Halloween Fun

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Hello SUPER  Moms and Dads!!!

Halloween is just a couple of days away and there are a couple of events I want to go ahead and share with you that will be going on in the Valley.

1.-Saturday Spooktacular at Target!!

Drop by a Target store near you on
10/29/16 at 10am–1pm for free
goodie bags* and other giveaways.
Kids encouraged to wear costumes.

All you Target moms this is the event for you. Get your kids dressed up, grab your Starbucks and hit up Target for some Halloween FUN!

2. GREAT PUMPKIN CELEBRATION  

COME TAKE PHOTOS WITH CHARLIE BROWN AND SNOOPY

 

 

Monday – Friday, October 24-28 (6-8pm) | Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30 (NOON-5pm) |

Halloween Night Only, October 31 (4-8pm)

Dress your little ones up and get a Great Halloween Photo, I sure did!

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Free Crafts  Monday – Saturday | Halloween Costume Parade 3PM Sunday | Trick or Treating 3-5 Sunday ONLY

 

Halloween Night

  • Face Painting 4-7 PM
  • Mcsteven’s Hot Chocolate Samples 5-9PM (While supplies Last)
  • Decorate a Trick or Treat Bag 4-8PM
  • Costume Parade 6PM (Participants will receive a plush jack-o-latern)
  • Trick -OR -Treating 4-8PM

 

3.-Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen  

Will be having Mall Tick-OR-Treating October 31 from 5PM to 7PM 

4. Harlingen & San Benito Public Library

-Harlingen will be hosting a Dracula PJ Party Thursday October 27th at 5PM

Games|PJ & Halloween Costume Contest|Halloween Film|Stories & More =D

-San Benito Public Library will be having a Fall Festival Thursday October 27th from 5:30-7PM

Costume Contest(Toddler/Kids/Teens)|Prizes | Candy & Treats

 

5. Trunk OR Treat

-Sponsored by the Harlingen High School Student Council

Monday October 31st from 5:30-7PM at HHS West Parking Lot

Costume Contest|Face painting | Games| Trunk Decoration Contest

-San Benito Police Department

SBPD will be parking 4-5 police cars in various locations throughout the city

-City of San Benito Special Events Board

Monday October 31st from 6PM-8PM at Old Thomae Funeral Home

701 N Bowie St

Halloween Safety Tips

-Plan a route in a familiar area with well lit streets

 Choose bright colored costumes

STAY TOGETHER| DON’T LET LITTLE ONES ROAM AROUND|DON’T LET CHILD ENTER HOMES

-Parents check candy before having the children eat it

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There are plenty of events to take your little ones to this year.

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5 Kid-Tested Tips for Healthy Eating

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve healthy eating, but then again, so do some of my worst memories.  So how do you get your kids to remember eating their veggies as a good memory instead of the traumatizing them for life?

Bad childhood memory time…please don’t serve Lima beans straight out of a can on a regular basis or mounds of steamed brussels sprouts the size of golf balls. Why not?  Because of you do this I can almost guarantee that all of your efforts to get your kids to eat healthy will be in vain.  Think about it, even if they manage to stomach them now, of all the vegetables you will serve them in their lifetime these bad experiences will probably be what stands out in their minds when they are adults, making them shy away from nutritional powerhouses like brussels sprouts in the future.

Even myself who pretty much loves eating every fruit or vegetable still struggle when I get to lima beans and ugh steamed whole Brussels sprouts really…can I get a side of cheese sauce with that.  The smell of Brussel sprouts steaming alone is enough to clear the table.  Try a fresh shredded brussels sprout and apple salad or even sautéed chopped brussels sprouts with onions and garlic as a sandwich topping instead.

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My husband liking his Brussel sprout salad….30 years later and a Sauteed Brussel Sprout Sandwich mmm…

So what else can you do to make healthy eating a good childhood memory?  The following 5 tips are what worked for my parents when they were raising me and what has worked for me so far with my kids, check them out.

1.  Get cooking…..together.

My best childhood memories are set in the kitchen, cooking with my grandma.  Not that everything she taught me to cook was “healthy” but it sure was fun.  All kids want to “help.” Yes, I know 6 year olds may not seem like the best helpers, especially after they spill a pitcher of fresh squeezed juice all over the floor, but that is just part of being a parent.  When learning about food and healthy eating it is important to know what goes into your meals. What better way to teach kids what is in their meal than by having them help prepare it.  Kids are more likely to taste something new if they had a hand in making it because not only are they are proud of their creation but they are curious.  A few ways my son helps me in the kitchen are…

  • gathering ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator.
  • washing the produce.
  • chopping soft foods (such as mushrooms) with a butter knife.
  • mixing and measuring.
  • layering ingredients (sandwiches, pizza, lasagna…pretty much anything that has to be assembled in layers).
  • pressing the button (on the blender, toaster, food processor, juicer, etc) with adult supervision of course.
  • setting the table.
  • and my favorite, cleaning-up.

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My oldest son “helping” make fresh squeezed juice

2.  Serve the rainbow.

You hear this over and over but what does it mean? No you don’t have to spend hours making your food look like perfectly sculpted rainbows, animals and such. Just add a splash of color to each meal. How do you do this?

  • Serve a side of fruit or veggies.
  • Add finely chopped veggies to family favorites.  (Put some avocado or diced tomatoes next to your quesadilla.)
  • Use a variety of fruits and vegetables. (After a while even favorites get boring, you can only eat broccoli so many ways in a week.)
  • Make burgers.  After-all, eating burgers and fries is not the unhealthy mistake most people make, scarfing down greasy take out on a regular basis is the mistake.  Burgers should be layered with color green guacamole and lettuce, purple onions, and juicy red tomatoes, and surrounded by crispy baked sweet potato fries.

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Dinner and some lovely rainbow chard at the farmer’s market

3.  Take your kids shopping.

Who loves going grocery shopping?….Um not me. But for some reason picking, counting and weighing produce is fun, to my son. That is probably because he doesn’t notice the 1,000 other people trying to get to the tomatoes on Sunday evening at HEB. Yeah, I go to the grocery store and not everything in my house is organic because really I do have a life and driving to 20 different places to buy the things on my list is just not realistic.

The goal is to know what to buy when you are at the store, if it comes in a box with a long list of ingredients you don’t understand….it is probably not the healthiest choice.  You should shop for ingredients to make meals; not packaged meals.  Frozen veggies are a better substitute for fresh than canned veggies.  For one, they just come out looking better plus they don’t have as many preservatives.

Make it a goal to go to the local farmer’s market (as a family) at least once a month, taste what the vendors are offering, and buy a couple of your fresh seasonal favorites.  Click here for a listing of RGV Farmer’s Markets.

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Fresh cherry tomatoes and serrano peppers.

4.  Make eating a family affair.

Who really likes eating alone, come on, that is just sad and you know it. Even if it is just me and my 11 month old at home and he is not hungry but it is lunch time for mama, guess who is going to sit in his high chair and have a bowl of diced fruit. Yeah it may mean your meal is not very peaceful and that you will slip on a slobbery piece of apple when you stand up but seriously they are so cute even when they are a mess. Make a goal for how many times you will eat as a family this week.

Teach older kids how to set the table and and enjoy mealtime conversation without the TV blaring. Yeah, it may take some time before your 6 year old learns how to eat with his mouth closed and not to speak with a jaw full of spaghetti; but this is the time to teach them.

Eating together also means eating the same food together. I know lots of parents who let their kids eat first because their food is ready first….because what they serve themselves is different than what they serve their kids….sorry guys but this is not cool. It is just more work for you now and more importantly, in the long run because bad habits are hard to break. Growing up if I said I wanted frozen chicken nuggets instead of wherever was cooking, it would not have been received favorably because my mom and dad were not short order cooks. Plus, if you want your kid to eat a variety of foods and have a sophisticated palette….serve them real food that you want to eat too and eat it together.

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My two little boys at the dinner table

5.  Be a food role-model.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to go on a strict diet.  A healthy relationship with food is beneficial for every member of the family. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too….just not at every meal. So what could you do?

  • Model eating a well-balanced diet throughout the day.
  • Choose fresh local foods when you can.
  • Make good restaurant choices
  • Enjoy meal time as family time.
  • Plan your meals. Not that you have to stick to a rigid plan but having an idea of what you are going to cook saves a lot of shopping time and money spent on things that sit in the pantry unused before getting sent to the food bank before it is too late.
  • Educate yourself.  For you this may mean learning about the food pyramid on choosemyplate.gov, taking a cooking class  at the McAllen Culinary Academy or making a new recipe board on Pinterest.  Whatever you do, take some time to reflect on your eating habits and make a couple healthy goals for you and your family.

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Orange Cranberry Muffins and Breakfast crepes are oh so sweet!

Check out my food blog and follow me on Instagram for more of my healthy eating ideas.

 Enjoy!

Audrey Cisneros

www.chileylimon.com

www.theimaginaryshop.com

 

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the McAllen Culinary Academy

2900 N 10th St McAllen TX 78501

(956) 683-0021

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Nuzzle Hug my New BFF

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Nuzzle Hug I love this product. I dealt with major engorgement issues so I used it both hot and cold. Being able to remove the individual breast pads helped too so I could have one in the freezer if I needed it. The size of each pad is really perfect too, I had engorgement up into my underarms and the pads gave great coverage.

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The warmth on my neck was also such a relief!  You forget how heavy a newborn can seem in those first few days of constant carrying.  Cuddled up on the sofa with a cold glass of water and the nuzzle hug warming my breasts and neck, best feeling of relief!  Overall it’s a great product!

Review by: Monica Black

BellyView 4d/3d Ultrasound

 

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Winner of the 2014  Preferred Choice and  Top Choice Award!!!

Nuzzle Hug is available at http://nuzzlemom.com/index.php/shop/. Pricing starts at 49.99.

Another great product we found at the ABC Kids Expo!

 

Lulu Hanke

www.tots-tweens.com

 

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MOMin- Really Works!!

Mosquito and Bug Bite Relief SAFE for the whole Family!!

 

Here is another great product RGV Tots-Tweens found the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas:

Living in Texas we have a mosquito and bug problem. The bugs LOVE to suck our blood. While at the ABC KIDS Expo we found this product called MOMin Outdoor Shield, Herbal Insect Bite Relief, all Organic and USDA approved product line. The owners swore left and right it WORKS. So we took some samples and here are our findings.

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My mom took the samples to Brownsville, and if anyone knows the Rio Grande Valley, it is MOSQUITOVille after a rain. Being the green thumb that she is, she decided to garden one afternoon. After being bitten she came in and applied the MOMin Outdoor Shield, Herbal Insect Bite Relief.  In less than 20 minutes all the redness, itching and swelling went away. She called me right up and said “It WORKS”!

 

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The other sample stayed in San Antonio, Texas. My husband after mowing the grass had numerous bug bites on both ankles. First night the bites kept him up. The next day he stopped at the local pharmacy and bought some cooling spray. That evening I mentioned the MOMin Outdoor Shield, Herbal Insect Bite Relief, he tried it and had a good night sleep.  The next day he had a few bites lingering, reapplied the MOMin Outdoor Shield, Herbal Insect Bite Relief and all the bites were gone that day. The results were amazing. This product WORKS!

For more info visit and to order:  http://www.mysmilebaby.com/

 

Register below for your chance to win a OutdoorShield® Organic Herbal Outdoor Repellent! 100% NATURAL and GMO FREE!

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The Magnificent Sprinkles- NEA

The Magnificent Sprinkles:

For over four years our son has been afraid to sleep or be alone.  He claims there are monsters and shadows in the house.  We had many talks with him and it’s all in his imagination.  As parents we know fear is just part of childhood.

This year we attended the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas.  As we began our first day we saw a booth with these colorful troll looking things called The Magnificent Sprinkles (trolls with standing hair was a common toy in my generation).  A kind lady at the booth walked up to us and explained her neat and unique product.  Her name was Vicki and she was the author and creator of The Magnificent Sprinkles.  She began to read the story to us.  Sprinkles the troll would get powers by swooshing and spinning to help kids feel safe and brave.  What an incredible concept. With a spin and a song, the Magnificent Sprinkles bring comfort and joy to you!

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The Magnificent Sprinkles comes with a soft a band on its leg to for kiddos to rub, a great soothing mechanism.  Needless to say I ended up buying NEA (Never Ever Alone) for my seven year old.  One of the best investments we could have made.  We read the story together and he LOVED It.  Three weeks have gone by and every time he is scared he finds NEA and feels great.  While at school NEA protects his room!

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For any parent having a child with fears, whether it’s going to the doctor, dentist, monsters in the closet or being bullied, there is The Magnificent Sprinkles to help! The Magnificent Sprinkles: Growing up Sprinkleliciously!

NOW available on Amazon!  For more information, visit http://www.magnificentsprinkles.com or visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheMagnificentSprinkles. 

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Just in time for the  Holidays or Just because.

Make to visit our Face Book page post for  your chance to win a Magnificent Sprinkle OR  Click on the link to Enter: Enter Here !

Happy Mom,

Lulu Hanke

RGV Tots-Tweens.com

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RGV Pumpkin Patches

It’s that time of the year again! Fall is here which means it’s time for those memorable pumpkin patch photos and  FALL FUN with the kiddos!  Time to get those fall photos.

Here is a list of the 2014  pumpkin patches open to the public Valley Wide and some are already OPEN!

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1) St. Mark United Methodist Church

301 W Pecan and 2nd St.
McAllen, TX
Opens Oct 5, 2014  from 1:00pm-8:00pm
Oct 6- 31st: Everyday Hours 9:00 am – 8:00pm

 

2) First United Methodist  Church

 3707 W. University Dr. and Mon Mack
Edinburg, TX
Now Open–

Hours: Monday- Friday 3pm-8pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm- 8:00pm
Trunk-or-Treat will be on October 31st!!!

 

3) First United Methodist Church

10th Annual Pumpkin Patch!

 321 E. Harrison Ave.
Harlingen, TX
Opens October 11th
Hours are: Monday- Friday 8:30AM-12:30PM  and  3:00PM-8:00PM
  Saturdays 8:30 AM-8:00PM and Sunday 12:30PM-8:00PM
 

4) First United Methodist Church

1225 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX
Opens October 12th
Hours: Everyday from 12:00pm-8:00pm

 

Know of any other pumpkin patches email us rgv@tots-tweens to add to the list !

 

 

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KeepSakes with Traditions!

Ifamily KC and  Tots-Tweens  attended the  ABC Kids Expo  in Las Vegas for the 2nd time!  We attended one of the largest shows for juvenile products in one place. Over 1 million square feet for back to back products and it some was AWESOME! Here are 2 great keepsake books kids and parents will enjoy

Help your kiddos with their FEARS:

Kids will always be afraid of something and why not help them cope with their fears with The Magnificent Sprinkles! Winner of the 2014 Creative Child Magazine Product of the year award and 2014  Creative Child Magazine Media award! The Sprinkles NEA, CAZI, SAM and LACI are each blessed with a special power that helps children to be brave and strong. With a spin and a song, the Magnificent Sprinkles bring comfort and joy to you! Now Available on Amazon!

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For the Holiday Season:

A must for all families that LOVE tradition! Heartfelt Letters from Santa To You.  Winner of the Mom’s Choice Awards! Take milk and cookies to the next level and get feedback from the kiddos! Take a peak on what the author’s has to say Letters From Santa.

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Awesome books to start a traditions and spend quality time with the kiddos! Stay Tuned for your chance to WIN one of these Keep Sakes!

Photos Credit: Heartfelt Letters From Santa To You, The Sprinkles

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Filip

 

By: Melissa Hosenberger Mom Squad Member

By: Melissa Hosenberger
Mom Squad Member

So I came across a product that I found pretty cool. It’s called the Filip. It is a wrist watch for kids that double as a GPS/Mobile device.  They come in four neon colors and two sizes and are shaped kind of like a fitted bangle. The purpose of this watch is what all parents want, piece of mind and safety for your child. The Filip’s features are actually pretty awesome. The Filip acts as a mobile device, an emergency beacon and a GPS system. It holds up to 5 contacts and can also receive short text messages but cannot reply to them. So if you call your kid they basically just talk into the watch like a cool secret agent, which all the kids will love. The Filip’s GPS tracks your child using GSM cell phone towers as well as Wi-Fi Hotspots to give the most accurate indoor and outdoor locations possible .When the Filip’s emergency button is activated, it automatically sends out your child’s location, starts calling all of the contacts programmed into the device until someone answers. The whole watch is controlled by the parent through an app used on their smart phone.  I find this product really useful because nowadays we give our kids cell phones for the main purpose of being able to contact them or them contact us in case of an emergency. In a lot of cases I feel these kids are too young to really need all of the functions of a cell phone so instead why not give this Go Go Gadget watch. I myself can see me buying this for my son who is about to turn 7. He’s too young for a cell phone but at least a product like this can give me piece of mind if he is at a friend’s or if at school and there is an emergency. They are in a price range of about $200$which I think it is a fair price. You can view and purchase these cool gadgets at their website at www.myfilip.com.

Melissa Hosenberger

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Pageant Panic

By: Lisa Lopez Mom Squad Member

By: Lisa Lopez
Mom Squad Member

This Sunday is the Rio Grande Valley Cinderella 2014 pageant in San Juan. It will be Lola’s fourth pageant. I was never in pageants when I was younger. I am not sure what caused me to start enrolling her in them. Every mom thinks their daughter is beautiful or son is handsome. But to me, she has a unique look, with her light-colored hair and green eyes. Her dad and I have brown eyes. My husband’s mother, however, is Australian with blue eyes, so Lola must have gotten some of her genes.

This pageant has three contests: beauty, western theme, and fashion wear. For beauty wear, we have a dress that actually looks Cinderella-y because it is light blue. For western, I ordered an outfit from an eBay seller, and she just shipped it yesterday. Yeah, I am kinda freaking out that I don’t have it yet. (I bought a dress from another eBay seller for a previous pageant and it arrived several days late. I had to run to Marshall’s to buy a $7 replacement. Somehow, Lola won that pageant!) For fashion wear, it can be anything you see in a magazine or runway. I am trying to have fun putting this outfit together, but Lola is in between sizes right now, so it is proving to be a challenge. I am still finalizing the look, but it includes clear jelly sandals and moxie peach lace leggings. If it were an 80s theme, we would nail it! 🙂

I hope she does well at this pageant, and I don’t mean for her to win. That’s always nice. I mean I just want her to behave! The older she gets, the more stubborn she is. In her last pageant, she decided she wanted to crawl up the stairs to the stage instead of walking up them with me. When I picked her up (because proper ladies don’t crawl in long dresses), she was not happy. This pageant occurs during her regular nap time (whee!). I’ll let you know how she does in my next blog.

Before I go, I want to let you know of a couple of Easter-related events in Harlingen. As posted on our Explore Harlingen page, Bass Pro Shops has activities from April 12-20. They will have photos with the Easter Bunny, free crafts for the kids, and egg hunts. Also, I just found out that Valle Vista Mall is having a Kidgits Tea Party with the Easter Bunny that we are attending this Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. They ask for the kids to dress in their Sunday best.

 

Lisa Lopez

https://www.facebook.com/exploreharlingen

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World Down Syndrome Day

By: Etta V. Rivera Mom Squad Member

By: Etta V. Rivera
Mom Squad Member

We celebrate our loved ones who have Down Syndrome, along with everyone else who share this super power! Our special someone is my Brother-in-Law. His name is Joshua, 12 years old and is so full of smiles, love, laughter and life! There is this wonderful group here in the Valley called “Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association”. They put together this wonderful event for us.The 3rd Annual World Down Syndrome Day Event, where we celebrated by a balloon release at 6:30 pm. Watching all the blue and yellow balloons leave the hands of all those every special kids was a wonderful moment. Everyone was smiling and laughing…they were all so excited to see the balloons fly up into the sky!! After that was pictures, some yummy hot dogs, chicken, nachos and playing on the playground at the West side Park in McAllen. To be able to see Joshua running around, taking pictures with all his friends and having so much fun was amazing! It is so nice to see everyone get together to celebrate such truly amazing superheros!The Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association has a group on Facebook where you can find all type of events around the Valley, updates, support and so much more. I just want to say Thank you to RGVDSA!! It was a GREAT event and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

Etta Rivera

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