Separate Yourself from the Crowd on Facebook

Do you remember a website called “MySpace”? It was one of the first of the major social media sites and it was so popular because it allowed account holders to truly customize their page. There were endless numbers of websites selling all kinds of pre-packaged themes and tools for “tricking out” a page. Then came Facebook…


Consistency Has its Appeal

Facebook was the complete and total opposite to MySpace due to its consistency in appearance. There were few ways that Facebook pages could be really dressed up, and instead it was mostly about the messages posted and the links shared.

Over time it became clear that people did indeed want that uniqueness and differentiation that the older social media site had offered, and so Facebook began to introduce not just one but TWO ways of illustrating your theme or personality.

Today, you have the option of changing your Profile image as well as your Cover image. This is an invaluable array of options because it lets the personal or the business pages become a truly accurate reflection of the message.

A Solid Illustration

Let’s say that you have a Facebook business page and you want to display the logo whenever someone visits the page. By using the logo as the Profile image you can make it easy for visitors to know several things:

  1. They have indeed found your page and not a similarly named business;
  2. They will begin to mentally connect your logo to any other visuals on the page; and
  3. They will see any logos or “Likes” that you have chosen, and this helps to boost your prestige by associating your logo with that of other well-known, relevant, and popular brands.

You can then continually update or change your facebook covers to reflect your current marketing goals, product line, message, and more. When you choose the highest quality images and graphics for the Cover, it also encourages people to do precisely what Facebook was designed to do – create word of mouth.

While we might think of the site as a good place to keep up with friends, we use those social media tools on other websites all of the time. You see something and you probably look for the “Like” button that will allow you to share it with others.

When you continually put inspiring, likeable, and appealing images as your Cover photo, you are helping to really “spread the word” because you will get a lot of responses out of the effort.

What does this achieve for you? Well, just think about that for one millisecond. You put thought and effort into marketing. You make plans and calendars for your activities, and you take time to choose images that will forward your message accurately and clearly. Whenever someone hits that “Like” option on that image, it is like free advertising.

All you have to do is commit the time and energy to updating and customizing the Cover and Profile images. There are top quality designs available at affordable prices, and they can provide tremendous returns almost immediately.

Troy is an expert writer about social media. He loves to write about social media and internet marketing with a keen interest in writing about tips and tricks.

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The School Supplies You Definitely Should Invest In for Your Children

If your child has the right supplies both in school and at home, he or she can succeed and do much better in every subject area. Today’s school supplies make staying organised a lot easier, and this helps students do better in the classroom and at home while they are completing the assignments that they had to take with them for the night. Therefore, if you want to give your child a great head start, make sure you purchase the very best new school supplies that are available. Continue reading for a short list that will help you get started.

Multi-Subject Notebooks

Multi-subject notebooks are so affordable, yet many parents disregard them when they are shopping for the school supplies that their children will need. If your child tends to be a little disorganised or tends to forget important books in school, make it easier on him or her by getting multi-subject notebooks that can hold anywhere from 3 to 5 subjects at a time. In this way, your child will have less to carry, including a lighter backpack, and he or she will be less likely to forget the necessary books both for class and for homework.

A Personal Calendar and Organiser

A personal calendar and organiser is a perfect tool that your child can learn to use at a young age in order to make sense of all of the important due dates that his or her teachers are throwing at him or her. In addition to copying down homework assignments, this organiser can be used to schedule practices for sporting activities or other extra-curricular events, and your child can even use it to schedule play dates with friends. Getting into this habit of staying organised and writing things down so that they are in a safe place for accessing them easily later on will help your child immensely as he or she gets older and busier. And it will definitely help when he or she enters college and the workplace as well, where deadlines are tighter and there will be a lot more that needs to be handled on a daily basis.

A Thermos for a Warm Lunch

For a warm lunch that will keep your child going through the rest of the school day, make sure you purchase a high quality, no-leak thermos that you can pack inside his or her lunch bag. In addition to breakfast, lunch is a very important meal of the day because your child will need to refuel to keep going.

A Customised Backpack

Students today end up shopping at the same retail locations and on the same websites, so many of them end up with the same exact supplies, and this can make it very confusing, especially for young children who may get their things mixed up with those of other students. To keep things organised and to ensure your child never mistakes someone else’s backpack for his or her own, purchase some bag tags or even a customised backpack with your child’s name on it. 

Lisa Jones is a freelancer who also works in education. She sees how many students can do better in school if they only had the right supplies with them. That is why she makes it a point to send a list of necessary supplies home to parents at the start of each school year.

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How You Can Teach Kids About Lab Safety

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A science lab is an engaging place, an area in which students can learn actively by getting hands-on in performing experiments. However, as you know, lab experiments can frequently be dangerous, especially if you’re not adequately protected.

When children are involved, any sort of danger seems to increase in risk almost exponentially, so it is vital that they are taught how to remain safe whilst working in a lab environment.


Take the students on an informative tour of the classroom lab and make sure they all know exactly where all the emergency gear is located. Ensure they know all about the first aid kits, fire extinguishers and the eye-wash station, as well as the emergency shower if there is one.

Drill it into them than running is not to occur within the lab walls unless there is a real emergency going on; better to be safe than sorry!

Safety Gear

Show the pupils all of the safety equipment that they’ll be wearing throughout any lab-based lessons – lab coats, goggles, gloves: the works! Treat them maturely, like they’re adults, and they are much more likely to take this little lesson seriously. Take each item in turn and explain exactly why it is imperative to their safety.

If you want to add a bit of extra gravitas, go into detail about specific dangers – abrasive chemicals, flammable materials and so on. Give someone increased responsibilities whilst ensuring all the kids are wearing their equipment by appointing someone as the Official Goggle Monitor.

Make Some Posters

Partly because it’s a creative distraction from their usual lessons, children love spending time making educational posters. Spend a lesson with the kids making a wide variety of different posters and hang these on the walls – the kids will be proud at seeing their hard work being displayed, and they’ll act as a permanent reminder of the rules of the lab.

Assign different groups different tasks: one lot can be tasked with documenting the different hazard symbols, one can detail the different lab furniture and so on.

Click here for different lab safety poster ideas, or find out about different lab furniture by clicking here.

Make a Show

Perform a simple (but dramatic!) experiment at the front of the class, something that will enthral the kids while also making them well aware of the risks of such experimentation. One such experiment is adding water to burning magnesium – the flames are so intense that it’s breath-taking, but it would be hard to argue that they would be harmless under different circumstances!

Make sure that you explain all the safety procedures you are following as you go along, and make it clear what could go wrong at each stage if you weren’t playing by the rules. The danger and the impressiveness will make sure it lodges in the kids’ brains – maybe do it on a Monday morning to really wake them up!

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Basking in Baskets

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The nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling from the trees, all signs that Christmas is creeping up on me again. Last year I had great fun making bespoke Christmas baskets for all my family and friends, full of the type of treats that never seem to make it into the average weekly shop. I really love the simple, rustic charm of the hand crafts of our past, either in their natural state or with the addition of some shabby chic embellishment.

I also practice the art of frugal living, I see it as a personal challenge to make the most of my hard-earned pennies and put as much love and thought into buying family gifts as I can. To me, unique gifts are worth so much more than some off the shelf, mass produced item. With all this in mind, I am again in search of the perfect basket.

Baskets Through the Ages

Of course filling baskets with produce is not an entirely new concept, basket weaving is a skill that was forged in the dawn of our civilization. Early man would have found these simple woven receptacles invaluable in their hunter gatherer existence, but due to the nature of the materials used, there is unfortunately, little evidence of these early creations. The Egyptians, however, were rather skilled in the art of preservation and some early examples have been found and carbon dated to be at least 10,000 years old.

Baskets have always played an important role in the history of Britain with the most usual materials being willow, hazel and oak, all chosen for their ability to be woven into the strong, useful containers needed for day to day life. This importance has not diminished over the years with woven goods still being used in homes around the world in the form of laundry baskets and picnic hampers.

The problem Dad

Many families have that one unique person, usually male that is impossibly difficult to buy for. For me that is my father-in-law. He’s a lovely quiet, unassuming man, who will never say what he wants for Christmas. He’s the type of guy that’s usually the receiver of socks, shower gel and endless books on the game of rugby, which is really his only hobby. A Christmas hamper is the perfect solution, a few bottles of traditional real ale and a selection of cheese and chutneys and everyone’s happy.

Basket Heaven

So, I’ve managed to find the perfect solution for all my basket needs at East2eden. Last year I had problems finding the right type of basket, either too flimsy or just not worth the price being asked. East2eden has such a large range that I’ve found the ideal style for every family member. My Mother-in-Law loves the same type of shabby chic as me and there is a traditional, wicker, shopping basket with a gingham cover that will be perfect for her. My brother on the other hand has more streamlined tastes so the vintage style apple crate will be coming his way.

Now all I have to do is fill them to the brim!

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