Make Your Own DIY Household Cleaners For Pennies

I don’t love cleaning. OK, I kind of despise it.  But what I always hated more was the idea that I was using chemicals in my home that were possibly damaging to my family and/or the environment.  And the fumes just give me a headache.

So, years ago, I swapped out some of the cleaners I regularly bought for natural ones I mixed up at home.  I used ingredients that could often be bought for a dollar or less… and were already in my cabinets anyway.  Since then, there has been an explosion of natural cleaning brands on the market.  Some are great, but they tend to be pricey.  I find that my homemade cleaners work as well, if not better, than many of them.
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Should Your Child Learn A Second Language?

Do you want your child to be bilingual? It’s something more and more parents are thinking about these days.  Let’s examine some common questions parents have when considering this idea.

What are the benefits of learning a second language at an early age? Can it be damaging to my child’s development in his or her native language?

Any long-term problems caused by a child’s exposure to more than one language have proven to be myth.  In fact, numerous studies have found many positive cognitive benefits to the development of children who are bilingual.  These kids have been shown to have higher standardized test scores in verbal, logic, and even math sections.  One study showed that bilingual students outperform all comparison groups and remain high academic achievers throughout their academic life.  A study by Cornell language researchers recently found that bilingual children were better able to tune out distractions while performing a task — a key skill for success in school. [Read more…]