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December 2017 – January 2018 • Volume Seven • Issue Forty-Four



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Publisher | Editor Maybi Iglesias Contributing Writers Colleen Miller J. L. Baumann Denise Stern Kimberly Blaker Copy Editor Assistant Tony Iglesias Accounting Martha Gonzalez Distribution & Circulation Martha Gonzalez Graphic Design Melissa Blanco Silva Social Media Director Maybi Iglesias Marketing | Sales Maybi Iglesias

12 Holiday Gift Guide 28 Holiday Recipes Foolproof Sleep Tips For Traveling This Holiday Season With A Newborn, Infant Or Toddler................................. 6 3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions.............................. 9 Holiday Traditions: For You and Yours to Treasure.......................................... 10 Why Do People Get Depressed?..................................... 14

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Reading Children's Books in the Digital Age...............................................................16 Editor's Picks.................................................................... 20 The Secret World of Animal Sleep......................................................................22 Letter to Santa..................................................................24 Holiday Savvy....................................................................26 Encouraging Art in a Child Develops a Creative Thinker in Adulthood.....................37 A Time to Rediscover Wellness Over the Holidays ............................................................38


for the Holiday Season



HOLIDAY SAVVY Surviving the Season with Your Finances Intact


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18 4 Ways to Inspire Kids to Turn Off Electronics and Turn on their Creativity

Growing Up!


"BURP!" And just like that, the Holidays are here!

You cover your mouth with your hand, but it's too late. The people at the next table in the lunchroom already heard. As you turn back to your soda, you think: Where did that burp come from? A burp — sometimes called a belch — is nothing but gas. When you eat or drink, you don't just swallow food or liquid. You also swallow air at the same time. The air we breathe contains gases, like nitrogen (say: NY-truh-jen) and oxygen (say: AHK-sih-jen). Sometimes when you swallow these gases, they need to get out. That's where burping comes in! Extra gas is forced out of the stomach, up through the esophagus (say: ihSAH-fuh-gus, the tube for food that connects the back of the throat to the

stomach), and out of the mouth as a burp. Some kids find that drinking soda or other carbonated beverages makes them burp more. Can you guess why? If you're thinking that it's because these drinks contain extra gas, you're right! The gas that makes the drinks fizzy is carbon dioxide (say: KAR-bon dy-AHKside), another gas that can bring on big burps. Sometimes eating or drinking too fast can cause indigestion, which can make a person burp because this can send extra air into the stomach. The same thing happens when you drink through a straw: extra air in = more burps out. Burping is almost never anything to worry about. Everybody does it at least

once in a while, and it's very unusual for burping to mean something is wrong in a kid's body. It seems like the only people who can get away with really loud burps are little babies — their parents cheer when they burp because it means that the babies won't feel the extra gas in their stomachs and cry. But unless you're tiny and bald, it's probably a good idea to be polite when it's time to burp. So what can you do if you're around people and you feel a burp coming on? Try to burp quietly and cover your mouth. Of course, whether your burp is loud or quiet, saying "excuse me" can't hurt either.

Its like a rerun every year. Getting ready for winter break, last minute gift shopping, decorating the tree, getting ready for Chrsitmas Eve and looking forward to the New Year. But what really makes every year a little more special? For me, its the memories we take with us. The family trips, pictures and experiences we gather. Saying goodbye to whats in the past and hello to the future, that is really what its all about. Like every year, we celebrate our winter break with new adventures. A family vacation during this time is planned in advance and we make sure to make the best out of it. The kids are older and they need to be entertained which is why the mountains is always a good idea. No matter where we stop on the way there, our last stop is always way up on top of the North Carolina mountains in our cozy little cabin. I want to wish you all a warm and fun holiday season and a fabulous New Year with lots of love, happiness, health and good fortune!


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FOR TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A NEWBORN, INFANT OR TODDLER With millions of americans expected to travel this holiday season, for those traveling with a newborn, infant or toddler, we know how stressful travel can be, especially when it comes to nap schedules. By Denise Stern, Founder, Let Mommy Sleep

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Here are few fool-proof tips as you prepare your baby for travel during the holidays: 1. PRACTICE AT HOME!

Many times babies are not used to sleeping in a travel bed or pack-n-play. Put baby in travel bed or pack-n-play for naptime at home in weeks leading up to the trip.


travel at night so baby can sleep and wake up in destination refreshed. This can lead to an exhausting first day of the trip. If you can “tagteam” with your partner by alternating napping and caring for baby during the first day, then traveling at night could be a possibility.


If weather permits, dress baby in pajamas/ sleepsack/swaddle blanket that he/she is accustomed to. If renting a full-sized travel crib from a hotel, bring bedsheets and breathable bumper from baby’s crib at home to recreate familiar sleep environment. Sing the same bedtime songs you sing at home and read favorite books.

While it is tempting to let a sleeping baby spend the night in a carseat or stroller, carseats can sometimes cause breathing problems in babies. Follow the recommendations of the American Association of Pediatrics and the “Back to Sleep” campaign by creating a safe sleep environment and putting baby on back for sleeping.



If possible, try to keep naptimes and bedtimes as close to the same schedule as at home. When traveling across time zones, gradually adjust baby’s bedtime. Some parents like to

and too exhausted. Remember that sleep begets sleep. Keeping baby awake longer than his/her bodies need may work for one night or one nap, but fighting against baby’s natural rhythms leads to meltdown. While it is nice to have alone time with your partner, caring for a baby can be even more exhausting than usual when traveling. We like to remind parents to not stay up too late too!

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POSITIVE EMOTIONS to a song that reminds you of vacation. Commit to one or more daily actions that will increase the feeling you want more of in your life. Make time for these experiences. Think of them as the emotional equivalent of your "5 a day" fruits and vegetables — they're good for your emotional health!


Sometimes we forget the way back to feeling positive. We might need a reminder that can lead us back to a happier emotional place. That's when a positivity box (or folder) is really helpful.

Positive emotions don't just feel good — they're good for you. Research shows that people feel and do their best when they experience at least three times as many positive emotions as negative ones. Ready to boost your positivity ratio? Here are 3 ways to increase positive emotions in everyday life: Identify and track your positive emotions. Focus on a specific positive emotion and act to increase it. Use a positivity treasure chest to give yourself a boost.


Name the positive emotions you're already familiar with, the ones you've experienced in

your daily life. Make a list. Add new emotions as you notice them. Now look at your list. Think about (and write down) which activities, situations, or people are involved when you tend to feel each emotion. You also can look over your list of emotions at the end of the day and write down when you felt different positive emotions. Did you feel proud after playing well on the soccer field? Happy when your friends remembered your birthday? Amused when your history teacher channeled his inner comedian during that day's lesson? Tracking positive emotions helps us be more aware of the positive feelings we already experience, and the situations or activities that bring them.


Identify a positive emotion you want to increase. Let's say you want to feel more joy. Think of situations or activities you've experienced that made you aware of your joy. Write down as many as you can. Focus on small, simple things, like a song that makes you feel joyful whenever you hear it. Any time you notice you're feeling joy, consider adding that situation or activity to your list. After you know what prompts the emotion you want to increase, decide how to fit those activities or others like them into your everyday life. Pick things that are realistic enough to do every day. You may not be able to walk on the beach, but you could still feel joy by listening DEC 2017/JAN 2018



A positivity box is a collection of reminders of positive experiences we've had. These reminders bring back the feelings associated with the good moments in our lives, our strengths, joys, and accomplishments, the fun we've had, the books or music that have meaning for us, the people who are important to us. It's a positivity "treasure chest." Collect things that remind you of positive emotional moments in your life. For example: • photos or other souvenirs of great times • awards that remind you of an accomplishment • cards or notes from special people in your life • favorite inspirational quotes or song lyrics • childhood mementos • something you made or drew • a gift someone gave you • a photo of someone you look up to Put everything in a folder, binder, or special box where you can easily find it. Or make a collage, poster, or mobile of the items. The most important thing is to choose only items that trigger a positive emotion for you. You can add, subtract, and rearrange them any time. When you feel low or discouraged, take a few minutes to look through your treasure box to boost your positive emotions. Browse through it any time to give yourself a daily serving of positivity. As you work on increasing your positive emotions, you might notice that you feel happier, more accomplished, and more energetic. A small daily investment of focusing on the positive pays off with big lifetime rewards. This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit KidsHealth. org or © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

Holiday Traditions:


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr, Bodhi Day, or the winter solstice, holiday traditions are a fun way for families to bond and create fond memories. The traditions you and your family choose are limited only by your imagination in the way you carry them out. CUSTOMS FOR GATHERINGS

Choose a theme such as ‘my most memorable holiday season’ or ‘the best thing that happened this year,’ and ask each person to share a memory. Record the storytelling on video or audio, then play it in future years as part of your memory sharing tradition. Hold a holiday poetry reading. Ask each person to bring copies of favorite seasonal or holiday poems to pass out and read aloud at the gathering. Rather than exchanging gifts or doing a drawing for a gift exchange, hold a ‘white elephant.’ Each person brings a wrapped gift anyone can use. Have guests draw a numbered slip from “1” thru the number of people participating. Each guest then chooses and opens a gift in numerical order. Participants may choose either a wrapped gift or take an unwrapped gift from another participant. If a player loses their gift, they choose from either another wrapped gift or take a gift from some-

one else. For complete rules and variations, visit a white elephant gift exchange website such as


Escape the holiday hustle and bustle, and enjoy a holiday retreat. Try a cozy cabin in the woods or other scenic setting. Then enjoy your togetherness near a roasting fire, flipping through family photo albums, enjoying holiday music, doing crafts, and other relaxing activities. DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Start a holiday countdown. Take a 3” by 3’ strip of ribbon and cut 24-paired slits from top to bottom. Thread each pair with narrow ribbon and tie a sucker in each. Beginning December 1, remove a lollipop each day through Christmas Eve, or the eve of the holiday you’ll celebrate. Couples often forget to take time for each other during the busy holiday season. Plan an evening for two and reserve a table near a fireplace or other romantic setting. When

you return home, light some candles and your tree, listen to holiday or soft music, and exchange a special gift with each other. Then spend the evening reminiscing and sharing your dreams for the future. Cut your own tree. Take the whole family to a tree farm and make a day of it. Look for the tree that compliments your home or fits your family’s taste. Pick up a book on holiday customs around the world. Each year, choose

Create a new tradition by scheduling time to pamper yourself.

a different culture or nationality for your theme. Then decorate, and try new customs accordingly. Make a shopping date with your partner, and assist each other in selecting your holiday attire. Decide in advance on the formality so you’ll choose complimentary outfits and so your shopping trip together remains agreeable.


Create a new tradition by scheduling time to pamper yourself. Decorate the bathroom in holiday candles, fragrance, and holly. Enjoy a long bubble bath while giving yourself a full salon treatment. Include a manicure, pedicure, deep hair conditioning, facial mask, and body buffing. Don’t forget to turn on holiday or other relaxing music.


Fill stockings for your partner, parents, or grandparents to discover. Stuff them with treats, beauty products, postage stamps, lottery tickets and other inexpensive or usable items. Help a needy family. Deliver a box of groceries, or supply a family with gloves and hats. Ask your children to make room for their own new gifts by donating good but unwanted toys. Offer the toys to the needy family to leave from Santa, or wrap them yourself and leave them on the doorstep. Take a horse drawn carriage ride. Don’t forget blankets and your favorite hot beverage for warming your lips and hands. Purchase a new tree ornament each year

that signifies something important such as your baby’s first Christmas or solstice. If it’s your first season in a new home, find an ornament that represents it. Make your own wrapping paper. Cut holiday shapes out of sponges, dip in holiday colored paint, and stamp the shapes on brown Kraft paper. Use glitter and glue to add to the festive look.


Don’t continue holiday traditions that have lost their appeal and usefulness, or that create too much stress. Talk to your family or friends who normally share in the tradition, explain your feelings, and ask for input. They may feel the same. If they don’t feel the same way, try to reach a compromise that meets everyone’s needs. DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with customs. Be selective and choose those that mean the most to you and your family. Most traditions require some investment of time, energy, or money. Taking on too many can cause stress and lead traditions to lose their appeal. When you select traditions, divide the responsibilities. Women often take sole responsibility for holiday activities and become overwhelmed. Then they're unable to enjoy the season. Try not to strive for perfection, and allow men and children to help in the preparation. So keep these tips in mind, and enjoy your holiday traditions for years to come.

Be selective and choose those that mean the most to you and your family.


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There's No One Reason for Depression

Lots of things influence whether a person gets depressed. Some of it is biology — things like our genes, brain chemistry, and hormones. Some is environment, including daylight and seasons, or social and family situations we face. And some is personality, like how we react to life events or the support systems we create for ourselves. All these things can help shape whether or not a person becomes depressed.   


Research shows that depression runs in families. Some people inherit genes that contribute to depression. But not everyone who has a family member with depression will develop it too. And many people with no family history of depression still get depressed. So genes are one factor, but they aren't the only reason for depression.

Brain Chemistry

Chemicals called neurotransmitters (pronounced: nur-oh-TRANZ-mit-urs) help send messages between nerve cells in the brain. Some neurotransmitters regulate mood. When a person is depressed, these neurotransmitters might be in low supply or not effective enough. Genes and brain chemistry can be connected: Having the genes for depression may make a person more likely to have the neurotransmitter problem that is part of depression.

WHY DO PEOPLE GET DEPRESSED? Depression affects people of every age, economic situation, and race. Even though depression is common — especially in teens — some people get depressed but others don't. Why?

Stress, Health, and Hormones

Things like stress, using alcohol or drugs, and hormone changes also affect the brain's delicate chemistry and mood. Some health conditions may cause depression-like symptoms. For example, hypothyroidism is known to cause a depressed mood in some people. Mono can drain a person's energy. When health conditions are diagnosed and treated by a doctor, the depression-like symptoms usually disappear. Getting enough sleep and regular exercise often has a DEC 2017/JAN 2018



positive effect on neurotransmitter activity and mood.

A person's outlook can contribute to depression — or it can help guard against it.

Daylight and Seasons

Research shows that a positive outlook acts as a protection against depression, even for people who have the genes, brain chemistry, or life situations that put them at risk for developing it. The opposite is also true: People who tend to think more negatively may be more at risk for developing depression.

Daylight affects how the brain produces melatonin and serotonin. These neurotransmitters help regulate a person's sleep–wake cycles, energy, and mood. When there is less daylight, the brain produces more melatonin. When there is more daylight, the brain makes more serotonin. Shorter days and longer hours of darkness in fall and winter may lead the body to have more melatonin and less serotonin. This imbalance is what creates the conditions for depression in some people — a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Exposure to light can help improve mood for people affected by SAD.

Life Events

The death of a family member, friend, or pet sometimes goes beyond normal grief and leads to depression. Other difficult life events — such as when parents divorce, separate, or remarry — can trigger depression. Whether or not difficult life situations lead to depression can depend a lot on how well a person is able to cope, stay positive, and receive support.

Family and Social Environment

For some people, a negative, stressful, or unhappy family atmosphere can lead to depression. Other high-stress living situations — such as poverty, homelessness, or violence — can contribute, too. Dealing with bullying, harassment, or peer pressure leaves some people feeling isolated, victimized, or insecure. Situations like these don't necessarily lead to depression, but facing them without relief or support can make it easier to become depressed. Reacting to Life Situations Life is full of ups and downs. Stress, hassles, and setbacks happen (but hopefully not too often). How we react to life's struggles matters a lot.

We can't control our genes, brain chemistry, or some of the other things that contribute to depression. But we do have control over how we see situations and how we cope. Making an effort to think positively — like believing there's a way around any problem — helps ward off depression. So does developing coping skills and a support system of positive relationships. These things help build resilience (the quality that helps people bounce back and do well, even in difficult situations). Here are three ways to build resilience: Try thinking of change as a challenging and normal part of life. When a problem crops up, take action to solve it. Remind yourself that setbacks and problems are temporary and solvable. Nothing lasts forever. Build a support system. Ask friends and family for help (or just a shoulder to cry on) when you need it. Offer to help when they need it. This kind of give and take creates strong relationships that help people weather life's storms. Being positive and resilient isn't a magic shield that automatically protects us from depression. But these qualities can help offset the other factors that might lead to trouble. This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit or © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/ KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. © 1995-2017 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.






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“Book”: a written or printed composition on pages bound together for associated reading. “File”: a folder or receptacle for storing written unbound compositions, usually in a particular order, for reference. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” compliments of William Shakespeare. So, without engaging in the semantic twaddle of it all, the question is, are the digital versions of a book in fact a ‘book’ by definition? And if so, what the heck is the difference? Well, as all definitions morph into what society classifies them to be and this being the age of technology, it follows that technologically, it is unquestionable that a ‘digital book’ is a ‘book’— after all, it has the word ‘book’ in its title. But on a larger scale, is it the book delivery system we are really talking about, or the age-old content of the book argument in disguise? DEC 2017/JAN 2018



So, since the present society seems mostly concerned with the science of life more than the humanity of it, where are all the scientific studies related to the cognitive effect of reading and learning directly from an emitted light source versus learning from a source which is naturally reflected? In essence, what is the difference between having knowledge beamed into your child’s head or having the child acquire it instinctively? Additionally, how does this digital transference of knowledge affect a child’s ability to retain what is read compared to the physical grasp of the work itself? These questions are certainly important however, because those comparative techno-studies are few and far between, I believe we should instead focus on how a child develops through the two different methods of reading by beginning our own comparative analysis. First, we can begin our study by separating the sample group of society into two distinct groups: the children and the adults. Now, how elementary can you get? Adults, or so recognized, are free to act upon their own volition, while children are not. Adults are also considered to be responsible for their actions, while children are not. So, for this reason, the adult is given the dominion over the child’s development and entrusted with the child’s welfare. A system cannot be an adult; an institution cannot be an adult; and a technological advancement cannot be an adult, either. Therefore, it is only an

adult who alone bears the responsibility for a child’s melioration, not that of the ubiquitous society. And this is where the entire debate over the reading of children’s books and the child’s development come in. When it comes to a child’s intellectual development going awry, blaming digital media for sharing venues such as YouTube for having inappropriate content, as is so often done in this modern world, is only an argument to those who choose it to be. Nearly all of the books that are on the digital sites are on the bookstore shelves as well, including The Catcher in the Rye—or has everyone forgotten about that one? Face it, this tactic is merely a diversion and simply an excuse for parents not to make the effort to teach their children to read, including what content is appropriate to be exposed to from the beginning; if an adult had selected and purchased the tactile book in the first place and read it to the child, the excoriation of the entire digital world would be unnecessary. Children learn by example—the second child almost always learns to walk faster than the first one did, or hasn’t anyone ever noticed this? If you read to your child, they will try to read the book by themselves, and a caring parent should read to them until they do. Now, without having all the techno-studies available to us, as mentioned earlier, it just might be a good idea to pick up a copy of The

Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease; all the data you need should be right there. So again, how a child is taught to read is just as important as what they learn to read, and it is the loving parent’s job to teach them how, not to farm the task out to a robot, no matter how well disguised. Be a human and teach a human, I say. And look at the benefits! A book that has been read as a child often becomes a life-long treasure and a family tradition. Try that with an E-Book, especially if the file gets erased. And, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what a great feeling it is to have when that flattery come from your own child, following in your own footsteps; furthermore, never mind that stock phrase “quality time” and read to your child for the love of it, rather than out of a societal duty. Finally, be honest: isn’t skimming a digital book something akin to reading Cliff Notes? A valuable resource perhaps, but did you really love reading it? Would you give a Cliff Note book to someone as a Christmas gift? Of course not. So, give your child a book to have and to hold, okay? And whenever it is read together, forever it will always be, etched inside your child’s heart, a cherished memory.

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INSPIRE KIDS TO TURN OFF ELECTRONICS AND TURN ON THEIR CREATIVITY Children love their electronic devices. Television, video games, cellphones and laptops keep them occupied for hours, in some cases acting as live-in babysitters while parents finish chores or just relax. But while all those devices have their advantages, they also can stifle creativity as children become absorbed in what’s happening inside those screens instead of exploring the real world and letting their imaginations soar. by Colleen Miller

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There are ways to turn that around, though, and get the creative juices flowing in those young minds, says Colleen Miller, a veteran teacher with 15 years of fulltime and substitute experience in both elementary and middle schools.

Being creative helps children develop mentally, emotionally and socially, aiding them in becoming better students.  

“You can always just tell a child to put down the electronic device, but a much better strategy is to give them something else to do,” says Miller, who also is the mother of two teenage sons. “If you can provide an alternative the child can get excited about, then you’ll have a better chance of avoiding those battles over electronics.”


One option for young children is toys that require a little artistic inspiration, she says, such as Legos, the popular plastic building bricks, or Magic Sketch, which allows children to doodle or draw on a liquid-crystal-display screen, then clear their work with a push of a button to start over. This is especially important with children just returning to school after the summer break because many of them may not have kept their brains as sharp as they should have during that time off, Miller says.

Miller says there are a number of ways parents can help inspire children to embrace their creative side, including: Spend time in nature. Head to a park and spend a little time on a hiking trail, checking out the plants and the animals, then suggest the children write about the experience or draw something they saw along the way. They could even take along a drawing pad, a Magic Sketch or something similar and draw while they are there.


Use holidays as inspiration. Children love holidays, so suggest they draw a picture related to whatever holiday is coming up or create a homemade decoration. Either option can stimulate their creativity.


Be supportive, not critical. This is not the time to play art critic or literary

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reviewer, Miller says. Let this just be fun and give them freedom with their imagination. If they want to color grass orange or put polka dots on a dolphin, let them. Remind them that’s it’s OK to make a mistake. Plus, with a Lego creation, a Magic Sketch drawing or a construction-paper decoration, they can always just start over.


Let them choose their passion. Sometimes parents are too insistent that their children learn piano, take ballet lessons or become involved in an activity that the parent is sure will be fun, Miller says. “Giving children the opportunity to try many things is great,” she says, “but make sure you let them have the final say on what it is they are passionate about.” “Children don’t need to give up their electronic devices completely,” Miller says. “But it’s important to put some limits so they also have time to devote to reading, climbing a tree in the backyard or drawing a picture. They need the opportunity to unleash their creative potential.”



About Colleen Miller Colleen Miller, a veteran teacher and mother of two teenage sons, serves as a national spokeswoman for Magic Sketch, (https:// which uses a liquid-crystal-display screen that children can doodle, draw, sketch and trace on just like pen on paper. Small children can also use the board to learn their letters and numbers. Miller worked as a fulltime sixth-grade teacher for nine years, and has been a substitute teacher for grades 2 through 8 for the last six years.


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Siestas are key, especially in the fast-paced lives of some of the world’s most active animals. The fascinating sleeping habits of the animal kingdom hint at a complexity humans are only just beginning to unlock. From birds that take micro-naps mid-flight to dolphins who half-snooze while underwater, Smithsonian Earth examines the myriad ways animals sleep with the new animated, short-form series, THE SECRET WORLD OF ANIMAL SLEEP. Narrated by journalist and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new series offers a captivating glimpse into the way animals restore energy and get ready for their next day or night on the prowl - all through a series of beautiful picture-book, hand-drawn animations. The premiere episode, SLEEPLESS ON THE SAVANNA, is now available for free at The five additional episodes will be available on Smithsonian Earth tomorrow, November 3rd. Smithsonian Earth is available on Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Android(TM) and Episodes of THE SECRET WORLD OF ANIMAL SLEEP are:

1. SLEEPLESS ON THE SAVANNA The higher up on the food chain you are, the more sleep you get. Thats why prey species like giraffes can only afford mere minutes of sleep at a time, while lions revel in over 20 hours of luxurious slumber a day. Take an eye-opening look at sleep as a survival strategy.


Marine mammals like dolphins need air to breathe, but what happens when they rest? The solution is a fascinating form of halfsleep that allows them to emerge for air without waking up. Dive

into the weird world of underwater slumber.


When birds need sleep, they do it on the fly quite literally. Theyre able to enter a special kind of half-sleep state that lets them rest midair, which is especially important for migratory birds, like the Alpine swift, clocking thousands of miles at a time. Glide into the astounding world of avian sleep.


Owls and foxes are born with undeveloped brains. To grow, they need a special kind of

deep sleep known as REM, or rapid eye movement a state marked by brain regeneration, memory development and a lot of movement. Take an intriguing look into the role of sleep in helping different species develop into adults.


Arctic ground squirrels survive harsh Canadian winters through skilled hibernation. Entering a state of controlled hypothermia, their body temperatures drop to 27°F the lowest ever recorded in a mammal. This suspended animation isnt sleep exactly, but its an equally vital part of their unique survival plan.


All animals sleep but few do so in exactly the same way. Horses snooze standing up and snakes sleep with their eyes wide open. As for some species of jellyfish, they sleep despite lacking a brain. Uncover some of the more unusual features of animal slumber, many of which still remain a mystery.

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Surviving the Season with Your Finances Intact by Kimberly Blaker

The average American spends roughly $900 on gifts during the holiday season, according to a 2016 study by American Research Group, Inc. Add to this, the holiday cards, decorating, baking, and holiday dinners, and it can add up to a big chunk of change. For many people, holiday spending sets them back financially for months to follow if not longer. Credit cards make it easy to overspend leaving families to suffer the consequences later. The problem with credit cards isn't just the monthly payments. It's the long-term cost from accrued interest. So what can you do to ensure you start the new year without new debt? DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Talk to those you exchange gifts with, and see if they'll agree to forego the gift exchange or else set a dollar limit.

First, create a holiday budget. Include not only gifts, food, and decorations, but also postage for holiday cards, wrapping supplies, and the babysitter for your shopping trip. Once you've listed all your expenses, review it, and decide where you can cut some costs. Gifts to extended family and friends are an excellent place to start. Talk to those you exchange gifts with, and see if they'll agree to forego the gift exchange or else set a dollar limit. Another option for families or groups is to draw names to reduce the number of gifts everyone has to purchase, or hold a white elephant exchange. Decide in advance on a gift value for each gift recipient. Let's say you've decided on a gift value of $50 for your sister. Now, rather than buying her something on sale for $50 that's worth $75, stick to the value. Buy something on sale for $35

that's worth $50. This is a good place to shave a lot of expense.

neighbor, so each of you has the opportunity to shop without the kids.

Do you usually send out more holiday cards than you receive? Opt instead for a phone call during the holiday season for those you don't talk to often. It'll cost you nothing and have more meaning. Also, mail cards only to those who send you card.

Plan your shopping before you head out. Do research online to find the best deals on those items on your shopping list. If you can't find a good deal on something, consider an alternative. Also, keep your eyes out for newspaper fliers and check the 'coupon' page of the store websites you plan to shop.

Cut back on the baking. When's the last time you heard someone complain of a shortage of holiday goodies? Probably never. Most of us eat far more than we'd like to just because it's there. Hold potluck dinners rather than playing head chef if you'll be hosting any parties. Offer to provide just the meat. Then ask everyone to bring a specific type of dish to avoid duplicates. To eliminate the cost of a babysitter, offer to exchange babysitting with a

If possible, leave credit cards at home when you go shopping to avoid impulse purchases. Many people spend far more than they plan on by purchasing unnecessary 'bargains' they just can't resist. Finally, if you do use your credit card, try to make a serious plan to double or triple the monthly payments to reduce the interest you'll pay and to quickly get out of debt. DEC 2017/JAN 2018




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Corn and Squash Casserole Ingredients 1 lb yellow squash, coarsely chopped 1 bag frozen corn kernels (15–16 oz) 1 cup prediced yellow onions 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sriracha 1 cup heavy whipping cream Cooking spray Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Chop squash (about 4 cups). Place in large microwave-safe bowl with corn and onions. Cover; microwave on HIGH for 8–10 minutes or until corn is thawed and squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Squeeze water from mixture, draining very well. Place vegetable mixture into blender (or food processor bowl) with remaining ingredients; blend until smooth. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray; pour mixture into dish. Bake 30–35 minutes or until hot and mixture has set in center. Let stand 10 minutes to cool before serving. Cranberry Custard Pie Ingredients 1 lemon, for zest/juice 4 cups cranberries (thawed, if frozen), divided 1 teaspoon corn syrup 3 cups sugar, divided 1 (14.1-oz) ready-to-bake rolled piecrust 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened 4 eggs 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon raw sugar Instructions Zest/grate lemon peel (no white; 1 teaspoon); squeeze lemon for juice (2 tablespoons). Place 1 cup cranberries in bowl with corn syrup and toss to coat; add 1 cup sugar and stir to coat cranberries. Transfer cranberries and any sugar in bowl to an air tight container; chill until ready to use. Unroll one piecrust and place in deep 9-inch pie dish; trim crust, leaving a

1/4-inch overhang. Chill until ready to use. Place in large bowl: cream cheese, eggs, remaining 2 cups sugar, and butter; beat with electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth. Add flour, vanilla, lemon zest, juice, and salt; beat 2 minutes more. Gently stir remaining 3 cups cranberries into egg mixture. Pour filling into crust, unroll remaining dough for top crust and place over the filled pie. Trim dough to 1/4 inch beyond edge. Fold top crust under bottom crust and seal the edges by pinching or crimping with a fork; brush top crust lightly with water and sprinkle with raw sugar. Cut a few slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape; chill 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place pie dish on a baking sheet (for ease in handling); bake 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350°F. Bake 35–40 more minutes or until crust is firm and golden. Cool on a wire rack before serving; garnish with sugared cranberries. Serve. Cider-Brined Pork Loin Roast Ingredients 2 quarts water 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup kosher (coarse) salt 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 sprigs fresh rosemary DEC 2017/JAN 2018



2 quarts apple cider 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 lb) Cooking spray 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 2 cups applesauce 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth 1/3 cup golden raisins 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt Instructions In nonreactive 6- to 8-quart stockpot, stir together 1 quart of the water, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup salt, the crushed garlic and rosemary sprigs. Heat to boiling, stirring until brown sugar and salt are dissolved. Stir in cider and remaining 1 quart water; cool to room temperature. Add pork. Cover; refrigerate at least 12 hours or up to 48 hours. Heat oven to 375ºF. Spray broiler pan with cooking spray. Remove pork from brine; discard brine. Pat pork dry with paper towels. Place pork on broiler pan; spray pork with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the pepper and 1 teaspoon of the chopped rosemary. Bake uncovered 40 to 50 minutes or until thermometer inserted into center of pork reads 145ºF. Cover with foil; let stand at least 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix applesauce, wine, raisins, the chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary. Cook over medium heat 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until raisins are plump and sauce is thickened. Serve sauce with pork. Whiskey Walnut Mini Pies Ingredients 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box 3/4 cup dark corn syrup 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tablespoons whiskey 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup chopped walnuts Instructions Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups or mini tart pans with cooking spray. Remove pie crusts from pouches; unroll on lightly floured work surface. Using 3-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut 10 rounds from each crust. Reroll scraps and cut an additional 4 rounds. Press rounds in bottoms and up sides of muffin cups. In medium bowl, mix corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, whiskey, butter and salt with whisk until blended. Add walnuts; mix well. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into each crust-lined cup.

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Instructions - Preheat oven to 400°F. Chop shallots. - Trim lamb racks; remove fat from rib bones, if needed (wash hands). Combine cherries, broth, 1/4 cup preserves, and 2 teaspoons mustard; place in 9-inch square baking dish. Arrange roasting rack in dish over broth mixture. Place racks of lamb, fat side out and ribs crisscrossed, on rack; season with salt and pepper. Combine remaining each 1 cup preserves and 4 teaspoons mustard with Worcestershire and shallots until blended. Spread cherry mixture over lamb. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lamb is 145°F (for medium-rare). Let rack rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve sauce remaining in baking dish over lamb. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Ingredients 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts 4 slices bacon 1 shallot 1/2 cup pecan pieces 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh thyme sprigs

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is set. Serve warm or cool. Lamb With Cherry Sauce Ingredients 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped 2 (1 1/2- to 1 3/4-lb) frenched racks of lamb 1 (6-oz) bag dried cherries 1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth 1/4 cup + 1 cup cherry preserves, divided 6 teaspoons whole grain mustard, divided 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon pepper DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Instructions Peel any blemished leaves from sprouts and discard. Trim stems from bottom of sprouts, cut sprouts in half; set aside. Preheat large sauté pan on medium 2-3 minutes. Cut bacon into 1/2-inch pieces (easy to do with kitchen shears) and add to pan. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, or until bacon just begins to crisp. Meanwhile, chop shallot. Stir in shallot and pecans; cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, or until bacon is fully crisped. Stir in sugar and vinegar; add sprouts and salt. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, or until desired tenderness. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Three-Cheese Pasta Ingredients 1 (15-oz) jar Alfredo sauce 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 cup whole milk 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 oz specialty (or penne) pasta (3 cups) Instructions Bring water to boil for pasta. Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine in large bowl: Alfredo sauce, 1 cup cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, milk, salt, and pepper.

Cook and drain pasta following package instructions. Stir pasta into cheese sauce until well blended. Transfer pasta mixture to 2-quart baking dish; top with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese. Bake 20–25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve. Green Bean Cornbread Sauté Ingredients 2 (12-oz) packages microwavable green beans 1/2 cup cornbread croutons (or stuffing) 4 tablespoons herb garlic butter, divided 8 oz presliced baby portabellas Instructions Microwave beans on HIGH for 4–6 minutes or until tender. Crush croutons coarsely. Preheat large sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Place 2 tablespoons butter in pan then add mushrooms; cook and stir 2–3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

Stir in green beans and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; cook and stir 1–2 minutes or until green beans are coated and hot. Toss beans with croutons. Serve. Corn and Roasted Pecan Ingredients 1 medium poblano pepper, coarsely chopped 8 oz fresh sugar snap (or snow) peas, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 (14.4-oz) bag frozen cut corn 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons honey Instructions Chop pepper and peas. Preheat large sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Place pecans in pan; cook and stir 1–2 minutes or until toasted. Remove pecans from pan. Place oil and corn in same pan; cook 2–3 minutes or until warm. DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Stir in peppers, peas, salt, and pepper; cook 2 more minutes or until peppers are tender. Remove pan from heat. Stir in honey and pecans. Serve. Caramel Apple Pie with Pecans Ingredients Crust 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans Filling 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon lemon juice 6 cups sliced peeled cooking apples (6 medium) Topping 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping 1/4 cup chopped pecans Instructions Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using

9-inch glass pie pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans in bottom of crust-lined pan. In large bowl, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently stir in lemon juice and apples. Spoon into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust. If desired, brush crust with water; sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking time, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. Serve warm pie with ice cream. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with chopped pecans. Harvest Apple Stuffing Ingredients 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken 1/3 cup chopped Gala apples 1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted Instructions Prepare stuffing mix in large saucepan as directed on package. Stir in remaining ingredients; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 min. Fluff with fork.

Cherry Guacamole Ingredients3 Avocados From Mexico, medium peeled and pits removed 2/3 cup chopped fresh burgundy (bing) cherries 3 tbsp finely minced seeded jalapenos 1 tbsp juice from burgundy cherry, macerated 1 tsp kosher salt 3 tbsp finely diced green onions Instructions In a medium bowl, lightly mash one of the avocados. Dice the other two avocados and add to the bowl. To the bowl add the chopped cherries, minced jalapenos, cherry juice, salt and onions. Fold together lightly, cover and set in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to chill before serving. Place cherry cherry guacamole in serving bowl or plate. Ranch Meatballs Ingredients ½ cup beef broth 1 packet (1 ounce) Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix or 2 tablespoons of Ranch Seasoning 1 pound ground beef 2 tablespoons butter or margarine Directions

Combine ground beef and dressing mix. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs. Melt butter in a skillet; brown meatballs on all sides. Add broth; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm with toothpicks. Mashed Potato Casserole Ingredients ½ cup finely shredded, sharp cheddar cheese ¼ cup Bacon Ranch ¼ cup minced green onions 2½ cups mashed potatoes, prepared or leftover Instructions Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large mixing bowl, stir cheese, dressing and onions into hot mashed potatoes. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese melts and potatoes are golden. Whiskey Eggnog Ingredients 3 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 3 cinnamon sticks 1 vanilla bean pod, split with seeds removed (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract) 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish 5 eggs, separated 2/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup whiskey Instructions Combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to steep. Beat egg yolks and sugar, in a large bowl or stand mixer, until thick ribbons form when the whisk is lifted. Slowly whisk in milk mixture until mixture is completely combined. Add whiskey and stir. Chill overnight, or up to 3 days. Before serving, beat egg whites in a large bowl or stand mixer until soft

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peaks form. Gently fold into eggnog until combined. Garnish with nutmeg. Sweet Potato Mash Ingredients 1 (24-oz) package mashed sweet potatoes 1 medium sweet red apple 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garam masala (or ground cinnamon) Instructions Prepare potatoes following package instructions. Grate apple (about 1 cup); squeeze liquid from apple and drain. Chop parsley. Stir garam masala and apples into potatoes until combined. Top with parsley; serve. Pina Colada Fruit Dip Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained 1/2 cup flaked coconut Assorted fresh fruit or cubed pound cake

the bacon to a rack set over a sheet of foil to cool completely; serve.

Candy Bacon Ingredients 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder 20 slices of thick-cut bacon (1 1/2 pounds)

Pumpkin Cranberry Avocado Muffins Ingredients 3/4 cup medium Avocado From Mexico) mashed 2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1 cup pureed pumpkin 1 egg 3/4 cup low fat milk 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions Preheat the oven to 400°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar with the chile powder. Arrange the bacon strips on the foil and coat the tops with the chile sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until caramelized and almost crisp. Transfer

Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners or use silicone nonstick baking cups. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves. Set aside.

Instructions In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and marshmallow creme until fluffy. Fold in pineapple and coconut. Cover and chill until serving. Serve with fruit or pound cake. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

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Using a food processor or blender, add avocado, pumpkin, egg and milk and mix together until combined. Combine dry and wet ingredients in a bowl and stir until batter is moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts, as desired. Creamy Ranch Tomato Soup Ingredients ½ cup plus additional for drizzling Ranch dressing ½ cup olive oil divided 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 1 medium onion quartered 2 red peppers quartered, seeded 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh thyme leaves 4 cloves garlic smashed 6 cups vegetable stock 8 Roma tomatoes halved, seeded freshly ground black pepper to taste Instructions Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Roast the tomatoes. On a sheet pan, gently toss together the tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, thyme, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the

tomatoes and red peppers, skin side up, tucking the garlic bits beneath them and bake until lightly charred, 45 to 50 minutes. Build the soup. In a soup pot, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the tomato paste and mix well, cooking until it’s a deeper red than when you started, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato and pepper mixture, including the juices, and combine. Stir in the stock, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5–10 minutes. Blending hot liquids: Transfer soup to a blender (or use hand-held immersion blender) filling only about a third to halfway up the side of the blender jar. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the blender lid, start on low speed then process on high speed until the ingredients are pureed and smooth. Return the blended soup to the pot. Work in small batches, remembering to fill the blender no more DEC 2017/JAN 2018



than halfway. Stir in the Ranch until combined. Salmon Cherry Tomatoes Ingredients 30 cherry tomatoes 3 ounces smoked salmon, finely chopped 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper Salt and pepper to taste 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon milk Fresh dill sprigs Instructions Cut a thin slice off each tomato top; scoop out and discard pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towels to drain. In a bowl, combine the salmon, onion, green pepper, salt and pepper; mix well. Spoon into tomatoes. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and milk until smooth. Insert a star tip into a pastry or plastic bag. Pipe a small amount of cream cheese mixture onto tomatoes. Garnish with dill. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

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From the living room to the board room and many points in between, today's world is often complicated, requiring layers of thought in order to unravel the solution. Or like a light bulb, the right idea for business success might just suddenly flicker on in one's fertile mind, without much deliberation or trial and error. Whichever the case, creativity in adulthood takes many shapes and forms, and parts of it are often rooted in art – specifically the time spent as children learning to explore, imagine and create through participation in art classes. A recent report by Americans for the Arts showed that art education improves critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. "For some kids that's how they best express their creativity - through art - and as adults that development and its results in ideas and solutions is seen in many different ways," says Colleen Miller, a veteran teacher with 15 years of fulltime and substitute experience in both elementary and middle schools. "If kids don't ever learn to try creative things, if they never take chances and risks creatively, it would definitely hinder them as adults. Art in particular helps them develop in the broader sense of every-day life." DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Miller lists various ways that art helps children develop creative skills they can apply as adults to real-world situations: It lets them go outside the box. A child allowed to express and experiment freely in creating art builds the inner wiring of innovation. This is important in a world of frequent change, with companies searching for new ways of doing things. An art background encourages pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers for improving methods. "A student can finish with something they didn't necessarily anticipate in the beginning; it goes a different direction," Miller says. "There's less structure, no right or wrong answer. Creating art builds confidence, especially for kids who don't think they're good students in the more traditional subjects" It develops decision-making. The act of exploring and trying new ideas develops a child's mind as a critical thinker and problem solver as they consider and make choices. These experiences in creating art carry over into other areas. "If you don't practice it, you don't develop the touch for it," Miller says. "If you practice being creative and coming up with different ideas, brainstorming, trying it again, adjusting, articulating it,


it helps you with about anything you do later on." It helps them see the big picture. The visual learning that art provides children is more applicable than ever as they join the workforce. The explosion of smart phones and tablets has put those devices in the hands of kids, giving them an onslaught of visual information to sort through. Drawing or other forms of art like sculpting with clay or making pottery instill visual-spatial skills that help kids interpret and distinguish things. "If you have kids who keep on creating, and allowing them to do art work where there aren't many guidelines, then each work is individual, distinct," Miller says. "Each child in their own way through art learns to think creatively, and that's so important in the next stage of their life." About Colleen Miller Colleen Miller, a veteran teacher and mother of two teenage sons, serves as a national spokeswoman for Magic Sketch, ( which uses a liquid-crystal-display screen that children can doodle, draw, sketch and trace on just like pen on paper. Small children can also use the board to learn their letters and numbers. Miller worked as a fulltime sixth-grade teacher for nine years, and has been a substitute teacher for grades 2 through 8 for the last six years.


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favorite seasonal foods.

the holiday season without gaining weight. For diabetics, the holiday season is fraught with temptations. Candy is everywhere. Your wellmeaning co-workers bring in plates of cookies that taunt you from the break room. You’ve got invitations to party after party where it seems like the foods were chosen either to test your will or spite you. But before you decide to give everyone a piece of coal

According to Gloria Cabral, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with Care Resource, “Managing diabetes is more complicated than simply avoiding sugar.For instance, other carbohydrates — like a serving of mashed potatoes — can affect your blood sugar levels as much as a candy bar. Your Registered Dietitian can tell you how many servings of carbohydrates you should be eating daily and you can stick to that. Although some carbohydrates are better for you than others, it’s the total number of carbohydrates that counts and not the form you’re eating them in. Fat, which abounds in holiday cooking, should also be kept to a minimum. As at any time of the year, you should be eating a healthy, balanced diet low in saturated fat, moderate in carbohydrates and protein, and high in fruits and vegetables.” "Having a taste of your favorite foods is great, but complement that with foods that are good for you. Finding a balance that works for you allows you to eat what you enjoy while making sure your body has the nutrients it needs for appropriate energy to allow you to stay active during this busy time of the year. By planning carefully with your Care Resource provider, you can make healthy habit that lasts a lifetime. Visit us at and make Care DEC 2017/JAN 2018



Resource YOUR medical home.” – Bill Krantz, Physician Assistant, Care Resource Remember that holiday meals and traditions don’t have to disrupt your diabetes control. With a little preparation, you’ll be ready to face any holiday head-on and still enjoy it. Join the Care Resource family and help us provide you with the absolute best opportunity for a long, healthy, productive life, Together, we can work in concert this holiday season to help you maximize good health and help you along your healthcare journey. The level of personal attention, at every level of the Care Resource experience not only sets us apart, but it also sets you on the fast track to better health. Most services at Care Resource’s offices are provided on a sliding fee scale. With a sliding scale, the fees are reduced for those who have lower incomes or less money to spare after their personal expenses, regardless of income or the ability for you to pay. Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in MiamiDade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including pediatric care, family care, dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. For more information, please visit www.careresource. org, or call 305.576.1234.

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Sprinkles Magazine Holiday 2017 Issue  
Sprinkles Magazine Holiday 2017 Issue