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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: www.ghia.org/youth-classes....

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The Respect of DNA, Part 2

Renee Williams is a contributing writer for Augusta Family Magazine. Below is part two of her article about the purchase of two DNA test kits online. To read part one of Renee’s story see: www.augustafamily.com/the-respect-of-dna.   For Dylan, red flags abound with providing his DNA sample and I reasoned that perhaps his decision might even be part of his DNA, in so much as his personality and behavior traits of agreeableness, neuroticism and openness to experience. I concluded my son is carefully, elaborately and wonderfully made, created in my womb yet embroidered of his own fabrics, encoded with the message by which he...

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The Respect of DNA

Renee Williams is a contributing writer for Augusta Family Magazine. Below is part one of her article about the purchase of two DNA test kits online. Over the holiday season, I was scrolling through social media and saw an ad for a popular company offering at home DNA test kits. I clicked on the link, read everything included and ordered two kits, one for me and one for my teenage son Dylan. It sounded like the great gift. Not only would we have access to our ancestral DNA but we would also have reports with information on genetic predispositions to certain...

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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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