The Student-Centric Math App

It’s an App designed for children (and parents) since it focuses on the way kids are learning in school TODAY.

AbaquestAs a parent, I thought helping my children with their school work during their early childhood years would be a breeze… then, math happened. I’m not sure how or when, but I believe that a single person (because more than one would never have agreed), had a knee jerk reaction, and decided it would be a “great idea” to change the way kids should learn math today. Somehow, “that person” ruined the only hope I had in not spending too much time on homework… again.
Do you remember the Abacus?

Fortunately, the amazing people over at ABAQUEST had another “great idea” (the difference was they actually thought this one through), and created an App suited for children and parents to learn everything from basic (adding and subtracting), to more complex arithmetic operations (multiplication and division of multiple numbers). Do you remember using an Abacus when you were younger, and what a great tool it was? Well, Abaquest teaches students (and parents) how to use an Abacus the right way!

Similar to Kumon, Abaquest is a self-learning, level-based maths enrichment program. With their 6-Step Learning Methodology and 26 levels graded gradually as students learn, a choice of instructor voices to match a familiar accent (clearly Abaquest is not universally challenged), it’s surprising the App is FREE (in-app purchases are also available).  You can find the App on iTunes and Google Play.

The method behind the Mental Maths App, encourages students to learn through Understanding, Observing, Judging, Identifying, Doing and Challenging activities.

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After using the App with my daughters, I thought it would be a great resource for parents and their children, especially since it has helped me considerably with their work and using the App gives me some quality time with my little ones while they learn. Try it out and let me know what you think!

*This is a sponsored post written by me.  All thoughts and views expressed in this post are my own.
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What Type Of Morning Person Are You?

How many times have you wished for just a few more minutes of sleep in the morning? If you’re the type of person who prefers the snooze button on your alarm over turning it off, ask yourself this:

If you knew you were going to die today, would you really want that extra minute of sleep?

They say that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. My mornings are usually so rushed that “one small positive thought” is the last thing on my mind.  My goal is to get my daughters and I ready and out the door before breaking into a sweat, losing my voice from yelling, and spontaneously combusting from working my body too hard before it has a chance to warm up. Mornings can be exhausting right?

TaliaGuitar700[The picture above is of Talia, my oldest. It was 8:15am on a Sunday morning. The house was quiet, and we were the only two up. I sat and listened to her strum her guitar softly while humming along. A gift. Photo taken with my Sony A7]

I envy women standing at the bus stop with their kids, dressed for the gym, hair done, with just the right amount of makeup (which baffles me because I can barely see straight in the morning).  A GREAT morning for me, is when I remember wear my bra before the bus comes! I may not share the same early morning drive as some mothers, and I’d love to know what they put in their morning cup of Jo, but I do know this…

It’s something we all share regardless of being ready to conquer the world our kids at 6am… Every morning is precious gift; it’s another chance for you to live; to create the life you want; to be with the ones you love; and to open your eyes… because there are so many beautiful things in front of you just waiting to be absorbed.  You choose whether you want to experience the beauty of life, or sleep through it.

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The Best Infographic For Social Media Photo Upload Sizes

This is by far the BEST Infographic breaking down the correct size your photos/images should be for most social media platforms.

I found myself struggling to find the perfect upload size so my illustrations and photos would look good on social media.  I could have spent hours researching each platform looking for the information I needed, but I knew somebody must have done all the research for me.  After searching the internet, I found a lot of great information, but the infographic below from Omnicore Agency blew me away!

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How Music Can Inspire Your Writing

Music sets all stages… It brings your past to the forefront, sets the stage for your present and creates memories for your future.

MUSIC WRITINGMusic is energy; It’s magical, and timeless.
It gives you strength when you need it, and helps wash away your pain with the tears it brings. It’s your therapy when you don’t feel like talking.

Beautiful Melodies That Make You Think. I’ll bet you aren’t much different from me. There are lyrics that make you cry, and the ones that make you smile, others that give you that “nostalgic feeling” that makes you a bit uncomfortable, yet you kind of like it.

 

Then there’s music that makes you feel beautiful.

I know it so well. I get lost in the lyrics and melodies. Music is completely mesmerizing and my creative process wouldn’t be as much fun without it.  Is music a big part of your creative process?  What types of music do you like best when you work?

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What’s Stirring Your Soul?

Did you know that one of the first steps to freeing your mind is knowing how to silence it?

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When you go through challenging times, it’s difficult to force your mind to rest.  I understand. I’ve had some “far from pleasant” things happen in my life recently… and I can’t say that I haven’t had a weak moment (or two) when the thought of regurgitating my thoughts sounded like a sound decision.

Every Time Things Get Tough… Take A Deep Breath And Let It Go. Calming your mind is good for your soul. It’s about connecting with your inner power.  Life simply happening is enough to cause any mind to go into overdrive. It’s up to you to strengthen your emotional IQ and have the “know how” to stop your mind from spiraling out of control.

Your first response should always be to breathe… and breathe some more. Here’s a great tip on how to breathe for relaxation, controlling stress and of course, resting your noggin.

Start by placing one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.  Now start to s.l.o.w.l.y. breathe in from your abdomen, but make sure that you take the oxygen in through your nose… then exhale s.l.o.w.l.y. again, but this time you want to push out as much air as you can through your mouth.  Continue doing this slowly and at a steady pace. You should feel your lower abdomen rise and fall as you do your deep breathing.

There’s something deep within you… and it’s calling you. It’s your life-force, your vital spark… but you won’t hear it; Not unless you silence your mind… and listen. Listen hard, for the voice is special. It’s your authentic self leading you to your soul purpose, and there is nothing more beautiful.

This post was written in response to an anxiety attack I had (today).  It was awful. I could barely breathe, never mind catch my breath… At that moment, I forgot how to silence my mind.  I forgot how to breathe.  I was uncomfortable, scared and had an uneasy feeling… until I started to breathe…

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Currently 04 : Books Are Portable Magic

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Stephen King said it best… “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

It took me a long time to accept e-readers in my life. There’s no question the stacks of books in my house won’t be too disappointed once they realize they no longer need to buff up before more piles of books are stacked on top of them.

Although I do miss the feel of turning pages while reading an epic novel, I love the ease of bringing my favorite books to read along with me during my travels. My back is happy with me too since I rarely read just one book at a time and my bag is no longer filled with a few books at a time. I was never great at picking “just one book” when leaving the house.

I got into e-readers because of my iPad. I fell in LOVE with e-readers after being gifted a nook. Shortly after, I bought a slightly (but not too pricey), nook with a glow light so I would use it even more. It’s now my best friend and sidekick.

How do you feel about e-readers vs. physical books? Do you have a preference?

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Where Do You Get Your Strength

It’s magical and powerful.

Are you as enamored by the ocean as I am?  It’s the only place I feel a sense of overwhelming peace, yet at the same time, I fear its unpredictable nature.  This poem represents so much I just had to share it.  It’s Simply Magical…

Transfixed I stand
and watch the Tireless Sea
As it’s waves crash upon the shore,
spraying it’s white, salty foam
Against the jagged rocks and cliffs below,
then returning into itself…
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The tireless sea
wherein its immeasurable depth
secrets lie buried,
never to be revealed…
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The tireless sea whose temperament is so mystifying
it neither fears, nor needs any man
but gathers its strength from within.

– The Sea, by Elizabeth Tew

Did you love the poem as much as I did?  What does it represent for you?

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All Stressed Out With Nobody To Choke?

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Did you know that stress is largely self-created?  It’s called self-sabotage; sometimes DRAMA; which I know we’ve all been a culprit of at some point.  Now, think of this: Stress = Self-Sabotage = DRAMA.

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Ok, so I may have copied that from the Urban Dictionary, so If you think that’s ridiculous, think about how ridiculous sabotaging yourself sounds. What’s worse, self-sabotage, or a definition taken from the Urban Dictionary?

Stress can wreak havoc on your body.  It can cause high blood pressure, sleeping problems, headaches, and even bring down your immune system.  The list goes on, and quite honestly, researching the negative effects of stress was really stressful, so I stopped. Instead, I leave you with this…

The next time you are close to letting stress get the best of you, think about how you really want to feel before you REACT.  Don’t let emotions get the best of you.  Avoid negative self-talk, pessimism, and taking on more than you can handle.  Most of all, breathe.  It’s pretty amazing what a few deep breaths can do for you.

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