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Growing Up! Research has shown that being kind makes us happier and also is contagious, inspiring others to be kind as well. For example, one such study published in the Journal of Social Psychology linked performing acts of kindness to an increase in life satisfaction.

A 4-Step process for

making kindness an everyday habit In 2017

"Making kindness a habit changes lives – your own life and others," van Rij says. "I believe we're born with innate kindness, but we've just forgotten about it because we're always running. We're just too busy doing other things and we need to remind ourselves to be kind."

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She says we as a society have dropped the ball on human kindness and it's time we picked it back up. "I truly believe that we are all born with innate kindness, but then the hand that feeds us or the environment makes us abandon it pretty fast," van Rij says. "By the time we are 5, we have learned to compete and to strive for success. It's time for a new measuring stick for success." She says by following a four-step process, people can put a little more kindness in the world and quickly fall into the habit of committing kindness every day: • Be kind to yourself. It's hard to have the patience to be kind to others if we can't even take the time to be kind to ourselves. "This might seem selfish, but it's not," van Rij says. "By being kind to ourselves, we shape our attitude toward others." • Answer rudeness with kindness. This one is difficult, van Rij acknowledges. "When someone is rude to you, the first thing you do is instantly react and not always in a positive way," she says. "And the second thing you do is say it's about me. They were nasty to me." But van Rij says it's not about you, it's about the emotion. By answering rudeness with kindness, you diffuse the situation and there's also a certain satisfaction in seeing the change in the attitude of the person who was rude. • Watch your delivery. The tone that accompanies your words is as important as what you are saying. Do you need to soften your tone? Does what you say sound more aggressive than what you mean? Body language also can send a message you didn't intend, so be aware of your body language and your facial expressions. • Acknowledge kindness when you see it. When you acknowledge the kind acts you see, that person will be encouraged to continue to spread kindness. Acknowledging kindness in others also will serve as a reminder to you about how you can show kindness. "Unfortunately, one of the reasons we don't always treat each other well is that we are a fear-based society, and fear only breeds more fear," van Rij says. "But luckily there is an antidote because just as fear breeds more fear, I believe kindness grows more kindness." About Gabriella van Rij Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global) is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating. She began her life as an orphan in Pakistan, and today is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She also is the author ofI Can Find My Might and I Can Find My Might.

Every now and then we like to focus on important community events that happen around South Florida and other cities and in this issue we focus on Aids Walk Miami 2017. The event continues to be Miami’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness fundraiser which attracts thousands of participants who walk together to support Care Resource and Food For Life Network food bank and also support the fight against HIV and Aids. Sprinkles Magazine will walk once again this year and join the many thousands who walk together for a great cause! Aids Walk Miami 2017 will take place on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at Soundscape Park in Miami Beach. For more info please go to: www.aidswalkmiami.org

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Teaching Money Lessons To Kids Who Don't Have It As Tough As You Did

The hardest thing about upward mobility – the socalled American dream – is attaining it. Perhaps the second hardest thing is this: Once you've risen from a hardscrabble upbringing and gained financial success, how do you pass the traits that helped get you there – hard work, accountability, passion and discipline – on to your children? The natural inclination is to give them all the things you never had – and to shield them from the worries you experienced growing up. But that won't help them long term. "You can't duplicate your humble beginnings for them," says wealth management advisor Rebecca Walser of Walser Wealth (www.walserwealth. com). "But you can teach your kids the skills they'll need when they're making their own way in the world." Walser, a successful tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in working with high net worth clients, says one of her earliest memories is of being 4 years old and flipping a light switch in her home, only to have nothing happen. "That's when I learned about money and bills, and that if you don't pay the electric bill, the lights won't come on," she says. Her children – ages 9, 7 and 4 – haven't experienced anything quite like that, but she still wants them to understand money. One way she accomplishes that is they get weekly allowances to cover their expenses, and they must budget everything for themselves. "When we set a limit, we set a limit," Walser says. "Mom and Dad aren't going to bail them out if they are a quarter short on a toy they want." Here are some other tips Walser has for helping fortunate kids understand finances:

• Experiment with delayed gratification. Remember the old Stanford University "marshmallow experiments" from the 1960s and '70s? A child was offered a choice between one small but immediate reward (usually a marshmallow) or two rewards if he or she could wait until the tester came back after about 15 minutes. In follow-up studies, the researchers found those who could wait longer tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, body mass index and educational success. • Don't keep the kids in the dark. Children often are unaware of all the unseen expenses that go into running a household. Make sure they know there's a cost for electricity, water, cable and home maintenance. • Needs vs. wants. How often have you heard your child say, "But I need those jeans!" There's a big difference between wanting a designer label and needing new pants. Tell your teen you'll give her a reasonable amount of money to buy the jeans – but if she requires more for what she wants, it's on her. It's amazing how quickly kids change their mind about needing something when they're paying for it. • Work it out. Your children may not need or want to work, but a job can teach a lot about having a solid work ethic, the importance of getting a good education and competition in the marketplace. Volunteering can have similar benefits. Parents want to give their children every advantage, Walser says, and that's just what you're doing if you prepare them to better deal with realworld financial decisions. "A little tough love now will go a long way towards preventing an unwelcome sense of entitlement from your kids and keeping them out from under a cloud of debt when they're older," she says. Walser has the support of her husband – from humble beginnings himself – whose family routinely says "the best thing my father ever gave me was nothing." Walser sums this all up by admitting that "finding the right balance, when you do have something to give, is the key to providing a more comfortable life for your children without quenching that inner drive that we all are born with to make something of ourselves – something that cannot just be handed to you.

About Rebecca Walser Rebecca Walser is a licensed tax attorney and certified financial planner who specializes in working with high net worth individuals, families and businesses at Walser Wealth (www.walserwealth.com). She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Florida and her masters of law degree in taxation from New York University.

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10 WAYS TO KEEP KIDS SAFER ONLINE Technology can be a boon to every family, offering dozens of fun and engaging ways to connect with kids and bond over shared activities—including options that are both entertaining and educational in nature. As digital parents and educators already know, a wide range of devices allow children to take part in virtual interactions and playdates, and enjoy great escapes nearly anytime, anywhere. Just a few options that can help you get connected include: • Computers and Laptops • Tablet PCs • Internet-ready TVs • eReaders • Smartphones • Video Game Systems Similarly, a small sampling of activities and amusements that parents and kids can enjoy online follows: • Arts & Crafts • Educational & Learning Apps • Games • Online Videos • Puzzles • Reading and Storybooks But before introducing high-tech devices into the home and in the classroom,and allowing kids Internet access, especially outside of direct adult supervision, it’s also vital to teach them online safety basics, though. Important to consider: Millions of children can and do enjoy safe, fun and uplifting high-tech playdates with friends every single day. But just as young tots are required to ride in car seats and bike riders don helmets, so too must parents and teachers provide guidance and protection before shooing kids out to play online. Following are 10 Internet safety rules that kids and adults of all ages should observe when engaging in connected conversations, interactions or playdates: 8

1. Always play and browse on trusted sites – parents and teachers should take time to research and get to know websites that children and students will visit online. House and classroom rules should also be set about what types of activities, play and content are appropriate. 2. Never share personal information (e.g. your name, address, hometown, birthday, school or telephone number) online. 3. Never upload pictures or video of yourself onto the Internet where they can be accessed by strangers. 4. Never tell people where you’re currently located or headed soon, including when and where you’re headed out on vacation. 5. Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated – good sportsmanship pays. 6. Don’t download pictures, click on email attachments, or visit unsolicited online links from an unknown source. 7. Don’t be afraid to come forward and discuss it if you see something that you have a question about online. 8. Don’t forget that everyone is, to some extent, playing a character online – in-game or otherwise. 9. Set limits on screen time: 60 to 90 minutes makes a good starting point. Every hour of online activity should also be balanced with equal or greater time away from high-tech devices. 10. Play nicely together. Remember: Everyone should get a turn, and have a good time! The more positive and encouraging you are, the more fun you and your kids will have – and the easier you’ll find it to convince children to spend quality time together. Award-winning professional speaker Scott Steinberg is among today’s best-known trends experts and futurists, and the bestselling author of Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in a Digital World, Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty and Millennial Marketing: Bridging the Generation Gap. The founder of Select nightlife magazine, and host of Next Up on NewsWatch, his website is www.AKeynoteSpeaker.com.

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Turning Pain Into Passion:

How Five Women are Saving Babies Across the U.S.

With a bold vision for the future, five Iowa women who created the Count the Kicks public awareness campaign, are unveiling a plan to save six thousand babies a year in the U.S. Turning their pain into fuel, the five women who all lost daughters to stillbirth or infant death, are now advocating kick counting to expectant moms. Since the Count the Kicks campaign began in Iowa in 2009, the state's stillbirth rate has dropped by 26 percent. Iowa has gone from 33rd worst stillbirth rate to third lowest in the country. No other state has seen results this dramatic. In contrast, the country's stillbirth rate has remained stagnant. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that 24,000 babies are lost to stillbirth every year in the U.S. That's one baby every 22 minutes. "If we can reduce the national stillbirth rate by 26 percent as Count the Kicks has done in Iowa, we will reach our goal of saving six thousand babies every year. We are excited to spend the next several years and beyond working to save babies and their families. This is our way of honoring our daughters," said Count the Kicks Co-Founder Kate Safris. Count the Kicks teaches the method for, and importance of, tracking fetal movement in the third trimester of pregnancy. Scientific studies show that expectant moms should learn what is a normal movement pattern for their baby and track the movement every day. When “normal� changes, this could be a sign of potential problems and an indication to call their provider. Kerry Biondi-Morlan, Jan Caruthers, Janet Petersen, Kate Safris and Tiffan Yamen, met each other after the loss of their daughters and decided they didn’t want any other families to experience the same grief they had.

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Their non-profit organization, Healthy Birth Day, Inc., currently has a growing network of supportive doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics that give Count the Kicks materials to their patients. They have a free Count the Kicks! app in Google Play and iTunes online stores that allows expectant moms to monitor their baby's movement, record the history, set a daily reminder, count for twins and is available in English and Spanish. Count the Kicks also has passionate Ambassadors in 18 states, a national PSA that's generated more than 300 million viewer impressions, and a monthly Huffington Post blog that reaches moms across the globe. In order to implement their bold vision of saving 6,000 babies every year and to spread the important life-saving message to maternal health care providers and expectant moms across the country, the non-profit organization Healthy Birth Day, Inc. needs to raise $2 million to expand staffing and programming.

The women encourage Count the Kicks supporters to help us reach this goal by: 1. Donate to the Save 6,000 Babies campaign or create your own Count the Kicks fundraiser online by visiting countthekicks.org. 2. Tell every expectant parent you know about the importance of kick counting and to download the FREE Count the Kicks! app. 3. Spread the word about our #Save6KBabies campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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When You're Retired Mohr Keet of South Africa bungee jumped when he was 96, landing himself in the Guinness Board of World Records. Yuichiro Miura of Japan climbed Mount Everest when he was 80. Not everyone in the golden years of life will attempt and accomplish such extraordinary feats, but most people can take steps to keep themselves young – at least in spirit – when they reach retirement. Unfortunately, for many people retirement planning remains fixated on finances, so when the big day arrives they're not quite ready to segue into life's new chapter, says Ann Vanderslice (www.annvanderslice.com), president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, which specializes in advising federal workers about their benefits. "After you've planned for the money, there is still anxiety about retirement," she says. "You don't know what it's like to not work and so there is that emotional part of retirement you need to manage. Sometimes people aren't ready in any way, shape or form." She says a few ways to hang onto a little youthful exuberance while aging gracefully in retirement include: • Be a lifelong learner. Making the effort to learn about new things keeps our brains young. Read something you wouldn't normally read. Sit in on a lecture that a college opens to the public. "Some of my clients mention they took classes in philosophy or in a foreign language," Vanderslice says. "It's proven that those who are lifelong learners have a greater sense of optimism and a lower chance of dementia." • See the world – or at least some of it. There are no doubt plenty of places you haven't ventured out to, some close by and others far away. Traveling and enjoying new experiences is a great way to keep you feeling young and enthusiastic about life, Vanderslice says, whether you head to a state park just an hour's drive away or you board a plane bound for Paris. "Part of the fun of traveling is deciding where you want to go," Vanderslice says. "The sky should be the limit." Don't eliminate anything from your initial list just because of expense, she says. You might be able to find bargains, and because you're retired you can travel any time you want, which allows you go in the off season when prices are lower. • Remember your doctor's advice. Activities such as enrolling in a college class can help keep you mentally young, but you want your body to cooperate, too. "We're always looking for that magic bullet, the easy and quick way to feeling younger," Vanderslice says. "The truth is that those things your doctor tells you – exercise, eat a healthy diet, get the appropriate amount of sleep – are about as close to a magic bullet as you're going to get." "People think that money is the most important aspect of retirement, but it's really No. 2," Vanderslice says. "You can have more than enough money, but if you aren't healthy or doing the things you enjoy, the money won't matter." 14

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Is Homework Really Worth It?

The "Cheat Sheet" Every Parent Needs. Have you heard the buzz about homework and how it may be totally overrated? Many elementary school teachers are opting their classrooms out and even some prestigious high schools are doing away with homework requirements. This leaves lots of parents asking if all the worksheets, study guides, and projects really benefit students while simultaneously questioning how kids will learn to be responsible and disciplined without the age-old practice of doing homework. The bottom line is, homework continues to drive parents crazy no matter how you look at it! 16

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So, what does the research tell us about homework? It says that age matters. Elementary school students really don’t benefit from homework. Middle schoolers show a modest improvement in academic achievement, but moderation is key and more homework is not better! Once kids are in high school, the benefits of doing homework are clearer (especially for math), but setting limits is still important since students who do more than two hours per night don’t necessarily out-perform peers who spend fewer hours hitting the books at home. Taking all of this into consideration, how do you help your child deal with whatever assignments come home on a given night? Here’s a quick parental cheat sheet organized by grade level: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: No homework is A-Okay. • At this age, embrace a no-homework policy if it’s offered. Don’t stress about your child falling behind. • Whether or not homework is assigned, focus on helping your child learn and practice personal responsibility (unpacking their folder/lunch, keeping track of library books) and lay the groundwork for good study habits like working/reading in a screen-free zone. • Contact the teacher if homework time is tearful, stressful, or generally more dramatic than necessary. Brainstorm solutions that make sense for your child knowing that the act of doing more work at home after a full school day may not be the answer. MIDDLE SCHOOL: One hour a day is MORE than enough. • View homework as a way to teach life skills like time management, organization, and prioritizing tasks. Coach your child on getting it done and teachers correct mistakes and give feedback. • Encourage your child to practice personal accountability by emailing teachers if they encounter difficulty or have questions you can’t answer (because, last time I checked, I incapable of doing even simple math the way it’s taught now!). • Set limits and hold sleep sacred! More than an hour of homework per night is too much at this age. Pull the plug at that point and always prioritize sleep knowing that work can be made up while every minute of head-to-pillow contact is precious for developing brains. HIGH SCHOOL: Homework matters (but don’t overdo it!) • Talk about boundaries when it comes to “sharing” work and other strategies students often use to tackle enormous workloads. Make sure your child knows where group work ends, where cheating begins, and how to balance the potential benefits and consequences of their choices. • Let your child take the lead when it comes to how they’ll complete assignments but suggest that they work within a two-hour time-span on any given day. If that’s a struggle, encourage your child to reach out to teachers and fine-tune their approach to homework. Even though your child is older, step in to set limits on social media/technology access during work/study sessions (and stay tuned for more on this in a future blog since most teens are unaware of how their smartphones are sabotaging their study efforts). About the Author: Stephanie O'Leary, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in Neuropsychology, mom of two, and author of Parenting in the Real World. She provides parents with a no-nonsense approach to navigating the daily grind while preparing their child for the challenges they’ll face in the real world. www. stephanieoleary.com sprinklesmagazine.com

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n A e s i a R How To : r e n r a e L Early 11 Best Ways To Teach Your Toddler

Teaching your toddler is going to be exciting, challenging, and tiring! Tiring? You ask! Absolutely. They are these never stopping, ever playing, never sleeping little monsters! Where do they get that energy? Efforts need to come from parents. Period! Parents are the motivation, inspiration, and influence for their kids. Children learn from parents. There may be many ways to start your child on to the path of early learning. But below 11 factors that had helped me when my son was a toddler and have been helping me now with my 20-month-old. 1) Be in the moment This is one of the most important statements for parents. We are more stressed than ever with too many things on our plate. We are happy to engage our toddlers with any gadgets available, or happy if they play by themselves. But what are they learning? What are we teaching? One fine day we realize that they are behind few milestones and we try to rush them. This leads to frustration. I know every child’s development is different. When you are around your toddler, be there at the moment. It’s guaranteed that they are going to have fun and without a doubt, you would too. 2) Have patience Be patient when teaching your toddler. If you want to work on your toddler’s early learning development, you need to learn to be patient. They might throw tantrums; they will get distracted, but you don’t give up! Make sure the little tummies are fed and also make sure they get a good nap. You have to develop patience, can’t stress enough! (strong as steel!). The little monsters will soon follow. Once you teach something to your toddler chances are they will ask you to do it again and again. You might have to keep doing it multiple times. If that is the case, manner, do it. Once you had enough, try to distract by talking to them about something else. Leave all your worries, all your tasks at the shore. Patience comes from being present in the moment. 3) Encourage Use a variety of words to praise them. Like “ fantastic,” “excellent,” “good job,” “marvelous” or “wonderful.” All this builds their vocabulary too! 4) Every Opportunity a Learning Opportunity Whereverw you go, whatever you do, keep asking questions. “What are they saying?,” What is he holding?”. As an example Let’s say you go to a store, ask your toddler what color a particular object is? How many of them, or the name of the object. Teach them, repeat with them. If you do this in manner, they will love it. They like fun! Toddlers would indeed remember such fun stuff. 20

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5) Teaching tools are all around, look for them. Toddler teaching tools are right in front of you, in your house! Use them as your teaching tools. A staircase in your house, plates, Cups, straws, finger food and more!. Chances are there are sets of these cups and plates. Use these cups and plates to teach your toddler to count or to teach your toddler to identify the colors. On a staircase?! count while walking up and down. Jump one step at a time, sing a fun song of numbers. Have stickers at home? Use them to identify colors, put them on to your toddler’s shoulder, head and foot tell them what each body part is and then repeat!. Repetition is the key! 6) Talk talk talk Talking to your child is a key. Talking need not be just talking something. You could sing or read aloud. All of these help in a child's brain development. Whether you are driving a car or putting your little one to sleep or in a kitchen trying to get some chores done, I repeat, Talk Talk Talk. Whenever I drive with my daughter, I keep talking to her. I sing songs (whatever happens in the car stays in the car!). I speak of a tree or a windmill that we saw on our recent trip (by the way, we started calling it "Big Big Fan") or a bus standing next to us. You might feel like you are talking forever, but eventually, it will pay off. 7) Be animated Be Silly You have to become a toddler. Kids love when you are animated or when you act funny. They like to see an adult act silly and funny. Whenever you see something or whenever something unusual happens, get a little animated. My daughter laughs out so loud when my husband acts silly, and soon I have two silly monkeys in my home! They roll on the floor, they run around the house, they play hide-andseek. All these activities are fun. There was this incident when my daughter spilled her juice, So I started saying "Oh no, Oh oh... " She began to repeat it, and when my husband returned from his work, she was telling him with exact expression. "Oh no, Oh oh, Juice"! Your child will learn to be expressive. Manifestations of sadness, happiness, excitement all these developmental skills are vital.

8) Look for Clues To teach your toddler, you don't have to come up with your ideas all the time. If you observe carefully, they provide a lot of ideas to you. My daughter started saying "5 Ghosts" one day, I immediately got her on to counting. I try to add in counting in any activity we do. After teaching her to identify colors for multiple days, my daughter started identifying the colors of the cups. From then on anything we do I keep asking her to identify the colors of anything and everything we see. Consistency is the name of the game. So be consistent. 9) Interactive learning 15- 20 mins of screen time is a great way for them to learn interactively. I would suggest YouTube videos from AJ.Jenkins his voice is so soothing and my daughter learned a lot. Another you could try is Super simple songs. You could also give them a tab or phone. But be careful, it's not easy to take it back. Also, make sure the screen time is minimal. 10) Cognitive Play Always make their activities learn and play. Add building blocks. They are very important for a child's cognitive development. Invest your time in showing them how they are connected. There are amazing building blocks for toddlers and you can check my reviews on building blocks for toddlers. 11) Never think your toddler is too early for something You might think it's too early, but toddlers are capable of doing anything. All infants and toddlers are natural learners whether it's reading or writing. Look for clues you would know what to teach them. A lot of continuous effort is needed from parents. We have a long road ahead of us. But if we develop the patience and enjoy being present and do all the required little things we will soon see them getting ready for their future years and not only that, we would also cherish the quality moments we spend By Madhu Challa together.

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TRIPLE BEZEL CUFF Made from gleaming gold-plated brass, this elegant cuff is decorated with bezel-set crystals that catch the light beautifully. Stack yours with similar pieces. Brass 14k gold plating. www.julessmithdesigns.com

Veestro is the perfect gift for anyone who cares about eating wholesome, nutritious, and delicious meals – but doesn't have the time to cook! We all know how time consuming meal planning/prep/cooking/ and clean up can be. Give mom a few extra hours of free time each week by giving her fully-cooked ready to eat meals that she and the whole family will love. Dishes like breakfast burritos, soba noodles with peanut sauce, and Thai Chik'n Stew will surely please her taste buds. Meals are jam packed with organic plant-based ingredients, no preservatives or questionable components here! The Starter Packincludes 12 meals plus a juice – and it's only $99.

Beautifully bedeck your digits with this timeless, Old World gold ring. It is made up of five strands, two of which are sparkling bands of clear cut crystals. This wrap-style accessory is both radiant and slightly adjustable. Also exists in antique silver and rose gold.

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The Heart of Gold necklace is a fabulous accessory that you can wear with any outfit. This beautiful piece can be worn at all times. www.elizabethmooredesigns.com

Gift Ideas

Labradorite Stretch bracelets with handmade 22K Vermeil beads and charms. One of our favorite pieces. elizabethmooredesigns.com

Authentic Tote Bag in Gold and Black is perfect for everyday use. It's inspirational quote and fabulous look will style up your casual wear on weekends! www.mindfuelnest.com

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Gifts Under $20 for Mom

Don't break your pock et when buying mom a gift this year. Get budget-friendly and shop smart while still giving her something that she'll lo ve but keep the change! Here are so me Gifts Under $20 she will love!

Spread a little inspirati on wherever you go with the Choose Happy tote! It is also a great gift for this Mothe r's Day. www.mindfuelnes t.com

Philosophy Amazing Grace Rollerball Finally people will say, "My, you smell good," rather than "Your fragrance smells good." www.macys.com

Almost Lipstick natural ly tones your lips. It is ric h and very light weight. We love it!

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Small Believe Top Zip Pouch holds all your special on the go items. www.nordstrom.com

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Summer Lunch Recipes Yummy foods that everyone will enjoy! This spring gather round with friends and savor these delicious recipes which are filled with flavor from the very first bite!

Ham and Swiss Sliders Ingredients 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls, sliced open 12 pieces of ham 12 pieces of Swiss cheese, cut to fit roll size 1 stick butter, melted 1/2 T. minced onion 1/2 T. yellow mustard 1 T. Moore’s Original Marinade 1/2 T. poppy seeds 1 tsp. sugar Instructions

Honey BBQ Pigs in Blankets Ingredients 1 large package cocktail weiners 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls 1/2 bottle Moore's Honey BBQ Wing Sauce Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Separate crescent rolls into triangles and then cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles. 3. With a pastry brush, brush the triangles with Moore's Honey BBQ Wing Sauce. 4. Place a cocktail weiner on the wider end of the triangle and roll to the point. 5. Place on a baking sheet, point side down. 6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. 7. Serve with extra Moore's Honey BBQ Wing Sauce for dipping. 24

Melt butter in small saucepan. Remove from heat To the melted butter add onion, mustard, Moore’s, sugar and poppy seeds. Stir to mix Separate rolls and place the bottoms in a sprayed 9”X13” oven safe dish Brush butter mixture over the bottoms of the rolls Stuff each roll with a piece of ham and a piece of cheese Brush the tops of the rolls (inside and out) with the butter mixture At this point you can cover and refrigerate up to two days before baking To bake, cover the dish with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes Then uncover and bake for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown

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Campfire Honey Mustard Hotdogs

Creamy Ranch Buffalo Chicken Tenders Ingredients

Ingredients 1 pack of hotdogs 1 pack of hot dog buns 1 bottle of regular yellow mustard 1 bottle of Moore’s Honey BBQ Sauce Instructions

1 pound Chicken, cut into strips 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch 1/3 cup Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Sauce Cooking Spray and Metal Skewers Instructions

Place uncooked hotdogs on a stick Heat over fire until hotdog is fully cooked Mix equal portions of yellow mustard and Moore’s Honey BBQ Sauce in a bowl, for more kick use more Moore’s Honey BBQ Sauce than mustard Put hotdogs in buns and add honey mustard mixture

1. Mix Cornstarch and Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Sauce together until smooth. 2. Add Chicken and toss to coat 3. Thread Chicken onto skewers and place skewers onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray 4. Broil skewers for 4 minutes, turn chicken, brush with remaining sauce, then continue to broil until chicken is cooked thoroughly (approx. 4-5 more minutes)

Turkey Ranch Roll Ups Ingredients 1 pack of tortillas 1 head of lettuce, chopped 1 Globe tomato, chopped 1 cup ranch dressing 1 lb Moore’s Honey of a Turkey Instructions Cut turkey into slices of desired thinness Spread ranch on tortillas and add turkey, lettuce, and tomato Roll up tightly and cut in half for serving sprinklesmagazine.com

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Summer Lunch Recipes Continued...

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Ingredients 1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 16-oz package elbow macaroni 1 cup panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup melted butter

Cheese Sauce

1 16-oz container of sour cream 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened 1 12-oz can evaporated milk 1 16-oz bottle Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce 1 1-oz package ranch dressing mix 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, separated Instructions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Cook elbow macaroni according to instructions on the package While it is cooking make cheese sauce

Cheese Sauce

Combine sour cream and cream cheese in sauce pan on medium-low heat, stir until smooth Add evaporated milk, Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce,and ranch dressing mix, stir until smooth Mix in 1 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, leave it thick

Baking Mac and Cheese

Combine chicken, noodles, and cheese sauce in a large bowl, and stir until mixed evenly. Pour mixture into a baking dish Top with panko bread crumbs and remaining cheddar cheese then, drizzle with butter Bake for 20-30 minutes or until crispy and brown

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Moore’s Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ingredients 6 Strips of Bacon 1 1/2 Tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade 4 Slices Bread 4 Slices Cheddar Cheese 1/3 Stick Butter, melted Instructions

Moore’s Mini Cheeseburgers Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef 4 tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade ¼ packet of French Onion Soup Mix Slider buns or rolls Desired toppings Instructions 1. Flatten out 1 lb. beef in oiled 9x13 pan until bottom of the pan is covered. 2. Splash meat with Moore’s Original Marinade and sprinkle ¼ packet of French Onion Soup Mix. 3. Bake at 375 degrees until cooked through, approx. 20 minutes. 4. Cut out burgers to fit the size of your slider bun. (approx. 12 mini burgers) 5. Serve on bun with desired toppings.

1. Place bacon strips in a shallow bowl and pour 1 Tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade on top. Marinate for 5 minutes. 2. Remove bacon and discard marinade. 3. Fry bacon until crisp. Set aside. 4. Place 2 slices of cheddar cheese on a slice of bread. Add 3 slices of bacon. Top with another slice of bread. 5. Combine melted butter with 1/2 Tbsp. Moore’s Original Marinade and brush on both sides of the sandwich. 6. Grill in a skillet or griddle pan until cheese is melted.

Recipes courtesy of mooresmarinade.com

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Kids with Special Needs Need Camp Too!

Sending a child to summer camp for the first time can make any parent nervous. But worries are often magnified for parents of kids with special needs. Images of sunlit lakes and carefree campers are often trumped by concerns about behavior, communication, and physical safety. Stacy De La O, whose daughter has high functioning autism, remembers the weeks leading up to Fia’s first overnight camp experience as a 10-year-old. “I was a wreck!” she admits. “But we prepared well, and in the end I trusted the counselors at Blue Compass to take care of her.” Children with physical, cognitive, or medical challenges often have few opportunities to navigate the world without a parent close by. Kids with special needs benefit from summer camp in two major ways, according to seasoned camp director Kelly Kunsek of Camp Paivika, a program serving children with physical and developmental disabilities. “Time away from families increases their independence,” she says. “And as they meet other campers, their social connections expand.” Parents benefit too. After a positive camp experience, a parent is both more aware of what a child can do for himself, and more comfortable allowing others to assist when needed. Research indicates there are other benefits. Because many camps cater to specific needs, children can learn new social, physical, academic, or self-care skills. Interacting with others who share similar challenges—whether dietary, physical, or cognitive—lets a child’s self-esteem and confidence blossom. And for some kids, camp provides a welcome respite from routine-packed schedules and visits to therapists. De La O’s worries evaporated when she picked Fia up after the session. “I could just see in her face that she’d had a great time.” That was just the beginning, and Fia continues to have wonderful camp experiences each summer.

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Experts say that by planning well and following a few simple guidelines, you and your special needs child can reap the rewards of summer camp. Decide what you want. Camps come in all flavors. In fact, the American Camp Association (ACA) states that “47 percent of camps offer specialized programs for individuals with disabilities.” Is your child ready for overnight camp? Or would a day camp suit her needs? Inclusive camps allow special needs kids to participate in activities with typical peers by making accommodations. Disability-specific camps hire staff trained to meet unique needs—visual impairment, autism, diabetes, severe allergies. Traditional camps offer tried-and-true activities like swimming, boating, crafts, and campfires. Specialty camps may focus on technology, sports, or the arts. Therapeutic camps offer interventions targeting speech/language, behavioral, and/or physical therapy goals. And combinations abound. Do your research. De La O says the parents at her daughter’s school “exchange information to find the best camps and programs for our kids.” Recommendations from teachers and service providers who know your child are also valuable. Look at camp materials online, read brochures, and watch videos. Has the camp been accredited by the ACA, or received recognition from a reputable organization? Make sure the camp’s philosophy is a match for your family. Would your child do better in a competitive or cooperative atmosphere? Are you looking for a specific religious affiliation? Look at the physical layout of the camp and notice any potential problems. Ask questions and get comfortable. Speak with the director and counselors who will be working with your child. Questions include: What is the staff-to-camper ratio? What training do counselors receive? What is the turn-over rate for staff? (Camps where staff members return summer after summer tend to offer more stability and consistency.) Is there medical staff on site 24/7, and where is the nearest hospital? How are special diets handled? How will I communicate with my child during the session? How are behavioral issues addressed? Be forthright and honest in describing your child’s challenges. Does the staff seem willing and competent to handle these specific issues? Prepare your child. Talk about camp and the activities he’ll get to try. Ask what he’s looking forward to, as well as what makes him nervous. Role playing potential social situations helps some kids feel more confident. Before attending overnight camp, Kunsek suggests trying a sleepover with a friend or family member. In addition, she says, “Go to the open house event if possible. It’s a good way for a child to become familiar with the setting and the staff, and to meet other campers.” If a family can’t attend the open house, Kunsek encourages scheduling a tour. Think about funding. Camps can be expensive, but families of children with special needs have options if they plan ahead. Many camps offer full and partial scholarships. Some churches and fraternal organizations (e.g. Lions Club, Rotary Club) will sponsor a child at a specific camp. If there is a proven need for continued education services over the summer, some school districts will pay for a camp that targets your child’s IEP goals. And if your child is receiving therapeutic interventions at camp, your medical insurance may cover some of the cost.

@ Find Camps Online:

Kids Camps

(www.kidscamps.com/ specialneeds-camps.camp)

My Summer Camps

(www.mysummercamps.com/ camps/Special_Needs_Camps/)

Very Special Camps

(www.veryspecialcamps.com)

American Camp Association (www.acacamps.org)

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Inspired to read Reading is not an activity that many children are fond of. They prefer to participate in sports or find entertainment in the world of technology rather than to sit down and read. While many will argue that a measure of reading is done while they chat online or play various games, it doesn't help them to improve their reading skills. Why is reading important? Reading helps the mind to develop. It stimulates the muscles of the eyes and sparks the imagination. It improves vocabulary and word power, and broadens horizons. It increases the IQ. Reading also stimulates emotional development, and cultivates sensitivity and empathy. It builds confidence and improves conversation. Moreover, it teaches moral values, entertains and relaxes. Yes! Reading is fundamental. Teachers and parents need to realize how important their role is in motivating a love for reading. The custom of reading and the love of books must be established in childhood. If teachers and parents want children to succeed at school and in life, they should read to them aloud daily. They should also encourage the children to read aloud. If at first they are hesitant, the adult should read the articles to them. A child is never too young to listen. Even babies respond to the way the voice is used during reading. Parents who read to their children from a very young age will soon discover that the time spent together creates a special bond. For some children and teenagers, reading is work because it is done mostly for school. Another reason why they may hate the idea is that they are struggling with reading. They become defensive and think the activity is stupid. It is never too late to start reading. Children and teenagers can be encouraged to start reading short stories and magazine or newspaper articles of interest. Convincing them to read books may be more difficult, but help them to choose a good book. Give them an idea about the plot of the story. Make them excited to read the story. 30

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Patience and a lot of encouragement are the keys to a teacher or parent's success, but if all else fails, encourage them to work towards a prize. Very little motivates and inspires the youth more than money and gifts. This can be done by initiating a reading group. While adults belong to reading groups, there are very few opportunities for children. Reading clubs or reading groups should encourage children to read and show an interest in books. These groups or clubs will allow them to listen to literature being read aloud. The children will have the opportunity to also give their opinion about the work as well as the author. Teachers and parents can also help children to participate in World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book, which is held annually on the 23rd of April. It is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading. Make April the month for reading. International Children's Book Day is also an annual event held in April. This event was founded in 1967 and observed on or around the 2nd of April, which is Hans Christian Andersen's birth date. On this day activities include reading, writing competitions and the announcement of book awards. Why not think of a way to give awards to the children in the reading club or group that you have started? The important thing to remember in life is that you are not just developing a love for reading. You are developing a child. John Ruskin said, "The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it." As children grow up, they become less keen to read. Reading is essential because it develops the mind and stimulates emotional development. Teachers and parents play an important role in motivating and encouraging children to read. EzineArticles.com - By Karin Steyn


e u l B f o s e u H

This season calls for the color Blue. Just a little decor comes a long way. Our picks are easy to find and affordable. See on here our favorite pieces that are sure to glam up any space.

Give your room a coastal touch by adding wall art that reflects the ocean. We like the mix of colors snd the seashell reflected in this piece. Kohls.com

String and Bead Print Pouf! Throw it in a corner or use it as a decor piece to fill up space. A floor pouf adds volume to any room. target.com 32

This Modern Circles Area Rug will bring together any room. The soft blue circles compliment the darker shades giving your space a clean look. walmart.com

Keep cozy with this beautiful faux fur throw blanket. The plush fabric gives it a romantic look. Bedbathandbeyond.com sprinklesmagazine.com

You always need a vase. This beautiful ceramic vase will hold your real and artificial flowers and stems and glam up any table or console where it is placed. Target.com

A glamorous pillow is the absolute perfect touch! We love this sophisticated peacock pillow, it is destined to be the perfect match for any couch or chair. Pier1.com


Just a short drive to the Blue Ridge, Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock and West Jefferson!

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This cabin sleeps 5 and we are Pet Friendly. A mountain Hideaway is a beautiful, cozy and private cabin located only a short drive from Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson and just a few miles to The Blue Ridge Parkway. As you enter this beauty, you will find a beautiful open living area with high ceilings and Stone Fireplace, Sofa, mountain furnishings, Big Screen TV, DVD and WiFi. The living area is cozy and comfy and filled with beautiful woodland decor. Also on the first floor there is a large kitchen with everything you need to prepare and cook your meals, a large counter with seating and a beautiful dining room setting with views of nature. The master bedroom has a Queen bed with plush bedding, soft pillows and beautiful mountain decor. Down the hall is the main bathroom with double vanity, shower/tub combination, beautiful decor, plenty of plush towels for everyone and a large laundry closet with Washer and Dryer. Upstairs there is an open loft/second bedroom with a full size bed and futon sleeper, beautiful decor and a half bath. A Mountain Hideaway has a beautiful wrap around deck with seasonal views and screened-in patio area. Listen to the trees swaying and take in the cool summer nights and cold winter breeze. There is also a BBQ for those who like to grill. A Mountain Hideaway is located in Powderhorn Mountain, where there are trails, lakes, pool, picnic area, camping area, and park with playground. At “A Mountain Hideaway” you will create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Borghese continues to bring innovation to the beauty category with these incredible skincare options for Spring.

Fango Active Mud for Face and Body ($38 at Borghese.com): Enriched with Borghese’s exclusive Acqua di Vita Complex which locks in water and provides elasticity and moisture nourishment to skin cells, this original mud mask is one of the world’s bestselling beauty products. The mineral-rich mud continues to help minimize pores, surface cell turnover and provide the skin with toned texture. The nourishing and anti-aging ingredients create a purifying power which exfoliates, hydrates and firms skin. Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E, works to provide smooth, flawless skin and remove dark circles from under the eyes; Avocado Oil works to enhance the skin’s ability to generate collagen, revealing radiant and refreshed skin.

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Fango Delicato Mud for Dry and Delicate Skin ($38 at Borghese.com): Infused with Aloe Vera which works to provide hydration, increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity, this purifying treatment was designed to soften and smooth skin. Even the most fragile and sensitive skin feels enriched and refreshed with the muds gentle cleansing and detoxifying properties. Oat Protein and Mango Butter is a naturally derived protein and fruit extracts work to calm skin and deliver hydration; and Olive Fruit and Chamomile Extracts soothe and alleviate dryness.

Intensive Age-Defying Exfoliator ($38 at Borghese.com): This foaming scrub is an ideal weekly treatment designed to remove pore-clogging debris and boost skin’s radiance while smoothing and resurfacing the skin. The gentle scrubbing technology contains powerful anti-oxidants that prepares skin for a subsequent mask treatment or moisturizing regime. Peptides help stimulate production of collagen and elastin; Stem Cell Extract helps boost skin’s defense, reducing redness, and restoring a natural radiance; Hyaluronic Acid attracts, binds and seals moisture in skin; and Resveratrol defends against free-radicals and helps soothe and calm inflammation. sprinklesmagazine.com

Borghese Acqua Ristorativo Hydrating Concentrate ($92 at Borghese.com): this ultra-hydrating serum contains a botanically-derived Cell Leaf Culture that works in tandem with marine-derivatives to provide the utmost protection, while Hyaluronic Acid boosts moisture. Watermelon Fruit Extract protects the skin and promote cell regeneration - rich in vitamin C, amino acids and lycopene; Murumuru Butter is a unique composition of essential fatty acids and Vitamin A help restore elasticity to damaged and aging skin; and Vitamin B5 that fights free radicals.

Restorative Eye Sheet Masks ($32 at Borghese.com): Working in complement with Borghese’s Fango mud treatment, the easy-to-use, multi-benefit eye sheet masks nourish, revitalize, soothe and brighten the eye area. Restoring a youthful appearance for a well-rested, stress-free look. Acai Fruit Extract and Avocado Fruit Extract help firm and soothe skin; Arnica Montana Fruit Extract helps refine skin texture; Hyaluronic Acid builds a moisture barrier and prevents moisture loss; Caffeine boosts skin elasticity; and Pomegranate Fruit Extract and Olive Fruit Oil conditions and revives skin’s vibrancy.


Tray Haven As children learn to feed themselves, it's common for parents to find snacks in almost every corner of their home. Tray Haven can help protect homes from those pesky Goldfish and keep snacks where they belong - on the high chair tray and off the floor. Tray Haven helps keep food and toys off the floor and within a toddler's reach. Thanks to a protective wing that keeps items secure, Tray Haven is perfect for snack time, meal time, and play time. By keeping things in place, Tray Haven can greatly reduce the amount of time spent cleaning up and eliminate having to constantly pick things up off the ground. Tray Haven is easy to set

up, take down, and store thanks to its clever collapsibility and goanywhere portability. Its breathable mesh and sturdy wire construction make Tray Haven easy to clean in any sink. Tray Haven's design makes it a great fit for most chairs with an attached tray including high chairs, booster seats, and strollers. Tray Haven comes in two different colors and is available for purchase for $24.99 at

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Brunch & Easter Recipes That Everyone Will Enjoy! Show-stopping deserts and finger licking dishes your family and friends will love!

Stuffed Croissant Rolls

Coconut and Key Lime Cake What you need 1 box Betty Crocker™ white angel food cake mix 1 1/4 cups cold water 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup Key lime or regular lime juice 1 teaspoon grated lime peel 1 container (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 cup flaked coconut Sliced kiwifruit and strawberries, if desired How to Make • Make cake mix as directed on package, using cold water. Cool cake completely. Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom layer, cut side up, on serving plate. • In large bowl, beat milk, lime juice and lime peel with wire whisk until smooth and thickened. Fold in whipped topping. • Spread 1 cup lime mixture evenly over top of first layer of cake. Place second layer of cake carefully on bottom layer; spread evenly with 1 cup lime mixture. Top with remaining layer of cake. • Frost top and side of cake with remaining lime mixture. Sprinkle with coconut. Garnish cake with kiwifruit and strawberries. 36

What You Need 8 (12x4-inch) sheets of foil 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dough sheet SAVE $ 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 16 small sprigs fresh parsley How to Make Heat oven to 400°F. Roll sheets of foil from shorter ends into cone-shaped molds. Unroll dough on work surface; if using crescent rolls, press seams to seal. Use pizza cutter or knife to cut dough lengthwise into 8 (1-inch) strips. Wrap 1 strip around each foil mold to create carrot shape. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack; cool completely before removing foil molds. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, parsley, chives, lemon peel and salt with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and combined. Pipe or spoon cream cheese mixture into cavity of each crescent. Top with 2 sprigs parsley for carrot top. sprinklesmagazine.com

Maple Ham:

What you Need • 1 shank-end, spiral-sliced, bone-in ham, 6 to 8 pounds • 1/2 cup maple syrup • 1/2 cup dark molasses • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon How to Make Adjust oven rack to lower position and preheat oven to 250°F. Place ham in oven bag or wrap tightly with foil and place on rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and cook until ham reaches 120°F in center about 2 1/2 hours. Combine maple syrup, dark molasses, mustard, and cinnamon in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes. When ham has reached 120°F, remove from oven and unwrap. Paint with 1/3 of sauce, increase oven temperature to 400 degrees, and bake 5 minutes. Paint with 1/3 more glaze and bake until crisp and shiny, 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and paint with remaining glaze. Tent with foil and allow to rest 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Brownie Cup:

What you Need

Beef Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions:

Cheddar/Bacon Deviled Eggs: How to Make 14 HARD-BOILED EGGS, peeled 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon 1/4 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1 oz.) 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives OR green onion tops TAKE OFF THE NUMBERS AND BOX ABOVE 1. CUT eggs lengthwise in half. REMOVE yolks to medium bowl. RESERVE 24 white halves. Finely CHOP remaining 4 white halves. 2. MASH yolks with fork. ADD mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and pepper; mix well. ADD chopped egg whites, bacon, cheese and chives; mix well. 3. SPOON 1 heaping tbsp. yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half. REFRIGERATE, covered, to blend flavors. 4. Easy 12-Minute Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs: Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat just to boiling. Remove from burner. Cover pan. Let eggs stand in hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large). Drain. Shock the eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool them immediately. Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling.

What you Need 2 (25-ounce) packages frozen roll dough 1 1/2 pounds premium sandwich-sliced deli roast beef Blue cheese spread How to Make Prepare rolls, and bake according to package directions; cool completely. Slice rolls in half; spread tops and bottoms of rolls with Blue Cheese Spread. Place roast beef on bottoms of rolls; top beef with Caramelized Onions. Cover with tops. Make Ahead: Rolls, Blue Cheese Spread, and Caramelized Onions can be made a day ahead. Assemble sandwiches no more than 2 hours before serving.

• 12 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, sliced • 2 cups granulated sugar • 6 large eggs • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup chopped walnuts How to Make PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with liners. MELT chocolate and butter in double boiler, stirring occasionally. Beat sugar and eggs in large mixer bowl on high for about 3 minutes or until mixture falls from beaters in ribbons. With mixer at medium speed, add melted chocolate mixture to egg mixture. Gradually add flour. Stir in nuts. Scoop 1/3 cup batter into each cupcake liner, filling 3/4 full. BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out with loose crumbs attached. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Fudge Squares:

What you Need • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels • 1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk • 1 cup chopped walnuts • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract How to Make LINE 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with foil. COMBINE morsels and sweetened condensed milk in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Warm over lowest possible heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in nuts and vanilla extract. SPREAD evenly into prepared baking pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces. sprinklesmagazine.com

Honey & Grapefruit Cocktail: What you Need • 1 ounce Jack Honey • 3 ounces fresh squeezed red grapefruit juice (throw ice in the glass and pour in the ingredients) 37


SHOWING THE WORLD THAT MIAMI MATTERS

South Florida Gears up for the 29th Annual AIDS Walk Miami 5K walk-a-thon fundraiser

Care Resource is presenting the 29th Annual AIDS Walk Miami on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at SoundScape park located on 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, FL. Robbin Simmons, Emmy award-winning reporter at Channel 7 NEWS is serving as the Master of Ceremonies for her third year in-a-row. Robbin Simmons has covered several major stories, in and outside of the Sunshine State. According to Simmons, “I am proud to have been selected as Master of Ceremonies again for this year’s AIDS Walk Miami. We can truly find a cure when all of Miami comes together.” According to Rick Siclari, CEO, Care Resource “We will walk again in honor of those affected by this condition. With the progress that continues to be made, we are hopeful that sometime in our life time that there will be a cure.”


During the post-walk ceremony, a community health fair with a variety of activities for families and the community is available for attendees. The community health fair, shortly after AIDS Walk Miami, includes an inflatable boxing ring, pet adoptions, free wellness screenings, HIV testing, basketball carnival games, fun giveaways, dozens of booths with information about available Medical and Support Resources and more. Walkers are encouraged to visit every station at the health fair and complete a “health passport,” which they obtain after the walk. Each participant receive prizes and incentives for their participation. “The post walk ceremony is going to be exciting. There is a diverse array of stage performances. Performances include the brother/ sister band – “The Dagers.”The duo has been singing, starring in commercials, composing songs and performing in various venues in the greater Miami area. The ceremony includes performances from the Norland Middle School Magnet Dance Program led by Rosalyn Sanders, an alumnus of the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe. In addition, Richard Rosario, Model, Actor and Latin Recording Artist and Jane (JEI) Castro, an American musician, recording artist and TV personality are performing.” - Jonathan Welsh, Marketing and Development, Care Resource The 29th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and Food-for-Life-Network. All funds raised from AIDS Walk Miami are used in Miami-Dade and Broward to help our diverse communities in need. The Walk starts and ends at SoundScape Park in Miami Beach. Registration begins at 8:00am. The walk begins promptly at 9:00am. To register online, visit www.aidswalkmiami.org. ABOUT CARE RESOURCE Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including pediatric care, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in our community. For more information please visit http://www.careresource.org.


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Six Ways

A Great Smile Can Change Your Life From Pain Relief To Looking More Attractive, Orthodontist Says A Smile Has Numerous Benefits Today is the day. Your suit has been dry cleaned, your pants have that perfect crease and your tie has just the right splash of color to get noticed but not overpower the rest of your ensemble. One last glance in the mirror to check your hair, a final swipe of polish on your shoes and you are ready to go. Today is the day you nail the job interview. One more thing though. Have you checked your smile? That perfect smile might just be the key to you landing the job and changing your life forever. "A smile plays a critical role in how we feel about ourselves and how others see us," says Dr. Leslie Pitner, an orthodontist and author of Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Life-Changing Guide to Orthodontics for Adults (www.drpitner.com). Pitner says adults whose teeth – and consequently their smile – could benefit from braces often don't think about that option. Even when they do, they are discouraged from following through because of dubious information that they have come to regard as fact. 40

A good smile, however, may be more important than most realize. It could be life-changing in fact. Here are six reasons why:

1• Smiling can have an impact on numerous aspects of a person's life, including their mood. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides in our brains that work toward fighting off stress. 2• People who have crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles, making them less approachable and seemingly less friendly. The benefits of having a friendly personality, and more friends, are numerous. 3• Research has shown that when a person smiles, he or she seems more attractive to others. 4• Smiling releases serotonin in the brain, which serves as an anti-depressant, and endorphins that act as a natural pain reliever. 5• A nice smile tends to make a good first impression and convey a positive attitude and demeanor, something that job recruiters look for in candidates for employment. 6• According to Psychology Today, seeing an attractive, smiling face activates the brain's region that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that a smile can make others feel rewarded. A smile, and the confidence that goes with it, cannot only change you, it has the ability to change the world. sprinklesmagazine.com


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COUNTRY DECOR

Country decor is one of our favorites! Putting pieces together that compliment the home and provide a warm cozy feeling is one of the things we love best. We are always looking for pieces that will showcase the outdoors and a nice country or cabin feeling and here are some of the ones we’ve selected:

For the entrance of your country home or the bottom of a stair case, these half moon rugs are essential.

What a way to add a sweet touch to your table décor. These braided baskets come in a set of four and are made to fit Corning Ware French White Round Casserole dishes.

Mama and Baby Bear Table Accents. We surely love these as they can be used for many purposes. Use as trivets, use as décor pieces on top of a table or simply place on kitchen counter to get a sweet cabin feeling!

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These Moose and Bear Utility Baskets make up for great corner décor pieces. Fill them with magazines, throws or simply empty to add a great touch to any corner.

Our table is never complete without our Moose Table Runner. We simply love how it brings the cabin feeling together in our dining room.

A braided runner in your hallway or entry way makes your home feel warm. We love these braided rugs for anywhere in the house as they are perfect to fill up space and bring a room together

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THE BRAND NEW

2017 BMW 5 Series (G30)

“This new BMW is exciting both on street and on the track, paying homage to the Ultimate Driving Machines preceding it and the refined sophisticated demands of today’s luxury buyer” stated Director of Sales, Tony Giordano. “We find it not only fitting, but necessary to produce a high-energy introduction of the new G30. We’re very excited!” Giordano continued. (G30 is code name for the 7th Generation BMW 5 Series). The new generation 5 Series will cut a sporty, elegant and stylish figure when it hits the roads. Enhanced dynamics, an unbeatable line-up of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new and innovative operating system are the most important new features. With the ability to sprint from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds (540i xDrive), the new 5-Series is sure to be one, if not the fastest, sedan in its class. “The arrival of a new model in any automakers line-up is big news in itself” added Stephen Grossman, General Manager of Braman Motorcars. “But, with the previous successes and popularity of the iconic BMW 5 Series over the years, the introduction of this new car is monumental. BMW has outdone itself in every feature of the car and we expect our customers will totally agree.” He concluded. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan therefore has all the tools it needs to continue the remarkable success recorded by its predecessors; around 7.9 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations. Rigorous application of the BMW Efficient Lightweight Design concept, with increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low center of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class. The drag coefficient of the new 194” long (4,935 millimeter) sedan (Cd = 0.22 at its most efficient) sets the benchmark in its class where no others have gone before.

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Gold elegant and polished ring featuring an open front capped off by two large white glass pearls. Our ring is slightly adjustable to fit most. Also exists in silver.

Beautifully bedeck your digits with this timeless, Old World gold ring. It is made up of five strands, two of which are sparkling bands of clear cut crystals. This wrap-style accessory is both radiant and slightly adjustable. Also exists in antique silver and rose gold.

Fun set of 15 stackable beaded bracelet in silver finish. Our Ava bracelets are so versatile and easy to wear that everyone loves them! Wear them all on the same wrist or divide them between both wrists, we promise you won't want to take them off. Or... do like everyone in our office and double your order in two different colors. Wear them mixed and admire the result! Also exists in silver, rose gold, antique brass, and gunmetal.

This darling set of three, gold open-ended cuffs is capped by gorgeous medium-sized white glass pearls. The cuffs are slightly adjustable but very versatile because they can be worn together or separately. (We think they’re so cute together, you may want to double your order for both wrists!) Also exists in gold, silver, rose gold, and gold/silver/rose gold mix.

Antique gold statement bracelet in dark gold tone. Large rectangular faceted clear crystal trimmed in cylindrical design between multiple strands of dark gold slender ball chain. Closes with a lobster clasp. Also exists in copper.

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