The Easiest Ways To Flex Your Green Muscles

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In the twenty first century, it’s more important than ever to be as green as possible. Being eco-friendly is seen as a necessity rather than a luxury as the future of the planet is at stake and the human race has less time than ever to turn back the clock. Everyone should do their bit, so it’s vital that you can lead the way and show your kids why being environmentally aware is so crucial. Be a role model to your offspring and develop a strategy that enables you to lower your carbon footprint and be a greener family. Read on to discover how you can flex your green muscles.

Recycle

The easiest thing that you can do that requires very little thinking or effort on your part is to recycle as much as you can. Get yourself a recycle bin and show your kids what they can and cannot recycle. Your landfill waste should dramatically reduce and your recycling bin should be full at the end of every week. Any cardboard, aluminium, glass bottles, clean foil and certain types of plastic can be recycled. This means they can be reused again and you don’t have to feel as guilty about contributing to land waste. 

You could also consider thinking outside of the box to recycle other items within your home. When you purchase a new laptop and you need to get rid of your old one, don’t head to the dump. Instead, get in touch with an ewaste recycling firm and donate your hardware to be reused again. This lowers manufacturing costs and greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere from manufacturing processes.

Lights

Forget about purchasing the most achingly cool lighting available if it uses up ridiculous amounts of electricity. Instead, opt for LED and energy efficient bulbs. They may be more costly to buy initially but they will pay for themselves over their extended lifetime. Many last ten times as long as other more traditional light bulbs and they don’t use as much electricity resulting in a lower utility bill for you, saving you money. You don’t have to worry about ugly lighting either. Many of these light bulbs are now ultra stylish and you can even pick up an energy efficient Edison style filament bulb for your super on trend interior.

Energy Production

If you are keen to be a little more off grid and have more control over your energy usage, think about installing solar panels on your home. Even a small wind turbine can help you to produce your own electricity. This means you don’t have to use a utility company, and you can even sell back any excess energy you do produce back to the grid. This can help you to recoup some of the money that you will have spent installing the solar panels in the first place.

Flex your green muscles by following some of these steps. Set an example to your kids and enjoy making your little mark when trying to be more environmentally aware.

Top 5 Ways to Teach Kids about Bees

Bees are a valuable part of the ecosystem. Teaching kids about them eliminate their fear of bees and is also a way of conserving and protecting them given their already dwindling population. However, teaching kids is not a walk in the park due to their short attention spans. Here are 5 tips to help you educate kids about bees

1. Show Your Enthusiasm about Bees

Be enthusiastic when talking about bees, and try to share the most intriguing and fascinating facts about them to pique the kid’s interests. Tell them what fascinates you the most about bees and honey; be it the fact that they are the only insects that make food for humans, or that honey doesn’t expire. By being passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, the excitement can rub onto the children and make them eager to learn more about bees.

2. Incorporate Visual Aids When Teaching

Visual aids help kids get a clearer picture of what you are trying to explain. Incorporate photographs, videos, and slides when explaining to them about your subject. For example, you can have pictures of bees festooning, videos of them laying eggs or honey harvesting videos. This way, the kids get a better understanding through observation. While visual aids may help you organize your learning session, be mindful not to use too much of them. They may end up being a distraction rather than enhancing your teaching.

3. Use Tactile Aids

During your teaching session, bring in physical objects for demonstration purposes. These may include bee smokers, beehive model boxes, beekeeping suits, and even honey and honeycombs. Explain to them what they are, and let them touch and even use them after the lesson. Letting the kids interact with these objects during the class may make them lose their concentration. Hence, only allow them access to the objects after you are done teaching.

4. Questions and Games

A great way to engage with the kids and keep them active is by asking them questions and including fun activities like games into their learning sessions. This stimulates their imagination and keeps the learning session lively. You can decide to ask them general questions on bees or encourage them to share their experiences with bees.

Games give kids a break and help them retain what they have learned. Try a game like musical chairs where kids move around buzzing and when the music stops, they try to land on set “flowers”. Educational games like Queenspotting and The Story of Bees are also great ways for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

5. Go for Beehive Tours

Give the kids a real-life experience by taking them to for beehive tours and honey farm visits. These tours are an opportunity to watch bees in their natural setting and also learn about how honey is made. It is important to go for these tours after giving them a presentation on what they will find so that they know what to expect, and also ask informed questions while in the field. Always ensure that the kids are wearing beekeeping suits for protection before visiting the bees to avoid getting stung.

For successful teaching, always have a structure or plan of what you are going to talk about to avoid going off the topic. Since kids can become overly excited, make sure you are in control enough to keep them attentive for better learning. After the session, you can give them a taste of honey to reinforce the benefits of bees and also reward them for being attentive!

St. Louis Dad’s Holiday Gift List 2019

The holidays are here! So what better time than to list off some of my favorite gift ideas for this holiday season. In this list I have ideas for everyone in the family… Or at least I hope you’ll find something that they’ll like, if not then just get them some coal.

To start off the list why not hop on the bandwagon and get something that the entire family will enjoy, Disney+.

With the new content and the large catalog of Disney content, Disney+ is sure to be a hit for all in the family. You cannot go wrong with this subscription stuffed into a stocking.

Holiday His and Her Stocking Stuffer

Speaking of stockings, a great stocking stuffer from Shinesty.com are these very cute and very sexy “So that’s how coke is made trio”, a set of boxer, bralette, and cheeky underwear pack.

This set and many of the other combo packs feature adorable animals in very naughty predicaments. A great way to surprise your significant other and keep things exciting during the holiday season. Shinesty.com has a wide range of options in their holiday collection. Head on over to their site to see more!

A View Into Space

For the kid in your life it’s always important to find things for dad and child to do together. That’s where I believe science can play an important role in both of your lives!

One of my favorite things to do is to gaze up at the stars. So why not explore all of great options of telescopes out there. Amazon has a lot of options, but there are even options out there to build your own. Grab a kit or watch a few YouTube videos and see what you and your kiddo can find in the sky!

A Lifetime Memory

Another great idea for gifts this year is instead of actual gifts, give memories. There are so many cool places to go around St. Louis that you can create some amazing memories with your family. A few ideas can be…

  • Any of the numerous theaters
  • Top Golf
  • City Museum
  • The Gateway Arch Museum
  • Six Flags
  • Union Station
  • The Fabulous Fox
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Grants Farm
  • A Cardinals or Blues game

The Christmas Tie

The holidays can’t be complete without dad wearing some crazy holiday tie! So head back on over to Shinesty and grab dad this awesome 8-bit Ugly Christmas tie! They even have a matching suit, so use that information wisely…

The tie even by itself is amazing, I am sure any dad, uncle, or grandpa would love to be sporting this great piece of fashion.

Canvas Print

Always, always, and I mean always a perfect gift for mom is a great canvas print. Smartphones have these great cameras that can take amazing photos and these photos can be printed in high quality and look fantastic on canvas print.

Lazers

Last but not least… a laser! No, not a laser blaster (although that would be cool), what I am referring to is a full spectrum laser. One of these puppies can etch, cut, and help you create some amazing projects. I won’t tell you the price tag but I recommend getting your order placed today!

So there it is! A crazy laser and a bunch of other cool stuff that completes this St. Louis Dad’s holiday gift guide for this year. You are more than welcome to pick me up any of these items, wrapped, and placed under my tree this year.

St. Louis Dad was provided compensation for some items to appears in this gift guide.

Five Fun Activities To Do With Your Children

Keeping your children entertained is one thing but for you to enjoy what they’re doing is something that is often hit and miss. Not every activity you do with your child is going to be a fun one for yourself. However, you should actively look for more things to do with your children, that you can both enjoy equally. Here are five fun activities to do with your children.

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Fly A Drone

Drones have certainly gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years, mainly because some have been using it to cause trouble. However, there are many benefits to using drones, and as an activity, a drone should also be enjoyed by the everyday family, just like you would with a remote-controlled helicopter toy or flying a kite. Most of the time, drones can be harmless and as long as you use it safely and in an open area, that’s all that matters. You want to be careful about where you’re flying it and where you are as a location. Flying a drone near an airport is going to cause trouble, especially as airports are considered secure areas. So if an unauthorised device is flying into the runway, then it’s going to end badly for you certainly. Be sure to know how to operate a drone safely. When allowing the children to use it, keep an eye on what they’re doing and to take over should they start flying off in the wrong direction. Here are some other options on drones if you’re looking to buy one.

Do Some Baking

Baking is something that most kids are going to enjoy because they’re using the kitchen and cooking with the oven and various other kitchen appliances that they may not have been allowed to touch beforehand. It’s something they’ll likely be very excited about because it’s a very ‘adult’ job for them to be doing. It’s definitely important to get your children to do more baking because it teaches them those life skills that they’ll need when they become adults. Having those life skills are going to be more beneficial than them not having it at all. It’s messy yes, but you also benefit from it as a parent as it’s quality time spent with your child and you get some food to eat afterwards.

Take Them To The Cinema

A trip to the cinema is always exciting, and it’s a good opportunity to get everyone sat down together to watch a film. When you’re watching something from home, you don’t get the same experience because you’re able to come and go as you please. Within a cinema setting, there’s no moving or ability to pause the movie whilst you go and do something in the home. It’s definitely something that’s worth doing every so often as a treat for the whole family to enjoy and to keep the cinema experience alive, even though it’s now much more experience to see a film than it was before.

Have A Picnic In A Local Park

A picnic down your local park is a lovely way to spend quality time with your family. Use it as an opportunity to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. We all have local parks nearby, so pick one local to you and get all the family involved to prep the food that’s going to be eaten as part of the picnic. Pack a blanket or two and get some camping chairs for those who don’t want to sit on the floor. Bring a few games too if the park allows the space to play those sporting activities that require a lot of space.

Take Part In An After-School Class

An after-school class or activity is important for your children to be a part of as they grow, and it helps them to figure out what they want to be doing in life. These after-school classes could be anything like choir practise or learning how to technology better. A class with you and your child working on it together or just enjoying it together will hopefully teach them to explore more as they get older. You want to be a positive influence and role model for them, so use these opportunities to really show how much fun can be head with these after-school classes.

Finding fun activities that you and your children can do together is extremely important to their growth. Use these as a way of bonding with your child and growing the relationship.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.