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So by now, we know the precautions we should be taking to care for our health for ourselves and our families and especially the elderly. The big thing is to maintain good hygiene and Wash Your Hands Often. #Socialdistancing If you need to read up on precautions, how you should prepare if you had to stay home for 2-3 weeks or even how to make your own hand sanitizer visit CDC.gov They give daily updates at Noon every day, so stay informed.
I would love to hear in comments on how you are all doing.

For me, I’m doing what I do, pretty much staying in except to go out for a few things every couple of days. I have taken up wearing disposable rubber gloves (I always have on hand). But when I can and go to the store, I use my own shopping bag rather than a cart to shop, for short trips, one less surface to touch. When I get back to my car I still use hand wipes after removing gloves.  Keep in mind all surfaces, even cans and containers should be wiped before handling or putting away. I heard Dr. Oz say to remove shoes when coming back into the house and even jackets should not be mixed, like in a closet.

Then wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds! 
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Keep Your Bedroom Organised for Better Sleep

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We spend our days working hours on end, and when we get home, all we want to do is to change into our comfiest house clothes and plop on the bed at night to try to get a good night’s sleep to get ready for the day ahead. But in reality, a lot of people do not get restful sleep due to several factors, and one of them is a cluttered bedroom. If you have a messy room, chances are the quality of your sleep is poor. Before we fall asleep, the last thing we see is what’s in our room. If stuff is strewn around it, your mind will find it hard to relax to ready it for sleep.

Put away stuff

Having shelves and cabinets inside the room helps you rid your bedroom of clutter. Have enough closet and shelf space to put your stuff in. The secret to maintaining an organized room is to put anything you got back in its place in the bedroom right after using it. Have fitted bedroom furniture from sites such as www.myfittedbedroom.com where you can keep your stuff. Fitted furniture will ensure that there will be no odd space in between fixtures that will become a sore spot. This will help you retain the neatness of the entire room.

Do not bring unnecessary clutter inside the bedroom

Make it a habit to take out whatever you carry inside the bedroom right after using it.

Glasses, plates, and other stuff that do not belong in the bedroom should not remain in the bedroom longer than they should. When you neglect your bedroom and continue cluttering it, you will find it hard to relax your mind and body.

Replace your sheets

Your sheets are what touch your body, and your sense of touch is an integral component of going into a deep slumber. Clean and fresh sheets will give you a good night’s sleep. Replacing your sheets at least once a week will always give you good rest, even if you are not going to sleep yet. Nice-smelling sheets will also help you relax and loosen tense muscles.

Install mood lighting

Mood lighting is another excellent way of ensuring that you will get quality sleep each time. Install dimmable lights that you can adjust to your liking. A bright room is not very conducive to sleep. Shut off your lights and turn on your mood lighting before you go to bed. Make sure that the lights will not add clutter to the room. Install them so that they blend right in with the décor and interior.

Invest in some good pillows

A good pillow or two is one of the things you need for a good sleep. Some pillows can provide ample support to the neck if you are suffering from body pains. An uncomfortable pillow will most likely wake you up in the middle of the night with a stiff neck. Toss out your old and hard pillows and replace them with better ones.  If you are looking for better pillows for your sleep, be sure to check out CouponAnnie.com to save big with the latest coupons and promo codes.
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How to Register for the ACT

How-to-Get-Your-Child-Prepared-for-College-in-High-SchoolKids grow up fast. Remember their first day at school? Or how helping with their basic grade school arithmetic made you look like a genius? And then, high school happened. Everything got harder, especially their becoming independent and not needing you as much. It’s healthy, though. Kids grow up to be their own person. Their independence is a sign you did good work because soon they will be out there in the world on their own.

But no matter how old they get, they will always need your guidance. Right now, it’s with their college applications. The application process is pretty straight forward, but it’s something entirely new for your child. It’s also an anxiety-filled process because it is a momentous period in their lives.

How to Get Your Child Prepared for College in High School

The college application process requires both the student and the parent to be organized. The process is a whole lot easier if you prepare in advance, then every step becomes more of a habit then an uncertain action. Parents, this is what every student should do:

  1. Take challenging college-prep courses that yield more than minimum graduation requirements, for example, honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB). Focus on core academics like English, math, science, history, HS/college dual enrollment, and world languages
  2. Focus on maintaining good grades. A distinctive high school transcript will be necessary for a strong application.
  3. Colleges are interested in more than your academic record, so explore and commit to extracurricular and leadership activities.
  4. Summer volunteer opportunities/jobs/internships beef up applications.
  5. Meet regularly with the guidance counselor, preferably starting freshman year. Guidance counselors are a great resource in planning out high school and college careers.
  6. Understand the costs of college and who’s responsible for it. If the family is helping out, it should be determined how much parents are willing to spend.
  7. Tour several college campuses.
  8. Register, then study and finally take a college admissions test.
  9. Complete the college application process, which includes essays, questionnaires, and sometimes interviews.
  10. Apply for available scholarships.

Where You Come In

While each of the items on the checklist above is critical, some may require more help from a parent than others. For instance, number four—summer volunteer opportunities/jobs/internships beef up applications—might require you to taxi your child around until he or she gets their license. The same goes for number seven—tour several college campuses. As well as number six—determining who’s paying for the degree.

However, number eight—Register, then study, and finally take a college admissions test—requires further assistance from a parent. There are two common college admission tests and your child needs your help to determine which he or she should take, if not both. You should help them decide. But first, you have to understand them yourself.

The ACT is a national standardized paper-and-pencil test for colleges and universities to assess applicants. The test consists of four mandatory sections (English, math, reading, and science) and an optional section, Writing. Students are given 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the mandatory section. If they opted to include the Writing section, then they are given an additional 40 minutes for a total of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

The SAT is another option that only tests math, reading, and writing. Meaning, if your child is better at science, they might have a better shot at scoring higher on the ACT.

The primary reason to choose one or the other is reliant on the student themselves. Here are the differences between the SAT and the ACT:

  1. ACT is less complex than SAT, and so the ACT test has a shorter time for each question.
  2. The SAT does not have a science section.
  3. The SAT reading test is much longer than the ACT.
  4. ACT allows students to use a calculator throughout the test. The SAT has sections wherein the student is not allowed to use a calculator, while there is also a section where they will be allowed to use one. If your child is not great at math, the ACT might be better for them.

The ACT could be a good alternative to the SAT if your child didn’t do well on the PSAT. If this is the case, you can find the ACT test dates for 2020 here.

How Else Can You Help

As you help your child through the college admissions process, keep in mind the following:

  • Being emotionally and financially prepared for it.
  • Before they leave your nest, get them to be comfortable with taking responsibility for their lives.
  • Teach them basic life skills like cooking, driving, etc. so that they can take care of themselves out there.
  • Help with researching colleges and universities.
  • When they arrive on campus, set communication guidelines with your child.
  • Create a financial plan and be specific about who will be responsible for which expenses.
  • Have a serious talk about safe sex, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Be encouraging. It’s a scary new phase for the child.
  • Not everything will work as planned, so always have a Plan B.
  • If you are anxious about anything, especially finances, then be mindful that you don’t place too heavy a burden on your child.
  • Prepare to have an empty nest and the emotions that come with it.

Get it done, let go and have faith

The entire admission process can seem like a huge task. Although this might be the heaviest burden your child has had to bear, you have dealt with worse. Your guidance, encouragement, experience, and wisdom will be essential throughout the process. But somewhere along the line, your child will have to step up and lead the process. They will have to make definitive choices and take decisive action. The process should be seen as teamwork, rather than one party doing everything. After that, you are going to have to let your little bird fly.
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 Gardening for kids: 5 Links to get your child more involved outdoors

Gardening-for-kids-5-links-to-get-your-child-more-involved-outdoorsIt would be fair to say that we are firmly in an era that is dominated by PlayStation’s, the internet and everything else that involves tech.

It means that gardening is often forgotten about. This is despite the fact that it has countless benefits associated with it, including:

  • First and foremost, it’s fun
  • It gives children responsibility
  • It provides them with information on nutrition (key in today’s world)
  • Allows them to develop cooperation skills
  • The list could go on!

Bearing this in mind, today’s article is a collection of links that we have stumbled across through the internet over the last few months. Hopefully, by the end of proceedings, you’ll have a much better understanding of how to get your child more involved in gardening, whilst keeping it fun at the same time.

House Beautiful – How to make gardening fun

For those of you who perhaps don’t quite know where to start with your child’s new hobby, let’s direct you to House Beautiful. They have collected just five points which provide an excellent starting base and show what you need to do to get your garden adventure started for your little ones.

Avas Flowers – Go bright and colorful

As we all know, kids love bright colors. This is where the  Avas Flowers Pinterest page comes into the picture, so kids can see photos of colorful plants and flowers. Your little ones really will be enticed outside if your garden is decorated with such plants, so take a look at the Avas Flowers website to read more about what you should be turning to.

Life Hacker – The easiest vegetables to grow for beginner gardeners

Little else needs to be said about this next suggestion. Put simply, the article tells you some of the easiest vegetables to grow for beginners. Children obviously fall into this category and if they can see that the garden is producing something tangible (which they can taste!) it can make all of the difference.

Express – How to create a children-friendly garden

This next article comes courtesy of the Express, although it has been written with Alan Titchmarsh (a leading gardener in the UK, for those not aware).

It goes into all sorts of ways to make your garden child-friendly, which should be your main focus as you integrate this new hobby in your family life. It doesn’t just touch upon the obvious but also talks about some of the lesser-known safety factors such as avoiding poisonous plans etc.

BBC – How to set up a wormery

Granted, most parents are going to wince at this final suggestion. Unfortunately, like it or not, kids love worms. A wormery provides them the perfect reason to get out to the outdoors and get up close and personal with these fascinating bugs.

Over the weeks they’ll see all the little tunnels these creatures create and it really will provide the perfect excuse to get out more.
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