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26 Jan 07:13

Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, and Priyanka Chopra Do Dramatic Readings of Britney Spears Songs

by Bibi Deitz

It’s not every day that we get to use the names Britney Spears and Halle Berry in the same sentence, but today is a special day. In a new video, Berry sat down to perform a dramatic reading of Britney Spears’ perennial classic “Oops!… I Did It Again,” and in case you haven’t already deduced just from the sheer absurdity of that sentence, let us spell it out for you: It’s worth a watch.

“Oh, baby. Baby. Oops—I did it again,” Berry begins, giving us her best deep-remorse as part of W magazine’s ongoing series, “Lyrical Improv with Lynn Hirschberg.” She keeps a straight face throughout, delivering the bubblegum-pop lyrics with abandon and splaying emotion all over her face. “You see, my problem is, I’m dreaming away, wishing that heroes—that they truly exist!” she says, stumbling a bit over her words.

YouTube / W magazine

YouTube / W magazine

At the end, of course, someone obviously trills, “That was amazing!” because that’s what you do when Halle Berry finishes a table reading of a Britney Spears song.

Berry wasn’t the only lucky A-lister to join W‘s series in honor of Spears: Priyanka Chopra and Jodie Foster also came on board to give a tag-team rendition of Spears’ masterpiece “Toxic,” with Foster solemn and Chopra singing wholeheartedly. In case you’ve been living your best life under a rock, Spears has been teasing us left and right with singles from her new album, Glory, which drops on Friday—hence the occasion of the three actresses’ table reads.

Scroll down to watch the full videos, because they are amazing.

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29 Jul 22:34

17 Comic-Con-Inspired Nails to Try ASAP

by Raven Ishak
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Who needs comic books when you have these nails?
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16 Jul 17:30

Not Good at Sales? Here Are 5 Easy Ways to Get More More Clients.

by Han-Gwon Lung
Don't worry: You're not going to end up being like Leonardo DiCaprio's character in 'Wolf of Wall Street.'
06 Jun 15:50

Heart-Melting Dog Portraits by Alicja Zmyslowska

by Michael Zhang

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Since picking up a camera as a teenager several years ago and shooting her first snapshots of her dog, Polish photographer Alicja Zmysłowska has become a well-known dog photographer whose work has been published internationally.

We shared a series of portraits last year showing babies in camera bags. Zmysłowska recently began using the same concept to help shelter dogs find new homes.

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Here’s a selection of Zmysłowska’s recent dog portraits:

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Cirilla (1) 2,5 tygodnia zyca

Gapa i Gacek - psiaki adoptowane ze schroniska

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Cirilla (5) 4 miesiące

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Cirilla (4) 4 miesiące

You can find more of her work on her website and Facebook page.

Image credits: Photographs by Alicja Zmysłowska and used with permission

05 Jun 02:57

11 Daily Habits to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

by Jenn Lifford
Easy to follow tips to keep your home clean and tidy on a daily basis.

This post is sponsored by bobsweep.  As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Keeping up with the daily house keeping can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to take up all your time.  I feel that keeping a clean home is less about the time involved, and more about creating some good habits that you {eventually!} start to just follow instinctively.  Yes, there are still times that things get crazy and I’m not able to always follow through with the daily cleaning, but, for the most part, I do try to follow these 11 habits to keep a house clean and tidy.  I promise – the more you do them, the easier it gets! If the list seems overwhelming to start with, just pick one or two to get started and then add in more as you are able.

Start by Making the Bed.
I know some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.  Plus, I think it starts off the day well and I love climbing into a made bed at the end of the day.  To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible.  We ended up cutting out our top sheets {as they always just ended up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyways} and just use a duvet and washable cover.  If you love your top sheets though, you can look at minimizing the number of pillows on your bed or using a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in your sheets.

Do One Load of Laundry Per Day.
Now, depending on how many loads you typically do per week, you may not need to do this every day, but, for us, we definitely go through at least 7 loads of laundry per week.  Try to get in the habit of putting in one load of laundry first thing in the morning.  If you work outside of the home and won’t have a chance to dry it before your leave, put your machine on delay {if you have this as a feature} so it will be ready to put in the dryer when you get home. Alternatively, put the load in the machine in the morning and just turn it on when you get home.  Make sure you save some time somewhere in your day to complete the load – including putting it away.

Be Happy with “Clean Enough”.
As a perfectionist, this is probably the hardest one for me.  You want your house to be relatively clean and tidy but that doesn’t mean that every little thing has to be perfect.  I always {try!} to follow the 80/20 rule – meaning that I am happy with 80% of the cleaning being done.  Getting caught up in all of the little details that make up the last 20% {like making sure every little speck is cleaned up off the floor or getting to all of those little out of the way and hard to reach places to dust} are huge time suckers and are probably details that no one would really notice.  I’m not saying that they never need to be cleaned, but make them part of a deep cleaning routine rather than your regular weekly cleaning schedule.

Not all cleaning is created equal.  Make a list of what you would like to get done and then prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait until the next day or two.   Given the time that you have available, write down your top 2 or 3 {realistic!} cleaning goals and stick with these before attempting to do other things.  I always used to hate writing out lists but I find that it really helps me to stay focused.

Get the Whole Family Involved.
This is one that I have really tried to work on lately.  Yes, it is often actually easier to just do the job yourself, but spending the time to teach your children to do age appropriate jobs will be better in the long run for both of you.  Start by just working on having your kids pick up after themselves – putting their coat and shoes away when they come in the house, putting dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning their room, etc. – and add in other chores as able.  It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make in the overall tidiness of the house if just these simple things are done.  For the first few weeks that you do this, you will likely need to be on your kids a lot, but over time this will start to be a habit for them as well and it should eventually be able to be done with minimal reminders.

Do a 15 Minute Nightly Clean-up.
Make it a routine to do a family 15 minute nightly clean-up.  For some reason it doesn’t seem quite so bad to clean up when everyone else is doing the same thing.  Put on the timer and just stick with the top cleaning priorities.  Kids can clean their rooms or do other small household chores while you finish up the kitchen cleaning or fold and put away laundry.  Start with the things that are making the biggest mess or creating a lot of clutter or any “must dos” that need to be done before bed.  I always run my bObi robotic vacuum during this time – usually in our high traffic areas.


Keep Basic Cleaning Supplies Close to Where You Use Them.
I have all of our bathrooms stocked with basic cleaning supplies – microfiber cloths and a polishing cloth, a toilet scrub brush, and a spray bottle with water and vinegar {or a multi-purpose cleaner of your choice}.  This makes it so much quicker and easier to give the toilet a quick swipe or wipe the gross toothpaste spit from the mirror instead of having to track down cleaning supplies.  Try to do these simple tasks as you see the need – most of them take only a minute or two – and it will really reduce how often you need to do a top to bottom deep clean.

Never Leave a Room Empty Handed.
This is one habit that can make a huge difference in the general tidiness of your home.  As you move from one room to another {or from one floor to another}, try to do a quick scan to see if there is anything that you can take with you that belongs where you are going.  Take only what you will have time to put away – moving a pile from one room to another without actually putting anything away doesn’t really help you out much.  It can be a couple of dirty dishes that you put in the dishwasher or some laundry that needs to be put away upstairs.   Always keep in mind the “one touch rule”, meaning that you ideally only want to touch items one time before they are put away.  Every time you touch an object to move it from one place to another you are using up precious time and energy so make that extra little effort to put it directly away.  Again, I think it is really more about habit than not having the time.

This one may need to be implemented over a longer period of time, but taking the time to declutter and organize your home will drastically cut down on the amount of time needed to clean.  Having a spot for everything {that is both easily accessible and easy to put away} makes it so much easier to tidy up – for both you and the rest of your family. Less items out on the counters and surface tops cuts down on dusting and makes cleaning a lot quicker.  If you are unsure of where to start, try my 6 Week Decluttering Challenge or read this post on how to keep the clutter out.

Know Your High Traffic Areas.
If you focus on keeping the high traffic areas clean on a daily basis, you can really help to prevent the spread of dirt and dust throughout the rest of the house.  Make sure you have a dedicated spot for shoes at the entrances to your house to remind everyone to take off their shoes and to keep all of the shoe dirt contained in one spot.  Small area rugs at doors can also help to trap a lot of the incoming dirt.  For furry friends that come in and out, have a an old towel by the door to quickly wipe down paws as they come in {you can see other ideas for keeping your house clean with pets here}.  Try to sweep or vacuum these areas daily.  It doesn’t need to be much – just a quick 5 minutes or so should do it.

Clean as You Go.
This one may seem obvious but I think it’s something that we often don’t do.  Putting things away as you go doesn’t really take up much time but it will definitely make the difference between a tidy house and a messy house at the end of the day.  Take your clothes off by your closet and either hang them back up or put them directly in the laundry.  Load the dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of just placing them on the counter.  Put your shoes and coat away as you come in the door.  Have all the family help out cleaning up the kitchen after dinner so you are not stuck with a messy kitchen when it’s really time to go to bed. All of these little things are just habits that can be created with a little intentional planning.  Obviously there will be times when this is not possible, but do it when you can and you will save yourself a ton of cleaning up in the end!

One of the tools that has really helped me out with my daily cleaning is our new bObi vacuum. I’ve always been curious as to how well the robotic vacuums actually work so I was pretty excited when I was sent a bObi from bobsweep to try out.  I really liked the sleek design and the start-up guide that came with it was really simple to use.

After some basic set up and initial charging time, she was all ready to go.  bObi is able to sweep, vacuum, mop {although I haven’t actually tried this function} and also adds a UV sterilization.  There are three basic touch screen buttons that you can use – “Go” for regular cleaning, “Waffle” to clean extra dirty areas that you want it to spend extra time on, and “Juice” which will tell it to go back to its charging station to refuel.  I usually got at least 90 minutes of run time out of bObi before it needed recharging and it will automatically return to its charging dock when there is less than 15% of battery power remaining.

While we do have a pretty open floor plan on our main level, there are some divisions between rooms and lots of transitions between hardwood flooring, area rugs and carpeting.  I did find that bObi did get stuck a few times {such as underneath the sofa or in the chairs in our dining room table}, but for the most part, she did really well navigating around the house and cleaned well on the variety of surfaces {you just need to be careful that the area rugs are laying flat and don’t have any corners flipped up}.  When she did get stuck, she would let out a little chirping noise so I could go and rescue her.

bObi makes a humming kind of noise when she runs but it is way quieter than a regular vacuum and you can easily go about your regular tasks without it bothering you.  There is a remote control that you can use to direct her exactly where you want {or don’t want!} her to go, but I generally just let her run wherever she wants – she’s usually pretty good at getting all of the major problem areas.  bObi has parallel bristle and rubber brushes on the underside for extra sweeping power as well as side brushes to get into corners and along baseboards.  She also has sensors to detect walls, edges, and other obstacles in her path so I don’t worry about her falling off the stairs.

After a little experimenting, I now have bObi integrated into our daily cleaning routine. I use it in the mornings {usually for around 90 minutes} on our main level every second day, and alternate between our basement and the upper level on the other days.  I also use it at night during our 15 minute tidy up in our high traffic areas {usually by the kitchen or front door}. It works great for getting up all of that daily dirt, crumbs, and dust that seem to appear from nowhere and really helps to cut down on dirt being tracked around to other areas of the house.  It should be noted, however, that it does not replace a really thorough vacuuming as there are still areas that it does not get to, BUT, it significantly cuts down on how often I need to vacuum or sweep.  Here are a couple of other tips to get the best use out of bObi…

  • Use it on a regular basis.  I found that the bObi does best cleaning up the daily, wear and tear messes.  Since it doesn’t have a really large debris bin, it would get full really quickly if I hadn’t vacuumed for quite a few days.  You can even program bObi to start at a certain time everyday so you don’t even have to think about it.
  • Do a quick scan of the rooms that you will be cleaning to remove any obstacles that may be in bObi’s way.  This includes little toys {i.e. LEGOs!} that may be scattered around, area rugs that are bunched up, or other smaller obstacles on the floor.  I found that this actually worked really well when it came to getting the boys to clean up their room – they were given the option of getting everything off the floor so the bObi could go in there or they had to vacuum their room themselves.  Guess which option they chose.
  • Get in the habit of emptying the debris bin after every use.  There isn’t an indicator to tell you when it’s full so this is the easiest way to make sure that it is always ready.
  • At the end of each week, do a quick clean of the rotary brushes to remove any hair or strings that may have gotten a bit tangled up.  If these get really tangled, an error light will come on bObi to let you know.  They are super easy to remove though and only take a minute or two to clean.
  • While it is possible to program bObi to run while you are not home, I preferred to be around in case it got stuck on something.  It’s not a big deal if it does get stuck as it will turn itself off, but I liked to know that it was busy cleaning!

For more information on bObi, you can check out their website or head over to Amazon to purchase.  Happy Cleaning!

For more cleaning tips and tricks, check out these posts…

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Best Cleaning Tips of 2015

20 Items to Declutter From Your Kitchen 

The post 11 Daily Habits to Keep a House Clean and Tidy appeared first on Clean and Scentsible.

05 Jun 02:02

21 situações que mostram por que a internet ama o príncipe George

by Redação Pais&Filhos



(Foto: site Kensington Royal)

Aviso: contém humor! O príncipe George é uma celebridade. Além do carisma, existem algumas situações que fazem com que ele seja diferente das outras crianças. Lembramos de 21 ocasiões em que ele quase quebrou a internet. Enquanto isso, lá em casa…

1- Ele conheceu o presidente Barack Obama e a gente ainda nem conheceu o Cristo Redentor;


(Foto: Reprodução/ Instagram Kensington Royal)

2- No dia que conheceu Obama, ele foi dormir 15 minutos mais tarde. Ficamos felizes no dia em que nossos filhos vão para a cama no horário;

3- A avó dele manda na Inglaterra e a nossa manda bem na macarronada;

4- Ele vai a eventos de equitação, enquanto nossos filhos correm pela casa com o cabo da vassoura;

5 – O casamento dos pais dele foi televisionado para o mundo todo; a gente ainda está esperando o cinegrafista entregar o DVD do nosso casamento;

6- O príncipe George brinca nos jardins do Palácio de Kensington, enquanto nosso filho faz o que pode no playground do prédio;

7- As fotos da família dele são tiradas pelos fotógrafos mais renomados; o nosso álbum é no facebook, feito na base do pau de selfie;


(Foto: Instagram Kensington Royal)

8- George sempre sai impecável nas fotos, com o cabelo penteado e a roupa engomada. Já nosso filho sai chorando, fazendo careta ou com o nariz escorrendo;

9- George tem 2 anos e já é príncipe da Inglaterra; nossos filhos vão ter que ralar muito para passar no Enem;

10 – A primeira birra de George virou um meme, a do nosso filho virou “lembrança” nos almoços de família;

11- Ele aparece vestido combinando com a mãe, enquanto os nossos combinam a camiseta do Batman com a bermuda do Homem-Aranha;

12- O hospital onde George nasceu reforçou o esquema de segurança e blindou a entrada de quem quer que fosse; nós tivemos que receber todo mundo que bateu na porta, até o entregador de água.


(Foto: Site Kensington Royal)

13- A notícia de que George teria uma irmã rodou o mundo; a gente ainda fica sem saber como contar para o primogênito que a família vai aumentar;

14- O príncipe George usa um roupão que custa R$ 230; nós enrolamos a criança na primeira toalha que vimos no banheiro;

15- O palácio faz contagem regressiva para o aniversário de George; a gente se vira nos 30 para organizar a festinha de aniversário do filho e mandar os convites a tempo;

16- No aniversário de George, a guarda britânica cantou os parabéns ao menino com diversos instrumentos musicais; nós acendemos as velinhas e cantamos parabéns com o bolo da padaria;

17- Os pais de George escondem ao máximo o menino das lentes; nós postamos todas as 756 fotos que tiramos em um dia de parque no Facebook (lembrando de marcar toda a família, pra ter certeza que vão ver);

18- As roupas usadas por George se esgotam em minutos nas lojas; nossos filhos herdam os looks dos primos;



(Foto: Reprodução / Instagram Kensington Royal)

19- O nascimento de George movimentou US$ 380 milhões na economia britânica; o nascimento de nossos filhos movimenta a nossa conta bancária para algo próximo ao negativo;

20- Mas ele tem algo em comum com os nossos filhos: no primeiro dia de aula, George teve que dobrar a manga do casaco que estava grande;

21- O príncipe George foi eleito a criança mais estilosa do mundo; nós sabemos que o nosso filho é a criança mais linda de todas.

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18 Apr 13:44

11 Life Lessons From Albert Einstein

by Rachel Hill
11 Life Lessons From Albert Einstein

Einstein may have been a genius and a great scientist, but he also knew one or two things about life. He understood the importance of imagination, the need to keep moving forward, and most importantly, to keep learning. The human brain isn’t designed to stay stagnant and its full capacity still isn’t known. Using your brain, your potential, and your life is your personal responsibility — to do otherwise is to cheat yourself!

1. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

In other words, be aware and don’t stick your head in the sand!

The world and economy is changing all the time. Whatever your profession, you need to look to the future and understand how changes may affect you. I qualified as a lawyer and the legal profession has changed more than I ever thought possible when I was at university.

Keep your finger on the pulse and maintain your networks of friends and colleagues. Don’t allow yourself to become stale or jaded as you will close yourself off to opportunities.

2. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Never stop developing yourself and your skills.

If you’re skilled in languages or playing an instrument, for example, keep practising and maintain those abilities. Those hobbies and skills could earn you money as a side business or give you other options if you lose your job.

I developed my own sideline private tutoring business and have written books in order to maintain my own long-term versatility. I learned a long time ago that it was simply not enough to “just” be a lawyer.

3. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

Have goals and dreams and never give up on what it is you want to achieve.

Write down those goals and take action on them! Seek all available avenues to achieve them and be as specific as you can. Don’t just say you want “a better life” or “more money.” Really drill down into what you want for your own future then visualize every single day in order to manifest those desires.

A mood board is great for this, even a virtual one on Pinterest. Having goals is like putting fuel in your tank, it means you’re progressing, developing, and moving forward. Factor in some small wins too, like a weekend break, lunch with a friend, or a long walk through the park.

4. “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”

This sounds quite overwhelming, which very often means nothing gets done — which is the worst outcome of all!

When I do my tutoring, I often talk about working in “manageable chunks” and I apply that to my own business practices too. I set aside specific times to undertake certain tasks and make sure things are done well in advance.

Making lists is great, there’s something very satisfying about writing it down on paper and striking something off as it’s completed. It reinforces the fact that you’re taking action and moving towards your end result.

5. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

By using this quote, I mean we should stay current with technology trends but don’t let them take over your life!

So often we hide behind our phones, tablets, and laptops; the art of conversation is seemingly dying as we walk around swiping, texting, and surfing. Get the balance right and open up a world of opportunities.

Life is all about balance, so use technology to your advantage, not disadvantage.

6. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

But what time we do have should be used wisely!

We’re all guilty of saying we have “no time” and of course life does get in the way, but this shouldn’t be used as an excuse. If you’ve got a commute to work, listen to self improvement audiobooks or entrepreneurial podcasts instead of listening to the radio or just staring into space.

Maintain a sleep routine and don’t get into the habit of sleeping your mornings away on the weekend. We all have the same 168 hours each week so we need to squeeze every last drop out of them.

7. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”

Taking risks is scary but so is living a life without trying.

Starting a new life or a new business will take you outside of your comfort zone. You have to put yourself out there and risk rejection. What is life without some element of risk? I’ve lost count of the number of rejection letters I got from literary agents after submitting my novel, but I didn’t let it stop me trying. Yes, it can’t always go your way, but sometimes it can and it will.

8. “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle”

In other words, you can choose how you view your environment and your life. Have an attitude of gratitude for the small things; there is always something to be appreciated. It can be the hot water in your bath at the end of a long day or a cup of tea someone else has made for you.

Happiness isn’t always found in the grand gestures. Use all of your senses: really taste the food you eat and really hear the birds singing in the morning. It’s amazing what happens when we just stop for a moment and are mindful.

9. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not what he is able to receive.”

Giving value to others should be our primary concern, not what we can get for ourselves.

Money is important, that goes without saying, but too many of us worry about either the lack of it or the want of more of it. Money is only the byproduct of the value we give to others, so whatever it is you seek to do, ensure it is worthwhile for everyone. Much like the saying, “what goes around comes around,” the energy we put out there for other people comes back to us, so if we give value, we attract it right back to us.

10. “Imagination is everything; it is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

Use your imagination to paint a mental picture of what you want your best life to be. Create a vision of your better self and better life and move towards that reality. Our world is the product of our thoughts: they create our environment. Use your thoughts to create what you want.

A vision board or Pinterest board is a fantastic way to help create that mental picture. Review it every day and let the power of your thoughts attract everything you wish to achieve.

Entrepreneurs do this all the time, so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

11. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

Listening to your gut or trusting your sixth sense is something I believe in very strongly. Much like a mother’s instinct, there is an inexplicable reason why something feels wrong or a person you encounter doesn’t feel quite right.

Have an honest conversation with yourself. What do you feel passionate about and what gives you joy? Too many of us go through life doing what we are told is the “right thing” to do and suppressing what we really want.

Listening to and trusting the messages your body gives you is like having an inbuilt compass giving you direction and focus. Ignore at your peril!

Featured photo credit: Pexels via

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16 Apr 15:54

Vídeo: A tolerância excessiva dos pais cria filhos mal-educados?

by Redação Pais&Filhos


Esse é um assunto realmente muito importante, principalmente por que as crianças se tornaram o centro da família. Melinda Blau, jornalista, escritora norte-americana e coautora da série best-seller “A Encantadora de Bebês”, explica por que isso ocorre. No novo vídeo da Pais&Filhos TV, ela aborda outros temas relacionadas a educação das crianças, como o formato das novas famílias.

Melinda é nossa convidada no  Seminário Internacional “Mãe também é gente”, que ocorrerá dia 15 de maio no WTC (World Trade Center São Paulo), na zona sul de São Paulo. Dessa vez,  ela vai falar sobre o tema “Criança Rei x Birra: qual o caminho do meio” Inscreva-se aqui.

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29 Mar 20:34

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29 Mar 16:55

Bebê é despachada por FedEx para receber transplante de órgão

by Redação Pais&Filhos
Brooklyn tinha uma síndrome rara e precisava de um transplante de fígado (Foto: Reprodução Facebook)

Brooklyn tinha uma síndrome rara e precisava de um transplante de fígado (Foto: Reprodução Facebook)

Você já imaginou ter que despachar sua filhinha por FedEx? Para muitos pais pode parecer um absurdo, mas a atitude salvou a vida da pequena Brooklyn, de um ano.

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Mães com hepatite não devem amamentar, diz infectologista

A menina sofria de uma síndrome chamada de Alagille, que faz com que fígado não funcione direito. Para resolver o problema, ela precisava de um transplante. Então, os pais Nick e Jesse Faris colocaram a filha na fila para receber uma doação do órgão e rapidamente receberam uma ligação informando que o tratamento estava disponível, mas que a operação seria em Chicago, a oito horas de distância de Memphis, cidade natal da família.

Brooklyn se recupera bem da cirurgia com o apoio dos pais (Foto: Reprodução Facebook)

Brooklyn se recupera bem da cirurgia com o apoio dos pais (Foto: Reprodução Facebook)

A felicidade tomou conta dos pais, que correram para o aeroporto em busca de uma passagem. Chegando lá, descobriram que havia uma tempestade de neve em Chicago e que todos os voos haviam sido cancelados. Alguns pais abandonariam a ideia de voar em meio a uma nevasca, mas Nick e Jesse não abririam mão do tratamento da filha. “Ficou claro que íamos precisar ser muito criativos para chegar na cidade onde o transplante seria feito”, disse Jesse em entrevista para a NBC, rede norte – americana de rádio e televisão.

Até que um amigo da família deu uma ideia incrível e segura: reservar um voo com a FedEx. A empresa, que costuma entregar correspondências e encomendas, também é conhecida por transportar pacientes em situações de emergência. Isso porque os horários das viagens são diferentes das companhias aéreas.

Depois de explicarem toda a situação para um funcionário da FedEx, a família embarcou em um avião no mesmo dia e chegou a tempo da cirurgia de transplante de fígado da pequena Brooklyn. Os pais contaram que todos os funcionários foram muito gentis e se preocuparam com o conforto da família durante o voo. O procedimento foi um sucesso e a bebê se recupera bem.

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02 Mar 13:06

5 Cute Japanese Origami Ideas For Beginners

by Andrea Schlottman
Colorful origami cranes

Origami, or the art of paper folding, originated in China around 100 BC and migrated to Japan several hundred years later. The word “origami” is in fact a Japanese word that literally translates to “folding paper.” Origami is sometimes confused with another Japanese paper art, kirigami, which means “cutting paper.” Contemporary origami crafts often incorporate traditional origami and kirigami methods.

Whether strictly traditional or a fusion of several paper-crafting methods, origami is the perfect craft for anyone. From cute animals to home décor, the possibilities with origami are endless. All you need is some paper, your hands, and your imagination.

Helpful Origami Tips for Beginners

If you’re just beginning with origami, keep these tips in mind to make beautiful crafts in no time.

1. Choose papers with interesting prints

Origami paper, known as “kami” in Japanese, comes in a wide variety of beautiful, unique prints in perfectly square shapes. Traditional origami paper sets often include several sizes of paper in a mix of bright and subdued colors, floral and geometrical motifs, and metallic-accented prints. Choosing a stunning print can mask small errors in folding and will make you look like a pro. Be sure to practice with regular paper first to save your budget.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy special paper, make your own unique patterns by drawing on a solid color paper before folding. Or, print origami patterns at home. Origami Way offers free downloadable origami prints, inspired by traditional kami.

2. Follow origami instructions carefully

Most origami instructions come in diagram or video form. Be sure to carefully read or watch these instructions, as skipping even the smallest step can affect your origami result.

Tip: Use the three-step instruction method. Read the instructions one time, focusing on the steps without trying to fold anything yet. Then read them again, using your hands to fold an imaginary piece of paper. For the third reading, follow along with the instructions by folding a real piece of paper. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

3. Use a tool to help you fold

Origami projects look much better when the creases are sharp. Sharp folds make it easier to bend the paper into the correct shape, allow the paper to hold its shape longer, and provide an overall cleaner look. You can always use your thumbnail to press firmly and create sharp folds, but having a tool handy will keep your thumb from getting sore.

Tip: A plastic ruler, credit card, or letter opener work well as folding tools. Test these tools out on a small part of the paper first to make sure it doesn’t scratch the pattern surface or tear the paper.

4. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t be afraid to mess up

Like any other art form, origami takes patience and practice to master. Don’t be discouraged if your third, fourth, or even tenth attempt isn’t quite perfect. You’ll get there! Origami-Fun offers a beautiful and apt metaphor for the origami learning process: “The mind needs time to be folded as if it were the paper.”

Tip: Practicing origami is a great exercise in mindfulness and meditation. Take the time to fold your mind, and the paper will follow.

5. Watch tutorials

The more you read, watch, and practice, the better your origami crafts will become. Videos are especially helpful tools for learning the art of origami.

5 Easy Origami Ideas for Beginners

Here are five of the best origami projects for beginners. Watch the tutorials below, and get started on your paper masterpieces!

Origami Rabbits

These origami rabbits are extremely simple, taking only six folds to make. Draw on your rabbit’s face with a permanent marker, or add pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes for a more crafty feel.

View step-by-step origami rabbit instructions from Tinkerlab.

Origami Jumping Frogs

These origami jumping frogs are slightly more difficult than the rabbits, as they have a more advanced center fold. With a little practice, though, anyone can master these frogs. The best part is that they “jump” when you press down on them!

View step-by-step origami jumping frog instructions from Easy Peasy and Fun.

Origami Envelope

This easy origami envelope is a perfect homemade touch to any gift. Just fold a series of triangles, and secure the last fold with glue if you plan to include heavy items.

View step-by-step origami envelope instructions from Instructables

Origami Crane

The crane is the most traditional and recognizable origami shape. Japanese legend holds that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wish will come. The paper crane has become a worldwide symbol of hope and peace, thanks in part to the moving children’s story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

View step-by-step origami crane instructions from Origami-Fun.

Origami Rings

These origami rings are surprisingly easy to make and are a cute way to show off your new origami skills. For a fancier feel, try making the metallic origami rings from Zakka Life.

View step-by-step origami ring instructions from Origami Resource Center.

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28 Feb 18:07

Effectively Connecting with Students at the Heart Level

by Matthew Simberg

Every somewhat - experienced Montessori guide knows that there are ebbs and flows throughout the year in the classroom. Of course, we see more down hills after a long break. This is because the process of normalization gets interrupted. There are even periods where, during consistent school days, it just seems like the children are too loud or are not cooperating. They are not engaged, are socializing too much, and you feel frustrated in general. Yes there is the rule of thumb: give more lessons, observe, have one on one meetings, etc... All of these things work or work to a certain extent. They are important and must be done. However, I would like to contend that there is something more foundational than all of that. We must connect with our students at the heart level. True education cannot happen without that. When we connect with our students, we give them a key to unlock the door to connect with themselves. Then the work, the joy, begins.

I was fortunate enough to learn this early on in my start. If I do not connect with the children, I will lose them. But, I didn’t even think of it like that. I have always had a passion to connect with all my students at the heart level and see them want to connect with me too. As a guide or head of school, you cannot ask for much more, other than connecting with the parents in the same way. So, what are some exercises or techniques to help make that happen? I have thought of several things that I realized I do. It is important to remember that it can’t be acted or forced, you have to own what you are doing. They see through you and respect your vulnerability. With that said, I’d like to share a story and hopefully it lights a little spark of inspiration.

Now, let me preface this with saying that I have a reputation for being fair but tough, funny but serious when necessary. So, I realize everyone has different expectations of their classrooms and ways of running it. Also, while this post is meant for primarily elementary and adolescents, I think connecting at the heart applies to all levels. However, I am intending my story and insight to be applicable to all types and styles of guides in the classroom. So, I would like to briefly rewind to the beginning of the year and share what I did with the children. What I chose to do is not uncommon in the elementary classroom. 

Like so many other classrooms, we had started our school year with creating guidelines for the class. They came from the children. Everyone had to agree. Then everyone had to sign it. We hung it up on the wall. All of the children were excited then. 

We returned to school in January of 2016, there was also excitement in the air and the room was buzzing. Everyone was legitimately happy to be back. There were a few students still literally on vacation. Things were good, for the most part. The transition back did go pretty smoothly. However, the couple of children returned about a week later. Then we received two new students who had experience in elementary. I was noticing that there was more than a buzz in the classroom. There were too many times where I repeated myself. The class was just feeling off and I was not satisfied. 

Eventually, I noticed after redirecting and pointing out what was on the wall, it was lost and fell on deaf ears and blind eyes. I figured out, even though it originally came from the children, they were not connected to it from their heart. This led me to have a meeting with them in January. Also, I explained how something curious seems to happen with pictures and things that get hung up on the wall.

You see, after about 3 months, people just forget, they just do not notice anymore. It might as well not be there anymore. I said, “what I have noticed is that most of you are not following what you signed and agreed too.” Some children looked upset, like they disappointed me and knew it (my perception of course). I assured them that it was okay and that “when you sign something, it is like making a promise,” and they should know that for the future. In the meantime, I expressed my observations and what I found frustrating. Then I shared with them that it was on them to do better and be better. Either way, I was going to keep being me. Yet, I wanted to convey something to them and ask them some questions about one word. This is where one technique comes in.

“So, who can tell me what respect means?” Right away, hands went up and I got examples, not definitions. I knew that I had to find a word that could encapsulate what might be missing in the classroom during certain interactions. When I heard the children were not getting it, not listening, I asked someone to grab a dictionary. I had them read the definition of respect, respectful and respectfully. I tried to get them to connect to the word. Then I explained to them the power of words. I showed them what happens to the body when we think negatively with a muscle testing exercise. I turned it into a self-talk, self-respect and respect for others lessons. It was awesome! The 6-12 year olds really took to it, reminded each other and applied it for the whole week. It is now February and “respect” is still understood and utilized in the classroom more than the 10 or 15 other agreements. Now that it has been about a month, it will be time to introduce a new word. 

As you know, January and February get broken up with conferences, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day Weekend. Yet, reminding them about respect when they made certain choices, showing them that I cared and not judging them had really brought about a deeper level of, well respect, between all of us.

To recap, connecting at the heart is the goal. The sooner this is done the better, but it cannot be rushed or forced. Helping them to connect to certain words like respect is a key to this journey with the children. Next month I will share another exercise that I have been doing and will continue to do with the children. It has to do with connecting to their individual hearts. If we do not teach children to do this, then connecting with them can only go so far! If you give the above exercise a try please feel free to comment and share with others your experience.

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14 Feb 19:00

5 Skills Kids Learn Traveling That Make Them More Likely to Be Successsful

by Tracey Tullis

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Photo by Katsuhito Nojiri via Flickr

An article I wrote about the benefits of frequent travel got me thinking about how travel, frequent or otherwise, affects kids. I have read that new experiences help cement learning for kids. There are articles that show travel helps kids learn important life skills for success. It makes sense that kids who experience different cultures understand people better. Doing so makes them less fearful and more accepting. Travel gives kids a view of different cultures in the world and that can give them an edge.

Here are five reasons why kids who have traveled are more likely to be a success because of those experiences:

They Learn to Adapt and Expand Their Comfort Zone

Parents work hard to make kids’ lives safe and predictable. Families create routines with consistent expectations to make kids’ lives stable and secure. While creating this family environment is healthy and needed to stay sane in today’s busy world, it doesn’t teach kids adaptability skills. Travel is a departure from regular routines for kids. Families encounter many challenges traveling like delayed flights, being lost, and language barriers. Having to deal with discomfort and inconvenience kids learn about compromise and how to adapt to make the best of a situation. Learning to adapt increases comfort levels and builds confidence, these being key skills for success. Our world moves fast and technology advances at rapid speed. It is imperative to adapt, and not fear and hide from change to enjoy success today.

They Learn to Trust and Rely on Others

Successful leaders understand they can’t run a business by themselves. They need to trust and rely on others to move their business forward. Kids are taught to trust certain people: other parents, teachers, and coaches. They are also admonished to be safe, being told: “Don’t talk to strangers”. Our job as parents is to keep our kids safe. However, I believe it is also parents’ responsibility to help kids learn how and when to trust people. When families travel they have to rely on people they don’t know a lot, cab drivers to get around in unfamiliar places, strangers for directions when lost, and the occasional act of kindness from random people. These interactions teach kids not to fear people and that most people are good.

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They Learn to Look for Similarities Instead of Differences

At home, kids notice differences and things out of the ordinary quickly and efficiently. Society, particularly North American society teaches us to make distinctions and identify differences. Exposure to new environments inspires people to look for things that are familiar. Seeking similarities helps people make more connections with others to better understand and accept different people. Traveling kids will see the things that are the same as home or similar in their experiences in a strange city. For instance, they can identify that the kids in China like toys like they do, wear jeans that they wear or have the same hair style. Developing the skill of seeking similarities instead of differences will help kids make more connections with people at home and throughout their lives.

They Learn the Importance of Listening

Successful people are good listeners. They know they aren’t the only ones with good ideas. Most great ideas are formed through conversation and listening is part of that too. At home, kids are resident experts. On vacation, they become a captive audience. Kids pay more attention to information in unfamiliar situations. This is one of the reasons travel is so beneficial for learning. Kids listen more comprehensively; they hear and focus on understanding what’s being said because of the travel experience. This type of listening is part of critical thinking. Listening and understanding what’s being heard is key in effective problem-solving.

They Learn “Normal” is a Relative Term

Seeing different places and learning first-hand about different cultural norms offers answers and a deeper understanding to some of the “why “questions kids have. This understanding helps kids relate to different kinds of people and be more comfortable in unfamiliar situations. Skills kids learn traveling help them understand and accept different ideas about what’s “normal”.

Skills kids learn traveling come down to perspective, and where kids get their point of view from. The narrower a point of view is the harder it is to understand and relate to different people and to accept and learn new things. Travel broadens kids’ view of life and opens their minds to different opportunities for their future. It accelerates learning and teaches life skills naturally. Kids who travel are more likely to be successful because of that.

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by Redação Pais&Filhos
Foto: Facebook

Heather e Aiden, de 9 meses. Foto: Facebook

Heather Gooch, de Nova York, fez um depoimento no Facebook contando a história sobre como ela, seu marido e Aiden, o filho de nove meses do casal, conheceram a aeromoça Anissa Charles em um voo para Flórida na semana passada. Heather contou que essa era a segunda vez que Aiden estava viajando de avião, mas a primeira vez em que ele estava acordado durante o voo. Aiden, então, começou a chorar muito durante a viagem, que era um pouco longa.

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“Depois da decolagem, ele começou a ficar agitado e as pessoas começaram a olhar. Eu só conseguia pensar ‘ah, que ótimo!’”, contou Heather ao site BuzzFeed. Aiden chamou atenção de uma das aeromoças que acompanhavam o vovo, Anisse Charles que, em vez de reclamar sobre o menino, fez o possível para acalmar a família e, principalmente, Aiden.

Foto: reprodução Facebook

Foto: reprodução Facebook

Heather e seu marido ficaram comovidos com a atitude de Anisse, que fez o possível para todos eles ficarem mais confortáveis. Por isso, ela publicou no Facebook da empresa aérea Southwest um depoimento agradecendo pela ajuda e elogiando a aeromoça. Leia o texto:

“Querida Southwest, eu espero que vocês compartilhem esta mensagem — só assim eu terei certeza que ele será lido por uma aeromoça muito especial. Tudo que eu sei sobre ela é que seu nome é Anisse. Meu marido e nosso filho de 9 meses de idade estavam voando de Fort Lauderdale para Nova York no dia 28 de Dezembro. Esta era a primeira viagem do meu filho, então nós tínhamos certeza do que aconteceria no percurso”, escreveu Heather.

“Anisse foi além para ter certeza que a viagem fosse o mais agradável possível. Eu nunca vi uma aeromoça tão gentil e prestativa como ela. Meu filho adorou sua companhia e ficava atento para toda vez que ela passava pelo corredor. Em um momento, ela viu que ele estava olhando para ela e ficando ansioso, então o pegou no colo e andou pelo corredor com ele enquanto meu marido e eu comíamos o nosso almoço”.

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A mãe termina o depoimento emocionado: “Essa história pode não se destacar do resto, mas eu gostaria de agradecê-la. Nós ouvimos tantas coisas ruins acontecendo no mundo que eu só queria compartilhar essa história para dizer que alguém transformou a nossa viagem em algo melhor”.

Anisse Charles agradeceu pelo reconhecimento. Foto: Facebook

Anisse Charles agradeceu pelo reconhecimento. Foto: Facebook

A mensagem foi compartilhada mais de 58 mil vezes e acabou chegando até Anisse, que ficou muito feliz pelo recado: “Eu digo para os adultos o tempo inteiro, crianças estão fazendo o que deveriam estar fazendo… barulho! Pense nisso. A aeronave é completamente entediante para eles e não há para onde correr! Honestamente, eu prefiro ouvir uma criança fazer barulho ou chorar do que ouvir um adulto reclamão”, ela comentou.

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A companhia aérea também se pronunciou, dizendo que Anisse é uma profissional excelente e que tem orgulho de tê-la em seu time. Para o BuzzFeed, a aeromoça reafirmou que estava apenas fazendo seu trabalho: “Eu não fiz nada demais. Nós temos muitos comissários que amam famílias e crianças e estão sempre dispostos a ajudar”.

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