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DESCRIPTIONMetroFamily's November 2011 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Discover the new WONDERtorium
It could be closer than you think25 easy
steps to boost yourattitude of gratitude
Over 198 fun family activities
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CALENDAR DIRECTORIES BLOGS CONTESTS MOTHER LODE
We're providing many ways to help you get prepared for the upcoming holidays with less stress. 1. MetroFamilys popular Holiday Fun Guide will be available online by November 15 (www.metrofamilymagazine.com/holiday-fun) and will include lighting festivals, church events, holiday stage performances and much more. 2. Share and get holiday recipes through our upcoming recipe contest (www.metrofamilymagazine.com/recipe-contest) 3. Get tips about where and how to take the best family/kid photos for the holidays at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-photo-tips. 4. Find other great holiday info at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/top-picks.
Save Money and Have More Fun with Mother Lode
Looking for the best family deals? Find them through MetroFamilys Mother Lode, our exciting daily deal program! Be a subscriber and find a great family dealat least 50% off retaildelivered directly to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Subscribe at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ mother-lode.
Download MetroFamilys iPhone app today
Now you can access MetroFamilys most popular resources, including our directories, on your iPhone. Download the FREE app and start enjoying the comprehensive calendar, our latest online articles and blogs, and Top Picks, including our Holiday Fun Listing. Find it at the iTunes app store.
Join the MetroFamily community of active local parents at
You could win big!Sign up to be eligible for these great prizes at metrofamilymagazine.com/contests.
Enter your favorite photo of your child in their Halloween costume (this year or previous years) for a chance to win a holiday getaway to the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas! The tripvalued at nearly $1,000includes two-night accommodations for a family of four, tickets to Dreamworks Shrek the Halls ice exhibit, an interactive character meal, themed scavenger hunt and more. Deadline for photo submission is November 3, then the public will vote from November 4-10. The entry with the most votes will win this awesome family getaway!
Our November Giveaway features many great family products valued at over $400. Deadline is November 17.
Enter our Holiday Recipe Contest! If your recipe is selected as the winner by local celebrity chef Christa Carretero of Cooking Girl (www.cookinggirl.org), you will win a $100 gift certificate to Cooking Girl. Plus, well feature the winning recipe in our December issue! Deadline is November 17.
Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/metrofamily) and subscribe to Weekend Picks to learn of more great contests.
You could save big!Find valuable coupons to these businesses at metrofamilymagazine.com/okc-family-discounts.
Norman Ice Rink* Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink* Monarch Dental Play Nation playground sets Jump!ZoneGymboree classesGattiTown* NOTE: Available starting November 15.
PLUS, while there, learn more about the savings to over 30 Oklahoma attractions with Kids Pass!
Share a recipe, be eligible for a great prize and get recipes & ideas for your holiday meals through our Holiday Recipe Contest. Deadline is November 17.
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Living Your Best Life
November 201135 Calendar
Fun events, activities and classes plus a holiday listing preview
6 Dear MetroFamily Editors Note
32 Exploring Oklahoma Visit Stillwaters fun new WONDERtorium Children's Museum
24 Family Finances Talking money with your honey
8 Family Shorts Community news & information
28 Focus on Education Moving from PASS to Common Core Standards: What it means for your students
22 Oklahoma Reads Great reads for all
46 Photo Gallery Our readers show off their sporty kids and families
30 Real Moms of the Metro Supermom is alive and living in Oklahoma City! Meet Allyson Reneau
14 Your Healthy Family Inside the State of the State Health Report
26 A simple three-step process to findhappinessrightwhere you are.
Moms: feeling run-down and overwhelmed?Weve got a battle plan for finding the energy to tackle your day.
16 Practice an attitude of gratitude: Thirty ways to get grateful now.
COVER PHOTO Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
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Info And Questions: 405-601-2081To submit events to our calendar firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher Sarah L. Taylor
EditorMari M. Farthing
Art DirectorKathryne Taylor
Advertising SalesAthena Delce
Dana PriceAmy Lou Tuzicka
Office and Distribution ManagerKathy Alberty
Assistant EditorBrooke Barnett
Calendar EditorSara Riester
Special Projects AssistantTerri Fields
Contributing WritersBrooke Barnett, Julie Dill, Shannon Fields, Sandra
Gordon, Kelly James-Enger, Marti MacGibbon, Karen Mitchell, Sue Lynn Sasser, Kim Seidel,
Circulation35,000 OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, YukonAlso available as a digital edition at
MetroFamilyMagazine.com.Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or Inprint Publishing, Inc. We do not assume responsibility for
statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. The acceptance of advertising by MetroFamily does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We
do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature.
MetroFamily Magazine is published monthly by Inprint Publishing, Inc.
725 NW 11th,Suite204OklahomaCity,OK73103Fax: 405-445-7509
Inprint Publishing, Inc. 2011, All Rights Reserved.Volume 14, Number 11
Top: Fall weather arrived just in time for our trip to the pumpkin patch. Middle: Our fridge door offers advice! Bottom: Great fun on fall break at the OKC Zoo.
Where do you find happiness? Look around; it might be closer than you think.
On my fridge, I keep a 12"x12" piece of paper that Ive plastered with quotes, fortunes, inspirational or amusing words that Ive clipped from here or there, or even found on fortune cookies. I posted these little words to remind me of things like happiness is the journey, not the destination and to
work smarter, not harder! or that its not rocket surgery. These words help me find motivation where none exists, make me smile and sometimes make me think.
But I didnt realize that I wasnt the only one in the house taking these words of wisdom to heart. One day, my son Spencer said to me:
Theres one thing I know for sure about life, Mom; it goes on. I read that on the fridge.
The point is, our actions matter. Even something so small as posting a positive note where someone else can see it can impact their day. When we live our lives to the best of our abilities and treat happiness as the path and not the outcome, others will notice. Remember that happiness is a choice, a sometimes difficult one, that is made in each moment. I work hard to find the silver lining in each moment, which is not always easy to do, but the outcome is well worth it.
In this issue, we include many ways for you, our readers and busy parents, to find small ways to connect with those small moments of happiness all around you; to be grateful for this journey and to positively impact others along your way.
P.S. Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/mari to read my blog, Keeping it Real, about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting.
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Question of the MonthOur holiday meal would not be as
special without serving up this recipe...
Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/fs-giveaway to fill in the blank and enter your name in our monthly prize package
drawing, valued at over $400.
Deadline to enter is Thursday, November 17.
Your comments may also be used in a future issue of MetroFamily Magazine or on our website. The full
contents of the prize package are listed on the entry form.
Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Mari Farthing
Cutting Clutter NowBy Kim Seidel
The fall months offer the perfect time to reduce some clutter and get organized before the holidays and winter sets in.
Ive learned the hard way that clutter in my home brings stress from the distraction and chaos it can cause. Im no expert, but following are my tried and true tips that can easily work for anyone who wants to live more simply with less clutter.
Define clutter. My clutter may be someone elses treasure. A guideline: if you never use it, and you dont even like it, its probably clutter.
Work with the seasons. Autumn provides an ideal time to think about revitalizing your home. As you put