LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham

LEGO Batman 3

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.

 

Back to School Essentials

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Fall is creeping up on us fast! Fall is great for pumpkins, apple cider, and starting school. Every kid dreads going back to school, no matter what the age. One thing that will help them feel better about it though, is being prepared. Here’s a general list of school supplies you should get no matter what the age or grade.

 

  1. Pencils & Pens – Get a lot of them! Everyone goes through pencils and pens. It’s always great to carry extras and have some back-ups at home because we all know they get lost or run out of lead/ink.
  2. Calculator – At some point or another every kid in school has to use math. Depending on the classes your kid is taking they might need a more high-tech one, but any calculator will help nonetheless.
  3. Notebooks – This is also something you’re going to want to stock up on. Paper is probably used more than any other school supply. My suggestion to you is to find the cheapest ones and get every color they have!
  4. Folders  – These are essential for organization. Whether your kid is in kindergarten or 11th grade, finding homework later that night will be a lot easier if it’s not just shoved in a backpack!
  5. Index Cards – Great to use for studying! If your child is younger you can make fun flashcards with shapes, colors, or basic math. If your child is older they can use them for vocabulary flash cards.
  6. Book Bag – Book bags are always the best to shop for because kids can pick out their own style. It’s not essential to get one every year, but they are important to have. They need to carry all their school supplies in something!

 

Make sure you add these to your list when going back-to-school shopping. They’ll prepare you and your kids for the first day of school.

 

Regal Pediatrics

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Regal Office plaza

2502 S. Rochester Rd

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

248-852-5177

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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  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.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY For Adventure Park in West Bloomfield

 

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Our cousins from Germany came to visit us for 3 weeks during the summer. We needed something entertaining, unique, and different for them to do as a family with us. Our ages range from 7 to 50. After searching around I found something none of us had ever seen or done before….ZIP LINING at Adventure Park in West Bloomfield.

Adventure Park features 5+ acres of 10 fun-filled ropes courses and zip lines high in the trees! 

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  • Fun in the great outdoors — There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield! Located in the trees adjacent to the JCC you will find our amazing “aerial forest park.” This is THE Michigan Adventure Park to experience “adventure in the trees” on your own or with friends, family and parties. Ages five to adult.
  • Look up — You’ll see a series of platforms in the trees connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Each bridge presents a different challenge of how to get to the next platform. A series of bridges form “aerial trails” throughout the forest.
  • Relax — You don’t have to be a circus acrobat or Tarzan! Choose from ten different color-coded trails, from “beginner” (easier and lower to the ground) to intermediate, to advanced (the most challenging).
  • Climb with Confidence — You will receive a complete safety orientation before your climb. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your climbing harness securely attached to the safety line at all times. The trails are intentionally designed for your self-discovery, making lessons unnecessary. Our Park Guides are available to assist throughout your visit. 

Each and everyone of us had an amazing, memorable time! My daughter, who is 7 surprised us! As I was listening to the orientation, I was nervous, thinking she would never understand these concepts. I was completely wrong! She understood and basically was free to go off on her own, NO we did not let her! However, she felt great about herself because she was able to do it on her own! There are some important things I think you should be aware of before planning an outing with your family or friends.   

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  • I would strongly suggest adults being prepared to be patient with their children. The kids will catch on, but sometimes they forget or get confused. I can tell you, we did call staff 1 time, and they were VERY helpful and patient with our daughter. I greatly appreciated that. 
  • Make reservations! 
  • Wear clothing & shoes  that is comfortable and appropriate for the weather. Capri/work out pants are strongly suggested for ladies & children. The harnesses are wrapped securely around you & you don’t want to be uncomfortable. 
  • Do not bring bags or cameras if you are participating. There is no way to carry it all and climb/zip.  I was lucky enough that AT&T  provided me with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to use to capture these fabulous moments. The phone not only snapped the pictures, but filmed the videos too.  It was thin enough to be hidden while climbing and zipping, but strong enough to not fail me to show off these moments! I am so thankful to AT&T for allowing me to utilize their reliable technology! MORESAMSUNGPHONEPICSVIDEO 074FIX (500x281)

Facts about Adventure Park:

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Outdoor fun in nature’s beauty
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For kids, teens and adults—ages five and up
  • Great for group events
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Challenge at your pace and level
  • Environmentally friendly – No motors, No electricity
  • Builds self-confidence
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“Feel-good exercise”
  • Surprise yourself at what you can do
  • Tree-friendly—Designed to keep trees and forest healthy
  • Family/friends togetherness
  • Many trails keep it fresh for return visits

 

Now, for the awesome news! Detroit Mommy Bloggers is giving away 4 FREE tickets to try out Adventure Park –  which is  up to $176 value to one lucky winner.

To Enter: Please leave a comment below describing something you did well, that you thought you couldn’t do at all! The giveaway starts today Thursday, August 14, 2014 and will end Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9pm est. 

Winner will be contacting by email!!

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN FROM RANDOM.ORG!

Out of 19 total entries, lucky #13 was chosen! 

John who said, ” Biggest fear was jumping off high platform. Took a while to get the courage, but eventually conquered the fear.”

CONGRATS and PLEASE remember to tell us all about your adventures in the trees! 

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Disclosure: I received tickets to Adventure Park as an incentive to share this with Detroit Mommies readers.

 

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

 

Memories Stolen – A Story of Alzheimer’s

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My early childhood memories involve spending weeks at a time during the summer with my Mamaw and Papaw. We played endless Uno games near the window air conditioner, and I started everyday with scrambled eggs and toast slathered with fresh strawberry preserves. Lunches and dinners often consisted of fresh vegetables straight from their massive garden accompanied by pan-fried hamburgers or chicken.  

I’m the only child of an only child on my dad’s side of the family. Consequently, my Mamaw spoiled me from the moment she first held me. Doting to the point of overprotectiveness, she sometimes annoyed with her personal questions and unsolicited advice, but I knew every question and comment came from love.   Sometime in late junior high or early high school, she started repeating some questions just a few moments after she had asked them. Today, many would question that behavior as a potential warning sign of Alzheimer’s onset. In the late 1980’s, we chalked it up to the natural aging process for someone in her late sixties.  

I don’t remember a lot of details about her decline, and during my high school and college years, I visited less. Getting busy and building my own life made it easy to avoid life’s harsh reality. It hurt to see this woman about whom I cared so much slowly fade away. I also feared what it  meant for me. Would my kids have to care for me at some point in the future? Would I lose my memories, my thoughts, everything that makes ME to the disease. Alzheimer’s steals away a person’s mind while their body lingers on…sometimes for years.  

That’s what happened to my Mamaw. My Papaw heroically cared for her in her final years almost single-handedly. Living about an hour away, my dad would visit on weekends and provide what respite he could. Few home care services existed then, and no one wanted to put her in a nursing home until we absolutely had to.  

My Papaw is one of the strongest people I’ve ever known, both in terms of physical and emotional strength. As long as I could remember, he worked the garden with Mamaw, chopped wood in winter and maintained their home, all after losing one of his legs long before I was born.  

Despite that strength, caring for Mamaw in those last years wore on him. I saw it in his eyes and heard it in his voice. Dad’s weekend visits helped, but did little to ease the exhaustion of round-the-clock care. No amount of love can temper the frustration that comes unbidden when you answer the same question for the 20th time in an hour.     

My Mamaw died on June 16, 2000, at the age of 79, but we actually lost her well before then.

Join the Detroit Mommies team in our Walk to End Alzheimer’s on August 23, 2014 by making a donation or joining our team (here). Every little bit counts to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

5 Things I Never Knew About Alzheimer’s

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It’s strange how you can go through life in such naivety about some things that are impacting other people’s lives so tremendously. Yes, I may have been living under a rock until now, in my mid-40’s, but until recently, I thought “Alzheimer’s” was a term that described memory loss and confusion in old age. I didn’t truly understand the meaning of Alzheimer’s and what it really means to those that suffer from it and their families.

Here are five things I never knew about Alzheimer’s until today*:

  1. It’s a real disease. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder that actually attacks the brain’s nerve cells.
  2. Over 5 million American are currently living with Alzheimer’s and as many at 16 million will have the disease by 2050.
  3. While the risk of getting Alzheimer’s does increase with age, it’s estimated that a half million Americans under the age of 65 have some form of dementia, including Alheimer’s.
  4. It is estimated that one to four family members act as caregivers for each individual with Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. The annual cost of caring for one individual with Alzheimer’s disease ranges from nearly $18,500 to more than $36,000, depending on the stage of the disease.

Here’s the one thing I already knew before today:

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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There is a critical need for funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research! Because of this, Detroit Mommies will be joining in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and I invite you to join me in doing the same.

Please consider joining the Detroit Mommies team in this walk on August 23, 2014. Taking place at Ford Field, participants will also enjoy face painting, balloon artists, inflatables, characters, mascots, games, activities for children of all ages and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.  This is family friendly – bring the kids!

Joining the walk is easy.  Just click this link and click the green “+1″ button to join the team.  If you’re unable to join Detroit Mommies on August 23 in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please consider making a donation (after all, this is a fundraiser!) by clicking this link and then clicking the green “$” button.  Every little bit helps towards reaching our goal!

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’sis the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

*Source: http://www.alzfdn.org/
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Simple Old Fashion Lemonade

Old Fashion Lemonade

You have to love a recipe that is this simple, has nothing artificial in it and tastes so good!  Most of the time I make lemonade from frozen concentrate, however, recently I decided to make my own from scratch.  I searched around for a recipe, tried a few and decided they were all too sweet.  Here is the version I like best:

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Ingredients

8 cups of water (divided)

5-6 lemons 

1 1/2 cup sugar

 

Instructions

Put one cup of water and 1 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan and bring to boil.  Make sure you stir it until all the sugar is dissolved.  Then set it aside to cool.

Roll the lemons back and forth on the counter to get them juicy.  Cut them in half and using a reamer get as much juice out of them as possible.  Strain the juice to get the seeds/pulp out.

Mix the sugar syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water*.  Add ice and enjoy.

* taste it along the way – if it tastes great to you after adding 5 cups of water then your good to go.

 

 

 

 

Back-To–School Immunizations

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The summer days are starting to dwindle and the beginning of school is just around the corner.  While we have had a great summer so far, it seems like it went by way too fast.  We recently enjoyed a nice long weekend on Lake Huron, but we still need to squeeze in some more fun before summer runs out!  In the mean time, most of us with school aged children will be trying to check items off our back-to-school check-list (haircuts, backpacks, new clothes and supplies).  One of those essential “to-do” items is to make sure your kids are up to date on required vaccines.  I received an email from my son’s school a few weeks ago outlining exactly what vaccines are required or suggested.  

 Walgreen’s has a wonderful campaign called Get a Shot, Give a Shot®.  For every child that gets immunized, Walgreen’s will provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.  It’s quick and easy (no appointment required). Walgreen’s accept most insurance plans and the Pharmacist will report back to your primary care physician so that your records are nice and organized. This program is aimed at children 7 years old and up.

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I have to say that taking my son in for vaccinations and annual flu shots is not my favorite thing to do. However, now that my son is tenit doesn’t seem to be such a big deal.  I usually tell him that he can pick out a pack of Pokemon Cards or I treat him to an ice cream cone afterwards.   I never tell him in advance where we are going – it only gives him more time to worry about it.  I find that if I downplay it then it isn’t such a big deal. He understands that while it may sting for a second or two — it’s much better than getting sick!   He’s lucky, this year he only needs a flu shot.  Even though he didn’t need an immunization, he said he would get one if another kid that didn’t have access to one could benefit.

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 The day we stopped in, we also checked out the Back-To-School supply aisle (another thing I can check off my to-do list).  By far the favorite item for school supplies was the Zipit Pencil Pouch – it was made out zippers and looked like it had braces!

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While most kids won’t admit it,  I think they look forward to going back to school and all the fun that comes with it;  seeing old friends and favorite teachers.  Getting back to a routine isn’t all that bad. Just the other day my son said he was excited for school to start, but he quickly changed his mind and said that he really only wanted to find out which teacher he has. 

Enjoy the rest of summer.