December 2013
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Yummy Hot Chocolate

Holidays: Chocolations Here’s something different. Chocolations offers a “sipping chocolate machine.” It dispenses a rich, thick sipping chocolate. Add a swirl of whipped cream and you’ll […] Read more…

Electronic Cigarettes and Kids

Safety: Introduced in America in 2007, the electronic cigarette, or e-cig, is a tobacco-free alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Rather than tobacco, a small amount of liquid nicotine is heated up when […] Read more…

How To Organize Digital Photos

Work & Family: You’ve committed to documenting your life with photos! Great! There is no better way to record and remember the people, places and experiences we love than with photographs. And thanks to the advances in this digital age, it has never been easier to inexpensively take a lot of photos. But all too often, these image files fill up our memory cards and are forgotten, as more and more memories continue to be recorded. Read more…

Ask the Specialist: Is it Alzheimer's?

Safety: There are currently more than 5 million people in the United States suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As the population of those ages 65 and older continues to increase, the number of people with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, can be expected to increase as well. Read more…

Visit Bear Mountain State Park

Travel: For those parents looking for something to do with the children during the dead of winter, there is an option right in your own backyard – Bear Mountain State Park. “We are still a hidden treasure to the locals,” says Park Manager Liz O’Loughlin. Bear Mountain State Park may not come to mind when you think of places to take the kids in January, but it should. Read more…

12 Ways to Work Your Workout

Health: Did you indulge a little more than you would have liked at the end of 2013? If so, you’re not alone. Those extra dollops of whipped cream and smidges of fudge have many of us promising to lose weight and eat healthier food in the upcoming year. But if current research is any indicator, these ever-popular New Year’s Resolutions will never go out of style. Though we all know that maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, and eating well are good ways to prevent chronic health problems, only eight percent of resolution-makers meet their goals. Read more…

Smart Money Moves for 2014

Finance: 1. Start With 50/20/30: Budgets may not be sexy but they're key to sticking to spending plans and helping you reach your financial goals. Take a fresh look at the coming year's expenses and create a budget on the 50/20/30 Rule: 50% of take-home pay goes to necessary living expenses, 20% goes to financial goals like paying down debt or retirement, and 30% goes to lifestyle. Use tools like Mint or BudgetTracker to easily track your spending.  Read more…

Yorktown Camp Fair

Attend the Yorktown Camp Fair held January 30, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School Cafeteria, 2701 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights. (Snow date: Feb. 6, 2014) Take the entire family to meet with camp directors from a variety of summer and camp programs including: day camps, sleep-away camps, teen travel/tours, atheltic programs, unique interest programs, special needs programs and more. Have all your questions answered while the kids enjoy face painting, crafts and snacks. This event is FREE of charge. For more information visit: http://3v3nts.wix.com/yorktowncampfair or email the event coordinator at YorktownCampFair@gmail.com. Read more…

Kids FIRST! Film Review: The Hunger Games

Entertainment: Eagerly awaited, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on the book by Suzanne Collins comes out this weekend and, according to KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jailene A, "is the most intense and amazing film of the year." See Jailene's full review below. Read more…

KIDS FIRST! Film Review: Frozen

Entertainment: Just in time for the holidays and the winter season comes "Frozen," based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen but, with a few twists of its own. Two young princesses face the test of […] Read more…

20 Ways to Embrace Winter

Entertainment: The holidays are over. All of the feasts were devoured with pleasure. The decorations were taken down and put away. Our friends and family have gone into hibernation. We are left with a feeling of larger waists, barer walls, and isolation. Old Man Winter has settled in and he is not leaving us for a few monthsInstead of dreading this time of year, try embracing it. Winter is unique. Our lives slow down a little. Winter is the only time of year when we can find the greatest temperature change between the inside of our house and the outdoors. We are given the best of both worlds, if only for a short Read more…

Moms: Teach at Summer Camp & Save Money

Work & Family: For many stay-at-home moms, school holidays mean activities with the kids, such as sports, cooking, baking, and crafts. Did you know they can also mean a chance to make money doing those activities you love? If you’re interested in working with kids, then teaching summer or holiday camp is a great way to earn some extra money. With so many moms working these days, camps have sprung up in almost every school and community center. Best of all they often offer a discount for teachers’ kids to attend. Read more…

Top Gifts for Giving

For 23 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to source for parents who are looking for great gifts for the holidays. An independent panel of experts, parents and children carefully tested and played with hundreds of submissions and honored the products featured here with gold awards. Read more…

Let's Go To...Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Travel: Explore the wonder of technology in the heart of Manhattan – for free! The Sony Wonder Technology Lab (SWTL) is a great place to get your kids thinking and wondering this winter. Read more…

The Great Skate

Health: The nippy chill in the air means it’s time for winter sports. Skating is a great skill for children to develop as it helps them with balance, coordination and overall physical fitness. It’s also a fun family outing. Try any or all of these rinks for a great skate! Read more…

A Mom's Letter to Santa

Holidays: Dear Santa, Read more…

Thank You Cards: Are They Optional?

Family Values: The presents are unwrapped, the decorations are ready to come down and the only thing left to do is … write the thank you cards? Should we force kids to write, or not to write, that is the real question many parents are asking themselves this holiday season. Before you take that remote control car out of the box for little Matthew, let Annie wear the new sweater from Aunt Sue, or let Sam cash grandma’s check, perhaps you should read this and then decide for yourself. Read more…

Detergent Pods: Convenient for Parents; Dangerous for Inquisitive Toddlers

Safety: Since 2011, there has been a growth in the popularity of laundry detergent pods. Their popularity is rooted in the convenience they offer; there’s no measuring, you just pop one into your washing machine and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, the pods are also becoming popular with small children, who are popping them into their mouths at an alarming rate.  Read more…

A New Mac Dish

Sure kids love mac & cheese, but sometimes it’s great to shake up the menu a bit. Try this elbow macaroni dish that offers a crunchy topping and surprise – veggies and coconut milk. The coconut milk makes the dish creamy and if you cut the butternut squash small, the kids will hardly know it’s there. Read more…

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