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Birthstones

Thinking about giving a gift that celebrates a birthday? Here’s a handy guide to birthstones.

January
Garnet

February
Amethyst

March
Aquamarine

April
Diamond

May
Emerald

June
Pearl

July
Ruby

August
Peridot

September
Sapphire

October
Opal

November
Citrine, Topaz

December
Turquoise, Tanzanite




Celebrate a December birthday in style

Win a pair of Silpada earrings

One lucky Minnesota Parent Facebook fan will win this pair of .925 sterling silver and turquoise earrings. Be our “fan” on Facebook by December 15th for a chance to win. A $69 value. Go to facebook.com/Mnparentmag today!

Earrings courtesy of Silpada.com.

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You can take the boy out of Minnesota…


Nashwauk-raised and Bemidji State University-educated author Jon T. Bergstrom decamped to Florida to escape the cold, but his first book, Denali’s Dream, is all about lots of snow, sled dogs, and dreaming big. This sun-loving guy took a vacation to snowy Alaska, where he was inspired to write the book after a joyous encounter with a sled dog puppy. Denali’s Dream is for young kids who need to learn about believing in themselves, and comes with a bonus audio download. You can find it online at Amazon or through Tate Publishing.

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Give a goat?

Most people think holiday gifts are meant to be wrapped with a bow but the charity, World Vision, takes gift giving quite a few steps further: offering the ability for you to order a goat or dairy cow, or medicine or water, for a family in need either here in the U.S. or in faraway places such as Zimbabwe. Last year, more than 20,000 goats were purchased, a popular item as its milk provides protein for the family, its surplus milk can be sold, and even better —the gift is self-sustainable. For example, goats given to communities in Africa are purchased in Africa, thus helping with community development. For more information, visit worldvisiongifts.org.

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Want Wassail?

Slow cookers (that is, Crock Pots) are making a huge comeback. Did you know you can use it to make traditional Wassail? For your next holiday gathering, rock the pot in a new way and make beverage serving a snap. Here’s a recipe guaranteed to make your house smell wonderful and your guests coo:

Wassail
5 cups apple juice
5 cups cranberry juice
5 cups orange juice
5 cups lemonade
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups water
4 sticks cinnamon
1 orange, sliced
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
2 cups rum, optional

Directions: Combine apple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemonade, sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves and Angostura bitters in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Add rum just before serving. Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices before serving.