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July Snacks and Drinks

Here are two great recipes with blueberries. First, a wonderful idea by TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com: blueberry, strawberry & jicama salsa! Eat with chips or use it to top your grilled chicken or fish on the 4th of July. Just mix together the following: 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup diced strawberries 1 cup diced jicama 1/3 cup…

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June Snacks

Here are some great snack ideas to keep you and the kids energized for summer vacation! FROZEN FRUIT KABOBS from 100 Days of Real Food. This is a great alternative to popsicles or fudgesicles. Ingredients: wooden Skewers grapes strawberries bananas melted chocolate Instructions: Skewer the fruit and drizzle with chocolate. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1-2…

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Popsicles in the Park: Coming Soon!

By Suzi West / Lenawee Great Start is once again hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park this summer. What is Popsicles in the Park?  Well, yes, it does include popsicles, but it is so much more than that. Popsicles in the Park not only includes a nice, cold frozen treat, but also includes fun,…

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Summer Fun and Some Learning Too

By Suzi West / Do you and your kids have a “Summer Bucket List”? Or maybe a “Let’s Have the Best Summer Ever” list? What is this you ask? Well, just scour the web and you will find lots of different blog posts and articles on this theme, which simply lists some fun and novel…

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Fizz! Boom! READ!

By Cathy Chesher / The Summer Reading Program has begun! Every year the Adrian Public Library as well as the other county public libraries offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. This summer the library celebrates summer reading AND explores the wonderful world of science with the kids’ theme of “Fizz! Boom! READ!”…

A Great Combination: Families, the Park, and Popsicles…

Parent Liaison Lisa Eack invites you to the park… Need an excuse to go to the park and enjoy a free popsicle? There’s still time to join us for our summer ‘Popsicles in the Park’ series! Lenawee Great Start’s Parent Liaisons (that’s me, Lisa Eack, and my co-liaison, Suzi West) are encouraging you and your…

Parades and Fireworks

The weather doesn’t feel very summer-like, but the calendar says it is July! That means it is time for parades and fireworks displays. Both are great opportunities for some family fun. Whether it is just watching and cheering from the sidelines or marching/riding in a parade, kids really help us get into the spirit of…

Sunbeams in my eye

Last night at 9:45 my 7-year-old was jumping on her bed.  Once I yelled at her to stop, I found her flopped with her legs up over her head like some sort of bazaar unskilled gymnast.  The last several weeks have been like this, and I have moments of thinking that she is on something. …

The Schoolbus Blues

Before children, the only reason I ever had any inclination that school had started was that I’d get stuck behind a bus at some point in the first week of September. I’d curse it all the way to work, for which I was inevitably late. The only way my routine would change is that I…

Keep an Eye Out for Summer Danger

Call me crazy. Call me a party pooper. Call me a complete downer. I really don’t mind. And I really don’t like summer that much. Besides the heat and sun which can be pretty miserable, my anxiety level in the summer rises about 1000% as the “trauma season” begins. According to safekids.org, summer is the…