Adesola Ikulajolu

Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards

Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards

Social Media as a group of internet based application that allows the creation and exchange of user generated content. Social media sites are: Facebook, 2go, Blackberry  TWITTER, Whatsapp, Friendster, MySpace and many others.

The Social Media and the Education sector have now become two great enemies. An old saying says “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. Most students dwell on this saying and they neglect their studies, there is not even a scheduled time for the social media activities. Hence, I will also say that “all play no work makes jack a stupid boy”

According to the research conducted by, Len Hart, Purcell, Smith and Zickuhr in 2010, indicates that 47% of American adults use social network. A national survey in 2009 found that 37% of online teenagers use social media sites which increased to 55% three years later. According to the survey in 2009, it is worthy to note that the rate at which teenagers, especially students access the social media without caution is alarming. From 2009 to 2010 there is a 16% increase in the use of the social media by students. How much time do these students have to focus on their studies, when most of their time is spent on Social Media activities?

There is already a division between Education and Social Media because most students now spend their time on social media activities which reduce the concentration and dedication they have for their studies, they forget their first assignment.

As of July 1999, 205 countries had at least one connection to internet. Estimate of the number of people on the internet seem to range between 50 and 80 million worldwide.(Retrieved from www.convince&

It is obvious that Social Media has now become an integral part of students activities, in as it constitutes a major part of their livelihood. As useful as Social Media is; students still abuse the use of it. From the studies, it is revealed that students spend a lot of time on the Social Media which causes a divided attention between their academics and social life thereby resulting in neglect to their Studies

It is true that the existence of man now depends on the availability and accessibility to information and communication. Social Media will be of immense help when students learn when to shut it down.

BIO: Ikulajolu Adesola  is a young writer and avid reader who loves delivering information and knowledge with Creativity and Originality alongside Timeliness and accuracy. He is devoted to freelance writing and researching. He has been featured in other magazines and sites.




image (3)Going back to school, or even going to school for the first time is a new chapter for every family. With so much information at our fingertips it can become rather confusing as to what we should prioritize for the months ahead and support our children to the level that they need us. So to make it really easy, as I’m sure right now you are running around buying school shoes and supplies, here is what I suggest you remember under the acronym of S-C-H-O-O-L.

And remember, it’s all about the long-term goals…

S – Schedule

Every family follows this in order to be consistent. Creating one will maintain all the cornerstones that create balance for us. Giving us enough energy to focus, sustain and achieve. Sleep for example and getting enough of it becomes the benefit of having one of these in place.

C – Communication

The only way to gauge how our children are when it comes to their well-being at school is to talk about their day. Collecting information makes us aware of the friends they are making, the teachers they have a rapport with, the classes they find challenging, and what they are enjoying. Making it a priority every day to talk about their day also helps them to share and off-load any worries they may have. The benefits of doing so keep you connected as a family.

H – Homework

We all get it, it’s how we handle it that’s important. Teaching them to manage and prep assignments so that our children can stay on top of deadlines is an important discipline to learn. Find areas in your home that promote good concentration, regulate screen and tabloid times. Go over homework that your children are unsure about so that we as parents can do our utmost in helping our children through those academic challenges.

O – Organize

Your child’s time table with them if not old enough to do it by themselves so they become more responsible and aware of their everyday activities. Ie: the books they need, PE (gym) kits, musical instruments, art supplies. All of this practice sharpens their memory skills and in its entirety it helps to run an effective household.

O – OutsideNanny-on-Tour-Logo

Because everybody needs the fresh air and the balance of school and home life! So up those play dates to develop your toddler’s socialization skills let the tween study together and have sleep overs. Carve time out for family time where you all can be active nd support the hobbies you all enjoy. A drizzle of rain never hurt anyone, let the kids play outside with other, after homework, before homework. Enroll, them in after-school clubs, remember being outside does wonders for our wellbeing and reduces stress, and in turn that helps a child with any school term.

L – Lunch

Maintaining fitness on any level is not just how we move our body it is about what we put in it. Reducing spiked blood sugar levels is critical to our health, and being consistent with our food plan and prepared with creative options is all part of keeping our body strong for he back to school season. So, prepare food the night before, get your kids involved in their options, freeze up homemade food, and keep those fruits and veggies flowing. Know what your kids are eating at school and change up your lunch boxes frequently.



By Ikulajolu Adesola

Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem
is not that parents are not capable to help their children.
Afterall, not many parents have a background or training in
educational techniques, or child psychology. It is just that the parent
does not know the best way to help.
Here are some tips on how you can improve the likelihood of children’s
success in their education. Remember, these techniques take both time
and patience to show the desired and expected results Don’t expect
miracles overnight.

Teach them that learning is their job.
Parents often ask what they can do to get their child interested in a
particular subject or task. This part is so important. No one cares
whether or not a child is interested in something. Of course, children
learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what
children really need to learn is that they must also learn things
they do not find particularly interesting. That is the job children have.

Aim High
You do not have to be an angry Mom or Dad to get your point across, but you
have to realize that parental expectation do have a huge impact on study performance.
If you don’t expect your child to do well,
your expectations will likely not be met.

Distinguish Learning from Study
It is rare for children to have done their
homework and to have also learned the lesson. By testing the child
with questions from the lesson. The child has a better chance at learning what the
lesson was really about. Though this gets harder as the child grows.

Prioritize study time
All children need down time, playing alone and with other
children is necessary for their intellectual growth and accumulation of social skills.
However, as a matter of priority, children should within reason, be
encouraged to work first before playing. It will pay-off in the long
run. Children should have a study hour in which they will need to
complete their school work. As the child gets older, his designated
study time should get longer.

Provide a proper homework environment
Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her
best.  A desk, and a comfortable chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper,
pen, calculator, computer, protractor, pencil.) Most importantly a quiet
place to work.

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Let them figure things out on their own.
Have your children think about problems at length before asking for
your help. Remember when you tell a child the answers to a problem,
you have deprived that child the right  to figure it out
by his or herself. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a
student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful effort to learn
something without assistance.

Teach proper Reading Comprehension skills.
So many children read without understanding what they have
read or understanding what it means. To aid in that gap to learning,
children should know that when reading they should not go to the next
paragraph until they have understood the previous paragraph.
If they do, they actually will not understand the
paragraph. You should also let children take note of what they read
(better still, they should keep an outline). Taking notes and outline,
rephrase what the child has learned from reading and will provide room
for the child to prepare for writing examinations.
Conclusively, You will agree that all these are important to a child’s
educational success. The issue now is for parents to put this into use

Parents should be involved in the training of their children.
Don’t rely on teachers alone. Parents should be happy to help
their children at home. Teach your children to reach for the sky. It will give them a clear advantage among their peers.

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Explaining Graphic Design to a Five Year Old

Explaining Graphic Design to a Five Year Old


Design 4 Kids

Kids are naturally curious about what their parents do for a living, and when we try to explain it to them (or even some adults) our explanations generally fall into one of two categories: lengthy and overly informative or hasty and placating. You have to find the middle ground.

This is even more important when you have to explain a job that’s a bit more abstract, like artist or psychologist. You have to go big with color and candy wrappers to keep them listening.

This dialogue is loosely taken from a conversation our creative director had with his daughter while driving to the grocery store.

Daddy, what exactly do you do?

I’m a graphic designer, honey.

I know, but what IS a graphic designer?

Graphic designers make pictures for things.

What kind of things?

See your juice box right there, someone like Daddy designed that. Things like board games, posters, candy wrappers and book covers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

You mean like my Spider Book?

Yes, exactly. The cover of every book is designed.

Why do you need to design them?

Because people like when things look nice and are easier to understand.

What people?

I work with businesses to design cool things for them and solve problems.

How do you do that?

I use colors and letters and pictures. Then, I arrange them to make people feel a certain way. See that stop sign right there? That is designed to let us know that we have to stop to let other drivers go ahead of us. Someone like me designed that.

Why is it red?

It is red because the color red is easy to see. If it were blue, it would blend in with the sky. That’s what designers have to think about.

That sounds like fun.

Design is a fun way to help people communicate with each other. Graphic design is everywhere you look and nearly everything has some design on it. Daddy gets to help decide what to put on those things.

Did you design this store?

No, but do you see that package of cookies right there? The pictures and letters on the package is what daddy does. Same with the soup and the chocolate milk.

Daddy, what are you going to do today at work?

<Sigh> I’m going to make someone’s logo bigger.

Design is Everywhere

Graphic design is problem solving and communication in visual form. Like a piece of a puzzle, graphic design, from logos to advertisements should make the world a little easier through which to travel. By teaching your kids about design, you are giving them a glimpse into art, creativity, problem solving, business and branding.

Next time your child asks you what you do for a living, take a breath and try to explain in the simplest of terms. Explaining it in the most uncomplicated way can even help you see it in a new light.

Originally published at on August 3, 2016.

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By Miyelmi Josefina Abraham
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It is a common expression used in Spanish; from which, I would like to start writing this, the 1st article to my Blog of Life Coaching for parents. From this phrase, I can give off many analogies; but the main one, in my opinion, that words, reflect the biggest challenge of human relationships: The world does not revolve around you!

We live on a planet where there are as many perspectives as people are in it!

So, at this point, I would like to highlight the relevance in our lives and our relationships; of a word, that people often use but most of them don’t know how to practice: Empathy.

According to the website “definició “this word derives from the Greek word “empatheia”, also called interpersonal intelligence (a term coined by Howard Gardner) and refers to the cognitive ability of a person, to understand the emotional universe of another” .

Based on that definition, which I can take 3 keywords: skill, understanding and emotions; I could say that “empathy is the ability to understand emotions”. This means, that individuals need to develop skills for managing emotions as an essential tool for life. This teaching comes from early childhood; so, parents must help children, to discover and understand the feelings of others and their own. If they cannot express their emotions, it is difficult to develop a real empathy with someone around. You have to show them the world, with a vision of sensitivity.

So, Empathy, is part of our essence as human beings, begins with our ability to understand from another perspective (learning even on the expectation of others), it is not about to change our view, religion or values, it is simply to assess people’ perspectives and caring for others.

From my view; “Empathy is the key to change the world!” Starting because it would help prevent bullying and other forms of intolerance.

But how we can cultivate an empathy culture in our children?

There are several methods, tips and techniques that can help in this process. But I’m going to share with you what I have defined as the 6 commandments to help children develop empathy:

  1. Be empathetic with your children. That helps them to develop …
    Self-esteem: be always positive.
    Confidence: You know how fun it is to be a child, because you are also one *
    Security: We learn from our mistakes.
    2. Be empathetic to your environment …
    after received a good service.
    Sensibility: To forgive others for any wrongdoing to us, everyone has had a bad day once.
    Equality: Each work is needed in the world. We are all valuable.3. Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy
    Teamwork: Sports, board games or any game that require decision.
    Family: Let your children participate in family conflicts or challenges where they can review and understand the perspective of a family member.
    Review: Talk with your children about controversial issues, giving your views on others and encouraging them to participate.4. Encourage your children to express their emotions.
    Fun: Play with your kids something like… “My favorite thing is…” The best part of my day was…” “One thing that upset me was…” “My favorite person is … because I love it when …”
    Freedom: Do not force your children to feel your way, to love something or someone just because you think is right. Explain why that is important for you, but respect his/her  feelings. Also ask why and how you can help?5. Making mistakes is natural and is ok!

You have made mistakes and you keep doing. Kids are human as well. Being mad about their mistakes, just makes them feel, they are doing something wrong and you will be disappointed about them. You should say that is normal, and encourage them to find solutions.

  1. Being different is wonderful!
    Perfection does not exist. It’s all about perspective!
    Disillusionment is relative. It is an expectations improper handling.These 6 Commandments will help you to cultivate a culture of empathy with your children and maintain healthy relationships! So, START  NOW!My wishes for you: Tears of joy, warm hugs and HAPPY children!If you liked this article, share it! and remember to follow us on Instagram: @mypositivekidcoach* Includes maturity and physical changes

How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker

The Kitchn

How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker


Homemade granola just may be why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and why I will always say yes to breakfast for dinner. After all, it’s toasted, crunchy oats tossed with a medley of nuts and seeds with just enough maple syrup and brown sugar for a hint of sweetness and flavor. What’s not to love? When you make granola in a slow cooker you get all that, plus the ability to make a huge batch at once with far less to clean up than when you make it the traditional oven-based way. And if you were concerned about the crunch, rest assured, we’ve discovered the simple solution for that as well.

Your Slow-Cooker Granola Template

Think of this as more of a template than a recipe. One of the things I love about making granola is that it doesn’t call for too much precision or overly exact measurements. Instead, it’s easy to customize to suit your taste; you can swap ingredients and adjust others to get your granola just the way you like it. The ratios are really the most important part (even though there’s even some wiggle room there for further tweaking). What you want to remember is to keep the same ratio of dry to liquid ingredients overall.

The One-Bowl Granola Solution

As if granola in the slow cooker wasn’t good enough, it still gets better. You’re looking at a one-bowl, one-spoon cooking situation. You can put away that stack of baking sheets, multiple mixing bowls, and your whisk because you won’t need any of it. Instead of mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in a second bowl, and then combining everything together, we’re simplifying things. Because after all, simplicity is the heart and soul of slow-cooker recipes.

The Big-Batch Game-Changer

I don’t make granola as often as I’d really like to, so when I do make it I love to double or sometimes even triple the recipe so it lasts a while longer. There’s a couple hang-ups with this, though: Oven-cooked granola is best made when the ingredients are spread out in a layer across a baking sheet, so taking the big-batch approach requires you to have at least a few handy, followed by the even trickier task of attempting to fit multiple baking sheets in the oven.

The slow cooker turns out to be the solution to both of those issues. No extra bakeware needed, and as long as the ingredients will fit in the bowl you can go for as big a batch as you want.

The Trick to Toasty Oats: Cover the Slow Cooker, but Not All the Way

The real key to making crunchy granola in your slow cooker is air flow. Those sweet coated oats and nuts rely on that steady flow to transform from soft and chewy to the crisp, toasty texture you expect from a batch of granola.

When the slow cooker is fully covered with the lid, it creates a warm environment that’s full of moisture. That’s great for cooking, but not exactly ideal for toasty granola. Instead, top your slow cooker with the lid, but leave it slightly askew so the bowl is only partially covered. This will help pull all that extra moisture out of the cooker.

Use a Baking Sheet for Faster Cooling

Once the granola is finished cooking, and before packing it away in containers, do be sure to let it cool completely. This is also the time when it will crisp up even more. You can certainly leave it in the slow cooker to cool, but because it’s piled high and the bowl is still warm, it will take a while. If you want to speed things along, spread the granola over a baking sheet. The increased surface area will cool the granola and up the crunch factor even faster.

How To Make Granola in the Slow Cooker

Makes about 5 cups

What You Need

Cooking spray, olive oil, or coconut oil, for greasing the slow cooker
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped if large (optional)

Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
3-quart or larger slow cooker
Baking sheet (optional)


  1. Prep the slow cooker: Spray the bottom and sides of the slow-cooker bowl with cooking spray, or coat with olive or coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in the slow cooker: Place the oats, nuts/seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of the slow cooker and stir until well-combined.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients: Add the oil, liquid sweetener, and vanilla extract, and stir until the dry ingredients are fully coated.
  4. Partially cover the slow cooker: Fit the lid onto the slow cooker, keeping it slightly askew to allow for air flow and moisture to escape. (Keeping the slow cooker only partially covered is essential for crunchier granola.)
  5. Cook the granola: Set the slow cooker to high and cook, stirring every 30 minutes, until toasted and golden-brown, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours total. Make sure the lid is placed back on askew after each stirring.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit (optional): If you’re using dried fruit, turn the slow cooker off, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine.
  7. Spread on baking sheet to cool (optional): For faster cooling, spread the granola into an even layer on a large baking sheet and let it cool completely.
  8. Cool and store: Cool the granola completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Slow-cooker temperatures: Slow cookers work at different temperatures, so the total cook time will vary depending on the model you use.
  • Storage: Store cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 7 to 10 days.

Cambria’s Granola with Pecans, Cherries & Coconut

             The Kitchn

Granola with Pecans, Cherries & Coconut Flakes

Makes about 7 cups of granola.

Adapted from Early Bird’s Olive Oil Granola via The New York Times

3 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free, if needed)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup dried cherries, currants, or a mix, coarsely chopped if large

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Mix dry ingredients together, followed by the wet ingredients and spices. (Save the fruit for later). Spread on a sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until crunchy and golden brown. Remove from oven, add the dried fruit, and stir to loosen up the granola and mix in the cherries. Cool completely before storing.

Store in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days.

(Image credits: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Recognizing when a child needs extra help

the kidsRecognizing when a child needs extra help

By Amanda Nanan

As a parent, it can be very difficult to recognize when your child is not quite developing at the
same pace as other children of his or her age. As a teacher it can be pretty obvious at times,
but almost impossible to approach a parent to inform them of the observations you have
made. Meanwhile a child is growing and getting older and still not receiving the extra help
they may need. More and more children are “slipping through the cracks” every year as
parents and educators wait for the right time or opportunity to address these difficulties that
children are facing. I have been in this situation a few times already, as a parent, and as a
teacher. I know from experience it is not an easy topic to address but it is necessary for the
well-being of the child.

As I was teaching my pre-K class back in 2008, I had a fellow teacher approach me very
hesitantly and I could tell right away what she had to say was important and yet very difficult.
“Amanda, I’m not sure how to tell you this, but I think your son is a little different from the
other children in my class.” This is not something parents want to hear about their precious
two year old child. My son was acting very different from the other children though. He was
very “active”, he would run into walls, throw himself on the floor, and put everything in his
mouth. Many parents look at those things as normal “boy” behaviors, especially for a two year
old. Parents can go straight into denial at this point or they can accept it and take some time
to process it. It stunned me a little at first, but as I thought more about it, and let it sink in, I
started to notice strange behaviors too. It helped a little that I had an older child I could
compare him to. I know they say not to compare your children to each other, but you really
can’t help it. I could see how my daughter developed and could tell my son just wasn’t
developing the way she did. I was very young when I had my children and was always second
guessing myself but I did finally decide to seek out a behavioral therapist for my son.

After a few weeks working with the behavioral therapist she noticed the same behaviors that
both his teacher and I had noticed as well. She told me the next step would be an occupational
therapist. I was very persistent with my son and truly wanted to know what was wrong with
him and how I could “fix” it. After going through testing with the occupational therapist and
later on more testing with a psychiatrist I finally had all the answers I was looking for. I finally
knew what was wrong with my son and there really was no way to “fix” him. My son was
diagnosed with Sensory integration disorder, Pervasive developmental disorder, and also
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder. My son is on the Autistic Spectrum. Now that I had the
diagnosis and we had a treatment plan I finally felt my son was on his way to getting better.
It has been many years since I went through all of this with my son. I have come to the
realization that I will never be able to “fix” my son but it’s ok. He was made special and unique
and I love him just the way he is. I know that if I had not fought so hard for him, then he would
have been one those children that fall through the cracks in the education system. I fought to
get him the different types of therapy he needed and a psychiatrist, all of which I had to fight
to get my insurance to cover. I had to fight to get him an IEP (An IEP is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction.) when he got into elementary
school, and make sure accommodations were made to assist him. All of the fighting was truly 
worth it to see my son succeeding in school.

Everything I went through with my son was not easy but it has opened my eyes to see the
challenges children face every day. It has given me the confidence to approach my students’
parents and talk to them about things that I may see in the classroom that they may not even
be aware of. I have also shared my story about my son with a few parents hoping they will be
able to see what is going on with their own child more easily. By sharing my story with them I
want them to know they do not need to go through this journey alone, that there are other
parents who have gone through this already and can serve as a sounding board. Parents do
not need to feel ashamed, scared, or embarrassed if their child needs a little help. It does not
make you a bad parent if your child has a diagnosis. In fact I think it makes you an even betterAmanda Family
parent because you are getting your child the extra help they need. Every child needs a parent
who loves them so much that they are willing to advocate for them and get them all the help
they need to succeed not only in school but also in life.

Author bio: Amanda Nanan is the Assistant Director at the Mattisyn School and has been working in Childcare for over ten years. She is a thirty one year old  mother of five beautiful children. married, living in Loxahatchee Fl.


Moving Tips for Parents

img_shippingservicesMoving Tips for Parents

Anyone can feel a bit disoriented and uprooted during a move, but for kids it may be
even worse. Kids rely on routines for stability in their daily lives, especially when very
young, and they don’t have the same coping skills as adults. Taking the time to make
children’s lives more bearable during a move can lower the stress levels of kids and
parents. Here are five tips to make the move easier on you and your kids.

1. Keep kids informed.
Some parents, worried about how their children will respond, may delay telling kids
about moving plans until shortly before moving day. This can backfire because the child
has less time to adjust to the idea and may become resentful about being kept in the
dark. It’s a good idea to reveal moving plans as soon as they’re firmly in place or, for
toddlers, a month or so before the moving date. If your child is a teen or tween,
consider discussing the move as a family even before finalizing the plans. Soliciting your
teen’s thoughts and concerns, even though you may ultimately go through with the
move despite these concerns, can help him or her feel like a respected part of the family
and develop a positive attitude about it.

2. Pad your plans with extra time.
You know it’s crucial to give yourself more packing and cleaning time than you
anticipate needing, but equally important is additional “fudge time” planned in for
unexpected issues and emergencies. This extra time is especially important if you have
kids, since you can’t always predict their behavior and needs in advance. Plan enough
time to run to the store for tissues or snacks, stop frequently for bathroom breaks, and
search for inexplicably missing items.

3. Enlist help from professionals.
Unless you have a relatively bare apartment, you’ll probably be hiring movers — or at
least a moving van for the big day. There are several other professional services that
may reduce stress on moving day as well. Consider some of these options

  • A babysitter or daycare to keep younger kids out of your hair so you can do last-
    minute packing without staying up all night.
  • Professional packers if you’re on a tight schedule and can’t find someone to watch
    the kids.
  • A “white glove”  moving service if you have fragile, valuable, antique or unwieldy furniture.

4. Give kids responsibilities.
If you don’t tap into your kids’ immense reserves of energy both before and on moving
day, you’re missing out. Getting kids involved can help them feel good about
themselves, keep them occupied on moving day, and maybe even give you one less
thing to worry about (depending on how reliable your kids actually are). You’ll need to
choose these tasks based on each child’s age for best results. Some ideas to consider for
children in elementary school are:

  •  Having them help pack contents from their rooms into boxes
  • Having them create an itemized label for each box from their room (so when they
    NEED that one toy later, you can find it)
  • Having them carry a roll of packing tape and “help” close each box
  • Having them help load small, light items onto the truck
  • Older children can handle larger tasks, such as packing contents from their
    bedrooms on their own or creating a color-coded labeling system to help identify
    boxes during the move.


img_economyshipping5. Use a storage facility or send belongings in advance.
“Start packing early” sounds like good advice, but sometimes it simply means you run
out of space and end up with stacks of boxes everywhere for weeks. Sending some
belongings to your new home early limits packing clutter, allowing you to get more
packing done sooner. If you can’t access the new home early, consider using a self-
storage unit.

These five tips can help reduce stress on moving day by making sure you and your kids
are prepared and have all the help you need. Choose the best options for you or try all
five to help achieve the most stress-free move possible.

Author bio: Chris Crompton is a marketing manager for Transit Systems Inc., a leader in
the freight and shipping industry since 1989. Transit Systems offers professional service
and low rates on long-distance small moves and shipments.

Acai, Hibiscus & Banana Popscicles

IMG_5792Acai, Hibiscus & Banana Popsicles

By Cravings in Amsterdam

It’s been so nice and warm the last couple of days that I couldn’t help myself and made some popsicles. I actually had one for breakfast this morning. They are super easy to make and quite healthy too. I made a reduction with acai pulp, hibiscus tea and banana. Then I swirled it around with Greek yogurt. A guilt free breakfast that tastes like dessert!

This recipe makes about 7 small popsicles


½ cup of dried hibiscus flowers

1 cup of boiling water

100gr of frozen acai pulp

8 tablespoons of honey

1 banana, chopped

2 cups of Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

For the chocolate shell:

300grs of dark chocolate, chopped

3 teaspoons of coconut oil

Dried coconut (optional)

Place the hibiscus flowers in a small bowl, add the boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes.

Once the 5 minutes are up, pass the tea through a sieve and discard of the flowers.

Place the hibiscus tea, 6 tablespoons of honey, acai and banana in the blender. Blend until smooth.

Then place the mixture in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let it reduce to a thick syrup while stirring so it doesn’t burn. This will take about 5 minutes. Then transfer it to a bowl to cool down.

Once the acai mixture has cooled down, start making the yogurt part. Whisk the Greek yogurt with the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey and vanilla.

Place a bit of the acai mixture in the popsicle molds, then add some of the Greek yogurt and then some more of the acai mixture. Use a toothpick or tip of a knife, to make the swirls. Insert the sticks and freeze overnight.

If you want to coat them in chocolate, microwave the dark chocolate with the coconut oil in intervals of 30 seconds. Stirring in between until it is completely melted. Dip the popsicles in the chocolate shell and immediately sprinkle some of the dried coconut. You can eat them right away. If you want to keep them in the freezer, wrap them individually in plastic film or a Ziploc bag.

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