No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies: Sweet and Simple Recipes

Chocolate Almond CookiesLet’s face it — who doesn’t love cookies? Cookies seem to be as versatile as they are tasty making them appropriate for virtually any occasion. Cookies can serve as a handy snack to have around the house, or double as a go-to desert to share at a picnic or social gathering. Whether you are craving a chocolate treat or looking to prepare an easy desert for family dinner, no bake chocolate chip cookies are a simple and sweet solution when you don’t feel like toiling for hours in the kitchen. In five easy steps, you can create delicious cookies that taste anything but basic.

If you have a passion for cookies and are looking to delve into the world of baking, the course Learn The Pastry Arts – The World Of Cookies will help you to build essential pastry training skills while instructing how to prepare and execute various types of cookies. However, if  you want to keep things quick and easy, check out these recipes for no bake chocolate chip cookies listed below. [Read more…]

50 Conversation Starters for Couples

conversation starters coupleThere may come a point in your relationship when it seems there is very little left to discover. In fact, while dining with friends, you are able to predict what he will order, can flawlessly recite all of his stories, and know whether he is blushing or fuming depending on the conversation.

Things are predictable and comfortable and this is okay. Actually, its a rare and beautiful thing to find a true and steadfast connection with someone. However, this means you must  make an extra effort to engage in deep conversations with your partner. To be honest, some days it is hard to find the energy to go above and beyond or give that extra amount of effort when it comes to romantic relationships. [Read more…]

Moral Development in Children

child development theoriesMany parents hope to instill in their children a sound moral compass: the ability to distinguish right from wrong and act accordingly. Moral development truly is a process. As children grow and develop, they establish attitudes and behaviors toward other members of society based upon factors such as social and cultural norms, rules, and laws. These personal values can result from parental influences or through life experiences and self-discovery. Most often, it seems that children and young adults arrive at their own moral code by combining certain values to which they were exposed while growing up with values they adopted as a result of discovery and contemplation. One way to begin to build a solid foundation for moral development is using storytelling to communicate and demonstrate various values. To learn how to use stories to develop your child’s moral imagination and to discover values contained in various books, check out Stories of Value. [Read more…]

10 Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers

gross motor activities With summer vacation on the horizon, I have been starting to think of ways to not only keep my preschooler entertained but to exercise skills (mental and physical) that they are developing during preschool. It is important for parents to work with their children and allow them to exercise their gross motor skills. Unlike fine motor skills, (which are used for tying shoes and writing) gross motor skills involve large muscle groups and are used to complete tasks and movements such as jumping, climbing and running. Outdoor play naturally lends itself to gross motor development for preschoolers as many outdoor games and sports include running, jumping, throwing, and kicking. However, there are many other ways that gross motor skills can be used outside of engaging in a traditional sport. For more information on developing motor skills and coordination, check out this course offered by Udemy.

When performing an activity that requires gross motor skills, your child should be able to form judgments regarding muscle movements. The child must also use ongoing sensory feedback throughout the activity. Gross motor memory allows a child to recall the muscular steps previously used for the task at hand. This comes easily to some children, while others require more practice as it is less instinctive and must be learned through training. [Read more…]

Writing Practice: Small Steps to Become a Better Writer

writing practiceIf you are looking to improve your writing – whether it be for academic, business, or creative purposes, there are several simple ways to incorporate practice into your daily routine. Life is busy and often fast-paced. Taking the time to sit down and practice writing may seem like a daunting task for which you simply do not have the time to complete. However, improving your writing can be a simple process. Carving a little bit of time into your day to write will go a long way when it comes to improving your skills as a writer. For immediate improvement when it comes to writing, check out this course which is designed to help professionals and students to refine their writing skills. Below are several practices that you can easily add to your daily routine in order to take your writing to the next level.

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The Most Important Things In Life: A Lesson From The Beatles

the most important things in lifeThe Beatles remain one of the most well-known and critically acclaimed recording artists of all time. Having written over 200 songs with countless hits, it is inevitable that their lyrics contain strong messages when it comes to living life to the fullest. When pondering the most important things in life, you must take a long hard look at yourself. What makes you tick? Who is important to you? How do you handle situations? The course, How to Live A Happier Life, reveals simple methods you can use to improve your life. Considering and adopting the three life lessons (and song titles) listed below will help you to improve your life and embrace the things that matter.

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How to Write a Sonnet Poem in 7 Steps

how to write a sonnet poemThe word comes from Italian for “little song.” This is a fitting title — as a sonnet possesses many musical qualities.  In general, sonnets are written in iambic pentameter, are fourteen lines long, possess a set rhyme scheme, and have a recognizable turn or “volta. Many poets gravitate toward free verse simply because it seems easier to compose. However, close attention to a text of fourteen lines draws attention to the power of individual words and patterns of sound.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different types of sonnets, check out this course offered by Udemy.

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English Conversation Dialogues: Grammar Rules and Writing Tips

english conversation dialoguesOriginating from dialogos, the Greek word for conversation,  the term dialogue refers to a verbal conversation between two or more people. In a written work, dialogue is one way that a writer can utilize the writing skill that is showing instead of merely telling. Allowing the reader or audience to learn about a character through his/her own words, will provide more information and a deeper understanding of the character at hand. When it comes to writing stories, dialogue is an effective tool — not only for character development, but also plot movement and theme conception.

When writing dialogue, it is important to adhere to specific grammar rules. Not following traditional grammar rules could create confusion for the reader and thus make it difficult to understand who is speaking or what is being said. Correct use of quotation marks, commas, periods, capitalization, and paragraph separation will create clear, purposeful dialogues. Paying particular attention to grammar and mechanics will improve your writing regardless of purpose, style, or genre. However, paying particular attention to grammar rules for dialogue will help your characters’ conversations flow from the page. The reader will be aware of who is speaking without having to backtrack or stumble. Brush up on your grammar and improve writing skills with this course. [Read more…]

Extended Metaphor Examples from Literature

Extended Metaphor ExamplesA metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike objects or concepts. By portraying a person, place, thing, or action as being something else, a metaphor incites the reader to gain a deeper understanding or more vivid description of the text. Metaphors are effective in writing because they allow for creativity and enliven language. As a literary device, metaphors encourage the reader to think and interpret various literary elements in a meaningful way through the development of characters, plot, settings, and imagery. For more examples of figurative language, read this article. By making connections and relating personal experiences to the objects being compared, the audience gains a deeper understanding of the text at hand. If you would like to improve your writing skills, using literary devices such as an extended metaphor will enhance creative writing. The course, Creative Writing: Turn your ideas into pages, provides a basic guide toward turning your ideas into a literary work.

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Reflexology Hand Chart: Locate Reflex Points for Relaxation and Healing

shutterstock_111562847Hand reflexology is a therapeutic massage technique. When administering hand reflexology, pressure is applied to parts of the hand in order to stimulate other parts of the body. Reflexology is a holistic massage technique. This means a person’s whole being is considered (body and mind) in order to restore balance within the body. Each organ, gland, and body part corresponds to areas in both the hand and foot.  The perception of pressure by the feet and hands taps into the reflex network that makes possible our every move. W

hen consistently applied, reflexology is believed to exercise specific pressure sensors. As a result, these exercises condition and stimulate the internal organs to which they are connected. Stimulation of these reflex points can promote relaxation, improve circulation, and encourage self-healing. For a holistic approach on optimizing your health and lifestyle, check out The 5 Pillars of Optimal Health course here at Udemy. [Read more…]