Twenty-five lessons children WON'T learn in school

Twenty-five lessons children WON’T learn in school: Kirstie Allsopp says having your offspring at home is the perfect chance to teach them

  • Kirstie said now is a difficult time and we must search for positives among it 
  • She revealed how her partner Ben was recently diagnosed with Covid-19
  • TV presenter spoke to children Hal, 17, Bay, 13, and Oscar, 11, about learning 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

After my partner Ben’s recent Covid-19 diagnosis, I issued a rallying cry to the three of our four boys who are stuck at home with us: ‘Right now, life is a ship that we’re sailing in together.’

Ben and I were the captains; they were the crew. ‘This is not a democracy,’ I told them. ‘What everyone on board this boat has to understand is that we all have a role to play in maintaining it.’

I’m sure similar conversations are going on in homes up and down the land, as it slowly dawns on parents, as it did me, that our children are lacking a great many of the everyday life skills, imparted to us in childhood by parents and grandparents, that keep domestic life afloat.

Kirstie said she promised the boys that, once their time stuck at home was over, they could go for cheesy chips in the pub and visit the village shop

Maybe now is a time when we can plug those gaps. Certainly, we have to find ways to stop everyone from going stir-crazy.

At the start of our quarantine, I talked to Hal, 17, Bay, 13, and Oscar, 11, about the things I wanted them to learn: how to iron a shirt, clean the loo, sort a wash. 

Yesterday, we emerged from our two weeks of isolation, with Ben recovered, and rejoined a very different world in lockdown.

I had promised the boys that, once their time stuck at home was over, they could go for cheesy chips in the pub and visit the village shop — this wasn’t going to go on for ever.

But, instead, our boat has sailed further out to sea, where there’s no pub, and no shopping for pleasure. The only consolation is that everyone’s in that same boat with us.

And it’s one in which — let’s be brutally honest here — our over-indulged children really must accept they cannot behave as passengers; they have to muck in as crew.

Now, I won’t pretend getting my boys into that mindset has been all plain sailing. It’s often felt more Titanic than QEII. But, little by little, they’ve accepted that, if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly. And to be fair, Hal, my beloved stepson, did food tech GCSE and is pretty good at much of this stuff.

This is such a difficult time, and we must search for what positives can come from it. Suddenly, stellar exam results don’t feel like the be-all and end-all. If, as parents and guardians, we can use this enforced time together to teach some lessons that won’t make it on to the curriculum when they eventually return to school, that is surely something we should do.

Here are 25 skills I’ll be passing on to my children, and that you might enjoy teaching yours . . .

1. Identify 20 flowers

On a recent walk, I asked the boys to name 20 flowers. They managed only four. 

Learning by photographing, identifying and drawing flowers can become a long-term project. 

It’s also a great way to involve older family members, who can help over video calls. If you can’t get out, then find pictures on the internet instead.

The TV presenter said on a recent walk, I asked the boys to name 20 flowers. They managed only four (file image)

2. Dismantle the loo

Let’s not be squeamish — we have bigger germs to worry about right now. Gather round the loo and teach the kids about its workings.

Lift the cistern lid and show them what happens when you flush. Can they work out that it’s the ballcock that stops it overflowing when it refills?

Get them to draw the mechanisms and create step-by-step instructions for giving it a thorough clean.

3. Shrink a jumper

Until you’ve shrunk a top or turned a white wash pink, sorting laundry seems a bit of a faff. 

So show, don’t tell. Root out a jumper no one wants and sacrifice it to a hot wash. They’ll discover the damage that friction, soap and heat will cause.

Ask them to measure the jumper before a 60c wash, then again afterwards (you can use the ruined jumper as felt for crafting, too). 

Also, show them how to check the drum for stray red socks that will leach colour into the next white load, and how to de-lint the tumble-drier.

Being able to trust them with laundry helps us now — and them when they go to university.

4. Learn countries, capitals and flags

When we were kids, whenever we drove anywhere my dad would test us on capital cities.

It’s the kind of thing that gets lost in the curriculum nowadays, but learning like this is both fun and stimulating.

5. De-scale the kettle

Our grandmothers wouldn’t have dreamt of buying chemicals to clean the kettle — they’d have used a lemon. 

Show children the limescale build-up, then ask them to research how it gets there and why an acidic lemon might help to remove it.

Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into your empty kettle, add the two halves and then half-fill with water. 

The TV presenter said people should slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into your empty kettle, add the two halves and then half-fill with water

Boil and leave overnight. They’ll have learnt a planet-friendly cleaning tip, and had a science lesson.

6. Master the art of sewing buttons 

Charity shops and landfill sites are full of clothes chucked out because of a missing button.

My mum’s sewing machine was almost permanently set up in the kitchen when I was younger. 

She’d alter clothes and make matching dresses for my dolls and me. Mum taught me how to thread a needle and sew on buttons — if these aren’t in your skill set, learn along with your children on YouTube.

7. Bird watch

The planes might be grounded, but our birds will keep f­lying.

Watching them out the window, identifying them and learning facts such as their migration patterns will interest children of all ages.

The RSPB website (rspb. org.uk) has great resources and suggestions for how you can help your winged friends while stuck inside

The RSPB website (rspb. org.uk) has great resources and suggestions for how you can help your winged friends while stuck inside — whether you have a garden or a city centre balcony.

8. Vacuum behind the fridge

Up working late, I watched, aghast, as the boldest mouse I’ve ever seen sauntered across the kitchen floor, over to the dog bowl, picked up a piece of kibble and disappeared behind our fridge.

The next day we pulled out the fridge and there was a large stash of dog food.

Pull out any large furniture and encourage children to guess what might be lurking behind them. Hopefully, you’ll just find a pile of dust they can help clean up.

9. Cook up a storm for breakfast

There’s a line in the film Runaway Bride where Richard Gere berates Julia Roberts for not knowing how she likes her eggs cooked. Discover how you — and your children — like yours by making them a different way each morning for a week.

Fried, then poached, scrambled, boiled and as omelettes, followed by French toast and pancakes at the weekend. You can make tally charts — tasty and educational.  

10. Work on your Yorkshire Puddings

People often say they feel too intimidated by the idea of making Yorkshire puddings from scratch, so instead play it safe and buy ready-made versions. 

I thought the same until Michelinstarred chef James Mackenzie taught me how for a Christmas show.

Kirstie said people often say they feel too intimidated by the idea of making Yorkshire puddings from scratch

It was a revelation. Before this pandemic is over, I’m determined to have my boys fluent in the art of Yorkshire pudding making.

Here’s James’s recipe, which I’ll use: facepublications.com/ news/perfect-yorkshire-puddings. 

11. Do Granny and Grandpa’s timeline

My grandparents are long gone, so it’s too late to ask about their lives — which I really regret.

One day this pandemic will be something our children talk to their grandchildren about, so it’s a great starting point for a family tree project with a difference.

Get them to start with their grandparents’ dates of birth, adding details such as when they got married and when their children were born. Then set up video calls where your children can ask about the standout events of their grandparents’ lives.

These can be personal, but also memories of occasions such as the moon landing, when President Kennedy was shot and how they felt when Princess Diana died.

This will bring recent history to life for everyone involved.

12. Cook pasta like a top chef 

Supermarket shelves are devoid of the stuff, but most of us have some at home, so here’s how to cook it properly.

Salt it good! Don’t just give a single tap of the shaker — you want at least a tablespoon for six quarts of water. A chef we know uses two tablespoons of salt for six quarts of water. Why? Because it tastes so much better that way.

13. Recycle like a pro

Yes, we’re living through a crisis. But that is no reason not to recycle wherever you can — the planet is still in crisis, too. 

Get the whole family to study the council’s recycling brochure, which is available online, and if you don’t compost already, this might be a good time to start.

14. Change a lightbulb!

I know it’s boring when people bang on about how hopeless young folk are, but as a landlord I am sometimes stunned how little is known about home maintenance. 

Teach your kids about everyday jobs, such as how the fuse box works. You don’t want them left quite literally in the dark when they eventually move out.

15. Grow your own food 

There’s something very comforting about planting a seed, watching the first green sprout push through the soil, and then nurturing it to maturity.

As a child, I loved washing out eggshells, drawing faces on the front and then growing cress seeds in cotton wool for the hair.

When your egg people need a haircut, the children can give them a trim before eating the cuttings in a delicious egg sandwich.

16. Use vinegar on the windows

Did you know you can clean windows with newspaper? First add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to a gallon of cold water, decant it into a spray bottle and spritz it on to the glass. Then you scrunch up newspaper and rub the window clean.

A recent report revealed two-thirds of Britons aged 25 to 29 can’t work an iron; nearly half admit to struggling to change a duvet cover (file image) 

This might be old-fashioned, but it’s another eco-friendly trick.

Get your kids researching other natural cleaning products to make at home. Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle has loads of brilliant tips on her social media channels.

17 . Draw a cartoon character

My late mum and my dad both spent a lot of time drawing and painting — my dad is currently working on a collection of beautiful flower pictures, all done from the safety of his garden.

Research has shown drawing can be good for your mental health. Artist Rob Biddulph, the official World Book Day illustrator, is posting a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am at robbiddulph.com.

People are posting the results with the hashtag #DrawWithRob.

18. Learn how to iron a shirt

A recent report revealed two-thirds of Britons aged 25 to 29 can’t work an iron; nearly half admit to struggling to change a duvet cover.

How on earth would they have coped with sheets and blankets? This is a national embarrassment, and one parents have a duty to resolve.

19. Make the perfect Sunday roast

Sunday roasts have fallen off the public menu in recent years, because of our seven-day-week lifestyles. All that’s on hold for now, so this is a tradition that can hopefully be revived.

20. Mix up some mayonnaise

When I first went to stay with Ben, he made his own mayonnaise. Not coming from a foodie family, I was really impressed.

Mayonnaise is great to make with kids because of the alchemy of it, how it turns from one thing to another. Look for a simple recipe online.

21. Challenge them to a bow-off

Don’t ask me why, but a wonky, twisted bow sets my nerves on edge. A straight bow is easy to accomplish and, once the children have mastered it, you can have ‘bow-offs’, seeing who can tie theirs the fastest.

For each bow you need 38cm of ribbon. Form two large loops, then cross the right loop over the left and bring the left loop under then through. Pull tight, and you’re done.

22. Skip away the blues

We all need to make sure we do something each day that makes our hearts beat faster to stay fit. Skipping is a great way to do this, and if you put the kids in charge of the family’s daily exercise routine — paying them to be our personal trainers — they’re more likely to want to do it.    

23. Learn to love your dishwasher

Our children have a tendency to think fairies load the dishwasher — the idea it might need regular servicing would probably blow their minds.

Show them where the salt and rinse aid goes — and get them to unload it while you’re at it!

24. Make elderflower cordial

If the children are still at home in June, there’ll be elderflowers — those flat-topped clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers — to pick in the woods and hedgerows.

Making your own elderflower cordial is a joy. The flowers are best picked when the buds are freshly open on a warm, sunny day. Shake off any insects and rinse briefly in cold water before using. There are loads of recipes online.

25. Conjure up a meal from scraps

Our own grandmothers would be appalled by how much perfectly good food goes straight into the bin these days.

Empty supermarket shelves have been a salutary reminder that waste is a terrible thing. With that in mind, challenge your kids to come up with their own recipes for leftovers — for example, cold mash can be mixed with tinned fish to make fishcakes.

See how many ideas they can come up with to make a cooked chicken cover several meals.

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WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre on Having a Quiet 'WrestleMania Moment'

“Scottish Psychopath” battles Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship next weekend

 

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    Wrestler: Kofi Kingston  
    # of Reigns: 1    

    The power of positivity.  

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    Wrestler: Jeff Hardy  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    The un-“Broken” half of the Hardy Boyz has had the more storied singles career.  

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    Wrestler: Bray Wyatt  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Abigail’s brother used to go by “Husky Harris” — we’d say this run is working out better for him.  

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    Wrestler: Sgt. Slaughter  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Camel Clutch, Cobra Clutch — whatever “C”-animal it was, it hurt.  

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    Wrestler: Dean Ambrose  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    And “The Lunatic Fringe” pulled this off while wearing jeans.  

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    Wrestler: Chris Jericho  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    You’re a “stupid idiot” if you didn’t know this guy made “The List.”  

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    Wrestler: Eddie Guerrero  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Generally considered one of the best ever to have done it held the big-boy belt for 133.  

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    Wrestler: The Miz  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    The kid from “The Real World” made good on his over-the-top MTV promos. One of the best on the mic, Miz has been holding down the Intercontinental Championship more than any other Superstar of the past few years.  

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    Wrestler: Jinder Mahal  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Shortly before this publishing, the “Modern-Day Maharaja” dropped the title to A.J. Styles, ending a somewhat confusing run right before the WWE went to India.  

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    Wrestler: John “Bradshaw” Layfield  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    JBL has taken his heel persona from the ring to the announce table. Never without a cowboy hat, Layfield thankfully leaves his lariat clothesline at home.  

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    Wrestler: The Ultimate Warrior
    # of Reigns: 1  

    The muscle-bound maniac who handed Hulk Hogan his first-ever “WrestleMania” loss died after suffering a heart attack three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  

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    Wrestler: “Superstar” Billy Graham  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    “Superstar” Billy Graham was a bodybuilder and buddy of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yeah, blame Graham’s body for Jinder Mahal.  

  • Rank: 30 (tie)  
    Wrestler: Kevin Nash  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    You mean Tarzan from “Magic Mike”?!?!?   Yes, yes we do.  

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    Wrestler: Pedro Morales  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    History lesson: Back in the WWWF days, Morales became the first guy in wrestling history to win all three of the major men’s titles — the WWF Championship, the Intercontinental Championship and the WWF Tag Team Championship — in the company.  

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    Wrestler: André the Giant  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    The stories about André the Giant sometimes feel as tall as he was.  

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    Wrestler: The Iron Sheik  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    This guy is as big a hit on Twitter as he was in the ring.  

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    Wrestler: Kane  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Kane is one of the smartest Superstars in WWE history.  

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    Wrestler: Rey Mysterio    
    # of Reigns: 1  

    We’re not going to talk about how ridiculous the setup to his finishing move, “The 6-1-9,” became. This is a happy list.  

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    Wrestler: Stan Stasiak 
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Unfortunately Stasiak only held the belt for nine days.  

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    Wrestler: Rob Van Dam  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    One of the most popular ECW wrestlers of all-time, RVD has brought his three initials to seemingly every pro-wrestling promotion with three initials.  

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    Wrestler: Ivan Koloff  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    The “Russian Bear” was actually Canadian.  

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    Wrestler: Buddy Rogers  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Rogers was kinda-sorta the first champion in the company. It’s complicated — ask Killer Kowalski and Bruno Sammartino.  

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    Wrestler: Vince McMahon  
    # of Reigns: 1  

    Hell, Mr. McMahon runs the damn company — of course he made this list.  

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    Wrestler: Batista  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Guardian of the Galaxy, defender of WWE Championship.  

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    Wrestler: The Big Show  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    You can’t miss this two-time champ — not even in a mega-arena.  

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    Wrestler: A.J. Styles  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    “The Phenomenal One” held the belt for 371-straight days, which is a record for a “SmackDown” wrestler.    

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    Wrestler: Alberto Del Rio  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Si! Si! Si! Si! Si! Si! Si!  

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    Wrestler: Sycho Sid  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    It was a long way down from Shawn Michaels’ former bodyguard’s power-bomb.  

     

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    Wrestler: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    If you haven’t watched ESPN’s new “30 for 30: Nature Boy,” do that. Oh, and look up Flair’s ridiculous NWA runs too.  

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    Wrestler: Sheamus  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Master of the Brogue Kick, Rocksteady in the “Ninja Turtles” movies — which is the greater accomplishment?  

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    Wrestler: Seth Rollins  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    He’s BURN(ed) IT DOWN more than once.  

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    Wrestler: Yokozuna  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    That belt needed a few extenders to fit around the sumo.  

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    Wrestler: CM Punk  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Let’s just say he was a little less successful in the UFC.  

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    Wrestler: Randy “Macho Man” Savage  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Before he snapped into Slim Jims, the “Macho Man” was snapping dudes in half.  

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    Wrestler: Bob Backlund  
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Backlund couldn’t “Make Darren Young Great Again” — or even keep the guy employed — but the master of the cross-face chicken wing had a pretty incredible career of his own.  

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    Wrestler: Bruno Sammartino
    # of Reigns: 2  

    Google him, kids.  

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    Wrestler: Mankind  
    # of Reigns: 3  

    Mick Foley nearly killed himself to raise these titles.  

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    Wrestler: Roman Reigns  
    # of Reigns: 3  

    Go ahead and boo him, Universe — WWE is still the Big Dog’s turf right now.  

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    Wrestler: Shawn Michaels  
    # of Reigns: 3  

    Before he found God, the “Heartbreak Kid” found jaws with his foot, popularizing the Superkick.  

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    Wrestler: Daniel Bryan  
    # of Reigns: 4  

    Welcome back, (current) champ.  

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    Wrestler: Edge  
    # of Reigns: 4  

    On this day, you can see clearly… that Edge is one of the best to ever lace up.  

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    Wrestler: The Undertaker  
    # of Reigns: 4  

    The Dead Man is truly a living legend.  

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    Wrestler: Kurt Angle  
    # of Reigns: 4  

    Top 10, it’s true — it’s damn true.  

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    Wrestler: Brock Lesnar  
    # of Reigns: 5  

    Eat. Sleep. Win Titles. Repeat.  

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    Wrestler: Bret “Hitman” Hart  
    # of Reigns: 5  

    The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.  

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    Wrestler: Hulk Hogan  
    # of Reigns: 6  

    Hulkamania was real. Then again, so was Gawker at one point.  

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    Wrestler: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin  
    # of Reigns: 6  

    On the Mt. Rushmore of all-time greats, and that’s the bottom line.  

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    Wrestler: The Rock  
    # of Reigns: 8  

    He may be Dwayne Johnson now, but he’ll always be “The Rock” to us.  

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    Wrestler: Triple H  
    # of Reigns: 8  

    Boss of The Authority has two words for the other guys on this list. We can’t reprint them.  

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    Wrestler: Randy Orton  
    # of Reigns: 9  

    The Viper has RKO’d a lot of dudes outta nowhere.  

  • Rank: 1  
    Wrestler: John Cena  
    # of Reigns: 13  

    U Can’t See Him.  

  • Who’s next — err, NXT?  

  • From Buddy Rogers to Brock Lesnar, here are all the guys from the old WWWF and WWF days — and beyond

     

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    How LeBron James Became Even Wealthier Than Before

    Considered one of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is known for his incredible ability on the court. But off the court, his business skills are proving to be almost as impressive. One simple move helped him become wealthier than he already was.

    LeBron James invested in a popular pizza chain

    In 2012, James invested in a popular pizza chain, Blaze Pizza. The California-based company was founded in 2011 by the owners of Wetzel’s Pretzels, Elise and Rick Wetzel. The casual dining restaurant uses a made-to-order concept when serving handmade customized pizza to its customers. They followed the business model of Chipotle and applied it to their pizza making.

    The company continues to grow, now operating 300 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada. In less than ten years since its start, Blaze Pizza is ranked 125th by Restaurant Business in the Top 500 Restaurants. Revenue for 2018 surpassed $325 million, with a 20.3% increase in sales for the year-end.

    When James learned about the company, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. ESPN reported that James received ten percent of the company in return for a $1 million investment. At that time, James released a statement saying, “I initially invested in this company because I knew it was a special idea that offered something people would want. Now I’m excited to go all-in with Blaze Pizza in this new role and continue to give people a whole new experience.”

    How LeBron James became a commercial ambassador

    James is very particular about the products he chooses to endorse. Wetzel claims he was told by James’ management team, “He only does one food, one restaurant, and he wants to throw in with you guys because he likes what you’re doing and he likes the food.”

    That “one restaurant” was going to be Blaze Pizza. But, in order to do so, James had to be released of his endorsement deal with McDonald’s. In 2015, he left $15 million on the table with the fast-food giant and stopped promoting their burgers and fries.

    Ever since that time, in addition to being a major investor, James has been the commercial brand ambassador for Blaze Pizza. In a recent interview, James told Fast Company, “his relationship with Blaze Pizza represents the future, forged in a culture of social media.”

    James has the luxury of being selective when it comes to endorsement deals

    Being arguably the greatest basketball player of all time has its perks. James can pick and choose with great contemplation what products he would like to endorse. He told Fast Company, “I can focus my energy now on the opportunities that mean the most to me personally. I can structure deals to take more risk when it makes sense to do that. But more than anything, it’s about putting real energy into opportunities I believe in, and saying no to things I don’t. I would rather have more time to help Blaze than take on a bunch of other commitments I’m not personally interested in.”

    It’s interesting to note that James personally handles all of his social media accounts – nothing is outsourced. Everything that he posts is authentically from him.

    Future growth of the company

    James teamed up with Larry Levy of Levy Family Partners to open his own Blaze Pizza franchise. The pair now own the exclusive franchise rights to Chicago and Miami and operate 21 restaurants. According to ABC News, James’ original investment combined with endorsement payments is now valued at more than $35 million.

    With James as the spokesperson for Blaze, the company has become one of the fastest-growing food chains. In September 2019, Wetzel announced that he would be “going after Domino’s.” He thinks third-party delivery is going to change the pizza industry.

    In a recent podcast interview of “A Deeper Dive,” he said that adding delivery to his franchises will be like what “Starbucks did to Maxwell House” and what “Netflix did to Blockbuster.” No doubt, James will be right there in the midst of the action as the pizza industry changes.

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    Dancer who uses a wheelchair wants to show disabled women are sexy

    Nila Morton was dancing in her wheelchair one day when a troll told her she looked ‘weird’.

    So the 21-year-old dance enthusiast, from South Carolina, decided to hide away.

    But now Nila, who has a rare condition called Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, is done hiding.

    She shared images of herself online and was surprised to see love and support pour in.

    She wrote on Twitter: ‘I was kinda nervous about posting because this is way outta my comfort zone and I know some people will judge but I felt beautiful.’

    Nila was nervous about getting abuse as she doesn’t often share pictures of herself.

    The reception, however, has been overwhelmingly positive and blown Nila away.

    The post received more than 500,000 likes, with people praising her in their droves.

    Nila wrote a follow-up tweet that explained her past experiences.

    She said: ‘I used to be embarrassed to dance because one time a guy told me I looked r*****ed.

    ‘For many years I wouldn’t dance in front of people. Now I’m more confident in myself and I don’t care if I do look weird when I dance. I’m living my best life and give no f***s what anyone has to say.’

    Nila says she has learned to embrace her disability and love the way she looks.

    She wants to show other people that those with disabilities can be beautiful and sexy.

    She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m the only one in the state of South Carolina with my disease and at a time my diagnosis was number 96 in the whole wide world.

    ‘My disability doesn’t affect my self-esteem because I learned to live with it, not allow it to define me.

    ‘This is my normal and I love it. It makes me stand out and be unique. It’s just some people who will make hurtful comments.’

    Talking about some of the hateful comments, she said: ‘I realise that those people just are small-minded.

    ‘The Twitter attention made me happy. I was glad that people could see I’m more than my disability. I can still be viewed as beautiful along with a wheelchair.’

    We could all do with a little more love for ourselves.

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    Kellan Lutz Deems Wife ‘Wonder Woman’ After Miscarriage at Six Months

    Expressing his heartbreak over the loss of their first child, the ‘Twilight’ actor admits it has been a ‘crazy rollercoaster of a week with a lot of emotions’ for him and wife Brittany.

    AceShowbiz -“Twilight” star Kellan Lutz and his wife Brittany have suffered a miscarriage.

    The actor shared the sad news on social media on Thursday (February 06), revealing his wife was six months along when she lost their first child, a daughter.

    Calling Brittany “Wonder Woman”, Lutz said it has been a “crazy rollercoaster of a week with a lot of emotions”.

    “Taking heartbrokenness to a whole new level but Grateful for these past 6 months and the journey itself,” he wrote alongside a black-and-white photograph of his spouse showing off her baby bump. “In life we might not get the answers to all of our questions but we will always remain fairthful! (sic) God will restore. I love you @brittanylynnlutz.”

    “Thank you all for all your love, respect in this private time, understanding of this situation, and utmost support! Just know we love you all and appreciate you all and we process all differently. Can’t wait to see our baby girl in Heaven when God calls us home.”

    Brittany added: “It was my absolute honor and pleasure to be your mom these last 6 months. I did my best and it was an absolute joy seeing your little face all those times on that screen and feeling your tiny kicks.”

    “I don’t know why it happened the way it did, but part of me finds so much peace knowing you never experienced pain or heartache and never will. You’re in the arms of Jesus now and one day we will get to meet you for real. Until I see you in heaven… your mommy loves you so much.”

    She also heaped praise on “The Legend of Hercules” star, calling him “the most amazing husband”.

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    This Year’s Grammy Gift Bags Were Chock Full of a Whopping $30,000 Worth of Product

    Of course, I love watching The Grammys and getting to see my favorite artists perform (and, obviously what they’re wearing to the music’s biggest event of the year), but I’ll admit that as a self-professed product junkie, I get equally as excited to find out what will be included in these highly-curated gift bags that the stars will get to go home with. I mean, even if this year’s top attendees don’t leave the show with a gilded Grammy in tow, at least they won’t walk out empty-handed, right?

    We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the products that this year’s hottest nominees and performers, from Lizzo to Arianna Grande, will be gifted with The Grammy Awards 2020 — and as per usual, we’re definitely impressed by the assortment. As you can probably imagine, these gift bags aren’t just a random selection of carelessly-compiled freebies — I mean, they need to impress A-listers. In fact, there is even a Gift Bag committee that helps source and curate the bags’ contents to make sure they’re on par with celebrity-standards. If you’re just as nosy as I am, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best (and affordable) gifts all your favorite Grammy attendees took home with them on Sunday.

    This story was originally published on STYLECASTER. 

    Pixi Glow Tonic

    Attendees went home with The Pixi GRAMMY gift set containing three items: the Glycolic Body Lotion, the Glow Mist and the Glitter-y Eye Quad.

    Soma Robe

    The gifting lounge also offered Soma’s gorgeous silk robes for performers and presenters. The  Sensuous Silk Kimono Robe was originally designed for the brand’s first collection in 2004, and was recreated it for their limited edition Heritage collection.

    8Greens Tablets

    The swag included a number of wellness products to keep you fit and healthy, including 8Green’s Effervescent Tablets. These convenient tabs make getting in your daily greens quota super easy.

    Quip Refillable Floss

    Quip’s luxury toothbrushes have reinvented the oral care space. Grammy guests will walk away with the brand’s latest dental innovation: refillable floss. It’s just as elevated of a product as their incredible brush — trust me!

    2way Pierced Earrings

    Grossé Japan is award-winning museum-quality costume jewelry using a unique six-layer plating method and precious metals. It was famously worn by both Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. Grammy giftees will take home pieces from the brand’s luxury Grammy 2020 collection.

    Tile Sticker 2-pack

    The compact Tile Sticker is the smallest member of the Tile family, and the easiest tracking solution yet. The Sticker is waterproof and comes with an adhesive back so it can be easily attached to just about anything you’re prone to losing. Talk about a useful gift.

    Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

    Grammy guests also recieved an Oxygenetix Total Beauty Package, which included an entire year’s supply of revolutionary Oxygenating Foundation, the Oxygenating Hydro-Matrix, and an assortment of VI Derm products. It also includes a ViPeel treatment from VI Aesthetics in Beverly Hills with Dr. Sheila Nazarian and/or in NYC with Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich.

    Naipo Neck And Back Massager

    Wellness swag like this premiun neck and back massager will also be available in the gifting lounge. The Naipo oCuddle Shoulder Massager is designed with an ergonomic “U” shape to wrap around the neck and shoulder areas, which feels just like you’re getting cuddled.

    Transparent Sunglasses Roxanne

    Transparent’s sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from UV damage, and help you standout in the process. These celeb-approved shades are sure to be a hit with Grammy attendees.

    Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola

    Granola may not seem like most exciting swag bag addition, but believe me, they’re super addicting and good for your gut.

    Covergirl Collection

    Grammy guests received a range of Covergirl’s latest and greatest product drops, including selections from their newest collections, as well as tried-and-true best-sellers from the iconic drugstore brand.

    Muse Brain Sensing Headband

    The O.G.  Brain Sensing Headband is just like having a personal meditation assistant. The device helps you relax and recharge, thanks to its ability to provide real-time feedback. This research-grade EEG device senses your mental activity and translates it into the guiding sounds of weather.

    Patchology 5 Minute Mask

    Who doesn’t love a good sheet mask? It’s the ultimate self-care indulgence, and celebs walked away from a long night of celebration with this 5-minute hydrating mask to revive tired skin the following day.

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