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Mid Valley | December 2019/ January 2020 | FREE

Special Holiday Issue







Meet our highly trained and skilled doctors

Spencer E. Ludlow, M.D. Bruce W. Madsen, M.D.

from your Eyecare Associates team

Elaine Hussey, O.D.

Carli Lancaster, O.D.

Jessica Norris, O.D.

Carlyle Curtis, O.D.

Matthew Knecht, O.D.

Thomas Lopez, M.D.

Doug Crotty, O.D.

Joel Tuttle, O.D.

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It’s what‘s

Everyone has

at least one

lover on their

inside that counts


list, so here’s




for book-lo


Treats 28

Lights Out 31 Cowboy Treats.................28

They know what they're

Cover MOM: Laura Ellis............................. 9

talking about

This mom gets real


Because I said so............... 5

Book Lover’s Gift Guide..........................16

Power Outages................31

Unique gifts for the book-

when the lights go out


Meet the MOM experts.... 4

A message from MOM

Let's Talk Health................ 7 Your health questions

Easy to assemble holiday

How to survive and thrive

lovers on your list

answered by Samaritian

Reindeer Cupcakes........25

Health Services

Holiday goodness, cowboy style

More ways to love your MOM Blog: mommag.com Facebook: facebook.com/ lovemommag

Cover MOM


Photos by Joni Loraine Photography

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meet the


[They know what they’re talking about]

Style. About Home Style with Heather Van Eyk, page 8

Health. Let’s Talk Health with Samaritan Health Services, page 7

“ You can tell a lot about a

Say Cheese. Say Cheese with Dr. Wade Haslam, page 24



Focus on MOM with Carli Lancaster, O.D., page 14

Friends Fur Life with Chris Storm, page 26



Partners in Education with Carla Towery, page 20

Something to Smile About with Dr. Kim Kutsch and Dr. Greg Renyer, page 30



Natural Choices with Emily Stimac, page 22

Go Out and Play with Karen Swanger, page 34

person by the way they handle three things: a rainy

Christmas tree lights.

day, lost luggage and tangled

– Maya Angelou

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Because I said so! Published by GO Creative, LLC 263 29th Avenue SW Albany, OR 97322 Editor-in-Chief Managing Director Angela Hibbard angela@mommag.com Mid-Valley & Lane County Business Development Manager Linda Blair linda@mommag.com 541-231-7250 Salem Advertising Representative Kim Leighty kim.leighty@mommag.com 503-510-9036 Tri-Cities Business Development Manager Kim Harvey kim@mommag.com 509-460-6526 Designer Sean Carver

We love hearing from you. Email info@mommag.com with feedback, story ideas or nominations. MOM MagazineTM is produced by GO Creative, LLC. © 2018 All rights reserved. Any reproduction, in whole or part, without written permission of the publisher, is prohibited. Information in the magazine is provided for general information purposes only with the understanding that none of the content constitutes professional advice. Opinions expressed by the writers or advertisers are not necessarily the opinions of the magazine or the publisher. Inclusion in the magazine does not constitute endorsement of information, products or services.

Perfect parenting is poor preparation for the real world. WHEN MY CHILDREN were very young and just the idea of getting out of the house felt like an Olympic event I hadn’t trained for, a neighbor—who must have observed my sleep-deprived, impatient mothering skills—passed on some advice that her mother had shared with her. “Perfect parenting is poor preparation for the real world,” she said, giving me a reassuring smile. Those words have stuck with me and encourage me when I feel like I’m failing as a mom. All of us can feel this way occasionally, especially at this time of year when there’s so much pressure to have the perfectlydecorated house, neatly-iced cookies, clever crafts, unique gifts and that darn Elf on the Shelf. Not to mention Christmas cards, brag letters and all of that shopping. When I feel overwhelmed and not up to the epic responsibility of motherhood, I remember my neighbor’s wise words and feel particularly smug about just how prepared my kids will be for the real world thanks to my imperfect parenting skills! I also remind myself to:

Angela’s children, Catherine and Liam, enjoying an imperfect holiday moment

So if you ever feel like an imperfect parent, remember that your children were not given a perfect mom, just the perfect mom for them. Why? Because I said so!

Take a deep breath Say “no” to holiday parties Dim the lights, so it’s easier to ignore the dirt in my house Log off of Pinterest and all social media Remember that my presence is the best gift I can give my children

Angela Hibbard MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays The gift that keeps on giving

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Let’s talk health

Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help.

Let’s talk health ™

learn additional self-soothing skills, not to mention they won’t be at an age where they can argue with you about it. ~ Dana Kosmala, DO, Samaritan Lebanon Health Center – Pediatrics

I turn 38 this year, and I don’t plan on having any more children. I’m getting pretty tired of my heavy, painful periods each month and my girlfriend told me about something called endometrial ablation. Should I consider this?

What are the pros and cons of a pacifier and at what age should a child stop using a pacifier? Before you go all-in with the pacifier, consider the following pros and cons.

Pros • Studies show the use of pacifiers can help prevent SIDS. • Pacifiers can be invaluable in soothing infants. • Jaw movement while sucking helps ease air travel.

Cons • Long term use can affect the shape of the mouth and teeth causing orthodontic problems. • Pacifiers can increase risk for ear infections due to shifting of fluids in the middle ear while sucking. • Pacifiers can inappropriately pacify hungry babies when they really should be feeding. If you decide that using a pacifier is right for you and your baby, we recommend you start weaning your infant from a pacifier between the age of 6 to 12 months. Babies can become too attached and dependent on a pacifier for comfort. Taking it away as soon as they are able to sleep through the night will help them

I’ve heard you should not make drastic changes to your diet in early pregnancy. Meanwhile, I want to be sure I am making the best choices for my baby. What do you recommend? A healthy diet supports a healthy pregnancy and baby. Changing eating habits prior to pregnancy or in early pregnancy can positively impact the health of the newborn at the earliest possible stage. Additionally, adopting healthy eating habits during pregnancy can reduce excessive gestational weight gain and prevent postpartum weight retention. To best support the growth of a healthy baby you don’t need significantly more calories, but instead should focus on more nutrients – vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, antioxidants, e.g. It is easiest to incorporate more nutrients into the diet by choosing whole foods made with simple ingredients that come from as close to nature as possible. At meals and snack time fill up on a variety of vegetables, add protein and healthy fats and garnish with carbohydrates. Always check in with your health care provider about your diet, and best wishes for a happy, healthy pregnancy! ~ Kirsti Troyer, RDN, LD, Dietitian at Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology, Corvallis

Endometrial ablation is a permanent way of reducing or stopping heavy menstrual bleeding. In this procedure, a disposable surgical instrument is inserted into the uterus to directly contact the lining of the uterus, which is responsible for the bleeding. Energy sources then destroy the lining. This can reduce monthly menstrual flow. In some cases, the procedure stops periods altogether. The procedure is quick and can be done in the gynecology clinic, so women are able to get back to their busy lives. Women who are done having children are potential candidates for this procedure. To find out more, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss your options. ~ Paul Daskalos, DO, Samaritan Gynecology & Surgical Associates, Corvallis

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Style Trends for 2020 T

he new year is a chance to look at things anew, and that includes your home. Incorporate these home style trends for a fresh look.

HEAVY METAL ACCESSORIES Use metal finishes that offer a natural patina or are dulled such as a brushed or satin finish.

NATURE UNTOUCHED Leave natural materials in their natural state. Let the beauty of the natural materials in your home shine by using neutral stains, glazes and sealants.

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TEXTURED WORLD Select textured surfaces over bold patterning—carpet and rugs with varying pile, wallpapers with varying depths, and mixed weaves on fabrics.

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Q & A Cover MOM Laura Ellis

“Throw some paint at the walls� is not something you hear many moms say. But Cover MOM, Laura Ellis, turned paint throwing into a business with her creative and messy studio, Splatter Box.

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Laura Ellis Gets


Who is MOM?

Community/hometown: from Dayton,

OR, now living in Albany, OR.

Family: Husband, Derek Ellis, owner

of Quality Painting of Oregon and children: Ava, age 8 and Asher, age 5.

Profession: Entrepreneur, owner of Splatter Box.

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Q“ &

Family comes first.

All families are unique. Tell us about yours.

My husband and I are celebrating our 11-year anniversary this New Year’s Eve. A lot has happened over the years, but we have been blessed with two beautiful children and two cats: Blue and Stephanie. Our oldest daughter, Ava, was 3 years old when we found out we were pregnant with our son, Asher. Mid-pregnancy, I was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. After being rushed to OHSU Medical Center, and spending weeks in the ICU cardiac wing, the day finally came for me to have open-heart surgery and a C-section at the same time. It was quite the day. Asher was born at 26 weeks gestation and weighed a paltry 2 pounds 8 ounces, roughly the size of a head of cauliflower. He lived in the Doernbecher NICU

until he was almost 4 months old. Now, at 5 years old, not a single person would know the suspenseful way he entered the world. My husband and I are both entrepreneurs. Derek has operated his residential painting company for more than a decade while I opened Splatter Box, a paint throwing studio and recreation destination, two years ago. When not working, we are homeschooling our kids among numerous extracurricular activities.

What’s one of your family’s holiday traditions? Christmastime at our house begins with the family tree decorating. We put up three trees. Ava has a pink tree for her room, while Asher has a blue tree. That night we watch a movie, either Elf or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I contend that both movies need

to be seen at least once during the holiday season. With two little kids, we obviously make cookies to decorate for Santa. He has a special plate at our house and, every Christmas Eve, we fill it with fresh cookies and carrots for his reindeer. Prior to going to bed, we read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments? Seeing my daughter hold my son for the first time! Since my son was born when I underwent open-heart surgery, and he was born at 26 weeks, I did not get to hold him directly after he was born. When I was finally able to travel upstairs to the NICU I fell in love! That was the same time I witnessed my daughter hold him for the first time; my heart truly melted. Even though she was only 3 years old, it was like she instinctively knew that he was special and needed to be treated gently. Her face beamed with pride. She sat in the big rocker for as long as we would let her, never wanting to leave his side. I was so proud of her. What is something you swore you would never do before kids that you now do? When I was pregnant with my first child I swore I would only make my own baby food—that lasted for a few months. Your biggest wish for your kids is… To be independent and follow their own compass. I sincerely hope that we are raising children who feel confident enough to forge their own happy path.

No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. There are two activities that I try to faithfully participate in: Altrusa’s Kidzshop and Albany Boys & Girls Club’s Celebration of Trees. Kidzshop is a back-toschool shopping spree held in August and offered to approximately 300 qualified children living in Linn county. Volunteers are paired with one to two kids and fill their carts with $100 to $125 worth of new clothing. It is one of the most humbling experiences that I have participated in. Celebration of Trees is a fun and festive event that allows me to turn my creative ideas up 1,000%! Individuals and businesses beautifully decorate trees that are auctioned off at an event with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. I, on behalf of Splatter Box, have a blast coming up with off-beat tree decorating ideas. Last year I decked out a fir tree with numerous flowers for an Alice & Wonderland tree that was donated to the ABC House—the perfect location for such a whimsical creation. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? Owning two businesses automatically means our lifestyle is uniquely different from most families. This means that our children are involved in one way or another. Since we started brainstorming Splatter mommag.com 11

Q & Q A

Quick-fire questions for MOM Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Morning or Night? Morning

Summer or Winter? Winter

Fly or Drive? Fly

Gold or Silver? Gold

Dog or Cat? Cat

Bath or Shower? Shower

Math or English? English

Hot or Cold? Hot

Sweet or Savory? Sweet

Hugs or Kisses? Hugs

Ice Cream or Chocolate? Chocolate

Early or Late? Early

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Box, the kids have given their input and have helped in more ways than one. From demolition to being our splatter test subjects, greeting guests and helping with customer service, we have created the quintessential family business. Consequently, this also means our children observe the highs and lows of ownership. We hope and believe the example we have set for them will shape their personal and professional aspirations throughout their lives. Our kids have seen what’s possible. They see their parents pursuing their dreams and that sense of possibility may be one of the greatest gifts we can give them.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you? Responsibility. I did 4-H and FFA as a kid, raising cows and pigs. The discipline needed to raise animals for show and market fostered a strong sense of accountability and accomplishment. What is something you will NEVER do again? I will never buy off-brand Oreos again. What good habit do you wish you had started earlier? Any resolutions for 2020? A daily skincare regime. You’re never too young to start turning back the clock.

What are you hoping to find under the tree this year? Someday I hope that I can make Santa’s nice list and that he leaves me plane tickets, or at least a surprise vacation. My birthday is in November so those tickets don’t really need to wait until December. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, in which event would you win a gold medal? Grocery shopping with children. If you can get in and out while sticking to a grocery list, then you deserve a medal. And, if you can do all that while two kids constantly bombard you with, “Can we get this?” or “I’m hungry!” then—hands down— you should be given a gold medal!

What keeps you up at night (apart from kids, of course)?

Listen to mom.

I usually remember everything I intended to get done but forgot.

What advice would you give your younger mom self—what do you wish you knew then that you know now?

What is the best way that you let off steam? A glass of wine and a good book. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? I think everyone should live alone at least once. You learn so much about yourself. They say that everyone has a book in them. What’s the title of your book? Smiling Through Uncomfortable Situations. A memoir.

Surround yourself with people who will encourage and support what you are currently doing. Perhaps some of your relationships will drift apart as you have a new lifestyle, but remember that it is about quality, not quantity and even less positive interactions have a lesson to give. What message would you like to share with other moms? You will probably never use a Diaper Genie or a wipe warmer but do invest in pacifier leashes. Those are worth their weight in gold. mommag.com 13

Red light, color vision green light Understanding




Very few people are completely color blind, but have difficulty differentiating between the following:

Particular shades of reds and greens. This doesn’t mean that people with this condition can’t see these colors at all, but simply have a harder time differentiating

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between them, depending on the darkness or lightness of the colors.

Blues and yellows. This is a rarer and more severe form of color vision loss, because people with blue-yellow deficiency frequently have red-green blindness too. In both cases, people with color vision deficiency often see neutral or gray areas where a particular color should appear. Color vision deficiency can be frustrating but, in most cases, it is not a serious threat to vision. With time, patience and practice, people can adapt using tinted lenses and coping strategies like organizing and labeling colored objects and memorizing the order rather than the color of things (i.e. red traffic light on top). Source: American Optometric Association aoa.org

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Those with normal color vision see an 8. Those with red green color blindness see a 3. Those with total color blindness see nothing.

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SHINE ON. Eli’s body was full of cancer. Now he’s full of life.

At age 2, Eli faced a cancer almost never seen in kids that age. Fortunately, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital was ready to meet the challenge. Doernbecher specializes in creating new possibilities. Eli’s team turned the world’s latest research into an innovative treatment plan and helped Eli beat cancer. Today he’s a happy, healthy 5-year-old who loves baseball, family and building things. Your generous support helps create these new possibilities and powers lifesaving care for families across the Northwest. Please make a gift to Doernbecher today.

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Everyone has

at least one

lover on the

Everyone has at least one book-lover on their list, so here’s our guide to the best non-book gifts for book-lovers.



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Using this wooden page spreader frees up a hand to shoo away the kids. “Can’t you see? I’m reading!” etsy.com


Adults will love these literary-themed cocktails that are as fun to read about as they are to make (and drink). amazon.com

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If there’s a librarian on your list, they’ll love checking out these ties and scarves. etsy.com

There’s literally a tote for everyone. outofprint.com


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Start the morning with literary first lines. philosophersguild.com

Everyone appreciates a gift card to their favorite local bookstore. Book-lovers can snuggle up during the holidays in these cozy pjs. basbleu.com

Gift card You can’t judge a book by its cover, but kids will love covering up with these reading-inspired tees. outofprint.com

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It’s perfect, Snakes honey! under the tree lives, was we see we don’t have. weand look in the weinterest see Have you ever noticed that we love our children’s artwork, my When brother how shemirror, showed When my brother sixwhat , he gave in the things thatamattered toCan him.we The mom a rubber snake Christmas. our flawsfor instead of the blessings. Can we take step back? no matter how purple the sky or red the grass they’vemy drawn? snake may not have been the perfect gift, He wasn’t trying accept to frighten thoseher. fewHe extra pounds, or scuffed shoes, or not-so-new We don’t expect it to be perfect, yet we find joy in it anyway. but the sweet family moments that have remembered that our mom had helped him car—even with its observe occasional rattles—and allow ourselves to been a come from talking about it, have snake, put it in a container, We find joy in their imperfection, yet we often expect catch no lessa than experience satisfaction with what we have and who we are? Peace great gift for all of us. it with wonder and release perfection from ourselves or our spouse. When we reflect onwide-eyed our it to the wild so that could liveliberates on. He us to be withitourselves our own “best. ” A precious gift for special people in your thought, “She must really like snakes!” So children’s lives could be taking time to Today’s day. Give yourself a break from the expectation of what gift could be betterthe than a rubber talk with your kids about them—their version of the critter she seemed to “I’m like okay.” favorite memories, what they love about perfection and say, so much? the person and why. Write those thoughts It’s called GRACE. Give yourself some today! down and give them either with, or as a Looking back, the family has had many gift. Those sweet thoughts just might be laughs about the “year of the snake,” but it the most meaningful and precious gifts is more than just a fun family story. It is a received this Christmas. testimony of thebrought time myto mother you bygave to Brought to you by:

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Carla Towery is a Kindergarten teacher, Santiam Christian Schools

[ Momism #150: Put

your coat on.

] Christina Miller, MD

541 704 7304

Raising strong families through personalized care. At Willamette Valley Pediatrics we believe that healthcare is personal.

“We are all in this together” Holiday tips: Plan daily activities while school is out: crafts, walks, playdates Limit electronics to 2 hours per day Travel: check road conditions prior to leaving Take young kids out of their bulky winter coats when traveling in their car seats

Dr. Christina Miller takes the time to develop relationships with her patients and their families in order to care for their “whole” health.

You and your child’s health are our priority. We know that health concerns are stressful for moms, we offer same day appointments and can work with your busy schedule. We schedule sports physicals with minimal wait time, because we know that an active child is a healthy child. Dr. Miller knows that children are a blessing. That is why she comes along side you and your child to help them become their best self. To learn more contact us at 541-704-7304 or www.willamettevalleypediatrics.com

Keep visitor’s luggage and purses up out of reach to prevent ingestion

Christina Miller, MD

Dr. Miller strives to provide so much more than just a doctor’s “visit”. Located in Albany 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite B. Albany

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choose this... Make more time for the important people in your life over the holidays by taking a few shortcuts in the kitchen. With this pair of time-saving treats available at First Alternative Co-op, you’ll have more time to savor the conversations and the flavors.

Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa Mix:

Mom’s Pies: Made in Eugene, each

Equal Exchange knows that the best ingredients come from small farmers and supports them the world over with their fair trade practices. This cocoa mix is made from organic cacao, organic sugar cane and organic milk, all of it sustainably produced and fairly traded. And it couldn’t be easier. Just add hot water and settle in to enjoy a rich, chocolaty cup of comfort.

ready-to-cook Mom’s Pie contains just five ingredients: local berries or fruit, sugar, salt, vegetable shortening and flour. End your holiday feast on a high note without first spending hours toiling away in the kitchen. Pull it from the freezer, pop it in the oven and an hour and a half later, you’ve got an amazing pie heading to the table. You can even tell them it’s Mom’s!

Come to the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op for all of your grocery needs. It’s the natural choice.


Two locations in Corvallis 1007 SE 3rd • 541-753-3115 2855 NW Grant • 541-452-3115 Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily www.firstalt.coop

Albany Parks and Recreation Camps are back for another exciting year filled with games, arts& Crafts, swimming and field Trips!!

Emily Stimac of First Alternative Co-op and her children.

Campers will be separated into 2-3 age groups when possible.

Snacks are provided.

Campers need to bring a lunch and a water bottle.

SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP! Experience a little of everything this spring break at Camp Albany! There is something for everyone at spring break day camp. With a different focus area each day, campers will exercise their artistic side with a fine art lesson, learn how science makes the Oregon Coast awesome, get outdoors at Silver Falls State Park, and get moving at the Oregon State athletic facilities!

Regular Care

NEW! With extended Care

1st – 5th grade

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

When: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Cost: $124 (In-city)/$159

Cost: $164 (In-city)/$199

March 23-27

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[ Momism #174: You’ll

thank me later when you’re older.


SPEAK UP FOR AN ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILD Volunteer: become a CASA or in another capacity Donate: financially or through our wish list Events: attend or sponsor CASA-VOICES FOR CHILDREN Serving Benton County 541-753-5838 www.casa-vfc.org CASA OF LINN COUNTY 541-926-2651 www.linncasa.org

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The gift of a smile PERHAPS ANNIE SAID IT BEST, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.� Not only does smiling improve your appearance, but research shows it improves your mood and overall health. The simple act of smiling releases the neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, that not only relax your body, but can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Research also shows that when you smile people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. And, it’s true,

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.� - Annie

smiling is contagious—everytime you smile at someone, their brain coaxes them to return the favor, allowing both of you to release feel-good chemicals in your brain, make you both more attractive, and increase the chances of you living longer, healthier lives. So this holiday season give yourself, and those around you the gift of a smile. Come see us at Valley View Orthodontics to learn how you can enhance your smile and improve your overall health. Source: Psychology Today, “There’s magic in your smile.�

This smile is brought to you by:

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Dr. Haslam is a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthodontics.


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reindeer cupcakes We love these REINDEER-DECORATED CUPCAKES from local mom and Rad Baker, Destiny Garcia. Try this sweet craft with your family over the holidays.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED Cupcakes Pretzel twists


Candy eyes Red Hot candies or red M&Ms Chocolate frosting Nilla wafer cookies TO ASSEMBLE THE CUPCAKES: 1 Attach the red noses to cookies using frosting as your glue. 2 Cover cupcakes with frosting. 3 Place one cookie and two eyes on top of each frosted cupcake. 4 Add pretzel antlers. 5 Sit back and admire the cuteness.

Look for reindeer cupcake kits from The Rad Baker at local holiday fairs. Follow facebook.com/ theradbaker for more sweet ideas.

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Holiday gifts for your pet OUR FURRY LOVED ONES EAGERLY await Santa’s arrival, just like the rest of us. Be sure to get them a gift that will keep their tails wagging all year long.

Know your pet. Do they love treats, or is a new squeaky toy going to keep them entertained for hours? Whatever that thing is that makes your pet happiest, now is the time to go for it!

collar. Shop locally, or check out online stores for the look your pet will love. SafeHaven Humane Society has a wide range of retail items at the shelter as well as new and gently-used items at both gift and thrift stores. Shop any of these locations to get your pet something they’ll love while helping animals in need.

Treats and toys not your pet’s favorite? Get them a new, cozy bed or blanket to call their own. Some leading manufacturers suggest you replace your pet’s bed every one to two years, depending on use.

Get them something that will wow the crowd. Now is the perfect time for a new Christmas sweater or a festive

Brought to you by: safehavenhumane.org Chris Storm is the Executive Director of SafeHaven Humane Society and is mom to two beautiful daughters and many "fur children.”

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[ Momism #201: Santa

is watching.




Taniah Johnson B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences U.S. Air Force Okinawa, Japan


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Walla Walla author Shanna Hatfield’s latest

Christmas Treats

book, A Cowboy Christmas, is filled with traditions, decor and recipes for a fantastic holiday—cowboy style! Cowboy or not, everyone will love making and eating these simple, sweet treats.

Chocolate Chex Trees ™

These yummy and adorable trees are so simple to make and a great project if you have kids at home who need something to do. Set them on a disposable plate, foil-wrapped piece of cardboard, or a large sugar cookie wrapped in cellophane for gift-giving!

INGREDIENTS: Makes 6 trees 3 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal 6 pretzel sticks (the thick kind, made for dipping) ½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup Nutella 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar DIRECTIONS:

Mix the peanut but­ter, Nutella, but­ter and pow­dered sugar in a bowl. On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape. Hold it steady by using the tip of the pret­zel as a han­dle and begin insert­ing pieces of cereal into the peanut but­ter mix­ture in a sym­met­ri­cal pat­tern around the stick. You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference. Add more cereal pieces, stag­ger­ing them as you move upward, until you get near the top. For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top. Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top. Dust with powdered sugar. 28 mommag.com

Wassail Makes 6 trees


Here's a familyfriendly variation on the ages old yuletide beverage. Made with sugar, spice, and everything nice, it will have the whole family singing!


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2 apples 8 cups apple cider 2 cups orange juice 1 ⁄³ cup lemon juice 4 cinnamon sticks 16 whole cloves or ½ tsp. ground cloves ¼ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 1 Tbsp. light or dark brown sugar


Elf snack mix INGREDIENTS: Serves 8

The combination of sweet and salty in these completely addictive treats is perfect. It’s hard to stop after just one or two bites. Make extra so you have plenty for munching and giving away!

10 cups popped popcorn 1 package white chocolate candy melt 1 bag red and green M&M’s 1 cup cocktail peanuts 2 cups pretzels ¼ cup Christmas sprinkles (optional)

Stick 8 cloves into each apple, circling the apple. Add all ingredients, including apples, to a large pot over medium low heat. Simmer for 30-45 minutes. Remove apples and whole cloves and serve.


Mix popcorn with peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms. Set aside. Melt white chocolate according to package directions and pour over popcorn mixture. Stir well to coat. Top with Christmas sprinkles, if desired. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

Recipes and photos courtesy of Shanna Hatfield. Visit your favorite online retailer to purchase A Cowboy Christmas or one of Shanna's many other books. You'll be helping a cowboy in need. From now until Christmas Eve, Shanna is donating 10 percent of the proceeds of all book sales to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund which provides financial assistance to injured rodeo athletes.

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Smiles for the holidays Among the sweets and treats, maybe Santa will slip a new toothbrush into your child’s stocking. Here’s what he’ll need to consider: Size: Toddlers require a small brush head and grip they can handle with ease, while older children with larger teeth need a larger brush head to ensure all areas of the tooth are covered when brushing. Bristles: Some kids (and adults) are prone to aggressive brushing which can lead to gum damage and tooth sensitivity. Use a soft brush to minimize this damage. Theme: Colors, sparkles and characters don’t improve a toothbrush’s performance. But, if your child’s excited about his new toothbrush, he’s likely to brush more often and longer. Replacement: Replace toothbrushes every three months, when the bristles show wear, or after an oral infection like strep.

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Care: Never share toothbrushes, thoroughly rinse them after every brushing, store upright to air dry, separate family toothbrushes to prevent crosscontamination and don’t cover or store brushes in closed containers.

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a mom’s guide to:

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intry, stormy weather can lead to loss of power. For a child, power outages can be exciting. Forced time together without modern conveniences means family board games, cuddling by the fire and building lots of forts—it’s like camping inside your house. But for mom, a power outage means no refrigeration (if you’re storing precious breast milk that’s a big deal), no Netflix and, possibly, no heat. Here’s our guide to surviving and thriving during the next power outage.

how to survive a power outage

Prepare BEFORE a power outage: Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life. Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports. Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last. Review your supplies. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water. Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees



or at least retain your sanity

or higher.

Treat yourself. Have water, drinks and pantry

Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment

Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

snacks on hand so you can feed your crew without opening your fridge. Make it fun. This is not the time to stick rigidly to your “healthy snacks only” mantra. If you have reason to believe the power will be out for an extended amount of time, go ahead and break into that gallon of ice cream in the freezer—it’s probably going to melt anyway.

Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

Let it glow. Deck everyone out with glow sticks,

Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

then turn off all the flashlights for a glow party.

Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage

Blow it up. Always have balloons on hand. They’re

charged and gas tanks full.

Protect yourself DURING a power outage:

from electrical surges. Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices. If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling. Check on neighbors.

Be safe AFTER power is restored: When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available. Source: www.ready.gov

inexpensive and surprisingly entertaining. Try balloon volleyball or tennis, waddle races, pass the balloon or the classic rub the balloon against your hair to create static energy.

Camp out. Kids will likely want to sleep with you, or at least with each other, while the lights are out. Be ready with extra blankets or sleeping bags to create a common sleeping area in your bedroom or living room. Go for the full camping effect by pitching a small tent.

Make it flash. Put those flashlights to good use by making shadow puppets or playing flashlight tag or freeze dance.

Take a break. Your family will likely come to treasure this time off the grid together, but that doesn’t mean that mom doesn’t need her breaks. Try to stick to nap or rest schedules and carve out some time for you— sneak away with a miner’s lamp and a good book, or lie down while the kids build a fort around you (it’s dark, they won’t see that your eyes are closed).

A note for breastfeeding moms. IS YOUR STORED BREAST MILK okay after a power outage? According to the Center for Disease Control, your breast milk might still be safe, but it depends on how long the power is out and how defrosted or warm the breast milk becomes.

Freezers, if left unopened and full during a power outage, will keep food safe for about 48 hours (about 24 hours if half full). When freezers are full, the other frozen items help keep the freezer colder longer. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it is unopened. While the power is out, keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible. Once the power is back on, check the condition of your stored breast milk. Frozen breast milk that has started to thaw, but still contains ice crystals can be refrozen. If your breast milk has completely thawed, but still feels cold, put it into the refrigerator and use it within the next day or discard it. If you’re not with your baby during a power outage and you need to pump use a battery adapter, manual hand pump or hand express. Some pumps even have an adapter that can be used in your car. The expressed milk can be stored in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours. Once breast milk is cooled it should remain cool until it is consumed, so when the power returns (if breast milk is still cool) transfer milk to a refrigerator or freezer.

Shadow-puppet skills

Have some fun with flashlights while you’re waiting for the power to come back on. Try these shadow puppets or get creative and make up new ones.

The Gator

The Dodo

The Rabbit

The Goat

The Dog

The Cub

The Dove

The Parrot

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Be specific, Be positive, Keep the big picture in mind.

Positive feedback for the new year The new year is the perfect time to review the past year and reflect on what goals were achieved, what growth was made, and what lessons were learned, in order to stay motivated for the year ahead. We encourage you to do this as a family just like we do here at KidSpirit—with positive and frequent feedback. Here are some of our favorite feedback tips:

Be specific: “Well done doing your homework without me reminding you this week.”

Be positive: “You have been doing so well

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in reading this year, just think how good you’ll feel when you do the same in math.”

Keep the big picture in mind: “You have been working so hard practicing riding your bike, soon you’ll be able to ride without training wheels.” We hope this year is full of encouragement and growth for you and your family, as you offer each other feedback and celebrate the triumphs—big and small!

Karen Swanger is the Director of KidSpirit Oregon 4-H Youth Programs

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