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1 June 2017

Best Friends Day – June 8th

Best friends: the ones you can only be mad at for so long because you have important things to tell them.

Thursday, June 8th is Best Friends Day!  Bring your best friend in on the 8th, and paint something for them, and we will offering each of you half off your studio fees.  To qualify, you need to be painting with your BEST friend and you need to be painting an item FOR them, not for yourself.  Simply tell our staff at checkout you are there with your best friend today, and made an item for them, and you will each receive the discount. We hope you all have a great “Best Friends Day!”

1 May 2017

Fathers Day – June 18th

Fathers Day is June 18th this year, making the cutoff for gift items Sunday the 11th.  But, if instead of making Dad a gift you want to share a You’re Fired experience with him, we would be happy to help make that possible.  Bring Dad to the studio on Fathers Day and we will comp his studio fee! Check with Mom first though, because Dad may have other plans for today.

1 May 2017

The School Year to Summer Transition

Keeping children’s minds stimulated throughout the summer months.

As the school year winds down, teachers say they’re often approached by worried parents seeking a road map to get through the summer. Their advice is quite simple: Chill out. Make the summer fun and find ways to incorporate educational themes into the activities children choose to participate in.

“Have fun, explore, just don’t let them sit inside and watch TV all summer,” said one Chicago area teacher at Whitney Young High School and also the mother of two young children.

What makes summer so valuable is that children have the time and freedom to learn on their own terms, she said, so they can see what interests and excites them.

Ricci Allard, Owner of You’re Fired Pottery Studios in New Hampshire, a former teacher and current mother herself, adds that “Even more valuable, the summer represents time in which parents, grandparents, and children find overlapping free time.  Find activities that you both can participate in, side by side, rather than the “watching from the sideline” activities that dominate the school year.

New Hampshire offers ample qualifying activities, both indoor and out, that are fun and educational.  State parks offer beaches, lakes and mountain activities, there are animal parks, biking and walking trails, and many picnic areas.  In addition to You’re Fired’s Studios, there are lots of other indoor arts and craft activities that families can participate in together.

One Studio customer recently posted “My ‘bestest ever friend’ and I come in often to share time and bonding along with my 9-yr old grand-daughter. It gives us all a common theme to share while the 9-yr old shares time with the two of us. AND now the 9-yr old puts in requests for all of us to spend some time there.”

“The important thing is to make sure that your children’s brains stays stimulated during the summer months,” Allard said. “Encourage them to try new things, and participate with them whenever possible”.

“Summer is a fantastic time to get to know your children better, and to strengthen the family bonds”.

 

 

 

27 January 2017

The Importance of Family Fun In NH

What do you picture when you think about a close family unit? Do you visualize togetherness, having fun, and building lasting memories? Or do you see everyone sitting separately playing on phones, working on computers, or watching movies on their tablets?

Fun as a Family Tradition

6Today, more than ever, it’s important to plan activities that bring the family together and out of the blue light.  Having fun as a family is an important part of building a strong family identity. When families have fun together, they build bonds that can last a lifetime.  As parents, you also have the opportunity to set the example and create lasting traditions in addition to those treasured memories. These are the things that help define and individualize each family and are often carried on as the families expand through generations.

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3 January 2017

Painting Pottery Can Help You Lose Weight

Let’s face it, stress is part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also contribute to poor eating and other habits that keep us from feeling our best. “Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” explains Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women.

Lose WeightAs it turns out, our bodies respond to all types of stress in exactly the same way.  Every time we have a stressful day, our brain instructs our cells to release potent hormones. We then get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy so we can fight or flee. At the same time, we get a surge of cortisol, which tells our body to replenish that energy even though we haven’t burned many calories.  This makes us hungry, and we eat.  Typical stress-eating choices such as sweet, salty and high-fat foods stimulate our brains, which releases pleasure chemicals and reduces our tension. We continue to repeat this cycle over time, increasing the production of cortisol. This interferes with our muscle building hormones, and we burn even fewer calories. It doesn’t take long for our bodies to start storing fat. Even worse, it loves to store visceral fat. (You do NOT want visceral fat. Yuck!)

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