Author: Rosa Perez

How to Deal with the Death of a Grandparent

For many teens, the death of a grandparent is their first experience with loss. Grief affects people in different ways. Some teens may feel angry, others devastated, and yet others may be numb or in disbelief.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one. The most important thing is learning how to heal and move on.

Understand the Five Stages of Grief

Many teens who lose a grandparent will go through the five stages of grief, but you may also experience other emotions.

The five stages of grief include:

  • Denial and isolation
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

You may not experience these stages in this order, or you may not go through certain stages. You may go through these stages at different points in your life. Many people never reach the acceptance stage simply because we are not afforded the time to properly grieve a loss.

It’s common for bereaved grandchildren to feel:

  • Emotionally numb, or to have difficulty crying. This does not mean that you are not affected by the loss. It just means that it is taking some time for you to accept that it is real.
  • Alone or forgotten. You may feel like your friends and family don’t realize how much you are hurting. You may feel that your parents and your surviving grandparent are receiving more support than you, and that others don’t realize that you also need help.
  • Guilty for not spending more time with the grandparent. You may have so many questions or things you’d like to say to your grandparent.
  • Anxious about death, particularly if this is your first time experiencing a loss. You may feel anxious for the safety of your loved ones.

Take a Time Out and Talk About It

Many people will tell you to keep busy after the death of a loved one, but it’s important to instead take time out to process and work through your emotions.

If you try to rush right back to school, you may find it hard to be in the present moment and to pay attention to the work. Give yourself at least a day or two to work through the initial shock and grief.

Stay close to your family, and talk about your emotions. Sometimes, talking through it can help you process what you’re feeling.

Understand the Estate Settlement and Probate Process

The death of a loved one is difficult enough as is. The last thing you want to think at such a time is the legal steps that need to take place.

As a teen, you won’t have to worry too much about the logistics of making funeral arrangements or having to deal with the probate process or hiring a probate attorney. Depending on your family’s preferences, you may be asked to be present during the reading of your grandparent’s last will and testament. During the reading, you will find out what you inherited from your grandparent, if anything.

Support Your Family

Be there for your loved ones. Understand that you are all grieving the loss of your grandparent. Check in on your loved ones. Ask how they are doing, and provide as much support as you can to those around you.

The Biggest Pop Stars Right Now

From billboard chart toppers to most streamed albums, these are the hottest pop stars at the top of the music industry food chain.

Let’s face it — pop stars rule the media scene.

Everyone loves a good movie, but pop songs drop all the time, whereas major Hollywood movies are few and far between. 

Chances are you’ve had a pop song stuck in your head before. You mouthed it as you scanned the grocery store aisles; it interrupted your thoughts as you tried to fall asleep; you even hummed the songs you didn’t like!

Pop songs are just plain catchy

And following along with the lives of celebrities is a guilty pleasure for many of us.

Why did Miley and Liam divorce? Who is Ariana Grande feuding with? Does Zayn Malik have a new girlfriend?

We can’t answer every question you may have, but we can tell you who some of the more famous stars are today. That way you can narrow down your hunt of gossip to the select few that appear here.

Read away!

Biggest Female Pop Stars

Let’s get this list started with four favorite females that are dominating the charts (and tabloids) right now.

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Ariana Grande

The tiny and tattooed Ariana Grande is making headlines for a variety of reasons.

First, she released her fifth LP — Thank U, Next — this February, and it was very well-received.

Three of the singles hit the Top 100 on Billboard’s music charts: “7 Rings,” “Thank U, Next,” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” Whether you liked the songs or not, you can’t deny their great beats and memorable lyrics.

Second, she made the news recently after suing Forever 21 (for a cool $10 million) after using her likeness, without permission, in recent advertisements. Could that have contributed to Forever 21’s recent closure of stores across the U.S.?

And, unsurprisingly, she became the most-followed female on Instagram with 146.3 million followers. Sorry, Selena Gomez!

Grande also recently collaborated with Miley Cyrus. Let’s move on to her next.

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Miley Cyrus

Despite what you have to say about Miley’s lifestyle, her voice is one that goes unmatched.

Her new ballad, “Slide Away,” is an ode to her newly-ended marriage with Liam Hemsworth (much to fans’ dismay). And in preparation for her soon-to-be-released She Is Miley Cyrus, she put out a six-song, 19-minute EP entitled She Is Coming. One song from the album, “Mother’s Daughter,” came with a body-positive music video that fans adored. 

On top of all this music, she starred in Black Mirror‘s most recent season, playing the complex character of Ashley O.

And sticking with the movie theme, she, along with Lana Del Ray and Ariana Grande, made a soundtrack and accompanying video for the new Charlie’s Angels reboot.

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Taylor Swift

Lover was the star’s seventh LP and the album we’ve all been patiently waiting for since 2017.

It contains eighteen different ballads, most on the subject of — you guessed it — love. After all, that’s worked so well for her in the past. Why change the tune now?

That goes for self-love, too. “The Man” is all about staying strong as a female in the world of men.

Visit here often for the accompanying tour we all know is bound to be announced any day now!

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Billie Eilish

Seventeen-year-old Eilish became popular with the crooning “Ocean Eyes” — a song that she only intended to be a part of her dance routine in 2015.

But her siblings thought it too good to remain in dance class.

They posted it to SoundCloud in 2016 and soon, major record labels were fighting to pick it up. In only a short amount of time, the song got played by an astounding 10 million people.

Soon after, she released a music video for the song that was just as popular. This is only the beginning of her story.

Her new album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, featured a variety of hits — one of which, “Bad Guy,” came in the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100.

Biggest Male Pop Stars

All right — time to turn it over to the guys that are making waves in the pop music scene.

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Shawn Mendes

Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes has had 13 songs reach the Billboard Top 100 chart.

Five of them have even hit the top 10: “Señorita” with Camila Cabello, “If I Can’t Have You,” “Stitches,” “Treat You Better,” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

“Señorita” even spent some time in the #1 spot! (It likely had a little bit to do with the popularity of Camila Cabello as well.)

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Khalid

Khalid has a soulful, diverse voice that rides the line between pop and R&B

His first and only album to date, American Teen, is just that — a collection of pop songs that describe life as a living, loving, growing and learning teenager.

He also does a number of notable collaborations with artists from Billie Eilish and H.E.R. to Halsey and Ed Sheeran.

This is another reason we’re hearing him everywhere. Play a Shawn Mendes playlist on Spotify and “Location” by Khalid is bound to pop up. He was featured on more than twenty songs with various artists in the last year alone.

It’s safe to say Khalid and his duets aren’t going anywhere!

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Post Malone

Post Malone is not only the subject of many a hilarious meme, but he’s a rising star in pop, hip hop, and R&B.

He’s had a whopping 44 songs on the Billboard Top 100. Three of those became #1 hits while nine reached the Top 10.

One song, “Sunflower,” got featured in the newest Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse movie, further catapulting Malone to the top of everyone’s playlists.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little (Pop) Star

These are some — of many — of the biggest pop stars right now.

This list is certainly not exhaustive. The pop music scene is full of awesome talent. You’ll just have to turn on your local radio station to hear more.

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Can herbs really make your breasts bigger?

A lot of girls are very self-conscious about their bodies. While there is plenty of advice out there to “just accept yourself,” it is not that easy. We are hit every day with standards of beauty in the media and social platforms. This makes us compare ourselves, and its kind of impossible not to.

One area which girls are sensitive about is breast size. Generally, we want them bigger! Its just kind of a normal part of being a girl to want to look like the fashion models and actresses we see, but understand that breast size doesn’t determine your worth or even whether guys like you. Guys like all types, trust us!

The truth is: your genes and the amount of estrogen in your body determine your breast size, and they will also naturally grow as you get older. They will also grow when you get pregnant. However, say you are hell-bent on getting bigger breasts. You have probably heard about breast enhancement pills, creams, implants, plastic surgery, and many more methods. But what about herbs like dong quai, wild yam, watercress leaf, saw palmetto, and so on ?

Not all herbs are beneficial for your health. They may have side effects and interact with other medications. In other words, ask a doctor before you go taking a bunch of herbs which might not work or even cause you harm.

That being said, here are some herbs which supposedly increase estrogen and therefore help increase bust size. Take this information with a grain of salt, and consult with doctors FIRST before taking your research further!

Fennel seed

Fennel seeds have some essential compounds named dianethole and photoanethole. These compounds purportedly help to increase the level of estrogen inside your body and increasing the flow of breast milk.

Hops

Hops (the stuff they use to make beer) contains a phytoestrogen named 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% of estradiol. This THE primary estrogen hormone that enlarges your breasts — however whether it works the same by eating hops is anyone’s guess at this point.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai supposedly helps balance the level of your body’s estrogen and thus affect breast enlargement. Moreover, this herb contains isoflavone, a chemical that some say keeps breasts firmer and fuller.

Watercress Leaf

Watercress is also touted by some to promote milk production in your breasts, which enlarges breasts. Of course, if you are breastfeeding, your breasts are already bigger so….

Wild Yam

A vital natural hormone called diosgenin is found in wild yam. This hormone allegedly helps balance female hormones, enlarge breasts, and even promote healthy levels of cholesterol.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is another breast enlargement natural herb that you can find mostly in North America. It has another name, Serenoa Repens. It has benefits for both men and women. It contains phytochemicals which might stimulate the estrogen hormone that is involved in enhancing your breasts’ size.

Pueraria Mirifica

Pueraria Mirifica is used by people in Thailand and Burma to nourish their skin and promote blood flow. It is also known as White Kwao Krua. It contains miroestrol and deoxymirostrol which could possibly mimic the work of estrogen to enlarge your breast’s size.

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Naturalist physicians prescribe this herb to treat appetite and indigestion, and it has also been used for nursing women to increase the flow of milk (aka bigger boobs).

Final Verdict

The truth is: NOBODY REALLY KNOWS IF HERBS CAN MAKE YOUR BOOBS BIGGER! There has to be more data collected and experiments done–but if you were a plastic surgeon, would you really pay for these studies to be done and possibly cut your paycheck? So prepare to wait a long time for the answers…

6 Tips on How to Find Out that Your Relationship is Really Serious

Nobody wants to spend time on relationships that will end in a month. How do you know when things are getting real? Check out these 6 signs that your romantic relationship is really serious.

Its okay to have different likes and interests

The same hobbies and interests are often considered a sign of genuine intimacy between people in love, but this is not always the case. Your understanding that your values and perspectives may not match is much more important. If a loved one is busy with something without you, and you are OK with it, this is a sign of mutual trust. If you tried to introduce your partner to your hobby, and this idea did not work out, but you still respect each other – this is a sign of a mature relationship.

You don’t try to change each other

We all think, react to events, solve problems, and behave in everyday life differently. Another person will inevitably do something in a way different from you, your parents, or a former partner. And it does not mean that you need to change him or her.

Sometimes it is worthwhile to put yourself in the place of your BF or GF in order to understand how important things that seem insignificant to you are to them. The more eccentric interests a partner has, the challenging it will be to date him or her. If you are old enough to use dating apps, you can see these the online dating profile pictures of a person and tell what they are into.

In the so-called Gestalt prayer, written by Fritz Perls, there are the following lines: “I’m not in the world to live up to your expectations, and you aren’t in the world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if we find each other by chance, it’s beautiful.”

You have the same basic values

Personal characteristics and different interests are not a problem, but there are some global issues that can become a stumbling block in a romantic relationship. They can refer to where to live (for example, one loves cities, and the other dreams of a farm life), whether to have children and pets, or how to build relationships in general (perhaps you want a traditional family, and your partner – an open relationship).

For some people, religious, political, or other ideological issues are fundamental. Relations with a person who shares a different ideology can be quite passionate but full of conflicts, and so they are unlikely to last long.

Your conversations aren’t all about you

Stories like “how I spent the day” are rarely fascinating. However, sincere sympathy and interest can transform even the most ordinary things into something amazing. If you can actually listen patiently without getting aggravated and wanting t talk only about YOU this is one of the sure signs that your relationship is serious.

What was it like for your BF or GF growing up? How did she get that littel scar on her eyebrow? What does he think about this or that news? If you are not interested in such things, this is a warning sign. If a partner does not listen to your stories and never asks for your opinion, then you are unlikely to be an important part of his or her life.

You are ready to accept help and afford assistance

Self-sufficient people have the most successful and happy relationships. But sometimes we all need the support of loved ones. For some people, especially those who were brought up on the belief that complaining and crying are shameful, it is difficult to open up and ask for help. However, if you really trust someone, you can do it.

The same goes for helping the other person. If you love them and your relationship is serious, you are ready to go above and beyond for them.

You know their family

If you are familiar with each other’s mother and dad, this is quite a serious sign of a long and serious relationship. Now, there are some people who acquaint parents with ALL their dates. But as a rule, this is a gesture of trust. Also, it’s important not only that you are acquainted with the family of your loved one but also how it was done. The accidental meeting does not count — it should be something more formal, like a dinner, when its serious.

How To Surprise Your Crush For Sweet 16

Choosing a birthday gift for a friend can be a daunting task, and just imagine how nerve-racking it can be to choose the ideal gift for a girl or boy that you have a crush on–especially when it’s an important one like Sweet 16!

This is the time when teens start to transition into adulthood, and it is vital to commemorate that special moment with something unique that celebrates this moment. To narrow down your quest, here are some ideas for a perfect gift which would certainly surprise your crush for Sweet 16 while giving them a few hints as to how you feel.

Give a musical gift

Text your crush early in the morning on the day of her birthday to come to a place with significance, like the place you two first hung out. Then play or sing his or her favorite song, or one which you guys heard the first time here. End off by gifting a pair of tickets for a live show of the band or singer of the song next time they are in town. The condition: he or she must take you with them!

A sweet delight for a sweet someone

Everyone adores chocolate. And you can get a box of chocolate with special carvings. Many producers can carve anything you desire on the chocolate, or print on the paper wrap. A box of chocolates with personalized wrappers with nice wishes for Sweet 16 is a really original and surprising idea. Basically, you can have her/his name or lyrics to a favorite song written. For an even greater wow effect, you can get a bouquet of donuts. This gift might not last for eternity, but it will surely be a unique present.

A symbol of eternity

Many girls eagerly await their sweet 16 to be cherished and pampered all day. If you want to give a girl a present she would absolutely love and hold on to forever, then you had better go with jewelry. Jewelry will last for a lifetime and is a great way to symbolize your affection for that special someone. You can go for a cute bracelet, nice pearl earrings, or find beautiful silver infinity necklace which symbolizes love, empowerment and eternity. Since this costs $$$, make sure this person is worth it and has hinted at maybe having the same feelings.

A gift that enlivens his or her dreams

Once you turn sixteen, there will be numerous things that you start dreaming of. Every teen has a passion, so if your crush wants to be an artist, get him or her a white canvas and paint. If she wants to explore the world, get her a journal to plan her travel destinations. Encourage him/her to follow her dreams rather than make this all about YOU and your feelings.

An enticing book

Not many teens like to read physical books compared with a phone these days, but giving the right book to someone special shows you know their interests and is very flattering. If you want to honestly surprise your crush, knowing what they like to read and finding the book they want can definitely make them feel goosebumps. Getting an enticing and riveting book instead of a mug or clothes takes courage, but it can undoubtedly pay off.

If you put an effort into choosing the gift and truly do your best to find the most memorable present, your crush will know how to appreciate it. Keep his or her personality in mind and you will be on the right track and avoid cringey moments.


Bored of your room? Try these unique home makeover ideas!

The mere idea of a makeover is exciting. This is one reason the makeup industry thrives, you can literally transform yourself into a new person! Now, how about you dab some “makeup” over your home?

Don’t be discouraged by the possibility of coughing up a large sum of money; you can actually do a lot without spending much cash since you can use some of the stuff you already have in your home.

1.     With Plants, You Never Go Wrong

Potted plants add a certain vibe to your home. If you aren’t using them already, now is a perfect time to add them to brighten up your stairway, windowsill or fireplace. Including potted plants in your home décor can give a healthy look to your house (because plants give off oxygen). And if you’re worried about where to get pots, even large mugs and old coffee tins can be used to hold those plants and flowers.

2.     Go Bold on Your Door Colors

Make an amazing statement of boldness as soon as anyone steps into your house with brightly colored doors.

Repaint your doors to be as fun as possible. For your room, you can get very creative with even bolder colors, animals, flowers, or chalk paint.

3.     Wall Art Has Never Been Cooler

Get creative with your walls! All you need to do is place pieces of artwork or plates of different sizes or cool posters from a thrift store.

And don’t worry about being totally symmetrical: check out this wall with different sized pieces arranged on different levels.

4.                Move Stuff Around

If you have done this before, you’ll have noticed the automatic facelift it gives to your rooms. You can give your home a whole new look by the simple act of rearranging a room’s content.

For instance, you could rearrange books in your bookshelf according to color or size; rearrange your bedroom furniture along opposite walls on in an L-shape, or place your outdoor dining sets in the center of your patio.

5.                Make Your Closet Fascinating

When you have a warm and inviting wardrobe closet, it’s a lot easier for you to enjoy picking out clothes each morning. Repainting the closet to a warm color, or placing some cool vignettes on it to remind yourself of how awesome you are each day, might be helpful.

6.                Use Leftover Fabric Creatively

If you’ve got bundles of leftover fabric lying around, you can turn them around to make creative cushion covers from them if you have basic sewing skills.

7.                Use Fruits as Dining Table Centerpieces

When you line up those fresh, colorful fruits in big glass bowls, they look super amazing as dining table centerpieces. Plus you get to eat them.

8.                Shoe Boxes Can Be Used to Store Stuff

Especially for things like concert or school memorabilia, you can wrap up old shoe boxes in wrapping paper and voila! You have before you the perfect storage solution for your knickknacks!

9.                Use Old Household Items in New Ways

Put battery-powered lights in old jars for a cool rustic look. Or you could fill the jars with beautifully bright beads, pebbles or even sweets! And those sweet old baskets you’re so fond of? Use them as magazine holders.

Wrapping Up

What do you say to the use of these unique ideas to transform your home into a hub of newness and utter beauty?

PUBG: 5 Tactics to Become an Epic Player

Battle Royale games are all the craze across the globe, ranging from Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. When it comes to PUBG, you do not want to be left out in showcasing your prowess, when every other gamer from the 30 million daily active users across the world is upping their game. The high number of active players makes winning a matter precise strategies and skills, without which you will always be lagging in the game.

Lucky for you, some experts have shared some of the tricks and hacks that help them get by, and you will need them in your journey to becoming a pro PUBG player. Here are five tactics to get you started on your road to becoming an epic PUBG player:

Adjust the graphics

Most gamers get quickly invested in getting the very best accessories to better their gaming experience, such as the opseat master series. But one other thing which can greatly boost your experience is better graphics, and one hack we heard which doesn’t involve buying anything is to increase the contrast so your enemies stand out much more. Then set it back to normal so you don’t get a headache when viewing normal content.

Study the map

This is a crucial step if you are only beginning. Studying the map allows you to figure out your way swiftly around the battleground while playing. Master all the crucial hotspots in a particular map, ranging from Erangel and Miramir to Sanhok and Vikendi.

Capitalize on the training ground

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It may be a no brainer to you, but it is not to everyone. PUBG Mobile has a training mode feature that is very often overlooked by gamers. The feature allows you to try out all the guns, attachments, and other weapons. In the end, trying out the different weapons enable you to know what suits you best for better gameplay.

However, if you really want to do it like the experts, don’t just test the weapons at face-value. Consider the recoil patterns. For example, the AKM gun has a high damage rate but high recoil. By mastering the recoil patterns and the names of the guns, you already have a competitive advantage even before the game starts.

Land at hotspots that are away from the flight path

Now that you know your way around the maps, the next step is to identify a spot that has the prime resources but is slightly far from the flight path. The advantage with this trick is that you may end up having most of the loot for yourself. Even in the event of people showing up, you will have more advantage in fighting them off, assuming you chose the best weapons.

Don’t kill knocked out players immediately

When the game is going your way, do not let the excitement of the game get you making the wrong calls. Once you knock down a player, be hesitant about completely getting rid of them immediately. While that should be the end game, use the knocked out players as bait. A lot of the times, a knocked out gamer will ask for help from a teammate. When they come out, this is your opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. However, be keen lest they get sneaky on you and hide far away from your field-of-view.

Seek cover in terrain

As you may have noticed, the buildings are such an ideal spot to seek cover. With the perfect strategy, you can stay alive if you are in a building, more especially if you have covered the only entrance to the building. However, some risks come with that. All it takes is for someone to know you are there, and a well-placed grenade can end your gameplay instantly. For that reason, consider the terrain an ideal place for cover. A suitable terrain will give you a spot with excellent sightlines to keep a view of your enemies. Other than that, you have more escape options when you are on terrain than inside a building. Find a ridge, dip, or hill to hold you up for a while, before your next move.

While at it, consider hiding in bushes. It may look like a lame move, but hiding in bushes works surprisingly very well. However, you may want to take off any bright colored clothes you have before you hit the bushes.

Grab the highest level equipment

If you really want to win the PUBG game, then you must grab the highest level of equipment when you are looting untouched equipment. While that is a strategy, there is more you can do to have the best armor for the game. When you defeat a level three player, it can be challenging to know what to pick up and what to leave. A general rule applied by most PUBG experts is, ‘always pick the level three helmet.’ Even though it might be damaged, this helmet will always save you from a headshot with the M24 and is the only one that will do so.

Pick your battles wisely

You are aiming for many kills in one round, but the chances of that happening and you being alive in the end are usually very slim. The whole idea of the game is to be the last man standing. This means that if other players can help you get rid of some people, then you should let them. The best strategy is not to hide out and avoid picking fights altogether, but rather to pick battles you know you can win. Know which enemies to attack in clear sight, and which ones you should re-strategize before you attack.

Digital Detox: How to Reconnect with Good Clean Family Fun

Are you in need of a break from your cell phone and social media? How about screens in general, including Netflix? If so, check out this guide to learn how to find clean family entertainment taht doesn’t involve looking at a glowing screen, which is increasingly associated with depression and other problems.

Family activities are a great way to get off your phone and make some lasting memories. Whether you have a big family or a small family, there are many “old fashioned” activities that can bring you closer together. Its good to reconnect in a world where families are increasingly worlds away — even when living in the same house.

Build a Garden

What’s a better way to enjoy the great outdoors while also helping the environment? If you said building a garden, then you’re right! It doesn’t take a botanist to figure out just how much fun you can have by planting and seeing the fruits of your labor (literally!) come to life.

Planning and planting a garden is an activity everyone in your family can be a part of. It’s a great way to get your hands dirty, cobnnect with nature, and have some fun!

Start by taking a family field trip to a local gardening shop to stock up on what you need, like plants or seeds suitable for your area and some common tools. You will also need some soil and fertilizer, and possibly some stones, wood, or other material to order your garden.

Building a garden is an activity that lasts long after the seeds are planted. Put your vision into action and reap the benefits, inclduing delicious fruits, herbs, and veggies if that’s what you plant!

Play a Board Game

Family game night could be just what the doctor ordered when you are bored and looking to take a break from social media. From classic board games to RPGs, board games are often the answer to families’ boredom.

Playing board games brings people together. You’ll find that no matter what games you’re playing, laughter ensues. The more you laugh, the less stress you feel. So no matter what’s happening in your life, the minute you roll the dice of Yahtzee or Go Fish you’ll feel a wave of relief and ushered into a night of fun with the people you love most. Okay maybe not if you play Monopoly, but that’s besides the point!

One of the best reasons to incorporate board games into your next family night is because it helps increase brain function and activity. It improves decision-making, problem-solving and mental growth in children, and might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in adults.

Go Camping

You don’t have to be an experienced outdoor enthusiast to enjoy a nice camping trip. You don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy a night under the stars.

Some families love camping so much they invest money into a camper or high-quality equipment to ensure all their needs are met. But you don’t have to own a camper or even camp chairs to get the most out of camping. Many families take advantage of their own backyard to enjoy the great outdoors. Pull out your old tent and bring out the s’mores. Its a great way to test the waters in a very safe way, not to mention you won’t have to travel too far to use the restroom!

No matter how you choose to camp, there is no wrong way to spend time with your family. Whether you drive to a local campground or stay in your own backyard, a night out under the stars is one of the best memories a family can create together.

Go to a Ballgame

One of the best things about sports is you don’t have to be a big fan to enjoy a day at the ballpark. Whether you’re there to see your favorite player or just there for the food and atmosphere, a day spent listening to the crack of a bat is a day well spent.

One great reason to see a game is because it gives you the opportunity to learn experience a large community of people who are into the same ting. You feel connected with real people all rooting for the same team, especially when someone starts “the wave.”

Another big selling point is the food. Each ballpark has a signature type of food that’s unique to the area. In Miami and Seattle, you can find great seafood while you’ll find a big, juicy steak sandwich in Atlanta. Not to mention the Crackerjacks, which are a classic!

Above all, a day at the game creates memories that last a lifetime, Each time you find yourself at a ballpark, you’ll instantly be taken back to those special memories you shared with your family.

Laugh together

It’s a comedian’s job to make people laugh and it’s your job, as a spectator, to give them that laughter. We’ve all heard that laughter is contagious and it’s been proven that laughter brings people together – so why not go to a comedy show with clean comedians?

One benefit of finding a great, family-friendly comedian is that they can be utilized for other events such as birthday parties or family get-togethers. You’ll never have to worry about the content that comes out of their mouths or what your little bro or sis might hear next if you choose clean comedians.

Say Yes to Family Activities!

Putting down your phone to reconnect with your loved ones is important. It doesn’t matter what family activities you choose to do, the memories are going to last a lifetime.

Make it your mission to set aside special time weekly or monthly to dedicate time specifically to your mom, dad, and siblings. You won’t regret the memories you make and the smiles, hugs, and laughs you receive in return.

One last tip: keep an eye out for fun free activities happening in your community throughout the year, such as We Like L.A.. This is a great way to stay on a budget while still creating space for fun!

How does poor sleep affect my brain health?

To easily an vividly remember the events of the past is a sign of good mental and brain health. But, did you know that one of the best ways to ensure our memory is at its optimum for mid-terms or finals is getting good quality sleep? This doesn’t mean long hours of sleep, but rather high quality deep sleep?

What happens when your sleep quality os poor? Here are some ways your brain could be getting hurt when your body doesn’t get quality sleep:

Decreased memory retention

Let me brief you on how memory is stored by the brain. During long hours of sleep, electrical impulses pass through your brain nerves. At the top of these impulses are brain spindles. Brain spindles help in file transfer from your short term memory reservoir to the long term memory reservoir where memories are permanently stored. This mechanism only occurs when you get a deep sleep. This implies that when you don’t have enough quality sleep, the ability of your brain to retain information becomes a difficult task. Trish at sleepdelivered provides a review of one mattress which might help you sleep better, and thus retain memories more!

Reduced productivity

The brain is your center of productivity. Every time you want to perform a task, the brain is critical in your thinking process. As a student, you are required to think with both speed and accuracy. This is why going on late-night cram sessions all week before an exam is not particularly good. Low sleep dumbs you down and makes you think slower and less accurately.

Low hormonal production

The brain houses the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which both function in the production of hormones. What hormones do is to regulate most of your day-to-day activities. An example of such an important hormone is ADH (antidiuretic hormone) which functions in osmoregulation of the body. During cold seasons have you noticed you urinate more and sweat less, while during a hot day you sweat more and urinate less? It’s the antidiuretic hormone that backs up this phenomenon. Not giving the brain enough rest could mess up thsi mechanism and disturb the fluid balance in your body.

Dizziness

Dizzyness can really ruin your day. When driving it could be considered to have the same effect and consequences on an in individual as driving drunk. Studies show that poor quality sleep or complete lack of sleep –insomnia, could lead to dizziness and therefore major accidents.

Lowered sexual drive

An individual’s ability to getting aroused sexually is dependent on how the brain visualizes an object or person. This brain function is not easily performed when you don’t have a good night’s rest. This inability could lead to depleted energy, sleepiness and increased tension — all which kills the sex drive of an individual.

The moral of the story: get enough sleep!

Five Things All Parents Should Tell Their Teen About Driving

Did your teen recently get a learner’s permit or a driver’s license? If so, you may be worried about your teen’s safety whenever he or she gets behind the wheel.  After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that auto accidents are the leading cause of death among teens. You can help your teen to drive safe and avoid accidents by talking with him or her about these five points:

1. Knowledge is power.

Make sure that your teen takes a driver’s education course. The course will instruct your teen about the rules of the road and about defensive driving techniques such as constantly scanning the road for risks or hazards. You should reinforce what your teen learns in the course when you ride along with your teen.

2. Hang up the phone.

Distracted driving is highly dangerous, especially when it involves the use of phones. You should make sure to discuss any laws in your state that prohibit texting and driving or which ban or greatly restrict any use of electronic devices by teens while they are driving. You should also talk with your teen about avoiding many other potential distractions such as eating, drinking, putting on makeup, playing with the radio or interacting with passengers.

3. Slow down.

In a AAA survey, driving instructors identified speeding as one of the top mistakes which teens make when they are learning how to drive. Statistics show that speeding actually plays a role in roughly one-third of all fatal teen crashes. For this reason, you should make sure that your teen understands the importance of following the posted speed limit and going only as fast as traffic, road and weather conditions allow.


4. Don’t drink and drive.

You should make sure that your teen understands the dangers of impaired driving. Your teen should know that consuming alcohol or using controlled substance great affects a person’s judgment and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Additionally, many states have a “zero tolerance” law that prohibits teens from driving if they have any amount of alcohol in their system. Your teen should understand the serious consequences that he or she faces if the teen is charged with a violation of that law.

5. Use caution in severe weather.

Teens need to realize that they must adjust their driving when they encounter harsh weather conditions such as rain, fog, ice and snow. You should talk to your teen about using lights, windshield wipers, hazard lights and the defroster in certain types of weather conditions. You should make sure that your teen knows that there is nothing wrong with slowing down when they are driving through conditions that cut down on visibility and makes the roads slick.

In addition to these five topics, you should tell your teen to always wear a seat belt and make sure that all of his or her passengers are buckled up. Wearing a seat belt cannot prevent an accident. However, it can save lives if a crash occurs.