Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Pear Sponsorship Program

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad
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When you are a parent it is important to find activities which your children can be involved with. Many schools and community oriented groups provide various activities that children can participate in. Of course these programs cannot be executed without financial means. There is relief in knowing that there are sponsorship programs available to help provide assistance for such schools and community organizations. One of these sponsorship programs is Pear.
What is Pear? Pear helps brands and communities build meaningful connections through sponsorship programs, gifts and awards, and more. We’re passionate about Marketing that Matters.
They are a marketing platform that helps adult and youth groups, organizations and sports groups with finding sponsorships with large companies such as Ace Hardware, US Cellular, Verizon, Ritz Bits, Miller Lite and Stouffers. Pear is about raising money for the group or event by connecting with our brands/sponsors online. Their simple sharing tools make spreading the word and telling the group’s story online and offline, easy. The more members that each group reaches and inspires to join in, the greater the group’s award.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

30 Uses for Aluminum Foil

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad
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Aluminum foil is an item that most of us keep in our homes. It is very inexpensive and has many more uses than just wrapping up foods. Often times we find ourselves making purchases for certain items that we may only use once or twice and then toss them to the side. Aluminum foilcan be an effective substitute to many of these items as is noted below:


1. Soften brown sugar. Wrap the brown sugar in some foil and place in the oven at 300 F (150 C) for five minutes.
2. Keep bread and rolls oven fresh warm. Wrap them in a napkin and place a layer of foil underneath. The foil will reflect the heat and keep bread warm for quite some time.
3. Keep bananas fresh. Wrap foil on the stem of a banana bunch.
4. Protect pie crust. Line the edges of a pie pan with foil to keep pie crust from being overcooked or burned.
5. Make special shaped cakes. Aluminum foil forms well into most any shape. Just form the desired shape and place it in a regular baking pan. Pour batter into the shape and bake as usual. This is a great way to use your creativity without spending extra money on expensive novelty cake pans.
6. Frost a cake. Roll a piece of foil into a cone leaving a small opening at the bottom. Fold the top down to avoid any leakage.
7. Polish silverware. Line a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water, and add two teaspoons of salt. Put tarnished silverware into the mixture and let it for two or three minutes. Rinse and dry.
8. Keep stove burners clean. For electric stove tops use foil to line the bowl shaped catchers under each stove element. For gas stove tops cut a sheet of aluminum foil to fit the entire top. Cut the correct size of the top burners and remove with scissors. I use a marker to trace the circle and then cut. This saves a great amount of scrubbing.
9. Help keep your oven clean. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the racks in your oven to catch any spills that may occur while cooking foods. Do not place any on the very bottom as it can catch fire.
10. Clean pots and pans. Ball up a piece of foil to scrub off any hard to remove foods.
11. Extend the life of steel wool pads. When not using steel wool pads keep them on a piece of foil to keep them from rusting.
12. Sharpen dull scissors. Take a piece of aluminum foil and fold it into a square at least six times and then cut across the foil to give scissors a sharper edge.
13. Make a funnel. Simply take a piece of foil and shape into a cone. The ability to reshape the funnel is especially helpful when trying to pour things into small spaces.
14. Move furniture simply. Place small pieces of aluminum foil underneath the legs of large furniture items. Make sure that the dull side is faced down as it is more slippery than the shiny side.
15. Extend the life of your soap bar. Place a piece of aluminum foil under your soap to keep it from soaking in water and dissolving quickly.
16. Eliminate rust from your shower rod. Crumble up some foil and rub off any rust spots.
17. Line paint trays. Instead of purchasing disposable paint trays which can be quite pricey line a reusable pan with aluminum foil before adding paint. Makes cleanup a breeze and saves you money.
18. Keep doorknobs and hinges safe while painting. Simply wrap them in foil to keep them free from paint drips.
19. Fix a loose battery connection. Fold a one square inch piece of foil several times. Insert it between the battery and loose spring to hold it in place.
20. Clean an clothes iron. If you have a buildup of starch on your iron it may be causing your iron to stick. To fix this run the iron over a piece of aluminum foil.
21. Iron more quickly. Place a sheet of foil between the ironing board and cover to iron both sides at once. Since foil conducts heat this will allow you to finish in half the time.
22. Put loose vinyl tile in its place. Place a sheet of foil over the loose self-stick vinyl tile and press a hot iron over the foil. Continue until the adhesive backing melts causing it to stick well.
23. Line cabinets and drawers. This will help reflect light in the dark corners and also make cleaning a breeze.
24. Protect your eyeglasses while dying your hair. Wrap aluminum foil over the temples of your eyeglasses. Now you can see if you miss any gray spots.
25. Save your children’s clothing. Wrap the bottoms of ice cream cones with foil to catch any melting drips.
26. Make crafts. Aluminum foil is perfect for covering and decorating various shapes such as stars, moons, and hearts.
27. Training pets. Place some sheets of foil on your furniture or in the doorways of any rooms that you don’t want your pets to enter. Cats and dogs have pads under their paws and do not like their paws to touch foil.
28. Protect fruit trees from birds. Cut some aluminum foil into strips, twist them, and then using some fishing line hang them from the branches. The reflection of light along with the crinkly sound will keep birds away from the trees.
29. Clean an outdoor grill. Ball up some foil and use to scrub off dried on foods.
30. Protect matches while outside. Wrap matches in aluminum foil to keep them protected from moisture and dampness.
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Why it is Important to Play With Your Children

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad
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Lately it seems as though parents are becoming more busier with their lives outside the home than inside with their families.  While in many households both parents need  to work to earn enough income to provide for their families, this does not mean that time cannot be put aside for playtime with your children.
Some parents may argue that playing with their children is a waste of time and does not benefit the children nor themselves. However, I have to disagree with this 100%. Children need so much love and attention, especially from their parents.
Playtime with your children does not have to be made into a boring chore. Remember they didn’t ask to be brought into this world. That was their parent’s choice. Just taking a few minutes out of the day can be beneficial to both parents and children.
The following will give you an idea just how important it is to take some time out of the day and share it with your little ones.
  1. Playing with your children shows them that you love them and that they are important.
  2. Strengthens the child and parental bond.
  3. Gives you a chance to relax and have fun. Get out some paper and paints and have fun painting a picture together.
  4. You might be able to recognize developmental delays or behavioral issues. This is a good opportunity to examine what your children already know and whether or not they have reached age appropriate skills.
  5. Builds confidence and self esteem. Try starting a craft project that you would both enjoy.
  6. Makes them aware of what is appropriate play between children and adults. You may not be the only adult playing with your child so they need to know that there are boundaries when it comes to privacy and touching.
  7. Gives you some time for yourself. Playing with your children will lessen their need to be more dependent on you. They will enjoy the time you have spent playing with them and the attention they have received. In turn they will also enjoy a little alone time.
  8. Learn basic home life skills as well as problem solving skills. Let your child help out with basic chores around the home. Act out some common problems that they may be faced with and guide them through making appropriate decisions. Remember to have fun with your children while teaching them.
  9. Learn to care for others and the environment. Do this by taking play time outside the home. Volunteer at a local hospital, elder’s home, or animal shelter. When heading out to the hospital or elder’s home bring along some board games or puzzles to play. If visiting ananimal shelter offer to help care for animals by walking dogs or playing with the animals.
  10. Taking the time to play with your children shows other parents and society in general a positive side to parents interaction with their children. All to often society seems to focus on the negatives when it comes to parents and children. Instead let society know that you are involved in the well being of your children and doing your part to help ensure that they grow up to be intelligent, strong, and healthy individuals.
Do you feel that playtime between children and parents is important?

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