It’s been almost four years since “Hamilton” premiered on Broadway and the country is still obsessed with the play. At a White House event in 2016, Michelle Obama said it was “the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.” It also won a Pulitzer Prize for drama and 11 Tony Awards.
What’s more, if anything, “Hamilton” makes U.S. history cool. It tells the story of the American Revolution and the founding fathers, but in a way that goes beyond textbooks or even interactive online courses.
It’s an inventive musical; the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, describes it as “America then, told by America now.” That may be one of the reasons it uses rap and hip hop to tell the story of young America—it’s really resonating with younger generations and getting them interested in history.
Even those who haven’t seen it yet jam along to the soundtrack. With 46 songs featured in the play—or nearly two and a half hours of melodies—listening to the entire soundtrack can take some commitment. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite songs. Trust me, these are so good, you’ll want to add them all to your favorite playlist.
This song opens the entire show and introduces the titular character—Alexander Hamilton—as well as many of the other main players like Aaron Burr and George Washington. It also provides the relevant history of Hamilton’s childhood and brings us up to speed on the events about to unfold. The song is epic and sets the tone for the rest of the show (and soundtrack).
Best lyrics: My name is Alexander Hamilton / And there's a million thing I haven't done /
But just you wait
“My Shot” gives us a clue into exactly what Alexander Hamilton is fighting for—a shot to prove himself. This song to Lin-Manuel Miranda a year to write, so it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular from the soundtrack.
Best lyrics: Hey yo, I’m just like my country / I’m young, scrappy and hungry / And I’m not throwing away my shot
The Schuyler Sisters
The fifth song of the musical introduces the characters Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy Schuyler. These women play a crucial role in the show and this song—which has the melody and feel of a ‘90s R&B song—brings some energetic girl power to the soundtrack.
Best lyrics: You want a revolution? I want a revelation / So listen to my declaration: / "We hold these truths to be self-evident / That all men are created equal" / And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I'm ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel!
Right Hand Man
This is a definite pump-up song if there ever was one. Right Hand Man introduces George Washington, and pushes Hamilton into the larger spotlight as he continues to chase his “shot” (as Washington’s right-hand man. If you really listen to the song, you’ll see that it shares a message of adjusting to opportunities and seizing moments. Pair that with a heavy bass and motivating beat, and you have the perfect tune to start your day with or hit the gym to.
Best lyrics: It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger / I was just like you when I was younger
With “Helpless,” there is so much storytelling in such a short amount of time. and it’s brilliant. It teaches us about Hamilton’s courtship and marriage to his wife Eliza, from her perspective. It’s an upbeat love song that also gives us some slight insight into classes in America during the time of the revolution.
Best lyrics: Look into your eyes (Oh, look at those eyes) / And the sky's the limit / I'm helpless
Wait for It
In this song, Aaron Burr wrestles with questions of life, death, and love. In the show, Burr plays the villain, but this song humanizes him in a way many history books do not. He’s the polar opposite of Hamilton’s character and this song ends up being the perfect antithesis to “My Shot.” It’s a beautiful, emotional ballad that slows things down in a powerful way.
Best lyrics: My mother was a genius / My father commanded respect / When they died they left no instructions / Just a legacy to protect
Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
“Yorktown” is one of the most epic songs on the soundtrack. It chronicles the last major battle of the Revolutionary War—the Battle of Yorktown—and sets the scene for the largest moment of triumph for our heroes. The song has a great beat, fun lyrics, and tons of energy.
Best lyrics: We gotta go, gotta get the job done / Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son!
This song has such a fun, infectious beat and always gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. As far as the play goes, this song is key in plot development; it narrates the story of Hamilton's life from the end of the Revolutionary War to his promotion to Secretary of the Treasury.
Best lyrics: Burr, we studied and we fought and we killed / For the notion of a nation we now get to build / For once in your life, take a stand with pride
The Room Where It Happens
This song tells the story of the Compromise of 1790 from Aaron Burr’s point of view. As we know, this compromise was made behind closed doors, solely between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, so the fact that we get it from Burr’s perspective more so gives us a glimpse of his motivation (“I wanna be in the room where it happens). Its beat is super catchy and energetic…and it includes a banjo!
Best lyrics: In God we trust / But we'll never really know what got discussed / Click-boom then it happened / And no one else was in the room where it happened
It’s Quiet Uptown
In this song, Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are grieving after death of their son. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, having never lost a child, reflects on the changes this event made in Hamilton’s life instead of trying to explain what that grief feels like. The song is beautiful, devastating, and powerful. The cast even cried and production team even cried while hearing it, and it’ll probably move you too.
Best lyrics: I spend hours in the garden / I walk alone to the store / And it’s quiet uptown / I never liked the quiet before
What’s your favorite “Hamilton” song? Comment below and let us know!
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If you have a picky eater at home, you aren’t alone. Nearly 50 percent of parents would say one of their children is a picky eater—and it can be even more difficult when you’re trying to introduce new or “strange” foods from your local post.
While U.S. History Abroad is all about giving your child fun and engaging American history courses, I know that there is so much more to their education—sometimes it’s the food on their plates!
Living at a new post comes with a lot of changes, their diets might be one of them. Not every child is going to be willing to try harees in Oman, or kimchi in Korea. I remember trying to get my youngest to eat Borscht in Russia, it was no easy feat!
Here are some of the things I’ve felt helpful (and a few tips I’ve picked up from around the internet) in reducing some mealtime stress and getting your picky eater to try something new.
Acknowledge their independence
Depending on your child’s age, you might see her try to assert her independence a bit more. Saying no to food is one of the ways she might be doing it, and that’s perfectly normal developmental behavior. Instead of forcing her to eat something she’s saying no to, allow her the freedom to make some of her own food choices. If you know you’ll be serving a new food item for dinner, let her to choose the side so she feels like she’s still making her own decisions.
Get them involved in the kitchen
Sharing the meal-prep responsibilities with your kids will give them a more positive attitude toward the foods they’re going to eat. More than likely, they’ll be proud of the work they did in the kitchen and be more willing to eat it once it’s on the plate.
It’s easier to get a child to taste a new food, rather than eat it. Big portions can be overwhelming, so start small. You can encourage him to try a different food by giving him a small portion and saying something like, “This should be easy! Just two (or three) bites and you’re done!” As you serve the new food more and more, you can increase the serving amount. Plus, if he happens to like it, he can always as for seconds.
Typically, it takes kids about 10-15 tries before they accept a new food. That’s a lot! And it’ll require some patience. Keep offering the new dish (in small portions, of course) until you wear them down.
Scale back on snacks
If your child is hungry when it comes time for dinner (or breakfast or lunch), then he’ll be less likely to resist the food that’s on his plate. Limit the snacks and drinks throughout the day on days when you know you’ll be serving something different. He’ll be more receptive to trying a new food if he’s truly hungry when it’s time to eat.
Offer non-food rewards
Using non-food rewards, like stickers or “points,” can go a long way in motivating your child to try new foods. Even something as simple as praising her for being adventurous can help change her attitude about a food she said she disliked or wouldn’t try.
Eat with them
Sometimes the best way to get kids to do something is leading by example. Make sure you’re sitting down and eating with your children when you’re serving a new food. You can’t expect them to eat something if you won’t!
Invite over an adventurous eater
While it’s important to model how you want your child to eat, no one can have a bigger influence on him than his friends. If he has any friends who grew up in your post country, then invite them over when you’re serving up a local cuisine. If your child sees his friend chowing down, he’ll be less afraid of the new food and more willing to try it. After all, if his friends like it, it can’t be all that bad.
Let them use all their senses
This one is difficult for most parents, but hear me out. The more familiar a child gets with his food, the better chance you have at getting him to eat it. Suppress you gag reflex and let him play with his food a little—if he sniffs it, breaks it apart, or shuffles it around his plate, at least he’s getting used to it.
One thing at a time
Serve only one new food item at a time. You can pair the new food up with one or two other items you know she loves and that she’ll eat. This makes the plate less scary and the new food more approachable.
Rotate new foods
Sometimes you just have to train your kid to try new foods. Get her into the habit of eating something different every day. Offer a new item today, but let her know she can have an old favorite tomorrow. The day after that, she can choose what she’ll eat, then you’ll go back to the new food on the next day. This keeps her away from building inflexible eating habits and getting too comfortable with specific foods.
Make it fun
You’ve probably noticed, kids like to have fun! Trying making the new food seem fun and exciting, rather than scary or weird. If there’s no way to jazz up the dish, then make the meal feel lighthearted. Keep a conversation going by asking them questions or telling funny stories; if your child is having fun at the table, they might not even notice what’s on their plate.
How do you get your child to try new foods? Comment below or share your tips with me (and the rest of our U.S. History Abroad community) on Facebook!
Marshall’s discovery fueled the largest migration in United States history. The promise of wealth drew hundreds of thousands of people to California. It spurred the U.S. economy and even lead to seemingly impossible things that would forever shape the face of America, like a cross-country railroad line.
California Before the Rush
In 1846, the United States and Mexico were at war for control of the land around California and the West Coast. At the time, California was under the loose control of the Mexican government and only had a population of about 6,500 “Californios” (people of Spanish and Mexican decent) 150,000 Native Americans, and just 700 foreigners (mostly Americans).
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848, two years after the war had started. The treaty formally ended the war and gave control of California over to the U.S. At the time, neither country knew that gold had been discovered in California just a couple weeks prior.
The Crowds Rush In
The news about the gold first reached areas near Coloma, like San Francisco. It then traveled to areas which had the easiest access to the California coast, such as the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii), Oregon, and Mexico. In some cases, the news traveled as far south as Chile and Peru, and as far west as China! People from all these places made their way to find gold before America’s East Coast had any clue what was going on.
East Coast newspapers first started reporting about the discovery of gold in mid-summer 1848, but editors and readers were skeptical. It wasn’t until President James K. Polk cited a military report in his State of the Union address on December 5, 1848 that Americans everywhere caught the gold bug.
With the news of gold reaching coast to coast—and even across continents—the crowds followed. Around 6,000 people rushed to California in 1848, just a year later, in 1849 around 90,000 people made their way to the golden state. Today, we know these migrants as the “Forty-niners.”
Gold proved to have a huge payoff for those who were lucky enough to find it. More than $10 million worth of gold was found in 1849, $41 million in 1850, $75 million in 1851, and $81 million in 1852. That’s more than $200 million worth of gold in just four years!
After that, the amount miners were finding began to decline, and eventually leveled off to about $45 million a year beginning in 1857.
To get rich in the gold rush, miners needed luck. However, the people who didn’t need luck to make money were business owners. The thousands of people who came to California in search of gold needed supplies like mining pans, shovels, picks, as well as goods like food, tents, lamps, and coffee. The store owners and businesses that sold these types of supplies often became wealthier than any of the miners.
Gold Loses Its “Glitter”
As more and more people came to California, there was less and less gold to go around. Competition began to grow rapidly. Surface gold began to disappear, and miners had to join large mining companies to reach the gold below ground, which was more of a wage labor job with a less enticing payoff.
A growing population often leads to a growing crime rate. The American miners became very aggressive and territorial when it came to their land, and would sometimes use violent tactics to protect it. Near the end of the rush, 120,000 Native Americans had died due to diseases, starvation, and homicide.
With gold losing its appeal, the boomtowns that were home to the mining populations became abandoned ghost towns. Miners either returned to their homes and families, or moved on to the next area to search for gold there.
Get in on the Gold Rush
The California gold rush might be over, but your child can still experience the thrill of finding treasure, just like the miners did in the late-1840s.
Visit: There are many “ghost towns” throughout California that families can visit and explore. One example is Bodie, California, which is a State Historic Park. Today town is a popular tourist attraction and visitors can walk the streets, go on a tour, and check out the museum.
Do: One of the ways miners used to find gold was by panning. The Discover with Dr. Cool, Pan for Gold Science Kit is a hands-on activity that lets your child become a real prospector and they test their luck in finding their own gold.
Read: If this topic really interests you child, you can let them explore more and hear the stories of actual miners. What Was the Gold Rush? includes illustrations and photos that bring the gold rush to life.
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I know, it's still mid-January, but as YOU know, in the Foreign Service life, you gotta plan early.
No worries, I got ya covered and you're gonna knock this Valentine's Day outta the park!
Imagine this-- It's the second week of February and your child's International school sends a last minute notice announcing that "Yes! Valentine's are allowed to be exchanged this year." You smile smugly to yourself because you're on it this year for the first time in, well, that doesn't matter, does it?
I've created EIGHT amazing All-American-U.S.-History-themed Valentine's Day cards for you to download and *print. I even have the links where you can order the corresponding goodies that go with. OH YEAH, prepare to win Valentine's day. At least with the kid-crowd. (You're on your own with what you plan for your spouse!)
I won't lie, to pull this off you should get started right away. As in NOW!
1. Start by >>CLICKING HERE<< to download the Valentine's cards.
2. Place your order from Amazon prints
> Choose "Prints" or "Standard Prints"
> Upload the Valentine Cards
> Select the images that you want and click the "Add to Project" button.
> Determine how many cards you'll need & then choose the 8x10 option. (I like a matte finish, but you really can't go wrong with glossy either.)
> Click "Add to Cart"
> If you order NOW, as I suggested, then you'll qualify for free shipping.
Arrow pencil toppers & pencils (Not throwin' away my shot)
Swedish Fish (fish in the Delaware)
Heart straws (trickle down...)
Frosted Flakes, because they're GREAT!
Immigration is an issue that is top of mind right now in the U.S., but it's not a new issue. The United States of America is a nation of immigrants and unless you are Native American, you probably have immigrant roots. Exciting!
Our students learn about immigration throughout their lessons. For example, when they are introduced to events such as the California Gold Rush (which drew immigrants from Asia and Europe), or when they learn about Ellis Island and the millions of immigrants who came to our country from all over the world. Lessons touch on reasons why people emigrate (war, famine, etc.) and the rights and responsibilities of America's citizens.
Immigration has always been a part of our country's history and it's always been a controversial topic.
Here are some books that will assist you in creating conversation starters with your kiddos. I suggest reading them together and then asking "How is your life similar or different to the child in this book?"
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Foreign service students have the wonderful opportunity to gain new perspectives and insights—specifically in regards to history, civics, and government—while living abroad. They’re gifted a chance to experience and explore different countries and cultures all over the world.
However, it’s important to give them context for where they came from—and studying U.S. history can help them in so many ways. While international schools can provide excellent education options for children, they typically do not cover U.S. history in a way that will leave them with a sufficient understanding of how our nation was formed and everything that has happened in the nearly 250 years since.
Learning U.S. history is so much more than just memorizing dates, facts, and characters. Here are 10 ways studying U.S. history actually helps your student in the long run.
1. Shows them what sets America apart from other countries
U.S. history provides a solid foundation for understanding what indeed makes the United States so special. America was founded by rebels, and has developed into an economic and military powerhouse. More than that, it’s become a beacon of freedom for so many people all over the world. Learning about how the nation got its start and how it came to be what it is today can only be discovered through the lens of a U.S. history class.
2. Gives your child a sense of where they came from
Some kids have only known life abroad and they have little knowledge or connection to life in the U.S. Learning American history can help kids understand where they come from and provide them with a sense of identity. It’ll help them appreciate the sacrifices and struggles of their ancestors and even help them develop a sense of patriotism and pride in their country. An international or local education may give them a greater sense of the history of the world—which is important as well—but U.S. history shows your student where they fit into it all.
3. Helps them appreciate their surroundings while abroad
The United States is a melting pot of cultures. As children learn more about how the nation came to be—and the diverse cultures and people who made it so—they’ll cultivate an appreciation for whatever country they currently call home. Living abroad while studying U.S. history is a unique opportunity for children to connect to the subject on a completely different level.
4. Strengthens qualities like compassion and empathy
Chances are, living in a foreign country has already opened your child’s eyes to different cultures. They see how different the world is and how unique each person they meet can be—history classes just broaden that awareness. Discovering the hardships and sacrifices other people endured—even just within the context of U.S. history—can help children develop compassion, tolerance, and empathy in new ways.
5. Helps them learn from past mistakes
There’s a well-known quote by author and philosopher George Santayana that reads, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It is important for students to know how our country got to the point it’s at today. When they learn about the some of the atrocities committed throughout history, they can use the empathy they’re developing to look for ways to avoid situations like that from occurring again. U.S. history teaches them that the American government is nimble and malleable enough so that as they continue to learn from the mistakes of the past, they have the power to shape the future and make it better.
6. Helps them understand how cultures evolve
The U.S., although still a relatively young nation, has seen many eras and ages. History classes show students how society and culture change and evolve over time and how much one generation can affect the next.
7. Keeps them up-to-date on school standards back home
Enrolling your child in U.S. history classes while they’re abroad means they won’t miss a beat when it comes to keeping up with their classmates back home. Typically, the education systems abroad focus on world history, and while this is a solid foundation, American schools still concentrate on U.S.-centric history. A supplemental course that covers U.S. history, keeps students up-to-date with the history standards back in the U.S., so when it comes time to move back, they’ll be caught up and on track without any issues.
8. Sets them up for college
While it may seem a little early to be thinking about sending your first grader (or even your eighth grader) off to college, it’s something that will likely happen before you know it. With a U.S. history course, especially one taught in an online format, your student is learning skills that they’ll be able to take with them once they enroll in a university. Colleges are offering more and more online courses, so when it comes time for your student to begin taking classes in this format, it won’t feel foreign to them and they’ll already be ahead of their peers. Taking additional, supplemental classes, like those we offer at U.S. History Abroad, also prepares them for a more strenuous workload and gives them the time management and independent learning skills needed to succeed in higher education.
9. Helps them develop critical thinking skills
Reading and analyzing historical documents teaches children to become careful readers. What rights do the First Amendment really give U.S. citizens? How important is propaganda when it comes to war? Learning U.S. history gives students a chance to become skeptical of biases and independent thinkers.
10. Put things into perspective
History is still happening. Studying history shows students that society is not dormant; it’s constantly changing and can be influenced by so many factors. It helps them to question and understand why things change, who propels those changes, and what comes from those changes. Learning about U.S. history, while keeping up with current events, can put today’s world and happenings into perspective.
Ultimately, the value of learning U.S. history—no matter where you are in the world—is immeasurable. Start perusing the many different courses we offer and sign up for our newsletter to be alerted when registration for the new school year opens!
Many people have heard of the Wright brothers and know they are credited with inventing and successfully flying the world’s first airplane! It’s an incredible piece of American history that has shaped the way the entire world travels.
On Dec. 17 we recognize their achievements and celebrate the anniversary of Orville and Wilbur’s first flight in 1903. Their story is often a quick blip in history classes and textbooks, we want to take a little bit of time and share how that first powered flight came to be.
The History of the Wright Brothers
Wilbur and Orville Wright were American inventors and are known to be the leading pioneers of aviation as we know it today. On Dec. 17, 1903, they achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight. While this was unbelievable on its own, they outdid their own accomplishment by building and flying the first fully practical airplane just two years later.
Wilber and Orville both showed an interest in mechanics and engineering from an early age. Part of a family of five children, the two grew up as playmates and best friends. Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, near Millville, Indiana; Orville Wright, was born in 1871.
Their father, Milton Wright was a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and his preaching frequently took him on the road. On his returns, he’d often bring the boys small toys. One of these toys—a small model helicopter made of cork, bamboo and paper, and powered by a rubber band—is considered to be the spark that ignited their lifelong love of aeronautics and flying.
Life before flight
When they were younger, the Wright brothers helped their father edit a journal called the Religious Telescope. After a few years, they left the journal to start their own weekly newspaper, the West Side News.
Always inclined towards mechanics, Wilbur and Orville opened their own bike shop in 1892, at the height of the bicycles craze that was sweeping the country. It’s here—fixing bicycles and selling their own designs—where they gained the skills needed to later invent a working airplane.
Working with these different mechanical projects, like bicycles and printing presses, and following the scientific research of German aviator Otto Lilienthal, inspired the brothers to start their own experiments in flight. When Lilienthal died in a glider plane accident in 1896, the made the decision that it was time to develop their own successful design and moved to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, which is known for its strong winds.
Wilbur and Orville began by observing how birds angled their wings for balance and control. Armed with this information, they set out to develop a concept they called “wing warping,” which led to their design for airplane wings. After adding a moveable rudder, which gave them better control, the brothers found the magic formula that gave them flight.
On Dec. 17, 1903 the Wright brothers made the first free flight of a power-driven, heavier-than-air airplane. Wilbur piloted the craft for 59 seconds, at an elevation of 852 feet.
Though they were not the first to build an aircraft, the Wright brothers did invent the three-axis control, which made a fixed-wing powered flight possible. In fact, their first patent—821,393—was not for a “flying machine,” but rather, the aerodynamic controls that manipulated the machine’s surfaces. With this breakthrough, a pilot could steer the plane effectively and maintain equilibrium throughout its flight.
Despite the fact that the Wright brothers found success in the air, there were people throughout the country that preferred to see them grounded. The media and other aviation experts were hesitant to believe the Wilbur and Orville’s claims of flight, and as a result, Wilbur took off to Europe, where he hoped to (and did) find a more receptive audience.
The move proved successful; Wilbur began giving many public flights to journalists, government officials, and society’s elite. In 1909, Orville joined his brother in Europe and the two began selling their airplanes. Shortly after, they returned to the U.S. where they finally found fame and wealth due to their incredible invention.
Make Your Own Airplane at Home
Your child might not have access to all the tools and heavy machinery needed to build their own airplane, but they can still celebrate this monumental anniversary by creating their own paper airplanes! Here’s how to do it.
As you’re making these paper airplanes with your child, share the history of flight with them—you never know, you might just inspire a lifelong love of aeronautics or engineering as well! Don’t forget to share your photos of their creations with us on Facebook!
This is our family's seventh year homeschooling and to be honest, it might be our last... I'll save my thoughts on that for another time, because today I want to share what I LOVE about homeschooling this time of year-- story time by the fireplace, complete with big mugs filled with hot chocolate and WAAAAAAAAY too much whipped cream!!
We've discovered a fun podcast that I think your kids will quickly become obsessed with too!
In The Radio Adventure of Dr. Floyd, we laugh as we listen (in the style of old-time radio) to how Dr. Floyd plans to fend off his nemesis Dr. Steve while learning about history in the process.
Try these EPISODES: "Bulls & Bears!" where Dr. Grant gets a little nervous about news of animals on Wall Street.
Or, "Voice of the Revolution!" where Dr. Steve tries to swipe Patrick Henry's 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death' speech.
Looking for Christmas-themed episodes? Listen to: "Twas the Night Before Floyd!" or "How Dr. Steve Stole Christmas!"
You can listen on iTunes or Stitcher.
I'd love to hear how your family connects during the busy holiday season. Board games? Dance parties in the kitchen? Christmas karaoke?
Are you in the holiday spirit yet? Some places are more festive than others-- for example, when we lived in Russia, I was feelin' it by mid-October, but to be honest, it never felt like Christmas during our time in Morocco...
So, if YOUR FAMILY needs a boost, I've made a list of my very favorite things-- books!
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will enjoy:
The Jolly Postman
A Christmas Carol
The Night Before Christmas
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders should take a look at:
The Family Under the Bridge
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Last Holiday Concert
Jake & The Gingerbread Wars
6th, 7th, and 8th graders can immerse themselves in
these American Christmas classics:
Gift of the Magi
A Christmas Story
I wouldn't want to leave out High school/Adult readers:
Mr. Dickens and His Carol
Christmas in America
Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History
AND if you're looking for a new Christmas movie to add to your family's must-watch list, check out The Man Who Invented Christmas. You're welcome!
If you or your kiddos are bookworms like we are and have already read through this list, shoot me an email and I'll send you more suggestions directly to your inbox!