Ways to Motivate Children to Read

Reading goes hand in hand with creating. The importance of reading is to understand the arc of a story and how to convey information, lessons and emotions. To inspire reading sometimes you need to involve your children in the creative process behind a book. How it is made, the story it tells. The more they know about the components, the more excited they will be to experience the journey themselves. Children learn in a variety of ways so here are some different ideas to inspire a love of reading inside of them. [Read more...]

10 Simple Essential Tools That Should Be In Your Kitchen (But Probably Aren’t)

As far as kitchens go, I like to think of them as the room where beverages and snacks are kept. I am aware that there are devices in there which, when used properly by my husband, transform ingredients into delicious meals. I just don’t know how to use them. Yet I love learning about all those kitchen gadgets – I am always in awe of them and their ingenious purposes. But I wonder if they are really worthwhile and effective. So out of curiosity, I turned to Lynn Bowen Walker – author of Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker and host of the Queen of the Castle Recipes Blog – to find out what a real cooking whiz feels are the simple things no kitchen should be without. That way I’ll know just what to buy my husband for the holidays to ensure he continues to feed me. [Read more...]

Surviving Thanksgiving: 10 Handy Tips to be Thankful For

FallVeggiesWith fall in full force, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will be here before we know it. While the holiday season is kicking off, it can be a great time of warmth, compassion, family memories, and reconnecting with loved ones. Unfortunately; however, it can also be a very stressful time full of last minute shopping, hectic travel, lost directions, awkward parties, and a lot of juggling to fit in all of those events and last minute appointments. As hectic as it can seem, with a little planning and these 10 simple tips you can sit back, relax, and keep your sanity during the Turkey Day chaos. [Read more...]

Tips and Advice for Learning a New Language Online

Businesspeople and others who travel to various countries frequently find it desirable to learn a new language and one of the best ways is to learn it through the Internet. Before you spend your hard-earned money on various programs, CDs, or books, it is best to look for free online language learning services first.

Online learning is also very effective because it makes use of text, photographs, audio and video to permit you to both hear and see how the language is actually used. This is very different from reading a book on a certain language in which you are usually limited to the words that you may not know how to correctly pronounce. Language courses offered over the Internet are also interactive in nature so that you can practice your vocabulary and check your grammar. Many of the lessons can also be downloaded into your laptop or MP3 player so that you bring them anywhere you go. This will permit you to listen to the lessons and practice saying the words and sentences while you are doing something else, such as exercising or driving. [Read more...]