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CONGRATULATIONS TO DEMI DORAN!

Demi’s photo was one of 3,000 entries chosen for the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual presentation in Times Square, New York City, Sept. 14. The video, followed by the NDSS Buddy Walk, kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.  CLICK HERE for article.



Tips for Enjoying Autumn

Decorate your home or room for the season. Nothing puts you in the mood for a season — or for anything, really — like decorating your home or room for it. Break out some autumn-colored accessories, pick out some pumpkins, and make your living space festive!

Eat some and drink fall favorites.Cocoa. Cider. Pumpkin-spiced lattes. Pumpkin pie. Apples. Candy corn. There are so many delicious treats flavored with fall. One of the best ways to enjoy the season is to literally take a bite out of it. Dig into some autumn favorites to embrace the season!

Enjoy the crisp, fresh outdoor air. Don’t let the chill in the air discourage you from heading outdoors. Autumn is one of the best seasons — not too hot, not yet freezing — and getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air is one of the best ways to get the most out of the fall months.

Take part in a fall activity. Pumpkin carving, apple picking, stepping on crunchy leaves — there are so many great activities that go hand-in-hand with the fall season. Depending on where you live, they might not all be realistic options, but almost everyone has the opportunity to step on a really crunchy leaf. Do it!

Buy school supplies (even if you’re not in school).  Nothing says fall like buying school supplies. Even if it’s just a pen, pick up something fun. Get crafty!!

Be present to the changes around you. Autumn is one of the best seasons for being present. So much is changing — leaves, the air, the clothing people all around you are wearing — and it’s so important to stay in the moment through it all. Pay attention to — and enjoy — all of the autumnal changes around you.

Get yourself excited about the winter holidays. Winter holidays might still be months away, but it doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to them (especially with all of the stores getting ready for them already!). Start thinking ahead to the holidays and think of ways to avoid holiday stress. 

No matter what the season, it’s important to enjoy the moment. Whether its fall or spring or winter or summer, remember to take time to enjoy the season your part of the world currently celebrating. Seasons come and go — they all come back around again — but each and every one is worth paying attention to. Enjoy them while they last!