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5 Basics in Your Life

02/23/15

5 Basics in Your Life

Eat 5 plus-servings of fruits and vegetables a DAY: For instance, a REAL smoothie or fruit with or as your breakfast-Banana at 10 am—A salad or veggie rich lunch -- An apple in the Afternoon, Veggies or Salad with dinner. Check out this serving size guide from WebMD.   Drink 5 -12 16 oz bottles of water a day: Drink this water in between your meals or snacks. A good formula for water is ½ of your weight in ounces. A 150 lb person needs 75 oz.  Count your beverages as part of this - caffeinated or alcoholic beverages do not count. Move 5 sessions of Exercise 20 to 45 minutes a week aerobic is best: Any continuous movement or activity that you can do injury or pain free! Walk, jog, pedal, garden, play ball, ping pong, anything that gets...

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Girls Bring Oklahoma Icons to life during Cookie Construction and National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

02/20/15

Girls Bring Oklahoma Icons to life during Cookie Construction and National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

A group of dedicated Girl Scouts will combine their creative talents and engineering strength to create Girl Scout Cookie constructions in the image of Oklahoma icons. On Saturday, February 28, four teams will join at the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) to carry out designs tied to Oklahoma Icons, using approximately 2,000 boxes to bring their free-standing creations to life. Girls will cooperate and work as a team while using critical thinking skills to complete the project. “Teams formed and submitted initial designs in December,” said Xan Black, volunteer coordinator with Tulsa Alliance for Engineering. “Then each team was assigned a female engineer or architect as an advisor to help turn ideas into formal plans.”...

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Oklahoma Legislators Need a Lesson Plan

02/19/15

Oklahoma Legislators Need a Lesson Plan

Here are a few quick essay questions for Oklahoma legislators.   Define the term American Exceptionalism and discuss its connection to AP US History. Write an argumentation essay using the following prompt: Vouchers are bad for public education. (note: the term “voucher” may be used interchangeably with the terms “school choice,” “parental choice,” and “Education Savings Accounts” or ESAs) Examine the rhetorical power of using words such as “choice,” “opportunity,” “scholarship,” “prosperity,” and “school options” when naming and/or discussing legislation dealing with the destruction and defunding of public education. With the radical ideas coming out...

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Snow Day Pottery Painting at Purple Glaze

02/17/15

Snow Day Pottery Painting at Purple Glaze

First off, let me just say that it's very difficult for my hippie dad to remember that the name is Purple Glaze, not Purple Haze. Now that we've got that out of the way, I've got a GREAT way you can spend your snow day today!   Although the weekend was gorgeous, we spend most of it inside. We did some Spring cleaning and celebrated Valentine's Day (which I'll tell you about in my next post), but by the time yesterday rolled around, my kids had spent WAY TOO MUCH time indoors playing video games. We had planned on an outing with Grampa Roger and the cousins earlier in the day, but the streets were so bad that we opted not to. By about 4pm yesterday, everyone was stir crazy and I noticed the sun was shining and the ice was melting. So, we went ahead and...

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Need for Foster Homes in Oklahoma is Rising

02/16/15

Need for Foster Homes in Oklahoma is Rising

All children deserve a place where they can feel cared for and loved, a place they can call home. Unfortunately, the number of children in Oklahoma waiting for a place to call home and a family to guide them is rising quickly. The most recent statistics show that there are over 12,000 children in the state of Oklahoma’s custody due to abuse and neglect. Currently, only a little more than 1,800 traditional foster homes are available for placement, but many of these homes are full. There is a huge need for more foster homes across the entire state. TFI Family Connections is currently recruiting foster homes in many communities to help offset this growing need. Oklahomans can change a life by becoming a foster care parent. The rewards come in many ways including monetary...

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What if being a new parent didn't have to be so hard?

02/13/15

What if being a new parent didn't have to be so hard?

When my first son was born, he was a mere 5lbs 13oz. He fit in the crook of my arm and pretty much stayed there round the clock. My mother has a picture seared into her memory of me greeting her at the door when she came to stay with me. I stood there, with a teeny little baby in my arms, very evidently exhausted, hair unkempt, disheveled clothes, and a nightmare of a house upturned behind me. The one thought she had was, "That little baby did ALL that!"     He had to have been at least two or three months old in that picture. He wore premie clothes for a long time, and was three months old before I could even put 0-3mo clothes on him (which were still too big)!   Having a baby is hard work. Childbirth was okay for me. It was before and...

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The Facts about Immunizations

02/13/15

The Facts about Immunizations

Nearly eradicated diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough recently have been on the rise in the United States, partly due to people traveling to under- or unvaccinated parts of the world, but also because many parents are choosing not to have their children immunized. We asked Dr. April Bowling, assistant professor of Pediatrics at OU Physicians-Tulsa, to answer questions about vaccinations so that parents can have the facts to make a decision based on facts, not fear. Q: Does the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine  (or any immunization) cause autism spectrum disorder? A: No. There have not been any well-designed scientific studies to link MMR vaccine as a cause of Autism Spectrum disorder. Q: Where did that concern originate? A: The concern started back...

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Pep Talk: Take a Deep Breath

02/13/15

Pep Talk: Take a Deep Breath

That idea was a breath of fresh air… The atmosphere in the room was suffocating… I could feel the tension in the air… that scene in the movie took my breathe away...I was breathless during the performance … OR my personal favorites Robert Duvall from Phenomenon "… do like I told you all your life, breath in and out." Or even Phil Collins and Genesis telling us “I can feel it comin’ in the air tonight!” Can you see what I’m getting at?  The common thread is the air and its powerful effect on us. Breathing is involuntary, instinctive, and the process that literally keeps us alive yet we often take this powerful yet simple life giving action for granted. Think all the times you have used or needed to use...

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Tulsa Area 2015 Spring Break Camps and Activities

02/09/15

Tulsa Area 2015 Spring Break Camps and Activities

Oklahoma public schools 2015 Spring Break is Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20. If you're planning on staying in the Tulsa area, we've compiled a list of activities to do as a family, or fun camps for your children. SCROLL DOWN for free/low-cost activities. CLICK HERE to jump to Spring Break camps on page 2. CLICK HERE to jump to Road Trip ideas on page 3.  FREE/ LOW-COST  ADMIRAL TWIN DRIVE-IN  The Admiral Twin Drive-In is re-opening this season with a family-friendly move, Cinderella. Here are the showdates/ times: Friday, March 13: Cinderella @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 14: Cinderella @ 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 15 @ 7:30 p.m. Check here for details.  ​AHHA IMAGINATION DAY  Saturday,...

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Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore?

02/09/15

Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore?

My kids are too young to walk to school, but we do walk/ bike our neighborhood a couple of times a week to the neighbors house, parks, etc. This video brings up some good points about the importance of walking to school that I hadn't thought about...

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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