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MetroFamily's November 2011 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.

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  • November 2011

    metrofamilymagazine.com

    Discover the new WONDERtorium

    in Stillwater

    Unconditional happiness:

    It could be closer than you think25 easy

    steps to boost yourattitude of gratitude

    Over 198 fun family activities

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    Clickwhats new at metrofamilymagazine.com

    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 calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Publisher Sarah L. Taylor

    sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com

    EditorMari M. Farthing

    editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Art DirectorKathryne Taylor

    kathryne@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Advertising SalesAthena Delce

    Dana PriceAmy Lou Tuzicka

    ads@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Office and Distribution ManagerKathy Alberty

    kathy@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Assistant EditorBrooke Barnett

    brooke@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Calendar EditorSara Riester

    calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    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,

    Heide Smith-Luedtke

    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

    E-mail: info@metrofamilymagazine.com

    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.

    Dear MetroFamily,

    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.

    Cheers,

    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