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Christmas In Every Country, Celebrate The Magic
What a magical time of year, the holidays are upon us, a time to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings and people in our lives. 

Make somebody's day by ordering a letter or package from the Santa, delivered in time for Christmas.
#Christmas magic in the mail from the North Pole #Santa #mommiesnetwork, imagine the excitement on little faces, order your Letters from Santa Here

Ever wonder how other countries around the world celebrate Christmas? Here is a fun little infographic with several countries and their Christmas traditions related to Santa Claus


Christmas in Every Country
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Get on Santa?s Nice List early- order today, #TopSantaLetters to bring you unique creations by Santa's top elves!





Fall Fest Today! #family #events

Fun, Games,Bounce Houses, Costume Contest, join us today!

The Legends and The Estates Fall Fest!

Open to the public, bring a friend.

A CentralfoothillsMommies.com family friendly community!

 



A Safe Green Halloween

From HealthyStuff.org

If there is one thing no one wants with their Halloween costume, it?s toxic chemicals. But that may very well be the case according to the results of our new HealthyStuff.org study of 106 common Halloween related products purchased from retailers including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. The products were tested for chemicals based on their toxicity or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals include lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (vinyl/PVC plastic), phthalates, cadmium, arsenic, tin (organotins), and mercury.

The results showed that 33 of the 106 products contained vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, abbreviated PVC). Two items contained high levels of phthalates that were recently banned in children?s products, including a Walmart Toddler Batman Muscle Costume. Vinyl products were also twice as likely to contain tin?indicating the presence of organotin chemicals?as non-vinyl materials. Five of the 106 products were measured to have high levels of lead and an additional seven had lower lead levels.

Ten of the products, mostly decorations and party accessories, contained levels of bromine consistent with the presence of brominated flame retardants. These items included:

  • Kroger retailed Disney Cars Trick-or-Treat bag
  • Party City retailed Silver Princess Tiara
  • Kroger retailed Flicker Halloween Light String
  • Walgreens Living Solutions Orange Pumpkin Lights set
  • CVS retailed Spooky Village Halloween LED C3 Lights Set



Finally, almost one-third of the products contained antimony, which is used as a catalyst in synthetic fabric production and at higher levels, as a flame retardant.

The study also documented an ongoing shift away from phthalate plasticizers in many products. Fifteen of the vinyl items tested were plasticized with less-toxic DOTP, which we hope indicates that companies are becoming more chemically conscious.

So... to avoid unnecessary toxic chemicals, here are some tips for having a GreenHalloween!

Creative Costumes: Skip the store-bought plastic or vinyl costumes, especially masks. Vinyl may contain hormone-disrupting phthalates. Thirty-three of the 106 tested Halloween products contained vinyl, including two items containing phthalates that were recently banned in children?s products.
Instead:

  • Opt for costumes made with cloth.
  • Buy used costumes from a local theater troupe or dance studio.
  • Visit thrift stores or yard sales. Old prom dresses are perfect for princesses, brides, or scarier variations thereof.
  • Try ebay?be sure to filter your search to include only pre-owned items.
  • Raid your own (or your dad?s) closet. A red flannel shirt is like the Swiss-army knife of costumes, enabling you to choose from fisherman, lumberjack, construction worker, and more.
  • Reuse some otherwise less interesting household items for costumes:
    • Turn anything with a handle into a Grim Reaper scythe
    • Big cardboard boxes can become almost anything from a robot tolife-size legos to a samurai warrior
    • Some old, unwanted clothes can be torn and redesigned into scary ghouls, superheroes, cartoon characters and more.

Make up and Masks: Vinyl and other plastics are even worse when they cover your or your child?s face. Halloween make-up may contain heavy metals or ingredients linked to cancer and other health concerns. Instead:

Carving Pumpkins: Don?t let all those good pumpkin guts go to waste!

  • Make a Halloween snack: Rinse the seeds, pat dry, and coat with a little oil, or melted butter, and salt. Spice them up with chili powder, curry, or another favorite. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 250 degrees. The seeds are a great source of magnesium, iron, and protein.
  • The pulp can be steamed for half an hour, then served similarly to squash or used as a base for soups, muffins, quick breads, and pies.
  • Feed the garden, too! Add your pumpkin to your garden compost bin instead of disposing of it in the trash. It?s easy to start if you don?t already compost: break up the pumpkin and layer it with raked-up leaves and other yard waste in an outdoor area. Keep moist and turn regularly. Learn more

Trick or Treating: Ten percent of the products we tested contained levels of bromine consistent with brominated flame retardants, including two Disney-themed Trick-or-Treat bags. Leave potentially toxic bags and one-time use plastic buckets on the shelf.

Decorations: Decorating for Halloween shouldn?t bring unnecessary toxics into your home. Vinyl wall stickers can contain regulated phthalates, such as the Disney Wall Art set we tested which contained 16% regulated phthalates.

  • Cut and paint egg cartons to make bats and spiders or use toilet paper rolls to create a whole host of characters, like witches, scarecrows, and mummies.
  • Stuff old clothes with leaves and place them outside. You can make a paper mache face for it as well!
  • Use outdoor solar lanterns and old white sheets to create ghosts that seem to float in midair as they light up your walkway.
  • Reuse old decorations, preferably non-vinyl, from previous Halloweens.
  • Cut out construction paper bats or other shapes and tape them to a branch to make a decoration like a bat tree.


Be safe and have fun!

 



#MrsFieldsMoments Slow Down And Enjoy A Cookie With Someone You Love! #USO #cookies #family

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 Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ("Mrs. Fields") and Interbake Foods LLC ("Interbake Foods," the company responsible for the manufacture and sale of Mrs. Fields branded pre-packaged cookies sold at retailers throughout North America) today kicked off "Mrs. Fields Moments," a national campaign inspiring busy cookie lovers to slow down and enjoy a cookie moment with loved ones.
At a time when obligations leave precious little time for the ones that matter most, Mrs. Fields is encouraging a nationwide movement to dedicate Sunday night to cookie moments with family and friends. Mrs. Fields wants every cookie lover to embrace and share their #mrsfieldsmoments ? from milk-and-cookies to bedtime treats ? and has provided fun and useful tools for doing so at www.mrsfieldsmoments.com.
Mrs. Fields is a Proud Supporter of the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO), and "Mrs. Fields Moments" builds on the Organization's "Every Moment Counts" campaign, which helps all families ? military and otherwise ? make the most of every moment together.

"When you buy Mrs. Fields cookies, you're not just buying a cookie: You're helping create moments that matter for troops enduring long deployments," said Kevin McDonough, President of Interbake Foods. "By buying a box of Mrs. Fields cookies, you help give a cookie moment for you and for them. It's a touch of home to those who need it most."
Visit MrsFieldsMoments.com for "Snacktivity" ideas, Conversation Starters, more information about the Mrs. Fields?USO partnership, or to find a grocery store with Mrs. Fields Cookies (look for the USO banner on the box!).


About Mrs. Fields Famous Brands The Company is a well-established franchiser in the premium snack food industry, featuring Mrs. Fields® and TCBY® as its core brands. Through its franchisees' retail stores; it is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the world and the largest retailer of soft-serve frozen yogurt with live active cultures. Its franchise systems operate through a network of more than 950 franchised and licensed locations throughout the United States and in 23 foreign countries. In addition, it operates an internet and catalog gifting business, a branded retail business and has entered into licensing arrangements that leverage awareness of its core brands among its retail customer base. The Company is currently relocating their headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah to Broomfield, Colorado.
About the USO The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.





About Interbake Foods Headquartered in Richmond, VA Interbake Foods LLC is a baked goods manufacturer with over 110 years of business experience. Interbake Foods is the North American cookie and cracker Division of Weston Foods.  This includes Interbake Foods in the USA and Colonial Cookies Limited in Canada.  Weston Foods' mission is to be recognized by its customers as providing the best bakery solutions in North America and Interbake is privileged to serve the marketplace with our award-winning products and services.  Interbake Foods consists of three distinct business segments: Retail Private Brands, Contract Manufacturing and Girl Scout cookies through our ABC Bakers Division. 

We would like to encourage you to spend a little extra time this Sunday with your family, here is a list of great "Snacktivities" to enjoy with the kids, from mix and watch movie night.....to a family costume contest, these ideas are so much fun. Turn off that TV and put down those devices for a little quality time.  Enter to win the trip of a lifetime for your family in the #MrsFieldsMoments contest HERE , just upload a fun photo of your cookie moment and you will be entered to win a trip to Washington DC. 
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Warning: Homework Crossing

Warning: Homework Crossing

Author: Adea (adeaneedscoffee) 
Re-blog: TriangleMommies  
The history spans years and generations. School homework in America has been a turbulent topic at best. Sometimes we Americans are all for it, and other times we hate it. Both scenarios have published points to support the cause.
This is not a history lesson on the merits or pitfalls of school homework for children. I remember doing my homework for hours, and I am sure our children will do the same. Today?s article is about the way some school homework sneaked up on me and what I did about it.
My son started first grade in the last several weeks, and we both knew it was coming. What I didn?t know was how hard it was going to be and how much of it we had to do in just a couple of nights.
Because of the Labor Day weekend, this week will be shorter than most, so I mistakenly thought the amount would be appropriate. The assignments included a math worksheet ? at first glance, not too bad an assignment. Then a sheet of spelling words, also not terribly hard. I thought these two seemingly inconspicuous pieces of paper were not going to give me any problems, until I read them.
The math sheet had eight questions. They were simple word problems with some graphing on the last question. My son is already reading on a second grade level, so this would be easy! Um, no.
It seems that not only did my son not understand that you read the word problem for information, but that the data would be numbers. Then you had to answer the question (i.e., solve the problem) using the numbers you were given. Well, what first grader in the first few weeks of school would know this?
I looked at it and immediately said to myself, ?Solve for ?x.? Easy!? Um, he is a first grader. First graders don?t solve for ?x.? Hmm. How do I simplify this word problem for him using language he can understand?
I showed him first how to read to get the information ? the numbers ? and write them out to the side of the paper. Good. Then we counted on fingers, using both his hands and mine, to figure out the answer to the question. We solved the problem, and that was just the first question.
We continued to do each, one by one. It went quickly, amazingly enough! Now, the graphing question was tough. I had to explain a graph and show him how to record the information using one. And, as an extra bonus, I showed him how to read the graph for other information like which has the most and which has the least. Yay for me!
Yeah, OK, fine, you caught me. I had my child count on his fingers. Oh well. Sometimes I have to do that, too, and i didn't have any other ideas. I am not an elementary school teacher!
On to the spelling words! Luckily, my son can already spell them just by listening to me read them out loud. Of course, that isn't all there is to do according to the spelling worksheet.
The child has to write the spelling word three times each. Then they have to write a sentence for each of the words. And then, and only then, they can study the words. Does a first grader even know how to study? Boy, I think I am going to have to teach him how to do that, too. Well, at least I don?t right now, because he can already spell the words. But I know that day will come soon enough!
So, this is a friendly warning to all you parents out there. You know the homework is coming. You know your child will have no idea how to do it. Get your brains in gear now, while you still have time, and just realize that there is only so much an elementary teacher can teach at school. You will have to teach the rest.
Count on it.




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