As a mom, I sort of have a love hate relationship with summer vacation. On one hand no more early morning drop-offs or running a million miles an hour from school to practice to church and back to another practice. But that also means kids are home 24/7...yeah!
Planning a big vacation is great but figuring out what to do the other 12 weeks of summer can test any mom's patience, especially when the words "I'm Bored" are on repeat every hour on the hour. We Rise is all about finding ways to make the most of summer vacation AND create memories that will positively impact our kids for life. Here are just a few of our favorite summer event ideas!
1) VBS...Vacation Bible School.
Why? Because many of them are free, safe, and family friendly environments
Benefits: If you are a Christian by faith or not, VBS provides a great place for 2-3 hours a day full of music, games, and social activities to keep kids busy. Many are free or low cost events. Bonus, VBS is offered throughout the summer, so why not sign up for more than one!
June 10th-June 14th- Family Community Church Fresno www.fccfresno.com
June 10th-June 14th- New Covenant Community Church http://www.newcov.com/toy-story-vba/
June 17th- June 21st- The Well https://thewellcommunity.org/blogs/kids-connection/summerpalooza2019
June 24th-June 28th- Trinity Community Church Fresno https://trinitycc.com/childrens-ministries/
June 24th-June 28th- http://www.northfresnochurch.org/?pg=event&spg=197
Teach your kids compassion, empathy, and the importance of serving someone or something bigger than self. There are so many organizations that offer summer volunteering opportunities for kids and teens, just choose an area of interest- serve and have fun!
Magic Fresno- https://www.facebook.com/magicfresno/
Provides adaptive & integrative sports training and athletic opportunity in exceptional needs friendly sports environment.
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption- http://www.misswinkles.com/volunteer/
Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center believes that pets help make a family complete. We work with you to find the pet that will bring your family joy, laughter, happiness and companionship for many years to come.
Interest: People and Humanitarian Relief
Poverello House- https://poverellohouse.org/get-involved/volunteer
All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian at all times. Poverello House accepts volunteers ages 7 and up. They also accept groups, get a group of your kids friends together and instill service leadership.
I know it sounds traditional for all my modern moms but there is no greater joy than cooking with kids. Why? Because cooking teaches math, science, nutrition, and best of all... kids can get their hands dirty. Here are a few ideas that can take cooking to a new level!
Bake some treats and deliver them to those in need.
You won't have to drive around town too long before you find someone that will gratefully accept the treats. Kids will have fun preparing and learn the joy that comes with small acts of kindness.
Visit a local culinary school (www.learn.iot.edu)
Believe or not we have one of the top rated culinary programs in country sitting right in our back yard. Institute of Technology has well known chefs that lead the baking and pasty and culinary programs at the school. Who knows you may have the next master chef.
Did you wait too long to figure out what to do for Mother's Day? Of course you did, mom usually does the planning right? Want to make her feel special but skip the traditional store bought flowers and over priced greeting cards? We have a few ideas that are sure to turn Mother's day into a full blown celebration and best of all they are budget friendly and easy to pull off. We are all about planning Mother's like we plan our events, stress free for everyone!
1) Relax & Rejuvenate: At Home Spa
Infused Water (About $3): We love the Dr. Oz detox water... mom can detox and hydrate at the same time. If you are really last minute and don't have 24 hours, the water tastes great after 1 hour.
1. Add sliced cucumbers and lemon, grated ginger, and fresh mint leaves to pitcher. Fill with cold water and let infuse overnight in the refrigerator. Enjoy the next day.
Set the Mood with Moms Favorite Music (Free): Smooth Jazz is always a good option or try searching You Tube, Pandora, or Amazon Music for key words like spa sounds, waterfall music, or sounds of nature.
For Example: Relaxing Music for Stress Relief (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcSrYw-ARY)
Run a Hot Bath and add some Natural Enhancers ($5): Try Coconut Oil or Lavender Essential Oil to the Tub.
Don't worry, if mom doesn't already have essential oil or coconut oil, they are easy to find! Most big box retailers sell both, essential oils can usually be found in the candle aisle.
Finish with a Cozy Towel ($5-$10): Spend a few dollars to purchase a new towel in moms favorite color. Costco is even offering a coupon this month on both their bath towels and extra large bath sheets. They range in price from $5-$10 after the coupon.
Detox Water: https://www.doctoroz.com/recipe/10-day-tummy-tox-water
Essential Oil: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-Gardens-15-mL-100-Pure-Lavender-Essential-Oil/852918865
2) Love and Laughter
3) Memory Lane
If your goal is to get to mom's heart strings this is the idea for you! Take her on a walk down memory lane and let her know how much you appreciate her being there every step (literally) of the way.
Prep Time: 2-3 Hours
Benefit: Letting Mom Know Her Value...Even in the Small Things.
Want to Go Big For Your Next Event or Family Gathering?
At Dov Sound we love to think outside of the box and celebrate life's events in unique ways. If you want to take that graduation party to the next level...impress Dad with an amazing backyard BBQ extravaganza, or make 4th of July a day your friends will never forget, give us a call. We will help you design your event and make it stress free.
The Fresno Gospel Fest on April on April 20th was filled with fun and great music. Hundreds of people from all areas of the Fresno county gathered to with a night of praise through song and dance. The event featured, food trucks, serving various specialties like bacon wrapped hotdogs, fried popcorn shrimp, and ice cream sandwiches made with soft baked cookies. The night also brought a sense of community with attendees of different churches catching up or meeting for the first time, family members hugging and praising God together. To top it off, the event featured local and well known artists (Ryan McClarty, McCoy Dance Studio, Wess Morgan, James Fortune, Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond) and each one was incredible.
Overall the event was solid, but there was definitely room for improvement. The concert did start about 40 minutes late due to technical difficulties and sound check challenges. This also led to many of the artists being cut off. It started with local artist Ryan McClarty and McCoy Dance Studio who were in the middle of performing Ryan's second song when the producer of the event, came on stage and told the DJ to turn the music off. It left the both the audience and Ryan confused and shocked. They then tried to do the same to Yolanda Adams but she insisted she perform one more song before she left. Both situations were awkward for the artists and the crowd. In addition, there were quite a few intermission breaks. Between the late start, a lot of down time, and performance sets cut short, it is fair to say, the timing of the event was the greatest challenge of the night.
Despite the mishaps, the event was successful at bringing people together, the food was delicious, and the pop-up shops offered great services. We truly enjoyed every artist that performed and loved all of the dancers. It was a great time spent with great people and because of that... we look forward to next years’ Gospel Fest and have high hope's that the concert will improve on this year's event.
The answer for the first is always the same, "It depends your definition of success. If you are ok with being mediocre or blending in then no, if your student wants to stand out...yes!", I say. As for the second- I explain...
DOV Sound is Leading the Way in Student Portfolio's
Keep in mind student portfolio's are still very new to the scene so by default they give students a competitive advantage. To top it off, there are very few companies nationwide, that specialize in building student portfolio's. DOV Sound is not only leading the way in this market but having great success in doing so. Why? Because we take the time to get to know each student we work with. The goal is always to honestly and accurately build a portfolio that best represents the students personality, personality, and character. We want to showcase each student's maximum potential to college admission departments and future employers.
DOV Sound Student Portfolio's have Unlimited Sharing Potential
While, there are a handful of colleges that allow students to build a portfolio through an internal network, students are still limited to only those college's viewing the portfolio. We flip that all around- DOV Sound portfolios allow students unlimited sharing potential. For example, DOV Sound portfolio's can be used for college admissions, scholarship applications, employment opportunities, auditions, etc.
We do not believe in blending in or living under the radar. We believe every person, every student, has the potential to be great and has a purpose to fulfill. It is our job to help students tap into their greatness and create a portfolio that showcases areas grades and test scores can not.
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Some people cave, some people rise...Some people break, some people perform...how can handling the pressures of life help you build a brand?
Being a perfectionist and a dreamer my challenge was never thinking big. I also handle a lot of pressure really well. In fact, I joke and say I was made to be a wedding planner or an emergency room surgeon because I am great in a crisis. To tell the truth, a crisis may be my forte but daily pressure I have to work at managing, like REALLY work at it.
I spend a lot of my time listening, reviewing, and examining the communication of the 30 and under crowd. It is not hard, all you have to do is turn on YouTube or walk into a Starbucks during finals week and you will hear the open opinions of our youth. Ina ll of this, I have noticed two things:
1) Our society is confident on the surface, we want to fit in and struggle with the need to stand out
2) Our society is creative & has big expectations.
The upside- the desire to create change and the willingness to speak out. The downside you might ask? Depression. Anxiety. Insecurity. The Need for Approval. With the rise in over-night super celebrity You-Tube Stardom and access to so much mixed information, we've kind of created a world of followers wanting to lead but not knowing how. What do I mean? We have millions of Likes, Tweets, Shares, Status Updates that only replicate what was posted the day before.
So how do we take confidence deeper than surface level? How do we encourage creativity and propel our expectations into action? We learn to lead and we learn to lead by learning to handle pressure. Sudhakar I. Prabu, Director at TPMC, Specialist in Leadership Sudhakar Prabu, Specialist in Leadership at TPMC, says "One of the factors that differentiate great leaders from the rest is their ability to cope with pressure, thrive under pressure, and lead people in high-pressure situations. Leaders who thrive under pressure use pressure as a catalyst to bring out the best in one’s self and in others around them." (1)
Pressure starts young and can come in many forms. It can come from struggling with homework or high expectations at work. It can come in the form of a tough boss or an unfair teacher. Dealing with pressure is not about cowering down and giving in but learning how to rise up and use the challenge, the person, or the situation to make us stronger. Some final tips for better handling pressure and building your brand in the process:
(1) Resources: Sudhakar I.Prabu, Director at TPMC,
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SPRING IS HERE! For most, Spring means perfect weather (no more umbrellas-finally), colorful clothes (bye bye black monochromatic outfit!) and finally putting the pool to good use. Spring is a time to get outside and unwind...but for those planning a Spring wedding it can bring an abundance of stress.
Trying to reserve a venue, find a caterer, hire a photographer, create a wedding website are just a few of the concerns when planning a wedding. It can be challenging and let’s face it, the wedding checklist seems to get longer every day. To all my brides-to-be...just simplify! According to the Huffington post (1), here are the things to avoid while planning your wedding:
· Doing anything before setting a budget
· Neglecting to make a rain plan (Um...this is a big one, people...even if you do live in Fresno)
· Assuming 10 percent of your guests will RSVP ‘no’
· Impulsively sending your save-the-dates
· Buying your dress first
· Nixing the hair and makeup trial
· Saving by not hiring a videographer
· Being too vague with your photographer
· Letting yourself get too stressed (HIRE A PLANNER, or at least a Coordinator and relax)
· Being Too Chill (You Chill, While DOV Sound Plans)
Last but not lease we have to add, hire help! Don't stress yourself out and don't put that burden on your guests or family. Even if you are the master of DIY you will want time to enjoy your wedding, so let a coordinator do the work.
(1)Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-most-common-wedding-planning-mistakes-and-how_n_5ac529d6e4b0042efc0464e0
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If Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is correct in saying "Music is the universal language of mankind", what does the music of today say about us?
Today’s artists are battling between their values and fame, and it looks like stardom is winning. More than ever, artists are releasing music with a trendy beat and little to no substance. Values are being put on the back-burner just to get a little glimpse of fame. The question is why? Most of the time it comes down to one simple answer, the integrity of the people surrounding the artist.
Sadly, many artists are under the assumption they only need a trendy hit to take their careers to the next level. They compromise their own integrity and the integrity of music, just to get a deal. Shouldn’t we require more of an artist if they want to be taken seriously? After all, many musicians spend a good portion of their lives in a studio. When producer and songwriter Steve Griffiths was asked how many hours he spends in his studio, he stated, “Roughly around 30+ hours”. (1) Serious musicians dedicate much of their time to perfecting their craft but it all starts with choosing the right recording studio.
"Music is the universal language of mankind"- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
At Dov Sound, our recording studio’s purpose is to showcase the artist’s talent and creativity. Our skilled engineers help the artist compose and mix music in a way that best embodies the creator. Allowing them to keep their values as they work on their craft as an artist.
(1) Steve Griffiths, Music Tech- Talking Tech: How Long Do You Spend in the Studio. https://www.musictech.net/features/talking-tech-2-studio-time/
Being Female Strong means our strength is exemplified by heat, it means we are softened and shaped without the fear of ever breaking."
Live Female Strong
I can not tell you the number of conversations I've had with parents about the importance of character during the college application process. In fact, it is one of the key areas we focus on when helping student build a CollegE-PASS admission portfolio. Why? Because it matters! More than most think, and especially if you are an athlete or plan on applying to any high profile major or program.
At a recent sports ID camp I attended with my daughter, Division 1 coaches took an hour to discuss the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) recruiting process for athletes. Of that hour, over twenty minutes was spent discussing... you've got it...CHARACTER! On social media, in the classroom, and in the community-Emphasizing the point to these young hopefuls that skill may get you noticed but so will poor behavior, and in many cases get them removed from the roster. Instead of becoming an asset to the school, students with questionable character now become a major risk.
Over the last few years DOV Sound has noticed a shift, for the better, when developing CollegE-Pass portfolios. We noticed colleges were not only wanting to see test scores and GPA's but they were also interested in the character of students. Did the student give back to the community, support his or her peers, give quality time to make an impact and not just join everything imaginable to fill a resume? Come to find out in 2011, a counsel of higher education professionals met at USC to help re-shape the admission process. Those in attendance recognized, that on the current track, the college admission process was headed for a negative turn. Lloyd Thacker, founder and executive director of the Education Conservancy said, "Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.” (1)
“In light of all that’s being expected of kids, academically and extracurricularly, how do we still make sure that they still develop these very important human skills so that they can be citizens of the world?”- Rod Skinner, faculty member for Harvard’s Summer Institute on College Admissions
Hmmm...I wonder where they could have learned this behavior from? With the recent admission scandal, clearly, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin didn't get the memo. Apparently a few people from USC missed it as well. That said, there is good that came from all of this, It shows that character matters and it never pays to cheat!
Admittedly, there is still a long way to go. That said, including character and community as important elements of the college admission process is a great place to start.
In the mean time, parents, let's be the example and teach our children to have standards, to value others, and critically think about what we say and do. This will only set our kids up for success in college and in life. Henry Ward Beecher said it best. "“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
(1) What Values Really Matter in the College Application Process- The Atlantic
www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/college-admissions-narcissists/475722/Where College Admissions Went Wrong
CollegE-PASS student portfolios are designed to bring out the best in each student- combining Academic, Athletic, and Extracurricular success with positive character and community accomplishments.
We live in a world where standards have been compromised- in music, in character, in relationships, in the quality of how we live...and the list goes on.
We.Rise is a space created to provide readers, listeners and viewers, content that will question the norm and inspire each of us to be better than the day before. DOV Sound is not about conforming but raising the bar. WE are about creating a culture that values quality and brings out the best in one another.
RISE ABOVE & LIVE SET APART.