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Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

02/28/14

Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Arthritis Foundation Kids Camp www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org There are approximately 50 JA camps across the country. Camp give children with arthritis the opportunity to have a traditional outdoor camp experience while meeting and connecting with other kids living with arthritis. Camp is open to children with juvenile arthritis or a related disease.   Bit by Bit 4674 S. Highway 169 Oologah, OK 918.371.1750 www.bitbybitok.sanppages.com Therapeutic horseback riding program offering therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults living with a variety of special needs.   Camp Barnabas 901 Teas Trail Purdy, MO 65734 471.476.2565 Mailing address: PO Box 3200 Springfield, MO 65808 www.campbarnabas.org A Christian...

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02/26/14

What Messages Do You Send Your Daughters?

As I was getting ready this morning, I was listening to bits and pieces of the TODAY show. Maria Shriver was on talking to a group of women about body image. I don’t know who they were. The only one I recognized was the actress Cameron Diaz, who was talking about healthy eating and giving up cheese.  The conversation really got my attention when the discussion turned to how their mothers influenced their eating habits and body image. Yikes. It made me think about my own two daughters and also my mother. I learned some amazing things from my mom. She was, and is, a fabulous cook, and a very classy dresser. We always ate healthy meals, and every year my dad planted a vegetable garden in the backyard. Candy and pop were rare treats at our house. We almost never went out...

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Kid-friendly Contemporary Art

02/25/14

Kid-friendly Contemporary Art

I know what you're thinking when you hear the words contemporary art. You're thinking of abstract performance art and that play with the monologues about that body part we don't speak about in public (let alone in front of our children). I mean, give me some Jackson Pollock any day, but if you're not a connoisseur of art, it's sometimes difficult to differentiate between our kids' finger painting and true art. I am a very artsy person, but there can be things so contemporary and abstract that I just don't get it. Let's be honest too; sometimes contemporary art can have very adult themes and is not appropriate for our little people.  108 Contemporary's current exhibition, Beauty Unseen is refreshingly accessible for the the everyday non art...

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02/24/14

Basketball Scores Big with Tulsa Kids

In football, Griffin Boedeker is the kind of kid a football fan might describe as having “heart.” But the Monte Cassino fifth-grader shows the same unabashed hustle and athletic courage this season in basketball, a sport that’s enjoying meteoric growth among Tulsa kids and in area schools, rec programs and gyms. Credit the OKC Thunder’s success – or the ever-present visibility of NBA players on the Internet and TV. For whatever reason, roundball has never been bigger in Tulsa or more welcoming to a wide variety of athletes, from the lanky giraffe-like kids you probably remember from high school to newcomers and give-it-their-all multi-sport athletes like Griffin. Boedeker, a striking turquoise-eyed kid with matching turquoise Nikes,...

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Owasso Community Program Supports Healthy Habits

02/24/14

Owasso Community Program Supports Healthy Habits

Since 1963 the childhood obesity rate has tripled. According to the American Heart Association, now more than one in three children in America is overweight. It’s not a matter of a few extra pounds, nor is it about fat-shaming children. Children and teenagers who carry more weight than what is healthy are at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other issues such as low self-esteem. Research also shows that more than 50 percent of parents don’t realize that their children are obese. Last year, in an effort to bring community-wide awareness, Bailey Medical Center in Owasso resolved to find some solutions. The staff wanted to encourage children to exercise and to make healthy choices, even when eating out. The PLAY program was launched in January. David Steward, health...

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Get Cooking: Meals for a Month

02/24/14

Get Cooking: Meals for a Month

I’m not a monthly meal plan kind of mom. When I’m on top of my game, I plan a week ahead. But most days I’m planning a day or two out. I know a monthly meal plan would cut out some of the dinnertime scramble. And it would surely save me from every-other-day trips to the grocery store. So, I polled some of my more organized friends and good cooks for a month’s worth of dinner ideas. Use them all or use just a few, but remember, the key to a week’s or a month’s worth of menus is building upon what you’ve cooked the day before. I’m not talking leftovers, of which some people in my family are seriously allergic. Rather, cook a few extra chicken breasts on Greek chicken night to use the next day for chicken burritos. Wise moms...

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From the Hip: The Hip Mom’s Diary of a Detox

02/24/14

From the Hip: The Hip Mom’s Diary of a Detox

Well, friends, I blame Gwyneth. Specifically her darn email newsletter, goop. You’ve probably read it. It’s a rather self-promoting vehicle in which Gwyneth shares all her latest finds and favorites with you, her bestest friend. In the past, she’s frequently highlighted her favorite juice detox or fast du jour. I would read these articles with interest, but since I was always pregnant and/or nursing, I gratefully did not give them a second thought. Fast forward to now: Gwyneth posts a relatively simple Winter Detox plan. I am neither pregnant nor nursing (sigh, sniff, sob) and find myself emerging from winter with an embarrassing addiction to Diet Mountain Dew, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and margaritas. Plus I can’t seem to shake these last five pounds...

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Kate McCollum: BTW RISE Girl Up Club Founder and President

02/24/14

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Kate McCollum: BTW RISE Girl Up Club Founder and President

Booker T. Washington High School Senior Kate McCollum believes all young women around the world should have an opportunity to experience the power of education. Two years ago, Kate started the RISE Girl Up Club at Booker T. Washington and currently serves as its president. Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations’ programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. The organization’s vision is a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, to be healthy and safe, and positioned to be the next generation of...

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AAP Updates Schedule of Screening and Assessments for Well-Child Visits

02/24/14

AAP Updates Schedule of Screening and Assessments for Well-Child Visits

he American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its schedule of the screenings and health assessments that are recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. The updated periodicity schedule reflects current AAP recommendations for preventive pediatric health care, which are explained in detail in the third edition of “Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents.” Under the Affordable Care Act, non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover services that are recommended by Bright Futures (and included in the periodicity schedule), with no cost sharing.  Changes include:   Information was added about a specific screening tool to assess...

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Real Live Date Night

02/19/14

Real Live Date Night

    #1 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, it's easy to forget to have dates with your husband.  #2 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, and you FINALLY remember to have a date with your husband, it's easy to go to the same old places you always go and do the same old stuff. #3 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, and you FINALLY remember to have a date with your husband and you also make a point to try some place new, it's worth blogging about! Last night, Marc and I had our pseudo Valentine's date. The last two Valentine's Days I've been at the hospital with a doula client, and my husband isn't usually particularly interested in fighting the crowds at fancy restaurants...

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