Help Your Child Avoid The “Summer Slide”.

Help Your Child Avoid The “Summer Slide”.

 

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Hey,

When the school year comes to an end and the summer begins most teachers worry about their students losing most of what they have learned during the summer break. Some children slide backwards academically when they aren’t engaged in reading and math activities during their summer break. I’ve personally dealt with my children falling victim to the ‘Summer Slide’ in reading and have found a way to keep them engaged and actively learning without them even knowing it.

I call this activity “Find and Define”. All you need is an age appropriate Crossword Book and a Dictionary. The task for your child would be to first find the words listed in the puzzle and then to define each word using the Dictionary.

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I tried this with my children and they didn’t have a problem with the extra step of defining the words they already located in the puzzle. Your child will not only learn a new word but also the meaning of that word; a win-win situation if you ask me.

Do you have a way to help your child(ren) avoid the dreadful ‘Summer Slide’? Tell me about it in the comment section below; you will be helping parents and children alike.

Thanks For Reading! ♥

I’ve Started A Container Garden.

I’ve Started A Container Garden.

Hey,

I know, I know I’ve been away for some time but I fell in love with a new hobby of Gardening. One day I had this incredible urge to grow something. I sort out seeds from my purchased groceries and local discount stores. I have sowed some Tomato seeds, Lemon seeds, Cucumber seeds, Radish seeds, and Turnip seeds in containers. My goal is to produce my very own fruits and vegetables at home.

Below are a few pictures of my Container Garden and the progress I’ve made so far. I will be updating you guys from time to time on my experiences with the various plants that make up my garden.

Have you ever wanted to start your own Container Garden? or have you done so already? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

Thanks For Reading! ♥

My Linen Closet Organization – Under $18

My Linen Closet Organization – Under $18

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Hey,

I’ve been obsessed with organizing my home more than ever lately and decided to attack my Linen closet. Most people would say that my Linen closet was pretty organized to begin with but I wanted to be a little more detailed when it came to grouping the products in my closet.

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I stood back and took a look at how my Linen closet was already laid out and took a mental note on what I wanted to change about it.

I started by removing EVERYTHING from ALL of the shelves in my Linen closet. I went through all of the items and threw away anything that was expired and grouped together items by their likeness. As I was organizing my items, I found a few things that didn’t belong in the Linen closet and moved them to their rightful place.

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Next I sprayed the shelves with a Vinegar & Water mix and then I wiped each shelf clean removing dust, dirt, and any spills.

I purchased a few white baskets and trays in various sizes along with a pack of Tags and a box of gallon sized zip lock bags from my local Dollar Tree store (formerly known as Deals) all for $1.00 each plus tax. I repurposed a few boxes and bags that I had available for some of my storage needs which in turn saved me money.

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I placed the items back into my Linen closet in their new home location. I flipped the shelf that held the linens with the shelf that held the hair products so that my two-year old couldn’t reach the hair tools and in turn it made it easier to access my most used products without bending which saved my back tremendously.

Working from top to bottom…

Shelf #1 held

  • Nail Care
  • Teeth Care
  • Soap
  • Paper Goods

Shelf #2 held

  • Sanitary Products
  • Body Care
  • Perfume & Deodorant
  • Meds
  • First Aid
  • Writing Utensils

Shelf #3 held

  • Hair Products
  • Hair Oils
  • Body Oils
  • Hair Tools

Shelf #4 held

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Wash Cloths

Closet Floor held

  • Misc. Items
  • Heavy Items
  • Iron

It took me about 4 hours to complete the organizational makeover of my Linen closet with me taking many breaks in between. After the task was completed, I felt accomplished and couldn’t stop checking out the new look of the Linen closet whenever I passed by.

Lets Talk: What have you recently organized or want to organize around your home? Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks For Reading! ♥

 

Dachee Bohemian Style Laptop Bag Review

Dachee Bohemian Style Laptop Bag Review

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Hey,

After purchasing my new laptop I knew I needed something that would protect it from damage and make transporting it a breeze. I did my search online and came across a beautiful bag listed on the Amazon website. The quality of this bag is worth way more than the purchase price and I was so happy to reap the savings. The laptop bag was affordably priced at $17.99; a savings of 64% off the original price.

Features

1 Exterior zipper pocket with 2 slit pockets and a place to store your writing instruments inside.

Both the front and back sides of the bag have pockets located near the carrying handles.

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The place where you store your laptop is padded with a suede-like material and has a zipper closure to keep your laptop safe when traveling.

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A detachable strap is included; This strap can transform your laptop sleeve/briefcase into a crossbody/shoulder bag.

20170303_164839The hardware on the bag is a gold-tone color.

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HP Stream 14″ Inch Laptop Review

HP Stream 14″ Inch Laptop Review

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Hey,

One of the reasons why I’ve been away for so long, besides life, is that I needed to replace my broken laptop so that I could write my blogs with comfort and ease. When in the market for a new laptop I wanted something that was light weight, small in screen size (but not too small), and appealing to the eyes. I came across the HP Stream 14-ax010nr priced at $219.99 at BJ’s and fell in love with it.

After checking out the HP Stream for a few days, I came up with a few likes and dislikes. I noticed how light weight (3.17 lbs.) the laptop was when carrying it around in-hand; the absence of an optical drive may have something to do with it. One year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal is included along with 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage.

The only issue that I’m having with the HP Stream thus far is that the computer doesn’t come with enough memory initially for a Windows update. I’ve been instructed to connect to an external hard drive or delete unwanted files in order to install the needed Windows update. I’m not sure if you can use the included OneDrive cloud storage for the Windows update but that wasn’t one of the options that was offered with the on-screen prompt.

Once I purchase an external hard drive (1 terabyte or more) I know that this laptop will be what I need to get the job done. If I were to give the HP Stream a star rating I would give it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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I love the textured aqua blue colored shell.

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 Clean white colored Island-Styled full-size keyboard with a HP Imagepad.

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A front facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone used for video calling apps like Skype and Facebook messenger.

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Features 1 HDMI port, 3 USB ports, a Microphone/Headphone combo port, and 1 multi-format SD media card reader located on the left side of the laptop.

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A 45 Watt AC Power Adapter port is located on the right side of the laptop.

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Included AC power Adapter.

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Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits

Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits

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Hey,

I have naturally kinky hair and when I find products and or practices that will make managing my hair easier, promote stronger strands, and retain length naturally, I’m willing to give it a try. I came across two types of D.I.Y. hair rinse that only used two ingredients to make; Rice Water rinse and Tea rinse. Today I will tell you the benefits, how to make, and how to use the Rice Water rinse.

I first came across hair rinse from a YouTube channel and used the method that was shown which was the fermented rice water rinse method. Only after I tried the fermented method (with unknown mistakes at the time), I desperately searched for other ways to make the rice water rinse so that I could reap the benefits.

During my search (again on YouTube) I saw that there were actually a total of 3 ways to make a rice water rinse. Fermented (the method I’ve tried…again with unknown mistakes), Washed, and Boiled; all producing similar, if not the same, benefits.

  1. The Washed method is the process of 1) rinsing the rice with water to remove any possible debris. 2) placing the rinsed rice into a container and adding enough warm water to cover. 3) letting the rice & water sit for about 30-45 minutes or until the water gets cloudy. 4) straining the water from the rice and then applying it to the hair & scalp.
  2. The Fermented method is the process of using the steps taken in the washed method but after straining the water from the rice, you will then store the rice water in an air tight container until the water starts to ferment – become sour to taste/smell; approximately 2-3 days. Once the rice has been fermented, you can then apply it to your hair & scalp. *The warmer the stored location, the faster the fermentation process. Tip: Boil the fermented rice water to stop the fermentation process if you want to store it for later use (a mistake I made the 1st time around…smh).
  3. The Boiled method is the process of boiling rice as you would normally do when cooking a pot of rice (hold the salt and or butter…lol). When the rice begins to boil, strain the water from the rice and let it cool before applying it to your hair & scalp.

Tips: Store remaining rice water, if any, in the fridge for later use; Good for 3-4 days. Add water to the concentrated rice water if needed for individual hair volume, hair length, and/or to dilute the pungent smell of the fermented rice water.

The Benefits of using either one of these methods on your hair & scalp:

  • Contains about 16% protein (can be used as a protein treatment)
  • Contains Inositol – A water-soluble carbohydrate; grouped with B Vitamins
    • Increases hair elasticity, making hair strands flexible and defines your curl pattern.
    • Decreases hair surface friction – smooths the surface of hair strands preventing tangles & knots.
    • Has the ability to remain in the hair strands even after it is rinsed out. benefits.
    • Repairs damaged hair & protects hair from future damage.
    • Strengthens hair strands from the roots.
    • Adds Sheen
    • Promotes healthy hair growth

After experimenting with making Rice Water, I prefer to use the boiled method. I feel that I get more protein released into the water when its boiled out of the rice opposed to the washed method. I like that the boiled method allows me to use it the same day (within an hour or two) after its made unlike the fermented method, where you have to wait a minimum of 24 hours.

Applying the Rice Water rinse

After Shampooing/Co-washing – removing any product buildup – you want to evenly distribute the room temperature rice water to your hair and scalp.

  • Massage the rice water into your scalp using the pads of your fingers in a circular motion.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic bag/cap and let the rice water sit on your hair for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse hair thoroughly.
  • Optional: apply a conditioner of your choice and rinse it out thoroughly.
  • Style hair as usual.

The Rice Water rinse should be used as often as you would use any other protein treatment as no one persons hair is the same in damage, strength, and tolerance. *Protein treatments, if done too often, can cause a protein overload which can result in hair breakage.

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Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Hey,

This Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookie recipe first started out as a recipe that I used for Lactation but then I tweaked it, removing two unnecessary ingredients.

Women looking to help increase their milk supply can still eat these cookies because they contain Oats which are a  well-known galactagogue. You also have the option of adding what you feel will benefit your breast milk supply and production to this recipe; so tweak on..lol

These Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious and satisfying treat the entire family can enjoy.

Things You’ll Need…

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Wet Ingredients

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1/2 a Cup of Unsalted Butter, 1/2 a Cup of Granulated Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar, 1 Egg, 1/2 a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract, and 1/2 a Teaspoon of Cinnamon.

Dry Ingredients

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1 Cup of All Purpose Flour, 1/2 a Teaspoon of Baking Soda, and 1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt.

Mix-Ins

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1 & 1/2 Cups of Rolled Oats, 1/2 a Cup of Chocolate Chips, 1/2 a Cup of Dried Cranberries, and 1/2 a Cup of Coconut Flakes.

Lets Get Started…

Preheat the oven to 350°F; Recipe yields about 35 cookies.

 

Set your timer and bake cookies for 15 minutes @ 350°F

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Set cookies aside to cool..I know, I know you want to taste one but just wait a few more minutes.

 

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Eat & Enjoy!

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