Thursday, January 17, 2008

After School Teacher

3 Ways To Get Kids Excited About School

1. Play games- Chess has been known enhance math skills,for verbal skills try Scrabble

2. Link learning to fun- If your daughter likes to shop,figure out sale prices together at the mall

3. Point out some heroes- Tell them about people like Sir Richard Branson,founder of the Virgin Brand, who couldn't read until age eight-but didn't give up

Sock Approval

Heating Pad Made Simple

Get rid of nagging aches and pains with this simple homemade heating pad. Just take a clean sock, fill it with 4 or 5 cups of uncooked rice and tie off the end. Whenever you need pain relief, just pop the sock in the microwave. Watch it carefully - it shouldn't take more than 20-30 seconds to heat. The warm sock conforms to your body, making it a great remedy for aching shoulders and neck.

Grow Berries Grow!

Remove Mulch From Strawberries

It's a good idea to pull back the mulch and check your strawberries from time to time. Once you see new growth, remove the mulch and top dress with an inch or two of compost to get the plants off to a good start.

I Can Save On Gas?

Road To Fuel Economy

Small changes in the way you drive can have a big effect on the fuel economy of just about ANY car.
Here are a few tips for making trips to the pump more efficient:

1. Pressure Check: Government studies show that keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3%. Bump those savings up to 5% by using the proper grade of otor oil

2. Shape Up With a Tune- Up: Fixing a car that's noticebly out of tune can improve gas milege by 4 %. Joining a auto club can save you money too.

3. Filter Maintenance: A healthy air filter can improve your car's gas milege by as much as 10%

4. Slow Down: Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is likepaying an addt'l 20 cents per gallon of gas

5. Dont't Be Agressive: Accelerating and braking abruptly can lower your gas milege by as much as 33% on the highway,and 5% in the city

6. Cruise, Don't Lose: Constant braking and accelerating causes less fuel effciency and a faster trip to the pump Use cruise control whenever possible

7. Combine Trips: Making multiple short trips from a cold start can use twice as much fuelas one long multipurpose trip

8. Consider a Hybrid: If you are in the market for a new car, hybrid-electric vehicles combine the best features of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor. Another money saving factor: the Energy Policy Act of 2005 established a federal tax credit for certain hybrids

9. Shop Around: If hybrids arent't for you, there are still plenty of conventional automobiles that can save you big bucks at the pump The difference between a car that gets 20 mpg and one that gets 30 mpg amounts to about $744 per year