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A Valentine's Day Family Dinner: Lasagna Roll Ups

Valentine's Day, a day meant for love. There are all these romantic notions associated with February 14, but as parents, we know not to get our hopes up. You won't find me in a red dress with heels on. Instead, I will be celebrating this day of love as an entire family. I will be wearing my favorite slippers and cooking up a storm with my family. My hot Valentine's date can wait until after February 14 when the wait-times aren't as long and bouquets of roses are cheaper.

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Love in the Forest at Hands-on-Habitat

When February rolls around, we start thinking about pink and red hearts and the ones we love. Animals don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but they do love their families and show affection in different ways. On the February 16th Hands-on-Habitat, we will discover Love in the Forest.

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Snow Angel Craft

Omaha hasn't had much snow yet. Hopefully we will soon, so kids can enjoy all the fun snow-related activities like sledding, building snow forts and creating real snow angels.

If your child is like mine, and can't wait for more snow there is a fun activity they can do inside to make a snow angel.

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Pros and Cons of Circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure which removes the skin (foreskin) from tip of the penis. Typically, circumcision is performed by a doctor in the first few days of a baby boy’s life if the baby is in a stable condition.

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Newborn Physical Exams

When your baby is born, they will go through a series of assessments that will check their health and measure any potential problems. These assessments include Apgar scoring, physical measurements and physical exams. All of these exams have been designed so that nurses and physicians can keep a close eye on your baby’s well being during those important first few hours after birth.

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Nature Lessons: Helping your Children Face Fears

During the Christmas season, our family went to a local nature park for a Santa sleigh ride. A tractor pulled a trailer bed full of a people through trees over a few hills. My son kept his eyes trained on the rumbling tractor as it climbed down the hill toward us where we waited in line.

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Stormy's January Update!

Hello, Friends! And welcome to 2018!

We here at the Storm Chasers cannot wait to get started with this year! The 50th Season in franchise history is almost upon us, and I for one wish it started tomorrow! I’m bursting at the seams with so many plans and secrets for the upcoming season that it’s getting so hard to keep in! It’s a good thing we’re almost there…No Spoilers! Check out omahastormchasers.com for announcements about the exciting stuff going on at Werner Park this summer!

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Foreign Bodies and Young Children

What are foreign bodies?

Pediatricians, surgeons, and other medical practitioners refer to objects that don't belong inside you as foreign bodies. For young children, foreign bodies most frequently enter the human body through openings like the throat, nose, and ears.

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Healthier Lunchboxes

With the start of the new year, many adults start to think about cleaning up their eating habits. There is no reason as parents we can't pack a healthier lunchbox for our children to eat at school.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Newborn's Body

When babies are first born they can have a variety of physical characteristics which may be surprising to parents who are not expecting them. Typically, babies are not born with clear skin and perfectly shaped heads. Instead, it takes time for their bodies to adjust being outside the womb. It helps to remember that the physical appearance of newborns will change over time and there are many changes you won’t need to worry about.

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Hands on Raccoons

Raccoons are very "hands on" animals.

They use their sense of touch to feel under logs, rocks, leaves, and in streams to find food. They play with some of their favorite foods like bugs, worms, and snails before eating it.

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How To Evaluate Your Teen's Sleep Schedule

At an important time in their lives for growth and maturity, teenagers require at least 8 ½ hours of sleep every night. However, studies show that only 15% of teens are getting the necessary amount of sleep they need to function. This is shocking because it is an indication that sleep is a widespread problem for adolescents. It also means that many parents are not making sleep a priority in the lives of their teens.

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It'll Happen. Someday. Maybe.

I had my first kid a year before Pinterest came into existence… and when it came out, it was a big fancy deal. I even learned about it in a presentation given by a pretentious fashion lady at a conference. Big, fancy, deal. 

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Stormy's December Update!

Happy Holidays, Chasers' Fans!

Welcome to the end of 2017! I can't wait to get started on this New Year because the Storm Chasers have so many exciting things to share with you! Baseball season will arrive before we know it, and before that is our big exhibition game against the Royals on March 26th! Talk about starting the season off with a bang! Just thinking about it gets me pumped up!

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Four Gifts | Keeping Christmas Simple

"Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read."

That’s it. That’s all we give our children. Four things and a whole lot of contentment. We started this tradition when our now 5 year old Alice was born. I knew beloved grandparents and doting relatives would bring gifts by the sleigh, and there was no need to add to the piles. So the Mister and I decided to keep it simple - four things. We heard the rhyme somewhere and liked the concept.

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