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Morning Battles & Bedtime Blues: National Home residents learn skills to help establish better r

Recently the lead teachers at the National Home’s Early Education Childcare Center held an evening seminar for parents to help them learn more about the importance of establishing routines for their children. Parents who attended wrote down their successes and areas where they needed guidance and new ideas. Utilizing resources from AHAParenting.com, the teachers laid out the basics on why kids need routines. Children who come from chaotic homes often struggle to learn how to learn that life runs more smoothly when you are organized. Structure allows us to internalize constructive habits. What it comes down to, is humans are afraid of the “unknown”, and little humans face a lot of unkno

Chocolate Olympics 2020!

The National Home's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) pulled off yet another fun and successful Chocolate Olympics event this February. This highly anticipated event is a favorite among the children at the National Home because it is centered around SUGAR! This annual library event is hosted in the Community Center Cafe, and this year had fun activities like "cookie face," dunking for worms, ID the chocolate bar, and an M&M Sorting race. TAB held their meeting shortly before this event to discuss their plans for March, which is National Reading Month. They are going to hold an indoor mini carnival with books as the prizes, games like fishing for a good book, bowling for books, and other fun games t

The Guest Lodge Kitchen Gets a Facelift

In December 2017 the National Home welcomed VFW Auxiliary National Senior-Vice President Sandi Kriebel and thirteen of her fellow Auxiliary leaders for a retreat focused on "Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundation." During their stay at our Guest Lodge, they noticed the need for significant updates and renovation in the building's kitchen. Like every building at the National Home, the Margaret A. Armstrong Guest Lodge and Chapel has a rich history. Constructed in 1949 by the Auxiliary, the lodge functioned as a bed and breakfast and a restaurant open to the public that served breakfast, lunch, and dinner until 1975. It is now used for overnight accommodations for family members visiting

Reflecting on this beautiful winter day.

It’s February and a Friday. There is snow on the ground and blue in the sky. The breeze in the air highlights the scene from my window. What a picture! The sun, through my window, brings me light. But soon, the ground, now covered in snow, will burst with color in the coming spring, and the breeze may subside in its intensity. Yes, things will change, but the flag, oh my, that flag. What it represents, freedom, optimism, hope, that list is endless. Men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting that which it stands for. That flag, oh my, that flag. That flag has been and will always be a constant reminder of these things. The similarities of my scenic viewpoint and the VFWNHC i

The Capsule Wardrobe

Do you ever dread picking out what you're going to wear for the day? It's not that you don't have enough clothes, it's not that you don't have clothes that you like, you can't figure out what you want to wear. And you're not alone! A study by relocation and removals company Movinga of 18,000 heads of households in 20 countries revealed that people often do not wear even 50% of the clothing they own! In a time where many people are looking at their carbon footprint and considering a more minimalist lifestyle, capsule wardrobes might be just the thing to help morning routines go more smoothly. A Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fa

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