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Five Fantastic Finds For Families - 9/2022

September Edition 2022

Williams Educational Consultants shares five educational topics that offer wisdom, guidance, and fun for the entire family on the fourth Friday of every month!

5 Wise Words From Wendy:

1. Prepare. Prepare for the unexpected! October is a great time to prepare for winter projects, assessments, and upcoming standardized testing. Be sure to communicate with your teachers and parents and prepare in advance. Preparation is the key to success!

2. Plan. College visits, activities, and special events are always fun during fall. Festivities in October are awesome, especially hay rides, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and costume shopping!

3. Relax. Staying mindful is a great way to reduce stress. At the bottom of this newsletter, you will find "Mindfulness Moment#3: Grateful," by Angela Cominos Koehler.

4. Support. It is a great time to support your students by setting standards and goals. Make your home a safe place and create healthy boundaries. Supporting your student can increase motivation and increase mental and emotional growth.

5. Love. Find time to love the fall and its beauty. Travel to places where the leaves are changing and enjoy the cooler weather as a family. Fall can be fun for family hikes, outdoor panics, and evening nights by fire pits. Spend time enjoying one another's company and make new friends!

4 Current Conversations: Here are some great topics that create some of the hottest current conversations:

1. How to create the CSS PROFILE.

2. Tips on FAFSA

3. Students evaluate experiential learning.

4. Qualities students should strive for in life and show on their applications.

3 School Snippets: Colleges often give great information on their sites:

1. Western Kentucky University offers advice on minors.

2. MIT offers insight into their campus traditions.

3. Tip Sheet on how to cope with the aftermath of a hurricane

2 Private School Plugs: A section to focus on local private schools in metro Atlanta:

1. The Howard's schools experience in the Classroom

2. Giving back the Wildcat way.

1 Recipe Randomness:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie



  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

  • 2 1/2teaspoons gluten-free pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1: In food processor, place flour blend, 1 tablespoon sugar, the xanthan gum and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover; process until combined. Add butter; pulse 3 to 5 times or until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Step 2: In 1-cup measuring cup, beat 1 egg yolk, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water with fork. With food processor running, quickly pour egg mixture through feed tube, and process a few seconds until dough begins to come together. (Add additional water if necessary.) Remove dough; shape into flattened disk. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

Step 3: Heat oven to 425°F. To make Filling, in medium bowl, beat eggs lightly with whisk or hand beater. Beat in remaining filling ingredients until well blended; set aside.

Step 4: Remove plastic wrap from dough. On 12-inch square of cooking parchment paper lightly sprinkled with flour blend, roll dough into 11-inch circle. Carefully center ungreased 9-inch pie plate over circle. Turn crust and pie plate over to place crust into pie plate. Remove paper. Ease crust into pan, repairing any tears with wet fingers. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired. Pour filling into crust.

Step 5: Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Mindfulness Moment #3: Grateful

“ A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” -Plato

Being grateful changes the neurochemistry in your brain toward positive emotions. Consider this: Thoughts create your feelings, which create your behaviors which create your outcomes. If you are looking to change an aspect of your life, start out by changing your thoughts. Gratitude can be applied to people, projects, or circumstances. Practice acknowledging the completion of an assignment moving forward with satisfaction and thankfulness. The simple words “thank you” can change everything, turning scarcity into abundance. A tool to help you do this is a gratitude journal. If you start out your day pausing to think about what you have rather than what you are lacking, your days, weeks, and months can turn out very differently. What are YOU grateful for this month?

Do you want more mindfulness and wellness in your life? Contact Angie for a Well-being coaching session or yoga and/ or meditation session. To purchase her book, please click here.

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