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Like many high schoolers planning for college, Otis Howell was overwhelmed not only by the application process and financial aid questions, but

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Young Artists Find Their Muse at Edwardsville Art Center

Guests attending exhibits at the Edwardsville Art Center (EAC) are treated to incredible works from local professional artists and from artists around the world.

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Resolutions I'll Actually Try to Keep This Year

With a new year comes new resolutions. Just as I did before I had kids, I fall back on some of the same resolutions as I have for the past decade – lose weight, work out more, eat better. But because of the children, many of my goals have become a little less dedicated to trying to look svelte and instead just trying to get through the day.

Since I already blew the diet resolution by eating cheesecake for breakfast (it’s the last day of my vacation, people!), I can focus on the following mom resolutions for 2012:

Shave. At least my shins.

Stop wearing hot pants and Lucite heels to PTO meetings.

No matter how busy I am or how little food there is in the house, I resolve never to serve Lunchables for dinner again. As adorable as my five-year-old’s daily announcement – “Remember when we had Lunchables for dinner? That was the best day ever!” – was this past year, it hardly provides the ambition one needs to cook a dinner from scratch.

Start dressing with a grabby toddler in mind. Wrap dress + two=year-old = peep show in the IHOP.

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Rose Parade Float Honors the Life and Gift of Ballwin Toddler

As they celebrate the holiday season, numerous individuals around the world continue to keep in their hearts and minds the little girl who saved their lives and the incredible and profound generosity of her parents. 

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Santa as the Ultimate Imaginary Friend

There are a million places to turn for advice on whether or not to celebrate the arrival of St. Nick, and on how to break it to your kids that Santa’s not real.  With all due respect to experts like this one, who say lying to your kids is never a good idea, I’m going in the opposite direction. After eight years of Santa-less-ness, our home will this year be graced by the Jolly Old Elf’s visit. 

My 8-year-old has always been utterly freaked out by the thought of Santa coming into our house in the middle of the night.  Even at age 2 he begged for reassurance that the whole story was a myth — and I was only too happy to oblige. 

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Tips and Tricks for Two-Minute Toothbrushing

Ever since my 5-year-old had his first cavity a few months back, we’ve been on a family quest to fix our bad toothbrushing habits.

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St. Louis Public Schools Receive Grant to Provide iPads to Kids in Autism Program

The St. Louis Public School District has been awarded a grant valued at $10,900 from the Innovative Technology Education Fund to provide iPads in six self-contained autism classrooms serving students in grades 9-12 at Gateway Institute of Technology High School.
 
Known as the Learning and Communicating Using iPads Project, the District will incorporate the iPads into instructional learning by utilizing applications recommended by Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, and by providing two full days of technical training for teachers and paraprofessionals by Apple, the creator of the iPad.

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WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary
Friday, July 19, 2024
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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Take your family to watch birds of prey fly right over your head, macaws speak the English language and much more at the WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary. Every program showcases different animals so each day is a new experience. 

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Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym
Friday, July 19, 2024
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Friday, July 26, 2024

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Reservations are not necessary.

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Kids Night Out at Olympia Gymnastics
Saturday, July 20, 2024
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Kids Night Out at Olympia Gymnastics is an evening filled with fun! Parents get a babysitter for the night and kids will enjoy gymnastics/ninja-themed activities, group games, crafts, and more! Members and non-members are welcome.

 

 

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