Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2011 Leo Yearly Horoscope

Looks like 2011 is good be quite a year for you, Leo. You’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into your career, so it is time for you to be proud. Doors are going to open, and people are going to recognize and admire you, maybe even approach you for new business. With so many good things coming to fruition, be sure to balance it out.

Career and income

Everything that a Leo lives for will be coming your way at the start of the year. It will happen like a bullet through the year. This type of success is something that would allow you to pursue the ideas you have been having, whether for business or pleasure. 2011 means it is time to seek out new opportunities, because everything will go your way. If something doesn’t work, don’t bother with it. Try something new, try something exciting.

Love, family and social

you like to make things a bit more dramatic than you should, Leo. If things tend to go sour in the beginning parts of 2011, you should do well to remember that. I am not saying it’s your fault. Just do not become so self obsessed that you lose sight of others. You will have something in the beginning part of the year, and people will take your side to tend to your wounds, but you should try to weather through the storm on your own. An even better idea? Don’t blow things out of proportion. Offer love to those around you, and take attention off of yourself. From there, your friends, family, and loved ones will be where they should be in a relationship with you.

Education and travel

As you read before, more opportunities are bound. Whatever fits your plan you should go for. Try to plan everything that you wanted to do. All those exciting adventures you want to take, places you want to see, people you want to meet– work out what you want to do, and go for it!


You are in prime health, strong and fit. Do as you should always do: eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest. 2011 is going to present to you many opportunities and you will need a clear mind to make decisions. So you know what that means? Be sure to get plenty of rest, and enjoy the year because it is your year.

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2011 Halloween Camping Weekends in Indiana

One of our family’s favorite yearly Halloween activities is attending a Halloween themed camping weekend at one of the local campgrounds. A blast for kids, it will give them a chance to participate in many Halloween activities that typically include pumpkin decorating, campsite decorating contests, and trick or treating around the campground. As the popularity of these Halloween camping weekends have grown, more and more campgrounds are offering them. Here are just a few of the best Halloween camping weekends being offered in Indiana this year.

Lake Rudolph

Located in Santa Claus, Indiana Lake Rudolph is the official campground of Holiday World. The campground has been offering Halloween themed weekends for several years now, and actually starts the fun in the middle of September offering seven consecutive weekends of Halloween themed fun.

Visitors to the Lake Rudolph Halloween weekends will enjoy participating in a campsite decorating contest, trick or treating throughout the campground, Bonfire ghost stories, a haunted hayride, Bingo, spooky movies, and structured activities for all kids in the family, including the teenagers.

You can learn more about the Halloween camping weekends at Lake Rudolph by visiting their website.

Raccoon State Recreation Area

On October 28th and 29th the Raccoon State Recreation Area in Rockville, Indiana will offer a Halloween themed camping weekend for campground visitors.

The weekend will include activities such as a movie under the stars, a pumpkin carving contest, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, Trick or Treating in the campground, a campsite decorating contest, and a hayride.

You can learn more about the 2011 Halloween Camping Weekend at Raccoon State Recreation Area by visiting their website.

Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana offers a Halloween themed camping weekend on October 8th and 9th with their Scarecrow Weekend. The weekend is full of fun Halloween themed activities, which include a campsite decorating contest, a costume parade, and trick or treating through the campground.

A main draw to the Scarecrow Weekend at Spring Mill State Park is The Haunted Village, where the park turns their authentic Pioneer Village into a frightening Haunted Village for visitors. The Haunted Village is not recommended for children under the age of eight.

You can learn more about the Scarecrow Weekend at Spring Mill State Park by visiting their website.

Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe

Located in Bloomington, Indiana the Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe offers a Halloween themed camping weekend October 28th to 30th.

Visitors to the campground will enjoy participating in trick or treating, pumpkin painting, a campsite decorating contest, a haunted trail, and scary ghost movies.

You can learn more about the Halloween Camping weekend at Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe.

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2011 Golden Globe Predictions

Everyone has their own idea of what makes a “good movie.” We all look for something different in a film. Some of us want realistic acting and a realistic plot; others want movies to be funny, or heart-warming. Whatever it is you’re looking for, we all know that feeling of seeing a movie and truly loving it. For whatever reason, it just feels as though it was done perfectly to you. 2010 brought us several one-of-a-kind films that were truly unique and awe-inspiring.

The 2011 Golden Globes are coming up this Sunday (January 16th.) The nominees can be viewed here. I, being a self-proclaimed movie-lover as well as an avid award show watcher, have made my predictions for this year’s show. Please note: These are opinion-based. I may very well be wrong on most of these. However, I have seen every single movie that is nominated, and have watched at least a few episodes of every show that is nominated.

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

The Fighter

Best Actor – Drama:

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Best Actress – Drama:

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical:

The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor – Comedy/Musical:

Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version

Best Actress – Comedy/Musical:

Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:

Amy Adams – The Fighter

Best Director:

David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best Animated Feature Film:

Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film:

Biutiful – Mexico & Spain

Best Screenplay:

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

Hans Zimmer – Inception

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

“Coming Home” – Country Strong

Best Television Series – Drama:

Mad Men

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

Michael C. Hall – Dexter

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical:

Modern Family

Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:

Toni Collete – United States of Tara

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Claire Danes – Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Idris Elba – Luther

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television:

David Strathhairn – Temple Grandin

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2011 MP4-12C: McLaren's All-new Mid-engined Supercar

The pedigree for a great handling supercar is a mid-engine layout, and
McLaren is bringing it and challenging others with the McLaren MP4-12C.
It is the first completely new McLaren road car in a decade. With this car the
automaker says, “The rules in the sportscar world are about to be rewritten.”
McLaren says that this car will

be the first of a number of high performance sports cars that it will build. The
MP4-12C is unique in that it does not contain parts from any other of the company’s
cars – it will be completely new and entirely built by McLaren in England.

“The rules in the sportscar world are about to be rewritten.” McLaren says that this
car will be the first of a number of high performance sports cars that it will build. The
MP4-12C is unique in that it does not contain parts from any other of the company’s
cars – it will be completely new and entirely built by McLaren in England.

The centerpiece of the MP4-12C is its one-piece Carbon MonoCell tube weighing
less than 176 lbs. and it is extremely strong. Unlike competitors, this car will not use
extensive carbon fiber body panels. Rather, McLaren will focus on further reducing
the car’s weight with forged aluminum brake hubs and a lightweight high flow exhaust.

The car’s engine (code M839T) is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter variable valve
V6 that will put out about 600 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine will provide
80 percent of its torque at under 2000 rpm. The redline is at 8500 rpm.

The transmission is a 7-speed seamless shift dual clutch gearbox called SSG.
The power is sent to the rear wheels, and the driver can chose between three modes –
normal, sport, and high performance including a fully automatic mode, launch control,
and a winter mode. A manual gearbox with a clutch will not be offered.

The suspension is a double wishbone setup, and the car achieves excellent
handling and ride quality with adjustable dampers replacing the more static anti
roll bars. As with the transmission, there are three ride dampening modes the driver
can choose between. Additional technical features of the car include ‘Brake Steer,’
which applies brake force to the inside rear wheel thus eliminating understeer in a
corner. Furthermore, it can also stop the inside rear wheel from spinning thus
effectively eliminating a heavy mechanical limited slip differential.

The MP4-12C has forward and upward tilting doors and it has a nose that
is similar to the look of the Ferrari F430 (a very good look indeed!) and a side
profile that connects it to the McLaren F1.

Some might think that the car’s overall look is not overly striking (I happen
to like the more understated look as the car does not need to flaunt anything!)
Concerning the looks, Frank Stevenson, McLaren’s head automotive designer,
says, “Many sports cars and supercars present an ‘in-your-face, look-at-me’
image that can become wearing and boorish.”

McLaren has designed the cockpit to be very clean. For example, the steering
wheel does not contain any buttons and each side of the car is climate adjusted
by controls on the door armrest. Driver and passenger sit quite close together
to keep the car narrow and also to further save weight.

McLaren plans to build 1000 MP4-12Cs and they will be priced between
$200,000 and $285,000. For this kind of money, this new McLaren will be
gunning for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, and everything in between!

Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He
welcomes your comments or car questions at his auto web site:

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2011 Los Angeles Auto Show Stars Fuel Efficient, Green Cars

At the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, nearly every manufacturer is showing new models that use less fuel and run cleaner, including high-performance models. Here’s a preview:

Smaller, more powerful engines — The big news is smaller and more powerful four-cylinder engines, which mean there will be more cars that are not hybrids which get 40 mpg or better. It’s called the “40 plus club” and current members include the Chevrolet Cruze and new Chevrolet Sonic, the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta, Honda Civic, Hyundai Accent, and Smart ForTwo. The Hyundai Veloster, Mazda 3 and Kia Rio join the club with their 2012 models. Best of all, most of these models are under $20,000.

Even sportscars are getting more fuel efficient. BMW is introducing new, more-powerful, four-cylinder engine technology for its popular performance cars, the Z4 two-seater and 528.

Diesels — There also are several TDI clean diesel models in the “40 plus club”, including the Audi A3, and four Volkswagen models, the VW Jetta, Jetta Sportwagon, Passat and Golf. Both the Audi A3 diesel and the VW Jetta diesel are previous winners of the LA Auto Show’s Green Car of the Year award; the 2010 winner was the Chevrolet Volt.

Electric cars — There’s also a garage full of new electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf, and extended-range hybrids, like the Chevrolet Volt.

Mitsubishi is introducing its all-electric i subcompact, with the equivalent of 112 MPG and a single-charge range of 62 miles. The world’s best-selling hybrid, the Toyota Prius, will show the new plug-in hybrid version, which has a total all-electric range of 14.3 miles and an expected total range of 475 miles. Toyota expects the Prius Plug-in to be rated at the equivalent of 112 MPG.

BMW is introducing two all-new concept vehicles that are part of their new sub- brand of electric and hybrid cars, simply called i, designed specifically for city use. The all-electric i3 Concept is actually scheduled to enter production in 2013. The i8 Concept, scheduled for production in 2014, is a plug-in hybrid sportscar with a unique design. The front axle is driven by the vehicle’s elecgtric motor, and the rear wheels by a conventional 220hp engine – although this is a decidedly non-conventional three-cylinder engine.

Alternative fuels — Fuel efficient new model choices are not limited to fas, electric, hybrid and diesel. There also are a growing number of fuel cell models, including the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell, and the Honda Clarity FCV. Honda also gets high marks for its natural gas Civic GX, one of the members of the 40-Plus Club.

Most definitely, the color of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is bright green.

The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is November 18-27, 2011, at the LA Convention Center. I’ll be there, taking notes, photos and video.

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2011 National League East Preview

During the 2010 MLB season, the National League East sent two teams to the playoffs, the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. This year could very well be the same. The Phillies have one of the best starting rotations in the world, ever, and their lineup can still put runs on the board. Atlanta should also make a push for the playoffs this year thanks to their strong pitching. After that, it looks like it will be a battle for third place.

1st – Philadelphia Phillies – Philly finished the 2010 season with the best record during the regular season with a 97-65 mark. One might think they couldn’t get better, but this off season, they did just that. The Phillies rotation is absurd: Roy Halladay, newly acquired Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels as their fourth starter. He would be a number one on a handful of other teams, but not in Philly. The Phils’ bullpen is decent with Brad Lidge returning as closer and Ryan Madson setting things up for him. J.C. Romero, Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo will also help out in the latter innings. Philly lost Jayson Werth to free agency (have fun in Washington!) but they still have a potent offense. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Sr. Octubre Carlos Ruiz can all hit. They also have Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, and Placido Polanco as well. Barring injuries or a random case of the plague, these guys should be playing late into October.

2nd – Atlanta Braves – The Braves came in second in 2010 but still grabbed the Wild Card before falling to the eventual champs, the San Francisco Giants in the playoffs. Atlanta’s rotation has been their strength since the days of Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, and it is no different now. Derek Lowe, comeback player of the year Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, and Jair Jurrjens make a nice 1-4. Their bullpen is decent, but their lineup seems to be slightly beefed up this year. Catcher Brian McCann is back behind the plate and right fielder Jason Heyward has a year under his belt and will look to continue to grow and improve. Atlanta brought in slugging second baseman Dan Uggla to help out with their run production and if they can get anything out of Chipper Jones this year, they can make another run at the playoffs.

3rd – Florida Marlins – Another team in the East with a solid rotation. Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, and Anibal Sanchez all have nasty stuff, and luckily for Florida, they are not New York because they now have Javier Vazquez who didn’t learn his lesson the first time about pitching in New York. SPOILER ALERT – He can’t. The bullpen is average, but should still be serviceable. Hanley Ramirez leads the offense for Florida after an “off” year in which he hit .300 with 21 HR and 76 RBI to go along with his 32 steals. Chris Coghlan looks to find the 2009 version of himself instead of the 2010 and newly acquired catcher John Buck looks to build on his strong 2010 season in which he hit .281 and 20 home runs, all career highs.

4th – New York Mets – The Mets have a decent offense, but their rotation is iffy, and let’s be honest, they don’t deserve to win after signing Oliver Perez to that ridiculous deal. New York should be able to put up some runs with Jose Reyes healthy (at least for now), David Wright, and Ike Davis. Jason Bay looks to shake off his miserable year in which getting hurt actually was the best thing that could’ve happened to him after his miserable start. The Mets’ bullpen is decent provided Francisco Rodriguez can pitch up to his contract and stop fighting with the in laws. Literally.

5th – Washington Nationals – We were fortunate enough to get a glimpse of their future when we saw Stephen Strasburg pitch last year before getting hurt. The Nats have a decent offense this year with Ryan Zimmerman holding down the hot corner as usual. The newly acquired Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche should provide some decent middle of the order pop. Somehow, Livan Hernandez is still pitching, and was pretty decent in 2010. Unfortunately, they also have Jason Marquis in the rotation who apparently believes in giving his fielders extensive workouts even during the game as evidenced by his 6.60 ERA last year. At some point we will see Bryce Harper this year, but it’s looking like next year is the year for Washington to start to break out of the cellar.

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2011 NBA Draft: International Prospects

Every year a crop of international prospects enter the NBA Draft hoping to fulfill their dreams of playing in the best basketball league in the world. Though fans are often not very familiar with these players and fear of the unknown often overpowers all when your favorite team drafts a player you know nothing about, many of the best players in the world, including 2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, are there for the taking in the draft. Here is a look at next futureof basketball with the top 5 in ternational prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft.

1. Enes Kanter (Turkey) – Came over to play in college at Kentucky before being ruled ineligible and was forced to sit out the entire season. However, he did practice with the Final 4 squad and is even considered to have been the best player on the team. Has an unquestionable motor, strength, size, and aggressiveness. Anyone who has seen Kanter play has nothing but good things to say about him and some even consider him to be the best overall prospect in the entire draft who may have been a surefire #1 pick if he had been allowed to showcase his talents at Kentucky

2. Bismack Biyombo (Congo) – Biyombo took the world by storm after recording the first triple double ever at the Hoops Summit this year. Is considered to have zero offensive game although he did average 17 points per game in the second best league in the world this past year. Easily the most intriguing, highest risk-reward, prospect in the draft, Biyombo has the potential to entirely change games on the defensive end on the floor. He has a 7’7″ wingspan, which combined with unbelievable strength and athleticism have scouts in awe. Biyombo has impressed some general managers most with his work ethic, character, and confidence.

3. Jonas Valunciunas (Lithuania) – Many scouts believe that when all is said and done, the 6-11 Lithuanian center will prove to have the most successful NBA career out of the 2011 Draft’s international prospects. Has amazing skill and motor combined with his size and athleticism. The only negative for Valunciunas is a sticky contract situation which may prevent him from coming over to the NBA for a year or two.

4. Jan Vessely (Czech Republic) – Vessely is another international prospect who could potentially be a top 5, or at least top 10 draft pick. Unbelievable size and length for a small forward at 6-11. Vessely runs the floor, hustles, and scores the ball extremely well and could make an immediate impact in the NBA.

5. Donatas Motiejunas (Lithuania) – Motiejunas towers over the competition in Europe at a legitimate 7 feet tall. Any scout that has watched him play will tell you that Motiejunas just knows how to put the ball in the basket. Questions regarding his defense and drive have had his stock dropping, but it is hard not to not take a chance on such a promising prospect with size and natural ability like Motiejunas.

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2011 MLB Season Preview: The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians, once a dominating franchise in MLB, have slowly lost their power over the past decade. The Cleveland Indians franchise went from racking up an unfathomable 455 consecutive home game sellouts, between June 1995 and April 2001, to having the worst attendance record in MLB during the 2010 season. A reason for this huge drop off in attendance is Indians fans are sick of seeing the city’s top players, like Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez, traded away for prospects. While frustrating, the Cleveland Indians did offer a glimpse of hope at the end of the 2010 season, winning seven of their last nine games. With the off season in full effect, there seems no better time than now to preview the good, the bad, and the ugly for the upcoming 2011 season.

The Good
The Cleveland Indians have many core pieces in place. Fausto Carmona will likely serve as the ace of the starting rotation. Carmona, whose early MLB career has been plagued with many ups and downs, returned to form in the 2010 season, going 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA. Anyone who followed the Indians in 2010 knows Carmona would have racked up 15 or 16 wins if he had received proper run support. Rookie pitchers Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco, and Jeanmar Gomez all have chances to fill in rotation spots behind Carmona. Combined the three rookies went 12-11 in 2010 and all had ERAs under 4.69. Carrasco posted the best ERA of the three at 3.83.

Offensively, the Cleveland Indians have strong hitters in Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana. In both 2009 and 2010 Choo batted .300 and proved to be a menace at the plate and on the base path. Both years Choo hit 20 or more homeruns and had over 20 stolen bases. Santana, a highly rated catching prospect, made his well anticipated MLB debut in 2010 and didn’t disappoint. In 46 games Santana batted .260 with a .467 slugging percentage. Santana hit six homeruns and drove in 22 runs. Unfortunately, a play at the plate ended Santana’s rookie season prematurely. Still, the Indians have reasonable hope Santana will be back by spring training.

Providing support for Choo and Santana in the lineup will be shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and DH Travis Hafner. Cabrera, who suffered an arm injury that kept him from playing a few months last season, still managed to hit .276. In general Cabrera has the potential to be a .300 hitter. Hafner, one of the Indians’ only veterans, had a very encouraging season. Hafner put up his best overall numbers since 2006. In 2010 Hafner batted .278 with 29 doubles, 13 homeruns, and 50 RBIs. While ideally Cleveland would like to see Hafner tally up more homeruns, there’s no denying Hafner’s improvement can only be seen as a positive.

In games where the Indians go into the ninth inning with the lead, closer Chris Perez will get his opportunity to shine. Perez’s first year as a closer in MLB was 2010. He was awarded the position after Cleveland traded veteran Kerry Wood. Perez converted 85% of his save opportunities, putting up an impressive 1.71 ERA. Just as impressive is the 61 strikeouts Perez garnered in 63 innings pitched.

The Bad
Outside the position players mentioned above, the Cleveland Indians offensive looks rather bleak. Matt Laporta, a key piece in the 2008 CC Sabathia trade, hasn’t lived up to expectations. However, to his credit, Laporta entered the 2010 season fighting lingering injuries and having to share playing time with veteran Russell Branyan. Laporta didn’t get the opportunity to play everyday until the Indians traded Branyan. Other young players who have struggled at the plate include catcher Lou Marson and infielder Jason Donald. Marson batted .195 in 87 games while Donald hit a more impressive .253 in 88 games. On the bright side, Marson and Donald did shine defensively.

A major problem with the Indians offensive woes is the team’s frugal owner, Larry Dolan. The past few years Dolan has been focused on decreasing the team’s payroll. This means the Indians won’t be signing any big free agents to give their lineup a well needed offensive boost. Instead, the team is hoping key players, like centerfielder Grady Sizemore and the aforementioned Santana, can make successful returns from injuries.

The Ugly
Sizemore has been very injury prone the past two seasons, triggering a downward trend in his numbers. Sizemore’s average has been steadily dropping since 2006, while his stolen bases, RBIs, homeruns, and runs have all steadily dropped since 2008. Interestingly, Sizemore only played in 33 games last season. Sizemore has gone from a player who excited Cleveland Indians fans with his versatile skills to an overwhelming disappointment.

Perhaps, the only thing uglier than Sizemore’s downfall is the mess the Cleveland Indians created after trading away veteran third-baseman Jhonny Peralta. At first many Cleveland fans celebrated Peralta’s trade as Peralta was really never well liked by Indians fans. Fans, however, quickly became disgusted as infielders Andy Marte, Luis Valbuena, and Jayson Nix all embarrassed themselves at third-base. As the 2010 season came to a close, the fact became evident the Cleveland Indians would need to use the off season to find a third-baseman for the 2011 season.

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2011 List of Health Homeschooling Resources

If you are a homeschooler you are probably always on the look out for great homeschooling resources. Especially resources that are free. There are plenty of lists that you can find online, but often you find links that do not work. Alternatively, perhaps you just do not have the time to go surfing the net looking for those free resources. Well some of the work has already been done for you below. The list below offers some great resources to choose. Have fun exploring the sites, and see what new things you, and your kids can learn for the New Year. The list has been divided up into subjects for you. Health can often be difficult to fit into your home school day. Sometimes this subject may be missed during the week. If you want to squeeze it in and keep it, fun the sites listed may prove to be beneficial.


The site is run by the Dole food company and offers some fun games for your kids, and a fun comic book. There is also a section for fitness, recipes, and much more. You can explore the site with your children to find some great information on how you can stay healthy as a family. If you go to the for educations link you will see how you can plan your lesson for your children. Although they do not have many suggestions, they do have a few to choose.

Build a Digestive System

My kids have really enjoyed this site. It enables them to actually learn about the difference between the human digestive system and that of animals. Your child can click and drag the right pieces into the correct spot.
You can easily plan your lesson around this website. I have made up a spelling list using the items in the digestive system. It is really a great learning tool. For another option for learning about the digestive system, you can click here.

Learn about your heart

Learning about the heart through this interactive site can be a lot of fun for your children. It will enable kids to learn how they can keep their heart as healthy as possible as they get older. This site also shows what a real heart looks like. Make sure you and your child have the stomach for looking at a real heart before clicking the start button. It is not overly graphic, but some may find it a bit difficult to look at.

This website offers some creative recipes and some fun games for kids to help them learn about being healthy. It is really for kids in grades 5 and up, but can be used for younger kids at your discretion. It has a nice list of things that kids can do to stay active everyday and healthy. Perhaps you and your child can find something on the site that you can do together. Take some time and look around the site.


This site allows home schooling parents to make some recipes, and see why staying healthy is so important. There are also plenty of games and activities located on the site that you can play along with your children. They even have a gamily guide to healthy eating. You can use this as a basis for a fun project to do along with your children.

Nourish Interactive

This is one of my favorite interactive health based websites. It is great for younger kids to help them learn about the food Pyramid, and what fruits and vegetables they should be eating. There are also plenty of free healthy tips and printable that you can use as part of your homeschool. Signup for free and your kids will have access to all of the fun stuff.

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2011 National Buffalo Garden Festival - June 25th Through July 31st

For the second year, Buffalo, New York’s renowned Garden Walk Buffalo will be the finale of the five-week National Buffalo Garden Festival. The festival takes place June 24th through July 31st throughout Western New York, and showcases not only Garden Walk Buffalo, but 14 other community walks, as well as events at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Forest Lawn Cemetery, and a number of local nurseries.

Highlighting the festival are the 15 garden walks; currently on the schedule are:
• Williamsville – Saturday, June 25th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Lewiston – Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
• Parkside – Sunday, June 26th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Hamburg – Saturday and Sunday, July 9th and 10th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
• Lockport – Saturday and Sunday, July 9th and 10th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
• Snyder-Cleve Hill – Sunday, July 10th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• HANCI Intergenerational Garden (Niagara Falls) – Saturday, July 16th – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Lancaster – Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
• Niagara Falls – Saturday, July 16th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Samuel P. Capen – Saturday, July 16th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• South Buffalo – Sunday, July 17th – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Amherst – Saturday, July 23rd – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Ken-Ton – Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days plus Saturday night 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
• Buffalo – Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
• Black Rock-Riverside – Saturday, August 6th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.

The festival will also host themed bus tours throughout Western New York on select Fridays. Admission includes roundtrip bus transportation, lunch, and guided garden tours. There will also be private open gardens throughout the area, open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays.

The festival gets underway on Friday, June 24th with the opening reception at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. The featured speaker will be Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours in Ballston Spa, New York and contributor to HGTV and many national magazines. Find a complete schedule of events and register for some events now at the festival’s website.

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2011 Love Horoscope for Scorpio

The lucky planet Jupiter will start the year in the most romantic area of your chart. This is a great time for marriage proposals and for announcing forthcoming weddings or planning for special anniversaries.

When it comes to romance, single Scorpios especially, should get out and about during the first two months of the year. Your social world is the place to meet attractive newcomers and potential partners. This is a good time too, for advancing existing relationships.

Keep the channels of communication wide open in March. Be patient with a new love and be willing to give some extra attention to an already-started attachment.

It might seem like you’re always working hard to keep your relationships strong in April but it will be worth the effort. This is a time of year when emphasis is on the partnership zone of your chart. Concentrate on this area and you are bound to feel as if you are using your time and energy wisely. As each day passes your partnership will grow stronger and as you grow closer a deeper friendship develops. If your partner is also your best friend you are in a romance that is likely to be long-lasting.

During the middle of the year, you may be thinking about making a total commitment or teaming up permanently with someone special. Emphasis at this time is on marriage and you’re the type of person who won’t enter into a long-term partnership lightly. June could be a momentous month for unattached Scorpios.

April’s a time when work and health will be big concerns for you. The good news is that with Mars and Jupiter in your sixth house you will have plenty energy. You could have some luck to do with your career now too.

It will be difficult to find a balance between your private-life and social affairs during the latter half of the year. As a consequence, your love-life may not get the attention it deserves. It might seem as if there is less happening in your closest relationships but this is no bad thing. Sometimes you need a little space to focus on your individual interests and as long as you meet up regularly, this will all go towards keeping your life interesting and exciting.

November’s a good month for new beginnings. Loved ones will be incredibly cooperative. As the year ends there will be quite a number of moments when you might pause and think and realise you are so grateful for your friends.

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