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Ring in 2018 with These Family Calendars

2018 Kitchen Companion Page-A-Week Calendar by Workman Publishing

With an easy-to-use layout and sweet full-color illustrations and hand-lettering, The Kitchen Companion Page-A-Week® Calendar is a year-round organizational tool that is as beautiful as it is practical.

Each week’s tear-off spread includes ample room for jotting down appointments and notes, a grocery list, three full-month reference grids, and a clever kitchen tip (for example, freeze liquids like stock in an ice cube tray so you have usable portions for future meals). This magnetic 12″ × 9″ calendar is perfect for the fridge, desk, or wall. Padded format with weekly tear-off pages and magnetic backer, perfect for desk, countertop, or to hang on the fridge.

2018 Strong Is the New Pretty Wall Calendar

Fearless, wild,  confident, kind, independent—a photographic celebration of girls ages 5 to 18 being their authentic selves. Photographer Kate T. Parker captures girls in all their creative, fierce, loud, silly glory. Adapted from the book of the same name, Strong Is the New Pretty Calendar is a perfect present for daughters, nieces, sisters, coaches, mentors, teachers, and friends—what’s better than enriching young minds with the gift of confidence?

Each month features a girl who embodies the beauty in being resilient, brave, and hardworking—from dancers to fencers, from musicians to gardeners, from student body presidents to soccer players. Each masterfully shot photo (in both color and black and white) is paired with an inspiring quote from the subjects themselves. Like Tayla, age 6, a backyard/

2018 Kid’s Awesome Activity Wall Calendar by Mike Workman Publishing

DIY every day for boys and girls with curious minds and active hands! Design your own igloo in January. Decipher a mummy’s message in June. Find your way out of a beehive maze in May. Every month in this creativity-boosting calendar invites kids to design and dream with games, jokes, and plenty of adorable creatures and wacky prompts. Draw with crayons, pencils, or markers; decorate the featured images and note important dates with the 300 included stickers; and store your supplies in the handy drop-down storage pocket. And keep track of holidays, celebrations, school events, and more! Includes write-and-erase magnetic rewards chart, full-color, custom-designed stickers, and a storage pocket.

You can find all these awesome Calendars at Barnes and Noble.

Bullet It!: A Notebook for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty

Bullet It!:  for Planning Your Days, Chronicling Your Life, and Creating Beauty by Nicole Lara

Beautiful bulleted organization made easy!

Fill your days with beauty, track your life, and doodle your way to a nicer day with Bullet It! Dotted grids, handwritten fonts, and fun doodle tutorials make this more than just an organizing notebook. It’s an artistic keepsake for your life. And perforated pages make it easy to remove your favorite pages and display them in your home.

Make your world a little more lovely a lot more organized with Bullet It!

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Keeping our Holiday Clothes Fresh with Biz

The Holidays are upon us which means lots of parties and wearing our fancy clothes. For our youngest daughter that means wearing the same dresses and outfits the older girls wore and I want to keep them looking fresh and new (even after all these years)

As you have seen all year I have loved using BIZ to keep our laundry bright and clean. So of course I am continuing to use it on those delicate clothes that I treasure.


I love adding BIZ to the kid’s laundry because it truly does help get some of those nasty spots out of their clothes.



Disclosure: I am a Biz Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Giving the Gift of a Holiday

Buying gifts for loved ones is challenging for many people. This is especially true if the giftees are adults – people who may be able to buy the things they want for themselves. If this sounds familiar to you, you may have strolled the aisles of retail stores or scrolled through countless pages of Amazon products, only to feel that you haven’t found what you’re looking for.


Perhaps the best way to get a great present for someone you love is to step outside of the world of possessions entirely. Sometimes the thing we want most isn’t a thing, but an experience. Think about the people on your holiday gift list. What’s something they might want to do, not just have? Maybe it’s time to gift someone a holiday.


Gifting a vacation isn’t a one-size fits all notion. On the one hand you could buy timeshare for someone you love through DVC Resales. On the other hand, you could do something as simple as renting a nice AirBNB for your sister and her boyfriend. These are great options for several reasons. 1) People don’t tend to think of or expect a gift like this. 2) Everybody likes to get away from the daily routine once in awhile. 3) Many people won’t do something like this for themselves.


Americans rarely vacation, at least on average. What’s more, the Holidays can feel like anything but a holiday, family members who rarely see each other suddenly living together for days at a time. For these reasons, a gifted holiday can be incredibly valuable to the people you care about most. You’ll see it in their eyes.


If you don’t want to pay for a full fledged holidays, there are many vacations which you can also facilitate. Here are some of the best options.


  • Buy tickets to a local event like a baseball game, a trip to the state aquarium, a brewery tour, or other activity that your giftee/s would love to do.
  • Invite the giftee out with you. If you have a free spot on your holiday docket, buy an extra ticket. Or maybe you just want to have the cousin who lives the next county over come stay for a couple of days, with concert tickets already purchased to help set the date.
  • If you are buying gifts for people who have big responsibilities like children, give a coupon to take the kids for a day or two to give the parents a break. If they have pets that make it hard for them to get away, buy a gift card for a dog walker or local boarding facility.
  • You can always just buy your loved ones a gift card for airfare, hotel stays, or any other travel expenses. It’s easy to see how these can translate into awesome experiences later on.


There are loads of ways to go on vacation, from big international experiences to simply a day spent off the clock. No matter how you help your loved ones take a vacation of their own, it’ll be appreciated, and maybe the very best gift of the whole holiday season.

Do knee braces really works?

Knee braces work by offering support to knee ligaments through controlling some movements and offering protection against excessive movement of an injured knee. Braces are available in different sizes and could be used to serve different purposes. To choose one that fits your knees, you need to visit a pharmacy or sporting goods stores, but there are also online options that would even give you a discounted price on the particular knee brace you would like to get. But, do knee braces really work and are they a suitable solution to guard your injured knee?


Do knee braces work?
According to the companies that make knee braces, they have explained the way these braces work to prevent unnecessary pressure on knees especially among injured individuals. Braces have been shown to work in normal use, but one thing you have to observe is to get the perfect size that will hold your knee well. If you are a plus size individual, you will definitely have to look for a plus size knee brace that is made to perfectly hold your ligaments in place and prevent unnecessary movement of your knee muscles when you are nursing an injury.


Generally, rehabilitative braces and functional types are the most reliable and give the best results. You might also observe that some people will respond better to the use of braces than others and this is as a result of different factors including the fact some people fear their braces might lead to more injuries. That’s why it is necessary you talk to your doctor about choosing a knee brace and for some checkups to determine if you are best suited to get one. The most ideal brace for your use should be selected by a doctor.


When to use a knee brace

Many people who use knee braces do so to solve a variety of problems. Your doctor may advise one type of brace after getting an injury on your knee while others might pick a different type to offer support to the knee after surgery. It may also be necessary to wear one when you get pain that fails to go off even with medication. However, you should be advised that you should not use knee braces as a mechanism to prevent accidents as this is not the way they function.


How to use a knee brace

Using a knee brace in the wrong way might result to more injuries, so it is imperative you also learn how to use it properly. You could opt for knee braces during sporting activities, but bottom-line is you should stick to doctor’s guidelines when you choose to use one. Be careful when putting it on as the knee bends around the hinges. Make sure to fasten tapes, straps, and loop tapes around the leg. Also don’t forget to check if the brace is placed well during activities as sometimes it moves thereby exposing you to risk of injury. When positioned poorly, the knee brace might lead to injuries instead of offering help to your problems.


Knee braces can help you protect your knees after surgery or when you have an injury you are nursing. When you go out to look for a knee brace, you need to ensure you choose the one that fits your knees perfectly, and also make sure you wear it in the right manner to prevent the occurrence of other injuries.


Important Questions To Ask On A School Visit

If you are currently in the process of deciding on the best school for your child to attend, then the best thing you can do is visit your options and see if they practise what they preach. The all important school visit is one of the main things that will help you make your decision, so it is important that you get the most out of your experience. To help you out, Cognita Schools have pulled together this informative infographic which explores the 10 questions you should ask on a school visit. The answers you receive will either confirm that the school is perfect for your child… or push you away completely. Deciding on a school is a decision that should not be rushed; after all, your child will be spending years of their life here, growing and shaping their future. One of the main things you need to look for in a school is the level of compassion they have towards your child’s wellbeing. A child should never be made to feel uncomfortable and unwanted in a school, as this can lead to many issues down the line. Putting your child in a school environment that they actually want to learn in and socialise in is key.

So, make note of these questions, and ensure that you ask a leading member of staff about each one when you visit. Ensure your child gets a say in the decision process, and match the school up with their preferences.

It’s time to give your child the future they deserve!


Outdoor Decorating with At Home Stores #AtHomeStores

I was recently introduced to At Home Stores and eek! I believe I have found a new store to shop at!!! I spent a few hours picking out Outdoor Decorations for our new Texas home.


I painted the O Come Let Us Adore Him sign and I love the color contrasts. I found the adorable little reindeer and red lantern and LOVED them!


When I found the huge selection of outside decorations all lit up At Home makes it really easy to find items. They have the decorations lite up so you can see exactly what they look like, then you just find the number down the aisle and your all set. These pre-lite presents come as a set of three and I love how they elook all lite up. 

At Home has thousands of holiday items available at everyday low prices, items that are perfect for a refresh of your indoor mantel, guest room, kitchen and more. And don’t forget the outdoor spaces: entryways, porches and yard.

At Home is the one-stop-shop to decorate your whole house – from an entire room makeover to smaller refreshes for every season, on any budget.
*A product was provided.

Christmas Decorating Done Easy

Did you know you can get adorable Christmas Decorations right from Oriental Trading Co at a fraction of the cost of those fancy stores?

I instantly loved the Nordic Noel Decorations and with having little kids the colors are bright and cheerful pictured you will see the following items:

  • Nordic Noel Cone-Shaped Trees
  • Nordic Noel Snowflake Garland
  • Nordic Noel Pillows

I just love this friendly little line and it really is perfect for young families and Classrooms!

*A product was provided.

25 Creative Ideas to Spend Your Free Time

Having some time to spare is a rare opportunity, and while it is completely okay to sleep it off, in case you can’t, you may think of doing something that would be productive. Not that you don’t want it, but it usually happens that we end up wasting those rare moments of sunshine, and then feel bad about it. To avoid any more of such situations, read on.

  1. Read

This is the best thing humans can do, and you should definitely keep this at the top of your list. It can be anything- the latest bestseller, newspapers old and new, some old stuff you have suddenly come across, advertisements, just about anything. There is nothing like reading to help in overall development.

  1. Go for a walk

When was the last time you took a walk? Amid late nights and rushing to the office, we tend to ignore the simplest of things that go a long way in keeping us healthy. Just take your dog out and go for a stroll. Not only will there be some good bonding, but there would also be some beautiful fragrances you’re generally too busy to appreciate.

  1. Volunteer

No help is enough to solve the problems plaguing the world. So why not use your spare time to give back something to it? It may be anything- an animal shelter, a home for old people, a place having children with special needs, whatever that you like doing.

  1. Make your own garden

Some people find handling the mud yucky, but gardening actually is a very holistic experience. It helps in increasing the green cover of the earth, it provides shelter to countless organisms, and it makes you connect with the earth literally hands on. Apart from helping develop qualities like patience and understanding, it would also give you tasty food and beautiful flowers.

  1. Cook

If you have the passion for it, why not try out the dish you had in an office party a few weeks back? There is no lack of culinary advice out there, and breaking the monotony in your table would cheer up your day like anything. Your kids would love special dishes.

  1. Watch movies

This is something you should definitely do if you have a few hours to spare. It is always a good idea to find out more awesome movies like the one you liked amazingly well recently. For example, if you like Transporter, you can easily find out movies similar to Transporter that suit your taste.

  1. Clean Your Inbox

There are literally thousands of emails in there, and every time your inbox fills up, you manage by doing away with the uppermost ones you can manage. And often you end up deleting important stuff in the process. So use your spare time to carefully go through your inbox to decide what you need and what you don’t. That would help you avoid needless anxiety and save a lot of your time.

  1. Write

You may not be the next Rowling, but putting your thoughts on paper is always worth the effort. Research has shown that writing is a good way to get rid of stress. If you are a closet writer, maybe sometime in the future, kids would be mugging up your poems in school. Cool, eh?

  1. Sew

Small tears in clothes are usually overlooked, thanks to laziness and shortage of time, and then they become big holes, leading to the ultimate discarding. So why not pick up some from the pile and start sewing? You can always donate those clothes if you don’t feel like wearing mended ones. Then there is always the option of selling some of your handmade products to your local boutique to make some easy money if you are good at it.

  1. Paint

There are many ways you can do this. You can sketch, you can use colors. You can use any medium- charcoal, oil, acrylic. The canvas is yours, and nearly everyone is a painter- it is so primitive and liberating. And it helps elevate your mood like anything.

  1. Dig up the past

This is an incredibly fun and unconventional way of spending your time. You may never know the craziest relations you may have with some of the craziest people in history. There are paid sites like, but you can always begin with free genealogy websites.

  1. Sing

Why not put your bathroom singing skills to some use? Nobody is asking you to perform on stage, but you can never know how incredible it is to sing along with your favorite star until you actually give it a try.

  1. Learn an instrument

There are just so many beautiful musical instruments out there. Pick up one, look up some online tutorials, and you are set. While the guitar is always the easiest and cheapest option, you can always get things imported if you can afford them.

  1. Look at the sky

Stargazing is something we are increasingly forgetting to do at a non-professional level. Yet the sky is one of the most beautiful things in creation. Whether or not you are astronomically inclined, using a telescope or just your eyes to appreciate the countless celestial bodies and to know about them never gets boring.

  1. Look at the birds

This is another really cool way of spending your time. Thanks to mobile networks, filling up of water bodies and chemicals, the birds are endangered in a way they have never been before. So, sitting down to watch how these amazing and beautiful creatures go about their lives is not only a refreshing experience but will also make you aware of their habits and their condition.

  1. Click pictures, not selfies

This is something that pays. So if you have good skills with the camera, just pick it up and shoot. There are sites like iStockphoto where you can sell your shots and earn a few extra bucks for yourself. This is especially favorable for new moms. Take some cool shots while out with your baby and then come back and just put them up for sale.

  1. Code

This is especially for those women with a lot of tech knowledge which can’t be put to use for the time being thanks to changing nappies. New moms can always sign up for sites like Upwork and offer their coding skills for decent money.

  1. Papier mache

This is something many of us have done as children, and frankly, making a paste out of old paper and glue to give shape to beautiful objects is incredibly fun and satisfying. It is also an environment-friendly option because it helps in recycling.

  1. Blog

If you are a good and confident writer willing to share your ideas with the world, blogging should be the thing for you. Through this, not only can you create an amazing platform for forming and exchanging ideas, but can also earn some cash by sponsoring sites once you become popular. That will take some time, but if you spend your days holed up, then you might give this a thought. You can writer for others or do some other stuffs online and make handsome money. Stay-at-home mommas, take note.

  1. Repair

A broken watch, the broken leg of a shelf, the crack in the wall – the list goes on. If you are okay with going rough and know how to, you can always put your skills to use when you have some time to spare. Then, of course, there are the DIY videos on YouTube where you can learn almost everything.

  1. Stay in touch

Finally got a break? Why not make a call to that college friend? Talking about things is a great stress-buster. You can also drop a short and nice email to those professional contacts whom you never got the time to get back to before. Networking is an important thing today, and you can never be short of it.

  1. Meditate

This is the best way out there to put your mind to rest. Meditation is an ancient Indian technique, and it can solve a lot of your physical and mental problems. However, doing it under an instructor is recommended because it also has a few negative effects.

  1. Plan

Forming and working under a plan is always a good way to approach life if you are the organized kind. So once you get some time to yourself, form a plan on how to proceed. This way, you will stop overlooking important stuff, manage your tasks well, and lead a stress-free life.

  1. Catch up

So you are a doctor, and you have one of those rare moments in office when you are free. Now what do you do? Instead of poring over difficult cases, call up people and know how things exactly are. Sure, you can always surf the net and look up books. But in a professional space, there are so many things beyond those that you need to be aware of.

  1. Clean up

The sight of your wardrobe gives you a fever every time you look at it, right? So why not use the time you have got to clean up the mess? Switch on the music, fold up those dresses and it will ensure that you get clean stuff every time you go out. Things will be right within your reach, saving up on your time.

Final Thoughts

While some of these may take up a good amount of your energy, the point is not to make them appear like extra work. So, always do what you want to do at the end of the day.


Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving This Christmas

When it comes to buying presents every year, it can be hard to find inspiration for thoughtful gifts that are going to continuously bring joy to your loved ones throughout the following year – not just for a couple of minutes after ripping off the festive paper. It can be easy to par off soaps and spice racks on your surrounding family, but when it’s the thought that counts, you can be left feeling like your gift giving adrenaline is not quite hitting the maximum line.

Here are some ideas for gifts that will keep on giving through the whole new year, and into the future so that you can get the most out of your season of goodwill and cheer.


Animal Sponsorship

If you have an animal lover in your life, it may be an idea to take out a year’s charity sponsorship for them on their favourite animal. Charities like WWF have lots of options to choose from and specialize in repopulating endangered species. Your loved one will get constant updates on the animal that they are supporting, and how the money from the gift has been used to help the animal live a better life. There’s also sometimes the opportunity to go and meet the animal that has been sponsored, so you and your loved one get to see first hand how the sponsorship is benefitting the animal and their species. It’s usually an inexpensive monthly direct debit that, in total, will probably equal the price of a typical Christmas present. However, instead of collecting dust, it will be helping to increase the life quality of a specially chosen animal.  


Festive Memories

They say a picture holds a thousand words, but it can also hold a thousand memories and happy family moments. Collecting yours and a loved one’s favourite photos together and tastefully displaying them in a beautifully designed photo album is a great way of giving a personal and carefully thought about gift. There are also companies like Krystil McDowall Photography that will capture family photos in natural ways that portray the love and bond between your chosen loved ones. You could hire a photographer for your Boxing Day festivities or New Year’s Eve celebrations to capture the laughs and special moments of the day. These photos can then be used to create a photo wall for your loved one’s family room that will be a constant reminder of happy times or can be framed for display in any room of the house.


Beauty Subscription Box  

For the fellow yummy mummy, super woman and hard-working sister or friend in your life, it may be time to remind them to take some time for themselves once in awhile. A beauty subscription box is usually inexpensive and turns up monthly in your mailbox. The quality of the items and the price they add up to always exceeds the amount of the monthly payment by far, and it gives your loved one an excuse to take a few hours to pamper themselves.


Hopefully, this gave you some inspiration for your gift giving this year. Have a lovely holiday season!

How to create the perfect home office

Ah, working from home. For many, that’s the dream. Or it would just be a lot easier on your home life without having to commute and arrange childcare! But creating a working environment in your home environment can be quite difficult…for many working parents, it’s difficult to separate the two, especially if you have young children at home.

So, it’s important to recognise that a specific space dedicated to your work is probably the best way to go. Here you’ll find a few ideas to help get you started and your productivity through the roof!

Choose your place

Whether you have a shed or a spare room, a cupboard or a corner it’s important to choose somewhere in your home and stick to it. Once you’ve found the ideal place, then make sure that everyone knows it. The last thing you need is your child leaving their toys all over your desk or your partner leaving their pyjamas on the back of your office chair…Office door signs by Smartsign is a suitable place to find some inspiration!

Invest in a good chair

I know what you’re thinking! I’ll be too busy working to even worry about what kind of chair I’m sitting on. But that’s exactly the point. If you’re going to sat in the same position for hours on end, then it really is worth investing in good seating support.

If you want to avoid back pain in your current and your later life, then it is medically, recommended that you find a suitable chair to work in.

Invest in good lighting

We often neglect the lighting. Is your desk lamp too bright or too dim to work under, effectively? Are you getting sufficient natural light, the best kind, from the Sun? To have that, make sure your designated workspace has enough windows or openings to let the sunlight in.

Research has shown that people feel lethargic during winter months due to the lack of exposure to sunlight. The exposure can boost your mood and improve your sleep patterns. In times of unfavourable weather or long working nights, it is essential to get some artificial lighting in your workspace.

Try to get multiple light fixtures, and at least a desk lamp with direct exposure over your desk, which will facilitate the reading, writing or sketching of documents. If you’re working mostly at your computer – ensure that the brightness level of the screen is ideal for you.

Keep your tech up to date and reliable

Remember, working from home no longer means you have an IT team at your disposal like your friends do in their office! So, it’s vital that all your equipment has taken on all the latest updates and has the newest security and anti-virus software installed.

Remember, it pays to be organised and keep things simple and efficient. The more things you have the harder it is to keep control of all of them. So, make sure everything is clean and minimal

Three mistakes parents can make when it comes to early childhood education

Children are not born with a set of instructions tattooed on their derriere. As parents, we are bound to make mistakes and not use the best parenting strategies all the time. This is especially the case during the terrible twos and terrible threes. As our toddlers are discovering the frustrations of living in society, realizing that the world does not revolve around their little person; we, as parents, are exhausted and sleep deprived, which often leads us toward ineffective parenting techniques. Here are three famous strategies that we should simply avoid as they are utterly pointless.


1 – talking too much. Whether we do it when we try to explain to our tantrum-throwing toddler why he must sit on a time out or when we give multiple warnings before intervening, our mouth gets us in trouble. Perceived as nagging, incessant talking diminishes the importance of the message we wish to transmit to our child. When in doubt, the golden rule is to limit verbal input. Clearly state the expectation, in a few simple words, and walk away. It is not easy to do, but it will pay off. In the long run, this will help your child pay attention to what adults say, the first time around.


2 – letting the child decide. There are so many decisions to make in a day that sometimes it is tempting to let the child decide. Although this is fine in some occasions like what book to read at bedtime or what puzzle to complete, a child should not get to choose what is for dinner, when is bedtime or when he is ready to come out of a time out. As a parent, it is our job to set limits and deciding for our child is part of the deal. A child who has too many options will become anxious at too many possibilities or will believe that the world will always comply with his needs and desires. Either way, too much freedom will not be good for your child.


3 – worrying too much about school readiness. Your child will be in school for fifteen years, let him or her enjoy the few years of unstructured play he has left. Outdoor time, splashing in puddles or making mud cakes are valuable learning activities that will not come back. Don’t try to make your child grow up too fast because once childhood is over, it is over. Your child will have plenty of time to learn how to hold a pencil or to colour within the lines. For the time being, let him play.


Finally, when you think you need a break from your little treasure, consider taking a day off and sending him to child care campsite. Your child will benefit from interacting with other children in a semi-structured environment, learning amazing concepts like sharing and waiting your turn. In the meantime, you get to pamper yourself for a change. Why not go to the book store and browse some adult literature for a change?

How to Move Your Business to the USA

Moving your business operations to the United States comes with several benefits. The new tax regulations on both federal and state levels are more appealing to businesses and startups. There are also a lot of incentives, particularly in states such as Florida and Delaware.

The actual process of moving your business to the USA is also a lot easier than you think. There are a number of steps to complete in order to move your business operations to the US and we are going to review those steps in this article.

Visa and Immigration Rules

The most rewarding immigration rule for business owners is known as the EB5 immigration. The rule states that those with at least $500,000 to $1,000,000 for business purposes can acquire an EB5 Green Card through a relatively easy process. You can also rely on a law firm in the US – one specializing in EB5 petitions – to ensure all documents are filed correctly, such as Hirson Immigration attorneys.

You can also apply for an E-2 Visa if you have $50,000 to $250,000 for business purposes. The immigration law requires you to have a clear business plan that will bring benefits to US citizens and the USA as a country.

If you want to become a permanent US citizen once the business is operational, the process is even simpler. There are certain requirements to meet, but they are very manageable and you’ll be able to get your US citizenship in no time. It is also worth noting that you can own a US-based company as a foreigner without a problem, although you still have to file for the correct visa to enter the country as an investor.

Get to Know the Environment

Starting a business in the US is very similar to starting a business in other countries. You still have to determine the right location for your business, do research on market conditions and local challenges, and do proper budgeting before actually starting the business. The internet is once again your friend when it comes to getting these resources.

Some areas are filled with businesses in the same industry. San Francisco is home to many tech companies. The Research Triangle in North Carolina is where research and pharmaceutical companies are mostly based. New York – the Manhattan area in particular – is the perfect home for finance-based businesses.

Common Challenges and Overcoming Them

Getting the business relocated to the United States is just the first step. Once the business is operational, you still have to deal with the day-to-day operational challenges, challenges in marketing and sales, and of course the task of building a strong team to support the growth of the business.

Being based in the US gives you plenty of leverage. There are more skilled workers on the market than ever before. The economy is also growing at a steady pace and presents plenty of opportunities for new businesses to grab.

All of these facts make relocating your business to the United States a good decision in today’s economy. Now that you know what it takes to achieve a successful relocation, it is time to make the decision to move to the US and take that first step.

What Attracts Flies to Your Home

Having an uncontrolled fly population in the house can be a maddening problem. Dealing with house flies is common enough and not too surprising that you get one or two inside with you at any given time. When there are too many of them, it’s time to get serious about fly control and prevention can be the first step.


Exposed Garbage

Here is the biggest fly attractant in most homes: garbage. As a prime food source, unsealed containers of kitchen garbage will certainly draw flies. A loose lid or a folded over top of a bag isn’t good enough. If you have garbage in the house, and most people do, you need to have a trash container with a snug and fitted lid. Getting it out of the house into a larger bin in the garage or yard should be done frequently as well.


Exposed Food

This is just an extension of the last point, but is often overlooked because we associate flies with garbage rather than fresh food. Leftovers waiting on the counter, open boxes of cereal, or even a decorative bowl of fruit are all little buffets for passing flies.


Store all your food in closed containers, and ditch the display fruit until the problem has been resolved. Plastic fruit may be a better choice.


Dead Animals

While it’s fairly unlikely that you have a dead animal in the middle of your living room, there is a chance that there is a dead mouse or vole somewhere in the basement or inside the walls. When you’ve already ruled out problems with food and garbage, this is something that may bear a little more investigation. You won’t be able to do much about a dead mouse in the wall, but at least you’ll know what’s drawing the flies. Eventually, the body with dry out and the problem will flies will cease.


Heat and Light

This is a little less tangible, but can be the source of your fly issues if you tend to have them buzzing around in the windows. When the weather is cold outside but the bright sunlight heats up a window (often in the early spring), the unexpected source of heat draws in the flies.


Open Entry Points

This may not directly attract the flies to your home, but this is the main way they are getting in. Windows should have well-fitting screens, vents should be covered with screen as well, and all seals on windows and doors should be tight. Try not to leave doors wide open for too long as you are coming and going from the house.


Get Rid of Them

Even if you tackle all the things that attracted them into your house in the first place, you still need to deal with the ones now living with you. Without a food source, they can eventually die off. If you would rather not wait, you can get an indoor “bug zapper” unit, call an exterminator or try those sticky strips that go in the windows to trap them. This last option works especially well if you are dealing with warmth-seeking flies clustering in the windows.


Tips to Help a Mother Win Custody of a Child


Many women assume that they will get custodian rights over minor children after their divorce. It is not always the case though. The courts today avoid gender discrimination when it comes to child custody, and many fathers now also vigorously fight to win custodial rights over kids. If you are a female parent and child custody has become a battle, it is important to keep a few important things in mind to help turn the verdict in your favor.


Understand the Law

Before going any further, it is important to familiarize yourself with the law prevailing in your state. Get more information about what different criteria the judge will be looking at to make a decision. They will consider many factors to decide if you or your ex-husband would make the better parent.


In some states, courts have default custody arrangements that they use in all the cases, unless the family’s situation demands different arrangements. See what will or will not work in your favor. Be ready to convince the judge if your atypical situation needs a rather customized plan. Try to connect your arguments to your child’s best interests to help convince the court to give the verdict in your favor.


Arrange the Proof

Keep in mind that it is usually not enough to have winning arguments because the court will never make a decision without proof. You can collect records to show that your kids are finding it difficult to adjust with their father or finding the new environment less comfortable. Records that would highlight odd behavior by your spouse would also help. Consider maintaining a journal of all these incidents, so you could remember everything at your next court hearing. Similarly, you should be ready to go the extra mile to find evidence like photographs, third-party testimony, or documents to prove that your spouse’s apartment is not safe for your kids.


Present Yourself in a Positive Light

Keep in mind that you will not be able to win the custody of your child if you cannot provide a living environment that is safe and in best interests of your child. Similarly, if you are dating someone while fighting for the custody of your child, this will have a negative effect on your case because it shows that you are spending time with someone else instead of spending it with your child.


Do Not Denigrate Your Ex-Husband

You should be very careful about how you talk about your ex-husband in front of your child. This gives the impression that you are not willing to work with your ex-husband. The court does not like when you try to degrade your child’s father. Be sure to keep your child out of adult affairs. Forcing your child to take sides is not a great idea because this may alienate them from one parent but may also make them resentful toward the other. So, avoid it completely!


Keep these important tips in mind to get good results, but here are some other quick tips to help make it easier to win custody of a child:


  • Do not waste any time to seek legal assistance and work with an attorney early in the case.
  • Practice special care regarding documented communication with your ex-husband because he can use emails and messages to influence the case.
  • Work with an attorney to understand your options and do not let the father bully you into doing something you do not believe is right.
  • Seek legal assistance immediately when the father wants you to move out. You have your options even if you live in his house.
  • Consider seeking temporary support if the father has moved out and you are financially unable to pay your mortgage, etc. Spousal support and child support will help but be sure to know your rights here.


Understand that you can win the custody of your child only when you can make the court believe that you are emotionally and mentally strong enough to handle the situation and can provide a safe and comfortable environment for your child to live.

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