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We Wish You a Safe Christmas

Dear Readers,

The Christmas holiday season is literally the "most wonderful time of the year". You get to spend time with family and friends, there is lots to eat and drink and everyone is generally in great spirits...but I put to you that NOBODY enjoys Christmas as much as kids do.

I've always been of the opinion that Christmas is really about the kids, but in the hustle and bustle that is the holiday shopping season, when traffic is heaviest on the roads and shopping centers are likely crowded, it can be easy to lose track of your children, both literally and figuratively.

Just outside our offices this week, my co-workers witnessed a two-car collision. Both vehicles were carrying very young children, none of whom were strapped into a car seat. Now I don't point this out to shame anyone but rather as a cautionary tale. While the children in this story were shaken up but otherwise unharmed, it could have all gone horribly wrong. I know how it is, you're rushing to pick up that one special gift before the store closes, and so maybe you dash through the intersection where you would have normally stopped. Or perhaps you're on your way home from a family gathering where you've had a drink or two. Whatever the circumstances, while we're all busy shopping and making our way around town, let's all buckle up and make sure our kids are too.

In the car isn't the only place you need to pay special attention to your kid's safety. Imagine losing your little one inside a crowded mall or shopping center. One minute, little Suzie is right next to and the next, she's lost in a sea of shoppers.

There are even dangers right at home...brightly lit Christmas trees are a magnet for curious toddlers who are notorious for pulling at things. Or what about when opening toys, particularly ones with small easy to swallow pieces. 

Want more tips on how to make Christmas safe and enjoyable for your entire family? (Especially your kids) then check out this great article with even more tips on how to do just that!

Enjoy your holidays everyone!
This Week's 242 News
Prime Minister Minnis Addresses Economic Empowerment Zone Act at Town Hall Meeting
"We are all our brothers' keepers", Prime Minister Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told residents during an Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative town hall meeting. Read More
Small businesses to benefit from E-procurement reform
The new, E-Procurement and Supplier Registry, soon to become a national initiative, will not only help to equalize the playing field between small, medium and big businesses when it comes obtaining government contracts, but the government has pledged that a minimum of 20 percent of all its procurement must be won by small businesses. Read More
Unique Coral Restoration Company to Construct Coral Farm Education and Research Centre
Since signing onto the 20/20 Challenge (which commits a country to ensuring that 20 per cent of its marine environment is protected), through Marine Protected Areas, The Bahamas has already covered at least ten per cent of the country's marine environment. Read More
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Kidney Donor Urges Others to Save a Life
When Tamika Roberts made her way to the starting line of the Bahamas Half Marathon, her goal wasn't to win but to raise awareness for a cause near and dear to her heart without uttering a single word - donate an organ to save a loved one's life. She did it and she has never looked back while the brother whose life she preserved now has a lot to look forward to. Read More
December 2nd, 2018. The Ministry of Education Scholarship & Educational Loan Division opened its online application portal via The portal will remain open from December 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the eleven scholarships offered, the criteria for each scholarship and to begin the online application. Read More
Make Your Home a Holiday Oasis
Radio stations are placing their favourite Christmas playlist on repeat, decorative wreaths are hugging lamp poles on Bay Street and shops around town are rolling out their window displays - it's that time of year again and all around The Bahamas that means one thing - it's time to spruce up your home for the holidays. Read More
Chinese Embassy Donates to Bahamas Feeding Network
The People's Republic of China is helping to feed the needy in the Bahamian community with a generous food donation to the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN).
The Embassy purchased $3,000 worth of food from local wholesalers on BFN's behalf. The gift, which comes in the wake of Thanksgiving, placed a smile on the face of Executive Director Philip Smith who said it would go a long way in helping society's most underprivileged. Read More
Hey BFF's

The third look in our three-part makeup series is definitely not for the faint of heart. Its perfect for the woman who wants to grab the attention of everyone at that Christmas or New Year's gathering. That's right ladies and gentle-ladies, for our third look we're going full tilt into the world of GLITTER! 

Glitter can take your look from basic to BEAT in just one application. To execute, you'd start with a basic eyeshadow look. For this one, we went back into the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and used a gold shimmery color called Creme Brule and the cut-crease method to get a perfectly rounded lid shape. Not able to perfect a 'cut-crease' no worries you can apply your shadow the way you normally do before moving on to the star of the show. You can use whatever color glitter you like but for this look, we went with a classic gold which we paired with a red lip for a retro-glam effect.

Now here's the thing...Glitter is beautiful, but it can also be tricky. If you're not careful, it will get everywhere. Thankfully, we're already BFF's so I have a problem sharing a few #protips with you. 

Pro tip number 1: Do your eye makeup first. Nothing is more frustrating than getting glitter fallout all over your perfectly finished foundation application. Doing this part first means that you can clean up any messes before moving on to your face makeup like foundation, concealer, and powder.

Pro tip number 2. Use a Glitter Primer. It does exactly what the name says: Primes your eyes for glitter. A little bit will help the glitter stick to your eye preventing fallout and protecting your foundation application. My favorite is the NYX Glitter Primer

As usual, our model @LeshanFerguson looks stunning!  If you're interested in a similar look, be sure to visit our IG page @thebffbahamas or Like us on Facebook @beatfacebahamamama to see more looks or book your holiday glam appointment! 

Till next time, stay beautiful, inside and out.
Click Below for this week's weather in The Bahamas:

Our November run followed 2 days after Thanksgiving. A couple of local businesses donated funds enabling us to fill the bags and add an extra bag of mixed fruit. G.B Food supplied the fruit at a lovely discount and threw in an extra box of apples. As always, the Millers' 52 loaves of freshly baked bread really topped off each of the bags. 52 bags of supplies and 52 bags of fruit were finally delivered.
Christmas Run: Plans for the run are already in progress and it promises to be a memorable one for everyone. Two other local businesses are accumulating blankets, We are continuing to plan this run using larger boxes to hold the extra supplies. We have the basic necessities, and are now looking for small luxury items to top off the bags. LIS is having their own food drive which will be included. Additional items such as warm clothing (wooly hats, socks), pastries, pies, candies, cookies, small canned hams, perhaps cooked chickens would really help. Kay has already begun knitting some beautiful dolls which will also be included.

Nekemea: Mario has been registered with NIB and will receive a monthly check from now on.
Crossreach supporters have donated a quantity of diapers for the 2 boys and have paid her arrears of rent. Further, she was given a raffle ticket by her sister which won 2nd prize in the Mary Star raffle.   She has asked for some warm clothing for the two boys. Perhaps fleecy sweat suits (for 10-12 year-olds), socks, vests etc..

Dorothy: Until recently living with her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in Bahama Arms, has moved back into her old apartment in Bahamia as a squatter.

No power nor water but she seems to be much more content. Crossreach has dropped off clothes, cooking gas and water together with the November bag.

Christmas Run Date:
     Saturday 22nd December
   THE CROSSREACH TEAM                                                                     

".....I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."                                                                           
 (Matthew ch.25 v.40)
Our gorgeous 2019 50th Anniversary Calendars are on sale now! 

What could possibly be better than giving a gift this holiday season and at the same time helping the potcakes and potcats of Grand Bahama Island? 

Our 2019 50th Anniversary calendars are now on sale and are available here on the island or shipped anywhere in the world! 

Calendars cost $25 each and if you are local you can just pick them up at the shelter starting next Monday, December 10th. If you are in the States shipping is $2.50 per calendar up to 4, orders of 5 or more calendars will get a calculated shipping cost sent to them when the package has been mailed. Calendars going to Canada or anywhere else, we will bill you the shipping costs when we ship! 

These beautiful calendars will make the perfect gift for everyone, especially that hard to buy for person on your list. You know who that is, we all have at least one! 

Don't miss out, there is a limited number of calendars available! Email us at and let us know how many calendars you want and we will get back to you with the payment info! Feel free to pass this along to all your friends!

Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • December 8th, 2018
    • Giant Trunk Sale 7:00am - Until at The Winton Rugby Field 
Grand Bahama
  • December 7th, 2018
    • 24thFestival Noel Wine Art Food Festival 7:00pm - 10:00pm at Rand Nature Centre
  • December 9th, 2018
    • Christmas in the Garden & HSGB Car Boot Sale 9:30am - 4:00pm at The Garden of Groves
Family Islands
  • December 8th, 2018
    • People-To-People Tea Party in Salt Pond
  • December 10th, 2018
    • Onion Soup Variety Concert in Georgetown
  • December 24th, 2018
    • Annual Christmas Children's Party at Staniel Cay Yacht Club
  • January 14th - 24th, 2019 
    • The Great Abaco Classic at Abaco Club
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