Back to School Tip of the Day:

back-to-school-tipsStudents may not be thrilled about their summer break drawing to a close, but retailers couldn’t be happier.

Back to School Tips:

  • Create a family station where you can find what you need as you head out the door. You could include or set up an in/out box for school forms.
  • Make a budget – You know what you need and know how much you can afford.
  • Shop on tax holidays – More than a dozen states are giving shoppers a break from paying the state sales tax on certain purchases. Here’s a list of states offering sales tax holidays: Sales-Tax Holidays
  • Look for Sales & Shop around – One of the best ways to save money is to comparison shop. This is particularly true for notebooks and other supplies, as well as clothing.
  • Consider Waiting – You may not get the same selection, but bargains can be found after the school year begins and stores move to clear out shelves to make space for the next batch of seasonal items.

Source: Tips back to school spending

Smokey Bear Birthday

I saw this article in the Lufkin News…

Smokey Bear turns 70, but don’t bring candles!

America’s most recognized bear turns 70 today August 9, 2014 By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

Sporting a ranger’s hat and blue jeans and carrying a shovel, Smokey Bear has been the recognized wildfire prevention symbol since he was created on Aug. 9, 1944.

Here’s a great video from the Parks and Wildlife…

Make the Transition Easier for Your Family

back to schoolPut bedtime battles to rest now. Put your children to bed 10 minutes earlier gradually till you get to the desired bedtime –
that way the switch won’t be such a shock.

Shop your closets before hitting the stores. You never know what you might find. There may be barely used or new school supplies, forgotten clothes, or an older backpack that’s suddenly trendy again.

Run inside and play. This year, when you get home from work and school, make it a point to spend at least 15 to 30 minutes connecting as a family: play a game, take a walk, snuggle on the couch. This simple idea can do wonders to reduce whining, sibling rivalry and marital strife.

In Lufkin, Tx, WWII Flying Fortress

b17-flying-fortressIf you’ve ever seen a modern day bomber or jet fighter fly over an East Texas lake, you know how thrilling it is. Your heart beats real fast. At least mine does.

I saw this article from Steve Knight at The Lufkin News on the World War II B-17 coming to the Angelina Airport. My heart skipped a beat. I remember when I was younger and one flew over Lake Livingston one time when I was fishing. It was a beautiful sight.

Steve reports that the “Texas Raiders, a vintage World War II B-17 Flying Fortress from the Commemorative Air Force, will arrive in Angelina County today for a three-day visit.

One of nine remaining flyable B-17 aircraft in the world, the Flying Fortress will be open to the public for tours and flights beginning at 1:30 p.m. today and continuing through Sunday at Angelina County Airport.”

Thanks Steve and Lufkin News!

5 Reasons You Overeat

woman_eating_cake5 Reasons You Overeat (Prevention Magazine)

Learn what triggers your impulse to indulge and take control. You have the best of intentions, but sometimes you fall into hunger-induced overeating traps without even knowing it. If you want to lose weight, however, you must tune into your body’s signal to eat.

1. There’s no time in the morning for breakfast, so you grab a muffin or doughnut.

Solution: Zap a packet of instant oatmeal with low-fat milk as soon as you wake up. Take bites between showering, dressing, and putting on makeup. Bring an apple or banana to eat in the car.

2. It’s late afternoon and you’re low on energy. The office vending machine is calling your name.

Solution: Stash single-serving packages of nuts and dried fruit in your desk and plan to munch a few hours after lunch—when you feel moderate hunger.

3. You’re going out for a late dinner with your girlfriends, but it’s only 5 pm and you’re already hungry.

Solution: Have a 150- to 200-calorie snack such as yogurt with some fruit or celery and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter a couple of hours before your dinner date.

4. You’ve underestimated how long your errands would take; you’re now ready for lunch but stuck in traffic.

Solution: Dig into your glove compartment for the high-fiber, protein-packed bar you keep there for such emergencies; when you reach your destination, eat a lighter-than-normal lunch to compensate for the extra calories. (See how to make your commute less miserable with 7 Ways To Fix A Crappy Commute.)

5. It’s past your normal bedtime and now your stomach is growling.

Solution: Grab a fiber-filled piece of low-calorie fruit such as a juicy apple or pear instead of, or at least before, diving into the cookie jar.

Life Lessons from a Pencil

Hand-Holding-Pencil-psd86502Here are life lessons from a pencil:

  • Everything you do will always leave a mark.
  • You can always correct (erase) the mistakes you make. But, there always is always residue left.
  • What’s important is what is inside of you.
  • In life you will undergo painful sharpening which will make you stronger, if you get the point.
  • To be the best, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.