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February 9th is National Pizza day, but who needs a special occasion to throw a pizza party? When it comes to entertaining your children on a day off from school, or any other time for that matter, there are two things parents can count on: kids find pizza irresistible, and they love to party.
So why not give them the best of both worlds by arranging a fun-filled pizza party?
Pizza Makes Everything More Fun
Sometimes arts and craft projects, watching TV and playing video games just doesn’t cut the mustard, so when you find yourself struggling to find something to do with the children, drag them into the kitchen.
It's the perfect idea to fill those days off that pop-up on the school calendar from time to time. Maybe you need to reward good behavior or a good report card, whatever the reason, a pizza part can be the perfect treat. The point is you don’t need a holiday or special event in particular to give your kids a pizza party.
This one-size-fits-any-age activity can also fit any size, so invite all the kids to come over.
Aside from the ability to customize great-tasting pizza is the fact that you can monitor pizza ingredients and toppings to keep a watchful eye on your child's health and nutrition. This is a benefit if you want to make sure their kids are eating healthily, since you can ensure the toppings and pizza dough ingredients are fresh, nutritious and free of preservatives or other additives found in pizzas prepared at fast food restaurants. On the other hand parent’s can enjoy how economically feasible it is to have a pizza party at home instead of a party at restaurant. Even thought some pizza restaurants may offer video games and other activities there is always a fee to play the games and the number of guest invited determines the overall cost. This can really add up if your kids invite friends from school.
Make It A Buffet!
A great idea to give the kids' pizza party a little pizzazz is to make it a buffet pizza party. You can’t find that a pizza parlor, that’s for sure! A buffet style pizza party allows the kids to mix and match ingredients and really get creative. And, if you really want to be inventive you can prepare pre-made pizza dough in different sizes and shapes, which will really make the pizza party out of the ordinary and entertaining. Not to mention if you prepare the pizza dough a few days before the pizza party and freeze them, until the day of the party. That way you can avoid a messy kitchen, thus freeing up more time for you to enjoy creating your own pizza and have just as much fun as the kids and not worry about a dirty kitchen on party day.
No matter what your reasons are for planning a pizza party for your kids, you can rest assure that the party will be a big hit among the kids, one slice at a time, if you put a little thought and creative planning into effect.
An intolerant attitude won't get you very far these days and a growing number of parents are concerned with how their children might react to lifestyles that are different than their own. It's true that children's attitudes are a product of their environment, so the fight against closed minds begins at home.
Establish An Open Learning Environment
School curriculums are grounded in test performance, so while your kids will learn valuable lessons in the classroom, humanistic ideas such as acceptance have to be reinforced at home.
You can foster this type of thinking by participating with your children in problem solving scenarios that require critical thinking. Brainstorming together rather than handing them solutions to their problem will help them exercise their minds and become more independent thinkers.
Watch Your Own Attitude
You are your kids' biggest role model for what being a grown up means. Outright judgement of someone based on where they stand on an issue is a quick way to get your kids to do the same.
Reject your own inclinations to value someone based on their beliefs and your kids will respond in turn.
Monitor Their Media Intake
There are a wide variety of movies and TV shows out there, so the values your children develop could easily reflect the entertainment they grow up watching. We spoke with Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital, who explained to us the importance of introducing positive content to your children at a young age.
"Look at Cinderella. Her step mother and step sisters bullied her. They treated her poorly. So there are a lot of examples in cartoons and even pop culture or literature where someone is ostracized, teased, made fun of, or treated meanly because they;re not like the other people and we have to let them know that's not okay."
There are countless examples of movies that both help and hurt the efforts of establishing open-mindedness, so take special care to ensure your kids are being entertained by beneficial content.
It's hard to make change happen without ruffling a few feathers. We have put together a list of women who were not afraid to stand up for what they believe, and who in the process made a real difference in American politics and activism.
A leader in the pivotal feminist movement of the late 1960s, Gloria Steinem is well-known as an advocate and political activist. As a journalist, she worked to bring women's liberation to mainstream American culture.
In 2005, along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, Steinem founded the Women's Media Center, an organization dedicated to making "women visible and powerful in the media." She continues to travel the world giving lectures on issues of justice and equality.
The 1960s gave rise to another female activist, Angela Davis. Davis was the controversial leader of the Communist Party USA. Her work focused on bringing down the prison-industrial complex by founding an organization called Critical Resistance.
Davis was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder when guns she had purchased were used in a courtroom takeover where a judge was killed. President Nixon called Davis a 'dangerous terrorist' when she was captured, but she was soon released after a nationwide movement demanded her freedom.
One of the most iconic American folk singers of all time, Joan Baez found fame with her protest songs about social justice, releasing more than 30 albums throughout the course of her career.
As a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Baez participated in a number of civil rights demonstrations throughout the 1960s. Her version of We Shall Overcome became a staple in political demonstrations. Baez herself became a symbol of non-violence and peaceful protest during the a very turbulent time.
Nina Simone started her singing career as a student of mostly classical music, but she eventually added jazz, blues, and R&B to her sound. By the time the 1960s rolled around, she used her fame to address racial inequality. Her song 'Mississippi Goddam,' which addressed the murder of black children living in the south, was banned in some southern states.
After that, civil rights became a part of both her songs and live performances. Beyond just singing and playing the piano, Simone also spoke at a number of rallies and even advocated violent revolution during the period.
As an outspoken advocate for both immigrant and women's rights, Dolores Huerta has dedicated her career to fighting against inequality. She has been arrested 22 times for her non-violent civil disobedience rallies.
Huerta stood beside Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968 and was beaten by San Francisco police officers during a legal protest in 1988. She has continuously and non-violently put herself in harm's way to improve the lives of others and continues to advocate through the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Even today, she continues to travel giving lectures on issues of justice and equality.
When it comes to clothes and tweens, it’s all about the look. So when it’s time to wear a uniform, the lack of individuality can seem like the end of the world. Help them show their personality with unique touches for their uniform that will take them from an eye-rolling pre-teen to a smiling student.
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Keep your pre-teen warm and stylish with eye-catching legwear. From tights, leg warmers to leggings, prints and colors will let you daughter show her personal style without sacrificing the uniform’s look. A school appropriate suggestion is a colorful pair of printed tights. They will be a colorful and unique touch to a black and white uniform that will soon be your pre-teen’s favorite.
Accessories are where the true individuality begins. Certain schools are strict when it comes to jewelry and accessories, so double check before you buy.
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Pre-Teens love jewelry and accessories that evoke their personality, so the more, the better. For your fashionista daughter who wants to amp up her uniform, opt for small jewelry pieces in distinctive shapes. The small size won’t cause a distraction in class, but the unique style will make your daughter feel like an individual.
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Personalized accessories also do the trick. Opt for a monogrammed paracord bracelet in your child’s favorite colors. It's a great option for boys who want to spruce up the typical uniform. Also, they’re made from parachute cord that is almost indestructible. A double win!
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Comfy shoes are a must, but let your middle schooler have some fun with an emphasis on style! Closed toes are often a requirement for many schools, but that doesn’t mean there has to be a lack of creative shoewear. For your young Anna Wintour or David Beckham, buy them a pair of metallic kicks to amp up their outfit.
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What we consider an average, everyday piece of clothing can be the ultimate accessory for your middle schooler. Bright colors, prints, and funky textures are all welcomed on the feet of uniformed students. A trend for both male and females, a couple pairs of groovy socks will be a little touch of individuality that affects in a big way.
By the time your daughter is in high school, she has a full understanding of the uniform game. Help her pick and choose signature items that will make her stand out and embrace wearing a uniform.
The Legwear Lady
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Is your daughter known for her colorful tights at school? Help her stay true to her style with eye-catching, yet appropriate legwear. Students who wear uniforms often rely on visually interesting socks, tights or leggings, so even though they seem a bit extreme, these are a godsend for teens.
The Accessories Girl
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Earrings, bracelets, brooches and rings - your daughter is all about it. Let her sparkle shine with some bright baubles. When purchasing them, make sure they are an appropriate size. Jewels too large can be seen as a distraction, and with a uniform, a classic stud can be a beautiful statement piece.
The Headband Queen
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Your daughter loves to frame her face with headbands. Thick or thin, sparkly or matte, there hasn’t been a headband she hasn’t worn. If she is a DIY type, make this a mother and daughter activity by creating some unique bands together!
The Lacquer Lover
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On Monday she’s rocking marble and by Friday, she has a floral-inspired manicure. Your daughter brightens her standard uniform with bright and visually stunning nails that are like works of art.
This is a easy way to bond with your child, whether it’s at your favorite nail salon or a do-it yourself night. Also, you will get all of the gossip that you’ve missed during your busy days.
After eating the same dry turkey year after year, you might be in the market for new spin on the holiday bird. Here are a few ideas you might want to try when preparing this year's feast.
Beer Can Turkey
Turkey and beer go well together separately, but combining the two for the cooking process can really bring your feast to the next level. The video below shows how this method keeps the interior of your turkey moist and flavorful when dinner time comes around.
Citrus Glazed Turkey
Fill your home with a tasty citrus scent with this delicious turkey recipe. The video might be a bit long, but the process is well worth the delicious reward.
Show off your worldly cooking skills with this turkey tandoori recipe. It calls for the use of many different spices that might make the process a little longer, but is well worth the resulting flavor.
As if seeing your entire extended family didn't cause enough stress, preparing an enormous meal can be downright overwhelming. Turkey is almost always the centerpiece of the holiday feast, so making a quality bird is extremely important.
Luckily, the Butterball Turkey Talk Hotline is here to help. Womensforum had a chance to speak with co-director of the Turkey Talk Line Nicole Johnson and talk about what steps you'll need to take ensuring a delicious turkey.
Johnson described preparing the perfect turkey using what she called the "three T's." By following these three simple steps, you'll be able to prepare and excellent meal with no trouble at all!
Thawing out the turkey is an often overlooked step that puts a lot of amateur chefs in a tough spot. Thawing out a turkey can take hours or even days depending on the method you choose.
Using the refrigeration method can take 24 hours for every 4 pounds of turkey meat, and Johnson reminded us that, "a 20-pound turkey's gonna take a good five days when using the refrigeration method. If you're short on time, or you don't have the refrigeration space, opt for the cold water bath."
The cold water bath offers a much quicker thawing method, only taking about a half hour per pound.
The second 'T' of Butterball's turkey-tips is the thermometer. The meat thermometer is the best way to tell how close your turkey is to being ready during the whole cooking process.
It's important to remember that different parts of the turkey will require different temperatures to indicate they're ready to enjoy! There are three key places you'll want to measure on your bird:
Thigh: 180 degrees
Breast: 170 degrees
Stuffing: 165 degrees
You might not have ever heard of the third and final 'T,' but it's an essential step in ensuring a quality turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. 'Tenting' is done when about two-thirds of the cooking process has is completed, when the breast area of the bird starts to brown a little faster than other parts of the turkey.
"So at that time you can take your piece of foil, tent that breast area," Johnson told us, "and that’s gonna help prevent the breast from over-browning."
So thawing, thermometer, tenting. Three easy T's to remember to have one of the tastiest holiday meals yet. Got your own questions about your holiday bird? Give the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line a call at 1-800-butterball!
Nothing says it's the holiday season more than a fresh turkey straight out of the oven, but that same flavor year after year can get a little boring.
Yes, turkeys are usually cooked in the oven, but that doesn't mean that's the tastiest way they can be enjoyed. Here are a few different ways to prepare your bird this year that will give you family's taste buds a whole new experience.
Some people just love standing around an open grill, and using the method to prepare your Thanksgiving meal can make it all the more enjoyable.
This method requires a little more attentiveness than the oven, but the extra work is well worth it. You'll want to make sure you're using indirect heat and cooking at about 350 degrees. Depending on your preference, you may need to flip the turkey over halfway through the process.
Using a meat thermometer, make sure the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees in the thigh and 170 degrees in the breast. A 10-16 lb turkey will take about 2-3 hours to grill.
Put a little southern spin on your bird with the deep-frying method.
Add oil to your frying pot, but make sure not to let it overfill. The oil should reach 400 degrees before you add your turkey. Make sure to pat the turkey down before you slowly lower it into the fryer. Make sure it's totally immersed in the oil before you start your timer.
Leave the turkey in the oil for about 3-4 minutes per pound. Dark meat will need to reach a temperature of 180 degrees, and white meat should cap at around 170 degrees.
This method might not give your turkey a fabulous look with golden brown skin, but you will get some of the juiciest and most tender turkey you've ever had.
All you need to do is find a crock pot that's big enough to fit the turkey, add whatever seasoning you might like, throw in a cupful of chicken stock, and cover that lid up!
Leave your bird on 'high' for two hours and then reduce the heat to low for 4-6 hours. No basting required! You can even transfer the entire turkey to your broiler for a few minutes to get it that crispy brown look!
Pair this savory stuffing recipe with a moist and flavorful turkey for a superb and seasonal holiday meal. The sweetness of apples and cranberries paired with an herb-seasoned bird will have your guests begging for seconds, thirds, and... you get the idea!
Watch our video to learn how you can make for your next holiday event!
More and more young men are into fashion, and not every teenage boy wants to fit into high school stereotypes. So when shopping for your fashion forward son's uniform, here are some tips that will set him on a stylish path.
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Jackets are synonymous with the high school experience, and they always look great with a uniform. However, not all kids are interested in rocking the iconic Letterman jacket. For those young men who want classic style that isn’t too stuffy, a fitted moto jacket will be in style for the whole school year.
For the creative types, a printed biker jacket made from waxed cotton will add a light touch to a polo, khaki uniform.
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Spruce up the standard dress shoe with some color. If his school has a strict policy on dress, a pair of dress shoes with colored soles will give your son some individuality. Also, they work great both in and outside of school.
Neckties and Pocket Squares
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If your son’s school allows individual ties, this is a great way for him to personalize his uniform. Pick a look that is either in his favorite shades or school colors.
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For the fashion follower, a pocket square is an ultimate style piece. Pick a fun pattern or match it with his tie or shirt for a great style moment.
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Get your teen son on time with a cool watch. A colorful and graphic design will be so stylish that he won't be afraid to rock it on his wrist or accidentally “lose” it.
A change is coming... for your skin. As the temperature begins to drop, the change in weather not only affects our wardrobe but also our skin care routines. Dry cold weather can do major harm to supple skin, causing ailments from being super dry to breakouts galore. Here are four ways to protect your face in winter and keep your skin looking beautiful!
So using a scrub might not be your first inclination, but a great exfoliator can do wonders for winter skin. A pile of dead skin (yuck) can prevent moisturizer from sinking in and doing its job. By shedding these dead skin cells, a face can become instantly softer and smoother. Stray away from harsh scrubs and embrace a more mild, moisturizing exfoliant for winter time (especially ones with fun smells like peppermint or gingerbread).
Once you scrub away that dead skin, a toner is up next. Toners tighten skin and help balance redness and blotchy skin. Redness is the worst enemy for so many during winter as it is a natural reaction to the freezing cold temps outside and intense heat indoors. Fight the Rudolph look with an natural toner that will get skin looking fresh and taut for a cold winter’s day.
Although we concentrate on our skin for outdoors, it’s also what’s going on indoors that counts.
The best way to fight dry, itchy skin is a moisturizing agent for showering. Once you do your usual washing and shampooing, an in-shower moisturizer can help create a protective shell that works instantly out of the bath.
When the winter weather is just too cold (we’re talking about those below-zero days), staying indoors is not only warmer but also a better option for your skin. The bitter cold winters dry out skin, especially if there’s any ounce of moisture.
Once you get indoors, the skin saving doesn’t stop there. A humidifier does wonders by adding moisture to the air which then goes on to your skin. It not only moisturizes but also helps fight redness.
It’s that time of year again... crunchy fall leaves, cute layers and leather boots, and let's not forget pumpkins! Visiting a local pumpkin patch is a tradition for many during the harvest season, but carving them up isn't as fun of a process.
For those who are looking for a less messy and more refined way to decorate for Halloween (like the "blinged out" pumpkin from SettingForFour.com, see above), check out these three styles that bring the bling to the classic pumpkin!
Take your old holiday decorations and give them a new life with pumpkins. This eye-catching design is not only fabulous but also super easy to make! Simply glue gold garland, or Mardi Gras necklaces, in a clockwise pattern. That’s it!
For more of a gold moment, you can spray paint a pumpkin gold before applying the beads. Aside from the Halloween mood, these would make great Fall wedding decorations!
While everyone is embracing spooky this Halloween, go glam! These designs are a literal definition of blinging out. More of a great party piece or outdoor porch accent, a glam pumpkin is a great conversation piece. Be the talk of Instagram and Pinterest once you finish your craft.
These sparkly stunners are really easy to recreate - all they take are some glue and rhinestones or . If you want less sparkle but want to keep the glam, opt for sequins. To amp up the look, try multicolored jewels.
See how you can add some fashionable sass to your pumpkin here.
Lace isn’t just for a Halloween costume! This super easy and beautiful craft will give a feminine grace to the average pumpkin. Either with some lace appliques or even a pair of pantyhose, it can be simply applied with a touch of glue. This fancy decoration will have house guests awing over your festive creations instead of cringing in fear of a scary (and maybe smelly) carved pumpkin.
There's nothing creepier than a pair of surgical gloves. With this Halloween treat-stuffed hand there's no need for the kids to go digging around in the bowl. The gloves are super easy to hand out and create an instant "wow!" factor. Top the hand off with some spider rings to secure a spook. It also provides little ones a way to eat their goodies mess-free, using the glove as a tiny trash bag once they're done. Parents will thank you!
Starting school can be intimidating for a child, and sporting a uniform can add more pressure. Ease your child, and yourself, over this new life event with fun activities that can personalize your child’s uniform!