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screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-7-15-22-pmWe all benefit from inspirational stories, and we have people that provide that for us everyday: a family member, a teacher, a colleague or a friend.  The upcoming Disney picture will spotlight the impact that one person can have when they show someone how to be an unlikely champion. We want to know who the local Unlikely Champions are in your life so we share some fun prizes and experiences with them.

Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi.  Phiona was a young girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda.  One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church.  Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself.

“Sometimes the place we’re used to is not the place you belong. You belong where you believe you belong.”  Robert Katande.  Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions.  Robert and Phiona’s story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places. QUEEN OF KATWE releases in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 30

Watch the trailer here and let us know who has inspired you and how this person overcame an obstacle in their life—and became a champion against all odds.

Submit your nominations to us at springfieldmoms.org@gmail.com by Friday October 14th.

Share your inspirational stories, and we will distribute the following prizes to 4 nominees!

  • One of TWO Family 4-packs to Vocalosity Wednesday October 19th at 7:30pm at Sangamon Auditorium http://www.sangamonauditorium.org/events/vocalosity/
  • One of TWO Family 4-packs to Wild Kratts LIVE Choose from two shows on Saturday November 12th 1:00 or 4:30 pm at Sangamon Auditorium
  • $25 Target Gift Card

We can’t wait to read your nominations!

 


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There are so many reasons to check out Pumpkin Creek Farms. My family and I were able to enjoy it over the weekend and we had to let our readers know why we think you need to check it out.

Reason Number 1: We stepped out of our car and were immediately greeted by a wonderful smell.  The smell of fresh baked cinnamon and sugar donuts. Now let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with a donut but THESE donuts are out of this world.  Hot and Fresh!  Such a fun unexpected treat!img_8164

Reason Number 2: Duck Races!  Kids young and old can get in the fun of pumping the water and racing rubber duckies.   Such a fun activity.

img_6971Reason Number 3:  The Crazy Corn Bin. Who doesn’t want to climb into a bin full of corn?  The kiddos love it!

Reason Number 4:  The Petting Zoo.  New this year pet and feed bunnies, goats and chicks!

Reason Number 5: The Barrel Train.  Little kids will absolutely love taking a ride in this awesome train!

Reason Number 6: Haystack Mountain and Tractor and Pony Swings.  Let your kiddos play on the haystacks or the swings.  Any of the play area activities will entertain your kiddos for hours on end!  You could spend a whole afternoon there!

Reason Number 7: Hayrides!!  A fun fall tradition!  Go for a ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin.

Reason Number 8:  The Corn Maze!!  A three acre maze that is full of fun facts and trivia.  This maze is no joke! Have fun searching for the exit.  (Pro Tip:  Bathroom Break for the littles before hand)img_6982

img_8166Reason Number 9:  The Fleck family themselves.  A local family who is so welcoming and make you feel right at home.  They have created such a fun family environment.

Reason Number 10:  The pumpkins of course!!  From unique pumpkins, traditional jack o’lantern pumpkins, to GIANT pumpkins, pick yours up this weekend!

You will love this featured Pumpkin Patch!  For their hours and more info check
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terri_jolene_llcc_culinaryMeet Terri from LLCC’s Faculty and have fun making beautiful cake creations!
For 85 years Wilton has been making it easy for people to create amazing cakes and sweet treats. Unlike other community Wilton classes, you will not have to bring any supplies with you- we provide everything! This four class series focuses on building buttercream skills: icing and decorating a cake, creating pipe boarders, designing six different buttercream flowers, and transferring images to cake.
Instructor: Terri Branham
Fee: $99
Date: Tues., 10/18/16-11/15/16 (no class 11/1/16)
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Workforce Careers Center, room 1121
Course Code: CEW 500-32 (ages 19 & over)

register nowRegister Online here!

Military_familyJoin the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to honor current and past military members during November. Active and retired military members will receive free admission (with ID) on Veterans Day, November 11th. Also on November 11th, the Museum will host a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of fallen soldiers and will light an eternal flame outside the Museum, which will remain lit from through November 19th. “Portrait of a Soldier,” which pays tribute to all Illinois soldiers taken in the line of duty since 9/11, will be shown in the Museum from November 10-14.

Along with these events, there will be an opportunity for individuals to dedicate luminaries in remembrance of fallen soldiers from November 11-19. The luminaries will be displayed on November 19th at sunset.
ALPLM 2016For more information call: 217-558-8844 or visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

A perennial science assignment is leaf collection. You have a couple choices – hike around, look for the dozen of leaves you need to find, collect, and catalog — or, attend a local leaf collection hike!leaf id

We recommend either of these two options for leaf collection hikes:

Lincoln Memorial Garden leaf and tree identification hikes on September 18 and 25 – $5 per person

Springfield Park District leaf identification hike on September 17 and 24 – $5/student

 

BDA4The American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime® personal learning program makes it possible for anyone to learn how to relieve choking infant and perform infant CPR. The kit contains everything needed to learn skills in about 20 minutes, and it can be used anywhere, from the comfort of home to a large community group setting.
Infant CPR Anytime® is for new parents, grandparents, family members and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking skills but does not need a course completion card.
Learn more about what each Infant CPR Anytime incudes and what you’ll learn here: cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/

IMG_4776Our Making Memories blog is always filled with ways to make memories with our family in simple and memorable ways.  Sometimes we need to take time to make memories with our friends.  We need time with our friends to recoup to help us be the parents we want to be.  Taking time for ourselves gives us clarity and more patience.  So this momma had a very special night out with the springfieldmoms.org team at It’s Scrapicated, located at 1326 S State St Springfield, Il 62704.13567032_1034758836599843_8089702495610086401_n

 

We had such an awesome night out in this fun environment.  We each selected different pieces to make.  We were able to catch up and talk the whole time.  It’s Scrapicated is a fun shop where you can truly let your creative mind run wild, but don’t worry they will help you along the way.  Their make and take DIY workshops supply metal, paint, ribbon, and vinyl stickers for the wording.  You can choose from dozens of different designs and select the one that speaks to you.  “Even the self-proclaimed, un-crafty leave with a beautiful creation.”  Most people choose to hang their creations on their front door, but some have found a way to incorporate into their home decor. IMG_7893

 

Tammy Tolley has truly created a fun environment that is encouraging, creative, and above all else fun!  Bring in drinks and snacks for your girls night!  Come in with friends or on your own and make some new friends.  Everyone is so excited to see what others are making and cheer each other on along the way!

 

IMG_7912So how did It’s Scrapicated come about and where did she get that name?  According to Tammy it’s both a word and an idea which takes a piece of metal and turning it into something unique for your home.  Tammy worked here for AT&T as a financial analyst for 28 years.  When her job asked her to relocate to Texas, she knew as a mom, she needed to stay here and figure something else out.  What started as a few craft nights at restaurants quickly grew to into needing more space.  August 7th, 2015 was her last day at AT&T and August 8th, 2015 was the day she opened the shop.  IMG_7916

 

There are different ways you can participate in all the fun.  DIY workshops are the main attraction.  While these workshops focus on the holidays, there are many everyday shapes too.  Open Workshops allow you to select any of the designs in the shop and make it.  They also host Private Parties in the shop and out of the shop.  A Little Line Party is great for kids ages 8 and up.  They include smaller pieces of metal for the IMG_7899children to paint.  Check out their website here or follow It’s Scrapicated on Facebook.

 

To Register for a workshop click here! register now

 

 

larger-abf-logo-e1424893331641The Lincoln Hot Air Balloon Festival is a SpringfieldMoms’ favorite. Come on out for the Balloon Launch and Night Glow. There is also carnival food and rides. My kiddos love seeing all of the different types of balloons.

In years past there has been a Giant Octopus, Darth Vadar, and a Zebra hot air balloon. The Kite festival has expert kite fliers.

It really is an experience that you have to see with you own eyes. It is simply beautiful. We pack a picnic every year and enjoy the sights.  Click here for the schedule of events! IMG_9857

I watched the news feed on facebook this weekend and saw many friends helped their kids move in at college over the weekend.  My daughter is entering her freshman year of high school year today, and parents tell me “what out!  the next four years fly by!”  This brings a lot of excitement and a FirstDayofSchool_Freshmanfocused approach to her studies and activities over the next four years.  High school transcripts matter when it comes time for college applications, and the criteria for admission to many colleges should reflect that you’re a well-rounded student.

What are today’s college looking for?  Ironically, when I reflect on what they were looking for 30 years, it would be the same criteria.  However, it seems to be much more competitive as time goes on!   Peterson’s has a good list of FAQ’s and here are some key areas to focus on throughout your high school career.

  1. Your course schedule/curriculum (mix, depth and range of courses.)
  2. Your Overall Grade Point Average.
  3. SAT/ACT Score (Note Illinois has changes regarding SAT being chosen over ACT)
  4. What type of leadership activities have you been involved in at school or off-campus?
  5. What types of Community Service have you been involved in at school or off-campus?
  6. Your essay question responses on the college application (creativity, insight and direction.)
  7. Your projected major and areas of special interest.

Don’t forget the importance of scouting out college scholarships early and OFTEN!

Test Prep:

What are your favorite resources for college prep?  Do share and be entered to win two tickets to Knight’s Action Park!

 

GREATER_posterI just watched the trailer, and I’m pleased to share an excerpt from this guest blog written by Chris Severio the actor who portrays Brandon Burlsworth in the movie GREATER opening next Friday August 26th.  This movie will certainly inspire!  It’s based on the true story of the greatest walk-on football player in college football.

“Actors wait their entire lives to play a role as meaty and meaningful as Brandon Burlsworth. I was blessed to get that opportunity in my first movie, bringing Brandon to the big screen in GREATER, in theaters everywhere Aug. 26.

Brandon was a true champion and role model for so many, and I hope this movie entertains and inspires you and your family. For all the young athletes, new athletes, struggling athletes and dreamers out there (and their parents), these three lessons from Brandon’s life hold the key to building character and finding your destiny.

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t: Brandon was not the most physically gifted athlete. He struggled with being overweight, wasn’t naturally graceful, was a pretty unlikely candidate to be a college football All-American and then drafted into the NFL. He was able to do it all because he refused to listen to those who doubted him or his abilities. He always believed in himself, knew that through hard work and dedication, he could be anything he wanted to be. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is how passionately you’re willing to produce them.
  • Dedicate yourself to something greater: It’s no coincidence the film of Brandon’s life is called GREATER. As a Christian, he believed he was called to be a man of integrity and honor off the field as well as on – he dedicated himself, first and foremost, to God. Your faith can strengthen you, and like Brandon you can choose to be a role model on and off the field.
  • Help others: Brandon Burlsworth was a giver. He didn’t just play football, or live his life, focused exclusively on his wants. He made others’ needs a top priority – family, teammates, friends and fans. As he dug in deep to reach his potential as an athlete and a man, he encouraged and supported those who were taking that same journey alongside him. Brandon didn’t just make himself better; he made others better, too, because he was intentional about finding ways to help them.

Below, I’m privileged to share a clip from the movie that shows how dedication, persistence and helping others can contribute to your character and destiny.

https://youtu.be/vyYFGBUESIk

I hope you enjoy GREATER – and are as inspired by Brandon’s story as much as I and so many others who knew him and know of him have been. He was a remarkable young man, and having the privilege of bringing his life to the big screen was a remarkable experience.”  Chris Severio