A Must Read – accessible Apple Apps from the June online Apple Vis Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2024 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries
1) AO3 Disco (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Discover fanfiction you’ll love with AI-powered search.
The AO3 Discovery Engine provides machine learning-powered recommendations for fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own. Give us an example of a fanfic that you enjoyed – you can share it directly from your browser – and we’ll generate a mix of recommended works that we think you’ll enjoy!
Current Version: 0.2 (August 2, 2023)
AO3 Disco’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/books/ao3-disco>
AO3 Disco’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ao3-disco/id6447444492>
2) AudioCat (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
AudioCat is an accessible audiogames platform designed to be fully focused on audio and leaving the visuals for your imagination – that way only the sky is the limit!
Virtual companion – when you enter the platform you will be greeted by your very own cat companion and you will hear more about its backstory after what you can give it a name. You need to also keep in mind that you need to feed your pet to keep it full so you can go to amazing audio adventures together. There will be more options to interact with your pet in the future.
*Audiogames – right now AudioCat platform has two audiogames which have both been designed and developed by our team.
*Wordy is a word based audiogame where you need to guess the correct word after the given definition. The game will play five rounds and then the points will be calcualted together. Also at the end of the game you will earn xp and coins.
*Echoes of Valor is an adventure rpg audiogame whoch focuses on the moral questions about good and evil. The main storyline is 25 levels and that is followed by infinite levels if you wish to continue. At the end of each level you will earn xp and coins.
*Coins – they are used to buy your pet foods to fill up its hunger meter and still have the chance to play the audiogames. Soon coins can be used in the in-game store where you can purchase more different pets, accessories, clothes and colors.
*Levels and XP – they work together since one does not go without the other. You earn XP from games and that will increase the level. Levels give different bonuses in different audiogames.
*Summer confirmed updates – third official audiogame and a framework that will give you the chance to create your very own audio adventure and share it with your friends as well as go crazy in the in-game store.
Current Version: 1.3.0 (June 21, 2024)
AudioCat’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/audiocat>
AudioCat’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audiocat/id6502510097>
3) Instant Connect (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Introducing the ultimate cooking companion, the Instant Connect ™ app – your gateway to culinary excellence. Elevate your cooking experience with over 2,000 curated recipes designed exclusively for Instant Pot appliances, including the renowned Instant Pot, Instant Air Fryers and Toaster Ovens, Duo Crisps, Slow Cookers, and more.
Whether you’re embarking on your culinary journey or a seasoned pro, our app empowers you to cook to your full potential. Kickstart your adventure with easy one-pot meals, or explore a multitude of innovative recipes to take your skills to new heights.
Discover exciting ways to prepare everyday staples like eggs, rice, and chicken, or indulge in the art of baking with delectable treats such as cheesecake and brownies.
The Instant Connect ™ app revolutionizes your cooking routine, making it simpler than ever to find time and inspiration every day. Select your appliance, and we’ll provide recipe suggestions that are perfect to get you started.
Current Version: 3.34.0 (June 25, 2024)
Instant Connect’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/food-drink/instant-connect>
Instant Connect’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/instant-connect/id1487494580>
4) Online Radio Box (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Online Radio Box – is a free application for listening to the radio online. Application features:
*timer
*radio stations genres
*favorite stations
*web-version personal preferences synchronization
But there is one more thing in Online Radio Box, you should know about. It’s not only huge amount of worldwide online radio stations, it’s the one of the easiest application for internet radio listening. It’s completely free, it’s fast and doesn’t need any registration. Just install it and start enjoying your favorite online radio stations.
Current Version: 2.3.1 (November 8, 2023)
Online Radio Box’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/online-radio-box>
Online Radio Box’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/online-radio-box/id1101437391>
5) Orion Browser by Kagi (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Orion is a fast, free, web browser for iPhone and iPad with no ads, no telemetry. Check also Orion for your Mac desktop.
Orion has been engineered from ground up as a truly privacy-respecting browser. We did it by embracing a simple principle – Orion is a zero telemetry browser. Your private information will never leave Orion by default.
And to protect your privacy on the web, Orion comes with industry-leading anti-tracking technology as well as a powerful built-in ad-blocker.
Current Version: 1.3.8 (May 1, 2024)
Orion Browser by Kagi’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/orion-browser-kagi>
Orion Browser by Kagi’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/orion-browser-by-kagi/id1484498200>
6) Softgoods (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Softgoods is the platform to manage your fan fiction. Bookmark, journal, and share your favorite fics all in one place. We make it so easy to organize your favorites!
Softgoods is a place where you can store, bookmark, journal, and organize your favorite fan fictions. You can create different shelves sand saved links to your favorite fan fictions. Add notes to each story so you can go back any time and see what you have read in the past and what your thoughts are.
Softgoods is also a great place to share what you have read with friends. You can do this by making shelves and notes public, and send your friends links so they can see what you have read and what you thought. You can add tags to each story as well, which makes it easy to search through your timeline.
Current Version: 0.9.0 (June 4, 2024)
Softgoods’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/books/softgoods>
Softgoods’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/softgoods/id6450132477>
7) Tailscale (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Tailscale is a mesh VPN alternative that makes it easy to connect your devices, wherever they are. No more fighting configuration or firewall ports. Built on WireGuard®, Tailscale enables an incremental shift to zero-trust networking by implementing “always-on” remote access. This guarantees a consistent, portable, and secure experience independent of physical location.
Current Version: 1.68.0 (June 12, 2024)
Tailscale’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/tailscale>
Tailscale’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tailscale/id1470499037>
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory>
Mac
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory>
Apple Watch
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory>
Apple TV
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory>
Welcome to the June 2024 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries
1) AO3 Disco (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Discover fanfiction you’ll love with AI-powered search.
The AO3 Discovery Engine provides machine learning-powered recommendations for fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own. Give us an example of a fanfic that you enjoyed – you can share it directly from your browser – and we’ll generate a mix of recommended works that we think you’ll enjoy!
Current Version: 0.2 (August 2, 2023)
AO3 Disco’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/books/ao3-disco>
AO3 Disco’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ao3-disco/id6447444492>
2) AudioCat (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
AudioCat is an accessible audiogames platform designed to be fully focused on audio and leaving the visuals for your imagination – that way only the sky is the limit!
Virtual companion – when you enter the platform you will be greeted by your very own cat companion and you will hear more about its backstory after what you can give it a name. You need to also keep in mind that you need to feed your pet to keep it full so you can go to amazing audio adventures together. There will be more options to interact with your pet in the future.
*Audiogames – right now AudioCat platform has two audiogames which have both been designed and developed by our team.
*Wordy is a word based audiogame where you need to guess the correct word after the given definition. The game will play five rounds and then the points will be calcualted together. Also at the end of the game you will earn xp and coins.
*Echoes of Valor is an adventure rpg audiogame whoch focuses on the moral questions about good and evil. The main storyline is 25 levels and that is followed by infinite levels if you wish to continue. At the end of each level you will earn xp and coins.
*Coins – they are used to buy your pet foods to fill up its hunger meter and still have the chance to play the audiogames. Soon coins can be used in the in-game store where you can purchase more different pets, accessories, clothes and colors.
*Levels and XP – they work together since one does not go without the other. You earn XP from games and that will increase the level. Levels give different bonuses in different audiogames.
*Summer confirmed updates – third official audiogame and a framework that will give you the chance to create your very own audio adventure and share it with your friends as well as go crazy in the in-game store.
Current Version: 1.3.0 (June 21, 2024)
AudioCat’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/audiocat>
AudioCat’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audiocat/id6502510097>
3) Instant Connect (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Introducing the ultimate cooking companion, the Instant Connect ™ app – your gateway to culinary excellence. Elevate your cooking experience with over 2,000 curated recipes designed exclusively for Instant Pot appliances, including the renowned Instant Pot, Instant Air Fryers and Toaster Ovens, Duo Crisps, Slow Cookers, and more.
Whether you’re embarking on your culinary journey or a seasoned pro, our app empowers you to cook to your full potential. Kickstart your adventure with easy one-pot meals, or explore a multitude of innovative recipes to take your skills to new heights.
Discover exciting ways to prepare everyday staples like eggs, rice, and chicken, or indulge in the art of baking with delectable treats such as cheesecake and brownies.
The Instant Connect ™ app revolutionizes your cooking routine, making it simpler than ever to find time and inspiration every day. Select your appliance, and we’ll provide recipe suggestions that are perfect to get you started.
Current Version: 3.34.0 (June 25, 2024)
Instant Connect’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/food-drink/instant-connect>
Instant Connect’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/instant-connect/id1487494580>
4) Online Radio Box (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Online Radio Box – is a free application for listening to the radio online. Application features:
*timer
*radio stations genres
*favorite stations
*web-version personal preferences synchronization
But there is one more thing in Online Radio Box, you should know about. It’s not only huge amount of worldwide online radio stations, it’s the one of the easiest application for internet radio listening. It’s completely free, it’s fast and doesn’t need any registration. Just install it and start enjoying your favorite online radio stations.
Current Version: 2.3.1 (November 8, 2023)
Online Radio Box’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/online-radio-box>
Online Radio Box’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/online-radio-box/id1101437391>
5) Orion Browser by Kagi (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Orion is a fast, free, web browser for iPhone and iPad with no ads, no telemetry. Check also Orion for your Mac desktop.
Orion has been engineered from ground up as a truly privacy-respecting browser. We did it by embracing a simple principle – Orion is a zero telemetry browser. Your private information will never leave Orion by default.
And to protect your privacy on the web, Orion comes with industry-leading anti-tracking technology as well as a powerful built-in ad-blocker.
Current Version: 1.3.8 (May 1, 2024)
Orion Browser by Kagi’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/orion-browser-kagi>
Orion Browser by Kagi’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/orion-browser-by-kagi/id1484498200>
6) Softgoods (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Softgoods is the platform to manage your fan fiction. Bookmark, journal, and share your favorite fics all in one place. We make it so easy to organize your favorites!
Softgoods is a place where you can store, bookmark, journal, and organize your favorite fan fictions. You can create different shelves sand saved links to your favorite fan fictions. Add notes to each story so you can go back any time and see what you have read in the past and what your thoughts are.
Softgoods is also a great place to share what you have read with friends. You can do this by making shelves and notes public, and send your friends links so they can see what you have read and what you thought. You can add tags to each story as well, which makes it easy to search through your timeline.
Current Version: 0.9.0 (June 4, 2024)
Softgoods’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/books/softgoods>
Softgoods’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/softgoods/id6450132477>
7) Tailscale (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Tailscale is a mesh VPN alternative that makes it easy to connect your devices, wherever they are. No more fighting configuration or firewall ports. Built on WireGuard®, Tailscale enables an incremental shift to zero-trust networking by implementing “always-on” remote access. This guarantees a consistent, portable, and secure experience independent of physical location.
Current Version: 1.68.0 (June 12, 2024)
Tailscale’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/tailscale>
Tailscale’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tailscale/id1470499037>
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory>
Mac
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory>
Apple Watch
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory>
Apple TV
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory>
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Read Donna J. Jodhan’s tips and hints for catching up with the coach for this month Polishing Baby Shoes, A Great Bib, Aluminum, Exterior, Painted Or Unpainted

Catching up with the coach!

July 2024

To contact me with your idea send your emails to me at donnajodhan@gmail.com

 

11) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Children

Polishing Baby Shoes

* Before polishing, rub with rubbing alcohol.

* Rub with a raw potato before polishing.

* Polish with an old nylon stocking.

* After polishing, allow to dry thoroughly and then buff with waxed paper.

_____

 

12) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Children

A Great Bib

* Old shirts can be cut off at the sleeves to serve as coveralls for your children when they are painting or eating.

_____

 

1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For The Miscellaneous

Aluminum, Exterior, Painted Or Unpainted

* Mix 50% motor oil (10 weight) with 50% kerosene. Clean aluminum well with this mixture and clean cloth. Wipe dry and apply another thin coat of this mixture. This should be done about twice a year for proper care.

 

 

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Read Donna J. Jodhan’s articles on ask the coach for this month About roasting bags, about chopping mats for chopping vegetables, and an all in one gadget for zesting and grating

Ask the Coach!

July 2024

My name is Donna Jodhan and I am using my extensive experience as a sight loss coach as well as my lived experience to share and respond to questions that are submitted to me and I also invite you to share your thoughts on questions asked.

 

For this month:

a question from Dena in Boston Massachusetts.

Dena wants to know if there is such a thing as roasting bags.

 

My response:

Dena, o yes!  Most definitely!

I use these quite often for roasting my chicken!

They work very well and they certainly help to make things easy to clean up!

They certainly produce meat that is yummy and hearty.

I use them more for roasting chicken!

I simply love them and you can buy them at almost any supermarket.

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Tell us what you think!  Share your feedback and let’s get more ideas cracking!

It’s important for us to share how we do things!

 

A question from Shaun in Billings Montana.

Shaun wants to know if there is something like chopping mats for chopping vegetables on his kitchen counter.

 

My response:

Most definitely Shaun.

Again, I can certainly vouch for this as about 2 years ago I bought a set of 3.

They are very easy to use.

Just spread them on your kitchen counter and then chop your vegetables.

The good thing about these chopping mats is that they protect your counter top from getting nicked with your knife.

They made of a very flexible plastic material.

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Tell us what you think!  Share your feedback and let’s get more ideas cracking!

It’s important for us to share how we do things!

 

A question from Katie in Brisbane Australia.

Katie is looking for a kitchen gadget that can zest and grate; an all in one of these.

 

My response:

Katie, and yes! Such a thing does indeed exist.

A friend of mine made me a gift of it last year.

It works really well.

You can do both zesting and grating with the same gadget.

I am pretty sure that you can buy one of these nifty gadgets at any kitchen store.

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Tell us what you think!  Share your feedback and let’s get more ideas cracking!

It’s important for us to share how we do things!

 

To contact me with a question or a thought; please send an email to me at donnajodhan@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to respond in 5 business days at the most.

If you wish me to respond earlier then put the word important in your subject line and I’ll do my best to respond more quickly.

Until the next time then!

I’m Donna wishing you a pleasant day and thanking everyone for their insightful feedback and suggestions!

 

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A Must Read – Donna J. Jodhan’s news round up for June 2024

The Monthly News Round Up For Award Winning Advocate, Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna J. Jodhan

For the month of June 2024

 

Read about Donna’s external engagements

 

https://sterlingcreations.ca/current-affairs

 

Major news items can be found here

It’s all about Donna’s major initiatives for this month plus a lot more

https://sterlingcreations.ca/current-affairs

 

And we are pleased to kick off this month’s news with a news flash from Donna herself!

Donna is delighted to announce that from July 29 – August 02, she will be participating in a camp for kids titled “Eye Retreat.”

Donna will be teaching 2 1 hour courses each day to the kids.

These are Entrepreneurship 101 and advocacy 101.

Donna thanks DR. Alan Chase for giving her this opportunity.

Read more below:

History:

The Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat was born after passage of the North Carolina Disability History and Awareness Month Act.  This legislation mandated that public schools teach disability history, famous people with disabilities, and disability characteristics.  Specifically, the legislation suggested that individuals with disabilities be utilized to provide some of the instruction.  Our founder, Dr. Alan Chase, was involved in advocating for passage of the legislation and supported curriculum development for implementation in the public schools. Thus, the EYE Retreat was born in 2008.

Why us?

First and foremost, 100% of our leaders and mentors have visual impairments.  Our leaders and mentors are successful adults who are either gainfully employed or attending post secondary institutions.  Second, our philosophy focuses on the power of peer mentoring.  Our mentors help students to develop a toolbox of skills and resources by leading courses on a variety of topics, such as self-advocacy, transitioning to college life, career exploration, and soft skills for employment, that will support them in their future pathways  Finally, our mentors guide students in bridging theory into practice by facilitating real world application of skills in the community, such as riding public transportation, navigating a college campus, and visiting local businesses.

Mission:

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for youth with visual impairments to experience a glimpse of post secondary outcomes (employment, college, etc) through development of mentoring relationships, real world applications, and identification of available resources.

Vision:

Our vision is to empower and create a community of lifelong learners who will have the tools necessary to be successful in their education, careers, and lives.

Moto:

“I Retreat From No Challenge!”

Dr. Alan Chase

President and Executive Director, Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat alan.chase@eyeretreat.org <mailto:alan.chase@eyeretreat.org>

919.813.0393

www.eyeretreat.org <http://www.eyeretreat.org> “I retreat from no challenge!”

You can start by taking a tour of Donna’s personal diary by visiting

www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

Donna posts 3 times weekly and her posts gives you great insights into her daily life, challenges, and perspectives as a blind/vision impaired person.

 

Blogs posted for this month

To the www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog page

The FEDEX fiasco

https://sterlingcreations.ca/blog/the-fedex-fiasco-great-company-but-lousy-employee

Wendy’s touch screen trauma

https://sterlingcreations.ca/blog/wendys-touch-screen-trauma-once-again-blind-and-vision-impaired-customers-have-been-left-behind

How real is the generation gap?

How Real Is the Generation Gap? – Yes, No, Maybe?

 

You can also view previous selections here.

Contributions From Founder and Advocate Donna Jodhan

 

Donna has also posted other articles of interest on her

www.sterlingcreations.com/blog page

for this month.

News round up for May 2024

Donna’s news round up for May 2024 – she is unstoppable!

Hottest tips from the Sterling Creations Business Desk

A Must Read – Important Tips From the Sterling Creations Team

Latest news from the Apple Vis online newsletter

Read about the latest and greatest accessible Apple apps -May 2024

A review of the Limoncello Restaurant in London England

https://sterlingcreations.com/blog/a-review-of-the-limoncello-restaurant-in-london-england-sorry-you-are-no-long-around

A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s latest did you know diary

https://sterlingcreations.com/blog/a-bit-of-this-and-a-bit-of-that-from-donnas-latest-did-you-know-diary-see-what-i-learned-for-this-month

 

Catch up with Donna’s expert page at

https://sterlingcreations.ca/ask-an-expert

and for this month

10 tips for learning Chat GPT

Ask an Expert – June 2024 – 10 Tips for Learning ChatGPT

Read Donna’s author’s tip for this month

Brides, grooms, and graduates

Ask an Author – June 2024 – Brides, Grooms, and Graduates

And catch up with previous author’s tips

https://sterlingcreations.ca/ask-an-author

 

Read Donna J. Jodhan’s articles on ask the coach for this month

Using a dish drainer over the sink, finding tongs that are safe to use for a blind person, looking for a burger press

Read Donna J. Jodhan’s articles on ask the coach for this month Using a dish drainer over the sink, finding tongs that are safe to use for a blind person, looking for a burger press

Read Donna J. Jodhan’s tips and hints for catching up with the coach for this month

Calming The Angry Child, saving your child’s artwork, Cleaning Stuffed Toys

 

See an archive of all of her product reviews at

https://www.toptechtidbits.com/news.html

 

Listen and catch up with Donna’s podcasts

Week 1 – ask the blogger

(on bullying;

Tips on entrepreneurship;

Scams and scammers;

Donna’s thought for today;

Week 2 – ask the coach.

Week 3 – ask the home maker.

Week 4 – book and product reviews.

“ask Donna”( )

Ask Donna YouTube Playlist: https://donnajodhan.com/askdonna

 

“dining with donna”

( )

week 1 – Corn Bread Dressing With Oysters

week 2 – Crumb Topped Salmon

week 3 – Golden Baked Whitefish

week 4 – Herbed Orange Roughy

Dining With Donna YouTube Playlist: https://www.donnajodhan.com/dwd

 

Your mental stretch with donna

YouTube Playlist: Mental Stretch

https://donnajodhan.com/mentalstretch

 

Ask the business reviewer:

YouTube Playlist: Ask the Business Reviewer –

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX95yuU4fJhio7AsI1qsn2KwvIBAgFOv8

 

Ask an expert:

YouTube Playlist: Ask an Expert –

 

And now for Donna’s latest podcasts – her Blindly brilliant page on ETSE where Donna’s pottery creations are now available.

YouTube playlist: Blindly Brilliant – Etsy:

 

Finally!

Donna has resumed posting to the Access to Information News weekly online newsletter

Sponsored by Mindvault Solutions!

https://barrierfreecanada.org/wendys-touch-screen-trauma-blind-customers-are-being-denied/

https://barrierfreecanada.org/how-real-is-the-generation-gap-yes-no/

Phone or Customer? – It’s Either Or! No Compromise Here!

 

To learn more about Donna  as an award winning  sight loss coach and advocate plus more visit www.donnajodhan.com

 

That’s it for this month.

Don’t forget to drop me an email at donnajodhan@gmail.com

Don’t be shy!  Share your thoughts and feedback!

 

 

 

 

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A must read! The sterling Creations monthly tips for July 2024

The new look for 2024
July 2024

Welcome to our new look monthly tips where we are pleased to share a plethora of tricks and tips that are relevant to such things as technology, travel, managing your daily life, and much more.
So just come aboard, sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy!
If you wish to contact us then please do not hesitate to write to us at info@sterlingcreations.ca and we promise to respond within 2 business days as long as technology allows us to do so.
Give us your feedback, comments, suggestions, and thoughts!
For it is only through you and with you that we are able to do this!

Table of contents –
1. From our 10 tips on technology series
2. From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
3. A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary
4. From the scam watchers

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From our 10 tips on technology series
Hello everyone:
Welcome to my 10 tip series where each month I’ll be sharing 10 tips on various pieces of technology.
This would include tips on popular screen readers, office software, and browsers.
If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to share then by all means! Write to me at donnajodhan@sterlingcreations.ca.
For this month:
10 tips for learning word.

1.
Explore the Ribbon:
Familiarize yourself with the Ribbon, the tabbed toolbar at the top of the Word window. It contains all the tools and features you need, organized into tabs like Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc.
2.
Use Keyboard Shortcuts:
Learn and use keyboard shortcuts to perform common tasks quickly. For example, Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+V for paste, and Ctrl+B for bold.
3.
Master Formatting:
Understand the basics of formatting text, including font styles, sizes, colors, and alignment. Use styles and themes to maintain a consistent look throughout your document.
4.
Paragraph and Page Layout:
Learn how to adjust paragraph spacing, indentation, and line spacing. Explore page layout options for setting margins, orientation, and page breaks.
5.
Tables and Columns:
Practice creating and formatting tables for organized data presentation. Familiarize yourself with columns for better document layout.
6.
Headers and Footers:
Understand how to use headers and footers for adding consistent information to the top or bottom of each page, such as page numbers, titles, or dates.
7.
Inserting Objects:
Explore the Insert tab to add various elements to your document, such as pictures, shapes, charts, and hyperlinks.
8.
Review and Proofreading Tools:
Utilize the Review tab for features like spell check, grammar check, and word count. This ensures your document is error-free and well-edited.
9.
Track Changes:
If collaborating on a document, use the “Track Changes” feature to see edits made by others and to make your own suggestions or revisions.
10.
Explore Templates:
Microsoft Word offers a variety of templates for different types of documents. Use these as starting points to save time and ensure a professional-looking document.
Remember to practice regularly and experiment with different features to become more comfortable with Microsoft Word. Don’t hesitate to use online resources and tutorials to enhance your skills further.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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Important tips from the travel table

From the pages of Donna’s diary
Going on a coach trip

I have come to enjoy coach trips and I was introduced to these by my aunty Angie who lives in England.

Over the last two years, Angie and I have enjoyed 2 of these. Twice, we traveled to Liverpool and in 2025 we are planning to travel to Ireland.
We hope to use the Johnsons company for our travels.
In 2023 we also traveled to Sandringham.

I find that coach trips are extremely relaxing and the coaches are very clean and comfortable. The drivers are very friendly and the destinations are very accessible. That is, the ones that we have visited.

I am not sure if coach trips are that popular in North America but they sure are in the uK.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
And now you can listen to Donna’s weekly podcasts!
Ask donna – a plethora of tips from a sight loss coach along with book and product reviews!
Dining with donna – recipes and time saving tips for the kitchen!
Your mental stretch with Donna – how to recharge, renew, and get going! Save yourself from those dramas, traumas, and stress!
Visit www.donnajodhan.com/youtube
and subscribe for free
Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary
July 2024
Award winning sight loss coach, author and advocate

Welcome to my Donna’s did you know diary for this month and pleased to share the following with you.

Here’s what I learned for this month.

1) A wee lesson in Geography
“The driest place on Earth is the Atacama Desert near the Pacific coastline of Chile. The average rainfall in these desert mountains is less than .004 inches per year. There are even some locations within the desert where no rain has fallen for more than 400 years. Yet even in this arid wasteland, there is some water. There are some salt lakes throughout the region, and in some elevations, where the temperature never exceeds freezing, snow still remains from previous storms.

2) About junk foods:
The top four most popular junk foods are: Potato chips, ice cream, candy bars, and cookies. According to DoSomething.Org, Americans eat 31% more prepackaged food than fresh such as fruit, raw vegetables, etc.
If you wish to know preferences by state visit the Zippia link below, where they have compiled preferences in all 50 states.
The Most Popular Junk Food in America, New Data Shows — Eat This Not That
<https://www.eatthis.com/news-most-popular-junk-food-state/>

3) How to preserve your most treasured garment keep sakes?
Wrap tightly in blue tissue paper and store in a sealed bag or box.

4) Best time to try on for new shoes?
Probably in the late afternoon or early evening and why?
Because it is the time of day when your feet have expanded the most after a day’s activity.
Your feet are the smallest when you wake up in the morning.

5) And here’s another tip re your shoes:
If you are having problems when fitting your feet into your shoes, then sprinkle the insides with some baby powder or any other type of powder!
It works like a charm!

6) A home made suggestion for an after meal digestion?
Why not try enjoying some fruit?

7) Looking for ways to have your plants stay alive while on a short trip?
Here is a solution if your trip does not exceed 2 weeks.
First, place enough water in your pots as if you are watering normally.
Next wrap your plants in plastic making sure that the entire plant is covered.
When you return remove the plastic and presto!
Your plants will be healthy, wealthy, and wise!
What happened here?
The plastic helped to keep the moisture preserved in your plants!

8) A wee tip about water?
60% of our bodies is made up of water!

9) A useful tip for keeping your bill payment straight and on track:
Best to use just one credit card and in this way you only have to deal with just one payment.

10)A word on taking chargers with you when you travel:
Keep in mind that the voltage for Europe and the UK are different from North America and parts of the Caribbean.
It is always best to consult your electronics store to ensure that you have the correct charger before you travel.

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From the scam watchers

Ah yes! And July is usually the month for scammers to use their scams to try and charm you into going on a too good to be true vacation.
These vacations could include fantastic offers for not just the summer but for fall and winter as well.
Their solicitations could come in the form of emails, automated phone calls, or even on your What’s App on your iphone.
Or even through text messages.
You know what to do!
Ignore and delete!

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Contact info:
Visit our websites at www.sterlingcreations.ca
www.donnajodhan.com
www.sterlingcreations.com

Email us at info@sterlingcreations.ca

Or call us at 416 491-7711

 

 

 

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A review of the Limoncello Restaurant in London England – sorry you are no long around

A review of the Limoncello Restaurant in London England
By Donna Jodhan
Award winning advocate and sight loss coach
Introduction:
I had the privilege and pleasure of having visit this wonderful restaurant in London England in 2022 when I sat with friends and family to celebrate receiving my Law Degree and what a fantastic experience it was!
It is unfortunate however that this esteemed restaurant is now closed but I thought that I would follow through anyway.
So how would I rate their services?  With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5
Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
About restaurant staff:
Friendly, welcoming and went way above the call of duty!
My meal:
Absolutely yummy and delicious.
Any suggestions?
Just keep up the great work.
Contact info:
Limoncello restaurant, 8-9 Moor Street, W1D 5ND
Which is right by Cambridge Circus and close to Shaftesbury Avenue.  Ie in Theatre land
Just remember now; this wonderful restaurant no longer graces us with its larger than life presence.
I can only hope that maybe and just maybe, they will find their way back to us some day soon.
To learn more about me as an award winning  sight loss coach and advocate visit www.donnajodhan.com
Visit www.donnajodhan.com and access the coach page to learn about the services that I offer; affordable
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A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s latest did you know diary – see what I learned for this month

June 2024

A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s did you know diary

Award winning sight loss coach, author and advocate

You can contact me via email at donnajodhan@gmail.com

 

Practical and natural!

Welcome to my Donna’s did you know diary for this month and pleased to share the following with you.

 

Here’s what I learned for this month.

 

1)To make sure that your food warms evenly in your microwave:

Spread out your food on your plate, dish, or bowl before warming.

 

2) When unplugging our device:

Make sure to grab the part that is closest to the I device.

Do not pull out by the chord.

 

3) And what exactly is Kale?

Well! Kale is a type of cabbage but it tastes a lot more delicious.

 

4) What exactly is pork belly?

And o yes!  Pork belly is sliced bacon.

When you bake it the skin on it turns to crackling!

 

5) What’s this about your video doorbell?

According to the experts, criminals now have the ability to infiltrate your doorbell

And they can monitor your daily routine.

Who comes and who goes.

This means that you need to ensure that your video doorbell is able to thwart those infiltrators.

 

6) And here are some tips on fishing for you!

For the average person out for a fishing trip, casting their line into the water doesn’t mean there will be a successful catch.

We can follow the fishing rules of having a sinker attached to make the hook go deep;

being quiet;

threading the worm on the hook completely

and not to throw things in the water that would disturb the fish.

 

7) If you want to get the most accurate reading from your bathroom scale then?

Place the scale on a bare floor and not on the carpet.

If you place it on the carpet then the scale shows a lower reading.

 

8) Sitting in a window seat on a plane?

You are exposed to more sun rays.

 

9) Keep these indicators in mind the next time you think you may be having a heart attack.

First, you are sweating.

Second, you are having chest pains.

Third you are Nauseous.

 

 

10) Having problems cleaning your eye lashes?

Gently wash with some baby shampoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Read about the latest and greatest accessible Apple apps -May 2024

Welcome to the May 2024 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries
1) Hunting the ducks (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Note: Currently only available in a limited number of countries.
“Hunting the ducks”, the accessible hunting game!
You are in the woods on the shore of a pond. Occasionally a duck will fly by, sometimes from left to right, sometimes from right to left, sometimes slow and sometimes fast.
Either you are a hunter and try to shoot the ducks, or you are a nature conservation officer and try to catch the ducks with a net for research.
Try to catch as many ducks as possible to earn points. But listen carefully, because you can only make 20 attempts.
Current Version: 1.3 (May 9, 2024)
Hunting the ducks’ AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/hunting-ducks>
Hunting the ducks’ App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hunting-the-ducks/id6444333799>
2) Hyper ship AI (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Hyper Ship AI is a classic space shooter, re-imagined for the hyper casual genre. With the story’s AI at the helm, you must rely on luck. Each level begins with modifiers, determined by a trip through an animated hyper tunnel stage.
You pick up the modifiers in the tunnel, which are spawned by random chance, each favoring either you or the enemy. Each battle can favor one or the other, giving each level of Hyper Ship AI an unpredictable outcome! Many powerful upgrades are available to you for purchase with the currency earned in-game, either by collecting credits during hyper tunnel flight, by completing battles, or through an in-app purchase. All levels are re-playable, where you can earn additional credits. The option to buy credits as an in-app purchase was put in the game to provide a way of upgrading quickly, if you so desire.
Designed from the ground up to be accessible to everyone, Hyper Ship AI’s accessibility features and overall game play have been carefully designed and tested to provide the best experience possible. What happens in game can be heard via positional audio by a custom battle feedback system, designed in-house at Rock Son Games, for the visually impaired and individuals with low vision. The game’s story is both displayed in text and voiced by AI generation. Gameplay is hyper casual, so level play is as simple as holding a touch anywhere on the screen to initiate hyper speed travel or a single tap to start up the battle system. Modifiers, AI, and a good bit of luck control the rest, The starting levels, designed to be an introduction to the modifier and optional accessibility system, are evenly paced and short, allowing everyone to learn the system at an even pace, before the battles get intense!
Current Version: 1.0 (May 1, 2024)
Hyper ship AI’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/hyper-ship-ai>
Hyper ship AI’s App Store page https://apps.apple.com/az/app/hyper-ship-ai/id6477919018>
3) Intelligent CV: Resume Builder (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Discover CVpop, a groundbreaking app that uses artificial intelligence to create professional resumes and help you land the perfect job.
CVpop – The AI-powered app for creating the perfect resume!
Do you need to create a compelling and professional resume but don’t know where to start? CVpop is the ideal solution for you! Our AI-based app provides you with the tools and resources needed to create a high-quality resume that will help you stand out in the job market.
Here are some of the main features of CVpop:
*Automatic resume creation: Enter your job title and let artificial intelligence create the perfect resume for you!
*Smart import and recognition: Upload your existing resume, and the app will analyze it to improve and update it with the latest trends.
*Evaluation and suggestions: Receive personalized advice from the intelligent assistant to optimize your resume and increase your chances of success.
*Interview simulator: Prepare for the big day with our chatbot that simulates real interviews and helps you improve your communication skills.
*High-quality templates: Choose from a wide range of professional and creative templates to create a resume that suits your style and personality.
*Advanced customization: Edit colors, fonts, and other elements to make your resume unique and eye-catching.
*Export in PDF or DOCX: Save your resume in various formats and easily share it with potential employers.
*Signature and video presentation: Add a personal touch to your resume with your signature and a brief video presentation.
Current Version: 1.3 (May 29, 2024)
Intelligent CV: Resume Builder’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/intelligent-cv-resume-builder>
Intelligent CV: Resume Builder’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/intelligent-cv-resume-builder/id1473493711>
4) Monomo Journal (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Monomo, the easiest way to keep track of your life events.
An easy to use journal
The app has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use.
*Tags allow you to keep track of the people you interacted with, the places you’ve been, the sports you’ve played or feelings you’ve experienced. You are free to create as many tags as you like. The app will also help you to automatically assign tags with the “auto tags” feature.
*View your tags on a calendar. You will be able to see, for example, when you went for a run, when you met a certain person or when you were particularly happy.
*You will also be able to view recurrings tags. This will allow you to find out, for example, who are the people you have interacted with the most in the last few weeks or which places you have frequented most often.
*The app is also perfect for keeping track of old memories. You don’t remember the exact day a certain event happened? No problem! You don’t have to specify the exact date, you can indicate only the year and month.
*Add images to your journal entries. The app will use the GPS coordinates of the photos to show you where you were when you took them.
*Do you want to reread your journal? Reading mode will help you focus on the content.
*The app works on iPhone, iPad and Mac. iCloud sync (optional) allows you to keep your journal synced between all your devices.
Current Version: 1.2.2 (January 5, 2024)
Monomo Journal’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-fitness/monomo-journal>
Monomo Journal’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monomo-journal/id1611073062>
5) Tp-link Deco (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Welcome to the Deco App — the perfect way to set up your mesh WiFi in minutes and control your whole network.
Our simple-to-follow guide walks you through the setup process and even gives you suggestions for whole home coverage.
Once connected, you’ll have instant access to check every connected device, manage your kids’ online activity, and control your home network effortlessly. All from the palm of your hand.
Current Version: 3.7.55 (May 23, 2024)
Tp-link Deco’s AppleVis App Directory entry
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/tp-link-deco>
Tp-link Deco’s App Store page
<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tp-link-deco/id1186159417>
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory>
Mac
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory>
Apple Watch
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory>
Apple TV
<https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory>
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Donna’s news round up for May 2024 – she is unstoppable!

The Monthly News Round Up For Award Winning Advocate, Sight Loss Coach and Author Donna J. Jodhan
For the month of May 2024

Read about Donna’s external engagements

Current Affairs

Major news items can be found here
It’s all about Donna’s major initiatives for this month plus a lot more

Current Affairs

Donna’s engagement with the CNIB
Donna has begun an engagement with ‘Wayne Henshall’ and ‘Callie Leshchyshyn’
Of the CNIB Foundation’s come to work team
Donna is extremely excited to be able to deliver her entrepreneurship 101 course through the CNIB Foundation and if all goes to plan this course could be delivered virtually in January 2024.

Donna’s housekeeping activities for May
Donna continued to produce her Ask Donna and Dining with Donna podcasts and you can find the links to these below.
Now she is adding new links to other podcasts which you can also find below.
These are:
Your mental stretch with Donna,
Ask an expert,
And ask the business reviewer.
Donna is also pleased to share her links to her Blindly Brilliant page on ETSE where her pottery products are now available.

You can start by taking a tour of Donna’s personal diary by visiting
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Donna posts 3 times weekly and her posts gives you great insights into her daily life, challenges, and perspectives as a blind/vision impaired person.

Blogs posted for this month
To the www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog page

The Problem with Packing at Supermarkets – Shame on Walmart!

The Other Side of Online Banking – See Who Is Being Left Behind

Turning to Mastodon – Is This the Accessible Alternative to Twitter?

I’ll Call the Police – We Need to Engage Urgently with Our Kids

You can also view previous selections here.

Contributions From Founder and Advocate Donna Jodhan

Donna has also posted other articles of interest on her
www.sterlingcreations.com/blog page
for this month.
News round up for April

Donna J. Jodhan’s news round up for April – sintilating and sizzling


Hottest tips from the Sterling Creations Business Desk

Helpful tips for May 2024 – Courtesy of Sterling Creations


Latest news from the Apple Vis online newsletter

Read the latest accessible apps from the Apple Vis April online newsletter

A review of the Air Transat services

A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s latest did you know diary

A bit of this and a bit of that from Donna’s monthly diary – see what I learned for this month

Catch up with Donna’s expert page at

Ask An Expert


and for this month

Ask an Expert – May 2024 – 10 Tips for Learning the TalkBack Feature on Android

Read Donna’s author’s tip for this month

Ask an Author – May 2024 – Fresh and Free


And catch up with previous author’s tips

Ask An Author

Read Donna J. Jodhan’s articles on ask the coach for this month
Ask sight loss coach Donna J. Jodhan –
Looking for a timer with Braille dots,
Looking for a talking scale,
seeking an easy to use can opener

Ask sight loss coach Donna J. Jodhan – Looking for a timer with Braille dots, Looking for a talking scale, seeking an easy to use can opener

Read Donna J. Jodhan’s tips and hints for catching up with the coach for this month
For Children – Teaching How To Put Shoes On,
Graduating From Crib To Bed
Bathing

Catch up with Sight Loss Coach Donna J. Jodhan For Children – Teaching How To Put Shoes On, Graduating From Crib To Bed, Bathing

See an archive of all of her product reviews at
https://www.toptechtidbits.com/news.html

Listen and catch up with Donna’s podcasts
Ask Donna:
Week 1 – ask the blogger
(on bullying;
Tips on entrepreneurship;
Scams and scammers;
Donna’s thought for today;
ask the Blogger May 2024:

Week 2 – ask the coach.
Ask the Sight Loss Coach May 2024:
https://youtu.be/KpT0BWV
Week 3 – ask the home maker.
Ask the Homemaker May 2024:
https://youtu.be/S9WzKfC_TlI As
Week 4 – book and product reviews.
Ask the Reviewer May 2024:

“ask Donna”( )
Ask Donna YouTube Playlist: https://donnajodhan.com/askdonna

“dining with donna”
( )
week 1 – Beef In Wine Sauce

week 2 – Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

week 3 – Creamy Chicken And Rice Bake

week 4 – Shrimp And Chicken Paella

Dining With Donna YouTube Playlist: https://www.donnajodhan.com/dwd

Your mental stretch with donna
The Mental Stretch May 2024:

Playlist:
https://donnajodhan.com/mentalstretch

Ask the business reviewer:
Ask the Business Reviewer – March 2024:

Ask the Business Reviewer – April 2024:

Ask the Business Reviewer – May 2024: https://youtu.be/kyHRM7MPjjc
Note: A playlist for these podcasts is being created and will be shared as soon as it is available.

Ask an expert:
Ask an Expert – January 2024:

Ask an Expert – February 2024:

Ask an Expert – March 2024:

Ask an Expert – April 2024:

Ask an Expert – May 2024:

Note: A playlist for these podcasts is being created and will be shared as soon as it is available.

And now for Donna’s latest podcasts – her Blindly brilliant page on ETSE where Donna’s pottery creations are now available.
Read why Donna aka Blindly Brilliant is now engaged in this newestinitiative.
First Announcement:

May 2024:

Note: A playlist for these podcasts is presently being developed and will be shared as soon as it is available.

Libsyn:
https://sites.libsyn.com/521708/site
The Libsyn RSS feed link is here:
https://feeds.libsyn.com/521708/rss
For Spotify:
https://feeds.libsyn.com/521708/spotify

Finally!
Donna has resumed posting to the Access to Information News weekly online newsletter
Sponsored by Mindvault Solutions!
The other side of online banking

The Other Side of Online Banking – Who is Being Left Out!

Turning To Mastodon – Is This The Alternative To Twitter?

I’ll Call The Police – Our Kids Are Using This Threat On Their Parents And We Must Reverse This Trend!

The FEDEX Fiasco – FEDEX Saves The Day But The Shipper Remains Rogue

To learn more about Donna as an award winning sight loss coach and advocate plus more visit www.donnajodhan.com

That’s it for this month.
Don’t forget to drop me an email at donnajodhan@gmail.com
Don’t be shy! Share your thoughts and feedback!

 

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Read Donna J. Jodhan’s tips and hints for catching up with the coach for this month Calming The Angry Child, saving your child’s artwork, Cleaning Stuffed Toys

Catching up with the coach!

June 2024

To contact me with your idea send your emails to me at donnajodhan@gmail.com

 

8) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Children

Calming The Angry Child

* Whispering works wonders when a child is angry. Simply whisper gentle words into his/her ear. He/She will stop crying so he/she can hear what you’re saying.

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9) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Children

Saving Your Child’s Artwork

* Give each drawing a coating of hair spray, it will prevent colors from fading or wearing off.

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10) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Children

Cleaning Stuffed Toys

* Clean with dry cornstarch. Rub in, let stand briefly and brush off.

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