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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Studying from Home This Christmas? Five Items That Can Make It Easier

 Getting your work done on campus can be the easier option; you are in the mindset of studying, often surrounded by books, and plenty of others are in the same boat as you.

But when you come home for the holidays, it can be tough to get college work done. There are added distractions at home - family members running around the house, the television is on more than it's off, shopping for presents, and catching up with old friends are just some of the distractions you might face.

Of course, you will have time to enjoy all of the seasonal goodies that are on offer eventually, but your studies come first.

In this article, we will discuss the various items that can make studying at home easier.


1. A Good Desk

This is a must-have item, especially if you're using a laptop. If you're using a desktop computer, it's still a good idea to get a desk. A good desk will provide you with a solid, flat surface for your laptop, or for your laptop and your books.

But what kind of desk is right for you? It can be a tough choice to narrow it down; there's a lot to choose from. One of the key things to remember is your desk should help your study, not hinder it.

An example of a desk that will benefit your study method is a standing desk. Standing desks for students are becoming increasingly popular, and they have been proven to help your overall health and energy levels.


2. A Soft, Comfortable Chair

You're going to be spending a lot of time at this desk, so you're going to need a chair that is comfortable for you. Even if you choose a standing desk, this will provide you with a much-needed rest from time to time.

A good desk chair should be soft, with enough cushioning for your back, arms, and bottom. But it also needs to be able to support your weight. You don't want to sit in a chair that is too flimsy; this will cause you to tilt forward. Instead, you want a chair that will let you sit upright.

Investing in an ergonomic chair will help you maintain an upright posture, without tiring your back or your bottom. It's also good to get a chair that has armrests. The armrests will support your arms, and will stop them from falling asleep.


3. A Book Light

A good book light is a real life-saver. If you plan to study at the dining room table, it's a good idea to get a lamp that will illuminate your work. This will make it easier for you to see what you're doing, and will reduce eye strain, which is a common problem for students.

It is relatively cheap to buy a book light, and it is a very effective way to make studying easier.


4. A Portable Fan

We don't mean a fan that will help you cool down in the summer - we mean a fan that will help keep your eyes cool!

Students often complain of eye strain, and in some cases, it can be so bad that it is almost impossible to read. Keeping your eyes cool can help prevent this from happening.

There are three main ways to keep your eyes cool. The first is to simply rest your eyes from time-to-time. Another way is to blink more frequently. The last way is by placing a fan in front of your eyes. This way, you can keep your eyes cool, without having to pause your studying.


5. A Pair of Headphones

This is another item that will likely be used whenever you sit at your desk. Having a good pair of headphones is going to help you when it comes to focus and concentration.

It's important to choose the right type of headphones for you. The best headphones are wireless, noise cancelling, and have a good battery life.

If you have family visiting during the Christmas holidays, or your younger siblings are just so happy to have you home, a good set of headphones can block all of that out. You'll be in the study mindset in no time!


To Sum Up

The best way to get your studying done is to study in the same place every day. If you want to get your work done at home, these items will help you get the job done.

So, if you're looking for something to help you get your work done this Christmas, then these five must-have items will help you get it done!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Disney’s "The Lion King" Coming to Detroit! Tickets Available NOW!!!


Tickets for Disney’s The Lion King On Sale Friday, October 22, 2021


Performances Begin on January 27, 2022 and Play

Through February 20, 2022 at the Detroit Opera House


Detroit, MI, October 21, 2021 - Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Detroit’s most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Detroit Opera House stage on January 27, 2022 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 20, 2022. The show’s four-week engagement in 2017 played a sold-out run at the Detroit Opera House.


In Detroit, The Lion King will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a souvenir program and an exclusive cinch bag, are also available. Beginning Friday, October 22, 2021 tickets will be available at the Fisher Theatre Box Office, online at and Ticket prices start at $25. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by emailing or calling 313-871-1132. A special Open Captioned performance will be Sunday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.


Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot verify tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.


Following the lead of Broadway and concert venues across the country, Broadway In Detroit theatre patrons will be required to show proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance date or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination before they will be admitted into the venue. Additionally, all patrons will be required to wear a mask while inside the theatre regardless of one’s vaccination status.


Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 2 will not be admitted to The Lion King tour performances. Children ages 2-11 will not need to show proof of negative Covid test or vaccine to attend The Lion King at the Detroit Opera House. All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket and will be required to wear a mask at all times except when actively eating or drinking.


All ticket purchasers will receive a Broadway In Detroit Health & Safety Guide via email in the weeks prior to their performance. This guide will also be posted on the company’s website ( and available at the Fisher Theatre box office. It will have the latest information on the company’s health and safety protocols as well as information on what to expect when you arrive at the theatre.


The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers.  Having already played more than 90 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly returns to Detroit at the Detroit Opera House.   



Approaching 24 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by nearly 110 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years, with four of those running 20 or more years. 


Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), by the end of 2021, there will be ten productions of The Lion King around the world, including Broadway, London, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, on tour across North America, Japan and the U.K. & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally. Having played over 100 cities in 21 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.      


The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 


The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor supervises new productions of the show around the world.


The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.


Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.


The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), Anthony Lyn (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor), Doc Zorthian (production supervisor) and Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (casting). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.


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Important Ways To Prepare Your Child For Their First Day Of School


Preparing your little one for their very first day of school requires a bit more than shopping for stationery. Although shopping for stationary itself is quite a tiring task, your child will need all sorts of things for their first year, from pencils and sharpeners to book bags, books, art supplies, and everything in between.


Furthermore, whether your child will be attending a private school in Madison or a public school, these are the most important ways that you can successfully prepare your little one for their first day.


Visit The School And The Classroom

The first day can be pretty overwhelming for any child, regardless of how socially confident they might be in general; the first day presents an entirely new environment and wholly different children and adults.


The main reason a first day can be a bit nerve-wracking is simply due to the newness of the environment and all aspects it contains. So, the best way to prepare your little one is to remove as much newness gradually as possible. A visit to the school and the particular classroom they will be in is an excellent idea. This will allow your child to familiarize with the environment on their first day.


Furthermore, meeting their teacher is also a beneficial decision to help your little one better anticipate what to expect.


Talk To Your Child About School

There are also other practical approaches to help your child mentally prepare for school, and talking about all the details of school is another excellent solution. You can simply discuss things like how they should try to make friends, acceptable behavior in the classroom, the kinds of activities they can look forward to, and others.


Creating conversation around the topic of school will also help your little one grow excited about starting big school.


Rehearse Self-Help Tasks

One of the scariest elements for parents sending their little ones to school for the first time is knowing that their child will no longer have the extensive assistance they received in preschool and at home.


We tend to help our children more than we need to out of habit, and of course, immense love and care. But with that said, you will need to let go and support your child through the process of becoming independent, and this starts with some basic self-help skills.


Rehearsing things like dressing, undressing, using the bathroom, and handwashing is essential, as these are things your child will need to know how to do alone from their first day of big school.


Practicing Safety Habits

Most importantly, your child must also know how to be safety-conscious to some level when they start school. So, educate your child on bullying, body safety, how to keep their belongings safe, and never to leave the school with anyone that's not their designated transporter.


Preparing your child for school can be overwhelming and scary, and the same is true for your child. However, the more you invest in preparing your child, the easier it will be to adjust to the new environment and fall in love with learning and everything else the school has to offer.


Monday, November 22, 2021

5 Ways to Laugh More

Life can be rough. Stress can easily overwhelm, and depression can sneak in. That's why people need to laugh more and find some joy even in the midst of difficulties. Read on for five ways to get a good laugh.

Read Something Funny

You can lighten up your day by finding some laughter in the pages of a funny book or on a website. Visit the humor section of your local bookstore (or online bookshop), and see if anything strikes your fancy. Pull out an old favorite from childhood that used to make you laugh until you cried, and see if it still has the same effect. Fall back on comic strip collections from Garfield or the Far Side or the Peanuts Gang. If nothing is quite working for you, do an internet search for misheard song lyrics, spoonerisms, or autocorrect fails. You will laugh.

Watch Something Humorous

If you aren't in the mood for reading but still need a good chuckle, watch something humorous. Put on a favorite movie that always makes you laugh, or sit down with a hilarious sitcom. There are plenty of comical videos online featuring everything from funny animals to human clumsiness to kids that say exactly what they think. Look for videos from Dr. Jason Campbell, the Tik Tok Doc, too. His dance routines are bound to bring a smile to your face. You can also search for blooper reels or outtakes from your top movies or TV shows and get a good laugh at the times the actors just didn't get things right.


Sometimes the best way to get a good laugh is to gather together a group of family members or friends and start reminiscing. Funny memories abound, and they are always more humorous in the telling and retelling. Ask each friend or relative to relate a humorous memory, and even offer a prize for the one the group thinks is best. Record your reminiscing session to preserve these stories (and laugh at them all over again later), but be sure to get permission from everyone present before doing so.

Play a Game

Games provide yet another almost surefire way to have a few laughs. Gather some friends, and sit down for a rollicking game of cards or a round of Pictionary, Password, charades or another favorite game. Choose something action-packed with plenty of potential for goofiness and good-natured competition. If your first game gathering is successful, consider making it a routine, once or twice a month, perhaps. Both you and your friends will appreciate the camaraderie, the entertainment and the laughs.

Get a Pet

If you are looking for a continuous source of chuckles, consider getting a pet. While pets do involve a solid commitment and a significant amount of work, they also provide a lot of entertainment. Watching a cat go crazy over catnip, for instance, would likely stimulate hearty laughter as would observing a goofy dog trying and failing to catch a ball. If you can't have a pet of your own, visit a friend who has one, and get some laughs that way.

Indeed, laughter is an important part of life, and it helps you decrease your stress and find happiness.

What’s In Your Milk Formula? Baby Formula Ingredients You Should Know!

 Every mother faced with the need to introduce milk formula into her baby's diet has to choose from a variety of brands. It’s not easy to navigate through all that the market has to offer. But it’s extremely important to know what’s in your infant’s food. Here are some things you should know about formula ingredients.

Things to look for in a quality baby food

1. Protein, fats, carbohydrates - basic nutrients

2. Vitamins and minerals

3. Omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid - fatty acids that can’t be formed in the body and must be taken with food.

4. Taurine is an amino acid necessary for brain development. It’s a must in the infant formula

The packaging must indicate the caloric value of the product and also osmolality (the concentration of proteins and salts in the mixture). So that the baby's immature kidneys are not affected, the osmolality value must not exceed 320 mOsm/kg.

What else should (or should not) be there?

1. Omega-3 (DHA) and Omega-6 (ARA) - polyunsaturated fatty acids for brain development and intelligence. 

2. Prebiotics - for the growth of beneficial intestinal microflora. These should be GOS (galactooligosaccharides found in breast milk).

3. Nucleotides - for the formation of the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract.

4. Probiotics - to improve intestinal microflora. 

5. Lutein - for the protection of the retina and the development of the visual organ.

6. Milk fat - essential for brain formation and as a source of energy for child growth.

7. No palm or rapeseed oil, added sugars, soy products. It’s worth noting that some products such as Holle Stage 2 or Holle Stage 4 do include organic vegetable oils in their composition.


When selecting a formula for your newborn, remember that you should first of all be guided by the recommendations of your pediatrician. When choosing a suitable product on your own, focus on its composition and the manufacturer you trust.