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Friday, September 21, 2012

Have a Great Weekend!

Enjoy the Autumnal Equinox (It happens on Saturday at 10:49am EDT!) by enjoying the beautiful fall weather at some of these fun events around town! 

NuLu Festival at East Market District- Saturday, September 22, 2-11pm; 4th annual FREE, family-friendly, public block party at the 700 block of East Market Street in Louisville, KY; live music, a kids’ corner, and vendors

Bark in the Park- Saturday, September 22, 9am-3pm at Seneca Park; FREE event; your family will enjoy the Flying Frizbee Hounds, dog agility shows, music, vendors, and more

Doing the Right Thing Youth Expo- Saturday, September 22, 12-4pm at Fourth Street Live!; at this FREE event put on by the Louisville Urban League, your family will enjoy a talent show, oratorical contest, guest speakers, live music from Jacob Latimore, and much more;
Come out and represent your school!
The school with the most registered attendees at the "Doing The Right Thing" Youth Expo will be awarded $500!
Hwang’s Martial Arts Academy Festival- Saturday, September 22, 12-3pm at the S. Hurstbourne location; FREE fun, games, prizes, classes, bouncies, and snacks
District 5’s Annual Community Celebration Fall Music Festival & West Louisville Food Summit- Sunday, September 23, 2pm-6:30pm;
Local chefs from District 5 and Whole Foods will put on a spectacular presentation on cooking flavorful, healthy dishes, and illustrating various canning recipes. The concerts, food [samples], and games are FREE to the public.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

It affects approximately two percent of the population overall, including more than 5 million people in the United States alone and is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Under Armour All-American Volleyball Match Giveaway

We’ve got a wonderful event coming to the KFC Yum! Center in December, and it will bring in the country’s best high-school volleyball players. 

Get ready to watch to watch the top 24 Under Armour All-American student-athletes, as selected by the AVCA, play in the Under Armour All-American Volleyball Match & Skills Competition.

This event takes place at the KFC Yum! Center on December 14, 2012, at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 for general admission, or $5 per ticket per person for groups of 5 or more.  You may purchase yours online here at Ticketmaster, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

We’re giving away 5 family 4-packs of tickets to this event.  Enter below for your chance. Giveaway ends at midnight on 9/25/12.

Update: Our winners are Stacy Lanter, Diana Kruer, Ann Sweeney, Leslie Sepanek, and Sondra Garcia.

Photo Source: Volleyball Magazine & AVCA

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

“Fruit” Snacks & Drinks: the Real Truth

If there was any good to come from having gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, it was that I became more aware of sugar content in foods. I check nutrition labels religiously to this day and sometimes get discouraged because there is sugar or high fructose corn syrup (and usually lots of it) in, well.....everything. Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan only ramped up my obsession with food labels.

Fruit snacks and drinks may contain Vitamin C, but a closer look at the nutrition labels suggests these are some of the least healthy foods kids can eat. In many varieties, the first few ingredients are sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or both. One fruit drink serving generally contains between 15-20 grams of sugar. A single serving of a fruit snack may contain 11 or more grams. The American Heart Association recommends that children consume no more than 12 grams of sugar per day.

Many of these snacks and drinks also contain artificial colorings/flavorings or preservatives, such as Red 40 and sulfiting agents. Researchers don’t fully understand if or how these chemical ingredients affect the human body. Some fruit snacks contain gelatin, which is made from collagen. Collagen comes from the boiling of animal hides and bones.

Parents who would like to know more about what is in the food they eat can check out to find the most common ingredients in various food products, from baby food to canned soups.

Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer  for Today’s Family.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

You’re My Favorite!

I would say, "Now, don't tell the other two, but you are my favorite kid!" Now this goes against all parenting advice books, and it might have been a problem, but the key is… I told all three of them that individually.

After I would say that to one of them, he or she would just glow. They figured it out that I had told everyone that at some point as they got older, but we still talk about it.

Some parents seem to be very careful about making everything "even." I have not fully subscribed to that method. I think that children should be treated differently depending on ages and different circumstances. I haven't made sure they all got the same number of presents. Maybe one large gift is better than three smaller gifts for one child. I didn't try to hide this situation, but rather, I explained it along the way.

The one thing that I do think we need to pay particular attention is to make family decisions that are fair. For instance, if you get a cell phone for the first one at age 12, then the next one expects that same treatment unless there is a very good reason to make a change. If you pay for gas for the oldest child's car, you have to pay for gas for the other children's car unless something has changed. Make sure you are making decisions for your oldest that you can keep up with for all your children.

What rules do you have to keep your kids from fighting against each other instead of for each other?

Contributed by Anita Oldham, editor, Today’s Family magazine.

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