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January 1, 2020! New Years Day

Happy New Year! If your bleary eyed and looking for Asprin, that was an energetic whisper instead of a yell…

Pensacola Pelican Drop with great friends.
The Pelican Drop may be gone but the memories live on!  Happy New Year! 

Well 2020 is officially here. Now if I can just train myself to write that year, on important things like billing, receipts and checks. If you haven’t adjusted your organizer, calendars, and yearly to-do lists, it’s a good day to spend quietly preparing to rejoin the world. (If you’re lucky enough to have time off to do so.)

First make it a point if you’re not totally digital to transfer any dates, notes, or important information to this tears planner. Sync the digital, worlds of desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile so you have your information handy. You should do a complete backup of your contacts, calendars, and any other vital information.

For digital media burn real back up disks. I know, it sounds old fashioned today, but that thumb drive, external hard drive, micro sd card can all be wiped out. The wrong delete command can undo all your hard work. What would you do if you lost all those irreplacable photos?

The Cloud?

Ok, like most of us I have cloud storage. So why do I need to do anything physical like a real disk? Cloud storage has gotten better but, experts still agree if you go with this method, you need more than one. A physical disk also lets me keep my private files…Private!

Data breaches happen all the time. Google, Banks, Stores where we shop, they appear in the news all the time. Sensitive information like credit cards, financial records, taxes, contacts, and any photos, you don’t want out there don’t store it anywhere that has network access. Yes, it makes it easier for you to get to your files but internet security is really only good until the next hacker breaks it. Do you really want to learn through social media that “That” photo is out there. With identity theft rates going higher, do not want to take chances with your sensitive information?

Staying on Track

As a blogger, and in charge of the family finances, I safeguard this information. I use a variety of both physical and virtual tools to make my life easier. To keep my days on track and remember appointments I still use a paper planner. Everything from holidays, birthdays, and planning for both my family and my blog go here. I find it easier to stay focused, complete tasks in a timely manner and use things like alarms on my phone for special reminders.

Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Flexible Cover, Twin-Wire Binding, 5" x 8", Laila

by Blue Sky
Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Flexible Cover, Twin-Wire Binding, 5″ x 8″, Laila

by Blue Sky


Outside of that and a secret stash of sensitive login information I’m fully digital.  We use app named Prism to keep track of paydays, bills, credit cards and so on. It let’s me track and make payments easily with an easy to understand interface that covers everything. It reminds me when the water payment is due. Keeps my bank balance, tells me the car insurance is next week and keeps up with my automatic payments. With bank-level security and automatic locking features even if I lose my phone no one else can get in.

Prism Bills & Money (Kindle Tablet Edition)

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Or on Google Play
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November 8, Tongue Twister Day

“Peter piper picked a pack of pickled peppers.”. We’ve all heard them but can you day the tongue twisters fast 3 times in a row?

These feats of tongue dexterity often leave us tongue tied. Training with these feats of language and pronunciation skills leave us with better communication skills. So while fun to both say and listen as your friends and family trip over the words keep in mind mastery of these can lead to better speaking habits. Some may even help when learning foreign languages.

These are often used as part of general conversation and speech therapies. There are a variety of reasons for speech therapies. My niece has taken it for several years. When she started getting to age 3 or 4 you could not understand a word she was saying. By the time she was school age, it was greatly improved.

I also had many sessions of speech therapy after a burst aneurysm stroke. They pair it with physical and occupational therapy, to aid in recovery. Now other than on occasion losing a word I am as articulate as ever. As you can see throughout this blog and other instances. Now people like Professor Henry Highins would never know I had a stroke.

My Fair Lady is a rather famous movie that explores the premise of how speaking better can affect your life. They explore it in regards to social status. In today’s world it more directly pertains to career paths.

My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn (Actor), Rex Harrison (Actor), & 1 more  
My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn (Actor), Rex Harrison (Actor), & 1 more  

A tongue twister is a phrase that is very hard for people to articulate, especially when spoken in a sequence really fast.

Finger Fumblers

Most languages, including sign language have their own versions of tongue twisters. In sign language, they are known as finger fumblers. In many cultures, children usually use them as word games.

Tongue twisters tend to rely on using similar sounding words that aliterate. That means that the first letters or sounds in the words are the same.

How to Celebrate?

  • Have a tongue twister contest with family, friends and co-workers. Whoever is able to say out a tongue twister without making mistakes wins.
  • Make up your own tongue twister.

Did You Know…

…that she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore is a popular tongue twister that comes from a poem written by British songwriter Terry Sullivan and was based on the life of Mary Anning, a British fossil collector who was known to scout the beaches for fossils?

Common Sense Day

Are you familiar with the saying “common sense is not that common”? Celebrate this rarely used quality on November 4, Common Sense Day.

My favorite saying is

Common sense is a flower that does not grow in everyone’s garden.

Common Sense Is that Flower That Does Not Bloom In Everyone's Garden: Lined Journal: The Thoughtful Gift Card Alternative Paperback – May 22, 2019

by Pink House Press  (Author)
Common Sense Is that Flower That Does Not Bloom In Everyone’s Garden: Lined Journal: The Thoughtful Gift Card Alternative Paperback – May 22, 2019

by Pink House Press  (Author)

As you watch the news, surf the internet, or simply read the latest Google headlines, I’m sure most if us have shook our heads, laughed, or the phrase “Really” a utured out loud. Common sense has become both more talked about and something becoming more lacking in encounters every day.

Growing up this skill was taught along with lots of practical skills for life. Our parents taught us about real world living do we could grow and mature into responsible adults. Today the news is filled with stunning examples where for some reason this was missed. Is it because we’ve become more focused on technology? I’d like to think no, however the wealth of young adults lacking these skills that are entering the world should give serious reservations about humanities future.

While this is meant to be a fun holiday, recognize that these skills are being lost at an alarming rate. Have you ever worked with someone who threw away an article of clothing because it’s missing a button? I have.

Common Sense, Thomas Paine
Common Sense (Books of American Wisdom) Hardcover – July 1, 2002

The date coincides with the birth date of actor Will Rogers who was thought to have coined this phrase.

How to Celebrate?

  • Well, what can we say? Use your common sense to celebrate this unofficial holiday.

Most important try to teach it to those around you. They may not say it today, but their future selves will likely thank you for it.

Jen’s Easy Chili

This is fall or winter comfort food everyone looks forward to. If you don’t know this yet I worked in retail for almost 20 years. It makes it challenging to serve a home-cooked meal for dinner. Especially when there are dietary observances in play. I perfected this with the help of my best friend my Crockpot. You can do it on the stove in about an hour if you have to. Letting everything blend over that longer period in the Crockpot, gives it a deeper taste. Again it is really good right off the stove too.

The Ingredients

2 –  lbs ground chuck or beef
2 – 15 oz cans black beans no salt added, drained ( in this instance I buy Great Value or Walmart brand.  There are also less carbs than in other brands)
2 cans Diced Green Chili’s
4 – 14.25oz cans Diced Tomatoes no salt added (great value brand had the least cabs)
2 – 1.25oz pkgs Chili seasoning (pick your favorite brand and heat.  We use mild, either McCormick or Great value)
1 medium onion diced
1/2 medium green pepper diced


Directions

  1. Brown meat, drain if needed.  Leave a little for the onions and green pepper.  Continue cooking till onions become translucent. (I do this night before if using my Crockpot.)
  2. Add green chilis and seasoning mixes with 1/4 cup water.
  3. Once evenly mixed add tomatoes and beans.
  4. Simmer covered on low 20 minutes for stove top, or 4 hours on low in Crockpot.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy. 
  6. We like to top ours with fresh green onion, shredded sharp cheddar, and a spoonful of dour cream.


Nothing beats coming in after a long day to a warm, satisfying, meal.  It’s even better when the temperature drops or rainy evenings. Also goes great with game day and Superbowl!


Back to School

Starting Kindergarten, finishing Elementary, heading for Middle School, stepping onto a High School or University campus, it’s that time of year. As summer heads into fall we prepare for the school year ahead.

I know things have changed since I was in school, but the importance of an education was always encouraged in our home. Growing up we were encouraged to shoot for the stars and nothing we wanted to do, be it artist, doctor, nurse, lawyer, astronaught, musician, historian, yoga instructor, writer, or even the next Bill Gates, was always attainable. Now computers take a much more central role in education. Some learn the same curriculum exclusively online in programs like Florida’s K -12 program.

I also have to say if you are homeschooling or considering it, you have my hearty encouragement. My siblings and I started out first in a private school then public. When I was in 3rd grade that changed. My brother was having challenges. (This was before so many things like ADHD, dyslexia, and others became common knowledge.) My mother devoted herself to helping us both with anything we needed. Whether just some homework questions, or entire big concepts that we were not understanding in school. By the end of that year she was spending several hours teaching what they were doing at school. She decided that if she had to spend all that time doing the job, why was she sending us to school?

Check here for the rules, requirements and support in your state.

It was one of the best experiences ever! Not only did we learn at a higher level, we had a rounded curriculum that included, music, socializing with a group of 40 families who were also homeschooling, field trips and things not typically taught now. We went to zoos and museums, wrote book reports, we wrote and published our own newsletter. Birthday parties, libraries, science experiments, and a schedule that still saw us out the door when our friends arrived home thier schools.

When the word homeschooling is mentioned by some, they give a disapproving context. Claims of missing out on the social skills learned in other school settings, is one of the most frequent. I can 100% tell you in my experiences this was absolutely false.

Whatever the case may be the importance of education cannot be denied. Private, Public, Correspondence, Home, or other help prepare you stars to shine brightly in the academic world and later in life.

I’m admitting it, my mother was right! Education helped me become a success later in life. It also taught me to be tenacious while not giving up when life gets challenging. While unforeseen health issues have affected my ability to physically fly to the moon, I have not stopped reaching for the stars.

I hope everyone gets the same encouragement we did. As a help to parents and children everywhere, I’ve compiled 3q33 2esupply lists and provided links to Amazon. Skip the traffic, and the heat while your fingers do the walking. Get it all shipped directly to your door.

Kindergarten

1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

High School

Off to College?

More coming soon….

No matter what stage or where life takes you learning is a life long endeavour. In a classroom or the halls of life, experience or research, give the encouragement to help theirs or your own star shine as brightly as possible.

Back to School 7th Grade

Send them off to school in style, with everything they need to make the grade. Check with your local school for exAtact quantities. In our county the quantities differ quite a bit depending on the school.

Don’t forget tax-free shopping days. Click hereto find them in your state.

The list

Basic classroom supplies (to be replaced throughout the year).

Notebook paper, loose leaf, wide rule

Plastic Folders (see individual school lists for color and prongs or no prong)

1 pencil bag\box

#2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)

Black, Blue, and Red pens

White copy paper

Colored pencils

Pkg 3 x 5 index cards

Pkg 3 x 3 sticky notes

1 pencil sharpener with cover

Graph paper

Composition notebook(s)

Basic function calculator

Protractor

Highlighters

Earbudsor headphones

Lg bottle hand sanitizer

One 1 inch view binder (chorus & music students)

Tissues or paper towels

P.E. Students

Athletic shorts (no Soffe brand\style shorts. No denim; all must be mid-thigh).

Athletic t-shirt

Sweatshirt and sweatpants are needed for cooler months

Athletic shoes; must tie or Velcro (no boat shoes, boots, slides, flip flops, or slipons)

Activity fee may be needed. Varies by school and teacher. Please see your local school for information.

Art Students

Pkg wooden pencils

Colored pencils

Black sharpie markers (ultra-fine)

Colored markers

Glue stick

White liquid glue

Scissors

Rulerwith metric & customary units

Box of watercolors (8 trays)

Small container to hold art supplies

Copy paperor card stock

Pencil sharpener with cover

Activity fees

May be required for electives and things like science lab, STEAM Elective, Art, and P.E.

Backpacks are allowed here but must fit under the desk.

Back to School 2nd grade

Send them off to school in style, with everything they need to make the grade. Check with your local school for exact quantities. In our county the quantities differ quite a bit depending on the school.

Don’t forget tax-free shopping days. Click here to find them in your state.

Start the school year off, with less stress. With Amazon shipping everything needed right to your door.

Second grade

#2 pencils

Crayons

Scissors

Gluesticks

White copy paper

Kleenex

Notebook paper

Erasers

Liquid school glue

Hand Sanitizer

Expo markers, black

Plastic Folders (see individual school lists for color and prongs or no prong)

Ziplock bags – Girls – Boys see your local schools requirements for size and quantity

Shop Amazon for the perfect back to school outfit.

Help his style soar with his grades with the perfect back to school look.

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