Author: Aimee Serafin

Homemade Ready-to-Eat Granola

Ready-to-eat granola can make for a healthy and convenient breakfast, especially if it is made with whole grains and served with low-fat milk. Some grocery store granola cereals have high amounts of sugar so it is nice to control the ingredients by making your own. You can substitute coconut, dried fruits or maple syrup to sweeten the batch without using overly processed sugars. Add fresh fruit and yogurt, and you have an afternoon or before-bed snack.   Homemade Ready-to-Eat Granola 3 cups whole-grain rolled oats (gluten-free oats can be used) 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut chips 1 cup pecans...

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Youth Art Classes at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Gertrude Hebert’s mission is to provide visual art opportunities and develop art awareness and appreciation in Augusta. Olivia Herbert founded the institution in 1937, and today, it is Augusta’s only independent nonprofit visual arts school and art gallery for local and showcase artist events throughout the year. The Federalist-style building once served as a studio for well-known local painter, Ed Rice, whose art works occupied the attic at the top of the architecturally curved floating staircase. The Institute provides several youth classes with skilled instructors starting in late February. See website for individual class schedules, pricing and registration:

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Love Pats in the Shapes of Words

No matter how old, children always enjoy special shouts out to their unique traits and personalities.I believe adults are encouraged by the same thing. Moms have such great insider perspective to our child’s temperament, strengths (and weaknesses), attributes, abilities and emotions. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is the simple act of identifying those traits and drawing attention to them. Websters’ definition of encourage is: to inspire with courage, spirit or hope; to hearten; to spur on or to foster or give help. I love the idea of using words to encourage and inspire these very...

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Making December Birthdays Special and Fun

Cammie Jones, our Smart Mom’s Guide contributor, wrote an informative feature for February’s birthday issue of Augusta Family Magazine now on stands. In it, she outlines etiquette for birthday parties, invitation guidelines and paying attention to the details of timing. Below, Cammie provides our newsletter readers with an additional exclusive tidbit, especially valuable for those whose children have December birthdays! You can read Cammie’s original article online here: My middle daughter, Curry, has a tough-time-of-year birthday— December 30th. I am either really “on it” for her big day, or the morning of you can find me at the...

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Fluoride in the Water Prevents Cavities! Get it from the tap! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation. This year’s slogan is “Fluoride in the water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. The ADA (American Dental Association) and dentists across the country remind parents that leading by example is the best way to establish healthy...

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