Cleverly Changing https://cleverlychanging.com Empowering the total person Sat, 08 Aug 2020 04:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Entrepreneurship Lessons with Elizabeth Ayoola | Lesson 37 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/entrepreneurship-lessons-with-elizabeth-ayoola-lesson-37/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/entrepreneurship-lessons-with-elizabeth-ayoola-lesson-37/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2020 04:10:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23094 In episode 37, we talked about entrepreneurship lessons from two perspectives: a child’s and a new business owner. Our special guest was Elizabeth Ayoola, the founder of Love On A Canvas. Elizabeth is a mom and published author who uses her gift of poetry to create unique one of a kind gifts for families.  Intro ...

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In episode 37, we talked about entrepreneurship lessons from two perspectives: a child’s and a new business owner. Our special guest was Elizabeth Ayoola, the founder of Love On A Canvas. Elizabeth is a mom and published author who uses her gift of poetry to create unique one of a kind gifts for families. 

Intro (00:00)

Today’s African proverb is

“A man cannot sit down alone to plan for prosperity.” – Nigerian Proverb

Word of the Episode (2:15)

Pesa means money in Swahili.

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Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:30)

Aamira discusses her thoughts on business and entrepreneurship. Listen in and learn and if you have any additional questions you questions or comments in the comment section.

Grown Folks Discuss Entrepreneurship Lessons

In episode 37, we talked about entrepreneurship from two perspectives: a child and a new business owner. Our special guest was Elizabeth Ayoola, the founder of Love On A Canvas.

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    According to the Pew Research Center, roughly half of American adults were married in 2017 and 88 percent of people cited love as “an important reason to get married” (romance isn’t dead yet!). The second reason cited for getting married was to “make a lifelong commitment”, which also seems incredibly romantic. Therefore, getting engaged is one of the biggest announcements you’ll make in your life. In 2020, after you’ve called mom (don’t mess up that one!), the most common way to make this announcement is on a social media post (ie., talk a ring selfie).

    Use these 5 steps to take the perfect engagement ring selfie:

    1. Choose a stunning engagement ring.

    According to Dr. Scott M. Stanley in a 2014 article in Psychology Today, an engagement ring stands as an “emblem” representing security and commitment. Dr. Stanley notes how the ritual of the engagement ring allows people to “relax and invest when there is a sense of both present and future safety.”

    Proposing marriage by giving your true love a diamond engagement ring is a time-honored tradition that communicates to your partner that you’re ready to commit to them. By shopping for a simulated diamond engagement ring from Agape Diamonds, you can give her the perfect engagement ring for her unique taste at an affordable cost. Agape has a style for everyone: halo diamond rings, solitaire diamond rings (with or without accents), cathedral-style diamond engagement rings, cushion cut style rings, or rings that match wedding bands; you’re sure to find the right diamond engagement ring for your sweetheart at Agape Diamonds.

    These simulated diamond rings come in either white gold or yellow gold, and they come with a lifetime warranty. If this is your first-time purchasing fine jewelry, consider looking into Agape’s ring sizing guide on their website as well as their suggestions for proper care.

    Note: all U.S. orders of Agape Diamonds come in priority mail through USPS with free insurance.

    2. Make sure her makeup look is camera ready.

    There’s no denying that, for the ideal engagement selfie, she’s going to want to look her best. By buying her a pair of mink eyelashes, her eyelashes are sure to look fabulous! When it comes to false eyelashes, these eyelash extensions go above and beyond! Instead of sticky glue, these mink eyelashes use a magnetic lash that attaches to a lash band of their magnetic eyeliner (which is cruelty-free — including the brushes). Choose from either mink eyelashes or faux mink lashes perfect for any lash style!

    In addition, each of the kits comes with magnetic lashes (sometimes multiple sets) and the cruelty-free liquid eyeliner, but you can order individual lashes and check out Glamnetic’s accessories page to find liquid liner, eyelash curlers, and more for perfect lash style! Shop exclusive 3D mink collection, or for vegans, shop the vegan magnetic lash line made with faux mink as it’s noted for having the “same fluffiness, curl, and dimensionality as mink.”


    Bonus tip: at Glamnetic, you’ll get free shipping on U.S. orders over $30. If you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll be one of the first to know about exclusive deals.

    3. Make Sure Her Nails are Done

    Thus, no one wants cracked and unpolished nails in the first picture of their new sparkly engagement ring, If the proposal is a surprise, be sure to hint that she “deserves an afternoon out” for manicures (wink, wink). If she’s a DIY kind of gal, offer to have a “spa day” with her and suggest painting nails (the polish will come off if she insists on painting your nails, I promise).

    4. Romantic Setting

    Frankly, romance is important. In fact, a 2019 study found that romantic relationships play a vital role in wellbeing (especially through adolescence and early adulthood). The proposal is not the place to be stingy with the romance! Don’t be a cliché. Make the proposal unique to her, your relationship, and make the actual setting romantic and, ideally, beautiful (that means no proposing at a restaurant – it’s tacky). Think of a location that is special to your relationship or someplace she has always wanted to go.

    5. A Ring Selfie Takes Time So Remember the Little Details

    Lastly, after the ring has arrived, you’ve secured a great location, and made sure you are both looking your best, you still have a few other things to consider. These include:

    • Lighting: Make sure that the ring catches the light for that ultimate sparkle.
    • Poses: Do multiple poses (romantic ones that show off the ring, the surprised hand over mouth pose to show off the ring, the “mischief man” pose trying to surprise her with the ring, etc.)
    • Props: Maybe she would like a “does this ring make me look engaged?” mug or something cute like that.

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    How to Shop For School Tax Free https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/how-to-shop-for-school-tax-free/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/how-to-shop-for-school-tax-free/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 23:14:57 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23080 I can hardly even believe that we are preparing for school. Spring was completely consumed by the pandemic, so it was hard for me to write a back to school post about how to shop for school tax free, but here we are and it’s time to make your list and start building your school ...

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    I can hardly even believe that we are preparing for school. Spring was completely consumed by the pandemic, so it was hard for me to write a back to school post about how to shop for school tax free, but here we are and it’s time to make your list and start building your school supply reserves now. However, I like to be able to help my readers save money.  Now is the perfect time to review the video I shared during my Homeschool Hints Video Series about how to gather homeschool supplies on a budget.

    Also, check out my list of homeschooling must-haves at my Amazon store: http://bit.ly/cleverlychangingfavs

    Shop For School Tax Free with These Savings Tips:

    1. School supply list can often be found online at your child’s school website or at a local Walmart. Follow Staples penny deals and take advantage of reviewing local ads at office supply stores throughout the summer. Read 10 more tips for Saving Money on School Supplies
    2. Go through the items you may still have from last school year and see if they are still in good condition, only replace items as need.
    3. Do an inventory of your child’s clothes and come of with a list of clothes that your child will need.
    4. Don’t forget about checking local thrift and discount stores to find some items at cheaper prices.
    5. Even if you plan to homeschool these deals can reduce your family cost as well. Read 4 Ways to start Homeschooling on a Limited Budget. Keep in mind that certain homeschool online sites (like Classical Conversations), will honor the tax free days in your state.

    Every state’s back to school tax-free holiday is different, see the schedule below to find out about which date your state’s tax-free weekend falls on.

    Back to School Time 2020 Tax Free Dates

    2020 Sales Tax Free Dates

    Many online retailers do honor state tax free holidays.

    State Dates Applicable Items
    Alabama July 17-19 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, books under $30, and computer related items priced under $750.
    Arkansas August 1-2 Clothes and School supplies under $100
    Connecticut August 16-21 Clothes and Footwear under $100
    Florida August 7-9 Clothes and school supplies under $100, supplies under $15, and computer related items priced under $750. 
    Georgia ø Unfortunately, GA no longer holds sales tax holidays in their state.
    Iowa August 7-8 Clothes under $100
    Maryland August 9-15 Clothes and Footwear under $100
    Massachusetts August 29-30 Retail items up to $2,500 per item. (Some exclusions apply.)
    Mississippi Sept. 4-6
    Clothes and Footwear under $100
    Missouri August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, and computer related items priced under $1,500
    New Mexico August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, and computer related items priced under $1,000
    North Carolina c Unfortunately, NC no longer holds sales tax holidays in their state.
    Ohio August 7-9 Clothing priced at $75 per item or less; School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.
    Oklahoma August 7-9 Clothes under $100
    South Carolina August 7-9
    Clothes, School supplies, and computers
    Tennessee August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $100, and computer related items priced under $1,500
    Texas August 7-9 Clothes , Backpacks, and School supplies under $100
    Virginia August 7-9
    Clothes under $100, School supplies under $20, energy star products under $2,500 and generators under $1,000

    Related Posts:

    1. It’s Back to School Time, Is Your Child Ready?
    2. Ten Tips for Ensuring a Healthy, Safe and Successful School Year
    3. Parents Save Money on eBay

    Reader Response: What are some unique ways you save during back to school time?

    What are my recommended places to shop school supplies

    • Staples
    • Walmart
    • Target
    • Office Depot
    • Amazon
    • Michaels
    • Hobby Lobby

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    8 Highest Paying Careers for Nurses in 2020 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/8-highest-paying-careers-for-nurses-in-2020/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/08/8-highest-paying-careers-for-nurses-in-2020/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:35:15 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23069 Nursing is a stable profession that’s in demand everywhere. In fact, there are many different careers for nurses. However, one thing with nursing is that pay rates can vary wildly. It depends in part on your level of education, but it also depends on your area of expertise. There are nursing jobs that pay as ...

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    Nursing is a stable profession that’s in demand everywhere. In fact, there are many different careers for nurses. However, one thing with nursing is that pay rates can vary wildly. It depends in part on your level of education, but it also depends on your area of expertise. There are nursing jobs that pay as much or even more than medical doctors, and you don’t have to work double shifts every day to see that pay rate.

    Here are the 8 of the highest paying careers for nurses in 2020.

    Nurse Anesthetists

    The doctor shortage has driven demand for nurse practitioners to fill in the gap. However, there are even fewer anesthesiologists, even as an aging population requires more surgeries from knee replacements to colonoscopies. 

    This is why the average certified registered nurse anesthetist earns roughly $170,000 dollars a year. They may work in hospitals, surgery centers or a pain management center. Becoming a CRNA requires a master’s degree from an accredited program and passing the NCLEX exam. Employment for CNRAs is expected to grow 16% over the next ten years.

    Pain Management Nurses

    Pain management nurses identify the cause of a patient’s pain, assist in their care, dispense medication and educate patients about pain management. They may work in a hospice, palliative care or oncology wards in the hospital. This area of expertise doesn’t require an advanced degree. However, you will need an RN certification and certification in pain management. Average pay rates hover around $110,000 a year.

    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Clinical nurse specialists are also some of the most well-paid nurses in the business. This is a great option for someone who’d like to be near the action and seen as a specialist in their unit. You will be called to work on specific diseases and injuries and will play a central role on your team. One of your responsibilities will also be to improve the standard of care where you are and do some research work as well.

    As a clinical nurse specialist, you can expect to make $106,028 per year. And, since many institutions are trying to replace physicians with clinical nurse specialists who can perform most of the same duties, you can expect to see a growing demand for them. As a CNS, you might be asked to work in private practices, hospitals, clinics, and with staffing agencies. Or, you could decide to work as a travel nurse and get paid a premium for your services.

    8 Highest Paying Careers for Nurses in 2020

    Orthopedic Nurses

    Orthopedic nurses work with patients with broken bones, joint replacements and osteoporosis. They may provide treatment, monitor vital signs or keep track of medication. To be an orthopedic nurse, you must at least have a BSN and a registered nursing license. 

    The good news is that there are plenty of online BSN accelerated nursing programs that will allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing as quickly as possible if you’ve already completed a non-nursing degree. Then you’d just need to pass the Orthopedic Nurse Certification exam. You will then be qualified to earn over $100,000 a year.

    General Nurse Practitioner

    General nurse practitioners or NPs can do almost everything a doctor does. In many states, they have the same prescription-writing authority, too. They often work in family practices. Others specialize in pediatrics, women’s health or adult practices. Average pay for a nurse practitioner is around $110,000 a year. 

    To become a nurse practitioner, you must earn a master of science in nursing and then complete the state-specific NP licensing practice. Know that demand for nurse practitioners is expected to grow by a third over the next ten years. Demand for NPs specializing in gerontology is growing even faster.

    Nurse Midwives

    Nurse midwives earn a little over $100,000 a year. They may work in hospitals, birthing centers or even visit patients at their homes. They’re able to provide an expert level of care to their patients throughout the pregnancy. They may also provide fertility and contraceptive services. 

    If you want to become a nurse midwife, you will at least need to have an MSN degree. It is advisable to get an additional nurse midwife certification, however. But, once you do, you can expect to find lots of work, especially in rural areas where nurse midwives are in much need.

    Nurse Researcher

    Nurse researchers are nurses who work in medical research. They may design studies, generate reports or work with patients in medical studies. This job typically requires a master’s degree or doctorate. Median pay is around $95,000 a year. Demand for nurse researchers is expected to increase by 13% over the next ten years.

    Working as a nurse researcher is also a great option for senior nurses who want to pull from their wealth of experience. There are many DNP programs that can be taken online that will give nurses the qualifications needed, and these can be taken on your time. This could allow you to stay in your position while expanding your knowledge base and positioning yourself for a researcher spot later on.

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric nurse practitioners tend to be well paid, and it’s easy to see why. Their job can be very demanding, and no two days are the same. Psychiatric nurse practitioners also need to have the skills necessary to constrain patients and deal with aggressive ones from time to time. Psychiatric nurse practitioners have to play the role of bodyguard, counselor, and caregiver all at the same time, so it’s only right that they get compensated accordingly.

    A psychiatric nurse practitioner can expect to make up to $105,658 per year. We can also expect steady growth thanks in part to greater awareness of mental health issues and the raging opioid epidemic.

    The average nurse earns a nice pay rate, but there are many positions that can allow you to earn much more just with the right qualifications. Earning an advanced degree or certification in an in-demand specialty could open the door to pay rates in the hundreds of thousands, so always stay informed and consider the options available.

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    5 Dive-In Movie Items You Should Not Leave at Home https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/5-dive-in-movie-items-you-should-not-leave-at-home/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/5-dive-in-movie-items-you-should-not-leave-at-home/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 23:06:32 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23056 Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Sounds like a question from the past right? Well, there are a few Drive-In Theaters that still exist in the United States and I recently had the opportunity to visit one located in Baltimore, MD. I am really anticipating my second visit so I wanted to write ...

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    Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Sounds like a question from the past right? Well, there are a few Drive-In Theaters that still exist in the United States and I recently had the opportunity to visit one located in Baltimore, MD. I am really anticipating my second visit so I wanted to write this post because I know that there are families looking for safe and fun activities. Here are 5 things I’d recommend people to bring to a drive-in movie.

    5 Dive-In Movie Items You Should Not Leave at Home

    Bring Cash

    Bengies in Baltimore, MD charged extra to purchase a permit for cars that brought in outside food. The charge at the Baltimore location was $15 and the payment had to be made in cash.

    Portable Battery Operated Speaker

    Every vehicle is different but, if you want to be able to turn your car completely off, then bring or rent a portable speaker. It is not uncommon for there to be an outlet in the parking lot, but keep batteries on hand just in case you park next to an outlet that isn’t working.

    Pack Some Tasty Snacks

    Many drive-in theaters will have restaurants, but if you have special dietary needs then pay a little extra and bring your own outside food. Especially if you have favorite movie snacks that you would like to enjoy.

    Comfortable Lawn Chairs

    I took a picnic blanket and sat outside the car, but after awhile the ground felt hard so I wish I had brought lawn chairs instead. Foldable lawn chairs are great because they allow you to put them in the trunk of your vehicle for the ease of transport.

    Next time that I go to a drive-in movie, I will probably also take my airport pillow with me, to make the experience is even more comfortable. We were in a party of four, and the backseat area wasn’t very comfortable so I would recommend the group in the back seat seat enjoy the experience from outside of the vehicle.

    Bug Spray

    If you’re at a drive-in movie theater in the summer, then your car is going to be hot, even with the windows rolled down. Therefore, sitting outside after the sun has gone down may be much cooler. So if you plan on enjoying the movie outside use bug spray to keeps the bugs away.

    Overall, enjoying a movie outside under the stars is an enjoyable and fun experience. In the comment section below let me know if you have ever been to a drive-in movie, if so, what is one thing that you think people should bring with them.

    Check out the information below if you want to know how you can visit the drive-in and watch a movie for FREE.

    AMAZON STUDIOS AND MICHAEL B. JORDAN’S OUTLIER SOCIETY PRESENT

    A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN”

    A CELEBRATION OF MULTI-CULTURAL VOICES IN FILM

    Summer Screening Series Curated by Michael B. Jordan will Launch at Select Drive-Ins
    Nationwide and Play Throughout the Summer at 

    No Cost to the Community

    A special thank you to Amazon Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society. Thank you so much for launching “A Night at the Drive-In”, a nationwide summer screening series that will run through every other week through the end of August.

    “With this drive-in summer series, I hope that friends and families are able to not only enjoy, but to learn and grow,” said Michael B. Jordan, Principal of Outlier Society. “Now more than ever, amplifying Black and Brown stories means engaging culture to speak to hearts and minds about the world we live in. As we use this opportunity to reimagine community and proximity, I am excited that these films will be shared and celebrated all across the country.” – from press release.

    As part of the concessions for the screenings, all attendees will receive refreshments provided by Black and Brown owned businesses, which are Path WaterPipcorn Popcorn and Partake Cookies.

    Save the Date for More Drive-In Movies

    • July 29th: Movies to inspire your inner child:
      • Hook (Sony Pictures)
      • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
    • August 12th: Movies to make you open your eyes:
      • Do The Right Thing (Universal)
      • Get Out  (Universal)
    • August 26th: Movies to make you laugh:
      • Coming to America (Paramount Pictures)
      • Girls Trip (Universal)

    The program will run through the end of August 2020. Below is the list of theaters.

    Vineland Drive-In – Los Angeles, CA

    Overlook Drive-In – New York, NY

    Solano Twin Drive-In– San Francisco, CA

    Sacramento Drive-In 6 – Sacramento, CA

    Las Vegas 6 Drive-In – Las Vegas, NV

    Shankweiler’s Drive-In – Philadelphia, PA

    Galaxy Drive-In – Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

    Showboat Drive-In – Houston, TX

    Ford Wyoming Drive-In – Detroit, MI

    Springmill Drive-In – Cleveland, OH

    South Drive-In Twin – Columbus, OH

    Jesup Drive-In Twin – Savannah, GA

    Bengies Drive-In – Baltimore, MD

    Ocala Drive-In – Orlando, FL

    Parkway Drive-In – Knoxville, TN

    Midway Twin Drive-In – Cleveland, OH

    Glendale Drive-in – Phoenix, AZ

    Transit Drive-In – Buffalo, NY

    Badin Drive-In – Charlotte, NC

    Monetta Drive-In – Augusta-Aiken, SC

    Thank you to Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney and Paramount Pictures for providing the films. 

    For additional details on locations, show times and ticket information, please visit:

    ANightAtTheDrive-In.com (http://amazonscreenings.com/anightatthedrivein)

    ABOUT OUTLIER SOCIETY

    “Outlier Society is a cutting-edge production company focused on bringing an eclectic and inclusive lineup of diverse stories and voices to market, meeting the viewers where they are. The company was founded by Michael B. Jordan in 2016 and was one of the first companies to publicly adopt the inclusion rider. In February 2019, Jordan and Outlier launched the Outlier Fellowship – an internship and mentorship program providing access, opportunity and community to underrepresented young people entering media, arts and entertainment.

    Under the helm of President of Production Alana Mayo, Outlier Society has co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Films’ adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451”, which netted Jordan a Producers Guild Award, and the critically-acclaimed Warner Bros. film, “Just Mercy”, which was awarded a number of accolades including the NAACP Image Award for ‘Best Picture’, the ABFF Award for ‘Movie of the Year’, and a BET Award nomination for ‘Best Movie’. Their impressive slate of upcoming projects includes Paramount Pictures’ ‘Without Remorse’, the Denzel Washington-directed feature ‘Journal for Jordan’, and the Danny Boyle-directed ‘Methuselah’, with Jordan set to star in each. Additionally, Outlier Society’s upcoming slate includes the film adaption of the fantasy novel ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ by acclaimed author Marlon James; an untitled original monster movie from ‘Kong: Skull Island’ filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts; a WWII action drama ‘The Liberators’; psychological thriller, ‘The Ancestors’, starring Tika Sumpter for HBO Max; ‘61st Street’ for AMC; the second season of RAISING DION which was one of Netflix’s most-streamed shows of 2019; and the second season of the OWN drama series ‘David Makes Man’ from Oscar-winning MOONLIGHT co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. The first season was nominated as “Best Drama Series” for a Critics’ Choice Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, as well as for a Peabody Award and a Gotham Award.” From the press release.

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    Homeschooling Within Nature https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/homeschooling-within-nature/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/homeschooling-within-nature/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 22:09:55 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23031 During Episode 7 of our Homeschool Hints Video Series we spoke with Vanessa Hartmann from @VanessaHolisticLiving on Instagram. Vanessa is a wife and mom to one son who is 7 years-old. Some of the key takeaways from our conversation was that we should develop a daily rhythm while homeschooling our child. Next, incorporate songs and ...

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    During Episode 7 of our Homeschool Hints Video Series we spoke with Vanessa Hartmann from @VanessaHolisticLiving on Instagram. Vanessa is a wife and mom to one son who is 7 years-old. Some of the key takeaways from our conversation was that we should develop a daily rhythm while homeschooling our child. Next, incorporate songs and finally, learn to listen and trust your child. Right now, homeschooling within nature can offer the flexibility and peace that both parent and children need in order to cope with everything that is going on in our world today.

    She answered the following questions:

    • How can parents make learning fun for their homeschool child?
    • What are some ways that you can engage young children throughout the day?
    • How can parents come up with hands on activities?
    • What to do when you notice your child is having a hard time focusing?

    If you’d like to Purchase Her Nature Guide You can

    It is on Etsy at the following shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EARTHandKAI

    Download Vanessa’s Nature Guide Here:

    If the information resonated with you that Vanessa shared about how she homeschool’s her son and how she started a homeschool co-op, she has graciously offered to gift people who need the guide a free copy. Please download her Nature Guide or you can purchase it at the link above.

    Follow Vanessa on Youtube to Learn How She Is Homeschooling Within Nature

    Here is a link to her training videos: Vanessa Hartmann on Youtube

    Helpful Homeschool Links on CleverlyChanging.com

    Homeschooling? 7 Ways to Take A Break

    Homeschooling When It Feels Too Hard

    How to Handle Stress While Homeschooling

    Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help

    How Do You Discipline Children?

    Past Links to the Homeschool Hints Live Video Series:

    Episode 1 – Answering homeschool questions

    Episode 2 – I want to start homeschooling, but I have questions

    Episode 3 – Practical tips on working while homeschooling

    Episode 4 – How to gather your homeschool supplies and library on a budget

    Episode 5 – The logistics of homeschooling

    Episode 6 – Resources and tools for preschool and elementary students

    Purchase a Kid’s Tee

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    Homeschool Hints about Budgeting Homeschool Supplies https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/homeschool-hints-about-budgeting-homeschool-supplies/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/homeschool-hints-about-budgeting-homeschool-supplies/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:51:27 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=23006 First, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and homeschool, congratulations! You’ve made a powerful decision to be responsible for the education of your children. Do not manic, we are here to help guide you along your way. You can check out past episodes of the Cleverly Changing Podcast for resources and information about homeschooling ...

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    First, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and homeschool, congratulations! You’ve made a powerful decision to be responsible for the education of your children. Do not manic, we are here to help guide you along your way. You can check out past episodes of the Cleverly Changing Podcast for resources and information about homeschooling your children. In addition, from July 19 – Aug 6, 2020 (Sunday through Thursday), we will be having candid conversations with people who homeschool. We want you to not just survive homeschooling, but to also thrive while homeschooling your children. In this live episode we provided hints on how to get your homeschool supplies on a budget.

    Today’s guest is Ayodele, she has 6 children and has always homeschooled them. Today she lent her experience to the Cleverly Changing Live Podcast. You can follow her and her families homeschool journey here: Instagram.com/teambranch.

    Must Have Homeschool Supplies

    Visit my Amazon shop to see some of the basic supplies that many homeschools will find helpful to have on hand: bit.ly/cleverlychangingfavs

    Skip These Items If They Aren’t a Good Fit

    Watch the video to hear our don’t, but unanimously, we all agreed that you don’t have to have a planner in order to homeschool effectively.

    Additional Resources that are available

    Visit this post for a list of vetted homeschool online resources: http://bit.ly/studenthomeschoolresources

    Purchase Curriculum At these Places

    Printable worksheets: Teachers Pay Teachers

    Worksheets: IXL.com

    Christianbook.com

    RainbowBookStore.org

    Used Curriculum Groups On Facebook

    Listed below are groups I am are aware of, but I have not purchased used curriculum online.

    Homeschool Yard Sale

    Homeschooler Market- Buy, Sell & Trade

    Homeschool Curriculum resale

    Free Homeschool Curriculum

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    What Do You Think of Sustainable Fashion https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/what-do-you-think-of-sustainable-fashion/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/what-do-you-think-of-sustainable-fashion/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 04:15:29 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22995 Sustainability is one of those popular buzz words floating around the internet, but when it comes to fashion it does have an important meaning. Personally, when I think of sustainable fashion, I think of clothing that is well-made and durable, products that will not harm the environment, and workers whose rights are respected and who ...

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    Sustainability is one of those popular buzz words floating around the internet, but when it comes to fashion it does have an important meaning. Personally, when I think of sustainable fashion, I think of clothing that is well-made and durable, products that will not harm the environment, and workers whose rights are respected and who are paid fairly. Take a brief moment to share in the comment section what comes to mind when you think of sustainable fashion.

    What is Sustainable Fashion?

    According to Melissa Nataadiningrat who is a patent inventor with over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, “Sustainable fashion takes into account the entire supply chain and life cycle of a garment, from where and how it is made to when it ends up in our landfills. It is important for consumers to think about how their purchase affects the environment, the lifecycle of their garment, and how to invest in clothes that last longer” (Cotler).

    Our Actions and Purchases Impact the Environment

    I believe that we should be gentle on the environment, so when I was given an opportunity to partner with Caeresa from ShopGypsyFreedom.com I was excited. Shop Gypsy Freedom is a sustainable fashion online retailer. Recently, I had the honor of being a guest co-host for one of the sip and shops that Caeresa holds monthly on Instagram. Check out her instagram and follow her here: instagram.com/shopgypsyfreedom.

    Purchasing clothing from Shop Gypsy Freedom has two advantages, you will find cool ways to style your purchases and you’ll have assurance that your purchase is making a difference ethically and socially.

    “At Gypsy Freedom, we love style, we believe in fashion as an art form, and we are certain that these beautiful things can exist in a way that is ethical, sustainable, and people friendly”.

    source
    Sustainable Fashion from Shop Gypsy Freedom
    Sustainable Fashion from Shop Gypsy Freedom

    Sustainable, Cute, and Carefree

    Here are 4 different pieces that I purchased that are cute, comfortable, and sustainable.

    Cotton Candy Tank

    The colors of the tank are soft and flirty. In the pictures I’m wearing a large, but I think a size medium would have fit well too. The top is soft to the touch and almost feels like you don’t even have it on.

    Sustainable Fashion from Shop Gypsy Freedom
    Sustainable Fashion from Shop Gypsy Freedom

    “Love On” Bottoms – Sold Out

    My husband thought these pants were a skirt at first. I love that they are long and have an inner lining. They are high-waisted and super lightweight and cool. It’s the perfect pair of pants for a summer day or a dinner date.

    Merly Jacket

    I love the color and fit of this jacket. The washed denim is soft and comfortable. This jacket makes a great addition on cool summer nights or cool days in the fall. The jacket also has plenty of functional pockets which come in handy for cellphones or

    Basket Of Joy Slides

    Carefree and totally comfortable, great for a walk on the beach.

    Promo Code

    Purchase any one of these items and receive 10% off your purchase when you use the promo code “CLEVERLY”

    Reference

    Cotler, Amanda. “Why Sustainable Fashion Matters”. Forbes, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellevate/2019/10/07/why-sustainable-fashion-matters/#17d5de5771b8. Accessed 20 July 2020.

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    Introducing a new Homeschool Hints Series https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/introducing-a-new-homeschool-hints-series/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/introducing-a-new-homeschool-hints-series/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:18:17 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22988 With the closing of schools due to Covid 19 many families are scrambling to find out what they can do to teach their children from home. I am sure that many of you who read my blog are aware that I have homeschooled my kids from birth. I have been their primary teacher for most ...

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    With the closing of schools due to Covid 19 many families are scrambling to find out what they can do to teach their children from home. I am sure that many of you who read my blog are aware that I have homeschooled my kids from birth. I have been their primary teacher for most of their lives, but now that they are entering Middle school grades I had wanted to put them in a traditional school. Unfortunately, my plans were derailed and they will be home for another year. In light of understanding every parent’s uneasiness about homeschooling I wanted to lend some assistance and knowledge to help you all as you embark on this new journey by starting my Homeschool Hints Series. The series will run on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/CleverlyChanging) July 19 through Aug 6, 2020, which will take place Sundays through Thursdays.

    July 20, 2020 I spoke with Gianna about how to get started homeschooling. Here’s our Homeschool Hints conversation below feel free to share it with your friends.

    Homeschool Hints Questions: 

    Can you share with me a day in the life of your homeschool? 

    From Gianna: I know that each family is different but it helps to get a glimpse into what other people do to get ideas and think outside of the box.
    Here is a post that shares my post Covid Schedule:

    Here is my Pre Covid Schedule: “Homeschooling With Love: Our Homeschool Schedule” https://cleverlychanging.com/2015/10/our-homeschool-schedule/

    Post Covid: “Homeschooling Routines” https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/homeschooling-routines-during-a-pandemic/

    How do you balance homeschool with the rigors of running and growing a business? 

    How do you maintain your balance during your busy season for work? Personally, my goal is not to achieve balance. My goal is to plan ahead and prioritize my time. I do not pretend to be super woman because I am not. In order for my family to make it work and for me to take on the business ventures that I take on then I have to have a strong support system. My husband helps out a lot. So that means that I have to have a list of objectives and school work that my girls need to complete in order for him to help.

    What are some things you’ve learned along that way that work well for you?

    Be flexible. Don’t try to recreate a traditional public school system within my home.Incorporate learning lessons and teachable moments throughout the day to reinforce lessons.

    What are the 3 things I need to know before choosing a curriculum?

    3 things you need to know:

    • Your budget
    • How your kids Learn
    • What you’re comfortable teaching

    Try to get a sample or use what your kids were using in school. See video and check out this post: “Vetted Home Educational Resources by Subject

    Do you do grading/transcripts? If so, how often?

    Grading papers is something I normally divide between me and my husband, but it is best when you grade while your kids are taking a brain break so you will know what to correct sooner if necessary.

    Use an Umbrella for transcripts, this isn’t usually as important until they reach their high school years.

    Listen to this podcast on “How to keep a homeschool portfolio

    Have you ever had any discouraging days in homeschooling? If so, how did you push past them?

    Yes, see these posts and podcasts for greater insight:

    Homeschooling? 7 Ways to Take A Break

    Homeschooling When It Feels Too Hard

    How to Handle Stress While Homeschooling

    Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help

    How Do You Discipline Children?

    Homeschool Hints Video Series

    Episode 1 – Answering homeschool questions

    Episode 2 – I want to start homeschooling, but I have questions

    Episode 3 – Practical tips on working while homeschooling

    Episode 4 – How to gather your homeschool supplies and library on a budget

    Episode 5 – The logistics of homeschooling

    Episode 6 – Resources and tools for preschool and elementary students

    Episode 7 – The logistics of homeschooling.

    Episode 8 – Homeschooling with Vanessa

    Episode 9 – Online Educational Resources

    Episode 10 – How to help your child navigate Virtual Schooling this school year

    Episode 11 –Today at 7pm EST we will discuss Co-ops, Umbrella Schools, and Tutorials

    Episode 12 – Science with Kevin Tom, dad, teacher, and YouTuber

    Purchase a Kid’s Tee

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    10 John Lewis Quotes that Proves He Was a Giant https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/10-john-lewis-quotes-that-prove-was-a-giant/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/10-john-lewis-quotes-that-prove-was-a-giant/#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2020 00:52:19 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22975 I can’t remember the first time I heard about Congressman John Robert Lewis, but when I was young (still in middle school), my sister did an internship at the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, GA. I remember when she came home, and at the end of the summer she gave me a brochure. The ...

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    I can’t remember the first time I heard about Congressman John Robert Lewis, but when I was young (still in middle school), my sister did an internship at the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, GA. I remember when she came home, and at the end of the summer she gave me a brochure. The brochure listed Freedom Riders and John Lewis was one of the pioneers that was alive still fighting for justice. What struck me at that early age was that he was alive. It’s easy to think that the Civil Rights Movement was something from the distant past, but to be able to turn on my TV and see Rep. John Lewis, I knew that meant that the rights and luxuries I’ve come to know are new.

    Rep John Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 in Troy, AL. He was the son of sharecroppers. He wasn’t a tall man, he stood only about 5’6″, so it wasn’t his physique that made him a giant. It was the life that he lived. He served in Congress for 17 terms 1987 – 2020. He also had a powerful voice, when he spoke it moved a person’s soul.

    John Lewis Quotes

    Here are 10 quotes from Rep. John Lewis that will help people remember him as the giant he was.

    “If you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you’re consistent, you will succeed.” Rep. John Lewis⁠

    “I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe that we have an obligation to condemn speech that is racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, or hateful.” 
    ― John Robert Lewis, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

    “Fury spends itself pretty quickly when there’s no fury facing it.” 
    ― John Lewis, 
    March: Book One

    “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” 
    ― John Lewis

    “I’m not asking any of you to give any blood. I’m just asking you to go and vote like you never voted before. We have to vote.” ― John Lewis, 1965 March on Selma

    “Take a long, hard look down the road you will have to travel once you have made a commitment to work for change. Know that this transformation will not happen right away. Change often takes time. It rarely happens all at once. In the movement, we didn’t know how history would play itself out. When we were getting arrested and waiting in jail or standing in unmovable lines on the courthouse steps, we didn’t know what would happen, but we knew it had to happen. ― John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

    “Rioting is not a movement. It is not an act of civil disobedience. I think it is a mistake for people to consider disorganized action, mayhem, and attacks on other people and property as an extension of any kind of movement. It is not. It is simply an explosion of emotion. That’s all. There is nothing constructive about it. It is destructive.” 
    ― John Robert Lewis, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

    “In terms of our elected officials, I think we need to ask…: How far should we go with our need to know before we completely veer off into the personal and the private and leave behind any chance of having a legitimate debate or discussion or discourse about the issues at hand?” 
    ― John Robert Lewis, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

    “Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.” 
    ― John Lewis, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change

    “If we do not get meaningful legislation out of this Congress, the time will come when we will not confine our marching to Washington” . . . “We will march through the South through the streets of Jackson, through the streets of Danville, through the streets of Cambridge, through the streets of Birmingham. But we will march with the spirit of love and with the spirit of dignity that we have shown here today.” Rep. John Lewis, At the 1963 March on Washington

    Honored to Meet the Giant in Person

    When I met Rep John Lewis we stood side-by-side shoulder-to-shoulder. He looked up at me and gave me a smile that I carry deep within my memory. His smile encouraged me to join him in his fight for justice and equality. His smile reminded me that I always have to stand for integrity and equality. He had a silent power about him as worked a room. His presence just radiated the atmosphere not just because of his iconic status but because of his unwavering confidence and sincerity.

    John Lewis’ fight for justice and quality was turbulent. During the 1965 voting rights protest in Selma he had his skull fractured by a state trooper. He also was arrested about 45 times as a result of speaking out about civil rights and from participating in protests.

    Rest In Peace John Lewis

    Rep John passed away July 17, 2020 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

    *Image Creator: Joshua Roberts | Credit: REUTERS

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    3 Ways to Find Balance When The World Feels Chaotic https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/3-ways-to-find-balance-when-the-world-feels-chaotic/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/3-ways-to-find-balance-when-the-world-feels-chaotic/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:58:21 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22959 Have you ever felt your heart racing and struggled to get your mind to focus and relax? It can be hard to find balance when the world feels chaotic, but you can calm both your mind and your body. Don’t let the actions of others consume you. Stop, gather your thoughts and control your inner ...

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    Have you ever felt your heart racing and struggled to get your mind to focus and relax? It can be hard to find balance when the world feels chaotic, but you can calm both your mind and your body. Don’t let the actions of others consume you. Stop, gather your thoughts and control your inner peace.
    About a month into the pandemic, I felt like I couldn’t pinpoint anything that was going to happen next. Normal things that I could count on like toilet paper, Lysol wipes, peroxide, and alcohol being in stock at the store we’re not available. The freedom to play at our local park was gone. Yellow tape prevented access to the play equipment. That loss of control made me anxious and I had to slow down and evaluate what was needed for relief. 

    Here are a few tips that help me find balance when the world feels chaotic

    Find your calm.

    This could be meditating, prayer, yoga, tai chi, etc. The key is to find an action or space that brings you relief and silences your atmosphere. 
    That’s the coolest thing about the human brain. A person could be sitting in a crowded room and still be able to mentally focus in on one person’s voice. According to Dr Tobias Reichenbach, the lead author from the Department of Bioengineering, this is called selective attention. He states that “Humans excel at selectively listening to a target speaker when there are a lot of background noises, such as many competing voices. In this din of chatter the auditory cortex switches into action and with laser focus, processes information that enables us to zone in on one conversation.”

    Thus, our brains have the ability to to focus even when there is a lot of noise around us, so we have to utilize that ability when trying to find balance.

    Say No. 

    Sure, no one wants to let their friends or colleagues down by saying, “No.” However, when you show up ready to answer everyone’s needs you can inadvertently neglect your own needs.  The world will still keep moving even if you decide to be selective with your time and energy.


    Don’t overload your proverbial plate. Finding balance means you will have some down time.

    Turn off the noise and unplug.

    This is a lesson that I’m constantly learning. The over-stimulation of cellphones, social media, television, news media, etc can have you feeling bombarded by things that are outside of your control. Ferris Jabr wrote in Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”


    His words make it clear that we need to let our brains rest so we can be our best selves.

    Find Joy.

    Additionally, find a cause that excites and uplifts you. One cause that energizes me is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The work that they do to help families of children with rare diseases like Sickle Cell Disease directly coincides with my own life’s work. If you want to help families have more time with their children make a donation. Purchase a ThisShirtSavesLives.org tee and let other’s know you support and life-saving charity.


    Lastly, when you give yourself a break about finding the perfect kind of balance for your life your appreciate the balanced moments as they appear. This quote wraps Up the concept well, “ Being balanced does not mean being calm, relaxed, and content all of the time. Balance often occurs only for a fleeting moment, but it can reappear over and over again“ F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

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    Low Carb Vegan Spaghetti Squash https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/low-carb-vegan-spaghetti-squash/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/07/low-carb-vegan-spaghetti-squash/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:45:58 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22930 Finding healthy low carbohydrate foods can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are tons of recipes online and cookbooks that are dedicated to the topic. We love pasta as a family, but noodles often contain too much carbs for us to eat them everyday, so I try to come up with low carb vegan alternatives. As ...

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    Finding healthy low carbohydrate foods can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are tons of recipes online and cookbooks that are dedicated to the topic. We love pasta as a family, but noodles often contain too much carbs for us to eat them everyday, so I try to come up with low carb vegan alternatives. As a result, we switch out the carbs in my home for vegetables at least twice a week. Of course, assessing our families’ dietary needs are important, so in order for us to get the nutrients we need we try to find less sugary options for our favorite meals.

    Sugar can suppress your immune system causing an overproduction of digestive enzymes, putting stress on your pancreas.

    (“Some Scary Facts About Sugar That Will Make You Think Twice”)

    We have tried multiple noodle replacements like spiralizing zucchini and squash. However, I am always open to new recipes that we can enjoy that are quick and simple. Here is a new recipe that we have added to our meal plan.

    Here are the steps to create Vegan Spaghetti Squash

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    Low Carb Vegan Spaghetti Squash Recipe
    Low Carb Vegan Spaghetti Squash Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1 Spaghetti Squash
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Fresh basil (optional)
    • 1 Tsp of olive oil
    • 1 (10 ounce) can of chickpeas

    Step 1. Cut the squash in half

    Step 2. Scrape out and discard the seeds

    Step 3. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste

    Step 4. Add 1/4 cup of water to a backing dish and turn the squash with the cut side down to bake on 375 degrees for about 20 minutes

    Step 5. Remove the squash from the pan/baking dish and scrape the interior of the squash with a fork.

    Step 6. Rinse the chickpeas and season with salt, pepper, and basil. Bake in a separate dish, but in the oven at the same time as the squash.

    Step 7. Add seasoned chickpeas baked in avocado/olive oil on top of the squash or top with your favorite sauce. Serve and enjoy!

    Of course, raising a child with special needs is challenging. When you first learn that your child has specific needs that should be identified and catered to, it can be hard trying to navigate everything out on your own. Hopefully, this conversation will help you understand how to partner with your child’s school administrators to get the best assistance needed. Keep in mind, that the needs of the child often supersede the needs of the parent and may impact how a child learns and communicates.

    Intro (02:10)

    Today’s African proverb is

    “The art of negotiating is acquired from childhood”
    – from the Congo

    Word of the Episode (2:35)

    Maisha means life in Swahili.

    About today’s Sponsor Play Black Wallstreet

    Black Wall Street The Board Game and Play Black Wall Street Academy sponsored today’s episode. Their site, PlayBlackWallStreet.com, supports the education of financial literacy for families. Therefore, learn more about the history of Black Wall Street, the riots that destroyed the community, and the legacy that is now left by purchasing their game. Please use the discount code: “CLEVERLY” for 25% off sitewide. (* The discount cannot be combined with any other discount).

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    Cleverly Cultured Kids (0:00)

    Maya shares a report about Amariyanna Copeny. A young girl who has learned that her voice can impact change. Mari also is known nationwide as “Little Miss Flint.” You can learn more about Little Miss Flint here: maricopeny.com.

    Grown Folks Discuss Special Education During the Pandemic (8:36)

    In episode 36, we spoke with Jocelyn a 20-year high school Special Needs Education Director. She spoke with us about how parents and schools can navigate the special education space at home. The majority of the population that she works with are highschool students, but the school goes from K-12 grade.

    Special Education Tips provided

    • Break up the time, give information in 10-minute increments, and allow breaks.
    • Establish a virtual homeroom
    • Practice and encourage mental health exercises
    • Utilize breakout sessions virtually.
    • Check-in to actually see how students are actually feeling.
    • If you have concerns about your child regarding their special needs talk to your child’s pediatrician and their teacher to help identify what your child’s special needs are

    Special Education Resources

    We Need You To Share This Podcast and Support Us

    Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. Thus, remember to share our tips and tricks with other parents, aunties, and uncles who teach, homeschool ot want to supplement the education of their children.

    Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

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    Listen to and Share Past Episodes

    Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

    Navigating Special Education at Home with Jocelyn | Lesson 36
    • Episode 16 – Learn to Love Math
    • References

      Child Find: What It Is and How It Works. (2020). Retrieved 26 June 2020, from https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/child-find-what-it-is-and-how-it-works

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      ]]> https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/navigating-special-education-at-home-lesson-36/feed/ 0 My New Coloring Book and A Giveaway https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/my-new-coloring-book-and-a-giveaway/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/my-new-coloring-book-and-a-giveaway/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:47:23 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22908 This new coloring book giveaway is sponsored by MyThreeSicklers.org Have you ever had a dream that you thought wouldn’t come true?I have wanted to become a children’s book author since I was a child. After, my daughter experienced her first pain crisis due to Sickle Cell Disease my life changed forever. At the time, I ...

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      This new coloring book giveaway is sponsored by MyThreeSicklers.org

      Have you ever had a dream that you thought wouldn’t come true?

      I have wanted to become a children’s book author since I was a child. After, my daughter experienced her first pain crisis due to Sickle Cell Disease my life changed forever. At the time, I put my dreams aside and focused on her and her health.

      I didn’t have a support group and I didn’t know anyone who had sickle cell disease. I needed something that would reassure me that she would be fine. Sometimes, what you want and what you need, may not be out there until you create it. So I wrote a book about Sickle Cell Disease. Although many people have created sickle cell books, I wanted one that was interactive where parents could learn alongside their children and connect with them. Once I wrote the book, I got distracted with life and for a while, I gave up on my dream.

      Dreams Do Come True

      Last summer, I spoke at the Sickle Cell Community Consortium Conference and met several parents who felt the same anxiety as I did, after seeing my child experience a pain crisis. Talking with them, lit a fire within me that encouraged me to dust off my manuscript and publish my book.

      Six years after writing the words to my book, I finally held it in my hands for the first time. I even shed a few tears because a lot of time, money, and hard work went into the project to make it a success. I can promise you that when you don’t give up on yourself, it feels good. This email is a reminder to never give up. Remember, that thing you’ve been dreaming about is within your reach!

      Enter To Win My New Coloring Book

      If you know someone with Sickle Cell Disease and you’d like to win a copy of “The Sickle Cell Coloring Book for Kids” (affiliate), enter to win below. This giveaway is graciously sponsored by the My Three Sicklers Sickle Cell Foundation. This contest is open to residents of the 50 United States who are at least 18 years of age. Void where prohibited.

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      To enter to win one of (20) “Sickle Cell Coloring Books for Kids” 1. Like this post. Then follow @CleverlyChanging, @MyThreeSicklers, and @niassong on Instagram 2. In the comment section, tell us why you’d like to win one of the coloring books 3. Tag a friend. (Bonus entries: the more people you tag the more entries you receive, which will increase your chances of winning.) A huge thank you and to Mapillar the founder of https://mythreesicklers.org And Nia from @NiaSong for supporting this giveaway! This #contest is not run or affiliated by Instagram. No cash prize is available if you forfeit redemption. United States entries only. You must be at least 18+ to win. ***WINNERS will be announced on JUNE 30, 2020. . . . #giveaway #bookgiveaway #contest #bookcontest #worldsicklecellday #worldsicklecellday2020 #worldsicklecellawarenessday #worldsickleday #contest2020 #june2020 #blackfamilies #blackcouples #sicklecelltrait #sicklecellanemia #sicklecelleducation #blackmoms #blackdads

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      Juneteenth + World Sickle Cell Day | Lesson 35 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/juneteenth-world-sickle-cell-day-lesson-35/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/juneteenth-world-sickle-cell-day-lesson-35/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:40:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22899 Juneteenth is an American holiday. On June 19 we celebrate the day when the last slaves in the confederate state of Texas were freed. The slaves were freed on June 19, 1865, which was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan 1, 1863) was passed. Some historians believe that Confederate slaves owners moved from East ...

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      Juneteenth is an American holiday. On June 19 we celebrate the day when the last slaves in the confederate state of Texas were freed. The slaves were freed on June 19, 1865, which was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan 1, 1863) was passed. Some historians believe that Confederate slaves owners moved from East of the Mississippi river into TX in order to keep their wealth (enslaved people). Juneteenth is also known as Liberation Day or Freedom Day.

      Likewise, in addition to June 19 being Juneteeth it is also World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle Cell Disease is a global issue that disproportionately affects the Black community. To raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, in 2008 the United Nations designated June 19 as World Sickle Cell Day.

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      Today’s episode received support from Black Wall Street The Board Game and Play Black Wall Street Academy. This site supports the education of financial literacy for families. Visit PlayBlackWallStreet.com to learn more about the history of Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street is the area in Tulsa, OK destroyed by riots and bombs in 1921. Please use the discount code: “CLEVERLY” for 25% off site wide (* the discount cannot be used in combination with any other discount).

      WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY

      Furthermore, did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 13 African Americans carry the Sickle Cell Trait and 1 in 365 African American births results in a child living with Sickle Cell Disease (“Data & Statistics On Sickle Cell Disease | CDC”). Remember that Sickle Cell Disease is not exclusively a disease that affects Black people. People all over the world are susceptible to this genetic blood disorder.

      Learn more ways to celebrate World Sickle Cell Day by visiting this post: 19 Ways to Celebrate World Sickle Cell Day. I also invite you to purchase my book “A Sickle Cell Coloring Book for Kids,” which is an A to Z Guide on growing up with Sickle Cell Disease. Please visit bit.ly/scdcoloringbook to learn more about the coloring book. Next, mark your calendars now because Sickle Cell Awareness month is in September.

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      References:

      “Data & Statistics On Sickle Cell Disease | CDC”. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/data.html. Accessed 19 June 2020.

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      19 Ways to Celebrate World Sickle Cell Day https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/19-ways-to-celebrate-world-sickle-cell-day/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/19-ways-to-celebrate-world-sickle-cell-day/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:33:34 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22854 Woman researching sickle cell disease

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      Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a global health crisis all over the world. Therefore, in 2008, the United Nations declared that June 19 would be World Sickle Cell Day. According to the SCDCoalition.org “SCD continues to be a major global public health issue. It remains a major killer of infants and children in the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and India, where an estimated 50–90 percent of infants born with SCD will die before their fifth birthday” (“Sickle Cell Disease Coalition”). Growing up in a predominantly Black church and community, surprisingly, I heard little about sickle cell disease. It wasn’t until I learned that my daughter had Sickle Cell Disease that I started to engage in educational conversations about how and how the disease is prevalent.

      What is Sickle Cell Disease?

      SCD is a genetic blood disorder that people are born with. Children inherit abnormal hemoglobin from their parents and the disease cause an immense amount of pain and could lead to organ failure and other major problems. Although, I am highlighting would could happen in a person living with SCD it is not a death sentence here in the US. Thankfully, people families can be helpful that there are treatments available to help them manage.     

      Celebrate World Sickle Cell Day

      What are ways that people can celebrate World Sickle Cell Day?

      1. Wear red in honor of the blood disorder to raise awareness
      2. Visit your doctor to find out your sickle cell trait status.
      3. Learn more about the disease through a webinar or educational symposium.
      4. Donate blood, many SCD patients are in need of regular blood transfusions.
      5. Donate Stem Cells through a program at Be The Match
      6. Sign up to be a bone marrow donor with Be the Match
      7. Follow the #WorldSickleCellDay Hashtag on Twitter to find out in real time what people are talking about as it relates to Sickle Cell.
      8. Contact one of your state SCD foundations (find one here) to see what type of donations are needed.
      9. Donate to research initiatives at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
      10. Donate (to SCD foundation) gas gift cards are food gift cards for families who have to be in the hospital. A few are listed below.
      11. Start an SCD fundraiser. One of the issues that SCD faces is that it is underfunded. If you have an employer that will match funds raise as much as you can and allow your company to match the donation for a SCD focused nonprofit.
      12. Share a fact about SCD on your social media account or in your stories.
      13. Volunteer for a Sickle Cell Foundation. Often families with someone living with SCD love to help, but sometimes they can get over-extended and stressed with health related issues. Therefore many foundations could use help from dedicated supporters.
      14. Follow SCD foundations on Social Media to learn more about their initiatives
      15. Help fund a summer camp membership for a child living with SCD
      16. Listen to Sickle Cell Patients stories. Search YouTube and you can find several first-hand videos or documentaries about sickle cell.
      17. Purchase Sickle Cell Awareness merchandise.
      18. Donate to reputable SCD foundation such as:
      19. Read a book about SCD. Here are a few children’s books that are amazing:

      Reference:

      “Sickle Cell Disease Coalition”. Sickle Cell Disease Coalition, 2020, http://www.scdcoalition.org/priorities/global.html. Accessed 19 June 2020.

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      A One of A Kind Father’s Day Gift https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/a-one-of-a-kind-fathers-day-gift/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/a-one-of-a-kind-fathers-day-gift/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:27:02 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/a-one-of-a-kind-fathers-day-gift/ The post was shared in partnership with Love on A Canvas, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.Father's Day is right around the corner and if you are wondering, what is the most unique and thoughtful gifts that you can give, then I have the answer for you. Especially, if the dad in your ...

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      The post was shared in partnership with Love on A Canvas, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

      Father's Day is right around the corner and if you are wondering, what is the most unique and thoughtful gifts that you can give, then I have the answer for you. Especially, if the dad in your life already has everything he could ever want. Surprisingly, this gift will help dad feel loved and appreciated.
      Love On A Canvas
      Love on a Canvas is a personalized, one of a kind memento that will make dad, laugh, cry, or feel proud. Personally, I thought to myself, what can I give my husband that he won't buy for himself and something that he may cherish. Love on a Canvas provided the perfect solution to the message I wanted to convey to my husband that I think he is a terrific hands-on dad, loving husband, and supportive homeschool parent. So I gave him a personalized canvas that tells the story of how we first met.
      When creator of Love on A Canvas, reached out to me about her special gifts, I wanted to give my husband a personalized tangible token of not only my love, but also our daughters' love too.

      The Process
      Surprisingly Simple, are probably, the best words to describe the process of getting the poem written and onto a canvas. I received two .pdf documents. One where I answered several questions (including the style of the canvas I wanted to receive), and the other where I chose the style of the template and included a photo to go along with the canvas.
      The creator was able to craft a poem within about 48 hours that captured the essence of our relationship. For me, I thought back to the time when we first met and remembered what made us connect. I also thought about the attributes I continue to love about him.
      After the creation of the poem, it took four days for me to receive the awesome canvas in the mail. Overall, the process was quick and efficient. My husband smiled and really appreciated the gift.
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      7 Ideas That Will Help You Save Money on Groceries, Clothing, and Furniture https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/7-ideas-that-will-help-you-save-money-on-groceries-clothing-and-furniture/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/06/7-ideas-that-will-help-you-save-money-on-groceries-clothing-and-furniture/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 04:20:47 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22782 When money becomes scarce, there is a need to spend less on items such as groceries, furniture, and clothing to save more. Sometimes you may consider living a frugal life to get enough funds to finance your investment projects. That would be a great idea to get a better life in the future. If you ...

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      When money becomes scarce, there is a need to spend less on items such as groceries, furniture, and clothing to save more. Sometimes you may consider living a frugal life to get enough funds to finance your investment projects. That would be a great idea to get a better life in the future. If you are looking for ideas that you may consider to save money on clothing, groceries, and furniture, then the ideas highlighted herein will help you.

      1. Use local handmade goods

      Items, such as furniture, can be purchased from local businesses because their quality is better and the prices are friendly, particularly since no middlemen are involved. Buying the furniture directly from carpenters also helps you give specifications on your preferred designs and colors that suit you most. You can also get interior sliding barn doors for sale from a local market. 

      2. Farmers markets offer affordable produce

      Most probably think that local and organic produce tends to be expensive compared to those in supermarkets. That is not the case because farmer’s prices are way cheaper or rather equal to those charged at the grocery stores. Apart from being cheap, farmers produce is usually fresh and more nutritious, mainly because they are sold right away without being transported to supermarkets or stores. Opting to buy your vegetables and fruits from farmers may, therefore, help you save some money for your future needs. However, you need to ensure that you have a refrigerator to keep your groceries fresh if you opt to buy them in bulk.

      3. Shop clothes at thrift stores

      Many thrift stores sell used clothing at very great discounts and this is one way to save money on a tight budget. Compared to vintage clothing stores that sell trendy clothes with a profit, thrift stores sell both old and new clothes with a deep discount.

      4. Stick with older garments

      Simple clothes, like jeans, T-shirts, and skirts, are usually classic yet very cheap compared to the trendy ones which usually have a shorter life span. You do not have to keep up with fashion, especially if you are on a tight budget. Just stick to the older classy garments and you will be good to go. If you are planning to fund a particular project that will earn you huge profits in the future, you may consider sacrificing luxury clothing to raise enough money for your business investments.

      5. Join buying clubs to cut down grocery costs

      Food buying clubs are organizations in which members save money in order to buy food and groceries in large quantities from local vendors at low prices. The club is usually comprised of friends and neighbors. Eventually, this will save you a lot of money that you can otherwise use in other vital activities.

      6. Take advantage of overstock

      Most furniture you see at local stores represent a fraction of what is contained in the larger stores. Most of these stores usually sell the overstocked goods and dented items at huge discounts during certain times of the year and it is wise to take advantage of that opportunity to purchase your furniture.

      7. Take advantage of coupons

      Coupons provide great deals that can save you some serious cash. Sites like coupons.com give you an insight on the offers that are available on various items such as clothing and furniture. However, you have to stay updated since the coupons are only available at specific times.

      The aforementioned ideas can help you save a large amount of money on clothes, groceries, and furniture, particularly on a tight budget. When visiting big retailers, leave any unnecessary items and concentrate on the basic needs. If you want to live a better life in the future, then you need to stay focused and make the necessary sacrifices to ensure that you. 

      If you want to live a better life in the future, then you need to stay focused and raise enough money to fund your projects. Living a luxurious life while living in a rented home or with no investments may not be a great idea. Restrict yourself on the unnecessary expenditures to fund your investments. It may be challenging, especially if you are used to buying everything you want, but it would be worth the sacrifice.

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      Young People and Race Lesson 34 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/young-people-and-race-ep-34/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/young-people-and-race-ep-34/#comments Sun, 31 May 2020 22:46:41 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22757 2020 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year in every way. If Covid-19 wasn’t jarring enough, we are now dealing with rebellions and protests after several deaths of unarmed black men. [Warning!] Episode 34 discusses sensitive topics that may not be suitable for your younger children; especially, if you have not had the discussion ...

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      2020 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year in every way. If Covid-19 wasn’t jarring enough, we are now dealing with rebellions and protests after several deaths of unarmed black men.

      [Warning!] Episode 34 discusses sensitive topics that may not be suitable for your younger children; especially, if you have not had the discussion of police brutality or racism with them yet. As a result, we have chosen to omit the Cleverly Cultured Kids segment in today’s episode.

      Intro (02:10)

      Today’s African proverb is

      “We are born from the womb of our mother; we are buried in the womb of the earth”
      – from Liberia

      Word of the Episode (2:35)

      Matumaini means hope in Swahili.

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      Grown Folks Discuss Race Relations and Civil Rights (8:36)

      In episode 34 I sat down with Nia a college student with 4 younger brothers. She talked to me about what she thought about today’s race relations.

      Resources to Help Parents Discuss Race With Their Children

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        In the world of social media, we often assume that we are getting the complete story because any man, woman, or child can hold a recording device like a phone and record what is happening. Today, I challenge you to dig deeper and understand that the revolution started behind the scenes long before the recording starts. The revolutions that is taking place in cities across the nation have been brewing behind the scenes for decades. The revolution is now being televised because our nation on fire, but its start is deeply rooted in a long history of racism, in equality, and corruption.

        The Nation is On Fire

        Right now, cities across the nation are literally on fire. The televised videos will lead you to believe that these fires are the result of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness. Three other officers stood by, watched, and did not intervene.

        So what was Floyd’s offense? An alleged counterfeit $20 bill. To begin to understand the problem, ask yourself would someone who was not Black have been treated the same way? Readers, I challenge you today to realize that these acts of brutality are not always televised. For every case that goes viral their are hundreds more that do not, just look at the 104 people listed in this article from 2015.

        While some may think that the riots and protest are from recent events, readers, these events are occurring because of years of abuse. Just recently, we have seen more brazen modern-day lynchings of Black people where the perpetrators are not arrested, prosecuted, or convicted. The lack of equality within the justice system is what has lead to the burning of American cities.

        Tomika Mallory articulates the reason buildings are burning eloquently:

        For instance, Ahmad Arbery died on February 29, 2020 in Georgia after jogging down the street and was gunned down by a father and son. The world did not hear about his case in February or March or even the beginning of April and the father and son were completely free living their lives.

        One of the first news stories about Ahmad emerged on May 5, 2020. The headline read “Video emerges of former high school football star shot and killed while reportedly out on a jog.” Arbery was executed and only because the video later resurfaced and went viral, did authorities arrest and jail the suspects. It is a lack of action and the dismissal of black lives that America’s cities are burninging.

        Not All Unarmed Killing Cases Gain the Public’s Sympathy

        Now, I want to ask you, have you heard of Sean Reed? No, well his case was also televised. However, he appeared to be doing something wrong (engaging in a high speed chase while streaming live.) His case has received less attention because his behavior was deemed ignorant, but did it warrant his death? Do officers have the right to mentally convict a person and automatically kill them?

        Sean reed was a 21 year-old unarmed black man who died after police gunned him down as he ran away from his car after reckless driving. Following the sound of gun shots “a conversation between officers responding to the scene is heard on the video, which was still streaming. At one point, a male voice says, ‘I think it’s going to be a closed casket homie.’ ”

        The victims are often villainized after their deaths while the public decides if their mistakes justify their deaths. Only it appears that when heinous crimes are committed by non-black offended they end up alive to be prosecuted in a court of law. While, black people are killed for far less egregious things.

        When Does Conviction Occur for Black People?

        Here’s the thing, as a United States citizen we have always been taught and have understood that the police and other civilians do not have the authority to execute people they suspect of crimes. It appears that what has been happening in America that all people are innocent until proven guilty, unless you’re black and in that case you are presumed guilty.

        Watching all of these cases unfold it appears that the only people who garner sympathy from others is when a person has a squeaky clean past. However, we can see young people like Dylan roof murder nine black people in a church and be taken into police custody without incident.

        If those two cases were not enough, there were even more high profile cases. Many of us have heard about the death of an unarmed ER technician and former Louisville EMT named Breonna Taylor. She was killed after policed entered her apartment unannounced she was struck at least eight times and died on her hallway floor. It turns out that she wasn’t even their suspect. There suspect was already in custody. Breonna was wrongfully executed.

        The fact that these killings are taking place all over the country shows that it’s not a good cop/bad cop issue; instead it is a systematic problem. It is the combination of all of these problems that has lead to the current riots and protests. In fact according a chart from mappingpolicekillings.org “Unarmed black people were killed by police at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015”

        Just look at these statistics:

        I assure you that all 104 shootings did not make national news. And in 2020, people are completely fed up and overwhelmed.

        Trevor Noah’s Explanation on why the Nation is on fire

        Trevor Noah, a South African comedian and political commentator explains the timeline of events that have led to nationwide protests well.

        The nation is on fire because America has ignored Black people’s pleas for justice. Americans have continued to make the deaths of black people entertainment. Now we are left to pick up the ashes because where there is no justice there is no peace.

        The Nation is burning, here is the reason why people are protesting.

        Article References:

        Mapping Police Violence. 2020. Police Killed More Than 100 Unarmed Black People In 2015 — Mapping Police Violence. [online] Available at: <https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed> [Accessed 31 May 2020].

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        Is Summer Cancelled? Lesson 33 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/is-summer-cancelled-lesson-33/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/is-summer-cancelled-lesson-33/#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 11:14:49 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22701 With COVID-19 looming in the forefront, you may be wondering exactly what this summer is going to look like for your family. No doubt, it will be different, but Elle and Miriam have a few ideas that can help you make the most out of what is sure to be one of the strangest summers ...

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        With COVID-19 looming in the forefront, you may be wondering exactly what this summer is going to look like for your family. No doubt, it will be different, but Elle and Miriam have a few ideas that can help you make the most out of what is sure to be one of the strangest summers in history. The main point we are making in this episode is the IMPORTANCE of PLANNING. There’s just no other way to tackle the pandemic.

        INTRO (00:00)

        Today’s African Proverb:

        Where water is the boss there the land must obey.

        The Word of the Episode:

        Majira means seasons in kiSwahili.

        Is Summer Cancelled | The Cleverly Changing Homeschool Podcast Lesson 33

        Cleverly Cultured Kids (02:48)

        Ask your kids what they want to do for the summer and create a plan with them.

        Grown Folks Discuss Navigating the Summer During a Pandemic (00:00)

        • The importance of planning and continuing schooling if your family has lost a little focus due to the stress of the pandemic. Have you ever considered project based learning? It’s a concept that allows you to hit on multiple subjects within the same activity.
        • Ways we can keep our children safe and use our village, even during these estrange times. Asking for help isn’t always easy, but sometimes we’ve just got to do it.
        • Miriam’s interdisciplinary gardening project with her family. She even shares a few tips for your victory garden.
        • Summer Camp ideas you can implement with your children if your camp of choice is not in business this summer. Planning is definitely the key to making the most out of your summer plans and activities for your family.
        • Have you looked into virtual camps? There have been plenty of organizations and businesses that have rallied to offer learning experiences, entertainment and positive interactions overall through the Internet. There are so many free or temporarily free/heavily discounted services that you can leverage to stay busy this summer.
        • Talk to your kids! See what they want to do and what they are interested in tackling this summer. If you have a budding inventor, it’s time to innovate. If you have a musician, dive deeper into the theory or musical styles–see if a favorite artist is offering something online. Get creative and prepare yourself to have to be more hands on.
        • Are you gearing up for a full blown summer vacation? Or is a staycation better for the situation?
        • Check out this cool science experiment that demonstrates the need for hand washing. Best of all, there’s no big mess to clean up. Just throw away your baggies and be sure to document your findings.
        • Elle’s excellent idea for making your summer great. Parenting and educating is a two way street, and it’s always going to take the scenic route.

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        2 African American Podcast hosts "Talk to your kids! See what they want to do and what they are  interested in tackling this summer. If you have a budding inventor, it's  time to innovate."
        Talk to your kids! See what they want to do and what they are interested in tackling this summer. If you have a budding inventor, it’s time to innovate.


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        5 Simple, Yet Surprising Ways to Make it Through Quarantine https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/5-simple-yet-surprising-ways-to-make-it-through-quarantine/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/5-simple-yet-surprising-ways-to-make-it-through-quarantine/#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 00:12:13 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/5-simple-yet-surprising-ways-to-make-it-through-quarantine/ Instead of wondering what the future will look like after quarantine, take advantage of this extra time on your hands by picking up a new skill, or trying things for which you never previously carved out time. Here are several ways you can stay motivated, learn something new, have fun, and stay moving during these ...

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        Instead of wondering what the future will look like after quarantine, take advantage of this extra time on your hands by picking up a new skill, or trying things for which you never previously carved out time.

        Here are several ways you can stay motivated, learn something new, have fun, and stay moving during these trying times.

        1. Find New, Creative Ways to Exercise

        If your workouts feel like a chore, especially during quarantine, then that’s a huge sign you need to change things up. Sometimes we follow a trending workout and become stifled in that routine, completely forgetting how fun the old exercises used to be.

        Remember the Frisbee or baseball collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom? Enjoy the sunshine in your backyard with the kids playing catch, or invite over some friends or co-workers for volleyball matches. You never know how much fun you’ll have and the laughs you’ll share, rather than being bored on the couch watching TV reruns.

        2. Start an Organic Garden in the Backyard

        Thankfully, this quarantine started in the thick of spring, which happens to be one of the absolute best times to start a garden. Many people may be interested in the health benefits of fresh organic foods or simply want to beautify their front yard. But once you’ve planted everything, nature practically does the rest for you. Gardens are an absolute treasure to take pictures of to inspire friends during the dog days of summer and could even help feed some of the people struggling in your community.

        3. Make Yourself Shine with a New Look

        Understandably, your wardrobe may have taken a hit in the last few years, especially if you’ve been busy with work, family priorities, or caught up in a whirlwind of drama. Now is the time to plan a new look that tells the rest of the world who you are. To do so, remove anything in your wardrobe that no longer applies to you. Now is your chance to come back from this mess better than you ever were before and become the actual diamond in the rough.

        4. Create Something Spectacular

        One way to keep yourself busy during quarantine is to think of new, creative ways to add value to the world, whether it’s an inspiring piece of art, a business idea, an invention or something even more creative. You never know if that thing you create becomes a neighborhood trend that goes on to help millions of people later on in life or how much it puts a smile on someone’s face when they’re roughing it. If you save them as decorations for your house, they can also serve as a reminder of a time when you had the strength to overcome a worldwide epidemic.

        5. Spend Time Relaxing in Nature

        Trying to help family, friends and co-workers during hard times can become exhausting, and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves, too. That’s why it’s good to step outside every once in a while to breathe in the fresh, crisp air and enjoy the simple, yet overwhelming beauty that nature offers us each day. Lay out a blanket with the kids under the stars and attach a light to your favorite book, or roast marshmallows out by the fire pit while you laugh about the stories of times you struggled.

        It’s The Small Things That Matter Most

        Now is your chance to collect yourself, destress from the drama around you, and enjoy the things we often take for granted. You’ll find that you’ll discover new things about yourself that you’ve never known before and come out of it all a happier person.

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        Moms and Memories Lesson 32 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/moms-and-memories-e32/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/05/moms-and-memories-e32/#respond Sun, 10 May 2020 16:19:33 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22678 Moms and Memories | Lesson 32 on The Cleverly Changing Podcast

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        Mother’s day is full of wonderful memories for me. While I don’t recall anything significant or special about Mother’s Day I do remember seeing my moms face light up when I brought home my original Mother’s Day poetry. I must admit, having kids that I homeschool it’s rare that they provide me with homemade crafts.

        In episode 32 I wanted to reflect on moms and memories with my husband. In fact when I met my husband the way that he talked so lovingly of his both impressed and intrigued me.

        Moms and Memories | The Cleverly Changing Podcast

        Intro (00:00)

        Today’s African proverb is

        “We are born from the womb of our mother; we are buried in the womb of the earth”
        – from Ethiopia

        Word of the Episode (2:13)

        Tumbo means womb in Swahili.

        Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:33)

        Surprisingly, it’s not often that I ask my daughters to reminisce about fun memorable times that we’ve enjoyed together, but in this episode I did and one of my girls shared her short and sweet responses which warmed my heart.

        Grown Folks Discuss Moms and Memories (8:36)

        Happy Mother’s Day! This is a special episode for me because I was able to sit down and talk to my husband about his mother and grandmother. This is the third podcast that I’ve done with my husband. You can check out the other two at the following links:

        Homeschooling as a Family – Episode 13

        Homeschooling: The ABCs Of Parenting For Success (full show)

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        Moms and Memories | Lesson 32 of The Cleverly Changing Podcast

        Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

        • Episode 16 – Learn to Love Math
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          No one can ignore the self-care movement that is prevalent in our society. Mom’s all over the world are embracing the movement more than any other group. An article in the New York Post states in a survey of 2,000 parents, moms and dads, on average, get only 32 minutes of “me time” each day. This movement has given us permission to take care of ourselves and our families too. Many of us moms are directly equating self-care with self-love. So when I had the opportunity to read, “The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color” Virgie Tovar I welcomed the opportunity. Self-love is about knowing who you are internally and seeking joy and acceptance within yourself. This book will be at the foundation of today’s discussion.

          Self-Love is About Looking Within First

          Frankly, I had to ask myself why was self-love so attractive to me now as an adult? Although, I’ve never struggled with weight now 11 years postpartum my family sometimes makes comments about my weight, mainly the belly fat that I have, which still exists. To be honest I’m hurt by their words and their attempts to point out my physical “imperfections.” At the same time though, I love my new womanly curves and find beauty within my belly that helped me carry my twins. The scars my body bares are beautiful within my own eyes, and that’s what self-love is all about.

          The Book, “The Self-Love Revolution”

          Thus, the book, “The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color” is for teenagers and young women. I highly recommend the book, because it challenges the traditions of negativity and gives young girls insight into who they are becoming as they grow and develop. However, as a millennial woman learning to accept myself and model body positivity in front of my daughters I realize that this message is a journey. It will take more than one book to right centuries of female societal shame. The middle and end of the book resonated with me the most causing me to jot down several quotes that I will add to my list of affirmations. Here are my two favorites:

          1. Our culture tells everybody to be thin — no matter what their parents or ancestors look like–and that is just super weird. The truth is: conformity does not nourish us or make us happy, in the end Honoring who we really are–including our body, exactly as it is–does (Tovar, 63).
          2. Behaviors and ideas are inheritances as well . . . they get passed down from generation to generation (Tovar, 77).
          10 Free Ways to Practice Self-Love

          Now, accepting the ideology that self-love is important, what do we do next? Thankfully, the book has journal prompts and action steps that the reader can take interspersed throughout each chapter. Truthfully, to make this a continual movement we can’t stop there. Instead, we have to make a list of what self-love is to us. Then, decide how we can best practice it and implement it into our lives.

          Below is my self-love list:

          1. Practice saying positive affirmations.
          2. Set boundaries with others.
          3. Make restful sleep a priority.
          4. Wear clothes that make you feel pretty, comfortable, and classy.
          5. Hold your head up and look people in their eyes.
          6. Practice good posture.
          7. Forgive, it’s freeing.
          8. Don’t apologize unnecessarily.
          9. Practice saying, “No.”
          10. Make time for my dreams and goals.

          Your list may look different from mine, just like my list is different from Virgie Tovar’s but the goal is to start with knowing what matters to you. So take a few minutes to jot down how self-love is important to you.

          This review was written on behalf of Real Clever, all opinions are mine.

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          Homeschooled by A Single Mom Lesson 31 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/homeschooled-by-a-single-mom/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/homeschooled-by-a-single-mom/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:59:59 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22643 Homeschooled by A single Mom Amelia shares her experience on the Cleverly Changing Podcast | Episode 31

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          During episode 31, we welcomed Amelia Roberts
          from the Business of Nursing podcast. Amelia is a registered nurse. However, in this conversation, we focused on her upbringing as a homeschool graduate who went on to college and is achieving her dreams.

          Click download above to listen to the podcast.

          Intro (00:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          “Birds sing not because they have answers but because they have songs.” — African proverb.

          Word of the Episode (2:30)

          Oju means eyes in Yoruba.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:53)

          During this section, we want to hear from kids who are currently homeschooled. Today’s guest, Matthew, is one of 6 children. He is in the 7th grade.

          You can hear his mom’s interview about how she makes it work educating multiple grade levels from preschool through high school. After you listen to this podcast tune-in to hear Episode 29)

          Grown Folks Talk, Homeschooled by a single mom (12:30)

          One lesson that stood out about Amelia’s experience was Amelia’s Mom was a nurse who was also a single mom, but she was able to find time to homeschool Amelia and her brother. Here’s a little more information about Amelia and her podcast. On the Business of Nursing, she shares a personal collection of information and inspiration related to nursing. Amelia states that the sole reason she is still a nurse in such an emotionally taxing field is that she loves facilitating human connections that alleviate all sorts of pain.

          Once you listen, please be sure to share your key-takeaway from this episode with us in the comment section below.

          Connect with Amelia Online

          Thankfully, we at the CleverlyChanging Podcast believe in supporting one another. Please send some love Amelia’s way and follow her on all platforms. And also check out another conversation we had about 504 plans and distance learning.

          • LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameliaroberts/
          • Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/rn_solutions

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          Conscious Parenting – Lesson 30 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/conscious-parenting/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/conscious-parenting/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 14:19:52 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22627 This episode felt like old friends having a great conversation about conscious parenting. If you want to learn, feel inspired, and feel the freedom to parent in the way that you think is best, then this is an episode, that you don’t want to miss. Please tune in, download the podcast for later and connect ...

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          This episode felt like old friends having a great conversation about conscious parenting. If you want to learn, feel inspired, and feel the freedom to parent in the way that you think is best, then this is an episode, that you don’t want to miss. Please tune in, download the podcast for later and connect with our guest.

          Intro (00:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          “Plants vary according to the quality of the soil.” UGANDA ~ African proverb.

          Word of the Episode (2:33)

          Umntana is the word for child in the language of IsiXhosa.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:53)

          Furthermore, not only do we value supporting parents on this journey, we always want parents to know that your kids are welcome to listen right along with you. Katriel is an 8-year-old who loves being homeschooled. Listen to her share with our audience about how she helps her siblings and learns at the same time. (She is one of 6 siblings, you can hear her mom on our last podcast Episode 29)

          Yolanda Williams who is a Certified Positive Discipline Coach and host of the podcast Parenting Decolonized

          Grown Folks Talk, Conscious Parenting Defined (6:25)

          During Episode 30, we spoke with Yolanda Williams about what conscious parenting is all about. Yolanda is a Certified Positive Discipline Coach and host of the podcast Parenting Decolonized, a show that unpacks how colonization has impacted the black family and teaches parents how to raise liberated black children without breaking their spirits. When she’s not advocating for the safety and liberation of black children from white supremacy and parental oppression, she’s chasing her toddler around the house and trying to remain sane.

          Connect with Yolanda Online

          Thankfully, we at the CleverlyChanging Podcast believe in supporting one another. Please send some love Yolanda’s way and follow her on all platforms.

          Website: parentingdecolonized.com

          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentingdecolonized/  

          Facebook group for Black parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CPTime/

          IG: https://www.instagram.com/prntgdcolonized/ 

          Twitter: https://twitter.com/prntgdcolonized

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          "If I can help parents impact how they raise their children then we can raise the next generation of free thinkers and activists" 
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          Raising a Child With A Compromised Immune System During a Pandemic https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/raising-a-child-with-a-compromised-immune-system-during-a-pandemic/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/raising-a-child-with-a-compromised-immune-system-during-a-pandemic/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:46:49 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/raising-a-child-with-a-compromised-immune-system-during-a-pandemic/ Parents if you’re raising a child with a compromised immune system, then we have something in common. My daughter has type 1 diabetes and sickle cell disease. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that requires insulin for survival. According to JohnsHopkins.org, “In autoimmune diseases, the body attacks normal, healthy tissues. The cause is unknown. ...

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          Parents if you’re raising a child with a compromised immune system, then we have something in common. My daughter has type 1 diabetes and sickle cell disease. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that requires insulin for survival. According to JohnsHopkins.org, “In autoimmune diseases, the body attacks normal, healthy tissues. The cause is unknown. It is probably a combination of a person’s genes and something in the environment that triggers those genes.” While Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that can cause stroke, organ failure, and other health issues. Today, I’d like to share some tips to help parents cope even though they may have fears about their child’s health.

          Stock Up On Meds

          The first line of defense to keep a child with an immunodeficiency healthy is to get at least a 90 day supply of medication. Having the medication is helpful; especially, if you don’t want to leave your home unnecessarily.

          Stay At Home

          As much as possible stay home. Sure cabin fever is real, but to protect yourself and your family stay home. Especially, if the CDC has mandated that the best way to curb the pandemic is to stay home.

          Exercise

          One way to boost your child’s compromised immune system is exercise if the child has the mobility to do so. Exercise helps regulate mood, increase endorphins, stimulate blood flow. According to the Harvard Health Blog Dr. John J. Ratey, “Engaging in exercise diverts you from the very thing you are anxious about. Moving your body decreases muscle tension, lowering the body’s contribution to feeling anxious.”

          Even if you don’t have a backyard you can exercise in your home. Also getting fresh air and sunshine is important. Vitamin D helps boost a person’s immune response. The Pharmacy Times reports, “There are Vitamin D receptors and activating enzymes on the surfaces of all White Blood Cells. The role that vitamin D plays in keeping the immune system healthy is very complex because the immune system has to be perfectly balanced. If there is too much stimulation, autoimmune diseases can set in. If there is not enough immune system activity, frequent infections can occur.”

          Eat Healthy Foods

          Eating healthy foods rich in vitamins and nutrients will help the body produce healthier cells to fight off infections. Dr. Lisa Leslie shares a post on ways to boost your immune system visit her article “HOW TO JUMP START YOUR IMMUNITY & AVOID GETTING SICK.”

          Find Ways to Relax

          When the pandemic first started I had a lot of anxieties that were from unanswered questions, uncertainty, and fear about my family’s health. Once I recognized that my concerns were valid I sought answers, created a personal plan, and alleviated my fears by following the CDC suggested guidelines provided. Below are a few relaxation techniques for both parents and children:

          7 Techniques that will help you relax during the pandemic
          7 Techniques that will help you relax

          ▪ Choose a quiet calm room and be still. If the beach is your calm place of relaxation, visualize that you’re beachside. Other places to visualize may be on a mountain, standing in a meadow, swimming, being on a scenic drive, with a loved one, etc.

          ▪ Drink warm herbal tea slowly or even water. It forces you to pause and slow down. Try to avoid caffeinated teas that can get your heart racing.

          ▪ Take a shower or a bath. The very sound of the water flowing down your face and body is therapeutic.

          ▪ Take 10 deep breaths from your diaphragm.

          ▪ Vent. Yes, talking to some people can relax you and may even help you find your own resolve.

          ▪ Try coloring. The activity has proven to be calming for adults and children.

          ▪ Blow bubbles. When I first started taking my daughter to her specialty appointments. The doctor would blow bubbles to help calm her. It always worked; therefore, it is something that stayed with us as a technique that works.

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          Tips for all parents including parents if you’re raising a child with a compromised immune system

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          Homeschooling Preschool through High School – Lesson 29 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/homeschooling-preschool-through-high-school/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/04/homeschooling-preschool-through-high-school/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:20:04 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22589 Our guest for The Cleverly Changing Podcast Episode 29 is extraordinary. She is a working mother and homeschool champion. She is a former respiratory therapist who is now an entrepreneur. In this episode, she discusses how she teaches multiple grades (Preschool through High School) and raises an academically gifted son. Intro (00:00) The African proverb ...

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          Our guest for The Cleverly Changing Podcast Episode 29 is extraordinary. She is a working mother and homeschool champion. She is a former respiratory therapist who is now an entrepreneur. In this episode, she discusses how she teaches multiple grades (Preschool through High School) and raises an academically gifted son.

          Intro (00:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          We desire to bequest two things to our children — the first one is roots; the other one is wings. ~Sudanese Proverb

          Word of the Episode (2:18)

          Mtoto means baby in Swahili.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:33)

          The Cleverly Cultured Kids guest today is Michael a 13-year-old who has always been homeschooled fro preschool through high school.

          Homeschooling preschool through high school with Ayo on the Cleverly Changing Podcast

          Grown Folks Talk (8:50)

          On Episode 29, I spoke with Ayo, a mom of six who has homeschooled her children for many years. She is currently homeschooling grades preschool through high school. Listen to her story and learn how moms with children who are multiple ages make it work.

          Connect with Ayo Online

          Instagram.com/teambranch

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          You can also support The Cleverly Changing Podcast by becoming a Patreon supporter. For as little as $2 a month you can help us continue the work of promoting African-centered education and building this community.

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          "During the summer, experiment with different curriculum using Trials . . ." 
~ Ayodele Branch | CleverlyChanging Episode 29

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          Medicare 101: When and How to Apply https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/medicare-101-when-and-how-to-apply/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/medicare-101-when-and-how-to-apply/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:48:16 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22577 Medicare is one of those topics that most people are familiar with, but still lack a clear understanding of all the specifics. Fortunately, while it is quite a comprehensive federal health insurance program, it is not an impossible topic to grasp. With this in mind, let’s take a look at Medicare 101. Let’s start with ...

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          Medicare is one of those topics that most people are familiar with, but still lack a clear understanding of all the specifics. Fortunately, while it is quite a comprehensive federal health insurance program, it is not an impossible topic to grasp.

          With this in mind, let’s take a look at Medicare 101. Let’s start with eligibility, the timeline of when you should apply, and the different coverage options you have to choose from:

          Rule #1 of Medicare 101 is 65 is the Magic Medicare Age

          Your initial enrollment period for Medicare is a seven-month period that begins three months before the month you turn 65, includes your birthday month, and ends three months after your birthday month. If you miss this opportunity to enroll in at least Medicare Part B—more on this plan in a bit—you will also get another chance every year to sign up during a general enrollment period that takes place between January 1 and March 31. But as a rule of thumb, keep your 65th birthday in mind as the Medicare Milestone birthday.

          How to Apply for Medicare

          You can apply online for traditional Medicare from the comfort of your own home on the SSA.gov site. You don’t have to be retired to apply, and the online application can usually be completed in about 10 minutes. The Social Security Administration will review your enrollment form and let you know if more information is needed. One additional tip: if you are still working and have either health insurance through your job and/or a Health Savings Account, check with your HR department about how enrolling in Medicare might impact you and these benefits.

          Medicare 101

          Medicare 101 – The Four Main Plans: Parts A, B, C and D

          Medicare offers several coverage options. When it’s time to apply for Medicare, you have these four main options: Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C and Medicare Part D. 

          • Medicare Part A: This plan covers at-home care as well as hospital stays. Even if you are very healthy, Part A is a good plan to have in case an unexpected injury or illness occurs. For most Americans, this plan is free.
          • Medicare Part B: This plan covers doctor visits, X-rays, medical tests and supplies, and long-term preventative care. Part B focuses on the things you do to help keep your health in great shape. Medicare plans Part A and B generally make up what is known as traditional Medicare.
          • Medicare Part C: This plan is often referred to as an Medicare Advantage plan that combines Part A, B and typically D, and allows for more coverage options for your health care. Offered through private, Medicare-approved insurance companies, Medicare Advantage plans usually include prescription drug coverage, vision, dental and hearing aids. These plans often also offer senior health and wellness programs.
          • Medicare Part D: This plan covers prescription drugs; similar to Part C, this plan is purchased through a private, Medicare-approved insurance company. The plan will usually have a flat copay for each medication or will be charged based on a percentage of the prescription cost.

          Medicare Does Not Have to Be Confusing

          By keeping your 65th birthday in mind as the time to start applying and taking an honest look at your health, retirement budget, and future insurance coverage needs, you will be well on your way to choosing the best Medicare plan for you.

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          Homeschool Moms Conference Lesson 28 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/homeschool-moms-conference/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/homeschool-moms-conference/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:22:08 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22559 Are you interested in homeschooling your kids? Do you have a ton of questions, but no one to turn too for answers? Well if you answered, “Yes” to either one of those questions, the Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Mom’s Conference may be just the answer you need. During episode 28, I spoke with Michelle Huddleston who is ...

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          Are you interested in homeschooling your kids? Do you have a ton of questions, but no one to turn too for answers? Well if you answered, “Yes” to either one of those questions, the Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Mom’s Conference may be just the answer you need. During episode 28, I spoke with Michelle Huddleston who is a former special education teacher and a homeschooling mama of 4. Officially, she has 7 years of homeschooling under her belt. Tune in and learn more about the Homeschool Moms Conference.

          If you want to keep this podcast going please consider supporting it by becoming a monthly donor. Head over to our Patreon page to get started patreon.com/CleverlyChanging

          Intro (2:32)

          The African Proverb for this week’s episode: “If I am in harmony with my family, that’s success. ~ Ute proverb” ~ African proverb.

          Word of the Episode (2:50)

          Mafanikio means success in Swahili.

          Learning more about homeschooling by signing up for the Homeschool Moms Conference | the Cleverly Changing Podcast Episode 28 *Bonus* #homeschool #homeschoolshedule #homeschooling

          Grown Folks Convo about the Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Mom’s Conference (3:15)

          Exclusive Conference Gift From Michelle Huddleston use code “C5OFF”

          Michelle Huddleston co-founder of the Homeschool Moms Conference

          Today’s guest is Michelle Huddleston, who is a wife and work-from-home, homeschooling mom of 4 blessings (with another one on the way). When she isn’t homeschooling and chasing kiddos, she can be found writing, speaking, and creating resources to help other moms homeschool with grace and ease. She and her husband Bryan are the founders of Huddleston Academy Live Academics (an online academy for homeschoolers), and More Than Minority (an organization geared towards bridging the gap in homeschool diversity).

          Learn more about the Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Mom’s Conference

          Sign up and REGISTER. Also, remember to use the code “C5OFF” for $5 off of your registration. Registrations for the 2020 Conference ends on April 3, 2020.

          Do you have to watch the sessions in realtime? No, once you register you will gain lifetime access to the conference.

          Conference Session Recommendations

          New to homeschooling watch these sessions first

          • “Transitioning into homeschooling” with Shaun Taylor
          • Finding Freedom From Frustration” with Anita Gibson
          • Mind over Matter: Deschooling for the Homeschool Mom” with Michelle Huddleston
          • Homeschooling is Parenting” with Ruth Agbolosoo
          • A Full and Functioning Family” with Sharae Adams
          • Inspiring the Writer in your children” with Cheryl Carter
          • Interest Led learning for the Entire Family” with Karla Marie Williams

          Recommendations for homeschooling a child with special health needs

          • Homeschooling and Mental Health” with Ruth Agbolosoo
          • “Family Nutrition: Their Health is in Your Hands” Journei Bimwala

          Connect with Michelle online below:

          Lastly, if you want to connect with Michelle, then you can. In addition to creating the conference, she is also a lifestyle blogger, and can be reached at withthehuddlestons.com, as well as on:

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          How To Feel Less Stress Leading Up To Your Wedding Day https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/how-to-feel-less-stress-leading-up-to-your-wedding-day/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/how-to-feel-less-stress-leading-up-to-your-wedding-day/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:53:55 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22550 Stress and anxiety are real, and too much of these emotions can be debilitating. The last situation you want is to feel run down and overwhelmed the days leading up to your wedding. Here are a few thoughts on how to feel less stress as you prepare for your wedding day. Therefore, learn how to ...

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          Stress and anxiety are real, and too much of these emotions can be debilitating. The last situation you want is to feel run down and overwhelmed the days leading up to your wedding. Here are a few thoughts on how to feel less stress as you prepare for your wedding day.

          Therefore, learn how to stay calm and composed and take preventative measures ahead of time so that you don’t succumb to the stress. Focus on how much fun your wedding day is going to be and the joy you’ll feel after you’re officially married to your future husband. Take good care of yourself and try your best not to let small obstacles get you down or ruin your big day.

          How to Feel Less Wedding Stress

          Stay Connected with Your Fiancé 

          You can feel less stress leading up to your wedding day by staying connected with your fiancé. Plan a little getaway to leave town for a few days or buy tickets to a concert or sporting event at TicketSales and have some fun together. Enjoy each other’s company and participating in an activity that doesn’t have anything to do with wedding planning. Allow yourself to be relaxed and laugh and remember all the reasons why you fell in love with this person. Talk about your plans and look forward to building a beautiful life as a couple.

          Review Logistics with Important Parties

          By now, you have booked your caterer, entertainment, and wedding photographer. It’s a wise idea to get organized and share details of how the day will go with your vendors. Make sure everyone is on the same page, and there are no questions or concerns. It’s a wise idea to have a schedule of events and write down your timeline and share it with all the important parties who are involved in your wedding day. 

          Exercise & Meditate

          You can feel less stress leading up to your wedding day when you focus on your health and well-being. Therefore, commit to exercising regularly and breaking a sweat so you can maintain good mental health. Working out will also help you stay in shape so that your wedding dress fits perfectly. It’s also a beneficial time in your life to learn more about and take up meditation. You’ll be able to clear your mind and slow racing thoughts so that you can feel more in control and emotionally stable. Learn deep breathing exercises that you can do now and on your wedding day before you walk down the aisle. 

          Talk about it & Lean on Others 

          Another excellent way to reduce and manage your stress is to open up and be vulnerable with others. Share what worries are on your mind and ask for help getting organized if you need it. Lean on friends, family members, and your wedding party and let them know how they can pitch in and assist you as you prepare for your big event. You may be feeling nervous and have reservations, and while you may not realize it, someone else can help you to see this is normal and is a shared feeling among many brides.

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          Homeschooling Routines During a Pandemic https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/homeschooling-routines-during-a-pandemic/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/homeschooling-routines-during-a-pandemic/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 03:55:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22533 As working parents, is it really feasible to “homeschool” our children? Yes, many parents who homeschool also work fulltime or part-time. For parents who work, typically most homeschooling routines include using co-ops, tutorials, or tutors to supplement their child’s education. During the pandemic, however, parents who are working can try to get up earlier to ...

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          As working parents, is it really feasible to “homeschool” our children?

          Yes, many parents who homeschool also work fulltime or part-time. For parents who work, typically most homeschooling routines include using co-ops, tutorials, or tutors to supplement their child’s education.

          During the pandemic, however, parents who are working can try to get up earlier to work before their children wake up or assign lighter tasks or projects that can be completed without parental guidance. Another option is to work throughout the day and do schooling in the evenings.

          Homeschooling is different for every household, us homeschoolers become accustomed to doing what is best for us.

          What are the time commitments for homeschooling?

          The answer to this question varies based on age, curriculum, and expectations.

          Prior to the closure of schools due to the pandemic the state of MD required 7 subjects be taught regularly.

          The main subjects are English/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, and a Foreign Language.

          Check out this post from my friend Eva who has high school age students “Are You Ready for COVID-19? Here’s a Guide to Emergency Homeschooling.”

          What would a typical Homeschooling Routines / Schedule look like?

          This answer really depends on the household.

          However, I can give you a general idea of what works for others. As a rule of thumb when homeschooling we are not trying to recreate a school’s daily schedule at home. To do so, may overwhelm the typical parent. However, you should set the expectations of your children by creating a schedule or guide for your home.

          When my children were younger, I was much more rigid and felt like they needed a lot of structure. Here is a real copy of our old schedule.

          I give my girls much more autonomy now that they are older. Now, our schedule looks more like this:

          • 10:00am – Breakfast and devotion
          • 10:30am – Math / Science / STEM
          • 11:15am – Social Studies / Art / Music
          • 11:45am – Vocabulary/Spelling
          • 12:00 – Lunch/Health
          • 12:30 – Physical Education
          • 1:00pm – History / Coding
          • 1:30pm – Fine arts / Foreign Language
          • 2:00pm – Writing / English / Reading

          Here’s the template I use to create my lesson plans:

          Weekly Lesson Plan Template for Parents on CleverlyChanging.com
          Click here for a downloadable copy – Weekly Lesson Plan Template for Parents

          Khan Academy has created sample schedules by age groups that you can adopt as your own too.

          How long should kids be working?

          When creating homeschooling routines, children can be given projects and activities throughout the day, but I recommend creating actual daily, or weekly lesson plans. Children know when you don’t know what you’re doing so have a plan. If the school gave a syllabus or work, start there.

          Are there different laws depending on states regarding homeschooling? Every state has different homeschool laws. I have only homeschooled under Maryland guidelines so I am most familiar with the laws here.

          Must it be a parent who is doing the schooling (in MD)?

          Ideally, the state wants a parent to be the primary teacher, but they allow online curriculums, tutors, etc. Check out Comar for up-to-date guidelines.

          Learn more here:

          Questions Asked About Homeschooling

          How to Get Started Homeschooling Maryland

          Homeschooling: This Is How We Do it

          Listen to this Podcast where my husband shares his thoughts: Homeschooling as a Family – Episode 13

          What are some resources for information and activities or groups?

          Check out this blog post that breaks down resources parent can implement in their daily homeschooling routines (organized by subject): Vetted Home Educational Resources by Subject here

          Here are four of my favorites:

          • TEDed – Multiple Subjects for ages 8-18
          • CK12 – Multiple Subjects for K-12

          Tips to help our children and parents emotionally

          • Eat healthy whole foods.
          • Establish a time for everyone to drop everything and pray
          • Practice 10-seconds of deep breathing
          • Implement a 15-30 minute quiet time.
          • Go outside and walk, exercise, or play
          • If needed make an appointment for a therapy telemedicine visit with a professional
          • Take dance breaks.
          • Listen to music without words.
          • Journal – express emotions and write down feelings.
          • Cook or bake something like cookies, cake, or pie. The smell of sweets baking is like aromatherapy.
          • Establish a time to see friends via Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc.
          • Create a gratitude jar.
          • Create a jar for things that upset you and at the end of the day about those things.

          Tools to block certain websites so your children can work online without distraction.

          StayFocusd is an extension available on the Google Chrome web browser.

          Limit is a Google Chrome browser extension that limits time spent on distracting websites.

          SelfControl is a free and open-source application for macOS devices that lets you block your own access to distracting websites.

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          Authoring Our Own Stories With Melanin Origins Lesson 27 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/authoring-our-own-stories-with-melanin-origins-ep-27/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/authoring-our-own-stories-with-melanin-origins-ep-27/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 01:41:30 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22504 Louie and Frank are authoring stories that reflect a #diverse audience via their company Melanin Origins | the Cleverly Changing #Podcast Episode 27

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          Supplementing your child’s education is important. In today’s episode, we speak to Frank and Louie who are dedicated to educating Amerian children. Both men are dads who are making a difference in the publishing world by authoring stories that reflect a diverse audience. Their company is called Melanin Origins. We are eager to share this conversation with you. If you have future show topics on your mind that you want us to discuss, please share the topic in the comment section below.

          Louie and Frank are authoring stories that reflect a #diverse audience via their company Melanin Origins | the Cleverly Changing #Podcast Episode 27

          Intro

          The African Proverb for this week’s episode:

          “The sayings of the wise are like sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep.”

          Word of the Episode (1:41)

          Asante means thank you in Swahili.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:05)

          One of our Cleverly Cultured kids will share a brief report about a living African American pioneer. Today’s report highlights Crystal Windham, Director of Interior Design for Cadillac. You can learn more about her in this article.

          Grown Folks Convo With Melanin Origins (4:35)

          Louie McClain and Frank Minikon are the founders of Melanin Origins, a global publishing company that specializes in children’s books that highlight African and African American history. These two men are championing our role in history and bringing a deeper self-awareness to our children. Not only do they publish stories, but they also write them. From engaging autobiographies to original works, there’s a lot to choose from. You can find their books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and MelaninOrigins. Melanin Origins is also a proud advocate for sickle cell anemia and donate to charities that work hard to help those who are living with sickle cell.

          Authoring Stories that Reflect Diversity

          We discuss their books, activism and their contributions to education. Listen in on all the ways Melanin Origins offers support to their community, teachers, parents and homeschoolers. Here are some of this episode’s highlights:

          • Origin story of Melanin Origins and the nature of their publishing house.
          • Sickle Cell Anemia and literature.
          • Melanin Origins Black history curriculum.
          • The stigma that surrounds being militant and proactive within the community.
          • Teaching children to tap into their own greatness and being themselves.
          • The ways these two dads bring out the light in their children.
          • Consumerism in children versus distribution.
          • Ways to encourage children to discover and dig deeper in their interests and talents.
          • What it was like for them when they were matriculating through school.
          • Ways to fortify ourselves and our children.

          Exclusive Gift From Melanin Origins

          Use code “cleverlychanging” to purchase the Melanin Origins Black History Curriculum

          Melanin Origins

          Up from the Trap” by Louie McClain

          Facebook @MelaninOrigins

          Instagram @MelaninOrigins

          Twitter @MelaninOrigins

          Email: lmcclain@melaninorigins.com and editor@melaninorigins.com

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          Summer Décor Ideas for the Warm Months Ahead https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/summer-decor-ideas-for-the-warm-months-ahead/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/summer-decor-ideas-for-the-warm-months-ahead/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 21:47:21 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22367 Let’s use this time to think of brighter days ahead. There’s almost nothing brighter than a hot southern summer’s day. So now is a great time to start considering summer décor ideas for your home. Follow my blog with Bloglovin When the summer months start to approach, you feel the beautiful sunshine, say goodbye to ...

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          Let’s use this time to think of brighter days ahead. There’s almost nothing brighter than a hot southern summer’s day. So now is a great time to start considering summer décor ideas for your home.

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          When the summer months start to approach, you feel the beautiful sunshine, say goodbye to winter and prepare yourself to welcome the upcoming season. The summer season brings a lot of opportunity to your home as you get to liven it up, open those windows and let the fresh air drive your passions from one day to the next. Let us dig a bit deeper into some unique decorating ideas for those summer months.

          Add Color to the Bedroom

          A bedroom is a place where you focus on warmth in the winter, with darker colors, heavy drapes and more. Take some time when the summer rolls in to change things up. Look into a headboard that adds pops of floral colors, as well as a vibrant comforter set. You can even replace your mattress with something fresh to help you feel rejuvenated after each beautiful day. 

          For bedroom walls, think about changing a darker color to something lighter. It’s all about taking things you can easily control and turning them into more vibrant displays across the board. Even the things you cannot see, such as replacing your mattress, can go a long way to freshening up your sleeping area.

          Take a Map and Find a Frame

          Do you have somewhere you love to go in the summer months? How about your hometown you haven’t been able to visit in a long time? Take a map of that favorite destination and match it up with a rustic frame that can help bring it to life. This is a great way to decorate a space, show the passion of summer and also bring back a beautiful memory for you and your family.

          Add a Counter to the Outdoors

          You may have dreams of building a kitchen, but the reality is that those can come with big price tags. If you cannot spend on such a set-up, think about other ways to do it. Extra-wide windows can allow you to open up your kitchen to an outdoor counter, set right up with bar stools. This can make dining with the sun shining down on you that much easier.

          Build a Fire Pit

          There is nothing like sitting out by a fire in the summer months in the comfort of your backyard. A fire pit is something anyone can build on their own with a bit of time and passion. Complement the fire pit with chairs, tables, as well as access to snacks and drinks so you can roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy the company of one another nightly. 

          Fly the Flags

          Do you have places you visit frequently on vacation that make you think of summer? This could be countries in Europe, it could be islands in the Bahamas or some other warm destination. String flags from all your favorite places to bring back these memories and also add some great summer décor in the process. Let the flags fly and enjoy everything they bring to brighten up space.

          Brighten Up Your Home

          The summer months are amazing when it comes to enjoying what the outdoors has to offer. You want to bring some of that magic inside with summer décor tips, which add vibrancy, color and everything else summer puts forth. Take the time as the summer months roll in to brighten up your home, add new life to it, and put a smile on the face of your family in the process.

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          Vetted Home Educational Resources by Subject https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/vetted-home-educational-resources-by-subject/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/vetted-home-educational-resources-by-subject/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:00:39 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22472 Although many places are closed because of the required social distancing mandates a lot of greenways are open. If you’re physically able to get outdoors with your kids and have fun, do so. Laughter is a great way to help reduce anxiety. Laugh, play, and tell jokes. While you may not want to homeschool, giving ...

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          Although many places are closed because of the required social distancing mandates a lot of greenways are open. If you’re physically able to get outdoors with your kids and have fun, do so. Laughter is a great way to help reduce anxiety. Laugh, play, and tell jokes. While you may not want to homeschool, giving your child a schedule, structure, and some regular instruction will help ease their anxiety during this time of uncertainty

          Check out this Livestream

          Christine from MomsNCharge.com and I went live to discuss “How to Keep Kids Engaged While School is Out”

          Home Educational Resources are broken down by subject

          Reading an exhaustive list of resources can be over welcoming so here is a list that will helpfully help streamline materials and information.

          Reading, Language Arts, and Grammar

          Books – Overdrive gives you access to thousands of books with your library card. Get your kids reading and have discussions with them about what they read. Audible is also offering free books for kids.

          Scholastic – Right now, Scholastic is offering a FREE Online Education Program For Kids grades Pre-K Thru 9

          Spelling – Spelling City (You can add your own spelling words or use their suggested list and kids are given their choice of games to they can play to help them practice.

          membean is a vocabulary resource for middle, high school, and college students.

          Language Arts – Elementari (Temporarily offering free premium accounts though May 2020 for k-5 students.)

          Grammar – Brave Writer

          Mathematics

          Prodigy – Math for kids according to their grade level.

          CoolMath.com (middle and high school students) and  CoolMath4Kids (elementary students)

          Colosky’s Math Academy – Online visual educational classes.

          Motherland Math – African based math and history online class

          Photo Math is an app that solves problems and you can see the steps.

          Delta Math for middle through AP high school course.

          Science

          Science Buddies – Elementary school experiments for students.

          Science Mom – Video-based science projects.

          Story time from space – curriculum for kids K-12 grade

          Nat Geo for Kids – easy to navigate science games and lessons for all ages.

          Legends of Learning – offers science through games. It takes some time to set it up, but it’s great once the set up is complete.

          Alchemie

          American Chemistry Society

          Super Charged Science – a free video-based Science Curriculum

          Social Studies / History

          Melanin Origins – Black History Curriculum for elementary students

          Back Pax Kids – (Recommended for children ages 8-12. Audio dramas, board game, and digital books)

          Maroon Learning – Africlasses

          Facing History – Free subject-based history digital classroom for middle and high school students.

          Historians 4SC – Free writing history course for middle and high school students. This course incorporates English, US History, and World History

          iCivics – History games

          Virtual Field Trips

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          Health and Nutrition

          Amaze – this site presents health topics in a kid-friendly manner such as puberty, sexual orientation, gender identity, personal safety, and STDs. As a parent, you may want to be alongside your child if he or she has questions about these topics.

          CaroneLearning – Health and Physical Education courses

          Cosmic Yoga for kids – Recommended for prek – 2nd grade.

          Kidstir – Healthy recipes that kids can make.

          Foreign Language

          Fluency Matters Home – this site is offering 21 days of free resources, but they also have completely free language materials available.

          Mango Language – free premium access with your local library card

          Extracurricular Activities

          STEM (Coding)

          CodeHS: https://codehs.com/ 

          CS Unplugged: http://csunplugged.org/ 

          Code Academy: https://www.codecademy.com/

          CSC Curriculum in a Box: http://csinabox.cs.umd.edu/ 

          Codester: https://www.codesters.com/

          Code.org: https://code.org/educate 

          Google for CS: https://edu.google.com/cs/ 

          MIT App Inventor https://appinventor.mit.edu/

          TechGirlz:  http://www.techgirlz.org/topics

          CS4All (master resource list): https://www.csforall.org/members/ 

          CS Unplugged: https://csunplugged.org/en/

          Art and Live Readings

          HelloKids – Art tutorials for kids.

          Art with Mati and Dada – art inspired stories for elementary-school kids.

          A full list of authors who are doing live readings for children.

          • Oliver Jeffers author and illustrator is going live on Instagram at 11 am EST. His Livestream will also be available for 24 hours after that in Instagram stories. instagram.com/oliverjeffers
          • Author/illustrator Mo Willems will guide students through drawing activities weekdays at 10 am ET online at https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
          • Author/illustrator Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) is one of her best know works will be reading several of her books, including the first chapter of Mulan: Before the Sword — and of her teaching a lesson on how to draw a Chinese dragon. http://gracelin.com/content.php?page=videos
          • Author Dan Gutman will be reading his newest book, Miss Blake Is A Flake!, on Facebook live March 17 at 11 am ET. instagram.com/dangutmanbooks
          • Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is offering an art class on YouTube at 11 am ET daily: http://youtube.com/StudioJJK.

          Other Speciality Home Education Resources and sites for printables

           Dyslexia-Academy – UK based but they have a free membership level.

          Piano – Busy Kids Do Piano use code “PIANOATHOME” for a free 30-day membership

          Chrome Music Lab

          Ballet – Digital ballet classes

          Home Education Worksheets and printables

          Teachers Pay Teachers

          IXL – grouped by grade level so it’s easy to navigate.

          123 Homeschool for ME

          Make your own puzzles for practice – http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com

          Smithsonian Learning Lab – the Smithsonian museums offer digital learning experiences for kids.

          **All subjects**

          Finally, if you’re looking for a one-stop option because there are just too many items to sift through below are some options.

          CK12 – Organized with digital textbooks for student’s core subjects.

          Discovery K12 – simple (only a couple of problems and assignments each day.

          Moby Max – The site is well done and visually appealing for kids.

          Brain pop – This option is for reinforcement and offers videos, quizzes, and games that kids can play organized by subject and topic.

          Khan Academy – Offers the following courses math, science, computing, test prep, arts and humanities, and economics/finance.

          If you’re interested in learning more about homeschooling, check out my home education podcast: The Cleverly Changing Podcast

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          Can an Only Child Have a Positive Homeschool Experience Lesson 26 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/can-an-only-child-have-a-positive-homeschool-experience-ep-26/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/can-an-only-child-have-a-positive-homeschool-experience-ep-26/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 14:30:30 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22408 Click download above to listen to the podcast. This is episode 26 and we hope that every other week you are enjoying our conversations on the Cleverly Changing Podcast. This episode is especially important because we get to hear from a former homeschooler who is an only child. Candance Howze was homeschooled by her mom ...

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          Click download above to listen to the podcast.

          This is episode 26 and we hope that every other week you are enjoying our conversations on the Cleverly Changing Podcast. This episode is especially important because we get to hear from a former homeschooler who is an only child. Candance Howze was homeschooled by her mom and dad and then went on to college. Listen to her interview and find out how homeschooling has impacted her life.

          Remember, our goal on the Cleverly Changing Podcast is to provide you with encouragement, insight about African history, and support as a parent and home educator. Please take a moment to tell a friend about our show and subscribe so our podcast can grow and we can continue to provide you with this resource.

          Intro (0:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast:

          “You don’t teach a giraffe to run.”

          Word of the Episode (1:14)

          imbali means flower in Swahili.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (01:38)

          One of our Cleverly Cultured kids will share a brief report about a living African American pioneer. Today’s report highlights Vashti Harrison. Learn more abou Vashti Harrison by listening to her NPR interview: ‘Little Legends’ Celebrates Big Lives Of Black History

          Grown Folks Convo (3:14)

          Candace is a freelance writer and podcast host. She loves sharing her homeschool journey, but doesn’t get an opportunity to discuss her experience often. As an only child who was homeschooled from K-12 her experience was very unique and she loves sharing anything that might be helpful to new homeschool parents or students. You can connect with her in the following places:

          Questions Regarding Candace’s Homeschool Journey as an Only Child

          1. What were some of the greatest strengths that you learned while being homeschooled? Intellectual independence and Efficiency
          2. What role did your dad play and how is it impacting you now?
          3. How did homeschooling nurture your creativity/creative process? Thinking out of the box.
          4. What did you study while you were in college?
          5. Do you have any advice you’d give to parents when days are difficult? Communication
          6. What would you tell a young homeschooler who doesn’t see the value in the experience yet?
          7. Would you be open to homeschool your kids?

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

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          Onward Giveaway – Bonus 8 Piece Prizepack https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/onward-giveaway-bonus-8-piece-prizepack/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/onward-giveaway-bonus-8-piece-prizepack/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 04:39:36 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22409 Disney Pixar’s Onward comes out in theaters March 6th and I’ve teamed up with some amazing Disney influencers for an exclusive Onward prize pack giveaway— over $100 value, no purchase necessary! Watch the official Onward trailer   One (1) WINNER will receive all these goodies inspired by this heartwarming Pixar film: 2 movie ticket codes ...

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          Disney Pixar’s Onward comes out in theaters March 6th and I’ve teamed up with some amazing Disney influencers for an exclusive Onward prize pack giveaway— over $100 value, no purchase necessary!

          Watch the official Onward trailer

           

          One (1) WINNER will receive all these goodies inspired by this heartwarming Pixar film:

          2 movie ticket codes to see Onward in theaters

          1 Onward fleece blanket

          2 Onward drawstring backpack

          3 Onward Guinevere keychains

          Disney Pixar Onward Ian & Barley’s Magical Book of Jokes, Puns, and Gags

          2 Onward car air fresheners

          Disney Pixar Onward Quests of Yore

          3 Things To Do Onward notepads

          Disney Pixar Onward: The Search for the Phoenix Gem: An In-Questigation

          2 Onward Sticker Sheets

          1 Onward t-shirt (size of your choice)

          Which of these Onward gifts are your favorite? We are loving all the merchandise!

          This giveaway is hosted by: The Positive MOM and Disney Mom Guide

          Co-Hosts: WhollyART, Pretty in Baby Food, An Open Suitcase, Ask Mama MOE, Two Married Geeks, My Mommy Style, Cleverly Changing and Classy Mommy.

           

           

          Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt as Barley and Tom Holland as Ian) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

           

           

          Mel Rodriguez voices Officer Colt Bronco; Lena Waithe lends her voice to Officer Specter; and Ali Wong is the voice of Officer Gore.

          Also featuring the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer!

           

          From Director Dan Scanlon and Producer Kori Rae, the U.S. Theatrical Release of Onward in the U.S. is March 6, 2020.

           

           

          ENTER NOW for your chance to win this unique ONWARD prize pack giveaway! You can also join our #WDWwednesday Twitter Party and Facebook LIVE chat to win 2 additional tickets to see ONWARD in theaters.

          This giveaway runs til March 13, 2020.

           

           

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          Eat Clean, Healthy, and Delicious Food https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/eat-clean-healthy-and-delicious-food/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/03/eat-clean-healthy-and-delicious-food/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 01:47:33 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22404 Eating clean is not just a desirable lifestyle. For many, it is the only way of life. Many individuals desire to eat clean for several reasons, one of them being health reasons. Another reason individuals choose to eat clean is for weight loss. With obesity being an epidemic for adults and children, weight loss and ...

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          Eating clean is not just a desirable lifestyle. For many, it is the only way of life. Many individuals desire to eat clean for several reasons, one of them being health reasons. Another reason individuals choose to eat clean is for weight loss. With obesity being an epidemic for adults and children, weight loss and weight management are essential to a healthy way of life. Clean foods consist of foods that are not processed or as close to organic as possible. Foods that are closer to their natural forms are the cleanest foods to consume. Adapting to a clean eating plan can also impact your mental psychology. After all, if you look good then you’ll feel good about yourself. The less processed foods you eat, the more likely you are to adhere to a clean diet and lifestyle. Eating clean can also impact your budget in a positive way. Buying natural foods and preparing them at home can be cost-effective and often very fun.

          Eating clean: the diet

          Many people are intimidated by the word diet. This word often relates to more of a lifestyle plan then and eating plan. When individuals hear the word diet, they automatically think of failure. Developing an eating plan doesn’t have to automatically equal failure. It can be fun and delicious. In fact, eating clean consists of eating more meals in a day. Of course, if you’re eating more meals in a day, it is important to manage what you eat and how you eat it. For example, eating six small meals a day could consist of eating unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, and foods that are high in protein and low in fat. Eating breakfast within an hour of getting up every day would be essential to your new eating plan. 

          Don’t forget the drinks. You can drink clean with Monin Clean Label products. Monin is committed to providing the best-tasting products made with the highest-quality ingredients that are free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners. 

          Eat clean foods to feel healthy

          A lifestyle change

          If you are accustomed to eating healthy, there may not be much of a change needed. A few small changes here or there could achieve your goal of clean and healthy eating. It is important to remember that the more foods are processed, the less likely they are to be considered clean. In making this lifestyle change, you want to consume foods that are not processed. Because this change can be drastic for many, you can set small goals to phase out processed foods over time until they are no longer a part of your diet or until you no longer crave them.

          Is clean eating boring?

          There’s nothing like enjoying a good old American hot dog. After all, these little puppies are at every birthday party, cookout, and sporting event. While an old-fashioned hot dog sounds delicious, it is far from healthy. Individuals are rapidly changing their eating habits to food items that are much healthier and just as fun and tasty. A great example of making clean eating fun could include food items such as:

          • Gluten-free pancakes packed with healthy fruits
          • Grilled chicken with a chili lime sauce
          • Roasted sweet potato kale salad
          • Asian shrimp salad with a ginger sesame dressing

          An easy substitution to good old-fashioned hot dogs or hamburgers at a social event could be a delicious recipe for chicken fajitas. This dish paired with gluten-free tortilla wraps would be a tasty and healthy meal for any social event.

          Clean eating: what not to do

          The first thing you must do when eating clean is to avoid processed foods altogether. Packaged foods such as granola bars, muffins, or other convenient snacks contain sugar, oils, and refined ingredients. These types of foods are contrary to a clean eating lifestyle. Studies have shown that processed foods have little to no nutritional benefit; therefore, it is recommended that you steer clear of these food items. If you’re ever in doubt on whether or not you’re eating a clean food product, you can create a cheat sheet for yourself to help guide you on this endeavor. If you’re not used to eating clean, it can be challenging to make these changes in a short amount of time.

          Eating clean is more than a diet plan, it is a lifestyle change. Once you make the decision to go clean, you have to put rules in place to help guide you on the right path. Getting information online is a great resource to help as you make the decision to adapt to a clean and healthy lifestyle.

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          A Homeschool Journey With Njeri Nembhard Lesson 25 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/a-homeschool-journey-with-njeri-nembhard-learning-about-yourself/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/a-homeschool-journey-with-njeri-nembhard-learning-about-yourself/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:02:33 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22391 Click download above to listen to the podcast. This is episode 25 and we hope that every other week you are enjoying our conversations on the CleverlyChanging Podcast. This episode is especially special because we are talking to a veteran homeschool mom Njeri Nembhard who shares her homeschool journey with us. Njeri from maroonlifelearning.com has ...

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          Click download above to listen to the podcast.

          This is episode 25 and we hope that every other week you are enjoying our conversations on the CleverlyChanging Podcast. This episode is especially special because we are talking to a veteran homeschool mom Njeri Nembhard who shares her homeschool journey with us. Njeri from maroonlifelearning.com has homeschooled her children for at least 10 years and has many nuggets to help other moms as they navigate their homeschooling lives.

          Remember, our goal on the Cleverly Changing Podcast is to provide you with encouragement, insight about African history, and support as a parent and home educator. Please take a moment to tell a friend about our show and subscribe so our podcast can grow and we can continue to provide you with this resource.

          Intro (0:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast:

          “Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem.” ~ Akan proverb.

          Word of the Episode (1:24)

          Bingwa means winner or champion in Swahili.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (01:48)

          One of our Cleverly Cultured kids will share a brief message about an African American pioneer.

          Grown Folks Convo (3:05)

          Njeri has a new promotion going on and we’d like to share the exclusive code “cleverlychanging” with you to receive 15% off of her MaroonLifeLearning AfriClasses.

          Listeners receive a 15% off of MaroonLifeLearning.com AfriClass classes. These classes run 11 weeks online for 1.5 hours per week. The classes start on March 23, 2020. Discount expires on February 29, 2020.

          Questions Regarding Njeri’s Homeschool Journey

          1. How long has she been homeschooling?
          2. What kind of things/materials did you use to supplement your children’s education?
          3. What brought her to homeschooling?
          4. How many children do you have?
          5. Ask about AAfriventures: why she created it and what it is?

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

          Free Resources

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          Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, we truly want to build a community with great resources and information. If you know someone who has children, tell them. Our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

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          Four Thoughtful Ways to Teach Students About Black History https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/four-thoughtful-ways-to-teach-students-about-black-history/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/four-thoughtful-ways-to-teach-students-about-black-history/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:57:26 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22371 I think public and private schools should find opportunities to celebrate diversity so it’s a natural part of the educational experience. That being said, a great way to celebrate Black History Month would be to invite poets, authors, and people who are living who have made huge contributions to their community to visit the school. Children ...

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          A black blogger and mom shares Four Thoughtful Ways to Teach Students About Black History

          I think public and private schools should find opportunities to celebrate diversity so it’s a natural part of the educational experience. That being said, a great way to celebrate Black History Month would be to invite poets, authors, and people who are living who have made huge contributions to their community to visit the school. Children should learn that Black history makers are still alive today. In fact, just last month I met American Inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson, who holds more than 120 patents. He is probably best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun. Children need to know that Black Americans are still making an impact today around the world.

          Teach Students How to Analyze History And Study Own Their Own

          Next, teachers should also teach students that when we study history we are not studying a complete story, but are learning only one or a few perspectives. History is usually told by the people who were in power or from the winner’s point of view. Therefore, students should be taught how to identify bias, motive, and recognize that if you want to learn different perspectives, you will have to do more research on your own to get a broader understanding.

          Black History Month Should Show Us How to Embrace People from African Descent

          In addition, on a regular basis, teachers should use diverse toys, puzzles, and books that reflect America. Teaching about the black experience should not begin with slavery, it should begin with Africa, the foundation of the world, and African’s contributions to world cultures, agriculture, astronomy, exploration, engineering, mathematics, etc.

          Black History Month Should Ignite Some Positive Actions

          Next, on a more personal level, it’s important for our children to see us in diverse environments so visiting museums like the National African American Museum of History and Culture is a great way to show the varied experiences and accomplishments of Black Americans. To make a real impact though, it’s important to spend quality time with or have dinner with a family of African American descent because children remember experiences and the way we interact with each other in our own personal environments, so these are the types of situations will help them feel comfortable around others. If you’re not ready for dinner, go see a movie together, or a play. In this region, there are usually events at Publick Playhouse, Harmony Hall, or even local libraries.

          Reader Discussion/Participation

          What are some questions that we should be asking teachers at our children’s schools when it comes to the value of Black History Month? Below are a few questions that I came up with, how would you answer them? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

          • What are some ways that public and private schools can celebrate Black History Month?
          • What should teachers and parents do if they don’t feel that their classrooms’ history books don’t paint the full picture?
          • How can teachers celebrate black history month and help other ethnic groups in the classroom feel included?
          • What are some ways that parents can celebrate Black History Month in their own homes or community?

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          Black Love in The Photograph Movie is Beautiful https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/black-love-in-the-photograph-is-a-great-valentines-day-movie/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/black-love-in-the-photograph-is-a-great-valentines-day-movie/#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2020 23:52:56 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22362 Black Love in The Photograph Movie is Beautiful and seeing it is like poetry in action. Zora Neale Hurston an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker once said that “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” That’s the best quote that I can think of, that really describes what black love is all ...

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          Black Love in The Photograph Movie is Beautiful and seeing it is like poetry in action. Zora Neale Hurston an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker once said that “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” That’s the best quote that I can think of, that really describes what black love is all about.

          Although, I can’t really recall the last time I watched a predominantly black romantic movie when the preview for the Photograph appeared on my Facebook feed I was immediately intrigued. So it was definitely time for a feel-good romantic movie with characters that I could relate to.

          Prior to watching the film, I had a chance to listen to Shienelle Jones, cohost of the Today show, and the gifted filmmaker himself Will Packer who is credited with producing films that have grossed over $1 Billion dollars at the box office. So, I listened to his words intently as he spoke to the crowd about his receipts, which include “Girlfriends, Think Like a Man, Takers, Little, and many more.” He said something that stuck with me, and this is paraphrasing his words, he said, you have to produce greatness and have receipts in order to get a seat at the table. Those words are powerful within my mind because this is my year to THRIVE. So try to produce better and grow in order to excel.

          This movie, The Photograph is the very embodiment of black love, patience, intelligence, and knowing ones’ worth. Issa Rae is strong, funny, beautiful and complex in the movie. LaKeith Stanfield is her educated love interest who works hard and is passionate and intentional about his relationship with others.

          My favorite part of the movie is the depictions of freedom within love. Yall, I can’t really unpack that sentence without giving out any spoilers, so I will leave it at the movie is a beautiful expression of love between friends, family, co-workers, etc. And in this every man for himself type of economy, this type of Black Love is refreshing.

          Overall the most beautiful aspect of the movie that it’s okay to achieve your dreams and love deeply and passionately at the same time because pursuing both producing an unparalleled joy.

          The romance is tasteful, visit a theater near you and watch the movie. It’s nothing too deep, just pure entertainment.

          Special thanks to Comcast NBC Universal, who hosted the event.

          After the screening, Shelly from MomsWithTots and Dr. Lisa Leslie Williams from The Domestic LifeStylist and I discussed the Photograph Movie.

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          Unschooling with Akilah S. Richards https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/unschooling-with-akilah-s-richards/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/unschooling-with-akilah-s-richards/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 17:06:25 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22326 Welcome to Unschooling with Akilah S. Richards, which is episode 23 of the CleverlyChanging Podcast. Today’s guest is the brilliant self-directed education guru Akilah S. Richards. Our podcast is all about learning how to educate your kids. If you’re a new listener Please remember to subscribe and share. I am an entrepreneur, mom to twin ...

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          Welcome to Unschooling with Akilah S. Richards, which is episode 23 of the CleverlyChanging Podcast. Today’s guest is the brilliant self-directed education guru Akilah S. Richards. Our podcast is all about learning how to educate your kids. If you’re a new listener Please remember to subscribe and share. I am an entrepreneur, mom to twin girls, and Miriam is our co-host. She is a mom of 4. This podcast is not only for parents who homeschool their children, but it is also for all parents who want to supplement their child’s education. Our goal is to provide you with encouragement, insight about African history, and support as a parent and home educator. New episodes are uploaded biweekly.

          Today’s African proverb is

          “Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases. ~ Swahili proverb

          Here’s Akilah’s Official bio

          Fare of the Free Child podcast focuses on Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of Self-Directed, decolonized living and learning. Each weekly episode examines a particular way that we’ve accepted coercive, emotionally and physically damaging habits as a normal part of adult-child relationships. With a focus on deschooling one’s self, decolonizing education, and exploring radical self-expression, this podcast both challenges and informs us to push past coercion and fear, and walk toward a model for living with children that centers community, addresses social justice issues, and believes in trusting and respecting children and ourselves. Apple PodcastsSpotify, support the movement by joining her Patreon: Support Fare of the Free Child Podcast

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          Intro (0:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast:

          “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.”

          Word of the Episode (1:35)

          kujichagulia means self-determination in Swahili.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (01:56)

          Our kids learn what it means to unschool and deschool.

          Grown Folks Convo (1:56)

          Akilah’s podcast was the first home education podcast I ever subscribed to. Akilah helped me feel empowered that my kids would be able to learn and thrive even if I didn’t follow the rigid academic model that I learned while growing up. Watch this Youtube video to learn more about the free-range movement.

          Questions Discussed With Akilah

          • What brought you to unschooling/side?
          • Can you explain to our listeners how self-directed education is different from free-range parenting?
          • Any tips on deschooling?
          • How do you find it being a person of color in the unschooling space? And what advice would you offer for others who are looking for a more African-centered or non-white apporoach to education?
          • Since unschooling is a child led approach to learning, what do you do to quiet those nagging thoughts that come in an tell you that something is wrong?
          • Can you share with us what benefits you’ve seen recently in your children that are the direct result of self-directed education?
          • If someone is on the fence about unschooling and self-directed learning, which direction would you point them to learn more? Are there any stellar writings, videos, that you would recommend?
          • You also do some road schooling as well (although, I’m not sure that you would phrase it that way. What are some advantages that road schooling gives families and children?
          • Have your children ever expressed thanks or regret about the educational path you’ve mapped out for them?
          • What educational legacy do you want to leave your daughters?
          • Where can listeners find you?
          Unschooling with Akilah S. Richards, which is episode 23 of the CleverlyChanging Podcast

          Host of Fare of the Free Child

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          Reader Participation

          Have you found a resource that perfectly helps you prepare for homeschool review time? If so, share it in the comment section below.

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

          Free Resources

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          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

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          Unschooling with Akilah Richards a conversation about self-directed learning on the Cleverly Changing Podcast

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          Vegetarian Vegetable Lasagna With Tofu https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/vegetarian-vegetable-lasagna-with-tofu/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/02/vegetarian-vegetable-lasagna-with-tofu/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 01:04:53 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22345 Good food just does something to heart when you eat it. It can soothe your belly and your mind. And a good lasagna is comfort food for me and my family. So I like it because I can cook a large portion, and then freeze the leftovers and save it for later. Although, I love ...

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          Good food just does something to heart when you eat it. It can soothe your belly and your mind. And a good lasagna is comfort food for me and my family. So I like it because I can cook a large portion, and then freeze the leftovers and save it for later. Although, I love eating lasagna, sometimes I don’t want my family eating a lot of cheese. So I started to substitute the ricotta cheese for tofu. This vegetable lasagna recipe takes about 1 hour to prepare.

          Here’s how the Vegetarian Vegetable Lasagna recipe goes:

          Vegetarian Vegetable Lasagna Ingredients

          1. No-Bake Lasagna Noodles
          2. Red Onions
          3. Chopped Mushrooms
          4. Diced Garlic
          5. Chopped or dried peppers
          6. Non-GMO veggie crumbles
          7. Olive/ Avocado oil
          8. Spaghetti Sauce
          9. Salt
          10. Tofu
          11. Nutritional Yeast
          12. Zucchini
          13. Basil (fresh or dried)
          14. Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese

          Vegetarian Vegetable Lasagna Instructions

          First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Next, Sauteé the Non-GMO veggie crumbles, mushrooms, and onions. Then add peppers, salt, and garlic to taste. In a medium bowl combine tofu, salt, pepper, basil, nutritional yeast, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Spread a layer in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer lasagna noodles with the sauce mixture, and thin slices of zucchini (or whichever vegetables you choose), then ending with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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          Did you enjoy this recipe? If so check out a few other tofu recipes that I’ve shared below:

          Flavorful Low-Sodium Family Meals With Tofu

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          Homeschool Graduate, Sly Discusses Homeschool Success https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/homeschool-graduate-sly-discusses-homeschool-success/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/homeschool-graduate-sly-discusses-homeschool-success/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:52:03 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22288 This is Episode 23 of the CleverlyChanging Podcast. Millennial moms Elle and Miriam talk to our featured guest Sly Tha Deace, who is a homeschool graduate, author, and musician. Here’s His Official bio This man is definitely a homeschool success. He is a self-published author of two books, a successful songwriter who used music to ...

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          This is Episode 23 of the CleverlyChanging Podcast. Millennial moms Elle and Miriam talk to our featured guest Sly Tha Deace, who is a homeschool graduate, author, and musician.

          Here’s His Official bio

          This man is definitely a homeschool success. He is a self-published author of two books, a successful songwriter who used music to pay his way through college, a business owner and investor, plus a huge comic book fan. His message let’s “get” money is about understanding and leveraging your finances instead of just working yourself to death trying to collect money. Born in the beautiful state of Colorado and currently living in the great state of Texas.

          Source: Sly Tha Deuce

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          Intro (0:58)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast:

          “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.”

          Word of the Episode (1:47)

          Kuumba means creativity in Swahili.

          Homeschool Graduate, Sly Tha Deuce, Talks Homeschool Success in Episode 23 of the Cleverly Changing Podcast

          Grown Folks Convo (2:12)

          We wanted to share with you all a conversation that we had with someone who has benefited from being homeschooled. We’re sure you will thoroughly enjoy the conversation and learn more about how one student was able to benefit from his homeschool experience. If you have questions, please be sure to let us know what they are in the comment section.

          1. How long were you homeschooled? And how was your transition into traditional schooling?
          2. What were some of the greatest strengths that you learned while being homeschooled?
          3. You sometimes refer to yourself as a nerd, the term nerd is often positive? Why is nerd one of your words of choice?
          4. How did homeschooling nurture your creativity/creative process?
          5. Sometimes it can be hard to find a comfortable place in the world as a kid. Can you share any tips on how kids can cope with being bullied?
          6. What did you study while you were in college?
          7. You paid your way through college after being homeschooled, can you share with us how you were able to make money and enough not to be a broke college student with tons of debt?
          8. Tell us about your book and how people can purchase it: MillionsNowAndLater.com. Also, follow Sly on Instagram at https://instagram.com/motivatedmister.

          Follow Sly and see his homeschool success in action

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          Have you found a resource that perfectly helps you prepare for homeschool review time? If so, share it in the comment section below.

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

          Free Resources

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          Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, we truly want to build a community with great resources and information. If you know someone who has children, tell them. Our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

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          Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes. Also, where ever you listen to our podcast please leave us a review.

          Also, you can also follow our social channels:

          Facebook.com/Cleverlychanging
          Instagram.com/Cleverlychanging
          Twitter.com/Cleverlychangin
          Miriam’s shop is at Instagram.com/FrankandHerbs.

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          I’m Partnering With Brown Mama Monologues https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/im-partnering-with-brown-mama-monologues/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/im-partnering-with-brown-mama-monologues/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:32:35 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22287 In 2019, I partnered with Brown Mama Monologues to bring an authentic stage performance to Bowie, MD. The goal of the show is to encourage, inspire, and create a safe space for moms to share their authentic stories about motherhood. We believe that moms can find healing and motivation to become the best mothers that ...

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          In 2019, I partnered with Brown Mama Monologues to bring an authentic stage performance to Bowie, MD. The goal of the show is to encourage, inspire, and create a safe space for moms to share their authentic stories about motherhood. We believe that moms can find healing and motivation to become the best mothers that they can be by sharing their stories.

          What is Brown Mama Monologues

          The show is a one-night stage performance, but the sisterhood that is developed throughout the year among the 10 women chosen to perform is unparalleled. The 2020 show will take place on Sept 19, 2020, and will be held at the Bowie Performing Arts Center.

          Who Are the Brown Mamas That Will Share their Stories?

          The 10 speakers will audition to be a part of the show and they will receive a writing/speaking coach, headshots, and an opportunity to assist other moms who may be facing similar challenges and triumphs.

          Brown Mama Monologues provides women a platform to honest about their parenting experiences despite whatever adversity they may have had to face along the way. The beauty is that the women are from all different walks of life.

          How did Brown Mama Monologues begin?

          Elle and Muffy two african american bloggers

          It started online with Muffy Mendoza who is a blogger at BrownMamas.com. Then it progressed into a support group that, in its first year, outgrew Muffy’s home. As an online friend to Muffy, I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA and witnessed her sold-out Brown Mama Monologues show and wanted to replicate the same concept in the Maryland area. I am an online blogger at CleverlyChanging.com and a podcast host of the Cleverly Changing Podcast so I wanted to provide my local community with more support rather than just online encouragement and tips. So the DMV Brown Mama Monologues gives us an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of mothers in our community.

          When and Where will The Show Take Place?

          The 2020 show will take place on Sept 19, 2020, and will be held at the Bowie Performing Arts Center in Bowie, MD. The goal of the show is to encourage, inspire, and create a safe space for moms to share their authentic stories about motherhood. We believe that moms can find healing and motivation to become the best mothers that they can be by sharing their stories.

          Who will share their stories?

          The show is a one-night stage performance, but the sisterhood that is developed throughout the year among the 10 women chosen to perform is unparalleled. The 10 speakers will receive a writing a speaking coach, headshots, and an opportunity to other moms who may be facing similar challenges and triumphs. Learn how you can audition below: (auditions end 1/15/2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

          Brown Mama Monologues provides women a platform to be honest about their parenting experiences despite whatever adversity they may have had to face along the way. The beauty is that the speakers are from all different walks of life. If you’d like to purchase tickets or learn more about the show. Sign up for the Brown Mama newsletter: sign up here.

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          Win National Theatre Tickets to See The King’s Speech https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/win-national-theatre-tickets-to-see-the-kings-speech/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/win-national-theatre-tickets-to-see-the-kings-speech/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:03:56 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22279 The King’s Speech Tickets are provided by the National Theatre in partnership with Allied Marketing Enter to win tickets to see The King’s Speech at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, February 11 – February 16, 2020. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, February 11. Follow #nattheatredc on ...

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          The King’s Speech Tickets are provided by the National Theatre in partnership with Allied Marketing

          Enter to win tickets to see The King’s Speech at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, February 11 – February 16, 2020.

          The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, February 11. Follow #nattheatredc on IG.

          The cast of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech.

          Performances start on February 11 so secure your seats now.

          About the Show (The King’s Speech)

          THE KING’S SPEECH is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggle with a speech impediment and the friendship he formed with his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the Nazi threat looming and civil unrest at home, royal secrets explode around the King as he’s thrust onto the world stage. David Seidler’s original play – which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush – will make its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”

          Recommended for ages 13 and up

          Location of the Show

          The giveaway will be over Feb 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

          The King’s Speech
          Tuesday, February 11 – February 16, 2020.
          National Theatre
          1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
          3rd floor Washington, DC 20004

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          Enter To Win 2 Tickets To See The King’s Speech

          Win Tickets to See the Kings Speech Live Stage Performance at the National Theater in DC.

          Win 2 tickets to see the 7:30 PM showing of The King’s Speech.

          To Enter to Win National Theatre Tickets follow these steps:

          1. Follow my Instagram account (https://instagram.com/cleverlychanging).
          2. Then leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite live show is.

          Next Upcoming Shows at the National Theatre:


          Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2010: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

          Feb. 11-16, 2020: The King’s Speech
          Mar. 3-8, 2020: Bandstand
          Mar. 27 – Apr. 5, 2020: Sting starring in The Last Ship

          Apr. 7-26, 2020: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
          May 8-17, 2020: Blue Man Group
          July 22 – Aug. 2, 2020: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

          Connect with the Show

          Follow the show’s hashtag across social media outlets:

          #thekingsspeech
           
          National Theatre Social Media Info:

          Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC

          Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC

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          Goal Setting with Your Kids Ep 22 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/goal-setting-with-your-kids-ep-22/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/goal-setting-with-your-kids-ep-22/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:41:07 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22246 In Episode 22, millennial moms Elle and Miriam talk to their children about making realistic and practical goals. While it is the new year and resolutions are popular, it is also a time of reflection and planning. It is never too early for a person to start the art of goal setting. Feel free to ...

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          In Episode 22, millennial moms Elle and Miriam talk to their children about making realistic and practical goals. While it is the new year and resolutions are popular, it is also a time of reflection and planning. It is never too early for a person to start the art of goal setting. Feel free to chime in below to let us know how you feel about this topic or if you have future topic suggestions.

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          Intro (0:58)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast:

          “What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn.”

          Word of the Episode (1:24)

          Afehyia paaaaa (ah-fee-she-ah pah-ah!) means a good meeting with the year in Twi and it’s the phrase that people who speak Twi say instead of Happy New Year.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (1:57)

          Do you have a vision for yourself, when you close your eyes, where are you? What do you want to accomplish? How do you see yourself? These questions are a great way for parents to sit down with their kids and get them started on thinking about and planning for the future.

          Grown Folks Convo (9:51)

          So here’s the truth, last year we did not complete 100% of everything on our goals list, but we definitely came close. Listen in as we discuss the future and the importance of positive words and leaving fear behind you. We’re talking about total person empowerment for both parents and children.

          Goal setting with your kids | CleverlyChanging Podcast Ep 22

          Reader Participation

          Have you found a resource that perfectly helps you prepare for homeschool review time? If so, share it in the comment section below.

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

          Free Resources

          We Need You To Share This Podcast

          Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, we truly want to build a community with great resources and information. If you know someone who has children, tell them. Our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

          Share this Podcast on Pinterest

          Listen to and Share Past Episodes

          Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes. Also, where ever you listen to our podcast please leave us a review.

          Also, you can also follow our social channels:

          Facebook.com/Cleverlychanging
          Instagram.com/Cleverlychanging
          Twitter.com/Cleverlychangin
          Miriam’s shop is at Instagram.com/FrankandHerbs.

          Subscribe to the Cleverly Changing Podcast

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          4 Tasks Small Businesses Can Delegate https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/4-tasks-small-businesses-can-delegate/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/4-tasks-small-businesses-can-delegate/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:10:47 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22249 Are you struggling to grow the business? Are you too busy to manage the company? Some people believe starting a business is challenging. But scaling a company can be even more demanding. It’s not surprising to hear of business owners who get stuck. At some point, problems become too complex for them to move on. ...

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          Are you struggling to grow the business? Are you too busy to manage the company?

          Some people believe starting a business is challenging. But scaling a company can be even more demanding.

          It’s not surprising to hear of business owners who get stuck. At some point, problems become too complex for them to move on. For instance, if you just started a new trucking company and you are having problems keeping track of the papers you need to transport, you might need help with trucker authority. A knowledgable business like Truckers Bookkeeping Service can easily help a company with that problem. 

          The solution is to keep it simple. Whatever the problem you may have, it all requires money and time. If you always have these resources available, you will progress much faster.

          If you own a business, you may have more money than time. At least, you need to work in the business to make profits. You may do well in the short term, but fail in the long-term goals.

          As long as you ignore problems, they will keep getting bigger. That’s why CEOs create teams and delegate their tasks.

          Once you outsource these activities, you will have more time to think of the vision. You will prevent problems instead of reacting to them, and you will focus on what matters.

          Here are some areas you can receive help.

          #1 Customer support

          Clients expect great customer support in small companies. Because the client base is smaller, the team has more time to help customers.

          How accessible are you? How long does it take to solve a case?

          When customer support is efficient, customers keep coming back. They also refer and encourage others to work with you.

          The way most businesses get clients is ironic. At first, many clients join the brand because of the excellent service. The more clients you have, the less time you assign for each one of them. Once you run out of time or workers, quality goes down.

          It won’t take long for clients to notice it. When you hire workers, the company can serve more clients.

          #2 Product delivery

          Part of the user experience involves delivery. How quickly can your clients get their product? Can they get it in a day? 

          When having the right logistics, some faster services may be available. Although it looks like a detail, it means a lot to the customer. It means you value their time and want to offer a five-star service. Do you think they will work with you again? You can be sure.

          #3 Marketing

          Marketing is vital for customer acquisition. The more customers you can get, the better the business will grow.

          When it comes to getting attention, there are two options. You can approach your customers or can make them go to your business.

          Your strategy depends on your business profile. You could be a generalist or an expert.

          Generalists attract customers through promotions, discounts, and free trials. It’s hard to build a business when your only weapon is the price.

          Here is the question. What makes your company different? Generalists offer nothing special. That’s why they lack value for customers,

          Experts, however, are the opposite. Marketers who focus on a single niche make more money than generalists.

          Imagine you are your client. You want a custom service and adapt it to yourself. Who would you choose?

          It depends on the client. The cheap clients will go to the generalist while the real clients will work with the expert. The latter group values market authority.

          Are you a generalist or an expert? Specialists work on their products all the time. They may use marketing, but they outsource it to focus on what matters.

          In general, experts use teams to increase work quality. If a person did all the work, they would lose efficiency.

          When it comes to competing, the business with the best team wins. Hiring members is a critical decision, so take your time to research and make a decision.

          #4 Advertising

          For business owners, ad campaigns are risky tools. Depending on your skills, you could either print money or lose it all.

          That’s right. You could multiply your income if your message gets to enough people. Here are the steps to follow.

          Firstly, you need an optimized business. Does the company work without you being there? What’s the efficiency?

          If you cannot do that yet, take some time to optimize. Remove unessential steps and make processes simpler. It will allow you to automate the business and advertise.

          The next step is to verify the scale. Is your business local, regional, national, or global? The bigger the scale, the better is the opportunity.

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          Easy New Year’s Resolutions For 2020 https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/easy-new-years-resolutions-for-2020/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/easy-new-years-resolutions-for-2020/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:11:09 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22227 Another year has come and gone and now we are entering into a brand new year and a brand new decade. This new decade is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and enter into a new chapter of life altogether. Setting resolutions for 2020 is my way of mapping out new intentional habits. ...

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          Another year has come and gone and now we are entering into a brand new year and a brand new decade. This new decade is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and enter into a new chapter of life altogether. Setting resolutions for 2020 is my way of mapping out new intentional habits.

          And with this fresh new start, we can intentionally make this year the best year of our lives. All we have to do is intentionally set goals that we want to accomplish for the year. However, when thinking about these goals, it is important to make them as realistic as possible so that we can actually accomplish them. Below is a list of doable New Year’s resolutions that will not only make us happier but will also improve our health as well.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #1 Learn how to control your breath

          Breathing is the most basic, yet one of the most powerful functions that your body performs every single day. Take a few minutes every day and learn how to control how you breathe. This will teach you how to exhale all of your negative feelings and free up your mind to be healthier and have more space to manage all of your emotions, good and bad. You can easily start with just breathing for five minutes a day and build up to where you work on your breathing for thirty minutes.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #2 Read more often

          Whether you are able to stretch out on your bed or if you are just cozying up on your couch under your favorite blanket, reading more books is a great way to force yourself to relax more often while also expanding your mind and learning more about the world. If you do not currently read much at all, set a goal to read one book a month to start out with and add in more as you get better at it. It will help you learn how to focus better, improve your memory, and give you better sleep at night as an added bonus. And while we’re discussing sleep, it is important to have a good, comfortable mattress to get the best sleep we can.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #3 Choose to watch what you eat

          Most people, more than half of the population even, would say that their diet is not the healthiest. What we put into our bodies defines how we feel, it affects our brains, our bodies, and even out moods. If you are like most other people and do not have the best diet, make a resolution to eat better this year. Start with very small changes that are feasible based on where you are starting and work on making bigger changes as you turn it into a habit.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #4 Learn a new hobby

          There are so many benefits when it comes to learning something new. It actually rewires your brain so that it has increased speed and strength. This helps your critical thinking skills and helps prevent cognitive decline as you get older throughout the year. Not only is learning a new hobby good for your brain, but it is also plain out fun and gives you something new to look forward to. It is something to do when you have time to get away from the regular hustle and bustle of life.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #5 Practice being kind to yourself

          Thanks to the age of technology and social media that we live in, it is easier than ever to see other people and compare ourselves to others. For this reason, we tend to be quite critical and hard on ourselves. This year, resolve to practice building yourself up and being proud of the things that you accomplish. Pride yourself on your strength, your imperfections, and your potential for how much you know you will be able to grow as the year goes on. If you notice yourself being critical to yourself, force your mind to redirect by saying aloud things that you love about yourself and are proud of.

          Resolutions For 2020 Tip #6 Start exercising more

          Due to how hectic life seems to be and how everything is seemingly instantly handed to us in seconds, we have become a very stationary people. If you don’t exercise often, just start by walking just a few times a week and build up until you can go on a jog or lift weights with ease. You will be surprised at how good you feel physically, and how much just a little bit of exercise enhances your mood.

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          Planning Holidays Abroad with a Pre-existing Medical Condition https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/planning-holidays-abroad-with-a-pre-existing-medical-condition/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/planning-holidays-abroad-with-a-pre-existing-medical-condition/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:26:15 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22222 Planning a holiday is stressful enough but it can be even more so when you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition that could affect your trip. You should never let something like that hold you back, no matter where you want to go. Here are some of the things you need to ...

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          Planning a holiday is stressful enough but it can be even more so when you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition that could affect your trip. You should never let something like that hold you back, no matter where you want to go. Here are some of the things you need to do if you are planning a holiday abroad with a pre-existing medical condition.

          Get Insured

          One of the most crucial parts of planning your holiday should be your insurance. Travel insurance is useful for a number of reasons. However, one of its primary uses will be to help you pay for any medical bills which you might face when you are away.

          Not every country has free healthcare and you do not want to become caught out by a large bill when you are ill or struggling. Find a company that offers specialist travel insurance for people with medical conditions and make sure you buy enough coverage for the whole length of your trip plus any extra activities you are doing. For example, if you are planning to go away for winter sports, you are going to need to pay more for your insurance than you would than if you were just going away for your city break. 

          Stock up on Medication

          Check how much medication you will be able to travel with as some countries have restrictions over how much you can take in and out. You will then need to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about getting your prescription in advance so you are covered for the length of the trip. The more you can take away with you, the better.

          Try to get enough to last you a few days longer. You do not want to get stuck somewhere without enough medication. From grounded flights to unexpected storms and more, there are many reasons why you might end up not making it home at the time you predicted. You need to have enough medication to last you in this scenario or risk some serious health issues.  

          Learn a Few Helpful Phrases

          If you are traveling to a country where you don’t speak the local language, you need to make sure that you are able to communicate with people in the event that something goes wrong. Learning a few helpful phrases might be the difference between fighting off a bad health episode or ending up in a foreign hospital.

          Speak to your doctor to find out if your medication has any other names. Make a note of them just in case someone tries to give you something you don’t recognize. Key phrases like “Do you speak English?” will also be incredibly helpful. If you can speak another language, make sure that you are able to communicate that if necessary.

          Think Positive

          Most holidays you take will go off without a hitch. You do need to make sure that you are fully prepared for a worst-case scenario but that does not mean that you should be overly paranoid. Everyone goes on holiday for a reason. Whether you are wanting to relax or try something new, you have to keep this at the forefront of your mind. Relax, think positively, and enjoy your holiday as much as you can.

          You should never let your health hold you back from the things you want to do. No matter where you want to travel, there is always going to be a way you can prepare so your pre-existing health condition isn’t an issue. Start planning your next holiday now!

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          Planning Your Visit To The NMAAHC With Kids In Mind https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/planning-your-visit-to-the-nmaahc-with-kids-in-mind/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/planning-your-visit-to-the-nmaahc-with-kids-in-mind/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=16453 The Smithsonian’s newest museum in Washington, DC is one of my favorites.  I believe the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) should be visited by everyone. Why? African Americans made major contributions to American society but they have long been overlooked. While, there are many museums across the nation that help give ...

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          The Smithsonian’s newest museum in Washington, DC is one of my favorites.  I believe the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) should be visited by everyone. Why? African Americans made major contributions to American society but they have long been overlooked. While, there are many museums across the nation that help give our collective experiences of being black in America a voice, none have come close to showing such a rich and broad perspective as well as the NMAAHC.

          There really is so much to take in and see at the NMAAHC. Is it worth a trip to DC just to visit the museum? Absolutely. The exhibits that stand out to me the most are below.

          Each floor of the NMAAHC tells a different story. My recommendation (if you have children with you) is to start at the top floor and work your way down. The top levels reveal the modern accomplishments of African Americans that most people will be able to recognize. The upper floors are more colorful and interactive for children as well.

          If you don’t have children with you, then you should start your museum adventure at the bottom where the journey begins with a snippet of African history that leads to slavery, and then freedom. When I first took my daughters, we started on the bottom floor and seeing the slave cabin and images from the transatlantic slave trade it was hard to keep them engaged. However, if you are by yourself or with a group of adults, you can observe and let the exhibits tell their unique stories without distractions. Take in the words and reflections on the wall and walk from complete devastation to the upper floors where black people have truly overcome some of the greatest obstacles on earth. The first floor is a solemn experience that is incomparable when you see a replica of Harriet Tubman’s silk shawl. Then listen to the films to discuss the civil war.

          Next, the Jim Crow Era is packed with both sadness and pride. This level was the hardest for me because it is also the level where Emmett Till’s casket and Memorial are. This is a quiet area where many people get emotional.

          Surprisingly, my favorite parts of the museum are the entertainment section and the sports areas. Especially, if museums aren’t your thing because this museum is completely different. You’re not looking at lots of pretentious paintings and sculptures; instead, many items are donated artifacts that celebrate black culture and history. And the entertainment section has real items like Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac Eldorado. There are full costumes from the Wiz and rare photos of great African-American performers like jazz singer Helen Humes. The best part is that visiting the museum truly feels like our story and no one else’s. It’s a museum that is well done and we can take pride in it.

          Lastly, I want to caution you because the museum is huge, there is a lovely art gallery and so much to see you probably won’t see everything in just one visit. So if you’re going or planning on a weekend trip, try to visit more than once.

          Enclosed below are some activities that you can print out for your next visit to the NMAAHC.

          Click here for the printable copy of the NMAAHC Word Search

          Smithsonian Institution

          National Museum of African American History & Culture

          1400 Constitution Ave NW

          Washington, DC 20560

          Same Day Timed Passes

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          2020 is Already Here so Bring on the New Goals https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/new-goals/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2020/01/new-goals/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2020 04:40:42 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22101 Can you believe it, 2020 is already here? It’s time to establish new goals. What’s Next For You?  That question what’s next is a loaded one, what’s next for your career, social life, family life, financial future, etc. Even if resolutions aren’t something that you participate in, thinking about what’s next is important. You can ...

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          Can you believe it, 2020 is already here? It’s time to establish new goals.

          What’s Next For You? 

          That question what’s next is a loaded one, what’s next for your career, social life, family life, financial future, etc. Even if resolutions aren’t something that you participate in, thinking about what’s next is important. You can start with short term goals like:

          • What’s next for me in the month of January? 
          • What new goals do I want to accomplish in the next 90 days?

          Take this year, one hour, day, week, and month at a time. Then carve out and work on short term goals that feel attainable.

          Don’t Rely on Contentment

          My husband said to me, “You can’t build muscle with light weights.” His words hit me with so much force I had to literally stop and unpack his words. Literally, if you want to grow you have to challenge yourself. When it comes to accomplishing our goals, we have to move outside of our comfort zones.

          Right now, I’m dreaming so big that my dreams scare me. Yep, my dreams make me nervous and excited at the same time. They feel heavy like they are beyond me, but that’s good because I’m finally dreaming outside of my comfort zone and I am inviting you to join me in a space that is so large, like the universe, it cannot be contained.

          Next Steps

          If you’re going to join me and dream outside your comfort zone. Please leave a comment below sharing at least one of the goals that you plan to accomplish in the next 30 days. I can’t wait to hear from you.

          What are my new goals?

          1. Illustrate my book so it can be printed before the end of Q1
          2. Obtain 2 sponsors to help fund a show I’m producing for moms in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas – If you are or know a corporation that would be interested in becoming a sponsor let me know
          3. Secure my first 10 Patreon subscribers for the CleverlyChanging podcast – Patrons start at a commitment of $2 per month. View my Patreon page for more information.
          4. Reach 10,000 Instagram subscribers and 5,000 Facebook subscribers

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          The Process of Keeping A Homeschool Portfolio Ep 21 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-process-of-keeping-a-homeschool-portfolio-ep-21/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-process-of-keeping-a-homeschool-portfolio-ep-21/#respond Fri, 27 Dec 2019 14:43:42 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22048 In Episode 21, millennial moms Elle and Miriam share their process for keeping a homeschool portfolio. What is a homeschool portfolio? In the state of Maryland, parents who homeschool are typically expected to keep a portfolio of their child/children’s work. The portfolio is a collection of work that a child completes each week while under ...

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          In Episode 21, millennial moms Elle and Miriam share their process for keeping a homeschool portfolio. What is a homeschool portfolio? In the state of Maryland, parents who homeschool are typically expected to keep a portfolio of their child/children’s work. The portfolio is a collection of work that a child completes each week while under the parents’ and tutors’ instruction.

          The Process of Keeping A Homeschool Portfolio | The CleverlyChanging Podcast Episode 21

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          Intro (01:02)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          “What a good person is looking for is doing good deeds.” This is a Swahili Proverb

          Word of the Episode (1:18)

          Medase means thank you in the Ghanaian language, Twi.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (1:44)

          Sometimes our kids just want to express themselves and we have to take the time out of our busy schedules to listen.

          A List of Apps Mentioned

          Educational Apps

          • Prodigy – Math games
          • Star Walk 2 – An interactive astronomy guide
          • Photo Math – Take a picture of your math problem and this app will show you the answer and steps to get the answer
          • Little Alchemy 2 – Science game full of exciting creations
          • YouTube Kids – Different subjects
          • Brain Pop – Different subjects with videos, games, worksheets and more
          • Kindle Books – Purchase and download books to read
          • Duo Lingo – Language learning for free
          • Sound Cloud – Listening app for music, podcasts and more
          • Spotify – Listening app for music, podcasts and more

          Fun Apps

          • Minecraft Earth
          • Quizizz
          • Kahoot
          • 1010
          • Reddit
          • TicTok – Follow “@Enveme_Sis”
          • TEDed
          • Code Parade
          • Bazaart app
          • Egg Ink
          • Canva
          • Tomb of the Mask (has too many ads)

          Grown Folks Convo (15:23)

          In this episode co-hosts Elle and Miriam discuss how they feel about keeping a portfolio and meeting with the state to discuss their children’s work twice a year. Here is a link to the COMAR Guidelines.

          Reader Participation

          Have you found a resource that perfectly helps you prepare for homeschool review time? If so, share it in the comment section below.

          And here’s where you can find some of our resources, including a Homeschool Portfolio Template.

          Free Resources

          We Need You To Share This Podcast

          Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

          Listen to and Share Past Episodes

          Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes. Also where ever you listen to our podcast please leave us a review.

          Also, you can also follow our social channels:

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          Miriam’s shop is at Instagram.com/FrankandHerbs.

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          What You Should Know About WiFi Encryption https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/what-you-should-know-about-wifi-encryption/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/what-you-should-know-about-wifi-encryption/#respond Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:50:45 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22053 WiFi encryption may not be something you have thought about, but if you have a wireless network it could be critical to your security. Unless you want to share your data and downloads with strangers, WiFi encryption should be considered.  To check whether or not your network is encrypted, you can look for a padlock ...

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          WiFi encryption may not be something you have thought about, but if you have a wireless network it could be critical to your security. Unless you want to share your data and downloads with strangers, WiFi encryption should be considered. 

          To check whether or not your network is encrypted, you can look for a padlock symbol in the network settings on your device. It is time to take control of your internet security, and enabling stronger protection doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. 

          Read on to learn more about WiFi encryption:

          What is WiFi Encryption?

          When you have WiFi encryption enabled it means the messages being transmitted between the router and your devices will be scrambled. 

          Without this encryption, the information will be sent over open radio waves for anyone to see. Whether it is personal information you want to keep private or internet data you would rather not share, encryption is one piece of the puzzle in maintaining your security.

          What are the Different Types of WiFi Encryption?

          There are three main types of WiFi encryption, and they are not all created equally. When this type of technology was first released, the standard was called WEP. Over time, WEP has become vulnerable and easy to bypass. If you have not updated your router or settings for a while, you may still have WEP. If this is the case it should be upgraded.

          After WEP there was a new type of encryption called WPA. This was a significant improvement but also left holes open for anyone wanting to get in. Now there is WPA2, which is currently the best option.

          How to Enable WPA2

          For those who are unsure whether they have WPA2, you can log in to the admin panel for your router to check and update these settings. The specific instructions will vary between brands but should be located in your product’s user manual, or easily found on the internet. 

          While you are checking your settings, it is a good time to upgrade your password. These are often generic and can be a target for criminals. Updating your password will support your encryption efforts and should be a mixture of characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. After making any changes you may need to reboot your router and reconnect any devices.

          Other Ways to Secure Your WiFi Network

          In addition to updating your encryption to WPA2 and using strong passwords, there are a few other things you should do to protect your network. Ensure any hardware and software are up to date and only use devices and apps that you trust.

          Try to avoid using open networks which could potentially give someone access to your device, as they may be able to track your online activity at home. Consider turning off your router when not in use, and only share your WiFi password with a select group of people. 

          The Last Word

          When it comes to the security of your WiFi you should never be complacent. Technology changes on a regular basis, and what was once standard may not be the best solution available today. Whether you have no encryption, or outdated WEP or WPA encryption, these should be upgraded to WPA2.

          Complement this with other security measures such as up to date software and hardware, and strong passwords for maximum data protection.

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          5 Travel Destinations for Creative Christmas Holidays https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/5-travel-destinations-for-creative-christmas-holidays/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/5-travel-destinations-for-creative-christmas-holidays/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2019 13:50:05 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22036 It usually seems somewhere at the beginning of winter that there is plenty of time until New Year’s Eve. In fact, time flies fast, and very soon, the most pressing question will be “Where to go on holidays?” Christmas holidays offer great opportunities for all students to go on a trip and celebrate the New ...

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          It usually seems somewhere at the beginning of winter that there is plenty of time until New Year’s Eve. In fact, time flies fast, and very soon, the most pressing question will be “Where to go on holidays?”

          Christmas holidays offer great opportunities for all students to go on a trip and celebrate the New Year in a new interesting place. This is also a great time to reboot and gain strength before the new academic year.

          To refill one’s energy, you need the right place, the right activity, and the right company.

          For those who prefer to plan their holidays in advance, we have gathered the best holiday destinations for every taste and purse.

          Decide with whom you want to spend your holidays, and we will tell you how and where to celebrate Christmas.

          Wander Through the Nice Streets of Wroclaw

          Before Christmas, beautiful and cozy Poland is dressed in festive attire.

          Wroclaw is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with wonderful architecture and beautiful bridges over numerous canals. The city is considered a perfect respite for students. Christmas holidays give students more time to see experience and enjoy culture firsthand by way of spending time in nature and participating in indoor activities.

          Plenty of youngsters reside there. The entertainment is in accordance – here you will find active nightlife, will all kinds of bars and discos. During the Christmas holidays, there is a lot of fun, everybody makes wishes. Some say those are granted soon.

          By the way, if you made a wish to have your coursework written in your letter to Santa Claus, you can just throw it away. Better turn to credible services like EssayPro and have yourself some calm and refreshing holidays’ time! Forget about annoying essays and term paper writing and enjoy your life to the fullest.

          • Ten tips on planning a family vacation to Iceland
          • How to Plan a Family-Friendly Vacation to Iceland (Skogarfoss Water Fall South Iceland)
          • Take a Trip to Iceland the Natural Beauty is Amazing

          Admire the Northern Lights in Reykjavik

          Locals believe that the louder a holiday is celebrated, the happier the year will be.

          In Reykjavik, there is really a lot of noise: music and songs do not stop until morning. Every New Year’s Eve, the main town square becomes the epicenter of all fun. A big fire is lit up here, which serves as a powerful heater, among other functions.

          A few hours after the main event, the salute volleys will stop, but the sky will not darken. It will become only more beautiful thanks to the magnificent northern lights – a spectacle that is worth all the long way to Reykjavik.

          
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          New Years Eve in Istanbul

          Get Away from Trouble on the Yacht

          While everyone passes the last exams, take your closest friends with you and book a yacht for New Year in Turkey or Greece.

          A sailing yacht without a crew is a cheaper option. Another way to save on a dream is to join a cruise or a party on deck: they last for a few hours and cost like common excursions.

          Rent a scooter on the first day of the year and set off on a New Year’s Eve trip to the most beautiful beaches.

          Christmas in Salzburg
          Christmas in Salzburg

          Make a Fairytale Come True in Salzburg

          New Year in Salzburg is a classic winter vacation. Shimmering strings of lights, bunches of Christmas tree toys and large wreaths decorate the city since early December. In any of its alleys, you will feel like in a real Austrian fairytale.

          The Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares are home to some of Europe’s best markets. It’s not just about pretzels and mulled wine, but also about the sense of seclusion that appears in the high mountains.

          On New Year’s Eve, buy Bengali lights in one of the fair houses and spend Christmas night listening to the bells of the Salzburg Cathedral. The next two days are more than enough to get around the historic city center, and after that, you can head to a nearby ski resort.

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          Unrestrained Fun in the Czech Republic

          Czechs know how to have fun and love holidays, so they start celebrations at the beginning of December!

          Traditional Christmas holidays include St. Nicholas Day on December 6, then St. Lucia Day a week later, and later on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

          The city is brightly decorated with garlands, a fair opens on Old Town Square, but the magic is snow on the New Year’s Eve in Prague!

          Wrapping Up

          Traveling is the best way to instill some real New Year’s mood. Give yourself a break and have a holiday.

          Enjoy some good rest and start a new year with renewed energy!

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          Gift Ideas That Procrastinators Should Consider https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/gift-ideas-that-procrastinators-should-consider-bestbuy-sonyxperiaus-ad/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/gift-ideas-that-procrastinators-should-consider-bestbuy-sonyxperiaus-ad/#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2019 22:27:26 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22024 Best Buy sponsored this post. All opinions are my own. Learn more about the featured product here: Sony Xperia 1 Cell Phone I really hate admitting that I’m a procrastinator. The truth is though, I am. For the entire month of December, I’ve seen count-down posts, seen prompts from friends, but I’m still not ready ...

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          Best Buy sponsored this post. All opinions are my own. Learn more about the featured product here: Sony Xperia 1 Cell Phone

          I really hate admitting that I’m a procrastinator. The truth is though, I am. For the entire month of December, I’ve seen count-down posts, seen prompts from friends, but I’m still not ready for Christmas . . . and it’s almost here. The beauty of the internet is that it gives us procrastinators a little bit of grace by providing a way for us to order things quickly, and have them available for pick up in the store.

          1. One gift that immediately comes to mind for a gift is candles. Candles are sold almost anywhere, so a beautiful candle has the ability to warm up any environment and make it cozier.
          2. Books are optimum gifts because with today’s technology you can buy a treasure trove of books with the push of a button. For instance, some ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded almost immediately so there is zero wait time.
          3. Headphones or quality earbuds always come in handy and you can never have too many. This is another item that procrastinators can easily order online and picked up in the store.
          4. Another great gift is a sturdy durable leather tote bag. Many regions in the US have started charging for bags so a tote is useful everyday life or while traveling.
          5. A gift for one’s home like a throw and plush pillows are lovely and unisex items that people will enjoy. No one will ever know you’re a procrastinator, they will think you are a thoughtful person.
          6. Any type of game (including but not limited to board games). Games are great because they bring joy so if it’s a family, community, or solo game it doesn’t matter. The goal is to add joy and laughter into a person’s life.
          7. The last gift that I want to mention is awesome because it’s a cellphone, and I know that a new phone with a great camera and storage is at the top of my list. The Sony Xperia 1 Cell Phone makes a great gift because, for a limited amount of time it’s $200 off and you can purchase the phone online and pick it up in the store, which s a win-win.

          For a limited time, purchase the Sony Xperia 1 Cell Phone and receive $200 off.

          The specifications for the Sony Xperia 1 Cell Phone are below:

          Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

          The octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus and more. Android 9.0 Pie OS

          Compatible with major carriers

          It adapts to you and the way you use your phone, learning your preferences as you go. Your experience gets better over time, and it keeps things running smoother and longer. Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon

          It also works with GSM SIM Kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, AT&T Prepaid, and Simple Mobile. *4G LTE speed

          This Sony Xperia cell phone provides a fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content, and staying connected on social media. 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED touch screen with 3840 x 1644 resolution

          The extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. The 21:9 extended display ensures easier multitasking and immersive viewing. Gorilla Glass 6 resists shocks and scratches. 12.0MP triple-lens camera system

          Offers 21:9 cinema ratio, 4K HDR movie recording, and 2x optical zoom to capture details without losing quality. It also includes an 8.0MP front-facing camera for self-portraits and videos. Motion Eye

          Lets you capture slow-motion videos at up to 960 frames per second for staggering films. BIONZ X image processing engine

          Powerful digital image processing produces even more vivid colors and ensures contrasts are high. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

          Keep your images free from motion blur with SteadyShot image stabilization. 128GB internal memory plus microSD slot

          This cell phone provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand your storage by up to 512GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately). Sony’s audio expertise always by your side

          Hear music as the artist intended with high-resolution audio. The DSEE HX™ improves the quality of low-resolution music files. The smart amplifier delivers a loud, rich sound through the speaker. Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure

          Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone. IP68 rating

          The phone is protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in 4.92′ of static water for up to 30 minutes.

          * SIM card is not included.

          Lastly, please note that this cell phone will not work with Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, or any other CDMA network.

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          Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/do-not-be-afraid-to-ask-for-help/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/do-not-be-afraid-to-ask-for-help/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:53:08 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21990 Welcome to the CleverlyChanging Podcast in this episode we talk about mental health. Our podcast is all about learning how to educate your kids. This is episode 20. Our goal is to provide you with encouragement, insight about African history, and support as a parent and home educator. New episodes are uploaded biweekly. Please remember ...

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          Welcome to the CleverlyChanging Podcast in this episode we talk about mental health. Our podcast is all about learning how to educate your kids. This is episode 20. Our goal is to provide you with encouragement, insight about African history, and support as a parent and home educator. New episodes are uploaded biweekly. Please remember to subscribe and share.

          In this episode we talk about mental health. As adolescents grow there may come a time when they need to speak to a mental healthcare professional.

          Intro (02:06)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          “Little by little fills up the measure.” – Swahili proverb

          Word of the Episode (2:33)

          Abusua means family or clan in Ghana

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:48)

          Talk to your kids. One way that we can help build confidence is by taking the time to listen to our kids. In this episode, we talk to the Cleverly Cultured Kids about confidence.

          Grown Folks Talk – Therapy and Health (7:07)

          As adolescents grow there may come a time when they need to speak to a mental healthcare professional. Having a tough time as a teen is common and is not something they should be ashamed of. Thus, as a parent, it is our responsibility to give them the tools they need to cope with life. Sometimes those tools are beyond our own areas of understanding so find someone that you and your child feel comfortable with.

          Reader Participation

          Learn to Love Math was today’s topic if you have found resources that you love and you have a child that loves math. Please share those resources in the comment section below.

          We Need You To Share This Episode

          The title of this episode is “Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help” right in line with that sentiment is that we need your help as a listener. Please please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

          Listen to and Share Past Episodes

          Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

          Also, you can also follow our social channels:

          Facebook.com/Cleverlychanging
          Instagram.com/Cleverlychanging
          Twitter.com/Cleverlychangin
          Miriam’s shop is at Instagram.com/FrankandHerbs.

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          Win Jersey Boys Tickets at the National Theater https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/win-jersey-boys-tickets-at-the-national-theater/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/win-jersey-boys-tickets-at-the-national-theater/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:41:56 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22014 Jersey Boys Tickets are provided by the National Theater in partnership with Allied Marketing Enter to win tickets Jersey Boys at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, December 17 – January 5. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, December 17th. Watch a video about ...

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          Jersey Boys Tickets are provided by the National Theater in partnership with Allied Marketing

          Enter to win tickets Jersey Boys at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, December 17 – January 5.

          The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, December 17th. Watch a video about the show below and follow #jerseyboystour on IG.

          About the Show (Jersey Boys)

          They were just four guys from Jersey until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again (summary from the playbill).

          Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

          FEATURING THE LEGENDARY TOP TEN HITS:
          “Sherry” • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” • “Walk Like A Man” • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” • “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)”

          This show contains authentic, profane Jersey language.
          Recommended for ages 12 and up.
          Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, including one intermission

          jersey boys at the National Theater in Washington, DC

          Location of the Show

          The giveaway will be over Dec 16, 2019 at 5pm EST.

          Jersey Boys
          Tuesday, December 17 – Sunday, Jan 5.
          National Theatre
          1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
          3rd floor Washington, DC 20004

          Purchase Tickets

          Click here to purchase tickets for the show.
          

          Enter To Win 2 Tickets To See Jersey Boys

          To enter:

          1. Follow my Instagram account (instagram.com/cleverlychanging).
          2. Then leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite live show is.

          Next Upcoming Shows at the National Theater:


          Dec. 17, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020: Jersey Boys
          Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2010: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

          Feb. 11-16, 2020: The King’s Speech
          Mar. 3-8, 2020: Bandstand
          Mar. 27 – Apr. 5, 2020: Sting starring in The Last Ship

          Apr. 7-26, 2020: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
          May 8-17, 2020: Blue Man Group
          July 22 – Aug. 2, 2020: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

          Connect with the Show

          Follow the show’s hashtag across social media outlets:

          #Jersey Boystour @jerseyboysbroadway
           
          National Theatre Social Media Info:

          Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC

          Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC

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          The Tony Evans Study Bible https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-tony-evans-study-bible/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-tony-evans-study-bible/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:55:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=22001 “The Tony Evans Study Bible was provided by Lifeway all of the opinions expressed below are my own and may not reflect the views of the sponsor.” Over the years, I’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. Tony Evans. Growing up my mom use to listen to Dr. Evans on the radio. She always looked forward to ...

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          “The Tony Evans Study Bible was provided by Lifeway all of the opinions expressed below are my own and may not reflect the views of the sponsor.”

          Over the years, I’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. Tony Evans. Growing up my mom use to listen to Dr. Evans on the radio. She always looked forward to his broadcasts because his teachings were biblical and inspirational. I enjoyed listening to the strength of his voice and his ability to teach about complex subjects and make them sound some simplistic. For example, here is one of his messages that really explains “I am” in the Bible. Check out the Youtube Link here: Jesus The Great I Am)

          Study For Oneself

          Therefore, taking the time to study the Bible is important to me because I like to do my own research and know what I believe and why. If a person just listens to his or her pastor once a week without learning and trying to understand the Creator on their own, the information feels somewhat secondhand and not authentic. Hence, I believe spiritual and religious experiences should be genuine and firsthand.

          Unboxing of the Tony Evans Study Bible

          About the Tony Evans Study Bible

          “The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings. These features are strategically placed alongside the biblical text to explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Likewise, applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives that then transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others” (from the publisher).

          Features include:

          • Elegant design
          • Study notes crafted from Tony Evans sermons and writings
          • 40 inspirational articles
          • 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living,”
          • A plethora of “Questions & Answers”
          • Numerous “Hope Words”
          • Over 150 videos of sermons
          • Devotionals
          • Teaching from Dr. Evans
          • Page-edge cross-reference system
          • Black-letter text
          • Presentation page
          • Introductory front matter
          • Special back matter section with key definitions
          • Theological and doctrinal charts
          • Other study helps
          • Concordance
          • Bible reading plan
          • Full-color maps

          The Tony Evans Study Bible is written in the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB) version. Which takes the archaic King James language and leaves the context using modern English. According to the publisher, “The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-changing message and to share it with others.”

          3 Features That Stand Out

          Furthermore, there are three aspects of the Tony Evans Study Bible that I’m drawn to the most:

          1. The medium-sized print is perfect. I’m at the age when I need to wear my glasses regularly, but I don’t wear them as much as I should. When I open the Tony Evans Bible I am able to read the words in the Bible clearly without feeling any strain on my eyes and it’s not so large that I feel like I’m a senior citizen.
          2. There are exclusive messages that provide insight. The Tony Evans Study Bible does a great job of incorporating technology to give the reader an in-depth understanding of the topic. The team who made the Bible really went above and beyond with this feature. I feel like it helps engage a younger audience like myself.
          3. The extra reference features are easy to follow. The Tony Evans Study Bible is unique and helpful because it helps the reader unpack the information that appears in text form. There are definitions, terms, doctrines, bibliography, reading plans, a concordance, and more so the person who purchases this Bible is really getting his or her monies worth.

          Enter to win the Tony Evans Study Bible

          (Contest ends: Dec 16, at 8 am)

          Finally, here’s how the Tony Evans Study Bible can be yours: enter to win this Bible by:

          1. follow me on Instagram (Instagram.com/CleverlyChanging).
          2. Return and leave a comment below (in the comment section) telling me which name you are following under and what your favorite Bible verse is.

          Purchase the Tony Evans Bible

          You can purchase the Bible in most Christian stores, but the website is one of the best places to learn more about it and make your purchase: https://csbtonyevansstudybible.com/

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          Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theater Dec 10 – Dec 15 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/fiddler-on-the-roof-at-the-national-theater-dec-10-dec-15/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/fiddler-on-the-roof-at-the-national-theater-dec-10-dec-15/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:34:04 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21977 Fiddler on the Roof tickets are provided by the National Theater in partnership with Allied Marketing Enter to win tickets Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, December 10 – December 15. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, December 10th. ...

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          Fiddler on the Roof tickets are provided by the National Theater in partnership with Allied Marketing

          Enter to win tickets Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The show runs from Tuesday, December 10 – December 15.

          The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, December 10th. Watch a video about the show below and follow #fiddlertour on IG.

          Fiddler on Broadway Live Performance
          Image source https://www.instagram.com/fiddlerbroadway/

          About the Show (Fiddler on the Roof)

          Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to beloved theatrical masterpiece FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

          Recommended for ages 8 and up.

          Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 55 minutes including one intermission

          Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theater in DC #fiddlerontheroof #fiddlertour2019

          Location of the Show

          The giveaway will be over Dec 9, 2019 at 5pm EST.

          Fiddler on the Roof
          Tuesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 15.
          National Theatre
          1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
          3rd floor Washington, DC 20004

          Purchase Tickets

          Click here to purchase tickets for the show.
          

          Win Tickets

          Next Upcoming Shows at the National Theater:


          Dec. 10-15, 2019: Fiddler on the Roof – Directed by Bartlett Sher
          Dec. 17, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020: Jersey Boys
          Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2010: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

          Feb. 11-16, 2020: The King’s Speech
          Mar. 3-8, 2020: Bandstand
          Mar. 27 – Apr. 5, 2020: Sting starring in The Last Ship

          Apr. 7-26, 2020: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
          May 8-17, 2020: Blue Man Group
          July 22 – Aug. 2, 2020: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

          Connect with the Show

          Follow the show’s hashtag across social media outlets:

          #fiddlertour2019 @fiddlerbroadway
           
          National Theatre Social Media Info:

          Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC

          Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC

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          7 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Great This Winter https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/7-tips-to-help-you-look-and-feel-great-this-winter/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/7-tips-to-help-you-look-and-feel-great-this-winter/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 03:58:57 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21960 This Winter, if you look fabulous you will feel good on the inside too and that is why it is always worthwhile trying to get some tips on how to breeze through the winter months with a smile on your face. One way of helping you to look great this Winter would be to visit ...

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          This Winter, if you look fabulous you will feel good on the inside too and that is why it is always worthwhile trying to get some tips on how to breeze through the winter months with a smile on your face.

          One way of helping you to look great this Winter would be to visit a site like filly flair to choose some clothes and accessories that will show you have style, by the way, you dress.

          Here are suggestions that might just help you look and feel great during this special time of the year when the party season is in full swing.

          Learn all about layers

          There is no getting away from it, you have to be a bit practical with your wardrobe during the winter months but that doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style for the sake of substance.

          The way to look stylish while staying nice and warm is to learn the art of layering.

          It is fair to say that layering is something that is almost universally on-trend every winter and the reason for that is because it works so well.

          You can wear a jacket, a sweater, and even a turtleneck so that you stay warm and if you peel off a few layers when you are inside and away from the cold, everything will look co-ordinated underneath.

          Another tip would be to wear a skirt over a pair of pants rather than opting for a pair of tights.

          Don’t underestimate the boots

          If you are really serious about pulling off a great winter look and feeling good about yourself it would be well worth investing in a stunning pair of boots.

          Boots that extend over your knee can make a real fashion statement and they are practical as well.

          If you get the right pair of boots for your winter collection it can make all the difference to your overall look.

          Nothing fake about a faux accessory

          Faux fur is the only choice, for obvious reasons, and you don’t want to miss out on the impact that can be made when you wear a cool accent piece like a fur collar or a topper that shows you have plenty of winter fashion sense.

          You can have plenty of fun with faux fur and you can be comfortable with your choice when you know that the item you are wearing is ethically acceptable.

          You can’t have enough scarves

          The point about scarves is that you can do so much with them and there are multiple ways to wear this must-have winter fashion accessory.

          If you have a nice selection of different scarves in your winter wardrobe it opens up all sorts of dressing options and whether you have a bold scarf wrapped around your neck or belted on top of your jacket, these are just some of the ways that you can get creative with scarves.

          Feel free to experiment with what works for you and if you have a few scarves in your collection you should be able to find the perfect one to complement the outfit you are wearing for the day ahead.

          Think about your hemline

          It is always a smart idea to check the weather forecast before you decide on your outfit for the day as winter can be unforgiving on your clothes if you don’t dress for the prevailing conditions.

          You know it is probably going to be cold, but if the forecast suggests there will be plenty of rain and you will be battling your way through wet conditions to get to your destination it would be wise to think about tailoring your hemline accordingly.

          It can be so frustrating to look good when you leave the house but arrive with dripping hemlines. You don’t want your hemline to be low enough to the ground to be vulnerable to the wet conditions, so aim to think about a hemline that will keep out of trouble and away from the wet ground.

          Your bag choice could save you

          There are plenty of good reasons why it is important that you think carefully about the bag you are going to choose to go with your outfit.

          You obviously want it to match your outfit and look stylish but practicality is something it would be wise to think about too.

          As already suggested, you might be multi-layering your clothes and the weather might be telling you that plenty of rain is heading your way. You really want your options covered and if you have a bag that can accommodate an umbrella or take one of your layers if you need to remove one that could keep the stress levels down.

          You should be able to find a bag that looks good but is big enough to cope with a change of circumstances or styling, and you will be glad that you did when the winter weather does its best to spoil your day.

          Add a new coat to your winter collection

          You will no doubt be able to find a nice cardigan or two to add to your winter wardrobe and it is also worth trying to see if your budget will stretch to a new coat.

          It goes without saying that investing in a new coat is probably going to be one of your more expensive purchases but you are going to get a lot of use out of it and if you choose a style that will go with a number of different outfits you will not mind the price tag so much when you see how versatile it is.

          A coat for every occasion means you protect your outfit underneath from the winter weather and you will still look stylish no matter how many layers you have on.

          If you want to look and feel good this winter you just need to give your wardrobe a bit of thought and dress for the weather.

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          The Best Black Homeschool Podcasts https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-best-black-homeschool-podcasts/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/the-best-black-homeschool-podcasts/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:06:32 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21932 Podcasts are big these days. People are no longer using analog technology to broadcast their thoughts and opinions. Instead, they are recording their shows online. The topics differ widely. Some are thoughtful discussions, live interviews, or riveting stories with characters. Apple recently shared that there are over 700,000 podcasts, so it can be hard to ...

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          Podcasts are big these days. People are no longer using analog technology to broadcast their thoughts and opinions. Instead, they are recording their shows online. The topics differ widely. Some are thoughtful discussions, live interviews, or riveting stories with characters. Apple recently shared that there are over 700,000 podcasts, so it can be hard to find one that suits your specific needs. As a homeschool mom, I found that I was interested in hearing from other home educators like myself. Finding black homeschool podcasts was a challenge, but I found some good shows that I hope you enjoy. Therefore, I wanted to share my findings with my readers. First on the list is the podcast I created with a friend and the rest are podcasts that I’ve grown to enjoy.

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          Do me a favor and go ahead and pin this post. So other moms and dads across the world can enjoy listening to other parent educators. Not all homeschool exclusively, but most supplement and teach their children lasting life-lessons.

          Educational Homeschool Podcasts

          CleverlyChanging-Podcast-for-parents-and-kids-redefining-American-culture-for-themselve-the-first-episode-discusses-resolutions

          The CleverlyChanging Podcast

          The CleverlyChanging Podcast – The Cleverly Changing Podcast is hosted biweekly by two black homeschool moms who love education and want to provide support to other homeschool families. Bring your children along to listen too. They can meet the Cleverly Cultured Kids. Learn, share, and be inspired.

          The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast

          The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast

          The Brown Mama Blueprint Podcast – This podcast examines the vastness of Black motherhood and womanhood in America. Host Muffy Mendoza shares a wealth of knowledge and interviews with different guests who inspire parents to impact the lives of their children positively.

          Fare of the Free Child

          Fare of the Free Child

          Fare of the Free Child – Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

          Woke Mommy Chatter

          Woke Mommy Chatter

          Woke Mommy Chatter – A podcast for all those socially conscious moms. I’m a black mom, raising black kids in a white world and this podcast is about the funny and not so funny moments that come with being a person of color in today’s world. This is real talk about social issues, black and brown lives, black hair, relationships, mommy’ing toddlers and all the fun that comes with motherhood… all discussed with a twist of color.

          Parenting for Liberation - black homeschool Podcasts

          Parenting for Liberation

          Parenting for Liberation – Their mission is to cultivate resilient and joyful Black families that are doing the healing work to interrupt historical traumas and intergenerational violence, dismantle harmful narratives about the Black family, and create a community that amplifies Black girl magic and Black boy joy.

          Dem Black Mamas

          Dem Black Mamas

          Dem Black Mamas – Dem Black Mamas answers all the questions yo mama won’t! From sex & dream chasing to adulting & raising free Black children in an unfree world, Crystal Tennille Irby, NeKisha Killings, & Thea Monyee, three #BlackMamaCreatives give you all the #BlackMamaMagic your heart can hold.

          Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry

          Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry

          Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry – Welcome to Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry part of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling providing a platform for voices of melaninated and marginalized homeschooling community. Their success, challenges, triumphs, journey, their story, and special niche. Connecting and building a village for the African homeschooling DIASPORA.

          Podcasts by Black Parents

          Mahogany Momology

          Mahogany Momology

          Mahogany Momology – Mahogany Momology, a podcast addressing the concerns and carefree parenting of black motherhood, was released Mother’s Day Weekend 2018 and is available to listeners for subscription on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play music with over 4,500 downloads. Through open dialogue and engaging platforms, Mahogany Momology podcast brings light and conversation to such topics as Re-Establishing Parent Relationships, Living in the Sandwich Generation, The Rise of Gun Ownership, and more. It appeals to African-American mothers ages 25- 44 years old. Their most popular episode featured information on the stress of Black Maternal Healthcare, reaching an audience of over 500 listeners in the US and Europe.

          My favorite episode is Season 2, Episode 29: Mompreneur Spotlight – Alicia Makaye, PhD

          Podcasts by Homeschoolers

          SugarCake - black homeschool Podcast

          SugarCake

          SugarCake – Join Nola and Shay on their weekly podcast. They are animal Loving, vegan eating, planet hugging, unschoolers covering all of this and more. Be prepared to laugh, learn, and be inspired.

          Podcasts For Kids by Black Parents

          The Nod

          The Nod

          The Nod – The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black — in America, and around the world.

          Although this podcast is by black parents, it isn’t about homeschooling, it provides dialog about black experiences. My favorite episode is – A is for Afrocentric.

          The Punies by Kobe Bryant

          The Punies by Kobe Bryant

          The Punies by Kobe Bryant – Introducing The Punies, an eclectic group of neighborhood friends who play sports and take on adventures together. Created by NBA Champion Kobe Bryant and featuring original songs and an unforgettable cast of characters known as The Good Ol’ Gang, each episode shares important life lessons on how to play with joy and limitless imagination, the way sports should be played.

          The podcast is written as stories for kids with a diverse background.

          Archived Black Podcasts (No Longer updated)

          Melanin Taught

          Melanin Taught

          Melanin Taught – A black homeschool mom, trying to navigate, motherhood, child-rearing, caretaking, and wifehood.

          Raising Entrepreneurs Podcast

          Raising Entrepreneurs Podcast

          Raising Entrepreneurs Podcast – (It appears that this podcast is no longer creating new episodes, but there are 87 episodes that you can listen to.)

          Tomeka launched her family’s podcast, “Raising Entrepreneurs: A Parent’s Guide to Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset.” She and her husband wanted to learn from others and share insights and tactics with parents who want to teach their children how to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and become business moguls.

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          I Am Featured in the 2020 Believe Planner https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/i-am-featured-in-the-2020-believe-planner/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/12/i-am-featured-in-the-2020-believe-planner/#respond Sun, 01 Dec 2019 10:38:59 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21914 The link to the 2020 Believe Planner is an affiliate link It’s such a surreal moment to share my own story in a planner that I’ve been purchasing for years. Just like many people, I needed to start making my dreams come true. I met Julian and Christine at their book launch several years ago. ...

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          The link to the 2020 Believe Planner is an affiliate link

          It’s such a surreal moment to share my own story in a planner that I’ve been purchasing for years. Just like many people, I needed to start making my dreams come true. I met Julian and Christine at their book launch several years ago. Looking back, it was one of the first times that I attended an event I heard about on Twitter. The “Whose Shoes Are You Wearing” book launch literally wowed me. Honestly, I had never seen anything like it before. The event was packed, standing room only. There was so much love in the room, I felt loved just being in attendance.

          Julian and Christine authors of the book Whose Shoes Are You Wearing have a new 2020 Planner: the Believe Planner

          Several years later, our lives crossed again and again. What I loved most about our encounters was both Julian and Christine’s ability to uplift others. These ladies are go-getters to the fullest. These sisters are the epitome of what it means to take your success in your own hands and implement it. They take their own life experiences and share full transparent moments for their lives. They invest in helping women understand that when you work hard and identify your purpose, blessings will surely follow.

          2020 Believe Planner

          So here we are, the “Whose Shoes Are You Wearing” ladies gave me an opportunity to be transparent about my own journey. I am undoubtedly walking in my purpose. So ladies and gentlemen get organized and become inspired. This planner is not just a way to write down your goals, dreams, and plans. It’s also a guide to understanding what your purpose is and how to move forward fulfilling it. Get the 2020 Believe Planner here: http://bit.ly/34BTQfL

          Frankly, the 2020 Believe Planner is unique because it’s not just for you to organize your to-do list. It’s a transformational planner that assists in helping you to transform your life. A few years ago, my word for the year was transform. Ever since I lived that year with the desire to transform my life, I intentionally walk in my purpose. Full transparency moment, when you spend this kind of money on a planner, you’re going to use it and try to make the most out of it.

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          College Counselor Jewel Walwyn Talks Planning for the Future https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/college-counselor-jewel-walwyn-talks-planning-for-the-future/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/college-counselor-jewel-walwyn-talks-planning-for-the-future/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:47:07 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21901 In today’s show, we are discussing college readiness with a college counselor who is a new homeschool mom. We find out more about the college admissions process and how to transition homeschoolers into thinking more about life and career goals. Please share this episode with all parents. Intro (00:00) The African proverb for this week’s ...

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          In today’s show, we are discussing college readiness with a college counselor who is a new homeschool mom. We find out more about the college admissions process and how to transition homeschoolers into thinking more about life and career goals. Please share this episode with all parents.

          College Counselor Jewel Walwyn Talks College Planning for the Future | CleverlyChanging Podcast Episode 19

          Intro (00:00)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows (01:12):

          “A person who desires to rise must stay awake.” – Swahili proverb

          Word of the Episode (1:36)

          Akwaaba means welcome. The word comes from the Akan language of Twi.

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (1:57)

          If higher education is important to you, it’s never too early to start planting seeds about college. In this episode, I ask my children questions about college and I share my personal college experience with them.

          Preparing homeschool students for college | The CleverlyChanging Podcast Episode 19 with College Counselor Jewel Walwyn

          Grown Folks Talk With College Counselor Jewel Walwyn (7:52)

          Today’s guest is college counselor Jewel Walwyn. Jewel started counseling middle and high school students over 19 years ago. She is the founder of Walwyn Educational consulting. She knows students, colleges, and the world of college admissions. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Education, she began working as Assistant Director of Admissions at a private college in Virginia. Her years of experience lend to an array of presentations, offering expertise in the college process, testing, financial aid, and scholarships to a variety of audiences.

          Thus, Jewel’s expertise is unparalleled in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas so enjoy our conversation and if you have questions about her services, follow her here:

          Walwyn Educational Consulting offers the following college counseling services: 

          • College Admissions guidance
          • Summer Programs
          • College Tours
          • School Consulting

          Connect with Walwyn Educational Consulting:

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          In addition, do you have college counselor questions for Jewel when we have her on the podcast again? If so, place your questions in the comment section below?

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          Bose Sunglasses Review https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/bose-sunglasses-review/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/bose-sunglasses-review/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 03:21:14 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21863 This bose sunglasses gift review is sponsored by BestBuy. All opinions expressed are my own. Listening to the right upbeat music is a sure way to lift one’s mood. Music is magical and listening to it has gotten easier, especially for those who love a great sound but don’t like headphones or earbuds. Bose Sunglasses ...

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          This bose sunglasses gift review is sponsored by BestBuy. All opinions expressed are my own.

          Listening to the right upbeat music is a sure way to lift one’s mood. Music is magical and listening to it has gotten easier, especially for those who love a great sound but don’t like headphones or earbuds. Bose Sunglasses provide a great way to listen to music without something stuck in your ear, and they also make a great gift.

          “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

          ― Plato

          This summer, I would have loved to have these sunglasses while we went on our family cruise. I loved waking up early in the morning and walking around the ship to exercise and get fresh air while on the upper deck. I normally don’t like having anything in my ears, so the bose frames would have been a great travel accessory. They are comfortable to make carrying around earbuds unnecessary.

          Easy Connecting with Bose Sunglasses

          The Bose Sunglasses were so simple to connect my 11 years old connected them to her phone within minutes of opening the box. It was as simple as finding the app in the app store and downloading Bose Connect. The app itself will conveniently give you a tour of how to connect the frames. Once the user presses the button on the right side of the frames, there is a voice that prompts the user to download the app. Then, after the download is completed just open the app and follow the instructions on the screen

          Surprisingly, bose sunglasses don’t have to be loud and disturb others around you. The high-quality speakers are positioned to direct the sound into your ears and not out to the people around you.

          Bose Frames Are Unisex

          The sleek black matte color is both versatile and stylish. The sunglasses come in three classic styles (large, small, and rondo). The simple styles can work for both me and women.

          Bose Frames are functional

          The best part about using bose frames is that they allow you to control how you listen to music. The sound quality is excellent so you can enjoy your favorite song or podcast while taking a stroll on a sunny day without worrying about something being in your ears. They are comfortable, they even allow you to place the music on a timer, so if you have a meeting you can program the frames to stop just in time.

          • To skip a song just double press the button on the side.
          • To go back and play a song press the button three times.
          • You can even take calls and talk to someone. This was my favorite feature because putting my phone directly to my ear gives me a headache, this headset, allows me to talk hands-free.
          • To turn them off it’s super simple, you just have to flip them upside down for 2 seconds then the on-light will dissipate.
          • The charging cable comes in a small bag that makes it easy to tote around.
          • The total active listening time for Bose Sunglasses is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
          • Play music, take calls and enjoy the sun with UVA/UVB protection.

          Bose Frames Comes With Everything

          You don’t need any extra batteries. It comes with everything you need to make it work except for a cell phone or tablet. The charging cord is included.

          Loss Prevention

          You don’t have to worry about losing the frames because they have a GPS tracking device in them so you can use the app to identify where the frames are. The app has a “Find my Buds” feature to help you avoid losing the glasses. Remember, in order for this feature to be set up, though, you will need to create an account and turn on-location services.

          When do these Bose Sunglasses come in handy?

          • Roadtrips
          • Walking / Hiking
          • Perfect for parents who are waiting while their kids practice or take a class
          • Commuting
          • Hanging out at the beach
          • Cruising on a cruise ship
          • Poolside enjoyment

          What would I change?

          Overall, the sunglasses are great, but I wish that they were transitions because I liked them so much, I wish they were ideal for inside the house too. Connecting the glasses were fairly easy, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the voice commands to work in order to use Siri, but that was probably just a user error.

          Where can you buy them?

          Best Buy

          Bose Sunglasses Review

          Bose Frames Special Features

          • Nothing in or on your ears A new way to listen. Stay connected to the world around you while discreetly listening to music with a revolutionary open-ear audio design.  
          • Sight and sound Bose Frames with patented acoustic chambers and premium lenses are designed for sun and sound.
          • Built-in microphone Make and take clear phone calls, access Siri and your Google Assistant with the seamlessly integrated microphone.
          • Uniformly tinted Bose Frames block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays.
          • Shatter- and scratch-resistant lens Designed to survive life on the go.
          • One-button control Power on and off, accept and reject calls, play and pause music, and access Siri or Google Assistant.
          • One app, complete control The Bose Connect app gives you easy access to everything your product has to offer. Get tips, unlock Bose AR, and personalize your settings so you can spend more time enjoying the music instead of setting it up. Available on iOS and Android.
          • Bose AR-enabled* A first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform that makes astonishing new audio experiences possible. Combining the power of wearable audio products, mobile devices, and integrated apps, Bose AR can augment your world with content for your ears instead of your eyes.

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          Three Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Your Warm-up https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/three-reasons-why-you-should-never-skip-your-warm-up/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/three-reasons-why-you-should-never-skip-your-warm-up/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:44:29 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21852 When you are trying to fit working out into a busy lifestyle, it can be easy to think warm-ups are a bit of a waste of time. After all, it can take a reasonable amount of time to warm up all of your muscles and do a general cardio warm-up, and all of this is ...

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          When you are trying to fit working out into a busy lifestyle, it can be easy to think warm-ups are a bit of a waste of time. After all, it can take a reasonable amount of time to warm up all of your muscles and do a general cardio warm-up, and all of this is time when you aren’t working out at the level you came to do. It can also be easy to think that just replacing a proper warm-up with something less effective (for instance, the walk from your car to the gym) is a good compromise. However, warming up is extremely important, and chances are even if you don’t feel much difference when you skip it, you are risking injury and also not giving yourself a chance to perform at your best.

          Three Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Your Warm-up | exercise tips

          Here are three reasons why you should never talk yourself into skipping a thorough warm-up again:

          1. Preventing Injury

          The most important reason of all of them is that if you don’t have your muscles and cardiovascular system properly warmed up when you start doing any kind of more intense activity, you are risking injury – and also straining your heart. Warming up your muscles and joints makes sure the fibers are ready for the work you’re about to make them do with oxygen and nutrients becoming better available to them. 

          Your joints become better lubricated and more flexible, and your muscle tissue gets warmer, becoming more pliable and elastic, and less easy to injure. If you’re doing cardio, a warm-up lets your heart reach the pace you need to do more intense work at a more gradual rate, which is a lot less stressful for your body. If you skip warm-ups, you can end up risking strains, tears, sprains, and other injuries unnecessarily, which is why all good orthopedics specialists like Yale Medicine, who provide help with rehabilitation for a wide range of orthopedic issues and sports injuries, really stress the importance of making sure your body is prepared for every workout.

          1. Mental Preparation

          Whether you’re just going to do your usual workout by yourself or you’re competing in a sporting event, every workout requires a certain amount of mental preparation to keep you focused and motivated. While a warm-up may feel a bit boring compared with actually doing your favorite sport or working toward your strength goals, it is a perfect chance to focus your mind on what you want to achieve in this session, and on your body and form. If you’re really not in the mood to exercise, a warm-up is also a good way to settle into the session and feel more ready to exercise.

          1. Better Performance

          Even if you aren’t doing anything remotely competitive or tracking things like your speed or the weight you can lift, it is still always motivating to see improvements in what you can do as you progress towards your fitness goals. Going into any activity cold will not allow you to work at your best because you’re forcing your body to warm up at the same time as doing your main exercise. You’ll feel stiffer, less flexible, weaker, and generally like everything is harder work, which can really knock your enthusiasm.

          These are just three of the reasons why you should never skip a warm-up again. Be sure to remember them next time you’re pressed for time and need to work out!

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          The Husqvarna Automower is an Incredible Gift https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/husqvarna-automower-is-an-incredible-gift-automower-automowerfirst/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/husqvarna-automower-is-an-incredible-gift-automower-automowerfirst/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:36:07 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21811 This post is sponsored by Husqvarna. Even if you’re a master at multitasking, whenever you can reasonably delegate a job to someone else, why not? Recently, my husband and I have been wanting to spend more intentional time with each other. He is a hardworking doer, which is a trait that I love about him. ...

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          This post is sponsored by Husqvarna.

          Even if you’re a master at multitasking, whenever you can reasonably delegate a job to someone else, why not? Recently, my husband and I have been wanting to spend more intentional time with each other. He is a hardworking doer, which is a trait that I love about him. But I also realize that my love language is quality time. Instead of begging for more time, I decided to free up some of his time so that we could enjoy more activities together. Ironically, who knew that more time would be afforded by letting a robot cut the grass? The Husqvarna Automower was the answer we needed and is perfect for almost any home with a lot of grass. It’s simple to use, reliable, and quiet.

          Husqvarna Automower Easy Installation

          The Eastern Trucking company came to our home and installed the Husqvarna automower. Installation took about two hours. We set up a time on a date that wasn’t raining and the installer came out and placed guidewire around the perimeter to help the automower learn where and where not to go. The automower doesn’t go across our sidewalk or across our driveaway and it avoids our plants and trees.

          The Husqvarna Automower is Reliable

          We had the Husqvarna Automower 430XH on our property for about 4 months. During that time only once or twice I can recall the automower stopping in the yard and not returning to it’s charging station, but for the most part, it has mowed the lawn without any hassles. With only the touch of a button, we tell the automower when to mow.

          Thankfully, we got the automower right before our vacation season started. The automower was incredible and worked just as we expected when we were away on vacation. In fact, while we were gone it mowed our lawn and kept it short so our neighbors really didn’t even realize that we were away.

          It’s also safe around children and pets. The blade has a cylinder disc underneath the automower. And by keeping the grass manageable, we rarely had a problem with weeds even getting a chance to grow. Typically, we ran the automower at night when our kids were inside. The video above shows how it navigated it’s way on our property.

          Husqvarna Automower Runs Quietly

          The best part about the automower is that it quietly mows the grass. I don’t like noise and for my podcast I do a reasonable amount of recording so it gave me more friend to record even when the grass was being cut. Prior to having the automower I had to schedule recordings when the grass was not being cut. In fact, we often programmed it to run at night and early in the morning. My neighbors didn’t even know that it was running. As a result of the automower being so quiet it to run at any time of the day.

          Surprisingly, the Husqvarna Automower was my husband’s favorite gift this year. I loved it because my husband and I have been able to go on a few more dates, travel more, and enjoy learning more about the technology together. All of this just because he spent less time out in the yard. Overall, I feel like the automower is worth it because it is a gift that will keep giving. So I’d highly recommend to other families.

          The History Behind the Automower

          Husqvarna is The World Leader in Robotic Mowing 

          What does it take to make a robotic mower that can work around the clock to deliver a well-kept lawn in every yard – despite bad weather, complex shapes, steep slopes, narrow passages and other obstacles? 

          We would say, it takes more than 20 years of innovation, testing and refinement. Since 1995 we have been developing the original Husqvarna Automower® into the most proven, reliable and extensive robotic mower range available. 

          Lastly, learn more about Automower® here:

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          How to Get your Homeschooler Ready for College – Ep 18 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/how-to-get-your-homeschooler-ready-for-college/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/how-to-get-your-homeschooler-ready-for-college/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:56:56 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21783 Homeschooling isn’t new and there are parents who are achieving lots of success and fulfillment while teaching their children but what about getting ready for college? If I were to have a an official homeschool mom that I look up to, it would be Eva Wilson. Eva is a Caribbean Blogger and homeschool mom. She ...

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          Homeschooling isn’t new and there are parents who are achieving lots of success and fulfillment while teaching their children but what about getting ready for college? If I were to have a an official homeschool mom that I look up to, it would be Eva Wilson. Eva is a Caribbean Blogger and homeschool mom. She homeschooled her children for about 9 years. While homeschooling she achieved success personally and as an educator. What I’ve always admired most about Eva, as a homeschool mom, is that she seemed so knowledgable, confident, and carefree like she had reached homeschool “zen,” if there is such a thing.

          In today’s discussion, Eva shares how she helped her eldest child go from a homeschool student to a college student. Thank you, Eva, for sharing your candid wisdom on how get a homeschooler ready for college with the CleverlyChanging Podcast audience.

          African American homeschool moms talk about getting your child ready for college

          Intro (00:18)

          The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

          “If the rhythm of the beat changes the dance steps must adapt.” – African Proverb

          Word of the Episode (1:21)

          Maarifa means knowledge in Swahili

          Cleverly Cultured Kids (1:34)

          It’s never too early to start planting seeds about higher education. During our Cleverly Cultured Kids segment, we learn what our children want to do when they are older. Sure, now it’s just a thought, but thoughts are like seeds that need to be planted, nurtured, and watered so that they can grow and blossom.

          We are answering your questions (12:26)

          Questions from our listeners:

          1. Top tips for preparing successfully for college

          About our Guest Eva Wilson Greene

          Eva Greene Wilson is a wife, mother of 3, author, illustrator, graduate of Howard University School of Law, and the owner and editor of SocaMom.com®.

          Eva is known for creating fun videos for brands, having an engaged community, and being a trusted source for information on the Caribbean, blogging, parenting, and education. For the last six years, she has blogged about Caribbean American parenting, working on campaigns for companies such as Wal-Mart, AT&T, and Beaches Resorts.

          She won Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog in the Black Weblog Awards, and she is a 2016 SheKnows/BlogHer Voices of the Year Honoree and presenter in the Long Form Video category. She served as a judge for the awards in 2017.

          twitter: @socamomdc

          facebook: facebook.com/socamomdotcom

          instagram: @socamom

          youtube: youtube.com/evawilson, her daughter’s Youtube “Lemonerdy:” https://lemonerdy.com/web/ and her Youtube page with a friend: https://youtu.be/UtHVgStbU1c

          linkedin:linkedin.com/in/socamom

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          Anancy’s Family Reunion by Eva Wilson purchase the book: https://amzn.to/2QiwCa9

          Reader Participation

          We’d love to hear from you. What questions do you have about transitioning a child from homeschool to college?

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          Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

          Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

          Listen to and Share Past Episodes

          Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

          The CleverlyChanging Homeschool Podcast Past Episodes
          • Episode 17 – Get Your Homeschooler Ready for College
          • Episode 16 – Learn to Love Math
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            Enter to win tickets John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons at the National Theater in Washington, DC. The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 23.

            The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Thursday, November 21st. Watch a video about the show below and follow #latinhistoryformoronson IG.

            About the Show

            Fresh off its Tony-nominated hit Broadway run, Tony Award winner John Leguizamo’s one-man play LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is inspired by the near-total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. Known as modern theatre’s most prolific Latino playwright, Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style. Don’t miss the show The New York Times calls “a surprisingly poignant one-man play that slyly poses sharp and timely questions of what culturally defines American identity and who, in the nationalistic age of Trump, has ‘the right’ to be here.” (from the National Theater)

            Recommended for ages 13 and up. Run time: Approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes, no intermission.

            Location of the Show

            The giveaway will be over Nov 17, 2019 at 3pm EST.

            John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
            Thursday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 23
            National Theatre
            1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
            3rd floor Washington, DC 20004

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            John Leguizamo Latin History for Morons - Giveaway

            Next Upcoming Shows at the National Theater:

            Nov. 21-23, 2019: John Leguizamo – Latin History for Morons
            Nov. 29, 2019: Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries

            Dec. 3-8, 2019: The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
            Dec. 10-15, 2019: Fiddler on the Roof – Directed by Bartlett Sher
            Dec. 17, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020: Jersey Boys
            Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2010: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

            Feb. 11-16, 2020: The King’s Speech
            Mar. 3-8, 2020: Bandstand
            Mar. 27 – Apr. 5, 2020: Sting starring in The Last Ship

            Apr. 7-26, 2020: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
            May 8-17, 2020: Blue Man Group
            July 22 – Aug. 2, 2020: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

            Connect with the Show

            Follow the show’s hashtag across social media outlets:

            #latinhistoryformorons
             
            National Theatre Social Media Info:

            Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC

            Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC

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            To Stress or Not to Stress https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/to-stress-or-not-to-stress/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/to-stress-or-not-to-stress/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:39:01 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21767 There are many things in life that cause a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress. Finances, relationships, illnesses, and even the thought of becoming homeless can weigh heavy on us. Some things we can control, but some may not be up to us. Some people have the ability to lace up their combat boots, make ...

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            There are many things in life that cause a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress. Finances, relationships, illnesses, and even the thought of becoming homeless can weigh heavy on us. Some things we can control, but some may not be up to us. Some people have the ability to lace up their combat boots, make a decision, and fight through it. That’s what you can do if you are considering relocating any time soon. You can get the help you need to make your move less stressful. Consider Allied Moving Company to help you and alleviate some uncertainties in your life. 

            Want Less Stress Avoid Payday Loans

            Society is full of individuals and families that live from paycheck to paycheck. This introduces a stressful cycle of what’s called robbing Peter to pay Paul. A perfect example of this is payday loans. It is all done in an effort to stretch our income to cover all of our bills on time. This leaves many people just paying the minimum amount needed to keep their accounts in good standings. This is one survival strategy that can turn our heads grey before the age of 40, with or without children.

            Don’t work in a stressful environment

            Many of us have jobs that bring us down mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially. We know and understand the importance of being gainfully employed, but how many people do you know that truly love their job? They may love what they do but cannot stand the people they work with. They may like the people they work with but don’t enjoy what they do or the commute getting there. Let’s not forget about the jobs that don’t allow our income and expenses to have an equilibrium. This stress creates a person that is constantly hunting for ways to make extra money or continuously looking for a new job.

            Get Healthcare

            On a more serious note, there are those that live with health issues but don’t have adequate health insurance and tend to worry that they are going to die sooner than later. Most of the time, it’s really difficult to get them to relax or even smile because they are in pain or they are always stressing about their health. Often, they won’t hear or think of applying for a government-assisted medical program, causing their existing health condition to worsen. Thus, lessening their quality of life each day.

            Prioritize and Evaluate Where You Live

            Depending on where you live, it can cause excessive amounts of stress due to the cost of living. Many developed and highly-populated communities have greater cost of living standards. This equates to higher rent or mortgage payments, higher gas prices, and higher utility bills. All of these necessities have the ability to hold our paychecks hostage. This will certainly take away from being able to pay for a much-needed vacation that can rejuvenate our minds and restore our spirit.

            Don’t Sacrifice Your Health For Money

            Most people continue sacrificing their sanity and their health by stressing. Others see life differently and make a decision to move on. Quality of life means different things to different people. Some would like to see their money sitting in their bank account for whatever they need it. Others don’t mind less money in their account as long as they are living comfortably with no worries. In either situation, if moving is part of the plan, it’s never a walk in the park. Moving is always a daunting challenge.

            Keep in mind that moving is one of those things that we can certainly have quite a bit of control over and not allow it to cause high levels of stress. There are certain situations that don’t allow time to prepare, like a natural disaster or a fire. In most cases, we have at least 30 days to prepare for a move. It is best to begin packing as soon as a lease has been signed or when your new home is in escrow. When you’re packing, it can be a fantastic time to purge some of those unwanted things that have accumulated over time. This is also the perfect time to make a reservation for the moving vehicle that suits your needs. With little procrastination and a bit of organization, moving doesn’t have to be as daunting or stressful as most people make it.

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            3 Winter Fashion Trends You Need to Know About Today https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/3-winter-fashion-trends-you-need-to-know-about-today/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/3-winter-fashion-trends-you-need-to-know-about-today/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:44:32 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21721 Another season, another list of fashion trends. While you don’t need to follow the wind wherever it goes, it’s good to at least understand which way it’s blowing. That way, you can figure out what works for your personal style and make the right purchases to accentuate your wardrobe. Some things, of course, never change. ...

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            Another season, another list of fashion trends. While you don’t need to follow the wind wherever it goes, it’s good to at least understand which way it’s blowing. That way, you can figure out what works for your personal style and make the right purchases to accentuate your wardrobe.

            Some things, of course, never change. It is impossible to go wrong with quality clothing and the classics. But at the same time, you don’t want to be boring and only wear stuff that makes you seem trapped in the early 2000s.

            The key is to find the right balance and understand which clothing items are worth the investment and which you should pass on. And, by understanding the following 2020 trends that are taking hold this winter, you will be much more informed about how to proceed.

            Ccokez wearing Asos Baggy Jeans
            On IG as @ccokez and @asos

            1. Bigger Is Better

            Skinny jeans are starting to fizzle out. And for many people, this couldn’t have come sooner. Then again, streetwear fashionistas are now embracing more of a ‘90s style with wider, baggier cuts in everything from jeans to sweatshirts to performance gear. In some ways, this is just the pendulum naturally swinging back in the other direction after years of everyone trying to squeeze their way into smaller and smaller pants.

            And there’s no better time for this to arrive than winter. Even the biggest skinny jean advocates must admit they aren’t the most functional way to dress in, say, the Northeast in January. Baggy is better for anyone trying to stay warm in the cold months ahead — and now they’ll be in style as they brave the elements.

            Adanna from the blog Rattles and Heels
            Adanna from the blog Rattles and Heels

            2. High-Quality Outerwear

            Summer fashion care be quite carefree. Sure, it’s nice to have some high-end linen shirts or designer board shorts. But unless you’re trying to impress CEOs on a yacht or surfing professionally, you just need comfortable, lightweight items that look nice. That is not, however, the case in the winter. If you don’t have some decent outerwear, you will be literally stuck out in the cold.

            Now, higher-quality insulated coats may not be the cheapest items on the rack. But just looking at the figure is foolish. Here, you want to be thinking about value. When you find something great, you will immediately realize exactly what you’re paying for. With better down and rugged construction, the best puffy jackets are warmer, more comfortable and last longer.

            This means that this coat will be with you for many, many years — and is even versatile enough for outdoor activities in low temperatures — as opposed to the bargain-basement options that are likely to tear within a few months and leave (often fake) feathers spilling out.

            African American Blogger Elle wearing the KMillsCollection hot pink top
            Blogger Elle wearing the KMillsCollection hot pink top – Picture from MissAri_Photos

            3. Loud, Bright Colors

            Even in the coldest, grayest months, some color should breakthrough. And in recent months, we have been seeing neon and bright, loud tones everywhere from Fashion Week runways to locker room fashion statement pieces so common across professional sports today. This isn’t exactly new in some spaces, but it is a trend that is peaking and will last through the winter.

            For those not wanting to spend too much on colors that might be out of favor come next summer, the better bet might be to keep it more on the subtle side. Stark oranges, bright pinks and vibrant purples are definitely here to stay, but that highlighter yellow or eye-blinding green might be better left on the shelf.

            Dress to Impress Fashion Trends

            Trends come and go. Yes, you always want to be looking hip and modern, but who really has the excess funds to throw away hundreds of dollars on pieces that will be deemed unwearable six months down the line?

            The key to making a good purchase on clothing is understanding which items will be both fresh now and have staying power. Even though baggier cuts are starting to take over, maybe you should find a happy medium that will last you longer, no matter the whims of fashionistas. Quality in outerwear is a value in and of itself, making this option a purchase you will never regret. And everyone will always need a pop of color here and there, so you will have good accent items for the long term if you choose smartly.

            Just because the temperature is dropping, it doesn’t mean you should stop dressing to impress. Remember: As you head to retailers to find something new, make sure you are investing in looking your very best as well.

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            These 4 Habits Will Increase Your Sustainability https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/these-4-habits-will-increase-your-sustainability/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/these-4-habits-will-increase-your-sustainability/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:42:15 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21716 Can one person really change the world? I believe that one person can, in fact, change the world. It takes the passion of the first person to ignite a spark within others. In fact, every time I think of climate change young Swedish Greta Thornburg comes to mind. While change doesn’t take place alone, one ...

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            Can one person really change the world? I believe that one person can, in fact, change the world. It takes the passion of the first person to ignite a spark within others. In fact, every time I think of climate change young Swedish Greta Thornburg comes to mind. While change doesn’t take place alone, one person can help you release your habits, thoughts, actions etc can make a difference.

            It’s easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about all the work that we need to do to make the planet a healthier, greener and happier place to be. If you are passionate about stopping climate change, cleaning the planet up and reversing as much damage as possible to our planet, then it’s easy to find yourself wondering where on earth you can get started. It may seem like you are fighting a losing battle at times, but the truth is that every small step you take – whether it’s ensuring that your home is more energy-efficient, recycling more paper, reusing your plastic bags, taking a metal straw out with you instead of using plastic ones, making your own compost or going meat-free a couple of days a week, you are making a difference. And, what better place to start than your own home? You may not be able to solve every environmental problem that the planet is facing, but you do have control over how eco-friendly your own environment is. 

            Solar panels are now easily available #saving #solarpower

            #1. Get Solar Panels:

            If you want to not only improve your home but also make investments that you are sure will make it a more environmentally friendly place to be, then getting solar panels is one of the best decisions that you will make. Check out Semper Solaris, the best solar company in Westminster, for a range of different solar panel options to determine which will be the most suitable for your home. In addition to the panels, they also offer the best solar panel installation in Westminster with a service that you can trust and rely on. 

            If you live in the area, then you’ll probably know that solar in Westminster is on the rise – just at it is around the US, with the nation coming fourth around the world for countries that are utilizing more renewable energy, following China, Germany, and Japan. So, there’s certainly no shortage of options out there if you are looking for a solar company in Westminster to help you choose the best panels and ensure a high-quality installation at your home. 

            Once installed, solar panels will generate electricity from the sun for your home, which can be used to power your appliances, lights, and devices. Any surplus energy that you generate can be sold back to the utility companies, meaning that rather than paying a monthly bill for electricity, you’re making money from it instead. 

            Water is good for the mind and body.

            #2. Reduce Your Water Waste:

            Water waste is a bigger problem than many of us realize, and when you have immediate access to running hot or cold water simply by turning the faucet, it becomes all too easy to take it for granted. But, taking steps to use less water – and certainly, waste as little as you can – will not only be cheaper for your home but also have a significant positive effect on the environment. 

            There are many things that you can do to reduce your water waste. Try using a water-saving showerhead when you wash; this will use less water when you are showering but the water pressure will stay the same, so you won’t even notice. If you can, try to keep your showers short and sweet – it may be tempting to take a long, hot shower but just two fewer minutes in there can save a huge ten gallons of water, per shower. And, when you are done, check for any leaky faucets or a leaking shower head – these should be repaired as quickly as possible as over time, this can waste a substantial amount of water that you don’t even notice. 

            There are also several habits around the home that you may not even realize you are doing, which will all contribute to wasted water. For example, if you run the faucet continuously when brushing your teeth, any water that you don’t actually need is just being wasted – instead, keep the faucet switched off until you need it for rinsing or, even better, fill the bowl with a little bit of water to use. And the same goes for washing up – only run the water when you actually need it. 

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            #3. Switch to Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products:

            Keeping your home clean and fresh is a must for most people. But did you know that most of the chemical-laden cleaning products that you use around the home can be harmful to not just the environment, but also to your health? 

            Bleach, kitchen and bathroom sprays, disinfectants, air fresheners, and other cleaning products are common staples in most homes, but they contain chemicals that can do some serious damage when released into the air – and you are breathing these in when you clean, too! And when you rinse off your cleaning cloths and the product goes down the drain, they are going back into the water supply – meaning that your water is going to take more purification in order to be safe to use again. 

            The good news is that there are many other options available, and you don’t have to use harmful chemicals around your home. Bear in mind that many cleaning products today come in plastic bottles too, so if you want to be as eco-conscious as possible then you might want to consider making your own using items that you can find at home, such as white vinegar, lemon juice, or bicarbonate of soda. Or if you’d rather opt for a convenient option, look for eco-friendly cleaning brands which are thankfully becoming increasingly more common today. 

            Recycle and Benefit. #cleanliving

            #4. Reuse and Recycle:

            Today’s culture is one that’s more wasteful than ever before. Compared to our ancestors, we are now wasting more and more and using a record number of one-time-use products. Yes, it may be convenient, but when you see photographs of the plastic and other waste building up in the oceans and on beaches around the world, it becomes clear to see exactly what the price of this convenience is. 

            So, at home, one of the best things that you can do to make your environment as eco-friendly as possible is to reuse and recycle as much as you can. Try to cut down on your paper use – today, smartphones, tablets and computers are a much better option for jotting things down and keeping notes, even if you’re a student – but if you must use paper for any reason, get the most out of it by using both sides and then recycle it when you are done. 

            Don’t forget that recycling doesn’t just mean throwing things in your household’s recycling can and hoping that somebody else deals with it. In fact, although many well-meaning households recycle as much as they can, the sad truth is that most of it still ends up in landfills. So, whenever you can, recycle things yourself! Old clothes can be repurposed into cushions, other textiles for your home or even new cleaning cloths and rags, or if they are still in good condition, donate them to somebody who needs them before you think about throwing them into a recycling can. Bottles can be made into ornaments and vases, or used around your kitchen to hold food ingredients or equipment – there are plenty of great, creative ideas to take advantage of to make your products last longer. 

            What are you doing to make your home more environmentally friendly? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. 

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            How to Write an e-Book and Start Making Money https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/how-to-write-an-e-book-and-start-making-money/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/how-to-write-an-e-book-and-start-making-money/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:50:21 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21710 Have you been wanting to write an e-Book. Personally, it’s been on my to-do list all year. So, I did my research and now I’m sharing my finds with you. It has become commonplace for many people to have more than one source of income and these so-called side hustles can sometimes turn out to ...

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            Have you been wanting to write an e-Book. Personally, it’s been on my to-do list all year. So, I did my research and now I’m sharing my finds with you.

            It has become commonplace for many people to have more than one source of income and these so-called side hustles can sometimes turn out to be a lucrative money-making opportunity that changes your financial situation for the better.

            If you are looking for some creative ways to creative ways to earn extra money fast one of the best ways of doing that would be to harness the power of the internet and use it as a platform for generating cash.

            One idea to consider would be to put your creative talents to work by writing an e-book. Here is a look at how to monetize your ability to craft words in a way that makes others want to buy what you write.

            Follow a proven format

            Even if you have an amazing idea for a story or have an encyclopedic knowledge of a certain subject that qualifies you to write with a degree of authority you will still need to present your chosen subject in a way that is appealing to readers.

            Although the rules for organizing your e-book are fairly flexible it makes a lot of sense to tread a well-trodden path in terms of how you structure your book so that it has a familiarity which readers are comfortable with.

            This means organizing your book into an order that makes sense and then breakdown what you have written into chapters.

            Steps to write an e-Book

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            Make it easy for readers to download

            Another important aspect to consider is how you make your book available to those that want to download a copy.

            The default option is to offer your book for download in a PDF format but you should also consider other file formats such as EPUB (electronic publication) and AZW, which allows Kindle readers to view your work.

            Getting started

            Once you have decided on a topic and know which formats you want to present your e-book to the general public in the next critical step is to do your research and work out a topic that will help you stand out from the crowd.

            It does have to be about something where there is a potential audience to pitch to as the only way you are going to make money from your efforts is to encourage people to buy a copy of your e-book.

            Keep it consistent

            Your book needs to feel like it has an element of structure and flows about it and it would make sense to try and get some feedback at an early stage to see if you are on the right track.

            Avoid deviating from the format and style that you have decided upon as consistency is key to achieving commercial success with your book.

            Publishing and promoting your e-book

            Once you have finished writing your book and you are happy that it is ready to be published you will need to devise a marketing strategy to promote your book.

            Make sure you have a dedicated landing page on your website so that anyone can easily download your publication with a few simple clicks.

            Make the most of social media to promote your book and talk about it regularly on your blog, as you want to spread the word as much as possible.

            If your book proves popular and it starts getting regularly downloaded it will help validate that you have what it takes to earn money from writing an e-book.

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            Questions from Our Listeners Ep 17 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/questions-answered/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/questions-answered/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:45:48 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21698 In this episode we answer some of your questions. Sometimes as parents the best thing we can do for our children is to listen to them. When you sit back and open your ears and let your kids express what’s on their hearts you may hear something endearing, laugh-worthy, or something that will move you ...

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            In this episode we answer some of your questions. Sometimes as parents the best thing we can do for our children is to listen to them. When you sit back and open your ears and let your kids express what’s on their hearts you may hear something endearing, laugh-worthy, or something that will move you into action.

            Answers to your Homeschool Questions on the CleverlyChanging Podcast

            Intro (02:06)

            The African proverb for this week’s podcast goes as follows:

            “Wisdom is like fire, people take it from others.” – Hema Proverb

            Word of the Episode (2:33)

            Shule means school in Swahili

            Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:48)

            Sometimes our kids just want to express themselves and we have to take the time out of our busy schedules to listen.

            We are answering your questions (7:07)

            Questions from our listeners:

            1. Is it possible to homeschool using a full curriculum in less than 5 weekdays?
            2. How do you pick the right curriculum?
            3. Homeschooling vs. Unschooling?
            4. Is it possible to combine homeschooling with working part-time?
            5. Can you split teaching different subjects with both parents?
            6. What are signs that your child is ready to be homeschooled?

            Reader Participation

            Learn to Love Math was today’s topic if you have found resources that you love and you have a child that loves math. Please share those resources in the comment section below.

            We Need You To Share This Podcast

            Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

            Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

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            Madame Tussauds Augmented Reality Experience in DC https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/madame-tussauds-augmented-reality-experience/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/11/madame-tussauds-augmented-reality-experience/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:05:22 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21678 The augmented reality (AR) experience at Madame Tussauds takes visiting the museum to an exciting new level. Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC is one of the first museums to bridge both technology and history lessons together via augmented reality. My family and I were among the first visitors to try out the new AR experience. ...

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            The augmented reality (AR) experience at Madame Tussauds takes visiting the museum to an exciting new level. Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC is one of the first museums to bridge both technology and history lessons together via augmented reality. My family and I were among the first visitors to try out the new AR experience. Augmented reality, feels a lot like virtual reality, and makes learning more accessible, and extraordinary.

            What is Augmented Reality?

            Augmented reality works by projecting virtual images displayed over real-world objects, think of SnapChat filters or Pokemon Go. The display appears immediately on top of the object in the room through a device like smart glasses. Therefore, through the use of AR technology virtual objects and vidoes are displayed with real objects.

            The Augmented Reality Experience

            Upon entering the museum, we put on the augmented reality smart glasses, earbuds, and controllers and explored the museum. When we looked through the lenses a little screen appeared in the upper right-hand corner of the glasses. The first part of the AR experience was a welcome message with Madame Tussaud herself. As we walked from exhibit-to-exhibit we were able to see not only the items in the room but also 3D images, videos and audio about them. The images on the smart glasses shared more information about the items on display. While on the tour, we learned unusual facts of information that people would normally have to read on a placard near the wax figures. We even answered questions, helped historical figures and helped find hidden objects in the room which made learning about the historical figures such as Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King more interesting.

            The Augmented Reality Experience Makes Information More Accessible

            Certainly, visiting Madame Tussauds is an incredible experience, but having an opportunity to learn more through augmented reality makes the information more fun, accessible, and unforgettable. Thanks to the AR technology provided by Richmond-based ARtGlass, instead of just looking at the figurines, the visitor’s experience is interactive. Every visitor that uses the AR technology will be on a guided tour, which makes the walkthrough more like a video game than a trip through the museum.

            AR Changes the Experience

            Although this was my first time visiting Madame Tussauds in Washington DC, I believe the AR experience enhanced visitors’ participation. For instance, a few years ago I visited Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. While there, I felt more like an observer than a participant. What I love about the one in D.C is that the AR made the wax fixures come alive in a unique way. AR gave the figures a voice they wouldn’t have otherwise. As a result, visitors can remember distinct facts about the person in the display or their historical time period.

            Overall, it was a real treat to feel like I had gone back in time and I was able to hear former president Abraham Lincoln’s voice when he said the first few words of the Gettysburg Address. In addition, each of my family members enjoyed trying to find the electronic bug in the room near the exhibit of former president Nixon. However, one of the most memorable parts for me was sitting in the bus seat, in the Rosa Park exhibit, and seeing the bus driver, James Blake, in the smart glasses saying, “Move to the back of the bus.” I could feel the leather on the old bus, and hear the force of his voice.

            CleverlyChanging’s Recommendation

            I would highly recommend Madame Tussauds augmented reality experience for all families. The audio for the AR experience will be available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Remember, when you visit Madame Tussauds, take a few extra minutes to immerse yourself in the new AR experience. AR will undoubtedly make the museum visit feel like an upgrade as you learn more about America’s history.

            Madame Tussauds Augmented Reality Experience
            Madame Tussauds DC is at 1001 F St. NW. Tickets are $18 for general admission to $58 for a platinum package with souvenirs. Call 202-942-7300, or visit www.madametussauds.com/washington-dc.

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            7 Ways to Save Money on Long Distance Trips and Holidays https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/7-ways-to-save-money-on-long-distance-trips-and-holidays/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/7-ways-to-save-money-on-long-distance-trips-and-holidays/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:13:36 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/7-ways-to-save-money-on-long-distance-trips-and-holidays/ Whether you’re travelling abroad by plane, or going on an extended road trip around your country, every long-distance trip comes with a set of expenses that needed to be considered within a well-rounded budget. With so many spending categories to allocate funds towards, it can be easy to overspend or underestimate how much the trip ...

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            Whether you’re travelling abroad by plane, or going on an extended road trip around your country, every long-distance trip comes with a set of expenses that needed to be considered within a well-rounded budget. With so many spending categories to allocate funds towards, it can be easy to overspend or underestimate how much the trip will cost beforehand. On the other hand, it’s also possible to assume that you’ll need much more than you actually will, causing you to overlook some of the options that could have allowed you to save money. Although you may be attracted to the lure of the “money is not an issue” approach, looking for ways to reduce unnecessary expenses without sacrificing the quality of your travel experience is always a worthwhile effort. Here are 7 ways anyone can get more value out of their vacation budget on long distance trips:

            Carefully Compare Flight Tickets

            While some people will choose to drive themselves on road trips, or take a train/bus/boat to their destination, the majority of tourists who go on long distance trips will travel via plane. Thus, it’s only right that we should suggest starting your saving efforts by choosing the most cost-effective flight tickets. As a preliminary step, you could first determine the cheapest time of the year to fly to your chosen destination. For example, the cheapest time to book flights to New York is usually late January to late February. Once you know when you’re going to be flying, you can start comparing exact quotes from different airlines. Some airlines are known for offering cheap flights to certain cities. Building on the previous example, Porter Airlines has established a reputation for providing some of the most affordable flights to New York.

            Take the Naturalist Approach

            The convenience of booking a penthouse suite in a 5-star hotel that’s located in the middle of a downtown district might seem appealing, but how much value are you really getting in return by spending a huge chunk of your budget on a hotel room? There are usually smaller satellite cities and towns that surround major cities and provide much cheaper hospitality rates. To take that concept even further, you could go full naturalist mode and turn your vacation into a camping trip. A campsite is always going to be much cheaper than a hotel room. Plus, you’ll have a chance to truly bond with and experience the destination in all its glory, as opposed to being stuck within the confines of a busy metropolis the entire time.

            Book Accommodations and Reservations Well in Advance (Or, Look for Last Minute Deals)

            The further you book accommodations in advance, the lower the rates will be. This rule of thumb applies to virtually every airline, hotel chain, or other hospitality & travel related company. However, it’s important to note that there’s a point beyond which you won’t obtain any additional discounts. Generally, the sweet spot is about 1-4 months before the departure date. In other words, if you book 6 months in advance, you’ll probably get roughly the same discount percentage as you would if you booked 4 months in advance. Of course, the departure date and time of year will factor into the final price as well. Try to avoid booking less than 2 weeks in advance, as this will usually leave you with the least affordable tickets in the timeline. Another way to get the lowest possible ticket prices is to take advantage of “online only” specials. In rare cases, you may be able to take the opposite approach, landing last-minute deals as passengers and guests abandon their reservations and leave them up for grabs.

            Have Some Local Currency on Hand

            While most of the world has moved on to storing their money in digital forms and using cards and apps for payment processing, the old saying “cash is king” still reigns true in many places on Earth. In fact, if you want to be able to negotiate with local merchants and take advantage of the best deals on local food and entertainment, you might need cash on hand to make that happen. More specifically, try to convert some of your money into the local currency, as that will help you take advantage of the exchange rate and the strength of your home country’s currency. Furthermore, it is common for tourists to be overcharged when spending money in foreign currencies, so dealing in the local currency is the best way to ensure you’re always paying the same price as the locals in every transaction.

            Use Credit Cards with Rewards Programs and Appealing Fee Structures

            Using a credit card to pay for your trip expenses is a great way to keep your bank account balance from dwindling. If you think about it, there’s really no better time to use a credit card than during a vacation or an emergency, as most people reserve their credit for special occasions, investments, or backup funding. However, many credit cards charge foreign transaction fees, so try to use one that doesn’t and which also comes with an appealing travel rewards program.

            Utilize City Passes and Tours

            City passes will provide you with the tickets and reservations needed to see most of a destination’s popular tourist attractions within an all-inclusive package. This approach will usually be more cost-effective than purchasing tickets to each attraction separately, and it will give you a pre-made itinerary. Likewise, scheduling a guided city tour will let you consolidate the bulk of the must-see experiences into a single day of sightseeing. These services and package deals will help you easily organise your trip itinerary without aimlessly wandering around and overspending in the process.

            Opt for Public Transportation

            This might seem like a horrible compromise if you’re from an area where the public transit systems aren’t very desirable, but in most places, it’s really not as bad as it sounds. In fact, in many cities, taking the bus, train, or subway is sometimes the safest, most convenient, and fastest form of travel. When you add up the cost of renting a vehicle or transporting your own vehicle abroad, you’ll save a lot just by opting for a public transit pass of some sort. This approach will also help you get to know the locals by interacting with them en route to your destination. Plus, you’ll avoid the risk of being involved in an accident as a motorist.

            Even the Wealthy Can Benefit from Saving Money

            The term “wealthy” is relative. So, while you might feel like you’re financially comfortable enough to throw caution to the wind when it comes to managing your vacation spending habits, unless you’re actually a multi-millionaire or billionaire, the money you’re spending unnecessarily could probably be better spent or invested elsewhere.

            Even within the context of the same vacation, the money you’re wasting through taking a disorganised or careless approach could be redirected into other purchases that will make the trip more entertaining. For example, instead of spending $1,000 per night on a hotel room, you could be spending that money on a night out on the town.

            Ultimately, having a list of priorities never hurts when you’re traveling, regardless of your income bracket.

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            3 Unique Travel Options That Make the Journey Part of the Destination https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/3-unique-travel-options/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/3-unique-travel-options/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 21:44:43 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21663 Every day, more than 2.7 million people fly in and out of airports throughout the United States. But while air travel may be a popular means of travel for your next vacation, it’s far from your only travel option. If you want to enjoy a unique vacation, don’t head to the airport. Instead, check out these three ...

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            Every day, more than 2.7 million people fly in and out of airports throughout the United States. But while air travel may be a popular means of travel for your next vacation, it’s far from your only travel option. If you want to enjoy a unique vacation, don’t head to the airport. Instead, check out these three unique travel options that can help you make the journey a part of the destination.

            Hopping On a Train is One Travel Option

            Unlike their European counterparts, Americans aren’t quite as addicted to train travel. While North and South America are home to 27 percent of the world’s railway systems, they boast just 1 percent of the world’s train riders. Yet, the U.S. is home to an extensive rail system that can take you to just about any major city. So, the next time you want to travel domestically, consider swapping out that plane ride for a train adventure. While it may take you longer to get to your destination, you’ll see parts of the country you’d likely never see and experience a more leisurely method of travel. And if you’re traveling with family or friends, you’ll enjoy more quality time and memories together that you won’t soon forget.

            Another Option s to Travel on the Water

            Perhaps the most unique adventures are those that take you off the beaten path to far-off corners of the globe. Unfortunately, those corners aren’t always easily accessible. In some cases, they are impossible to get to on your own. The coastal and interior waters of Alaska are one such place. Towering glaciers, unspoiled wilderness and an ocean that’s filled with whales and other wildlife offer an adventure you won’t find anywhere else in the world. But you can’t exactly take your family car or even a family boat to these wild waters.

            Cruises offer a simple, convenient solution to that dilemma. They help you reach remote locations without worrying about driving or flying from place to place. Whether you’re traveling on your own or in a group, you can enjoy all the conveniences of a cruise. But gaze outside a window or bundle up and take to the decks and you’ll experience views you would never be able to see on your own. From wandering the state’s unique cities and towns to exploring its exotic wilderness, there’s an adventurous Alaskan cruise in 2019 for every traveler.

            3 Unique Travel Options That Make the Journey Part of the Destination

            Last is a Good-Old-Fashioned Road Trip

            Before modern interstates made getting from one city to the next fast and easy, highways and backroads made road trips more commonplace. Today, roadside motels and campgrounds have become secondary trips, overshadowed by chain hotels or affordable flights to get travelers to their destinations even faster.

            With this in mind, rediscover the fun of a road trip by hitting the open road, with the aim to take a few extra days to get to where you’re going. Turn the open road into the destination by seeking out forgotten roadside attractions along the way. You can even take this tip to the next level by renting an RV and exploring state and national parks along your route, camping in campgrounds or even boondocking in parking lots.

            Getting Creative with Your Travel Options

            If you’re someone who prefers to hitch a plane ride for any and all vacations, it’s time to break out of your comfort zone. From taking to the rails or sea to see parts of the country you’d never see from a plane or car to getting back to your travel roots with an old-fashioned road trip, you can’t go wrong with these unique travel options.

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            Learning to Love Math Ep 16 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/learn-to-love-math/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/learn-to-love-math/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:17:06 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21652 Math doesn’t have to be hard, in fact some people love math. It also shouldn’t be frustrating but in order to learn with ease, a strong foundation is needed. In today’s episode, we discuss how parents can give their kids a strong foundation and how kids can learn to love math. Intro (00:00) Mathematics had ...

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            Math doesn’t have to be hard, in fact some people love math. It also shouldn’t be frustrating but in order to learn with ease, a strong foundation is needed. In today’s episode, we discuss how parents can give their kids a strong foundation and how kids can learn to love math.

            Learn to Love Math - Episode 16

            Intro (00:00)

            Mathematics had a huge influence on Ancient Africa. In fact, the earliest measuring stick (the Lebombo Bone) that was ever found was found in ancient Kemet. The game mancala gets its origins from Ethiopia. If you want to learn more about mathematics in ancient Africa check out this youtube video Manu Ampim: “Classical African Contributions to the World in Math & Science

            Further reading about Math in Africa:

            Bangura, Abdul Karim. African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers. 

            Gerdas, Paulus. On the History of Mathematics in Africa South of the Sahara.

            Zaslavsky, Claudia. Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Cultures 3rd Edition

            Word of the Episode (2:00)

            Hesabu means math in Swahili

            Cleverly Cultured Kids (2:20)

            For this episode, I sat down and talked with my daughters about their feelings toward math. I enjoy math, but we are at a crossroads with how they feel about it. Of course, I am on a journey to help them have a more positive math experience, so this episode features some tips that we use to help them understand better. Currently, they enjoy Geometry the best because of its practicality.

            Grown Folks Talk about How Kids Can Learn to Love Math (8:44)

            On Episode 16, Miriam and I talk with Brandon Berry, a Professor of Business Management at Frostburg State University and an Academic and Life Coach to teens, he shares tips about math. He also introduces us to his newest online course.

            Motherland Math

            Next, please check out Brandon Berry’s Motherland Math (affiliate) course, which is a math and history resource for grade levels 4 – 12. Your kids will learn to love math by gaining confidence and knowledge at the same time.

            Reader Participation

            Learn to Love Math was today’s topic if you have found resources that you love and you have a child that loves math. Please share those resources in the comment section below.

            We Need You To Share This Podcast

            Brandon Berry guest on the CleverlyChanging Podcast

            Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

            Furthermore, wherever you are listening to this podcast, please leave us a review.

            Listen to and Share Past Episodes

            Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

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            3 Ways to Live a More Fulfilling, Well-Rounded Life https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/3-ways-to-live-a-more-fulfilling-well-rounded-life/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/3-ways-to-live-a-more-fulfilling-well-rounded-life/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:25:39 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21648 Just because you are happy with your life as it is at this moment doesn’t mean that you are truly fulfilled. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had more time for the things you love to do, worrying about whether you are devoting enough time to your family, or found yourself generally feeling as ...

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            Just because you are happy with your life as it is at this moment doesn’t mean that you are truly fulfilled. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had more time for the things you love to do, worrying about whether you are devoting enough time to your family, or found yourself generally feeling as though you could do more, it’s time to start learning how to live a more well-rounded life. Keep reading for three easy tips to help you do just that.

            1. Get Healthy

            You may have heard the saying “healthy body, healthy mind.” And when it comes to living a happy, fulfilling, well-rounded life, this may just be the best tip that you can follow.

            Don’t confuse getting healthy with extreme exercise, weight loss, or dieting. If you decide to lose weight in order to get healthier or you enjoy exercising, that’s not a bad thing. But getting healthy is about more than that. 

            It’s about fueling your body in a way that gives you energy and keeps it running. Regular exercise is proven to help boost your mood, increase your energy, improve your memory, and more. Even a 20-minute walk a few times a week can go a long way toward helping your body, and in turn, your mind, feel good.

            2. Find a Better Work-Life Balance

            No amount of exercise or healthy eating is going to help you feel good if you go off to a job you hate five or more days a week. Far too many people stay in a job that drains their energy and leaves them in a terrible mood by the time they get home. This then spills over into your personal life, leaving you with no energy to do the things you enjoy and no patience for the people you love.

            Of course, a job is necessary if you want to pay bills or put food on the tables. But finding a career that lets you have a better work-life balance means having time for yourself and for your family and friends.

            One great way to achieve a better work-life balance is by becoming your own boss. Starting a business entirely on your own can be a challenge, not to mention a financial risk. Luckily, companies like Amway make it easy to launch your own business, with help for every step of the process. 

            A leader in the direct sales industry, Amway is often accused of being a scam. But, unlike pyramid schemes that only allow so-called “business owners” to make money by bringing in new “business owners,” Amway owners make their money by selling actual products that their customers want and need.

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            3. Never Stop Learning

            Life-long learning is the final key to living a fulfilling, well-rounded life. Whether it’s taking a course at your local college or community center or learning a new skill at home, how you choose to learn is up to you. But no matter what course you choose, you’ll be exercising your brain, boosting your mood, and setting yourself up for success in other areas of your life.

            If you’ve chosen to launch your own business, focusing your learning on skills and topics related to that will not only make you a more capable owner but also help you take control of your own success.

            Living a More Fulfilling, Well-Rounded Life

            Don’t leave your happiness in the hands of someone else, or rely on the way you’ve always lived your life to continue making you happy. If you want to live a fulfilled, well-rounded life, you need to take control by seeking opportunities to learn, finding a better work-life balance, and staying healthy and active.

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            100 Ways to Support Parents Who are Caregivers https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/100-ways-to-support-parents-who-are-caregivers/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/100-ways-to-support-parents-who-are-caregivers/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:53:54 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21627 In many ways, I have been a caregiver for most of my life. Growing up, I lived with my mother who has a chronic illness. Unfortunately, she would go into the hospital for months at a time and I’d have to learn how to take care of the house and go to school on my ...

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            In many ways, I have been a caregiver for most of my life. Growing up, I lived with my mother who has a chronic illness. Unfortunately, she would go into the hospital for months at a time and I’d have to learn how to take care of the house and go to school on my own. Now, as a wife and mother, I have to put the coping skills that I learned as a child into great use.

            Certainly, caregiving is different for every family who has to take on the role. However, it is a role that many of my blogs readers can relate to, whether you’re caring for a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or someone else. One thing for certain is that someone else’s care is all on you. If you are looking for ways that you can support yourself or someone who you love who is a caregiver here are my favorite ways to provide support.

            20 ways parents Who are caregivers can support themselves

            1. Get rest
            2. Eat healthy meals
            3. Pray / meditate
            4. Take 10 deep breaths
            5. Talk to a therapist
            6. Exercise
            7. Go hiking to get fresh air
            8. Take a water aerobics class
            9. Drink organic soothing calming herbal teas
            10. Join a support group
            11. Hire a sitter
            12. Set daily goals, because being protective takes one day at a time
            13. Listen to music that will uplift your spirits
            14. Journal
            15. Ask others to help with a specific request (the bottom of this list can give you ideas)
            16. Visit friends and avoid isolating yourself
            17. Be creative: paint, sew, draw, knit, crochet, etc
            18. Forgive yourself
            19. Be honest if people ask how they can help. Give them specific tasks that they can do for you.
            20. Be willing to allow others to enter into your space.

            Not too long ago, I spoke at the Sickle Cell Consortium in Dallas, TX and I gave a talk entitled, “Caring for the Caregiver: Dealing With Burnout and Guilt.” I received positive feedback, but one parent also asked me, how can we practice self-care while our children living with sickle cell are in the hospital?” The next twenty suggestions come from what came to mind following her question.

            20 ways parents who are caregivers can support themselves while their child is hospitalized

            1. Take an eye mask to the hospital so you can rest while the lights are on
            2. If the parent has left anything from home, offer to bring something they need so they won’t have to leave to go get it. – this suggestion comes from the PHD Mamma.
            3. Snuggle in a cozy soft blanket
            4. Take a pillow from home
            5. Color to help relieve stress
            6. Give yourself permission to vent
            7. Take a digital device to watch your favorite movies
            8. Write down your experience, through poetry, prose, etc. Writing can be a cathartic experience
            9. Bring comfortable shoes to walk around the hospital room
            10. Bring your favorite toiletries like your body wash from home. Familiar things can make you feel more comfortable.
            11. Pack a bag with hospital essentials like shower shoes and comfortable clothes.
            12. If essential oils like peppermint or lavender oil bring them to help calm your mood
            13. Music can be transformative so have a device on hand with your favorite tunes
            14. Bring a game to play, if your kid is able to play with you that’s great, or you can play games on a digital device, but this will be a great source of distraction.
            15. Ask if the hospital has a fitness center if so, go and exercise there to help relieve some of your stress.
            16. Have a notepad and pen to jot down the high points of what the doctor is saying if you are extremely tired it will help you cope and focus.
            17. Don’t feel forced to keep everyone you know informed. Designate one person, who you will tell and they will let others know. If you would before they text people rather than blast it on social media, let them know that up front.
            18. Keep some healthy snacks on hand, that satisfy you and give you energy
            19. Take breaks when you need to, if you’re hungry go to the cafeteria and eat. Step out of the room and take a breather when you need to.
            20. Get to know the staff who will be coming into the room, doctors, nurses, cleaning crew, etc. Feeling more comfortable with people can help you feel more at ease.
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            60 ways others can support parents who are caregivers

            1. Purchase a gift card for a family meal
            2. Give the caregiver a gift card to Starbucks, their favorite restaurant, or grocery store.
            3. Order delivery for the caregiver
            4. Take the caregiver to a restaurant
            5. Offer to do the caregivers weekly meal planning list
            6. Gift a fruit basket or home food delivery service


            7. If your city does boat and dinner cruises, treat the caregiver to a night on the town
            8. Offer to clean a room in the person’s home
            9. Offer to hire a cleaning service that you trust to help clean a room (ie., the kitchen or bathroom)
            10. Vacuum each room in their home
            11. Cut the caregivers grass
            12. Wash the caregiver’s windows
            13. See if simple repair tasks around the house need to be done and oversee the project. (For example, pictures hung, paint a room, clean grout, vacuum their refrigerator coils, gutters, etc.)
            14. Get their home’s dryer and exhaust vents cleaned. Inexpensive, but helpful.
            15. Take the caregiver to a movie
            16. Offer to go dancing
            17. Do a paint and sip night
            18. Have fun and try a live theater show or comedy show
            19. If going outside of the home is an issue, bring the fun into the home and set up a movie night in the home with treats and popcorn.
            20. Offer to go on a walk together to talk in person
            21. Gift the caregiver a massage, facial, or chair massage (some massage therapist will come to a person’s home)
            22. Get a chair massager for the caregivers home
            23. Get the caregiver a foot massager
            24. Buy the caregiver some cozy socks
            25. Hang out and get manicures or pedicures together
            26. Ask if you can give the caregiver a hug, sometimes support is unspoken. Ask before you stop by to visit because your visit could be overwhelming.
            27. Buy the caregiver some comfortable pajamas, loungewear, or comfortable shoes.
            28. Offer to run an errand on the caregiver’s behalf like going grocery shopping,
            29. Perhaps you could assist taking books back to the local library
            30. Assist the caregiver by picking up laundry or dry cleaning
            31. Offer to be a driver for the caregiver; especially for parents who are caregivers that may need to pick up their child from school or an extra-curricular activity
            32. Offer homework assistance for children.
            33. Offer to take the kiddos to the library once a month.
            34. Pay for/sponsor field trips.
            35. Invite them into your home for a home-cooked meal.
            36. Give them paper plates and disposable utensils for those crazy times when doing dishes is so exhausting! – This suggestion comes from my friend whose blog is About Growing Old
            37. Surprise the caregiver for his or her birthday, often the caregiver is looking out for everyone else and may overlook his or her own needs and desires.
            38. Ask if you can assist with washing, folding, and putting away laundry
            39. Offer to watch the kids or the caregiver’s care recipient for a while
            40. Offer to provide dinner to caregivers kids who aren’t sick/in the hospital – This suggestion comes from my friend who has the Opinion Not Fact podcast
            41. Be attentive, if the caregiver reaches out, keep the communication lines open.
            42. Wash the caregiver’s car and get the inside cleaned
            43. Offer to take the car for routine maintenance
            44. If you have the gift of beautifying others, you can offer to do the caregiver’s hair or get someone to come to their home and style it.
            45. Offer to pick up prescriptions from a local pharmacy
            46. Send the caregiver a thoughtful gift (i.e., fruit basket, bracelet, necklace, card, etc)
            47. Call/Facetime to check-in and see how the caregiver is doing
            48. Give the caregiver an audiobook or audiobook list with encouraging books on it.


            49. Text the caregiver something funny, because laughter is good for the soul.
            50. Buy some household essentials like toilet paper and have it delivered to their home – From my friend who writes the blog Moms With Tots
            51. Take a yoga class with the caregiver
            52. Play a board game with caregiver
            53. Take them out for ice cream or dessert
            54. Send the caregiver fresh flowers
            55. Offer to watch the caregiver’s loved while he or she goes to a doctor’s appointment to check up on their own health
            56. Refer a trusted financial advisor who can help get the caregivers financial matters in order
            57. If you know of any local resources that are geared towards caregivers research them to make sure they are legit then share them with the caregiver
            58. If being an assistant is your gift, offer to set up much-needed appointments for the caregiver
            59. Last, but not least, help grant one of the caregiver’s wishes. (For example, offer to pay for the caregiver to take a break/vacation.)
            60. For men: a golf day, massage, movies, or time to enjoy their favorite team game.

            Frankly, most of us will have a friend or loved one who will be a caregiver. Many people don’t want to burden other people with their problems or needs so if you ask if there is something that you can do for them they may not have an answer for you. Friends support their friends. My goal is that this list will encourage you to ask, “Is there anything, I can do to help, and then following up with one or two things from this list that you would feel comfortable doing to ask them specifically, can I _________________.

            For the caregiver, this list may not comprise of everything that you may need done for you, but it’s a helpful start. So, if you don’t know how your friend can assist, this list will give you ideas so that you can feel more comfortable asking for what you need.

            Lastly, a special shot out to all my friends who helped me get my list to 100. After 80, I need some assistance and they all came through.

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            Maryland Gospel Choirs Compete Before Celebrity Judges https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/__trashed-2/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/__trashed-2/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 02:56:46 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21608 Has it been a while since you saw gospel choirs perform? Well, that is changing. According to Detrick Haddon, “Choirs are making a comeback.” The Xfinity 1 Voice Regional Gospel Showcase brought together mainly Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) supporters, media personalities, local churches and others. PG Community College and Xfinity joined forces to give ...

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            Has it been a while since you saw gospel choirs perform? Well, that is changing. According to Detrick Haddon, “Choirs are making a comeback.” The Xfinity 1 Voice Regional Gospel Showcase brought together mainly Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) supporters, media personalities, local churches and others.

            PG Community College and Xfinity joined forces to give back to local Maryland Communities in a big way. For the second annual Xfinity 1 Voice Regional Gospel Showcase 4 local gospel choirs competed for a chance to win $5,000.

            Shamari Stone and Madelyne Woods were the hosts and there were 5 celebrity judges who were encouraging and provided constructive criticism:

            The Center for Performing Arts (CPA) at Prince George’s Community College

            Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, the president of PGCC took the stage and shared with the audience all of the up-to-date amenities that the brand new Center for Performing Arts (CPA) at Prince George’s Community College would have. This event was one of the inaugural events held at the CPA. The state of Maryland and related agencies helped provide $85.7 million dollars to construct and fund the building. The facility has:

            • 173,618 sq ft.
            • it’s the largest building on Prince George’s Community College
            • 3 theaters
            • a dance studios
            • art gallery
            • a conference center
            • and more

            Who were the gospel choirs who competed as contestants?

            The four gospel groups who made the finals were from:

            • First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Hyattsville
            • Fort Washington Baptist Church in Fort Washington
            • Chester L. Burke & Company Ministry in Washington, D.C
            • Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD

            Bowman’s house band played the instrumental music for each of the choir’s who performed. Prior to the big performance, Tim Bowman met with each choir twice and helped them hone their skills.

            The choir who won stood out with their stellar vocals and choreography.

            Other Performances

            In addition to the gospel choirs who competed, the event also featured performances from acclaimed gospel singers Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, Deitrick Haddon and Tim Bowman Jr.

            Comcast’s Commitment

            Comcast is trying to connect with local African American communities. This is just one-way that they are giving back to African American communities.

            The Winner of the Xfinity 1 Voice Regional Gospel Showcase

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            Are You Comfortable Homeschooling Ep 15 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/are-you-comfortable-homeschooling/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/are-you-comfortable-homeschooling/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2019 14:12:06 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21599 This is Elle’s sixth year of homeschooling and Miriam’s third year it has taken some time for them to become comfortable homeschooling. It can take a little time to find your groove within your homeschool and we are here to encourage you along your journey. Our goal is that you will remember that there is ...

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            This is Elle’s sixth year of homeschooling and Miriam’s third year it has taken some time for them to become comfortable homeschooling. It can take a little time to find your groove within your homeschool and we are here to encourage you along your journey. Our goal is that you will remember that there is comfort after the fear subsides.

            CleverlyChanging Homeschool Podcast

            Intro (00:11)

            He who learns, teaches. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

            Word of the Episode (1:18)

            Ukweli means truth in Swahili

            Grown Folks Talk about how to be Comfortable Homeschooling (1:45)

            Furthermore, Mariam and I discuss how we are feeling about our educational choices. Thus, we have a candid conversation about how we teach our kids within our comfort level, but also meet the state guidelines. This is a real discussion about how we found comfort homeschooling our children. After this conversation, we discuss a current news story.

            Homeschool Guidelines of Commar

            In addition, this link will tell you everything you need to know about homeschooling your child in the state of Maryland. The page will share with you all of the MD legal requirements. Visit podcast Episode 14 (the link is below) to learn which curriculum we are using this year.

            We Need You To Share This Podcast

            Also, please tell your friends about our podcast. While we love having a conversation with each other, the podcast will only be able to exist if more people are listening. If you know some who has children, our tips and tricks are beneficial to parents who homeschool and those who are interested in supplementing the education of their children.

            Past Podcast Episodes and Show Notes

            Lastly, if you want to hear more about homeschooling and how we have managed to make it work, please check out our past episodes.

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            Why Women Should Consider Investing in the Stock Market https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/why-women-should-consider-investing-in-the-stock-market/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/why-women-should-consider-investing-in-the-stock-market/#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:23:39 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21588 It is important for women these days to consider investing in the stock market. Opening an account is easy, especially with the prevalence of stock market apps that can be downloaded in seconds. Relying on a monthly salary is still mandatory, but women can earn a lot more if they would start trading or investing.  ...

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            It is important for women these days to consider investing in the stock market. Opening an account is easy, especially with the prevalence of stock market apps that can be downloaded in seconds. Relying on a monthly salary is still mandatory, but women can earn a lot more if they would start trading or investing. 

            There are many stocks that can be purchased for a low price, and there are dedicated websites that list down the best stocks under a dollar. Time is important when investing, and one of the secrets of earning big is to open an account while you are still young. You will be surprised by the returns that you can generate after several years.

            How can you open an account?

            Starting an account to trade at the stock market is easy. All you need to do is to search for the best online brokers using Google, and find out if they have an app that you can download. After downloading the app, you will be asked to finance your account—this will become your purchasing power. After your account has been funded, you can start searching for the best stocks that you can buy to start your investing journey. Make sure to read guides and other reviews online that will give you an idea of which companies you should be investing in.

            What should you do if you don’t have the money for investing?

            If you want to invest but you don’t have money on hand, you can wait for your salary (if you are an employee) and try to set a percentage that will go to your stocks. If you keep on investing in your desired stock, there is a huge chance that the investment you choose would eventually grow. Records have been showing that the stock market keeps on bouncing back, especially when it faces issues along the way. The dipping market is only temporary and it will rise up in a few years.

            If you do not have a job and you still want to open an account to start trading at the stock market, you can start selling your stuff. If you want to sell your car, you can find buyers online who are looking for one. You can also sell your clothes or other items that you are no longer using. The money earned from these transactions should be used exclusively for your investment.

            What should you do after you open an account?

            Once your account has been funded, it is time for you to buy your stocks. There are a lot of blogs online stating which companies offer the best affordable stocks. You should be careful when choosing the company that you want to work with because you might end up losing money. If you did your homework, read a lot of things about the stock market, and you are still unsure of what to do, you can ask the experts and seek advice on where you should be investing your money.

            Should you become a trader or an investor?

            A trader is different from an investor, even if these two terms might sound familiar. The trader works at the stock market with a primary goal in mind—buy the cheapest stocks and sell them for a higher price before the day ends. This role is risky because the market is volatile. However, they can earn huge sums of profit in a split second, especially if they are knowledgeable about their strategies. Investors, on the other hand, will put their money on a company and will wait for years before they decide to touch their investments. This is a great way to earn money with less risk, but the return is small.

            Women have become empowered because of the rights that were given to them. They can freely work anywhere they wish, and they can earn an equal amount of salary. However, based on other studies, women are spending more money. The ballooning expenses might take a toll on their savings. Opening an account in the stock market can be a great way to save their earnings. Aside from the stock market, there are many opportunities that women can grab. They can work as a freelancer or engage in mutual funds. All they need to do is conduct research on what will work the best for their lifestyle.

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            St. Jude and History of Sickle Cell Disease https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/st-jude-and-history-of-sickle-cell-disease/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/10/st-jude-and-history-of-sickle-cell-disease/#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:16:48 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21579 In 1968, fifty-eight years after the first person in the United States was diagnosed with sickle cell disease African-American physician Dr. Rudolph Jackson helped establish the sickle cell program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even today, the hospital remains a leading center for sickle cell care worldwide. In fact, the St. Jude sickle cell ...

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            In 1968, fifty-eight years after the first person in the United States was diagnosed with sickle cell disease African-American physician Dr. Rudolph Jackson helped establish the sickle cell program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even today, the hospital remains a leading center for sickle cell care worldwide. In fact, the St. Jude sickle cell program is named one of 10 Comprehensive Sickle Cell Centers by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

            The History of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

            In 1975, the Congressional Black Caucus along with the National Association of Sickle Cell Disease (now known as the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America) petitioned the U.S. House of Representatives to make September National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In August 1983, their efforts became official when former president Ronald Reagan passed a resolution declaring September National Sickle Cell Awareness month.

            7th Annual National Pan Hellenic Council Call to Service

            Now more than 30 years later St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gathers in Washington, DC during black Caucus week to celebrate the health initiatives that are spearheaded at the hospital. Their effort helps children living worldwide and in African American communities who have complex and life-threatening illnesses. 2019 marked the 7th Annual National Pan Hellenic Council Call to Service Reception.

            The Divine Nine

            At the 7th annual reception, St. Jude Children’s research hospital thanked and honored several community supporters from fraternities and sororities affectionately known as the Divine Nine. These fraternities and sororities raise money throughout the year to help promote research at St. Jude to help families living with sickle cell disease, cancer, and other rare diseases that are treated at the hospital. The members of the Divine Nine have raised millions of dollars to help St. Jude run.

            St. Jude Call to Service reception

            About 40% of the patients seen at St. Jude are African American

            St. Jude Call to Service reception (L-R Quinnes “Q” Parker, Riche Holmes Grant, Richard Snow, T. Espinoza, Kimberlin Wilson-George, and Elle Cole)

            The fraternities and sororities who are member of the divine nine are:

            1. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
            2. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
            3. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
            4. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
            5. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
            6. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
            7. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority inc.
            8. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
            9. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

            Cured of Sickle Cell Disease

            During the night of celebration and education, Kimberlin Wilson-George took the stage and shared her miraculous story about how she was cured of Sickle Cell Disease in 1983 at St. Jude.

            St. Jude was the first institution to cure sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant in the 1980s.

            Consequently, when Kimberlin arrived at St. Jude she was a Leukemia patient who happened to also have sickle cell disease. Kimberlin underwent a bone marrow transplant to target her cancer. However, the procedure also cured her of sickle cell disease and she became the first person in the world cured of sickle cell disease through a bone marrow transplant.  While a bone marrow transplant is a cure, it is not a viable remedy for all sickle cell patients and St. Jude continues to consider and study additional treatments for sickle cell disease.

            St. Jude has one of the largest sickle cell disease programs in the country with more than 800 patients.

            Furthermore, the Call to Service is a gathering that encourages all in the room to continue their commitment to helping St. Jude make children who are suffering from sickle cell disease, cancer, and other rare diseases a priority. At the Call to Service reception, attendees also had an opportunity to give and St. Jude received over $20,000 from participants.

            Make a Difference

            Dare to make a difference! Stand with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and help make a difference in the lives of children living with a devastating diagnosis. “Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has the freedom to focus on what matters most—saving kids regardless of their financial situation.” Learn more about how you can partner and help it fulfill Danny Thomas’ dream for “no child to die in the dawn of life.”

            Support the St. Jude Sickle Cell Disease program

            Donate to St. Jude online: Ways to Help

            Donate to St. Jude phone: 800-805-5856

            Donate to St. Jude by mail: Printable forms

            Questions and concerns: donors@stjude.org 

            Donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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            Stories that Heal – Motivated Mom Talks Recap https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/stories-that-heal-motivated-mom-talks-recap/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/stories-that-heal-motivated-mom-talks-recap/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 02:42:16 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21569 The room was chilly, the air conditioning could be felt on the chairs and tables as guest ate their breakfasts. Some people were dressed up in long dresses, while others were dressed in business casual outfits like rompers or jeans and blouses. LaToyia took the podium to close out the Motivated Mom Retreat. LaToyia was ...

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            The room was chilly, the air conditioning could be felt on the chairs and tables as guest ate their breakfasts. Some people were dressed up in long dresses, while others were dressed in business casual outfits like rompers or jeans and blouses.

            LaToyia took the podium to close out the Motivated Mom Retreat. LaToyia was visibly emotional after a weekend packed full of her biggest supporters.Every day of the Motivated Mom retreat women were supporting each other. Visit my first recap to learn about day 1 and 2.

            The last day of the conference was no different, the motivated mom talks was a portion of the retreat where the moms were able to connect in a different way and tell their stories. Six different moms were chosen to share momories during the Motivated Mom Talks.

            Motivated Mom Talks

            The first mom up, Ariel, from HustleMommies shared a riveting story of triumph over naysayers, and the joys of having a praying grandmother who supported her in life and death. Her grandmother’s words of encouragement are still a source of peace and comfort for her as she continues to work on achieving her dreams.

            Motivated Mom Retreat

            Next up, to share the second motherhood journey of the evening was me. It was a moment I had been looking forward to having for months. I took the stage ready to release my experiences into the atmosphere to help other mothers. My hope would that moms who had a child with chronic illnesses would no longer feel alone like she was going through tough times by herself.

            Each story has a component of sadness; fortunately, every woman didn’t leave us there, they shared their story and their words of affirmation. Side-by-side we stood looking out down into the audience hopeful about our futures. Some women hugged one another. Others smiled from a distance, while others nodded in agreement. When I looked around the room I could the pupils in people’s eyes did the talking. Their gazes were unspoken symbols of support and validation from a sisterhood. Pain is universal regardless of a person’s walk in life.

            My Personal Takeaways From the Motivated Mom talks

            Ariel

            I left telling myself to be kind to elderly mother while I still could enjoy her time and presence here on earth.

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            Elle

            Trust my motherly gut instinct when I feel that something isn’t right.

            Bernetta

            Allow myself to be loved.

            Katherine

            Cherish a partner that will love you even in your darkest moments.

            Tomika

            Advocate for yourself and others

            Tiffany

            Live intentionally and love intensely because no is promised to us.

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            The Motivated Mom Retreat Recap https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/the-motivated-mom-retreat-recap/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/the-motivated-mom-retreat-recap/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 03:45:54 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21537 The Motivated Mom Retreat was all about women supporting other women. LoToyia Dennis, the founder of the Motivated Mom Retreat had a burden on her heart to connect her community together and provide a platform for women to inspire and motivate each other. She took her idea into different cities as a motivated mom tour, ...

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            The Motivated Mom Retreat was all about women supporting other women. LoToyia Dennis, the founder of the Motivated Mom Retreat had a burden on her heart to connect her community together and provide a platform for women to inspire and motivate each other. She took her idea into different cities as a motivated mom tour, then decided to make it a retreat for one weekend throughout the year. This year, the retreat was held in Dallas, TX. The opportunity to talk openly and freely to educated business-minded women was an invaluable experience.

            My niece and I at the Cocktail and Converse party

            While we did tons of learning and networking, more than anything else we took time to heal together. Getting a conference together is no easy task, so congratulations to LoToyia for executing a fantastic conference. For three days September 20, 21, and 22 we made the most of our time together and exchanged numbers, cards, emails, social media handles and invited new people into our circle of friendship.

            Motivated Mom Retreat Day 1

            The first day of the retreat was relaxing. I took the time to go to the spa and enjoyed a chair massage, while my niece got her manicure and pedicure done. The spa was both relaxing and inviting.

            During one of the first sessions, we learned more about Malinda Williams, The Wood and Soul Food, actress that we’ve come to respect and admire over the years. In her interview with LoToyia she discussed her career, motherhood, and her current passions. She is a wife and mom of a 25-year-old son. She owns a Yoga Studio in NJ, and is also a graphic designer and e-commerce business owner.

            One of my favorite events on Friday was movie and Karaoke night. The film was about black Wall Street and how some people in the black community are working together to build businesses that will have a positive impact within their communities.

            Here are pictures of two of the business owners, and you can watch the film here: https://youtu.be/dXm3CwquQXk.

            Motivated Mom Retreat Day 2

            African American blogger Elle Cole, picture taken my Photographer Ari from MissAri_Photos on IG

            Bright and early Saturday morning the Motivated Mom Retreat attendees attended a financial podcast,  fashion show, and five different breakout sessions that were intimate conversations:

            On my plane ride home I was able to read LaToyia’s book, this week I’ll share my review so visit again.

            Elle Cole and LaToyia Dennis
            • The living Room Fireside Chat
            • Next, Habits, Health, and Healing with Sabrina Watkins
            • How to Create Financial Wellness With Prudential
            • Hatch, Leap, Soar with LaToyia Dennis
            • Life after Trauma and Divorce with Shirilyn and Alshante

            Many of the Motivated Mom Retreat attendees also paddle boarded along the canal that was next to the hotel.

            African American Blogger Elle Cole and Dondre Whitfield

            The largest event of the retreat was the Converse and Cocktail party. Dondre Whitfield spoke to the women in the audience and shared his perspective from a dad’s, and growing up fatherless point of view.

            Here were 5 of my key takeaways:

            1. “Every man needs to be the hero in his house and women need to be heard.”
            2. “A grown male looks to be served, but a man looks to be of service.”
            3. There are men in this world that don’t want to covet you, they want to cover you.”
            4. “Don’t go after his profits go after his purpose.”
            5. “Every man needs to be the hero in his house and women need to be heard.”

            Motivated Mom Retreat Day 3

            Blogger Elle Cole, photo by MimiCuteLips

            I shared more about the final day where six moms, including yours truly, shared our stories. You can watch my Strong and Tough Mom Story below.

            Be Yoked Podcast Co-host and Elle Cole

            Overall, the best part of the conference was getting to know new people who I will continue to keep in touch with from years to come.

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            How to Help Sell Your Car for the Best Possible Price https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/how-to-help-sell-your-car-for-the-best-possible-price/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/how-to-help-sell-your-car-for-the-best-possible-price/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:26:10 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21534 Navigating the world of motor sales without getting ripped off or accepting a below-market offer is no easy feat. Buyers always want to get the best deal possible and you need to be able to recognize a bad deal and know when to walk away. With so much at stake, it pays to invest some ...

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            Navigating the world of motor sales without getting ripped off or accepting a below-market offer is no easy feat. Buyers always want to get the best deal possible and you need to be able to recognize a bad deal and know when to walk away.

            With so much at stake, it pays to invest some time and effort (and maybe money) in making your car as valuable to a prospective buyer as possible. There are many things you can do to put yourself in the position to get the maximum possible value from your car. These are some of the ways you can help sell your car for the best possible price.

            Get an Idea of the Car’s Value

            The first thing you need to do before you can meet with buyers is to get a strong idea of how much your car is worth. Without this information, it will impossible to recognize a good price. Research the car’s year and model, as well as the mileage and condition.

            There are other factors that can impact how much the car is worth, including any modifications you have made to the car, the stereo, its crash history, and the number of previous owners. If you have had any extensive mechanical work is undertaken (and have documents to prove it) you may also be able to charge more for your ride. Similarly, if you replaced the wheel rims or other exterior components, these could also nudge the price up.

            Meet the Buyer in Person

            Don’t engage in laptop negotiations. You will only end up wasting your time on people who have no intention of buying your car. These are the people who open negotiations with: “What is your lowest price?”

            If a buyer is interested, they will have no qualms meeting you in a public location to look over the car’s condition and engage in face-to-face negotiations. There is also something about having the car sitting next to you that makes buyers slightly more eager to make a deal, particularly if the car looks clean and well-kept.

            Give It a Makeover

            If your car doesn’t look the part, it won’t sell for the best price. Take the time to clean up your interior and exterior and pull out any dents if possible. You can tackle this yourself if you have the time and energy. If not, you can find a car detailing site where you can get full detail of the interior and exterior.

            Have Your Paperwork Ready

            The buyer will want to see as much of the car’s history as possible. If you want to sell the car for the maximum possible value, you will need to provide evidence of services, oil changes, engine rebuilds, etc. If you really want to demonstrate transparency, you can get a pre-purchase inspection which will either demonstrate your car’s clean bill of health or outline any underlying issues.

            By spending a little time on each of these steps, you can ensure both you and your car are stepping into negotiations in the best possible position, ready to eke out the maximum price a buyer is willing to pay.

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            Starting a New School Year – Episode 14 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/starting-a-new-school-year-episode-14/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/starting-a-new-school-year-episode-14/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:31:04 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21525 A new school year comes with great excitement. In this episode we talk about our hopes and plans for the new school year. Intro (00:15) Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth. — Yoruba proverb Word of the Episode (2:46) Mwanzo means beginning in Swahili Cleverly Cultured Kids ...

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            A new school year comes with great excitement. In this episode we talk about our hopes and plans for the new school year.

            A new school year comes with great excitement. In this episode we talk about our hopes and plans for the new school year. - Cleverly Changing Podcast

            Intro (00:15)

            Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth. — Yoruba proverb

            Word of the Episode (2:46)

            Mwanzo means beginning in Swahili

            Cleverly Cultured Kids (4:15)

            Our daughters discuss how there new school year is going.

            Grown Folks Talk about Homeschooling as a Family (7:05)

            Mariam and I shared our new curriculums and school regiment with the podcast audience.

            Homeschooling Resources

            Here are a few educational homeschool resources that were mentioned during the podcast

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            GIVEAWAY Tickets for Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville – Contest ends Oct 1 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/giveaway-tickets-for-jimmy-buffetts-escape-to-margaritaville-contest-ends-oct-1/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/giveaway-tickets-for-jimmy-buffetts-escape-to-margaritaville-contest-ends-oct-1/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:49:07 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21510 Enter to win tickets Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville at the National Theater in Washington, DC. Contest runs from now until Oct 1, 2019. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Wednesday, October 9th. Watch a video about the show below and follow @buffettmusical on IG. View this post on Instagram Mother, ...

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            Enter to win tickets Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville at the National Theater in Washington, DC. Contest runs from now until Oct 1, 2019.

            The winner will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on Wednesday, October 9th. Watch a video about the show below and follow @buffettmusical on IG.

            About the Show

            Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you. (The official Show Summary)

            Recommended for ages 13 and up. Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 25 minutes, includes intermission.

            Location of the Show

            Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
            Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 13
            National Theatre
            1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
            3rd floor Washington, DC 20004

            http://thenationaldc.com/
            events/category/series/escape-to-margaritaville/

            Purchase Tickets

            Click here to purchase tickets for the show.

            Win Tickets

            Next Upcoming Shows at the National Theater:

            Sept. 24-29, 2019: Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
            Oct. 8-13, 2019: Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
            Oct. 18-19, 2019: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live

            Nov. 12-17, 2019: RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour
            Nov. 21-23, 2019: John Leguizamo – Latin History for Morons
            Nov. 29, 2019: Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries

            Dec. 3-8, 2019: The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
            Dec. 10-15, 2019: Fiddler on the Roof – Directed by Bartlett Sher
            Dec. 17, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020: Jersey Boys
            Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2010: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

            Feb. 11-16, 2020: The King’s Speech
            Mar. 3-8, 2020: Bandstand
            Mar. 27 – Apr. 5, 2020: Sting starring in The Last Ship

            Apr. 7-26, 2020: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
            May 8-17, 2020: Blue Man Group
            July 22 – Aug. 2, 2020: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

            Connect with the Show

            Escape to Margaritaville Info:

            Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – @BuffettMusical
             
            National Theatre Social Media Info:

            Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC

            Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC

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            How to get back to feeling yourself after childbirth https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/how-to-get-back-to-feeling-yourself-after-childbirth/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/how-to-get-back-to-feeling-yourself-after-childbirth/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:17:36 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21506 HOnce a new child has come into the world, your life will fundamentally change – but sometimes, so will how you feel. With postpartum depression, physical changes, and irreversible responsibilities, the effects of childbirth can often leave moms feeling estranged from themselves. While being a mother is one of the most gratifying and rewarding responsibilities ...

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            HOnce a new child has come into the world, your life will fundamentally change – but sometimes, so will how you feel. With postpartum depression, physical changes, and irreversible responsibilities, the effects of childbirth can often leave moms feeling estranged from themselves. While being a mother is one of the most gratifying and rewarding responsibilities to have, it is also one of the most pressured. Here are a few ways to start feeling yourself after such as seismic change in your life.

            Don’t rush to lose weight

            Be kind to your body. Childbirth is one of the most strenuous tasks your body can go through, and so it’s important that you don’t put it through any more stress. Your body needs to have time to repair after going through such a punishing ordeal, and inflicting a calorie deficit on your body isn’t recommended. It is perfectly normal and natural to have a bit of baby weight for a number of months after you have given birth. 

            Know your options

            The process of childbirth can result in some fundamental changes to your body. Sometimes, it benefits our own peace of mind to know we can change these if we so wish. For example, tearing and scarring is an incredibly common result of childbirth, which many new mothers have thoughts about removing once they have healed. Procedures such as vaginoplasty help to reconstruct the area to its state before childbirth. However, experienced practitioners such as Dr. David Ghozland, M.D. are a must when undergoing cosmetic procedures. 

            Talk it out

            As mentioned previously, postpartum affects countless women across the United States. In fact, baby blues affects 80% of new moms in the US, and 15% experience postpartum depression. It’s important to not suffer alone when it comes to this. If you are really struggling with your mental health, be sure to go and chat to your doctor about potential medical solutions and arrange an appointment with a psychologist or counselor. 

            Make time for yourself

            Let’s be realistic: becoming a new mom means a lot of your time will be spent caring for your newborn child. That doesn’t mean, however, that all of your time must be dedicated to your new identity as a mother. Finding time to read, be creative and take up enjoyable exercise is a great way remember who you are as a person. Asking your partner, friend or relative to take care of your little one for an hour or two while you take some time for leisure is perfectly acceptable. Taking a few hours to yourself allows everyone to see the best side of you: one that is relaxed and collected. 

            Becoming a new mom puts enough strain on your life as it is, so don’t place anymore on yourself. When it comes to your physical and mental health, remember to use everything that is at your disposal. There are solutions to any ailments you may have, and so it’s just a matter of reaching out to the right professionals. 

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            4 Ways to Keep Your Child with Sickle Cell Healthy on Vacation https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/4-ways-to-keep-your-child-with-sickle-cell-healthy-on-vacation/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/4-ways-to-keep-your-child-with-sickle-cell-healthy-on-vacation/#respond Tue, 10 Sep 2019 08:34:03 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21490 It’s National Sickle Cell month and I’m back with a new post about raising children with Sickle Cell anemia. When my daughter was little, I heard so many horror stories online that we didn’t do much because I lived in fear. As she grew, I quickly learned that being afraid all of the time was ...

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            It’s National Sickle Cell month and I’m back with a new post about raising children with Sickle Cell anemia. When my daughter was little, I heard so many horror stories online that we didn’t do much because I lived in fear. As she grew, I quickly learned that being afraid all of the time was no way to live. Now we make sure that we have some helpful guidelines in place, but I don’t restrict her. So, if you’re a parent of a child with sickle cell and you’re worried, release the stress. Remember, 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

            So, now that you’re going to live freely and allow your child to do the same how do you actively prepare to keep him or her healthy?

            Get check-ups

            First, get regular check-ups. Even when your child looks and seems OK, the best act of prevention is to check in with a doctor (your child’s primary care physician and hematologist as instructed.) Your doctor may be able to spot something that you might not be aware of. For instance, during one of my daughter’s routine check-ups, the doctors noticed that her blood work was abnormal. Her body was fighting an internal infection that I wasn’t aware of. We were able to monitor her and give her the antibiotics needed.

            Doctors can also give you clearance and reassurance that it’s fine for your child to travel. When you have a child with Sickle Cell Anemia, making sure that your child has enough oxygen can be concerning during a flight. My daughter has taken several flights, the longest flights were about 5.5 hrs. To keep her oxygen levels in check, the days leading up to the trip we made sure that she was well hydrated and well-rested. We also had her keep an empty filtered water bottle with her at all times. She filled it up after security and took it on the flight.

            Stay Hydrated

            I just mentioned that hydration is important for flights, but it’s also important throughout the duration of your trip. Especially while on vacation when you may be mesmerized and occupied by your adventure. Taking a water bottle with you is convenient and can help you manage your child’s water intake, they should need it refilled at least a couple of times a day.

            Rest

            All-nighters on vacation can be tempting, but for our children, it’s not the best idea. Trying to keep their schedule as close to your normal routine is optimal, but if you let him or her go to sleep late, giving them more time to sleep in can be useful. While resting, our bodies replenish cells and repair themselves. According to Healthline “Exercise creates microscopic tears in your muscle tissue. But during rest, cells called fibroblasts repair it. This helps the tissue heal and grow, resulting in stronger muscles.”

            Pack a Safety Kit

            While you’re out and about keep some items with you so if there is an emergency related to sickle cell you won’t need to scramble, everything you need will be right with you. Here’s what should be in the kit:

            1. Filtered Water bottle
            2. Wipes
            3. Cooling towel
            4. A portable blanket
            5. Pain medicine

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            Homeschooling as a Family – Episode 13 https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/homeschooling-as-a-family-episode-13/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/09/homeschooling-as-a-family-episode-13/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:16:49 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21492 This is the first episode of Season 2. I am honored to have my husband as a special guest. He will be discussing homeschooling from a dad’s perspective. Episode 13 of the CleverlyChanging Podcas Intro (00:15) African Proverb – “A single hand cannot nurse a child” Word of the Episode (2:46) Baba means father in ...

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            This is the first episode of Season 2. I am honored to have my husband as a special guest. He will be discussing homeschooling from a dad’s perspective.

            Episode 13 of the CleverlyChanging Podcas

            Intro (00:15)

            African Proverb – “A single hand cannot nurse a child”

            Word of the Episode (2:46)

            Baba means father in Swahili

            Cleverly Cultured Kids (4:15)

            My daughters discuss how their dad assists with their homeschool education. Homeschooling as a family is a way of life for my daughters because they have always been homeschooled. It was great to hear from them about how they see their dad’s role in their education.

            Grown Folks Talk about Homeschooling as a Family(7:05)

            The Dad in the cleverly changing household speaks up and shares his thoughts about homeschooling our children.

            Homeschooling Resources for Maryland

            Here are a few educational homeschool resources in the Maryland area. These are the ones that I personalize utilize or ones that some of my friends are using. 

            Facebook Groups:

            Co-Ops: (these are co-ops I have either visited or spoke to the administrators directly)

            Schools

            Small Intimate School Settings that feel like a homeschool but are not

            Rec Centers:

            Also, all of our cities have a community center with classes. Many offer homeschool classes too. Here is the catalog for Greenbelt’s Rec Center

            PG Counties Recreation Catalog (includes multiple cities) – http://pgparks.com/185/Parks-Recreation

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            Additional directories:

            SoundCloud | Spotify | iHeart Radio | Stitcher | TuneIn

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            How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Every Season https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/how-to-keep-your-pets-safe-in-every-season/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/how-to-keep-your-pets-safe-in-every-season/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:28:17 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21486 Whether you have dogs or cats, your furry friends are part of the family. To keep them safe, healthy and happy, you need to know where potential hazards exist. Here’s how you can take the proper precautions to ensure your pets are safe year-round. Leave Your Pet Indoors First, leave your pet indoors when you go out. ...

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            Whether you have dogs or cats, your furry friends are part of the family. To keep them safe, healthy and happy, you need to know where potential hazards exist. Here’s how you can take the proper precautions to ensure your pets are safe year-round.

            Leave Your Pet Indoors

            First, leave your pet indoors when you go out. It doesn’t matter whether you expect to be gone for an hour or all day, left to their own devices, pets can get themselves in trouble. Interactive toys will help keep their minds occupied, but don’t hesitate to crate your dog or cat as needed. You can also confine your pet in a pen or gate them into a safe room.

            Secure Windows

            Ideally, the windows should be closed or covered with screens. Pets can fall out of unscreened windows, and even screened ones provide little protection. Windows screens, especially adjustable ones, can pop out with enough pressure, putting your dog or cat at risk

            Remember the Right Temperature

            In the summer months, heat exhaustion and dehydration are very real threats, says the ASPCA. Keep pets safe and cool by setting the right temperature in your house. Some pets, such as those with flat faces (e.g., English bulldogs, Persian cats), cannot pant very well, so cooling down naturally is a challenge. Older pets and those that are overweight also have a similar issue. You can turn your air conditioner down, but you should never turn it off while you are out of the house. It could get too hot for your dog or cat.

            In the winter months, you could turn the heat down, but remember to keep your pets’ cold tolerance and physical limits in mind. A good rule of thumb is that if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them.

            Protect Them From Bugs

            If you have pets, you need to make sure that you protect your dogs or cats from bugs. Ticks and fleas plague furry animals and they can cause serious health complications. Keeping the grass on your lawn cut short will help, but you may want to use some type of chemical protection. Talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.

            Know What Is Toxic

            Don’t think you can spray an insecticide on the lawn and your pet will be safe from bugs. It doesn’t work that way. The wrong lawn chemicals can irritate paws, but you should also make an effort to understand other items that could be toxic to your pets. Antifreeze puddles on the ground can be a problem, as can sunscreen. Certain plants, such as rhododendrons and azaleas, can cause problems too.

            Keep an Eye on Your Furry Friend

            Finally, consider keeping an eye on your pets from wherever you are with a home security camera system. If you have a doggie door, an outdoor camera is essential to make sure your dog or cat don’t hurt themselves out there and that they are able to get back inside. However, you may want to have a camera inside the house too so you can check in on your furry friend from time to time.

            Keeping Your Pets Safe All Year Long

            Keep your pets safe all year long by understanding the threats they face. Leave your pet secured indoors whenever you leave and crate or confine them as necessary for their own safety. Also, secure the windows and keep the temperature in your home set to a comfortable level. Take steps to protect your furry friends from bugs as well as toxic materials. If you leave your pet alone often or for a longer period of time, consider adding a camera in your home so you can make sure your dog or cat is safe.

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            3 New Hobbies Which Can Save You Money, Too https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/3-new-hobbies-which-can-save-you-money-too/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/3-new-hobbies-which-can-save-you-money-too/#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2019 02:36:00 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21477 It’s important for anyone to have a suitable avenue to express their creative side during their downtime, or spend their spare hours pursuing a pastime which offers a personal reward – but why not also make your hobby a way to save money, too? Investing in a beneficial hobby can have value for your peace ...

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            It’s important for anyone to have a suitable avenue to express their creative side during their downtime, or spend their spare hours pursuing a pastime which offers a personal reward – but why not also make your hobby a way to save money, too? Investing in a beneficial hobby can have value for your peace of mind and also your bank as well.

            Furniture Restoration
            • Furniture Restoration 

            Whether you’re a busy working parent, a couple or a single individual, furniture will always be a necessity for your home. Especially when first moving into a place or choosing to redecorate, buying new furniture can become very expensive, especially if you need to provide it for every room. 

            Furniture restoration and upcycling can be a very worthwhile hobby – not only because it’s creative, hands-on and fun to do, but because it can provide your home with some very unique furniture items without the high price tag. 

            Consider seeking out secondhand furniture from charity stores or yard sales and giving them a new lease of life – this could mean a new coat of paint, varnish or simply installing new handles. Transforming an old piece of furniture can look like new, and not cost a fortune. 

            If you’re adept enough at this hobby over time, it’s also a viable sideline business opportunity, too – you could make money from selling your creations if people like your furniture. 

            • Sewing

            Being able to sew is a valuable skill to have, and can offer hours of pleasurable pastime as well as allowing you to save money on certain items. Investing in sewing machines from companies such as Gold Star Tools means you have the best machine suited for any job. Sewing allows you to purchase cheaper material to make your own clothes if you would like a hobby more tailored around the fashion side of things, or you can opt for using your sewing machine for creating much-needed items for your home, such as new curtains or cushion covers for the couch. 

            This means you can avoid the high price tag on high street material – especially when it comes to curtains – and also means you have a personalized item in the home which you can be proud of, knowing that you made it yourself.

            • Cooking

            Some people enjoy cooking, and some people don’t – but experimenting with cooking as a hobby can be very beneficial to your everyday life, especially if you’re feeding a growing family. Learning to cook better means that you will have more knowledge over cheaper and healthier ingredients, and better creations which can be made to save you time and money with your food shopping. 

            Cooking as a hobby can also allow you to experiment with recipes you may never have tried before, and gives you the chance to test new flavors before incorporating them into your everyday meal plans. Improving your cooking skills means you can avoid the prices of ready meals, takeout food, and expensive ingredients.

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            Long-Lasting Wedding Trends to Help You Save & Dodge Wedding Debt https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/long-lasting-wedding-trends-to-help-you-save-dodge-wedding-debt/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/08/long-lasting-wedding-trends-to-help-you-save-dodge-wedding-debt/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:09:05 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21471 ​Falling in love — and then making it official — isn’t cheap. Case in point: In 2018, the national average cost of a wedding was more than $33,000. Take a breath, though, because it’s not impossible to plan a dream wedding that falls below a steep $30,000-plus price tag. With the following unique cost-effective ideas, ...

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            ​Falling in love — and then making it official — isn’t cheap. Case in point: In 2018, the national average cost of a wedding was more than $33,000.

            Take a breath, though, because it’s not impossible to plan a dream wedding that falls below a steep $30,000-plus price tag. With the following unique cost-effective ideas, you can start to plan a wedding that’s perfect for you — and your finances.

            Make It About You Two

            Not only is it expensive to be a bridesmaid or groomsman — it’s just as costly to have bridesmaids and groomsmen as part of your special day. If a wedding party seems non-negotiable, though, consider calculating all wedding party purchases, which includes everything from thank you gifts and setting up a head table to bouquets and boutonnieres. You’ll also be doing a favor to your friends and family who would be obligated to pay for a dress or tux, accessories, shoes and hair/makeup.

            From Trendy Tool to Necessity

            Ask any guest and they’ll tell you having a dedicated wedding website, which are often free to create and where they can easily access vital wedding-related information, is essential for planning purposes.

            In fact, these websites are perfect for sharing your love story and engagement photos. Not only that, but they also serve as an informative platform where guests can conveniently find times, addresses, travel plans, dress code, registries, local restaurants/activities for out-of-towners and other details in one virtual location.

            Rather Than a Wedding Cake

            Donut walls. Cupcakes. Ice cream sundae bars. Mini cheesecakes and cake pops. Adorning the dessert table with these typically less-expensive sweets in lieu of a wedding cake isn’t uncommon these days. Martha Stewart Weddings offers even more unique wedding cake alternatives that are friendly to the wallet and sweet to the palate: waffle or pancake “cake” with berries and whipped cream (flavored syrups on the side), cookie or macaroon towers, churro stack or even a homemade pie potluck.

            To stay within the wedding budget, trim down the list by looking out for “why bothers."

            The Simplicity Theme

            To stay within the wedding budget, trim down the list by looking out for “why bothers.” Extras quickly add up, so ask yourself, “Is this necessary?” “Will this make the party that much better for our guests?” Wedding reception non-essentials could be a:

            • Photo booth
            • Patio furniture or games
            • A late-night dessert or snack food truck
            • Dance floor special effects
            • Signage
            • Favors
            • Getaway car

            Oftentimes, guests won’t even notice the presence or absence of certain wedding “must-haves,” so ditch the pressure to have it all.

            Think Long Term

            It’s easy to swipe now or write a check, but how will far will these purchases set you back? Do you want to begin your new journey together with thousands of dollars in debt? Pinterest boards and beautiful accents posted in bridal blogs are tempting, but remember the multibillion-dollar wedding industry has a reputation for being financially predatory.

            Staying within budget while planning for one of the biggest and best days of your life can be overwhelming. During moments of struggle, keep the long term in mind to stay debt- and regret-free.

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            Please Join me For the Motivated Mom Retreat Sept 20-22 #PruEmpowersMoms https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/please-join-me-for-the-motivated-mom-retreat-sept-20-22-pruempowersmoms-bcbstxmom-motivatedmom-momswhoretreat/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/please-join-me-for-the-motivated-mom-retreat-sept-20-22-pruempowersmoms-bcbstxmom-motivatedmom-momswhoretreat/#respond Thu, 01 Aug 2019 03:04:50 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21459 If you could take a relaxing vacation, get pampered for several days, and be inspired by others, would you make time to enjoy yourself? The Motivated Mom Retreat provides just that, an opportunity to learn and unwind and practice selfcare. If you meet me in person, you’ll hear me talking about my kids. I love ...

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            If you could take a relaxing vacation, get pampered for several days, and be inspired by others, would you make time to enjoy yourself? The Motivated Mom Retreat provides just that, an opportunity to learn and unwind and practice selfcare.

            Elle Cole Motivated Mom Retreat Speaker

            If you meet me in person, you’ll hear me talking about my kids. I love being a mom, so talking about my daughters is hard not to do. Motherhood is very important to me and my journey as a parent of twin girls has had its ups and downs. On September 20th-22nd 2019 I will have the privilege of heading to in Irving, TX to share my story at the Motivated Mom Retreat.

            I’m excited about the opportunity to talk to mothers about how my past has pushed me to find my purpose. Motherhood has truly helped me identify my passion and also helped me to focus on what I want my legacy to be.

            Why You Should Join Us

            Of course, I’d love to see you when I look out into the audience, but more importantly, I think it’s time for you to have a quiet retreat where you can rest, meet new people, and enjoy yourself. Here is what the retreat offers:

            Two days full of fabulous fun, inspiration, relaxation, motivation, and pampering for Moms.

            During these two days, you will learn how to:

            · Live a more intentional life

            · Build better relationships with yourself, mate, kids and community

            · Invest in self-care without guilt

            · Budget and build wealth based on your family’s current income

            · Identify your passion and life’s purpose

            · Establishing healthy eating and exercise habits

            · Be more engaged in your child’s education

            · And much more!

            Preliminary Schedule:

            Friday, September 20th

            * Opening General Session

            * Spa Treatments

            * Pool Party

            * Welcome Dinner

            * Surprise Activity

            Saturday, September 21st

            * Breakfast + Sponsored General Sessions

            * Surprise Activity

            * Fashion Show + Sponsored General Session

            * Converse + Cocktail Dress Soiree

            Sunday, September 22nd

            * Closing Brunch + General Session

            * Spa Treatments

            About the Founder of the Retreat

            It’s an honor to be one of the 6 ladies chosen to share my story with others. LaToyia Dennis is the Founder of the Motivated Mom Retreat. LaToyia is a visionary who has created a platform for women to encourage others. She wears many hats, like many moms I know and is also the Executive Director of A Chance to Learn Foundation.

            LaToyia Dennis

            Limited Discount

            Motivated Mom Retreat Link

            Use “MomsRock” discount code through August
            15th

            Sign Up Here

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            Business Loans Vs. Credit Cards – Make the Right Choice https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/%ef%bb%bfbusiness-loans-vs-credit-cards-make-the-right-choice/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/%ef%bb%bfbusiness-loans-vs-credit-cards-make-the-right-choice/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 21:28:31 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21456 The most popular methods of financing a business include business loans and credit cards. There are several factors that business owners need to consider when it comes to deciding whether they should or shouldn’t get a small-business loan or a business credit card to meet the financing needs of their project. These factors include how ...

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            The most popular methods of financing a business include business loans and credit cards. There are several factors that business owners need to consider when it comes to deciding whether they should or shouldn’t get a small-business loan or a business credit card to meet the financing needs of their project. These factors include how the business owner plans to use the proceeds, their credit score, and how strong their business finances are. If you are a business owner and you aren’t sure which financing method to go with, then here is a comparison, including the pros and cons of both options, to help ensure you make the right choice. 

            Pros of a Business Loan

            If you require a high amount of money, then a loan is usually the better option. Small-business loans are ideal for owners looking to expand. This can be done through buying and renovating real estate, purchasing equipment, refinancing debt or financing inventory. Business loan solutions usually cost less than a credit card and there are also long repayment terms available. Compare your options at Become.co.

            Cons of a Business Loan

            The length of time it takes to get funding is one of the cons of a business loan. The time it takes to receive the loan depends solely on the lender. It can also be harder to qualify for a business loan compared to a credit card. You need to have good collateral and business or personal credit. You may need a down payment for larger loans.

            Pros of a Credit Card

            Just like a regular credit card, a business credit card can offer cash back and other rewards on purchases. Some companies offer 0% interest promotions. This means that if you pay off the loan in a certain time frame, you won’t owe any interest. Unlike a loan, you won’t require collateral for a credit card and you can build your business’s credit. It is also easier to track your business’s expenses. 

            Cons of a Credit Card

            If you need a large amount of money, your credit could be negatively affected. Fees, such as late payment fees, annual fees and cash advance fees (to name a few) can be high and should be something you look out for. Interest rates are also something to look out for, as they aren’t set like a loan, so can change. Although collateral isn’t required, you may need a personal guarantee, which will make you personally liable for any debt that goes unpaid. 

            What is Best for You?

            To summarize, small-business loans are the perfect choice for someone who is looking at refinancing an existing debt, purchasing equipment or real estate or making any type of large investment, because a loan provides a larger sum of money. On the other hand, a credit card is normally better for people who want to finance working capital and ongoing expenses. They are usually more flexible and you tend to only pay interest on the money you borrow. 

            Now it has all been laid out, hopefully your decision will be easier to make. You need to know what you want the money for before you make the commitment. With the right planning and organization, making the right choice should be clear. 

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            5 Simple Tips for Fitness Success https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/%ef%bb%bf5-simple-tips-for-fitness-success/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/%ef%bb%bf5-simple-tips-for-fitness-success/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:00:54 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21452 If you’ve noticed a decline in your physical health, now may be the perfect time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Taking the forward step to getting in shape can not only make you look great but feel great too. If you’re wondering where to start, here are five simple tips for fitness success, ...

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            If you’ve noticed a decline in your physical health, now may be the perfect time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Taking the forward step to getting in shape can not only make you look great but feel great too. If you’re wondering where to start, here are five simple tips for fitness success, helping you to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

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            Exercise Daily

            Once you begin exercising, it’s important to stick to it. Even taking just 30 minutes out your day to do some exercise can make the world of difference. No one is saying you have to push yourself to the limits, especially at the beginning! Whether you enjoy walking, running, or playing a sport, there are so many things you can do to be more active. If you’re into sports like roller skating, it’s important you have the best roller skates to wear to get the most out of your activity.

            Eat the Right Foods

            No matter how much you’re craving a bar of chocolate or a sugary snack, it’s important to stick to a healthy balanced diet. Even if you have just one candy bar, it can soon lead to another without you even realizing. It’s best to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible, helping to get you into shape. Also, make sure you’re eating lean meats like chicken and turkey as they’re full of protein and will give you the energy you need for your workout.

            Keep Track of Calories

            Monitoring how many calories you consume each day is crucial. If you aren’t keeping track of what you’re putting into your body, it can be all too easy to put on the pounds without even noticing. You may benefit from creating a food diary that will allow you to outline everything you eat. Once you’ve identified your diet, you can make small but significant changes which can help you lead a healthier lifestyle. There are apps you can use such as MyFitnessPal to help breakdown ingredients and keep track of your calorie intake.

            Get a Good Night’s Sleep

            If you aren’t getting enough sleep, the thought of exercise will be the last thing on your mind. To wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a workout, it’s crucial that you get between six to eight hours of sleep each night. Giving your body the time it needs to recharge is essential. If you’re struggling with getting enough shuteye, there are lots of tips that you can use to help with your sleeping pattern.

            Stay Motivated

            Most importantly, you need to stay motivated in order to see any results with your fitness regime. Maintaining a positive mindset can do wonders, so to avoid falling at the first hurdle, make sure to create a list of goals you want to achieve to keep you on track. Pushing your body and doing things out of your comfort zone can be incredibly rewarding, and help you lose weight too.

            Many people have worries and concerns before starting their fitness journey. If you’re hesitant to get going, try and think of all the positive benefits you will receive from regular exercise. You may also want to reach out to friends and family who can join you on your fitness challenge, giving you the confidence you need to succeed.

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            When Does it Make Sense to Refinance Your Car? #FinanceFriday https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/when-does-it-make-sense-to-refinance-your-car-financefriday/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/when-does-it-make-sense-to-refinance-your-car-financefriday/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:55:40 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21446 The car buying experience is one fraught with irritation for many people. As a result, they tend to look at it as something they have to do every five years or so, without giving it another thought in between.  This could be a mistake.  Those people might be missing an opportunity to save money by ...

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            The car buying experience is one fraught with irritation for many people. As a result, they tend to look at it as something they have to do every five years or so, without giving it another thought in between. 

            This could be a mistake. 

            Those people might be missing an opportunity to save money by refinancing their cars. The loan they signed at the dealership could be far more expensive than another one for a number of reasons. 

            Here’s when it makes sense to refinance your car.

            Refinance Your Car, This is How Refinan Works

            Simply put, you’ll take out a new loan to pay off the existing one. Just like your original loan, it’s secured by the title to the car and you’ll pay it off the same way. However, if done properly, refinancing your car loan could make it a lot more affordable. You might find a lower interest rate than the one you currently have, or you could extend the loan term to make your payments more affordable — though you do need to be more careful with that one, as we’ll illustrate below. 

            Instances When Refinancing Can Be Beneficial

            1. Falling Interest Rates

            If you pay attention to the financial pages (and you should) you may have noted interest rates are fluid. They go up and down with the federal funds rate established by the Federal Reserve. If you got your car loan when rates were high, you’re paying more for it. If rates should fall during the first couple of years of your loan contract it’s probably worthwhile to refinance to take advantage of the lower rate. Even one or two points can make a significant difference in the total amount you’ll pay for your car. 

            2. Your Credit Score Has Improved

            If you were just coming out of a rough patch and you had to buy a car before you were completely clear, your credit score may have dictated a higher interest rate for your loan. To give you an idea of how significant this can be, you’ll pay 13.16 percent on a new car loan in the current market if your credit score is 649. However, you can get a refinance car loan at 8.04 percent if your score goes up to 650.

            If you paid $30,000 for your car over 60 months at 13.16 percent with a $6,000 down payment, your car note will be $548.04. That same loan, with the same terms, at 8.04 percent reduces the monthly payment to $487.09. The car would cost a total of $38,882.40 with the first loan. Meanwhile, you’d only pay $35,225.40 at 8.04 percent. 

            This credit car refinance could save you $3,657.00.

            3. You’re Having Trouble Making the Monthly Payment

            Fortunes change. Sometimes hardships occur and you’ll need to find a way to make your monthly budget go farther. Even if your credit score and interest rates are unchanged, you can lower your monthly payment by refinancing into a longer term. 

            Let’s look at our example above once again. 

            That $548.04 monthly payment over 60 months drops to $438.70 if you spread it over 84 months. This effectively puts $110 back into your monthly budget. However, it also makes the car cost more. You’ll pay a total of $42,850.80. This is why you have to be careful when you’re refinancing into a longer term at the same interest rate.

            Instances When Refinancing Can Be Detrimental

            As we mentioned above, longer-term loans will cost more, so you need to be careful with those. Refinancing can also put you in an upside-down situation in which you owe more on the car than its market value.

            It’s also critical to take note of where you are in your car loan. Refinancing can actually set you back if you’ve paid off a sizable portion of the loan. Similarly, refinancing might not be possible if your car is older. Most lenders go back seven years or 75,000 miles on these loans. You should also take note of the potential fees you’ll encounter. 

            As you can see, there are number of critical factors to consider when determining whether or not it makes sense to refinance your car. Following these guidelines will help you make the smartest decision.  

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            4 Tips for Organized Wealth Management https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/4-tips-for-organized-wealth-management/ https://cleverlychanging.com/2019/07/4-tips-for-organized-wealth-management/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 10:03:43 +0000 https://cleverlychanging.com/?p=21429 I wanted to share 4 Tips for Organized Wealth Management later in life. Many people think about money the wrong way. They have planned on retiring in their fifties and assumed they will die in their seventies. That was a strategy for The Great Generation, and Baby Boomers have carried the vision forward. But it’s ...

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            Tips for Organized Wealth Management later in life

            I wanted to share 4 Tips for Organized Wealth Management later in life. Many people think about money the wrong way. They have planned on retiring in their fifties and assumed they will die in their seventies. That was a strategy for The Great Generation, and Baby Boomers have carried the vision forward. But it’s long been unrealistic. Millions are outliving their money.

            Four tips for organized wealth management are:

            • Wealth Management is not financial planning! Financial planning helps you build wealth. It’s a strategy developed to reach and exceed financial goals despite volatility in markets, economic swings, personal and family crises, and other factors. A comprehensive financial plan invests time and advice to keep your actions aligned with your goals.

            Wealth management is a team process that revisits your financial planning strategies for handling the wealth you have built over time. Given the reality of longer life spans, inflation, and market volatility, wealth managers focus on continuing financial planning within emerging parameters. They integrate expert advice on estate planning, long-term care, property transactions, risk management, taxes, trusts, and wills. As they say at www.commercetrustcompany.com, “As your net worth increases and your finances become more complex, the resources you need readily available to help manage your wealth also increase.”

            • Small business owners have special needs! Contributors to Forbes advise, “Small business owners often fail because they make decisions without finding out the facts from experts.” Business owners must build networks to plan and focus their financial future when they cannot spare the time. 

            In business and life, you must understand the value and limits on cash flow and liquidity. For instance, you must prepare for the impact disability can mean to your business and your independent life. And, if you have key person insurance programs for business continuity, you should do the same for your personal life.

            • Women need wealth management, too! Because women routinely earn less but live longer than men, they must save more aggressively. Spending, taxes, and estate-planning in later life do not recognize gender differences. 

            Women must save aggressively from earlier ages if they hope to meet male goals. For example, even when women maximize your company 401(k) Plan, they should look at additional tax-favored savings plans. Their long-term financial planning must also include life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance designed for women understanding they live longer and are tied to continuing care giving for children, spouses, and partners — even later in life.

            • Insist on a personal connection! How your money is managed in later life is too important to leave to disinterested or unqualified advisers. You want confidence in your support team’s education, licensing, certifications, and experience.

            But you also want and deserve personal attention. That can be the comfort of fast and easy access. It also means regular meetings and assessment audits to check up and verify your wealth plan performance. But it means taking responsibility for staying informed and asking the right questions.

            What’s the real purpose?

            Wealth and later life are subjective terms meaning different things to different people. But once you have earned the wealth you set out to save, you’ll need to manage it differently within new facts of life so you can retain the wealth, continue your plans, and optimize its value to your beneficiaries.

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