Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why our Yogurt Maker has Become My Favorite Household Item

Yogurt is a super food, in my opinion, and it’s been a great part of our daily life ever since I got a yogurt maker. I was well-aware of the many benefits that fermented foods have on the human digestive system and a plethora of other parts in our bodies. However, I hadn’t had the opportunity to test out some recipes. To be honest, making yogurt without an appliance seemed way too complicated for me.
Store-bought yogurt simply doesn’t have the same nutrients as the one you can make at home. You can’t know what sort of additives and artificial colors go into your favorite brand, and the worst of all is that these chemicals can make a typically healthy food totally unhealthy.
Once you decide that buying a yogurt maker makes sense, you’ll learn loads of ways to include natural probiotics into your daily recipes. There are a plethora of things you can do with your homemade yogurt as the sky’s the limit when it comes to all the delicious pies and desserts you can prepare with it.
I would also want to add that getting such an appliance actually saves you money in the long run. You could save up to half of the pennies you spend at the store. If you aren’t convinced about the benefits offered by homemade yogurt, I’ll give you an example that made me think of it from an entirely different perspective. There are varieties of store-bought yogurt that can last for as many as three months. We’ve learned to take time spans like these without so much as the blink of an eye, but the fact is that normal yogurt should never last more than a week in your fridge.
Natural things get spoiled all the time, and that’s the way it’s got to be.
Since store-bought yogurt is commercialized in plastic containers, you’ll help the environment if you start making your own because you’ll use less plastic in the long run. Besides, there’s no one telling you how fat or low-fat you want your yogurt to be. In this sense, you don’t have too many options when you go to the supermarket.
So that’s my view of yogurt makers in general. There are two kinds of such appliances available for sale these days. With some, you can make a big batch of yogurt in a single container, while with others you’ll do the same just in six or seven individual jars. If you do decide to choose such a product, my advice to you would be to steer clear of those that contain BPA or have been made from plastic.

In fact, if you select a model with individual jars, it would be a good idea to check whether or not they’re made from glass. The appliance will rely on a high temperature to create the fermentation that would normally take place in the span of a couple of days or more. You don’t want any nasty phthalates in your yogurt coming from any plastic component. 

Top 10 Homework Help Tips for Parents

It's a fact that children perform better when parents support them and help them with homework. If you're not sure how you can help your kid, read these tips.

Top 10 Homework Help Tips for Parents

If you're a parent, you probably understand what it's like when you've had a long day at work and come home only to see your child sitting over homework for a few hours already. Why do home assignments puzzle kids so much? Usually, the reason is the lack of attention in a class or in the teacher's inability to explain the task.

Anyway, there's really nothing much about it - you can help your child knowing the following tips:

1.    Motivate them to do homework earlier
It's okay to set certain limits and time frames for your kids to be able to deal with homework on time. For example, set the latest time they can get down to doing home assignments after they had some rest from school. By the way, allowing your children to enjoy some free time after classes is a good idea. Don't be too strict - let them have fun and refresh so that they could start doing homework with renewed vigor. But make sure they won't remember about undone math assignment at 9 p.m.

2.     Be understanding
Sometimes home tasks are really complicated, making even parents feel awkward. When you and your child read the task and he or she seems to misunderstand it, that's a risky moment. Kids are very sensitive and may get easily disappointed if they don't understand something. That's because they are afraid to be thought of as stupid. So, for you as a parent, that's a perfect moment to build trust and show your understanding. Try to get into your child's shoes and see where the problem of misunderstanding is. Explain the task and start doing it together. Your kid will appreciate that.

3.     Praise your kid
"I knew you could do it!", "Well done!", "You've done a good job!", "That's the way to go!" - use these and similar phrases to support your little ones and show that you're proud of them. It's even a better idea to make your praise more specific, for example: "Look how well you have managed with this part" or "Wow, this essay is much better than the one you have written yesterday". When your child can't cope with the assignment, don't start acting aggressive and blaming them for that. Being praised is very important for kids, especially when they feel that they can't do their homework.
Teachers always assign homework that will back up the information discussed in a classroom. So, if your child struggles with the assignment and it seems like there's nothing you could praise them for, you just need to help them remember what they have studied in school that day. Having recollected the program of the lesson, they will easily understand and get everything done.

4.     Don't breathe down their neck
If you want to help your kids with homework, don't push on them too hard. Instead, give them enough freedom. If they think that using the Web for information and online help in addition to parent help is reasonable, let it be. For example, let them use writing services like 10pagepapers.com - you can help your kid order essays there and use them as examples in writing. Writing services like that one offer papers written by professional writers with experience. This way, parents won't need to worry if they have lost their ability to write good essays, which they had had during school and college years.

5.     Create the right atmosphere
A lack of concentration is a common problem for all people, and for kids in particular. Usually, it is hard for your little one to focus on the home assignments in their room because they seem this place as the place where they play and have fun. A great way to change the scene is to let your kid do the homework in your office. You should explain that your office is a place where you do serious things, and you will see how this will affect them - kids get more concentrated and start treating such an activity as writing assignments more seriously. 

6.     Teach your kids to plan
The older your children become, the more complicated and serious home tasks they get. When there's a large project to do, it's time to show your kid how to divide the work into pieces and work on them effectively. You can decide which steps you need to undertake and write them down together. Then plan the work considering the time frames and the due dates. Using a calendar would be very convenient for such purposes. Actually, you and your kid can create a timetable for all the activities, including music classes, baseball practice, and homework in all subjects. 

7.     Let them complain
It's okay if your child feels lazy and avoids getting down to work by all means. Kids get tired in a class a lot, especially when a teacher gives new information. They feel that they have already worked much and they may be afraid that they won't manage with homework assigned based on new material. That's when you need to let them be honest and show their feelings. You can do that using such phrases: "You look upset. Are you tired?" or "Wow, this assignment looks really complicated. But I'm sure we can handle it together". As soon as your child shares the emotion and feels understood, he or she will be able to concentrate on homework better. Besides, kids are more likely to listen to you when they see that you understand them and care about them.

8.     Stay in touch with teachers and parents of your child's classmates
It's important to have other parents' contacts so that you could call them when there are some questions concerning the assignments. If your kid forgot to write down the task or wrote it down incorrectly, you can also get in touch with the teacher. Besides, staying in touch with the teacher, you can ask for weekly assignments so that you and your child could make up the timetable more effectively.

Keep up the feedback from teachers about your child's performance is also useful. Thus, you can know more about the ways your little one learns best and about possible problems he or she has so that you could work on them outside the classroom.

Helping your kid with homework is not only good for his or her performance in school but also good for a family relationship. When you do it together, you get a chance to spend some quality time with your little one and build mutual trust. So, don't neglect this chance, using excuses like "someone has to make the dinner" or "I'm too tired after work". Don't be a strict parent or a bad cop - be a friend and a leader.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Skydeck Chicago Review & Giveaway

I received complimentary tickets in order to facilitate this review.
Skydeck Chicago Review
Standing at 1,353 feet the Willis Tower in Chicago is one of the tallest buildings in the U.S. They added the Skydeck ledge just a few years after the Willis Tower was constructed. 

The Skydeck is an amazing observation floor. With a 360° observation area of all of downtown Chicago and beyond. But the LEDGE is what really sets this building apart from others. 

There are 4 glass boxes on the 103rd floor and they extend 4.3 feet out from the building. Each box weighs 7500 pounds and is comprised of three layers of 1/2" thick glass laminated into one seamless unit. These boxes are VERY sturdy and one need not worry about falling.

Skydeck Chicago Review

Friday, June 30, 2017

Meal Replacement Shakes Comparable to Shakeology

The users’ opinion about Shakeology is dualistic. This product is rather effective and popular, although the overestimated price of the shake scares off many consumers. The meal replacement supplement is designed to suppress hunger. It should be noted that the shake is good in this function. There is a few feedbacks that relate to poor efficiency of Shakeology in appetite suppression.

Such good performance is achieved due to high amount of calories (130) and protein (16 grams) supplied to the body. The other nutritional data of Shakeology include 14 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fat. Unfortunately, the sugar content is rather high. Besides, it comes from fructose that can be called a healthy ingredient.

All other components of Shakeology are natural. The product is free of soy or GMO. By the way, the protein comes from six sources, five of which are plant protein. Whey protein isolate is the only dairy protein source.

The price of such formula is too high if compared to other MR shakes in the market. Although, Shakeology does not provide any special or exquisite ingredients, 30 servings of this shake cost around $130. For this reason, it is advised to review other products comparable to Shakeology.

Yoli YES Shake

Unlike Shakeology, this protein shake by Yoli offers a superb protein formula called PuraWhey. It consists of whey protein and supplies 12 grams of this component to the body. The number of ingredients is not huge, however, most of them are natural.

As for the shake’s characteristics, they are quite decent. YES Shake provides 80 calories, 4 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of carbs. According to these values, Yoli Shake is a great solution for weight management purposes.

The users’ opinion is also different, since many people complain about bad taste of the shake, while others are satisfied with its high performance and great effect. The price of YES shake is also an issue, because users are not willing to spend $80 for 30 servings.

Vega One

Since the largest share of Shakeology’s protein is plant-based, we decided to review a shake with plant protein. Vega One shake is such type of product. The protein sources include chlorella vulgaris, hemp, pea, and sacha inchi. Nevertheless, the quality of the protein is unsatisfactory that is confirmed by consumers. 

In general, Vega One is not bad solution for people who need natural meal replacement product. However, the shake is rather expensive, because the price of $70 accounts for 20 servings.

18 Shake

This shake includes the best qualities of Shakeology and excludes its flaws. As a result, the users obtain a great meal replacement solution with natural ingredients and high performance. The protein source of 18 Shake is whey.

The shake provides 90 calories that is quite enough to substitute a full meal. In addition, each serving contains 15 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of carbs. Such formula that costs around $50 is the best solution for your diet.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Despicable Me 3 and Hasbro GIVEAWAY!!

In partnership with Universal Pictures
Despicable Me 3 and Hasbro Games Giveaway

Despicable Me 3 and Hasbro Games Giveaway

DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30
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Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. 

We had the chance to see Despicable Me 3 on Tuesday and the whole family enjoyed the movie, we think this is our favorite one yet. So funny and the whole Despicable Me crew always brings us back for more belly laughs, every single time!