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    2019 Black History Month Reading List

     

    2019 Black History Month Reading List

    We only have one month to completely focus on us. As a young girl I would get in trouble for reading instead of going to bed. I wish I was able to learn more about my history when I was younger but now that I am an adult, I take the time to read more about my history so that I can pass down what I read to my children. I created the 2017 Black History Month Reading List for kids and adults.

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    Things To Buy Your Child Before Going To University

    Someone going off to university is a huge moment for any family. Someone is essentially leaving home for a certain amount of time which can impact upon your whole family in some way or another. You need to make sure your child is going away prepared. That they can join into university live in a way that is seamless, so they aren’t going to be needing certain things that will cost quite a lot of money. It can be tough thinking off all the things they will need, which is why you should read articles like this one to give you a flavour of what you should be thinking about. Some things you may have, others you won’t. Keep your child informed throughout the process and make sure they are happy with whatever you are buying.

     

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    That’s right, before university you can buy them help. Passing exams and getting into university is really hard, as such, you need to be able to give them all the help they can to get them what they need. Consider IvySelect college admissions consulting to increase your child’s chance of nailing the university interview, and then perhaps look at certain kinds of tutors to help your children pass the exams they need. They will likely struggle with certain subjects, so be sure to get the right tutor for the job. Make sure they get on with the tutor, and they they work well together otherwise it will be money wasted. You can also get them help in university. If they are struggling with certain essays you could hire an essay doctor to check it over for them and make the correct adjustments needed to ensure they get the high marks. These are just ideas of help that you could purchase for your child. Talk to them. Ask them what they could need and you’ll get a better idea.

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    A Laptop

     

    Sure, the libraries will have computers that the students can use to learn and write their essays. But without a laptop of some kind they are effectively hamstrung. You need to ensure they have the right laptop for the job at hand, it will make their university career far more easy. Consider what degree they are doing. If they are doing a graphic design degree then they may need to have quite a powerful laptop capable of high speed functions such as design programs and the like but if they are only doing something like an english degree then they will be able to make do with a basic laptop capable of running things like Word and internet applications. They can use it to watch TV too like netflix or play a game to get the downtime they need. You can find a few different types of laptop ideas here. Consult with your child though, as they may want something in particular.

     

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    They will now start to need cooking for themselves. It can be hard doing this without the right utensils. Think about the basic things you need to cook. Pots and pans for example, along with other spatchulas and cutlery. Get all of these basic things to ensure they have what they need to cook meals. Think of other things too, like plates and bowls. Depending on where they are going there may already be some things for them to use, but for the main they’ll need to supply their own. Throw in a recipe book for good measure, at least then they will be able to follow simple instructions to get the food they need. You may also want to send them away with some food, you can bulk buy things like pasta so they can always have something quick and easy to cook. That’s just an idea. To ensure they have ingredients consider buying them a gift card for a local supermarket that you can top up your end. This will ensure they have the money they need for food but in a way that they can only spend it on food instead of clothes and other things. Mainly nights out and alcohol.  Still, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your child can eat.

     

    Books
    They will need certain books for readings before they start their course. They need to have a certain modicum of knowledge regarding their chosen degree before they start. A way to tackle this is by buying them certain books in their degree discipline. Go for the accessible books that are easy to get into and give a broad overview of what’s going on. This way they can have a decent background knowledge before getting started. You can find suitable books on the internet or by checking out each modules reading list.

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    Become Closer As A Family With These Mini-Break Ideas This Winter

    Although we are now in winter, it’s still a great time to get away with the family. Even though the weather isn’t so great, you can still bond and spend quality time together. And you might come home with a stronger relationship as a family. Here are some great mini-break ideas you should go on this winter which will help you to become closer as a family.

    Take them on a long fishing weekend

    I think everyone remembers the first time they went fishing. It’s always a memorable experience as you get your first catch. So if your kids have never been before, it would make for a great mini-vacation this weekend. It’s known to help strengthen relationships as you spend a lot of time talking while waiting for a good catch. Also, fishing is perfect for your child’s development. They will feel a sense of self-fulfillment when they manage to catch a fish while you are on a long fishing weekend. Here are some of the best places to go for a family fishing trip in the US.

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    Head on a camping trip

    Camping is a great way of getting some time alone as a family. After all, the kids can’t go on their phones and tablets while you are in the middle of the woods. So you are cut off from the outside world. It means you can play some games and go on a few walks as a family. For picturesque views, you should go camping at one of America’s greatest national parks. Yellowstone National Park is an excellent choice as you can go hiking, swimming, and even on a horseback ride with your family. And they have great campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Or for more comfortable accommodation, you could look into getting an RV from companies such as Chesapeake RV Solutions.

    The North Rim Campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. Operated by the National Park Service. There are no hook-ups, however, there is a dump station within the campground. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times, and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in provided campsite grills. No gathering of down wood - wood may be purchased at the general store. Coin operated laundry and showers are located at the entrance to the campground. Accessible campsites and restrooms are available. Reservations may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov/ It is possible to check at the campground for the slight chance of an availability. Campsites are $18-$25. Golden Age or Access passport holders pay only ½ price year round (passport number is needed when making reservation and passport holder must be camping at the site). A maximum of two vehicles, six people, three tents are allowed per site. (A vehicle, which is towing a trailer, pop-up, tent trailer, fifth wheel, or a motor home pulling a vehicle, is considered two vehicles.) After mid-October, weather permitting, a limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground with limited services (portable toilets) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until snow closes Highway 67. Hikers and cross-country skiers will be permitted to use the park's group campsites throughout the winter months if they have obtained a permit through the park's Backcountry Information Center.

    The North Rim Campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. Operated by the National Park Service.
    There are no hook-ups, however, there is a dump station within the campground. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times, and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in provided campsite grills. No gathering of down wood – wood may be purchased at the general store. Coin operated laundry and showers are located at the entrance to the campground. Accessible campsites and restrooms are available.
    Reservations may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling
    1-877-444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov/ It is possible to check at the campground for the slight chance of an availability. Campsites are $18-$25. Golden Age or Access passport holders pay only ½ price year round (passport number is needed when making reservation and passport holder must be camping at the site). A maximum of two vehicles, six people, three tents are allowed per site. (A vehicle, which is towing a trailer, pop-up, tent trailer, fifth wheel, or a motor home pulling a vehicle, is considered two vehicles.)
    After mid-October, weather permitting, a limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground with limited services (portable toilets) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until snow closes Highway 67. Hikers and cross-country skiers will be permitted to use the park’s group campsites throughout the winter months if they have obtained a permit through the park’s Backcountry Information Center.

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    Go on a hiking weekend together

    Hiking is a great way to see more of the world as a family. You get to enjoy the fresh air and spend time getting active. After all, hiking can improve your cardiovascular health and help you to keep your weight under control. And it’s perfect for kids as it can reduce stress and help them to sleep better at night. Therefore, you should go on a long hike together as a family. Hiking gives you a chance to all bond as you work together to follow the map!

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    Enjoy a biking weekend

    Biking is one of our favorite things to do as a family. After all, it’s an excellent way to get active while bonding at the same time. Therefore, for a great mini-break idea, you should head to somewhere similar to Acadia National Park where you can do lots of biking as a family. As this article says, it’s perfect for an active family as the rocky trails are great for biking!

    And don’t rule out skiing which is a great thing for your family to do in the winter months. You should head somewhere like the Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont which is one of the best family ski destinations. Skiing gives your family time to bond as you all get to grips with the sport!

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    Anniversary Staycation

    August 19th made our 8th year wedding anniversary. {Watch our first anniversary recap}.Celebrating our anniversary is a lot different these days because of our three and five-year old. While we long for the days we were in Jamaica and in the Bahamas we realize we have a gem right in the city that we live in. Every month hundreds of people flood 42nd street just to see the big lights, but we who have lived in New York City for all of our lives have not taken that time to explore our beautiful city. One evening my sister called and said that she would be happy to keep the kids for us for a night. That was it, I thought to myself we are going on Anniversary Staycation.

    I booked our stay at 57th Street Hilton Hotel for our Anniversary Staycation.

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    We were on the eighth floor not a skyline but we admired the other buildings and street view

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    That evening for our anniversary celebration, we went to Blend on the Water. We ordered the Ginger steak with white rice and pearl onions. When I booked the restaurant, I told them it was our anniversary and to our surprise we were given an anniversary song and cake.

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    After we ate we stay by the waterfront, talked about our lives together the water was so peaceful and calming.

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    Our staycation came to an end the next morning we at breakfast at the local deli.

    Before we eventually move out of the city we can say that we stayed at a hotel in the heart of Manhattan. We realize how expensive it is to stay in New York City the room was small compared to when we stayed at the Hilton Grand in Orlando, Florida but there is nothing like The Big Apple.

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    5 Lessons Children Learn About God While Camping

    5 Lessons Children Learn About God While Camping

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    Our family went camping the weekend of August 5th-7th. This was our first time camping at Kittatinny camping grounds in Barryville, NY. I wanted to share the experience with my kids. I remember as a child going fishing with my grandfather and thoughts of having him help me fish has never left me. Sleeping outdoors, using outdoors showers and dealing with climate changes with two toddlers on your arm can feel overwhelming. I loved this experience for my kids because I wanted to teach them that God is everywhere! Here are some ways my kids learned more about God through camping.

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    Find God In Nature

    And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Genesis 1:20

    It’s not everyday you wake up to the sound of crickets and watch trees blowing in the wind. This is the time to reflect on his creation. During my son’s time at camp he recognized the beauty in what God created and he didn’t kill not one insect during this time.

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    Worship God At All Times

    Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:5. 

    While in church service my kids enjoyed worshiping God in the outside air. This was the only time when they can run around and praise God without being told to be silent or stop running.

    Life Is Fun Without Technology

    But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

    I made sure I told my son that he was not to have any iPad during this time at camp and would you believe he didn’t even ask for his iPad the whole time?

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    Family Bonding Is Important

    For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God. 1 Timothy 3:5

    Tovelle got to walk on a mile hike with his father and males who were camping he enjoyed being with his dad and they even saw a bear.

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    God Did Not Give Us The Spirit Of Fear

    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

    My son is afraid of the dark I was concerned because when we got there it was pitch black dark. I thought in my head this will not go well but would you believe he was excited to be in the dark. They took our flashlights and began running around.

    Learn To Adjust

    Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

    My kids enjoyed brushing their teeth outside with just a cup of water. They never complained about not having an iPad, television, hot water, softer bed, they actually took a bath in a pan outside and they said it was really cool. Kids can be complainers but they didn’t speak a word of what was back home and when they got home they didn’t say I miss you iPad or bed they just went back to their normal schedule.

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    Team Building

    As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

    We arrived at the camp site after sunset and both Tovelle and Tahlia helped to set up the tent by flashing the light where it was needed.

    Honestly, I wasn’t sure how my kids were going to respond to being on this trip. I prayed we wouldn’t have to leave early because Tahlia and Tovelle had a temper tantrum. To my very surprise they loved every minute of the time in the outdoors. As I watched how they interacted with their environment I noticed in the morning my son would just lay down and look up at the sky as he could be thinking of his next big invention (who says a mom can’t dream) I thought to myself this is a great environment for them to be in.

    Of all the lessons learned I think the biggest one for me was how quickly they adjusted to being in the dark, using the potty outside, and sleeping with bugs. They taught me a valuable lesson to and that’s to never underestimate your child’s potential.

    After seeing how much fun my family has if you would like to come you can its is hosted by United Church of God 7th Day under the leadership of Pastor G. Crayton and First Lady D. Crayton.

    You can visit their website at http://www.unitedcog7.org

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