CALENDAR OF EVENTS February 16 Haley Brown Benefit, Bell County Expo Center, Belton February 17 Pat Green Concert, Bell County Expo Center, Belton February 17 Red Dirt Mardi Gras-Randy Rogers Concert, Bell County Expo Center, Belton February 18 Waco’s 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration of Art, The Palladium, Waco February 18 Hooked On Fishing for adults and children, Miller Park Pond, Temple February 18 Comedian Eddie Griffin, Killeen February 18 Day for Women-Luncheon, Seminars and Vendor Booths, Frank Mayborn Center, Temple February 19 Spanish Brass Musicians, CAC, Temple February 22-26 McLennan Theatre-”Pippin”, McLennan Community College, Waco February 24-26 Immersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival, Waco Convention Center, Waco February 24-27 Home & Garden Show, Bell County Expo Center, Belton February 25 Georgetown Bridal Showcase, Georgetown February 25 Joe Ely Great American Singer Songwriter Performance, Azalee Marshall CAC, Temple February 26 The Red Violin Stradivarius Violin Performance, Klett Performing Arts Center, Georgetown
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Product we Love in C.T. Handmade with Love
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Love that Smile
Sibling Love and Rivalry
Love for Music
Letter from the Editor: 35 Central Kids Staff are all Moms. We are busy searching Central Texas for things we Love and hope you will too! We are all so excited about the new journey we are on of bringing not just the same ads each issue in a simple throw away publication as our past directory but providing our friends with a real magazine filled with articles meant to educate and inspire in a format that is worthy to be placed on your coffee table. It would be an honor to share your stories, recipes, and crafts with our Central Texas Moms. As a Mom of four ranging in all ages I know the importance of Mom sharing and mentoring. When new Moms compliment my creativity I always tell them I learned from the best. Most of my room Mom ideas were passed down to me by creative Moms. Everything from making it through temper tantrum tears to surviving toilet training I owe to the support of other Moms. 35 Central Kids is a magazine designed to share local Mom ideas with other Moms. Thank you for your support of 35 Central kids! Warmest regards, Lynda Pohl 35 Central Kids Publisher Please send your pictures, ideas, stories, recipes and crafts to firstname.lastname@example.org. All professional pictures must have photographer’s approval to print.
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Valentine’s Day Crafts
Make Hand Print Hearts and write cut messages around it!
Melt crayons in a heart mold by baking it at 230˚ for 15 minutes and paste onto Valentine’s Day cards!
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Cherry chocolate kisses
1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool 1 cup powdered sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry “juice” 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped Granulated sugar, for sprinkling the cookies 36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy - 1 minute Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and slowly add the powdered sugar and salt. Add the cherry juice and the almond extract until combined. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the mixer speed to medium and add the cherries. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a baking sheet, approximately 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, gently press each cookie in its center until the cookie is about 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle each cookie with a little granulated sugar. Bake the cookies until the bottoms are lightly browned, about 14 minutes. Once removed from the oven, immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Stained Glass Heart Cookies
2/3 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup milk 40 fruit flavored hard candies (preferred cherry) Parchment paper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture alternately with milk. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut using a heart cookie cutter. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place candy in plastic bags and crush with a meat mallet. Place crushed candies inside heart window frame. Bake for six minutes, or until candy is just melted. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, until candy is hard. Lift cookies off parchment paper baking sheet with spatula. Optional light Icing - milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, food coloring. Stir and lightly brush onto edges for a finished look. 7
Are you planning a Birthday Party for your son or daughter and can’t decide what to do? Should you have a party at home or at some unique location? Well, maybe these ideas will help inspire you. Sometimes a kid’s birthday party with a simple theme just isn’t enough. If you are one of those people who like to create kid’s birthday parties that are special and unique, parties that your guests and children will remember forever, then these ideas and ideas in upcoming 35 Central Kids should help get you on your way to a most unforgettable birthday party. If you would like to share a birthday party idea, please send to email@example.com Enjoy these 3 local parties we found. Thanks and have a Happy Birthday Party! Theme It !
Tiffany’s & Co. Party Does your little Diva love shopping and everything that sparkles? Instead of a large party plan a field trip party for her and her closest friends to a favorite store or mall scavenger hunt. Inspiration: Breakfast At Tiffany’s Theme: Tiffany & Company blue and white with everything that sparkles. Pull out the old silver and wine glasses for juice. Invitation: Simple print it yourself from the wedding section at craft store. Bling sticker and blue ribbon added Audrey Hepburn quote. Dress: Divas wore simple black dresses. by Sugar Art Specialties - Place: Tiffany & Company field trip. Divas were given a tour and a lesson on the Esther Allen history of Tiffany & Company. Food: Custom cake of a Tiffany& Company gift box, Apple Cider and snacks served in Tiffany cups and napkins at the store. Party Favors: Tiffany blue bags, Million dollar candy bar, Hershey kisses, Tiaras, ring pop, large diamond ring pin, small blue makeup bag with nail polish and lipgloss. 8
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Sock Monkey Party
The very First Birthday is a party that may not be remembered by your little one but is a time to celebrate with all your family this very special joyous occasion! Be careful not to overstimulate with to many decorations and activities. There is nothing worse than a crying Birthday Boy or Girl. Inspiration: Favorite Toy Theme: First Birthday Party. Does your little one like to monkey around the house? Throw a party where silliness is a must! Invitation: Use the first Birthday picture to create a custom invitation that grandma will love!. Dress: Sock Monkey Hats Place: A home party is recommended for little ones. The first birthday should never overwhelm your little one. Keep it simple filled with their favorite things and food. Food: Custom Sock Monkey Cake and Grandmaâ€™s homemade banana pudding. Table filled with healthy treats for guests. Party Favors: Monkey bags filled with yellow bananas.
Build a Birthday Party full of memories with friends! Inspiration: Favorite Toy Theme: Legos Under Construction! Invitation: Construction theme and attach a real Leggo piece. Dress:Yellow construction hats and vests Place: What better place to build than in the garage? Decorated like a construction site including construction tape. Activity: Guess the Leggos in the jar, relay to build a pattern, build a car and race it on a track Food: Lego cake and childâ€™s favorite foods Party Favors: Legos
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Robotics Competition In April 2011, Central Texas College (CTC) partnered with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) to host the Centex First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. The partnership was initiated in order to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the Central Texas region. FIRST is an organization dedicated to inspiring young peopleâ€™s interest and participation in science and technology through a variety of programs.
One of these programs is the First Tech Challenge (FTC), which provides affordable, accessible opportunities for high school students (Grades 9-12) to compete head-to-head using robots in an exciting sports model. High school-aged participants work alongside mentors to design, build and program robots. Robots are built using a re-usable, modular robotics platform. The 2011 Centex FTC Competition was one of the largest qualifiers in the state. Twenty-seven new and existing teams competed, over 100 volunteers assisted, and nearly 500 people attended the event. The competition drew teams from as far away as Waco, Marble Falls, and even Houston. Twenty-one teams have registered for this yearâ€™s event, which will be held at the James Anderson Campus Center on the CTC campus on Saturday, February 11, 2012, starting at 10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. The schools competing are Copperas Cove HS, Hamilton HS, Shoemaker HS, Shadetree Mechanics, Killeen HS, Marble Falls HS, Salado HS, Harmony Science Academy, Midway HS, and Florence HS. There is also an independent team out of Waco competing. Nearly every school has multiple teams competing.
February – Dental Health Month
What is the secret to a healthy smile? Taking good care of your teeth! Proper dental care begins even before a baby’s first tooth appears. Remember that just because you can’t see the teeth doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Running a damp washcloth over your baby’s gums following feedings can prevent buildup of damaging bacteria. Once your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a soft child’s toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day. Even babies can have problems with dental decay when parents do not practice good feeding photography by Kelly Hosch habits. Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth may be convenient in the short term — but it can harm the baby’s teeth. Consider taking your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids’ dental health. They also know when to refer you to a different type of specialist such as an orthodontist to correct an overbite or an oral surgeon for jaw realignment. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist take place by the first birthday. Such visits can help in the early detection of potential problems, and help kids become accustomed to visiting the dentist so they’ll have less fear about going as they grow older.
Key Learning Points To Share With Your Child: It is important to brush your teeth twice a day using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. You should brush your tongue and all parts of your teeth using a gentle circle motion. Flossing before the evening brush loosens particles of food from the day a toothbrush can’t reach. If left between the teeth the food will cause decay. Eating a variety of healthy foods each day helps prevent tooth decay and contributes to overall oral health. Sweets are called “sometimes” foods but not beneficial to healthy smiles! Every 6 months visit the Dentist. A great website for families filled with games, quizzes and tons fun is the National Dental Museum site. The first toothbrush was made with bone and boar’s hair! Discover more historic treasures, from Queen Victoria’s dental instruments to toothbrushes through the ages at www.dentalmuseum.org/ 12
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Since the beginning of time we have heard stories of siblings. Biblical times Cain and Able, inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright, businessmen Steve and Malcolm Forbes, actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, Hundreds of TV shows like The Brady Bunch, children’s storybook like Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail all display conflict, tragedy and success of sibling relationships
Sibling and Rivalry
Most Sibling rivalry is a natural part of life that can actually grow a child into a healthy successful adult with wonderful communication abilities who is able to get along with all types of people. Parents need have no concern even if the arguments get worse as the children get older – as long as they also increase their verbal sophistication and, once all tears are spilt, they learn to resolve their differences without one child submitting to the other. Based on a five-year research project into siblings, the project by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Family Research examined children’s cognitive and social development between the ages of two and six.”The more the children upset each other, the more they learn about regulating their emotions and how they can affect the emotions of others,” said Dr Claire Hughes from her book, Social Understanding and Social Lives. Hughes added. “The more they point-score, the more it can motivate them to achieve. The more they argue the more they are learning complex lessons about communication and the subtleties of language. Dr Tina Kretschmer, co-author of Siblings – Friends or Foes? Stated ”Parents should not try to stifle their children’s rivalry.”It’s a natural part of sibling relationships and it has its good sides: it can motivate them to choose different niches in which to excel. Sibling rivalry can be constructive, preparing them for important relationships when they are older”,” she said. Role Models: The way that parents resolve problems and disagreements sets a strong example for kids. So if you and your spouse work through conflicts in a way that’s respectful, productive, and not aggressive, you increase the chances that your children will adopt those tactics when they run into problems with one another.
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Make History by Selling or Buying History!
The largest garage sale in Bell County benefitting the Bell County Museum is almost here! Find treasures or begin spring cleaning and make a little something extra. The annual Big Bell County Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 9-4, at the Bell County Expo Center. A few booth spaces are now available to vendors and area non-profits. Visitors will be able to find everything from collectibles to electronic equipment, fabulous antiques, vintage jewelry and textiles, furniture, house wares, and just great all-American junk. “The Garage Sale is really a giant, wonderful flea market, and has been characterized as one of the great people-watching events of the year,” Museum Director Stephanie Turnham said. “It is also a great opportunity to get out with friends and family members, do something fun, and find some real deals. There’s plenty of parking, food will be available, and children under twelve get in free. “ “Admission is only $3.00 for adults,” Turnham added, “so it’s a great bargain that offers the opportunity to discover hidden treasures offered by the many vendors. Plus, every family member can find something here that they just cannot live without. Also, children under 12 get in free.” “Proceeds from the Garage Sale help the museum fund exhibitions, educational programs, and also help to preserve the collection for the residents and visitors of the Bell County region. The garage sale also needs volunteers, Turnham said. “We need people to help us for a couple of hours on Saturday selling tickets and troubleshooting, or for setting up on Friday. It’s really lots of fun because you get to talk to so many interesting people, and you get to shop as much as you want to.” If you would like to volunteer for the museum or would simply like more information, please call (254) 933-5243.
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It’s amazing what music can do for a kid. As a powerful stimulant, music can alter your child’s mood instantly and create new bonds and memories. We all have our personal stories of using music to calm a colicky baby or playing a favourite lullaby to put a little one to sleep. Music can also make time fly away on a long car ride. And, let’s not forget the role that music plays at parties! Music is very much deep-rooted in our everyday culture. Without it, our lives wouldn’t be the same. Take a moment and just imagine what your child’s life would be like without ever having heard “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “ABC song.” Or, how would they like to watch Sesame Street without any music? It’s unthinkable. Music is an inherent part of our nature and who we are in so many ways. Our experiences with music start in early childhood and unquestionably last a lifetime. What the Research Says. The International Foundation of Music Research, based at The University of Texas at San Antonio, has produced many publications on the benefits of music on early brain development. There is substantial evidence indicating that babies are aware of and respond to music and different sounds inside their mother’s womb. At birth, a baby’s brain development still remains 16
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incomplete. Newborns quickly learn to recognize their mother’s voice from others and they are able to respond to changes in a person’s voice or pitch before they reach their first birthday -- often by moving their arms and legs or babbling and cooing. A child’s brain develops its full potential when exposed to enriching experiences in early childhood. Stimuli received in early childhood are crucial to brain growth and the development of important connections made in nerve cell networks. Music and Intelligence. Can listening to music actually make smarter adults of the future? Recent data from the University of Texas indicated that those students who received an arts education that included music received higher SAT scores. Many studies have shown that music can benefit cognitive abilities, particularly spatial abilities, higher reasoning and motor skills, and higher achievements in language and math. And, there’s been a lot of media coverage in recent years about the Mozart Effect: the effect that passive listening to the music of certain classical composers has on a child’s intelligence.
There are many fun and inexpensive ways for parents to explore music with their children: Sing With Your Child – You may not be the next American Idol, but chances are your child will think of you as their idol even if you can’t carry a tune – young children won’t notice and you’ll probably have a lot of fun together. Make Music with Things Around the House –Get creative and look for every day things that you can transform into a musical instrument. How about making maracas out of plastic bottles: simply fill them with some dry beans and seal for a couple of instant shakers. Introduce Your Child to Different Types of Music – Add variety to your child’s life by playing a different type of music each day, whether it’s classical, country, rock, rap, big band, jazz, hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, camp songs, References: 1) Bell Music School, MA, www.bellmusicschool.com or simply goodBelmont, old-fashioned children’s music. 2) Campbell, Don, (1997), The Mozart Effect, Avon Books,
Let Your Child See You Play the Piano – If you play the piano or any other instrument, involve your child: have her sit on your lap while you play a few notes and talk about the parts of the instrument, or explore the keyboard together. Try a Music Class – There are so many classes available and some of them are surprisingly affordable. Pick one that offers a good variety of activities such as music making with different instruments, music play and movement, and music listening. The University Of Mary Hardin Baylor offers many age and ability appropriate classes Music is a Performance – Kids love to perform. Just put on a favourite CD or tape and encourage your children to dance, sing, and enjoy themselves.
www.early-child-development.com 3) Hodges, Donald A., MusicalityRecorder from Birth to Five, for Music Buy a Harmonica, orInternational Kazoo –Foundation A cheap wayResearch, to introduce your University of Texas at San Antonio, www.music-research.org 4) Hoffman, John , Crying Wolfgang, Today’s Parent Magazine, www.todaysparent.com child to an instrument and have them experiment with creating different 5) Pitman, Teresa and Holly Bennett, Music Fun, Today’s Parent Magazine, sounds and tunes. www.todaysparent.com 6) Yoshimura, Kathy, Music Makes You Smarter?! University of Texas, www.cwrl.utexas.edu
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Texas Angels Pageant
The first ever Texas Angels Pageant for our friends with special needs will be held on February 25th, 2012 at the Lee Lockwood Museum (2801 W Waco Drive) at 2 p.m. in Waco, Texas. This pageant is open to boys and girls with special needs between birth and 21 years old. There is no entry fee for competitors.
The Angels Pageant system believes that EVERY child is a gift from God, regardless of their abilities. We love them and praise God for their life and spirit. These pageants are not about ability. They are simply a chance for us to come together and celebrate these children’s sweet spirits. We welcome any special needs child that would like to participate. The pageant will be unlike any other pageant you have ever seen. Our participants are celebrated for what they can do! Our contestants may have anything from cerebral palsy to hearing/visual impairment. At our pageant, we feel that every life has value, no matter how it is perceived by the general public. Most of these children are not included in this type activity due to ignorance and misunderstanding.
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