Cop Buys Struggling Mom Car Seat Instead of Giving Her a Ticket
We hear a lot about police officers doing questionable, sometimes downright horrific, things, but there are also those who do amazing things too.
This is one of those stories. When mom Alexis DeLorenzo was driving along in Michigan with a friend and her 5-year-old unsecured daughter standing on the back seat, she was pulled over by Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall. Oh, crap, we’re gonna get a ticket, DeLorenzo thought to herself. But while Hall could have given her a ticket, he decided to do something else — something extraordinary. He bought the mom and her daughter a booster seat.
While most schools offer a baseline level of music education, many programs are limited and sometimes classroom instruments can be scarce. Exposure to music, however, offers people of all ages a number of benefits — from reduced stress to improved coordination and academic outcomes. There are many things families can do to enrich their musical lives. Here are some fun ways to make more music together.
Gather Round the Piano
Playing the piano can improve hand-eye coordination and be a great way to gather the family together. Whether you have an ace musician or a beginner in your midst, no home should be without a piano or keyboard. Look for features that allow a budding musician to pick up and play without any prior musical experience.
For example, Casio offers a wide range of digital pianos and keyboards for every skill level. Its Privia line of digital pianos is ideal for at-home music lessons; the PX-150 digital piano has a duet mode that splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, allowing student and teacher to use the piano simultaneously. Designed with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys, it reproduces the touch and feel of an acoustic piano, while its tri-sensor keyboard captures the dynamics of a performance with speed and accuracy. More information can be found at www.CasioMusicGear.com.
You don’t need to be the Von Trapp family to exercise your lungs or experience the benefits. Singing has been proven to improve quality of life, according to many studies. Whether it is impromptu karaoke night or your family is watching a favorite musical, don’t be shy about creating opportunities for your household to sing.
Investigate your school’s extracurricular programs. While general class sizes can be large, extracurricular programs such as band, chorus and school plays can offer a better teacher-to-student ratio and more access to instruments.
The benefits of music education are numerous and learning piano can open the gates to a wide range of musical interests in the future. To get your children interested, encourage the whole family to make more music at home.
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Four Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season Affordably
The holidays can be an expensive time for decorating, entertaining and shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to save this holiday season, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time stressing over expenses.
Typically, one of the largest expenses during the holiday season is gifts for friends and family. Instead of spending a fortune on store-bought presents, consider creating a DIY gift.
For example, you can place dry ingredients inside a canning jar with an easy-to-follow recipe for sugar cookies or holiday pancakes for a creative, inexpensive gift.
Gift cards dressed up with a festive greeting card also makes a great present. Another option is to look for an auto-renewal program that allows you to give a practical gift like diapers, pet food and more to a recipient on a weekly or monthly basis.
One of the best parts about the holidays is baking delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy. A holiday favorite is fruit cake, so bake up something tasty like date nut bread using simple ingredients like flour, milk and eggs that can be bought from a discount retailer like Dollar General.
The holidays are often about spending time with family and friends, which means you could be doing a lot more entertaining than usual at your home. Get your home holiday-ready by making a plan for house-cleaning.
Straighten up before cleaning, so the process is expedited. To save on cleaning supplies, consider buying store brands, rather than name brand products. Be sure to also add the smells of the season with scented candles and electric warmers.
Adorning your home with holiday decorations can really get your family in the spirit. Deals on dollar ornaments, festive garland, decorative trees and fun wreaths can help you to make your home festive without breaking the bank.
For more tips on holiday savings and DIY gift and decoration ideas, you can visit your local Dollar General or go online to www.dollargeneral.com.
By spending carefully, you can celebrate affordably and in style, without breaking the bank.
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We won’t lie to you: Toddlers are terrors. Between their tantrums, picky eating habits, and insane energy levels, it’s no wonder moms struggle to make it through this stage in one piece. And no matter how many parenting books you read or toddler problems you Google, sometimes laughter will really be the only way to cope with the ridiculousness your life has become.
To help inject a little humor into your day and let you know you’re not alone, we asked moms of toddlers to confess the little white lies they tell themselves to get by. See if you’ve said a few of these fibs yourself — if so, you’ve got plenty of company!