Our Little Red & Green Christmas Lodger

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Ready or not, the holidays are here! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It is time for the Elf on the Shelf to make his appearance soon. This week we have an article about one mom’s adventures with the little guy. Have some fun with it and post your pics on our Facebook page! We would love to see them. 🙂

Our latest printed 4Family Book is out, so look for it all over Texas, or see it here online under our Current Issue link.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Our Little Red & Green Christmas Lodger

Expert Author Vicky Walmsley

Every year, on the 1st December, we have a visitor. His name is Buddy and he travels from the North Pole to be with us. He brings gifts of advent calendars and he stays with us until Christmas Eve.

Now this may seem like a long visit, but Buddy is no ordinary guest. Buddy is an elf, specially trained at the North Pole under Father Christmas’ close watch to keep an eye on your children on the run up to Christmas Eve. He reports back to the big man on the childrens behaviour and whether they should be on the naughty or nice list!

Christmas elves are becoming more wide-spread ever year – I’m guessing there must be millions out there visiting families through December!

Some elves are very cheeky little things! In the morning you may well find them hiding in the fridge, or surrounded by piles of chocolate wrappers. Some have been known to cavort with Barbie through the night, much to Ken’s horror!

Other elves may be full of good intentions to do wild and wonderful things each night… But in the morning it may look more like they forgot all about it and have made some half-hearted attempt to be hiding, just minutes before the kids come down stairs!

Buddy flits between the two… he’s been known to have wild parties with Star Wars toys, has wrapped the living room in toilet paper and covered the tree in the kids pants! He has also been known to have just hidden some nights or have hastily built a throne out of Lego… it’s like he totally forgot to do something fun before going to bed!

It’s always a sad occasion on Christmas Eve knowing he will be leaving us for another year! We pop him under our tree and he catches a ride home with Father Christmas when he stops by! Before that though he leaves a hamper! It will be full with our stockings, new pjs, snacks, a film, reindeer food and our special Christmas Eve plate!

So roll on 1st December! This host mummy is eagerly awaiting your visit and is hoping you’ll be a bit more organised this year!! The children can’t wait to see what antics you will get up to this year and hopefully they will be on their best behavior so they stay on Father Christmas’ nice list. No one wants to be on the naughty list!

Written by Vicky Walmsley

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Local Events Coming Up:

For more local events check out the lists at:

Corpus Christi Fun for Kids

Houston Family Fun Kids

DFW Family Fun

 

 

Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Here is our Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival Guide! We have listed all kinds of events going on this season, be sure to check with the organizations, since most of our info is sent to us by other Mamas. If you have another event to add to our list please email it to info@celebratemamas.com or Facebook us as a message.

Our latest printed 4Family Book is out, so look for it all over Texas, or see it here online under our Current Issue link.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Fall Festival

Corpus Christi Area

Rockin’ K Corn Maze – pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, cow train / barrel train rides, corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, goat walk, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
Fm 666 And Cr 52, Robstown, TX Phone: 361-537-3308. http://rockinkmaze.com/

Asbury UMC Fall Pumpkin Patch open now:The patch is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 29, or until they are sold out. 7501 S. Staples St.
Church of Reconciliation Pumpkin Patch, Mon. – Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-7pm, 4518 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi
First United Methodist of Portland, Mon.-Fri, 4pm-7pm, Sat. 9am-Noon & 2-7pm, Sun. 2-7pm, 4545 Wildcat, Portland
Grace UMC, Pumpkin Patch open now, 14521 NW. Blvd., Calallen
Ingleside Fire Dept. Pumpkin Patch Noon-7pm daily. 2425 8th St. Ingleside
St John’s UMC Pumpkin Patch, 9am-7pm daily, 5300 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi
St Peter’s by the Sea Pumpkin Patch Mon.-Fri. 9am-dark, Sat. 10am-dark, Sun. Noon-dark 1541 Waldron Rd. Fl. Bluff

Kings Crossing Church of Christ Trunk or Treat Oct. 24th 5-7pm, 5901 Yorktown Blvd. Corpus Christi
St. Pius X Halloween Carnival, Fri. Oct. 23, 5:30-10pm, 737 St. Pius Dr. Corpus Christi
CC Ride in Theater presents Labyrinth, Fri. Oct. 23, 8pm, Corpus Christi Water Gardens
BroncFest Goulish Fall Festival Fundraiser, Fri., Oct. 23, 4-8:30pm, Baker Middle School, 3445 Pecan, Corpus Christi
Portland Parks and Rec. Boo Bash, Sat. Oct. 24, 6-9pm, 2003 Billy G. Web, Portland
St. Peter’s Annual Halloween Festival Sat., Oct. 24th at 7pm, 3901 Violet Rd. Annaville
Island Presbyterian Fall Festival, Sun. Oct. 25, 4pm 14030 Fortuna Bay, North Padre Island
Galilean Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat, Sun., Oct. 25. 6:30 -7:30pm 3321 Cimarron, Corpus Christi
Parkway Presbyterian Halloween Festival Sun. Oct. 25, 6-7pm 6707 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi
Family First Church Trunk or Treat, Wed. Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm 1525 Morgan Ave. Corpus Christi
Halloween with the CC Hooks, Thurs. Oct. 29, 6-9pm 734 E. Port Ave, Corpus Christi
Del Mar College Viking Fall Festival Fundraiser, Fri. Oct. 30 5-10pm, Harvin Student Center Del Mar East
First United Methodist Church Halloween Spooktacular Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 pm
Yorktown Baptist Church Fall Fun Night, Sat. Oct. 31, 6:30-830 pm www.yorktown.cc
Lexington Baptist Church Fall Festival, Oct. 31, 2pm-5pm, 3525 SPID, Corpus Christi
TX State Aquarium Green Halloween, Sat. Oct. 31, 10am-3pm, Kids in costume free, 2710 N. Shoreline, Corpus Christi
2nd Baptist More than Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 31, 6-8pm, 6701 S. Staples, Corpus Christi
Trinity Worship Center Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 31, 11-1pm, 7010 Holly Rd. Corpus Christi
South Shore Christian Church Trunk or Treat, Sat. Oct. 31, 4710 S. Alameda Corpus Christi
Grace UMC Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8pm, 14521 NW. Blvd., Calallen
Church of Acts Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8:30pm, 3811 Carroll Ln, Corpus Christi
Travis Baptist Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8pm 5802 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi,
St. Marks Episcopal Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8:30pm, 2727 Airline Rd, Corpus Christi
St. Joseph Fall Festival, Nov. 1, 1-9pm, 710 19th St., Corpus Christi
Holiday Harvest Craft Fair, Sat. Nov. 7, 3516 Holly Rd. Corpus Christi

 

Hill Country area

South Texas MAiZE – pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
911 US Highway 90 East, Hondo, TX 78861. Phone: 830-741-3968. Fax: 830-741-8464 www.southtexasmaize.com

Houston area

Dewberry Farm has attractions, activities, food and fun — something for folks from age 2 to 92, as we say. It’s a South Texas family tradition to visit Dewberry Farm each fall for pumpkin picking and to explore the giant cornfield maze. New things are added every year — all based on the fantastic and creative inspiration of Farmer Dewberry. Come see what’s new this season! Farm: FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 281.934.3276, 1.866.908.FARM http://dewberryfarm.com/

Berryland Farms of Texas Fall at the Farm Open to the Public ​on SATURDAY’S & SUNDAY’S 10:00 am – Dark Contingent upon the weather Exploring our Corn Maze, Strolling thru our Pumpkin Patch looking for the perfect pumpkin to purchase, riding the Hay Ride to the pumpkin field, sliding down the 75′ Hill Slide, playing on the 20′ Culvert Swings, climbing on the Giant Hay Stack, trying your hand at Pumpkin Bowling, getting on the wooden beam and having a pillow fight, playing in the Kiddie Corral (3 yrs. and younger), climbing on the Candy Corn Hill, Hippity Hop Soccer and many more fun activities. 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. Phone# 713-551-6360 www.berrylandfarmsoftexas.com

Old Time Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch: On Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10am to 7pm you can visit the PUMPKIN PATCH at The Old Time Christmas Tree Farm. Pick out the perfect pumpkin to purchase and take home! Take pictures of your kids in the pumpkin patch. 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX (281)-370-9141 PUMPKIN PATCH HOURS: 10am-7pm Sat & Sun ONLY in October http://www.oldtimechristmastree.com/pumpkin-patch.html

Blessington Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
occurs every Saturday through October 31st from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. We will also be open the following select weekdays from 9:30-3:30….October 20,22,23,27,29 and November 3, 13, 20. The cost is $10/person (18 mos. and under are free) for unlimited, all day fun! Bring a picnic, cooler, friends and family and come ready to have a great day! We are located 20 minutes west of Katy. Blessington Farms 510 Chisolm Trail Simonton, Texas www.blessingtonfarms.com

P-6 Farm’s 5th Annual Corn Maze & Fall Festival corn maze, cow train, hayride, races, pig races, and courtyard activities. Ducks for duck races included with paid child admission (ages 4-12) Sept 26 – Nov 14 Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas (936) 597-6062 http://p-6farms.com/

Local Events Coming Up:

For more local events check out the list at Corpus Christi Fun for Kids.

 

Pan Movie Review from Kids First!

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Here is a great set of reviews about Pan, the new movie coming out today! Looks like it will be a fun one to see on a rainy evening like tonight. We are working hard on our Fall Fun Guide and it should be out later this weekend, so stay tuned. Also, our latest printed 4Family Book is out, so look for it all over Texas, or see it here online under our Current Issue link.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

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Pan – Reviving the Child in All of Us

Pan the movie

 

Warner’s latest prequel to the classic, Peter Pan, features 12-year-old orphan Peter spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brandon C., age 15, comments, “Pan will revive the child in all of us, for sure! Before I delve into just how great this film is, I have to say that I was completely blown away by it!” Nathaniel B., age 9, adds, “Pan is a beautiful film full of fun and adventure – giant crocodiles jumping high into the air, beautiful mermaids gliding through the water and pirate ships sailing through the sky. It all looks so real and the colors are so rich. I enjoyed every bit of it and think you will too!” See their full reviews below.

Pan

 

Brandon

By Brandon C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fSDkAyE8xs

Pan will revive the child in all of us, for sure! Before I delve into just how great this film is, I have to say that I was completely blown away by it! My original thought was, “Oh it’s just another Disney movie. Meh.” But, as soon as Blackbeard and Hook are introduced, my inner child leapt out and said, “This is awesome!”

Pan is the new revision of the classic Peter Pan story, directed by Joe Wright and featuring a host of very talented actors including Levi Miller (Peter), Garrett Hedlund (Hook) and Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard). The film follows the story of Peter, an orphan who gets abducted by Blackbeard and his pirates.

Every character, even the villain Blackbeard, is likeable and fun to watch. For a kid just learning about the story of Peter Pan, this movie is a good start. For someone like me who grew up with the story, the movie is perfect. Joe Wright brilliantly teases moments here and there that setup for the story to continue. My favorite is when Hook puts his hand into the river only to pull it out when someone starts talking about crocodiles.

As far as the visuals go, there are awe-inspiring visual effects, especially in the beginning of the movie. Every background is created with incredible detail. Speaking of detail, the costumes are also perfect in their minute details. Lastly, the score is outstanding. The action scenes tie all of these technical aspects together to produce a truly wonderful experience.

Are there any negatives in this movie? Not really. The relationship between Tiger Lily (played by Rooney Mara) and Hook seems just a bit forced. Also, I felt that the ending could have been expanded further to include Hook. Then again, I am a Hook fan through and through. And that’s part of the experience that Pan creates for the viewer. When I saw Hook for the first time, I flashed back to when I was a little kid when I first became a HUGE Captain Hook fan. Heck, I got nervous just before I met someone dressed as Captain Hook on a Disney Cruise. Those memories and emotions re-emerged when I saw this film.

I very much enjoyed the message of the film. I believe Pan hammers the point home about always being brave and sticking to your friends and family. As a final point, I have to commend Joe Wright for staying true to the characters and story of the original Peter Pan story. I enjoyed seeing my old favorites like Hook and Peter and even Smiegel (SMIEGEL!) make appearances.

In conclusion, everyone has to see this movie. Pan really is fun for the whole family. It has elements for both younger and older audiences to love. So, I give Pan a whopping 5 out of 5 Hooks for its fun and entertaining story, great visuals, spectacular score and awesome characters. Pan opens in theaters October 9 so mark your calendars.

Pan

Nathaniel

By Nathaniel B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yae04_Mslec

“Sometimes, to truly understand how things end, you must first know how they begin.”

Pan is a beautiful film full of fun and adventure – giant crocodiles jumping high into the air, beautiful mermaids gliding through the water and pirate ships sailing through the sky. It all looks so real and the colors are so rich. I enjoyed every bit of it and think you will too!

This Warner Brothers live-action feature, Pan, is an amazing film that is a great prequel to Peter Pan. This story starts when infant Peter (Levi Miller) is dropped off at a boys’ orphanage by his mother. He grows up with his friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougal) and is raised by evil nuns. One night, 12-year-old Peter and Nibs get taken away to Neverland by pirates in flying boats. Nibs escapes from the boat by jumping onto a roof. Peter and the other kids from the orphanage have to mine fairy dust for the evil Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) in order to survive. He meets Hook (Garrett Hedlund) in a mine chamber while they are going to sleep. The next day he finds fairy dust but a man steals it from him and Blackbeard makes him walk the plank. When he gets kicked off the board, he flies before he hits the ground, surprising himself and everyone else. Peter’s adventures in Neverland are full of many more surprises, epic battles and answers to many of the questions he’s always wondered about.

The incredibly talented Hugh Jackman is completely unrecognizable as Blackbeard. He’s ruthless but has an oddly compassionate side. He sends Peter to his death and, when he survives, he lets him live. He tells Peter, “We have an ancient prophecy that tells of a boy, a boy who would disappeared from his world until he was old enough to return and lead an uprising against me. A boy who could fly…

To find the right actor to play Peter, the filmmakers looked at thousands of kids in the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia before finding Levi Miller. I think he does a good job playing this mischievous boy who wants to know where he comes from and where he’s headed.

Pan is suitable for ages 8 to18 because there is some violence but it’s not gory. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. Check it out in theaters October 9.

Cool Pumpkin Planters for Kids

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Fall is here! There are all kinds of cool projects and crafts and decorations for fall. We have a cool one this week – making pumpkins into planters. We will be back on track with our newsletters each week, so tell your friends and share the fun.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

Christus Spohn Baby Talk
Come to Baby Talk!
Our panel of physician experts will answer your pre-pregnancy, birthing and post pregnancy questions.

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 pm: Reception with food, music, door prizes and registration for a $500 Babies-R-Us gift card!*
6 – 7 pm: Main program where our panel of physicians answers your anonymous questions!
Location: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital – South 5920 Saratoga Blvd. Please use our valet parking!

RSVP Required, fill out the form at http://www.christusspohn.org/body.cfm?id=26&eformid=25 or call: 1-855-557-7646
‪#‎christusbabytalk‬

For more local events check out the list at Corpus Christi Fun for Kids.

Groovy Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkin Planters for Kids!

Expert Author Jenni Foster

As the Halloween holiday approaches, pumpkins will be appearing everywhere! There are tons of ways to carve a pumpkin for a scary decoration, but pumpkins can also be used to beautify and create a fun fall planter project for kids! Read on to find out how to gather the kids and get started!

Gather the Supplies

To create your pumpkin planter project, begin with selecting a suitable pumpkin for each child. Choose a pumpkin that is a large enough size and that is round enough to accommodate your plants. Additionally, you will need to pick up some annuals that are appropriate for the autumn season, such as hardy mums. You will also need potting soil and basic gardening tools.

Preparing the Pumpkin

To begin transforming your pumpkin into a planter, start by cutting off the top and removing the insides, including the seeds and the flesh. Be sure to save the seeds for roasting into a healthy snack! Once the inside of the pumpkin is empty and clean, decorate the outside of the pumpkin however you choose. From paint and markers to glitter and embellishments, this is a great opportunity to get creative with your planter and make it special and unique!

Finishing Up

Once your pumpkin planter is all ready, add enough potting soil to fill the bottom one third of the inside of the pumpkin. You are now ready to place your annual plants into the pumpkin planter. Once you have your flowers in place, add additional potting soil around the sides and pack it down to fill the pumpkin cavity. You may also opt to add a thin layer of mulch to the top, for a nice finish and to help retain moisture.

Décor & More

A pumpkin planter makes a great outdoor décor item when placed on a porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Consider creating multiple pumpkin planters, in a variety of sizes and colored flowers, for even more fall beauty! Your planter may be left out for several days, and then when the pumpkin begins to soften and decay, the entire planter can be planted directly into the ground. The pumpkin will decompose and continue to feed the plant throughout the fall season or until the cold becomes too much for the plant.

There you have it! A fun and creative fall project to get the kids outdoors, learning and decorating with garden inspired ideas!

Prepare to be charmed by the debut children’s book, Rebecca and the Strangest Garden on Earth. An excellent tale of supernatural friendships, survival and hope that will encourage children to get out in the garden and inspire a love for plants and the outdoors! Order now! http://thomasvpublishing.com/rebecca-and-the-strangest-garden-by-v-v-thomas/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jenni_Foster

Christus Spohn Baby Talk Event

Christus Spohn Baby Talk

Are you considering having a baby or pregnant? Come to Baby Talk!
Our panel of physician experts will answer your pre-pregnancy, birthing and post pregnancy questions.

  • Cost: Free
  • Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • Time: 5 – 6 pm: Reception with food, music, door prizes and registration for a $500 Babies-R-Us gift card!*
    6 – 7 pm: Main program where our panel of physicians answers your anonymous questions!
  • Location: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital – South 5920 Saratoga Blvd. Please use our valet parking!  

RSVP Required, fill out the form here or call: 1-855-557-7646

Mt. Olive Lutheran School

Only the Educated are Free
Only the Educated are Free

Check out Mt. Olive Lutheran School.

Now enrolling ages 2 yrs through Kinder. They have After School care too – offering after-school pick up from Club Estates Elementary.  Structured curriculum includes Art, Science, Language, Literature, Writing, Music, Math & Bible.

Call them at 361-991-9289 Spaces are limited. #MtOliveLutheranSchoolCC

Mt. Olive Lutheran School

Sales Tax Holiday this Weekend

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Whoo Hoo! It is Tax Free Weekend! It all starts Friday and ends on Sunday, so be sure to get your shopping done to take advantage of this opportunity! It’s important to note that eligible purchases are only priced up to $100 or less. If listed items are priced over $100, the state sales tax is applied to the purchase.  Check out our new Back to School section on our website too – we are putting up some terrific info there too!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 4 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

Bay Jammin’ Concert Series – FREE!

Summer Live Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

 

Now through August 13, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CONCERT Series. This year’s lineup will continue every Thursday evening now through August 13, 2015, from 7:30pm9:30pm. The stage is set under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront.

The City will showcase a variety of bands. Music will be live—in a variety of genre from rock, country, world beat, jazz, blues and much more. All these concerts are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CONCERT REMAINING LINEUP: (Thursdays, 7:30pm9:30pm)

August 6 Scarecrow People (Reggae, Variety, and 80’s)

August 13 Jeff “El Jefe” Anderson Trio (Original Texas Blues Rock)

Bay Jammin’ Cinema Series – FREE!

Summer Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

Now through August 14, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CINEMA Series. This year’s lineup which will continue now through August 14, 2015 is full of action, adventure and will bring out the laughter in all ages. Movies will be shown under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront every Friday evening after dark. All films are closed captioned. The movies are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful family entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CINEMA REMAINING SCHEDULE: (Fridays, after dark)

August 7 Annie (118 min – Comedy | Drama | Family)

August 14 Maleficent (97 min – Action | Adventure | Family)

For more information about this concert series, visit www.ccparkandrec.com (click ‘Arts & Culture’) or call 361-826-3417.

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, enrichment programs for all ages and interests. For more information about the wide variety of programs and services offered by the department, visit www.ccparkandrec.com. We invite everyone to Live. Learn. Play!

All About the Kids Event

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BacktoSchool

Sales Tax Holiday
Aug. 7 – 9, 2015

This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 7 – 9. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

“The exemption also does not apply to sales of special clothing or footwear that the manufacturer primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and that is not normally worn except when used for the athletic activity or protective use for which the manufacturer designed the article. For example, golf cleats and football pads are primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and are not normally worn except for those purposes; they do not qualify for the exemption. Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, are commonly worn for purposes other than athletic activity and thus qualify for the exemption.”

“The sales tax holiday exemption does not extend to rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to alteration (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes. Additionally, tax is due on sales of accessories, including jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and similar items.”

The dates for the sales tax holiday are set by the Legislature.

10 Things You Can Do to Make Sure It’s a Fun Family Trip

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Summer is almost over! Just enough time for one last Road Trip! We have a terrific article this week about making that trip a fun experience plus great info on events coming up this August.   Check out our new Back to School section on our website too – we are putting up some terrific info there too!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 2 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

If you haven’t already signed up for our weekly emails you can do that here.

Local Events Coming Up:

Bay Jammin’ Concert  Series – FREE!

Summer Live Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

 

Now through August 13, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CONCERT Series. This year’s lineup will continue every Thursday evening now through August 13, 2015, from 7:30pm9:30pm. The stage is set under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront.

The City will showcase a variety of bands. Music will be live—in a variety of genre from rock, country, world beat, jazz, blues and much more. All these concerts are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CONCERT REMAINING LINEUP: (Thursdays, 7:30pm9:30pm)

August  6      Scarecrow People (Reggae, Variety, and 80’s)

August  13    Jeff “El Jefe” Anderson Trio (Original Texas Blues Rock)

Bay Jammin’ Cinema Series – FREE!

Summer Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

 Now through August 14, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CINEMA Series. This year’s lineup which will continue now through August 14, 2015 is full of action, adventure and will bring out the laughter in all ages. Movies will be shown under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront every Friday evening after dark. All films are closed captioned. The movies are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful family entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CINEMA REMAINING SCHEDULE: (Fridays, after dark)

July  31     Penguins of Madagascar (92 min – Animation | Adventure | Comedy)

August  7      Annie (118 min – Comedy | Drama | Family)

August  14     Maleficent (97 min – Action | Adventure | Family)

For more information about this concert series, visit www.ccparkandrec.com (click ‘Arts & Culture’) or call 361-826-3417.

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, enrichment programs for all ages and interests. For more information about the wide variety of programs and services offered by the department, visit www.ccparkandrec.com. We invite everyone to Live. Learn. Play!

All About the Kids Event

Want more info about Back to School?

Click here!

BacktoSchool

10 Things You Can Do to Make Sure It’s a Fun Family Trip

Expert Author Judith I Villarreal

There’s really nothing more exciting than rounding up the gang together for a fun family trip. As summer takes a firmer grip on the days, one of the best (and certainly kid approved) ways to celebrate is with a road trip. As a classic way to gather the whole crew up for a week or so of bonding, the road trip is often overlooked as an activity that needs planning because the destination will offer up the fun. However, as it’s often said: getting there is half the fun! Keep these awesome 10 things in mind when your family adventure rolls around.

1. Pack fun car games to keep the family entertained

Keep a variety of giggle inducing games that are car friendly to keep boredom away. You’ll never have to hear another “Are we there yet?” from your squirmy kids in the backseat. A few ideas for games for your family fun trips are Mad Libs, I Spy, Car Bingo, and Name That Tune.

2. Pack yummy snacks for the road

Don’t rely on the roadside convenience stores to satisfy your snack attacks. Having prepared snacks is a great way to keep any tummies from rumbling with the peace of mind that you know what exactly is going into your family’s bellies. Wouldn’t you rather feed your family wholesome cut veggies, sandwich squares, and juice than the sugary sodas and questionable hot dogs you’ll find in a gas station?

3. Book an awesome hotel

Ensure your fun family trips go smoother than a jar of creamy Jiffy by carefully booking your hotel. You want to make sure that it has something that the whole family can enjoy like swimming pools, breakfasts, cable, and all sorts of other awesome goodies.

4. Go on adventurous tours

Skip the boring tours and opt for ones that offer a more memorable experience like ghost tours, dollhouse museums, or safari rides at a wild life center.

5. Do your research

Wherever your final destination is pinned, make sure you have a list of things to see and do before you get there.

6. Take a camera

With all of the excitement of the pending trip, cameras are sometimes forgotten. Be sure you won’t miss special moments of your fun family trips by remembering to pack your camera, charger, and spare battery.

7. Get some fresh air

When you’re planning out your days, don’t forget to add a few trips that will offer outdoor fun and sunshine to give the little ones room to run around and stretch their legs.

8. Check out cheesy landmarks

Every city has cheesy landmarks. Go to each one and snap a silly photo.

9. Have some littles time

Carve out a very special day that’s all about the kiddos. Maybe you decide to head to a train museum that you know they’ll love.

10. Have some grown up time

Don’t forget to have some special grown up time too, though! Whether it’s a nice dinner with wine or antiquing, be sure to include fun for the grown ups too.

If you’d like more ideas and tips on how to make sure you have fun family trips, click here or go to VisitGranbury.com to learn more.

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Back to School Supplies

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Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

School days are right around the corner! We have a great article this week about Back to School Shopping. Check out our new Back to School section on our website too – we are putting up some terrific info there too!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 2 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Back To School Supplies and Backpacks

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about back to school supplies. Some students have barely finished the latest school year, and here we are, already planning for the next school year.

Many times, the window where back to school supplies are on sale is fairly small. It seems like to get the best deals, you need to cram all of your shopping into seven to ten days, and that’s just not a valid plan for most people. For some families, the budget is so tight that buying these items can be a bit tough. It’s good to put together a plan so that you aren’t blowing a bunch of money, or having a large expense all at once.

While you may not get your school items list until a few short weeks before school starts, you can reasonably determine some of the items you will need, and try to find them ahead of time. If you have children in elementary school, it’s a good bet that you’ll need crayons, glue, markers, pencils and a backpack. Older students will likely need pens, pencils, notebook paper, and composition notebooks. You’ll want to begin by making a list. Make sure to include a paint smock or other art supplies, large boxes of tissues as well as small pocket packs to keep in backpacks and desks, erasers, and school supply boxes.

If your budget is limited, try setting aside a small amount of money each week. While you can hold this small amount until back to school supplies go on sale, you may find it easier to check places like dollar stores to see if you can find those items at already discounted prices. By doing it this way, you’ll have a good start on your back to school supplies, and won’t have to worry about stores running out of things. Not much is more frustrating than needing twelve spiral notebooks and having to go to three or four different stores to get them all because everyone else also needs twelve. Plus, if it comes down to it, you can dig into your back to school supply cache to make sure the kids have something to keep them occupied over the summer!

As you’re putting together your plan for obtaining all of your necessary back to school supplies, don’t forget essentials like gym shoes and clothes, bike locks, locker supplies like shelves and marker boards, and back to school clothes.

While it may seem a bit early to be starting, if you start sooner, the expense of buying back to school supplies won’t seem like it takes such a big chunk out of your wallet. While you’ll be spending the same amount over time, spreading it over several weeks is much easier than spending all of that money in one week.

I, Michelle Davis, is a writer having knowledge of Dollar Store Suppliers. I have been writing articles on similar topics such as wholesale school supplies and wholesale backpacks for nearly 4 years.

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Beat the Car Seat Heat

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Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Are you ready for the Summer heat? We have a great article from Texas Mama Michelle Stevenson about keeping your child’s car seat cooler. Those seats are always so HOT and I feel so bad for those little one’s coming out of them all sweaty and red faced. Keep these tips in mind, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 2 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

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Beat the Car Seat Heat

The South Texas summer heat is upon us. It’s important that our kids stay cool when they are in their car seats. It’s really shocking how warm your car can get when it is hot outside. Car seats actually get hotter than the internal temperature of the car because they hold heat so well.

These tips will help your little ones from getting too hot and sweating in their seats.

1. A windshield sunshade will keep a lot of heat out of the vehicle. I know it takes extra time to put one up but once you are in the habit it is fast and helps so much. The bonus for me is that it keeps me cooler too and I don’t have to sit on hot seats in shorts. Ouch. Use one in the back if you have a sedan. Also, consider having your windows tinted.

2. Don’t overdress your kids for the car ride. Because car seats get so hot, it is best to dress them in light layers and have them sit in the seat in the lightest layer that is still comfortable. Think of how much cooler you are in a tank top versus a collared polo shirt and I’m sure your kiddos feel the same.

3. Park in the shade. This is simple but effective.

4. Throw a white towel over the car seat. This keeps the sun off the seat and the light color of the towel reflects the sun’s rays.

5. If you are in the market to buy a new car or new car seat, consider a lighter colored fabric/interior because dark colors will get hotter than lighter colors.

6. Consider yourself lucky if you have a vehicle with rear air vents. Just make sure you aim them at the kids and check the vents occasionally to see if they are still on target. Kids love to play with vents and buttons so they may need an occasional reposition. If you don’t have rear vents, aim your front air vents toward the ceiling. The cool air will bounce off the ceiling and back down toward the back seat.

7. Put ice packs in the car seat while you’re out running errands to keep the seat cool. This trick has made a huge difference for us. We went from sweaty to cool as a cucumber. I wrap my icepacks in paper towels (to absorb the condensation), put them in plastic zipper bags and then in a small soft side cooler directly in the seat. Or, if you don’t have a small soft side cooler, you can put a towel around them so that the car seat doesn’t get wet. To start off the ride cool, you can put them in the car seat before you leave the house. Bring a small cooler with you so that you can keep the ice packs cold while you are driving. Remember to NEVER leave an ice pack on the seat when it’s time to put your child in the seat as it will interfere with proper harness use. Also, never put ice directly on your little ones, it can actually burn fragile skin.

8. If your child is hot before they get in the car you can use a spray bottle with cool water and spritz them. As the water evaporates off their skin, they’ll cool down. This is a really good tip for helping them stay cool when they play outside too. I even keep a spray bottle in my stroller or bag for those hot days playing outside. I’ll oftentimes put a little cold water on us when we go back inside as well and it really helps to cool down faster.

easy to do once you get in a routine with it. We all want to beat the heat and these tips will hopefully get you on your way to keeping cool for lots of fun in the sun. Stay cool!