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Monday, September 30, 2013

Everyday Products You've Been Using Wrong

You haven't been using ketchup cups to their full potential.

You haven't been using ketchup cups to their full potential.
Instead of grabbing multiple cups of ketchup, simply pull apart at the edges for twice the space.

Chinese takeout containers are actually made to fold out into plates.

Chinese takeout containers are actually made to fold out into     plates.
The containers actually are meant to unfold into a makeshift plate, which you can easily reassemble into a box for storing leftovers.

You're brushing with too much toothpaste.

You're brushing with too much toothpaste.
You only need to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for effective cleaning.  Most ads feature globs of toothpaste the size of the brush because
1) it looks nice
2) it makes you use up more toothpaste

You've been serving juice boxes the wrong way.
You've been serving juice boxes the wrong way.
Pull the sides out so your child has something to grasp onto, stopping them from spilling.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Being helpful and giving contributes to better relationships and greater satisfaction. People who seem to selflessly help others have high "communal orientation," as described by researchers firm the University of Toronto in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. However, those who give a lot and do not receive something in return may feel bad about the relationship. The imbalance in the cost and rewards of the relationship can cause a relational distress on those with a high communal orientation. These people should consider rechanneling some of the giving. For instance, volunteering for a charity allows the person to enjoy helping others without expecting their kindness to be reciprocated. For healthier relationships, let go of the expectation that everyone wants the same thing from a relationship.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Scolarship Scams!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Back to School Safety Tips

School is now back in session so take a little time to review some of these safety tips that may help to keep you and your family a little safer:

-Plan ahead and give yourself and your family a little more time to get ready in the morning and to travel to school and work.  This helps to make it safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
-If your child will be taking a bus to school, find out exactly where they will be picked up and dropped off.  Plan the safest route there and take a practice walk so you can point out places they can go for help when you are not available.
-If your child is walking to school, try to find a walking buddy.  Also walk the route with your child and show them the safest route with the least amount of streets to cross.
-Be sure your child obeys all traffic rules, stays away from bushes, alleys, strangers, and follows your pre-planned route.
-If your child goes home alone be sure they check in with an adult as soon as they are home and have locked the doors.  Remind your child not to tell anyone they are home alone; not even their friends, without checking with you first.

(Tips taken from HB Neighborhood Watch Newsletter)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Math = Love

It's truly a rare ordeal to encounter the words "math" and "love" together. In our current generation, math is synchronous with "boring" and "difficult". Children in grade school usually cringe at the thought of arithmetic assignments and not many high school students consider majoring in mathematics in college. Despite its unpopularity, math is inevitably important to our every day lives. From creating formulas for our medications to making the correct recipes for our favorite cake; math is everywhere and we use it every day. To make sure we don't take it for granted, Edward Frankel, a mathematician at Harvard University and UC Berkeley has spent a lot of his time and effort to encourage our generation to appreciate and love math more. He believes that because math is currently taught in such an uninteresting manner, people tend to shy away from the subject and associate it with a negative connotation. In order to gain more popularity for the subject, Mr. Frankel has been teaching his lectures non-traditionally filled with charisma and excitement. His lectures are so popular that they are viewed on YouTube by many. He hopes to give math a new image among people who once thought it was difficult and boring stating that, "Mathematics will be king in this brave new world". Check out his film, "The Rites of Love and Math," to see if he could change your mind about mathematics!

We hope everyone enjoyed coming back to school! Comment below and tell us what your favorite subjects are!

Source: Wall Street Journal, August 24-25th, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

9/11 Rememberance