Preschool Works Of Art

 Last week for letter W I had my class paint a nighttime sky. We used blues and purples. They painted anyway they wanted. When dry we used a toothbrush to add some white stars far away in the sky then glued a wolf silhouette. I love the way them came out. 




Give Dad What He Really Wants this Father’s Day


Chef Big Shake Dishes Up Sweet Father’s Day Discount on All Online Store Items

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – (May 23, 2022) – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 6 out of every 10 men are fathers. They estimate that there are around 75 million fathers in the country. This Father's Day, those looking to dazzle dad will want to skip the tie and lawn equipment and select something he really wants. Chef Big Shake's is helping to make the process simple but offering a 25% discount on all items in their store, giving families a way to serve dad up some authentic Nashville hot chicken, among other tasty bites.

“No dad can resist the amazing aroma and tastes when they are around our Nashville hot chicken or fish,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, owner of Big Shake’s restaurants. “When you serve up some of our food for Father's Day, you will see a big smile on dad's face. Pair it with a beer or his favorite beverage, and the day couldn't be any better than that."

Those looking to score the perfect gift for the dad who likes to eat (and what dad doesn't?) can use the code DadRocks22 to save 25% off everything in Chef Big Shake's online store. Gift options for dad range from spice packs to entire delicious Big Shake’s meals, shipped on dry ice and delivered right to the door anywhere in the country.

Some of the great selections that people can choose from to send to dad this year include:

  • Big Shake’s Famous Chicken Sampler – Mix and match to create a favorite meal pack for dad, choosing from a hot mess chicken sandwich, jumbo chicken tenders, crispy jumbo whole wings, and sides. Choose dad's ideal heat level, ranging from no heat to hot. Or opt for the chicken and fish combo pack.
  • Stuffed Turkey Legs – Send dad either a two-pack or a four-pack. Choose from three different flavors, including lobster mac n’ cheese, Cajun shrimp alfredo, and cornbread stuffing and gravy. 
  • Big Shake’s Crispy Crunchy Breaded Hot Wings – Dad can get a delivery of either 50 or 100 of the famous wings. Choose from four heat levels, including no heat, mild, hot, and very hot.
  • Big Shake’s Seasonings – Give dad the tools to grill some great meals this summer by opting for seasoning salt, hot seasoning, ghost pepper powder, or fried chicken flour. There's even a Big Shake's Ultimate Gift Box, which will give dad everything he needs to create fantastic backyard chicken and fish this summer. The gift box features fish fry, fried chicken flour, cornbread mix, Nashville hot seasoning, various hot sauces, and cooking instructions.

“Let me be honest and tell everyone what dad wants for Father's Day,” added Davis. “He wants to eat some tasty food and have a relaxing day. Serve him up some Big Shake’s chicken and watch how happy he gets!”

Big Shake’s offers Nashville hot chicken meal kits shipped to the home and comes with simple re-heat instructions. They also provide a variety of additional merchandise, including red dust fish fry, shrimp burgers, coffee mugs, popcorn, sweet cornbread mix, seasoning salts, bottled hot sauces, and more. It also offers an ultimate gift box to send to someone who loves hot chicken. It also provides a variety of clothing items, including sneakers, shirts, and backpacks.

Big Shake's currently has four locations in Franklin, Tenn., Columbia, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., and Madison, Ala. Additional locations in Nashville and Tuscaloosa are underway. Chef Big Shake became famous for his signature shrimp burgers, which were featured on the hit show “Shark Tank.” His chain has sold hundreds of thousands of them. The restaurant has also become famous for its hot chicken plates, chicken sandwiches, hot chicken and waffles, hot chicken tacos, and more. It also features a variety of fish entrees, including whiting and catfish. Diners can choose their heat level, ranging from "cry baby" to "executioner."                                                                                                                                   

To learn more about Chef Big Shake's online store or place an order for national delivery, visit the site: https://shopbigshakes.com/. To learn more about Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish, visit the site: https://www.bigshakeshotchicken.com/

About Big Shake’s Hot Chicken & Fish

Big Shake’s was named after and founded by Shawn Davis otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, who worked his way up from restaurant dishwasher to a chef to entrepreneur. After appearing on the business show "Shark Tank," he received the funding he needed to take his business national. Today, his product line, which features The Classic Shrimp Burger, is available online, and he owns the Big Shake’s Hot Chicken & Fish restaurant franchise. Davis has been featured on such shows as “Man vs. Food," Food Paradise," Access Hollywood,” and QVC, among others. To learn more about the restaurant chain, visit the site: https://www.bigshakeshotchicken.com/.

 

 

 

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Helpful Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Divorce



Divorce is never easy on anyone, especially the children. Even the most amicable of breakups are never quite as agreeable for kids and this is why we must understand the dos and don’ts of talking to our children about divorce. As difficult as it will be for you, remember that they are young people with little experience in the hurt of the world. Your world may be turning upside down, but theirs is going in cartwheels. Keep that in mind when discussing what life will look like going forward.

Honesty Is ALWAYS the Best Policy

One thing most children seem to do is somehow blame themselves for the problems mom and dad are experiencing. You want to avoid this at all costs so the important thing to do is be as honest as possible without going into all the particulars. For example, if mom or dad had an affair, you don’t need to tell them that! You could honestly say you are no longer getting along but that will not interfere with their love for them.

Reassure Them That You Will BOTH Be Active in Their Lives

You have probably heard this a million and one times in your life, even before you knew a breakup was imminent. However, it is one of the things kids want to hear. Don’t make them pick and choose sides! In fact, according to the Simon Law Group in New Jersey, co-parenting is the perfect solution if you can reach an agreement. 

It goes beyond shared custody in that both parents must, by reason of the decree, be equally active in all things pertaining to the children. This is from financial support to housing to education and everything in between. Coparenting is one of the most effective ways of keeping kids from experiencing pain and trauma.

Let Them Talk As Needed

There is something else you should be aware of when trying to understand the best way of talking to your kids about your divorce. The operative phrase here is ‘talking to,’ not ‘talking at’ the children. This means that you also need to listen to them and their concerns. Try not to shut them down just because it is too painful for you to bear. Sadly, that’s what you signed up for when you decided to parent those children, so let them voice their concerns. How you answer them matters, so answer them honestly and at a level they can comprehend.

Remember, divorce is a family matter, and it affects everyone involved. What many parents seem to forget is that children are involved as well. It may be emotionally more than you can handle at this time, but for the kids, it might be more than they can handle for the rest of their livesBe honest, gentle, and reassuring. At least in this, you could still make an effort to work together. They are, after all, the children of both parents so let’s keep it that way in everything you do and say.





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Things to Know About How Body Image Impacts Mental Health


Ageless MD, turns the spotlight on the connection between mental and physical health

TUSTIN, Calif. – (May 10, 2022) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, spotlighting an issue that impacts millions of people around the country. The top doctor at Ageless MD is spreading the importance of helping people understand the association between having a healthy body image and one's mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health is an incredibly important part of overall health.  

 

“I want to help people feel and look their best, but they need to be aware that body image and mental health often go hand-in-hand,” shares Dr. TJ Tsay, the medical director at Ageless MD. "The more people realize that mental and physical health are connected, the more they will be able to work on the outside so that it helps them feel better on the inside."

Here are some things to know about how body image impacts mental health:

  • According to the Office on Women's Health, a healthy body image means feeling good about how one looks and feeling comfortable in one's body. They report that women with a positive body image are more likely to have good physical and mental health. 
  • In a study published in the December 2019 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, body dissatisfaction is closely associated with depression, use of performance-enhancing substances, and low self-esteem.
  • The Office on Women’s Health reports that having a negative body image can put one at a higher risk for mental health conditions, including eating disorders.
  • Working on their outer appearance can help people feel better mentally. This can be done through physical exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting proper sleep, and addressing any issues people may focus on, such as acne problems. 
  • Developing a positive body image takes time, so it's essential to be realistic about the time to transition one's mindset. People must be patient as they work on developing a positive body image.
  • Ageless MD focuses on creating confidence in their clients. This can be something as small as getting acne scars smoothed out, for example, and it can have a huge positive impact on one’s life, because everyone wants beautiful, clear skin.  Consider smoothing out acne scars with the Ageless MD signature bellafill” subcision treatment or their radiofrequency microneeddling treatment. 
  • Fixing flaws to help people be a better version of themselves can go a long way. Little tweaks can speak volumes. A minor tweak physically can have a major positive impact mentally. Something as small as removing a sunspot zap with a laser, or correcting a minor hump on the nose with dermal fillers, can have a big positive impact on ones mental image of themselves. 
  • It’s important to encourage a healthy lifestyle by being in top physical shape. Dr. Tsay leads by example, making it a priority to live a healthy lifestyle. At the age of 50, he looks and feels his best because he is in top physical shape. 

We help people work on the connection between their mental health and physical image," added Dr. Tsay. "We are physical, mental and spiritual beings. I’m not only lifting up faces, but lifting up people. I’m happy to say that I went from saving lives as an ER doctor, to enhancing people's lives in my current office.”

Ageless MD offers a full range of cutting-edge and advanced aesthetic procedures. Their expertise is in noninvasive face and skin rejuvenation, including smoothing out wrinkles, evening out skin tone, and tightening and firming the skin.   They offer nonsurgical facelift, nonsurgical nose job, eyelid tightening, nonsurgical butt augmentation, and more. The office has laser and energy devices to treat moat unwanted pigmentation, acne scars, and other common skin ailments.  Additionally, they offer injectables, dermal fillers, double chin treatment, and special procedures for men, including penile enhancement and delivering treatments for erectile dysfunction. Located in Tustin, California, their office serves people from all around the world. To learn more about Ageless MD or schedule an appointment, visit the site at: https://www.ageless-md.com

About Ageless MD:

Ageless MD is Orange County, California’s premier state of the art aesthetic medicine destination helping thousands of patients from all over the globe look and feel their best at every age. Committed to offering the most advanced innovations in anti-aging, Founder/Medical Director Dr. TJ Tsay is widely recognized for delivering unparalleled results and is rated Allergan’s Top 1% in the US. He trains other providers for Galderma, the makers of Restylane, Dysport, and Sculptra. He is also an expert in PDO Thread Lift procedure, trailblazing the field of non-invasive facial rejuvenation. Follow @Ageless_MD on Instagram to see real results. Schedule an appointment online at https://www.ageless-md.com.

 

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Sources:

National Alliance on Mental Health. Mental Health Awareness Month.https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month

 

Office on Women’s Health. Body Image.https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/body-image-and-mental-health/body-image#:~:text=Women%20with%20a%20positive%20body,as%20eating%20disorders%20and%20depression.

 

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The Relative Associations of Body Image Dissatisfaction among Psychiatric Out-Patients in Singapore. December 2019https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6949917/

What You Should Consider When Choosing A Major For College



The college admissions process is a stressful one. The choice of major can be challenging to makeespecially since students have to choose between the many majors offered. Some young people are not good at making decisions, especially such important ones, and they tend to get overwhelmed by the process.

Many people don't know what they want to do with their life yet, so it's hard for them to decide on a major before college.However, there are ways for students to make their decision easier. So, here is what you should consider when choosing a major


The College You Decide To Choose

When you choose a major, you should think about the college you want to attend. You should also consider what careers that major will prepare you for. The first step in choosing the right college is understanding what you want to learn and why. If you are not sure what you want to know, then think about it for a little bit – also, think about your career goal.

If your career goal is to be an engineer, it will make sense to choose a STEM-related major, which means selecting a college with excellent STEM-related courses. If your goal is to become a doctor, it will make sense to choose a medical-related major, which means choosing a school specializing in a medical-related course. 


Your interests and Abilities 

When choosing a college major, it is crucial to consider your interests and abilities. You might not be able to change the career path you want to take, but you can change what you study.

Many students are afraid of taking on a major that doesn't match their interests or abilities. They feel like they will be stuck in that career for the rest of their life. This is not true because there are many ways to switch your focus later in life.

You will always have the option of going into a different field entirely later in your career. This way, you will better understand what it takes to do your desired job and have more job opportunities available in the future. You can search on your college laptop for the information you need on the job you'd like, giving you more options for the major you'd like. 


Consider Your Future Career 

College majors are not just about the coursework you'll be taking in school but also about what you will do after graduation. Therefore, if you're interested in a particular field, you must choose a college major that aligns with that interest. 

If you end up struggling with your chosen major, then there's always the option of transferring or changing schools later ondown the line.


Consider Asking For Help Or Seeking Advice 

We all make decisions in our lives that we later regret. Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes people make when choosing their college major is not asking for advice from those who have gone through similar experiences.

It can be challenging to choose the right major for you, especially if you aren't sure what your interests are and are unsure about your career path. It's best to seek advice from people who have gone through the same before.

For this reason, students should ask for advice from family members, friends, and teachers. Or seek advice from organizations that specialize in helping students choose their college major. These organizations will help you explore your options, narrow down your choices, and ultimately, help you find your passion and what you want to do with your future.

 




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Lyme Prevention Starts at Home. Be prepared!




·       Create a tick kit for your family for use at home and make another for travel. Necessary items include a fine-tipped tweezer, alcohol pads, magnifier, and antibiotic ointment. Or, purchase a readymade kit, the TickEase Tick-Kitthat also includes tick ID, health risk assessment and tick testing info.

·       Remember to wear light-colored long sleeves and pants when in long grass areas

·       Tuck your pant legs into socks, especially if walking or hiking in wooded areas

·       Wear a bug repellent with DEET on your skin and Permethrin on your clothing to keep ticks away

Tick Safety in Your Yard

·       Clear tall grass and brush at the edge of the lawn and create a 3-foot barrier between lawns and wooded areas with wood chips, mulch, or gravel 

·       Cut lawn frequently and keep leaves raked because ticks prefer moist leafy areas rather than sunny open spaces

·       Locate patios and playground equipment in a sunny location, away from wooded areas

 

Tick Safety for Your Dog

·       After walking in wooded areas brush your dog vigorously and do a thorough tick check

·       Have your dog wear a permethrin-treated bandana, i.e. the TickEase Bandana to help repel ticks and other insects. 

·       Quickly remove embedded ticks from pets to reduce the chance of infection. The TickEase tweezer makes tick removal quick and easy as holding down a squirmy pet can be tricky.


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Importance of Men’s Sexual Health Education and Why We Should Care More About It Too!

 



Many often hear people demanding sex education for girls but not boys. The reasoning is simple. If young women get pregnant, they will have to deal with the consequences. Suppose young men get a woman pregnant. They may pass off the kid and continue their merry way in many cases. However, people need to start teaching sexual health education to both genders. Sex education is a social responsibility to care about a boy getting someone pregnant as it is a girl. Below are some reasons why people need to care about men's sexual health education.

To Prevent the Spread of STDS and HIV/AIDS

Many people think that they are untouchable regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They see those commercials on TV with young women shedding tears over a positive STD test and assume that it cannot be them. Everyone is susceptible to STDs and HIV/AIDS, whether you are a man or a woman. This means both genders need to be educated about the risks involved. With this, people can prevent the spread of these diseases.

To Prevent Pregnancy and Raise Awareness of Contraception

Sex is a crucial aspect of people's lives. This is evident from the increased sales of sex toys for seniors, among other sex toys, to keep their sex life balanced. There are many, many options of contraception. The good news is that most of them are highly effective if used correctly. The bad news is that they are too often not used correctly. Sex education needs to get both genders to understand all the different methods to make educated decisions about contraception and practice safe sex.

To Develop a Well-Rounded Sense of Sexuality

People develop sexuality based on what they learn from their families, schools, and the general media. Suppose a young man is never told that it is alright to like men and women. In that case, they may grow up to be someone who is ashamed of these feelings or hides them from others. The same goes for women. Objectifying the opposite sex in the media can lead young girls to think that their primary purpose in life is to look hot or be sexually available to men. The more these ideas are normalized, the worse things will get for both men and women.

To Treat Women as Equals and Have Empathy for Their Sexuality

Both males and females should know that women are human beings with sexual needs and sexual rights just like men. Suppose boys do not care about girls' feelings or sexual needs. In this case, they may grow up to see women as objects instead of equals. This is especially a problem for men who visit sex workers but do not know enough about what goes on in their lives. These men may have difficulty establishing genuine relationships with women out of fear. Most are afraid people will take advantage of them as they were in the past.

To Keep Men Informed About Their Bodies

Too many men never make it to the doctor because they are too ashamed of their bodies. They may have a small mole on their back that they think is cancer or one testicle that Is slightly larger than the other. This is just as dangerous as if women were not going to the doctor because they are embarrassed about their bodies. Both genders need to be aware of these things. This will ensure they do not develop unnecessary paranoia. It will also prevent both males and females from ignoring problems until things worsen and kill them.

Sex education needs to be taught to both males and females instead of leaving it up only to the girls in class. By being informed, many will be able to prevent the spread of STDs, unwanted pregnancies, excessive harassment, and many other problems. People will also be able to raise both genders to have a healthy respect for one another.



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Does Weed Go Bad?




While I’ve never tried, now that it’s legal in my state here’s what you should know if you went a little overboard. What can you do with what you don't use? Does weed go bad? How do you know when weed goes bad? No worries! Below, we'll cover everything from how to spot bad weed after it has been stored for a while to how to keep weed fresh.

First, how to keep your weed fresh

In the most general terms, you will need to pay close attention to four things in order to keep your weed fresh for as long as possible, including:

  • Control the storage temperature - the best temperature is below 77°F
  • Keep it out of the sunlight - UV rays will degrade cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Watch out for oxygen - Air exposure can mean moisture exposure, but may also degrade cannabinoids
  • Regulate humidity levels - Humidity can lead to problems with mold, but lacking humidity can cause over drying

Another important thing to consider is the container you use for storing weed. Plastic can expose the plant material to unnecessary toxins, so steer clear of plastic baggies and containers. Instead, opt for glass stash jars with an airtight lid, possibly with a silicone sleeve to keep out UV rays.

What does bad weed look like?

The appearance of old weed may not change much other than the vibrancy of the color. However, you can usually tell if weed is not fresh by the way it smells. Cannabis is one of the most aromatic plants on the planet, so if you pull out an older stash and it smells more like old hay, what you have is probably not that good. Fresh cannabis also should feel a bit sticky and resinous—it shouldn't crumble and break apart with little handling. It's also worth noting that old weed is not going to taste the same or yield the same level of effects.

How to check your weed for mold

Mold is extremely hard to spot in the densely packed flowers of cannabis. If you suspect your weed may be moldy:

  • Look for spots of fuzz or anything that looks powdery and white
  • Watch out for spongy spots of moisture where the flowers are dark or black
  • Take a whiff to see if your weed smells musty or mildewy at all

If you accidentally smoke moldy weed, you will probably be OK. However, some people experience things like nausea and coughing, and anyone with existing health problems should toss it out when in doubt.

Does weed have a shelf life?

Not necessarily. However, if you are storing your weed properly, you can easily expect that it will last anywhere from six months to a year or longer. As the cannabis ages, cannabinoid content will decline, so eventually, you will have dried cannabis with no good cannabinoids or terpenes left. By the time cannabis reaches four years old, it may have lost more than 40 percent of its THC content.

Looking for the best weed storage solutions? Be sure to check out the collection at Evergreen, including stash jars, humidification pods, and more.




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