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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Horse Summer Camp near Indianapolis. Horseback riding, care, activities, crafts and more! 2 camps offered this year based on experience.

2014's Camps are over, but we will 
announce the dates for 2015 next March! 


Your child’s uniqueness is a priority. We enjoy knowing each individual and extend to them an invitation for a summer, fun-filled, learning adventure with horses and good friends.

We teach horse care, safety practices and the joy of a relationship between horse and rider. Because our camp is a non-competitive, skills-oriented camp we pride ourselves in giving our rider’s sound safe information and practice with both horse care and riding. We limit the number of campers to ten per session so that each child gets lots of individual attention and time with the horses.
This program is for those children that love horses and want to learn to ride, make new friends and learn about the wonderful world of horses. Campers will be surrounded by horses and horse-related activities. Group games and fun activates teach campers not only the basics of riding but self confidence. 

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn their belt loop/badge. Simply tell your leader that you have completed your requirements and they will provide it.
A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a local CRU.  

CAMP FOR BEGINNERS  perfect for children ages 7-14 with no or little experience
WHEN: JUNE 2-6 2014 Mon-Frid (altered hours on Friday)
TIME: 9:00am-2:00pm Mon-Thur, Friday 2:00pm drop off before the Family Cookout 
Friday Family Night Cookout 5:00pm Fun for the whole family. Campers teach family what they've learned. 
COST:  $180.00, $50.00 non refundable deposit

perfect for children ages 7-14 that have attend a previous camp or that have previously taken riding lessons.
WHEN: JUNE 10-13 2014 Tue-Fri
TIME:   9:00am-2:00pm Tue-Thur, 9:00am-3:00pm Fri
There will be a presentation by the campers on Friday at 2:00pm to show parents what they have learned.
COST:  $160.00, $50.00 non refundable deposit

WHERE: Timber Trail Farms, 13650 Howe Rd. ,Fishers IN 46038
CONTACT: Bonnie Hart (317) 407-0296
** Campers are to bring a sack lunch, snacks and water are provided.
    Please wear long pants (jeans preferred) and closed-toe shoes
    Please bring a bicycle or riding helmet.

Camp sessions are limited to 8 children per session and is first come first served. Call to reserve your spot today! 

Bonnie Hart has 40+ years experience caring for and riding horses. She offers this camp each year. Last year my son was fortunate enough to attend one of her camps. He had a blast and learned a lot about horses. I was truly impressed with the knowledge he gained and how much fun he had caring for and riding the horses. He is very excited to attend again this year. I highly recommend this camp to anyone that is an animal lover, but especially a horse lover! It will be an experience they will never forget.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FREE Family Movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters 9 weekends in Spring starting March 1st!

UPDATE: This post is old. To see current or upcoming FREE movie promotions, please visit http://www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com/programs/

Also note that to get free tickets you must now have an fmg card from Goodrich Quality Theaters. Sign up is free and easy. You can sign up online or in your theater. Each card holder can receive 6 admission per movie. If you have a large family, each adult in the house can have there own. 

$1.00 2014 Summer Family Movie Series is HERE!!!
Remember it's first come, first served!

Free Spring Movies begin Saturday, March 1, 2014. See nine weeks of previously released, kid-friendly films for FREE every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and 10:00am. Pick up one of their Kid Combos at the concession stand. 
Learn about joining the Frequent Moviegover program for great FMG deals! Reduced ticket prices, concession saving and FREE concessions with ticket purchases! CLICK HERE

3/1-3/2: Barnyard
3/8-3/9: Chicken Run
3/15-3/16: How to Train Your Dragon
3/22-3/23: Madagascar
3/29-3/30: Monsters Vs. Aliens
4/5-4/6: Puss in Boots
4/12-4/13: Rango
4/19-4/20: Shrek
4/26-27: Spongebob Squarepants


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The History of Valentine's Day. Why do we send Valentine Cards? and What does it have to do with love? and NO it's NOT Valentimes Day!!!

First off, I want to make sure that everyone knows that Valentine's Day is spelt with an N. There is no M, and it is NOT Valentimes Day! Ok just had to get that out. 

Anyway....I was just reading up on the history of Valentine's Day. I honestly wasn't sure what the real story behind the holiday was, and now I know why. Did you know that even historians don't know for sure?

There a couple of theories behind how it all began. Someone performing marriages when it was illegal? Someone writing love letters to a lover while imprisoned? And as with many modern day holidays, it actually began as one holiday that was transformed into a more appropriate, less pagan one. Seriously, who wants to be slapped with goat skin dipped in blood before dating a stranger for a year? Fascinating things to learn about with this holiday! 

You can read the full history HERE. Don't worry, it's a very short read.

Here are a couple facts I found interesting:
"Typical Valentine's Day Greetings

In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Today, according to the Greeting CardAssociation, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines."

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Proactive Cancer Prevention in honor of National Cancer Awareness Day and all my loved ones that have battled "The Big C"..

I have had many friends battle cancer over the years, some of whom lost their battle. I wanted  spread the word about being proactive in cancer prevention and detection. 

The following info can be found at this website: http://www.naturalchoice.net/articles/cancerprevent.htm

Proactive Cancer Prevention

By David Musnick MD 

General Facts About Cancer

  • Approximately 1 in 3-4 people will get some form of cancer in their lifetime.
  • Some people have genetic risk factors for cancer.
  • You can be proactive with your diet, supplements and lifestyle and reduce your risk for developing cancer.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is unregulated growth of a particular cell type . It usually starts out in one location, usually in a particular organ. If it spreads to other organs or to the bones it is called metastatic cancer.

Most Common Types of Cancer

  • Cancer of the breast, uterus and cervix in women
  • Cancer of the prostate in men
  • Cancer of the lung and colon in men and women

What Causes Cancer?

Cancer is usually caused by damage to DNA. DNA is the body’s template of instructions to let the cell know which proteins to make. The genes are contained within the DNA. If critical DNA is damaged certain cells can multiply without the normal restraints that would keep them limited. These cancer cells are different from other cells. They do not recognize or communicate normally biochemically with other cells. They can multiply beyond control.

What is the Role of Genetics in Cancer Development?

There are certain genes that seem to run in families that seem to increase a persons risk for developing certain cancers. It has been estimated that approximately 5-10% of all cancers are the result of a mutation(alteration) in a particular gene. These genes have certain names but can generally be called “susceptibility genes”. It is very important to recognize that having a susceptibility gene does not mean that a person will definitely develop cancer. It means that that person is at higher risk of developing a certain cancer than someone the same age without the gene.
Breast Cancer as an Example
Among Breast Cancer cases (BCs), how many are of predominant genetic origin? Approximately, 5% to 10% of BCs are hereditary and 15% to 20% occur in family clusters. In the latter case, environmental and cultural factors may coexist with genetic factors, inducing higher rates of BC in women of the same family. BC may occur in men, although with a very low incidence rate. The gene that is most well known for increasing the risk of breast cancer is the BRCA1 gene. If breast cancer seems to be running in a family women in that family can be tested for that gene. There is always an interaction of the genes with the conditions in the body and the things that a person is exposed to.
It has been recently been discovered that the risk of breast cancer for women who harbor mutations in the BRCA1 gene is significantly reduced among those who have breast-fed for a cumulative total of more than 12 months. The protective effects of breast-feeding seem to be much greater for BRCA1 mutation carriers than for women in general population. The breast feeding reduction in cancer frisk was recently reported in Reuters Health in an interview with Dr. Steven A. Narod from the Centre for Research in Women’s Health in Toronto told Reuters Health.
Genes are Not the Whole Story
Genes can start acting up in relation to triggering substances or conditions that may cause them to become active. They can be dormant for a long time or never become active if they are not exposed to certain conditions.

Cancer and Aging

Cancer risk increases as people age. There are many reasons for this. The cumulative exposure to chemicals and metals increases with age. A person's immune system which has a role in surveillance of the DNA for defects becomes less effective with age.
If a person develops cancer when they are over the age of 40 they can age very quickly. Part of managing and slowing the aging process is taking steps to decrease your risk of developing cancer. These will be discussed in the latter half of this article.

Environmental and Chemical Exposures

There are many things that might cause cancer and they are usually related to exposure to toxins in the form of certain chemicals, heavy metals, pollutants in the air and water and radiation. Exposure to certain bacteria and viruses can also predispose to cancer. The biochemical milieu of the cells is also very important and may be quite related to hormones and other internal cellular exposures that a persons body is producing. Cancers linked to environmental causes make up at least 80 percent of all cancer cases, according to a second new report by the National Cancer Institute, this one published with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US. Environmental causes include exposure to agents in the air and water as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet.
“Most epidemiologists and cancer researchers would agree that the relative contribution from the environment toward cancer risk is about 80-90 percent,” said Aaron Blair, Ph.D., the chief of the Occupational Epidemiology Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. “There is very solid evidence that environmental factors are the major cause of cancer,” he said.

Preventing Cancer

You can be proactive and take a number of actions to prevent cancer.
Action #1: Stop smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking greatly increases a persons risk for lung and other cancers as well as increases the risk for heart disease. If you are a smoker seek the help of your physician to get into a program to stop your unhealthy habit.
Action #2: Exercise aerobically 5-6 days a week according to the Truestar guidelines for exercise. Aerobic exercise done 5-6 days per week for 30 minutes in your training heart rate zone has been shown to decrease risk for certain cancers but especially cancer of the colon.
Action #3: Do the cancer screening behaviors suggested by your doctor. This includes pap smears, mammograms and breast self exams for women and testicular self exams for men. Both men and women should do screening for Colon Cancer. This includes stool exams and fiber optic scopes of the colon. Virtual colonoscopies can be done to screen for cancer and genetic tests that can be run on the bowel movements are becoming more cost effective and more available.
Action #4: Choose organic foods. Organic foods are less likely to have heavy metal and pesticide contamination. They also will likely be tastier and have more mineral content. Do this by the following suggestions:
  1. Choose organic fruits and vegetables when possible.
  2. Choose free range eggs and chicken when possible.
  3. Choose grass fed, free range beef when choosing beef.
  4. Avoid nonorganic strawberries as they have the highest content of pesticides of any fruit
Action #5: Eat from a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables every day. The phytochemicals in colorful (green, orange, red, purple, etc.) fruits and vegetables have may beneficial properties.
Action #6: Try and eat daily from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprout or cabbage) as these veggies have special biochemical(phytochemicals that help decrease damage to DNA.
Action #7: Limit your intake of plastics. Try to avoid using thin plastic clear bottles as the plastic may leach out into the water. Do not leave plastic food containers in a hot car. Do not microwave with plastic.
Action #8: Limit your use of perfumes and makeup. If you like these than go to a health food store to see which brand is considered the healthiest of makeup. Limit products that have sodium lauryl sulfate. Avoid antiperspirant as there is aluminum in it.
Action #9: Avoid mercury amalgam fillings. Mercury has toxic properties which vary from person to person but in general it should be avoided.
Action #10: Avoid exposures to pesticides, herbicides, on your own property and others properties including golf courses. Buy environmentally safe materials to clean your home and to wash clothes with.
Action #11: Do green remodeling or move into a green built home with special features for indoor air quality. Use low VOC paints , sealants etc. to avoid exposure to toxins in the air that can adversely affect your lungs and immune system.
Action #12: Avoid food additives and colorings whenever possible. Avoid Nitrates and Nitrites in lunch meats.
Preventing cancer is very important for your health, quality of life and longevity. You can be involved on a personal level as indicated in this article and you can also get interested in the quality and regulation of the food air and water supply, fertilizers, and environmental waste disposal in your community and country. Making small changes each week can make the actions more manageable.
References1. Michael Murray et all How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine 2002 Riverhead Books
2. Levin B. Colorectal cancer screening: from fecal DNA to virtual colonoscopy. Program and abstracts of the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; March 27-31, 2004; Orlando, Florida.
3. Levin B, Smith RA, Feldman GE, et al. Promoting early detection tests for colorectal carcinoma and adenomatous polyps: a framework for action: the strategic plan of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Cancer. 2002;95:1618-1628.
4. Levin B, Brooks D, Smith RA, Stone A. Emerging technologies in screening for colorectal cancer: CT colonography, immunochemical fecal occult blood tests, and stool screening using molecular markers. CA Cancer J Clin. 2003;53:44-55.
5. Vitamin d Analogs in Cancer Prevention and Therapy (Recent Results in Cancer Research, 164)
by J. Reichrath, W. Tilgen Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Springer-Verlag; August 1, 2003
6. Reuters Health
July 30, 2004 Reference7. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004;96(14):1094-8

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