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    • 4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween With Your Pet

      19 October 2020

      (Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

      This year, the full Hunter’s Moon will rise on Halloween night, which happens only once every 19-20 years. A dog food crafted with pets’ natural desires and wolf ancestry in mind, CRAVE™ is celebrating this spooky full moon phenomenon by paying homage to your dog’s ancestral roots with wolf-inspired Halloween looks. Learn more about the #FierceMyFace competition with these tips along with other ways to celebrate this Halloween with your pets in mind, and visit cravepetfoods.com to find more information.

      Carve a Pet Pumpkin
      Pumpkin carving is a classic way to get in the Halloween spirit. Whether you like to carve, paint or color your pumpkins to dress up your front steps, don’t forget to call tribute to your pet. There are many ways to carve a pet-themed pumpkin including pawprints, bones or, if you’re up for a challenge, a portrait of his or her face.

      Celebrate Your Inner Wolf
      Get in touch with your – and your dog’s – inner wolf this Halloween with CRAVE pet food’s #FierceMyFace competition on Instagram and Instagram Stories. The top looks have a chance to win $5,000 to transform your home to live like the wolves, along with a one-year supply of CRAVE dog food. Plus, five runners up will receive $1,000 and a one-year supply of dog food. If you need some fierce inspiration, check out the brand’s pack of makeup and beauty influencers including Bailey Sarian, Jose Jimenez, Rachel Iwanysyzn, Alex Rivera and Mia Anjelica, who have created their own fierce Halloween transformations. For official rules, visit cravepetfoods.com.

      Dress the Part
      While this year some may skip traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween night, it doesn’t mean skipping the costumes. Whether you have a matching costume with your pets or they dress up with their own spooky storyline, pets can be involved in the holiday festivities. When finding a costume for your furry friend, pick items that fit comfortably and don’t restrict movement. Be sure to avoid small pieces and attachments that could become chew toys.

      Watch a Spooky Movie
      In lieu of big celebrations, turn on a scary movie and cuddle up with your pup. Pets can provide comfort and security when their families need it the most, and what better time than the spookiest night of the year. While you are munching on popcorn make sure your pet has a treat of his or her own to enjoy alongside you.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • A Chilly Day Dish with a Kick

      19 October 2020

      (Culinary.net) Picture in your mind a warm bowl cupped in your hands, defrosting your fingertips after you just walked inside from a chilly afternoon. The bowl is heavy, full of hearty vegetables and spicy peppers that in just a few short moments will overwhelm your palate. 

      You dive in with a spoon, savoring every flavorful bite as you dip down to the bottom of the bowl searching for more to slurp up with every spoonful. Onion, red bell pepper and even corn all blended into not only a vegetarian meal but a chili-lover’s paradise. It’s got the spices to make you say, “wow” but the smoothness that reminds you of something your mom once made when you were young. 

      You throw your sweater to the side of the couch as your body temperature begins to rise. You start to feel your energy return as you spoon a second helping into your bowl for round two. 

      Not only does this recipe for Chipotle Veggie Chili hit you with a wide array of balanced flavors, but there is a surprise hint of citrus added toward the end – lime juice. 

      Just to add a little more texture and vibrance to this dish, it can be topped with your favorite garnishes like guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno slices and cilantro. 

      This Chipotle Veggie Chili is simple to make, needing just one pot throughout the entire cooking process. It simmers for about 25 minutes while you unwind from a long day. 

      So next time you need a pick-me-up after a chilly day outside, give this one a try. The savory aromas and wholesome consistency make this chili a 10-out-of-10 and a crowd favorite. 

      Find more recipes perfect for cooler weather at Culinary.net.

      Chipotle Veggie Chili
      Servings: 6-8

      • 3 tablespoons olive oil
      • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
      • 5/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided
      • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
      • 1 can (14 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
      • 1 can (14 ounces) red beans, drained and rinsed
      • 1 can (14 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
      • 1 cup vegetable broth
      • 1 can (7 ounces) chipotles in adobo sauce
      • 2 cans (15 ounces each) sweet corn with liquid
      • 2 limes, juiced
      • guacamole (optional)
      • sour cream (optional)
      • jalapeno slices (optional)
      • cilantro (optional)
      In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and red pepper. Stir and cook for 8 minutes until soft.

      Add tomatoes, red beans, pinto beans, broth, chipotles in adobo sauce, corn, remaining salt and remaining pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chili has thickened.

      Squeeze lime juice into pot; stir. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno slices and cilantro, if desired.

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    • Why You Should Avoid Comparing Siblings

      19 October 2020

      As a parent, you probably compare your children to each other in terms of their appearances, interests, strengths and the ages when they reached important developmental milestones. Sometimes comparing siblings is harmless, but if you’re not careful, you may cause a child to feel as though he or she can’t measure up and spark anxiety and sibling rivalry.

      How Comparisons Can Hurt Kids
      Your children may be siblings, but they are different people. They may have completely different personalities, interests and dreams. The fact that one child was interested in a topic or activity, or reacted a particular way in a past situation, does not mean that another child will or should feel or respond the same way. Expecting your kids to be the same, and expressing negative thoughts or emotions when they aren’t, can make a child feel like a disappointment or a failure. 

      Don’t tell a child that he or she should be like a sibling. Pointing out one child’s perceived faults can make that child feel inferior, create the impression that you love a sibling more, undermine self-esteem and trigger anxiety. Those feelings can lead to resentment and an unhealthy focus on competition. A child who feels inferior may look for opportunities to criticize the “good” sibling and your kids may get locked in a pattern of trying to outdo each other and tear each other down.

      How to Build Your Kids’ Self-Esteem and Foster Healthy Relationships
      If you compare siblings, focus on objective observations. Don’t make statements that seem judgmental. For example, you can note that one child excels academically while another is a talented musician, but don’t say or imply that one child’s talents make him or her superior to the other. That could make a child who is working hard and succeeding in one area feel as though their accomplishments don’t matter and that they will never win your approval.

      If you are pleased or displeased with a child’s behavior, focus only on that child’s actions. Don’t bring any mention of a sibling into the conversation. Doing so could lead to feelings of rivalry.

      Individual talents and different perspectives make the world an interesting place and give us opportunities to learn from each other. Celebrate what makes each child unique. Enroll your kids in classes or programs so they can pursue their own passions and develop their unique talents. 

      Choose Your Words Carefully
      When you’re stressed and frustrated, it’s easy to say something that is unintentionally hurtful. A child may remember what you said long after you have forgotten, especially if the words were spoken in anger.

      Focus on accepting and celebrating your kids for who they are. That can make them feel that they are loved unconditionally and build their confidence so they will be able to persevere when they face challenges. Rather than comparing your children to each other, encourage them all to figure out who they are and who they want to become. 

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • Make Virtual Learning Fun and Easier

      16 October 2020

      (Family Features) Learning remotely from home is now the norm for many families across the country. Kids and caregivers alike have settled into a routine, though keeping children engaged can still be challenging.

      While kids have had to be resilient and adapt to learning away from their school buildings, there are ways to make the adjustment easier. These ideas can help infuse more fun and moments of inspiration into school days to keep kids engaged and excited about learning.

      Create a reward system. Children typically respond well to positive reinforcement, and a thoughtful reward system can help incentivize them to stay on task. Try to align the rewards with the structure of your day so everyone wins. For example, you can reward the completion of a long assignment with a play break. Giving kids the ability to choose the reward from a set of options can also increase their level of investment in learning. 

      Seek support from trusted sources. Many familiar kids’ programs have expanded their services at no extra charge to help families through the pandemic. One example is My ABCmouse Classroom Live!, a learning experience that features daily classes built around themes such as community, responsibility, change, communication and cooperation. Each class feels like a real classroom experience, is led by real teachers and contains more than an hour of high-quality, engaging learning as part of an expertly designed curriculum. The classes can be streamed on-demand then kids can complete independent learning activities related to the classes, including interactive games, art and puzzles. 

      Maintain social ties. Connections with friends are hard to establish without in-person interaction. However, with a little creativity, you can find ways to build new kinds of connections with educational value. Coordinate with other parents to start a book club and bring kids together virtually to talk about the stories or start an old-fashioned pen-pal exchange with kids from your school. 

      Establish a school work zone. For children, doing schoolwork in an area usually associated with toys and free time like a playroom or bedroom can be hard, but in most homes, extra space is at a premium. Get creative with your available space and set some boundaries. Use a room divider, rugs or other visual cues to set aside a space in the house dedicated to doing schoolwork. Get your children on board by having them help design the space or add their own personal touches like artwork.

      For more ideas to help make virtual learning fun and engaging, visit ABCmouse.com.

      5 Homeschool Hacks

      1. Use familiar toys to add playful elements to schoolwork. Building blocks and modeling clay can be used as part of lessons on colors, shapes and letters.
      2. Laminate a password cheat sheet and keep it within easy reach so you’re always able to log in quickly. Also create a list of bookmarks and desktop shortcuts to save time accessing online learning tools.
      3. Add some cheerful color to dry-erase sheets by using pompoms as erasers. Bonus tip: Slide a page protector over a worksheet so kids can practice with it again and again.
      4. Get creative with household supplies. A dishrack easily doubles as a file sorter or book display. Cookie sheets can be used for working with magnets or as a hard surface for writing or coloring if your child needs a break from his or her desk. 
      5. Repurpose old puzzles by putting learning content on the back. Math facts, spelling words and shapes can make for easy puzzles.

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    • A Festive Fall Treat

      16 October 2020

      (Culinary.net) This ultimate fall dessert is filled with caramel sauce, topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and drizzled with even more caramel sauce. Family and friends can enjoy every morsel of this moist, autumn-themed cake.

      Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

      Pumpkin Caramel Spice Cake

      • Nonstick cooking spray
      • 1 box spice cake mix
      • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
      • 1 cup water
      • ½ cup canola oil
      • 3 eggs
      • 1 ½ cups caramel sauce, divided
      • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
      • 2 tablespoons milk
      • 1 cup powdered sugar
      • 1 carton whipped topping
      Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

      In a bowl, mix cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil and eggs until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

      While the cake is hot, using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes throughout the top of the cake. In the microwave, heat 1 1/4 cups caramel sauce. Pour sauce into holes of cake. Let cool completely.

      In a bowl, mix cream cheese and milk. Gradually add powdered sugar while mixing. Mix until smooth. Fold whipped topping into mixture.

      Spread frosting over cake, pressing frosting into holes of cake. Smooth out frosting.

      Drizzle remaining caramel sauce over frosting.

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