, go to 24



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For the family that wants to explore Amish country, taking the acclaimed self-guided Heritage Trail driving tour may be the perfect daytrip. Your family can experience the quaint shops and cafes along this 90 mile loop. As you explore, the free audio guide (your choice of a CD or downloadable MP3) entertains you with vivid stories of the region’s settlement and growth. All the while, following detailed directions on your vehicle’s CD player – or even your iPod – you can reach every hidden corner of a region that the editors of Life named “one of the top places to see in your lifetime.” Pick up your free CD and map at the Elkhart County Visitor Center or download both at www. Zao Island in Valparaiso is one of the premier attractions in the area for a wide array of family fun. Mini golf, laser tag, a large arcade and go carts are the main appeal, and all at affordable pricing. In addition, they have a pizza parlour onsite offering quality pizza at equally reasonable prices. They also host birthday parties and other events. Visit them online at for more information and directions.

Spring break can be filled easily with area entertainment that does not have to break the bank. These five options can be enjoyed by children of any age and gives the adults something to look forward to as well. Each has the potential to be filled with memories that the entire family can hold onto forever.

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Overcoming the Winter

Blahs By: Kristine Smith

The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. -Harriet Ann Jacobs This time of year seems to reap darker and dreary moods. "The sun rises later in winter, so circadian rhythms and sleep/wake signals shift as well," says Michael Terman, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Columbia University. "Yet work tends to stay the same, so you're forced to go to bed and wake up earlier than what feels natural," he says, "a mismatch that can be a formula for depression." Well, fear not, because spring is on its way with the promise of a brighter state of being. What are some hints to get rid of those winter blahs once and for good??

1. Get outside.

Studies suggest that being outdoors encourages mood-boosting behaviors like socializing and exercising, making you feel more alive. While it may feel uncomfortable at first to go outside in the cooler weather, even the briefest of times spent outdoors can expose your body to the Vitamin D needed to boost the limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain. Did you know that one hour of aerobic exercise outside, regardless of the cloud cover, has the same therapeutic effects as 2.5 hours of light treatment indoors? This is because it raises serotonin levels, which tend to get low in the winter months.

2. Use color and/or music to perk up.

A recent study from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, found that people perked up in record time when they listened to lively music while consciously focusing on feeling positive. Download some of your favorite oldies from the ‘70’s. A little disco music in the morning never hurt anyone. Another hint is to surround yourself with fun hues. Vivid greens and yellows are the most energizing of colors, probably because they remind us of the summer sun. To avoid spending a fortune, fill a bowl with lemons and limes, hang up a framed picture of a beautiful tropical island or try getting creative with color on an old piece of furniture. With the wide selection of paints these days, you should have no trouble finding some color schemes to experiment with.

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Treat your family to a day of nothing but fun appetizers, freshly made fruit punch and board games of their choosing. Not into old-fashioned board games?? Try a day of nothing but video games for the whole family. Do a “Just Dance” marathon with the kids. It’s a great way to bond with children and improve everyone’s mood on those days when weather is less than ideal.

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This may seem obvious but planning a girl’s night out or hanging out with the guy’s for a night of sports talk and beer can help us all feel less isolated. Surrounding yourself with friends can keep you happy by hearing their words of encouragement and love. But that’s exactly when many of us tend to isolate. People need to be validated and inspired by persons on the same journey.

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I know there are days when you dream of running away to a deserted island (or at least one with room service). Or, maybe it’s an even simpler fantasy of getting to use the bathroom uninterrupted. The point is that there are times when you wish the menial tasks would stop for just a moment…or more. But unfortunately that’s not reality. Because when we stop, the laundry still piles up, work still expects those deadlines to be met and the baby still demands to be fed. Let’s face it; the deserted island isn’t so much a reality (unfortunately) and maybe even the uninterrupted bathroom break isn’t either, but what is a reality is that you have the opportunity to love your family even in those mundane tasks. Know that the work you do is a form of love. Every meal you cook nourishes their bodies. Every missing sock you locate warms their feet. Every bit of homework you look over fuels their brains. Every encouragement you offer shows them

they matter. Love isn’t the mushy-gushy Hollywood romance that is clean and magical and nothing but beautiful. Real love is messy. It’s hard work. It’s not always easy. And, it’s a choice. It’s a choice to show up. It’s a choice to move forward. It’s a choice to pick up that misplaced toy once again. It’s a choice to give up your Saturday mornings to watch little ones run amuck on a soccer field. It’s a choice to cook dinner instead of plopping down in front of the TV. It’s a choice to do work you are proud of for the sake of your family. Now I’m not saying you need to do it all. I’m not saying you need to be the martyr in the family. You must set priorities, say “no” to some things and teach the kids to be responsible participants in the household duties. But even when all that is well managed, there is still so much for a mom to do. Remember, this isn’t a Hollywood love story. Life isn’t neatly packaged and predictable. This is real. It’s messy. It’s frustrating and beautiful. And it matters. But it’s not just the to-dos that matter. You matter. Read that again, but slowly this time:

You. Matter.

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By: Lara West

Carpet Clean

Soda, gum and dirty shoe prints on the living room carpet usually means a dollar fifty just left your bank account and went directly to carpet cleaners. How much would you love me if I told you that you can keep most (if not all) of your money and clean your carpets yourself? (Seriously!) Before we begin, it’s my duty to be sure you know that because carpets vary in many ways (fibers, texture, pile build, chemical protection, etc…) it’s very important to always swatch test all cleaning agents, DIY or commercial brand, in an inconspicuous spot before tackling the center of the room. You never know when something is going to go array and alter the beauty or the integrity of the carpet. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s shuffle into this carpet cleaning business… Beautiful carpets are possible to maintain over long periods of time with proper care and attention. It’s important that they are vacuumed regularly (two or more times a week) and spills should be treated promptly. There is several neat-and-simple carpet cleaning methods you can try for spot cleaning. Most of my house is wood flooring but the bedrooms and the television room are carpeted and I keep a light colored area rug in the front room. The entrance space is not very big coming inside, so there is not really room for us all to take our shoes off before entering in yucky weather and stepping all over the rug. Which means I am constantly spot cleaning that thing. (Because it always seems to make much more sense to wet and dirty the rug then risk getting our socks wet and dirty from puddles on the wood floor.) My go-to method requires only two ingredients and two tools; a small spray bottle (ok, three tools) with one part vinegar/two parts water, a rag, and an iron. Spray the spot, lay the towel over it, and apply the hot iron for a few seconds to a half minute depending on the stain. Blot with the towel, repeat if necessary until the stain is gone. (If you’re using family friendly cleaners, use your vinegar/water mix bottle that is already in your cupboard.) This spot clean method is obviously not the most effective way to clean mass areas. That is easiest done by vacuuming a powder agent or renting/buying a steam clean machine. A rental is around $40/day, 32



Tips and Shortcuts: • Gum Removal: Spray gum with compressed air can (like what you would use to clean your keyboard) until frozen. Use an object (like a wall scraper) to carefully separate the gum from the carpet. Dab any remaining residue with a type of oil to remove. • Club Soda can help remove and prevent fresh spills from setting. Pour over stain and blot it away. • Candle Wax: Use a hairdryer to melt the wax and then scrape the wax away from the carpet using a butter knife. • Dents: Mist with plain water and blow it with a hair dryer while using your fingers brush up, or fluff, the carpet.

and a new one can vary depending on brand and size, but $150 is about what you can expect to pay for a midgrade steamer. If you go the route of using a steamer, you can save yourself a few bucks by not purchasing the commercial brand shampoos. It’s easy to make your own right at home and depending on how…loved…your carpet is you might find that simply mixing clear liquid dish soap and water (1 tsp per 1 cup water) in the tank will clean your carpets nicely. However, if your high traffic carpets need something a little more potent, try the vinegar solution (1:2). Dirt is attracted to any residue left in your carpets after cleaning, which is why you should keep the room well ventilated and open windows or set up fans to help the carpet dry quickly. You can still have fresh carpets without using a steam machine. To give your carpet a quick pick-me-up, the easiest way to do this is by sprinkling a light coating of baking soda over the surface, let sit

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The Baby Signing Bible By Laura Berg, Founder of My Smart Hands Reviewed by Katie Schlemmer, Children’s Library Assistant, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Communication between a baby and an adult can be frustrating and seem non-existent at times. In The Baby Signing Bible, Laura Berg gives a solution to the language barrier between babies and adults through American Sign Language (ASL). Laura Berg is the founder of My Smart Hands, a company that teaches parents how to communicate with their babies before they start speaking using ASL. As a teacher, she would use the ASL alphabet to help students learn spelling words and began seeing the benefits of this visual learning style immediately. When Laura Berg had her first child, she began using the techniques she taught at home and posting videos online to help others wanting to do the same. She now teaches classes along with the videos and has created this book full of helpful tips for parents. Laura Berg show many valid reasons why this form of communication is not only helpful for your child but for you as well.

Laura Berg starts off with an introduction to the basics of sign language. After giving a short history, Laura Berg covers the benefits of this skill which include basic communication between baby and parent. Communication becomes less frustrating by taking away the guessing that may be used during the babies first year. This brings on mutual happiness and a strong bond between baby and parents, higher IQ, brain development and language skills and higher self-esteem and confidence. In addition to all of these wonderful benefits Berg stresses that signing should be fun for all parties. She includes a signing dictionary that contains 400 signs to learn and teach, along with a variety of ideas on how to teach them to your child in fun and exciting ways. This book is great for those wanting to begin signing with their child, regardless of the child’s age and skill set. The results of signing will be extremely evident once your child understands that he/she can communicate clearly by moving his/her hands.

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FAMILY movie review


'm prepared to stick my neck out and say that spring break vacations with big families can be brutal—horrific, even. Sometimes, it is a better decision to simply stay home. However, if things aren't planned during this extended period of time, cabin fever can and will ensue. One of the things that my family enjoys doing to officially kick off the vacation is popping in one of our most beloved family movies of all time, THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

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"The Great Outdoors" By: Cole Pollyea My name is Cole Pollyea and I’m 15-years-old. I attend Penn High School where I am on the swim, tennis and lacrosse team. I’m a film aficionado, passionate about viewing and learning every last detail of what makes the art of film so exquisite.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS is a outdoor family movie that stars two of the greatest comedic figures of all time, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. It follows the misadventures of two oneof-a-kind families that, to their chagrin (and to our amusement), wind up spending their well-intentioned vacation together. This movie is so funny—and so appropriate—that we could quote it for days without growing weary of it. John Candy makes the whole ride so much fun, as his performance accentuates that of Dan Aykroyd's, who here excels at playing the guy whose ego is too big to contain. All in all, it's a hilarious, worthwhile movie going experience, brought to life by the genius John Hughes. Now, I'm not really sure if the series of events in this film actually occur during Spring Break; quite frankly, I don't care. It does a great job of capturing the inevitable reality of family vacations, all the while keeping the audience entertained. Furthermore, it also previews some of the delights of the upcoming warm weather, given that, in March, we are busy recovering from three ruthless months of winter that we just endured. Before hopping on to any given film database and discovering that THE GREAT OUTDOORS isn't a critical darling (to be sure), give it a chance. I can guarantee that it's a movie worthy of your family's time, especially during the height of vacation-taking, as it, once again, reinforces that vacations don't always go as planned!

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Reviewed By: Nick Gustafson Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, is the first book in a three book series. It is an exciting story that takes place in the futuristic city of Chicago. The city is divided into five factions, each representing a different value: Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful) and Dauntless (the brave). The people and families living in each faction value their faction’s trait above everything else. The main character in the story is a girl named Beatrice Prior. On her 16th birthday she must choose which faction she will devote the rest of her life to. She has to choose between her family’s faction of Abnegation and the faction of Dauntless. Her choice surprises everyone and she must go through a challenging initiation into the faction. During the initiation, she learns who her true friends really are and who she can’t trust. She also discovers a secret that could destroy their entire way of life. If you like the Hunger Games trilogy and the Matched series, you’ll really enjoy this book. It has a similar theme of government domination and an unlikely heroine who fights for what is right. The book is a fast-paced, an action thriller and made me feel like I was right in the middle of the story. I liked the main character, Beatrice, because she was strong-


willed and didn’t give up when faced with a challenge. She also had a dare-devil spirit that I enjoy in myself and other people. The ending was unexpected and had a surprising twist that made me want to read more. I’m really excited to read the second and third books in the series, Insurgent and Allegiant. I also just found out that the first book, Divergent, has been made into a major motion picture and will be released in March. I can’t wait to go to the theaters and watch this exciting movie with my friends! But I hope you read the book before you watch the movie. It’s definitely worth it!

Nick Gustafson is an active seventh grader who enjoys reading, playing sports, playing his saxophone and snowboarding.

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FAMILY Magazine March 2014  

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Connecting the Savvy Mom in Michiana