Collection We Need to Teach Our Daughters to know the difference between: a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her a man who views her as property and a man who views her properly a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her a man who believes he's a gift to women, and a man who believes she's a gift to him and then we need to teach our sons to be that kind of a man.
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Holiday break has started for my family; the kids have two weeks off of school and we celebrated Christmas! It's a special time to enjoy each other and create some holiday memories. In Naples, our Zoo has a tradition of giving the animals presents to open. I'm sure they enjoy the fun of ripping the paper off just like we do! I look forward to viewing all the holiday lights in town. There are a few places where you can drive your car through the neighborhood and ooooh and ahhhhh at all the amazing light decorations. This month's giveaway is a 1 year paid subscription to The Heartbeat Connection Magazine. Each month, for one year, one lucky winner will be mailed a print copy to the address of their choice. Please make sure to visit the Giveaway section on our website for more details. If you'd like to be a contributor or are interested in advertising, visit our website or send us an email at email@example.com!
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What do you say we make some cookies again? Today we could make them in the shape of hearts with these beautiful and new cookie cutters that I bought together with my mom. Yes, I know, I’m obsessed, but I really like kneading, making cookies with my cutters and throwing the flour everywhere! My look today is really colorful with polka dots, stripes and lots of red. The sweater is from last year, but that’s ok even this year. Here it is, what do you think? - Fiammisday.com Blogger Simona from Florence, Italy
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We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop hiking because we grow old---we grow old because we stop hiking. I found this quote by Finis Mitchell and it reminds me we need to move---get out and do physical things, not just ride in our cars, but really get out into nature. Our state and national parks are natural treasures. While some are closed for the winter, many are still at least partly accessible---those with snow are magical this time of year. Many people plan yearly pilgrimages to parks for cross-country skiing, snow machining, or just the spectacular views they provide. Have you ever seen a small herd of buffalo in the winter? They are surrounded by a fog from breathing into the cold air. How about a deer or fox bounding through the snow? Wonderous! Our national and state parks are amazing places to enjoy nature, especially with friends and family. For national parks, see http://www.nps.gov/state/fl/index.htm?program=parks and for finding state parks, go to http://www.americasstateparks.org/. Pictures below are of America's first national park, Yellowstone.
Yellowstone covered with snow in winter.
Cross-country skiing is a fun way to travel.
Buffalo roam the park year-round.
Many enjoy snowmachining in parts of the park.
Deep blue of this thermal pool is beautiful in the snow.
This fox is looking for his next meal! Note: Photos from Google Images.
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Our cover photo is of Adela Gallegos. She is my friend Frances' youngest of 3 daughters. She's a freshman at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque New Mexico. The photo was taken at Kim Jew Photography studios in Albuquerque. Kim Jew is well known and a cool guy, as per Frances, but he didn't take these himself. Frances bought the copyrights to use the photos as she would like. She posted the photos on Facebook, and they were so beautiful I had to make a request to use them in The Heartbeat Connection Magazine! Frances had 8th grade graduation photos of each of her girls after they graduated. She then retakes them after their Senior year. So this way they have professional pictures of all 3 of her children at 8th grade graduation and high school graduation. It has now become a tradition.
Frances' Family and their friends. Top of the Tram! With Andres Gallegos, Lindley Gallegos, Luke Prichard, Adela Gallegos, Louie Volk IV and Rachel Gallegos.
by Shelly Aristizabal of Healthy Living Concierge MOST KIDS CRAVE NOVELTY—the newest video game, the latest, greatest . . . well, you know the drill. But, at the holidays, they're transformed from thrill seekers to traditionalists. If your family has done it before, your kids will want to do it again. There's something reassuring about pulling the top off the old ornament box or remembering who's turn it is to place the star on top of the tree. In a world where nearly everything's disposable, traditions remind us that some things were meant to last. We've gathered ten traditions that do everything from bring together faraway relatives to kindle the spirit of giving. So, this year, if you're shopping for the perfect gift, creations, whose cockeyed charm so perfectly capture the why not try a new tradition? Unlike most presents, they're creativity of your child at a particular moment in time. inexpensive, need no wrapping and will last nearly forever. This year, why not take the idea a step further and let your 1. Remember the Animals kids put a little bit of themselves into the decorations-Legend has it that on Christmas Eve, all animals are literally. Each child gets to choose a photo of himself or granted the ability to speak until daybreak. While this herself to incorporate into an ornament, which can be as tradition doesn't guarantee you a verbal thank-you from simple as a Popsicle-stick frame or as sophisticated as a the neighborhood wildlife, it would be nice to leave a treat decoupaged Styrofoam ball. The only requirement is that the for your animal friends when food is scarce. finished product reflect the personality of its maker (and include the year in which it was made). Your kids will have 2. Read a Holiday Story Every Night fun comparing their faces over the years, and you'll love What better way to invent a new tradition than to combine seeing your tree transformed into a virtual family album. two old ones? In this case, we've melded the classic Advent calendar-- perennially popular with kids and adults--with 4. Celebrate the Solstice another favorite family pastime: holiday reading. Begin by collecting a stack of holiday and winter books and picking It's no wonder that lights are part of every winter celebration. a date to start reading (December 1 is an obvious choice). Twinkling against the backdrop of winter's darker days, they Choose a title for each night you'll be reading, and write stand out as festive and cheery, especially on the longest each title on a scrap of paper. (For longer works like A night of the year--the winter solstice (December 21). Marking Christmas Carol, select an individual chapter.) Then stash this day with a simple celebration of light is not only a nice all your scraps in a jar, and at the appointed reading hour way to teach your kids about the seasons, but it can also be a let each family member take a turn picking the night's calming break from the hectic holiday pace. literary fare (no peeking, please, to maintain that Advent 5. Start a Toy Workshop calendar element of surprise). You can also take turns Set aside a day during the holidays to transform your reading; preliterate family members get to choose a playroom into Santa's workshop. Unlike the original at the designated reader. North Pole, yours won't be turning out new toys but recycling • Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore old ones--all those outgrown, no-longer-beloved playthings. • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Have each of your kids select a few old toys to rejuvenate and • The New Testament give to a needy child. When all the toys are groomed and • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg ready to go, arrange to donate them to kids in need. Contact • Seven Candles For Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney local shelters, church groups and civic organizations to find • Inside-Out Grandma by Joan Rothenberg out how. Your kids will take pride in a good deed well done • How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and you'll marvel at all that extra storage space, at least for a • The Twelve Cats Of Christmas by Kandy Radzinski few weeks. 3. Create a Photo Ornament For most families, ornaments are more than decorations; they're memories in miniature. Especially the homemade
6. Light a Remembrance Candle Gone for most of us are the days when the entire family assembled for the holidays at Grandma's. Today, Grandma
is just as likely to live across two time zones, as are uncles, aunts and cousins. So, how do you bring loved ones together? Light a Remembrance Candle. 7. Send Off a Holiday Box Unlike your average holiday parcel, the Christmas box is short on glitz and requires minimal assembly. It's just a cardboard box your kids can fill with things that tell a story about where they live and the lives they lead there: seashells, pressed flowers, pinecones, postcards with a local theme, edible items, trading cards, ticket stubs-anything that says "me" and "mine." (Don't forget drawings and photos.) The idea is to make the box a reciprocal affair--while your kids are assembling one for their cousins upstate, their cousins will be putting together a similar box for them. After the boxes have been exchanged, ask your kids which was more fun: making one or receiving one. They'll probably be hard-pressed to choose--and isn't that what the holidays are all about? 8. Surprise a Public Servant It may shock your kids to learn that not everyone gets to take time off around the holidays. Firefighters, police officers and many other public servants give up their holidays to make sure that ours are safe and happy. If your family would like to play Surprise Santa, start by contacting someone in local government (town hall is usually a good place to begin) to find out where to go. But make sure your visit stays a secret--the element of stealth adds a little extra zip to your act of holiday charity. 9. Make a Global Wish List A wish list for the world. To make your own global wish list, ask each family member to contribute at least one idea that would make the world a better place. (Don't worry if the ideas seem overly optimistic--that's the point.) After you've made your list, choose one (or more) that you can actually help to implement. 10. Cure the Postholiday Blues Here is one family's method for banishing the postholiday blues. Every year, usually on January 6 (the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of the traditional 12 days of Christmas), the family has a quiet supper before taking down the tree. Beside each plate is a small package holding a single button, which has been chosen for its significance to the recipient: a flower button for a gardener, an anchor for a sailing fan and so on. Each person sews the new button on his or her stocking before packing it away until next year. My friend marvels that her kids are as excited to unwrap their buttons as they are to tear through the packages on Christmas.
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Health & Wellness Q: Is There Something in Turkey that Makes You Sleepy? A: Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in it, an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can't manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. So you might think that if you eat a lot of turkey, your body would produce more serotnin and you would feel calm and want a nap. That was the conclusion that led many people to begin taking a dietary supplement of tryptophan in the 1980s as a way to treat insomnia, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned tryptophan supplements in 1990 because of an outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia, a syndrome that causes muscle pain and even death. The FDA said contaminated tryptophan supplements caused the outbreak [source: FDA]. But nutritionists and other experts say that the tryptophan in turkey probably won't trigger the body to produce more serotonin because tryptophan works best on an empty stomach. The tryptophan in a Thanksgiving turkey has to vie with all the other amino acids that the body is trying to use. So only part of the tryptophan makes it to the brain to help produce serotonin. For more information visit www.healthylivingconcierge.com
by Nicole Flothe Interview from Julie Thomas of Project Outreach with Hannah and her parents. Hannah: My name is Hannah and I am 9 years old. For my birthday, I got the Rainbow loom and was planning to make bracelets to sell and make money for Christmas. My mom told me about the lady suffering with a brain tumor that lost her husband and that has 7 children. As mom is telling me the story, I was feeling bad thinking they would have no Christmas presents. So I told mom that I want to sell the bracelets and give them the money so they could have Christmas presents. So far I have been able to raise $301.00. Hannah's parents: Hannah loves children. She has a heart for the hurting and those in need, especially children. God showed us this compassion about 3 years ago while Hannah and her mom were watching the movie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Game Plan,â&#x20AC;? where a man finds out he has a daughter when she shows up at his doorstep. The girl was allergic to nuts and it was during the scene where they were at a restaurant, the dad was just finding out more about the girl who ate a piece of pie that contained nuts. She started to swell and have difficulty breathing. The father grabs the girl and runs through the streets of Boston to get her to the hospital. Hannah was sitting on the floor and next thing mom knows is that she is faced down crying for this girl. She then said she was going to grow up and be a doctor for kids.
"For I was Hungry and you Fed me. I was Thirsty and you gave me a Drink. I was a Stranger and YOU invited me in." Matthew 25:35
We know God has plans for her as well as our son, plans to prosper them and not harm them. We give God all the glory for what He is doing in our children. We as parents can teach our kids to love, serve others, treat others kindly, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of the heart. Only God can work in a heart and move people to act.
Julie Thomas: Sweet 9yr old Hannah presented our widow with 7 children all the proceeds from the bracelets she made and sold. The total was $301! Hannah wanted her to have it so she could buy Christmas gifts for her children. Way to go Hannah!!!
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My nephew, Austin, was involved in a car accident last March and has been making by Nicole Flothe progress on recovering. He flew home to Alaska from Baltimore and stayed a while at Providence hospital while his parents got Tina's mom's home ready for the family to move into. My brother and sister-in-law have been busy setting up the home for all of Austin's medical equipment, rehab machines and nursing care.
been making gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies with his cousins and he decorated cookies with his sister Madison. One of the miracles of his recovery is his full and functional mind. I remember when the Doctors told us they weren't sure he'd be able to talk or communicate with us. He now Skypes with family and has a private in-house teacher that comes and teaches him his kindergarden lessons. He currently can't lift his hands or legs routinely on his own, but can tell you specifically what color he wants on his cookie or sprinkles.
When they first arrived in Alaska, Austin is vent supported for his breathing and his lungs were having difficulty from the long flight. With continued prayers and support from the medical team he was cleared to go home with around the clock nursing care and rehab.
Austin was the cover boy for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc. They did a feature story called An Alaskan Cub and His Mama Bear. They shared the story of his accident and how he was revived by the first responders, his first miracle. His second miracle was when the doctors told Tina and Hunter that Austin was brain dead and when Tina noticed that Austin had grimaced when she kissed him, she "knew he was still in there" and she began to unleash her Mama Bear in full force. They then traveled to Seattle where Austin was stabilized with a spinal fusion from C1 to T5 at the Seattle Children's Hospital. For further rehab Tina researched the best locations and found Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The story goes on to tell about the Ronald McDonald House Charities and how thankful Tina and Hunter are to have used their facilities.
Our family was blessed to celebrate his first Thanksgiving since the tragic accident with him via FaceTime. With the support of Austin's Facebook family they have been able to buy a bike that provides his daily therapy. Austin was paralyzed from the car accident, and with this bike therapy his arms and legs are stimulated so they might be reprogrammed and function again on their own. We continue to pray and believe for his healing and thank all those out there that are sharing his story so that he can continue to get the support that he needs. Recently, with the Christmas holidays they have
You can read updates on Austin via Facebook: Facebook.com/AustinErvinHealing
by Cheryl Flothe
CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE Do you find yourself spending too much time in the kitchen on Christmas morning? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delicious make ahead breakfast casserole recipe from Food.com that got rave reviews! It was originally in Southern Living Magazine. You put it together the night before and refrigerate. The next morning, take it out of the frig while you heat the oven and cook.--easy! You could even warm up some cinnamon rolls to go with it. Happy Holidays Everyone!
Ingredients 1 lb ground sausage ( "hot" or "sage" flavored) 1/4 cup chopped onion 2-1/2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes 5 large eggs, lightly beaten 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( 2 cups) 1-3/4 cups milk 1 cup baking mix 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
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Directions 1. Cook sausage and onion in large frying pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until meat crumbles. 2. Stir in hash browns, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and hash browns are lightly browned. 3. Drain mixture well on paper towels. 4. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9inch baking dish. 5. A stoneware baking dish works really well. 6. Stir together the lightly beaten eggs, shredded cheese, milk, baking mix, salt and pepper. 7. Pour evenly over sausage/hashbrown mixture. 8. Stir well. 9. Cover and chill for 8 hours. 10. Bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 11. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 12. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
13. You can also keep the casserole warm until you are ready to eat by covering it with foil and putting it in a 200 degree oven. Top with sour cream and your favorite sauce.
by Cheryl Flothe December’s a busy and expensive month---with entertaining, gift buying, and kids home from school for two weeks eating everything in sight! Some of us opt for expensive family vacations, but most can’t afford one. I’m sure you’ve heard the, “I’m Bored” chorus too many times! The internet has a wealth of family activities that are an answer to this chorus--and most suggestions are fairly inexpensive!
Take notes and photos as you walk around the neighborhood or go on a hike. Put your photos and thoughts into a small book about your “Safari.”
Sledding and ice skating for people in cold climates; beach and hiking for those in warmer areas. And the back yard has endless possibilities for exercise. Get out the volley ball or badminton nets, Frisbees, croquet sets, balls, and Frisbees!
Adventures in Reading Visit your local library or bookstore for good books to read or how-to books for craft projects. A book can take your “bored” family places they’ve never been!
These are always a favorite with my grandkids...Inside can be pretty elaborate, with creative ideas for clues and a prize at the end. Outdoors, scavenger hunts are a good nature activity.
Field Trips Visits to your local Imaginarium, zoo, or museum are always fun.
Journaling The end of the year’s a good time to begin a journal. Kids have time to set one up and spend time getting used to keeping a journal. Don’t forget to have kids add thankfulness and feelings into the journals--it’s a good stress reliever.
There’s lots going on around the holidays--Christmas tree lights drives, plays, musicals, and holiday programs.
Parks & Recreation Many local parks have basketball courts, playgrounds, activities, bicycling trails, swimming, and even organized camps.
Family Time Possibilities are endless----movie or game nights (with popcorn and snacks), indoor or backyard campouts (complete with tents), craft or art projects. Regular family times create warm memories for your whole family and bring you closer together.
December Apps by Nicole Flothe
Into Tomorrow's Holiday Shopping using Your Tech... by Beth Gatrell If you're Holiday shopping, look no further than online. eGift Cards can be sent right from your computer or mobile device to your recipients' email address within minutes. One of the favorite gifts to receive is money, and with the help of American Express, you can send just that. You can also send eGift
I was happy to be able to find the snowflake apps again for this holiday season. My kids had so much fun running their fingers over the iPhone, "cutting" the paper, then seeing the finished results! Happy Snowflake and My Flake are both winners for this winter! A few other crafty apps for this month are the Mondi Snowglobe and Christmas Color by Number. A few games to enjoy are Left vs Right and Money for kids just learning to count change. Some great resource apps that I have recently been using are Nexercise, InstaMag, and Fiverr. I know after the holidays having an exercise plan app will be super helpful for my new years resolution! Hope you enjoy your holidays!
cards from your favorite stores such as Toys R Us, Home Depot, Hollister, Victoria's Secret and more. Giving the gift of coffee is easy with Starbucks and you can even send a pizza, thanks to Papa John's, from your home computer or mobile device. Many people like music and you can give them that gift instantly with an eGiftcard to Spotify where they can create their own custom playlists and stations as well as taking their music on the go all without interruption from advertisments. You can also send eGiftcards from iTunes and Google Play which can be instantly redeemed for music, movies, games and apps. If comic books are what your gift recipient likes you can send them an eGift card for DC Comics and they can download right then and there to their favorite viewing device. Barnes & Noble has a great selection of eGift Cards for the book reader, as well. Wishing all of our Friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year... "Into Tomorrow."
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by Nicole Flothe I volunteered at my kid's school this year and one day was asked to bring kids to the mobile vision clinic and stay with them while they waited for their eye exam. The motorcoach on the outside was decorated with information about the foundation and their mascot, the magical bunny with glasses. I went inside and there was a total transformation with a long couch for the kids to sit and wait, a place for them to stand and do a vision test, and a colorful interior with music for entertainment in the 37 foot Vision Mobile. In 1999, Florida's Vision Quest developed a fully equipped mobile "optometric office" that travels to schools throughout Florida. A licensed eye care professional provides comprehensive vision exams to "at risk" students. An optical technician assists with frame selection and adjustment and beautiful high-quality new eyeglasses may be manufactured on the spot. Children walk back to their classroom able to see clearly, sometimes for the very first time. High prescription eyeglasses are sent back to the lab for manufacture. Over 4,000 eye examinations and glasses, when prescribed, were provided free of charge by Florida's Vision Quest to low-income children. For more info visit FLVQ.org.
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