The Sounds of Advice #67: Best Advice Given From Family

Sandy: Best advice I got from a family member is just to always think positive and be myself. I do struggle with being positive, but I am always myself because I know there is no one like me in the world. 
Kate: To  always be your unique self

Joseph: Don't do drugs

Jen: That I should get a divorce. And to go big or go home.

Rhi: Always be yourself and don't care what they say about you

Colleen: When my son was young he told me not to kill anyone because he didn't want me to go to jail. And my family always tells me to never give up in my battle against cancer.

Charity Spotlight: Rock the Cause

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Rock the Cause is recognized internationally as the preeminent nonprofit organization that combines giving, advocacy, and activism with music. Founded in 2007, Rock the Cause has partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, producing both large and small charitable events, raising millions of dollars annually, and generating thousands of volunteers, donors, and advocates for their partner organizations. 
Rock the Cause educates, empowers and inspires others to make a difference.  Its initiatives are not just events, but are based on ongoing engagement that combine concerts, new media, digital music downloads, volunteer drives, and fundraising events in partnership w…

Thankful Thursday

8 ways to be thankful —
1. Open your eyes to gratitude. Find one thing to be thankful for as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. You can be thankful for your eyes, another day, your breath, a new chance — anything to help you breathe in the present moment. Don’t think about yesterday, or worry about tomorrow. Give yourself a gift of a brief moment spent in “Thank you for…” and be grateful.
2. Honor the small. If you are one of the people in the world who is lucky enough to experience running water, stop and be grateful. Running water is a miracle and simply, quite wonderful. Water does so many wonderful things for us. It can wash our clothes, clean our hair, keep us alive, cool us down, warm our bellies — feel the water you use today and be grateful.
3. Look at you. When you see your reflection anywhere today, be grateful. You are an amazing, living, breathing being that is like no one else on this earth. Your body carries you wherever you wish to go. Be grateful for all the parts…

The Sounds of Advice #66: Snow Day Fun

Sandy: Snow days are usually more fun for the kids than parents. Lol if you have kids old enough you could take them out to build a snow man, go sledding and enjoy the snow. Hot chocolate is a kid fav on snow days. Also a good time to hang out and watch movies. Could even stay and and make paper snowflakes or do anything art related. Read books together too.
Kate:  1. Make Use of the Snow: Might as well embrace the snow. Toss your kiddos outside with a shovel and have them shovel the driveway and sidewalks. If they have extra energy and can stand the cold, suggest they shovel the neighbor’s driveway too.

2. Hot Chocolate Magic: Provide your kids with bowls, scoop up the snow and add it to your sauce pan. They will love watching it melt into chocolate goodness on the stove top with you.

3. Maple Syrup Goodness: This makes another sweet snack for your kids. Boil real maple syrup for 10 minutes, stirring often. Then carefully take the syrup outside. Have your kids find a smooth, clean area …

Final Murder Mystery Solution

The “Fallen” Scientist – Solution:
1) Doctor Madori
2) Five of the six stolen lab capsules were broken open and poured into the tea bag.
3) Lucille LaBoux was having an affair with Chris Madori. Doctor Madori became jealous and decided to do away with the competition.
Chris Madori married his wife, Doctor Susan Madori twenty years ago. Chris, fed up with the marriage, began to have a passionate affair with Lucille.
Lucille convinced Chris to kill the Doctor after her boss had made millions with the new drug patent. Lucille promised that she and Chris could get married one day, after the estate was passed on to Chris. As a token of affection, Chris gave Lucille the Madori family heirloom…a locket. (The Doctor, soon to be dead, would never miss it!)
Madori recognized Chris’ infatuation with Lucille and, feeling threatened, decided it would be better to get rid of Lucille. The Doctor hid the Hydrochlorozinian-based Diabetes capsules in the vitamins, knowing that Chris would be unlikely to di…

Thankful Thursday

Nightmare Before Christmas, my family, my friends, and my dog, Cooper. -Bodean R.

My kids. -Debbie K.

I'm thankful for life, my son, my home. -Arminta D.

What are you thankful for?

The Sounds of Advice #65: Rainy Day Blues

Thing to do on a rainy day for both kids and adults:
Sandy:  Rainy days are fun. If your kids are in the 5-7 range and a lot of puddles you can take then puddle jumping and come in and warm them up with hot chocolate or a warm bath. You can also play board games, watch movies or play video games. We love Mario cart in our house. Yesterday is was really rainy and we played a board game with my 13 year old. The 5 and almost 2 year old chased each other around and the 4 month old just hung out. Lol you could also color in coloring books as well. Cause who doesn't love to color?!?!
Kate: My favorite rainy day activity is curling up in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. Or a binge watch session on Netflix. But I think the best part of a rainy day is once the rain stops. Put on those rain boots and jump in some muddy puddles, just like they do on Peppa Pig!