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Keeping Phones Pretty yet Protected

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New Parent Prognosis – Why New Parents Are Much More Likely To Need Advice

Being a new parent is one of the most terrifying, yet rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. You have brought a new life into the world and you are totally responsible for that life. No matter how many books you have read or research you have done, none of it is going to prepare you for the real deal. This is one case in life where you really do learn on the job!

There is so much that needs to be learned in such a small amount of time and as a new parent, you may often feel overwhelmed and worry that you’re not doing it right. You probably have a million questions about what is going to happen now and what you should or should not be doing. When looking for new parent advice, seeking the knowledge of others who have gone through this before you will be crucial to help you get through it all, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Let’s take a closer look at why you, as a new parent, are more likely to need advice on raising your first child.

This Has Never Happened Before

Are you terrified and panicked yet? It’s fine to have these emotions and worries as a new parent – help and advice is just a question away though. Since a new parent has never gone through any of this before, they will need to talk to someone who has. Make sure to ask your own parents how they coped with you as a baby and toddler.

A lot of parenting is common sense, and new parents often tend to forget that, which can lead them to start overthinking everything. This is where getting advice from a seasoned veteran can really come in handy. Make sure you know who you are going to turn to in your time of need, having those people in close contact will be invaluable.

It’s Mine To Protect

Another part of being a first-time parent is feeling the urge to do anything to make your child happy and healthy. This is never a bad thing, and may actually be beneficial to first-time parents. If you are overly concerned about the safety of your child, you are going to put more effort into seeking out solid first-time parenting advice.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to protect your child. Have a handful of people that you can call, text, or email with any questions that might come up. It isn’t always the best idea to trust the internet, as it can be full of other’s opinions and misleading information. If you can trust your source of parenting advice, you can trust that your child will not be in harm’s way.

On To The Next One

It seems to be the first-timers who really overthink everything and overprotect their children. By the time number two comes around, you have probably seen and heard it all, and you understand how tough and resilient kids really are. They can get through just about anything you throw at them and laugh it off.

If your first child turns out well, you may not feel the same sense of worry about your next children. That’s not to say that you won’t worry at all, it’s just that you will have been through it all before with your first child so you’ll have confidence in your parenting abilities with your next children.

Ask For Advice When You Need It

This simple statement could not be any truer when it comes to raising your first child. Never hesitate to ask for advice if you feel like you don’t know what to do. There are millions upon millions of parents out there, all with different stories and strategies on how to best protect their kids. Just make sure that you don’t get stubborn or think you know everything because no one does. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help and advice on such an important responsibility.

5 Secrets Of Raising A Smart Child

We all like to think of our kids as being among the best and brightest. And there’s no doubt yours is. But while talent and intelligence are natural traits, they can be developed. Nurtured. Supported. And that takes both effort and time.

Recent research has shown that early childhood cognitive intelligence can have a significant impact on future life outcomes, including health, social status and self esteem. But it doesn’t occur overnight. While native intelligence may indeed turn out to be hereditary, a child’s ability to apply reason, logic and other necessary life skills can be cultivated.

How to raise a smart child?

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One of the chief barriers to nurturing your child’s intelligence is, unsurprisingly, a lack of optimism. Optimism and its effect on both physical and mental health has long been noted by researchers. And while it’s natural for many to maintain a cynical attitude they mistakenly deem as “realistic”, the ultimate effect on a child can be downright devastating. So how do you go about raising a smart, hopeful and optimistic child?

1. Raise Expectations In Your Children

This isn’t just about raising the bar for your children. It’s about taking it to an entirely different level.

If they have a standard chore list, try gradually adding an extra task—at first, once a week. Than twice. Then daily. And additional tasks. As their chores multiply, so will their sense of what is demanded of them. And just how much they can achieve.

But the key here is gradually. Let their sense of accomplishment develop slowly and naturally. Their confidence and ambition will seem much more innate if you don’t try to burden them with a dozen impossible tasks all at once.

2. Let Your Child Create Their Own Solutions

You can’t allow yourself to do your child’s thinking for them. They need to be encouraged to think independently. And problem solving is a critical component of independent thought.

Encourage them to focus on an immediate goal or solution. You can nudge them gently towards numerous potential outcomes, if you must, but don’t indicate the easiest solution. Teach them methodically how logic and reason can overcome obstacles, and they’ll grow much more secure in their ability to solve problems creatively.

3. Encourage Creativity, Not Stagnation

Children are naturally curious, and that’s an incredibly positive thing. But their sense of curiosity tends to wane as they grow older. They become reliant on familiarity and comfort. And that reliance can frequently stagnate their natural inclinations and talent.

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Engage them in frequent questions about their most recent fascination. Let them share their curiosity with you (and when it comes to sharing interests, that’s one topic preschoolers are frequently more than eager to share). Show as much excitement in their interests as they do.

Encourage them to follow their pursuits naturally, and you will be amazed how much information they can soak up when they follow their motivations.

4. Allow Your Kids To Take Risks

The key to reasonable risk taking is to encourage it with your oversight. Your kids look to you as a protector. If their knees can get scuffed up once in awhile, they should still feel secure you’ll be there with a bandage and some TLC.

Risk taking is fundamental to building experience, and that extends to learning as well. It helps create a more well-rounded sense of character in your child and encourages them to think outside their boundaries—as well as being aware of potential consequences. Both are critical to optimism and development, and should be nourished, not sheltered.

5. Keep The Books Open

Reading is, as the old slogan says, fundamental. And reading at an early age not only encourages a diversity in thought, but has been linked to higher intelligence later on in life.

Even if your children are too young to understand larger, polysyllabic words and phrases, get into the habit of reading to them at an early age. Encourage a love of books. Over time, those words and phrases will seem less mysterious and more familiar as their vocabulary and comprehension expands. And you’ll have them well on their way to one of the most valuable journeys they can have: The journey of learning.

While a child can be born with natural intelligence, there certainly are ways for parents to nurture and support the development of their children’s intellectual abilities and these are just some of them.

If you want to raise a smart kid, be sure to send them to a school that addresses not only their cognitive development, but also their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Choose Handprints Academy. Please feel free to give us a call for more information.

Giving Your Baby The Best Start In Life Before They Are Even Born

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant anytime soon, the chances are that you and your partner have been discussing the joys of parenthood for a while. For months you might have been weighing up the pros and cons of whether this is the right time to welcome a new addition into your family unit. As a couple life is simple and less burdensome. You only have one another to look out for, your social calendar can be as jam packed as you like and you have money and free time to do with as you please.

Parenthood changes all of this and dramatically. No longer can you venture out at the weekend to see the latest blockbuster, your friends that remain childless may morph into the background, and your house may never be as tidy as you want ever again. However, the sheer joy of becoming a new mom can outweigh all of these negative aspects. Bringing a new human being into the world is incredible in every sense of the word.

Now that you have taken the decision to become parents, you are probably panicking about how to give your little one the best start in life. You might be considering diets, bedtime routines and nursery places. However, before you consider all of the aspects of your little one’s life once he or she has been born, think about what you can do now. Giving your child the best start in life starts with you, before you have even gotten pregnant. Take a look at what you can do to ensure that your baby has the best start in life before they are even born.

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Eat Well

To prevent low birth weight, it’s important that you eat enough calories to fulfill both your baby’s needs and your own. While the old adage of eating for two makes many pregnant women feel like they can gorge on whatever morsels take their fancy, in reality you only need to consume a couple of hundred extra calories a day. By eating over and above your calorie requirements, you are putting undue stress on your joints and muscles as your pregnancy weight needlessly increases. Being pregnant can result in cravings, and these can be unhealthy or odd. Pickles dipped in melted chocolate anyone?

Be sensible and try to eat the rainbow. Have an array of fresh fruit and vegetables every day to give you much needed boosts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Don’t go for the fatty fried food and opt for lean meats, fish and tofu protein sources instead. By cutting out the fat and sugar and refined carbohydrates, you can maintain a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy.

You can also partake in some light exercise to maintain your levels of fitness when pregnant. While you might not be running a marathon, some walks and time outside will boost your energy levels.

There are some foods that you should steer clear of when pregnant. Never eat raw fish, don’t go for a prepackaged sandwich, and steer clear of unpasteurized and soft cheeses. While safe to eat normally, the slightly elevated risk of food poisoning can be harmful to both you and baby. Raw eggs aren’t worth the risk either so consider this when reaching for the mayonnaise for your egg and cress sandwich.

Drink

While everyone knows that they should be drinking a couple of liters of water a day, this is even more crucial when pregnant. You can read these 5 tips for drinking all the water you need while pregnant to help you fulfill this quota. Being dehydrated will leave you feeling light headed, restless, fatigued and headachey. This is not healthy at the best of times, but is even more concerning when pregnant. You must maintain your eight cups of the good stuff a day, whether this is juice, hot beverages or good old tap water. Fluid intake needs to be kept high to maintain a healthy body.

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Go To The Doctor

Don’t forget to attend every scheduled appointment you have with your doctor or obstetrician. It’s crucial that you and baby are monitored throughout your pregnancy. Scans will help inform medical professionals of the conception date and your due date. Doctors will be able to monitor the size, growth rate and general health of your unborn child. Health defects can be discovered when monitored, and your health will also be a primary concern of your obstetrician. Some women develop gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. This isn’t your fault, but should be monitored and treated by a professional.

Nowadays, you can even pay to have a wonderful 4D baby scan. This more detailed image of your unborn little one will show his or her face in minute detail giving you a real glimpse of your baby before he or she is even welcomed into the world.

Don’t Smoke Or Drink

Forget about what your friends may tell you, drinking or smoking any amount during pregnancy is doing harm to your baby. Smoking one cigarette will result in your child being exposed to nicotine. In the very worst cases, smoking mothers have been known to pass on this addiction to their child, only for them to be born and have to go through withdrawal. This is the same for alcohol and drug dependent mothers as well.

Even if you smoke or drink socially, put a ban on it for the nine months while you are pregnant. You don’t want your baby to be born underweight, deaf, blind or with a cognitive impairment. The onus is on you to look after your body while pregnant to give your baby the best start in life.

Vitamins

It’s vital that you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need when pregnant. A couple of these need to be taken via a tablet, as you simply cannot get enough through your diet alone. Folic acid helps lower the chances of miscarriage, so ensure that you eat folic acid rich foods such as spinach, broccoli, fortified breads and kidney beans. Also take a daily multivitamin and folic acid capsule to get the extra amount needed when pregnant.

Vitamins help maintain your body’s balance, will heighten your immune system and prevent you from feeling sluggish or under the weather.

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Sleep

Maintaining a good bedtime routine is key if you are to receive the rest required for you and baby. It’s vital to try and get eight hours sleep every night, whether you are an early bird or a night owl. As your pregnancy progresses, you may find it more difficult to find a comfortable position as your little one gets larger. Backache and needing to pee a lot are not uncommon. Use pillows to support and sleep more upright if necessary. If you are comfortable on your side, try and sleep on your left as this improves the blood supply to your little bundle of joy.

Preparing for pregnancy and then birth can feel like a mission. You might be trying to plot out your menstrual cycles, take your body temperature every morning and working out when the best time is for conception. However, babies often don’t run like clockwork. You may want a winter baby, and you can try to plan, but little ones have a habit of coming along when you least expect them to. The most important thing is that you prepare well. By following this guide, you can maintain your health and fitness. Use your common sense, stay active, eat well, sleep plenty and stay hydrated. This is key to give your baby the very best start in life.

How to Combine Signage with a Security System to Keep Your Family Safer

How to Combine Signage with a Security System to Keep Your Family Safer

We all want our family to be as safe as possible. So, today, I thought I would take a look at how you can use signage to help you with this.

Reduce the chances of scammers targeting your family

If you do not like sales people ringing your doorbell you can use no solicitation signs to keep most of them away. In many US cities, if someone ignores this type of sign they will be breaking the law. Most hawkers, solicitors and scammers know this. So, often, the sign is enough to keep them away. A lot of scammers still operate by going door to door looking for people they can overcharge for work that they do around the home. Usually, this type of scammer will also avoid homes that have no solicitation signs.

Flag up hazards using signage

All homes have hazards. Sadly, every year, around 18,000 Americans die after having accidents in the home.

So, to keep your family safe you need to be aware of hazards like low doorways and slippery surfaces and do everything you can to mitigate the risk. A well-placed mind your head sign can stop someone from sustaining a nasty head injury. Putting up a slippery surface or no running sign near the pool area can help to prevent slip and fall injuries.

Warn people you have a dog

If you have a dog, it is wise to warn people of that. Doing so reduces the risk of issues occurring when someone visits your home. If they are scared of dogs, they can wait at the gate and call out. You can then put your dog in the house before they enter your property.

A beware of the dog sign is also a good way to deter would-be thieves. When a group of 86 convicted burglars were interviewed, in an American study, many of stated that the presence of a dog was enough to put them off.

Put up security cameras

They also said that security cameras were a deterrent. If you have the budget to do so, put up enough to cover the whole of your property. It is best to buy the type of cameras that can be controlled and viewed remotely using your Smartphone.

Installing this type of home security system opens up the opportunity for you to keep an eye on your pets and the kids, when you are not at home. If you choose cameras that have a speaker and microphone incorporated into them, you will also be able to hear what is going on and intercede when necessary.

Install proper lighting

Good lighting also puts would be vandals and home invaders off. In most places, motion sensor lighting is the best option. Install this type of lighting unit over each doorway, so that you can see what you are doing when arriving home in the dark. If you have to walk up a driveway, find a way to light that too. This will reduce the risk of your tripping and alert you if someone walks up your driveway, after dark.

Keeping The Entire Family Healthy And Happy

Everybody wants to protect the wellbeing of their loved ones. Obviously, it’s impossible to feel perfectly happy and healthy 24/7, but we should all do as much as we can to ensure that the important people in our life are doing as well as possible. Looking after every member of your family can feel like a tremendous undertaking, however, so it’s important that you all work together to improve each other’s lives. The following suggestions should help you to keep the entire family healthy and happy.

Eat well.

You might nag your kids to eat their greens, but do you? If you want to keep the entire family healthy then you all need to take care of yourselves. See it as an opportunity to lead by example. The habits your children form at a young age will stick with them through the years, so you need to encourage them to eat well. The key is to make nutritious home-cooked meals. Fruit and vegetables can be delicious if prepared well. Maybe you could get the little ones to help you out with the cooking so they could teach you a few things.

And that doesn’t mean treats should be banned from your household; moderation is essential. After a healthy meal full of all the protein, carbs, calcium, iron, and other vitamins and minerals you all need, you can treat yourself to a tasty dessert. You should use treats as an incentive for your kids to eat healthily. It teaches them the importance of a balanced diet. They can reward themselves with a little bit of chocolate or ice cream after a healthy meal full of whole foods such as vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

Check in with each other.

If you want to keep the entire family healthy and happy then it’s so important to check in with each other on a regular basis. If there are a lot of people living in one household then it can be easy to miss important things such as a member of the family struggling. That’s why you need to have weekly family meetings to make sure everybody is happy. You don’t just have to talk about things that might be bothering each of you. It’s a chance to catch up at the end of a long week. You could all swap some stories. You should also check in with family members who don’t live with you. Visit your parents. Check that they’re doing well; it’s about repaying them for the work they put into bringing you up. If you think their current living situation is unsuitable then you might want to look into elderly parent’s care. It’s important to make sure that your family members are healthy and happy in their own home.

Spend time together.One simple way to keep the entire family healthy and happy is to simply spend time together. If you rarely spend any quality time together then find a way to do so. Change your schedule to allow for quality family evenings together. You don’t have to do anything extraordinary. You might simply spend the night watching films or playing board games. The point is that you’ll all be together. That’s the key to staying close as a family and keeping each other healthy and happy.

Preparing For Birth Your Way

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Every woman has different preferences when it comes to childbirth but when it is your first time, it can feel quite overwhelming. Taking in all the options and deciding what is for you does – and should – take time. You need to think carefully and weigh up any potential risks as well as figure out what will make you feel most comfortable.

Whether you choose a homebirth or you would rather go into a local birth center, the most important thing is that you feel confident that your baby will be delivered safely. To make this judgment, you need to have all the information at your fingertips.

Birth Center

Going to a medical facility may not feel as comfortable as your own home but the major advantage is that should anything out of the ordinary happen, you are in the right place. One of the causes of birth injuries is the failure to order a timely caesarian and a home birth can delay your delivery simply because you won’t get to the surgery as quickly.

If your pregnancy has been complicated or you are worried that your baby is in an awkward position, you should definitely consider going to a birth center. You will still have plenty of choice when it comes to the pain relief you choose and whether you would prefer a water birth so you can still do things your way to an extent.

Home Birth

Home births are not a common choice but they are slowly rising in popularity. One of the main reasons women choose to give birth at home is that they want to give birth without medical intervention in the comfort of their own home. However, there are some pros and cons to consider before going down this route.

A home birth will still require a medical professional’s assistance from a midwife but they won’t have the same tools and equipment they would have in a birth center. Even with what should be a straightforward birth, you may still end up transferring to hospital if the labor isn’t progressing quickly or you encounter problems.

Working with a Doula

Though a doula is not a medical professional, many women appreciate having an experienced doula with them to help stay calm. While a midwife will focus on the medical side of things, a doula can offer more holistic support using soothing essential oils.

Again, working with a doula isn’t for everyone and it’s important that you develop a strong rapport towards the end of your pregnancy to get the most from the relationship. For many women who don’t have experienced female friends or family members, having someone to share your natural worries with is really beneficial.

However you choose to give birth, planning ahead is vital. Though you might not be able to choose the time or place labor begins (that’s up to bump!), if you have a plan in place, you can at least stay calm when the inevitable happens and just follow your instructions. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel.

How Could You Improve The Well being Of Your Loved Ones?

Keeping your entire family healthy and happy can be an overwhelming job. Rather than worrying about whether every individual member of the family is looking after their health, you should focus on encouraging everyone to do more things together. As we’ll discuss in this article, that’s a good way to ensure that everyone in your family adopts a healthy routine. If you’re wondering how you could improve the wellbeing of your loved ones then here are some suggestions.

Create a joint exercise plan.

You could really improve the wellbeing of you and your loved ones by creating a joint exercise plan. If each of you struggle to stay in good physical shape then working together to exercise might give you the incentive to change your sedentary daily routine. The key is to take small steps towards a healthier workout plan. You and your loved ones should aim to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Of course, that isn’t a lot of time to dedicate towards exercise if you break it down into chunks. You could go for a 10-minute stroll or light jog on your lunch break. You could encourage your kids to take part in after school activities. You could all go for bike rides as a family or even sign up to a karate class together. Think outside the box to get everyone in your family moving.

Ensure everyone has a good quality of life.

The best way to ensure this is to arrange regular family meetings. Once a week, you and your loved ones could sit down to discuss how you’re feeling and how the week went for everybody. It’s an opportunity to tell funny stories or open up about anything bothering. The same goes for your family members. Of course, you should give some thought to the happiness of your extended family too. After all, you’re trying to ensure that all of your loved ones have a good quality of life. It can be hard to reverse the roles as your parents age and start taking care of them, but it’s about repaying the years of care they have to you. That being said, you might want to look into professional options for Alzheimer’s care if the doctor says that your elderly family members are displaying signs of dementia. Whether the care comes directly from you or not, it’s important to give your loved ones the quality of life they deserve.

Get enough sleep every night.This is something we tell kids from a young age because we all know that a good sleeping pattern is essential for their healthy physical and psychological development. But sleep doesn’t ever stop being important for the health of your body and mind. As you get older, you might tell yourself that a hot shower or some caffeine can undo the effects of tiredness, but you’re not tackling the root problem. Sleep deprivation can lead to mental health problems, a weakened immune system, and even weight gain by slowing your metabolism. These are just a few examples. The point is that everyone in your family needs to sleep well to stay healthy. It’s not just important for your children.

ASICS Launches GEL-Quantum Collection – Perfect Sport Style

Do you have a pair of shoes that can withstand the typical day of a super mom? Your son’s basketball game… your daughter’s dance recital… cleaning up around the house… running errands around town… ASICS wants to introduce you to the GEL-Quantum Collection, a collection of shoes that provide the comfort and flexibility to complete all these tasks whether they include moments of relaxation or agility.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum Collection features two shoes that provide the wearer with varying levels of patented ASICS Gel Technology. The GEL-Quantum 90 and GEL-Quantum 180 4 can withstand any situation and are quality shoe at an affordable price point.

The GEL-QUANTUM shoe name refers to both a significant step in advanced technology as well as design.  With underfoot cushioning and a sleek aesthetic, each model in the collection delivers a unique combination of tech and style for a variety of interests.

The GEL-QUANTUM models featured in the collection and campaign include: the GEL-QUANTUM 360 KNIT 2, the GEL-QUANTUM 180 4 and the GEL-QUANTUM 90 models.

GEL-QUANTUM 180 4:

Boasts 180 degrees of GEL® technology cushioning with full ground contact on the midsole for a stable, comfortable ride. The seamless type, one-piece upper reduces the potential for irritation from friction, while also maintaining flexibility and breathability.

GEL-QUANTUM 90:

The newest model to the GEL-QUANTUM family of products, features 90 degrees of GEL® technology cushioning. The seamless type outer construction reduces friction, while the ComfortDry™ sockliner helps keep your foot dry. 

The COMFORT OF CONFIDENCE campaign will feature digital collateral including unique content with key media partner, HYPEMAKER, as well as social content spotlighting both the product technology and its style. The COMFORT OF CONFIDENCE campaign will also be featured in offline content in retail. Strategy and creative were completed by LikeFriends of Amsterdam.

The full collection is currently available in-store, online at www.asics.com and at participating retailers

How to Teach Your Teen to Be Safe on the Road

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for all teenagers, but there is a reason why insurance policies for teens are greater than they are for adults. They can be reckless, impulsive, and can make mistakes. It is up to you as a parent to help drive the responsibility and the consequences of reckless driving home, so that they can take their safety more seriously and be better drivers throughout their entire lives.

Lead by Example

This has to start as soon as possible. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t drive drunk. Always use your blinkers and check your blind spots and all the rest. If you don’t your children won’t either. You must lead by example, because your children will be watching you drive for years before they ever get behind the wheel themselves.

Put Them Through Driving School

There are three main benefits of putting your teen through a formal driving school. One, it shortens the amount of time between licenses. Two, it reduces their insurance policy. Three, it helps them learn the rules of the road inside and out. This will help them drive better and pass the written and driving portions of the licensing test.

Make Them Responsible for the Vehicle

There are a few ways you can make them responsible. You can help them finance a second-hand car of their own, or you can make them pay for their insurance policy.

Don’t Make Them Scared to Call You

Drinking and driving is a huge no-no, but at the same time so too is underage drinking. Rather than cultivating a culture in your home that prohibits even the thought of drinking underage, accept that it could happen. You need to accept this because if your child does get drunk at a friend’s house, the last thing you want is for them to try to drive home on their own under the influence for fear of you finding out about their night out. Instead, you should be the first person they call to pick them up, so that they can always get home safely and not put themselves, or anyone else, in danger.

Ensure They Know What to Do In Case of An Accident

You learn it in driving school, but what you learn doesn’t always stick. That’s why you should write down a list and keep it in your car, so your teen knows the information to ask for. That way, when you go and call attorneys such as 1-800 VINCENT later, you will already have a good basis of information that is necessary to make your case clear-cut. This will help you get compensation if the other driver was at fault.

Teaching your teenager to be responsible on the road means making them responsible. This could mean helping them buy and pay off their own car, so they won’t want to damage it, or it could mean setting out clear rules and punishments in advance. Give them freedom to get out there and enjoy themselves, but help them make the right decisions when driving every time.  

How to Set up a Home Office

An increasing number of people are realizing the benefits of working from home. Whether you’re a remote worker or running your own business, there are certain challenges you’ll need to be able to deal with. One of these is finding space in your home where there are no distractions. Whatever you need your home office for there are some basic things you’ll require. Here are some tips to guide you through the process of setting up your own home office.

Identify Your Space

You might be lucky enough to have lots of options, but if you’re don’t, you’ll need to be creative. Have you got closet space that can be converted into a workspace? Is there are an area in your home that doesn’t get used very often? The important thing is to find an office space that works for you and your family and can be personalized to meet your work needs.

If you’ve been working away from home for a number of years, you’re going to need help moving your office back home. Choosing a moving company is easy if you’ve got the right help. Visit www.movingcompanyreviews.com if you want to find a licensed and insured moving company to help with your move.

Design Your Work Area

There are many things that can affect how efficient and comfortable you are when you work. Your work area has to be properly lit and at the right temperature. You may need to use a telephone. Are you going to need to move your chair to different areas? Choose coverings for your windows that allow you to control the light. These are just some of the things you need to think about when designing your work area.

Choose the Right Desk and Chair

When you’re working in your office, you’re going to spend a large proportion of your time sitting at your desk or work surface. Choose something and have it at a height that’s most suitable for doing your work. Your chair should also be comfortable, at the right height and provide adequate back and arm support for whatever type of work you’re doing. Do some research about ergonomic office furniture before you go shopping.

Proper Lighting is Essential

Proper lighting in your home office is important because it will help to reduce eye strain. Any lighting you have installed should be above your reading area, on the computer and behind you, to avoid any reflection off the computer monitor. To stop yourself from squinting place the monitor at a comfortable distance from your chair.

Think Minimalist

You want everything you need to be close at hand, but that doesn’t mean your office space needs to be cluttered. It might surprise you how much you can do without. If your office is cluttered, it’s going to be very distracting and will reduce your efficiency.

Make it a Fun Place to Be

Just because it’s your office doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Add some personal touches and lots of color to make the space more inviting. Choose a particular style and find window treatments, furniture, and patterns to match that style. Include lots of accessories such as artwork, photos, baskets and boxes for storage.

If you spend time planning your home office space, getting it organized and decorating it to express who you are, you’re going to enjoy it more, and your work will be better.

How To Get Fit As A Family

Families are the cornerstones of our lives in almost every respect. Because of that, we do everything we can to ensure that everyone in our family leads a healthy and long life. When it comes to our children, it means making sure they have a balanced and healthy diet, are doing good in school and much more. However, another significant way you can ensure that they stay healthy, and that’s by staying fit as a family. This is because being a fit family can have a significant amount of benefits for everyone, not just your children.

With that in mind, it’s worth looking at the benefits of being a fit family, as well as the best ways to be one and ensure your children are benefiting from it. However, it’s also worth noting that you should also consider the likes of chafing and more when it comes to your children. With that in mind, you can look at a few different preventative measures against it. If there happens to be any chafing, there are also a variety of different remedies to choose from.

Benefits Of A Fit Family

There are a variety of different benefits to being a fit family, with some being obvious and others not so obvious. Some of the most obvious include the likes of bringing your family closer together and giving you some much-needed family time every week or every few days. Having said that, there are also a few other significant benefits of exercising as a family.

Physical Health

This is the most obvious benefit of being a fit family, but it can’t be overstated how beneficial it can be. Having said that, that doesn’t mean that you have to put you and your children through extensive exercise routines every day or week to achieve these health benefits. This won’t just have health effects for your children now, but it will also do so long-term as it will engrain proper eating and exercise habits in them from a young age. These habits should be something that they carry with them through life; because of that, you’ll be setting them up to lead a healthy and long-lasting life.

Independence & Confidence

One of the less obvious benefits to being a fit family is that it can help your children grow more independent and become more confident. This is because regular family exercise, or even the promotion of exercise in the house, can lead to them starting their own physical activities and hobbies. Because of that, they may become increasingly more independent from a young age. Furthermore, exercise has frequently been known as a great way to increase the majority of people’ s confidence levels. Not only will this help them inside and outside of school, but it will also be something that can benefit them long-term. Because of that, being a fit family can often prove to be a significant factor in helping your children grow as people.

How To Get Fit As A Family

With each of those benefits and more, it can be quite natural to want to become a fit family. However, for some people that can often seem to be easier said than done. This is because many children may not want to go exercise in the beginning and may prefer to play video games or play with their friends. As such, there may be some resistance to the idea at the start. However, this can be avoided by planning exercise routines that they may enjoy, such as rock-climbing, bike-riding or even jumping on a trampoline. This can end up being a great introduction for them to exercise in general, which you can then use to lead them to other activities.

Furthermore, there are both indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, so you don’t need to be limited by the weather. With that in mind, you can even plan your exercise activities around the weather; for example, on rainy days you can go indoor rock-climbing or swimming, while on sunny days you can go hiking or riding your bikes. With the range of activities that are available, you’ll be able to find a few different ones that everyone in your family will be able to enjoy. Because of that, you’ll be able to find a fun way to keep your family fit and healthy.

Losing Weight To Help You Feel Better? The Actions You Can Take

Many of us get to a stage in our lives where we would like to lose a little weight. It might be after you have over indulged on holiday, or the festive season, or maybe you have just indulged a little too much in the cake and junk food varieties. We have all been there, and while losing weight should be a personal journey, it can often feel like you are stuck in a rut of eating only certain foods and feeling miserable. It doesn’t need to be that way. Here are some of the ways that you can lose weight and feel better about yourself.

Don’t embrace extreme diets

The temptation to lose weight and quickly can be all consuming, which often means that you turn to extreme diets to get fast results. This can mean that while you get some good results, they can often be short lived because the diet is just not sustainable. Detoxes, diets where you don’t eat certain foods, they can often not be kept up with. The best advice would be to try and avoid these if possible.

Use apps on your phone to keep track

Thanks to your smartphone, you can now be in much more control with different applications on your phone. They can keep track of your health and heart rate, your exercise levels and even things such as your diary and the things that you need to do. So it might be worth using your phone to keep a track of your diet and the food that your eat, websites like https://www.noom.com could be extremely informative and help you to stay on track.

A balanced approach

Maybe you want to take a more balanced approach when it comes to losing weight, and this could be a great way to make you get on track and change your routine to get a more balanced approach to food and your diet. This can often be a more longer term approach, and the best advice would be to look at how you nourish your body and give it all of the things that it needs to function properly.

Combine diet with exercise

Exercise is always going to be a proven method to help when it comes to losing weight, so you may want to look at combining more activity with a balanced diet. You don’t need to join a gym if that isn’t your thing, just increasing your level of activity could make a big improvement. Whether that is walking your dog, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or parking a little further away than you normally would, this could be a great way to help improve your journey and feel better overall.

Drink more water

Finally, drinking more water could have a positive effect on your diet and how you feel. Choosing to drink water instead of caffeinated drinks, high sugar drinks or even alcohol could make a big improvement to your weight. It could be a small change, but it could have the biggest impact on your energy, your weight loss journey and how you feel overall.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to losing weight.

Could You Use Some Help At Home?

It’s not easy to admit that you need some help. Things at home can sometimes get too much – the chores pile up, your diet begins to suffer, and you feel exhausted simply trying to keep your head above water.

There’s no shame in asking for a bit of help, especially if you’re starting to lose your mind. Whether it’s a one-time thing or you need a permanent helping hand around the home, it’s good to know which options are available to you. Check out some of the ways you could benefit from a bit of home help below.

Get a cleaner

Sick of fighting over who does the washing up? Maybe you feel like your home is in constant need of dusting? Whether you love it or hate it, cleaning is hard when you’ve got a big family at home and not enough hours in the day! The benefits of having a cleaner are huge, helping to ease the load so that you make time for more important thing. Consider hiring a cleaning service for a one-time spring clean or get some permanent help around the house – you won’t believe the difference!

Bring in home help

There are many reasons why you might need home help. If you’ve had surgery or an accident, you could do with some extra care and attention that your family might not be able to provide. Meanwhile, if you’re caring for elderly relatives, home health services could provide you with some respite, as well as support during the day while you’re at work and the kids are in school. It doesn’t have to be a permanent solution, but it could be useful if you find that you’re struggling.

Get help to eat healthily

Cooking from scratch isn’t always possible when you’ve got a million things to do. But, when you start relying on convenience food and takeout, you can soon develop some unhealthy habits as a family. If you need a helping hand to eat healthily, why not try a food subscription box? They deliver fresh ingredients straight to your door – making it easy to prepare tasty, healthy meals the whole family will enjoy! You can mix food delivery meals in with some batch-cook recipe ideas, making it super easy to feed the family a balanced diet.

Hire a handyman

How many jobs are on your home’s to-do list? Are you kidding yourselves that they’ll ever get done? Those non-urgent, fiddly jobs can soon add up – so why not bite the bullet and bring in a handyman instead? For a relatively low payment, you can get those shelves put up, the faucet fixed and anything else you’ve been putting off. It’s a small price to pay for a bit of bliss in your home.

Whatever your situation at home, it’s worth getting some help from time to time. Having someone help to ease the load, free up some time or simply let you put your feet up for a while is worth it to help you take a break and enjoy yourself. Save your sanity and get some help for your home.

4 Tips to Know About House Cleaning Websites

Cleaning our homes can be a daunting task especially when we have lots of other things that need our immediate attention like work and business-related matters. Whether you are a working individual or a business owner, house cleaning service comes in handy most of the time. Such service is available in house cleaning websites.

Getting House Cleaning Service

Some of us choose to hire a house cleaning service for various occasions or on a regular basis. Others tend to hire someone who is not working under a regular cleaning service company. Bringing someone inside your home can be risky especially if you do not know the clean personally. Yes, hiring a cleaner is more affordable than a formal house cleaning service but it is not that reliable and safe. When we talk about safe and secure cleaning service, getting a house cleaning service provider is the best choice.

Factors in Hiring a House Cleaner

According to Steam Cleaning , it is more expensive, but there are also lots of benefits you can gain from hiring a professional house cleaning company. So how would you know which cleaning service company to hire?

Here, we provided a list of the things that you should take into consideration before hiring a professional cleaning service company.

1. Ask around for referrals

Ask for referrals from your families and friends. Ask them who they hire for their house cleaning needs and if they have satisfaction on the service. Recommendations allow you to take a glimpse of the company. Cleaning companies often make themselves look experienced and credible. Referrals from friends and families provide a different view of the company.

2. Consider insurance, bonding and worker’s compensation

Does the cleaning company provide insurance? Can the company support the costs of any possible property damage done during the cleaning service, any items were stolen, or if ever an injury happens to the worker in your property? If the company doesn’t cover any of these, you are prone to theft, property damage, and even an injured worker.

Keep in mind that a reliable company is willing to disclose their insurance coverage to customers. It provides copies of their policies whenever a customer asks for it. Now, you need to be aware that these perks add to the company’s operating costs. Cleaning service rates are higher depending on the rendered hours and the job. Organizations may be expensive, but the level of assurance is high. You are letting someone you don’t personally know in your home. It’s best to have a valuable level of gain awards.

3. Look for company affiliations, experience, and accreditations

Does the company gain awards? Do they have affiliation with the other professional associations or organizations? Is the company accredited? Knowing about the company’s awards, affiliations and certifications make you feel at ease and reassured.

There are lots of companies that have a bad reputation then decided to close their establishments and re-open again under a new name. This notion puts emphasis on the importance of checking into their affiliations. The purpose is to know about their credibility and their desire to indeed serve customers.

4. Determine if the staff are employees or contract workers

It is essential to know if the team rendering the service is an employee or works under a contract. Most of the times, contractual workers have different benefits and oversight compared to regular employees.

Generally, contract workers have cheaper fees than to employees. Most of the times, they are not reliable and inconsistently trained. They are known as replaceable as the company did not invest in the worker’s actual work.

In contrast, an employee is a better choice over a contractual worker when it comes to cleaning services. Professional cleaning companies put more oversight and investment on regular employees. This makes them accountable to the employer.

Furthermore, employees pay for taxes and the company also pay for other taxes on behalf of their employees’ oversight. This is in comparison to the support for the country as a whole.

Final Thought

Aside from the above-mentioned tips, it is also necessary to dig more on the company’s cancelling and changing house cleaning website policies. Some businesses require for a cancellation fee for the not pursued services. They cover the cleaner’s lost wages. It is highly recommended to know these policies so you won’t be shocked with surprise fees.