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Loving these Ideas! Save your cardboard for the kids for endless hours of indoor fun.
02/23/2021
Fun with cardboard

Loving these Ideas! Save your cardboard for the kids for endless hours of indoor fun.

Remember when your baby was more interested in the boxes than in the gifts they contained? You can still make use of cardboard boxes for all kinds of play.

Not surprisingly, the dead of winter is tough on many people! We've got some expert tips on the best mood boosters for y...
02/23/2021
Mood boosters for the whole family

Not surprisingly, the dead of winter is tough on many people! We've got some expert tips on the best mood boosters for your family!

Dark moods due to Covid and lockdown can be particularly challenging in the winter, but these tips can help brighten the whole family’s mood.

Rounding up the best #maplesugar tours and events throughout the Hudson Valley! 🍁
02/22/2021
Hudson Valley Maple Sugar Events

Rounding up the best #maplesugar tours and events throughout the Hudson Valley! 🍁

It's Maple Sugar season and many local sugar bushes are opening their doors for public events and tours

How to help your teen have a better night sleep tonight
02/22/2021
Time for new window treatments in my son's room

How to help your teen have a better night sleep tonight

The venetian blind people are going to love the recent large-scale study of U.S. teens which shows associations between outdoor, artificial light at night and health outcomes. This is the results of a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health. NIMH Study finds that outdoor lights ca...

Roller skating, rock walls and more! Where to bring your teen to blow off steam today.
02/21/2021
Indoor spots for teens to play

Roller skating, rock walls and more! Where to bring your teen to blow off steam today.

A list of places for teens to have fun indoors

This may be the best time to conquer your small home renovation projects!
02/20/2021
5 home remodeling tips from the pros

This may be the best time to conquer your small home renovation projects!

While this may not be the ideal time to tackle a full gut and renovate project, it may still be possible to do some smaller scale remodeling projects that update and improve your home. Start small and enjoy seeing the fruits of your accomplishments.

It’s not just our teen girls that are suffering from body issues. DYK: Teen boys are at risk for using severe tactics to...
02/20/2021
Body image concerns are not just a girl issue

It’s not just our teen girls that are suffering from body issues. DYK: Teen boys are at risk for using severe tactics to lose weight or bulk up for sports.

These days with families isolating together, there may be more opportunities to observe your teens and have open conversations about their health without judgement.

When Adams Fairacre Farm does their garden show, I know spring can be far behind. Kids love taking pictures of the creat...
02/19/2021

When Adams Fairacre Farm does their garden show, I know spring can be far behind. Kids love taking pictures of the creative designs developed by their landscape staff. All stores will have garden showcases. Don't miss them!

Our Spring Garden Shows will kick off on February 26th in our Poughkeepsie and Newburgh stores. 🌷Don't miss our dedicated DIY areas, where you can get ideas and how-to tips from our experts. For more information and to view this year's COVID safety policies, please visit: http://ow.ly/WWtN50DEICE #newburgh #kingston #poughkeepsie #wappinger

2 days of snow can only mean 1 thing...Snow candy, ice catchers, snow paint and MORE!
02/19/2021
Snow Day!

2 days of snow can only mean 1 thing...
Snow candy, ice catchers, snow paint and MORE!

Here are 10 creative ways to enjoy your snow day with snow as the main attraction

Have you been loosening the rules since Covid-19 struck? You aren’t alone! If you find you are starting to let too much ...
02/19/2021
Too easygoing in the pandemic?

Have you been loosening the rules since Covid-19 struck? You aren’t alone! If you find you are starting to let too much slide, here’s what you can do to find better balance at home.

A mom weighs in on her personal journey to strike a balance between easygoing and lovingly strict during the pandemic.

It’s one of our favorite things to do in March here in the Hudson Valley!#maplesugar
02/18/2021
Hudson Valley Maple Sugar Events

It’s one of our favorite things to do in March here in the Hudson Valley!

#maplesugar

It's Maple Sugar season and many local sugar bushes are opening their doors for public events and tours

Put down the electronics and bring back board games, your family needs it right now more than ever, here’s why:
02/18/2021
Board games are back

Put down the electronics and bring back board games, your family needs it right now more than ever, here’s why:

Even before Covid-19, board games were making a comeback. The article includes age-based suggestions that everyone can enjoy.

Celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way today and everyday.
02/17/2021
5 ways to celebrate Black History month

Celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way today and everyday.

Black History Month was created as a way to require the teaching of black history in public schools, so maybe the best way we can celebrate is to learn.

Is it time for your toddler to stop sucking their thumb? Here’s what you can do.
02/17/2021
Thumb Sucking

Is it time for your toddler to stop sucking their thumb? Here’s what you can do.

Doctors, dentists and common-sense agree that thumb-sucking in young children is perfectly normal. and will usually stop by age 5. But if your child is starting kindergarten with thumb in mouth, that’s the time to be proactive.

Accurate 😂 Is your district calling snow day and delays or remote learning days when the weather gets bad?
02/16/2021

Accurate 😂

Is your district calling snow day and delays or remote learning days when the weather gets bad?

Find something fun to do today!#PresidentsDayPlease note some places may be closed or have different hours due to Covid-...
02/15/2021
Getaway this President's Day!

Find something fun to do today!
#PresidentsDay

Please note some places may be closed or have different hours due to Covid-19. Make sure you check out the sites before you go.

Family-friendly hot spots for a long winter weekend

02/15/2021
Watervliet Public Schools

An amazing feat.

Here is a video of the entire run of cereal box dominos falling at South School today. 600+ boxes of donated cereal dominos makes for a pretty impressive run! Local food pantries will receive the boxes of cereal following this activity.

Another round of snow and bitter cold coming this week! Know how to keep the littles safe ⛑
02/15/2021
Winter safety tips for kids

Another round of snow and bitter cold coming this week! Know how to keep the littles safe ⛑

More so than ever, experts are advising outdoor play for children, even in the cold. Article reveals how to do it safely.

We are getting crafty today with these LOVEly crafts for kids!
02/14/2021
Fun and Simple Valentine's Day Crafts

We are getting crafty today with these LOVEly crafts for kids!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Make this Valentine's Day one that your kids will never forget by making some awesome crafts!

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry 🤣😭
02/14/2021

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry 🤣😭

Kids photos by a talented photographer
02/12/2021

Kids photos by a talented photographer

Who is ready to start thinking spring??? If your son or daughter is making their communion this year and you're interested in timeless portraits, please contact me to schedule your session.

Communion Portrait Special : $175 includes (1) 8x10, (2) 5x7 and (3) Jpegs.

This is very moving. Give them grace, it’s hard on the kids too.
02/12/2021

This is very moving. Give them grace, it’s hard on the kids too.

I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school and I’m done.

My seven year old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences.

But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.

I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences.

He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.

And it hit me.

Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom.

I said “you won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.”

He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief.

I said, “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom, watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.”

A visible weight lifted from his seven year old shoulders, “What does that mean?”

I told him it means I haven’t given him nearly enough credit for rolling with the punches. I told him how proud I am of him and his friends. That kids this year are doing the impossible and they’re doing a really great job.

I apologized for not saying it sooner and more often. A little tear fell down his cheek.

We’ve thanked everyone from healthcare workers to grocery store employees but we haven’t thanked the kids enough for bearing the burden of what we’ve put on their shoulders this year.

We’ve said kids are resilient, and they are. But they are the real superheroes in this whole scenario for having ZERO say in their lives but doing their best to adjust every day.

We closed his school-issued laptop and spent the rest of the day playing. This was supposed to be temporary and here we are a year later still trying to hold our head above water.

This is our home and I won’t turn it into a battle ground anymore over something we can’t control. Something that no longer makes sense.

Hug your little superheroes today and don’t forget to cut them the slack we’ve given everyone else.

Join me in the trenches at Christine Derengowski, Writer !!

Count birds with your kids. Join people from across the country.
02/12/2021

Count birds with your kids. Join people from across the country.

Have you participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count? Starting today 2/12 through Monday 2/15 you can send in submissions of what birds you’re seeing in your backyard. You can log the information on eBird, use Cornell Lab's app called Merlin to help with identification if you’re new to birdwatching, or watch as data rolls in from around the world.

Learn more here: birdcount.org or call us at the Visitor Center if you have questions!
#floraandfaunaFriday #greatbackyardbirdcount #catskills #winterbirding #birdwatching #citizenscience #backyardbirds #feederbirds #ebird

Photo of a House finch by John Benson / Flickr CC

Know where to go for help.#mentalhealth
02/12/2021
Mental Health help is just a phone call away

Know where to go for help.

#mentalhealth

The pandemic has affected the mental health of millions of Americans. You are not alone and help can be had by making a phone call

5 ways to help your daughter deal with mean girls
02/12/2021
How to deal with mean girls

5 ways to help your daughter deal with mean girls

Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by a mean girl. Teach your kid when to stand up for herself and when to walk away.

Open skating.
02/11/2021

Open skating.

OPEN SKATE AT THE RINK

UPCOMING OPEN SKATE TIMES:
Thursday, Feb 11 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb 12 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 13 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 14 12:00-2:00 p.m.

35 Dodge Road next to the baseball fields

Check website often for open skate days/times...
All conditions are weather permitting - Masks are always required when outdoors if unable to stay physically distant.
FREE

FREE SKATE TIMES BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Book Cove and Sheriff Butch Anderson - We thank you so much for helping our community stay active this winter for FREE!

Donations are gladly accepted and can be given to rink attendant at the door - this helps us continue offering FREE opportunities!

Bring your own skates

Helmets are required

No sticks or pucks allowed on the ice during open skate

Open to residents and non-residents

Want to play hockey? We can make it happen! Rent the rink HERE to schedule your hockey times while we have ice - you can even request the lights for night hockey!

Please be aware it is NEVER OKAY OR SAFE to skate or stand on any open water surfaces at Murrow or Lakeside Park.

Rink Attendant on duty reserves the right to refuse entry onto the ice or limit participation in any way in order to maintain a safe atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Before Children: "Sweet nothings" were whispered gently in my ear.After children: Requests for cups of water are screame...
02/11/2021
A Mother's Valentine's Day

Before Children: "Sweet nothings" were whispered gently in my ear.

After children: Requests for cups of water are screamed down the stairs.

And other hilarious then and now’s of a mother’s Valentine’s Day! 🤣

Before babies, Valentine's Day meant a romantic evening out or you and your partner. My how things have changed!

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