1 January 2018

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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1 January 2018

3  Awesome Resolutions Your Family Can Make Today

Traditionally, the new year offers an opportunity to make a fresh start. Resolutions are filled with promise, particularly for things we know we should be doing anyway. Unfortunately, even the best intentions fall by the wayside within a relatively short amount of time.

5This year, skip all that individual pressure and try making some New Year’s resolutions as a family. Not only are you more likely to succeed as a group, family resolutions will bring you all closer together while also providing additional benefits to each member of the household.

Here are three of the best family resolutions you can make in 2018:

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1 January 2018


2Wear a “T” and paint for Free!  All January, wear a shirt with a You’re Fired logo to any studio and receive a free studio fee*.  We like to call it our Janu-wear-a-t promo. 

  • Staff shirts
  • Camp Fired Shirts
  • Sports Sponsor Shirts

. . . they all work! Don’t have a shirt?  They are available at any You’re Fired Studio, or better yet make your own!  Just be sure to include a You’re Fired logo, and wear it to the studio.

*Offer can not be combined with any other coupon or regular event discount.
9 December 2017

You’re Fired’s 2017 Kid’s Holiday Party

We’re excited to announce our 2017 Children’s Holiday Parties!!

WHEN: Monday, December 11th & Wednesday December 13th from 3pm – 8pm (note the late close).  

DETAILS: In addition to a ton of fun, we will provide each child with a free flat ornament (while supplies last) and no studio fee with the purchase of any bisque item.  

To top it off, there will also be plenty of holiday cookies, cocoa, holiday music, and cheer!

We look forward to seeing you there – Let’s Paint!

31 August 2017

Tips for Keeping Kids Germ-Free at School

Some things spread like wildfire in a school – the latest lingo, the latest trends and, unfortunately, the latest germs. Schools keep kids – and their germs – in close proximity, making students particularly vulnerable to infecting one another. Nearly 22 million school days are missed each year due to colds alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You may not be able to protect your kids from fashion choices they’ll regret in a decade, but you can do your best to protect them from illness. Share these tips with your kids to keep them as healthy as possible:

  1. Wash your hands
    “The best way to prevent infections is good hand washing,” notes pediatrician Frank Esper, MD. Warm, soapy water is best. Teach younger kids to scrub until they finish singing the entire alphabet song, and teach older kids to count to 20 before rinsing.
  2. Don’t share
    This may seem antithetical to one of life’s golden rules, but it’s important to teach kids not to share personal items, such as water bottles, earbuds, hats, brushes and lip balms.
  3. Cover sneezes and coughs
    Sneeze and cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue – not your hands, says. Dr. Esper. And be sure to wash your hands afterward.
  4. Keep your hands off your face
    Younger kids especially display some questionable habits when it comes to touching their faces. Teach them to keep their fingers out of their mouths, noses and ears.
  5. Skip the water fountain
    Pack water bottles for your kids if their schools allow it. If not, teach them to use the water fountain without putting their mouths on the spigot.
  6. Eat your veggies…
    …and your fruit, too. A nutritious diet can give young immune systems a healthy boost.
  7. Get a good night’s sleep
    Sleep keeps kids’ immune systems healthy and strong. According to the CDC, children age 10 to 17 need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep; children age 5 to 10 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep; and children age 3 to 5 need 11 to 13 hours of sleep.
  8. Get the flu shot
    The single best way to protect your kids from influenza is vaccination. Be sure your children get their annual flu shot.
  9. Stay home
    Sick kids should not go to school. Their weakened immune systems may make them vulnerable to even more germs – and they need to avoid infecting their classmates. Dr. Esper points out that it is especially important to keep kids home when they have a fever: “When you have a fever, you have the highest number of germs in the body and thus are more likely to infect others.”

Frank Esper, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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