D-I-Y Minion Centerpiece

This past weekend we had a birthday party for my youngest son Trace at Spring Creek Inflatable Rentals, Inc. I’m very much a planner, but somehow the second child always gets the “shaft.” Here it was Friday night, and I just decided that I should do a centerpiece for his Minion themed second birthday party. I needed something quick, simple, and inexpensive! So here is what I came up with.

Supplies:

Curling Ribbon

Mason Jars

Minion Stickers

Scissors

Directions:

Cut strips of the curling ribbon and run a pair of scissors over them so they will curl.

Fill the Mason jar with blue ribbon first.

Next, layer yellow ribbon on top the blue ribbon.

Fill the Mason jar to your desired effect.

Adhere the Minion stickers (eyes & mouth) to the Mason jar.

I received so many compliments on the centerpieces and I must say, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out  considering I’m not too crafty!

Minion 3

Trick or Treat Safety

Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. Who remembers chanting that song growing up? I loved going trick-or-treating, even if it was in the snow. Yes, snowing on Halloween is very possible in Pennsylvania! What I love even more is watching my boys get excited and scared (sorry) as they experience Halloween. With fun there is always some assumed risk.

Here are some tips on how to have a safe trick-or-treat experience.

• A responsible adult should always accompany children while they are trick-or-treating.
• Only go to houses that have a porch light on and that are well lit. Never go into a stranger’s house!
• Stay on well-lit streets and always stay on the sidewalk.
• Use cross walks if applicable.
• Never cross the street in between cars.
• If there isn’t a sidewalk, stay as far off of the road as possible and always walk facing traffic.
• Carry a flashlight or use reflective tape so children can easily be seen.
• If you have an older child and he/she is going without you, communicate and agree on an acceptable route and curfew. Encourage them to be in a large group and carry their cellphone.
• Check all candy before consumption.
• If something doesn’t seem right, go with your gut and contact your local police department.

What safety measures do you take when trick-or-treating?

Guide: Dalton Fall Family Events

Looking for some family events to wrap up the month of October? Check out some of these events going on around town (Dalton, Ga.)

North Georgia AG Fairgrounds

Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Saturday, October 31, 2015

For more information: Dalton Fair

Liberty Tree Festival

Saturday, October 24, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dalton Green ~ 250 N. Slevidge Street ~ Dalton, Georgia 30720

Cost: FREE (Music, regional cuisine, inflatable, crafts)

Fall Family Festival at Dalton State College

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dalton State College ~ 650 College Drive ~ Dalton, Georgia 30720

Cost: FREE (Trick-or-Treat, petting zoo, costume contest)

Rockbridge Fall Festival

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Dalton

Cost: FREE

Dalton First United Methodist Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dalton FUMC ~ 500 S. Thorton Avenue ~ Dalton, Georgia 30720

Cost: FREE (hotdog, chips, cookie)

City of Dalton

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trick or Treat with the Downtown Business Owners

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Dalton

Cost: FREE

Chili by the Tracks Halloween Edition (Whitfield County – Dalton Daycare Center)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

101 S. Hamilton Street ~ Dalton, Georgia 30720

Cost: FREE (Chili Cook-Off, costume contest, games, crafts, photo booth)

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day: I too am a statistic.

I have been pregnant three times, but only have two children. I am a “statistic.” One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 160 babies are stillborn or die within 30 days of birth.

Today, October 15, 2015, marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. So many women and families suffer in silence, paralyzed with guilt and sadness.

A life is a life, whether you are 6 weeks pregnant, 26 weeks pregnant, or 6 months postpartum.

To all of my families who unfortunately have become a “statistic”, know, that  my thoughts are with you and that God doesn’t make any mistakes.

God bless you all.

Mammogram? But I am only 33!

Every December I religiously visit my gynecologist for my annual exam. My last appointment wasn’t anything out of the norm. However, after reviewing my family medical history my doctor suggested that I get a baseline mammogram. Hold up! What? I needed to get a mammogram? But I was only 33! I finished up my appointment and checked out. My mammogram was scheduled for the following week. For an entire week, I fretted over this mammogram. What if something was wrong? I have a husband and two children under the age of 3. I was a nervous wreck!

I arrived at the hospital. The staff at Gordon was wonderful. The radiology technician was warm and friendly. She made me feel at ease; despite being there for a mammogram. It truly was a great experience.

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I checked out again and fretted for another week until my results came in. Everything was normal. What a relief!

Unfortunately, everyone does not get to breathe that sigh of relief. Breast cancer touches the lives of so many women and families.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this Friday, October 16, 2015, is National Mammogram Day. I would encourage all women, to not only have your annual exams, but to be honest with your doctor, build that relationship and discuss those health issues that may be a little uncomfortable.

Michael Marshall said, “You can’t stop being afraid just by pretending everything that scares you isn’t there.”

Go get those mammograms ladies!

For more information on breast cancer please visit the below links.

Susan G. Komen

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Cancer Institute

Silence Hides Violence: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Twelve years ago, I embarked on a job opportunity that would forever change my life. I accepted a position with a small domestic violence agency in Western, Pennsylvania. For five years I worked toward the safe elimination of domestic violence through intervention, prevention and collaboration. How about that? I can still spit out our mission!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Simply put, domestic violence is a pattern where the abuser continuously seeks to gain control over their victim. How does the abuser gain control? Tactics such as physical abuse (hitting, kicking, slapping), emotional abuse (name calling, belittling), sexual abuse (forcing sex, accusations of cheating/jealousy), and financial abuse (forcing partner to quit working, controlling the finances).

There are so many dynamics that go into domestic violence. As I said, it’s a cycle that goes something like this. Your partner sweeps you off of your feet. This is called the honeymoon stage. Next, you may have a few arguments and fits of jealousy. This is the tension building stage. Last is the blow up stage. This is when the abuse is at its worst. Then what does the abusive partner do? Promise to never do it again, and then you’re headed right back into the honeymoon phase.

I’m sure we all can think back to an incident that didn’t seem quite right, but couldn’t put our finger on what the issue was. I’d like to challenge all of my readers to learn more about domestic violence. 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes. Learn the warning signs. Learn how you can assist; be a resource.

Domestic Violence Resources:

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Break the Cycle