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JULY 2020 | FREE

4th of July Celebrating in the midst of Covid-19


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We’re BACK!! I am so glad to have you on this journey with me. A journey that began for me, Emily, in the Summer of 2017. At the time, I wanted to create a resource for families in our community that would bring us together. I was a mom of 3 and working full time and needed a safe place where I could connect other moms like me in the area that understood the title “Chaos Coordinator,” and could relate to Perfect Imperfections in parenting. I have since added 2 kids to the mix. In the Spring of this year, I felt led to relaunch the publication with a heavier digital component. After much prayer, my husband and I decided that now is the time. With so many things plaguing the world right now, I wanted to produce a resource of hope and what i hope is a break from the “new normal.” WHAT HAS CHANGED??

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THIS ISSUE PROVIDED BY Soho Photography Dinner at the Zoo A Little Piece of Perfect LAYOUT AND GRAPHICS Emily Kelley COMMUNITY CALENDAR Summer Washburn Have an event to add? E-mail the details to AD SALES Emily Kelley Summer Washburn Interested in advertising, e-mail

The biggest change is that Central Arkansas Parent will no longer be a monthly printed resource. This allows SO MUCH FLEXIBILITY in how and when information gets to you! Each week we will deliver to your inbox, an eNewsletter filled with content that is relevant to our families and community. The eNewsletter will also feature activities that can be done as a fmily in the home, or when safe to do so, in our community groups. Due to our current climate, we will additionally include COVID information/guidelines provided by the state and CDC. The last Monday of every month we will send out a link to our E-Zine (Electronic Magazine) that will feature a new cover kid/family and highlight the happenings in the Conway area. Each of the issues will be THEMED, so be on the lookout for us to ask for your input! We look forward to growing with each of you! Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, tell your church or social group — don’t be shy! MUCH LOVE, Emily

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FIREWORKS SAFETY Guidelines provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics

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Fantastic Fourth of July inspired craft for the entire family to enjoy

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Fantastic Fourth of July inspired craft for the entire family to enjoy

F ireworks Safety Tips for Your At Home Extravaganzas from the American Academy of Pediatrics

​​​​​​ any other day of the year, would you hand On your child matches or a flaming candle to play with? Probably, a hard no. You work so hard all year long to keep your child safe. Did you know that there were about 900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers in 2019. Roughly 800 more injuries were related to firecrackers, and 400 more to bottle rockets. With many 4th of July fireworks shows cancelled because of COVID-19 this year, there’s been a big jump in consumer fireworks sold. Lighting fireworks in the backyard or nearby field might seem like a festive and fun way to entertain the kids. However, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured each year while using fireworks. Most of these injuries happen in the month around the 4th of July. In fact, an average of 180 people go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries every day during this time!

Don’t let the 4th of July mess with your common sense.

SAFER WAYS TO CELEBRATE View from a distance. While there are fewer community firework displays this year, some are going forward with firm social distancing rules in place. Some communities will be launching the fireworks higher so they can be seen from farther distances. Others are being held in parking lots so families can stay in their cars to view them. In addition, some displays will be televised for home viewing. Wave a flag instead of a sparkler. Sparklers may seem relatively harmless, as fireworks go. But according to the CPSC, nearly half of fireworks injuries to children 4 | CENTRALARPARENT.COM | July 2020

under age 5 are related to sparklers. Surprising? Consider this: • Sparklers burn at an extremely high heat: 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals. • Sparks can ignite clothing on fire and cause eye injuries. • Touching a lit sparkler to skin can result in third degree burns. If you choose to light fireworks this year, keep your family safe and follow the following Fireworks Safety Tips:

Fireworks Safety Tips Use only legal fireworks.

Buy only fireworks that are approved by your state. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper.

Keep water close. Even CLOSER.

Do not forget to place a bucket of water nearby in case of emergency. Keep in mind to douse burned fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash bin.

Keep a distance from the firework.

Once you have lit the fuse, move a way immediately. In case the firework did not light properly, douse it with water and do not attempt to relight it.

Use fireworks outdoors.

Remember to use only fireworks outside and away from wooden and other flammable materials. Make sure children are a way from fireworks.

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Zane Porterfield Age


Zane is “all boy” through and through. It takes a lot to get him down. When he falls he gets right back up, MIGHT ask for a kiss on his boo boo, and then moves right along. On a any given day, you may find Zane digging for worms or riding the tractor and 4-wheeler with his papa. When he isn’t doing that, he is planning his method of attack as a sniper during a Nerf gun war with his big brother, Gavin. He and Gavin also play Favorite Food in the mud, dirt, and rain and his sweet mom has come to terms with the number of times clothes might Place to eat have to be changed because of said/dirt/mud in order to keep it out of the house. Zane also takes every chance he can to spend time with his pappy riding next to him in the side-by-side.

Popcorn Cactus Jacks

This time of year, he also loves going to the Splash Pad in Conway.

Favorite Color


These days, Zane would want all of you to be sure and use your “hanitzer”(hand-sanitizer) and make your list of all the things you will do when the “corona-virus is gone.”


If Zane’s mom, Marilyn, could give any advice to us parents out there navigating the parenting day-to-day, it would be: BE FLEXIBLE with your parenting style, even from kid-to-kid in the same family. Each child learns and will process things differently. There is no set way to parent. Just remember to LOVE BIG and have lots of laughter!


Patriotic Windsocket O R N E R

Toilet Paper Roll Kids Craft

Let’s face it. Quarantine season has left us with an abundance of toilet paper rolls! Why not re-purpose and spend time with the family creating these adorable windsockets to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Our craft this month is from A Pinch of Perfect! You can follow Katie on Facebook or Pinterest or visit her site for an amazing vault of family activities for ALL AGES! SUPPLIES 4 Toilet paper rolls Red, White, and Blue paint Paint brush Streamers and/or ribbon Yarn or String Hole puncher Glue DIRECTIONS 1. Paint the toilet paper rolls and let them dry. 2. Punch 1 hole at the top of each toilet paper roll. 3. Glue the toilet paper rolls together making sure the holes are at the top and pointing outwards. 4. Cut 2 pieces of yarn and tie to the top of the toilet paper holes making an X across the top. 5. Cut 4 streamers and any ribbon you may want to add to the tail of the windsock. Glue or tape the streamers to the inside of the toilet paper rolls. TIPS If you are like me, you hate waiting patiently for glue to dry. You can opt to use tape instead! For my 2 year old, Henry, we also opted to use self sticking foam shapes. I tend to get a little stressed with messes. These hacks really help keep craft time fun for the Kelleys. If adding ribbon, it is suggested stapling it if you are putting your windsock outside. A windy day might carry your ribbon away if only tape is used. *July craft courtesy of A Pinch of Perfect. All photos are property of A Pinch of Perfect.


Red, White, and Blue Krispy Treats These patriotic rice krispy treats are a fun and easy way to dress up this classic sweet for the holiday. All you need are rice krispy treats, candy melts, sprinkles and popsicle sticks to make a fun snack that the kids will go crazy over! Want more fun recipes for all ages to enjoy whipping up? Check out Sara’s page, Dinner At The Zoo! INGREDIENTS 12 Prepackaged Marshmallow treats 3 cups of candy melts in red, blue and white 1/2 cup of Star Shaped Sprinkles or Patriotic Colors Parchment Paper DIRECTIONS 1. Push a popsicle stick into each rice krispy treat. 2. Place each color of candy melt in a bowl. Microwave each bowl in 30 second increments or until candy is melted. Stir until smooth. 3. Dip each treat into the red, white or blue candy melts. Add sprinkles and set on parchment paper. 4. Let set until dry, then serve. TIPS Learn from me, there is a reason for the 30 second increments when melting chocolate. Burned candy isn’t appetizing. If you don’t get to this snack in time for the holiday, do what parents do best and adapt. Change out the candle melt colors for those of the season to take out the patriotic look. Putting the popsicle sticks in first will help keep little fingers off the treat your guests are to eat and will prevent their hands from getting more melted goodness all over them!


*July recipe courtesy of All photos are property of


Get Active. Get Outdoors! An in-depth look at Wooly Hollow State Park

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We had a great time exploring Wooly Hollow State Park. We loved that this amazing park had FREE admission with ample parking and is located in nearby Greenbrier. Wooly Hollow offers camping (with fee), hiking trails, and a swim beach. Our kiddos loved exploring the trail and found the waterfall. It wasn’t the waterfall we all expected though, rather more of large cascading series of rocks with small rapids. It was still beautiful and we managed to sneak our toes in the water to cool off and enjoy the pools. So, it’s definitely worth putting on your explorer’s cap and hiking the trail! We would give this a toddler rating of approved. Most of the lower trail (entrance across from the big pavilion, before all the rv sites) was easily managed by several older 2 and 3 year olds that we crossed paths with. Our 6 year old has a shorter stride, thus some natural steps were a bit big for him- some aid was necessary. Our youngest did stumble, as did I, a few times over roots and rocks. All in all the lower trail is toddler approved. The upper trail, from the campsites (you enter on the stairs before passing the Welcome Center) is most likely tough, though doable, with the toddler crowd. We didn’t see any tots on this side. Our 6 year old pushed limits with the narrowness and downward slope of the trail. There were several places that were uncomfortable to let him venture. Our bigger kiddos completed these parts with

little to no challenge. Our sensory rating would be some prep required. Our kiddo with sensitive skin benefited from high socks, though they were warm. Whew! Our kiddo on the spectrum probably would have handled all the brush on his legs better if we had thought to have him wear compression leggings, ie baseball pants or Under Armor pants. The rocks also were a lot under his feet even though he wore tennis shoes. It was simply rough terrain. Fortunately, we had done some social stories and he knew to expect rocks. Yippee! Its not really feasible to utilize the picture schedule on the trail, so we chose our words very carefully to indicate expectations of time. We circled the entire park on our hike. It took us nearly 3 hours with several breaks plus a small play in the water activity. Heads up, cell service is spotty. Take plenty of water. There are several markers on the paths, and the trails are super easy to follow. There were numerous families with leashed, friendly dogs. The canopy over the paths provided plenty of shade. We were on foot. There are bike trails though. Wooly Hollow State Park was a wonderful adventure. Our family made many wonderful memories.

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Finding Your Faith:

Thanking God for our Freedoms an excerpt from On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” This weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea will gather family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate their liberty with cookouts and local festivities on the Fourth of July. The warmth of early summer and the sounds of children will fill the air as patriotic music pulls at our hearts. Fireworks will be painted overhead on a canvas of clear night sky. This favorite day of summer provides the opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate the precious freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in this country. And while it’s important to be with family and friends on this day, it’s also good to reflect on why we’re celebrating. Our early forebears left England for the unfamiliar shores of America mainly because they were unhappy under the tyranny of religious persecution. Since those dawning years of our country, many others have migrated for the same reason. They gave up everything for the right to freely worship God here. Among the many freedoms our country guarantees, what we as believers particularly hold dear is the right to worship God and to read His Word, the Bible, freely. In many countries on this earth, this freedom still does not exist. Here at Bibles for America, we are so thankful that we can spread His Word across this nation. This is something we do not take for granted; we thank God for the establishing of this country with such freedoms. This July 4th, as we watch fireworks and wave flags in celebration, may we also pause to reflect on our nation’s heritage. As the festivities end and the last trails of smoke glide across the summer night sky, take a moment to solemnly thank God for all that our freedom allows.


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This is the July Issue of Central Arkansas Parent Magazine - a go to resource for Parents in Central Arkansas to find activities for the who...

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