In an age of tablets, smartphones, and hundreds of television channels, it can be difficult to encourage kids to tear their eyes away from the screen and pick up a book. Despite the benefits of technology, it’s just as important now to read books as it ever was.

Rather than allowing a child to passively watch as stories, ideas, and visuals are presented to her via websites and television, reading is active; a reader uses the information on the page to construct her own worlds, and must decipher themes, analyze characters, and pick apart story arcs on her own. These skills are highly important, if not mandatory, in school settings and the real world – after all, how will your child come up with great startup ideas without being able to research the industry?

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Ever feel like you’re in a total creative slump? Think you’re just not cut out to be a true “creative?” You’re not the only one.

After all, we’re taught that some people just have “it” when it comes to talent and creativity. Meanwhile we live in an era where it seems like everyone’s more prone to consuming content rather than creating it. As a result, the concept of becoming a creative is increasingly difficult for those who feel uninspired.

Despite popular belief, creativity can be learned to a certain extent. Rather than believe that a more creative lifestyle is totally behind your grasp, instead consider the day-to-day changes you can make to foster creativity in your own life. Keep in mind the following four tips to transform yourself and perhaps ignite that ever-so-important creative spark.

Start with “Total Immersion”

The more you can surround yourself with a sense of creativity, including art, music and literature, the better. Whether it means constantly listening to music players at home-or-on-the-go or soaking up audiobooks while going about chores around the house, anything you can do to surround yourself with quality creative content is a huge plus. Something as simple as hanging up more artworks or having books around the house can make a difference.

In short, it’s all about surrounding yourself with creativity.

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Tired of paying extra for a checked bag and waiting at the baggage carousel after your flight? Fit everything into a carry-on and you’ll pay less, wait less, and some airlines still give you a carry-on bag for free as long as it meets their requirements.

Here’s how to make it onto the plane with just a carry-on with everything you need and no hassle:

Get It Down to 20 Pounds Or Less

Although some airlines allow a carry-on to weigh 22 pounds or more, others will want it to be 20 pounds or less. Keeping it to 20 pounds is a good rule of thumb and one that will get you to the gate without trouble in most cases.

A small backpack is all that’s required, and will never get more than a passing look from airline staff. You can also go with carry-on luggage that meets the size requirements and fits neatly in the overhead bin, but the extra weight means you’ll have to pack fewer items.

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If you’re looking for your next home to be as environmentally as possible, then you would be hard pressed to not look at a steel building kit.

Steel is being used for more and more buildings today, for both homes and commercial/industrial buildings alike, because of the wide variety of benefits that it provides over other kinds of building materials.

In the last decade alone, over half a million steel framed homes have been built, which is a very impressive figure. The fact that steel buildings are eco-friendly is only one of the many benefits that they will provide you with.

Here are the top five reasons why steel building homes are environmentally friendly:

1. Less Waste Is Used

During the construction phase of building a steel home, less waste will be used in contrast to building another type of home. Not only do steel buildings require less materials to be wasted when the project is finished, but they are easier and quicker to set up than other kinds of homes as well.

This means that your contractors will use up less fuel when building your home, will not waste water or wood timber, and as an additional pro there will be less noise, dust, and waste that could potentially upset the neighbors.

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