Top Things To Look Out For When Choosing Your Child's School

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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.


The Issues You Don't Want To Face When Moving Home!

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!

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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!

Financial Worries

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 Screen That Lets You Check Everything Is Okay

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.

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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!

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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.


The Questions Parents Google The Most - And Answers

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:

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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!


Best Things to Do in Toronto

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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.

Toronto Islands

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.

Kensington Market

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.

Fort York

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.

CN Tower

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.


Planning Your Budget For Summer Now

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.

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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.




Keeping the Peace at Home

We all imagine that our homes will be tranquil spaces filled with light and never-ending joy. Just picture watching TV with the kids and not arguing about who gets the remote and how loud the volume goes… But while this heavenly idea might sound appealing, the reality is that the vast majority of us live in a sort of mild chaos most days!    While this is entirely natural for busy families, especially, there are a few things you can do to try and assert a little more of your peace-filled vision on your household. If you are willing to take a holistic view of your home and relationships spanning everything from the way you tidy up to how you handle  disputes between family members , you will certainly find that your quality of life goes up.   Life will never be perfect but as you read on, you will hopefully see a few ways you can improve it.   Learning to Compromise and Negotiate  We can’t all have what we want all the time - something that  parents constantly apologising to friends  will understand too well! This is something we know and something we try to tell our kids but it never quite comes off as we intend. What might seem perfectly reasonable to a parent is quite clearly crossing the line for the kids and vice versa all the time. But losing your temper isn’t going to help here, instead, you will find your home is much more peaceful if you learn to mediate and compromise.   Negotiation is a crucial part of every adult relationship but it is something that should be cultivated early on. Though  negotiating with your kids  isn’t appropriate all the time and sometimes you do need to just say “no”, teaching them how to negotiate with you and how to compromise is a good thing. For example, you might agree that you will give your kids pocket money for doing chores and allow some negotiation for how much they will be paid.   Though negotiating with toddlers and teens is very different, the process is still broadly the same. With a toddler, a simple, “if you do this, I’ll do that” approach will work well. For example, “if you put your toys away, I will let you have a biscuit.” Teenagers will put you through your paces a bit more but keep coming back to the principle that you want to find a compromise that suits you both.   You should also try negotiating with the adults at home too. Whether you are discussing something with your partner or you have a grown-up child living with you, negotiating instead of arguing is always best. Again, you can use some  similar approaches . Try to be logical and think about what you say before you say it.   A Calm Home and a Calm Mind  When there are toys and clothes everywhere, unwashed dishes piled up in the kitchen and you are overwhelmed by stuff all the time, it is difficult to stay calm. A calm space leads to a calm mind, after all. But this doesn’t mean that you need to spend your whole time tidying up or that you need to get rid of everything, you just need to  put some strategies in place  to stay on top.   Involving the whole family in keeping the house clean and tidy is essential. You cannot possibly expect just one person to be responsible for all the housework! Even  toddlers can do some chores  such as tidying up their toys and helping to set the table before eating. A house rota could help if you feel like you are constantly nagging but another approach could be that everyone does their chores at the same time and you all get a reward afterwards such as playing a game together or watching a film.   As well as keeping the place tidy, you should also think about the other aspects of your interior that will  create a calm atmosphere . Indoor plants are a great addition to any home and will also act as a kind of natural air purifier. We all come across strange smells in our home from time to time so scented candles and diffusers are also recommended!   The Importance of Family Time  You might spend a lot of time under the same roof but actually spending time together is about more than just sitting in front of the TV at the same time. Spending quality time together is about focusing your attention on each other and really being together.   Family activities don’t have to be expensive and some of the best times are actually the ones where you don’t spend anything at all. Going on outings, having games nights and family meetings to discuss any issues that come up are all great way to spend quality time together. Similarly,  picnics , walks and film nights watching a DVD with popcorn are all fun things to do.   Eating together every night like this is a good way to create a  sense of stability at home . Having a regular routine helps everyone to feel settled and safe, though you might like to mix up the menu occasionally! Going around the table to ask how everyone’s day has been is a good way to connect and keep up with everyone else’s business. Teens will try to get away with monosyllabic responses but you can tease more information out of them gradually.   Getting into the routine of spending quality time as a family is a good way to teach children your family values. Honesty and love are the hallmarks of any positive relationship and so giving them a chance to talk to you in a safe environment every evening will only help to encourage this behaviour. It’s important to note here that family time will almost certainly require your negotiation skills from time to time!   Keeping the peace is always the best way to keep your family safe and happy. As you settle into good habits and regular family time, you will certainly see the difference.

We all imagine that our homes will be tranquil spaces filled with light and never-ending joy. Just picture watching TV with the kids and not arguing about who gets the remote and how loud the volume goes… But while this heavenly idea might sound appealing, the reality is that the vast majority of us live in a sort of mild chaos most days!

While this is entirely natural for busy families, especially, there are a few things you can do to try and assert a little more of your peace-filled vision on your household. If you are willing to take a holistic view of your home and relationships spanning everything from the way you tidy up to how you handle disputes between family members, you will certainly find that your quality of life goes up.

Life will never be perfect but as you read on, you will hopefully see a few ways you can improve it.

Learning to Compromise and Negotiate

We can’t all have what we want all the time - something that parents constantly apologising to friends will understand too well! This is something we know and something we try to tell our kids but it never quite comes off as we intend. What might seem perfectly reasonable to a parent is quite clearly crossing the line for the kids and vice versa all the time. But losing your temper isn’t going to help here, instead, you will find your home is much more peaceful if you learn to mediate and compromise.

Negotiation is a crucial part of every adult relationship but it is something that should be cultivated early on. Though negotiating with your kids isn’t appropriate all the time and sometimes you do need to just say “no”, teaching them how to negotiate with you and how to compromise is a good thing. For example, you might agree that you will give your kids pocket money for doing chores and allow some negotiation for how much they will be paid.

Though negotiating with toddlers and teens is very different, the process is still broadly the same. With a toddler, a simple, “if you do this, I’ll do that” approach will work well. For example, “if you put your toys away, I will let you have a biscuit.” Teenagers will put you through your paces a bit more but keep coming back to the principle that you want to find a compromise that suits you both.

You should also try negotiating with the adults at home too. Whether you are discussing something with your partner or you have a grown-up child living with you, negotiating instead of arguing is always best. Again, you can use some similar approaches. Try to be logical and think about what you say before you say it.

A Calm Home and a Calm Mind

When there are toys and clothes everywhere, unwashed dishes piled up in the kitchen and you are overwhelmed by stuff all the time, it is difficult to stay calm. A calm space leads to a calm mind, after all. But this doesn’t mean that you need to spend your whole time tidying up or that you need to get rid of everything, you just need to put some strategies in place to stay on top.

Involving the whole family in keeping the house clean and tidy is essential. You cannot possibly expect just one person to be responsible for all the housework! Even toddlers can do some chores such as tidying up their toys and helping to set the table before eating. A house rota could help if you feel like you are constantly nagging but another approach could be that everyone does their chores at the same time and you all get a reward afterwards such as playing a game together or watching a film.

As well as keeping the place tidy, you should also think about the other aspects of your interior that will create a calm atmosphere. Indoor plants are a great addition to any home and will also act as a kind of natural air purifier. We all come across strange smells in our home from time to time so scented candles and diffusers are also recommended!

The Importance of Family Time

You might spend a lot of time under the same roof but actually spending time together is about more than just sitting in front of the TV at the same time. Spending quality time together is about focusing your attention on each other and really being together.

Family activities don’t have to be expensive and some of the best times are actually the ones where you don’t spend anything at all. Going on outings, having games nights and family meetings to discuss any issues that come up are all great way to spend quality time together. Similarly, picnics, walks and film nights watching a DVD with popcorn are all fun things to do.

Eating together every night like this is a good way to create a sense of stability at home. Having a regular routine helps everyone to feel settled and safe, though you might like to mix up the menu occasionally! Going around the table to ask how everyone’s day has been is a good way to connect and keep up with everyone else’s business. Teens will try to get away with monosyllabic responses but you can tease more information out of them gradually.

Getting into the routine of spending quality time as a family is a good way to teach children your family values. Honesty and love are the hallmarks of any positive relationship and so giving them a chance to talk to you in a safe environment every evening will only help to encourage this behaviour. It’s important to note here that family time will almost certainly require your negotiation skills from time to time!

Keeping the peace is always the best way to keep your family safe and happy. As you settle into good habits and regular family time, you will certainly see the difference.

Don't Let New Life Be The Death Of Your Relationship

It’s not difficult to work out that everything changes after a baby comes into your life. Suddenly, you can’t look out for number one all the time anymore. You can’t go out whenever you fancy or make plans on a whim because it suits you. Instead, you’ll need to forever think about what’s right for your little one. And, that means making some sacrifices with the things that you might like to do at times.What you might not expect is that your relationship could soon come under strain when that baby comes along. This is the one aspect of our lives most of us assume will stay strong. You made a child together, right? That’s supposed to bring you closer together. Too often, though, new parents find themselves facing issues. In extreme cases, these can even lead to divorce proceedings, and a need for mitigation from  experts in family law . For obvious reasons, that’s not something you want for your baby or yourselves. Which is why you need to think about the reasons behind these fallouts early on.  The main thing to bear in mind is that couples only fall apart when they stop paying attention to each other. When you have a newborn baby, they suddenly become the thing you love most in the world, not your partner. That’s as it should be. But, if you  neglect your partner  altogether, there’s no way you can be the strong family unit that child needs. That’s why you should keep on reading to find out how you and your partner can stay close, even with a newborn.    Make sure you still get time alone   Before the baby came along, you and your man probably spent the majority of your time alone together. Even if you were at home doing different things, you would sit in the same room and snuggle up or chat. It’s this time we spend together which helps us stay connected as couples and reminds us why we love each other. When you have a baby, though, that time you can spend alone becomes pretty non-existent. This is especially the case in the early stages, where your baby doesn’t yet sleep through the night. If you aren’t careful, you could go weeks or even months without spending any quality time alone. And, that can cause an obvious strain. Hence why the first thing you need to do is dedicate time to each other. This is time when you get someone else to watch your baby and focus on each other. It doesn’t even need to be a lot of time. Heading out to a restaurant for two hours once a month could be all it takes. Or, you may want to find someone who can watch your baby overnight on the odd occasion. Either way, this needs to be a priority.  Date nights like these  are the difference between divorce and happily ever after.

It’s not difficult to work out that everything changes after a baby comes into your life. Suddenly, you can’t look out for number one all the time anymore. You can’t go out whenever you fancy or make plans on a whim because it suits you. Instead, you’ll need to forever think about what’s right for your little one. And, that means making some sacrifices with the things that you might like to do at times.What you might not expect is that your relationship could soon come under strain when that baby comes along. This is the one aspect of our lives most of us assume will stay strong. You made a child together, right? That’s supposed to bring you closer together. Too often, though, new parents find themselves facing issues. In extreme cases, these can even lead to divorce proceedings, and a need for mitigation from experts in family law. For obvious reasons, that’s not something you want for your baby or yourselves. Which is why you need to think about the reasons behind these fallouts early on.

The main thing to bear in mind is that couples only fall apart when they stop paying attention to each other. When you have a newborn baby, they suddenly become the thing you love most in the world, not your partner. That’s as it should be. But, if you neglect your partner altogether, there’s no way you can be the strong family unit that child needs. That’s why you should keep on reading to find out how you and your partner can stay close, even with a newborn.

Make sure you still get time alone

Before the baby came along, you and your man probably spent the majority of your time alone together. Even if you were at home doing different things, you would sit in the same room and snuggle up or chat. It’s this time we spend together which helps us stay connected as couples and reminds us why we love each other. When you have a baby, though, that time you can spend alone becomes pretty non-existent. This is especially the case in the early stages, where your baby doesn’t yet sleep through the night. If you aren’t careful, you could go weeks or even months without spending any quality time alone. And, that can cause an obvious strain. Hence why the first thing you need to do is dedicate time to each other. This is time when you get someone else to watch your baby and focus on each other. It doesn’t even need to be a lot of time. Heading out to a restaurant for two hours once a month could be all it takes. Or, you may want to find someone who can watch your baby overnight on the odd occasion. Either way, this needs to be a priority. Date nights like these are the difference between divorce and happily ever after.

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 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.
Connect over your parenting journey

Instead of letting parenting pull you apart, why not use it to bring you closer together? Bringing a new life into the world is, after all, the most romantic thing that any two people can do. So, why are you letting it tear you apart? Instead, embrace parenting activities and allow them to connect you.  Go out for a walk as a family , or just do things like dressing and bathing your baby together. Even making feeding times a communal affair sometimes can help you all to stay connected. That’s because these are intimate parenting experiences which always feel magical. And, that magic will only grow if you do them together. In many ways, this can also prevent the two of you from becoming estranged. There’s no way you can feel distant from each other if you’re sharing in experiences as intimate as these regularly.      Stay on top of the small stuff   Often, we also feel a disconnect from our partners at this time because we forget the small stuff we used to do for eachother. Sending a loving text to your partner, for example, is the last thing you think about after  a hectic day with your newborn baby , but it’s things like these which make all the difference. These are the small ways which romantic couples use to stay close and keep their love alive. If you suddenly stop all contact like this, your relationship will soon feel the strain. As much as it isn’t on your radar, then, it’s essential you take the time here. Sending a message only takes a few seconds, after all. Add this to your to-do list for the day if it helps you to remember, and make the most of the time when your baby is sleeping. It’s a simple step, which could go a long way towards keeping you and your partner happy for years to come. That, in turn, can make for a happier and healthier home environment for your newborn. You could say, then, that everyone would win!

Instead of letting parenting pull you apart, why not use it to bring you closer together? Bringing a new life into the world is, after all, the most romantic thing that any two people can do. So, why are you letting it tear you apart? Instead, embrace parenting activities and allow them to connect you. Go out for a walk as a family, or just do things like dressing and bathing your baby together. Even making feeding times a communal affair sometimes can help you all to stay connected. That’s because these are intimate parenting experiences which always feel magical. And, that magic will only grow if you do them together. In many ways, this can also prevent the two of you from becoming estranged. There’s no way you can feel distant from each other if you’re sharing in experiences as intimate as these regularly.


Stay on top of the small stuff

Often, we also feel a disconnect from our partners at this time because we forget the small stuff we used to do for eachother. Sending a loving text to your partner, for example, is the last thing you think about after a hectic day with your newborn baby, but it’s things like these which make all the difference. These are the small ways which romantic couples use to stay close and keep their love alive. If you suddenly stop all contact like this, your relationship will soon feel the strain. As much as it isn’t on your radar, then, it’s essential you take the time here. Sending a message only takes a few seconds, after all. Add this to your to-do list for the day if it helps you to remember, and make the most of the time when your baby is sleeping. It’s a simple step, which could go a long way towards keeping you and your partner happy for years to come. That, in turn, can make for a happier and healthier home environment for your newborn. You could say, then, that everyone would win!

Boost Your Facial Beauty With These 4 Clever Tactics

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!

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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.




3 Tips for Taking More Pride in Your Appearance

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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.


Not Your Usual Women's Gift Guide!

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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.

Experience days

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.

Subscription boxes

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?

Something homemade

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.  

Something funny

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!









5 Fun Crafts To Try At Home With The Kids

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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.

Do you love doing crafts with your kids at home? What’s your favourite craft? Let me know in the comment section below.


Dietary Changes that Can Help You to Lead a Healthier Life

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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.

Reducing Dairy

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!

Paleo

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!


Accessories That Will Complete Any And Every Outfit

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!

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Scarves

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?

Rings!

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

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!

Watches

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

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.

Hats

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!

Best Campgrounds for Families in Canada

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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.











5 Ways To Make Baths More Relaxing

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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 At Home: A Busy Parent's Guide

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!

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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.

Use coupons

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!



4 Tips For Prepping For A New Baby

A new baby is a total adventure. From pregnancy to birth, a Mom is completely overwhelmed - in a good way - about what’s to come and what a baby will mean for her life. Everything is about to change and things will never be the same again. The one thing that will always be the same, though, is the fact that Mom’s have money to spend on their new babes before they arrive.

Getting ready for the arrival of a baby takes a lot of prep work, and babies are expensive. That means that you’ve got nine months to get your house ready so that you are stocked and ready for your baby to arrive. You need to use your pregnancy to get ready, because once your baby arrives, your life is going to whirlwind. Let’s take a look at four tips to help you get ready for preparing for your new baby.

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The Basics. You may be fretting about a nursery for your baby, but as long as you have a crib set up in your bedroom for them to sleep in, you’re going to have enough. You don’t NEED a nursery set up before the baby arrives, while it’s nice to have one to store all the bulk baby diapers you’re likely going to get. If you do have a nursery ready, remember that you need a cot for the baby to sleep in, but that the space should be empty aside from a fitted sheet. That means no bumpers, Mama, and you can read here as to why.

Stocking Up. We just mentioned the bulk buying of baby diapers. If you plan to do this to get ahead, keep some money one side for micro diapers if baby is preemie, or larger diapers if baby is a chubby one! You need to make sure that you keep all the receipts, but you can buy wipes, Muslin cloths and diapers nice and early so you’re ready. If you want to go the extra mile and you have the cash, consider buying sleepsuits and vests in a range of sizes so that you can be prepared.

Hospital Bag. Packing your hospital bag early according to lists like this one is a good idea. Anything can happen in pregnancy and you want to be ready when it does. Plan your hospital route early and keep a change purse in the hospital bag to pay for a taxi if no one can drive you there.

You, Yourself. You need to prepare yourself. It’s not just attending breastfeeding classes and Mommy and Me groups - it’s about getting ready for the waves of baby blues you could feel. It’s knowing that the real life of motherhood isn’t always sweet baby kisses and snuggles. Sometimes it’s hard. And as long as you are open to that, you are going to be the most awesome parent out there.

Good luck with your brand new arrival; it’s the time for an adventure.



Time To Relax: Unwinding After A Hectic Day With Your Newborn Baby

When you feel like you haven’t used the luxury of a seat for the majority of the day, and it’s taken way too long to get your little one to sleep; it’s time to start relaxing as soon as possible. This is especially important if you want to get a proper rest when you eventually head to bed. However, if your head is full of jobs that need doing tomorrow, it can be difficult to wind down both physically and mentally. Therefore you should set some time aside at the end of the day to focus on yourself and you’ll be able to rejuvenate to tackle tomorrow’s never ending list. Rope in your partner, family, and friends to help you with the little things, and check out some of the following tips, to assist you with a relaxing end to your busy day.


Set The Mood As Early As You Can

As soon as you have the head space after your latest breastfeeding class, feed, or nappy change; it’s worth investing in the details that make a big difference to your environment. It’s no secret that candlelight can be a calming addition to an environment, so lighting one or two before you sit down on the sofa will help you feel at ease and unwind. Scented candles will further relax you, especially if you choose a fragrance specifically designed to aid rest and sleep; they can often feel like a treat, so you’ll enjoy your evening that little bit more. For some relaxing scented candles inspiration, take a look online. If you’re taking the time to physically create a particular ambience, then your mind will catch up and you’ll end up feeling tranquil from head to toe.

Snuggle In And Get Cozy

Once you’ve set the scene with the scented candles; you don’t want to ruin the flow of your evening by perching on a metal stool. You’ll want to cocoon yourself in your surroundings, and this can be done with soft textures and cosy warmth; this is the perfect environment to feed or soothe baby too, so it’s worth thinking about. Wrap up in a blanket or throw while you sit on the sofa, surrounded by cushions, if you feel like you’re sinking into comfort, your busy brain will start to drift towards relaxation too. Try and stay warm and cosy by using a hot water bottle, or sipping on your favorite hot drink; you can make this time as indulgent as you want, it’s all about releasing some of the daily stresses and feeling good.

Refocus And Drift Away

Everything you physically do in your relaxing evening routine should be to benefit your overall well-being; however, for many busy moms, switching off is no easy task. Distraction is a good way to shift your attention somewhere else, so think about what makes you happy. Watching some trash T.V, flicking through magazines, or reading the latest Chrissy Teigen cookbook will refocus your thoughts towards something other than the pile of laundry in the corner of the room, and what everyone’s going to be eating for the next week.

We're No Good At Tackling Situations Like These...

As humans, we’re good at some things, and just absolutely terrible at others. Sometimes we handle situations so well, and it’s just one of the reasons why we’re thriving at the minute… well, for the most part we’re thriving. But when it comes to these situations that we just can’t seem to handle, our life just goes to pot. Suddenly our brains go into overdrive, and all we can focus on is this difficult situation that we’re struggling with at the time. When something so big can take over your life and potentially ruin it, we get why it might be so easy to ignore certain situations, rather than trying to face them. Which is why we bet you’re wondering what situations we could be on about, and how you can ensure you’re the best at getting through them. Keep on reading to find out more!

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The Ones Where We’re In The Wrong

Ok, so nobody at all likes dealing with situations where they’re in the wrong, it just mentally is not fun for us. We like to think that we can be in control of every situation, and therefore every situation we’re in control of, we will be in the right with! But there are mistakes that we make through our lives that can put us into a little bit of a pickle, such as problems with the law on the road, or problems at work. It’s not uncommon for people to go on their phones, get caught, and have to pay the find and have the ticket. But sometimes it can go a little bit further than that. If you were behind the wheel and using your phone at the time of a crash, a criminal defense attorney would have to get involved. It’s a criminal offence, and if you were to cause harm, you would have to go to court. Always think before making decisions that could change your life, even if it is just picking up your phone whilst driving along.


The Ones Affecting Our Family

Anything that might happen to our family, is where our minds just lose all control of what might be rational, and we tend to make bad decisions during time of distress relating to our families. The biggest being if we lose a family member close to us. The grieving process is a hard and long one, but if you do lose a love one and are struggling mentally, the best solution is to talk to someone. Whether it be another loved one, or even getting professional help!

The Ones That Make Us Change Our Lives

Now this is something no one is going to like doing, because change is sometimes a nightmare to deal with. This commonly happens when being forced to move house because of work or family commitments, and you have to relocate to a new area. Our advice would be to take your time to find the perfect place, spend a couple of days in the area before you even decide, and get accustomed to the new area. No one likes changing to a completely new location, but it could be the best thing for you.