“My Space City Vision…” is Theme for Space Foundation’s Eighth Annual International Student Art Contest


Returning for its eighth year, the Space Foundation’s Annual International Student Art Contest is now accepting art submissions.

Student artists from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the contest by submitting their original artwork. Children may draw, paint or create a digital mixed media image for the 2018 contest theme “My Space City Vision…”
There is no cost to participate in the contest. The deadline to submit entries is noon universal time (12:00 UTC), Nov. 17, 2017, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. Homeschool students are also invited to participate.

Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in January 2018.

The art contest has attracted the attention around the globe, and in it’s past seven years has received several thousand art submissions. The 2017 contest featured 3,009 entries from children in 50 countries and 31 U.S. states.

Awards and Categories
The Space Foundation will award a total of 25 winners — first, second and third place for each age category and a Space Foundation Achievement Award.

Acceptable Artwork Media/Format
– Drawing
– Painting
– Mixed media
– Digital art

Eight Age Categories
– 3 – 4 years
– 5 – 6 years
– 7 – 8 years
– 9 – 10 years
– 11 – 12 years
– 13 – 14 years
– 15 – 16 years
– 17 – 18 years

Prizes and Exposure
Winning entries will be displayed on the Space Foundation website and on the contest website, social media and at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, where space professionals from around the world will see the exhibit. View past contest winning artwork at: Art.SpaceFoundation.org.

Winning artwork will later be displayed at the Space Foundation headquarters and Discovery Center, in Colorado Springs.

All winners receive international exposure – digital images of past winners’ artwork have been sent to the International Space Station.

How to Enter

All artwork must be submitted electronically at Art.SpaceFoundation.org by a teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. For general contest questions, contact the Space Foundation at ArtContest@SpaceFoundation.org.

Due to the high volume of entries, we are unable to contact each participant regarding contest status. Please watch Art.SpaceFoundation.org for details and announcements.

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August 28, 2017 – 12:59 PM - | Posted in promotions | No Comments »

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August 20, 2017 – 2:01 PM - | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Solar Eclipse Eye Safety Tips from Lighthouse Guild


Excitement continues to build for the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21. Lighthouse Guild offers five tips to help protect your eyes while watching this extraordinary event.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. They transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.
  • After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter. Do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer –- the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes causing serious injury.

(This safety information has been endorsed by the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the National Science Foundation.)

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August 20, 2017 – 1:51 PM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

Back To Campus with At Home – Make Your Space Your Own! #AtHomeStores


It’s back to school time, and a lot of kids are headed away from home for the very first time as they head back to campus. That means a lot more money for just books and clothes and lunch, it’s time to furnish their own space….Their way!

It’s already nerve wracking enough and a scary time for our kids, so why not let them pick out their very own style and décor for their space as they head away from home. At Home store wants to help them make that transition just a little more comfortable allowing our kids to make their small dorm spaces their own.

You may think of the major things like bedding and storage for their clothing, but don’t forget the small little touches along the way.

At Home has a great selection of the major items for a fraction of the cost elsewhere, but they also have a huge collection of pieces that will make their space their own. Think about once they have their bedding about finding things like pillows, accents and different pillow cases and things to spruce it up a little to make it their own style. You can pick up a great bedding set from an assortment of colors, and move outward from there.

One thing I love is inspirational quotes. My daughters are no different. So of course they may find posters they like, be sure to pick up a few pieces of wall décor that will get them through those tough days, where they can look up and remember what they need to do, and what they can do!

Don’t forget photos from home. A place to put pictures of their friends, families and beloved pets that they’ll of course miss more than us!

When you think about storage, don’t just think about dressers and shelves, At Home has a huge collection of different styles of baskets where you can house not only clothing, but their electronics, towels, books, and so much more. A little more unconventional than a usual shelf or dresser.

Speaking of shelving, why go with typical wall shelves? We fell in love with this great piece, perfect to use for little things such as picture frames, small baskets with hair accessories, speakers, and so much more. They come in different colors as well, perfect to add that little touch of you!

Pillows are also a great accessory, can be used as seating for the floor, or something to just cuddle up with when they’re feeling a little more homesick than usual. Soft, Fluffy and fun!

Don’t forget some of the little odds and ends either, like shower curtains, and small appliances for cooking! At Home has everything you need for a new dorm room, or even your own house, you know, once they leave, you can spice up your décor a little too without a huge bill hanging over your head!

            

If your interested in finding out more, you can visit www.athome.com to find a store near you, or to see some of their great ideas for dorm rooms.

I have partnered with MomSelect and At Home Store to bring you this post. All Opinions are my own.
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August 3, 2017 – 6:18 PM - | Posted in back to school | No Comments »

Why this is the best time to quit smoking….


Our knowledge of smoking as a vice has increased dramatically in last several decades. Nowadays we can with certainty tell that smoke is bad for your health and cigarettes and tobacco cause several severe diseases.

With the progress of our knowledge of nicotine, our knowledge of how to quit smoking also increased. People all over the world have fought for decades against this vice and we finally have a list of solutions that can help.

And not only that.

We also have good substitutions to cigarettes such as electronic cigarettes and e-juice. They are much better for our health and finally represent something that can dissuade you from smoking any longer.

Without prolonging any further, let’s check all the tips and tricks that can help you deal with this vice.

1. Creating a proper plan
First thing that you need to realize is that removing cigarettes from your life doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. While there are those who will try to limit their consumption or decide to smoke in special occasions, others will try to quit forever. No matter what you wish to do, it is necessary to create a realistic plan before anything else. Reducing amount smoked is a step in the right direction but will not be satisfy everyone. Start with little steps and as you go you can easily increase your expectations and goal until you reach your ultimate goal and that is completely removing cigarettes from your life.

2. Creating a positive mental attitude
Like with all vices this battle can be won in your head. It is first necessary to create a positive atmosphere and to think the right way. Simply wanting to stop smoking will not cut it. If that was enough, most of the smoker would’ve stopped smoking by now. Instead you need to create a list with all the reasons why smoking is bad for you. This will strengthen your will and persuade you that you’re making the right decision. With all this being said, it is also necessary to mention your current mental state (regardless of smoking). If you are depressed or have some other issues pulling you down in life, it will be very hard to stop. Only with a clear head can you start tackling the issue.

3. Find a substitution until you completely quit
As I already mentioned, going cold turkey overnight is rather hard thing to do. This is why most smokers decide to deal with their nicotine addiction slowly. Before they completely give up on in, they try various substitutions. Main thing with these substitutions is to provide you a feeling as if you’re still smoking and actually you’re not. This is very important as cigarettes and tobacco create a motoric dependency where you’re used to having something in your hands. Best way to deal with it? Get e-cigarettes. They use vape juice or e-juice instead of nicotine. It is a substance that is much healthier and doesn’t cause dependency. At the same time, you will still have a feeling of smoking and this will allow you to slowly reduce and ultimately remove smokes from your life.

4. Rely on support
When it comes to vices most people hate relying on support groups and family. This is mostly due to our arrogance. We think that this is an issue we will easily be able to tackle and tend to sneer on anyone’s attempts to assist. However, support groups have shown incredible results over the years. Best thing about them is the fact they consist of people who have already been through same hell as you did and have learned valuable lessons. There are also those who managed to quit and they represent a shining example of how your life could be. Family is also very important in this situation. Although family doesn’t have the same teaching purpose it definitely can help you in an emotional way. They can also be there when you need to take your mind of cigarettes and do some fun activities.

As you can see, it can be really easy to quit smoking. All you need is a proper plan a support of your friends and family!

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August 1, 2017 – 10:47 AM - | Posted in health | No Comments »
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