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Hip Mom: It's Hip to be Yourself

02/26/15

Hip Mom: It's Hip to be Yourself

There’s a stereotype out there that once a woman becomes a mother, she physically (and mentally, but that’s another article) falls apart. Well, certainly we moms will sport unkempt hair, spit-encrusted clothing, dark under-eye circles the size of Rhode Island, and a certain eau de blech at times. But, unless you’re deep in the foggy, groggy newborn stage, or have a houseful of sick children, most moms do a whole lot better than we’re given credit for by the talking heads. In fact, from my vantage point, I see a lot more groomed, put-together moms than slovenly, greasy moms at school, at ballet class and at soccer practice. But, say you, appearance is so superficial! We have BABIES to take care of; how could we possibly take any time to put efforts into ourselves?...

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Yoga Benefits Kids, Adults and Kids with Special Needs

02/26/15

Yoga Benefits Kids, Adults and Kids with Special Needs

At Zen Body Yoga kids swing from the ceilings, literally. Amy Miller opened the studio located in Kingspointe Village at 61st and Yale about a year ago. At that time, her yoga, pilates and zumba classes were exclusively for adults, but the studio has recently branched out to include several yoga programs for children of all ages. Starting as early as 6 weeks old, children can attend yoga classes with their parents. Zen Body Yoga also offers Story Time Yoga for ages 3 and older, Yoga Fun for Kids for ages 5-12, and a Teen/Tween class. The aerial yoga classes have become so popular that twice a week Zen Body actually picks up a group of Carnegie Elementary students from school and shuttles them straight to the studio for their classes.  Miller says that the exercises and...

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Global Garden Expands

02/26/15

Global Garden Expands

In January of 2008, Global Gardens grew into a second site, Rosa Parks Elementary, located within the Union Public School District. This was an important step for Global Gardens as it was our first opportunity to see if the magic that had been created at our first school, Eugene Field Elementary in Tulsa, could be replicated.   This was also a very important move for me because it was at this time that I was hired to begin the program at the new site. Beginning Global Gardens in a new school is an epic adventure, to say the least. I came in with a concrete visual of the magical garden that exists at Eugene Field, but the children sitting in front of me had no concept of that garden and sometimes not even of a garden itself. Yet, it is not the teacher, but this first group of...

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Tips to Get You Through Daylight Saving Time

02/26/15

Tips to Get You Through Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, March 8 ushers in Daylight Saving Time, which means it’s time to spring forward by one hour. Some kids roll right through a time change without a disruption in sleep, while others struggle with the slightest shift in routine. If you have an adaptable kid, lucky you. Doing nothing other than sticking to a normal naptime and bedtime routine may get your child (and you) through the adjustment unscathed. And, if you have an early riser, the time change may solve the problem for you. Most kids, however, need a little help with the adjustment. Here are some tips: Start now. As Daylight Saving Time approaches, start getting your child to bed a little earlier each night. Start a relaxing routine rather than trying to wear your child out before bedtime. An overtired child...

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City of Tulsa and A Gathering Place Announce Schedule for Public Trail and Road Closures

02/26/15

City of Tulsa and A Gathering Place Announce Schedule for Public Trail and Road Closures

The City of Tulsa and A Gathering Place for Tulsa announced the schedule for future road and trail closures and the emergency demolition of the pedestrian bridge over Riverside Drive near the construction of Tulsa’s new park, which will transform nearly 100 acres along the Arkansas Riverfront into a world-class park for the citizens of Tulsa. Closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes will be provided for commuters. “We are ready to begin City infrastructure projects in coordination with the construction of the Gathering Place. The emergency demolition of the pedestrian bridge on Riverside Drive is of utmost priority. We have placed netting around the bridge as a safeguard while crews work on the nearby trails. The bridge demolition is scheduled for this...

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Family Travel in Oklahoma

02/25/15

Family Travel in Oklahoma

You may not have a spring break plan yet and wonder what to do with the kids for a solid week. I asked Barbara McCrary, Eisenhower International School librarian and seasoned family traveler, for some advice about day trips or overnighters that are easy on the pocketbook and don’t require too much advance planning.   McCrary orchestrated Oklahoma  “sweet spot“ trips (not normally on most radar screens), taking her children to all corners of the state (and beyond—-but we’ll save those ideas for later). Not only does she have some out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for places to go, she offered up some insights regarding the hows and whys of travel along with her last-minute suggestions. TK: Tell me a little bit about your background?...

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Superintendent Hofmeister and High-Stakes Testing

02/25/15

Superintendent Hofmeister and High-Stakes Testing

Many Oklahoma citizens felt that their voices weren’t being heard by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, so voters showed her the door. It appears that Supt. Hofmeister has listened to parents and educators who have seen what a focus on high-stakes testing is doing to children in the classroom – taking away valuable instruction time, diverting dollars to testing companies and pushing educators to teach to a test that may not be an accurate or appropriate assessment. According to information provided by the State Department of Education today, two bills, Senate Bill 707, by state Sen. John Ford, and House Bill 1272, Rep. Dennis Casey, “direct the State Board of Education to develop recommendations for high school graduation requirements,...

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Places to Eat (with your kids) for a Global Experience in Tulsa

02/25/15

Places to Eat (with your kids) for a Global Experience in Tulsa

´╗┐Food brings people together across a multitude of differences, inviting everyone to take a seat at the table. Trying ethnic dishes is a delicious way to introduce children to other countries and cultures without ever leaving the United States. The tastes, textures and smells of many lands can be found right here in Tulsa and the surrounding area. Why not take a trip in your own backyard and go global in Green Country? Here are a few places to get you started. Gyros by Ali Brothers Tariq and Adnan Ali bring the authentic New York City food truck experience to Tulsa. Gyros by Ali began as a simple food truck venture and, as business began to grow, the brothers decided to open a restaurant in south Tulsa. Gyros by Ali offers mouthwatering, street-style gyros, falafels and hot...

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Regina Scott – Fiddler

02/25/15

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Regina Scott – Fiddler

Twelve-year-old Regina Scott can play a concerto on the classical violin but, she admits with a grin, she prefers playing a hoedown on a fiddle. Last summer the Holland Hall seventh grader fiddled her way past 49 other contestants to take first place in the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. When Regina is not practicing the violin or the fiddle, she enjoys science, playing basketball at school and reading science fiction or fantasy books. TK: When did you start taking music/fiddle lessons and how much time do you spend each day practicing?  Regina: I started playing classical violin when I was 5 1/2 and my first fiddle contest was shortly after that. I have always been an early riser, so I get up at 5:30 before school, eat breakfast, then practice my fiddle...

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Cooking with Cookies

02/23/15

Cooking with Cookies

´╗┐Girl Scout cookie sales end March 22, so it’s time to stockpile those Thin Mints and Samoas. If you’re a Girl Scout cookie fan, you know the flavors by heart. Added to that list of classics are two new cookies this year – Toffee-tastic and Rah-Rah Raisins. Here’s the rundown: Thin Mints, a chocolate wafer cookie coated in mint chocolate; Trefoils, traditional shortbread; Do-si-dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter filling; Samoas, crisp cookie coated with caramel, toasted coconut and dark chocolate; Savannah Smiles, a lemon-flavored wedge cookie dusted in powdered sugar; Tagalongs, crisp cookies layered with peanut butter and covered in chocolate; Rah-Rah Raisins, hearty oatmeal cookie with raisins and Greek yogurt chunks; and Toffee-tastic, a...

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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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