There’s nothing to me as sweet as a newborn and it’s true that they only stay little for a short time. That’s why we love bringing you our special delivery…the 2016 Baby Guide sponsored by Harvey Pediatrics. If you are an expectant parent or grandparent or one who’s in the thick of it, be sure to keep a copy of this issue on hand. It’s jam packed with fun activities, preschools, health care and dental providers, photographers, clothing, furniture, gifts, child care providers and foster care specifically for little ones who’ve yet to be born through precocious 3 year olds! It gives me baby fever every time.
Look for these advertisers on pages 2-35 with the guide feature beginning on page 36. Please be sure to thank them for the services and opportunities they offer and tell them you saw their ad in Kid’s Directory.
We’re honored that Harvey Pediatrics chose to sponsor this issue. Harvey Pediatrics was founded in 2004 in Jonesboro by Dr. Bryan Harvey and he moved the practice to NWA in 2010. Their team is comprised of four pediatricians, a nurse practitioner and a certified behavioral specialist. One distinction that sets them apart is their designated clinic for the well care of newborns through 6 month old babies.They also serve patients up to 18 years old by providing developmental testing and counseling.
This spring, they plan to open a 15,000 square foot state of the art facility at 900 South 52nd Street in Rogers (Pinnacle Hills). The facility will not only house Harvey Pediatrics but also offer office space for other pediatric providers in order to serve as an integrated medical campus for children. You can learn more about Harvey Pediatrics at harveypediatrics.com or 479.254.1100.
Even with all this talk about babies, we haven’t forgotten about this month’s holiday. One of my friends recently posted a creative idea for her little one to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Honestly, this could be used year round. It’s a beautiful reminder to be thankful for the people and things in life that we love.
Save the date. Our Summer Camp Guide is coming in April. It’s filled with camps and programs to keep your kids active, learning, engaged and having fun all summer! Let the countdown to summer begin!
There’s no doubt that as parents we give our best for the ones entrusted to us. From the time we learn of our pregnancies or adoptions, we love, pray, dream, nurture, worry, teach, protect, question & hope. All this & more. So much of this holds true for us at Kid’s Directory. We strive to provide the best family resource & that sometimes feels like we’re caring for a responsibility that’s beyond us…much like parenting, a labor of love!
The February Baby Guide offers everything you need for your little ones but it’s not just for tiny babies. This resource is filled with fun activities & amusements, pediatricians, photographers, dentists, child care, clothing, furniture & more for children ages three & under. They may be walking & talking, but let’s be honest, they’re still babies. You can learn more about these businesses on pages 34-43.
To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, we want to share some interesting trivia about this month’s romantic holiday. We’re sure you’ll wow your co-workers, friends & family with the vast knowledge you learn here & hopefully laugh some too! My personal favorites are the last two.
- Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
- The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
- Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
- Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
- In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
- More than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies.
- Conversation hearts date back to Victorian times. Back then, lovesick bachelors would give “conversation lozenges” with phrases like “How do you flirt?” and “Can you polka?” to the objects of their affection.
Be watching for our NEW Spring Cleaning Guide coming in March! This one stop guide is perfect for the one time of year that projects like cleaning, organizing, and doing repairs around the house don’t feel like chores – they feel like a fresh start. Also coming is our 12th annual Summer Camp Guide in April! It’s the biggest resource for all your kids’ summer needs. Contact Katinka to learn more about these or any of our upcoming issues.
We have exciting things to share with you this month! First, it’s time once again for our special delivery…The Baby Guide. Whether you or someone you know is expecting a little bundle of joy or already has a little one, this is the perfect resource for all things baby. From prenatal care to pediatricians, child care to fun activities & all baby products imaginable, this guide has it all. We’d like to thank Parkhill, The Clinic for Women for sponsoring this issue with additional thanks to Dr. Paige Partridge & Dr. Robert Hix for joining in the fun for our cover photo! When visiting or shopping at any of the businesses advertised, please be sure to say you heard about them from Kid’s Directory.
The other exciting news we have to share is that we are launching a new website! You’ll now have online access to a complete directory listing of all our advertisers in addition to our community calendar & current issue. With formats compatible with both your mobile phone & tablet, it can serve as your Kid’s Directory resource on-the-go. Be watching for additional features to be added soon. See page 63 to scan the QR code to get started or visit www.nwakidsdirectory.com!
We also want to take this opportunity to remind you that our public libraries in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers & Springdale offer many programs & activities for little ones. The best part is that they’re FREE! Visit our community calendar (online & in print) to see all they have to offer. We are privileged to have these fabulous libraries in NWA!
We hope you’ll find creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones to let them know how much they’re loved. Kids thrive on quality time with their parents so bake cookies, take them to a special story time or make valentines together. You’ll both treasure the memories made. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Kid’s Directory!