Gift Wrapping Hacks

To some people, wrapping the gifts you bought is considered the worst part. We have compiled a list of some of the easiest ways to wrap your presents.

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Source: http://www.homeyohmy.com/diy-star-garland-gift-wrap/


  • Cardboard Boxes- Save boxes to put gifts in so they are easier to wrap. Some stores even include gift boxes with your purchase. 
  • Clear Tape- Buy lots of clear tape. You don't want to run out halfway through wrapping a gift. Buy more than you think you need, you can always use it.
  • Gift Bags- Some items are just easier to put in decorative bags and stick under the tree. Buy them in bulk to save money!
  • Tulle- Not the best at making bows out of ribbon? Tulle is much easier to work with! Plus, if they get smashed, it is easier to fluff them back out.
  • Organize- Keep all of your wrapping supplies in one place so you can have it when you need it. Organize the boxes and bags by size so you can easily find the size you need.
  • Pre-cut tape- You can either buy pre-cut tape strips or you can do it at home. Cut a bunch at one time and stick them on the edge of a table. Easy access without having to hold the paper down with your elbow while tearing pieces off one at a time.
  • Make piles- Separate the gifts in their own pile for each person. This makes it easier to divide and get the right name on the right gift.
  • New scissors- Invest in a pair of new scissors so you can cut the wrapping paper easier. There's nothing worse than a dull pair of scissors. 
  • One paper per person- Use the same wrapping paper to wrap all of the presents for one person. This makes them easily identifiable and helps you keep track of all of them. 
  • Start early- This is a major hack. Don't wait until the last minute to wrap the presents. Start wrapping as soon as you buy them! This creates for less stress and more time to spend with family or watching movies.

We hope that these help you conquer the pile of gifts with ease!

Drinks to Keep You Warm this Fall

It's that time of the year again where the air is crisp and cool. Your hands get cold easily and so does your coffee budget. We have found some recipes to make your favorite hot drinks at home.

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Source: https://www.pinterest.com/emilylamb02/coffee/?lp=true

This post is short and sweet just like your attention span if you don't have your morning cup of joe. Check out these blogs we have linked above for some other useful information!!

Make the Most out of Your Wardrobe!

Fall is the time for fashion! Scarves, boots, and sweaters are making a comeback. We have found ways to utilize your wardrobe to its fullest!

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Source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/10-fall-aesthetics-get-you-through-the-school-day

  • T-shirt dress- T-shirt dresses can be found almost anywhere these days and are essential to your wardrobe. Old Navy always has a selection of long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirt dresses. Buy a neutral color so you can make your accessories the center of your outfit.
  • Jeans- Jeans are an essential in any wardrobe. Invest in a pair of skinny jeans to pair with booties or your riding boots. Everything goes with denim and that's why its a perfect option for your wardrobe.
  • Sweaters- Light-weight sweaters are perfect for wearing by itself or layering with a vest or scarf when the weather is a little colder.
  • Leggings- A nice pair of leggings will make it possible to wear dresses or skirts in the colder months. You can even wear them under oversized tops for a more casual look.
  • Long-sleeved shirts- This seems like a no brainer to wear with jeans, but did you know they are perfect to be paired with a sidewalk skirt? They can be dressed up or down, can I say essential??
  • Cardigans- Cardigan sweaters make the perfect addition to any outfit. They ensure you stay warm without "ruining" your outfit. 
  • Scarves- Such a small piece of your wardrobe can make such a big difference. Not to mention they keep you warm!! A win-win.
  • Booties- These trendy shoes can be worn with jeans or with dresses and skirts. They keep your feet warm and keep your outfit stylish. Get ones that are comfortable so that you ensure you wear them more.

Black Friday HACKS!!!

Arguably one of the most dreaded and hectic times of the year for shoppers and stores alike is Black Friday. This day is filled with standing in line and elbowing fellow shoppers to get the last toy (kidding on the elbowing, we encourage using your manners). Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of ten ways to own Black Friday. 

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Source: https://wccftech.com/apple-top-black-friday-deals-iphone-8-more/

  1. Do your research- Look ahead at the different stores that you need to go to and compare prices to get the best deal. This will take a little time, but could save you some money! 
  2. Make a plan- To not go back and forth from one end of town to the other, make a game plan so that you can maximize your time shopping instead of driving and battling traffic.
  3. Pack snacks- This is arguably one of the most important hacks. Save money and time by packing some snacks to eat while waiting in line or driving. Low-blood sugar is not to be played with on this hectic day!! 
  4. Coupon- Clip coupons to save money!! There are so many ads that are published with coupons and deals. Take advantage of those!! Keep them in a plastic baggy or an envelope for easy access.
  5. Bring a buddy- Bring someone with you so you can have someone to keep your spot in line when you run to get the items you forgot. Not to mention someone to hold your things during a restroom break. 
  6. Start early- This doesn't mean that you start at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Get to bed early that night so you can wake up early the next day to be there when the stores are opening!
  7. Look out for pre-black Friday deals- There are so many stores that have great deals before Black Friday! Keep your eyes peeled for these deals as they could save you time and money!
  8. Sign up for memberships and rewards programs before going shopping- Most times when signing up for the programs that stores offer they will send you coupons and exclusive deals!
  9. Make a list- This sounds like a no-brainer, but it is so important to know what you are going into a store to get before entering. You can even do research on the stores to know exactly where to find the items that you're looking for.
  10. Shop Cyber Monday- Want to avoid the craziness all-togther? Stay in your pajamas on Monday and shop online. This day has amazing deals and is so much less stressful!!

We hope these hacks help you save money and keep your sanity on one of the most hectic days of the year!!

Cheap and Easy Fall Recipes!

It's that time of year again when you're put in charge of the dessert for Thanksgiving. We know because we've all been there. Rest assured, we've found some recipes that won't make you go grey or break the bank!


Five fall recipes for your get-togethers

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Source: fakeginger.com  http://fakeginger.com/slow-cooker-caramel-apple-crumble/

 Source: justataste.com   https://www.justataste.com/pecan-pie-bars-recipe/

Source: justataste.com   https://www.justataste.com/pecan-pie-bars-recipe/

  • Perfect Peach Cobbler- This cobbler recipe has been in our family for years. This cobbler is always a hit and is super easy to make! You can use peaches or any kind of fruit that you want!  Ingredients:

1 stick butter, 1 cup AP flour, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, large can of sliced peaches or fresh ones.

Melt butter in baking dish. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and milk. Pour batter over melted butter. (Do not stir.) Pour sweetened peaches over the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

 

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Source: foodnetwork.com   https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/caramel-apple-pie-2651741?soc=sharingpinterest

We hope you enjoy these recipes! 

Ways to Give Back

This is the time of year for giving, volunteering, and donating. There are so many places and things you can do in and around Mt. Sterling to give back to the community.

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Source: https://www.improvutopia.com/2016/09/16/helping-cause-giving-back/

  • Volunteer at Homeless Shelters- The link below lists all of the different homes and places close by that can always use volunteers.                                  https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Mount%20Sterling&state=KY
  • Donate food- This is a simple way to give back to the people that need it most. Buy non-perishable food items and donate to organizations that have food drives and soup kitchens. Canned vegetables are inexpensive, but are much needed in places like these.                        Follow this link-->     http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/volunteer/
  • Volunteer at soup kitchens- This time of year is often the hardest for people with little resources. Volunteer some time at soup kitchens. This will warm your hands and your heart. 
  • Donate Winter Clothes- We all have clothes that are in great condition that we don't wear anymore. Donate these items to places like schools, churches, and homeless shelters to put them to good use. 

Halloween Made Easy!

Halloween is right around the corner! We have compiled a list of all things Halloween to get you into the spirit, save money, and keep you safe!

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Source: History.com https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

  • Best places to get Halloween Decor- Decorating for Halloween can be difficult if you don't have much decor to choose from. Go to different places in Mt. Sterling for a variety of different options! Big Lots, Burkes Outlet, Walmart, Ollie's Bargain Outlet, and the dollar stores will have so many different options!
  • DIY Halloween costumes- Do your kids want to be something that you can't find in stores? No worries, click on the link below to find any costume you can make that your kids will love!

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=diy%20halloween%20costumes%20for%20kids&rs=guide&term_meta[]=diy%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=halloween%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=costumes%7Ctyped&add_refine=for%20kids%7Cguide%7Cword%7C2 

  • Buying Halloween Candy- Candy can sure be expensive. Buy in bulk to save some money as well! You can also go to Ollie's Bargain Hunt to get your Halloween candy at a discounted rate!
  • Trick-or-Treating- Go trick-or-treating while it is still daylight outside, it's a little safer. Get a group of friends and go together, there is safety in numbers!
  • Check your kids candy- This is such an important thing to do. After you get home and before your kids dig into their candy, go through and check every piece to make sure it hasn't been tampered with or the packaging isn't damaged. You wouldn't want a piece of candy to hurt you or your kiddos. 

Workout plans made easy

It seems as if life gets busier and busier every day. We hustle and bustle around trying to fit everything into 24 hours. Often times exercise is one of the first things to be neglected. Lucky for you, we have found some workout plans that you can do at home!

Five workout plans to get in shape

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Source: SexySummerBody.com, Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/466685580124165014/

Click on the links at the bottom of the photos to check out some cool websites and blogs!!

Healthy recipes you will LOVE

Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! We have found some of the best recipes to make healthy eating easier and tastier!

 Source: Together as Family: Turkey Taco Bowls   https://togetherasfamily.com/turkey-taco-burrito-bowls/

Source: Together as Family: Turkey Taco Bowls   https://togetherasfamily.com/turkey-taco-burrito-bowls/

 

Hope you try and enjoy these recipes!!!

Get moving with gyms and programs in Mt. Sterling

Get moving and healthy by using your resources available to you in Mt. Sterling. We have made exercising easier and more accessible. Below are programs that you can get involved with to stay healthy.


 Source: Rosie Wilcox   http://www.rosiewilcox.com/a-healthier-you.html

Source: Rosie Wilcox   http://www.rosiewilcox.com/a-healthier-you.html

  1. Yoga Classes- We have yoga classes every Tuesday night at 6 here at the GRAC. It is a $5 admission fee every class. Become zen and fit all at the same time.
  2. Get a Gym Membership- Mt. Sterling has two gyms that you can join. 
    1. Revolution Fitness located at 275 Evans Avenue, Mt Sterling, KY 40353
    2. Downtown Athletic Club located at 108 E Main St, Mt Sterling, KY 40353
  3. Walk Downtown- Take a walk downtown and see all of the beautiful buildings and unique shops our town has to offer.

These are just a couple of places that you can utilize in Mt. Sterling to maintain an active lifestyle!

No more boring lunches!

Packing your lunch can be boring and it's easy to fall into the rhythm of packing the same thing everyday. We are going to try to combat that by showing you some yummy lunches to pack that are also healthy!


Lunch staples that are VERSATILE

  • Whole Wheat Wraps- These wraps are the perfect lunch staple. You can fill them with any kind of protein (including peanut butter). They are inexpensive and last weeks if stored in the refrigerator!
  • Cottage Cheese- I know some people think that cottage cheese is just a side dish, but you can add some of your favorite fruit and make it a meal! Pack some vegetables and whole wheat crackers to add some different textures and flavors,
  • Whole Grain Rice- This is a cheap food that can be eaten so many ways! Add some protein and veggies for a stir-fry!
  • Yogurt- Yogurt is such an expensive and yummy staple that can be eaten as a side or as the main meal. Add some fruit and granola and make it your main dish!
  • Lettuce- I know you're thinking, "I don't want to eat salad everyday for lunch." But this veggie doesn't have to be eaten just as a salad. Put in in your wraps for a crunch and freshness, add to sandwiches OR add stuff to make it a salad. Plus, it'll get you full without weighing you down.

How to: Incorporate your kids into doing everyday tasks

Have you ever heard a parent complain about having too many hand helping clean the house? Or what about they have too much help folding the laundry. HAHA you never hear parents saying that! It's important to get your kids involved in chores and everyday tasks that happen around the house. We have come up with a list of easy tasks your children can help you do starting at an early age.


 Source: Passion for Savings  https://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/

Source: Passion for Savings  https://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/

Teach your kids valuable life skills

  1. Folding Laundry- This is a task that not many people enjoy doing. However, children tend to want to do the same things that they see you doing. Folding towels and washcloths can be boring to one person, but so much fun for kids to do. Teach them how to fold laundry and you will have taught them a valuable lifeskill and gotten a laundry helper!
  2. Washing/Drying dishes- This is something that kids can love to do. The bubbles and water make this task fun for them. It may get a little messy, but it's just water!
  3. Cooking/baking- Check out a childrens cookbook from the library and let your kids pick what they want to make. They will learn how to cook and bake, made something to eat, and learned a vital skill.
  4. Pick up after themselves- Picking up after yourself at any age isn't the most fun thing to do. But you can make it a game! Have a bin in every room that your children can put the stuff they pick up so its easier to put away. Have a clean-up song or reward for their hard work!
  5. Chore Chart and Reward System- Everyone loves rewards for hard work. Make a chore chart that your kids can complete each week for a reward. This will make chores more fun because they get rewarded for what they do! 

These are some ways to get your kids involved into the household and teaching them valuable life skills they need. You don't have to worry about your kids going off to college one day and not being able to take care of themselves. The younger you start, the better off they'll be!

How to: Save money for a rainy day

Who doesn't like saving money? We all could benefit from saving our pocket change and using it to go towards something we've had our eye on for months or even for a vacation! We have found some simple money-saving tips to help you use that loose change for good!


 Source- Reader's Digest  https://www.rd.com/advice/saving-money/creative-ways-to-save-money/

Source- Reader's Digest  https://www.rd.com/advice/saving-money/creative-ways-to-save-money/

  1. Change Jar- You can use a mason jar or any jar you have! To make yourself more apt to use the jar for your loose change, write what you want to spend the money on, on the side of the jar. Each day when you get home put your change into the jar and before long you'll be able to afford the thing you've been saving for!
  2. Save every five dollar bill you have- This trick may be a little harder than the loose change, but it will add up so much faster! Whenever you get a five dollar bill, put it in an envelope or box to save for later spending!
  3. Use Coupons- Whether you are shopping for groceries or a new outfit, always look for coupons that could be used to save you some extra dough!
  4. Put a certain percent out of every paycheck directly into a savings account- Every time you get a paycheck, take a certain percent of your earnings and put it into your savings account. This will ensure you some cushion room in case of an emergency.
  5. Buy off-brand- This makes some people cringe. However, the name-brand products you buy often have an off-brand version that has the same ingredients! This will save you money on the products that you already use!
  6. Buy in bulk- Buying your groceries or products in bulk will cost more upfront, but will save you money in the long-run. Get a membership at Costco or Sam's Club and see your savings add up!
  7. Eat at home- It is so convenient to go to a coffee shop to get a cup of coffee in the morning. But you are spending way more than you have to on something you can make at home. Pack your lunch and make your coffee at home. You will save extra calories and lots of money!
  8. Shop in the clearance section- When shopping for new clothes, it is so easy to buy what's on the mannequin, but these items are usually not on sale or cost more than you want to spend. Go back to the clearance racks and you might find a diamond in the rough! Searching through the racks in the clearance section may take more time, but it's worth the extra effort!
  9. The one for one trick- When you are itching for a new pair of shoes or that dress in the store window, sell one item in your closet before buying the new one! This little trick will keep you from running out of room in your closet and will help you earn a little money on your wardrobe.
  10. Clean out your home and sell what you no longer need online- There are sites like Poshmark and Mercari that you can sell your clothes, appliances and unwanted items on for a profit. All you have to do is sign up for an account, post photos of the items you are wanting to sell and watch the buyers come to you!

We hope these ten ways to save money are helpful to you and make saving money easier!!

How to: Fulfill your Mt. Sterling experience

Mt. Sterling has so much to offer! There are camps for your kids, local restaraunts, family-owned shops and boutiques and the famous Ruth Hunt Candies! We have compiled a list of all of the things to get the most out of our beautiful town.


Events you don't want to miss!

  • Smalltown America Festival- This is a new event presented by Community Trust Bank. This event will include a 5K, Car Show, Talent Show, Pop up Community Yard Sale and much more! It will take place on Saturday August 18, 2018. If you are interested in signing up to participate in the events you can call The Tourism Office at 859-498-8732 or sign up on the Facebook page by searching "Smalltown America Festival in Mt. Sterling, KY"
  • Mt. Sterling Court Days- This is arguably one of the largest events that happen here! This year the dates are October 12-15.      
  • GRAC Events- There are always events going on at the GRAC! We have weekly yoga, Artists in the studio, camps for kids, and musical performances! Go to our calendar to find out more!
  • Visit Ruth Hunt Candies- This local famous gem can be found at 550 Maysville Rd, Mt Sterling, KY 40353. Check out their Facebook page and go satisfy your sweet tooth with their tasty treats!
  • Eat locally- Mt. Sterling has so many incredible restaurants and cafe's. Tomatoes and Flames, Spoonful of Sugar, Berryman's Tastytreat, and Indian Creek Restaurant are just a few that we recommend! Go satisfy your hungry tummy and your hunger for adventure with these places!
  • Go Bowling- Mt. Sterling offers a bowling alley called Sterling Lanes. It would make for fun date night or activity for you and your family to enjoy!

How to: DIY house decorations

Have you been wanting to redecorate your house or fill in that empty space on the wall? Say no more! We have some simple ways to make decorations for your home that won't break the bank!

Five ways to decorate your home with decorations you made!

  • Paint your own canvases- Not an artist? No problem, you can attend a painting class with your friends with the help of an instructor to make sure your masterpiece turns out "wall-worthy."
  • Make your own produce holder- Traditional produce holders take up room on your counters. Use your creativity and add your own touch by making your own produce holder!
 Source: Addicted 2 DIY  https://addicted2diy.com/diy-farmhouse-produce-rack/

Source: Addicted 2 DIY  https://addicted2diy.com/diy-farmhouse-produce-rack/

  • Repurpose old doors and windows- Wanting a new headboard for your bed or a jewelry hanger? No problem; you can find so many helpful instructions online. Just type in what you are wanting to make and its easy as 123!
 Source: Karla van der Ploeg on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/karlavdploeg/

Source: Karla van der Ploeg on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/karlavdploeg/

Incorporate creativity into your child's learning!

Learning new skills and information is hard for anyone. Make learning easier by incorporating creativity to help memorize information. 

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Source: Beacon News   https://wybeaconnews.org/6320/college/5-reasons-why-one-should-go-to-school/

  • Mnemonic devices- These are a lifesaver not only in school, but in life!! Need to memorize a list of things? No problem, just use the main word of everything you need to memorize and make a saying out of it. We attached a link below to help!

https://www.learningassistance.com/2006/january/mnemonics.html

  • Rhymes and songs- Make learning fun by creating your own rhymes and songs to learn something! Whether you need to remember a new math term or vocabulary words, make a catchy tune to help learn!
  • Visualizations- Use items to learn math! Division, multiplication, addition, and subraction can be made easier by seeing it using blocks or objects.
  • Create a story- Write a story with your kids so they can learn and use their new vocabulary terms in sentences. This also lets your child's creativity run wild!
  • Paint or draw- Anything your child needs to learn, have them paint or draw, this will encourage memorization!

We hope these help bring creativity into your child's life an learning! 

After school routines- made easy!

With so many new changes to you and your kid's daily routine, a schedule can help bring your child a sense of safety and normality. This could be enrolling them into after-school activities or making a chart of things to do after school. This post is short and sweet, just like children's attention spans, but we hope this helps make after school routines easy and fun!

Making a chart with that help of your kids is the easiest way to get them excited about doing homework, chores, etc. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to make this fun:

  • Make a colorful chart and put it on the fridge where it is easily accessible.
  • Have an incentive program to reward your child for their discipline and hard work. 
  • Use stickers to mark off things that they have completed.
  • Sweet treats always help!
  • Activities that you can do on the weekends, like trips to the waterpark or their favorite store to get a new toy is a great incentive!

We have found a website that you can easily make the charts below:

https://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/

Packing: College Edition

Going off to college is an exciting and terrifying experience for parents and kids alike. The worries of rooming with a stranger and where you're going to put all of your things in a tiny room is worrisome to say the least. Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of all of our packing secrets to make the move from home to college a little easier.


Shopping List

  1. Totes totes and more TOTES- Cardboard boxes aren't as sturdy as plastic totes, so spend a little extra money and save yourself the pain of packing. Plastic totes go on sale after Christmas so save a little money and catch the deals! 
  2. Hangers and garbage bags- This is a little hack that can save you time and energy. Just hang up the clothes you plan on taking to hang in your wardrobe and put a garbage bag around them and tie the strings around the neck of the hangers. We've attached a picture at the end of this list.
  3. Consolidate- Instead of just leaving smaller items out to be carried in separately, put the items garbage bags to save some trips going up the stairs.
  4. Wrap breakable items- You don't want to break the new lamp you bought, or the glass bottle of perfume, simply wrap breakable items in blankets or clothing and put them in plastic totes.
  5. Buy your food and toiletries after you move in- Shampoo bottles and food are really heavy and take up space in your car. Make a trip to the store after you are all moved in so that you can pick up essentials and things that you forgot to pack. 
  6. Pack a box of tissues- Trust us on this one, you're going to want to pack a box of tissues because some tears will be shed. They may be happy, sad, or because you stumped your toe on the bedpost, but you'll be thankful you packed them.
  7. Dont overpack!!!- This is one of the hardest things to do. Don't take every high school t-shirt that you own, you'll be getting so many new ones in college and you won't have room for all of them. Take the essentials and you can always get more once you get there.
  8. Extension Cords- We cannot stress this enough!!! There are limited outlets in dorm rooms. Take extension cords so you can plug in all of your electronics!
  9. Communicate with your roommates before moving in- Find out who is going to bring a fridge, microwave and other big items so you all don't show up with one. Carrying a mini fridge up ten flights of stairs isn't fun, so communicate with your roommates beforehand and you won't have to carry the mini fridge back down ten flights of stairs.
  10. Cleaning supplies are a must- Bring some clorox wipes and other household cleaners to make sure your room is clean before putting everything where it needs to go. You'll feel better knowing that you started off the year with a clean room because it probably won't stay clean for long!
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Source: Imgur   https://imgur.com/K420mZ6

Simple ways to get your child excited for school

It's that time of the year when stores are filled with school supplies and your kids wonder who they will sit by in their new classroom. It's a nervous and exciting time for everyone. While some kids are always so excited to go back, for others it brings nervousness and dread. Don't worry, it's normal to be nervous about a new experience. We have found some simple tips and tricks to get your children pumped to go back to school.


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Source: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/317785317430243244/?lp=true

  • School Clothes Shopping- Picking out their brand new outfit to make their statement on the first day is crucial to some kids. Take them clothes shopping and let them show their style and expression in their clothing. Wearing new clothes is always exciting!
  • Let them pick out their own school supplies- Instead of just going down the school aisle when you're getting groceries, take your kiddos with you and make a special trip dedicated to getting their school supplies. They will be so excited to pick out their new stuff.
  • Get them involved in after school activities- This is a big one for most parents and children. School starting back means that sports practices and games are starting back too. Talk to your child and see if they would be interested in joining music lessons or a sport, they might just find their favorite hobby.
  • New book bag and lunch box- This may seem like a no-brainer, but something as simple as a new book bag or lunch box to ring in the new school year with style may be the boost your child needs to excited about going back to school.
  • Set weekly goals- Setting weekly goals with an incentive program is exciting for both parents and children. Make a chart listing the goals like doing homework right after school, picking out their clothes for the next day, and making their lunch are some easy things that will give your child a sense of accomplishment and help them stay on track.
  • Packing their lunch- Something as easy as involving your child on helping pack their school lunch lets them choose what they want to eat!

These are simple ways for you to get your kiddos excited about going back to school! We hope you try out these new things to help keep their nerves down leading up to the first day of school!

Five ways to integrate art and creativity into your life

Integrating the arts into you and your family’s everyday life can be difficult. We have found some simple ways to bring the arts into your life. Creativity is everything and it is so easy to forget to use it! Below are five simple ways to bring creativity into your life without spending a lot of money. 

 Source: Early Learning HQ  http://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/class-management/inspirational-quotes/inspirational-quotation-poster-henri-matisse/

Source: Early Learning HQ  http://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/class-management/inspirational-quotes/inspirational-quotation-poster-henri-matisse/

  • Read poetry- Poetry is a great way for you to relieve stress and to help your kids explore their creativity. Dissecting the poems to reveal the true meaning is fun and makes your brain work a little harder. 
  • Go to art museums- Take advantage of the amazing resources you have close to you! There are art museums in Mt. Sterling and Morehead. Make a day trip out of it. Discuss with your children the types of art they are seeing and the talented artists behind them.
  • Make crafts- Who doesn't like making crafts? It can be as simple as painting a canvas or building a bird house. Let your children's creativity shine!
  • Perform plays- Encourage your kiddos to make up a play and perform it to you. They will be so proud of the finished results and they became their own story teller.
  • Write!- This may seem like a no-brainer, but its so easy to go months without writing anything. Writing is known to be stress-relieving and therapeutic. It can be as simple as writing in a journal about how your day went or writing what's in your heart. For your kiddos, have them write short stories and it will make it easier to see whats in your kiddos mind!