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HVP September 2017

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2017 ON OUR COVER In this issue FEATURES 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Shawn Strong makes time for it all through what he considers "creative parenting." BY PAUL SMART 10 Me Time: Just for women Do you love yoga, lipstick and homemade hair masks? So do we! Read our favorite beauty and fitness tips. 14 Do you want a successful child? Paul Schwartz gives parents the recipe for success. BY PAUL SCHWARTZ 18 A mother's journey A personal story from a mom who is taking motherhood one step at a time. BY ROBIN HOFFMAN 20 Start this year off with independence Learn why routines are vital to fostering independence in children. BY JENNIFER CASTLE 24 Listen to your heart Heart disease is the number one killer of women, yet so many moms ignore the signs. BY JOAN REID 28 Say goodbye to stereotypes in kids' activities See why these parents encourage their children to participate in activities outside of the gender norm. BY ROXANNE FERBER 30 Calendar Tons of fall festivals to enjoy with the family! 36 Orchards are at the core of fall fun An apple a day makes the fun stay! Hudson Valley families have a blast at local apple orchards. 38 What's New? Check out these must-have products for your little one. On our cover: This month's cover kid is Max, a 13 year old from Washingtonville. He loves to act, especially in musicals, and travel with his family. Photo by Michael Bloom HV PARENT RECIPES Favorite fall treats Need some ideas on what to do with all of those apples you picked at Hudson Valley orchards? Here are a few of our favorite fall recipes. Have the kids help make these easy and delicious treats! Autumn Apple Cake Beat until creamy: 2 eggs 2 cups sugar ½ cup butter Combine with: 2 cups flour 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda 4 cups raw chopped apples Pour into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Harvest Apple Muffins Full of Flavor 4 eggs 2 cups grated apples 1 cup chopped nuts 1-1/2 cups oil (Beat for 3 minutes. Nuts can be added before or after.) 3 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1-1/2 tsp. salt 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon Combine ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. WANT MORE? Go to for more tasty ideas!

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