About Michelle Liew, B.A.

Michelle Liew is an English teacher and professional writer with over 20 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (English and Literature) from the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. With an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate, she has taught English language, literature and music in many Singapore Schools for over 12 years. Michelle has also worked with children with special needs in both mainstream and schools for special learners. She has been published on websites like HubPages and runs a blog dedicated to writing and poetry, called Getting Literal, and a blog about animals, called Pets Aware. Michelle has a broad range of interests that include literature, history, philosophy, human relationships, health and psychology. When she is not busy writing her heart out, you will find her tinkering jazz tunes on her piano. She loves anything that helps her to grow as a person, including her pet terriers, Misty and Cloudy.

How to Recycle Used Coffee Grounds in Your Home and Garden

By |2020-04-02T18:51:06+03:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Environment & Planet, Gardening, Home Improvement & DIY|Tags: , , , , , |

If you're reading this, you're probably a die-hard Java lover. Now there's one more reason for you to drink coffee - coffee grounds are recyclable. We'll show you why and how to recycle used coffee grounds in innovative ways you've never imagined. Why recycle used coffee grounds? Australian environmental foundation Planet Ark conducted a feasibility study of 921 cafes across Sydney. It found that these cafes sell over a million cups of coffee yearly. 7% of the coffee grounds go to worm farms while the rest

How to Homeschool Your Child in Times of Quarantine

By |2020-03-31T13:28:01+03:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

COVID-19 has the world in its virulent grip, in more ways than one. Besides causing businesses to grind to a halt, it may have caused you to wonder how to homeschool your child.  Schooling a child is a mammoth task, more so homeschooling them. COVID 19 has made it somewhat of a necessity, however, and more parents are wondering how to homeschool their children in times like these. We have some answers.  Advantages of Homeschooling For those of us who are skeptical about homeschooling their

11 Fun Things to Do with Kids at Home to Prevent Boredom

By |2020-03-21T19:48:10+03:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , |

Bored children are a handful for hassled parents. With the recent coronavirus outbreak that has stalled school and other activities, parents need a constant source of fun things to do with kids at home. So, what are some fun things that you can do with your kids when circumstances force you to stay at home? You will like our suggestions for kid-friendly entertainment. 12 Fun Things to Do with Kids at Home to Keep Them Occupied 1. Have a spa day Females aren't the only

14 Unexpected Uses for Wood Ash in Your Home and Garden

By |2020-03-07T17:22:03+03:00March 7th, 2020|Categories: Gardening, Home Improvement & DIY, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |

Do the burnt logs in your fireplace frustrate you? Is clearing them a hassle? Why not knock on wood, and burn it? There are more uses for wood ash than you may think. Combusted wood has its place in both the home and the garden. We'll show you how to turn this disintegrated object into something useful. What Is Wood Ash? Wood ash is the residue from combusting wood. It is what's left behind when we burn wood in fireplaces. Industrial power plants produce it

11 Science-Backed Benefits of Laughter for Mental & Physical Health

By |2020-03-13T17:02:50+03:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's an open secret. Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine but perhaps aren't sure what its benefits actually are. Life Advancer shares with you laughter's mental and physical benefits. We guarantee that you'll want to have a good chortle after reading this article. The Benefits of Laughter for Your Physical Health 1. Weight Loss Don't all of us want to trim that tummy? Well, have fun doing it. Laughing makes workouts fun. It helps your abdominal muscles contract, in the same way, sit-ups

11 Signs of Overly-Critical Parents and How to Handle Them

By |2020-02-19T21:35:50+03:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , , |

Does your mom or dad keep telling you that you're raising your children the wrong way? Do your parents keep telling you to get a better job than the one you have now? If the answer to these rhetorical questions is yes, you may be dealing with critical parents. If your mom or dad never seems to have anything nice to say about you, you might need to keep reading this article. You'll find out how to keep your parents' unreasonable criticisms at bay.  The Effect

Nature-Deficit Disorder Is a Real Thing: How to Get Your Kids to Spend More Time Outdoors

By |2020-02-19T18:25:43+03:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Lifestyle, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |

Are your children not getting as much sun as they should? They may have a case of nature-deficit disorder. This condition is little considered and as a result, often left untreated. This article may be the first time you’ve read about it, so allow us to explain what it is and what you can do to prevent your kids from developing it. What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder? Nature-Deficit disorder refers to the idea that people, particularly children, are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a host

4 Signs of a Manipulative Teenager and How to Parent One

By |2020-02-22T16:55:54+03:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Your manipulative teenager understands how to push your buttons. This youngster knows what he or she wants from you, and how to get it. Teens master the art of manipulation quickly, and you’ll become wrapped around their little fingers if you’re not quick enough to realize that they’ve taken advantage of you. So how would you know if they are trying to get the best of you?  And what can you, as a hassled parent, do about it? Why do teenagers manipulate their parents? The