Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

This Week in Houston: December 2-8, 2019

It’s time to plan for the week ahead in Houston: December 2-8, 2019! What is going on this week? Trees, lights, and all the holiday prep are in full swing! Pack up the kids and make sure to check the weather for which season we may be hosting that day it is time to get out and enjoy the holiday season. Several of the major Houston Holiday Markets are upcoming and there are events around every corner. Check out our complete Guide to Houston Winter. We have Festivals, Trees, Lights, Santa, Snow, and More! Need a gift idea – we an idea for everyone on your list. What are you looking forward to? Don’t forget to scope out some of the ongoing weekly events for Toddlers & Preschoolers as well as our extensive list for Homeschoolers. Have a great week!

What We’re Reading This Week

Hawaii’s Forbidden Island | Making Middle School Better| Tigers in America| Small Bookstore Boom| Students Should Knit

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This Week in Houston: November 25 – December 1, 2019

It’s time to plan for the week ahead in Houston: November 25 – December 1, 2019! What is going on this week? Thanksgiving, clear skies, and lots and lots of holiday events. Hopefully, you were able to head out and enjoy some seasonal Fall Pumpkins and Festivals. Now, it is time to prep the turkey and sides! And, did you say pie? There is still plenty to do out of the house. Several of the major Houston Holiday Markets are this upcoming weekend. And, everyone is preparing for the Winter Season – lights and elves are imminent. What are you looking forward to? Don’t forget to scope out some of the ongoing weekly events for Toddlers & Preschoolers or our extensive list for Homeschoolers. Have a great week!

What We’re Reading This Week

Wrong Answers are Good | Alaska: Record Fires, Dead Salmon, Degrading Shorelines| How a Native American Celebrates Thanksgiving| $800M in Harvey Relief. 0 Payments| Beauty Rules to Break Great reads from around the web and print that made us stop scrolling, sit back, and enjoy a quick read. 1 The Power of Wrong Answers in Science Education “…learning requires getting past their own ideas.” 2 Want to know what climate change feels like? Ask an Alaskan. “In some ways, it’s comforting, because things are warmer than they used to be,” Morris said. “But not having the environment be as predictable makes things a lot more uncertain.” 3 The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday “…my perspective on Thanksgiving has changed—at first from a sense of bitterness surrounding the real history of those lies we tell, of the actual stories we should honor and mourn, and then with a renewed hope for what our celebrations could be, if we simply changed our focus.” 4 How Many People Have Received Aid From Harris County’sHarvey Program? Zero. “…more than 5,700 homeowners who have either filled out pre-application surveys or been

Skin Care Prepping for the Holidays? Avoid these 7 At-Home Gadgets & Procedures

Life hacks, DIY tricks, and at-home devices that are meant to “mimic the effects of in-office skin care treatments are all the rage right now. They are posted on Instagram, YouTube, and all over the Internet. While some are very constructive and budget-friendly, others are ineffective or downright dangerous. We asked Dr. Gretchen Frieling, who is a Boston area Dermatopathologist, to highlight several highly publicized methods that should bear the warning, “don’t try this at home.” 7 DEVICES & PROCEDURES BEST LEFT TO SKIN CARE PROFESSIONALS 1. Dermaplaning Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth. It uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. The Risks Anecdotally, the risk of infection, complications, and experiencing pain during home dermaplaning is higher when you do it yourself.  “If you have acne, there is a chance that the blade could nick a pimple,” says Dr. Frieling which means it would take longer to heal. In addition, the tool used for dermaplaning is not a safety razor like what we ladies shave with. The device

Cranberry Sauce

The Best Cranberry Sauce has a little Orange & a little Amaretto

Growing up, I thought I did not like cranberry sauce. It turns out, I was turned off by the red stuff that wobbled in the shape of the can it slid out of. Real cranberry sauce is simple and delicious and fun to make. I love it when the cranberries start bursting! Seriously, my sense of accomplishment at that moment is outstanding! If you are looking for the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table, this cranberry sauce, from The Farm Girl Gabs, is perfection. It’s easy (prep time is five minutes, cook time is 20 minutes) and delicious. It’s sweet and tart and great warm or at room temperature. And, it can be made up to a week in advance. Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce Ingredients 1 pound fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup fresh orange juice 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur (or 3/4 tsp. almond extract) 2 tablespoons orange zest (1-2 oranges, depending on size) 1/4 cup water Recipe Rinse and drain the cranberries. Discard the wonky ones. Put them in a large pot (the pot should be twice as high as they are). Stir in the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and water. Over medium heat, bring to

The different types of food on a thanksgiving day table spread in an article about holiday heartburn

11 Doctor Approved Ways to Avoid Holiday Heartburn

Even if you’re not a “foodie” most people look forward to indulging in the culinary delights of holiday time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. This  means that even people who are typically disciplined eat too much in one evening, eat rapidly, imbibe amounts of alcohol they are unaccustomed to, and consume foods that may not be part of their regular diet because “tis the season.”  While nobody likes a medical grinch, there are ways to have gastronomic fun without paying the price with holiday heartburn. Dr. Niket Sonpal, an internist and gastroenterologist at Touro College of Medicine, shares his tips for having your holiday cake and eating it too. Heartburn happens when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus. It can also go by two names: GER (gastroesophageal reflux) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GER is also known as acid indigestion, happening only once in a while. GERD is chronic heartburn that can lead to esophageal cancer if left untreated. TIPS FOR AVOIDING HOLIDAY HEARTBURN 1. Eat light turkey, not dark High-fat food can spell trouble if you’re prone to heartburn, so do yourself a favor and skip the skin when it comes to turkey time. Your best bet is to