Let’s shout it loud and clear: "being a mom is not the end of your professional life!" It can seem that wanting to stay at home and care for your beautiful little ones doesn’t exactly go hand in hand with pursuing a career, but there’s nothing further from the truth. While your baby sleeps, in between cooking dinner and loading the washer, pursue something you love. Many moms are looking into creative careers that they can freelance in, dictating their own working hours and clients, and negotiating their job around their childcare requirements. Here are some popular ideas for creative jobs that moms can get stuck into at home.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time flies so fast, and as much as we wish for our children to remain little, that's not possible. So facing up to the fact that your son or daughter is finally growing up and becoming an adult can be difficult for parents. But it’s best to be armed with all the facts before you help them pack their bags and send them off to college. Sororities and fraternities are often a big part of college life for many students. Many parents, however, know little or nothing about Greek life and what it means for students. This guide will change all that.
Effects on Studies and Academic Focus
When your son or daughter is part of a sorority or fraternity, it can have an effect on their studies. Many parents assume that this impact is a negative one. And if students get too distracted by the social aspects of Greek life, that can be the case. But for most students, the impact they have on their academic focus can be hugely positive. Mentoring and academic activities are actually very common.
The Social Aspect
One of the biggest things that appeal to students is the social aspect of being part of a sorority or fraternity. This is something that allows them to make friends at college quickly. And these friendships often turn out to be lifelong. There is a brotherly or sisterly bond between people who are part of the same chapter, so it’s important to many students. Without this, they can find it more difficult to fit in at college.
Being a mom is one of the busiest job there is, we are masters of multitasking and we wear many hats at once. And, when we get busy with our kids, the last thing on our mind is sorting out our home., right? After all, we struggle to find any time in the day to ensure it looks great. And after the kids have been playing during the day, it can look like a disaster zone! However, our humble abode doesn’t have to look shabby when you have kids. In fact, here are some ways to ensure it looks fabulous, even when you are a busy mom.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Here in the Philippines, we only have two seasons, the wet and the dry season. The dry season which is also called as summer, starts in late November and ends in May. The rainy seasons on the other hand starts in June and lasts till October. Other countries have four seasons namely- Spring,, Summer,
Fall (autumn) and, Winter. At this time, it's already the Winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, it started in December and lasts until February. While the Southern Hemisphere will have the Winter Season on June, July and August.
Fall (autumn) and, Winter. At this time, it's already the Winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, it started in December and lasts until February. While the Southern Hemisphere will have the Winter Season on June, July and August.
My kids would often ask me if we have snow here in the Philippines. For them, Winter is fun as what they see on TV and photos of their cousins in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Making snowmen, snowball fights and marveling over the beautiful icicles that have dripped from window ledges. But cold weather can also be dangerous, in children and vulnerable people, conditions like hypothermia are a real risk to their health (and it doesn’t have to be half as cold as you might think!) To keep your precious kids safe over the colder months, here are a few things to bear in mind.
Keep Your House Cozy
Keeping your house warm in winter and cool in summer is essential, but especially so when you have babies and kids. Their smaller bodies can’t regulate temperature as well meaning it’s easy for them to overheat (or lose too much heat). Invest in a couple of thermometers for your home to keep an eye on the temperature. An efficient heating system for the winter and air conditioning for the summer is extremely important in the home. Call out a gas engineer for heating and a residential A/C repair for air conditioning if either system isn’t performing as well as it should. On top of this, you can keep your home cozy by having plenty of blankets to wrap up on while you’re watching tv in the evenings, and making sure you’re using duvets with the correct tog rating on your kid's beds. Ideally, you should have two duvets. A lighter one for spring and summer use, and a thicker one for autumn and winter.
Choose The Right Clothing
When it comes to clothing, it’s important to get it right. You want to keep your kids warm but without them overheating which will only make matters worse. Since kids are up and about more and running around more than adults, they can quickly warm up. For this reason, lots of thinner layers are better than a few very thick ones as you can adjust depending on what they are doing, or if the weather and temperature changes. On cold days a good thermal base layer will really help to keep the cold out, this could be thermal leggings and a long sleeve thermal top or vest. Regular clothes then go on top of this, but avoid fabrics like jeans or heavy cotton as if they get wet they’re not going to dry out easily. A jumper, light jacket and then a winter coat on top will keep them toasty, but the coat can be removed if you’re sat in the car or go inside at any point. Don’t forget thick socks and waterproof footwear, hats, gloves and scarves.
Fuel Them With Snacks
When it’s cold, your body burns more calories to keep you warm. As soon as your child starts running out of calories, they will start to cool down. Having some snacks on hand when you’re out and about can help to keep them fuelled up and reduce grouchiness in general as well as keep them warm! If you know you’re going to be out of the house and it’s cold outside, you could pack some flasks of soup or hot chocolate which can help to warm them up. You can also buy ‘food flasks’ for things like pasta dishes- perfect if you’re out for the day but finding somewhere serving hot food will be tricky.
Friday, January 27, 2017
We used to have dogs and cats as pet back in my younger years. Growing up with a pet is such a wonderful experience that I want my kids to have. Base on my experience, I'm sure that the bond they can make is immeasurable, and something that money can’t buy.
But - and yes, there is a but - when you purchase your child an animal to look after, there is a certain responsibility that you yourself will have to undertake. Everything needs to be covered - the vets bills, the cleaning-out duties, the feeding times; if your child is not old enough to do it, forgets or simply refuses, the task falls into the hands of you, such as..
If you have a caged pet, then you won’t just have to clean it out - you will need to buy bedding materials, replace any leftover food and water, disinfect and keep the animal entertained whilst you are doing so; it’s recommended that you have a safe place to put them so that they don’t escape whilst you’re doing this. In some cases, you may have to clean the animal itself; it’s not just dogs and kid that need a bath when they get dirty.
If you are having an indoor pet such as a dog or a cat, be prepared for the toilet-training that comes with it. Dogs are worse than cats in the time it takes for them to realising where they need to go potty, and if you don’t have a wipe-down floor you should probably go for the best carpet shampooer you can get your hands on; it’ll be well worth the money instead of having to replace a whole carpet.
This is a great way for the family to get out and about by including a pet on your walk. This is mainly restricted to dogs, but people have been known to walk their cats, ferrets and even rabbits. It’s all dependent on how far you want to get on your journey whether you bring one of the last three mentioned animals with you, but again, if your children aren’t interested in giving your pet the exercise it needs and deserves then the responsibility lands on you.
Certain animals require certain foods at certain times of the day, and the costs can soon add up. If you can’t commit yourself to feeding an animal as well as your family, you should probably look at getting some sea-monkeys or just ditching the whole pet idea instead.
This isn’t just the vets bill when something goes wrong - try and stay one step ahead of paying out a huge chunk by investing in the right insurance for your pet. There are many companies out there who can offer competitive deals; you may not even miss the amount of money that is coming out of your account each month. Unless your child has an accessible trust fund which has been specifically made with the intent of spending on sick animals, there’s not much chance that they will have the money to cover any accidents.
Ensure you are aware of all of the costs involved before making your decision - you’re caring for another life.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Running a household and looking after your family is never something that is particularly easy. The truth is, it’s very hard, and we all make mistakes. Managing money is difficult, and no one gets it right 100% of the time. But you can help to make sure that you get it right more often than not by doing some extra planning and learning more about financial management. It might seem like a pain to spend your time on things like this, but it could really pay off for you later on. Your family life could improve massively. Here are the ins and outs of running your household’s finances in the right way.
Know Every Financial Obligation and Put Them in a Database
First of all, you need to put everything in order. This is something that should be done before you start worrying about anything else. For a start, list all of your family’s financial obligations. This should include loan repayments, bills, regular expenses and basics such as food. Of course, there are always extra expenses that you don’t see coming. To make sure you have these factored into your financial plans, add an extra amount to each monthly financial plan. You should also put all of this into a database to make it even easier to understand.
Find Ways to Cut Back Without Making Big Sacrifices
Cutting back and spending less is important if you want to manage your household’s money in the right kind of way. It certainly can be done if you put your mind to it. Sure, having kids and keeping them satisfied is not cheap. But it’s always possible to find cheap ways to keep the kids entertained. You can’t buy your way to financial happiness, so find ways to have fun and bond as a family for free. For example, instead of going out, you could plan a movie night in front of the TV. And instead of staying in an expensive hotel, you can make your own fun while camping.
Learn About How to Manage Cash Flow
Cash flow is one of those things that everyone is aware of, but not many people really understand fully. When you don’t understand how to manage the flow of money coming in and going out of your family’s accounts, you will never get a proper grip on your overall finances. There are many ways to manage cash flow better, but they all start with learning. There are many online tutorials that can help you to achieve what you want to. Take the time out of your schedule to teach yourself about this subject.
Discover the Power of Buying in Bulk
Buying in bulk is something that all families should do if you ask me. When you are able to buy large amounts of the things you need, you can get a price that saves you a lot of money in the long-term. For example, if you eat a lot of pasta as a family, buy one of those huge sacks of dried pasta. This will last you for a long time, and over the course of a year, this will work out as being so much cheaper than buying a small pack of pasta each week. This applies to so many other things as well; not just food items. Look at the options and find ways to bulk up if you want to save cash.
Learn to Prioritise Debts Correctly
Most families have some form of debt to consider and think about. Many of them have multiples debt obligations that they’re juggling. Mortgages, personal loans, car loans, student debt and other types of debt can all pile up and seem insurmountable. But that doesn’t mean that the debt can’t be overcome. In fact, it definitely can. You just need to know how to prioritise your debts and pay them back in the right order. Cash advance loans and payday loans need to be paid back first because they’re short-term loans. But debts with longer terms can be left for longer.
Keep Re-Assessing Your Options and Looking for Cheaper Deals
Re-assessing your options is always important when it comes to managing your debts. You can’t stay on top of all the important things if you’re not aware of all your options. For example, when was the last time you compared internet service provider deals? There are often plenty of cheap deals that can save your family a bit of extra money. You just need to be prepared to look for them.
Getting a job, whether you are a teen, a mom or a senior, is naturally about the money. But there’s more than the pay to find job satisfaction. There’s a sense of pride too! People who are naturally caring souls and who love to help others tend to prefer a career in social care and medical areas. But sometimes, you don’t have the time right now to build a new career. Sometimes, all you want is to help others in your spare time and make a little money. So, here are a few ideas for everyone in the family!
For The Stay-At-Home Mommy
Moms who want to stay at home to take care of their children while still keeping actively involved in their career tend to prefer starting a freelance business. Freelancing allows you to choose when and where you work, which is the dream of every new mom: Finally, you can have time for the kids when they need you! Additionally, this should help to support the household budget as things are easier when both parents work. But what if you are looking for something to satisfy your caring side? Your freelance business could be focused on providing advice and counseling people, as a wedding planner for example. Or if you love animals, why not look at dog walking jobs in your town? There are plenty of families and elderly people who need a dog walker to keep their favorite pet active.
For The Retired Senior Who Wants To Stay Active
If your parents have recently retired from their employment, they might have mentioned to you how empty their days seem to be. Most old adults find it difficult to cope with retirement, especially if they are still fit and active. Suddenly, the prospect of facing no deadline nor commitment can be daunting and can make them feel useless. If they still have a lot of energy to give and want their experience to continue to matter, you should talk to them about the option to become an elderly companion for seniors who need a hand. There are all sorts of assistance that your parents could provide to older adults, such as offering their services as a driver, helping with the house cleaning, or even being a personal companion for everyday life. This is a great opportunity for caring and compassionate individuals to feel useful and help someone who needs it.
For The Responsible Teenager
If your teenagers have a high sense of responsibility, such as helping you at home or loving to look after their young cousins or siblings, maybe it’s time to discuss with them the possibility of a babysitting job. Not only could this help your teen to earn some pocket money but this is also a great way of approaching the work market. After all, a job as a babysitter is the proof that someone is mature and responsible enough to be trusted with young children and babies! There are plenty of good books and tutorials online to help your teen understand better the tasks of a babysitter.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Expectant parents are often warned about the challenging months that are to follow; night feeds, colic, sleepless nights. What they aren’t told is what happens after the ‘baby’ years and that often, for parents, the sleep deprivation continues well into childhood. Just like in our case, my husband and I still co-sleep with our three kids.
Often a one-off event becomes a bad habit that’s hard to stop and parents can reach breaking point. Aside from the tension lack of sleep causes between spouses, a recent BBC News article claimed that sleep deprivation costs the UK 40 billion pounds a year with employees suffering for bad nights either phoning in sick or not working efficiently.
This is sometimes easier said than done and parents are often too tired to tackle the problem leading to night after night of uncomfortable bed-sharing for the whole family. Sleep disturbances often start at around 2 or 3 when changes are happening in the child's life; Starting nursery, potty training, friendship issues or a move of house can all trigger something that causes a young child to become needy at night and family life to become fraught.
Often a room re-vamp can be a good start to getting a child out of the parents bed and back into their ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ room. A cot-bed with the side taken off may be big enough for a child up to the age of 6 but it doesn’t provide a very inspiring or comfortable sleep space for a growing.
Tidying, decluttering and adding a few new features to a child's bedroom can work wonders. A night light is a great way of providing comfort and a few rugs and throws can soften the edges of what may appear a frightening space child's mind during the nighttime hours.
The key piece is of course the bed. Choosing something comfortable, creative and safe can be a challenging and with an overwhelmingly large market to chose from it’s important to pick something that reflects a child's interests and imagination. Rocket ships, racing cars, princess castles - there is a lot of choice out there.
Cuckoolands collection of toddler beds are a good example of beds ideal for that in between age. Offering bright and colourful designs they bridge the gap between cot-bed and full sized single. Themed beds can offer a great day-time play space for a child and their friends and a secure place to dream at night.
With the transformation complete it’s important to introduce a new sleep routine alongside the aesthetic transformation. Less screen time before bed, calming pre-bedtime activities, a bath and soothing stories can all help to encourage a child to sleep happily and deeply in their own room, and hopefully stay their.
Sleep changes don’t happen overnight but by parents and child reclaiming their own sleep space everyone in the family will reap the benefits.
Monday, January 23, 2017
We always see photos of celebrities stepping off private jets and wandering around wearing shoes and dresses that would cost the entirety of our monthly food budget. As a ‘normal’ non-celebrity person, that’s obviously a lifestyle that isn’t attainable for the rest of us. It is possible, however, to introduce a little luxury into your life without completely going crazy and breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips to help…
1. Save for classic pieces
It’s very easy to go for disposable fashion – we tend to value quantity over quality, and it does feel good to have a new top every time you go out with your friends. But if you want to go for luxury, then it’s a much better idea to save your money for pieces that will last the long haul. Go for good quality materials, and natural rather than synthetic fabrics. Save up for classic makeups like lipsticks, mascaras, and blushes. You can also opt for permanent makeups like having lips or brows tattoo, and for thick and long eyelashes check out eyelash serum available online.
2. Splash out in the sales
The number one sales rule is that you shouldn’t spend money on something that you wouldn’t buy anyway. So make sure that you bookmark items that you want on more expensive high end websites, and wait for them to go down in price so that you can invest in them. Only buy things that will last the test of time, from reputable brands. It’s a good time to buy leather boots, good quality coats and new clothes for work. You could also get a good bargain for a summer dress to wear to a wedding in a winter sale.
3. Don’t over accessorize
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One way to make your outfit look cheap is by wearing too many accessories. Coco Chanel said that before you leave the house, you should look in the mirror and take one thing off. Make sure that the jewellery you wear is all good quality – it doesn’t all have to be gold, silver and diamonds, but if you have costume jewellery that’s started to fade, put it in the bin or donate it.
4. Upgrade your bed
There’s nothing that feels more luxuriant than slipping between sheets with a high thread count at night, so why not upgrade your bed? The thread count means the number of vertical and horizontal threads in one square inch of fabric, so the higher the thread count, the softer and nicer the sheets will feel at night. Egyptian cotton has a reputation as the best quality cotton in the world, so you could also splash out on that. If you find that you get a sore neck and back after you get up in the morning, it’s probably time to go for a new pillow, or perhaps a new mattress topper. Finally, if you’re susceptible to skin rashes, why not go for hypoallergenic blankets and pillows?
5. Splash out on your bathroom
If you’re a parent, then you’ll know that your bathroom is one of the only rooms in your house in which you can actually relax – even if you have your kids banging on the door and asking to be let in while you’re trying to wash your hair! It’s important that you make your bathroom as luxuriant as possible so you can enjoy the few minutes of blissful quiet and solitude. Go for high end toiletries and use plenty of body moisturizer after your shower. If you go for a fragranced one, then you can skip your perfume when you’re getting dressed. Go for new soft towels like Richard Haworth bath towels. Even if you might be spending more than you’re accustomed to spending on towels, they’ll be worth it when you step out of the shower. You could even go for a heated towel rail. Not only will they dry your towels quickly so they won’t end up smelling of damp, there’s no better feeling in the winter than wrapping yourself in a toasty warm towel. Finally, if you’re taking a bath or shower at night to relax, get a scented candle in lavender or sandalwood, to help you chill out and give you a good night’s sleep.
6. Make sure that you stay fit and healthy
This will help you in all aspects of your life, as you can pass on good eating habits to your kids and make sure that they’re healthy in the future. Buy good quality organic fruit and vegetables, and go for ethical meat. It might all be a little more expensive but the quality will far surpass other food, and you’ll feel happy in the knowledge that you’ve given the animals you’re eating a better quality of life. You could also join a gym – splash out on a nice one so that you feel comfortable and happy going there and so you don’t waste your (probably exorbitant) membership fee!
7. Spend time on yourself
One of the most luxuriant things you can ever do is spend time on yourself. The reason that celebrities and rich people look so good is that they have much more free time than the rest of us. They don’t have to worry about going to work every day, public transport, trying to find affordable childcare – and they have time to go to the gym every day and pay talented hair stylists and makeup artists to make them look flawless at all times. Of course, we don’t have the time or the spare money for that. But it is important that you try to take time for yourself. Focus on your hobbies and make sure that you don’t lose yourself after you have children. It’s important for your kids to see that you have your own life and interests. Ask your partner to look after your family for a day and take yourself off to an art gallery or bookshop.
8. See your friends
Take time out from your family to see your friends and treat yourself with a nice dinner out or a few cocktails. It’s easy to lose touch with them as you get older and your schedules get more demanding, but the truth is that seeing your friends will help you stay sane in a crazy world.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Are you proactive with your children’s education and plan ahead as much as possible? More frequently these days, it means saving to enable your kids to attend school trips, when the opportunity arises. The problem is that they can be so expensive, it can be very difficult to find the money for them to go on every single excursion that is offered. So how do you know which ones to send them on, and which ones to skip? Well, read on for a guide to the most popular international trip locations and what to expect from each. Which should make your choices a lot easier.
France is a popular location for school trips from all over the world. But what are the benefits of such a trip? Well, for one depending on where your child is traveling from they may well get their first taste of long haul travel. Which is a worthwhile experience in itself. As it can trigger wanderlust for the rest of their lives!
Secondly, many schools chose to take their students to France to help them perfect the language by immersing them the culture. Of course, they also get to experience the famous cuisine and cultural aspects too. Which are two another two reasons why this may be a suitable trip to pay out for.
Italy is another popular school trip location. It is probably worth sending your kids on this one. This is because there are so many famous cities in Italy to visit, that will provide them with an educational experience.
For example, the is Venice where they can learn all about defense in the middle ages, as well as the power and history of the Medici family.
Then there is Verona, perfect for students studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. They can even visit the balcony that is said to have inspired this tale of forlorn lovers. Where there is a statue of Juliet, herself situated.
However, these are not the only cities which hold education merit in Italy because Rome itself was said to be the cradle of the modern world. That means visiting Rome and experiencing the scale and splendor of sites like the amphitheater can bring history to life for many students. Instead of it being seen as a dry subject discussed in the pages of a book.
Lastly, the Italian lakes also provide a worthwhile school trip location, because of all the wonderful activities there are to do there. Surfing, sailing, and walking are all very popular around locations like Lake Garda. So you may find that your child school chooses to take them there for some healthy, active fun.
Another frequently chosen location for a school trip is the beautiful country of Iceland. School trips to Iceland are often much looked forward to, and places can become very limited. This is because of the uniqueness of the things to see and be a part of, on such a trip.
Probably the most important of all of these is the Aurora Borealis, which is only able to be seen from a few places in the entire world. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a wonderful phenomenon that makes green, blue and yellow lights dance across the sky. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people so it would be an awful shame if you child had to miss out on this.
Of course, there are other fascinating things to do in Iceland on a school trip as well, such as visiting the Blue Lagoon. Or going on an organized trip into the snowy wilderness to look for animals like the Arctic Fox and Reindeer.
Some education institutions choose to take their students on a trip to Russia. These are often met with mixed feeling. As Russia, while interesting to many, is known for its harsh living conditions.
Deciding whether this trip is worth the money or not, has a lot to do with how much interest you child is showing in this location. You also need to consider how vital it is for their education achievement. As well as how they will cope with cuisine for an extended period of time.
Some students, especially those going to school in places that are near to the USA, get the chance to visit America on a school trip. Most kids will want to go on this trip, whether it is educationally relevant to what they are studying or not. That is because they will see it as a chance to have a lot of fun and experience the American Culture to which they are all familiar with through TV.
Of course, before you pay for such a trip, it is always a good idea to explain just how many days they will be spending at Disneyland, if any. As well as, how many days they will be spending touring around civil war sites and the like. This might end up being the deciding factor for them, and you, on whether it is worth paying our to go or not.
Lastly, another very popular location for school trips and residentials is the United Kingdom. Of course, this has a lot to do with helping the kids learning to improve their English speaking skills, which is always a worthwhile thing to do.
But the UK is also an interesting place to visit for the historical and cultural aspects as well. It has a rich history dating far back into the past, and in various UK locations, you can learn about these. Good places to do this include the castles along the Northumbrian coast and the Jorvik Center in York. Which demonstrate how the Viking Invaders lived when they reached England.
Of course, the UK is divided into four countries: England, Northern Island, Scotland, and Wales. So each country provides its own educational experiences, as well as having its own unique identity, language, and culture to explore. Making the UK a generally good choice for a school trip.
Doing the laundry is one of the task I hate the most. That's why I end up just throwing everything into the washer and hoping for the best. And, if you're just like me, this bad habit can not only lead to a premature degradation of clothing but can also waste money and water.
So, if you want to truly do your laundry ‘properly’ there is a bit more to it than that.
If you are wondering whether your laundry technique could be improved upon, take a look at the following tips to up your laundry technique:
Soak Stains Straight Away
As soon as you get a stain on your clothing, you must take action. Once a stain has dried, it will be tough, if not impossible to get rid of it.
The best way to deal with a fresh stain is to put it in a sink or bucket full of water, add a little detergent and leave it to soak until you’re ready to wash it.
If a stain is particularly stubborn (grass, red wine), you may also need to purchase a specific stain removal product to deal with the problem.
Install a Water Softener System
If you live in a hard water area, you might want to look into water softener systems because hard water can have a very detrimental impact on your washing machine, and as a result, your clothing. A water softener system may seem unnecessary, but when you consider that it can help extend the life of your laundry and your washing machine, you will start to see how quickly such a device will pay for itself.
The Right Way to Sort
We all know that we should separate lights, whites and darks, and delicates, but many of us don’t realise that’s not the whole story. If you also separate your laundry by washing temperature and type of fabric, you will see much better results regarding cleanliness and the lifespan of your clothing.
Leave Some Room
It can be tempting to cram every bit of laundry into the washer, so you can get it done in one load, save money and use less water, and this is a god goal. However, you do not want to take it too far because a washer that is overloaded will not be able to clean all your clothes as effectively as it should. You may also experience problems at the spinning stage too.
Aim to fill your washer until it is around 75 percent full, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Wash with Cold Water
It is perfectly acceptable to save time, money and energy by washing with cold water, providing that they are only mildly soiled. This could save you up to 90 percent of the energy costs of doing the laundry.
Now that you know how to do the laundry properly, you’ll never have to worry about stained clothes, pink t-shirts or excessive energy costs again!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Looking after kids can get hectic, I'm sure most moms will agree with me, right? This is most especially true when you’ve got to cater to the needs of each and every single member of your family. One kid might love sitting down and playing video games, but the others might enjoy walks around the park. Either way, you’re going to upset someone! You’ve got to blend and merge hobbies and activities. You’ve always got to be on your feet and be imaginative - sometimes that can’t happen.
Thankfully, mobile phones can rescue you, and you don’t have to give up your device to grubby little fingers for your mobile phone to save you! When you can’t think of any ideas, your tablet or mobile can. There’s an app for everything, or so they say.
- So, it’s a rainy day, and your plans have been ruined. You want to refer to your backup plan of a movie night in with the kids, but you don’t have the money to spend on a blu-ray disc. What’s more, you don’t really want to drive around and look for media stores… There are streaming solutions, and this is probably the best free app right now for Android, meaning that if you’ve chosen the Google option, you’ll have access to a huge back catalogue of movies! A great option.
- Now, if it isn’t raining outside - you might want to plan a nice day out. Google Maps is a great way to not only get from A to B but is a fantastic method of finding new things to do and see. It’s a huge virtual phone book you can navigate. Not only that, but it can show you traffic build-up - so you know exactly when to leave the house.
- Apple’s widescreen iPad has some amazing options and none more so than interactive iBooks. There are plenty on the market, and you just need to choose the best option for your kids. The interactive features of the iBooks make it perfect for the little ones who cannot sit still.
- Spotify is a classic and a must have for everyone! Who doesn’t like music? If you’ve got some bluetooth speakers, you’ll always be ready for a kids party and even if there’s no celebration going on, you can still introduce your children to some classics.
- If you’ve got a PS4 system and a Sony phone, you can link them up via Remote Play to let your kids on the console when you are out and about. Most computers can run Remote Play as well, so if the console is out of action because you’re having some ‘you’ time in front of the TV, the children can play on it!
There are plenty of workarounds and apps that can entertain your kids, but you shouldn’t rely on them as crutch. Make sure you plan entertaining days out for your children! It’s your job after all!
Summer is coming and it's possibly one of the most exciting holiday of the year for a family. It gives the kids a chance to explore new places and beaches and it gives the parents some quality time together away from the rat race. The one thing that comes with a holiday is a plethora of lists! Lists for what to pack for carry on, lists for what to pack in the hold, lists for what to bring for a baby should you have one… there’s even lists before you even go away of things you need to buy. For most of us moms, lists are exciting! When you’re getting ready to go on holiday with the kids, there are a few things you need to remember to do before you go and one of those is sorting out the house.
If you’re a lover of lists, you won’t mind reading through just one more and this one isn’t just about the tips you need when you take the kids abroad on holiday. It’s for moms who would lose their heads if they weren’t screwed on. It’s for moms who need just one more checklist to feel like they’ve done it all for this long-awaited family holiday!
1. Cleaning the house from top to bottom seems to be a habit for most families, as you then don’t have to come back to piles of washing, hoovering or dusting to do. Even the little jobs you don’t think to do should get done now. Roll up those sleeves and leave the house sparkling!
2. If you don’t live close by to family, scheduling a food shop to be delivered the evening you return to the house is also a great idea. No need to dash out to the nearest supermarket for the essentials.
3. Security is key when you’re going away. Checking out alarm reviews of Vivint home security can mean you have your peace of mind while you’re enjoying your holiday.
4. Adding to that, even if you don’t have a house alarm on the house yet, think about security lights. Timed lights to come on at certain times of the day can make outsiders think your home is occupied and deter thieves.
5. Ask a friend or neighbour to check on the house if you’re going away for more than ten days.
6. Have any pets sorted into a shelter or have a friend take care of them before you go.
7. Sort out your tickets and passports for every family member and make sure you have all your travel documents in the right order for your journey.
Your home is your castle and if you make sure you have the gates up and the alarms on before you go, your holiday can be epic. If you know the place you are leaving is secure and in tip-top shape, you can truly stretch out and relax on that sandy beach far away. Now go, before everyone reading this is even more jealous of your travels!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time is precious, and it’s often scarce. Busy moms are accustomed to juggling work and home, and keeping everything running smoothly. But at what cost? We work hard all day, collapse into a tired heap at night, only to get up and do it all again the next day. Break the cycle with these smart tips to cut the jobs you hate and spend more time doing what you love.
1. Organize And Prioritize
Make a list of all the tasks you complete in a day. Include everything, even the small things like opening post, taking out the garbage, waiting for deliveries, etc. Highlight the tasks that are the most important and get rid of anything that isn’t important. A good way to determine whether a task is important or not is to work out what you’ll be doing five years from now and whether this will make a difference. You’ll be surprised at the things you can ditch.
2. Optimize Your Productivity
Optimize what you can do in a day by keeping healthy. Eat well, drink enough water, exercise, and get enough sleep each night. If these four things are out of balance, it’s likely you’re feeling tired and sluggish, making any tasks take longer.
3. Invest In The Right Tools
Don’t skimp on your household tools. When you purchase a vacuum cleaner, you’re buying more than just a machine. If you choose well and purchase an efficient model, you’re buying time. Even if you save just ten minutes each time you vacuum, over the course of a year this could amount to around twenty-six hours; more than a day. The same is true of cleaning products. Opt for efficient natural products that cut through grease and grime and are safe for the whole family. Sites like www.CleanHappens.com have a good range.
4. The 2-Minute Rule
If a task takes two minutes or less, do it there and then. This is relevant for home and work situations. For example, dashing off a quick email or opening and filing the post. If you put it off until later, you’ll have to make a note of it, remember it, and then complete it, which is likely to take 5 minutes or more. So do those tiny tasks now, get them out of the way, and save yourself some time.
5. Keep A To-Do List
Keep a running to-do list for work and home. Keep it up-to-date and cross items off as you go. This will help clear your mind and ensure things are not forgotten.
If you don’t do this already, it looks like we’re adding things to list rather than taking them away. However, meditating each day is great for productivity. It promotes a calm, peaceful mind and helps with focus and clarity. Therefore, it helps boost productivity and helps your overall well-being at the same time. Even ten minutes a day will produce results. Sites like www.headspace.com demonstrate simple techniques.
7. Cut Your Apps And Tools
In a digitized world, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that new apps will get the job done quicker. This might be true, but if you have too many of them, you’ll spend more time accessing and managing them. Cut your online tools and apps down to a minimum and only use what is useful and saves you time.
8. Turn Your Phone Off
How many times do you access your phone each day to check email, texts, social media, WhatsApp, etc.? If you had a running total, you would be horrified at the minutes (or longer) you waste each day. The best way to deal with this is to unplug completely, even if it’s just for half an hour a day.
When working on a task, whether at home or work, give it your undivided attention. Get rid of distractions such as your phone, social media feeds, and email. Work only on your current project. You’ll be surprised how much quicker you work without the distractions.
10. Time Yourself
For all those jobs you hate, such as accounts, cleaning, etc. set yourself a specific amount of time to work on it. It could be as little as ten minutes. Pretty much any task is palatable when you only have to work at it for a short period of time. Using this method you can chip away at larger projects bit by bit. And what often happens is that you spend more than the allocated amount of time as you get into a flow.
11. Schedule Emails
There’s a temptation to read and action emails as soon as they come in, regardless of what else you’re doing at the time. This is counterproductive and will make you lose your focus. It also wastes time if you’re constantly checking and reading. Schedule times each day when you check emails and switch off your inbox for the rest of the time. Unless it’s a necessary part of your job, don’t check emails at all in the evening. Establish a cut-off point and stick to it. There’s no point in mulling over messages that you have no intention of replying to until the next day. It only results in keeping your mind on work and can contribute to stress.
12. Say No More Often
If you’re the person everyone comes to when they have a problem or need something doing, start saying no. This doesn’t mean you can’t be helpful and caring. It just means that you’re putting your own oxygen mask on first. Establishing healthy barriers will help you focus on your own work, without taking on additional tasks. It’s not easy to do this in the beginning, but it does get easier.
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Getting other people to help will boost productivity. This doesn’t just apply to the office; it applies to your home life too. Get the kids to put away their own toys and give them responsibility for certain tasks.
14. Save Time In The Kitchen
There are lots of ways you can save time spent in the kitchen. Cut cooking times by making twice as much and freezing half of it. It may initially take a little longer to chop and bake, etc. but the next time you serve this meal, all you will have to do is defrost it and heat it up.
And with all this time saved, it will create more time to spend with the people you love, doing the things you enjoy.
Being a parent, we do everything it takes to keep our children healthy. We provide them with the best vitamins, feed them with nutritious food and a lot more. But there comes a point when we can't avoid sickness. And, dealing with a poorly child is one of the most difficult things about being a parent. It is important that we stay calm and focused so that you don't distress them, but having a sick child in itself can be pretty stressful for us too. You will probably have to take some time off work and depending on the illness, your child might have to go on medication. Being sick can be a traumatic experience for a child, especially if they haven't experienced it before. Many children experience bouts of illness as babies, but obviously, they don't remember it. Plus, as parents, we tend to misdiagnose our children with various ailments when they are babies and unable to speak to us, simply because we are paranoid that something is wrong. When they get older, this paranoia tends to die, as they are able to converse with us about when they are feeling sick. But nonetheless, it can still be a difficult time in the whole family's life when your child is unwell. If you suspect that something is wrong, here are the steps you need to take.
Determine whether it is an emergency
There are specific conditions and diseases that do only affect children, as opposed to adults. But for the most part, these are harmless - things like chicken pox, for example. Providing your child has had all their vaccinations, there is no reason why they should contract anything life-threatening. However, if your child is showing unusual symptoms or is in great pain, you may need to consider whether or not emergency care is needed. Try to avoid the internet at all costs - it will only give you a skewed diagnosis. If it is late and there is no way you can get to a regular doctor, you might want to give after hours pediatrics a try.
Follow any treatment to the letter
After a visit to the pediatrician, your child will probably be prescribed a course of antibiotics, or at the very least some steps to take in order to help them get better. The latter could be if they have food poisoning, for example, and they have been instructed to drink a lot of water to help them hydrate again. If they have been prescribed tablets or a cream, it is your job to make sure they take them/apply them correctly. If your child experiences any negative side effects from their treatment, go back to your doctor immediately.
Take good care of them
When your child is poorly, they are likely to feel pretty miserable. Keeping their spirits up is an integral part of their recovery and getting them back on their feet and back to school should be your priority. Make sure they are still eating well; you can allow them a treat or two to make them feel better, of course. But for the most part, make sure they are still eating nutritious, home cooked meals. This will build up their immune system and help them to fight the illness much quicker.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Getting proposed to by the love of your life is one of the most exciting event in a woman's life. After the proposal, the wedding day comes next so if you’re engaged, it means that it’s high time to step up your beauty regime. You want to look stunning on your big day, but there’s plenty of preparation to be done beforehand. Here’s what to do to look your best.
Schedule Weekly Manicures
As soon as you announced you were getting engaged, everybody wanted to see your ring. All of a sudden, everybody was looking at your hands. As a result, it’s important to keep those nails and cuticles in tip-top condition. You can experiment with different colors, including mauves and pinks. And you can spend time making sure your nail bed is in good condition, and that your hands and nails balance, giving an elegant look.
If you really want to splash out, you can now get gel manicures that use ultraviolet technology for a harder, smoother finish. They’re pricier, but totally worth it.
Manicures work best when they are paired with beautiful rings, like Tacori wedding rings. Everyone will want to have a look on your big day.
Have Your Teeth Whitened
You’re going to be smiling a lot on your wedding day, not only because it will be a happy day but also because of all those photographs. As a result, your teeth need to look their best. Nothing is worse than smiling for your wedding photos and then finding out that your beautiful smile has been ruined by coffee stains.
A good first line of defense is whitening toothpaste. Most toothpastes have whitening ingredients in them, and the results usually show up after a couple of weeks. If you do not see results, the next step up is so-called whitening strips. You put these on your teeth for a faster, more intense action.
You can also get your teeth professionally whitened, but it’s worth being careful. According to Sonia Kashuk, a dental expert, going too white can make your teeth look artificial and actually ruin photographs. She also says that too much whitening can wear down your enamel.
Focus On Your Lips
Mally Roncal is a makeup artist. She says that it’s a good idea to rub a thick coat of lip balm or Vaseline on your lips at right. Then, she says, run a washcloth over them in a circular motion. This, she says, will exfoliate and soften them at the same time. On your wedding day, a matte lipstick will look classic, but there’s a risk that it might not hold and will crack. Mally suggests that women put a gloss over their lipstick to iron out imperfections.
If you really want to go all out, you can go to a salon that offers special lip treatments. These treatments focus on exfoliation and moisturizing.
Get Your Brows Shaped
If you’re used to tweezing at home, you know that looking after your brows can be difficult. Going to a salon can be good because they’ll usually provide you with information about the best brow shape for your face. Some women choose to wax, while others choose to thread for a more precise finish. According to The Knot, women should start appointments six months out from the big day.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
It's the last week of breast cancer awareness month, and there’s nothing we ever want in life than keeping ourselves in the pinkest of health whatever our age and life stage is. And because no one is exempted from this disease, the more we shouldn’t brush off the importance of awareness and prevention. So I'm sharing with you five tips on how we, women, can enhance our health and wellness and see how soon you can check off all these smart reproductive health guidelines from Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liners’ and Dr. Faith Suluen, OB-Gyn.
1. Track Your Menstrual Cycle.
Always record the first up to the last day of your period, bleeding pattern, number of pads you used throughout your menstruation, signs and symptoms such as cramps, dysmenorrhea or any unusual experience worth mentioning to your OB. This habit not only will keep you track of your ovulation history, it will also arm you with period essentials such as medicines, food you should stock up on, plus effectively plan out your activities for the next 3 to 5 days. “Normal menstrual cycle interval is 21 to 35 days, shorter than that can sharply cause anemia while beyond that period could make it harder to conceive at any age,” says Dr. Faith.
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Having your PMS or period during your busiest time of the week is worse enough, but getting caught without your Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin is the worst! Remember that everybody is different, so is your period. Keeping yourself abreast with your cycle will keep your peace when Aunt Flow suddenly shows up.
2. Eat Well and Don’t be a Couch Potato.
Although there’s no direct link that says diet is the culprit for breast cancer, staying with normal weight range, having regular physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as low saturated fat intake will promote general wellbeing and decrease the risk. “Since most cancers are inflammatory in nature, include omega-9 rich foods that can be found in olive oil, nuts, and fruits like avocado. The nutrients and phytochemicals which are abundant in fresh produce also help combat disease and even play a role in prevention,” adds Cheshire.
3. Elevate your Hygiene Routine.
“To keep your intimate area clean and dry, practice front to back wiping whenever you go on a trip to the toilet. Let go of tight-fitting pants, underwear made of silk and ruffles, as these may trap warmth and moisture that may cause irritation and encourage bacterial growth. Change your sanitary pad and panty liner every 4 to 6 hours to keep yourself fresh and odor-free,” reminds Dr. Faith.
4. Have a Self-Breast Examination but Never Self Medicate.
Ladies, time to step up your annual health check routine! Don’t scrimp nor make your breast ultrasound (if you’re under 40) or mammogram (for 40 years old and above) check up your least of priority, which are ideally conducted annually. As for the self-breast examination, which should be religiously practiced 7 days after your monthly period. Here’s a simple technique while in the shower: Move around your fingers to the entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center and check the entire breast and armpit area. Be wary of any lump, thickening, and hardened knot.
5. Schedule Regular Gynecological Exam.
“Once there’s a sexual contact by age 21, you’re automatically recommended to have an annual pap smear check up. However, getting yourself vaccinated while not yet sexually active is highly encouraged as it can decrease your risk of developing cervical cancer,” advises Dr. Faith. And here’s the thing: Whether or not you have a sexual experience but a family history runs in your blood, there’s a chance it could be inherited. That said; make sure to add this to your list of yearly must-do, for the sake of your health and sanity.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone that leads to the forming of tiny, benign masses on the ovaries. This condition is one of the reasons why most women experience irregular periods, infertility, inexplicable weight gain, harsh breakouts, and insomnia. While there’s still no treatment and the cause is still unknown, PCOS is manageable with the help of an OB-Gyn and a licensed dietitian.
Here in the Philippines, 1 out of 10 Filipina is diagnosed daily with PCOS. And as PCOS Awareness adovocate, Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner shares some practical tips on how to conquer PCOS:
1. Catch it early. A regular visit to your OB-Gyn will prevent bigger problems. “Follow the old adage prevention is better than cure. “Schedule an annual gynecologic examination with blood sugar test to ensure your hormones are in check”, advises Dr. Faith Suluen.
2. Stay in shape. “Most of the women who are diagnosed with PCOS are usually overweight, but even if you weigh just right doesn’t mean you’re not prone to developing one”, says Dr. Faith Suluen. “However, since records show that there are numerous cases of PCOS on obese women, it’s strongly recommended to live up a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and balance diet. Quit smoking immediately and stop other vices if there’s any”, adds Dr. Faith.
3. Awareness is the key. “While PCOS is not fatal, 50 percent of women with this condition are likely to develop diabetes or pre-diabetes before they reach 40 years old. Sadly, they’re also more prone to having high blood pressure and heart attack because of high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol on top of greater risk of developing sleep apnea, so lifestyle modification and blood sugar maintenance are a must”, notes Dr. Faith. “Remember to never self-medicate and consult your OB-Gyn for prescription of pills that can regulate your period,” she adds.
4. Your dietitian is your best friend. In addition to your OB-Gyn, the helpful guidance of a licensed dietitian is crucial. “Since weight management and blood glucose control are related to PCOS symptoms, your dietitian will guide you on how to incorporate carbohydrate rich foods but won’t spike blood sugar”, says Philippine-US registered dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que.
5. Love your body. While it’s proven that sanitary napkin and liner are non-contributory to PCOS, it pays to look for a brand that does more than just protection. Since Jeunesse Anion is the only napkin and liner with bacteria and odor-reducing anion strip that’s also helpful in easing menstrual discomforts such as cramps and dysmenorrhea, your monthly period becomes more bearable and tolerable. In addition, it’s meticulously made virgin cotton pulp material, non-toxic glue with breathable top and bottom layers that spell peace of mind at its finest. The best part? No more excuses pushing aside movement and workout during your time of the month, lest you forget!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Wedding bells are playing in the air this June as it's still the most preferred month for weddings. It's the most romantic time for couples but after that what's next? Buying a home together is a big step for couples. While this is a major commitment and requires careful considerations, it is still an exciting experience knowing that you are looking for place to start your family.
Whether it is a house in the suburbs, a townhouse midtown, or a condo close to the business district, nothing beats a buying strategy and a good dose of fun when buying your first home together. Global real estate website Lamudi Philippines has put together a list of 10 tips to keep in mind for this major life milestone.
1. Assess Your Financial Situation
Before even stepping out of the door, it makes sense to look at your overall money situation. Sit down with your spouse and make an honest assessment of your individual and joint financial pictures and create a budget to know all your expenses. The plan will allow you to build your budget immediately and determine the type of house you can afford.
2. Set a Realistic Goal
Manage your expectations and set realistic goals. Understand what you want individually and as a couple. Determine how much money you have put aside for down-payment to know how much more you need to save up. As a rule of thumb, have enough cash equivalent to 20 percent of a property’s selling price for deposit. If you have less than this, some banks may not be willing to give you a housing loan.
3. Take a Look at Your Priorities
Like most couples, you probably agree on many things but not on all, so be sure to prioritize, whether it is the design, the size, the location, or whatever it is that matters to you both. This will make the whole process of choosing the right property so much easier.
4. House or Condo?
Deciding on which property type you both want will help determine your budget. For instance, if you want a condo, your Php6 million budget will get you a 36-sqm studio condo in Makati CBD. However, if you prefer a house and doesn’t mind living in the suburbs, then for a slightly lower amount you could get a 97-sqm, three bedroom house in Ridgeview Estates Nuvali, Santa Rosa.
5. Get Prequalified for a Loan
Unless you have enough cash on hand to buy a home outright, getting a housing loan is your next best option. If you do not have a specific property in mind yet, it will be helpful to get prequalified for a housing loan as it sets your budget. This is because banks and financial institutions will lend you the loan amount based on your financial capacity—that is, how much your monthly income could afford—and not on the property you want.
6. Study the Real Estate Market
A good buying strategy is always recommended in real estate, and this involves doing some research. You may think that an affordable townhouse in Pasig or Mandaluyong is a good deal because it is situated just 20 minutes away from Ortigas Center, but first impressions may deceive you. What if the area experiences flooding during the monsoon months?
Similarly, a house and lot in Paranaque may not look that attractive now, but with the upcoming infrastructure projects in the area (e.g., NAIA Expressway, C5 Extension, and LRT-1 Extension), you can expect the area to become a real estate hotspot 5 years from now.
7. Seek the Help of Professionals
This means talking to a bank’s loan officer or seeking the help of a licensed real estate broker to help you find the best property. The former can help you determine the cost of the property your income could afford, while the latter can help you streamline the house-hunting process. In addition, a real estate broker can provide you with in-depth information about the house and its neighborhood and how to go about the buying process.
8. Know Which Developers Are Reputable and Reliable
In most cases the quality of a property corresponds to the reputation of its developer; therefore, it is important to select a property that is built by a reliable real estate company (one that is publicly listed and has long a history of turning over quality properties on time is a safe bet). In addition, take into consideration the developer’s sales administration and after-sales services.
9. Where Do You See Yourself in the Next 5 Years?
Home purchase is a huge commitment and it is recommended to only buy if you plan to stay put for at least 5 years. Buying a house outright may be impractical if you see yourself moving to another city or country after 5 years (unless you see your property as an investment you are willing to keep in the long run).
10. Don’t Rush
Buying a house can stir up mixed emotions: there’s excitement, anxiety over finances, overwhelming feeling of responsibility, and a whole lot more, so take your time and make sure that you are emotionally prepared before the whole process begins.
Last and definitely not the least, try not to get too worked up by the house-hunting process. Finding a home is indeed a big step and must be considered very carefully, but don’t forget to have fun. This is such a big step for most couples so be sure this doesn’t drive you two apart.
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