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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Holiday travel with kids? Stay safe

Thanksgiving, travel, holiday travel

Travel can jumble regular routines for young children and their parents. Changes in sleeping schedules and arrangements, more people staying in a house that may not have the same level of baby-proofing as yours, and plenty of opportunities for distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

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November fun runs and walks for families in Arizona

3TV Phoenix 10K/Half Marathon (Nov. 5). Arizona’s original road race founded by Dr. Art Mollen, the 3TV Phoenix 10K has been named the Arizona state championship race for the 10K distance. A wheelchair, team challenge, costume contest and kids dash are included, along with entertainment and a post-race celebration. Cycle for Life (Nov. 11). Notre […]

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Pumpkin season treats: Recipes families can craft together

Pumpkin once was known almost exclusively as a pie for Thanksgiving. Today, this multi-tasking squash with its dense, sweet flesh defines the flavor of fall. Pumpkin and its aromatic companion spices show up in smoothies, soups, granola, cookies, donuts and stews. “Pumpkin is to Thanksgiving what peppermint is to Christmas. It’s everywhere because, frankly, people […]

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After a hiatus from live music, “The Nutcracker” brings back the symphony

A local holiday entertainment staple, Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will return this year with live music by the Phoenix Symphony. The symphony was absent from last year’s performance after organizers said the cost of live music was just too high. Tickets for the Dec. 8-24 production at Symphony Hall go on sale Monday, July 10. […]

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Children’s books that explore service and patriotism in time for Memorial Day

Even though Memorial Day is celebrated with parades, flags and fireworks, patriotic concerts and community picnics and potlucks, it is perhaps our most solemn civic holiday, owing to its origin and charter. The tradition began during the Civil War, in both the North, where it was called Decoration Day,  and the South, as an effort […]

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Remember the non-moms on Mother’s Day

non moms, Mother's Day, chocolate cupcakes

“Guess what, Mom? She made them again!” Within seconds, my daughter had devoured the homemade chocolate cupcake. For the past several years, a friend of mine has baked these goodies “just because.” These random, unexpected surprises are a treat for my daughter, and for me, too, showing how my daughter’s circle of love extends beyond […]

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What kids want moms to know — in time for Mother’s Day

“What does my child think of me?” It’s a loaded question, and moms don’t often have the time or energy to probe the subject with their sons and daughters. At the same time, kids may shy away from “getting too deep” about their feelings. That doesn’t mean moms don’t want to hear what their kids […]

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Happy Mother’s Day! 5 freebies for moms

We all know moms love a great deal. When it involves fun activities for the whole family, so much the better! Here are five freebies for moms available on Mother’s Day, May 14. Enjoy the celebration—and the fact that your kids will be so happily worn out at the end of the day bedtime will […]

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St. Patrick’s Day events in metro Phoenix

Get your green wardrobe ready and enjoy a Shamrock Fest, a fun run or a music festival this weekend. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! CHANDLER Pot of Gold Music Festival (Fri-Sat Mar 16-17). This is a two-day, all ages show (13 years and older), featuring more than a dozen bands, including Flogging Molly, Less than Jake […]

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Celebrating Christmas in the spirit of Diwali

Hindi songs played in the background while my sister and I decorated our Christmas tree with silver and gold ornaments. When I was a little girl in a small Texas town, my East Indian immigrant parents insisted on celebrating familiar customs associated with the holiday season: ordering fruitcake from the famous Collin Street Bakery in […]

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