Thursday, December 31, 2015


Cheers to the New Year. May it be a memorable one. with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come. A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Every end marks a new beginning. With courage, faith and great effort, you shall achieve everything you desire. I wish you a very Happy New Year..

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Our Delightful Home...: Blogger Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Our Delightful Home...: Blogger Holiday Gift Guide 2015Untitled #2

  1. DSLR-To capture those epic blogger moments + blog images. 
  2. IPad Mini- Ipads + blogging just goes together. You can blog from your IPad and stay current with all of your favorite social media outlets. To me it's the perfect gift for bloggers. 
  3. Notebook-Having a notebook is an essential tool for blogger. Why not assist your favorite blogger with the perfect tool to write down all of those cool ideas.
  4. Starbucks gift card- To get your favorite Blogger through creating their monthly content calendar
  5. Blog Content Calendar- To brainstorm/ all of your awesome content ideas
  6. Amazon Gift card-Because Amazon sells everything under the sun a blogger might need

Our Delightful Home...: Blogger Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Our Delightful Home...: Blogger Holiday Gift Guide 2015Untitled #2

  1. DSLR-To capture those epic blogger moments + blog images. 
  2. IPad Mini- Ipads + blogging just goes together. You can blog from your IPad and stay current with all of your favorite social media outlets. To me it's the perfect gift for bloggers. 
  3. Notebook-Having a notebook is an essential tool for blogger. Why not assist your favorite blogger with the perfect tool to write down all of those cool ideas.
  4. Starbucks gift card- To get your favorite Blogger through creating their monthly content calendar
  5. Blog Content Calendar- To brainstorm/ all of your awesome content ideas
  6. Amazon Gift card-Because Amazon sells everything under the sun a blogger might need

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Lupus may have stolen your ability to do the things you used to do. Lupus may have stolen your beautiful clear skin. Lupus may have stolen your hair or your peace of mind; But don’t ever let lupus steal  your voice. Keep spreading awareness and sharing your testimonies of strength. They help others understand and help you to cope. Your story matters, your voice is important.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to lower your risk of breast cancer.

According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in 8 women either has – or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But the men aren’t safe, either. 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, too. So, we’re going to help lower your odds of developing the disease. Here’s what you should be doing:
First and foremost: Exercise. Research shows that it’s the number-one thing you can do to lower your risk. A study from the National Cancer Institute found that women who average 3 hours of exercise per week, over their lifetime, have a 23% lower risk of developing breast cancer. So, why is it a magic formula? Because exercise lowers estrogen levels – and estrogen is a well-known factor in cancerous changes in the breast.
Tip #2: Watch what you drinkAlcohol is a double-edged sword… While it’s been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, it increases your risk of breast cancer. One study found that each daily glass of alcohol raises a woman’s risk by up to 12%.
And lastly: Get more vitamin D.
One study found that women who got the most calcium and Vitamin D had a35% lower risk than those who got the least. Unfortunately, nearly 75% of us have inadequate levels. Many experts now believe that taking 1,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily is best.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Blind Date with Myself Originally posted on Traveling Noodles

Being legally blind I truly appreciate this post. I wish there were more places in the world for people to experience what it’s like to eat while you’re blind. I wish there was one in Utah or Las Vegas. I would love it if my family and friends would try at at least once .

A Blind Date with Myself

Monday, August 17, 2015

10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks By Chelsea Stark

 1 Have someone hold up their fingers and asked me how many Do you see?
It drives me nuts when someone finds out you're blind and their way of testing. Is by holding up their hand and ask you how many fingers do you see. I usually respond with four fingers then a from.
2Being Covered in Bruises Most of the time.
Noticing once in a while that I have a new bruise. Or have someone ask how did you do that? Then I ask what are you talking about. They say you have a bruise on your leg. Are you OK? At that point you're wondering one how did that happen and gee this is real embarrassing. I usually just say thank you and start wondering gee when did it happen.
3 Missing a Table or Counter when wanting to set something down..
I hated when you are in a hurry. And you have a glass or a plate in your hand and you need to set it down. You go to set it down thinking there is a table or a counter in front of you. Suddenly you hear crash. And you reach forward and realize you missed The table or counter. Depending on how full the glass or plate is you may or may not be wearing your food or drink. :-) :-)
4, Running around with your shirt on backwards.
One time I was in a hurry to get dressed. Thought I got everything right. I felt on my shirt for some reason and realized that I could feel the tag on my shirt. I quickly went to a bathroom and switched my shirt around. I was so grateful I was the only one who noticed it.
5  Put on two different shoes.
Being blind sometimes it is tough to tell the difference between black and dark blue shoes. So occasionally you will have this issue. Grabbing a left and right you and putting them on thinking they are the exact same color. But before you go out somehow you find out that you have two different shoes on. I have had a few friends actually go to the whole day with two different shoes on and people thought they were making a fashion statement.
6 Dropping something small on the floor
Have you ever broken your toenail clippers.  It's amazing how small that little pin is that makes it so you can use it. One day I was attempting to trim my toenails. And somehow I managed to force that pin out of the toenail clipper.  I heard the pin bounced twice. I abruptly said crap now where did that go. So I spent 20 minutes on my hands and knees searching for that little pin. After I search the whole bathroom. I started searching outside into the bedroom. I found it on the carpet near the door. Man did that thing bounce.

7 Having someone throwing something. At you, LAnd say here catch.

I love it when someone calls your name. You turned to face them. Then they say here catch. Put your arms out. Hoping that you will catch it. But somehow it ends up hitting you in your head chest or stomach. Then they start laughing. Then they say I guess you can't catch.

8 Accidentally stepping in some form of animal poop.

Have you ever had the experience where you're walking along and you smell poop. You wonder if you just walked past poo. After some time passes the smell is still there. Then you start wondering is that smell me. I think I just stepped in poop. What do I do now.

9 Cooking accidents
Have you ever mixed up one  ingredient  for another? I have. One weekend I decided to make myself a big breakfast. So I grabbed my cooking pot. Plugged in and started warming it up. Grabbed eggs, hashbrowns and bacon. Crack the eggs and scramble them in a bowl. Poured what I thought was cooking oil in the pan putting some bacon. Then added my eggs and hashbrowns. After I was sure they were all cooked properly. I scoop some on a plate and grab a fork. Took a bite and realize that taste a lot like vinegar. Someone must've rotated the cooking oil and vinegar in the cabinet when they were cleaning. That was the end of my breakfast.
10 have people try to scare me. For some reason they think that's fun.
When I was in junior high school I had a bully. And I wasn't sure what to do about it. The school would not do anything. This particular person thought it was extremely funny to wait till I was at my locker. And grab me from behind. It was kind of amusing the first two times. But after a while it got really old and got extremely painful as they were trying new ways to grab me and push me down.
So I decided to take some self-defense classes. I figured I'd have to take matters into my own hands.  So after a few lessons and I explained to my instructor what was going on. He helped me fast-track some good techniques to protect myself.  Finally after a couple of good wax to their knees they stop bullying me. It's a good thing I learned some self-defense classes. Buying new Keans every month was getting kind of spendy. Since they thought it was hilarious to throw my cane up in the tree and it would snap into.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks BY MICHELLEBOTHA1

I really enjoyed this post titled 10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks by MICHELLEBOTHA1 So I decided to share. I am going to come up with my one reasons.  And I would encourage other people to come up with their own post as well. I feel that there are some lesser known benefits to being blind that need to be shared. They may seem a tad insignificant in the face of, um, being blind but hey, I say take what you can get.

1: It’s a massive saving
So I literally spend R260 a month on transport. That’s a monthly train ticket and for the rest of the time I bum lifts off anyone who’s going my way. And can anyone roll their eyes, ask me to contribute towards petrol, mutter, “Aargh, I wish she’d just get her licence already”? No, because I’m blind and that would be rude to blind people. I also assume that I save quite a bit on make-up which I have no idea how to apply and never intend to try mostly because by the time my face completely disintegrates I will be absolutely incapable of witnessing the carnage so we’re all good. This actually also saves me an amazing amount of time. Unlike many women I can be ready for work in about 20mins which means more sleep for me and thus more happiness.

2: You are never designated driver 
I’m not what you’d call a heavy drinker but it is nice to know that wherever I am I can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine or three knowing that I will not have to drive anywhere.

3: People are only too willing to serve you
I get waited on hand and foot all the time. “Can I pour you a drink…can I bring you some cake…don’t worry I’ll fetch your coat”. At parties all I have to do is stand still and wait for people to give me things. By the time I’ve said, “Hm, I think I’d like…” there are two or three eager assistants leaping to their feet. On a cruise, it’s never my turn to go and get some drinks. It’s always my turn to, “…just stay lying here in the sun to selflessly keep our spots”.

4: You never have to sign up to “help out”
Ugh, let’s be honest “helping out’ rosters suck. They mean getting there early or staying late or giving up a holiday but I have a lifetime exemption. I’m blind, I’m literally incapable of washing dishes, packing away chairs or helping with your wedding decor. I’m not even joking – I really just get in the way during en masse chores. I can totally do my own dishes when it’s just me and the detergent but put me in a group and I just can’t take the initiative because I can’t see what needs doing and who’s doing what. So I just call “I’m blind” and that’s the end of that.

5: You are credited with sage-like wisdom
Us blind people see with our hearts and love you for who you are and can sense your true self with our soul-piercing super senses and stuff. You can learn all kinds of important life lessons from us like don’t take the sight of the mountain for granted and beauty is only skin deep and eat your carrots for lots of vitamin A.

6: Manicures and Pedicures are a monthly must have and not a luxury
What I’m not spending on a car and petrol I am spending on a monthly once over at the beautician so that works out quite well I feel. For most women a beauty treatment is a treat but for me it is a monthly necessity simply because I cannot cut my nails, shave my legs or pluck my eyebrows without causing myself grievous bodily harm. So I get to relax and let a pro do it without feeling the tiniest bit extravagant.

7: You can’t see people checking out your ungainly dance moves 
I do actually enjoy a good wiggle every now and again mostly in the privacy of my own space and usually in my underwear (just putting that out there) but when I do venture out I can truly enjoy myself without worrying about who’s checking me out (and not in a good way in an “Oh, that’s unfortunate” way). It’s kind of like when little kids fail at hide and seek. You know when you find them standing in the middle of a room with their hands over their eyes – if I can’t see you, you can’t see me. It’s pretty liberating actually.
8: You have a sure-fire escape from tele-marketers and cult evangelists

“Hi, would you like a pamphlet and an awkward exchange about my cult which I’d like you to join so I can get a reduction on my cult membership fees?”
“No, sorry I’m blind so unless you have an accessible copy…what a pity, bye”.
My standard response to tele-marketers is, “I’m sorry, I’m blind and I’m trying to *insert activity e.g. make lunch, wash the cat, sew a button* and my life is really difficult”.
9: You will garner high acclaim for your most minor achievements

I did an awareness talk at a primary school a while ago and this room of little kids literally broke into raucous applause when I took a sip of water. People say “well done” when I sit on a chair, make a cup of tea, put together a nice outfit – it’s great to be constantly affirmed.
10: You have a topic for awkward party small talk that never dries up 
 So as an introvert I pretty much can’t stand awkward party small talk. I’m really not a fan of that silent moment filled by phrases like, “Um…so…” But as a blind person (and for many people, the first blind person they’ve ever met) I have a plethora of fun anecdotes and am happy to answer all the usual questions I have to field like, “So how much can you see?” in order to avoid the “Do you know so and so” game which usually happens soon after, “So what do you do?”
So there you have it, the unsung benefits of blindness. Any to add fellow blindies?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The importance of having text alerts set up on your cell phone. When you're Blind or visually impaired.

I want to talk to you about the importance of having text alerts set up on your cell phone. When you're blind or visually impaired.

Now in this digital age we are stepping away from cash and using credit cards and debit cards more. 

With a credit card or debit card it makes it easier for those of us who are blind or visually impaired to go out and purchase items. We just have to remember which card is which and our pin number.

But when you have a credit card or debit card you do not know exactly how much money you have every second because it is not in your hand just like cash would be.  So you need a Way to  track your spending habits. 

 This is what I do personally to keep track of my bank account. I have text alerts turned on for my debit card and credit card for my bank account. Every time I swipe my credit card or debit card I get a text telling me where I swiped it and for how much. It helps me keep track of how much I spent and where I spent it.

Some people may find it annoying to have a ding every time they use their credit card or debit card. But I have a story to tell you, I hope it will encourage you to seriously consider turning on text alerts.

Last week I got a text alert for $.97 on my credit card. But I did not swipe my credit card anywhere that day for any amount.  So I called my bank and asked about the purchase. They said it was a test. People will swipe your card number for a small amount to find out if that card is active. If you do not catch it in time they will swipe you for a larger amount once they discovered that first transaction was able to go all the way through. If it wasn't for my text alerts I would not have been aware of that swipe until I logged into my bank account the next day. 

Luckily I was able to catch it within two minutes of the punched in the same day. The only negative impact for me is I have to wait for my new credit card to come in the mail. But I'd rather wait 5 to 7 days for a new card. Instead of worrying about a huge credit card bill bill.

So to those who are blind and visually impaired I strongly recommend that you turn on text alerts on your bank account so you're aware of all and any transactions that happen on your account. It may save you one day from a huge problem.

Monday, June 29, 2015

This Is How You Do Makeup When You Are Blind by Lucy Edwards

 I found this wonderful post from blog  Assistive Technology Blog .  The post is time This Is How You Do Makeup When You Are Blind.
photo of lucy edwards

Lucy Edwards is a 19 year old who lost vision in her right eye when she was 11 and left eye two years ago because of a rare genetic disorder called Incontinentia Pigmenti. Lucy has a great fashion sense and is very much into fashion, make up and being a social butterfly. Not being able to do her makeup anymore after her vision loss was somewhat of a setback. However, to stay positive and  to continue to do what she loved, she learned to do make up without a mirror!

She didn't stop there though - along with her boyfriend, she recently started a youtube channel called yesterday's wishes where she shows both blind and sighted people how to apply make up in a very detailed manner, gives her opinions about  make up products, and shares several tips and tricks that are especially helpful for blind people. 

 But why do blind people care about their looks?

This is something she addresses very confidently - it's about looking good and feeling good about yourself. It feels nice when someone gives you a compliment - "you look nice", "you look lovely". Being sighted or not doesn't really matter. It doesn't matter either whether you can see yourself in all the makeup. What matters is the feel good factor that wearing makeup, being fashionable, and receiving compliments from people, and being confident in social surroundings brings.

Besides giving makeup tutorials, Lucy also answers various questions related to blind culture and dismisses several myths and misconceptions about blind people in her Q&A sessions.

"Are most blind people totally blind?"
"All blind people read braille"
"Do all blind people go to special schools"
"Blind people have no social life"

These are some of the various questions she answers providing her own perspective in a very nice and humble way.  To read The rest of this wonderful posting and watch the wonderful YouTube videos that go with it go to 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Here's your Sign Blind Person Addition

  1. I found this wonderful post bye Helen McFadyen titled Blind people’s smart ass answers to stupid questions from sighted people.  Here is what Helen McFadyen  came up withI hope you enjoy it. Yes, I know.  You all expect us to be polite and forthcoming when you ask us one of those typical stupid questions. Surprisingly enough, there are times when some of us would like our privacy and space to remain uninvaded. I have here, free for circulation, some useful smart ass answers to those stupid questions  sighted people ask  blind people. These are to be saved for those inopportune times when blind people find themselves trapped on a bus, train, aircraft,  or when attempting to eat a quiet meal in a restaurant etc.  

    1.  QUESTION: Have you been blind all your life?  ANSWER: Not yet.
    2. QUESTION:  You blind people have great hearing right?  ANSWER:  Pardon?
    3. QUESTION:  Is that a Guide dog?  ANSWER:   No, it’s a drug detection dog. I’m a narc disguised as a blind person.
    4. QUESTION:  Is that a Labrador? ANSWER: No, it’s a dachshund.
    5. COMMENT:  I’d have to kill myself if I went blind.  REPLY:  Why wait?
    6. COMMENT TO GUIDE DOG (working):  You’re sooooo beautiful. REPLY FROM HANDLER:  Thank you, but I’m spoken for.
    7. QUESTION:  Those dogs are smart, aren’t they?  ANSWER: No, it’s pure luck that we get anywhere.
    8. QUESTION  (directed to the person standing next to the blind person in a store): Does she need something? REPLY (from blind person): Yes, ‘she’ needs to speak with your manager.
    9. QUESTION Sighted: was your blindness an accident? REPLY Blind person: Nope I did it on purpose, wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
      10. QUESTION Sighted: Does he like women/men/children?  (about dogs) REPLY Blind: Yes but he can’t eat a whole one.
      11, Waitress to person beside blind: Does he want anything? Person beside blind: Why dont we ask him? -sarcastic voice-
    These questions were provided  by Nicole Rae.  Check out these  11 Worst Questions To Ask A Blind Person... Just In Case You Were Wonderingi.
    1. When encountering a person from high school that you haven’t seen since before you lost your sight they may ask you a question like “Are you blind?” Or even better dramatically ask, “OMG what happened to you?” An acceptable response to the first is “OMG am I? HOLY CRAP! How did I not know that?” An acceptable answer for the second might be, “I didn’t eat all my carrots? Do you eat enough carrots in a day?”

    2. When someone asks how you text you should tell them your phone is brail capable and watch their reaction.

    3. “How do you wipe your butt?” Okay, so this doesn’t really need a reaction. 

    Just give the person a good strong glare and leave it at that because that’s just a rude and completely odd question to ask someone.

    4. “How do you watch TV?” Personally, I usually just say, “well, how do you watch TV?” My favorite answer for this one is… “Well, I usually turn on the captions.” To this I actually had someone reply once “really?” They sounded totally amazed. Hahahaha

    5. “Do you idolize Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles? Oh! And do you bob your head like them?” For this there is no real response because well… really? Why would you ask that?

    6. “How did you know you were blind?” A good reaction for this one is as follows. “It was the funniest thing; suddenly I heard a voice in my head like a loud speaker. It said hey guess what you’re going blind and the person you’re talking to right now is an idiot”. How do you not know you’ve lost your sight? Okay, so I know it was kind of rude of me to call them an idiot but they caught me on an off day.
    7. “If I take you to see a silent film, could I get you in for free?” Response: just walk away shaking your head.

    8. “What does (insert object) look like?” My favorite response to this is to describe something as though I see it then laugh at their reaction.

    9. “Since you can’t see a book to read it anymore did you forget how?” Just say “it’s like riding a bike”. Then, when they ask, “you can do that?” you can say, “Sure can I borrow yours?”

    10. “Why don’t you wear sun glasses?” This one is probably one of my favs. I usually say, “They’re too hard for me to see through.” When you say this make sure to sound as serious as possible with a straight face… reactions can be comical.

    11.  As odd as it sounds, someone may randomly come up to you while you’re holding your cane in plain sight and say, “Do you know where the Febreeze is?” To this you smile and say, “oh yeah sure.” Turn down the aisle and point vaguely off into the distance. “Do you see that sign down there?” There will probably be hesitation while they attempt to look. Eventually they say, “No, I don’t.” Their voice is strained in concentration. Then you look in their direction and reply, “Neither do I. You may want to ask someone else.” Then hold up your cane toward them. 
    This recently happened to my good friend Matthew Barnhill Do you need directions to your car? Answering, no, the last car I drove by didn't series wreck and I almost died I couldn't see where I was going.  here's your sign.

    PS… Believe it or not all of these questions have been asked at one point or another. They are perfect examples of why it’s imperative to have a good sense of humor. Don’t let things bother you just roll with it. Don’t forget to click the “Follow” link to be updated when future lists are published. Also, if you like this list be sure to share it with your friends on Face Book, Twitter and or e-mail. If you have anything to add to this list, let me know in the comment section for future posts like this one. I hope I made you smile. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.Johannes Brahms

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blind pole vaulter Charlotte Brown finishes 3rd at Texas HS state championships,

  Found this tweet on Twitter and had to share it .
@darrenrovell: Blind pole vaulter Charlotte Brown finishes 3rd at Texas HS state championships, guide dog joins her on podium.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired : Navigating your iOS Device

iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired

Now that you’ve taken your first step into the iOS world with multitouch gestures, it’s time to learn how to navigate your device. We’ll go over where your apps are stored, how to organize them, search for them, and delete them.
The Home screen: When you first turn on your device, you’re brought to the Home screen. Here, you’ll see an assortment of icons grouped into rows, and several more icons grouped in the silver Dock along the bottom of the screen. The Home screen is where your apps live, and where you can launch them. Because only 16 apps will fit on one Home screen (20 on the iPad), you can have multiple app pages or screens for organizing your apps (up to 11). Above the Dock, you’ll see a series of dots, with one highlighted in white; these dots signify the number of app pages you have. Swipe left or right to go from page to page.
The Dock: The silver translucent bar along the bottom of your Home screen is called the Dock. If you’ve tried swiping between app pages, you’ll notice the icons in the Dock don’t change. That’s because the Dock is for apps you most frequently use; instead of having to swipe from page to page to find an app, you can drop it directly into the Dock for easy access. You can store up to four apps in the Dock.
Search in Spotlight: You can search for every email message, webpage, and app on your device, or search through Google or Wikipedia, by swiping right on your Home screen until you reach Spotlight. (If you're on the first Home screen page, pressing your Home button also summons the Spotlight screen.) To search, just type your query in the text box at the top. Open and close an app: Want to launch an app? To open it, all you have to do is tap its icon. Once it’s open, you can return to the Home screen at any time by pressing the Home button.

Tap and hold on an app icon to enter edit mode, where you can rearrange apps, add them to folders, and delete third-party programs from your device.

Rearrange and delete apps: To rearrange the order of your icons, tap and hold any icon on the Home screen. After a few seconds, all your app icons, including the one you’re holding, will start to wiggle, and a small black X will pop up in each icon’s top left corner. Once they do this, you can rearrange any apps on the Home screen, or even drag them into or out of the Dock. If you’ve installed a third-party app you don’t want anymore, you can tap the X to delete it (you cannot delete the apps that came preinstalled on your device). When you’re finished, press the Home button, and your icons will stop wiggling and stay in their new location. You can also rearrange your icons and Home
screen pages through iTunes when you connect your device to your
Note that you’re not able to delete the built-in apps that come with your iOS device. These include Camera, Photos, YouTube, Clock, Weather, and the all-new Newsstand folder, among others. You’ll be able to tell which apps you can’t delete—they don’t sport the black X. You are able to move around these built-in apps to your liking, however.
Use folders: Having a bunch of apps scattered on your Home screen is OK if you don’t have too many, but when you start amassing a collection, you can use app folders. A folder is a group of apps, represented by a single icon, on your Home screen. Each folder sports miniature icons representing the apps inside, along with an overall name. When you tap a folder, the Dock fades and slides down, making room for a view of the folder’s contents. Within, you’ll find the name and icon for each app. Tap any app to launch it, or tap anywhere outside the folder to return to the Home screen.

Drag an app icon on top of another app icon to create a folder.

To create a folder, start by tapping and holding any app icon to enter edit mode; after the icons begin to wiggle, drag an app on top of another app. When you release the app, you’ll create a folder, which will open and display both apps. By default the folder is named based on the App Store category for one of the first two apps in the folder. If you want to customize this name, just tap inside the field (while still in edit mode) and enter something new. When you’re done, press the Home button to exit edit mode.
To add another app to the folder, reenter edit mode and drag the desired app onto the folder icon. Repeat until you’ve added all the apps you want (up to 12 per folder on the iPhone or iPod touch; 20 on the iPad), and then press the Home button to exit edit mode.
To edit the folder itself, its name, contents, or the layout of the apps inside, you can either enter edit mode and then tap the folder, or, while the folder is open, tap and hold any icon inside. You can then tap the folder’s name to change it, drag apps within the folder to rearrange them, drag an app out of the folder to return it to the Home screen, or tap an app’s Delete button to completely delete it from your device. Unlike apps, folders don’t have a Delete button; to delete a folder, you must remove all the apps from it.

You can rearrange your apps, add folders, and remove programs through iTunes.

Manage folders from iTunes: iTunes has long allowed users to manage installed apps when syncing, and you can edit your folders too, using your mouse and keyboard. When your device is connected to your computer, the Apps tab in iTunes lets you choose which apps to sync, as well as decide how to organize these apps. Drag an app onto another app and, after a slight delay, a folder is created—just as if you’d performed the same action on your device. You get the same editable folder name, and you can rearrange icons within the folder. Since you’re using a computer, you don’t need to click and hold to enter the jiggling-icon edit mode; you can click and drag anytime. Similarly, to edit an existing folder, just double-click it.

Multitask on your iOS device

Opening and closing an app is easy: Tap the app to open it, and then press the Home button to close it. But when you exit, you’re not actually shutting down the app: You’re freezing it in place, or sending it to run in the background. This means you can have multiple active apps running at any one time, and you can even switch between active apps without returning to the Home screen.

Double press the Home button to pull up your device's multitasking bar.

Frozen apps versus background apps: Sometimes you need an app to keep doing something when it’s not in the foreground. For that reason, Apple allows apps to perform tasks in the background using several tools. One of these tools is the push-notification system; another allows music apps to keep playing while the user switches to another app; yet another allows tasks, such as photo uploads, to continue running in the background even if you switch out of the program performing the upload. If your third-party app doesn’t incorporate one of these background features, it will “freeze”, which is to say it will remember whatever you were just doing when you re-open it, but will not process any data in the background.

The multitasking bar: You can quickly switch between apps by bringing up the multitasking bar. To do so, quickly double-press the Home button; a bar below the Dock will rise up from the bottom of the screen, showing off the apps most recently run. To switch to a different app, tap its icon.
Multitasking shortcuts: In addition to holding a list of your most recently used apps, the multitasking bar has a couple of other neat shortcuts for your device. 
If you swipe up from the bottom with one finger, you’ll bring up a secondary set of controls. On the iPhone or iPad, you can control the music currently playing on your device,  (it defaults to the Music app, but you can also control music from third-party apps). 
device's brightness, slider for controlling volume.  Airplane mode, wi-Fi, bluetooth, do not disturb, AirDrop, flashlight, Calculator, camera, lock.