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Marco Polo has always been a popular game for kids and as history tells it, the story about how the game got its name goes something like this… In 1312, Marco Polo had his eyes cut out by Chinese pirate traders after he insulted a ship’s captain. (Some reports claim that the insult was only Marco Polo is trying to bargain a better deal.) Upon returning to Venice he was mocked by local children who stole his walking stick constantly and made him chase them around.

My daughters love playing Marco Polo when they are playing around in the pool.  When they play on our enclosed trampoline, there is another game they like to play called “Dead Man”.  It’s a game where one player closes their eyes and lays in the middle of the trampoline. The other 3-6 players chant, ” Dead man, dead man come alive 1,2,3,4,5 dead man come alive.”  Then the players run around the player in the center while he/she “blindly” tries to touch one of the players who then becomes the dead man in the middle.

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DIY “Boo” Blocks

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I’m excited to report that I have already started to decorate for fall because I can’t wait for it to arrive already!  I can’t wait for the pretty fall leaves, boots, sweaters, crisp evening chill and soup to warm the bones.

I’ve had this “thing” for letters lately and will have a few more DIY posts coming soon that go further into my letter obsession. To  kick things off I started with these “BOO” blocks.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out!

 

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Ingredients
  1. Wood Blocks (2x6x6)
  2. Scrapbook Paper
  3. Black Stamp Ink
  4. Medium Grade Sandpaper
  5. Mod Podge
  6. Foam Spouncer
  7. Stencil
  8. Black Flat Spray Paint
  9. White Acrylic Paint
Instructions
  1. Take your 2x6x6 wood blocks outside (because this can get messy) and sand all their rough edges.
  2. Once you are done sanding make sure all of the dust is removed and then spray paint the blocks black.
  3. Make sure to let the blocks dry between coats and that all of the wood is evenly covered.
  4. Once the black paint dries, spread a thin coat of Mod Podge on each piece of wood and attach the scrapbook paper.
  5. Let that dry for a few hours.
  6. Next, take the black ink and use the foam spouncer to rub the ink around the edges of the scrapbook paper.
  7. Let the ink dry overnight.
  8. Time to paint on the letters!
  9. Position the stencil in the center of the scrapbook paper and, using the foam spouncer, apply the white paint. Let the paint dry 1-2 hours.
  10. Finally, apply another thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the painted scrapbook paper to give it a final seal.
Notes
  1. Great tip: I used fairly thin scrapbook paper and when I applied the Mod Podge it bubbled, but then the bubbles went away when it dried. To avoid bubbles altogether, use thicker scrapbook paper or fabric.
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7 Signs Your Child May Have Anorexia

 

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With awkward body changes and constant pressure from the media, being around their peers could stir up fierce competition, especially in girls, says Andrea Szebeni, a registered nutritionist and dietician with the Lighthouse Recovery Institute. For some teens, the stress of going back to school can cause them to battle symptoms of anorexia nervosa, says Szebeni, who helps young women overcome eating disorders.

 

Szebeni provides these seven warning signs that parents should look out for if they suspect anorexia:

 

1. Denial of hunger. Is your child saying she is never hungry at meal times or that she already ate? This obviously may occur sporadically, but if you notice a consistent trend, be aware, Szebeni says.

2. Preoccupation with food, weight, calories and dieting.

3. Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food.

4. Dramatic weight loss.

5. Consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes or situations involving food.

6. Withdrawal from friends and family, especially events where food is involved.

7. Your daughter no longer is menstruating.

 

If a child starts to exhibit any of these anorexia warning signs, it may be time to sit down and have a serious discussion with them or to seek professional help, Szebeni says.

 

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute

Lighthouse Recovery Institute (www.lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com) is a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla., specializing in recovery for women. At the Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our mission is to help each client attain peace, happiness and permanent sobriety. With more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and trauma, our passionate team of doctors, therapists, and specialists provide nothing but the highest quality of care for every woman who walks through our doors. The center has a staff of 15, including a clinical director, therapists, nutritionist/dietician, yoga instructor and marketing team. Twelve of the staff are in recovery themselves.

LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC this fall.

Check out the trailer! 

The new trailer for LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham reveals Brainiac’s diabolical plan to shrink the Earth and take control of his enemies using the power of the Lantern Rings. Now, the super heroes of the DC Comics universe must join forces with the Legion of Doom on a journey across the Lantern Worlds to stop the nefarious evildoer from adding Earth to his twisted collection.

 

14 Reasons to Get Your Body Moving and Keep Your Mind Active

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Exercise is the key to a healthy body and mind, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn into a gym rat.   Thirty minutes of exercise, 3 days a week, is enough to see improvement. Activities such as brisk walking for 30 minutes or three 10-minute laps around the block between meetings are just enough to get your blood pumping and help clear your mind.   Other benefits of exercise include, but are not limited to:  

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces, prevents and treats anxiety and depression
  • Improves self esteem
  • Helps you have a better night of sleep
  • Increase interest in sex
  • Better endurance
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Helps you to be more alert
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Prompts new neural connections and protects against brain-cell loss
  • Possibly prevents Alzheimer’s

  I want to live a long healthy life so I can see my children raise their children and see their children get married and start their families.  The only thing I can do is keep exercising my body and my brain.   Join the Detroit Mommies in our fight against Alzheimer’s by donating to the ALZ and supporting us when we walk on Saturday, August 23 or come out and walk your self.  digital_728x90 I got all of these tips and ideas from the following articles: Exercise for Mental Health  The Exercise Effect Expert Offers Insight on Alzheimer’s Causes, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Protect Your Brain as you Age Exercise may protect against brain-cell loss AFA Statement on ‘Prevention’ Findings  

52 Easy Fundraising Ideas

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fundraising ideas

  1. Adult Spelling Bee – Take it back to elementary school! Each participant should be sponsored and/or raise funds for their entry fee. In-between rounds, share facts about Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Auctions – Ask for donations from local businesses and set up a live or silent auction. Auctions can be held at work, during a party or even a family reunion! Get creative – auction off the boss as your personal assistant for the day, auction off that close parking spot, auction off your centerpieces. Ask everyone to bring their favorite bottle of wine and auction them all off!
  3. Birthday Party – Instead of gifts, hold a purple themed birthday party and ask for donations for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  4. Book Sale – Ask your team to bring in all their gently used books and reach out to local publishing houses, bookstores and libraries to donate overstocked books. Spread the word, set up a table (at a mall or in a lobby) and sell! Include a thank you bookmark with a photo of your team at last year’s Walk and include a link to your personal fundraising webpage.
  5. Change Jar – Each team member takes a jar and the first person to fill it up gets a prize. Start off with small jars and increase in size each round. Prizes get better each round.
  6. Cook off – Who makes the tastiest chili in your office? Which team member bakes the best cupcakes? Tasting judges are charged for each voting ballot. Whoever gets the most votes is crowned “Master Chef.”
  7. Dating Game – Get bachelors and bachelorettes involved with this one. The contestants are unseen and must pick their date based on the individual’s responses to questions composed by audience members. Charge admittance to this event.
  8. Dance Off – Which classmate or officemate has the best moves? Hold a dance off to find out! Each dancer pays an entry fee as well as judges. Each round has a surprise theme (disco, break dance, ballet, moonwalk, river dance, robot).
  9. Envelope at a Restaurant – Ask local restaurants to allow you to place envelopes and asking for donations at each table. Waiters will check for funds after every sitting. Also, ask if you can put up purple balloons, table tents and posters around the restaurant – include lots of photos!
  10. Errand Service – Who has time to run errands? Spend the day running errands for a fee.
  11. Face Painting – Set up a booth at a park or in conjunction with another event.
  12. Fashion Show – Put a spin on the old fashion show! Have local college students design the clothes, hold a pet fashion show, a Halloween costume show or an accessories fashion show. Be creative, charge an admission fee and include stories from those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.
  13. Game Night – Host a party and have every team members bring their favorite game. $10 to get in the door! Or hold a card tournament with a $20 entry fee – half goes to the winner and half goes to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Don’t forget to set up a concessions stand for some extra fundraising.
  14. Garage Sale – Team members band together by donating items for one huge garage sale. Advertise the sale wherever you can and make sure everyone knows where their donations are going!
  15. Haunted House – Decorate a house, school, field, or forest and charge admission. Set up a couple games (bob for apples, witch hat ring toss) and organize a hayrack ride.
  16. Hot Dog Eating Contest – Substitute any food you’d like and get it donated. Instead of an entry fee, have the audience members place bets on who will win.
  17. Ice cream social – Host an office get-together by selling packaged ice cream or making sundaes. Don’t forget the toppings!
  18. Igloo Contest – Perfect for winter! Participants make snow igloos. The best one wins a prize. Igloos too difficult? How about a snowman competition?
  19. Jail-and-Bail – Kidnap a boss, principal, owner of a restaurant, and ship them off to jail. They can post their own bail or solicit bail from friends, family, and employees.
  20. Jeans Day – Have coworkers donate $5 to wear jeans for the day. Spice it up – Hat Day, Team Spirit Day, Purple Day, etc.
  21. Karaoke Night – Hold this event at a popular neighborhood spot and charge entrance OR rent a karaoke machine and hold a tournament at your house. Voting is done in dollars!
  22. Kiss the Pig – Put a photo of all the teachers or popular employees on an individual jar. Those who have the most money in their jar must kiss the animal (or a team mascot, dog, etc.)
  23. Lemonade Stand – It’s classic and effective. Let the kids help out and make the lemonade with a twist – add fresh fruit, serve as a slushy, or add an adult beverage.
  24. Lunch with the CEO/Celebrity – Auction off a special lunch with the CEO of your company or a local celebrity.
  25. Matching Gifts – Many companies already have a matching gift program. Ask your company to match what you raise. This is a simple way to double your funds!
  26. Movie Night – Host a movie night in at a local park, civic center, school auditorium, library, or a team member’s house. Sell popcorn, homemade treats, drinks, and candy.
  27. New Year’s Eve Party – Bring in the New Year with donations to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team! Make this party one not to miss with a unique theme, raffles, and prizes.
  28. Network – Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social networking sites? Use it to let your friends and family across the country know about your fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Post updates on your goal and your progress. Include links to your Walk webpage.
  29. Office Olympics – Have a fun day at work. Hold events like typing competitions, swivel chair races, staple pull contests, stress ball toss, water cooler drinking game, etc. Ask all athletes to pay an entry fee.
  30. Ornament Sale – Create holiday ornaments with your team and sell them.
  31. Pancake Breakfast – This is a perfect event to host before work or worship service. Create a mouthwatering hot breakfast menu with coffee and juice. Charge $10 a plate!
  32. Play-Off – Choose your favorite sport and put departments, grades, genders, or teachers vs. students against each other. Invite the rest of the school or company to watch and cheer. Sell tickets or charge an admission at the door.
  33. Questions-for-$1 – Set up a jar and charge one dollar (or any donation) per question you answer. Ask your boss to set one in their office too!
  34. Quiz Bowl – Hold a trivia night at a local establishment. See if the restaurant will donate a gift card to the winner and a portion of the night’s proceeds to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.
  35. Raffles – Raffle off prizes or split the pot with the popular 50/50 option.
  36. Rapping Contest – Showcase talent or make a fool of yourselves for fun (and charity)!
  37. Services – Team members offer a service that they perform and donate proceeds. Examples: salon/spa, photography, financial consultation, babysitting, golf lessons, landscaping, odd jobs. These services could also be used as prizes for another fundraiser.
  38. Spot the Baby Competition – Have everyone bring in a photo of when they were a baby. Have co-workers, friends, or family see who can name the most. Charge $5 for each entry.
  39. Theater Night – Ask your local theater to put on a special performance in honor of increasing Alzheimer’s awareness. A portion of the revenue from tickets sold goes to fundraising. Invite everyone you know.
  40. Tug of War – Which department or class is the strongest? Hold a tug of war tournament to find out. Teams pay an entry fee and are encouraged to create names, t-shirts and cheers. Afterwards, hold a pot luck!
  41. Ugly Sweater Contest – Get a group involved and have the audience vote by using dollars ($1 = 1 vote). Split the pot with the winner.
  42. Unwanted Gifts Sale – Get your coworkers, friends, and family to donate the unwanted Christmas gifts they received. Set up a bazaar and sell them off.
  43. Vacation Day – Ask your employer if they can offer a paid vacation day as a prize for your fundraiser.
  44. VIP Parking – Raffle off that coveted parking spot for a year!
  45. Weed – Offer to weed gardens or pull dandelions from the lawns of friends and neighbors for a donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
  46. Wine-tasting Party – Get the wine, cheese and chocolate donated or pull from your team members’ stashes! Invite all your friends to come and charge admission.
  47. X-mas Party – Dedicate your yearly Christmas Party to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Ask your family, friends, and coworkers for donations instead of presents. Attach pledges in honor of loved one struggling with the disease and/or their caretakers on the branches of the Christmas tree.
  48. X Marks the Spot Treasure Hunt – Sniffing out the clues, teams compete against each other to discover the donated “hidden treasure.”
  49. Yacht Race – Organize a paddle boat race, charge a competition fee and offer prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  50. Yoga Lunch – Get your coworkers to “ummmm” away work stress in a yoga session during the lunch hour. Find a yoga instructor who will donate half or all the proceeds back to your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Afterwards, provide workout treats and ask for donations. Not into yoga? How about Zumba?
  51. Zany Day – Get people to pay to dress in the craziest outfits they can come up with.
  52. Zzzzzzs – Pay a fee to catch some extras Zs and come in late to work one Friday.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Metro-Detroit residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Ford Field will be the site of Walk on August 23 with registration starting at 11a.m., the opening ceremony starting at 12p.m. and the walk starting immediately after.

Giving Back(packs)

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To help children in need succeed and prepare for the new school year, Molina Healthcare of Michigan will be donating backpacks to children in Southeast Michigan at upcoming community events.Various community organizations will join Molina at each event to distribute a variety of free school supplies to children in attendance. The events are free and open to the public.

 

On Saturday, August 16, Molina employee volunteers and popular cat doctor mascot, Dr. Cleo, are teaming up with The Youth Connection to distribute 1,500 backpacks at the annual Back-to-School Fair on Belle Isle.

 

On Thursday, August 21, Molina will participate in the Wayne County Department of Public Health Annual Fun Fest in Wayne, MI and distribute 1,500 backpacks.

 

On Friday, August 22, Molina employees will distribute 750 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies at the Franklin Wright Settlements Back-to-School Rally. The school supplies were donated by Molina Healthcare of Michigan employees.  

 

All backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis (one per person) while supplies last. The giveaways align with Molina Healthcare’s ongoing mission of giving back to the community and serving individuals and families in need.

          

WHERE:        Belle Isle Casino                                             Saturday, August 16, 2014

Casino Way and Sunset Dr.                             12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Detroit, MI 48207

 

Wayne County Dept of Public Health                        Thursday, August 21, 2014

33030 Van Born Rd.                                       10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wayne, MI 48184

 

Franklin Wright Settlement                           Friday, August 22, 2014

3360 Charlevoix                                              11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Detroit, MI 48201

 

Royal Oak Vintage Sale

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Pull out your bell bottoms and platform heels, The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center is hosting a special 1970s-themed vintage sale and event at the nonprofit’s Sally’s on 4th Boutique in Royal Oak.

Just in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise, vintage collectors will enjoy great finds and incredible deals on a collection of retro clothing, housewares, furniture and more. As an added bonus, patrons dressed in 1970s-inspired clothing will receive 50 percent off their entire purchase and have a chance to win $100 in store credit.

 

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9

WHERE:
Sally’s on 4th Boutique
114 E. 4th Street
(near 4th and Main streets)
Royal Oak, Mich.

CONTEST: Patrons who dress in 1970s apparel and have their picture taken in-store will be entered for a chance to win a $100 store credit, valid at the Royal Oak Boutique now through Dec. 31, 2014. The winner will be selected and announced on the SalArmyThrift.com Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

Need a few tips for dressing like one of Charlie’s Angels? Royal Oak Boutique Manager Mary Lou Lantz offered up these tips. She says to think:

Flare-legged or tight-fitted pants

Mini or ankle-length skirts

Platform shoes and clunky heels

Polyester and plaid fabrics

DONATE:Drop off your gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and toys at your nearest Salvation Army thrift store donation center. For specific hours of a donation center near you, visit www.salarmythrift.com.

Prepare for the Outdoors with OFF!®

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When I was a kid, summer meant waking up in the morning, throwing on my swimsuit, flip-flops and a pair of shorts and heading outside for the entire day.  It meant hours at the neighborhood pool, searching out and capturing frogs, climbing trees, and heading home tired and hungry from a long day outdoors.  

Two-thirds of Americans don’t think they get enough time outside.  It seems like kids these days would rather play video games than explore the outdoors, but our family doesn’t let bugs, the sun or the heat get in our way of enjoying quality family time outside.  Summertime means we prepare to spend many hours outside.  

This year we bought a few items to get the kids excited to spend time outside.  We purchased a new trampoline for the backyard, a Slip ‘N Slide and a basketball hoop so the kids could easily step outside and stay active.  Before stepping outside, we protect their  skin with a strong sunscreen and OFF!® Familycare Insect Repellent. We also fill their water bottles up so they stay hydrated.

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Last weekend was pretty hot, so we set up the slip n’ slide.  The kids went from slip n’ slide, to trampoline, to play structure and then repeated over and over.  We had a full day of outdoor fun!

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Many different OFF!® Products will help you prepare for just about any outdoor activity!

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 Disclosure: This post was written to help promote #TheOutdoorsMissesYou and my partnership with OFF!® All opinions are my own and true. 

Independence Day Pancakes

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Happy 4th of July!  I hope you and your family have a safe and festive weekend!  If you get a chance and have these ingredients, I recommend you make fresh strawberry and blueberry pancakes.  They are delicious and festive for Independence Day weekend!

Ingredients:

Thinly sliced strawberries

Blueberries

Pancake Mix

Butter

Syrup