START YOUR WEEK IN THE KNOW!

PICK UP NEW SKILLS FASTER BY SNOOZING!

Have you signed up for a knitting class? Heading to a seminar to learn how to start a small business? Learning will be much easier if you get plenty of rest before hand! Studies reveal that sleeping makes room in your brain for new information by eliminating brain connections that hold onto less important details. Bonus: Sleep also decreases levels of a protein that gobbles up  brain energy, leading to mental fatigue!

 GET THE REPLY YOU NEED IN MINUTES !

Need someone to respond to your message quickly? You’ll have better luck if you don’t leave a voicemail! Instead, send an e-mail or text message. New research shows that about 30% of voicemails go unheard for three days–or longer! By contrast, most people respond to text messages and e-mails within minutes!

piggy bank with umbrella

THESE WORDS CAN COST YOU MONEY!

Are you weighing the pros and cons of making a big purchase—-like a car or home—-or wondering whether to take advantage of an investment opportunity? then be wary of advertisements for the merchandise that dare you to spend, for instance, by telling you to “take this brave step” or by calling you “gutsy.” A new study reveals that folks who view ads that encourage them to be daring make riskier purchases than those who view ads that don’t mention it. These emotion-packed words tell your subconscious that it’s okay to be more carefree with your money.

kids with computerTHE FUN WAY TO BOOST YOUR KIDS’ SMARTS ALL SUMMER!

Your kids will have so much fun on these websites, they won’t even realize they’re learning about….

NATURE

National Geographic Kids entertains children for hours with videos of funny animals, nature-themed projects and puzzles, and even an online turtle race!

ART

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art lets kids learn about the world’s masterpieces and use them as inspiration to draw on a virtual sketchpad!

SCIENCE

The NASA Kids Club offers word and aciton games, plus slideshows that reveal what it’s like to be an astronaut.

MUSIC

At the San Francisco Symphony’s Kids’ Site, children can listen to dozens of instruments and play games that teach about tempo, rhythm, pitch, harmony and other elements of music.

money signEASY SIDE JOBS THAT CAN EARN YOU $$$

Need extra cash? Who doesn’t? Well, according to Payscale.com, you can use skills you already have to make about…

$21 per hour

Teaching a hobby!

Do you play guitar? Sew? People tend to hone their creative side when the economy is down, so demand for lessons is high. One way to start: Offer to give a class at your local recreation center!

$17 per hour

As a handywoman!

Can you paint walls? Hang pictures? There are always household jobs that people who lack know-how are happy to have someone else do. One way to start: Target realtors. Folks who are selling or buying homes often need small repairs done.

$16 per hour

Walking dogs!

Research confirms that pet owners don’t skimp on their furry friends even when money’s tight! One way to start: Ask your veterinarian if you can display a flier.

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