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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

The Santa Question: An age-old holiday parenting dilemma

We were driving home from school one day when my daughter asked the Santa Question. I tried to dodge. “How was school, honey? What fun things did you learn?” My weak attempt at distraction didn’t work. “I think you and Dad are Santa,” she said. “What are you talking about?” I tried. “Who do you […]

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Holiday gift guide: Choosing to give memories

Every year since she turned 9, my daughter has asked for an iPhone for Christmas. There are other items on her list, ranging from a dress she spotted at Target to an art set or a new tennis bag. This isn’t unexpected, but it does push our family to consider what we want our daughter […]

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Bah humbugs abound: “A Christmas Carol” on five Valley stages

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a perennial holiday favorite, and there is no shortage of opportunities to see it in Valley theaters this month — whether in traditional form or with a new twist on the classic tale. For the 15th consecutive year, Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre will present a heart-warming version of the holiday […]

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Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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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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Homemade holiday gifts infused with heart

Recruit your kids to help make easy, elegant culinary treats for family, friends and teachers The best holiday gifts come from your kitchen. So says Terri Nacke, owner of Terre Botanicals, a Phoenix company that makes botanically infused sugars, salts and edible essential oils. “Homemade goods say love, a gift from my heart to yours,” […]

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Gift guide: Ideas for the holidays and beyond

This month goes by in a blink. Need some easy ideas for holiday gifts? Here’s a quick roundup of memorable gifts, toys and gadgets for all ages. SmartGurlz. Finally, here’s a STEM toy created for girls. It may look like a doll on a Segway, but it’s really a cool coding robotic toy. To help […]

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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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