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Issue 116: What Makes YOU Tick?
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A Note from Nicole: Enjoying the Slower Pace
Idea of the Week: Fun with Color
Feature Article: What Makes You Tick?
The Horizons Team Recommends: Do Something Daily Calendar
Allergen-Free Recipe of the Week: Horizon’s “Awesome” Chow
Allergen-Free Product of the Month: KinniTOOS Chocolate Sandwich Crème Cookies
It’s August already – where is the summer going?! The stores have had their back-to-school displays out for a while now, and letters from my children’s school are already arriving. We’ve got more than a month before the school year starts, but it seems that things are already gearing up for the year ahead. We love summertime at our house and refuse to get caught up in the back-to-school frenzy so early! I hope you are enjoying the slower pace that summer brings and can truly make the most of these last weeks before the new school year begins.
Michelle’s feature article this week is an important one about ways parents can be more fully available to our children. Often in the day-to-day busyness of life we can forget about taking care of ourselves. Michelle provides some important reminders and tips for taking care of ourselves so we can take care of our children. If you are looking for some activity ideas to make the most of everyday moments with your child, check out our Do Something Daily calendar featured below.
Enjoy your week!
Looking to the horizon,
Fun with Color
Begin by folding a paper coffee filter in half and placing it on a paper plate. Make designs with a variety of different markers on the coffee filter (washable markers work the best). Once a design has been made, dip fingers into a cup of water to sprinkle on the coffee filter. Watch how the colors blend and change color as the water is added. It is very important not to get the coffee filter too wet. Once the water has been added, slowly unfold the coffee filter to dry!
What Makes You Tick?
By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW
It was one of those perfect days. The sun was out, the temperature was just right, around 70 degrees. The pressures of life were minimal for a few hours, but a wonderful few hours they were. I walked outside to join my daughters while they played. I planted some flowers, pulled some weeds, and freshened up the look of my front yard landscaping. Once I finished, one of the girls suggested that we go for a bike ride. The males of the family were taking a nice Sunday afternoon nap, so I thought “Sure!” – and off we went with the girls’ “American Girl Dolls” in the baby seat behind me. We rode around and ended up at a nearby park. The girls and their dolls enjoyed a little time at the park and then we journeyed home. When we arrived back, the boys were awake, so we started a riveting game of family kick ball. This to me was a perfect afternoon. I felt refreshed and reenergized as I faced a new week.
So what makes you tick? Are you giving yourself the time to do the things you need to do to stay healthy and be fully available and calm for your child(ren)?
Do Something Daily Calendar
Do you dread hearing your child complain, “I’m bored”?
Struggle to think of something fun you can do together?
Have trouble squeezing one-on-one time with her into your day?
That’s why we created the Do Something Daily Calendar.
The Calendar offers a daily dose of inspiration and ideas
for spending time together–whether you have 60 seconds or 60
In addition, $1.00 from every calendar sold goes toward research to improve the quality of life for those with autism, through a donation to the Foundation for Autism Research and Remediation.
For more information, click here.
Horizon’s “Awesome” Chow
Whether you have just started a special diet with your child or you have been following one for years, it can be difficult to come up with what to serve. We decided to try to make that just a bit easier by providing you with a new allergen free recipe each week. While it is impossible to meet every person’s unique food sensitivity needs, we hope you will find these recipes helpful and delicious. Please feel free to adapt the recipes to meet your needs and taste buds; we do it all the time. In addition to the weekly recipes, we will be highlighting a specific allergen free product of the month. Enjoy!
Horizon’s “Awesome” Chow
At Horizons we are always trying to adapt recipes to make them allergy free for our clients and students. In this weeks featured recipe, we used the recipe for Puppy Chow and made it dairy and gluten free. We hope you enjoy it as much as our camp kids did! To quote one of our campers, it is “Awesome!”
KinniTOOS Chocolate Sandwich Crème Cookies
Gluten Free, Casein Free, Lactose Free, Peanut and Tree Nut Free
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