Musical Education

Music is more than just background fluff in our home — it’s part of our children’s education. Giving children a foundation of music is a gift that will give back throughout their entire lifetime.

You never know what musical direction a child might take. Maybe you’ll be searching for a great little amp to amplify your bass player’s rockin’ music. Maybe you’ll be looking for other accessories to fit your budding musician. Whatever the niche — give it lots of encouragement!

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You NEED a Vacation!

Summer vacations are more than just an old-fashioned tradition. Make sure you have a real vacation that includes family time. Regular downtime that includes mealtime and weekends is also important for well-being.

“Taking breaks is biologically restorative,” concludes author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

Levitin states: “If we can train ourselves to take regular vacations — true vacations without work — and to set aside time for naps and contemplation, we will be in a more powerful position to start solving some of the world’s big problems. And to be happier and well rested while we’re doing it.”

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Deployment

Instead of searching for don allred insurance quotes online, recently I’ve been on the lookout for anything Marine deployment moto since David deploys to Japan in a few WEEKS if you can believe that. To say I’m nervous is the understatement of the year. — It’s bad enough have him all the way over in California, but halfway around the world?? Oh, help me. — Send me coffee because I’m definitely going to need it.

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Engineers Invent Material Intended To Store Water In Soil

Farmers in dusty-dry countries could very well soon have a solution for the droughts that plague their crops – in the form of powdered water.

This powder, called Solid Rain, appears to look like sugar and is made up of an absorbent material called potassium polyacrylate, capable of soaking in liquids up to 500 times its size.

The water absorbed by the polymer can be stored for up to a year without drying up   – the only time it is extracted is when it is by the roots of plants when the can be added to soils to produce water for plants.

This Solid Rain was created by Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco, a Mexican chemical engineer.

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New Gadgets

I woke up a few days ago to discover that hubby had brought home a new printer the night before! Apparently he had been to a college electronics sale and had found not only a printer, but also a new keyboard AND a laptop. David’s former bedroom is now getting quite full, to say the least, with all of hubby’s new “toys”.

I’d say there’s definitely no need for any senior housing software here!

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Farmer Lost His Keys…And Finds A Treasure Instead.

When farmer Ifor Edwards, age 56, accidently lost his keys on a plot of land he owns called Oak Farm in Bronington, he decided that he just had to find them, so he and his wife, Anna, age 40, called in metal-detecting experts from the Wrexham Heritage Society.

Cliff Massey, 83, found the keys, but he also discovered 14 medieval coins from the 14th and 15th centuries.

 John Gittins, a coroner who performed an inspection on the findings, described the coins, which are composed of 90 percent silver and likely from the days of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, as a “true treasure.”
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Re-Stocking My Kitchen

As I look around at my stained and bent dishes, plates, casserole dishes, ect. I feel the need to throw a bunch of ‘em out and completely re-stock my kitchen. There are just so many amazing new brands of kitchen stuff out there now, I can’t help browsing through their websites drooling over their gorgeous kitchen fare. Hey, it’s gotta be less expensive than shopping for engagement rings!

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Increase Your Energy Level In 2 Easy Steps

Is winter dragging your energy level down? Instead of hitting the couch, try these 2 easy tips to increase your energy level instead.

1. Get yourself moving. Wake up earlier in the morning, to give yourself time to do some relaxing stretches, then move into some cardio moves to wake yourself up and increase your strength and energy level before having to hop in the car to drive to work.

2. Eat a hearty breakfast. It’s no myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Give yourself the extra time in the morning to prepare a healthy, filling breakfast, such as hot oatmeal, whole wheat toast with eggs, or a bowl of granola. Don’t forget to eat fruit with your breakfast too! The healthy sugar from fresh fruit provides a ton of energy that will help get you through the day.

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Farm-Fresh Eggs….At The Touch Of A Button!

Interested in getting farm fresh eggs without the full-time commitment of a chicken coop? A new chicken-renting website may the answer you’re looking for.

RentTheChicken.com, launched by husband and wife team Jenn and Phil Tompkins, from Freeport, Pennsylvania, will deliver two egg-laying hens, a portable coop, food and instructions on how to take care of the animals.

Phil, who raises the hens himself before sending them off, told ABC News: ‘Most people are hesitant to get into chickens because they don’t know what to expect or where to start, so we try to provide an easy avenue for the customer.’

He and his wife raise the hens to between six months and two years old before renting them out, because he says maintaining chicks is much more difficult, especially for a first-time owner.

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New DSLR Camera

My 17-year old daughter who is a budding chef/food blogger/photographer just recently got her very first DSLR camera for her birthday present the other day. She is beyond excited and has thrown herself into learning how to use it the past few days, and I have to admit: Her photography is pretty good. I don’t know if learning from photographers in nc is in her future, but I have to say that I like having another photographer in the family!

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