Creativity is like a muscle and in young children, it can be undeveloped and it might need some practice. With some effective strategies, you can teach your students to let their creativity come out and flourish.Read More
What’s everyone talking about this summer? It’s got to be the latest in fashion styles that are slowly emerging on the high street as the weather warms up. If you’re about ready to put those warm sweaters away and store those winter coats, then you’ll want to find out how to update your wardrobe ready for a summer that’s already heating up with high fashion.
That’s going to be keyword for women’s fashion this summer and we couldn’t be more delighted. The maxi dress was already a huge success last year and it looks set to return with even more styles and twists this year. Think so much more in terms of variety and style this summer with a choice of bold, bright and beautiful to the more muted and subtle designs. As long as it’s long and flowing, you’re going to be on point.
But what of accessories? How best to set off your look? Think wooden bangles and necklaces with chunky beads, neutral in colour but large in design that perfectly complement that bold look.
To keep you warm during the evenings once the sun has gone down, you might consider cropped cardigans or jackets to maximise the length of your dress but keep the chill off of your arms.
If the maxi dress isn’t enough flow then you’ll also want to consider one of Mountain Mama’s Tunics which will also deliver that flowing look but you can also team up with a pair of leggings or shorts. This tunic-style allows you to experiment with bold colours or stick to the more neutral shades depending on what else you’re wearing and where you’re heading. The same rule about accessories also applies here so think big and neutral but still making a statement.
You’ll want to match these to your dress to complete your look and it seems that the maxi dress plus sneakers is a look that’s going to become very popular. Set off with your choice of warm top and you can take that look to the beach or to the bar.
If the idea of sneakers fills you with horror, then consider sandals that offer both style and comfort. The best of these seems to be the espadrille sandal that comes in a great choice of colours and styles. Choose a strappy version with high sole for maximum drama and a chic look or a flatter version for getting you around a day spent sightseeing, in comfort.
Whatever your style and budget you’re looking at creating a look that will turn heads and make you feel like a million dollars, even if you’ve spent a fraction of the price on achieving it.
Shop around, shop online and don’t be afraid to experiment with colours and patterns that you might not otherwise choose. Summer is almost here and with it comes the chance to create a new and vibrant look with your capsule wardrobe. Get a few basics in now and start as you mean to go on.
The popular art of throwing one's voice or animating a "dummy" has been around for well over 400 years but was only perfected in the last 200. Many very famous comedians and performers began their careers as ventriloquists, just to move on to develop another talent.
Further, the methods of many ventriloquists are a mystery. The talent itself may be developed by anyone willing to practice. However, making a living from the skill can be quite tricky. This may contribute to the low number of professional ventriloquists in the world.
There are Fewer Than 1000 Professional Ventriloquists in the World
Compared to country singers from California, Ventriloquists are a rare bunch. This number is an estimate, though some would wager that the amount of actual professional ventriloquists (those that can make a full-time income from their craft) number less than 400. Whichever number is closest to the right, it's still one of the rarest professions.
The Art of Ventriloquism Dates Back to Ancient Egypt
Archaeology has found evidence of ventriloquism in ancient Egyptian and Hebrew sites. However, the first ventriloquist known by name was Louis Brabant of 16th century France, valet to the French King at that time. Since the late 17th and early 18th century, the “perfected” art has been found in places all over the world, as entertainment and more.
Ventriloquism has also been used to do much more than just entertain. In some cultures, the talent was ascribed to prophets. Others were known to provide wisdom in a similar, occult-type manner. Ventriloquists were also famous "performers" at seances.
Don Knotts Started Out as a Ventriloquist (So Did Johnny Carson)
Due to the vocal skills needed to successfully manage a ventriloquist act, as well as the acting and organization, it may be no surprise that these two favorite characters began their careers as ventriloquists.
Later, Don Knotts would go on to play Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. The Late Show would be hosted by Johnny Carson for nearly 30 years.
You're Not Hearing What They're Saying
Ventriloquists use substitutes for difficult to make sounds. For Example, if they need their puppet to say a word that starts with V, they make the TH sound instead. If they need a B, they make a D sound.
The labials, BFPMVW, are these difficult to make sounds. If possible, a ventriloquist will design their act without these sounds. When not possible, they'll use many acoustic tricks to make it seem like they've said what they want you to hear.
The IVS (International Ventriloquist Society) Was Founded in 2013
Sadly, whenever an organization meant to bring the world's ventriloquists together has sprung up, it gets shut down within a few years. This has happened over and over again. There are no long-standing ventriloquism organizations still around today.
What there is, now, is the IVS. This society is rather informal and promotes fun and free learning resources for anyone interested in ventriloquism.
When it's time to look for a primary school for your child, it can seem very complicated but in reality, it can be painless and if you get it right then your child can enjoy long-term benefits.
What is the catchment area?
The first thing to look at is your catchment school which is the school you get 'assigned' by your Local Education Authority. It's usually your nearest school. However, each school does have a designated 'catchment area.' Check online as your local council will probably have a list or a map you can look at. You'll see what your 'catchment' school is, but you do have the right to apply for others if you prefer.
What should you look for on a primary school visit?
It is essential to go and visit any school you are considering sending your child to, don’t rely on word of mouth, go and see for yourself. What’s right for someone else’s child may not be for yours. Most primary schools will hold open days when you can go and look around. If you can't make them, they will usually show you around in a small group or on your own. If you want to, you can go more than once as schools are generally pleased to show off what they have to offer. Also, go to more than one school so you can get a good comparison.
Take note of what the welcome like, are the office staff approachable and helpful? How does the building look? Is it well-maintained? Does it give off a warm welcome? Are there pictures on the walls and lots of evidence that the pupils are happy and proud of their school?
What's the head like? Does she or he know the children by name?
You’ll also get a good idea of how the kids behave and how the teachers act too. Take note of what’s on the wall? Is it displays of the work they have done and rewards systems? Then finally make sure you pay attention to the safety and cleanliness of the school, what equipment do they have and what are the outside areas like?
You’ll also want to ask some questions while you’re there, some schools might even give you a chance to talk to the older children. But also make sure you ask questions to the teachers. Find out what reading schemes they use, what discipline and reward systems are in place? How does playtime work? Does age separate the children? What is lunch provision? Are there kitchens or is the lunch brought in? Is there a healthy eating policy? What is their anti-bullying policy? Do they have any peer support, e.g., buddy benches, Year 6 'helpers' for reception children in the playground, etc? What does an everyday look like in your child's prospective year? Do they have teaching assistants in every class? Are they full time? How many other adult staff are available to help in classrooms? What extra-curricular children activities are on offer? Is there breakfast or after-school club? Make a note of all these questions and go in fully prepared to ask everything you need to know.
Everyone has to move home at some point. Whether it be moving home to go and live on your own for the first time, or moving home because you’ve outgrown the one you’re in, you’re just going to have to do it at some point. But most of you will be reading this because a move is on the cards for you and your family. When you’re moving with a family in tow, things definitely do become a little more tricky, but sometimes the urgency of the move itself is what’s going to drive you to moving home even quicker. In a rush or not in a rush however, there’s still some things that you most definitely don’t want to do because they will no doubt cause you so much stress, and make an already hard process even harder. Which is why we’ve created this article for you. We know what’s like to deal with the stress of moving out, and we want to ensure your experience is as stress free as possibly by avoiding these issues that could come your way!
Your Home Taking Too Long To Sell
Your home taking too long to sell is one of the worst nightmares that you could wish for. You’re desperate to move out, but you’re just not getting the attention you need on your end to make the sale. Which is why it might be worth thinking about how you’re trying to sell your home, and who you’re doing it through. If you check out companies such as William Pitt Sotheby's, you could put your home up for sale through a company you know you’re going to get exposure with, which could quickly increase your chances of a sale. You could then explore what homes are going to suit you, and even if you want to stay in the country! A move doesn’t always have to mean you’re moving to another city, it could be another country entirely.
Troubles With Finding A New Home
Again, another nightmare that you really don’t want to be putting yourself through, yet so many are going through. But if you have a family in particular, then the move into a new home has to be perfect, and that can lead you to being rather picky. To speed up the process, you might want to think about increasing your budget, compromising, or widening the area that you’re willing to stop in. No home is going to be totally perfect, it’s easy to forget that!
Something you’re going to go through whether you’re moving home or not most likely, but you’re going to want to get those worries under control by going to speak to a financial advisor to help you through. There’s always a way to make cuts and make things work, it’s just sometimes beneficial to hear a professional tell you how to do it. If things are getting super tight, you might want to think about moving back into your parents just whilst the move is sorting itself out, so you can focus on saving money.
The idea that a screen could be benevolent is new to popular media. We’ve all stumbled across movies, imagery, and books that have used the typical “I see you” plotline. As a result, it’s fair to say that for a lot of people, the screen appears as a Big Brother-like threat that hovers over our fragile lives. However, the idea that someone watching through the screen doesn’t have to be synonymous with maleficent intentions.
On the contrary, screens can play a protective role in your lifestyle. They can keep you and your family safe, as long as you know how to make the most of their functions. If you want to get rid of the menacing and omniscient screen to embrace the potential of an all-knowing and kind ally, here are some of the best uses you can find for screens in your household.
For new parents, everything begins with your baby
If you’re expecting your first baby, you probably have a long list of gear and equipment to purchase. Do make sure to add a baby monitor with a display feature on the list. Indeed, display features can be helpful to check on your baby, especially when you are surrounded by noises. If you’re trying to listen to music in another room or engaged in a conversation, it can be tricky to hear the cues and know when your child is awake. You could, of course, check in the nursery room regularly, but you risk waking them up. Instead, a video feed can let you keep an eye on your baby without disturbing their sleep.
Then you question your home safety
New parents often develop a sense of hyper-awareness about the potential dangers inside and outside the home. In the process of babyproofing your home – a.k.a. covering sharp corners and sockets, adding barriers in front of the staircase, and locking chemical products away – you should also give special attention to your security system. Ultimately, you want your home to be safe from intrusions, and this is something you can achieve with solutions such as Advanced Protection Services which can add CCTV and detection services to your residence. You can even receive the real-time CCTV feed on your smartphone when you’re away.
Finally, you control the screen too
Last, but not least, children nowadays are faced with screen technology from a young age. There are plenty of children-friendly games that are downloadable in your tablet – they provide an excellent travel activity for a long commute! You can also use apps such as the DisneyLife which lets your kids watch their favorite movies online. With the abundance of services dedicated to young and older children, it can be difficult to keep them off the tablet. Even if you control their playing time, you can worry about their safety online. Thankfully, most tablets such as the iPad offer a level of in-built parental controls that allows you to check that everything coming on the screen is child-friendly. A good tip for the future, though: If you want to use parental controls with young teens, make sure to change your passwords regularly as they’re tech-savvy!
Your screen lets you access a new dimension of your household safety. From checking on your baby to keeping harmful online content at bay, you can make friend with the screen again and let it protect your family day after day.
It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time parent of a 5th-time parent, sometimes things happen, and you need answers. Unsurprisingly millions of us head to Google in search of information, help, opinions and of course, people who have been through the same thing. Baby health concerns can be a bit scary, and it's not always more manageable when they get older either.
Here are a few of those most popular questions:
Why does my child wet the bed?
Well, this could be a number of reasons. The older they get, and if it is still happening there is a chance it is something that needs to be looked into. But in general? They’re totally normal. Some kids are super deep sleepers and they simply just don’t wake up when their bladder is full.
Another issue is, when children start using the toilet without help, you might not be as aware if there are day time problems too. So it is essential to talk to them regularly about how they are.
Genes play a role in how long your child might wet the bed too. If you or your partner wet the bed for years beyond the age of 6, your child will likely stop around the same time.
Alternatively, if you know that there has been bullying or something traumatic has happened, then bedwetting is a common occurrence - so talk to them a little more and see if there is anything you should know.
Why is my child repeating everything I say?
Well, like any new skill, practice makes perfect. So, when they hear new words or sounds, instinctively they will try to replicate them. Although this can be a little annoying, try to remember that they are working those small mouth muscles until those words are easy for them.
At the same time as they are trying to form those words, their brain is working at a rapid rate to work out what should come next. So you might find they repeat the same word over and over until they finally finish what they were trying to say.
Copying small sentences helps them process what is going on around them. ‘Say bye-bye’ or ‘Let’s go night night’ give them hints as to what is about to happen, and children will find comfort in those things.
My child has a fever, why?
It is difficult to know when you need to get to the doctors or when you need to leave them to fend off the illness.
Sometimes it is something as simple as a cold, and other times it is something more sinister.
Often parents mistake ‘slightly warm’ for a true fever. If your child feels warm to the touch, that doesn’t mean they have a temperature, it means they are warmer than you. You should make sure that you take their temperature with a children's thermometer before taking action if you aren’t 100% sure.
Real fevers will run at around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. But if your little one is less than 3 months old of their fever lasts more than a couple of days, head to get them checked out.
Sometimes children also do things in a totally unexpected way. Keep calm and carry on parenting!
Toronto is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, whether you are looking for a bustling city experience or a scenic, natural one. This city has so much to offer, but there are a few places that stand out as spectacular for those who want to experience the absolute best of this gorgeous city. You’re sure to love Toronto so much that you’ll be looking at Toronto townhouses and homes for sale so you could move to this fantastic city. Follow our lead and hit up a few of these awesome locations for an unforgettable journey.
9 Queens Quay West, Toronto
While Toronto is a busy city with much to do, sometimes you need to get away and relax. The Toronto Islands are only a short ferry ride away from the mainland and provide a soothing, natural atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. This destination is comprised of three connected islands - Centre, Ward's, and Algonquin - each one providing a unique experience. You can enjoy a busy day at the amusement park and petting zoo, or take a peaceful bike ride along the scenic shoreline. A visit to the islands also provides you with a picturesque view of the Toronto skyline that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
Baldwin Street, Toronto
In the neighborhood of Kensington Market, you’ll find a diverse selection of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Be sure to visit on the last Sunday of the month for a true market experience, where the streets are closed and the neighborhood really comes alive. If you’re interested in fashion, Kensington Market is the place for you, as it is filled with vintage shops and unique finds. These places can be quite expensive though, so if you’re looking to just take a stroll and enjoy the neighborhood, pick up a cup of coffee at a place like FIKA and just take it all in.
100 Garrison Road, Toronto
If you’re a history lover like myself, then Fort York is a must-see when visiting Toronto. It is considered the most historic place in all of Toronto, as it is both the place in which Toronto was established as well a place that protected Toronto from the 1700’s through World War II. While this site is extremely well preserves if you’re interested in learning about the lives of soldiers at the time, it can be a less-than-stimulating experience for younger children or those who might be looking for a little more thrill and excitement on your journey. But, as I said, if history is your thing, this is an absolute necessary stop on your journey.
301 Front St W, Toronto
CN Tower was previously declared one of the 7 modern wonders of the world, and it’s easy to see why. Check out the observation deck on this massive tower for an incredible view of surrounding Toronto. A visit to CN (standing for “Canadian National,” the railroad company that built it) Tower must include a walk on Edgewalk, the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk and one of the coolest, most thrilling things you’ll ever experience. This structure is what makes the Toronto skyline so identifiable, and your trip wouldn’t be complete without making it a necessary stop along the way.
January is nearly over, and you can finally kiss goodbye to what is usually a dire month! It’s a good time to get ready for the year ahead and to start making plans that you can look forward to.
Like Christmas, the summer holidays can be another time of year when you struggle financially, with an expectation to fit a lot in and make the most of the summer. Planning your budget for the summer holidays now can help make sure you do the things you want without having to stress about your finances. Take a look at these tops tips for planning your summer budget.
Make a wish list of what you’d like to do
Making plans for the summer is a great way to give you something to look forward to when the skies are still dark and the temperatures are cold. What type of things would you like to do over the summer? Go on holidays? Book summer swim lessons for kids? What about doing some sightseeing around the UK? Whatever you’d like to do, write a wish list that you can use to work out what’s possible and what’s not, and give you something to aim for.
Set yourself a savings target
After working out what you want to do, you can set a savings target between now and the summer to help you achieve it. Set a goal that’s realistic and easy to manage over the coming months. With a goal in mind, you’ll find it easier to budget. Start looking at cutting down on unnecessary spending and reducing outgoings like your food spend to help you make the savings that you need.
Look out for money-saving deals
With time on your side, you’re in a good position to keep an eye out for bargains. From money off tourist attractions and theme parks to cinema and restaurant vouchers, it’s worth looking at deals now that you can benefit from later.
You could also look at ways of saving money on your summer holiday to help you keep your costs down. From staying in Airbnbs to booking your flights early, there are a lot of money-saving tips to take advantage of that can help you holiday on a budget.
Boost your income
If you foresee things being tight over the coming months, why not take a look at some additional ways you can make money? There are some clever methods of earning more money from home, including using cashback websites or even starting a blog. Making some extra cash here and there can help you build up a nice little fund ready for your summer of fun.
Planning your summer now will give you plenty of amazing things to look forward to. If one of your goals for 2019 is to spend more time with your family, then an action-packed summer is one way to do that. Start planning your summer budget now and look forward to your family’s summer of fun.
Put the baby in their own room as soon as you can
For health and comfort, the general advice goes that you let your baby sleep in the same room as you for the first six months. As such, you and your partner may even face sharing your bedroom for a good while after your baby is born. But, it’s worth moving that cot into the nursery as soon as you can to prevent romantic issues. In general, it’s thought that the six-month mark is an okay stage for a move like this. There’s even some evidence to suggest your baby will sleep better in their own room after six months. And, this allows you and your man to reconnect romantically. Even if you don’t feel like jumping under the sheets so soon after giving birth, a couple’s bedroom should be an intimate space. Having a baby around can burst that bubble. By rebuilding it as quickly as possible, you stand a much better chance at preventing problems later.
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Radiance, and youth that is what most women want their faces to present. However, when you are a busy mom, even getting to shower each day can be a challenge! Don't despair though because no matter your facial beauty issue there's something below that can help Read on to find out more.
Learn to contour.
If you are looking for a quick fix to boost your beauty, then your time is best spent learning the skill of contouring. This is something that is all over social media as well so it won't be too had to find a tutorial that matches your face shape.
Basically, the idea is that using makeup you can reshape your face and draw attention to your best features while minimizing things you don't like so much.
You don't even have to invest a load of money in makeup to do this, as you can buy a contour stick with light and darker shades for shadows from most drugstores for around $10. Just watch the video to way to get you started.
Get a treatment.
Facial beauty treatments are standard these days, and they are another smart way to boost your look with only a little effort.
In fact, you can choose from facials and light treatments that take around an hour, to lip injections, and some women even choose facial plastic surgery to create a younger tighter look. Something that can definitely help to boost the look of their face.
Of course, no one treatment is right for everyone, and it's more about deciding how severe your problem is and what the results are that you are looking for. Just remember though that whatever treatment you get be sure to choose it because the results make you feel fantastic.
Find that one fantastic product.
Another great way of boosting your facial beauty and your confidence is to find that one key product to splurge on. I'm talking about that high-end mascaras that make you look as if you have false lashes on, even though you don't or that full cover concealer that you can use to cover your eye bags and also as a higher too! Sometimes the splurge is worth it!
Take better care of your skin.
It's hard to look your best when your skin isn't as healthy as it can be. In fact, your skin is like the foundation for your look, and if it's not right no matter how much makeup you put on top, you are going to run into problems.
To that end, if you want to look your best in and out of makeup and even make it easier to apply your face each morning, it is well worth looking after your skin.
That means always removing makeup and dirt each night, as well as moisturizing thoroughly. In fact, some bright sparks even use moisturizer as a cleanser to remove their face from the day. Something that is as gentle and nourishing as possible but also ensures they get perfectly clean skin before bedtime that will boost their beauty come the morning.
Guys aren’t necessarily encouraged to take pride in their appearance, as a rule. All too often, an interest in fashion or presentation among men is seen as arrogant, vain, and gratuitous.
Sure, guys are expected to exercise good personal hygiene and look presentable, but there often aren’t many avenues in place to help young men, in particular, who are dissatisfied with their appearances and want to take active steps to reinvent themselves.
All the same, taking pride in your appearance is a sub-category of overall self-care that can have a tremendous and positive impact on your overall self-esteem and confidence, not to mention how seriously you take yourself in all the different domains of your life.
If you’re not very happy with your appearance, and haven’t really been motivated in the past to take proactive steps to change the situation, here are some tips for taking more pride in your appearance.
Treat fashion as a game or hobby
Getting into fashion can be difficult for people who haven’t ever paid much attention to it before, and even attempting to “dress stylishly” can seem embarrassing, arrogant, and over-the-top for those whose self-confidence isn’t very high.
One useful trick is to treat fashion as a game or a hobby. Imagine you were playing some kind of videogame where you had to style up your character the way you wanted — but in this case, you are the character.
Invest in props like a tie rack and get into the “hobby”. Experiment with different style combinations, check out online blogs and catalogues to see what’s popular and what appeals to you, and reinvent your appearance from this semi-detached position of playing a game.
Rebuild your wardrobe, focusing on quality, not quantity
Many people have their wardrobes filled with pretty low-quality and unflattering clothes that they’ve accumulated over the years, but have very few high-quality, tailored items that they can really take pride in wearing.
There’s nothing wrong with having some cheap, generic t-shirts, but if your whole wardrobe is made up with poorly-fitting novelty graphic T’s, you might want to try rebuilding your wardrobe, focusing on quality rather than quality.
Get rid of clothes that you really don’t like, or that don’t do a lot for you, and buy a few outfits that you can really take pride in. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
Start focusing on improving your overall health and fitness
Focusing on developing your overall health and fitness is an excellent way of improving not only your health, but also your sense of confidence, and the amount of pride you take in your appearance.
Often, people’s physical insecurities and lack of pride in their appearance are connected to body insecurities, such as being overweight, or not being muscular enough. Anything you can do that will move your physique closer towards your ideal will naturally make you feel better about yourself.
And if you’re happier with your physique, you’ll automatically be more inclined to want to dress in a flattering way.
A remarkable woman needs a gift that is worthy of her unique character, something that can be tough and time consuming to find. Happily, you need scour the internet and shopping malls no more, because below you can discover some of the most exciting and unusual gifts there are, in the post below. Read on to find out more.
Spa days that is what everyone thinks women want. However, before you go and book your vouchers for the remarkable woman in your life, stop and consider whether there is anything a bit more unusual that they make enjoy?
I'm talking about extreme sports experiences here like Nascar driving days, or bungee jumps, or how about a cheese making experience or one where she can learn to survive out in the wild? After all, if she is remarkable, she may want a more unique experience to enjoy.
Instead of getting the lady in your life one gift, why not get her 12? Happily, this is easy to do if you choose from one of the many subscription boxes that are on the market. Boxes that are available tailored to pretty much any interest and type of person there is.
In fact, you can get hobby boxes that come with projects to complete along with instruction and all the materials you need. Then there are the beauty boxes that are jammed packed full of beauty and makeup treats, some of which the receipt may have never had the chance to try before, but all of which will be gratefully received.
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Of course, the best thing about gifting a subscription is that a single opportunity to the special woman in your life turns into a year-long event! What better way to show her how special she is?
There is nothing cliche about gifting a present that is made by your own fair hands with love. In fact, it can show that special lady in your life just how much you adore her. For added impact, you can even try making her something that she taught you how to do such as knitting, quilting, or even painting.
Alternatively, homemade eats never go down badly either, and even if you aren't quite the master chef in the kitchen, you can get together a gift of ingredients like this instead. Then all you need to do is wrap and slap a bow on, and you’re good to go.
If the special lady in your life has a rye sense of humor, the best thing you can get her is something that reflects that. Luckily, there are some genuinely hilarious presents out there that are bound to bring a smile to her face.
One in particular that caught my eye is The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump (Unabridged) book that is available from places like Amazon. A charming reimagining of POTUS’s tweets that show his more sensitive side. A genius gift for anyone who can see the humor in our current political situation, and if they can do that, they surely are a most remarkable lady!
If you’re trying to encourage your kids to spend less time looking at screens, a great way to get them involved in fun activities like arts and crafts. Not only will this get them away from their computers, consoles and phones, but it will encourage them to have a creative mind.
If you’re looking to start getting your kids involved in being, here are five fun crafts to try at home:
1. Start A Scrapbook With All Of Their Favourite Things
A great ongoing project you can start with your kids is to create a scrapbook. There are absolutely no rules for creating a scrapbook, so your child can have complete creative reign. Try encouraging them to do a little bit each day, creating pictures and designs that represent how they’re feeling or all of their favourite things. They can cut and stick things out of magazines, use stickers to add colour and go completely wild with glitter - it’s completely up to them.
2. Create Cards For Special Occasions And Holidays
There are lots of special occasions and holidays you can create cards for so this is a great opportunity to regularly get your kids interested in crafts. This can be an incredibly affordable craft to do at home, but if you want to go the extra mile and create intricate designs and cut-outs out can purchase professional equipment such as a vinyl cutting machine. For more information on how to use and vinyl cutting machine safely, you can visit www.vinylcuttingmachineguide.com/.
3. Decorate Photo Frames For Showcasing Their Favourite Memories
If you love printing out photos and displaying them around the house, getting your kids to decorate their own photo frames is the perfect craft! Let them pick out some of their favourite photographs and then purchase plain wooden frames for them to go in. Before they place the photo inside they can decorate the frame in their own special way.
4. Make Jewellery And Keyrings They Can Keep
If your kids like making things that they can wear and keep for themselves, jewellery is a really fun craft for them to try out for themselves. There are lots of different materials available that will allow kids to safely make their own necklaces, bracelets and keyrings - with only a little bit of help from mum or dad if it gets too fiddly.
5. Make Coloured Kinetic Sand To Keep Them Busy For Hours
One of the latest crazes when it comes to arts and crafts is creating colourful kinetic sand that will stay in the form you build on its own. Once they have made the sand the fun doesn’t stop as it’s something that can be played with for weeks to come, providing you store it properly.
If you want to know the best way to make kinetic sand, you can visit this handy guide here.
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Living in a society where we are becoming increasingly aware of the effects our diets can have on our bodies - and consequently our overall health and wellbeing - it’s not all too surprising that many of us are looking for healthier ways to eat! Now, there are plenty of trends and fads out there and not all of them are all that they make out to be. So, to prevent you from wasting your time, let’s take a moment to look at a few different steps and techniques that can help to get you started off in the right direction when it comes to your diet!
Cut Out Fast Food
Millions of us consume fast food on a regular basis. This is why there are so many outlets about! If there wasn’t huge demand for fast food, there wouldn’t be fast food restaurants and take aways on pretty much any street you find yourself on. So, what is it about fast food that keeps us all coming back for more, time and time again? What sends us in droves to drive thrus rather than cooking a wholesome meal of our own accord? Well, fast food is convenient. It’s fast. It’s relatively cheap if you choose the right places to go. It also tends to taste good and has genuinely addictive qualities about it. So, why cut it out? Well, while fast food might be fine as an occasional treat, you simply can’t lead a healthy lifestyle when eating it for every meal. Items on takeaway menus tend to have an extremely low nutritional value. THey also tend to be filled with high amounts of saturated fat, high levels of salt, and excessive levels of sugar. They’re scant when it comes to genuine nutritional value! So, significantly cut back on this type of dining. Your body needs a lot more than these meals are offering in order to function productively.
Vegetarianism and Veganism
We’re coming towards the end of veganuary, so it’s highly likely that you’ll have been surrounded by a whole lot of hype surrounding vegetarianism and veganism lately. Major brands are releasing vegetarian and vegan options, capitalising on this trend! But this could be so much more than a mere fad. Vegetarianism and veganism are lifestyle choices where you consciously cut animal based matter and materials from your diet and life. This means no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatine, or other animal products. These choices are on the rise and experiencing boosted popularity due to many of us being more conscientious on the whole. There are a host of reasons that going vegetarian vegan is an ethical lifestyle choice. You can do it for the sake of animals (who are cruelly harmed and slaughtered in the production of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal derived products and for the sake of the environment (livestock industry results in the production of huge amounts of methane, as well as contributing towards deforestation and water pollution). But let’s focus on going vegetarian or vegan for your own sake and the sake of your overall health and wellbeing for now. While propaganda spread by the meat and dairy industry suggests that you cannot achieve a balanced and nutritious diet without animal products, you should know that a vegetarian or vegan diet can genuinely be much healthier for you! You just have to make sure you get it right!
Cutting Out Meat
Various studies have been carried out on meat consumption and results have found that individuals eating red meat in particular tend to have higher individual risks of developing serious health problems down the line. They can run a higher risk of developing heart disease, type two diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Milk companies spread many myths surrounding why we need to add dairy into our diets. The majority of us have been raised believing that we need calcium from milk and other dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, and cream in order to lead a full and healthy lifestyle with strong bones. But this isn’t necessarily rue. In fact, while milk based products do contain a lot of calcium, we do not actually absorb much calcium from the pasteurised products that we purchase from the store. In fact, studies have found that increased milk consumption can actually increase calcium loss from our bones. Instead, you should focus on getting your calcium from leafy greens!
Ensuring You Get Enough Protein
If you do decide to take on this type of diet, you need to make sure that you do get enough protein into your body. Most of us rely on getting protein from meat, so when we cut it out, we can feel at a loss as to where to get it. Before we get started on this, let’s discuss what proteins actually are. Put simply, there are two different types of proteins - complete proteins and incomplete proteins. “Complete proteins” are amino acids. Twenty different types of amino acids can make protein. Our body can produce eleven of them independently, however, we need to get the other nine from our food. These nine amino acids that we need to find in food are referred to as essential amino acids and you really don’t need meat to find them. You can get them from:
Mycoprotein - this is perhaps the easiest, most common, and most accessible source of non-animal derived protein. Brands such as Quorn create meat substitutes out of mycoprotein. If you are following a vegan diet, make sure to double check packaging, as the company is known to use egg for binding in certain items.
Seitan - seitan is another protein packed meat substitute that is receiving increased interest and popularity. Try out a seitan burger! Just bear in mind that it might not be suitable for you if you do not consume wheat or gluten.
Soy - soy is a complete protein. Tofu is a soy product that can be purchased in most stores. Generally speaking, the more firm tofu is, the better, as it’s likely to contain more protein.
Buckwheat - believe it or not, buckwheat isn’t actually a form of wheat. It’s actually pretty closely related to rhubarb! Try incorporating it into your dishes for a protein kick!
If you haven’t tried paleo out before, now could be the perfect time to try it out and follow a Paleo diet. Put simply, a Paleo diet is a type of “caveman diet”. A simple guideline is that while on this diet, you wouldn’t eat anything that a caveman wouldn’t have access to. This means no bread, no pasta, nothing with artificial colours, preservatives, or additives… you get the gist. This can prove to be an extremely good diet in terms of health and wellbeing, as you cut out a lot of the artificial ingredients you would otherwise casually fill your body with. You are encouraged to eat all natural dishes and you are also likely to eat a lot more raw fruits and vegetables. Not only does this tick off your recommended five a day, but raw foods tend to have a higher nutritional content than cooked foods.
Reduce Your Sugar Consumption
Sure, there are much worse substances in the world than sugar. But sugar really can wreak havoc with our health if we don’t consume it in moderation. Sure, a little sugar here and there can form a part of a generally healthy diet. But you do need to monitor your sugar consumption and ensure that you aren’t letting your sweet tooth get the better of you! Now, this can be easier said than done. It’s extremely rare that someone actively dislikes the sweetness that sugar provides and there are evolutionary reasons behind this. Theorists believe that in the past, our ancestors actively sought out sweeter fruits, as they were more likely to be ripe and ready to eat. The sugar would help to fuel their bodies for a longer period of time. However, nowadays, we have such easy access to mass manufactured sugar, and it is incorporated into so many different foods, that we can easily find ourselves eating way too much of the sweet stuff. This can negatively impact us in various ways.
It can create serious problems with our overall oral and dental health. Sugar provides the bacteria that lives in our mouth with a source of easily digestible energy. This fuels it, allows it to multiply, and can have an end result of tooth decay. Excessive amounts of sugar in your diet could leave to fillings, root canals, and even tooth extraction.
Sugar is essentially empty calories. It makes our bodies feel full, but doesn’t help our bodies to function.
The good news is that there are a few simple steps that you can take to seriously reduce the amount of sugar you eat on a daily basis. Start out by exchanging your usual drinks (tea, coffee, fruit juices, squash, or carbonated drinks) for water. Not only will this help you to keep hydrated, but it will reduce your sugar intake at the same time! Also try switching up your chosen snacks. Most of the sugar we eat is consumed as snacks - chocolate bars, cakes, sweets. Instead, opt for something savoury and a little healthier. If you do want something sweet, have some fruit. These contain natural sugars.
These are just a few dietary changes to consider. They may seem simple, but they can make a huge difference!
If you’re like most, you’re always looking at ways in which you can improve your fashion sense and sometimes, it’s not about the clothes that you’re wearing! Accessories have a bigger effect on your overall look than you think, so rather than going down the route of trying new styles with your clothing, why not explore the effects of accessories instead? Not only is it a new approach for your fashion sense, but it’s likely to be more friendly on your purse too! Here are some accessories that will complete any and every outfit!
We’re still at that time of the year where scarves are at large, and not only do they help keep you warmer during the colder weather, but they are an amazing accessory to any outfit! Even if you’re dressing up for a black tie event, you can still accessories with the next best thing - a pashmina! There are so many different designs, so why not pick up a selection so that you can alternate them?
No matter if you’re married, engaged, or wearing a promise ring, a ring is a perfect accessory to pretty much any outfit. A sparkly and delicate jewel resting on one of your fingers is the epitome of class - and again there are a plethora of designs in this category too! https://diamondexpert.com/james-allen-review/ allows you to design the perfect ring for you, so why not treat yourself to a new bit of bling?
Chunky necklaces are the perfect accompaniment to most outfits as they help create a focal point for your outfit. So, if you’re trying to show off your figure or even the brand new blouse you’re wearing, a chunky necklace will grab attention and keep it there!
Over time watches have become more than just a source for telling the time - they’re now fashion accessories too! The great thing about most watches these days is that you can interchange straps to match your outfit rather than having a huge collection of watches - unless you want to of course!
Earrings, whether they are simple studs, or dangle down to your neckline, are a wonderful way of tying an outfit together. Not only that, they can help compliment your hairstyle, jawline, and even the kind of make up you’re wearing too! You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to get your hands on some beautiful earrings that will help make your outfit even better.
Finally, much alike scarves we are still in the season in which we’re more inclined to wear a hat. That’s why right now, we think that a hat is a perfect accessory to pretty much any outfit. Our personal favourite? The bobble hat! Cosy, fashionable, and wearable with many different kinds of hairstyles!
From British Columbia to Newfoundland and the Yukon, Canada hosts some 16,000 campgrounds, including plenty of RV campgrounds. With an RV in Canada, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in some spectacular wilderness areas while enjoying many of the comforts of home. These campgrounds in particular are ideal for families who want to get out and explore what this vast nation has to offer.
Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland
Canada’s most easterly national park offers the opportunity for camping at oceanfront in its Newman Sound Campground with sites for everything from tents to RVs. There are 11 scenic trails for hiking or biking as well as opportunities for sea kayaking and pond swimming. At the visitor center, the kids can feel the marine creatures in the saltwater touch tank, check out the aquarium and underwater camera exhibits.
Hidden Hilltop Family Campground, Nova Scotia
A former farm converted into a campground, Hidden Hilltop offers both un-serviced and serviced sites for RVs as well as a wide range of activities. Located just an hour from Halifax, it’s open from May through October and features a heated swimming pool with a slide, miniature golf, a hockey court and basketball court, a jumbo jumper pillow, arcades games, a pool table, daily children’s program and even a petting zoo. In the summer, karaoke, dances and live entertainment are frequently hosted too.
Bon Echo Family Campground, Ontario
Located on a small lake in southeastern Ontario near Bon Echo Provincial Park, popular for canoeing, fishing, swimming and hiking. Bon Echo Family Campground offers plenty to do of its own. Campers can take advantage of 30amp electric and water hookups, hot showers and even Wi-Fi. It’s open from mid-May through October and features a sandy beach that edges calm waters where the little ones can splash around as well as pedal boats and ATVs for rent. It also hosts an onsite store that serves ice cream and a playground, while two golf courses, free outdoor tennis courts, a petting farm and bird zoo are just down the road.
Gold Rush Campground RV Park, Yukon
The Gold Rush Campground features 83 sites for all types of camping and is open from mid-May to mid-September. Guests can delve into history while enjoying a variety of activities and scenic natural surroundings. It’s the original site of the Klondike Gold Rush, set at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, surrounded by magnificent wilderness.
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most significant fossil beds, located about 30 miles northeast of Brooks in Alberta. It offers all sorts of family programs as well as authentic dinosaur digs, wildlife and fabulous scenery as well as guided hikes and tours. Self-guided tours allow the family to roam the grounds just like the Jurassic giants once did, searching for bits of teeth and vertebrae that are scattered throughout the landscape The campground includes both un-serviced and serviced sites that are open throughout the year, and from mid-May through mid-October, there are hot showers, flush toilets, food concessions, a convenience store and laundry facilities.
At the end of a long hard day, few things are more relaxing than a hot bath. However, you can make your bath all the more peaceful and soothing with a few bath time improvements. Here are just several ways to make baths more relaxing.
Try using Epsom salts
The buoyancy of the hot water in a bath can help to relax muscles. However, you can help to relax your muscles even more so by adding Epsom salts to the water. These salts contain magnesium sulphates – a chemical that has long been used as a natural pain killer. An Epsom salt bath is perfect for relaxing muscles after exercise when they are likely to be achy. It can also be a great way to relieve chronic pain if you have a condition such as arthritis.
Set up a bath caddy
A bath caddy could allow you to combine bath time with other relaxing activities. These are wooden trays that fit over your bath, allowing you to prop objects on them. This could allow you to read a book in the bath or drink a glass of wine or snack on some chocolates.
Light some scented candles
Scented candles can help to bring relaxing aromas to your bathroom whilst you bathe, further helping you to destress. Scents such as jasmine and lavender are great for this purpose. You can even dim the lights and allow the candles to illuminate the room for a relaxing ambience.
Invest in a nice bathrobe
For when you step out the bath, it’s worth having a nice robe to slip into. This will give you something to look forward to and it will keep you warm. There are guides online that can help you to find the best bathrobe. It’s worth doing your research to find the ideal texture and thickness for you.
Upgrade your tub
The ultimate way to make bath time more relaxing is of course to upgrade your tub. A luxury tub is certain to be more comfortable and spacious. There are many designs to look into – the slipper design is great for lying back in whilst circular tubs are better suited for sitting back in. Freestanding bath tubs could help to get you away from the wall giving you more elbow room, however these tubs do require a certain amount of space that few bathrooms have. Freestanding baths may also require extra plumbing, which could add to the already high purchase price. That said, such an investment could be worth it if you love your baths. There’s also the option of a whirlpool bath to consider – such tubs contain jets which shoot out water to help simulate that Jacuzzi feel, offering some hydrotherapy massaging as you bathe.
Saving money as a busy parent can be one of the hardest things to do, because you feel like you’re always paying out a lot of extra costs here and there, and it seems impossible to get them down. When your kids are growing, they are in constant need of new things, and on top of this, you have all of the costs associated with keeping your home up and running. However, there are some things that you can do to cut the household costs, and we’ve noted them here if you’re looking to save some cash!
Make sure that you thrift
OK, thrifting has been labelled as uncool for quite some years now, but everybody is getting back on the bandwagon with vintage trends coming back in. However, thrift stores are not only great for vintage clothes and furniture, but kids clothes, too. There are many parents out there who have to give away clothes because their kids grow so fast, so look into the like-new clothes out there in thrift stores!
Make small changes
Small changes in the home, such as reducing the temperature of your washing, and hanging your clothes out to dry rather than putting them in a dryer, can really help you to save a bit of cash over the year. Make sure that lights are off upstairs when nobody is up there, that your TV is always turned off at night instead of being on standby, and you’ve tried all the little money saving tips that you can.
Change your windows
Whilst it may seem like a costly thing to do, changing your windows can help you to save in the long run. When you think about all of the money you spend on heating your home, why should you have poor quality windows so that your home is colder than it should be, and you’re spending way more money than you have to? Whether you want to keep out the cold or the heat, look into the clever fiberglass windows on the market.
When it comes to saving money, especially when you always seem to be purchasing something, coupons and discount codes are your best friends. Whether you can save a little bit of money, or even get 50% off whatever it is that you’re looking to buy, coupons will help you to see the difference in your monthly (and yearly) outgoings. Have a quick search online before you buy anything, and you won’t regret it!
So, if you’re looking to save some money in your household, but you don’t know where to start, try out a few of these tips. Make sure that you thrift before you hit the high street, you make the small changes where you can, and you change your windows so that your heat isn’t just escaping into the air outside, after you’ve paid so much for it. Lastly, look into some coupons before you buy to get yourself some great savings! Good luck trying out these money saving tips!