These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

These Tips Can Help Save the Environment

There has been research and numerous studies done on how our lifestyle is damaging the planet. People consume energy at an alarming rate and with the massive world population, that energy consumption is multiplied to a large degree. It can seem disheartening to hear all the statistics about how we’re damaging the planet, to the point that people often feel helpless and don’t feel there’s anything they can do to help. However, there are many simple ways we can adjust our daily lives to be more eco-friendly.

Change Your Transportation

One way you can help the planet is to change the way you commute to work each day. If you typically drive to work, opt to leave your car at home and walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation to work. If you live a long distance from your job, see if you can find someone to carpool with or, better yet, ask your boss if you can telecommute a couple days a week.

Switch Your Routine

Do you tend to spread your errands out throughout the week so you have more free time on the weekends to do other things? This habit could be harming the environment because research has shown that taking many shorter trips throughout the week may actually be using more file than one longer trip. Choose to lump your errands together on one day, which may even work out better for you in the end by freeing more time up during the week to do other things.

Reduce Food Waste

Americans throw out an alarming amount of food each year– enough to feed almost 1 billion people. Make a plan to reduce old waste by only planning to buy what you’ll eat and composting any extra food you might otherwise throw out to use as garden fertilizer. You may also be able to repurpose leftovers into other meals, such as turning leftover vegetables into soup or cutting up excess chicken to put on a salad. Before you toss out food you may not want, consider donating to your local food kitchen.

Learn to Love Reusables

While it’s encouraging to hear that people are making healthier lifestyle choices by opting to drink water over bottled soda, this hydration habit is also increasing the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills and our oceans. Invest in a sturdy reusable water bottle and keep it handy whenever you need to quench your thirst. Some companies, such as the Cadiz Water Project, have created a plan to help the environment by using groundwater that’s currently being lost to evaporation and putting it back into our water supply. If you’re a coffee drinker, you can also swap out that disposable coffee cup for a travel mug and enjoy your coffee hotter longer, which is a bonus for everyone.

Support Local

Did you know that by opting to support your local businesses you’re actually effecting change on multiple levels? Shopping local reduces our carbon footprint since you don’t have to travel as far for your goods, and you’re also stimulating the local economy, which can help create jobs, lower taxes, and bring new opportunities to your area.

Be Crafty

Before you toss out those baby food jars, peanut butter containers, tin cans, and coffee containers, think about how these items can be repurposed. There are countless ideas on the internet on how you can turn old items into something new. If being crafty isn’t your style, gather up these old items and take them to your local school or daycare, who often look for these items to use in their crafts.

These small changes to your daily behavior can make a huge difference in the health of our environment. If we can start a chain reaction of people who are willing to make a difference on a small scale, it can have a ripple effect and become a major movement towards saving our planet.

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The Most Expensive Boarding School in the World

Tooted as the most expensive boarding school in the world, Le Rosey is located in Switzerland and mainly patronised by students from Britain. Over the years it has been patronised by royal families such as Prince Rainier (Monaco), the Iranian Shah, Egyptian King Farouk, etc. The School has the tag of the school of kings.

Le Rosey is a privately-owned institution which is equipped with the best and latest amenities such as an equestrian centre, a shooting range, and a 1000-seater concert hall. The school owns its own yacht moored in Lake Geneva; also a spa where students who are undergoing any stress can unwind. You could even stare in amazement at a helicopter landing on the football field with maybe a mega-rich student stepping down from the same.

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How To Find The Perfect Car

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Since I’m a mom (and a very young, cool “mimi”), whenever I shop for a vehicle, safety is my number one priority. My favorite site online to research potentials rides is Cars.com. I can look for cars in my area and also read up on the specs.  I want to check out every review I can before I make the decision on what to purchase. I want reviews from real people who are like me, not some commercial ad telling me which car I need to buy.   

 

Safety isn’t my only concern, however.  I also wantto make sure I’m getting a vehicle that gets the best mpg. I’m willing to sacrifice a little mpg, if the safety rating is superb. Another thing that I look for, if I’m thinking about buying a preowned vehicle is the number of miles that’s on it. I don’t want to buy something that’s only going to run for another week or so. I also would rather purchase a used car that is precertified.  I know that it’s been checked out and that everything is working as it should.

I also make sure to research vehicles so I don’t get stuck with something that’s a hunk of junk. The state I live in has no “lemon laws” so once I purchase a vehicle, it’s not that easy to take it back to the dealership. And if I buy it from an individual, I might as well not even think about getting my  money back.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to find the car that suits your needs. They have always worked for me!  Happy car shopping!

 

 

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Random Thoughts on Homeschooling

What About Socialization?

Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, I get that. I get so many “Oh, I could never have the patience to do that.” and “How do your kids socialize?” Well for one, patience doesn’t have much to do with it. I don’t have much of it at all. I just want better for my kids. I want better for them than for them to sit in a classroom with 30 other kids for 8 hours a day. I know for a fact that my youngest wouldn’t do well in a classroom setting like that. He has ADHD (regardless of what some people think, it is real) and he would get bored very easily. He isn’t the kind of child who can sit still all day long. And since he homeschools, he doesn’t have to. He can finish his schoolwork and then have the rest of the time to do what he wants. My daughter didn’t care for all the petty drama that goes on in jr high and so she started homeschooling a couple of years ago. She has been able to focus on her school work and not what latest rumor the token mean girl has started. And like my son, she can do her work on her time. She can spend more time on things if she needs to or move to the next if she understands it.
And as for socialization, Rhiannon has friends she made while she was in school. She’s had the same best friend since 6th grade. Trey, on the other hand, makes friends wherever he goes. He can get along with kids of all ages and can hold a conversation with any adult. So they are not lacking in social skills by any means.

State Testing 
I know there are some good schools out there. But from what I’ve seen over the past few years, they focus entirely too much on state testing. Testing that doesn’t really gauge how smart a child is. However, the teachers have to focus on it for more than half the year because if the students don’t score well, it reflects on the teachers and then their jobs on are on the line, which I don’t agree with at all.  There are teachers who want to teach their students things they will actually need to further their education, but they are prevented from doing so by the state. That’s yet another reason I love homeschooling. In my state, kids who are not in public school don’t have to take the state tests.  This is only my opinion but I think those tests do nothing for the students or teachers other than cause more stress than is needed.
I don’t feel like a public school setting could give my kids anymore that what they get from homeschooling. People also feel like homeschooling is too expensive. For me, it’s no more expensive than having to buy uniforms and school supplies. There is plenty of curriculum to choose from that is free or inexpensive. You can also put together your own curriculum.

Free Resources

If you are thinking about homeschooling, here’s a few resources to get you started:

HSLDA: Information about every state and their laws pertaining to homeschooling can be found here.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschooling: My son does some of his schoolwork from this site. It’s free and there’s a ton of stuff here.
Khan Academy: This site has mostly math, but also some science and history. And it’s free!
Discovery K12: My daughter uses this site for her classwork. It’s divided up by grade level and you can log attendance and when an assigment has been finished. It is also free.

If you have any other resources you’d like added to this list, leave me a comment and I will add them here.

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