Earth Day Is April 22, 2014 – How Will You Celebrate?

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Earth Day is a great way for everyone to collectively appreciate our diverse planet and show it some love by being more conscious about what we do to preserve its beauty as well as the quality of living in our neighborhoods.

Many people like to acknowledge Earth Day by volunteering to do local clean ups, especially on beaches where much litter is found and can end up in the oceans, causing damage to sea life. It’s also great to help clean up local parks because a lot of trash can be found after outdoor parties, and getting rid of it just makes the neighborhood look awesome.

Planting trees is a great way to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have fresh air in their futures. What we do now isn’t just for us, but for our families who will be inheriting whatever we leave for them. If you’re looking for a way to connect your kids to the experience, you can teach them how to grow their own plants. If you don’t have garden access, this can be done easily with plastic cups, a little soil, and seeds of their choosing. Just like in those classroom projects where they learn how seeds grow into plants, you can do this at home and teach them to grow their own herbs.

You can also make it a point to create a section in your kitchen where they learn to separate recyclables so that not everything automatically goes into the trash. If you have a recycling center nearby that pays for the items, you can show them how to earn money and they will be encouraged to recycle properly.

Visit the Earth Day site if you want more ideas, want to Pledge An Act of Green, or make a donation.

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The True Patriot Love Expedition – 2014

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I am very excited to support the True Patriot Love Expedition. This is a physically challenging event in which war veterans will be paired with business leaders as they embark on an expedition in the Arctic Circle. What makes this event so unique and thrilling? First off, the veterans are overcoming their injuries in order to reach their goals. This is happening as a part of their recovery and they will be doing it with the help of their partners as they raise awareness for the needs of Canadian war veterans and their families.

The participants have been training, including a three day ski training camp that happened in February. They will begin this big journey on April 19, 2014 as they depart from Ottawa, Ontario and head to Resolute Bay, Nanavut. They are expected to return May 2, 2014.

The veterans participating range in ages from their late 20′s to early 40′s. And they’re not all just men. There are two women participating in this named Sarah Dentry-Travis and Shauna Davies and you can learn more about them by visiting the <a href=”http://truepatriotlove.com/expedition-arctic-circle/soldier-team/”>2014 True Patriot Expedition soldier team page.</a>

My friend Bruno Guévremont is a part of this group and am very proud of him for all the work he has put into overcoming PTSD after a tour in Afghanistan. His life is a great example of what one can do to stay strong and positive despite the heartbreaking events that a soldier will face when in service.

The trip is no easy feat. If you’d like to show your support, you can learn more at <a href=”http://truepatriotlove.com/”>True Patriot Love.</a>

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Watch Kids Try To Figure Out A Cassette Player

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Watching these kids figure out how to use a cassette player is hilarious and also makes you feel just a tad old. For some, the process is way too complicated, but surprisingly, one kid finds herself feeling very knowledgeable with the device.

Even as they are handed headphones, their reaction to those is also surprising because you realize that they’ve only been using earbuds these days. The idea of only being able to listen to a few songs on a tape is mind blowing to them. They can’t even understand why you would fuss with rewinding a tape trying to find your favorite song.

You’ll love the points they make about the practicality and price range of the item. It makes you realize we have a different frame of understanding when it comes to what we should expect from technology based on what we had before things became more advanced. These kids cannot understand why anyone would pay so much for a device that can’t even hold over 2000 songs the way today’s mp3 players can. We definitely do have it pretty good these days as we can even store music and videos on our cell phones and carry them discreetly in our pockets.

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It’s National Sibling Day!

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Everyone is recognizing National Sibling Day by posting pictures of their brothers and sisters and sharing a few kind words and even a few touching stories of their special bonds.

While there are a lot of daily celebrations that seem arbitrary, this one was actually started with a noble idea in mind. According to Wikipedia, National Sibling Day was started by Claudia Evart, who wanted to honor the memory of her two siblings who passed away. She created a nonprofit organization in 1999 based on the idea of celebrating the relationships between siblings.

Perhaps we don’t always put much thought into our familial relationships, but they are the longest relationships we’ll ever have with other people. Your younger brothers and sisters have known you their whole lives, and you’ve known them all of their lives. It’s a unique bond, regardless of what may come between you at any point. You may even consider your best friend to be like a brother or sister to you, and perhaps this is a great day to remind them that they are a significant part of your family.

This day is of particular importance to those whose siblings are disabled or have lived their whole lives with syndromes that make them just a little different from the rest of the family. Though the love you feel for a sibling can be celebrated any day of the year, it is on April 10th that many people choose to collectively share with their friends on social media why their siblings are important to them, what makes them unique, and why they want to honor them with a little bit of recognition.

Do you have a special relationship with your siblings? Are you in business together? What keeps your bonds strong throughout the year? Please feel free to share any great stories about your brothers and/or sisters and what you love most about them. It’s a great day to give them a little extra attention and perhaps honor anyone who is no longer with you.

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Three Ways To Bring Back Family Time

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Our children are growing up in a world that is changing so quickly that it hardly looks anything like the life we knew growing up. Now, there are electronic devices that facilitate learning and communication, but some of us still feel pangs of nostalgia for the so-called “simpler times.” Our childhoods were not cluttered with social media and video games, so if you’re interested in giving your children a sense of what that was like, here are three things you can do to give them valuable experiences.

1. Board Games – If your children are old enough, bring out a classic board game and spend that time together. Board games that require math and strategic thinking are a healthy choice for family time. Especially with a game like Monopoly, you can teach your children how to manage their money, how to strategically buy properties on the board, and how to be good losers when they get thrown in jail and do not pass go!

2. Play Outside Together – Even if all you do is hang out at the park and kick a soccer ball around, you’re putting in a valuable amount of time and care into the relationship you have with your kids. You will encourage them to participate in more physical activities and you being out there with them sets a good example for what to do with free time. Push them on the swings or wait for them at the bottom of the slide. These are things that many of us don’t get to do when we come home tired from work, but it makes a huge difference when you make the time to do this sort of thing with your kids.

3. Cook Together – It makes sense to work together in the kitchen during meal prep. Rather than leave the task to just one person while everyone else watches TV waiting for dinner to be done, everyone should get involved in putting a great meal together. The more your kids are involved in the cooking process, the more proud they feel about themselves for accomplishing something important. Not only that, but you set them up for healthier habits as they get older, especially if they head to college. The more your children know their way around a kitchen, the better the chance that they will consciously prepare healthy meals for themselves rather than settle for the convenience of fast food.

All of these activities are intended to pull your family activities away from electronics for a few hours at a time so that your attention is directed at the people you care about. You could miss a lot of important moments staring down at little screens.

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