Friday Finds

Cold Care and a Piano Parent’s Imaginative Practice Plan

 

1

We love hummus but unfortunately, our closest grocery (Walmart) does not carry tahini, a key ingredient. I finally decided instead of waiting until I make it to another grocery and have to “suffer” for weeks without hummus, I would just start buying it on Amazon. My favorite recipe from Milk Street Magazine recommends Kevala as their favorite brand so that’s what I’ve been using and it’s really good!

 

2

Natalie has found an awesome folding standup desk for teaching piano!

 

 

3

Registration has opened for the 2018 MTNA National Conference. The featured artist for the concert, Jeremy Denk was just interviewed in the “Meet the Artist” series on The Cross-Eyed Pianist website. Check it out.

 

4

A beautiful short video story of a Holocaust survivor

 

5

Karen’s “parent post” on You Love Piano is getting some attention on Facebook. Bravo to that mama for using her imagination to motivate her child to practice.

 

6

Y’all know I love Amazon Prime, but with the convenience comes a lot of cardboard waste. Here’s what you can do with all that Amazon packaging.

 

7

I updated my phone this week to iOS 11. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it, but Rosemary at The Unfinished Lesson has a great post on Top Features for Music Educators.

 

8

It’s that time of year where many of us are likely fighting colds or will be soon – I for one am. I thought I was a goner last Sunday as it was quickly escalating but I was due to some quick doctoring, and well, if I must tell you, a few ounces of whiskey (seriously, I swear it burned it out of me!), it didn’t get any worse.

My “personal doctoring”  (a.k.a. panic care) includes:

  • A boost in vitamins such as Vitamin C, and Echinacea Goldenseal
  • A morning cup of Throat Coat tea
  • Thieves essential oil diffused near me day and night, and a couple drops rubbed on the bottom of my feet
  • A dose of honey every day. I hate it in tea so I do a slice of whole grain toast with honey every morning when I’m feeling under the weather
  • A few ounces of whiskey before bed 😉
  • Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for keeping the nasal passages moist (I never knew how important this was!)
  • Propping my head up on an extra pillow while I sleep to allow sinus to drain and not sit in the back of your throat (sorry, gross but it’s life)
  • A trip to the chiropractor
  • Plenty of rest

 

What’s your cold-care routine?

 

 

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