Engaging Ways to Expose Children to Art & Culture

Art, Culture & Kids These days, most kids know the latest movie coming to theaters each Friday, the words to the most popular songs on the radio, and their favorite food to eat at McDonald’s or Chick Fil-A.  However, when asked to name a composer of a symphony, what Greek food they enjoy, or an artist whose paintings they admire, they might be a bit lost.  While some schools teach some of these things, so much of the curriculum is focused on testing goals and standards, that there is not always a lot of room for the extra, cultural...

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Picking the Right Extracurricular Activities for Your Child

Extracurricular Activites Soccer, dance, art class, instrument lessons, karate, and gardening club – the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the extracurricular activities that your children can participate in their free time. At the beginning of each semester, multiple notices come home advertising all of the various sports, clubs and other activities at my children’s school. Of course, they ask to participate in everything, in addition to the activities outside of school they already have. In order to prevent my kids from being burned out and over-scheduled, I had to narrow down the number...

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4 DIY Sugar Scrubs

Bella Breakdown Get baby–soft skin with this easy DIY! #1 Peppermint Sugar Scrub- Start by pouring sugar and coconut oil into a bowl and mix well. Then add peppermint oil and green food dye. #2 Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub- Pour brown sugar and coffee grounds into a bowl and combine well. Stir in coconut oil. #3 Raspberry Vanilla Sugar Scrub- Mix sugar, coconut oil, raspberry oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add red food dye. #4 Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub – Combine sugar, coconut oil, lemon oil and lavender oil in a bowl. Add yellow food dye....

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4 Pilates Exercises to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Bella Breakdown Strengthening your core can help support and stabilize your back, which may have the effect of reducing lower back pain. Give these four Pilates core exercises a try. #1 The 100 Set– laying on your back with your legs at a 45° angle and in a roll up position, pump your arms to the count of 100. #2 Scissors – roll up into a partial sit up position and scissor your legs. Alternate by pulling each leg toward your forehead then switch. Do this for 30 seconds. #3 Glute Bridges– laying on your back with your feet...

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3 Southern Texas Toasts You’ve Gotta Try

Bella Breakdown These Texas toast upgrades are the quick and easy recipes that you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re craving a Tex-Mex spin on breakfast, an avocado-arugula spin on lunch or a salmon, tomato, and cream cheese snack, you have to try these toasts. Tex-Mex To make the Tex-Mex version, spread 1/4 cup of mashed pinto beans on a piece of toasted bread. Top with a fried egg, 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro and 2 teaspoons of hot sauce. Light Lunch To make the lunch version, spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on a piece of toasted bread. Top...

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