Safety First When It Comes to Kids

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Safety first. When it comes to kids, those two words are a must to keep in mind. Kids are prone to accidents what with their fragile limbs and how they just love to explore. There are a lot of expectant couples right now. If you are thinking of something to get them, here are three kid stuff which will keep kids safe.

A Car Seat

Expectant parents are setting aside car seats because they think babies will not need it right away. They are right, in a way, but it is a very essential item that parents need to invest on.

A friend who is in her second trimester of pregnancy had a baby shower recently. She wanted baby stuff which her baby can use as soon as she delivers. One guest, an in-law, thought practically. She told her that a chicco gofit plus backless booster seat will be a great gift to receive. It will save them from buying one in the future, and also, it will keep their baby safe at the back of the car when they are out. Plus, you can always count on the quality of the Chicco brand.

A baby carrier can only last so long. A car seat, though, can be used for quite a number of years especially if it is quality made.

An Air Purifier and Humidifier

With so many kinds of bacteria and virus in the air, an air purifier and humidifier has become a must in the nursery. We could not see what is in the air but we can prevent it from staying inside the room for long. Purify the air inside the nursery, get the humidifier working, and give your baby a secure and clean room to stay at.

I have seen three kinds of air purifier and humidifier at KidslandUSA. Invest in a good one.

Baby Proofing Stuff

A lock strap for the doors, refrigerators, cabinets. Toilet lock. An anti-tip furniture strap. And so much more. These are items that you normally take for granted but when an accident happens, it comes to mind. Better safe than sorry, folks. Get your home baby-proofed! You will not regret getting it done even when the baby can’t crawl or walk yet.

Safety first when it comes to the kids. It will keep them out of harm and it will also give you peace of mind.

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Spreading Love and Joy Amidst the Lockdown

Days are blending from one to another. It’s becoming a bit difficult nowadays to keep track of what day it is and how everyone is doing. We all feel disconnected and disjointed, and it is completely understandable. This lockdown brought about by the novel corona virus is hard on all of us. So, to cheer up your love ones who are in isolation or far away from you, here are three suggestions that you can follow and so with your kids.

Video call with a twist

Get the whole family on board the idea of putting on costumes. Any favorite character is welcome. Just make sure that it is not something scary so as not to cause anxiety to the person or persons you will be video calling.

Imagine getting a video call from Çaptain Jack Sparrow, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, or even from a Disney princess! It will be a treat, that’s for sure. Wear your costume, go into position in front of the camera, make sure you have a decent internet connection, and then, make your call.

A video call will bring a big smile to your love ones’ faces. It will also be a sure fire way for you to know that the person on the other line is well and alive.

Arts and crafts to send online

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This suggestion will be like killing two birds with one stone. It is understandable how bored everyone is right now, most especially the kids who are ordered to stay put at home. Cabin fever is setting in so to divert their attention, get them on board for an arts and crafts day!

The idea is to create something inspiring for those isolated from their love ones. Maybe, you have a relative who are alone somewhere and in need of some cheering up. Bring out pens, papers, scissors, glue, glitters, washi tapes, and anything else that will bring color to your message. You can also download a digital love svg you can print, cut and put on paper.

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My nephews have been missing their grandparents who are under a quarantine. The simple message above will be sent to their grandparents through email. We used a digital heart svg and hugs and kisses design that we downloaded from Design Bundles. There are so many more designs to choose from.

Creating art will keep the kids busy for some time and it will also be a great way to keep the spirits of your love ones up when they see what the kids made for them.

Create a video blog

It seems to be the biggest hit among people of all ages these days. Video blogging! Create a video and then upload it online for everyone to watch and enjoy.

One or a few members of the family can be on board this idea. Create a video content for the frontliners. Thank the medical workers, delivery personnel, garbage collectors, supermarket personnel, and everyone who are still outside and working for us to be able to function in the most normal way possible. A simple message will do. Or even a simple thank you and clapping will be bring a smile to those who will see the video.

There are so many other ways to spread love and joy amidst this lockdown. The three suggestions above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can surely come up with a dozen or so more ways to spread cheer in these trying times.

What’s important is for all of us to stay at home, stay healthy, and stay put so the virus will die a natural death very, very soon.

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Could You Become Accustomed To A Custom Home?

Like more big things in our life, we have an imaginary perfect home. Every detail right down to the shape of the door handles, we’ve thought about incessantly. Alas, 99% of our dream home is custom. You couldn’t find it anywhere else, except in your mind. Well, if you have money and willpower, you can create a custom home. Be warned, however, once you see how incredible your home begins to look and you feel the new attitude it takes on, you will want to have more of it. You will yearn to become accustomed to a customized home because it’s your soul that you’re living in. That’s what a perfect home is all about, living in a cocoon of your own desires.

The wonders of light

Before you begin to change large parts of your home, adhere to the wonders of light. A well-lit home brings to life corners that were previously dead, shaded areas that were melancholy and nooks that were neglected. When you enter the home, the first thing you’ll notice are the stairs, foyer, hallway and the lighting. Consider placing LED lights in the wall beside each step, so the staircase is lit up by itself. It becomes an entity on its own. Taking a few bricks out of the wall and placing a candle dome inside the gap, would spray the light of a flickering flame on your foyer and hallway. For each room, buy a side table, on which you will place LED lamps of different styles. The oriental, Persian, Victorian and oil lamp styles speak of timeless elegance.

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Make Your Home Your Biggest Source of Stress Relief

As we navigate the trials and tribulations of the COVID-19 lockdown, we’re all focusing our efforts on the home. After all, we’re spending virtually 23 hours a day indoors. Your home has become so much more than just your living space. It’s also your gym, your workplace, your restaurant, your cafe, your bar. It’s the new social hub around which you live your life. We may bemoan the restrictions that the lockdown places on our lifestyles or pine for the simple pleasures like going to the movies or sipping a latte in a coffee shop. But now more than ever it behooves us to light a candle instead of cursing the dark. With a little love and care, your home can be your refuge from the world’s woes. A haven of tranquility, calm and stress relief. Here are some tips to help your home ease your troubled mind and sleep easy every night…

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Let there be light… natural light

Artificial lighting costs money. Even if you’re using handy dandy energy saving bulbs. It can also have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Especially if you’re transitioning from a stressful day’s work right into having to deal with understimulated kids who finished all their schoolwork an hour ago. Artificial light can actually elevate your stress levels. So try and focus on maximizing your home’s natural light levels.

Investing in awning windows, making sure all windows in the home are sparkling clean and switching out heavy drapes for blinds can all help to flood your home with natural light. Not to mention helping to balance your household budget. And knowing you’re not wasting money is a great form of stress relief!

Plant power = positivity!

We need plants now more than ever. First of all, keeping plenty in your kitchen cupboards, freezer and refrigerator can help you to enjoy peak immune function throughout this crisis. A mostly (or entirely) wholefoods plant based diet is loaded with protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which can help to improve immune function, and boost your mood.

But it’s not just the plants you eat that can have mood boosting properties. House plants also help to reduce stress and elevate mood by bringing the outside indoors, oxygenating your space and creating a feeling of calm, wherever you put them.

They really are essential oils!

It isn’t just the things we see that can help us to combat stress. Our sense of smell actually has a profound effect on our mood. Invest in an essential oil diffuser and some oils and you’ll enjoy less stress at work and more restful nights. Use jasmine or lavender to help you sleep, cedar or sandlewood to help you relax in the living room and citrus or mint to help you concentrate in your home office.

Keep it natural, keep it neutral

Finally, try to use natural materials such as wood, stone and natural fabrics like cotton in your home decor. Synthetic materials like plastic, chrome and man made fibers can actually help us feel less comfortable and relaxed. Natural materials and a neutral color palette (with the odd splash of color) are far more helpful in helping you to feel calm… come what may!

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The Best Ideas To Get Your Household Budget Back On Track

It can be hard to handle the household financial budget. There are always bills leaving your account and unexpected spending that you need to do. Which is why we can all face problems and let our finances get a little out of control sometimes. However, with a few tips and savvy ideas implemented, you can get your household budget back on track. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to help you do it.

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Take a look at your current budgets

One of the main issues could be hiding in your current budgeting situation and the bills you pay. So take some time out to analyse your bank statements and look at what goes out each day and what comes in. You will be surprised by how many times you go to the food store, or even bills that you thought were canceled still leaving your account. Just doing this exercise alone can help you make some valuable savings to your income.

Are you entitled to any additional aid?

Some people are just not able to work as much as they would like, or simply can’t get in to do the job they once did due to a disability. These situations can often leave you struggling to make ends meet. There are often cases where people didn’t realise they are entitled to some financial aid, that could help you sort your finances out. This can also be researched and explored when it comes to debts. Getting help to enable you to clear things off and get more stability with your finances.

Could you save money by switching providers for your common bills

Sometimes we can find ourselves sticking with the same supplier of household bills for things like energy and insurance products. However, sticking with the same companies doesn’t always mean we are paying the best rates. Which is why switching them over to new companies could provide you with huge savings. This works with things like energy, buildings or contents insurance, or even mobile phone and broadband providers. You could also explore websites such as Prepaid Bill which could help you to see where a change of the way you make payments for certain bills like a phone bill could help you to make some savings. How much money could you save yourself each month?

Think about ways to save on your spending

Sometimes we have control over some of our outgoings like buying food, for example. However, this sort of spending can be reduced if you implement different habits such as meal planning, batch cooking, or simply writing a list before you head to the store. Other things that need to be bought can be children’s clothes or even spending for birthdays and Christmas. Consider using discount codes or coupons to reduce your outlay and bring the overall cost down.

Could you improve your situation in other ways?

Finally, there may be other ways to improve your situation financially. You could consider a different job role with better financial opportunity. You could even think about ways to make money online or in your spare time. There are many ways you can boost your income, but one of the biggest places to start is on your current habits and outgoings.

Let’s hope these tips help you to get your household budget back on track.

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5 Things to Consider Before Having a Baby

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Hoping to start a family soon? Here are some steps you could take before trying to conceive that will likely make things easier for you when the baby comes along.

Career and finances

Working around raising a family isn’t the easiest, high living costs means that families often need two working partners just to make ends meet. If you’re not big on the idea of putting your child into childcare every day then finding a flexible work-from-home career could be the best way to balance the both. Home based businesses, blogging and freelancing are all ideas of ways you can earn money from home, spend some time before starting a family getting yourself set up with this so you can continue earning this way later down the line.

Living arrangements

Is the place you live in right now suitable for raising a baby in? If you’re in a tiny apartment for example or have lots of stairs to go up with no elevator then getting a pram in and out will be close to impossible. Maybe you’d just like a bigger or nicer house with a garden before having a family. If you’re able to move and get settled before children come along then this will be much easier than moving later down the line.

Health

Getting your physical and mental health up to scratch before having a baby is no bad thing. Speak to your GP, have anything checked out that you’re not sure about and get yourself onto the right treatment and medication if there are any issues. You might want to lose weight, improve your fitness and give your diet a boost for a year before trying to put yourself in the best position possible. This will help both with conception and having a healthy pregnancy.

Relationship

Many people make the mistake of having a baby to save a failing relationship, this isn’t the right thing to do. Babies put pressure even on the strongest relationships, if you’re already having trouble then things will almost certainly get worse. Go to relationship counselling, or ask yourself if this is really the person you should be doing this with before you go ahead.

Other issues

Sometimes it can feel like it’s never the right time to have a baby, and admittedly things might never be ‘perfect’. But there are a few things that are worth waiting to resolve until bringing a child into the world, ideally. For example, if you’re in lots of debt you might want to pay that off first. If a loved one is very unwell then waiting until you feel less stressed about what’s going on might be an idea. Maybe you’re even working with a company like Wall & Wall Attorneys At Law PC to resolve legal or criminal issues- it’s best to wait until these kinds of things are resolved before trying. Have a think about whats going on in your life and ask yourself if it’s the right time.

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Here’s How To Get Ready For A Quick Home Sale

For some people, a quick sale of their home is what they need, but how do you go about getting ready for this? It’s not always easy to achieve, but there are some things that you can do to ensure that your home sells as quickly as possible. We are going to be looking at some of these things down below, so if you are interested in finding out more, keep reading.

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Find A Buyer

The first thing that you can do is find a buyer. Now, we know that this is easier said than done, especially if your home isn’t currently in perfect condition, but some people are willing to put down an offer despite this. So, if you are going to be looking for a quick sale, then put your house on the market right away, no matter if you’ve started getting ready or not. If the integrity of the house is good, then people are going to be willing to overlook all your stuff and if the house isn’t in pristine condition.

Alternatively, you can contact a company like Gem Homes, who purchase the homes of people who are looking for a quick sale. This isn’t going to be the solution that everyone chooses, but it’s certainly something to consider if you want to shift the property quickly.

Fix It Up

Depending on how long you have before you need your home to be sold, you need to start working on fixing up the place. Make those repairs that you thought you wouldn’t have to because a lot of people are more willing to purchase a property that they aren’t going to have to work on. So, if you have any burst pipes, holes in the walls or any other damage that needs tending to, get on this right away. Remember that most people are going to order a survey to be completed on the house, so don’t think that you can hide anything.

If there is something that you can’t fix, make sure that you are upfront and honest with potential buyers. People react to honesty, and you never know, it might be something they are willing to take on as long as it isn’t a huge issue.

Lower Your Asking Price

If you want your home to sell fast, then you might not get the best price for it. You have got to be willing to accept that you might not even get market value if you are desperate for a quick sale. So, come to a number that you are willing to accept if an offer is made and stick to it. Remember to be reasonable and keep it realistic. You don’t want to have high expectations because it’s likely they won’t be met. If you had more time, then this could happen. We’re not saying that your home isn’t worth a high price, but it can take time to find the right buyer who is willing to pay it, and that’s time you don’t have.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the ways that you can get ready for a quick home sale. Good luck.

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