Life Hacks: Using apps to teach without a lesson plan. Ingress the Game

Life Hacks: Using apps to teach without a lesson plan

Ingress.

This app is just plain FUN.

The premise is your an agent. You belong to one of 2 factions. Are you here to keep humanity free or are you here to control them? You decide.

Once you decide, you take your handy dandy *comm unit* aka..phone..and…WALK. yes, boys and girls, you have to walk. You will be searching for *portals* to *hack* them and other actions for your faction. Portal locations happen to coincide with real historical events or places.

Life Hack#1: Exercise

Life Hack #2: Get to know whatever area you happen to be in.

Life Hack #3: Learn about historical events that have really happened.

Life Hack #4: My nephew came up with this. Metric unit conversion, since the game uses that.

Life Hack # ??: I am sure there could be more.

The trick isn’t that you do anything. You just play the came. This all just sorta part of the experience. Your going to automatically accomplish these things.

So far, it’s on Google Play and android. I believe they are making an apple version. I hope they do just so more people can get out there and Hack Life!

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Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: Going Through the Motions

Kri's Not So Kurious Advice: Going Through the Motions

I’ve done it. You’ve probably done. In fact, I can confidently say most everyone has, if not everyone literally. Your there, doing what your suppose to do. You know it’s the right thing to do. The thing that will bring you and even those around you the greatest joy. Yet, somehow, It became rote. No longer burned inside you and lit up your day. You’ve just been going through the motions.

Many times when you hear the phrase “Going through the motions” it is usually connected to the thought of your spiritual beliefs. In my case, it would be my Mormon faith. This is not always the case. I’ve found myself going through the motions in my everyday life. Wake up. Make myself a soda stream (I’m attempting to be a bit healthier these days). Feed the cat and dog. Wake up the kids and get schooling started. Some days it feels like it does not mean anything. It feel just *there*.

Have you ever felt that way about your everyday life? Perhaps it’s your job. Or perhaps it’s an exercise routine. You feel stagnate even though what your doing is important. Maybe, just maybe, it is your faith. We can’t leave that one out. So, what can you do when your life becomes just a routine? How can you press that *refresh* button and feel as if your living again?

As always, you can bring up a web search service, such as Google. Many MANY links are available to help you in your individual place. Personally, I used the phrase “what to do when your faith becomes routine” (Minus the quotes) in Google search just to see what I got. One thing stuck out for me. Find a partner. Someone you can help motivate and someone that can hold you accountable. Sometimes just sharing a particular interest or challenge with another is just the thing you need to get back that feeling of accomplishment and joy in the activity you are pursuing.

You see, there is a danger in allowing your life, no matter what area, to become so comfortable it is routine. Even boring! It is vital you tend to each aspect of your life as you would a garden. Different sections and seasons of your life will require not only different amounts of care, but different WAYS of caring for it. Is your marriage feeling like a comfortable old shoe? Are you so used to your spouse sleeping by your side you’ve forgotten to remind them how much you appreciate the fact that they are sleeping by your side? I assure you, this is a dangerous place for a marriage to be. Just as it is dangerous to be going to Sunday Sacrament each and every week, and instead of contemplating your spiritual need for Jesus. Your absolute need for our Father in Heaven, you’ve begun sitting there blankly. We are not talking about the distractions that can occur. Distractions happen. Just pull yourself back to the right focus, and your fine. We are talking about losing that sense of urgency that everyday you need to work on becoming more and more a better YOU.

Going through the motions. Being in a rut. These can be stumbling blocks in all areas of your life. Yes, my faith in Father God and the Church are a driving force in my life. I need to keep my perspective fresh and never fall into the trap of thinking *this* right here and right now is where I need to be. While it’s true we all need to experience things and our current challenges are important, we can never forget the place we truly are aiming for. To be-able to walk beside our Father and Creator.

Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: Go ahead. Skip it!

Kri's Not So Kurious Advice: Go ahead. Skip it!

Sometimes your chugging along. Getting it ALL done. Your feeling a bit worn down. You need a break…but! There is so much you need to do.

I’m telling you. Right now. It’s OH KAY to skip a day when it comes to home schooling. Or the laundry. Or to post that blog first thing in the morning. The world will not end if you just skip it πŸ™‚

If you don’t skip it, you may miss that needed break. Or something else. You never know what good things will come your way if you just take a moment and not only smell the flowers…enjoy them.

Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: Waking Up

Kri's Not So Kurious Advice: Waking Up

I woke up this morning. Thankfully, it is something I have managed most days of my life. The rest I woke up at a different time *Grins*.

This morning, I woke up in my usual sleepy “Wish I could stay in bed” mindset. My niece was running around outside my backyard with the dogs, so it really was not an option. I had to get up, get dressed, and inform her she could not simply go outside while everyone else was asleep…

Thankfully, this is not something she does often when over at my house. Still, it is something I would prefer to prevent simply so I can ensure her safety. I could have allowed the squiggle of negative feeling about the situation to color the rest of my morning, and therefore the rest of my day.

I did not.

As I went through the beginning’s of my morning routine, I thought of the things that I needed to do, and a song was niggling it’s way in the back of my head. A song I have loved since I first heard it last year. for King & COUNTRY – β€œThe Proof Of Your Love”

This led me to start up zradio, which I recently discovered I could listen to on my computer. This put me in a good mood, calmed my niece, and created a pleasant morning atmosphere. So much so, I can sit here and type this out with her quietly sitting next to me as she eats a cup of yogurt. Really, this is far more preferable then a hectic and stressed filled morning. I’m pretty busy home schooling 4 kids, 1 of them in the autism spectrum and who-knows-what-else. Many mornings I feel as if I have NO TIME. I am sure you have felt this way as well, hmm?

So, what is my advice about waking up? Try listening to something positive as you do so. It’s amazing what positive music can do for your mindset. You get the same number of hours (or maybe you only have a few mins as you rush through this), but…somehow…they seem to be enough when your mood is relaxed and happy.

Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: A Bible Reading Tips Link For You :)

Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: A Bible Reading Tips Link For You πŸ™‚

Sometimes the advice is already out there and I would like to share it, so if your looking for tips to help you in your daily bible reading, check out this post from

These can also apply to reading the book of Mormon or any other Scriptures.

Kri’s Not So Kurious Advice: Saving Money on Books

Books! I love to read. Sometimes I read true crime, fantasy, romance, and the concessional “why did I pick this again?”. If your an avid reader, you know the cost can quickly add up. Especially if your a FAMILY of avid readers, like mine. So, what is one way to save money? Well, I advise e-readers. You can use them on many phones and devices. You can download them for free on your computer or laptop. The options are many. Not only that, there are many sites, like Book Bub, that provide daily deals on a huge range of e-books for free or reduced. Most are no more then $0.99! Beats the $5-$15 on many new releases these days. So, Google you up an e-reader if you don’t already have one and start downloading the multitudes of free books out there πŸ™‚