At Kindermusik with Yulia, the staff knows that to a young, developing mind, learning an instrument means much more than exploring a new hobby. The creative playing helps the brain to create important connections and stimulate the ability to make creative decisions. Listening to music increases a child's sound discrimination, and moving develops body awareness and spatial relationships. Music lessons for children aged 0–7 help develop the brain the child will grow into. The expert music instructor creates age-appropriate lessons around different themes such as "family" or "colors and shapes of the farm."
The father-son duo behind Tinsley's Dry Cleaners presents a full menu of dry-cleaning and alterations services. A decade in the stain-solving business has lent their skills a professional touch, which they use to handle fabrics ranging from dress clothes and wedding gowns to Persian rugs and curtains. The drive-thru window at each of the two locations ensures a quick and easy drop-off without forcing clients to leave the car or install a washing machine in their back seat.
The owner of The Mad Platter sees her studio as a place of community?not only does the mother of four welcome adults and kids here, but she also jokes that it's hard to stop by without running into someone you know. And it would be easy to spend a lot of time here, between walk-in open studio time and a schedule full of more structured classes. If you really don't trust your own artistic impulses, you can commission a custom piece of pottery from the talented staff. But those eager to tap into their creative side can go wild at the studio, and even reserve the space for a private party. For kids, there's also summer art camps, where the studio provides art projects, snacks, and presumably some chairs to sit on.
Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists based on food style, family size, and even grocery store showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.
Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75–$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50–$60 a week, including side dishes.
Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.
Participants of the Boos and Brews 5K Race or the mile-long fun run are encouraged to run in Halloween costumes, adding an entertaining element to the friendly race. After completing the race without having their shoelaces tied together by prankster ghosts, runners can enjoy a post-race party with drinks, music, and awards for the best costumes and fastest runners.
At Ruff Housing, furry family members can make new friends and sleep soundly under expert supervision as their pet-parents leave for vacation or work. Dogs can safely explore their surroundings and socialize with other dogs in rooms with cushy rubber flooring or outdoor areas outfitted with K9 artificial grass. Pets are even grouped together by size and play style to ensure everyone gets along and no one fights over who has the cutest tail. Animal caretakers ensure the safety of each dog in their care, putting pups to bed in spacious crates and private cots, or giving pooches makeovers with grooming and cleaning services.