Kids carving pumpkin at Halloween
We hope everyone’s having a great Halloween week!!

Please be safe during trick or treat.. Remember to inspect candy, wear bright colors and look both ways when crossing the street.

Here’s a good recipe for some Halloween treats:

http://www.food.com/slideshow/fun-halloween-recipes-118

One more month until Thanksgiving!

It may be a bit less than a couple of months away, but it is LESS than a couple of months away! We love to see your decorations and hope the little ones are planning some great costumes – we can’t wait to see them!

Here’s to celebrating the fall season and we look forward to seeing your decorated doors and porches!

Good luck on a new and great year of school to all our little ones, high school students and beyond!

Some tips from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/back-to-school/back-to-school-tips-for-parents/

Back-to-School Tips for Parents
Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.

With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

See one or see a few! Here’s a round-up of what’s in store in the week to come:

Reynoldsburg 4th of July Fireworks
Date: July 3, 2015 at 9:45pm
Where: Civic Park
Daugherty Dr
in Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Find more fireworks displays in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Columbus Red White & Boom Fireworks
Date: July 3, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Near the Veterans Memorial
300 W Broad St
in Columbus, Ohio 43215

Whitehall July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 3, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: John Bishop Park
4920 Etna Rd
in Whitehall, Ohio 43213

Gahanna Boom Fest 2015
Date: July 3, 2015 at Dusk
Where: The Golf Depot
789 Science Blvd.
in Gahanna, Ohio 43230

July 4th in Hilliard
Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:45pm
Where: Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive
in Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Dublin Star Spangled Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:50pm
Where: Dublin Coffman Football Stadium
6780 Coffman Road
in Dublin, Ohio 4301

Grove City Independence Day Celebration
Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:50pm
Where: Grove City High School
4665 Hoover Road
in Grove City, Ohio 43123

Bexley July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: College Ave & Pleasant Ridge
in Bexley, Ohio 43209

Clintonville July 4th
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Whetstone Park
3923 N. High St
in Clintonville, Ohio 43214

Columbus Symphony Patriotic Pops
Date: July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: 160 South High Street,
in Columbus, Ohio 43215

Groveport Fourth of July Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Wirt Road
in Groveport, Ohio 43125

Pickerington Independence Day Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Victory Park
100 Lockville Rd
in Pickerington, Ohio 43147

New Albany Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: New Albany High School
7600 Fodor Rd
in New Albany, Ohio 43054

Upper Arlington July 4 Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Northam Park
2070 Northam Road
in Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Worthington Family Picnic and Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Thomas Worthington High School Athletic Fields
300 W. Granville Rd
in Worthington, Ohio 43085

Westerville Fourth of July Festivities
Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00pm
Where: Alum Creek Park South
in Westerville, Ohio 43081

Worthington Hills 4th of July
Date: July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Worthington Hills Country Club
920 Clubview Blvd. South
in Columbus, Ohio 43235

Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls
Date: July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Crew Stadium
1 Black and Gold Blvd
in Columbus, Ohio 43211

Columbus Symphony vs OSU Marching Band ( And Fireworks )
Dates:
July 31, 2015 at Dusk
August 1, 2015 at Dusk
Where: 160 South High Street
in Columbus, Ohio 43215

First Night Columbus Fireworks
Date: December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm
Where: COSI
333 West Broad Street
in Columbus, Ohio 43215

*Information taken from fireworksinohio.com

Happy Father’s Day to all our great dads at MIllstone Lakes today!

Love so true, a father gives

his children are, forever his.

From cradle, into adulthood

gives shelter, in the deepest flood.

His arm, embraces you so tender

for love so true, will always render.

Compassion, in his loving eyes

Forgiveness, from the heart inside.

The strictest measure, he will place

conduct his home, with all his grace.

Respect his person, dearest child

Your father always, by your side.

By Maria Wells-Burr

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are a few tips on how to make it a healthy one:

– No salt on that margarita: skip the salt (or sugar!)
– No salt on the chips!
– Eat baked, not fried tortilla chips (you can make these at home!)
– Choose salsa over cheese dip. Guacamole may be healthier, but it’s fattening too.
– Drink a “skinny” margarita: skip the high sugar and go straight to some lime juice and agave.
– Skip the cheese: try tacos, burritos sans cheese – or at least light cheese!

Have fun and enjoy your fiesta!

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